Bel Air News

An e-newsletter from Bel Air Elementary School

November 25 - Dec. 6, 2019

Nov. 25-29: - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Monday, December 2:

8:55 am - 2:55 pm - 3rd Gr - Como Residency - Giampietro

5:15-6:15 pm - Lego Team 1 - IMC

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

6:00-7:00 pm - PTA Mtg @ PLEC-Library

Tuesday, December 3:

8:55 am - 2:55 pm - 3rd Gr - Como Residency - Giampietro

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

6:30-7:00 pm - Orchestra Concert @ MVHS

Wednesday, December 4:

8:55 am - 2:55 pm - 3rd Gr - Como Residency - Giampietro

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

Thursday, December 5:

8:55 am - 2:55 pm - 3rd Gr - Como Residency - Giampietro

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

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

Friday, December 6:

7:40-8:30 am - Student Council Mtg - Rm 209

8:55 am - 2:55 pm - 3rd Gr - Como Residency - Giampietro

Future Events

Dec. 9-13 - 3rd Gr Como Residency - Affleck

Dec. 9-13 - Playworks Week

Dec. 9 - Holiday Sharing Sort - 3:15-5:00 pm

Dec. 9 - Playworks Junior Coaches - IMC - 3:20-4:20 pm

Dec. 11 - Holiday Sharing Pickup - 9:00 am - 6:30 pm

Dec. 11 - Playworks Junior Coaches - 3:20-4:20 pm

Dec. 12 - Band Concert @ Highview - 6:30 pm

Dec. 16-20 - 3rd Gr Como Residency - Allard

Dec. 17-18 - 2nd Gr - Reader's Theaters - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dec. 17 - Choir Concert @ Salem Convenant Church - 6:30-7:30 pm

Dec. 19 - Bel Air Orchestra Concert @ MVHS - 7:00 pm

Dec. 23-Jan 1 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

For Families

This month, our schoolwide theme is empathy. In our morning announcements and school assembly we’ll be reminding students to have empathy, identify their own and others’ feelings, notice and respect same and different feelings, and show compassion. Compassion involves saying kind words or doing something helpful to show you care how another person feels. When students can identify, understand, and respond in a caring way to how someone else is feeling, it helps create a positive and accepting school climate.

Second Step lessons specifically teach about empathy. You’ll be receiving Home Links describing why empathy is important and including fun activities to do with your child to help them identify feelings and practice showing empathy and compassion. We hope you find them helpful.

Please tell your child’s teacher if you have any questions about how you can help your child learn to identify feelings and show empathy and compassion at home.

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Music at Bel Air Elementary - This Week...

Music at Bel Air Elementary

5th Grade:

This week the students are working on writing solfege/notes of the song on the musical staff, singing the song in a round and introducing Orff (mallet) instruments

  • Some questions to ask your student about what they’ve learned:

    • What is solfege? - syllables used to sing notes (Do, Re, Mi, So and La), they can also show the hand signs for each one

    • What did singing in a round do to the song? - created depth, layers and harmony

    • What is an Orff instrument? - the classroom mallet instruments

    • What parts did you learn? - it mirrors the singing line and there’s a cross over pattern

4th Grade:

This week the students are continuing work on the treble clef and reviewing the line notes. They will learn about the space notes and finding them on the musical staff

  • Some questions to ask your student what they’ve learned about:

    • What is a space note? - the notes in the spaces of the musical staff

    • How many space notes are there? - 4

    • What do the space notes spell? - FACE

    • How does the Headbandz game work? - student wears the Headbandz with a card that has a space note drawn on the musical staff, they have to ask location questions - “Am I on the first space? Third space?”, and then they must figure out the letter that goes with the space

3rd Grade:

This week the students are working on reviewing ABAB Form. They will learn the song, “I’m an Acorn”, along with a musical ostinato

  • Some questions to ask your student about what they’ve learned:

    • What is the group activity you did using ABAB Form and instruments? - students used the rhythmic phrases they created in class and added their own movements and chose instruments to go with each part

    • I’m an Acorn - they can sing it for you!

    • What is a musical ostinato? - musical phrase that’s repeated throughout the song, have them sing it for you!

2nd Grade:

This week the students are reviewing major and minor sounds along with the song “Pass the Pumpkin all Around”. They are learning to read and perform rhythms on instruments as well as Orff (mallet) parts

  • Some questions to ask your student about what they’ve learned:

    • Pass the Pumpkin All Around game/song - they can sing it for you, describe each instrument and when/how they’re played

    • Rhythms - they used eighth notes and quarter notes, describe each note, tell when in the song they’re played

    • Orff instruments - the instrument parts mirror and match the singing

1st Grade:

This week the students are working on creating rhythmic movement and learning a song

  • Some questions to ask your student about what they’ve learned

    • What kind of movements did you come up with? - chopping motions for cutting down corn stalks, pulling motions for shucking corn, cutting motions for cutting kernels

    • How did you show rhythm? - through a body movement game, each squad used a different body party to show rhythm (head, shoulders, feet, etc.)

    • What is the song about? - the song is about a mill and students discussed what a mill is and what it produces

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General Information

2019-2020 Bel Air Elementary Parent Handbook

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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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