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
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
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 email@example.com 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 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0444AAA92DA46-belair.
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!
MINNESOTA CHILDREN’S MUSEUMGrades K-3 | Registration fee: $55
Mon, Feb. 17 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Click here to Register!
WILD MOUNTAIN SNOW TUBING
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
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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
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.
2019-2020 Bel Air Elementary Parent Handbook
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.
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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
Main Office: 651-621-6300
1800 5th St NW
New Brighton, MN 55112