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A Message from the Superintendent Regarding COVID-19 Case

A Message from the Superintendent Regarding COVID-19 Case

date 9/29/2020
I write to inform you about a case of confirmed COVID-19 in our school community.  We received confirmation from the Belmont Department of Health Monday, 9/28/2020 regarding this case. The Department of Health received confirmation that a school community member (i.e., student or staff) at the Winn Brook Elementary school has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

FBE Virtual Apple Run STARTS this FRIDAY!

FBE Virtual Apple Run STARTS this FRIDAY!

date 9/29/2020
5K and 2K Races | Friday, October 2nd through Monday, October 12th. REGISTER TO RUN AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Please do not enter the track area if there is an event already going on. If you plan to run the Apple Run course between 9am – 4pm on a weekend or on Columbus Day, please reserve a time slot to ensure that there are not too many people on the course at once. iCal

Move to Hybrid for Grades K-4

Move to Hybrid for Grades K-4

date 9/28/2020
School Opening Fall 2020 - Superintendent's Bulletin #16 - Move to Hybrid for Grades K-4. Per the School Committee request, and subsequent vote on September 22, we are moving to our hybrid in-person learning phase for grades K-4 the week of October 5. At this time we anticipate the first day of hybrid learning will be on Thursday, October 8. This start follows phase 2 of the Accelerated Phased Plan, as noted in the full Return to Learning Fall 2020 presentation submitted to the School Committee on September 22.

Belmont Meal Pick-Up Update

Belmont Meal Pick-Up Update

date 9/27/2020
We had an incredible turnout the past few days and wanted to share that we served over 10,000 meals via our free meals pick up service! We’re sorry for any of you caught in our traffic jam on Wednesday, but we were so happy you were able to participate! Here is some guidance and key points so our program can run smoothly in the weeks to come.

School Crossing Guards - Availability in the 2020-21 School Year

School Crossing Guards - Availability in the 2020-21 School Year

date 9/25/2020
The Belmont Police are responsible for covering 16 crossing posts twice a day in the mornings and afternoons. Crossing Guards are assigned to each post, and we have reserve crossing guards to fill in when a permanent crossing guard is absent. We currently have three full time crossing guard vacancies as well as three reserve vacancies. We are attempting to fill both positions.

Accelerated Phased Plan

Accelerated Phased Plan

date 9/24/2020
School Opening Fall 2020 - Superintendent's Bulletin #15 - Accelerated Phased Plan. On Tuesday, September 22, the School Committee accepted the updated accelerated Phased Plan for grades K-4 to return to hybrid in-person learning during the week of October 5. Please see the Return to Learning Fall 2020 presentation. You will receive further communication with more detail while we continue planning to achieve that accelerated start.

Super Heroes take on the FBE Apple Run 5K!

Super Heroes take on the FBE Apple Run 5K!

date 9/23/2020
RUN SAFELY! Our Super Heroes have put together a fun and important video of running our 5K course, highlighting safe crossing points, and top tips on how best to run the course. We will not have police or public safety monitors on the course this year, so the FBE urges participants to beware of street traffic when running.

Belmont Food Service Updates

Belmont Food Service Updates

date 9/22/2020
While the start of the school year looks a little different for everyone, I wanted to share with you some good news that schools nationwide recently received. The USDA extended a waiver that allows schools to serve free breakfast and lunch to ALL students, as late as December 31, 2020 or as long as funding is available. We are thrilled with this news as it means that we will be able to provide all Belmont students with nutritious and nourishing food for free that will support them, both in school and at home. Here are the multiple methods in which meals will be available.  

Becca's Feat on Feet Virtual Book Launch

Becca's Feat on Feet Virtual Book Launch

date 9/22/2020
Join us for the Virtual launch of Becca Pizzi's new book, Becca's Feat on Feet! She'll be in conversation with Joanna Tzouvelis. Sign-up required. Event date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 6:30pm iCal

Remote and Hybrid Pros and Cons Presentation to the School Committee

Remote and Hybrid Pros and Cons Presentation to the School Committee

date 9/16/2020
School Opening Fall 2020 Superintendent's Bulletin #14 - Remote and Hybrid Pros and Cons Presentation to the School Committee. For those who missed last night’s School Committee meeting, please see the presentation given on Hybrid and Remote Pros and Cons.

Welcome Back and Note on Hybrid/Remote Responses

Welcome Back and Note on Hybrid/Remote Responses

date 9/11/2020
School Opening Fall 2020 Superintendent's Bulletin #13 - Welcome Back and Note on Hybrid/Remote Responses. We want to welcome you back to school year 2020-2021. As you know, school begins on September 16 with is a remote start to the school year with our Phased Plan approach toward our in-person hybrid model. Phase 1 children, those with high needs and complex students per DESE guidelines, will be the first to start in-person learning. 

