Bellville Elementary Newsletter

Welcome to 2019-2020!

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Welcome back!!


We have been working hard to plan a fun, learning filled school year for our awesome students! Our theme this year is Kindness Matters. We will be focusing on kindness through our words and actions throughout the school year. Many new students are joining us this year, so we are going to focus on welcoming everyone to Bellville Elementary and showing kindness to our new friends this month!


Please do not forget school fees this year are $55 if paid by September 30th. (This includes $40 for school fees and a $15 technology fee.) If school fees are paid after September 30th, they will increase to $65. ($50 for school fees and a $15 technology fee.)


School will begin at 7:55 a.m. and end at 2:40 each day. If you are dropping your child(ren) off, please do not drop your child(ren) off before 7:30 a.m. Our teachers do not begin their work day until 7:35, and there will not be anyone present to watch your child(ren). Updated drop off and pick up procedures are written in detail below.


Bellville offers breakfast for students if they arrive before 7:50 a.m. at a cost of $1.00. Lunch prices are $2.75 this year. The Free and Reduced Lunch application is attached below as well as the updated charge policy for Clear Fork Schools.


Fall Picture Day is Wednesday, August 28th! Please mark your calendars.


In an effort to take care of our beautiful new building, all students need clean gym shoes for Phys Ed class. Please notice this does not ask for new shoes, but clean shoes. This means you may take an existing pair of tennis shoes, wash them, and bring them to school to be kept in your child's locker or cubicle.


Please do not forget our new building is equipped with air conditioning, so all students are expected to adhere to the dress code.


  • Shorts should be no more than 3 inches above the knee.
  • Shirts are to have three inch shoulder straps.
  • Shirts are not be more than three inches below the collarbone.
  • All sandals should have an ankle strap, as your child will be traveling up and down steps, as well as outside at our new playground.
  • With the air conditioning, your child may want a light jacket or sweater to keep at school in case they are cold.



If you are struggling to provide your child with school supplies or school clothes, I can submit student names to the New Store for clothes and a pair of shoes, and the Bellville Salvation Army for a book bag and supplies. There is an application, which goes directly to each organization, and all information is kept confidential. Please call or email Mrs.Swank if you would qualify for these services.


I have set two goals for this school year in order to beautify and improve our students' learning environment. The first purchase I would like to make is four picnic tables to be placed around our new playground. This would provide our students with a place to sit and talk with friends, read, work on homework, or do a hobby. It would also provide an outside learning space for students during the school day.


The second purchase is a sensory pathway to be located in our kindergarten hallway. I have attached information for the sensory pathway below. It creates a path for all of our students to relieve some energy, provide a brain break, and refocus to help them concentrate better in class. If you or your business are able to provide a donation for these special projects to help our students, please call or email Mrs. Swank.


Thank you so much for your support as we begin our first full school year in the new building, and please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. We will work hard to create a positive, fun-filled, and safe learning environment for your child(ren)!


Sincerely,


Stacey S. Swank

Principal, Bellville Elementary School

(419) 886-3244

swanks@clearfork.k12.oh.us

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Copies of this are available at each building's office. Mrs. Bailey, our secretary, can provide you with a hard copy if needed.

Open House

Monday, Aug. 19th, 6-7pm

195 School Street

Bellville, OH

K-2 Families will meet with Mrs. Swank in the cafeteria for welcome, introductions and information at 6:00 p.m.

3-5 Families will meet with Mrs. Swank in the cafeteria for welcome, introductions and information at 6:30 p.m.

Our Parent's Club will be serving a picnic from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

New Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

Bus Riders: All buses will drop off students and pick up students at the rear of the building at the cafeteria entrance each day. If you have questions about morning pick up times, please call the bus garage at (419) 886-3491.


Car Riders: If you are bringing your child to school or picking your child up from school, please come down Durbin Ave. and turn left on School St. You will make a right turn at the first alley, travel behind the Board Office (Annex) and follow the driveway up to the front entrance of the school. Please stay in the right lane. The left lane needs to be kept clear in case emergency vehicles, or if someone is driving to the Board Office. Once you have dropped off or picked up your child, you will turn right and exit onto School Street. Please do not drop your child off at the school before 7:30 a.m. each morning. During dismissal, Mrs. Swank will be walking the drive and texting student last names into teachers in order to get students out of the building as efficiently as possible.


Walkers and Bicycle Riders: All walkers and bicycle riders please travel down the alley in front of the main entrance of Bellville Elementary School and use the sidewalk to get to the front door. At dismissal time, walkers and bicycle riders will be released out the front door and will stay on the sidewalk where an adult will supervise the crosswalk.


Middle School /High School Walkers catching the shuttle bus: Middle School and High School students should not arrive to Bellville Elementary school before 7:10 to catch the shuttle bus. MS/HS students will walk down the alley adjacent to the front sidewalk of the building, enter the front door where the School Resource Officer is supervising, and travel through the main hallway, down the steps and out the cafeteria door to catch the shuttle bus. In the afternoons, MS/HS students will get off the shuttle bus, enter the cafeteria door, go up the steps to the main hallway, out the front entrance of the building, taking the sidewalk to the alley. No students will be permitted to get off the bus and walk through the parking lot as it puts their safety at risk.

School Begins!

The first day of school for first - fifth graders will be Tuesday, August 20th, and the first day of school for kindergarten is Friday, August 23rd. The PTO will be having their annual Boo Hoo Breakfast for Kindergarten Parents on Friday, August 23 after your kindergarten student has been taken to his/her classroom. Please see the invitation below for Kindergarten Parents:
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Important Dates

August 27-September 9 PTO Fundraiser

Wednesday, August 28- FALL PICTURE DAY

Monday, September 2-Labor Day, No School

Wednesday, September 11-Purple Star Ceremony 9:00 a.m.

Friday, September 13-Early Release at 1:00

Friday, September 20- Interim Reports Sent Home

Friday, October 11- Early Release at 1:00

Thursday, October 17-End of First Nine Weeks

Friday, October 18- Picture Retakes

Friday, October 25- Grade Cards Send Home

REMIND Update

REMIND has changed their policies, so I have had to archive the Bellville Elementary Remind. I have created a different class for each grade level as each class cannot have more than 150 participants. Please sign up for the REMIND for your child's grade level. If you have more than one child, you are welcome to sign up for each of your child's grade levels. This will mean you will get a text message for each child when school is closed, or I send out a school wide message. If a grade level has a special event or need, I will now have the capability to send out one reminder for that grade level. I apologize for the inconvenience, but this is the only way to continue using REMIND at Bellville Elementary.


Kindergarten Parents: In your cell phone enter the number 81010 and text the message @kbell19


First Grade Parents: In your cell phone enter the number 81010 and text the message @1bell19


Second Grade Parents: In your cell phone enter the number 81010 and text the message @2bell19


Third Grade Parents: In your cell phone enter the number 81010 and text the message @3bell19


Fourth Grade Parents: In your cell phone enter the number 81010 and text the message @4bell19


Fifth Grade Parents: In your cell phone enter the number 81010 and text the message @5bell19

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Mrs. Stacey S. Swank, Principal

swanks@clearfork.k12.oh.us (Email)

(419) 886-3244 (Office)