Bel Air News

An e-newsletter from Bel Air Elementary School

March 4-8, 2019

Monday, March 4:

3:15-7:00 pm - Science Fair Set Up & Project Check In - Gym

Tuesday, March 5: Book Fair - 8:35 am - 6:45 pm

7:00-9:00 am - Science Fair Project Check In - Gym

8:30-11:45 am - 2nd Gr - Nancy Carlson - Author Visit

9:00 am-3:15 pm - Bel Air Science Fair

5:30-7:00 pm - Bel Air Science Fair Open House

Wednesday, March 6: Book Fair - 8:35 am - 6:45 pm

9:00-9:30 am - Assembly - HV 7th Gr Band Concert

Thursday, March 7: Book Fair - 8:35 am - 6:45 pm

3:15-4:30 pm - Mentoring

3:20-4:30 pm - Science Olympiad Practice - Science Rm, IMC, Rm 202

3:45-6:45 pm - Communication Night

Friday, March 8:

Future Events

Mar. 12 - 5th Gr - Author in Residence - Judy Biederman - 9:40-11:40 am

Mar. 12 - Communication Night - 3:45-6:45 pm

Mar. 14-22 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

Mar. 25 - Playworks Leadership Training - Rm 218 - 3:25-4:25 pm

Mar. 26 - PTA Meeting - IMC - 6:00-7:00 pm

Mar. 27 - Playworks Leadership Training - Rm 218 - 3:25-4:25 pm

Mar. 29 - Student Council - Rm 209 - 7:45-8:15 am

Apr. 1 - 3rd Gr - Wildlife Outreach Program - 1:05-3:05 pm

Apr. 4 - School Assembly - 1:30-2:00 pm

Apr. 5 - NO SCHOOL

For Families

This month, our school wide theme is problem solving. In our morning announcements and school assembly we’ll be reminding students to use the Second Step Problem-Solving Steps:

· S: Say the problem

· T: Think of solutions

· E: Explore consequences

· P: Pick the best solution

As you can see, the first letter of each step spells the word ”step.” Remembering “step” helps students solve problems with each other in safe and respectful ways.

Second Step lessons specifically teach students to use each step and reinforce the message that solutions need to be safe and respectful. You will be receiving Home Links about the steps that describe why solving problems is important and including fun activities to do with your child to help him or her learn and practice the steps. We hope the steps will be helpful for you and your child when there are problems at home.

Please tell your child’s teacher if you would like more suggestions about how to use the Problem-Solving Steps at home.

Highview Middle School presents - "Guys and Dolls, Jr."

Join the Highview Middle School cast and crew as they present “Guys and Dolls, Jr. “on Thursday and Friday, February 28th and March 1st at 7:00 PM and again on Saturday, March 2nd at 2:00 PM.

Tickets will be sold in the office and will also be available at the door.

Hope to see you there!

Bel Air Food Drive

March is MN Food Drive Month and Bel Air will be collecting items the week of March 4th to support the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf. This food drive directly supports families in our community. Each day there is a different suggested item to bring:

Monday 3/4: Canned Goods

Tuesday 3/5: Baking Items

Wednesday 3/6: Boxed Meals

Thursday 3/7: Toiletries

Friday 3/8: Any non-perishable item

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK - Yearbook Sales extended to March 28!!

Our yearbook is planned to include:

  • All color pages that vibrantly capture school memories
  • Sturdy soft cover including school name and year imprinted in foil

Add on any of the following yearbook extras:

  • Zoom, a full-color current events insert that captures the top news stories of the year
  • Student's school portrait and name printed on the cover adds a personal touch
  • Durable, high-quality hard cover protects treasured memories for a lifetime
  • Autograph insert to share messages with friends
  • Fun, repositionable stickers to decorate and personalize yearbook pages Please order your yearbook by visiting:

School ID code: 1502319

Standard book $16.00 Add any extras for an additional price: Hard Cover $5.00, Zoom $2.00, Personalized Cover $6.00, Autograph Insert $1.00, Stickers $1.50 Orders due by March 1, 2019.

