Bel Air News

An e-newsletter from Bel Air Elementary School

September 16-20, 2019

Monday, September 16:

5th Gr Orchestra @ Twins Game

Tuesday, September 17:

Wednesday, September 18:

Thursday, September 19:

8:40-9:40 am - 1st Gr - APEX Fun Run

9:40-10:40 am - 4th & 5th Gr - APEX Fun Run

10:40-11:40 am - 2nd & 3rd Gr - APEX Fun Run

Friday, September 20:

Future Events

Sept. 23-27 - 5th Gr - LEC Trip

Sept. 23 - PTA Meeting in IMC - 6:00-7:00 pm

Sept. 25 - 5th Gr - Wargo Nature Center Fieldtrip - 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Sept. 30-Oct. 4 - Playworks Week

Oct. 11 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workday

Oct. 15 - Picture Retakes - 9:00-11:00 am

Oct. 17 & 18 - NO SCHOOL - MEA

Second Step

This month, our school wide theme is our school as a welcoming place where every student feels like they belong. In our morning announcements we’ll be reminding students to welcome others and act and speak in safe, respectful, and responsible ways. In addition we’ll be reminding students of our school rules of being respectful, responsible and ready to learn.

We’ll also begin teaching the Second Step program, which includes lessons that support these behaviors.

Support your child at home in welcoming others and acting and speaking in safe, respectful, and responsible ways. Please tell your child’s teacher if you have questions about specific ways you can help your child with these behaviors at home.


The Apex Fun Run is coming!

Bel Air Fun Run - Thursday Sept. 19

The Fun Run is a voluntary, pledge per lap or flat donation fundraiser. Apex Fun Run combines the power of a strong, kid-centered curriculum with students learning through action.

Volunteers are needed:


Are you an LPN or RN looking for employment with hours to match the Mounds View District schedule? Mounds View Schools is actively seeking applicants for a Licensed Healthcare Specialist position in an elementary Health Office. This position works under the direction of the Licensed School Nurse to provide first aid for ill or injured students, administer prescribed medication to students, communicate health-related issues to parents and perform clerical functions related to record keeping and other general office functions. This position requires current Minnesota LPN/RN licensure.

Please contact Sarah Osterman, Licensed School Nurse ( if interested or for more information.

Irondale Youth Boys Lacrosse Clinic

Who: 1st - 8th Graders (NEW players only)

When: Oct 5th - 4:00 - 4:45 (1st - 4th grade) 6:00-6:45 (1st-4th grade)

Oct 6th - 4:45 - 5:30 (5th - 8th grade) 6:45-7:30 (5th-8th grade)

Where: Irondale HS – Wendt Stadium

Why: Come learn about lacrosse and have fun! No experience or equipment is needed. Bring a friend, some water, and try out lacrosse for free!

This event is free! No need to register, just show up!

Please contact with any questions.

Attention All Chess Club Enthusiasts!

The Bel Air Chess Club starts Friday, September 6th before school!

Club registration is open through MV Community Education.

We miss a lot of meeting days on Friday so, why wait? Let's get playing now! Follow the link for details.

Elementary Chess Registration Link:

Mounds View Public Schools Curriculum Advisory Committee

The Mounds View Public Schools Curriculum Advisory Committee is seeking representatives to serve on the committee for the 2019-2020 school year. Committee members work in partnership with the district and community to gain knowledge and provide feedback about about curriculum and other instructional issues.

If you are interested, please answer the questions found in this link Mounds View Curriculum Advisory Application.

Please see the Mounds View Curriculum Advisory website for meeting dates, past topics and other important information regarding the committee. If you have questions, please contact Gretchen Zahn at 651.621.6040 or by e-mail at

Digital Backpack

In the past, families looking for Community Education offerings, before- and after-school activities and community-organized events received a list of web links in each school enewsletter. To simplify these communications and distribute them in a more timely fashion, the District is partnering with a new digital backpack communication service called Peachjar. This fall, Mounds View Public Schools families will receive e-flyers via a “digital backpack” email that will deliver straight to your inbox on Fridays.

Here's how this will work:

  • No action is required on your part.

  • You will receive a welcome email from our service provider (Peachjar) that includes a username and password. This is provided to give you the opportunity to manage your account and flyer delivery preferences. You do not need to login to receive or view school digital flyers.

  • To ensure smooth delivery of this communication, we suggest you add “” to your email contacts.

  • When you receive your first eflyer, be sure to click “always display images.”

  • You can also visit your school’s website to see school-approved digital flyers. Simply click the Peachjar button on each school’s website.

This system is used exclusively for distribution of school-approved flyers. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose. Questions? Email

Note: Peachjar is free to our schools because community partners pay a small service fee to post and distribute digital flyers (typically much less than the cost to copy and deliver paper flyers).

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

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:

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