Bel Air News

An e-newsletter from Bel Air Elementary School

February 26, 2021

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March 1-5

Monday - March 1st

- In-person and distance learning continues for all grades

Tuesday -March 2nd

- In-person and distance learning continues for all grades

- Communication Night 3:45-6:45 (held virtually)- click here to sign up for a time with your student's teacher.

Wednesday - March 3rd

- In-person and distance learning continues for all grades

Thursday - March 4th

- In-person and distance learning continues for all grades

- Communication Night 3:45-6:45 (held virtually)- click here to sign up for a time with your student's teacher.

Friday - March 5th

- In-person and distance learning continues for all grades

March 8-12

Monday - March 8th

- in-person and distance learning continues for all students

Tuesday - March 9th

- Communication Night 3:45-6:45 (held virtually)- click here to sign up for a time with your student's teacher.

Wednesday - March 10th

- in-person and distance learning continues for all students

March 11-19


School resumes Monday, March 22nd

Communication Nights - March 2nd, 4th and 9th

Bel Air Communication Nights will be held, virtually, on March 2nd, 4th and 9th.

Click here to sign up for a time to meet with your child's teacher

Yearbooks on sale

Yearbooks are now on sale. The cost is $16.

Order yours here.

Order ID#1502321

Order deadline is March 31, 2021

A reminder to parents

As a reminder, parents should not be parking in the bus parking area. Please use the visitor parking lot if you are dropping off your student late or picking them up early.

Student pick up and drop off information

- Students are allowed to enter the building at 8:20.

- In an effort to maintain the health and safety of our students, our dismissal process will be begin between 3:05 and 3:10.

Please follow the routes on this map for parent pick up and drop off

Bundle Up for Outdoor Recess

With the extreme cold and snow we experience during Minnesota winters, students are expected to come to school every day with proper outdoor gear including coats, hats, mittens, snow pants and boots. Outdoor recess will take place each school day unless air temperatures at the time of recess reach 0 degrees and/or windchills reach 10 degrees below zero, in which case recess will be held indoors. Being prepared for cold temperatures every day will keep students safe and make recess enjoyable for all.

The District’s winter weather reminders have moved to the front page of school websites and can also be found at

Join a virtual Magic Treasure Hunt with Irondale Drama!

Irondale Drama has created a special virtual play especially for elementary students in the District. Check it out at the YouTube link below! Synopsis: Ms. Frazzle is teaching another day of online classes. With her history of wacky assignments, her students join another zoom class, curious of what awaits. Little do they know, Ms. Frazzle has a special quest up her sleeve: a magic treasure hunt! Through the power of imagination, they split up in search of three mystical items with the help of music and assorted Disney heroes and villains. Will their imaginations be enough to complete the treasure hunt? Or will the villains stop them in their tracks?

Report student absences through ParentVUE

Report student absences electronically

In addition to leaving voicemail messages, parents and guardians can now electronically record student absences, including future and/or planned absences. Log into ParentVUE and select “Record absence” next to your child’s name to begin the process. School staff will review new entries daily. Detailed instructions are available here.

Health practices for in-person school

Here are the health practices we’re expecting of families as students return to school:

· Conduct daily symptom checks at home each morning using Home Screening Tool

· Keep your child home if they or anyone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19.

· Report the following to your child’s school health office or building COVID coordinator:

o Any illnesses

o COVID-19 close contact exposures or illnesses

o Positive COVID cases within the home.

· Be sure your child brings a filled water bottle to school each day.

· Pack an extra mask in your student’s backpack. A ziplock bag labeled “clean” and “used” are great places to store them.

· Please check the phone numbers for parents and emergency contacts in ParentVue so that we are able to contact you promptly in case of injury or illness.

Please remember that the health practices in place prior to our shift to distance learning are still important to help us create a school environment that’s as healthy and safe as possible. This is also a great time to review the Minnesota Department of Health’s Attendance Guide for Families.

Health and Safety Precautions Video for In-Person Learning

Recording #4

Report Cards

Due to Covid 19, teachers will not be completing end of semester report cards to send home to families. Instead, we are relying on teachers and families staying in close contact to share progress updates and plan the best support for their children. As a reminder, our next communication nights are scheduled for March 2nd, 4th, and 9th - sign up here. Until then, please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions about their progress so far this year.

Second Step

This month, our school wide theme is problem solving. In our morning announcements we’ll be reminding students to use the Second Step Problem-Solving Steps:

  • S: Say the problem

  • T: Think of solutions

  • E: Explore consequences

  • P: Pick the best solution

As you can see, the first letter of each step spells the word ”step.” Remembering “step” helps students solve problems with each other in safe and respectful ways.

Second Step lessons specifically teach students to use each step and reinforce the message that solutions need to be safe and respectful. You will be receiving Home Links about the steps that describe why solving problems is important and including fun activities to do with your child to help them learn and practice the steps. We hope the steps will be helpful for you and your child when there are problems at home.

Please tell your child’s teacher if you would like more suggestions about how to use the Problem-Solving Steps at home.

MVSEF Partnering for Education Event

For the past ten years, the Mounds View Schools Education Foundation has brought together district staff, parents, alumni, community and business leaders for a community event celebrating the unique partnership between the foundation and the district - the Partnering for Education Event. This year we will gather virtually.

Beginning Monday, March 1, you can click here to access short daily videos. Mounds View staff, and a featured student speaker, will offer their unique perspectives on what has been an unusual school year - to say the least. Also, be sure to check in every day, as you will also have the opportunity to register to win a $25 gift card for lunch at a local restaurant.



