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Belmont Elementary: A PAWSitive Place to Learn!

WeLcOmE, wElCoMe, WeLcOmE!!

We BElong! We BElong! We BElong....together! I'm so excited that we are almost back together again! I heard a rumor that I was be fair.....I probably started that rumor. Nope. Not doing it. Not going anywhere. The fact is, that 37 years later, I still LOVE serving students, families and teams in school. I feel so very blessed to be here with your children, your family, and this incredible team. I mean, let's be real...I'm pretty sure that I'm in the last decade of this career, but I'm here, and I'm all in. Let's get this journey going!

Pssst. How many of you just belted out your best Pat Benatar impression when you started reading this text? Good! That means you're the fun one! If you didn't do it yet, there's still time! Let yourself BE silly and joyful! I'll see you soon, and look forward to learning and growing with all of you this year. You BElong here. We BElong together. We BElong @BEBulldogs!

BE Office Open July 28 & 29 for Enrollment

Do you have your child fully enrolled and ready for 2022-2023? If so, FABULOUS and THANK YOU! (Remember that there are some forms that must be completed in your child's Skyward Family Access account.) If you're not quite there yet, or if you have a new neighbor who might need this information, please follow or share one of the links below to get the process rolling. We will make every effort to complete all enrollment steps online for your convenience! Please know, however, that we are here to assist you, so don't hesitate to call for over-the-phone assistance or feel free to call or stop in to secure in-person support if you do not have full electronic access. Our office number is 913-667-1810.

Enrollment hours:

Thursday, July 28th from 1:00 - 8:00 pm

Friday, July 29th from 8:00 am - Noon

NEW Elementary Student Enrollment Info 2022-2023

Kindergarten Enrollment Information 2022-2023

If you would like to drop off any paperwork (like proof of residency and health forms) or pay fees (exact cash and checks accepted in the office, but electronic options are available online after Skyward access is granted), we are happy to assist during enrollment hours. Just ring the front doorbell if you need us to make copies of your important documents. After enrollment dates listed above, you'll find the office will be open daily from 8 am - 4 pm.

School supplies pre-ordered from our PTO will be delivered to classrooms prior to your child's first day of school. If you are interested in ordering from the PTO, just follow this link prior to August 1st!

School Supplies for 2022-2023

Click this button to go directly to the PTO order site to pre-order supplies by grade level for 22-23. Deadline to order from the PTO is August 1, 2022.

Prefer to Do Your Own School Supply Shopping?

ALL K-5 STUDENTS NEED HEADPHONES or EARBUDS and a backpack without wheels. If your family needs assistance with obtaining school supplies, please do not hesitate to contact the office at 913.667.1810 or email

BE PTO Bulldog Nights at the Playground

Whoa!! This is so FUN!! Read below to see when YOU and YOUR FAMILY should show up at the Belmont Elementary Playground to meet and play with other Belmont Families with children in the same grade! Special thanks to our PTO for organizing Kona Ice at the amazing price of only $1 each! Wowza! Come on down and BE cool with us!

Wednesday, August 3

  • 6:30-7, Kindergarten
  • 7-7:30, First Grade
  • 7:30-8, Second Grade

Thursday, August 4

  • 6:30-7, Third Grade
  • 7-7:30, Fourth Grade
  • 7:30-8, Fifth Grade

Your whole family is also invited to make your mark (that'll be one awesome purple paint handprint on a banner to hang in our hallway from each member of your family) in celebration of this year's theme- We BElong @BEBulldogs! Look for a bunch of purple people laughing near the building and you'll know you've come to the right place! Thanks for helping us to figuratively wrap your hands around our school. Yes. I'll BE this corny all year.

Family Welcome Night

Join us on August 15th to meet your child's classroom teacher and drop off school supplies. Teachers are looking forward to welcoming your family into their classrooms and although this won't be a time for lengthy personal conversations, it is a great time to share contact information and get tuned in to classroom communication tools so that you can stay connected with your child's learning environment throughout the year. We'll welcome you, you'll welcome us to your child's team, and we'll work to settle some of those butterflies that may be flying inside some nervous bellies. New can be hard, but we are here for your family!

