Belmont Elementary: A PAWSitive Place to Learn!
Joining Us for the FIRST PTO Meeting of the Year is as Easy as Clicking a ZOOM Link!
Currently serving our school on the PTO Board are:
Megan Quillan and Beth Lattin, Co-Chairs
Tanya Schroeger and Janie Cone, Co-Treasurers
Nanette Mills and Katy Rush, Co-Communications
Jennifer Sikkel and Pam Hargrove, Co-School Representatives
We LOVE what we do, but are also in need of new hearts and faces to teach how to do what we do here at Belmont! These wonderful servant leaders came on-board during the craziest of times, and have extended their service by an extra year to help get us all the way to a new normal. I can't thank them enough for their level-headed, no-nonsense, can-do support of our school, teachers, and most of all, students. Does that sound like YOU and the way you do life? Want to join the planning team? Log on Monday evening if you're available, or shoot an email to email@example.com if you can't make it, but want to help out somewhere down the line.
ALL of you, because you are an important adult in the life of an amazing Belmont Bulldog, are ALREADY MEMBERS of the Belmont PTO. No dues required. Now, your time....we'd LOVE to borrow that! We will happily repay you in happy giggles from children, grateful squeals from teachers, and the forever kind of gratitude that lives in my heart when we all come together for our school. That's pretty good stuff!
Oh, and yep, we will ask for money. Here's the straightforwardness of how we do business: We do a HUGE FUNdraiser every fall that the students REALLY believe they are controlling by how many laps they run or walk around our track. They take great delight in spending an extra 30-45 minutes outdoors, moving their bodies, collecting colorful rubber bracelets for every lap, and enjoying the sunshine! It's a tradition that we LOVE and parents (not siblings- it's a safety thing) are invited to come join their Bulldog on the track! The REAL work comes from parents encouraging their children to call the relatives to ask for donations, from parents sharing the donation link through email or social media, or from just writing a check to the PTO and knowing you've done the noble thing and can rest easy because no one, and I mean no one, is going to ask you to sell cookie dough or wrapping paper ever. Like. Ever. You'll find an opportunity to purchase spirit wear, Dogpile a neighbor's yard, buy raffle tickets at BINGO night, load up on books at the Book Fair....you know...stuff that's actually awesome! But it's ALL OPTIONAL! If you don't want to make a donation because it just doesn't work for your family, we'll still welcome you to any and all school events. We BElong, people. We all BElong.
Parents of 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Leaders...PAWS Student Leadership Team Application Information
Monty's Mentors will be involved with many activities designed to make a difference at Belmont and beyond! Please, talk with your 3rd, 4th or 5th grader to see if this is an opportunity that interests them. There is a small commitment on the parental unit, as meetings are held once a month before school, requiring an 8am drop off.
The application form can be found right here and should be returned to Mrs. Schreiber by Friday, September 2nd!
Belmont Back to School Health Reminders from Nurse Grammer
Medications-All prescription medications to be given/kept at school are required to have a doctor’s order for every new school year.
Allergies-The nurse’s office does not stock allergy medication. There are several over the counter allergy medications that last 24 hours as well as eye drops specially formulated for allergies.
Screenings-Hearing/Vision Screenings will be starting in the near future and done throughout the school year.
Exclusion Policy-To prevent the spread of disease and to protect your child, please keep your child home and/or make an appointment with your healthcare provider for the following symptoms:
-temperature 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
-severe sore throat, headache, or cough
-eyes with inflammation, redness, and watery or purulent drainage
-undiagnosed and/or untreated skin rash
Your child must be fever/vomit/diarrhea free for 24 hours (without the aid of medication) before returning to school!
Refer to USD 232’s exclusion page for more information. https://www.usd232.org/Page/3195
Picture Day is Tuesday, September 20
Go to inter-state.com and click on the ORDER HERE tab. Enter the Order Code 70358KF, then follow the prompts to pre-order pictures for your child. Making memories!
Click on this link to see the DAWGS Specials Schedule for the entire 2022-2023 school year. It's ready to print and post on your fridge!
Coming Up at BE:
August 29 General PTO Meeting, 6:30pm right HERE. The passcode is Belmont.
September 5 No School, Labor Day
September TBD Bulldog Dash!!!
September 20 Picture Day
September 21 Late Arrival- 2 hour delayed start- lunch served!
September 28 Early Dismissal at 12:10- No lunch served, Conferences
September 28 & 29 Conferences
September 30 No School, Building Closed
Visit the BE Online Calendar of Events (by clicking on the button below) for a more complete list of activities!
Find information about opportunities throughout the district. Visit often!
2022-2023 Lunch Schedule
11:25-11:52 1st Grade
11:55-12:22 3rd Grade
12:05-12:32 2nd Grade
12:35-1:02 4th Grade
12:45-1:15 5th Grade
Reservations required to join your child for lunch- CLICK HERE to reserve your family table!
I.C.Y.M.I. (I Googled it...it means In Case You Missed It!)
Whoa. Thank You for Learning the Belmont Way So Quickly!
Here are just a few items that would be extra helpful:
- Use both lanes in both front and back loops. This helps us to keep the street clear and the neighbors happy!
