Bel Air News

An e-newsletter from Bel Air Elementary School

February 17-21, 2020

Monday, February 17: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workday

Tuesday, February 18:

8:45-10:30 am - 1st Gr - Dental Health Presentations - Ralston, Ritter, Koboske, Manders

1:20-2:30 PM - Yearbook Large Group Pictures - Gym

5:30-6:30 pm - Lego Team 6 - IMC

Wednesday, February 19:

5:30-6:30 pm - Lego Team 7 - IMC

Thursday, February 20:

12:40-1:00 pm - 4th Gr - Gamalan Informance - Billodeau

3:15-4:30 pm - Science Olympiad Practice - Rm 110

3:20-4:20 pm - Mentoring

5:30-6:30 pm - Lego Team 2 - IMC

5:45-6:45 pm - Lego Team 3 - IMC

Friday, February 21:

12:40-1:00 pm - 4th Gr - Gamalan Informance - Christenson

Future Events

Feb. 24-27 - 4th Gr - Gamalan Informances - 12:40-1:00 pm

Feb. 25-28 - 3rd Gr - Science Museum Residency

Feb. 25-Mar. 2 - 5th Gr - Gamalan Informances - 9:10-9:30 am

Mar. 2-6 - Playworks Week

Mar. 2 - Playworks Junior Coaches Meeting - 3:20-4:20 pm

Mar. 2 - Science Fair Set Up - 3:30-7:00 pm

Mar. 3 - Science Fair Drop Off - 7:30-9:00 am

Mar. 3 - Science Fair - 8:30 am - 3:15 pm

Mar. 3 - Book Fair - 8:35 am - 5:30 pm

Mar. 3 - Communication Night - 3:45-6:00 pm

Mar. 3 - No Meetings - Presidential Primary - 6:00-8:00 pm

Mar. 4 - Book Fair - 8:35 am - 4:00 pm

Mar. 4 - Playworks Junior Coaches Meeting - 3:20-4:20 pm

Mar. 5 - Book Fair - 8:35 am - 7:00 pm

Mar. 5 - Communication Night - 3:45-6:45 pm

Mar. 10 - Communication Night - 3:45-6:45 pm

Mar. 11 - 2nd Gr - Author, Nancy Carlson Visit - 9:00am-12:00pm

Mar. 12-20 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

For Families

This month, our schoolwide theme is problem solving. In our morning announcements and school assembly we’ll be reminding students to use the Second Step Problem-Solving Steps:

  • S: Say the problem

  • T: Think of solutions

  • E: Explore consequences

  • P: Pick the best solution

As you can see, the first letter of each step spells the word ”step.” Remembering “step” helps students solve problems with each other in safe and respectful ways.

Second Step lessons specifically teach students to use each step and reinforce the message that solutions need to be safe and respectful. You will be receiving Home Links about the steps that describe why solving problems is important and including fun activities to do with your child to help them learn and practice the steps. We hope the steps will be helpful for you and your child when there are problems at home.

Please tell your child’s teacher if you would like more suggestions about how to use the Problem-Solving Steps at home.

Book Fair Volunteers Needed!

Do you excel at helping kids make change or find a good book? If so, please sign up for a shift working the Bel Air Book Fair March 3rd through 5th!

The fair will run from 8:30 to 5:30 on Tuesday, 8:30 to 4 on Wednesday, and 8:30 to 7 on Thursday.

Our book fair is run solely with volunteers – we need your help to have a successful fundraiser for classroom libraries and the school birthday books.

You will receive a $10 scholastic gift certificate for each shift you work.

Contact Pam Anderson at or 651-245-9601 if you have questions.

Bel Air Science Fair Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to assist with project check-in, student interviews and simple science demonstrations on Tuesday, March 3rd. If you can help, please visit

Upcoming Non-School-Day Field Trips for Monday, February 17

Are you looking for something for your student to participate in during our upcoming non-school-days? Experience high-quality supervision and engaging non-school-day field trips for students enrolled in grades K-8. Field trips range between $55 to $65 per field trip and require students to bring a bag lunch. Drop-off is at Valentine Hills Elementary. Field trips run rain or shine. Space is limited, so sign up today!


