Book Fair

Book Fair Peach Jar flyer

Books & Bagles

Books Bagles

Principal's Message 9/8/2017

B-E-L-L-A V-I-S-T-A spells Bella Vista, hooray! Maybe a little cheesy to start the letter, but we are off and running! The start of the year has been a great one. I wish I could take everything I have seen and know and share it with all of you. Trust me when I say it is awesome to see how much work the teachers and staff have put in to get the year rolling! I’m so happy to work with them all. We have a lot of fun things coming up that I would like to share with all of you!

Today you will receive a paper copy of a letter to you about our Bella Vista Peer Cheerphoto activity that students can participate in. We encourage you to let your child participate if they’d like to! This is the first of many activities throughout the year that we will focus on to encourage us to celebrate each other.

The Bella Vista family carnival is coming up this Tuesday, September 12th. The carnival will start at 5:30. All students of Bella Vista can participate for free. If any other siblings or friends come that are not students, they will have to pay a small fee to join in the activities. The PTA has sponsored and run this carnival. They do such a great job. They will also have a tent where you can join the organization to help support Bella Vista Elementary.

Our next School Community Council meeting is on September 20th at 3:30. We are still looking for one more member for the council. If you are interested, please contact the office.

The fall parent teacher conferences are coming up on September 27th and 28th. The online scheduler is available for parents to sign up for time slots starting September 8thto the 21st. We want 100% attendance. It is very important for parents and the school to work together in preparing our students for the future.

In conjunction with parent teacher conferences, the school book fair will also be available the 26th – 28th of this month. On September 26th there will be a books and bagels kick off before school starting at 8:00 am. Students with their parents can come in for a free bagel and be the first to stop by the book fair. All earnings from this book fair will go toward our first ever Bella Vista Book Club and Battle of the Books! More information will be coming on the book fair and those opportunities.

There will be no school on Friday, September 22nd. Teachers will be preparing for conferences on that day.

Principal's Message 8/28/2017

We hope your students have had a wonderful beginning to the school year. We have pushed our theme for the year: “The Year of Cheer!” Friday, we had several members of the University of Utah’s cheer squad with us at an assembly to help us cheer and learn about the importance of supporting one another. 
Utah Cheerleaders

These newsletters are to make you aware of important events and informational items regarding the school. Here is a list of important dates to keep in mind over the next month! 

August 28th: Start of Kindergarten and Preschool 
August 30th: School Community Council Meeting @ 3:30 
September 4th: Labor Day – No School 
September 12th: Family Fun Night – Bella Vista Carnival! 
September 22nd: No Student work day – No School for students 
September 27th-28th: Parent Teacher Conferences 

We are very excited for this school year. I will have many more letters coming, especially at the beginning of the year. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions! We look forward to a great year! 

Other important information 

New Rules at Bella Vista: We have some changes to some rules in our school handbook. We’ve reviewed them with our students and want to make parents aware as well! Anything in bold has been rewritten for this year. You will find the changed rules below: 

Students shall dress in a manner that shows respect for the educational environment and is befitting the day’s activities. Students’ clothing and jewelry must not present a health or safety hazard, distraction or disruption. Disruption is defined as reactions by other individuals to the clothing or adornment which causes the teacher or administrator to lose the attention of the students, modify or cease instructional activities or to deal with student confrontations or complaints. 

1. Personal items such as but not limited to clothing, jewelry, backpacks, gym bags, water bottles, etc., shall be free of writing, pictures or any other insignias which are crude, vulgar, profane, violent or sexually aggressive. 

2. Items which bear advertising, promotions or likeness of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs shall not be allowed. 

3. Students shall not wear clothes that are mutilated, immodest. All clothing must reach at least approximately four inches from the knee. Clothing should cover the midriff, underwear, and backs at all times. All tops should have a strap of approximately three inches in width. 

4. Hats of any kind are not allowed to be worn within the classroom or building unless as a part of an approved activity. 

5. Gang-related clothing, colors, and paraphernalia shall not be allowed in schools or activities. School officials will determine what constitutes ‘gang’ clothing, colors and paraphernalia after consultation with law enforcement agencies as needed. 