- Speaking of neighbors- please stay out of their driveways, yards and right-of-way to enter and exit the neighborhood.
- Practice independent buckling and unbuckling. It's okay if your kiddo can't do it yet! You are welcome to pull over into a parking spot to finish up if needed! Please do not get out of your car in the loop- that car keeps you safe! Thanks!
- Parents who walk to and fro from the Belmont Drive side, thank you for using the wider sidewalk when near the school so that we don't accidentally clog up the arrival and dismissals happening on the paw print sidewalk! THANK YOU for your flexibility!
- WE LOVE DOGS! However, not ALL of our kiddos do, so please be sure to keep YOUR dog away from children who don't normally play with and love on your dog. It's safer for your dog, too! Kiddos can be unpredictable! Fido on the side is fine. Fido in the middle of the kid pack doesn't work so well.
- Watch out for Team BE traffic directors in the loop! Driving with 100% attention to the task (drop the phone and eyes forward, peeps) is necessary.
- Pull forward to as far as the traffic directors ask! Back loop in particular- do not stop at the first door- pull up to the cone!
- Keep smiling! There's grace required in every act of growing.
I LOVE LoGiStiCs and I'm Sure that YOU Also LOVE to Know How to DO What YOU Need to DO!
We are SO VERY EXCITED to welcome our students back to the building on Wednesday! As parents, other than knowing that your child is happy and learning during the school day, next in importance is often knowing how to safely get your kids TO school and then how to get them back FROM school.
Lucky for you, we are providing this sUpEr LoNg list of helpful information to help your first day, and every day go well at Belmont! We'll also provide visuals (like the one below) to help!
- OFFICE HOURS are 7:45-4:30 p.m. but there are no kidsitters employed here, so please do not drop off your children prior to 8:30 a.m. when the building opens to students (the only exception is 8:25 breakfast program) and make sure that they are collected prior to 4:00 p.m. at the end of the day.
- All ELEMENTARY students should be dropped off between 8:30 and 8:40 a.m. Students will find it difficult to make it to their lockers and be in their desks ready to learn by 8:45 if they arrive later than 8:40 to school. Students who are tardy to class not only disrupt the classroom routine, but more importantly, begin their day already behind and frazzled.
- KINDERGARTEN and 1st GRADE STUDENTS (and family groups or carpools that include kindergarten or 1st grade students) should be dropped off in the FRONT LOOP- see visual guide below. Students should stay in their cars until staff arrive to assist.
- 2nd GRADE THROUGH 5th GRADE STUDENTS should be dropped off in the BACK LOOP- see visual guide below. Students should stay in their cars until staff arrive to assist.
- LATE TO ARRIVE STUDENTS (8:40 a.m. or later) should be dropped off in the front loop.
- Special circumstances may require an alternate drop-off and/or pick-up site for some students- don't be crabby if you see something happening that is different than this plan...it's most likely just a different plan for a very good reason.
- BREAKFAST is served from 8:25-8:45 in the cafeteria. Students may go directly to the cafeteria to eat prior to going to their classroom. This is not a social time, but meant to efficiently provide nourishment to participating students prior to their school day.
- BUS STOP INFORMATION is located in Skyward in your Family Access Account. Click here for How to Find Bus Route Information in Family Access.
- HELMETS are expected for bike and scooter riders and permission from parents should be on file in the office. Bikes and scooters should be walked on the school grounds.
- GOLF CARTS are now street legal in limited areas, but they should not be utilized as transportation in the car loops. Sorry. I know they're fun.
- The SPEED LIMIT on Belmont Drive is 25, but 20 is PLENTY. Please watch our for our kids on the streets and sidewalks. When students enter a crosswalk, it is the law to stop for them. Drive slowly and watch closely. Oh, and please put your cell phone down. Kids are only kids for such a short time. Enjoy them.
- PLEASE, help us to be good neighbors by NOT blocking or turning around in driveways of residents near the school. That's just not cool. You might also pay attention if a neighbor is trying to enter or exit their own driveway. Pay it forward!
- TRANSPORTATION CHANGES should be communicated to the office either by calling 913-667-1810 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and your child's teacher. All changes should be made at least 45 minutes prior to dismissal.
See! I told you we'd help you out! If you have questions, don't hesitate to call or email to ask!
Rolling, Rolling, Rolling.......or Walking, or Riding!
- When riding in a car...buckle up, buttercup! Even young children can learn to quickly buckle and unbuckle themselves. Stay buckled ALL THE WAY TO THE CURB in the morning! Buckle up AS SOON AS YOU SIT in the afternoon! Children pin-balling around cars in the parking lot are just not a good look for parents who love their children as much as you do.
- When riding a bicycle...wear a helmet, and either ride on the sidewalk or beside the curb on the right going the same direction as traffic.
- When walking to school...stay on the sidewalk or walk beside the curb on the left facing traffic.
- When YOU are driving in near our school or in the parking lot...put down that phone. You cannot get this time back with your children. Use every minute to pump them up and help them learn how to BE present and make people feel valued.
- If you have time, take your children on a bus or streetcar and practice staying seated, even without a seatbelt. Every child should get to ride a school bus at least for a field trip this year and practice on a bus helps our driver to concentrate on the road.
Practice makes permanent. Let's do this together!
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