Bel Air News

An e-newsletter from Bel Air Elementary School

September 30, 2022

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October 3-7

Monday - October 3rd

- school in session

- Soccer Skills - 3:20-4:20pm

- Spanish 3:20-4:20pm

Tuesday - October 4th

- Chess Club - 7:40-8:20 am

- school in session

- Rubik's Cube Club - 3:20-4:20pm

- Nailed It! Art Challenge - 3:20-4:20pm

Wednesday - October 5th

- school in session

- Spanish - 3:20-4:20pm

- Jr. STEM - 3:20-4:20pm

Thursday - October 6th

- school in session

- Intro to Game Coding - 3:20-4:50pm

Friday - October 7th

- school in session

2022-2023 School calendar

Looking ahead

Monday - October 10th


Tuesday - October 11th

- Chess Club - 7:40-8:20 am

- school in session

- Rubik's Cube Club - 3:20-4:20pm

- Nailed It! Art Challenge - 3:20-4:20pm

Wednesday - October 12th

- school in session

- Spanish - 3:20-4:20pm

- Jr. STEM - 3:20-4:20pm

Thursday - October 13th

- school in session

- Intro to Game Coding - 3:20-4:50pm

Friday - October 14th

- school in session

PTA Fundraiser Update

Our community has raised over $19,000! That's over 60% of the $30,000 goal. Donations received through Wednesday Oct. 5th will be counted towards prizes. A direct donation fundraiser, no items to sell, means all money raised goes to the PTA to support our school community. I

Looking for more examples of how donations are used? Teachers are reimbursed $200 by the PTA for supplies, equipment, celebrations. We'd also like to bring back PTA sponsored events, donations are a big part of making that happen. Thank you for your support!

Retirement Announcement

Sue Cameron is retiring! Her last day will be Monday, October 3rd.

Sue has been in the Bel Air front office greeting students and families with her friendly smile for over 13 years. She will be greatly missed by her Bel Air family.

Look for an announcement, next week, about who will be replacing Sue and joining our front office team.

The Book Fair is Coming Soon

The Bel Air PTA is excited to bring back an in-person book fair for Fall 2022. Students will have the opportunity to visit the fair during the school day. It will also be open in the evening for families to attend on October 18th from 5-6:30p in the library! You can also shop an online book fair starting on Monday, October 17th. Shipping is free for orders over $25.

Please visit our Book Fair webpage at to sign up for eWallet – an easy way to upload funds for your child to shop with at the fair. This eliminates the need for sending cash to school.

Volunteers needed

The Bel Air Fall Book Fair is just around the corner. We are looking for volunteers to help work the fair. Shifts are 2-2.5 hours long and volunteers will receive a $10 scholastic gift certificate to use at the fair for every shift they work. You must have a current background check to volunteer. Follow the link to the background check form:

You will work with one other volunteer and receive all the training needed. The book fair is open:

Monday, October 17th from 8:30a-3p

Tuesday, October 18th from 8:30a-3p and 5-6:30p

Wednesday, October 19th from 8:30a-3p

To sign up to volunteer please follow this link:

Please complete the Online Data Verification for the 2022-2023 school year

If you haven't already done so, please make sure we have the most up-to-date information for your student in our system for the upcoming school year by completing the Online Data Verification in ParentVUE for each of your students before the first day of school on September 6th.

Incorrect or outdated information prevents us from being able to contact you with important information and inhibits our ability to reach you in case of illness or emergency.

To update your information please see the directions below:

If you already have a ParentVUE account, please log in and click the Online Data Verification button in the upper right-hand corner. Complete the updates as requested.

If you don’t yet have a ParentVUE account, first follow the ParentVUE Set Up Instructions, included, here, to create an account. Next, follow the Online Data Verification Directions, here, to log in and complete your enrollment.

Does someone in your family need a warm coat?

Coats and other winter clothing will be available free of charge for those in need at an upcoming coat drive. The drive will take place at Christ the King Lutheran Church (1900 7th St. NW, New Brighton) on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

See the flier here for information.

Meet your teachers

Click on the grade level link below to meet the teachers in your child's grade

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Curriculum Advisory Members Wanted

The Mounds View Public Schools Curriculum Advisory Committee is seeking representatives to serve on the committee for the 2022-2023 school year. Committee members work in partnership with the district and community to gain knowledge and provide feedback about curriculum and other instructional issues.

If you are interested, please answer the questions found in this link: Mounds View Curriculum Advisory Application.

Please see the Mounds View Curriculum Advisory website for meeting dates, past topics and other important information regarding the committee. If you have questions, please contact Heidi Saari at 651.621.6059 or by e-mail at

New Payment System for Student Meal Accounts

The Nutrition Services Department is using a new system for meal accounts this school year called Titan Family Solutions, which has replaced PayPams. All existing account balances have been transferred to Titan automatically, but families need to create an account on the new platform in order to continue adding funds.

Click here to create an account with Titan and add money to your child’s meal account. Instructions are available here.

Student Data Privacy

Mounds View Public Schools provides access to free and subscription-based digital resources for beneficial services, such as providing high quality instructional resources and increasing efficiency in school operations.

Depending upon the particular educational technology being used, our district may need to collect different types of student data, which is then shared with educational technology vendors through their online sites, services and/or applications. Under Minnesota’s Student Data Privacy Act, educational technology vendors are prohibited from selling or renting a student's information or from engaging in targeted advertising using a student's information.

Mounds View Public Schools has partnered with LearnPlatform to inform staff, students and families about digital resources that have been evaluated by the District Instructional Leadership Team. To see the full library of evaluated resources with ongoing updates, please click here. If you have any questions or concerns about any digital resources used by your child, please contact your child’s teacher.

Non-Academic Personal Property:

Students should not bring personal items such as toys, card collections, or any similar items to school. These items may be misplaced or stolen and can be a disruption to learning. If a teacher wishes to have students bring such items to school for a special event, parents will be notified. We appreciate your support.

Did you reply ‘STOP’ to a text message?

Did we send you one-too-many text messages that caused you to reply ‘STOP,’ in frustration? If so, please know that replying ‘STOP’ to a single text message automatically unsubscribes you from receiving all future text messages from any school or District office. Please consider resubscribing so you can receive future emergency notifications, and we’ll do our best to limit our text messages to critically urgent information that is as targeted as possible. To resubscribe, simply call or email any school main office and ask to be resubscribed to all text messages.

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.

General Information

2022-2023 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.

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: firstname.lastname@mvpschools.

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