Bel Ayr Elementary School
April 2023 Newsletter
As we continue with our schoolwide reading goal, we are sharing a website that has a great deal of information and resources for families at home. Our lower elementary teachers are using the UFLI (University of Florida Literacy Institute) Manual , in combination with their literacy continuum documents (P-6 Reading & Phonics), to teach students how to decode. This site may also be helpful for parents and guardians who are concerned about their child's reading development. The Parent Resource Hub is an excellent starting point to help you learn more about this form of instruction. Here are some other links to resources from the UFLI system:
1. Resources - https://ufli.education.ufl.edu/resources/
2. Foundations Toolbox - https://ufli.education.ufl.edu/foundations/toolbox/
3. Virtual Word Mats - Beginner, Intermediate, Blending Board
We understand that when families help us at home, students accelerate in their development at school. It is also important to mention that this type of instruction needs to be paired with regular reading and writing. Students should be asked to look for the words discussed in their own books and use them in their daily writing. We hope these resources are helpful!
April 3 - Out of Area Applications for the 2023-24 School Year
April 4 - 3W and 2C Class Trip to Symphony Nova Scotia
April 6 - Wear Blue for Autism Awareness Month
April 7 - Good Friday (No School)
April 10 - Easter Monday (No School)
April 14 - School Assembly
April 21 - Final Day of Ramadan 2023 (Eid al-Fitr)
April 26 - SAC Meeting (6 PM) & Home and School Meeting (7 PM)
May 11 - New 2023-24 Primary Parent Meeting (6PM)
May 16 - Grade 3 Provincial Assessments (Reading and Writing)
May 17 - Volunteer Tea (10:20)
May 18 - Grade 3 Provincial Assessments (Reading and Writing)
May 22 - Victoria Day (No School)
May 23 - Grade 3 Provincial Assessments (Mathematics)
May 25 - Grade 3 Provincial Assessments (Mathematics)
May 26 - Primary Orientation (9:20 AM - 10:20 AM)
May 27 - Spring Fair
World Autism Awareness Month
“Autism is different for everyone. There are some who are verbal and others who are not, but we all deserve to be treated with respect.”
Port Hastings, NS
Effective February 1, 2023, we will be accepting registrations for the 2023-2024 school year through our new online portal, PowerSchool Enrollment! The registration process is entirely electronic as of 2023.
Tip: Before you begin, make sure you have the following documents in electronic form (image, PDF or Word document):
- Proof of identity/age with one of the following: birth certificate, passport, immigration papers, or legal adoption papers) if you are new to the HRCE
- Proof of home address (a recently dated official government or utility document with your current address that includes your name and date, such as water bill, power bill, internet bill, home fuel bill, a tax receipt, property assessment or a mortgage contract); and
- Nova Scotia Health Card or Canadian Province Health Card or, for non-citizens while in Canada, proof of Medical Insurance Information.
Visit the HRCE website for more information and to enrol your child today!
Don’t have a child to register? Maybe you know someone who does! Please help us spread the word and pass this information on to friends, neighbours or relatives who will be looking to register for the fall.
Woodlawn High Improv Theatre Assembly
Grade 3 Provincial Assessments
This year, our grade 3s will write the RW3 Provincial Assessment for reading, writing and mathematics. The scores on these assessments will only be shared with teachers and families. These scores do not appear on the third term report card nor do they count for any portion of third term assessment. It is information for the school and families about how students perform independently and what the future focus of instruction should be. It is also important to note that these assessments are only one data point in time. Therefore, we always interpret results with caution. Please ensure that your grade 3 student is present on the days listed below. It is recommended that students eat a nutritious breakfast on the morning of each assessment.
Tuesday, May 16 - Grade 3 Provincial Assessments (Reading and Writing)
Thursday, May 18 - Grade 3 Provincial Assessments (Reading and Writing)
Tuesday, May 23 - Grade 3 Provincial Assessments (Mathematics)
Thursday, May 25 - Grade 3 Provincial Assessments (Mathematics)
Out of Area Applications (Updated)
New Pizza Orders- (Updated April 6th)
*** Please note that orders placed in Aptil will be for 6 weeks instead of the regular 10 weeks to ofset an error that was made in Schoolcash Online. A message was sent to all families on April 6th***
Pizza orders are live again in SchoolCash Online. The payment window for this session will close on April 12th, 2023 at 11:59 PM. The last day of pizza deliveries for the previous window is Thursday, April 13th. Ordering is not renewed automatically so families wishing to continue ordering pizza beyond the 13th will need to place orders in the new payment window. If you are interested in trying SchoolCash payments for the first time, please use the links below:
Visit https://hrce.schoolcashonline.com/ and click Register to get started.
Need support? Connect with the SchoolCash Online help desk at schoolcashonline.com/Home/Support
Class Trips (Updated)
We would like to thank the parents and guardians who recently submitted their volunteer checks. Our list is growing but it is still not at pre-pandemic levels. We will continue to advertise and promote our volunteer list until we have enough to support each of our homerooms! See below on how you can apply to be a volunteer at our school.
After submitting both of these documents to our main office, you will be cleared for volunteering in our school for three full years from the date of issue indicated on your paperwork. Thank you for your interest and your time!
Spring Fair - Save the Date