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Dec. 2 Weekly Update

posted Dec 2, 2018, 2:01 PM by Lee Newman   [ updated Dec 2, 2018, 2:03 PM ]


Dear Bon Air Families,

We had a great week at Bon Air Elementary! Please click here to see a video with some exciting highlights from this past week. Here are a few important updates for our family members: 

Lost and Found:  As we approach winter break, please check our lost and found for any items your child may be missing. We will donate any items remaining in the lost and found during winter break.  

Holiday Cards:  Our theme for this year at Bon Air Elementary is “Growing a village, one relationship at a time.”  You may have already observed our display of collages in the breezeway of BAES staff members. We would like to continue this collection by including holiday cards from our BAES families and our community.  If you would like to have your family’s holiday card displayed in our school, please send your card to school with your child. These cards will help us display the relationships that make up our Bon Air village!

Inclusive Schools Week:  This week is Inclusive Schools Week, and our students will be engaging in activities in their classrooms and listening to stories that focus on this topic.  A special thank you to our PTA Diversity and Inclusion committee for purchasing books for our teachers to use in their classrooms. This year’s theme is “Kaleidoscope of Friends”.  As the Inclusive Schools Network website explains, “If you look into a kaleidoscope, you see an infinite array of patterns of brilliant light created by repeated reflection.  Kaleidoscope comes from two Greek words: kalos, meaning “beautiful,” and eidos, “shape.” And indeed, education takes on a beautiful shape when all children belong and are valued as contributing members of the school community. That is the vision of inclusive education; it drives decisions, actions, and core beliefs. Repeated reflection helps shape effective practices to meet the needs of all students. When we add the word “friends” to that image, the result is a myriad of relationships that provide opportunities for the support and growth of all children.  The frame for a kaleidoscope is a circle. All variations of color and shape occur within. The circle represents a safe and inclusive school and community environment.”


We have REALLY amazing student leaders at Bon Air Elementary!  See the Nov. 19 Update in the post below this one to learn about these projects. 

Important dates to remember:

Thursday, December 6th-  Fall make-up pictures

Thursday, December 6th-  First grade to Swift Creek Playhouse for Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Thursday, December 6th-  Barnes and Noble Night 4:30-7:30 PM

Thursday, December 6th-  Character book dress up day to celebrate Barnes and Noble Night!  All students are encouraged to dress up like their favorite story book character

Thursday, December 6th-  Chick-fil-A PTA Spirit Night from 5:00-8:00 in the Chesterfield Towne Center’s food court

Friday, December 7th-  Town hall meeting day

Friday, December 7th-  Interims posted on Parent Vue

Saturday, December 8th-  Father/Daughter dance (any parent/guardian is welcome to attend with their child) from 6:30-8:30 at James River High School to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation for K-2nd grade.  (See more information below).

Monday, December 10th- Wednesday, December 19th-  Mid-year MAP assessment for grades 3-5

Tuesday, December 11th-  PTA meeting and third grade musical “Crazy Carols” at 6:45 PM

Tuesday, December 18th-  Third grade field trip to the Science Museum

Tuesday, December 18th-  Fourth grade Colonial Day

Thursday, December 20th- Tuesday, January 1st-  Winter Break

Wednesday, January 2nd-  School reopens

Tuesday, January 22nd-  PTA spirit night at Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant from 5pm-10pm  

Important updates:   

Information About Dance the Night Away Event:  Hello! My name is Avery Schwarz and I am a Senior at James River High School. This year, I am hosting a Capstone project that benefits the Crohns and Colitis Foundation. My event is a Father-Daughter dance (any Parent/ Guardian is welcome to attend) for Kindergarten through 2nd graders in Chesterfield County. It will be held at James River High School on December 8 from 6:30-8:30. At the dance, there will be a Silent Auction, DJ, food, a photo booth, and the opportunity to support a foundation that is close to my heart. I'd love for you to come support my Capstone and Crohns and Colitis! Sign up and pay for tickets using the Google Form. There on the form is a link to the PayPal where you can purchase the tickets for $10 each. All of the ticket funds will go directly to the foundation. Purchase them before December 7th!! I can't wait to see you there!! Click here for more information.


Gifted Referral Deadlines:  The follow dates are deadlines for referrals for gifted identification referrals:  

January 15th- 2nd-4th grade

March 15th- Kindergarten- 1st grade


Social Media:  You can now find Bon Air Elementary School on social media!  We are excited to use social media to communicate about upcoming events and highlight the great things that are going on at our school! Please pick the method below that is most convenient for your family and like us or follow us!

Facebook:  Bon Air Elementary School

Twitter:  @BAES_Eagles

Instagram:  baes_eagles

If you have any questions or if there’s anything I can do to help, please reach out to me.  Thanks so much for all of your support. Working together, as a team, we will make each day a great day for learning at BAES!

Best regards,

Heather Gentry