Bellefontaine Elementary News

Be Kind, Be a Leader, Be Responsible for You

Hello Parents!

Welcome to our first monthly newsletter! In this newsletter you will find upcoming dates, links to videos about our Students of the Week, highlights of curriculum for each grade level, Social-Emotional Learning updates, and information about our Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program.

Upcoming Dates

1/6 Grade cards posted

1/10-1/27 MAP testing

1/17- No School

1/21 & 1/22 Pep Rally & Night with the Chiefs- more info to com

1/27 PTO Fundraiser begins - more information to come!

Students of the Week Videos from December

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Second Quarter Chieftain Leaders

Not pictured: Reed Hinkle, David Petro, Brantley Herron, Eden Ingraham, Avery Whitaker, Whitney Young, Ellie Wilson, Evelyn Sales, Avayah Rollins

Thank you to Judge Natasha Kennedy for presenting the awards!

Students received a T-shirt, got to ring the bell, and will have their picture and reason for nomination hung in the hallway.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Update

Hello Parents!

For SEL we have been finishing up lessons on the first Ingredient in the Choose Love Formula (Courage) and moving on to the second ingredient (Gratitude). We learned that Gratitude is when you feel thankful and want to share that feeling with others. Gratitude breath helps us change our attitude when we are having a bad day by helping us focus on things we can be grateful for and there is always, always something to be grateful for. Students got to share their gratitudes and see how that helped them feel happier just by sharing.

Second graders learned how to say thank you in some other languages and 1st graders watched a book read aloud of The Thank You Letter Second grade classes also learned about the importance of gratitude for yourself and worked on a craft called Owl Always Be Amazing. First grade classes learned about The Power of Yet from this video and we started reading the book Bubble Gum Brain.

~Mrs. Maus, School Counselor

Kindergarten Curriculum Highlights from December

Kindergarten kicked off the holiday season learning about the history of the Macy's Day Parade. We then got to parade around the school with our balloon creations. During the month of December, we got to learn all about needs and wants. Before break, Santa visited our classrooms and gave us all a stocking full of goodies.

1st Grade Curriculum Highlights from December

BES First Graders have been learning about needs and wants, goods and services. Students have had the chance to earn play money for great work and great choices! Students were able to culminate this unit at the first grade fair! Students could shop for loved ones at the Santa Shop, enjoy a snack, decorate a treat, make a craft, have nails painted, get a temporary tattoo or even play basketball! Many thanks to first grade families for their donations, and the BMS Chieftain Pride Ambassadors for their help in making this such an engaging event for our first graders!

2nd Grade Curriculum Highlights from December

During the month of December 2nd grade students learned about different holidays and winter traditions from around the world. They also learned how to add and subtract multi-digit numbers using several different strategies. During this time, students are also growing their technology skills with the use of their Chromebooks.

Specials Highlight- Art

News from the Art Room.

Your child has been busy creating art out of clay. Kindergarten artists worked with slabs and coils. First grade artists connected coils and 3-D shapes. Second grade artists learned how to create a pinch pot with attachments. We are now spending time glazing our clay projects and are excited to see them after they are fired in the kiln. Thanks for all you do to support your child’s creativity. Mrs. Elwood

Perfect Attendance for the first Semester!

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PBIS Assembly

During an assembly before break, students who were previously chosen as Students of the Week or Chieftain Leaders were picked to come up and play games with their teachers. Kindergartners decorated their teachers like a Christmas tree, 2nd graders tossed rings on their teachers' antlers, and 1st graders tossed paper "snowballs" into a hoop (pictured above).