Welcome Kindergarten Families

Welcome Back OwlDear Bellview Families,
We are so happy that you are joining our community! The beginning of kindergarten is a very exciting and important time in your child’s education and we want to do everything we can to get our students started out right. In order to ensure that our classes are well balanced and most beneficial for learning, we are making some changes to the way we get families oriented and to the way we place kindergarten students in classes.
The week of August 28th will be the first week of school for our 1st -5th grade students. For our kindergarten families, we will have you come in to the school in small groups for a parent and student orientation Monday the 28th. All students will have the opportunity to sing songs, listen to stories, play in a classroom with a group of other students, meet both of our teachers, Ms. Voorhies and Ms. VanDyke, and have a brief literacy check on letters and sounds. Parents will meet with the principal, Mrs. McCollom and the counselor, Ms. Bolinger to discuss some of the important points to know and plan for, for your student.
There will be four separate one hour sessions with approximately 10 families invited to each. The time frames will be 8:30-9:30, 10:00-11:00, 12:00-1:00, and 1:30-2:30. Please respond either by phone or e-mail (e-mail preferred) indicating your first and second choice for times. We will determine class placement and notify families on Monday afternoon, and families will set up individual appointments to meet with their child’s teacher later that week. You may bring your child’s school supplies at that time so they can get set up and oriented to the classroom.
Kindergarten will start at 8:20 on Tuesday, September 5th, and will get out at 12:30 each day that week. Regular, full day classes will start on Monday September 11th. Class begins at 8:20 each day and students are released at 2:50 each day except Wednesdays, which end at 1:30 each week. Students may arrive at school as early as 7:50 in the morning and can choose to go out and play on the playground, read and look at books in our library, or eat breakfast in the cafeteria. The first bell rings at 8:15 and students are expected to be in their classrooms at 8:20.
I look forward to meeting you and your child!
Christine McCollom
Principal, Bellview School

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