Bel Air News

An e-newsletter from Bel Air Elementary School

January 15, 2021

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January 18-22

Monday - January 18th - NO SCHOOL - MLK HOLIDAY


Tuesday - January 19th

- distance learning for all students


Wednesday - January 20th

- distance learning for all students


Thursday - January 21st

- distance learning for 4th and 5th grade ONLY

- no school for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students ONLY - teacher planning day


Friday - January 22nd

- distance learning for 4th and 5th grade ONLY

- no school for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students ONLY - teacher planning day

January 25-29

Monday - January 25th

- Return to in-person learning for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students ONLY

- Distance learning for all 4th and 5th grade students and 1st-3rd grade students who chose distance learning


Tuesday - January 26th

- Return to in-person learning for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students ONLY

- Distance learning for all 4th and 5th grade students and 1st-3rd grade students who chose distance learning


Wednesday - January 27th

- Return to in-person learning for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students ONLY

- Distance learning for all 4th and 5th grade students and 1st-3rd grade students who chose distance learning


Thursday - January 28th

NO SCHOOL - end of the quarter

Supply distribution for distance students - 1:30-2:30 and 3:30-4:30


Friday - January 29th

NO SCHOOL - end of quarter

Distribution day for distance learners

We will have a distribution day, for distance learners only, on January 28th.

Please use the Sign Up Genius, sent from your teacher, to sign up for a time to pick up your student's distance learning supplies.

Health and Safety Precautions Video for In-Person Learning

Recording #4

Superintendent answers COVID-related questions

  • Why are only kindergarten and elementary students allowed to return soon?

  • What will school look like when these students return?

  • When might middle school and high school students return to school?


For answers to these frequently asked questions and more, download this summary of Superintendent Lennox’s report to the School Board, or watch the report and discussion here.


Second Step


This month, our school wide theme is emotion management. In our morning announcements we’ll be prompting students to notice their own feelings by paying attention to clues in their bodies, and we’ll be reminding them to use their Second Step skills to calm down:


  • Stop—Use your signal

  • Name your feeling

  • Calm down: Breathe, count, use positive self-talk


These skills help students calm down strong emotions when faced with learning and social challenges, which helps them succeed academically and get along well with others.

Second Step lessons specifically teach about calming down strong emotions such as anger, disappointment, frustration, and anxiety. You’ll be receiving Home Links that describe why managing strong emotions is important and include fun activities to do with your child to help them identify strong feelings and calm down. We hope the Home Links will give you tools to use together when your child is upset.


Please tell your child’s teacher if you have questions about how you can help your child learn to calm down at home.

Make up picture day is coming!!

If your student was unable to have their picture taken during our picture days in November, we will be hosting picture make-up days on February 15th and 16th.

More details, and a Sign Up Genius link, will be coming soon!

Free Meals for Students

FREE meals will be available for all students for curbside pickup on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Meals will be FREE for all students. Families and students will not need to provide a name or PIN number to pick up the meals. Masks are encouraged for those picking up meals, even while in their vehicle. This keeps the nutrition services staff safe as they serve the meals. For more information, visit our website.


IMPORTANT: Although our school meals have been free for all students this year as directed by USDA, we still need families to complete an Application for Education Benefits. If you haven't completed one for this year please click HERE to complete. If your household is accepted this school year, your status will roll over for the first 30 days of school of 2021-2022.

A message from the health office

Families recently received a letter from the health office regarding COVID reporting during distance learning. If you missed it, read the message here.

Understanding the notification process for COVID

To learn more about the District's notification process for positive COVID cases in our schools, click here.


COVID case numbers

A new link at www.moundsviewschools.org/coronavirus shows a chart of the District's weekly COVID cases and the number of quarantining staff and students. No individual school building has five or more positive cases at this time. If or when that occurs, that information will be included here.


20-21 Online Data Verification

If you haven't already completed the Online Data Verification (previously known as Online Registration) for your student, please do so immediately so we have the most up-to-date, for your student, in our system. Incorrect or outdated information prevents us from being able to contact you with important information and inhibits our ability to reach you in case or illness or emergency.


If you already have a ParentVUE account, please log in and click the Online Data Verification button in the upper right-hand corner. Complete the updates as requested.


If you don’t yet have a ParentVUE account, first follow the ParentVUE Set Up Instructions, included, here, to create an account. Next, follow the Online Data Verification Directions, here, to log in and complete your enrollment.


You are welcome to log in to your ParentVUE account to verify/update 2020-21 student information for your student(s) at this time. (If you have additional changes or updates that need to be made, once you’ve completed this initial verification, you can do so through your ParentVUE account at any time.) Updates for the upcoming school year MUST be completed immediately so that we are assured we have accurate information as the school year begins.

School Supply Donations

We are in need of the following supplies:

- Pencil cases

- Markers

- Colored pencils

- Crayons

- Dry erase markers

- Post-it notes


If you would like to help, please drop your donations off at the school office.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

MVSEF’s Support During COVID

As the Mounds View School District takes important measures to plan for the upcoming school year, our alumni, parents, and community members have asked how they can help during this unsettled time. Accordingly, the Mounds View Schools Education Foundation will partner with the school district to raise funds to cover expenses in these unprecedented circumstances.


Mounds View School District leadership has identified the need for unrestricted resources that will ensure reliable internet access for students and the necessary technology to support learning whether it be at home or in school. Additional expenses will also likely be incurred to safeguard our staff and students in the schools and contributions will be equitably directed accordingly.


The MVSEF’s commitment to the district spans over thirty years and at no time has our support been more vital given the multitude of challenges confronting our school community. If you are interested in making a donation to the MVSEF, please click here. Your contribution will provide the district much needed flexibility to respond to student’s needs.


Did you reply ‘STOP’ to a text message?

Did we send you one-too-many text messages that caused you to reply ‘STOP,’ in frustration? If so, please know that replying ‘STOP’ to a single text message automatically unsubscribes you from receiving all future text messages from any school or District office. Please consider resubscribing so you can receive future emergency notifications, and we’ll do our best to limit our text messages to critically urgent information that is as targeted as possible. To resubscribe, simply call or email any school main office and ask to be resubscribed to all text messages.

Students Can Now Receive Text Alerts

Parents, you can now add your child's cell phone number to ParentVUE so they can receive text messages and robo-calls about school closings, significantly delayed school buses, emergencies and other alerts. To subscribe your student to these occasional urgent messages, read the easy instructions here.

General Information

2020-2021 Bel Air Elementary Parent Handbook

Link Here


Riding the Bus and Food/Drink

While riding the bus, students are expected to keep all food and drink in their backpacks. This expectation prevents choking incidents, exposure to life-threatening allergens, and promotes bus sanitation.


Building Security Procedures

A visitor screening system helps track visitors and volunteers at each school, providing a safe and monitored environment for students and staff. When parents come to pickup their child(ren), or visitors check in, they will be asked to present a valid state issued ID for entering into the system.


Phone Numbers/Staff Directory

Staff phone numbers and email addresses are available on the Bel Air Website at: Bel Air Staff. To reach a teacher via email: firstname.lastname@moundsviewschools.org.

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