RiverHawk Reminders

Week of October 18th

We hope you are enjoying your weekend. Here are a few important updates:

  • Upcoming Events
  • RVH Spirit Week
  • Vision and Hearing Reminders
  • Picture Make Up Day
  • Academies of Loudoun Application Information - Deadline Extended until 10/25
  • Battle of the Books
  • The Family Room Presentations
  • Second Step SEL Resources
  • SCA Thanksgiving
  • Parent Liaison Updates
  • Yearbook Updates
  • BEMS Assessment Calendar SY 21 -22
  • Virginia IEP Workshop
  • RVHS Tutoring Opportunities
  • Winter Accessories Drive
  • Pumpkin Decorating Photos
  • PTO Updates
  • Step Up Loudoun

All the best,

Mrs. Johnson

** Any messages sent from BEMS through our Blackboard account (noreply.belmontridge@lcps.org) come from an account that is not monitored. Please use our website to locate the email addresses of any staff members you need to contact. Thank you. **


  • Monday, October 18th - Breakfast Club (PJs) - Following RVHS Spirit Week
  • Monday, October 18th - 7th-grade Counselor Presentations - Positive Relationships
  • Monday, October 18th - 7th Grade and New to LCPS Vision and Hearing Screenings
  • Tuesday, October 19th - 7th Grade and New to LCPS Vision and Hearing Screenings
  • Tuesday, October, 19th - Caddyshack (Country vs Country Club) -Following RVHS Spirit Week
  • Wednesday, October 20th – “World Unity Day” - Students and Staff Wear Orange

  • Wednesday, October 20th and Thursday, October 21st - 8th-grade Counselor Presentations- Stopping Cyberbullying
  • Thursday, October 21st - Dodgeball (Jersey or any sports gear) - Following RVHS Spirit Week
  • Thursday, October 21st - Schools to Watch Redesignation Site Visit
  • Thursday, October 21st and Friday, October 22nd - 6th-grade Counselor Presentations- Anti-Bullying Lessons
  • Friday, October 22nd - Friday Night Lights (Red Out) - Following RVHS Spirit Week
  • Tuesday, October 26th and Wednesday, October 27th- 8th-grade Substance Abuse Prevention Presentation
  • Wednesday, October 27 – “Red’y to Be Drug and Bully Free” - Students and Staff Wear Red.

  • Thursday, October 28th - Last Day of Quarter 1
  • Friday, October 29 - STUDENT HOLIDAY (County-wide Staff Development)
  • Monday, November 1 - STUDENT HOLIDAY (Planning/Records/Conference Days)

  • Tuesday, November 2 - STUDENT/STAFF HOLIDAY

  • Wednesday, November 3 - Teacher Planning Day / Student Asynchronous Learning Day

  • Thursday, November 4 - STUDENT/STAFF HOLIDAY

  • Friday, November 5 - Teacher Planning Day / Student Asynchronous Learning Day

  • Friday, November 12th - School Picture Make-Up Day

Vision & Hearing Screenings

All 7th graders and any student who is new to Loudoun County Schools will be screened for both Vision and Hearing. Parents are requested to make sure their child is sent to school on the screening days with their prescription glasses or contact lenses.

Screening days

Monday, October 18

Tuesday, October 19


Belmont Ridge - Make-up Picture day - Friday, November 12, 2021

This photo day is for students who were absent, new to the school, or who were not happy with their original package (students are required to return their original package to the photographer).

In an effort to not have all students leaving class for no reason, we have a list of criteria for underclass makeup day to reference here, vosphoto.com/retakes.

Please feel free to direct questions regarding picture day or online ordering to our office, using the following email: underclass@vosphoto.com

Anyone who has not ordered can still do so using the link below :


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Loudoun County Public School’s Academies of Loudoun Admissions & Outreach Office is excited to announce that the 2021 Fall Admissions Cycle for 8th graders interested in applying to the Academy of Engineering & Technology (AET) program and/or the Academy of Science (AOS) program for the 2022-2023 school year has been extended until 11:00 P.M. on Monday, October 25, 2021.

Apply at this link using your LCPS student number & password: Academies of Loudoun Admissions Portal

Fall Admissions Cycle Website


Email - AcademiesAdmissions@lcps.org

Phone - 571-252-1992

La Oficina de Admisiones de las Academias de Loudoun está feliz de anunciar que el Ciclo de Admisiones en el Otoño de 2021 para los en el grado 8 que están interesados en aplicar a la programa de la Academia de Ingeniería y Tecnología (AET) y-o la Academia de Ciencia (AOS) por el año escolar 2021-2022 había extendido hasta el Lunes, 25 de Octubre, 2021 a las 11:00 p.m.

