The Belle Ringer

Belle River Elementary School Newsletter ~ March 2016

Important Dates

Tuesday, March 1

  • 10:00 March is Reading Month Kick-off Assembly
  • Open Computer Lab, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 2

  • Read a Shirt Day
  • Half Day for Students, Dismissal at 12:02 p.m.

Friday, March 4

  • Mystery Reader

Monday, March 7

  • Bring a Word to School Day

Tuesday, March 8

  • Open Computer Lab, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 9

  • Popcorn Day
  • Read a Shirt Day
  • Kindergarten Roundup

Thursday, March 10

  • Kindergarten Roundup
  • PTO Meeting at 4:00 p.m.

Friday, March 11

  • Buddy Reading

Saturday, March 12

  • PTO Road Rally, 5:00 p.m.

Monday, March 14

  • Bring a Word to School Day

Tuesday, March 15

  • Open Computer Lab, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 16

  • Popcorn Day
  • Read a Shirt Day
  • Third Grade Shamrock Shake Day, 12:30-1:00

Thursday, March 17

  • Red Wings Assembly, 10:00-11:00

Friday, March 18

  • School Store
  • Dress Like a Farmer Day
  • PTO Mother Son Event, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Monday, March 21

  • Bring a Word to School Day
  • Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 22

  • Open Computer Lab, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 23

  • Popcorn Day
  • Read a Shirt Day

Thursday, March 24

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2:30 - 7:00

Friday, March 25

  • Good Friday, No School

Monday, March 28

  • Easter Monday, No School

Tuesday, March 29

  • MCMS Band Concert for Grades 4 & 5, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Open Computer Lab, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 30

  • Popcorn Day
  • Read a Shirt Day
  • Fifth Grade Party Planning Meeting, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 1

  • Bring a Stuffed Animal
  • Free Popcorn Day

April 4 - April 10: Spring Break

Monday, April 11

  • School Resumes
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Belle River Reads!

Dear Belle River Families,

During the month of March, we will celebrate Reading Month as a community of readers. Thanks to the support of our Belle River PTO, every family will receive a copy of the book Charlotte’s Web. Each evening through March, families are asked to read one chapter of the book. I am personally asking you to make some time each night so your family can participate in this special activity.

Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader. But it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. Through reading Charlotte’s Web together, we aim to build a community of readers at our school. Everyone - students, parents, teachers, support staff, and the principal - will be participating, and we can all reap the many benefits while we share reactions to this classic story with one another.

The oldest child in each family received a copy of Charlotte’s Web today after a special school-wide assembly introducing the book. Enclosed is a calendar to keep track of reading assignments and related activities happening at school. Please spend about 15-20 minutes per night reading the assigned chapter. One member of the family can read the book to the rest. Take time to discuss the characters and events, make connections to the story, and predict what will happen in the next chapter.

Each day at school, your child will be invited to answer daily trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive listening. You will soon find that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. In class and at school, there may be various activities which discuss or explore the book. You will want to make sure your family keeps up so your child can join in discussions and answer the trivia questions. Throughout March, everyone at Belle River will be talking about Charlotte’s Web!

Students at all grade levels will read or listen to the same book. Strange as that may seem, it actually makes sound educational sense. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level. We also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves. The Belle River staff selected a title that can be followed and understood and enjoyed by younger students, but that will still captivate and stimulate older children. Charlotte’s Web is truly a classic and one of the greatest children’s books of all time.

Enjoy reading Charlotte’s Web! I hope to talk with both you and your student sometime this month about the adventures of Wilbur, the Humble Pig. When a whole school reads a book, there’s a lot to talk about. With your help, we can build a community of readers at Belle River.

Looking forward to reading with you,

Rachel Card, Principal

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Wilbur, the pig, visited Belle River!

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Kindergarten Roundup

It is that time of year again! Kindergarten Round-Up will be held on Wednesday, March 9 and Thursday, March 10 at the East China School District Administrative Office building at 1585 Meisner Road. Registration will be from noon to 5:30 p.m. for children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2016. Please park in the lot and enter the doors by the parked school bus. Enrollment is on a walk-in basis. The busiest times tend to be from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. and from 3:30 - 4:15, so please plan accordingly. Your kindergarten student is invited and encouraged to attend Round-Up with you. Let your child experience a "Learning Safari" and take the opportunity to board a school bus! District staff will be present to answer questions about bus transportation, before and after-school childcare services, food services and other topics.

Registration packets containing detailed information are available at all East China elementary schools and at the Administrative Offices. Parents are encouraged to pick up and complete a packet before coming to round-up.

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February Students of the Month

Box Top Challenge Results

The Box Tops have been collected and the final counts are in. The classroom with the most Box Tops is....Mrs. White's first grade class. Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who contributed and special thanks to Christina Heslop, our Box Tops Coordinator, and Carrie Kohler and Theresa Lafriniere for helping with the counting. Here is a list of the results:

Rymar 196
Trout 262

Talaski 435
White 1441

Greib 587
Moses 467
Schneider/Mahn 557

Charron 1014
Drumb 270
Weatherly 199

Penzien 792
Robbins 202
Westerhof (4/5) 607

Dunn 357
Tyler 658

Daddy Daughter Dance

Thank you to our extraordinary PTO for all of their hard work in organizing the Daddy Daughter Dance! We are so grateful to the many parents who donated food, decorated, and helped out at the dance. You created a fun and memorable evening for our girls and their dates! Check out the video of the dance embedded below created by Ryan Lehr, the proud daddy of Kindergartner Megan Lehr.
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Student Encourage Parents to Check Skyward

As an incentive to ensure that every parent is accessing their student's progress through Skyward Family Access, Mrs. Charron offered a pizza party as a reward if every student was successful in encouraging their parent to log on. Now, Mrs. Charron's class is the first one at Belle River in which 100% of the parents have accounts and use Skyward. Our goal is for ALL parents at Belle River to get registered with Skyward accounts and use the site regularly to stay involved and informed in their children's education! If you need help registering or logging on, please call the office. The information below might be helpful, too.
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Online Resources for Students

The Belle River staff is diligent about differentiating and individualizing instruction for our students. One way that we tailor learning opportunities to meet the personal levels of mastery of each student is by using online curriculum providers. Students use their Moby Max and RAZ-Kids accounts to improve in specific math and ELA areas specific to their individual skills levels and learning needs. They also have access to Pebble Go, a site that allows them to read interesting informational text. Teachers provide time to use these subscriptions in class, but the students can also access at home for additional practice. Instructions for accessing the students' accounts are posted below.
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Please watch the video embedded below to learn more about the ECSD ballot proposal.

ECSD Ballot Proposal Information

Our Mission: Working Collaboratively to Ensure All Students Learn

Our Vision: Belle River is an inviting, caring school community that meets the needs of every 21st century learner, by using Best Practices to facilitate positive behavior support

and high expectations for lifelong learners.

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