It would be SUPER helpful for you to aim for the time indicated below according to your family's last name:

5:30-6:00 pm A-J

6:00-6:30 pm K-R

6:30-7:00 pm S-Z

Our Belmont Elementary PTO (Did you know that YOU are a member as soon as you enroll your child at Belmont?) and multiple community groups will also be represented at our Welcome Night to answer your questions and help you and your child get connected.

The parking lot gets busy, so feel free to enjoy a family walk to school if you live nearby. BE safe out there! Much appreciated!

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling.......or Walking, or Riding!

Start practicing these simple acts of safety with your children now so that they'll be ready when the school year begins!

  • When riding in a car...buckle up, buttercup! Even young children can learn to quickly buckle and unbuckle themselves. Stay buckled ALL THE WAY TO THE CURB in the morning! Buckle up AS SOON AS YOU SIT in the afternoon! Children pin-balling around cars in the parking lot are just not a good look for parents who love their children as much as you do.
  • When riding a bicycle...wear a helmet, and either ride on the sidewalk or beside the curb on the right going the same direction as traffic.
  • When walking to school...stay on the sidewalk or walk beside the curb on the left facing traffic.
  • When YOU are driving in near our school or in the parking lot...put down that phone. You cannot get this time back with your children. Use every minute to pump them up and help them learn how to BE present and make people feel valued.
  • If you have time, take your children on a bus or streetcar and practice staying seated, even without a seatbelt. Every child should get to ride a school bus at least for a field trip this year and practice on a bus helps our driver to concentrate on the road.

Practice makes permanent. Let's do this together!

End of Day Transportation: Kindergarten through 5th Grade

As long as your children make it to school, we're not so worried about HOW they get here, but it is rEaLLy iMpOrTaNt to us to know how we should be sending them home. If you have a KinderDog through 5th grader, please click here to let us know how your child will be getting home each day. You may enter all of your children on one form if their transportation is the same. This form will go directly to Kelly Hall in the office. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly at or 913.667.1810.

Summer is A L M O S T over....Eek! What Should We BE Doing to BE Ready for School?

I just happen to have a few TOTALLY FUN ideas that you may not have thought about!

  • Teach your child how to open packages that you might be sending in their lunches. You your own pizza lunchables, for example. Or those little packages of fruit that explode when you touch them. And...well, any of it really. OF COURSE we will help them at school, but you should know that there are usually 2-3 adults serving 120-150 students each lunch period. It's hard to be everywhere at once. Anything your Bulldog can do to help themselves helps all of us!
  • While you're at it, start thinking about helping your child to be ready to follow a school lunch timeline. We have 27 minutes to get the grade level through the line, seated, fed, cleaned up, lined up and back to class. Whew! If your kiddo is a piddler or a talker, try setting a timer for about 15 minutes and practice eating at a steady rate. I'm NOT saying to teach them how to shove it all in, just how to focus on the business of eating so their bellies feel satisfied and their brains don't starve all afternoon.
  • During your family meals, whether at home or at a restaurant, work with your child to build their own self-regulation skills. Start simple with staying in one seat. Add in keeping their food on or near their plate. Extra points for knowing how to take care of little spills and use a napkin. Bonus mega millions when they pile all of their trash on their plate (or tray) and make it all the way to the trash can or counter without leaving a trail. Now that's a life skill that'll take them places!
  • Buttons, snaps, zippers and shoe laces are powerful toys to master before school. Oh, and maybe practice the mittens before winter.
  • Give your child opportunities to carry more than one thing at a time, or to begin to follow multi-step directions.
  • How about balancing something without a lunch tray! That takes incredible brain and body strength.
  • Play family games and don't let them win unless they really do win! Play by the rules. Take the turns. Celebrate winning fairly and that losing doesn't make you a loser.
  • Oh, and please, remind them to shut the restroom door before they the toilet (not on the floor), then pull up their pants, flush the toilet and wash their hands before hustling back to work!

