First Full Week at Bel Aire!

Principal Newsletter #3: 2021-2022 School Year

Dear Families,

We are midway through our first full week at Bel Aire! It's been a joy to see students learning routines, engaging in math and reading, and playing with friends. I knew 4-square was a popular game, but it's REALLY popular at Bel Aire.

We held our first Monday Morning Meeting with each grade level this week, and I told students that I'm so happy they are here at Bel Aire. I want each student to feel that they belong here and are appreciated. We also reviewed what Being Safe, Being Kind, and Being Fair looks like at Bel Aire. Students came up to the microphone and gave some examples. They were great!

Next week we'll bring the whole school together in front of the M-wing for the Monday Morning Meeting. Mr. Gist will play the school song, and we'll talk about opportunities for students to get involved with school this year.

I wanted to give you, parents, a big shout-out for the work you do as parents. I know how hard it can be to balance work/family and take care of your family and yourself. I hope you take a moment to acknowledge your efforts!


Principal John DiCosmo

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Marin County Covid-19 Status Update: Masks in Schools

Marin COVID-19 Status Update: Masks in Schools (August 20, 2021)


Public Health Zoom with Deputy Public Health Director, Dr. Lisa Santora

TODAY--Wednesday, August 25, at 6:30 p.m. , Deputy Public Health Director, Dr. Lisa Santora, will be providing an update for parents and guardians of children returning to campus for the 2012-22 school year.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:


Passcode: 801759

Or One tap mobile :

US: +14086380968,,84416221160# or +16699006833,,84416221160#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 408 638 0968 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248

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Webinar ID: 844 1622 1160

International numbers available:


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Children for Change: Inspiring Community Leaders

Looking to integrate service learning and community leadership into your child’s day?

Join our new after-school enrichment program with Children for Change: Inspiring Community Leaders

C4C: Inspiring Community Leaders
Thursdays, 3:15-4:45pm
Sept 2nd - Oct 21st
All 3rd-8th grade students welcome
Strawberry Recreation Center- 3rd floor room
Registration Link

Join like-minded young people who are passionate about big issues and inspired to make a change in the world! This enrichment program will energize students to see themselves as changemakers and take action that makes a real difference. Participants will play interactive games, meet with field experts (elected officials, non-profit leaders, scientists, filmmakers, and more), and participate in powerful simulations as they learn about global issues and encourage action in their own community. Scholarships are available, so please let us know if that is useful for your family.

The program incorporates all the great elements of Children for Change, a service learning club that grew up in the Ross Valley School District. Children for Change students learn about an issue (such as climate change, social justice, homelessness or the environment) in a fun and engaging way and then inspire others to create change in their community through advocacy, youth philanthropy and service work. In addition to the after-school class, participants’ families will have access to join in a Change for Good Weekend - a weekend full of service opportunities geared towards young families.


School Reminders

Please be sure your child brings the following items to school:

  • A healthy snack & lunch (Please do not send in any food or snacks containing nuts)
  • Water bottle
  • A comfortable and well-fitting face mask (we can provide if one is needed)
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes

Morning Drop Off Procedures

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Student Drop Off/ Pickup

What is the drop-off protocol for students?

Parents may drop off at any of the three campus entrances but are not permitted on campus at this time. The only permitted parent vehicles are for students that have an injury or a special need that would require a closer drop off.

Students are permitted on campus at 7:45 am, and Homeroom begins at 8:00 am.

The school day ends at 2:35 pm, and parents can meet students off-campus at the exits.

Please follow all safety protocols & traffic laws when dropping students off and picking them up. This includes:

  • parking in a legal parking spot (please pull all the way over to the curb)
  • avoid blocking driveways

In addition, please understand that many of our neighbors are experiencing more neighborhood traffic than is typical (due to designated entry/exit locations). Please make every effort to be respectful in any interactions.

Finally, as a best practice for supporting safety, we request parents to designate a location a block or more away from the entry/exit locations to prevent both vehicle and student congestion and traffic.

Currently Closed: Belvedere Tiburon Library

Parents, be advised: the Belvedere Tiburon library is currently closed due to construction. Children should not plan on going to the library after being dropped off at the library bus stop.
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Important: "Test or 10" - Learning from home if sick or quarantining.

Any students who are sick or symptomatic must kept home from school. To keep learning materials accessible for students, Bel Aire will make use of the "Test or 10' document. The "Test or 10" document is a self-guided curriculum that a student can use while quarantining. It is based on grade-level standards and is designed to be completed as independently as possible. It can be shared with a parent/guardian and even pushed to that child's district device.

Back to School Night

Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 6pm

277 Karen Way

Tiburon, CA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Regular School Hours

8:00-2:35 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

8:00-1:35 pm Wednesdays (Early Release Day)

Bel Aire Family Handbook

This handbook outlines some of our programs, policies and procedures, and the expected behavior for our community. It has been written by staff and students.


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Learn more about the Foundation for Reed Schools and view our entire 2021-22 Impact Report HERE.


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RUSD Mission & Vision: Each student will be challenged and inspired to reach their fullest intellectual, social-emotional and creative potential to positively impact the world.