Bel Air News

An e-newsletter from Bel Air Elementary School

April 14, 2023

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Reminder - No school

This is a reminder that there is no school on Friday, April 21st.

April 17-21

Monday, April 17th

- School in session

- Adventures in 3D printing - 3:20-4:20pm

- Soccer skills - 3:20-4:20pm

- Artastico - 3:20-4:20pm

- Solar Robots - 3:20-4:20pm

- Spanish - 3:20-4:20pm

Tuesday, April 18th

- Chess Club - 7:40-8:20am

- School in session - MCA testing grades 3-5

- Bel Air 4th & 5th Grade Choir - 3:30-4:30pm

Wednesday, April 19th

- School in session

- Spanish - 3:20-4:20pm

- Playworks Jr. Coaches meeting 3:20-4:20pm

Thursday, April 20th

- School in session

- 1st grade field trip - Science Museum 9:30-2:30pm

Friday, April 21st


2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Looking ahead

Monday, April 24th

- School in session

- Adventures in 3D printing - 3:20-4:20pm

- Soccer skills - 3:20-4:20pm

- Artastico - 3:20-4:20pm

- Solar Robots - 3:20-4:20pm

- Spanish - 3:20-4:20pm

Tuesday, April 25th

- Chess Club - 7:40-8:20am

- School in session - MCA testing grades 3-5

- Bel Air 4th & 5th Grade Choir - 3:30-4:30pm

Wednesday, April 26th

- School in session - MCA testing grades 3-5

- Spanish - 3:20-4:20pm

- Jr. STEM 3:20-4:20pm

Thursday, April 27th

- School in session - MCA testing grades 3-5

Friday, April 28th

- School in session - Dress like a staff member or Bel Air gear

4th and 5th Grade Track

Registration for 4th and 5th grade track is now open.

Click on the registration link below to sign up:

· 4th graders - register here

· 5th graders - register here

Bel Air track calendar

23-24 Student Information

Please use the link below to provide additional information about your child's academic and social learning needs for the 2023-24 school year. While we cannot accept specific teacher requests, we want to give you the opportunity to share specifics about your child’s needs which will help in our decision making process.

23-24 Student Information Form

Please complete prior to May 7, 2023

Not attending Bel Air next year?

Please complete the below form if your child will NOT attend Bel Air Elementary in Mounds View Public Schools for the upcoming school year.

Not attending Bel Air for 2023-24 school year

The PTA wants your help

Do you like balancing a checkbook? Maybe you have bookkeeping experience or you are an accountant. The PTA is seeking a parent or guardian to be Co-Treasurer. This means you get to share the role and responsibilities.

Contact us for additional information and questions


- Bel Air PTA Carnival - Saturday May 20th 10am-1pm

Would you like to help with the upcoming Carnival on May 20th in a way other than volunteering?

Large quantities of Little Debbie Snack Cakes and 20oz soda (any variety) are needed for some prizes. Items can be dropped off at the school office

Contact with any questions

Safety & Security: 5 things to know

Bel Air Elementary School takes safety and security seriously.

As a reminder:

  1. Exterior doors are locked and should not be opened during the school day.

  2. Students and visitors should only enter and exit through the controlled access main entrance - Door #1.

  3. Prior to entry, visitors are asked to show a photo ID which is checked by a visitor management system.

  4. Video camera systems are positioned at multiple entry points and are monitored during the school day.

  5. Students and staff are asked to be proactive in reporting to administration all suspicious activities or any person who doesn't have a badge or seems out of place.

If you have questions or concerns about safety and security at Bel Air please contact principal Dawn Wiegand at 651-621-6303

SEPPAC Meeting: Celebrating Success

Join us for a panel of past and present students who have received special education services share their post-secondary plans, aspirations and experiences in K - 12 education.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023
6:45-8:15 p.m.
Mounds View District Center Board Room
4570 Victoria Street N.

In-person at the District Center or virtually at:

Did you know?

The District is hosting its 5th annual PowWow this Saturday, April 15. Everyone is welcome at this free, public event. Learn more about the event here.

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5 facts to know about . . .

Transportation and Mounds View Public Schools

1. We contract transportation services with six different bus companies.

2. Bus drivers are not Mounds View Public Schools employees.

3. Like all bus companies, our transportation providers are experiencing a shortage of

drivers. We are working collaboratively with them to address the need for additional


4. Late buses may be an occasional consequence of the driver shortage. We're sorry for

this, and we ask for patience as we work with the bus companies to find drivers.

5. At times, when routes need to be covered by different substitute drivers, times and route

consistency may vary.

To learn more about bus driving opportunities, please call 651-621-8900 or visit www.american-

Let’s Talk About It: Caregivers, the first line of defense

As a caregiver, never underestimate your power to influence a child’s future. Read this month’s blog post about how adult behaviors can sometimes influence children’s behavior, and how this relates to Alcohol Awareness Month.

Non-Academic Personal Property:

Students should not bring personal items such as toys, card collections, footballs, soccer balls or similar sports equipment to school. These items may be misplaced or stolen and can be a disruption to learning. If a teacher wishes to have students bring such items to school for a special event, parents will be notified. We appreciate your support.

Mounds View Summer Band

July 10- August 3 (Mondays through Thursdays)

Early Bird Registration ends May 26th

Current band students may participate in the INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND. Click here to view the different times and locations and complete the online registration.

Current 4th graders have the opportunity to learn a band instrument in the SUMMER BEGINNING BAND PROGRAM. Small-group lessons for each instrument are offered at various schools and times during the morning and evening. Click here to view your options and complete the online registration. Click here for information on instrument rentals.

Click here for more information about Summer Band. Questions? Contact Mrs. Sorem at or 651-621-7763.

Summer Orchestra Information for Current 3rd thru 5th Grade Families

DO YOU HAVE A 3RD OR 4TH GRADER WHO PLANS TO JOIN ORCHESTRA NEXT YEAR? Then sign up to start orchestra this summer! Registration for beginning summer classes in NOW OPEN!

Being in Orchestra is super fun, but don’t take our word for it - listen to these middle and high school students tell you why to join orchestra!

For more information for first year players, click here. To register for classes, click here.


Summer Orchestra Registration is NOW OPEN for current 4th and 5th graders with experience.

Current Grade 4 students - click HERE to register for classes, click HERE for more information.

Current Grade 5 students - click HERE to register for classes, click HERE for more information.

If you have any questions about Orchestra,

contact Anna Koopman- Bel Air Orchestra Director

or Juli Vig - Summer Orchestra Coordinator.

General Information

2022-2023 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@mvpschools.

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