Bel Air News

An e-newsletter from Bel Air Elementary School

March 24, 2023

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March 27-31

Monday, March 27th

- School in session

- Basketball Skills - 3:20-4:50 (extended class for make up time)

- Adventures in 3D printing - 3:20-4:20pm

- Spanish - 3:20-4:20pm

- Artastico Cartooning - 3:20-4:20pm

Tuesday, March 28th

- School in session

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

- Bel Air 4th & 5th Grade Choir - 3:30-4:30pm

Wednesday, March 29th

- School in session

- Spanish - 3:20-4:20pm

- Science Olympiad practice - 3:15-4:30pm

Thursday, March 30th

- School in session

- Mega Mess Making Art - 3:20-4:20pm

Friday, March 31st

- School in session

2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Looking ahead

Monday, April 3rd

- School in session

- Adventures in 3D printing - 3:20-4:20pm

- Soccer skills - 3:20-4:20pm

- Artastico - 3:20-4:20pm

- Solar Robots - 3:20-4:20pm

- Spanish - 3:20-4:20pm

Tuesday, April 4th

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

- School in session

- 5th grade to Baker Outdoor Learning Center 9:15am-2:00pm (Giampietro, Humke, Denu)

- Bel Air 4th & 5th Grade Choir - 3:30-4:30pm

Wednesday, April 5th

- School in session

- 5th grade to Baker Outdoor Learning Center - 9:15am-2:00pm (Parnell, Rehder, Smith)

- Spanish - 3:20-4:20pm

- Science Olympiad practice - 3:15-4:30pm

- Playworks Jr. Coaches meeting - 3:20-4:20

Thursday, April 6th

- School in session

- 4th grade In-School Science Museum visit - 8:40-9:30am

- Mega Mess Making Art - 3:20-4:20pm

Friday, April 7th


Yearbook sales end March 31st!

Yearbook sales will end March 31st and the deadline is fast approaching.

Again this year there will be no extra yearbooks for sale - if your student wants a yearbook you will need to order one before the March 31st deadline

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Chalkboard Capers is back!

Chalkboard Capers is a variety show presented annually by the Mounds View Education Association. District teachers and staff host the show to raise money for student scholarships for graduating seniors from District schools. After a long hiatus due to COVID-19, the show is returning this spring!

Dates and times:

March 29, 5:15 p.m.

March 30, 6:30 p.m.

March 31, 6:30 p.m.

April 1, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Irondale High School (2425 Long Lake Road, New Brighton)


Get tickets here!

Bel Air Food Drive April 3rd - 6th, 2023

BA Change Agents are sponsoring a food drive! We are collecting Non-perishable food items, hygiene, cleaning supplies, and diapers/wipes for Ralph Reader Food Shelf!

BA Change Agents are sponsoring a food drive! We are collecting Non-perishable food items, hygiene, cleaning supplies, and diapers/wipes for Ralph Reader Food Shelf!

Community Education Summer EXPO event

Don't miss out! Join us at our Summer Community Expo to learn about Youth, Adult & Family classes, activities, summer camps and services offered by local organizations and businesses. This family-friendly event will include entertainment, activities, food trucks and more! The best part is... registration is FREE! Register at

Summer activities registration opens Monday, March 27

Get ready! Registration for summer day camps, enrichment, sports camps and more opens Monday, March 27 at 9 a.m. There are opportunities for all ages, birth to adult! View the electronic catalog here and register at

Mounds View Summer Band

July 10- August 3 (Mondays through Thursdays)

Early Bird Registration ends May 26th

Current band students may participate in the INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND. Click here to view the different times and locations and complete the online registration.

Current 4th graders have the opportunity to learn a band instrument in the SUMMER BEGINNING BAND PROGRAM. Small-group lessons for each instrument are offered at various schools and times during the morning and evening. Click here to view your options and complete the online registration. Click here for information on instrument rentals.

Click here for more information about Summer Band. Questions? Contact Mrs. Sorem at or 651-621-7763.

Summer Orchestra Information for Current 3rd thru 5th Grade Families

DO YOU HAVE A 3RD OR 4TH GRADER WHO PLANS TO JOIN ORCHESTRA NEXT YEAR? Then sign up to start orchestra this summer! Registration for beginning summer classes in NOW OPEN!

Being in Orchestra is super fun, but don’t take our word for it - listen to these middle and high school students tell you why to join orchestra!

For more information for first year players, click here. To register for classes, click here.


Summer Orchestra Registration is NOW OPEN for current 4th and 5th graders with experience.

Current Grade 4 students - click HERE to register for classes, click HERE for more information.

Current Grade 5 students - click HERE to register for classes, click HERE for more information.

If you have any questions about Orchestra,

contact Anna Koopman- Bel Air Orchestra Director

or Juli Vig - Summer Orchestra Coordinator.

5 facts to know about . . .

Transportation and Mounds View Public Schools

1. We contract transportation services with six different bus companies.

2. Bus drivers are not Mounds View Public Schools employees.

3. Like all bus companies, our transportation providers are experiencing a shortage of

drivers. We are working collaboratively with them to address the need for additional


4. Late buses may be an occasional consequence of the driver shortage. We're sorry for

this, and we ask for patience as we work with the bus companies to find drivers.

5. At times, when routes need to be covered by different substitute drivers, times and route

consistency may vary.

To learn more about bus driving opportunities, please call 651-621-8900 or visit www.american-

Let’s Talk About It blog: What should I do if I am concerned about my child’s mental health?

All children (and adults for that matter!) experience times of poor mental health in which they struggle with overwhelming feelings of sadness, anger, stress, and fear. These intense feelings may manifest in physical complaints like stomachaches, difficulty concentrating, school avoidance, aggression, and more. It is heart wrenching to see your children hurting and not be able to take that pain away. In this month’s blog post, learn about ideas and resources available to help support your child’s mental health such as mental health therapy (including how to find a therapist).

Did you know?

District schools recently implemented a Food-to-Hogs program, which sends meal waste to local farms to be made into food for livestock. This offers cost savings, reduces the impact on the environment and keeps unnecessary trash out of landfills. Learn more in the latest edition of School Talk at

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Payments for COVID-related absences

If your child is approved for Educational Benefits (free or reduced-price school meals), they may be eligible for P-EBT benefits of $8.10 for each day they were absent due to a COVID-19 impact. Click HERE for more information.

Non-Academic Personal Property:

Students should not bring personal items such as toys, card collections, footballs, soccer balls or similar sports equipment 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.

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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