Bel Ayr Elementary School

November 2022 Newsletter


Dear families,

We would like to thank the Home and School for planning and organizing an amazing Halloween Family Dance in our gymnasium last week. The students had lots of fun and are still talking about it this week! We would also like to thank our guests who brought food donations that have since been passed along to the East Dartmouth Christian Food Bank.


Shawn Marsh



    • November 3- Picture Retakes (NEW)

    • November 4 - School Assembly

    • November 10 - Remembrance Day Assembly

    • November 11 - Remembrance Day (No classes)

    • November 14 - School Musical Performance - Morgan Toney

    • November 21 - Assessment & Evaluation Day - Elementary/Junior High (No classes)

    • November 23 - SAC - 6 PM/H&S - 7PM

    • November 30 - P-6 Parent-Teacher Interviews (6-8 PM)

    • December 1 - Morning PD Day/Afternoon P-6 Parent-Teacher Interviews (1-3 PM) - No School

    • December 2 - PD Day - No School

    • December 5 - Student Gift Shopping

COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits

Absences due to various illnesses are on the rise in our school. We have rapid test kits available upon request. Please phone 902-435-8353 if you, or a member of your family, need a test kit. Our collective health depends on the work of our entire school community in seeking out available vaccines, doing frequent rapid tests, frequent hand washing, and staying home if we are symptomatic or ill. Thank you for your continued support.

Remembrance Day Assembly - November 10th at 10:40 am

Our students and staff will attend a Remembrance Day assembly in our gymnasium on Thursday, November 10th. If you are a veteran or service person we would be honored to have you join us. Please RSVP by calling our main office in advance so we can plan for guest seating. Students in Brownies, Cubs, Boy Scouts, Sparks, Guides, or Cadets are all invited to wear their uniforms on November 10th. Our teachers are preparing lessons and acitivities for our students this week so we can share our collective respect for our veterans during the assembly. Thank you to Ms. Hartery and Ms. Banks for organizing this assembly!

Lunch Monitors

We are looking to hire new lunch monitors. If this interests you, or if you know someone who would be interested, please phone Mr. Marsh at the main office.


Morgan Toney

Nova Scotian and Mi'kmaq fiddler/singer, Morgan Toney will visit our school on Monday, November 14th. He will perform for our entire student body and then offer a private workshop for a smaller group of our students who have expressed interest in his music. Thank you, Ms. Hartery, for inviting him to our school. Our students are very excited about this performance!
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SAC - Vacant Seat

We would like to thank Shannon Griffin for her service on our School Advisory Council. Melissa Mbeba is our new SAC Chairperson and with this comes a vacant seat for a new parent/guardian member. If you are interested in joining our SAC, please contact Mr. Marsh using the information below. We will close this expression of interest on Monday, November 14th at 9am. An election will be held if more than one person expresses interest.

You can learn more about the role of an SAC here. or 902-435-8353/1

Positive Effective Behavioural Supports (PEBS)

We are rebooting our school's PEBS program during an assembly on Friday. PEBS is a program that recognizes positive citizenship in all Nova Scotian schools. Our staff members have been given pompoms that will be used as symbolic representations of student empathy and positive behaviour around the school. We have a giant cylinder that will collect all of our pompoms and be a motivator for students each month. Each time our cylinder is filled, our students will earn a school-wide reward.
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Pizza Orders

Pizza ordering is closed until our next round in January. Students who have ordered will recieve pizzas each Thursday. If students are absent, we save their pizzas in our fridge overnight. They can be picked up the next day. Thank you to our Home and School and Ms. MacLeod for making this service available in our school!


Our staff members are engaged in conversations about having students perform in concerts during the month of December. In doing so, we are carefully considering the content of performances and songs so we can make these experiences inclusive. We are planning to have parts of the festive season but also celebrations about the joy of music and the winter months.

We are planning to showcase these performances at 11 am on December 13th (grades P-2) and December 14th (grades 3-6). We are also having conversations about the possibility of hosting evening concerts on the same dates pending the confirmation of evening volunteers. We will communicate more about this in future messages home.

December 13th - P-2 Concert (11AM)

December 14th - 3-6 Concert (11AM)

STORM DATE - December 15th

Gift Shopping

On Monday, December 5th, our Home and School Committee will be offering a gift shopping experience for students who celebrate Christmas and wish to purchase gifts for family members. We will send home more information about the details of this event in the weeks to come.

Klask Tournament

Last month, twelve grade 4-6 students engaged in a Klask game tournament in our library. Much fun was had by all!! Congratulations to all players who also showed incredible sports-like behaviour and excitement for the game. The champion player was Dlir A. from 5/6 MacKenzie. Well done, all!
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3 on 3 Basketball

We are excited to announce that we have 36 students from grades 3-6 signed up for a 3 versus 3 basketball tournament this month. Students will play games on our outside courts each day in round robin style. The winning team will have a chance to play our staff team during a future assembly!!!

Important News and Events

Paper Newsletters - If you wish to receive paper copies of our newsletter, please fill out this form or send in a note to your homeroom teacher.

School Insurance Program (SIP) - Your child is automatically covered for accidents and injuries that happen during the school day. If you want to have 24/7 coverage including the summer months it only costs $14.00/year for a gold plan.

School Cash

Our school will post items for purchase and assign school fees relevant to your child (eg. pizza orders). You can make all purchases and payments from your phone, tablet or computer.

We would like families to register as soon as possible.

To get started, please register for SchoolCash Online. It’s free and takes less than two minutes. You will receive an email once items are posted for purchase.

Visit and click Register to get started.

Need support? Connect with the SchoolCash Online help desk at

We hope that SchoolCash Online makes paying school-related fees more convenient!

Allergy Alert

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.

Community News

- McKenna Taekwon-Do is offering lessons for children. Please phone 462-KICK (5425) for more information.