• 2020-2021 BEL AIRE ELEMENTARY NEWSLETTERS


    November 18, 2020
    Last Friday, November 13, was World Kindness Day ! It's hard to keep up with all of the events, but I like to recognize them, as they help remind us to choose kindness every day. Towards that end, I'd like to highlight a local upcoming event:

    November 4, 2020
    For many, the 2020 election has been yet another contributor to the rollercoaster of challenging emotions many of us have been confronted with this year. As your child's most adored adult(s), you play an important role in helping child(ren) make sense of some of the divisive rhetoric they are undoubtedly hearing.

    October 21, 2020
    An impressively collaborative effort has made for a largely successful re-entry to in-person learning. Please see the most recent email from Dr. Lynch for an update with regard to our progression through the RUSD Phases of Reentry. I don't have much in the way of additional updates this week, but I would like share my appreciation for our Bel Aire families.

    October 7, 2020
    To everyone's delight, I have very little to share in the way of news and updates! Week 1 of Phase 2 has been pretty successful so far. Of course, there are (and will continue to be) a handful of adjustments and reminders to share - because we've never done this before! That said, I think we can take a breath and find our Phase 2 rhythm for a few weeks without the need to inundate you all with copious details.


    October 5, 2020
    Please remember to send your student to school with any necessary supplies specified by your child's teacher, as well as:a completed Daily Health Screening via Actionaly. 


    October 1, 2020
    It's happening! We are days away from re-opening our campus to many Bel Aire families! We are excited, and we need your help. How? By helping us, help your child(ren) understand changes and expectations.

    September 24, 2020
    I know there was more than enough content in yesterday's newsletter, but I've heard from a few parents that the Parent Summary link under ' Educate Yourselves About the Changes' section, is not working properly.


    September 23, 2020

    We are preparing to transition to Phase 2 of RUSD's 5 Phase School Re-Entry Plan on October 5. This is exciting, as it means we can slowly begin to welcome students back onto our campus!

    September 9, 2020
    Classroom Visits.  Ordinarily, my favorite part of any school day, is when I force myself away from my desk and take a little tour through classrooms. A student-free school campus feels strange, and it eliminates the possibility for me to casually pop in to a classroom room and ask a student what they’re learning or to share weekend highlights with kids at recess.

    August 26, 2020
    Thank you for your remarkable support and patience during an unusual, virtual return to school.

    August 19, 2020
    I hope this message finds you well. Bel Aire staff is excited and busy preparing for the virtual start of the 2020-2021 school year! Last week’s message was largely about scheduling. 

    August 12, 2020
    SAVE THE DATE! Zoom Parent Webinar | Thursday, August 20 @ 7PM.  We have scheduled an introductory Parent Zoom Webinar on Thursday August 20 at 7:00 PM. The webinar is designed to help parents learn how we will be using Zoom throughout your child’s virtual school day. 

     


    2019-2020 BEL AIRE ARCHIVED NEWSLETTERS


     March 16, 2020
    I hope all Bel Aire families are safe, healthy, and adjusting to at-home learning and social distancing. At this time, families should have received an email from teachers with the RUSD At Home link (password is RUSD and case sensitive).

    March 13, 2020
    As communicated by the district office, Reed Union School District will be closing school campuses to students for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16th, and resuming Monday, March 30th.

    March 4, 2020
    There is a purposeful effort to streamline all communication from the district to minimize mixed messaging, around COVID-19 updates. Toward that end, I have no new content or additional information to share, but would like to synthesize content from the many recent messages for emphasis and clarity.

    February 12, 2020
    I had promised a message about gratitude in January, but instead, shared resources for kindness (see January 15 and January 29 notes, and just in case you missed it, please consider checking out the Kindness Can Be Taught: Here’s How
     podcast).

    January 29, 2020
    The Great Kindness Challenge week is one of my favorite events of the year, as our entire community makes a deliberate choice to focus on kindness! I’d like to acknowledge that I've provided a lot of resources in the message.

    January 15, 2020
    Happy New Year, and welcome back! I hope all Bel Aire families are enjoying a peaceful start to 2020 and a smooth re-entry into school (and all those other responsibilities we sometimes pause during a long break).

    December 19, 2019
    Thank you all for all you contribute to the well-being of Bel Aire School and staff. We appreciate all that you do: PTA chairs, Foundation staff and chairs, classroom volunteers, lunch and Lunch Bunch volunteers, Peter Pan volunteers, hospitality (thank you for all the treats!), everyone that smiles and says a friendly greeting, and anyone that contributes in any way to the care and keeping of the staff and students. You all contribute to the health, happiness, and sanity of our Bel Aire community.

    December 4, 2019
    Welcome back from what I hope was a wonderful, week-long, holiday break replete with fun, loved ones, rest, and gratitude (more on gratitude in January). Incredibly, we have only 1 2 sch o o l d a ys l e ft in 2019! As we wrap up 2019, I’d like to revisit a couple items:

    November 20, 2019
    Each school is seeking members of the RUSD community to serve as parent representatives on our Strategic Planning Collaborative (formerly School Site Council).

    November 6, 2019
    Share Your Feedback... Thank you to all families who have already shared their thoughts and experiences in our 15 minute survey.

    October 23, 2019
    I referenced empathy in the last newsletter, but would like to revisit it again. I joked with my staff, that at first, I really just needed a good ‘E’ word to complete my vision for the C.L.E.A.R. theme this year. 

    October 9, 2019
    Recalling that the ‘E’ in C.L.E.A.R. stands for empathy, I would like to encourage families to talk about Halloween costume choices - specifically, if a preferred costume depicts another's culture. In the past, we have asked students to avoid costumes with weapons or violence.

    September 25, 2019
    This is an exciting week at Bel Aire, as we are participating in two powerful programs: Start with Hello  Week and Character Day!

    September 11, 2019
    All you need is a smile! Student proofs and online photo ordering information will be sent home by email approximately three weeks after the photo date. Make-up picture day is Oct. 23rd.

    September 3, 2019
    We are thrilled to offer every Bel Aire fourth grader the opportunity to attend The Mosaic Project’s week- long Outdoor School Program.

    September 3, 2019
    4th and 5th GRADERS: BEL AIRE MATH CLUB BEGINS SEPTEMBER 17TH.

    August 28, 2019
    We have some great parent events in the next couple days, and I hope I will see you all this Thursday and Friday.