The Belle Ringer

Belle River Elementary School Newsletter, March 2017

Important Dates

Wednesday, March 1

  • Popcorn Day
  • Read a Shirt Day
  • Dance-A-Thon winners go to lunch in MC via fire truck/police car, 11:00 a.m.
  • 2:45 p.m. Reading Month Kick-off/Principal Sliming

Thursday, March 2

  • PTO Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Monday, March 6

  • Jump Rope for Heart assembly, 2:40 p.m.

Wednesday, March 8

  • Popcorn Day
  • Read a Shirt Day
  • Kindergarten Roundup at East China Central Office

Friday, March 10

  • School Store
  • Kindergarten Roundup at East China Central Office

Monday, March 13

  • Staff Meeting, 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday, March 14

  • Detroit Lions "Score with Reading" Assembly, 10:30 a.m.
  • Blood Drive, 2:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 15

  • Popcorn Day
  • Read a Shirt Day
  • Family STEAM Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 16

  • Half Day for Students, dismissal at 12:04 p.m.

Friday, March 17

  • No School
  • Happy St. Patrick's Day
  • PTO Movie Fundraiser at Riverside Cinemas

Tuesday, March 21

  • Book Swap

Wednesday, March 22

  • Popcorn Day
  • Read a Shirt Day

Friday, March 24

  • Mother Son Event, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Monday, March 27

  • Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. ~ Belle River Curriculum Spotlight

Wednesday, March 29

  • Popcorn Day
  • Read a Shirt Day

Friday, March 31

  • Bring a Stuffed Animal to School
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Movie in Classrooms
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Belle River Reads!

Dear Belle River Families,

During the month of March, we will celebrate Reading Month as a community of readers. Every family will receive a copy of the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Each evening through March, families are asked to read one or two chapters of the book. I am personally asking you to make some time each night so your family can participate in this special activity.

Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader. Reading together is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. Through reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a school, we aim to build a community of readers at Belle River. Everyone - students, parents, teachers, support staff, and the principal - will be participating, and we can all reap the many benefits while we share reactions to this classic story with one another.

The oldest child in each family will receive a copy of the book after a special school-wide assembly introducing the title and story. We will follow a calendar to keep track of reading assignments and related activities happening at school. Please spend about 15-20 minutes per night reading the assigned chapter. One member of the family can read the book to the rest. Take time to discuss the characters and events, make connections to the story, and predict what will happen in the next chapter.

Each day at school, your child will be invited to answer daily trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive listening. You will soon find that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. In class and at school, there may be various activities which discuss or explore the book. You will want to make sure your family keeps up so your child can join in discussions and answer the trivia questions. Throughout March, everyone at Belle River will be talking about Charlie and Willy Wonka.

Students at all grade levels will read or listen to the same book. Strange as that may seem, it actually makes sound educational sense. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level. We also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves. The Belle River staff selected a title that can be followed and understood and enjoyed by younger students, but will still captivate and stimulate older children. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is truly a classic and one of the greatest children’s books of all time.

Enjoy reading the book! I hope to talk with both you and your student sometime this month about the rich characters, include Charlie and Willy Wonka. When a whole school reads a book, there’s a lot to talk about. With your help, we can build a community of readers at Belle River.

Looking forward to reading with you!

Rachel Card, Principal
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Kindergarten Round-Up 2017

It is that time of year again! Kindergarten Round-Up will be held on Wednesday, March 8, and Thursday, March 9, at the East China School District Administrative Office building at 1585 Meisner Road. Registration will be from noon to 5:30 p.m. for children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2017. Please park in the lot and enter the doors by the parked school bus. Enrollment is on a walk-in basis. The busiest times tend to be from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. and from 3:30 - 4:15, so please plan accordingly. Your Kindergarten student is invited and encouraged to attend Round-Up with you. District staff will be present to answer questions about bus transportation, before and after-school childcare services, food services and other topics.

Kindergarten Registration Forms

Kindergarten registration packets are available in our office, at the Administrative Offices, and can be downloaded through this link. Parents are encouraged to pick up and complete a packet before coming to Round-up.

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February Students of the Month

All of our students strive to be be motivated learners as well as model citizens, and each month we will honor two students from each class who exemplify the following qualities:


  • Student prepares for classroom activities.
  • Student goes above and beyond his/her role as a student.
  • Student has made significant progress in the classroom.
  • Student has been working to his/her potential.
  • Student completes all assignments and homework.
  • Student has a good work ethic and is diligent.

Leadership/ Citizenship/ Character

  • Student demonstrates respect of self and others.
  • Student assists others in need.
  • Student shows acts of kindness.
  • Student demonstrates a positive attitude.
  • Student displays good conduct.
  • Student is a positive role model by example.
  • Student participates and puts forth full effort in all areas.
  • Student follows school rules.


Mrs. Jones Class: Quinn Valentine, Brennan Blarek

Mrs. Rymar’s Class: Makenna Hartsoe, Tristan Bowden

Mrs. Trout’s Class: Summer Murphy, Karli Uppleger

First Grade

Mrs. Talaski’s Class: Emma Adams, Frederick Dupine

Mrs. White’s Class: Lucas Carlson, Lucas Elsholz

First/Second Grade

Mrs. Gunderson’s/Cobean’s Class: Sophie Breloski, Jordan Osterland

Second Grade

Mrs. Greib’s Class: Evelyn Becker, Mya Geremesz

Mrs. Moses’ Class: Randall Russell, Ashton Hightower

Third Grade

Mrs. Charron’s Class: Annabella Ames, Avalene Baumgartner

Mrs. Drumb’s Class: Gaige Megie, Emma Arnold

Mrs. Weatherly’s Class: Addison Williams, Wyatt DuVall

Fourth Grade

Mrs. Penzien’s Class: Jeremy Frantz, Savanna Lynch

Mrs. Robbins’ Class: Trevor Brockley, Alexis Rock

Mrs. Westerhof’s Class: Kyra Hebel, Andrew Pressman

Fifth Grade

Mrs. Dunn’s Class: Lyle Defer, Kevin Dibble, Kameron Simons

Mrs. Carnahan’s Class: Merrill Hoski, Grant Westrick

Mrs. Tyler’s Class: Haley Armstead, Anthony Stadler

Mr. Westerhof’s P.E. Class: Jeremy Westrick, Madison Atwell
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Our Mission: Working Collaboratively to Ensure All Students Learn

Our Vision: Empower students to be productive citizens by fostering critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.

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