Bel Air News

An e-newsletter from Bel Air Elementary School

April 20-April 24, 2020

Bel Air will remain closed through May 4th

- Continue to check the school website for updates

Distance learning continues this week

- Check teacher websites for questions or contact your student's teacher via email (

Virtual Spirit Week - April 20th - 24th - Show your school pride!!

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Buildings locked and closed to the public

District buildings will remain locked and closed to the public at least through May 4th. The Governor’s order requires our schools to provide meals for any family and childcare for children of parents who work in our schools or in emergency or healthcare fields. This requires the following buildings to be open only to provide these services:

  • Meal distribution sites: Pinewood, Snail Lake, Edgewood and Highview

  • Childcare centers: Island Lake and Pike Lake

Athletic facilities and playgrounds closed

All school athletic facilities and playgrounds are closed and off limits for students and the community until further notice. Student and community members should not be using any of the stadiums, tracks, fields, tennis courts or playgrounds at any time. In addition, all District buildings will remain locked and closed to the public at least through May 4.

STUDENTS: Send us your video viewpoint!

How are YOU experiencing distance learning? With your parents’ permission, send us a short video message (10 seconds or less) or a selfie photo of you engaging in learning away from school. This could be your favorite lesson, your workspace, a fun interaction with a teacher or simply an honest reflection of how things are going for you and your learning. Upload your video message or photo here, or email them to Do this by Friday, April 24, and your message may be included in a compilation video we'll share on social media throughout the community. And keep it short! Video messages longer than 10 seconds are less likely to make the cut.

Meals for students

Meals are available for any child under 18 years old who needs breakfast or lunch during the school closure. Parents/guardians do NOT need to bring their student(s) with them to pick up meals. Multiple days' worth of meals will be distributed.

For information on distribution times for student meals, click here.

Childcare for essential workers

Consistent with the Governor’s guidance, Mounds View Public Schools will be providing childcare for parents who have children who work and serve in essential fields (this list regularly updated by the Minnesota Department of Education). Verification of employment, such as a letter from the employer or an employment badge, is required. District staff who are required to report to work on Monday, March 23, are also eligible for this program.

You can find more information here.

Community Resources

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Playworks Play at Home Game Guide

A message from the Playworks team:

I am once again happy to share an additional resource with you all. In addition to our game guide and accompanying videos, we now have an edition of our game guide in Spanish!

We are also continuing to offer 5-10 minute Facebook Recesses every M-F with new videos posted at 11a, 1pm and 3pm.

Be well, be safe and play on.

Summer Community Education catalogs available now

The 2020 Summer Community Education catalog is available online and arriving in mail boxes soon! Registration will open March 9 at 9 a.m.

The summer catalog features:

  • Summer youth day camps for participants entering K-7th grade
  • New overnight summer camps at Laurentian Environmental Center for students and families
  • Sports camps and clinics led by District high school coaches
  • Expanded adult offerings and more!

Click here to download the 2020 Summer Community Education catalog

Registration opens March 9 at 9 a.m., online at

Questions? Call Community Education at 651-621-6020.

Employment Opportunities

Join our team!

Mounds View Public Schools is hiring for the following substitute positions:

Special Education Paraeducator

Provide instructional support and behavioral assistance to special education students in classrooms and in community-based settings.

Nutrition Services

Serve meals; set up serving lines and utensils; assist in preparation of meals; wash dishes and clean food service areas.


Perform general cleaning duties in and around school buildings


Flexible Schedule

Training Provided

Apply at

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.

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.

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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