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Demolition has started at the adjacent building two months after the opening of the new MLK Middle School.
Don’t forget to drop the bottom half of your Farm Fresh Market receipts in the mailbox just to the right of the entrance to Bellevue Elementary. The mail box is labeled FARM FRESH RECEIPTS.
Thanks in part to your efforts, we have raised over 40,000 points to date. Every receipt helps the PTA get closer to our goal of 100,000 points which we can use to purchase educational equipment for the school!
For more information about what we have been up to, visit us on the web at BellevuePTA.org and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BellevuePTA.
“We are in a sense of emergency, not a sense of urgency,” says Richmond Public School Board Member, Shonda Harris-Muhammed.
She confirmed that principal at Martin Luther King Middle School, Dr. Valerie Harris, is retiring. The school’s new leader, currently the principal at Thompson Middle School, will start at MLK next week.
DonorsChoose makes it easy for anyone to help students in need:
Here’s how it works: Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on our site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you.
When a project reaches its funding goal, we ship the materials to the school. You’ll get photos of the project taking place, a letter from the teacher, and insight into how every dollar was spent. Give over $50 and you’ll also receive hand-written thank-yous from the students.
In our area:
1st Armstrong High Cycling Team meeting was today: 8 new students showed up…5 of which were women! We’ve certainly got our work cut out for us, but we’ve never been a group to shy from a challenge. Making history…again…Let’s Go!
Take a tour of Chimborazo Elementary School:
Come on a tour Tuesday Feb. 11 at 9:30 AM or Wednesday Feb. 12 at 9:30 AM. Email email@example.com for more information. If you’d like to go on a tour but can’t make next Tuesday or Wednesday, give us a shout out and we’ll schedule another one for you.
We are well on our way to becoming an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme School. Here is an update on our progress.
Students and teachers are hard at work as each grade level wraps up their third unit of inquiry. The 2nd 9 weeks have been full of student-led learning!
- Pre-Kindergarten students are thinking critically as they discover the ways we use our bodies to communicate with the world around us.
- Kindergarteners are becoming citizens of the world as they study maps, globes, cultures, and traditions.
- First graders are embracing the IB attitudes as they develop community and learn about how we express ourselves.
- Second grade students are drawing connections to realize how customs help to express beliefs and values.
- In third grade, students look forward to using their creativity in tackling difficult problems and reflecting on their learning.
- Fourth graders are taking on the roles of inquirers and communicators as they participate and engage in their learning.
- Fifth grade students are becoming open-minded as they recognize multiple ways to solve math problems!
As a school, our students have been eager to write about and share their learning. The students have become open-minded and interested in the customs, viewpoints, and traditions of those around them. We are all looking forward to facilitating our students’ learning as we approach the second half of the school year!
Trip to VUU
Mr. Corey Gibson (4th grade teacher) organized a Saturday trip to VA Union Univ. for 20 4th and 5th graders. The students spent the day in sessions including one on the expectations and benefits of attending college. Mr. Gibson a VUU grad and noted “Mr. VUU” enjoyed the day with students that ended in the football L. M. Brown Classic.
We need mentors for our students! If you are interested in helping out, please contact Charles Meadows at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chimborazo has 450 students in grades PK-5. It started in 1905 in what is now the Lava Loft building. In 1952 it moved to its current Location. Principal Cheryl Burke has been at the helm for the past 15 years and has brought many resources to Chimborazo during her time there including IB PYP.
First Lady’s Luncheon
Twenty eight of our students, 8 parents and Principal Burke attendedThe Inaugural First Lady’s Luncheon. The Luncheon took place at the Science Museum of Va. Sunday, January 13. Mrs. Dorothy McAuliffe shared her vision of healthy nutrition for children that included demonstrations and a sit down four course meal. Our children were treated as royalty and were so elated to participate in such as festive, informative and personal event.
A message from Gwen Corley Creighton, Director of Richmond Promise Neighborhood:
The Content of Our Character Awards
On February 27, a very special group of Fairfield Court Elementary School students will be honored with a Content of Our Character Award. Award recipients have demonstrated exceptional character throughout this school year.
