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Congratulations to Mrs. Stowers!

posted Dec 6, 2018, 12:44 PM by Ashley Carneal   [ updated Dec 6, 2018, 12:45 PM ]

Chesterfield's Game Changers are those who step up to meet the needs of our students; offer support and access to resources that assist their colleagues; provide an extra layer of support for families outside of the classroom; and generally make a positive and sometimes life-changing difference in the lives of our students, families and their colleagues.

Congratulations to our very own Game Changer, Elizabeth Stowers! Mrs. Stowers pours her heart and soul into helping children and their families in her role as Bellwood's Communities in Schools coordinator. 

Capture the Flag

posted Oct 13, 2018, 2:01 PM by Ashley Carneal   [ updated Oct 13, 2018, 2:01 PM ]

Even now, nearly 25 years later, Mark Parson still vividly remembers when professional soccer player Rob Ukrop visited his elementary school and spoke to his third-grade class about the importance of being good citizens and working hard in the classroom.

It made an impression on Parson, who went on to graduate from Monacan High and Ohio University before playing three seasons in the National Football League.

So when Parson and seven other former professional and collegiate athletes burst through a door into the Bellwood Elementary gymnasium last Friday morning and took turns giving high-fives to a group of cheering third- and fifth-grade students, he knew exactly what it meant to them.

“There aren’t that many professional athletes from this area, so this is big,” Parson said, signing autographs for the Bellwood students after playing capture the flag for two hours with them and officers from the Chesterfield Police Department.

Monacan High grad Mark Parson, who played three years in the NFL, talked to the students, below, about the importance of working hard in school and believing they can be successful. ASH DANIEL

The event, hosted jointly by the school system’s Communities in Schools program and the county’s new Police Athletic League, was intended to encourage teamwork and a positive school culture while giving students an opportunity to interact with positive role models. It also was a fun reward for students at Chesterfield’s only year-round public school. Bellwood began the 2018-19 school year July 23 and completed its first grading period last Friday. The school is now on break until Oct. 17.

“Everyone in this building has worked hard for the last nine weeks and they deserve a day of celebration,” said Bermuda District School Board member Carrie Coyner, who also took time out of her morning to participate in the capture the flag games.

Rick Cremonese, executive director of Chesterfield PAL, represented the police department along with six other current officers. Retired police officer Mark Bowen, a volunteer mentor at Bellwood, also played on the PAL team.

Parson helped recruit other athletes, including former Manchester High football standout Deshaun Amos, to join the team they called “The Monstars” – a reference to the film “Space Jam,” starring Michael Jordan.

“It’s nice to have people from their own community that the children can relate to and look up to,” said Elizabeth Stowers, the Communities in Schools site coordinator at Bellwood.

An outreach effort to connect police officers with youth in the communities they serve, the Police Athletic League was started in 1910 by the New York Police Department and now has chapters in more than 700 U.S. cities and serves approximately 2 million children annually.

Police officers function as coaches and mentors for children in the hope they will avoid negative influences, such as drugs and gangs, and become productive members of society.

Chesterfield’s PAL chapter launched unofficially last year and was incorporated in April.

“Getting these guys involved is so great for the community,” Bowen said. “We’re trying to help kids see police officers in a different light – that they’re not bad guys, they care and they’re here to help. Those are relationship building blocks that can follow kids from elementary school through middle school and into high school.”

As he signed his name on slips of paper, football jerseys, headbands and everything else the Bellwood students put in front of him, a smiling Parson said working with kids is his “passion.”

“I’m a big believer in giving back,” he said. “Giving your time to kids is key to having a healthy community. They’re our future.”

Source: Chesterfield Observer 
Written by: Jim McConnell

Crunch Heard "Round the Commonwealth"

posted Oct 13, 2018, 1:33 PM by Ashley Carneal   [ updated Oct 13, 2018, 1:33 PM ]

This year, the Department of Education School Nutrition Program is encouraging schools and education centers to “Make some Noise for Virginia Farm to School Programs” to recognize the importance of these programs in improving child nutrition, supporting local economies, and educating students about the origins of food.

To celebrate Farm to School Week, Bellwood hosted an apple crunching event on Friday, October 5. Students participated in Crunch Heard 'Round the Commonwealth' by eating an apple. 