Aplíque en este enlace usando su número de estudiante y contraseña de LCPS: Portal de Admisiones para las Academias de Loudoun

Sitio del Ciclo de Admisiones en el Otoño


Envía correo electrónico a la Oficina de Admisiones - AcademiesAdmissions@lcps.org

Oficina de Admisiones por teléfono - 571-252-1992

Battle of the Books

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Second Step Family Communication

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Please note, BEMS uses Second Step lessons on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week. The other days of the week are reserved for team-building activities, philanthropy, such as our card drive for St. Jude's, school procedures/drills, StudentVue review.

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The Family Room Virtual Workshops

To: All LCPS EL Families

The Division of English Learners, Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Office is pleased to invite and welcome you to our first "The Family Room" virtual workshop for the 2021-2022 school year.

Please join us and log in on Wednesday, October 20th, 2021 at 6 pm as we discuss "Teaming Up! How Families and Schools Can Partner for Student Success.” We are looking forward to sharing our commitment to fostering a collaborative culture of family engagement, preparing for parent-teacher conferences, understanding student schedules, and implementing strong homework strategies at home. We hope you'll join us as we "Team Up" for student success!

Please join via virtual link located in The Family Room Flyer.

La Division de Aprendizaje de Ingles, Officina de Participación de la Familia y la Comunidad EL (FACE) se complace en invitarla(o) al primer “Reunion Sala Familiar” workshop virtual del ano escolar 2021-2022.

Por favor acompanenos el Miercoles 20 de Octuber, 2021 a las 6 P.M. para discutir “Formacion de Equipos” o “ Ayudandonos mutuamente” Como las familias y los colegios nos asociamos en el exitio de nuestros estudiantes. Esperamos con mucha anticipacion el compartir nuestro compromiso de fomenter una cultura de familias compromentidas, en como prepararse para una conferencia de Padres con los profesores, como entender los horarios y programas de los estudiantes, implementando estrategias claras y contundentes en casa, esperamos verlo para formar un Equipo fuerte de ayuda mutual.

Únase a través del enlace virtual ubicado en la página informativa de El Salón Familiar.


Our Student Club SCA is kicking off a Food Drive on Monday, to benefit Loudoun Hunger Relief! Our SCA students will be collecting items such as canned foods, cereal, granola bars, cooking oil, peanut butter, rice, pasta, shelf-stable milk, and soup. Collection boxes are located in the school lobby and each House. Please consider helping this effort that benefits our Loudoun County community!

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Now that October is here, our thoughts turn to chilly weather. If you have coats and jackets that you no longer need, please consider donating to our winter coat drive! Items donated will be offered to those in the community who are in need of cold weather wear. I am currently welcoming donations of new or gently used coats, jackets, hats, gloves, and snow pants in mens, womens, girls', boys', and babies sizes. Items should all be clean and in great condition. There is a box for donations in the Belmont Ridge lobby, and you are welcome to drop off your items during school hours. If you are unable to drop off during the school day, please contact me at Susan.Ferguson@lcps.org to make other arrangements. THANK YOU!


The yearbook team is looking for any and all pictures related to the first few school-related events this year. This may include:

Bridge to the Ridge

Open House

First Day of School Picture

Family Night

Thank you for helping us capture our year together! If you have many pictures from the event, feel free to email sarah.w.anderson@lcps.org

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We are asking our RiverHawks with an interest or talent in decorating pumpkins to share a photo of their fall creations. We will share these images within our school community and school building. Pumpkin photos can be uploaded HERE.

Winter Wear Drive

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Riverside NHS Tutoring Available

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Have you linked your Harris Teeter card to support Belmont Ridge? It's quick and easy to do. Our Belmont Ridge school code is 5857. Thank you!


Thanks again to all who have contributed to our Bus Driver Appreciation Week goody bags. We're excited to give these out on Thursday! Just a few items remain to complete all 24 goody bags. Please take a look at the Amazon wish list and help us close out the goody bag items. (All items purchased from the list are shipped directly to the school.)



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As always, please don't hesitate to reach out to our administrative team- Katie.Johnson@lcps.org, David.McKenzie@lcps.org, or Michael.Surma@lcps.org or your grade level dean if you have further questions.

At Belmont Ridge, we value Academic Excellence, a Culture of Equity, and a Safe, Supportive, and Positive Learning Environment. Thank you for all you do to support us as a school!

Belmont Ridge Middle School

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