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Bel Air was 1 of 13 Prince William County Public Schools to receive the 2013 Teacher Incentive Performance Award (TIPA) project awards for demonstrating the student growth and achievement, quality teaching, and the school environment needed to help children make major educational strides. The project is part of the ongoing PWCS commitment to boosting the academic proficiency of students in the neediest schools. 
 
Divisionwide Announcements
Shop for School Tax-Free before School Begins; Virginia Sales Tax Holiday is August 1–3
July 21, 2014

School supplies selling for $20 or less per item and articles of clothing, including footwear, selling for $100 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax during the Virginia Sales Tax Holiday scheduled for Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3.

Families with children in Prince William County Public Schools are encouraged to take advantage of these savings to prepare their students for the upcoming school year. Check your school’s Web site or call your school for a copy of the 2014–15 supply list. For a directory of schools, go to pwcs.edu and click on “Schools,” then select the directory by grade level.

Go to the
Virginia Department of Taxation Web site for additional details and links to other resources and information.

Beginning July 28, SPARK, the Education Foundation for PWCS, will collect school supplies at the Kelly Leadership Center to help ensure that all student have the back-to-school basics they need to return to school ready to learn. The Kelly Leadership Center is located at 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas, VA 20112
Most-needed items include backpacks, 3-ring binders, tabbed dividers, folders with pockets, spiral notebooks, loose-leaf paper, colored pencils, pencil boxes/bags, tissues, hand sanitizer, marble composition books, ink pens (blue or black), No. 2 pencils, washable markers, crayons, highlighters, glue/glue sticks, rounded scissors, index cards, and graph paper.
School Announcements
Bel Air Happy Video
Each marking period the Bel Air Morning News Team films a music video to share with the school. This Marking Period the students wanted to film "Happy" by Pharrell Williams and have Mr. Mitchell star in the video! They felt that the video, and the message, was a perfect fit for Bel Air Elementary School. So, come on and clap along if you feel that happiness is the truth!

Check out the video here.
FIRST ANNUAL HEALTH SCREENING & HEALTH FAIR

FREE school entry physicals (KG-5) and Sports Physicals, hearing and vision screens

PRIMERA FERIA ANNUAL DE SALUD & EXAMENS FISICOS



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Homework

Bel Air Elementary will be implementing some guidelines regarding homework 
based on the new regulation, 663-1. Due to the revision of the regulation on 
July 24, 2013, Bel Air’s expectations are:

v  Kindergarten ~10-20 min. of reading daily

v  Grades 1st-2nd ~ 10-20 min. of reading daily

v  Grades 3rd-5th ~ 30-50 min. of reading daily

v  Homework will be project based when necessary

 

The purpose of homework is to reinforce skills learned in school that the child can complete “Independently” they shouldn’t need parent support to complete their homework. For the 2013-2014 school year, Bel Air Elementary implemented a new “Take Home Reading” program. Students are provided a baggie with their “Independent” DRA level. This means that they should be able to decode, comprehend, and read the book fluently without support. We understand some students may have a higher DRA level because of fluency and decoding, however comprehension may be a concern.

Note: Please click here to read a research-based article on homework, “What students would do if they did not do their Homework.” By Dorothy Suskin.

Panther Press
The Panther Press (our Bi-Monthly Newsletter) is located in the links to the left under Announcements & News if you would like to see what's going on at Bel Air.

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