6. Shoes should be appropriate for the days’ activities. Flip flops will not be allowed. 

No toys or items to play with are allowed from home. Students should not bring toys, figurines, cards of any game, sports equipment, playground equipment, stuffed animals, etc. If an individual classroom makes an exception for a special day, all items should remain stowed away until they are used within the classroom only. While we do understand, students like to bring their own sports equipment from home, the school will provide items for the playground. Even those items can become a distraction and in some cases a problem.

Looking forward to a great Year of Cheer!!!

-Cory Anderson, Principal

Attendance Procedures

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Canyons School District

Bella Vista Elementary

Attendance Policy


We know school attendance and punctuality greatly affects the overall educational experience and achievement for every student. As part of our duties we want to do everything we can to motivate and support the students and families in maintaining excellent attendance. Several attendance incentive programs will be implemented for the 2016-2017 school year.

  1. Every trimester when a student earns perfect attendance they will receive a collector button marking their achievement.
  2. At the end of the year every student with perfect attendance will choose a piece of brand new PE Equipment.
  3. At the end of the year every student with perfect attendance will be entered into a drawing and we will be presenting a new iPad of the latest mini model.


  • If your child has 6-8 unexcused absences or 18-24 tardies, you will receive Letter #1 – an
    official Notification of Attendance Issues mailed home from the school. If the child continues to be tardy, he/she will be required to attend tardy school. Tardy school is held during the student’s lunchtime. The first time in tardy school, those attending will be required to write a letter asking you to help them be on time. A child will be assigned tardy school each time they are tardy.
  • Upon the 9-11 absence or 27-33 tardies, you will receive Letter #2 – a certified letter reminding you of state laws and policies surrounding attendance requirements. This letter will ask you to contact the school to set up a meeting. If no contact is made in response to the letter or if your child continues to be absent without administrative approval, we will refer the case to Truancy Court.
  • If you respond to Letter #2, a meeting will be set up with the parent, teacher, and principal. A contract of attendance expectations will be drawn up and the only absences that will be excused will be illness approved by a school official or a dated doctor’s note, or an absence due to a funeral documented by the obituary or memorial pamphlet.
  • If the contract is broken and your child has more absences, you will be asked to participate in Truancy Mediation. Mediation is an alternative to Court. Mediation is voluntary and you may choose Court over mediation. The mediator is trained and provided by the Courts, but their job is to be unbiased and to keep things confidential. Through Mediation, a new contract is developed and signed by all participants.
  • If the Mediation contract is broken, the case is referred to Truancy Court.
  • Upon the 12th absence, the school will refer the case to the District Civil Rights
    Specialist, who will contact the parent/guardian for truancy intervention and send a
    Habitual Truant Citation by certified mail.
  • Upon the 15th absence, the Civil Rights Specialist shall send a Pre-Court Meeting Notice
    to the parent/guardian.
  • Upon the 17th absence and after the Pre-Court Meeting, the parent(s) will be referred to
    the Juvenile Court Action.

Clarifying Notes

  • An absence may be excused and not counted as unexcused for the following reasons; bereavement, court, vacation, religious, health care provider or family event. If a student’s attendance falls below 90% the only excused absences will be for bereavement, court or through a health care provider.
  • An absence may only be excused by a parent within two school days of the absence.
  • Tardy – A student is marked tardy if he/she arrives later than 8:45 to their classroom. A
    tardy arrival is not excused by a parent. A student is simply tardy. The only excuse would
    be a check-in for a medical reason. A parent note will not erase a tardy.
  • If a student arrives later than 9:30 it will be considered a late check-in. It will count
    against the 90% attendance rule if excused, or count as an absence if unexcused.
  • If a student is checked out of school more than 15 minutes before the end of school, it
    will count against the 90% attendance rule.
  • To check a student out, the approved person must come into the school to do so.
  • OUT OF BOUNDARY STUDENTS: Please note if your student is an out of boundary
    student and attendance becomes an ongoing issue or a child fails to be at school 90% of the time, the open permit could be revoked.