Belmont Elementary: A PAWSitive Place to Learn!
Meet our 2020-2021 KinderDog Teaching Team
Hello, Belmont Kindergarten! My name is Jennifer Mead and I'm really looking forward to getting to know you and your child. I've been part of the Belmont family since we opened 11 years ago and I'm looking forward to my 16th year of teaching. I know you will love Belmont as much as I do!
Welcome, Belmont families!! I'm Jen Sikkel and I'm looking forward to starting my 10th year of teaching kindergarten. I'm beyond excited to get to know you and your kindergartener! Belmont is a great place to BE!
Hello Kindergarten! My name is Dara Thompson and I am looking forward to my 10th year of teaching. We will have so much fun learning and growing together, and I am excited to meet you and your families! Go Bulldogs!
Welcome to kInDeRgArTeN at BE!
We've tried to pack all of the information you'll need to get started into this ONE document.
Great! You are well on your way to getting your child enrolled for kindergarten!
Documents you will complete through your Skyward Family Access account:
- Parental Insurance Waiver
- Anti-Bullying Policy Awareness
- Acceptable Use Policy for District Technology
- Data Disclosure
- FERPA Preferences
- Other Health Updates, including Over the Counter options for your child.
What About HEALTH Information?
Mr. Beau Martin, RN, takes care of all of us here at Belmont. He is skilled in many areas of nursing and has the ability to act as a knowledgeable liaison with outside medical teams when needed. Above all that, he truly cares about helping students to feel their best, and about helping families identify and mitigate medical concerns not only for today, but for long-term health. Teaching students how to be their best advocates, while also building confidence in listening to and taking care of their own incredible brains and bodies is a common goal.
Some of the Health Information Forms that you will complete are included in the Skyward (the second, online after Amy gives you the green light) portion of your child's enrollment.
- Before your child may begin kindergarten in Kansas, we must have your child's up-to-date immunization record IN OUR HANDS. The immunization record (do they still give out those pink tri-fold cards?) should be completed by your doctor's office and signed by your physician. (Form is attached below- other signed form provided by doctor is acceptable, such as a computer printout of immunizations and applicable dates.)
- A physical or wellness check is also required for students entering a Kansas school for the first time. The physical should be recent to be most helpful, so within the last year, please. (Form is attached below- other signed form provided by doctor is acceptable.)
- Proof of Residency: We'll need a current utility bill, lease, or home contract. We don't care about the details, but we do need to see your name and address to make sure that we are enrolling your child in the correct school of attendance.
- Birth Certificate: Although the certificate they give you at the hospital with the sweet little footprints is adorable, we actually need a copy of the original, certified birth certificate issued by the state in which your child was born. These can take several weeks to obtain from the state so NOW is a good time to request it if you don't already have one. You'll need this for many reasons as your child ages.
ASQ in August. ASQ? We Thought Kindergarten was all About ABC!
ASQ-3 stands for Ages and Stages Questionnaire, Version 3. ASQ:SE-2 stands for Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional, Second Edition. These questionnaires, which will take 10-20 minutes to complete with your child, ask questions about your child's behaviors and social-emotional growth. The information you supply will help reveal your child's strengths, uncover any areas of concern, and determine if there are community resources or services that may be useful for your child or your family. More information can be found at http://agesandstages.com/ks/.
When will we give the questionnaire to our child? Principals will email the links to the online questionnaires on August 3rd. We will also have printed copies at each school building available upon request.
Who will have access to this information? Only individual classroom teachers, the building principal and specified district administration will have access to student-specific data. The state will only have access to data related to the overall number of students who entered our school district developmentally ready for Kindergarten.
How will this information be used? The results of these questionnaires will allow us to support decision making to meet the needs of individual students and support partnerships between teachers and parents. Ultimately, this is just one of many pieces of information that staff will use to meet the needs of students and cannot serve as the only determinant of important decisions, such as class placement or referrals for special education, and will not be used to determine a student’s eligibility for Kindergarten.
As stated above, the link will be sent to parents on August 3, 2020. We respectfully ask that all screeners are completed within two weeks, ideally, prior to the first day of school on August 13th! Pick a time when you feel like your child will be most successful (well rested, fed, and ready to play) and have fun completing this questionnaire with your child. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at email@example.com.
Are you already aware of special service needs for your child? Help us BE prepared! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or any one of the following school helpers.
School Psychologist email@example.com
School Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
School Improvement Specialist email@example.com
That was a LOT of information! Our Belmont Office Team is here to help! Call us at 913-667-1810 (currently, you'll need to leave a message, but we will get back to you) or email any or all of us! If you need it, our FAX # is 913-667-1811.
Paw Print: Weekly Communication from Pam (the Principal)
The Paw Print is also posted weekly on our school website at usd232.org/be. We'd love for you to visit our site and do a bit of exploring.
If I can help you in any way, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. During the school year, I can also be reached by calling the office at 913.667.1810.
Click here to read more about our district guidelines regarding instructional screen time for students. It is our expectation that the use of devices should intentional enhance learning for our students as just one part of a comprehensive plan.
Enrollment: We're OPEN July 30th & 31st!
