Bear Bulletin

Week of December 6, 2021

From the Principal

We are quickly heading into the holiday season and the excitement is building. This can also be a stressful times for families with special events and changing schedules. HERE is a great resource when you need a little calm!

The next couple of weeks will come fast and furious, so here are some quick need-to-knows:

  • We hope you'll join us at our upcoming Reindeer Games on Saturday, December 11th, from 8 - 10 on the BES bus loop. We'll have Krispy Kreme doughnuts (these must be pre-ordered, HERE is the link) a few games, and picture opportunities with Santa and with our "Reindeer" donkeys! We'll also have hot chocolate and BES spirit wear for sale. Teachers and staff will also be onsite to help kick off the holiday season!

  • If you ordered River City wrapping paper or cookie dough, it is tentatively scheduled for delivery on Dec 15th. Once that is confirmed, we'll notify parents of pick up times on Dec 16th & 17th.

  • The PTO Holiday Store will run from Dec 14 - 16. Students will have the opportunity to shop for gifts for immediate family members at our annual Holiday Shoppe (see info below.) Want to volunteer? Chick HERE to sign up for a time.

  • Finally - our Lost & Found is getting quite full. Please stop by any day after school between 3:00 - 5:30 if your child is missing a jacket or coat. Use the entrance near the cafeteria where the afterschool Safari program is. Any items remaining after winter break will be donated to charity.

BES continues at YELLOW

Continuing for the next two weeks, BES and other D5 schools will remain at the Yellow Mitigation Level. The reason for this is that both Lexington and Richland Counties are at Medium Risk Level according to DHEC's weekly county Risk Levels. Our Mitigation Level Matrix states that when the average Risk Level in the two counties is Medium, Yellow is the minimum Mitigation Level in our schools.

Click HERE to see the D5 Covid-19 Dashboard. Shaded colors on the chart reflect the mitigation levels for the next two weeks (Dec 6 - Dec 17.)

For Your Calendar

  • Monday, Dec 6 - Mid-year MAP testing starts

  • Saturday, Dec 11 - Reindeer Games at BES (see flyer below) Pre-order doughnuts HERE.

  • Tuesday - Thursday, Dec 14 - 16 - Holiday Store - (see info below)

  • Thursday - Friday, Dec 15 - 16 - ***TENTATIVE*** pick up dates for River City Wrapping Paper / Cookie Dough orders. Specifics will be sent out once the delivery is confirmed.

  • Friday, Dec 17 - Half day / dismissal at 10:40 (***please note this is earlier than our usual early release day dismissal time)
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Cafeteria Menu Changes

With recent supply issues, we have had to adjust our weekly menu in the cafeteria. To help your family plan accordingly, here's what you can expect this week.

***Please note that salads will not be a daily option.


Boneless chicken wings

Beef BBQ

Wow sandwich

Yogurt & cheese

Fruit & vegetable served with all meals


BBQ with rice bowl

Breaded mozzarella sticks

Wow sandwich

Yogurt & cheese

Fruit & vegetable served with all meals


Fajita with Mexican rice

Beef-a-Roni with roll

Wow sandwich

Yogurt & cheese

Fruit & vegetable served with all meals



Tostito beefy nachos

Wow sandwich

Yogurt & cheese

Fruit & vegetable served with all meals


Cheese pizza

Queso pull apart

Wow sandwich

Yogurt & cheese

Fruit & vegetable served with all meals

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Click HERE to Volunteer at the Holiday Store!

Please do not sign up for a time in which your child's class may be visiting. We don't want to spoil any surprises!

A Peek At Our Week

Special Snacks

As we move into the holiday season, please remember the District 5 Board policy ADF “School Wellness” stipulates that during the instructional day, any food that is brought to a school from home with the purpose of sharing among students be store bought, packaged and have ingredients clearly listed on the packaging. Please help us with this so we can avoid disappointment at the last minute. Treats, such as candy, cupcakes, most cookies and sweets cannot be provided to our students as they do not meet the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommended Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools:

< 200 calories;

< 35% of total calories from fat;

< 10% of calories from saturated fats;

Zero trans fat (< 0.5 g per serving)

< 35% of calories from total sugars; and

< 200 mg sodium.

For this reason, all special snacks must be approved by the homeroom teacher well in advance of the special occasion.

***To make things easier for parents, treats may be ordered through our cafeteria. We have included the order form below.

Another great option is to send in a special treat that doesn't involve food at all - maybe pencils, stickers, fun notepads, playdough, a special read aloud or class craft, etc. Kids love things like that even more!

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How to Reach Us

Parent input and feedback are always appreciated as we work through new routines and procedures. Whether through a phone call or an email, we welcome your thoughts and ideas. The Administrative Team at BES is always available to help in any way we can! You can contact us by calling the main office at 476-4500 or emailing us directly.

Principal Robin Bright

Assistant Principal Zach Keister

Assistant Administrator Allison Babb

Follow us on social media as well!

Facebook @BallentineElementarySchool

Twitter @BallentineElem

Thank you for your continued support as we work together to make this our BESt year yet!

Our Mission…

The mission of Ballentine Elementary School is to join together community, staff, students, and families to ensure that all students are provided a world-class, rigorous education.

Our Vision…

In partnership with the community, staff, students, and families, Ballentine Elementary School will exemplify excellence in education in a positive, safe and nurturing environment in order to prepare our students to be fully participating citizens and leaders. We will foster the development of creative thinking, encourage curiosity and problem solving, promote respect for individual differences and uphold high ethical standards.