Find us on Facebook

posted Sep 6, 2018, 9:49 AM by Ashley Carneal   [ updated Sep 6, 2018, 9:51 AM ]

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Cell Phone Addendum

posted Aug 27, 2018, 11:24 AM by Ashley Carneal   [ updated Sep 6, 2018, 9:52 AM ]

Cell Phones 

(Addendum to Parent Handbook)

Bellwood Elementary students may keep cell phones in their bookbags during the instructional day. Our hope is that students who need to be able to reach parents before loading the bus (in the morning) or after exiting the bus (at dismissal) will have the means to do so.

Students should adhere to the following procedures during the instructional day:
  • Cell phones must be off or on silent
  • Students may not use the cell phones
  • Cell phones must be kept in bookbags in the owner’s assigned classroom (i.e. may not be taken to lunch or the restroom)
Students who do not adhere to these expectations will have a consequence (decided by school personnel) which may include having their cell phone confiscated.

Excerpt from Policy 4010-R

“A student found using a cellular telephone during any testing situation will have the cellular telephone immediately confiscated and will lose the privilege for the remainder of the school year. Any student who uses a cellular telephone for unlawful activity while on school property, or while attending any school function or activity, will be subject to disciplinary action that may include out-of-school suspension or a recommendation for expulsion. Chesterfield County Public Schools is not responsible for lost or stolen personal cellular telephones or other personal electronic devices.”

Parent Office Hours

posted Aug 16, 2018, 10:26 AM by Ashley Carneal   [ updated Aug 16, 2018, 10:27 AM ]

Hi Bellwood Families,

We want to be as helpful for you as possible at Bellwood. In order to do this, we want to be available for you to come in with any questions you may have. We will be starting Parent Office Hours every Monday and Wednesday from 8:10-9:10. You can come in during those times without setting up a meeting. There will be a teacher representative from grades K-2, and there will be a representative from grades 3-5. We will have a translator available for our Spanish speaking families. If you have any questions about school programs, want to learn more about resources to help your children, or want to talk about anything from out of school enrichment opportunities to specific and targeted ways to help your child, you are able to come in without an appointment. In order to best help our students, we want to be as connected as possible with the most important people in their lives-- you guys! Again, the Parent Office Hours are Monday and Wednesday from 8:10-9:10 starting Monday, August 20th. I really hope to see you there!

Hola, familias de Bellwood,

Además, queremos ayudarles lo máximo que sea posible en Bellwood. Para poder hacer eso, queremos estar disponibles para asistir con cualquier pregunta que tengan ustedes. Comenzaremos horas de oficina para los padres todos los lunes y miércoles desde las 8:10 hasta las 9:10. Puede venir durante esas horas sin tener una cita. Habrá un representante de maestros de los grados K-2, y también un representante de los grados 3-5. ¡Tendremos traductor disponible!. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre los programas escolares, desea obtener más información sobre los recursos para ayudar a sus hijos o si desea hablar sobre cualquier otra cosa estamos aquí para ayudarles sin tener que hacer una cita. Para ayudar mejor a nuestros estudiantes, queremos estar conectados con las personas más importantes en sus vidas-- ¡ustedes! De nuevo, las horas de la oficina para los padres son los lunes y miércoles de 8:10-9:10, a partir del lunes 20 de agosto. ¡Espero verles allí!

Volunteer Screening Application

posted Aug 14, 2018, 7:40 PM by Ashley Carneal   [ updated Aug 14, 2018, 7:40 PM ]

The time has come for our school to start the new volunteer process! Keeping our children safe during the school day is a number one priority, and this new process is one more way to do so while still meeting the needs of our Volunteer Policy.

Who is required to fill out the form?
  • Field trip chaperones starting 2018 school year, all signing in to chaperone must do so under “Volunteer”
  • Sports/clubs advisors, non CCPS employee coaches, volunteers, etc
  • Any sponsored organization working with our students
  • Volunteers entering repeatedly to work in the schools
    • Library readers
    • Cafeteria/Classroom helpers
    • PTA Board
Who is not required to fill out the form? (still need to sign in as visitors, though) 
  • Parents who come to eat lunch with their child - even if it is daily
  • Field Day helpers 

It will take approximately 2-4 weeks for processing, so please do not wait to complete the online application. Make sure that you enter your name exactly as it appears on your license.

Click here for the English version.

Click here for the Spanish version. 

Click here for the virtual volunteer link. 

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer in our schools. The School Board encourages parents and other community members to volunteer and appreciates the time dedicated to our students and schools. 

Year Round School Calendar

posted Apr 25, 2018, 10:11 PM by Ashley Carneal   [ updated May 1, 2018, 8:03 PM ]

Bellwood will shift to a year-round calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.

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