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Parent Newsletter 10/30/2019

October 30, 2019

Boo!  
Because our cold temperatures are SCARY, our traditional Halloween Costume Parade will be held inside the school.  The parade will start in classrooms and will make its way to the gym where you will see your costumed tigers.  Chairs will be set up.

What we need from you:

  • Because we start picking up classes at 9:15, we ask that you be in your seats in the gym by that same time (9:15) to avoid confusion and congestion in the halls.  We don’t want our halls to become spook alleys for our little ones! 
  • The parade will enter the gym after picking up all students.  Because picking up students will take a bit of time, we thank you for your patience.  Good things are worth waiting for.  
  • Smile, cheer, take pictures, and wave as the super heroes, witches, princesses, and all other goblins and ghouls go by.

When the entire parade is over, we request that you exit the building quickly so that our planned school-wide Halloween activities in the gym can begin.  There are no planned class parties…

Happy haunting!

Ms. Houlihan

P.S.  Because of limited parking, we suggest you carpool with friends and family.

Parent Newsletter 10/21/2019

October 21, 2019

Bella Vista Families,

Happy Halloween!!!  I love October!  It’s time to crunch leaves, drink cider, and read a scary story!  Boo!

October means Halloween!  I don’t know about you, but our students are very excited for Halloween and our costume parade on October 31, at 9:15 AM.    For this year, we are planning to parade outside on the south playground instead of in the gym. 

Here’s the school’s plan: 

  • We will collect the students in the school by grade so we are a long line of costumed tigers, and then we will make our way outside to the back of the school where we will walk in a big circle around our friends and family. 
  • After circling around a couple of times, we will make our way back inside for Halloween fun!

Here’s what the school needs you to do:

  • Send your students to school in their costumes.
    • Remember:  No masks, weapons, or facsimiles of weapons.
  • Bring your blankets and hot cocoa and find a viewing spot by the playground.
    • Bring your own folding/lawn chairs.
    • A parade route map is forthcoming so you will know where to set up your chairs.
  • Take pictures, wave, greet, and smile as you watch the tigers on parade.
  • We are requesting that no parents enter the school after the parade. 

Inclement weather:  No problem!  We will have the traditional costume parade inside the school gym.

After the parade, all students will participate with their grades in Halloween activities sponsored by the PTA:  A Halloween walk on the stage (student friendly), a Halloween treat, and a Halloween craft. 

It’s bound to be a “spook-tacular” day! 


Friendly School Reminders:

  • Reflections Open House – View our Reflections submissions
    • Tuesday, October 22, from 3:30 to 6:00
  • Reflections Awards Assembly
    • Thursday, October 24, 9:15

Happy Haunting,

Sandra Dahl-Houlihan

Parent Newsletter 09/18/2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Hello Bella Vista families!

            Roar!  It’s been a great start to an exciting school year at Bella Vista.  I’ve enjoyed meeting your students and talking with many of you. We had great attendance at our Back-to-School night where we were able to share, discuss, and learn together.   There’s no doubt in my mind that many wonderful things will happen this year for the Tigers!

Here are a couple of announcements and reminders:

  • Thank you to the PTA for a wonderful school carnival last week.After checking numbers, we had 72% of our students in attendance for a FREE ride wristband.Hurray!I believe that cotton candy was the big food hit of the night, while the giant polar bear slide was the big jump attraction. It was great to see our Tigers and their families having such a good time. And, the weather even held out so we could enjoy the evening.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences are next week, September 25 and 26.You should have received an email or a flyer about setting your appointment time.
    • The scheduling window closes Wednesday, September 18. 
    • Scheduling instructions are also attached to this email 
    • Instructions to Schedule PTC – Sept. 19.pdf Here are the instructions to sign up for a conference.  After today the teacher will assign a conference time to you.
  • Our Book Fair will be held September 24th – 26th.  Parents are invited to attend Books & Bagles with their students on the 24th from 8:00 am – 8:40 am.  The fair will also be open on the 25th & 26th from 11:30 am – 1 pm as well as during Parent Teacher Conferences.
  • Because of Parent Teacher Conferences, early out day will be Thursday, September 26, with no school on Friday, September 27. 
  • Picture Day is coming! October 2 is the day. SMILE! 
  • Mark your calendars:Fall Break is October 17 and 18. 
  • The weather is starting to change…please make sure your students are dressed appropriately for the weather.
  • Thank you for following the drop off/pick up procedures for the school. Student safety is our school’s first priority, and it starts in the parking lot.
  • We love having you visit the school. To make sure our students are always safe, please check into the office first for an identification sticker before entering the school.

I plan on sending regular announcements, reminders, and informative emails regularly.  If you have a concern, comment, or question, please let me know so I can assist you.  I love being a Tiger!  ROAR!

Happy September,

Sandra Dahl-Houlihan

“Ms. Houlihan”

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