November 2021 Edition
Bellevue Elementary School
Packin' & Snackin'
Healthy Reminder for Snacks & Lunches
There are foods that help power our students' brains and bodies for the whole day! There are also foods that may make students feel energetic for only a short time. After that, they leave students feeling sluggish and foggy-brained. By choosing and packing foods that are complete, nutrient-rich and healthy, we power our students' brains to think and learn and explore. Healthy food fuels students' bodies to run, play and adventure!
A good guideline to follow when choosing healthy foods is to choose foods and beverages that are low in fat and sugar and are minimally processed. Snacks that are especially good for kids (and adults!) are fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products such as milk and yogurt, and whole-grain foods including whole-wheat tortillas, bread, and cereal. Lean meats, eggs, and nuts in small portions can be healthy snacks, too.
Processed, less-healthy snack foods such as chips, sugary drinks, pop, candy and cake are OK to eat once in awhile but should not be offered every day. These foods usually have a lot of extra and unnecessary fat, calories, salt and/or sugar.
We are looking forward to making our school the healthiest it can be so our students can do their best work!
Adapted from Michigan Nutrition Standards- Healthy Snack Letter
Winter NWEA Testing
All students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 will be participating in Winter NWEA testing. The testing will take place from Monday, November 29-Friday, December 10. Individual grade levels and teachers will communicate with their families the actual date within that window that your son or daughter will be participating in testing.
Please help prepare your child for testing by getting a good night's sleep and encouraging him/her to do their very best!
Bellevue Bronco Spirit Gear Drive
November 15-November 29
Last week, we had our first flurries. Winter is coming. Please make sure to send your child with cold weather gear to help keep them warm. We encourage your child to have a winter coat, a hat, and gloves/mittens. We do not need snow pants yet, but now is a good time to try on your old pair and buy some new ones. Don’t forget to label all gear with your child's name!
High School Reading Buddies
6th Grade Math Hoops
Math Hoops promotes addition, subtraction, multiplication and division fact fluency. Students learn fundamental math skills through direct engagement with their favorite NBA and WNBA players’ statistics, competing in an in-class basketball league against their peers. They also have an opportunity to development their understanding of percentages and decimals, while making strategic decisions based on mathematical logic and probability.
We look forward to what the 2021-2022 season brings!
December 6-10, 2021
We are very excited for this program and all it offers. Adults volunteers play a vital role int he success of the holiday shop. Parent volunteers are need to help run the shop! We realize the holiday season is a busy time for everyone, but we would appreciate your help and support. Please click the button below to sign up if you can donate some time during our shop. A background check must be completed and on file for all volunteers.
P.S. Grandparents are welcome to help too!
Junior Bronco PTSO
School Improvement Goal
The staff at Bellevue Elementary is committed to achieving this educational goal by engaging (at a minimum) in the following strategies:
Use of newly developed district approve curriculum
Tier II Interventions in 2nd, 4th and 5th grade
Intentional use of classroom data
- Increased expectation and encouragement of at-home reading
Use of IXL in the classroom
Instructional coaching support
Bellevue Fire Department Comes to School
5th Graders Venturing to STARBASE Battle Creek
STARBASE is a premier educational program, sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. At STARBASE, students participate in challenging “hands-on, minds-on” activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). They interact with military personnel to explore careers and observe STEM applications in the “real world.”
Powerful Student Care
Marking Period Celebrations
At the end of each marking period, we will celebrate each and every one of our Bellevue Bronco students! We know kids are kids and not every single one of them meets our expectations every single day. However, as a school community, we need to honor and celebrate each member of our community to make them feel valued and foster that sense of community.
Friday, October 15th marked the end of the first marking period & students worked hard to meet our expectations of being safe, responsible and respectful. We celebrated with students in the following ways:
- Every student received a donut & a glass of apple cider freshly pressed with apples donated by our Kids Hope volunteers
- Every student decorated a paper pumpkin to add to our school display, “Kindest Pumpkins in the Patch"
Bronco Bragging Bricks
Junior Bronco PTSO
PTSO's Upcoming Events to Remember
Santa's Secret Shop- December 6-10
Parent's Night Out- December 15 3:00-6:00 P.M.
Highlights from our 2nd Grade Field Trip to the Country Mill Orchard & Cider Mill
Michigan Department of Education Read by Grade 3
In order for students to be college and career ready, it is important that they have strong literacy skills. The ability to read is necessary for success in all subject areas and has a direct impact on a student’s educational success.
In 2016, Michigan’s state legislature passed the Read by Grade Three Law to ensure that children who exit third grade are reading at or close to grade level. Based on this 2016 law, third grade students must achieve a minimum score of 1252 in English Language Arts on the state M-STEP assessment in order to be promoted to the fourth grade. Last year, the Read by Grade Three Law was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures, but this year the law remains in place, unless we hear differently from the Michigan Department of Education.
Every students' reading progress will be closely monitored throughout the school year. If you child is not reading at his/her current grade level, an individualized reading improvement plan will be created. Your child's teacher and school will work with your child to find where your child needs support in his/her reading development and create a plan to support him/her.
You will continue to receive updates on the Third Grade Reading Law from the school moving forward. As your partners in education, we are here to support you. Please see the following video and the attached “Facts for Families” document to access more information about the Read by Grade 3 Law.
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Skyward Family Access
It’s a well established fact that parent engagement plays a vital role in student outcomes. One of the primary ways to increase that engagement is through communication, and the Skyward Family Access utility can be a powerful tool. This brief (~90 seconds) video walks parents through the process of downloading, deploying, and using Skyward Family Access. If you are not signed up for Family Access, please contact the Elementary Administrative Assistant, Jennifer Munster by calling the office at (269) 763-9435.