Bel Air Book Fair - IMC

The Spring 2019 Bel Air Book Fair is coming! We are in need of volunteers to cover 2 hour shifts during the school day and afternoon/evening. Please sign up online at:

Tuesday, March 5th 8:35 am to 6:45 pm

Wednesday, March 6th 8:35 am to 6:45 pm

Thursday, March 7th 8:35 am to 6:45 pm

Volunteers receive a book fair gift certificate for working a shift. Please help staff this fundraiser which benefits classroom libraries, the school library, and provides birthday books.

If you have any questions please contact Pam Anderson at or at 651-245-9601.

Orchestra Notes - Summer Orchestra

Mark your calendars! Students who are currently enrolled in grades 3-5 have the opportunity to participate in the District 621 Summer Orchestra program. The dates are July 8-August 1, Mondays-Thursdays. Classes are 50 minutes and they are scheduled at various locations across the district, starting as early as 7am or as late as 7pm. Registration materials will be shared with families soon.

There is also a middle school camp available for students entering grades 7-8 in 2019-2020.

Click here to access more details on the District 621 Summer Orchestra website.

If you have any questions, contact Jim Bartsch, orchestra teacher, at

See you this summer!

Band Sign-up Nights Coming!!


Starting the summer after 4th grade your child can begin participating in Band. About 90% of band students start the summer after 4th grade. The rest will have the opportunity to start in the fall of 5th grade.

The summer beginning band program consists of a 45-minute small-group lesson, Monday through Thursday, for four weeks starting Monday, July 8 through Thursday, August 1. The summer session concludes with a concert for parents the evening of the last day. We cover about a year’s worth of material in four weeks.

Summer Band is offered at various schools during the morning and at Chippewa and Highview Middle Schools in the evening. Students taking summer school during the day will be excused from their summer class to attend their band lessons.

Students may choose from the following band instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba and Percussion. School instruments are available for students with financial need.

35th Annual Chalkboard Capers Show

Enjoy a wonderful evening of fun stories shown through skits, live music, song and dance. This entertaining event is put on by our wonderful staff performing on stage for you. This event is to raise money for scholarships given to district graduates. Mark your calendars for the following show days and times:

Wednesday, April 3rd @ 5:15 - $5

Thursday, April 4th @ 6:30 - $7

Friday, April 5th @ 6:30 - $7

Saturday, April 6th @ 1:00, 6:30 - $7

If you would like to support or donate to this wonderful cause you can do any of the following:

  • Make checks payable to: “Chalkboard Capers Scholarship Program”

  • Send contributions via mail or drop off to:

Kelli Hofmeister

Turtle Lake Elementary School

1141 Lepak Court

Shoreview, MN 55126

Provide your feedback for New Brighton Parks & Rec.

The City of New Brighton wants your input to guide its future parks, trails and recreation improvements for the next 20 years. Visit to find an interactive map and survey where you can leave comments and see what others have to say.

February Home & School Connection

Photo Withhold Form

Parents may withhold permission to have their student photographed and/or videotaped during school-day classroom activities, learning experiences, and/or media events. Please complete and return this form ONLY if you do NOT wish for Mounds View Public Schools to publish your student's appearance, image or name on any recorded medium. This Publish Opt Out Release is applicable and valid for up to 12 months from the date of signature.

Photo Opt Out Form

Youth Activities

Before- and after-school activities are offered by the District's Community Education department. Bel Air opportunities include:[category]=147%2C148%2C151%2C154%2C146&sf[locations]=9&sf[q]=&v=grid-view

For a complete list of offerings, including e-flyers from outside organizations, visit

General Information

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.

Show your school spirit

District and school spiritwear is now available online. Click here for Bel Air spiritwear. Other Mounds View Public Schools spiritwear is available here.

Student Safety:
In order to ensure the safety of students during arrival and dismissal, we will be closing the lower parking lot from 8:05 – 8:35 a.m. and 3:05 – 3:35 p.m. ALL students being transported by parents to and from school need to be dropped off/ picked up using the carpool lane in the back of the building. We appreciate your support in using the carpool lane to ensure the safety of all.

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:

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