Bulldog Paw Prints
Week Ending August 19, 2022
Help Wanted (Repeat Request)
We are looking for parents/community members who can help us with this and who can commit to a consistent schedule. We are also looking for parents/community members who may be better able to support such a role as a substitute when our regular supervisors are absent. Please use the following link to submit your interest. Thank you in advance for considering.
Bus Routes (Update)
Bus route information, for those who qualify, will be uploaded into the PowerSchool portal by the end of the day Monday, August 22.
We will have a DJ, some BA Staff in the Dunk Tank (everyone gets one turn!), popsicles, PTA signup (hot lunch, birthday book club, yearbook and more!), volunteering opportunities, Spiritwear, New Playground info, True Balance Karate, and Yomechas Guides/Princesses.
Students may arrive at Belle Aire School each day beginning at 8:05 a.m. when adult supervision begins. In order to assist with a timely and safe arrival process, the school playground will not be used by students before school. Upon arrival, students should head to their assigned door to visit with their peers and the adult supervisor. A bell will ring at 8:10 a.m. and students will begin to enter the building. Students who arrive after 8:15 a.m. should enter through Door 1, the main entrance.
The door that students will be assigned to will lead directly into one of our coatrooms. Belle Aire doesn’t have any lockers or cubbies in classrooms, so each coatroom is used to stow student backpacks, lunch boxes, and coats during the day.
Identify your student's teacher below to see which door to use.
Door 2: Ms. Erickson, Mr. McDermott, Mrs. Cardinal
Door 3: Mrs. Barnick, Ms. DeWitt, Ms. Latus
Door 6: Ms. Cook, Mrs. Fulton, Mrs. Steiner
Door 7: Mrs. Heun, Ms. Weist, Mrs. O’Hearn
Door 8: Mr. Linko
Door 1: Main entrance for students needing to stop in the office, drop off an instrument, or arriving after 8:15 a.m.
This map will help you identify the location of each door.
*Please note that entrance times may change as students build routines. We have not used our normal entrance procedures in several years, and we recognize that it may take students longer at the start of the school year to be ready to start the school day. The District also recognizes that bus arrival times vary during the first few weeks of school as drivers learn new routes. As students build routines and bus arrival times become more consistent, student entry times may get pushed back. This will allow our teachers the necessary time to prepare for the day. Supervision times will remain the same and any changes will be communicated in advance.
All students who are not scheduled to remain in the building at the end of the day, will leave campus at dismissal--2:00 p.m. on Monday and 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Students will exit through their assigned coatroom doors.
Please do all you can to make sure your child understands your family's dismissal plan each morning (meeting outside of the door, meeting at a specific location on the property, being picked up in Herbert Circle, taking the bus, being picked up in the main parking lot, going to Champions, walking home with brother/sister, etc.). This step helps keep student anxiety low and supports a smooth dismissal process.
Students may return to the playground after school hours and/or on the weekends. This will be done at family discretion, as our district playgrounds also function as community parks outside of school hours.
Traffic/Parking Lot/Access Points
Please take a moment to read the procedures below, and be sure to share them with anyone who may be driving your students to school - parents, grandparents, caregivers, neighbors, etc.
There are two designated drop-off areas for those arriving by car. One is in our parking lot, and the other is at Herbert Circle. Should you decide to park and walk your children to the entry point, you may park on the west side of Belle Aire Lane (so your're facing Ogden) or in an open parking spot in our lot. Parking next to the school's sidewalks or on the perimeter of the lot is prohibited as it blocks and disrupts traffic patterns.
Main Parking Lot Drop-Off Zone:
There are two turn-in lanes available upon entering the school's parking lot. The first, most southern lane should only be used if you intend to park your car in an open spot. Parents who are dropping off students should use the second entrance (the one after the small median), which directs you to the circle drive in front of the school.
Currently, we treat the drop-off zone like the curbside drop-off at the airport, and it can be dangerous because of moving traffic. The circle drive splits into two lanes at the sidewalk. The right lane nearest the sidewalk is where students should exit vehicles; the left lane is for passing/moving traffic exiting the lot. Students are the only ones who exit the vehicle in this area. Adults who exit the vehicle in this area are putting themselves in danger and slowing down our drop-off procedure for all families behind them. Please be aware of your surroundings, check your mirrors, and stay off of your cell phones.
When entering the drop-off zone, pull as far forward as possible at all times. We need to use the entire drop-off zone as a unit. If you are the first/only car in the zone, we ask that you still pull up all the way so that cars that arrive behind you are able to drop-off as well.
Students should only exit the vehicle from the passenger side and when the vehicle is next to the sidewalk.
Herbert Circle Drop-Off Zone
Vehicles should follow the typical, counter-clockwise traffic pattern of entering and exiting the circle. Students should exit the passenger side of the vehicle and walk along the guardrail until they reach the path to the school. Student walkers must use the paved path (outside of the guardrail) to enter campus rather than walking through Herbert Circle.
Please do everything you can to prepare your children to exit the vehicle quickly and always on the passenger side.
If you need to exit your vehicle to assist your children for any reason and/or for any amount of time, please use the parking spaces and not the circle drive drop-off zone.
Here is a short video to help you see are entry/departure areas.
District 58 Handbook
District 58 annually provides students and families with the Schools of 58: A Handbook for Families. Please review this important handbook with your child, as it offers an overview of the District’s policies, procedures, resources and student expectations.
On the first day of school, we will send home a packet of information with your child. This packet will include a handbook receipt that asks parents/guardians to acknowledge that they and their child reviewed and understood the Schools of 58: A Handbook for Families. When you receive the handbook receipt, please sign it and return it to the school. Handbook receipts are due by your school’s Curriculum Night.
This year’s handbook is only available electronically. If you need a print copy, please give us a call, and we can print one for you.
Lunch and Snack Break
We will be hosting two lunch periods again this year.
Students in grades K, 2, 4, 6 will eat lunch at 11:30 a.m. each day.
Students in grades 1, 3, 5 will eat lunch at 11:50 a.m. each day.
Students will need to bring a lunch with them to school each day, as we do not have a hot lunch program. As a bonus, however, the PTA hosts a fun lunch (pizza and chicken strips/hot dogs) roughly twice each month. More details and ordering information can be captured when your family registers for the PTA.
Please make sure your child has a snack each day. Snack breaks should consist of nutritious food choices such as fruits, vegetables, and other portable snacks (items that are finger-held for consumption). This aligns with Policy 6:50. The health and safety of our students are our highest priorities. Therefore certain snacks or foods may be prohibited in your child’s classroom due to food allergies. The health office and I will communicate out any food items that are prohibited in a given classroom or grade level. A daily snack can be provided for students who qualify for free/ reduced lunch.