Bulldog Paw Prints

Week Ending August 12, 2022

Help Wanted

We have a number of staff members who will be providing lunch and recess supervision this year, and we are in need of some parents to help support this time as well. The district pays $15/hour for this position, and the support would run from 11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. each school day.

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.

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Belle Aire Staff, 2022 - 2023

This section of the newsletter will detail what grades our teachers will be teaching along with the current class sizes. I anticipate a few more registrations as we get closer to our first day with students, so these numbers are tentative.

Kdg: Alyssa Heun (17)

Kdg: Amanda O'Hearn (18)

1 - Annie Cook (14)

1 - Emily Weist (14)

2 - Brade Linko (20)

2 - Kristen Steiner (21)

3 - Kristina Cardinal (Melone) (16)

3 - Tara Fulton (15)

4 - Jennifer Barnick (17)

4 - Rachel Latus (18)

5 - Tory DeWitt (23)

6 - Bethany Erickson (22)

6 - Kevin McDermott (23)

There are several other staff members who will be helping and working with our students throughout the year too.

Elizabeth Moravec - Art

Katrina Shenton - Music

Joan Mommsen - Library

Megan Shea - Physical Education

Lisa Rose - Orchestra

Theresa Farrel - Band

Kathi Finley - Instructional Assistant

Bridget Wagner - School Psychologist

Lora Kozerski - Social Work

Stacey Lauer - Reading Specialist

Maureen Bresnahan - Speech/Language

Kim Smetana - Resource

Tracy Moriarty - Resource

Pam Benn - Interventionist

Michelle McGarry - School Nurse

Amy D'Amico - Full-Time Secretary

Marybeth Giuffre - Part-Time Secretary

Tom Moran - Day Custodian

Mike Rose - Night Custodian

Brent Borchelt - Principal


We will work hard to keep you updated about what's taking place within the school and district, about upcoming events, about what your students are learning/doing, etc. To that end, I will send a weekly newsletter to all Belle Aire families each Friday. We will also be linking each newsletter under the Paw Prints link on our school's web page. Here's the link to our school's page if you haven't bookmarked that just yet: https://www.dg58.org/ba/index

In addition to that, our Parent-Teacher Association will also send out a weekly email. Some of the information within the school newsletter and the PTA email will have some crossover. The PTA email, however, will include programs, offerings, volunteer opportunities, etc. that are run and supported by our team of volunteers.

The key to getting this information is to sign up to receive the PTA emails.

You can sign up for the PTA emails HERE.

BUS TRANSPORTATION (for those who qualify)

Families that have registered for bus transportation are already being scheduled for this year's routes.

Any new registration added to and/or changes for busing is now on hold until September 6. In other words, students added to transportation or any changes made to one of our routes will go into effect on September 6.

We anticipate publishing the routes on August 18. This information will come from the district.

Band and Orchestra Families:

We are so excited to launch a new year in band and orchestra and begin making music together again! The DG58 instrumental music teachers have had a wonderful time the past few weeks working with students during our summer music program! Our beginning band and orchestra students are well on their way after spending some time learning the basics of their instruments, while our returning members had a chance to hone their skills in an ensemble setting.

During the school year, the instrumental music students will participate in one weekly pull-out lesson at their school. These lessons will begin at the elementary schools the week of Sept. 12. Please watch your email for lesson and after-school rehearsal schedules for your building. In the fall, students will also begin participating in a once weekly after-school rehearsal to prepare full ensemble music to play at their Winter and Spring concerts. We can’t wait to see the growth and progress our students will continue to make as the school year continues!

COVID-19, What to expect as the year begins

While we have come a long way from when the pandemic first began, COVID-19 is still present. I wanted to include some points worth knowing in today's newsletter so you have an idea of what to expect as the year gets underway. Please know that if COVID-19 does impact your family, the health office, staff, classroom teacher, and I will be here ready to support both you and your child, to provide guidance, and to answer any questions that you have.

  • The District will follow a typical school day schedule, and after-school activities and field trips will take place.

  • There is no mandate regarding universal masking and COVID vaccines, and face masks continue to be an option for all students, staff, and guests.

  • If students or staff members test positive for COVID-19, they will be required to adhere to the isolation requirements mandated by the Illinois Department of Public Health and DuPage County Health Department.

  • Remote learning will be available to anyone under mandatory isolation.

  • District 58 will provide take-home COVID-19 tests and personal protective equipment for those in need. The weekly COVID-19 screening program will no longer be offered.

  • While the COVID-19 dashboard will no longer be updated, District 58 will continue to track COVID-19 cases internally, just as it does for other illnesses.

Teacher Assignments (Repeat Item)

As a reminder, student schedules (teacher assignments) will be finalized and posted in PowerSchool on Monday, August 15 at 8:30 a.m. Any information you view prior to that time and date is not official, and may still be subject to change as schedules are finalized. We will send a reminder message on August 15th at 8:30 a.m. which will include directions on how to access the schedules in the parent portal. Please note that each school will have a unique time when student schedule viewing is enabled. Your child’s schedule will not be available before this time. This is to minimize the number of users logging onto PowerSchool’s servers at any given time.

In order to view your child’s schedule, you will need to be able to log into your secure PowerSchool Parent Portal Account. Families can navigate the portal by visiting dg58.powerschool.com and signing in with their username and password. Information about creating a portal account can be found here.

If you need assistance, please contact our school office (630-719-5820), and we can help you get signed in.

What's to Come?

August 15: Teacher Assignments are Released

August 18: Bus Routes are Published

August 22: Full Staff Returns for Professional Development

August 23: Professional Development Continues; Meet and Greet (2:45 - 3:30 p.m.); Back-To-School Event (Begins at 3:30 p.m.)

August 25: Students Return to School (FULL DAY)

August 29: 2:00 Dismissal