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Parent Newsletter 12/19/2019

Hello Families!

Season’s Greetings!

Christmas is next week!  Wow!  Both students and staff at Bella Vista are excited for a 2-week break. 

Last day of school:  Friday, December 20, 2019 (early release day)

School resumes:  Monday, January 6, 2020

 There is always something exciting happening at our Tiger school!  Here’s a sample of

December highlights:

  • Holiday Donation Drive, sponsored by the PTA
    • We received two tables full of donations for the Road Home, including non-perishable food and household items.  Students were asked to put their items on a table corresponding with their favorite Christmas character, an elf or a reindeer. 

Hands down, the reindeer were the favorite…. Regardless, the tables of goods will be given to friends at the Road Home. Thank you all for your generosity.

  • Glee Club Performances
    • Our singing tigers in the Glee Club have been busy learning and sharing holiday tunes.  They have been working on Christmas music for several months and had an opportunity to share their talents at Primary Children’s Hospital, Westech Engineering, and Coventry Assisted Living.  All three crowds enjoyed the jolly songs and responded with great applause.  The students at the school will be able to enjoy the music group on Friday as part of our school sing-a-long. 
  • Classroom Activities
    • Our excellent teachers have managed to enjoy some holiday fun while teaching reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic!  Between holiday-themed worksheets and candy house art projects, our students have continued learning while enjoying the season!
  • Holiday Decorations
    • For the first time in many years, the school’s office has a Christmas tree on display, along with a Menorah and a Kwanzaa Candle Set.  Because of the wonderful diversity that is increasing in our school, we want all to celebrate their holiday and cultural traditions.

The year 2020 is just around the corner, and like many of you, I’m hopeful for a continued happy and positive year at Bella Vista as we watch our students learn and grow!

Happy Holidays,

Sandra Dahl-Houlihan

Parent Newsletter 11/25/2019

Happy November Bella Vista Families!

Gobble!  Gobble!  I love this time of year!  Actually, I think October, November, and December are the three best months of the year.  Call it the cooler weather, the colored leaves, the pumpkin pie, and the anticipation of holidays….it’s all wonderful!

November has been a fast month….It just seems like we were watching our Tigers parade in costumes…and now we have turkey and trees on our minds.

Bella Vista Elementary has stayed busy with “readin’, writin’, and ‘rithmatic!”  Reading comprehension is happening, writing skills are improving, and math facts are sticking!  Hurray!


Our 5th grade students performed the play Tall Tales and Heroes and showed off their impressive acting, singing, and dancing to the delight of the student body and family/friends. Bravo 5th grade! A big shout out to our 5th grade teachers, Mrs. Nielson and Ms. Delcher, for their hard work.  Also, THANK YOU to our neighborhood friend Mrs. Kitchen for her directing skills, time, and talent! 

Here are a couple of items and reminders:

·       Thanksgiving Break/No School:  Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 27, 28, 29  (Tuesday, November 26 is a regular school day.  No early out day).

·       Donations for the Road Home:  Donation bins will be at our school Monday, December 2, through Friday, December 13.  Watch for more information in Peachjar and a flyer home.

·       Winter Recess:  Winter recess starts on Monday, December 23; school resumes on Monday, January 6.  

  • Parking Lots:  With our small parking lots, we are needing your help and patience with dropping off, picking up, and parking. 
  • South Faculty Parking Lot:  Thank you for NOT parking in the faculty parking lot because we have staff members who exit and return at all times during the day
  • North Drive-thru Lane:  Thank you for not parking your car in the drive-thru lane or in the street
  • Attendance:  Learning happens every day in your students’ classrooms, so please ensure that your students are here


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thank all of you for your dedication to your students’ learning at Bella Vista.  We have a wonderful school, not only because of our students and staff, but also for our families!

Enjoy that second slice of
pumpkin pie!

Sandra Dahl-Houlihan

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