How You Can Support These Students
Each of the 130 award recipients will receive a new book bag filled with fun, educational prizes donated from the community. If you or your organization has prizes (numbering 130) to contribute please let us know. Past prizes have included things like rulers, crayons, jump ropes and books.
Are you considering Bellevue for your child next year? If so, you are invited to attend an informal gathering at the home of Christina Mastroianni and George Milton at 2714 East Grace Street on January 18, 2013 from 2-4 PM:
We will be on hand with a few other neighborhood parents to talk frankly and openly about our experience at Bellevue and to answer any questions you may have. Remember that Bellevue is an Open Enrollment school so even if you do not live in the catchment area you can submit a request to transfer in February.
Questions? Feel free to contact me at president@BellevuePTA.org or 804-232-0282.
7th District School Board representative Donald Coleman was chosen to be School Board Chairman at the group’s Monday night meeting. Kristen Larson, 4th District, was selected as the new Vice Chair.
The new Martin Luther King Middle School officially opened today in a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by Mayor Jones and attended by a bevy of local government officials and members of Richmond Public Schools administration. Making good an idea which has been around in some fashion since at least 2007, the $40 million project represents the first new middle school built in the city since Lucille Brown in 1998, and the first new school in the East End since Chimborazo Elementary in 1968.
In an effort to identify and prioritize goals for the upcoming FY2015 Budget, the RPS School Board and administration have posted a brief survey to get public input.
Just over 2 years after initial demolition, the staff at MLK Middle School is preparing to move into the new school building over the winter break. The trappings of each and every classroom must be taken down, carried next door, and be put ready for classes when school starts back up in January.
Gwen Corley Creighton, Director of Richmond Promise Neighborhood, has info on how you can help out:
Richmond Promise Neighborhood would like to pitch in and assist Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School with the move to their new home (next door). The teachers are in GREAT need of assistance to get everything ready before they welcome their students on Monday, January 6, 2014.
- Moving items next door to their new classrooms
- Unpacking boxes
- Putting up bulletin boards
- Helping in the office with coordinating volunteers
- Putting together teacher welcome kits
- Friday, December 20, 2013 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
- Monday, December 23, 2013 anytime between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Friday, January 3, 2014 anytime between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
How to Sign Up
You can sign up for more than one day, but even one hour of your time will be helpful. Please respond by December 19 at 12:00 noon to Ms. Timmons at email@example.com (please cc firstname.lastname@example.org). In your email, mention that you were referred by Richmond Promise Neighborhood. Lunch will be provided.
Let’s pull together as a community to help make a smooth transition for students, staff and their families. We hope to see you there!
The new MLK Middle School is set to open January 6:
The new Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School has two notable connections to the decrepit old school it will soon replace in the East End of Richmond.
One of them — reuse of the old auditorium — city officials couldn’t tout enough during a walking tour of the $41 million school Wednesday.
The other — an academic program that has been among the worst in the state based on Standards of Learning exams — school officials were promising to fix as fast as possible.
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/12/06/new-mlk-set-to-open-in-january_30461/
A message from Christina Mastroianni, PTA President of Bellevue Elementary School:
Discount Shopping Cards
Want another way to help your local school while saving money at the same time? Purchase a Discount Card for $10 and enjoy a year’s worth of savings at twelve local and citywide restaurants and stores. Call Christina Mastroianni at 804-232-0282 or email me at President@BellevuePTA.org to get your card.
Annual Holiday Concert
Join us for The Annual Holiday Concert at Bellevue Elementary School on Thursday December 19, 2013 from 6-8pm. Our students will be singing while our orchestra and band perform holiday inspired songs. While you are at the school take a moment to visit our museum dedicated to three great women who lived on the site of school, Elizabeth Van Lew, Mary Elizabeth Bowser and Maggie L. Walker.
Farm Fresh Receipts Update
Thanks to everyone who has dropped off the bottom of their Farm Fresh Receipts. We are currently at 20,000 points, well on our way to 100,000 by May 31st! Keep them coming – the Farm Fresh Receipts Mail Box is to the right of the front steps on Grace Street. Thanks again!
VIA: Church Hill People’s News / http://chpn.net/news/2013/12/05/bellevue-elementary-update-holiday-concert-farm-fresh-receipts-discount-shopping-cards_30452/
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