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Belmont Elementary: A PAWSitive Place to Learn!

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Meet our 2020-2021 KinderDog Teaching Team

Welcome to kInDeRgArTeN at BE!

We're excited to welcome your child as a Belmont Kindergarten Bulldog! We LOVE getting to meet new KinderDogs and can't wait to welcome YOURS into our classrooms when we return in the fall!


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!

After we receive the forms from Step 1 and 2 above, Amy Carnes-Madden, Lead Secretary and Keeper of the Belmont Elementary Records, will enter the information you provided into Skyward, our student management system. She will then send you an email to let you know that you are ready to log in to your Skyward Family Access Account to complete the remainder of your child's enrollment. Mrs. Carnes-Madden will send directions in that email to assist you with this process. If you are having difficulty with any of the online portions of enrollment, we will be happy to provide assistance and will have devices available for use in our office during open enrollment in late July. Don't worry! We will get it all accomplished, together!


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?

We're so glad you asked! Part of doing our best to keep your child learning is knowing about them as growing individuals. The more we know about their health story, the better able we are to proactively and, if necessary, reactively respond to your child if they present with an abnormality. Headaches? Do they have any history of concussions? Tummy aches? Do they struggle with acid-reflux or chronic constipation? Easy to cry? Are they sensitive to change or more anxious than the average child? Do they puke when they spin? Have any allergies that could affect their skin, their day or their breathing? We really want to know these things because we are about to be partners on a really important team....Team (Insert Your Child's Name Here)!


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.


IMPORTANT:


  • 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.)

What else?

There are several more pieces of information that we will need to collect before school begins. Open enrollment dates (July 30 & 31) are the perfect time to bring these items to us so that we can make copies for your child's file and safely return the original to your hands.



  • 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.

All aboard!!!

Would your family benefit from bus services to and/or from Belmont? First Student is our transportation provider. If you would like to sign up for bus services (free for students living more than 2.5 miles from school; parent paid for students living less than 2.5 miles from the school), complete the form below and return it directly to First Student prior to August 5th. Questions specific to bus transportation should be directed to First Student at 913.422.8501.

ASQ in August. ASQ? We Thought Kindergarten was all About ABC!

Sorry. Sometimes, I think I'm funny. Ha! ABC and 123 and SOOO much more is what kindergarten is all about, but helping your child to be successful in kindergarten begins with helping us better know their current, relative strengths and weaknesses as it relates to learning and communication skills. We call these GLOWS and GROWS! In order to gain a clear snapshot of your learner, we are partnering with the Kansas State Department of Education by asking parents of incoming kindergarten students to participate in the ASQ screener program. In no way are we screening our students in an effort to block or judge anyone, we just love to know more!


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/.



FAQs

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 phargrove@usd232.org.

Are you already aware of special service needs for your child? Help us BE prepared! Contact phargrove@usd232.org or any one of the following school helpers.

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)

I have always enjoyed connecting with people and look forward to connecting with you each week (usually on Friday) through the Paw Print Newsletter. Thank you for taking the time to read it! If you keep scrolling through this special kindergarten edition, you'll see some of the same weekly features that will be provided in the Paw Print - hopefully, these are helpful resources for your busy life!


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 phargrove@usd232.org. During the school year, I can also be reached by calling the office at 913.667.1810.

Specials!

Your kindergartener will enjoy learning not only in their homeroom, but also in six Specials classrooms throughout the week. Every child will experience Art, Counselor, Library, Music, Physical Education, and Technology. Our Specials classes follow a rotation throughout the year, to avoid the same students missing the same Monday or Friday classes over and over again as those tend to be the days most often re-purposed in the academic calendar. Each classroom has a unique DAWGS Specials Schedule, so once you learn which days are which for your child, you'll never miss returning library books or wearing tennis shoes on the correct days. The DAWGS Schedule is posted each week in the Paw Print (see below) and can also be accessed by clicking on that button, or in the Logistics section under the Family tab on our website.
Specials Next Week: Posted HERE Weekly

For the complete 2020-2021 Specials Schedule, click here.

Speaking of Technology...What About Screen Time?

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!

Do you have your child fully enrolled and ready for 2020-2021? If so, FABULOUS and THANK YOU! If you're not quite there yet, or if you have a new neighbor who might need this information, please plan to join us for open enrollment Thursday, July 30th from 1:00-8:00pm or Friday morning, July 31st from 8:00 AM - Noon.


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

Join us anytime between 4:30 and 6:30 PM to meet your child's classroom teacher and drop off school supplies. Teachers are looking forward to welcoming your family into their classrooms and although this won't be a time for lengthy personal conversations, it is a great time to share contact information and get logged in to classroom communication tools so that you can stay connected with your child's learning environment throughout the year.


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!

Click here for the 2020-2021 Supply Lists

If your family needs assistance with obtaining school supplies, please do not hesitate to contact the office at 913-667-1810 or email phargrove@usd232.org.

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 acarnes@usd232.org, kfanning@usd232.org, smccann@usd232.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

As long as your children make it to school, we're not so worried about HOW they get here, but it is rEaLLy iMpOrTaNt to us to know how we should be sending them home. If you have a KinderDog through 5th grader, please click here to let us know how your child will be getting home each day. You may enter all of your children on one form if their transportation is the same. This form will go directly to Shelly McCann in the office. If you have any questions, please contact Shelly at smccann@usd232.org or 913.667.1810.

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!

Current PTO News and Info at BelmontPTO.com!

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!

USD 232 Electronic Flyers -includes clubs at Belmont

Find information about opportunities right here at Belmont as well as throughout the district. Visit often!

2020-2021 Lunch Schedule

11:30-11:57 Kindergarten

11:40-12:07 1st Grade

12:00-12:27 3rd Grade

12:10-12:37 2nd Grade

12:30-12:57 4th Grade

12:40-1:07 5th Grade

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