This is a great time to turn in any paperwork (like proof of residency and health forms), pay fees (exact cash and checks accepted in the office, but electronic options are available online) and get support to complete any remaining online forms!
If your enrollment process is complete, there's no need to stop in unless you just want to say hello! All school supplies pre-ordered through the PTO will be delivered to classrooms on the 12th. We'll see you at our Family Welcome Night on August 12th between 4:30 and 6:30pm.
Belmont Elementary Family Welcome Night is August 12th
Our Belmont Elementary PTO (Did you know that YOU are a member as soon as you enroll your child at Belmont?) and multiple community groups, clubs and classes will also be represented at our Welcome Night to answer your questions and help you and your child get connected.
The parking lot gets busy, so feel free to enjoy a family walk to school if you live nearby. Much appreciated!
If your family needs assistance with obtaining school supplies, please do not hesitate to contact the office at 913-667-1810 or email email@example.com.
We LOVE Logistics! (But then, doesn't everybody!)
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO TO KEEP OUR PARKING LOT SAFE FOR OUR BULLPUPS AND BULLDOGS! Here is what YOU can do to help make drop-off and pick-up at Belmont a breeze! Most importantly- BE aware and SLOW DOWN! Please, put your cell phones down and pay close attention to all movement on school grounds.
All Early Childhood students will utilize the front loop at all times. All K-5 students will utilize the front loop for drop-off and K-1 students (and car pools with K-1 students) should be picked up in the front loop. All 2nd-5th students should be picked up in the back loop. Adjustments may be made following the first week of school if loops are out of whack. Families will be called individually if changes are recommended. (Be patient-everything seems out of whack the first week, but it always smooths out quickly as everyone gets into the groove!)
- AM EARLY CHILDHOOD students should be dropped off between 8:05 and 8:15. EC parents should not enter the parking lot until at least 8:00 in order to keep the driving lanes and crosswalks clear for elementary-agers participating in before-school activities. Children need to be picked up by 11:30. Click here for the Early Childhood Drop Off and Pick Up Guide. PM EARLY CHILDHOOD students should be dropped off beginning at 12:20 and picked up by 3:30. See Early Childhood Drop Off and Pick Up Guide above for more information.
- BREAKFAST is served from 8:25-8:45. The breakfast program is open for elementary students only, and only those students eating breakfast at school should be in the building at 8:25.
- All ELEMENTARY students should be dropped off between 8:30 and 8:40. Parents should not enter the car loop until after 8:15 to avoid causing issues for the early childhood car loop. Students will find it difficult to make it to their lockers and be in their desks ready to learn by 8:45 if they arrive later than 8:40 to school. Students who are tardy to class not only disrupt the classroom routine, but more importantly, begin their day already behind and frazzled. Click here for the Elementary Drop Off and Pick Up Guide .
- BUS STOP INFORMATION is located in Skyward in your Family Access Account. Click here for Bus Route Information in Family Access.
- HELMETS are expected for bike and scooter riders and permission from parents should be on file in the office. Bikes and scooters should be walked on the school grounds.
- The SPEED LIMIT on Belmont Drive is 25, but 20 is PLENTY. Please watch out for our kids on the streets and sidewalks. When students enter a crosswalk, it is the law to stop for them. Drive slowly and watch closely.
- PLEASE help us to be good neighbors by NOT blocking or turning around in driveways of residents near the school. That's just not cool.
- TRANSPORTATION CHANGES should be communicated to the office either by calling 913-667-1810 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and your child's teacher. All changes should be made at least 45 minutes prior to dismissal.
- All students should be picked up promptly at the end of their school day.
End of Day Transportation: Kindergarten through 5th Grade
Our PTO ROCKS!
The Belmont PTO gets things rocking right off the bat each year and we are so very grateful for the support! There are LOTS of opportunities to help with ideas and planning and to volunteer through our PTO throughout the year. There will be plenty of places to sign up and people to talk with about events and such during our Welcome Night on the 12th! Our first PTO Meeting of the year will happen soon on September 1st from 6:30-7:30 PM in Room 201. We'll be doing important business to get the year started, so please join us! More information is available on both the Belmont PTO Website (www.belmontpto.com) and the Belmont Elementary School PTO Facebook page.
Bulldog Dash, our BIGGEST FUNdraiser, will take place in early September during a school day. Watch for exciting news and announcements and follow the PTO on Facebook and through their website. You'll find the link right below this article so just keep on scrolling!
Click here for the most current PTO News! All PTO information is located at BelmontPTO.com 24/7! Check it out if you want to BE in the know!
Coming Up at BE:
July 30 Open Enrollment, 1:00pm - 8:00pm
July 31 Open Enrollment, 8:00am - Noon
August 12 Family Welcome Event, 4:30-6:30pm
August 13 First Day of 2020-2021 School Year for K-5th 12:10 Dismissal
NO LUNCH SERVED TODAY
August 14 First Day of School for Early Childhood
Regularly scheduled day
September 1 First PTO Meeting of the Year, 6:30-7:30pm
September 7 Labor Day, No School
Visit the BE Online Calendar of Events (by clicking on the button below) for a more complete list of activities!
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