Start of School Information and Updates, SC Meeting September 8, 2020

Start of School Information and Updates, SC Meeting September 8, 2020

date 9/8/2020
Superintendent's Bulletin #12 - Start of School Information and Updates, SC Meeting September 8, 2020. As we approach the opening of school on Wednesday, September 16, I want to take this moment to provide you with information and updates.

Hybrid Model and Revised Phased Presentations, Kindergarten Fee Announcement

Hybrid Model and Revised Phased Presentations, Kindergarten Fee Announcement

date 9/4/2020
Principals from the elementary, middle, and high school presented the hybrid learning plans and schedules at the September 2, 2020 School Committee meeting. This meeting can be viewed on Belmont Media Center’s website. The schedules show the priorities of families and the district; increased contact with teachers, remote days involving “pen and paper” learning as well as live with a teacher, and the hope to keep cohorts intact from the remote start to school to the hybrid transition.

Sneak Peak at FBE Virtual Apple Run Giveaways!

Sneak Peak at FBE Virtual Apple Run Giveaways!

date 9/2/2020
REGISTER NOW! Some of our Apple Run Swagbag Goodies that come with registration! 5K & 2K –  A hi-tec short sleeve ‘quik-dri’ running shirt will be offered to the first 400 registered runners. Apple Run branded neck gaiters – a COVID-19 running essential – will be offered to the first 200 race registrants (N.B. As of 8/31/20 we already have over 110 registrants!) Hand Sanitizer from our Platinum Sponsors Cityside Subaru. All participants in the 2020 Virtual Apple Run will receive a unique discount code for $10 off registration for the 2021 in-person event.

Form to submit questions/concerns after September 2 School Committee Meeting

Form to submit questions/concerns after September 2 School Committee Meeting

date 9/2/2020
Thank you to all who participated in the September 2 School Committee meeting. If you have questions or concerns, please click on this Google Form to share it with us. Your feedback will be used to inform the continuing work of the School Department and the School Committee. If you were not able to watch the meeting, you can view the recording at the Belmont Media Center website.

School Committee Presentations on Remote Schedules and Revised Phased Plan

School Committee Presentations on Remote Schedules and Revised Phased Plan

date 8/28/2020
Dear Belmont Community, Please see the remote schedules presented at the August 25 School Committee meeting for elementary, middle, and high school students on the COVID-19 School Opening Fall 2020 page as well as the School Committee documents page. These remote models and schedules were presented by BHS Principal Isaac Taylor, Chenery Principal Karla Koza, and Butler Principal Danielle Betancourt for the elementary schools with principals in attendance at the meeting. These remote schedules give you an idea of an academic day for the student. We are fortunate to have been able to collaborate with our teachers regarding these schedules, and we thank all of our principals and educators for their planning and work throughout the summer. If you wish to view the August 25 meeting, please go to the Belmont Media website. iCal

Form to submit questions/concerns after August 25 School Committee Meeting

Form to submit questions/concerns after August 25 School Committee Meeting

date 8/25/2020
Thank you to all who participated in the August 25 School Committee meeting. If you have questions or concerns, please click on this Google Form to share it with us. Your feedback will be used to inform the continuing work of the School Department and the School Committee. If you were not able to watch the meeting, you can view the recording at the Belmont Media Center website.

How The FBE Virtual Apple Run Will Work!

How The FBE Virtual Apple Run Will Work!

date 8/25/2020
FBE Virtual Apple Run Details. With 2020 being a virtual event, the 5K and 2K races will be run during a window that opens on Friday, October 2nd and closes at the end of the day on Monday, October 12th. To run AND be eligible for a PRIZE: Participants must run the Apple Run 5K or 2K routes during that window. Participants submit a GPS file or link from Garmin, Strava or other fitness trackers for verification, or there will be an option to sign up to be timed by a volunteer during the run window. Free Run Tracking apps iCal

School Opening Fall 2020 - SC Meetings, Flu Shot and COVID Testing Mobile Units

School Opening Fall 2020 - SC Meetings, Flu Shot and COVID Testing Mobile Units

date 8/24/2020
Dear Belmont Community, We have School Committee meetings coming up that are of interest to our families. Please go to the Notices and Agenda section of the School Committee page on the BPS website the day before the meeting for access to the agenda.  To view the meetings live or On Demand later, please go to the Belmont Media Center page.

DESE and MIAA Guidance on Modified Sports

DESE and MIAA Guidance on Modified Sports

date 8/20/2020
We received joint sports guidance for the 2020-2021 school year from the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE), the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). This guidance has identified some sports as safe to play and some sports as “practice only.”

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