JOIN THE BAND! If you are not in band and would like to learn to play a fun instrument, you may register now! The Bel Air Band is available to students in the 5th grade. Interested students are encouraged to watch an informational video HERE. This includes a demonstration of all of the band instruments as well as some FAQs about the 5th grade band experience. This is a great opportunity to join band!

Click HERE to to complete the online band registration.

Click HERE for instrument rental information.


Are you interested in joining the band next year? Watch this video (click HERE) to learn about the different instruments you can play! Families will be receiving a music interest survey on February 15. After students indicate their interest in band, Mr. Erickson will contact you with more information on getting started in band.


The Mounds View Summer Band Program is designed for students who are currently in band as well as beginners. Students going into 5th grade will have the opportunity to get started on their instrument while students going into 6th grade will be able to learn advanced skills on their instrument. Summer Band runs through the month of July. Look for registration information coming soon.

Please e-mail Mr. Erickson with any questions at:

Bel Air Orchestra Notes!


It’s almost time for you to sign up to join ORCHESTRA! Watch this video (click HERE) to learn more about orchestra and the string instruments you can play starting soon, and this video (click HERE) to see why students love being a part of the Mounds View Orchestra! Your school orchestra teacher has demonstrated each instrument- The first step to joining orchestra is to fill out the survey here

When will you start playing?

SUMMER ORCHESTRA Most of our 3rd grade students sign up to start learning their instruments during the summer before 4th grade. Summer Orchestra is a 4 week session during the month of July. Look for registration information coming soon. We learn all the basics of playing during Summer Orchestra, and you’ll be amazed how good you get on your new instrument! You can also start playing when school starts in the fall, when you’re a 4th grader.


You haven’t missed your chance to JOIN THE ORCHESTRA! The Bel Air Orchestra is available to students in the 4th & 5th grade. Interested students are encouraged to watch an informational video HERE. This video includes information about which string instruments you can choose to play, and the fun and exciting opportunities you will experience in orchestra. Want to know more? Click HERE to see why students love being a part of the Mounds View Orchestra! If you are not currently playing an instrument and would like to have a new experience learning to play a string instrument, you may register now, to start playing next fall! Now is a great time to consider joining the orchestra. Fill out the interest form here.

Click HERE for instrument rental information.

Please email Mr. Alex Hummel and Mr. Jim Bartsch with any questions at: and

Free Meals for Students


Free meals for all students

All students attending school will receive FREE breakfast and lunch daily through June 2021. If your student is in distance learning at an elementary school, you may continue to pick up meals at the locations listed below.

Updated locations for free student meals

FREE meals will be available for all students for curbside pickup at the schools listed below. Meal pick-up is available every Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the following locations. Please note the updated locations. Meals will no longer be available for curbside pick-up at the elementary schools.

Meals will be FREE for all students. Families and students will not need to provide a name or PIN number to pick up the meals. Masks are encouraged for those picking up meals, even while in their vehicle. This keeps the nutrition services staff safe as they serve the meals. For more information, visit our website.

IMPORTANT: Although our school meals have been free for all students this year as directed by USDA, we still need families to complete an Application for Education Benefits. If you haven't completed one for this year please click HERE to complete. If your household is accepted this school year, your status will roll over for the first 30 days of school of 2021-2022.

20-21 Online Data Verification

If you haven't already completed the Online Data Verification (previously known as Online Registration) for your student, please do so immediately so we have the most up-to-date, for your student, in our system. Incorrect or outdated information prevents us from being able to contact you with important information and inhibits our ability to reach you in case or illness or emergency.

If you already have a ParentVUE account, please log in and click the Online Data Verification button in the upper right-hand corner. Complete the updates as requested.

If you don’t yet have a ParentVUE account, first follow the ParentVUE Set Up Instructions, included, here, to create an account. Next, follow the Online Data Verification Directions, here, to log in and complete your enrollment.

You are welcome to log in to your ParentVUE account to verify/update 2020-21 student information for your student(s) at this time. (If you have additional changes or updates that need to be made, once you’ve completed this initial verification, you can do so through your ParentVUE account at any time.) Updates for the upcoming school year MUST be completed immediately so that we are assured we have accurate information as the school year begins.

School Supply Donations

We are in need of the following supplies:

- Pencil cases

- Markers

- Colored pencils

- Crayons

- Dry erase markers

- Post-it notes

If you would like to help, please drop your donations off at the school office.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

CDC discourages travel

Mounds View Public Schools is not currently requiring quarantine following travel. However, families considering travel during this school year are encouraged to keep a close eye on guidance from the Center for Disease Control. Given the high level of COVID-19 spread in our communities, any unnecessary travel is highly discouraged. The CDC recommends the following: Think about what you would do if you became ill, need to quarantine, etc. while traveling. People who travel out of state are strongly encouraged to quarantine when they return home. Starting January 26, anyone traveling internationally will need to be tested three days prior to returning to the U.S. and have proof of negative results before boarding a flight.

These links can help you make informed decisions about travel:

Domestic travel

International travel

MDH travel and COVID-19

Did you reply ‘STOP’ to a text message?

Did we send you one-too-many text messages that caused you to reply ‘STOP,’ in frustration? If so, please know that replying ‘STOP’ to a single text message automatically unsubscribes you from receiving all future text messages from any school or District office. Please consider resubscribing so you can receive future emergency notifications, and we’ll do our best to limit our text messages to critically urgent information that is as targeted as possible. To resubscribe, simply call or email any school main office and ask to be resubscribed to all text messages.

Students Can Now Receive Text Alerts

Parents, you can now add your child's cell phone number to ParentVUE so they can receive text messages and robo-calls about school closings, significantly delayed school buses, emergencies and other alerts. To subscribe your student to these occasional urgent messages, read the easy instructions here.

General Information

2020-2021 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:

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