The Belle Ringer

Belle River Elementary School Newsletter ~ January 2016

Important Dates

Wednesday: January 6
  • Popcorn Day

Thursday: January 7

  • PTO Meeting at 4:00 p.m.

Friday: January 8

  • School Store

Wednesday: January 13

  • Popcorn Day

Friday: January 15

  • Super U! Challenge Assembly

Wednesday: January 20

  • Popcorn Day

Friday: January 22

  • School Store

Wednesday: January 27

  • Popcorn Day
  • Half Day for Students, Dismissal at 12:02

Thursday: January 28

  • Half Day for Students, Dismissal at 12:02

Friday: January 29

  • No School, Records Day

Happy New Year!

Dear Belle River Families,


Happy New Year! It is exciting to see all of the students back at school, ready to learn!


As we begin 2016 and near the halfway point of the school year, I thought it might be helpful to share my thoughts on how we can continue to forge a positive relationship, focused on the success of your student. In that spirit, I offer the following statements:


Count on me...


  • To exhibit a caring attitude and positive regard for all of our students
  • To visibly demonstrate my belief that every student can learn and grow
  • To listen carefully, and investigate any concerns fully
  • To ensure that discipline is a teaching and learning experience
  • To return your phone call or email within 12 hours
  • To be available for any appointment scheduled through Mrs. Werden



I'll Count on you...


  • To realize my focus as the building leader is to make decisions that are in the best interest of all my students
  • To support my daily priority of observing teaching and learning in classrooms, understanding that means I may not be immediately available in the office when you stop in
  • To understand I will be unable to disclose information about other students to you
  • To contact the adult closest to your concern first--a teach or bus driver before coming immediately to the administrator



In highly effective teams, members have expectations and roles that are clear for them, and readily understood. This helps the team function at the highest level. As you and I work as a team to support your student's experience for the rest of this school year, I invite your questions or comments about the above guiding principles.


I look forward to continuing a successful year together!


Your principal,

Mrs. Rachel Card

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Sending Money to School Safely

Sending money safely to school with their children is a concern for both parents and teachers. Throughout the year, money is sent to school for field trips, lunch, book orders, school store, popcorn, and for countless other reasons. Parents are often crossing their fingers that the money arrives safely (and in the full amount) to the teacher once arriving to school. This is especially true when it comes to lower elementary grades in which students are given the responsibility to deliver money safely for the first time.


Teachers, on the other hand, are often handed money, sometimes wadded together or discovered at the bottom of backpacks, without a note as to what the money is for. There are also times when the teacher receives what they think is the full amount, but confusion sets in when the parent contacts the teacher to realize money is now missing. This can create panic and time away from teaching and working when trying to figure out what the money is for and how much was actually sent to school or home.


In order to ensure that money arrives from home to school in a safe, efficient manner, please insert the money in a sealable baggie with your child's name, grade, teacher, date, amount, and purpose written on a piece of paper or label. Here is an example of a label template that can be found via Pinterest if you would like to print your own at home: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/68750331789172142/

December Students of the Month

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Skyward App for iPhone or Android

Skyward Family Access is now available as an app for iPhone® , iPad® , and Android devices. This will allow you to connect more conveniently to your child's vital information such as attendance, grades, and food service records, without the need to enter a URL and login/password each time.


After downloading/installing the free Skyward Mobile Access from the Apple store or Google Play, the next step is to look up East China School District by GPS location, zip code, or district name. Once found, simply click the appropriate district and enter your Skyward login and password information. The connection information is then stored on your mobile device so you are automatically connected and your account is authenticated each time you click on the Skyward Mobile Access icon.


A Skyward Family Access account is first required to access the system, which you may request by contacting Dawn Cronce at the East China Central Office. Once you have your Family Access login and password, you will be able to access your child's records through Skyward Mobile Access.

Welcome Back, Landon Agosta!

On Monday, January 4, Landon returned to school full of smiles and enthusiasm after being home during the month of December for his melanoma treatments and recovery. We are happy to have him back with his friends and school community. Thank you to all who purchased t-shirts to show support for Landon.
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Landon's teacher, Mrs. Drumb, and Classmates

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Staff and Student Tribute to "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

Tribute to A Charlie Brown Christmas

Snippets from Our First Grade Christmas Pageant

First Grade Pageant
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Super U! Challenge

This month, our students will participate in an action-packed school assembly that promotes a bully-free school environment by encouraging students to build positive character traits and identify (and stop!) bullying behavior. It was all about challenging students to become their own “personal super heroes” and let their best traits shine – at school and at home.


The Super U! Challenge was designed after classic Kid’s TV game shows such as “Double Dare” and the current Nickelodeon smash-hit “Brain Surge”. During the 45-minute show, contestants from the audience will be invited to take part in imaginative,funny, and wacky interactive challenges that involved oversize props, creative costumes, and yes…even some slime! Each exciting challenge is based around a specific message about bullying and positive character traits that reinforces what students hear in school.

Unlike a traditional “quiz show” assembly that requires students to answer questions about curriculum, The Super U! Challenge will not put students “on-the-spot” or require that they have memorized any facts. The only requirement of the hand-on challenges is that the volunteers (and the audience!) are ready to have fun.

In addition to helping kids identify bullying behavior and encouraging positive character traits, The Super U! Challenge also promotes teamwork, good sportsmanship, and cooperation among students.

Topics highlighted in this program will be:

  • Building friendships and trust
  • Avoid being a bully
  • How your actions build character
  • The importance of honesty
  • What to do if someone is bullying you
  • Respect
  • Being a part of a community
  • Good Sportsmanship & Teamwork
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Belle River Students Help Raise Money for Toys for Tots

Some Belle River students who take karate lessons at PKSA Karate St. Clair helped collect over $2,000 in toys for Toys for Tots.The students involved were Sophie Drinkwine, Nolan Drinkwine, Madison Mackie, and Brian Humbert.

Our Mission: Working Collaboratively to Ensure All Students Learn

Our Vision: Belle River is an inviting, caring school community that meets the needs of every 21st century learner, by using Best Practices to facilitate positive behavior support

and high expectations for lifelong learners.

Student Code of Conduct

Be Responsible

Be Respectful

Be Safe &

Be a Friend