Bel Ayr Elementary School

January 2022 Newsletter


Dear families,

We hope that you found time to relax and be with your families over the break. We know that the recent uncertainty in our education system has been an added layer of stress. We will do our best to support your children and answer any questions you may have. This week we will engage your children in online learning. We signed out over 80 of our devices to families last week and have a limited supply left if you are having issues with connectivity or device availability at home. Please phone the school if you are interested (first come, first serve).


Mr. Marsh and Ms. Rossi


  • January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

  • January 17 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day/ School re-opens for in-person learning

  • January 19 - Virtual SAC Meeting 6pm / Home & School Postponed

  • February 1 - African Heritage Month Begins

  • February 1-28 - Registration Month

  • February 18 - PD Day - No Classes

  • February 21 - Heritage Day - No Classes

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Online Learning Support

If your child is having difficulty accessing or working with our online learning apps please let your homeroom teacher know right away. Students will be marked present each day if they engage in online learning. They will also be assessed on the work they complete. Below are some helpful links for families:

1. Parent and Guardian FAQ

2. How to Sign in (English Version) (Arabic version)

3. Google Classroom - The Student Perspective

4. Seesaw - How to sign in from a browser or the app.

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Students can access violin lessons by accepting their invitation to Ms. Christensen's Google Classrooms (in email) or by joining the appropriate link below:

  • Grade 6 Violin class code: rgajlet

Grade 6 Violin class invite link

  • Grade 5 Violin class code: ur3ybib

Grade 5 Violin class invite link

  • Grade 4 Violin class code: muxlcfv

Grade 4 Violin class invite link

Ms. Christensen will also be available for in-person sessions upon request after 3pm if requested by students.

New Health Measures

Before the break we implemented a number of new health measures in our school. Since then we have received further guidance from Public Health and the HRCE as we continue to adapt to changing circumstances. When students return to school, the following health measures will resume or be added to our layers of protection from COVID-19:

1) COVID-19 Screening - Families should reference the NS COVID-19 Daily Checklist each morning before school to ensure students do not come to school with symptoms. Students who begin exhibiting symptoms at school will be screened by office staff, given a clean mask, and sent home right away.

2) Mask Wearing - All students and staff will be required to wear a facemask with three layers of cloth or a properly fitted surgical mask with three layers. All masks should cover the nose and mouth areas and form a tight seal around the contours of the face. Please ensure that your child has an extra cloth mask or a few surgical masks in their backpacks. "Over the nose is where it goes!" Students will receive another 3-layered mask when they return to school.

3) Hand Hygiene - Students and staff will clean their hands before crossing any threshold within the building. Hand sanitizing will also occur before eating and before using technological devices and books or other resources.

4) Cohorting - Students will now be cohorted with their classmates during inside time and outside whenever operationally possible. Homeroom teachers will supervise students or other designates at recess and during dismissal to minimize interactions between cohorts and to reduce movement within the school. When family members drop off students in the morning after 8:30 we would ask that they leave immediately afterwards to minimize close contacts with students.

5) No Supply Sharing - Teachers will be organizing individualized reading bags, math counters, and other supplies normally used within group settings. "Sharing is not caring" during times of pandemic measures.

6)Traveling Specialists - Music, band, French and library classes will occur in homerooms as opposed to students going to different locations for these experiences. Physical education will still be held in our gymnasium with activities modified to reduce proximity between students.

7) Staggered Entrances/Exits - Our students are already used to having entrances assigned to their homerooms. To add another layer of safety we will be implementing a staggered entrance and exit procedure. Teachers will come outside at 8:40 and enter one class at a time with 3 minute intervals.

8) Water Bottles - Please make sure your child brings a refillable water bottle to school. Our water refill stations are working but students are not permitted to use the fountain because of the risk of spreading germs.

Lunch Monitor Shortage

Having available lunch monitors is still a priority for our school. We are struggling to maintain staff for this at a time when consistent supervision ratios are extremely important for student safety. If this interests you or someone you know please phone the school or send an email to Mr. Marsh ( Lunch monitors work 1-3 hours per day supervising students outside and in their classrooms. The wages are $13.41 per hour.

Inclement Weather

Click here to view the HRCE's inclement weather procedures.

Pizza Thursdays/Breakfast

Due to the school closure for students and the uncertainty with Covid, we have decided to cancel the remaining pizza day from our first order. Refunds will be given to you in the form in which you purchased pizza, e.g if you paid by credit card or debit $3.25 will be credited to your account. We have no definite date as to when pizza day will begin again but once a date has been set, we will let you know.

Breakfast will continue to be offered on a daily basis when in-person learning resumes. If you require access to food, Feed Nova Scotia and local support programs are ready to help. Families can call 211 weekdays between 8am and 8pm or 211 online ( ) which is available 24/7 to provide more information and connect people to the nearest option.

Important Reminders

Drop-off Times - Please note that the drop-off time in the morning for preprimary students is 8:50 am. Preprimary staff are not available until this time. The drop-off time for all grade primary to grade 6 students is 8:30 am. Staff will not be on duty until 8:30 am so it is important for students not to be on school grounds or dropped off before this time.

Paper Newsletters - If you wish to receive paper copies of our newsletter please fill out this form or send in a note to your homeroom teacher.

Electronic Devices - Please remind your children that electronic devices such as phones, ipods, ipads, Nintendos, etc are not permitted at school unless a teacher sends home a note to bring them on a particular day for educational purposes. Students who have chrome books or laptops can bring these devices to school for educational purposes with the permission of a classroom teacher. The school will not be responsible for any theft or damages to devices brought from home.

Allergies - Please be reminded that we have students who have life threatening allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds, and eggs (ingestion only). We would ask that you do not send food items in lunch bags containing peanuts, tree nuts and sesame seeds as these can contaminate surfaces.