Bel Air News

An e-newsletter from Bel Air Elementary School

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Report Cards

As a reminder, report cards are now available in ParentVUE.

If you do not have a ParentVUE account, please contact the Bel Air front office at 651-621-6300 to receive your access code, then follow the instructions, below, to set-up your account.


ParentVUE set-up

Important Yearbook Information

For those of you that ordered a yearbook, we will be receiving them sometime this summer. When they do arrive, we will be mailing them to you. If your address is not up-to-date with the office, please call 651-621-6300 to update your information.

If you are on the waitlist to purchase a yearbook we will notify you, either way, if we have a copy for you.

Summer meals update

Mounds View Public School's curbside and bus route meal distribution program will ended on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

We understand that this may present hardship for some families. Please see the following resources below for those in need:

  • The Ralph Reeder Food Shelf is ready to help families in need of food. You can learn more here or call 651-621-6280.

  • Visit your county’s website for information on accessing food resources.

  • Call the Minnesota Food Help Line at 888-711-1151 to connect to programs that can increase your food budget such as SNAP, WIC or other food resources. Interpreters are available.

Complete your 20-21 Online Registration Now

If you already have a ParentVUE account, please log in and click the Online Registration 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 Registration 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 by August 15, 2020 so that we are assured we have accurate information as the school year begins.

Not attending Bel Air Elementary in 2020-2021?

If your student will NOT be attending Bel Air for the 2020-2021 school year, please fill out the Google form here.

Orchestra information for third graders

We know third graders have been anxiously waiting to sign up for orchestra, and now is the time! Orchestra is a fun, exciting and vibrant community. Since we can’t meet in person, this video will show you just a few of the experiences Mounds View Orchestra students have. At the end of the video, you'll see all of the instruments, so you can decide which one is right for you!


This short survey will make sure we get all the information you need in order to join orchestra. Your student’s future orchestra teacher will follow up with more details. We are looking forward to being back together again and having an amazing fourth grade orchestra. We hope you’ll join us!

ORCHESTRA INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS ENTERING FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADES

We know fourth and fifth graders have been anxiously waiting for their chance to sign up for summer orchestra, and NOW is the time! Orchestra is a fun, exciting and vibrant community to join. Since we can’t meet in person, we are preparing an exciting program using new digital tools to help you continue to grow your skills in orchestra. This year, classes will meet for 30 minutes on Mondays/Wednesdays OR Tuesdays/Thursdays from July 6-30. For full details and registration information on your grade and instrumentation, see below.

5th grade summer orchestra interactive sectionals (for students entering fifth grade in fall 2020)

6th grade summer orchestra interactive sectionals (for students entering sixth grade in fall 2020)

We will also prepare to perform the National Anthem at the Twins game on Tuesday, September 15. We have reserved the date, but the performance will be confirmed at a later date due to forthcoming state guidelines and recommendations.


We look forward to making and exploring new music with you this summer!


MOUNDS VIEW SUMMER BAND - Distance Learning

We have made some changes to our Summer Band Program so that we will be able to offer Distance Learning classes. The dates are the same, July 6-July 30, with various times for all instruments and students. Financial assistance is available for families who qualify. Summer Band students will be able to use school chromebooks and will also receive a subscription to SmartMusic. These will be necessary resources for our Distance Learning instruction. Students will be able to pick up instruments and other materials the last week of June as needed. Details will be provided at a later date. Check out our website for more information.


Current Band Students

If you have already registered for the Intro to Middle School Band, there are some changes. We will be offering 30-minute 6th Grade Band Sectionals which will meet Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Community Education will update your course and send an e-mail to confirm your enrollment in the new Distance Learning program. Please allow up to 2 weeks for this process. You may contact Community Education if you wish to make any further changes. If you haven’t registered, you may view the times available for each instrument and complete the online registration for Summer Band HERE.


Current 4th Graders

Summer Band registration for Beginning Band is now open. Watch this informational video HERE to help decide what instrument you would like to play in band. We'd encourage students to watch this with their parents and discuss your options together. Click HERE for information on how to rent an instrument and how to sign up for summer classes (45-minute classes will be offered in the morning and evening for all instruments). If you have questions, please contact Mr. Erickson via email at phill.erickson@moundsviewschools.org


Students who are unable to participate in the summer beginning band program will have opportunities to learn the instruments and play in the band when school resumes in the fall.


In the event that the program needs to change or is canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions, Community Education will help families reschedule, or provide a full refund.

New Community Education Online Offerings

New interactive online classes, clubs and workshops starting soon!

New opportunities are added every day for online enrichment classes for youth and adults with Mounds View Community Education. See our upcoming offerings below.

Youth online offerings:

Adult online offerings:

Information regarding Lifetouch composite photos

If you ordered a composite picture with your fall picture order, please read this important message from Lifetouch.


Message from Lifetouch

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Fee refunds


Now that schools will remain closed through the rest of the academic year, the District is preparing to provide fee refunds for a variety of services, activities and events. To learn more, visit www.moundsviewschools.org/feerefunds.

Employment Opportunities

Join our team!

Mounds View Public Schools is hiring for the following substitute positions:

Special Education Paraeducator

Provide instructional support and behavioral assistance to special education students in classrooms and in community-based settings.

Nutrition Services

Serve meals; set up serving lines and utensils; assist in preparation of meals; wash dishes and clean food service areas.

Custodian

Perform general cleaning duties in and around school buildings

$13-$15/hour

Flexible Schedule

Training Provided

Apply at www.moundsviewschools.org/employment

FeePay Unavailable

Technical difficulties continue to prevent families from accessing FeePay through ParentVUE. Until FeePay restores service, families can make a Nutrition Services payment for a student's meal account by visiting www.paypams.com or by using our school's payment drop box to deposit cash or a check.

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.

Photo Withhold Form

Parents may withhold permission to have their student photographed and/or videotaped during school-day classroom activities, learning experiences, and/or media events. Please complete and return this form ONLY if you do NOT wish for Mounds View Public Schools to publish your student's appearance, image or name on any recorded medium. This Publish Opt Out Release is applicable and valid for up to 12 months from the date of signature.

Photo Opt Out Form

General Information

2019-2020 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.


Show your school spirit

District and school spiritwear is now available online. Click here for Bel Air spiritwear. Other Mounds View Public Schools spiritwear is available here.


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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