Grades K-3 | Registration fee: $55

Mon, Feb. 17 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Click here to Register!

Grades 4-8 | Registration fee: $65

Mon, Feb. 17 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Click here to Register!

Special Education Parent & Professional Advisory Council

Due to multiple requests,

the Special Education Parent and Professional Advisory Council once again is presenting

“Breaking the Trance”

A practical guide for parenting the screen-dependent child

Presented by: Special Education Teacher Alice Hanson

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Mounds View District Center Board Room

4570 Victoria Street N., Shoreview

6:45-8:15 p.m.

FeePay Unavailable

Technical difficulties continue to prevent families from accessing FeePay through ParentVUE. Until FeePay restores service, families can make a Nutrition Services payment for a student's meal account by visiting or by using our school's payment drop box to deposit cash or a check.

Order Your Yearbook Today!

The yearbook ordering window is now open. Order online at - Yearbook ID Code: 1502320, Bel Air Elementary School. Or look for the order form being sent home with your student.

Students Can Now Receive Text Alerts

Parents, you can now add your child's cell phone number to ParentVUE so they can receive text messages and robo-calls about school closings, significantly delayed school buses, emergencies and other alerts. To subscribe your student to these occasional urgent messages, read the easy instructions here.

Notes From your School Nurse

Fight the Flu

  • Considering a flu shot? Wondering if it’s too late? If you haven’t already, this is a great time to get an annual flu vaccine. The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get the flu vaccine each year to help protect both themselves and those around them from contracting influenza.

  • Where can you get the flu vaccine? Click here for a tool to find a vaccine clinic near you.

  • What is the flu?

    • Symptoms of illness can range in severity and are usually mild to moderate, but sometimes lead to severe symptoms and hospitalization, especially in the very young, the older population, or those with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease

    • Influenza is not the “stomach bug” that often gets confused in common conversation

    • Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and sometimes nausea and vomiting in addition to the fever and other symptoms.

  • What can we do to help prevent the spread and keep yourself well?

    • Get an annual flu vaccine

    • Stay home when you’re sick (students should stay home until fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication (such as Tylenol or ibuprofen)

    • Report flu-like symptoms in students to the Health Office (651-621-6304) so that we can track trends

    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water

    • Clean commonly touched surfaces (including phones, door handles, etc)

    • Cover those coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve

    • Get enough rest, drink plenty of fluids, make time for exercise, and eat a balanced diet

Music at Bel Air Elementary - This Week...

Music at Bel Air Elementary

Photo Withhold Form

Parents may withhold permission to have their student photographed and/or videotaped during school-day classroom activities, learning experiences, and/or media events. Please complete and return this form ONLY if you do NOT wish for Mounds View Public Schools to publish your student's appearance, image or name on any recorded medium. This Publish Opt Out Release is applicable and valid for up to 12 months from the date of signature.

Photo Opt Out Form

General Information

2019-2020 Bel Air Elementary Parent Handbook

Link Here

Riding the Bus and Food/Drink

While riding the bus, students are expected to keep all food and drink in their backpacks. This expectation prevents choking incidents, exposure to life-threatening allergens, and promotes bus sanitation.

Show your school spirit

District and school spiritwear is now available online. Click here for Bel Air spiritwear. Other Mounds View Public Schools spiritwear is available here.

Building Security Procedures
A visitor screening system helps track visitors and volunteers at each school, providing a safe and monitored environment for students and staff. When parents come to pickup their child(ren), or visitors check in, they will be asked to present a valid state issued ID for entering into the system.

Phone Numbers/Staff Directory

Staff phone numbers and email addresses are available on the Bel Air Website at: Bel Air Staff. To reach a teacher via email:

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