Bel Ayr Elementary School

June 2023 Newsletter

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  • June 1-30 - PRIDE Month

  • June 5 - Spirit Monday- Wear Your Favorite Team Colours

  • June 6 - Grade 6 Junior High Orientation

  • June 12 - Spirit Monday - 80's Throwback Day - Dress like the 80's!

  • June 19 - Spirit Monday - Matching Day - Dress like a friend or coordinate an outfit together!

  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

  • June 9 - Field Day - morning only (depending on weather and air quality reports)

  • June 13 - Field Day (Rain Date)

  • June 22 - Last Pizza Delivery Day

  • June 26 - Spirit Monday - PJ Day!

  • June 27 - Wear Rainbow Colours in Support of PRIDE Month

  • June 28 - Grade 6 Closing - 1PM (see below)

  • June 29 - Assessment Day - No School for Students

  • June 30 - Last Day of School - Report Cards E-mailed to Families

2023-24 HRCE School Calendar

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PRIDE Month - June is PRIDE month! This is an important time to celebrate diversity and the rich cultural contributions of our LGBTQIAP+ community to our society. In classrooms, we can raise conversations about diversity, culture, gender, and the unique experiences of members from our LGBTQIAP+ community and their allies. PRIDE month originated from the events of the Stonewall Uprising in Greenwich Village, NY on June 28th, 1969. Patrons of local bars in the area were raided by Police and discriminated against in a violent manner. We are inviting all students and staff to wear rainbow colors on June 27th to raise awareness and celebrate diversity!

If you are interested in participating in Halifax PRIDE events this summer, click here.

National Indigenous Peoples Heritage Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day - Each year, on June 21st, Canada recognizes National Indigenous Peoples Day. This date also marks the summer solstice which has included significant celebrations amongst Indigenous Peoples dating back thousands of years. There are many links to our curriculum outcomes in science and social studies that our students can engage with through an Indigenous lens. Students and staff are invited to wear orange on this day!

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Wildfire Support

Our school community is thinking about those impacted by recent wildfires in the HRM. If you wish to support families who have lost their homes or need financial support, you can make donations in the link below:

* Please note that the communities in crisis are not yet ready to recieve food or clothing donations as they are working to manage evacuations and support on the ground.

Field Day

We are pleased to inform you that we will be having a field day on Friday, June 9th! Activities are scheduled for the entire morning with a rain date scheduled for June 13th. Our Phys. Ed. teacher, Mr. Stiner has lots of fun stations planned for the children. We would ask that you please ensure that your children have the following clothing and gear with them that day:

  • Shorts and a t-shirt (change of clothes recommended)

  • Sunglasses

  • Sneakers (please no flip flops or sandals)

  • Sunscreen lotion (no spray please)

  • Water Bottle

There will be a rest station set up where students will be able to refill their water bottles and enjoy a frozen treat. If air quality reports are poor or if the forecast predicts rain we will reschedule for the 13th. We would like to thank our grade 6 students for stepping up to lead our field day stations and Mr. Stiner for coordinating this amazing day for us.

We will monitor the weather and air quality reports leading up to the 9th and will communicate any scheduling changes or cancellations in advance

Pizza Reimbursement Update - Pre-primary Families

We recently programmed School Cash Online to refund pizza money to our pre-primary families who have missed school since the beginning of the CUPE strike. Please check your bank statements to make sure these transactions reach you. If not, we can issue reimbursement cheques and mail them out during the week of June 12th.

Grade 6 Closing

The families of grade 6 students are invited to attend a grade 6 closing assembly on Wednesday, June 28th at 1 PM. Seating is limited because of fire regulations and space in the gymnasium. If you are planning to bring more than four guests to this assembly, please let us know by phoning the main office so we can keep track and guaranteed seating for immediate family members.


As the days begin to warm up, we recommend sending a small bottle of sunscreen with your child(ren). Please look for lotions instead of sprays as these tend to be difficult for our staff and students who have asthma. Neutral scented products please!


We would like to wish Ms. C. Johnson and Mr. T. Stiner all the best in the next chapters of their lives. Ms. Johnson is currently our 50% learning support teacher who has worked tirelessly all year to help our students improve their skills in reading and mathematics. Mr. Stiner has been our phys. ed. teacher for six years. Bel Ayr will miss his kindness and his dedication to our students. Thank you, Mr. Stiner and Ms. Johnson!

Spring Fair - Thank you!

We would like to thank the members of our Home and School and all the volunteers who helped with organizing, setting up, running stations and cleaning up afterwards. Our students will remember this as one of the pinnacle events of the 2022-23 school year. Thank you for your support!

Monies raised will go to supporting our classroom libraries, classroom resources, and the annual $500 bursary for a grade 12 Bel Ayr Elementary Alumni.

2023-24 Busing Information

Student transportation information for the 2023-24 school year will be available to view online through the BusPlanner Parent Portal later in July.

  • Families eligible for transportation will receive an email to access the Parent Portal (for busing) to view their child’s bus information once it is available.
  • Once you receive the email, you must follow the instructions to activate your new Parent Portal account and create a password. Using previous Parent Portal login information will not work.
  • If you can't find the email, please contact 902-431-4723 or for assistance.

Over the summer, the HRCE Student Transportation Team will also reach out to new HRCE families and those families who may require special needs transportation for their children with more information about busing.

Unassigned Seats (Courtesy)

When all bus seats have been assigned to eligible students based on their home addresses, there will be an opportunity for other families to apply or renew their unassigned seats. If you secured an unassigned seat last year, it will not be carried forward or guaranteed the following year.

2023-24 Enrollment/Class Lists

Our current enrollment numbers will see us open with eight homerooms and one pre-primary class in the fall if our numbers remain the same. The capacity in each class is at, or very close to, provincial cap sizes. This means that our class configurations could change with changes to enrollment after late registration in August. Our opening configuration will be communicated on our website in late August. Families will be able to see who their new teachers are in the Power School Portal on Friday, September 1, 2023.

Class lists are created by a team of teachers and specialists who consider many variables such as academics, social relationships, developmental considerations, personalities, special needs, and student independence. Our school will always listen to family requests from home, but these should be directed to the school's administration for official consideration. We cannot accept requests for preferences in combined or straight grade classes as we typically have combined homerooms stretching from grades P to 6. It is also important for families to understand that students in combined classes are assessed using outcomes from their current grade levels. As is the case in any classroom, our teachers consider your child's strengths, interests and challenges and then move them forward over the course of the school year. You can learn more about the benefits of combined classes in the link below:

Out of Area Applications

You can visit the link below if you are interested in applying for an Out of Area spot in our school. These are only applications and not guarantees for placement in our school. Waiting lists will be created in chronological order according to the date and time of any application. Out of Area families are responsible for all transportation to and from school in addition to giving up their spaces in home catchment areas.

2023-24 Halifax Regional Arts

Halifax Regional Arts 2023-2024 registration is now open for all programming! Register at:

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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.

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.