Bel Air News

An e-newsletter from Bel Air Elementary School

April 28, 2023

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May 1-5

Monday, May 1st

- School in session

- 5th grade State Capital visit - 9:30-11:30am

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

- Flag Football Skills - 3:20-4:20pm

- Artastico - 3:20-4:20pm

- Spanish - 3:20-4:20pm

Tuesday, May 2nd

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

- School in session - MCA testing grades 3-5 & NWEA testing grades 2 and 4

- Track practice - 4th ONLY - 3:20-4:20pm

Wednesday, May 3rd

- School in session - MCA testing grades 3-5 & NWEA testing grades 2 and 4

- Spanish - 3:20-4:20pm

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

- Track practice - 5th ONLY - 3:20-4:20pm

Thursday, May 4th

- School in session - MCA testing grades 3-5 & NWEA testing grades 2 and 4

- Track practice - 3:20-4:20pm

Friday, May 5th

- School in session - Dress like your future self or wear Bel Air gear

2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Looking ahead

Monday, May 8th

- School in session

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

- Flag Football Skills - 3:20-4:20pm

- Artastico - 3:20-4:20pm

- Spanish - 3:20-4:20pm

- Track practice for ALL -3:20-4:20pm

- PTA meeting - 6:00-7:00pm in Library

Tuesday, May 9th

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

- School in session - NWEA testing grades 2 and 4

Wednesday, May 10th

- School in session - NWEA testing grades 2 and 4

- Spanish - 3:20-4:20pm

- Track practice for ALL - 3:20-4:20pm

Thursday, May 11th

- School in session - NWEA testing grades 2 and 4

- Track practice for ALL- 3:20-4:20pm

Friday, May 12th

- School in session - Dress like a book or movie character or wear Bel Air gear

The Bel Air PTA Carnival is Coming!!

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Carnival Donation Contest

Dear Bel Air Families,

There will be a carnival at Bel Air on Saturday, May 20th. We need help getting items for the cakewalk and the soda ring toss. Your students have the opportunity to donate items for these two events and earn points for their classrooms.

Beginning Monday May 1st and ending Friday, May 12th, students may bring in 20oz sodas (found in the checkout aisle of most stores) and/or boxes of snack cakes. If you prefer to donate cash or make a check donation (made out to Bel Air PTA), you may put donations in an envelope with your child’s teacher’s name written on the outside and the PTA will use the funds to purchase additional items.

Each soda collected will give the class 1 point, while each cake item will secure 2 points. If you donate with cash or a check, you will receive 1 point for each $5 donated.

Our Bel Air Change Agents, in conjunction with the Specialist Team, will collect items and post classroom progress daily. The classroom with the highest number of points from the first level and the classroom with the highest number of points from the second level will receive a class popcorn party and some carnival tickets that can be redeemed on May 20th.

Good Luck and thanks so much for your support!

Ms. Modjeski


Bel Air Carnival Presale Tickets and Volunteer Opportunities

Click on the images below to purchase tickets or volunteer

Congratulation to the Bel Air Science Olympiads

On Saturday, April 15th, the Bel Air Science Olympiad teams participated in a multi-school competition.

Bel Air Blue (5th grade) took home seven medals (placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their events) and Bel Air Orange (4th grade) took home six medals.

Congratulations to both teams!

Thank you to Ms. Modjeski and Ms. Sandy for coordinating and coaching our Science Olympiads this year!

A special thank you to all the awesome volunteers who helped guide our students during their weekly practice sessions.

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Please complete the Online Data Verification for the 2023-24 school year

It's time to update your student's information for the upcoming 2023-24 school year.

Please complete the Online Data Verification in ParentVUE for each of your students as soon as possible so we will have the most up-to-date information before the first day of school on September 5th.

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. Choose 'Begin New Registration' and complete the updates as requested.

If you don’t yet have a ParentVUE account, please call the Bel Air office to receive your account activation key - 651-621-6300

4th and 5th Grade Track

Registration for 4th and 5th grade track is now open.

Click on the registration link below to sign up:

· 4th graders - register here

· 5th graders - register here

Bel Air track calendar

23-24 Student Information

Please use the link below to provide additional information about your child's academic and social learning needs for the 2023-24 school year. While we cannot accept specific teacher requests, we want to give you the opportunity to share specifics about your child’s needs which will help in our decision making process.

23-24 Student Information Form

Please complete prior to May 7, 2023

Not attending Bel Air next year?

Please complete the below form if your child will NOT attend Bel Air Elementary in Mounds View Public Schools for the upcoming school year.

Not attending Bel Air for 2023-24 school year

Staff Appreciation Week, May 8-12

During the week of May 8-12, Mounds View Public Schools will recognize all staff during Staff Appreciation Week. Send a custom Thank You e-card to a deserving staff member by visiting

Safety & Security: 5 things to know

Bel Air Elementary School takes safety and security seriously.

As a reminder:

  1. Exterior doors are locked and should not be opened during the school day.

  2. Students and visitors should only enter and exit through the controlled access main entrance - Door #1.

  3. Prior to entry, visitors are asked to show a photo ID which is checked by a visitor management system.

  4. Video camera systems are positioned at multiple entry points and are monitored during the school day.

  5. Students and staff are asked to be proactive in reporting to administration all suspicious activities or any person who doesn't have a badge or seems out of place.

If you have questions or concerns about safety and security at Bel Air please contact principal Dawn Wiegand at 651-621-6303

Did you know?

Mounds View Public Schools' graduation rate consistently surpasses the state rate by an average of seven percentage points. For the class of 2022, District students graduated at a rate of 90.6% compared to the state rate of 83.6%

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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-

Know the Facts: Mental Health

Over 80 percent of young people ages 10–18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink. Send a clear and strong message that you disapprove of underage drinking and use or misuse of other drugs. Talk. They hear you. Read April’s mental health blog post about the topic here.

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.

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.

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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