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Weekly Update December 16, 2018

posted Dec 16, 2018, 4:24 PM by Lee Newman

Dear Bon Air Families,

We hope all of our families enjoyed the snow this past week!  We were excited to see our students on Friday, and they were excited to tell us stories about the adventures they had on their surprise days off from school.  Because we had such a short week, we don’t have video highlights to share, but the video will return with highlights from all of the holiday fun we plan to have next week!  


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!


We have REALLY amazing student leaders at Bon Air Elementary!  Below is some information from some of the fantastic projects they are leading.  


Change the World


The Student Lighthouse Team is collecting spare change--coins or bills--to send a donation to Burgaw Elementary School in Pender County, North Carolina to help replace classroom materials and books after the devastation of Hurricane Florence. We want to use our change to change the world! We will collect money for the project December 10, 2018--February 1, 2019.  Student can just bring the money to their homerooms and the Student Lighthouse Team will take care of the rest.

Dear parents, our school is donating soda bottle tabs to the Ronald McDonald House. Please remind your kids to bring them in. Thank you, Danny Arel and River Klammer


My name is Austin Smoyer, and I am in Mr. Zulauf’s fourth grade class.  As many of you know, every December I do a food drive. I make fliers and pass them out to people in our community and collect as much food as I can for FeedMore.  Sadly, one in six children in central Virginia do not receive the necessary nutrition. I have been doing my food drives since I was three years old, and with the help of my community, have collected over 10,000 pounds of food during this time.  

This year, I am asking our Bon Air community to help.  Please drop off any non-perishable (no glass) items to our school anywhere between Monday, December 3rd through Wednesday, December 19th.  Boxes will be labeled in our school for drop off. Thank you for pitching in and helping to make such a HUGE difference in our community this holiday season!



Austin Smoyer


Important dates to remember:

Monday, December 10th- Wednesday, December 19th-  Mid-year MAP assessment for grades 3-5 (Because of the snow, MAP testing will finish in January when we return from winter break)

Tuesday, December 18th-  PTA meeting and third grade musical “Crazy Carols” at 6:45 PM

Tuesday, December 18th-  Kids Care Club in the gym at 6:30

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 8th-  PTA board meeting at 6:30 PM

Wednesday, January 16th-  Winter Family STEM and Inclusive Schools Night

Monday, January 21st-  Schools Closed- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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

Tuesday, January 29th-  School Dance

Important updates:   


Save the Date-  The Bon Air PTA 5K will be held on Saturday, April 27th.  More information will be coming soon!


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