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Principal's Message

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Dear Parents,

This week the Bella Vista Debate team had an opportunity to share some of the speaking principles they have been learning with their peers and parents. For two months they’ve been learning the format for a structured debate, learning how to compile evidence and use it to make arguments. The debates we watched were excellently done. This was the first year we have provided this opportunity. We hope to do it in the future as well and open it up to more students. We appreciate the willingness of our coach, Amy Whitlock. She did a great job working with the students and learning a lot about school debate along the way!

There have been many other exciting things taking place in every grade. Recently our upper grades completed their end of year SRI test. This test assesses growth from the beginning of the year to the end in reading comprehension. A very large percentage of our students made considerable growth. I’ll have more exact numbers prepared in future mailers, but we are excited for what they’ve done.

We would like to share that Stephanie Lassig was selected as our Teacher of the Year! Stephanie is an upper grade Special Education teacher who has provided incredible support for her students for four years at Bella Vista. We are lucky to have her working at our school and congratulate her on this award.

I’ve included a few important notes and calendar items to make you aware of. The end of year is fast approaching and with it some important reminders and events:

Community Council Election: If you are interested in serving your school community, our school community council elections are coming up. The nomination window will be open from April 21st – May 5th! We have nomination forms in the office. If you would like more information please contact the principal. Voting will take place May 8th – May 10th. We need at least two new members.

SAGE and District Testing: During the month of May we will be conducting the state and district end of year tests. This can be a strenuous task, but we want to help students be best prepared by encouraging them to get to sleep on time, eat a complete breakfast, and prevent absences as much as possible. If you know you will be checking out a student in May, it would be helpful to check with his or her classroom teacher to see if it coincides with testing schedules. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Next Year Parent input forms: Parent input forms will now be available in the main office. You can ask any of the secretaries for a form. You can provide whatever information I should know in placing your child next year. The forms are due back by May 12th.

Staff and Teacher Appreciation Weeks: We are celebrating our support staff next week. They do so much to help the school run and help each classroom be successful. Our teacher appreciation week, which also includes are SPED department and art teacher, will be celebrated May 1 – May 5th.

CALENDAR ITEMS:
DARE graduation @ May 5th, 10:30 in the auditorium
Spring Sing @ May 16th, 2:30 for students and 6:30 for families
Egg Drop @ May 31st, 9:30 on the east side of the school
Faculty Talent Show @ June 5th, 2:00 for students
End of Year Assembly @ June 6th, 9:00 for everyone
Field Day @ June 6th in the afternoon
5th Grade vs. Faculty Kickball @ June 7th, 9:00 for everyone
Last day of school @ June 7th, 12:45

Please keep in mind that the end of year events may look differently in Kindergarten. I will be sending out other information that reflects any changes for Kindergarten

 

BELLA VISTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 2017-18
Dear Parent/Guardian: It is time to register kindergarten students for the 2017 -2018 school year. Preregistration is required at this time of year so that we can better assess the faculty needs of our school.If you have a child that will be five years old on or before September 1, 2017, this child qualifies for next year’s kindergarten program. If you know of a neighbor that qualifies for kindergarten, please share this information with them and have them call the office for further questions. 801-826-7825.
Please let us know if you are interested in the traditional ½ day class or the supplemental day class.  There is no fee for the ½ day class.  For the supplemental (all day) class there is a yearly tuition. This was a new program that was piloted last year and was very successful. If you want more information you can contact the school or the Instructional Supports District office. 801-826 -5045.
A birth certificate and complete immunization record are required before your child will be allowed to attend kindergarten (However, we encourage you may begin the registration process now). The following immunizations are required: 5 DPT (if 4th dose was given on or after 4th birthday, a 5th is not needed), 4 POLIO (if 3rd dose is given on/after the 4th birthday then the 4th dose is not needed),2 MMR (1st one given after first birthday), 3 HEPATITIS B, 2 HEPATITIS A, and 2 VARICELLA (twoare now required, first immunization must be given after first birthday or a history of chickenpox (varicella) is acceptable if the parent/guardian signs a verification statement with the health department.

                        **Please complete and return this form to the school office ASAP**

Student Name : ______________________________________________________________________________________ (as it appears on the birth certificate):

Birthdate ____________________________        M or F ________        Other siblings at Bella Vista? Y/N

Address _________________________________________________________________ Zip ____________________

Is this student: ______ Yes, Hispanic/Latino _____ No, not Hispanic/Latino

What is student’s race: _____ American Indian or Alaskan Native, _____ Asian, _____ White _____                 Black or African American, _____ Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

What is the first language that the student learned to speak? _________________________________          Language your student uses at home? ___________________________________________________________ Language spoken most often in student’s home? _______________________________________________        Preferred language for home/school communication? _________________________________________

Mother’s Name ______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone # ____________________________ Email Address _______________________________________________   Same Address as student? Y/N (If no, please fill in address information)                                                      Address _________________________________________________________________ Zip ____________________

Father’s Name _______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone # ____________________________ Email Address _______________________________________________    Same Address as student? Y/N (If no, please fill in address information)                                                      Address _________________________________________________________________ Zip ____________________

I am registering for ½ day kindergarten     I am interested in supplemental (all day) kindergarten