Not every child is going to be at the very same developmental place at the very same time, and that's absolutely okay. But. Sometimes our students just aren't there yet because we forget to teach them and let them try it on their own. Because sometimes, let's be honest.....that can seem like it's taking F O R E V E R and ain't nobody got time for that. But....when our kiddos can do something for themselves, we gain back our time, and they gain precious confidence. Have fun growing together!

Coming Up at BE:

July 29 Enrollment, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

July 30 Enrollment, 8:00 a.m. - Noon

August 3 PTO Bulldogs on the Playground: Kindergarten Families, 6:30; 1st Grade Families, 7:00; 2nd Grade Families, 7:30

August 4 PTO Bulldogs on the Playground: 3rd Grade Families, 6:30; 4th Grade Families, 7:00; 5th Grade Families, 7:30

August 15 Family Welcome Night (see article for times)

August 17 First School Day of the 2022-2023 School Year!

August 29 General PTO Meeting

September 5 No School, Labor Day

September TBD Bulldog Dash!!!

September 21 Late Arrival- 2 hour delayed start- lunch served!

September 28 Early Dismissal at 12:10- No lunch served, Conferences

September 28 & 29 Conferences

September 30 No School, Building Closed

Visit the BE Online Calendar of Events (by clicking on the button below) for a more complete list of activities!

USD 232 Electronic Flyers

Find information about opportunities throughout the district. Visit often!

School Lunch Info

School meals for the 2022-2023 school year will revert back to standard pricing. Meals for all students will no longer be free of charge because Congress did not extend federal waivers.

Free/Reduced Meals
Only students/families who qualify financially will be eligible to receive free or reduced price meals for the 2022-2023 school year.

Families may complete an Application for Free or Reduced Price School Meals online at or by completing a paper copy.

If a family has already received communication that their child(ren) qualify for free or reduced price meals, a Consent for Disclosure/Waiver must be completed in order to receive a reduction in school fees or transportation.

School Meals Pricing
For all other students, meals will be charged at the following rates.

· Breakfast = $1.55 elementary; $1.65 middle and high school;

· Lunch = $2.85 elementary; $2.90 middle school; $3.00 high school;

· Reduced price = $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will school meals be free of charge for ALL students in school year (SY) 2022-23?

A: No. Congress did not extend school meal waivers. Students who do not qualify for free meals will be charged for each meal they take during the school year.

Q: How can families apply for free or reduced price meal benefits for SY 2022-23?

A: Households can qualify for free and reduced price meals by completing an Application for Free or Reduced Price Meals. Applications can be found online, at your child’s school, or at the USD 232 Administrative Offices. Please visit our website for more details about completing the free or reduced price application.

Q: Is there a way for households to apply online for free and reduced price meal benefits?

A: Yes. An online application is available at Please visit our website for more details about completing the application online.

Q: When can my household complete an application for free and reduced price meals?

A: Applications for free and reduced-price meals will be available beginning July 6, 2022.

Q: When will households start being charged for meals?

A: Beginning SY 2022-2023, students who do not qualify for free meals will be charged for each meal they take.

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please reach out to the Student Nutrition Department at 913-667-6200 or

Lunchroom Aide Position Available at BE

Do you LOVE to listen to happy children's voices, open small food packages and get dozens of sticky hugs on the daily? We have a lunchroom aide position available at Belmont from 11:15-1:15 daily. If you have a friend who might want to split the job with you, we could probably work that out! We're looking for positive energy to join our fast-paced work environment. Apply here if interested!

How About BEing our Student Nutrition Cashier?

Thinking about getting a job while your kids are at school? Or just thinking about a career change? We’re looking for YOU! The Student Nutrition Department is currently looking for a cashier at Belmont. Hours are 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. No nights, no weekends, same schedule as your students, and eat for free on the job. Apply here >>

2022-2023 Lunch Schedule

11:15-11:42 Kindergarten

11:25-11:52 1st Grade

11:55-12:22 3rd Grade

12:05-12:32 2nd Grade

12:35-1:02 4th Grade

12:45-1:15 5th Grade

Reservations required to join your child for lunch- CLICK HERE to reserve your family table!


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