Bear Bulletin

Winter Break Edition

From the Principal

Oh my - what a wonderful week we have had! Our Reindeer Games were a huge success! A big THANK YOU to our wonderful PTO for planning such a fun event. It was so nice to see families mingling, sipping hot chocolate, and playing games together. Our favorite "reindeer" were the star of the show and the photo ops with Santa, the holiday music, and the hot chocolate were the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. We've also enjoyed a countdown to Winter Break Spirit Week with fun daily dress-up themes. It's hard not to get excited about the holiday season!


We wish each of our Ballentine families a wonderful, restful break full of family, friends, and special times together making memories. Of course, we'd love to see our Bears reading during break as well! It's a great way to relax and disconnect from hectic schedules and busy days. Have a wonderful holiday break and we'll see everyone next year!

Important Last Minute Need-to-Knows

  • Wrapping paper orders: If you ordered wrapping paper, cookie dough, or other gift items through River City Wrapping, we are expecting delivery of these items by the end of the day on Thursday. In order to give us time to sort items and have them ready for pick up, please plan to come by the school office during one of the following times: Friday, December 17th, between 1:00 - 5:00 and Monday, December 20th, between 8:00 - 12:00. If the items are small enough, we will send them home with your child. All other items will need to be picked up in the front office on Friday between 1:00 - 5:00 or on Monday between 8:00 - 12:00.


  • Our Lost & Found is getting quite full. Please stop by any day after school between 3:00 - 5:30 if your child is missing a jacket or coat. Use the entrance near the cafeteria where the afterschool Safari program is. Any items remaining after winter break will be donated to charity.


  • Friday, Dec 17, is a half-day and elementary schools will dismiss at 10:40

***please note this is earlier than our usual early release day dismissal time***

A Peek At Our Week

Art Notes from Mrs. Colchin


Students have been working very hard on their artwork this year. Log in to artsonia.com to check out your student's online art portfolio. Also, use promo code HolidayFunds21 to receive a 15% discount on one item! If you are having trouble logging in, please contact Mrs. Colchin, acolchin@lexrich5.org.

Reindeer Games

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How to Reach Us

Parent input and feedback are always appreciated as we work through new routines and procedures. Whether through a phone call or an email, we welcome your thoughts and ideas. The Administrative Team at BES is always available to help in any way we can! You can contact us by calling the main office at 476-4500 or emailing us directly.


Principal Robin Bright rbright@lexrich5.org

Assistant Principal Zach Keister zkeister@lexrich5.org

Assistant Administrator Allison Babb ababb@lexrich5.org


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Thank you for your continued support as we work together to make this our BESt year yet!

Our Mission…

The mission of Ballentine Elementary School is to join together community, staff, students, and families to ensure that all students are provided a world-class, rigorous education.


Our Vision…

In partnership with the community, staff, students, and families, Ballentine Elementary School will exemplify excellence in education in a positive, safe and nurturing environment in order to prepare our students to be fully participating citizens and leaders. We will foster the development of creative thinking, encourage curiosity and problem solving, promote respect for individual differences and uphold high ethical standards.