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Happy National Volunteer Week from the FBE!

Happy National Volunteer Week from the FBE!

date 4/21/2021
April 18-24 is National Volunteer Week, and a timely opportunity to write about one of the biggest volunteer based organizations in town, the Foundation for Belmont Education. Aside from one part-time paid administrator, all the amazing work achieved by the FBE is done entirely by volunteers!

LAST CHANCE TO SPREAD SOME SUNSHINE!

LAST CHANCE TO SPREAD SOME SUNSHINE!

date 4/21/2021
LAST CHANCE! Place your order by 4/21/21. ORDER HERE to send a little sunshine to someone in town!

Update for K-4 Families Regarding Survey Results

Update for K-4 Families Regarding Survey Results

date 3/19/2021
Dear K-4 Families, Thank you for your responses to the survey asking whether your child will attend school in-person or remote. I wanted to be in touch with an update on the survey results and our plans going forward.

Support and Solidarity

Support and Solidarity

date 3/19/2021
Dear Belmont Community, The Belmont Public Schools Equity Team and all BPS educators and staff are saddened and disappointed by current events targeting Asians, Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders. Six Asian-American women were brutally murdered at work in Atlanta. This is one very jarring example that comes during a year of increased scapegoating and racism against the Asian community. We won’t tolerate this in our schools or in our community and will work against it. We stand up against all types of racism and stand in solidarity with our Asian community.

Superintendent Update - Friday, February 19, 2021

Superintendent Update - Friday, February 19, 2021

date 2/19/2021
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff, I hope you had a restful time over the February break with family. I write to provide you an update on several important issues from the School Committee and school department.

FBE Rapid Response Grant Awards and New Grant Applications

FBE Rapid Response Grant Awards and New Grant Applications

date 2/10/2021
The Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) is pleased to announce two new Rapid Response Grants awarded to Belmont Public Schools on February 5, 2021 totaling $2,608.  To date, the FBE has awarded seven Rapid Response Grants totaling $12,217, and we continue to encourage and accept applications for projects that address needs that arise from Covid-19 pandemic impacts in our schools. 

Return to In-Person Learning Working Group

Return to In-Person Learning Working Group

date 2/5/2021
Understanding the urgency of students needing more time in person, and the challenges we have in Belmont with space and enrollment, we are starting a Return to In-Person Learning working group to identify these challenges and provide guidance to move the work forward. This working group will provide information for review by the Superintendent and the public on a rolling basis, looking at the remainder of this school year and towards September.

Update on Testing, Vaccines, and Return to In-Person Learning Working Group

Update on Testing, Vaccines, and Return to In-Person Learning Working Group

date 2/5/2021
As the year progresses, and in an effort to look forward, we are providing you an update today as it relates to testing and vaccinations. In addition, we are also providing you with update on the Return to In-Person Learning Working Group, which will provide community feedback and input on the challenges and opportunities that face all districts at this time. We understand our students need more direct instruction and in-person learning. We are optimistic that with health initiatives combined with this working group in place, we will be prepared for acting on any shifts in guidance and health metrics so we may look to enjoy more live instruction and/or in-person learning.

Belmont Public Schools Update

Belmont Public Schools Update

date 1/29/2021
Since Monday, 1/11/2021 we have been engaging in negotiations with the Belmont Education Association (BEA) to consider two important documents that will impact both the elementary and middle school hybrid schedules:

Belmont Public Schools Online Registration for School Year 2021-2022 opens January 29, 2021

Belmont Public Schools Online Registration for School Year 2021-2022 opens January 29, 2021

date 1/29/2021
We are pleased to announce BPS offers free tuition for kindergarten. Important registration information for current BPS families: You do not need to register a grade 1-12 existing Belmont Public Schools student again. You do need to register your incoming kindergartner even if you are a current Belmont Public Schools family. To ensure placement of your incoming kindergartner at the same elementary school as your grade 1-4 child, please submit all required documents to complete registration for your incoming kindergartner by April 9.

Town and School Budget Updates and Presentations

Town and School Budget Updates and Presentations

date 1/28/2021
The budgeting process for the Town of Belmont has been underway for several months, including numerous public meetings of the School Committee, Select Board, and Financial Task Force II, as well as public forums sponsored by the Warrant Committee. I want to share with you an update on this process and invite you to participate in the continuing discussions.

Update on COVID Testing - School Opening 2020-2021

Update on COVID Testing - School Opening 2020-2021

date 1/12/2021
As you know, last Friday Governor Baker announced pool testing will be available for all schools and districts in the state by February. Director of BPS Nursing Beth Rumley and I attended the state-provided webinar today regarding this initiative.

Belmont Food Service: Update #4

Belmont Food Service: Update #4

date 12/16/2020
Meal pick up will still be open at BHS during our hybrid models from 7:30AM to 9:30AM every school day. It is the SAFEST and most efficient way to get meals to our student body. Please note we will continue through the upcoming models until guidance is released to safely feed students in an unrestricted setting in our cafeterias.

New DESE Requirements

New DESE Requirements

date 12/15/2020
Last week the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) asked districts across the State to review their remote and hybrid education models to meet two new proposed regulations.

Superintendent's Message Regarding Inclement Weather and Upcoming Snowstorm

Superintendent's Message Regarding Inclement Weather and Upcoming Snowstorm

date 12/15/2020
Each year we send you our snow communication delivery process. Decisions on cancelling school or delays are reviewed and assessed in collaboration with the Department of Public Works and our other Town leaders, keeping in mind community safety and the ability to clear roadways and school areas. This year will be no different.

FBE Happy News!

FBE Happy News!

date 12/15/2020
Make someone’s day and thank that someone special for their service to our community during COVID-19 with a “You’re A Star’ Community Award. Honor exemplary educators or staff who have made a difference in your child’s education by sending them a STAR Award! Everyone LOVES getting these Awards - go ahead and make someone feel appreciated this holiday season. iCal

Important Information on Procedures, Hybrid and Remote Learning, and Snow Days

Important Information on Procedures, Hybrid and Remote Learning, and Snow Days

date 12/14/2020
Important Information on Procedures, Hybrid and Remote Learning, and Snow Days - Superintendent's Bulletin #21. Dear Families, I hope you and your family are well during this complicated time leading up to our winter recess. Now that all of our schools are open in their hybrid models we wanted to share with you some operational expectations. The goal of this communication is to clarify some of the questions that have been posed to the district over the past week or so.

Recommendations for Winter Celebrations

Recommendations for Winter Celebrations

date 12/11/2020
We understand that this year's holiday season will be very different for our students and families, with beloved family traditions needing to change in order to stay safe. With everyone abiding by the Center for Disease Control (CDC)  health protocols this season, the outlook for getting back into school in January and keeping our community healthy and uncompromised is more promising. 

A Story Walk

A Story Walk

date 12/7/2020
THE BELMONT YOUTH COMMISSION AND BELMONT PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENT: A Story Walk! December 9-23, 2020, Daily, 9 AM TO Dusk, Memorial Garden - Next to Library Take a walk from page to page with your family. A fun way to read a great story while getting fresh air and exercise! The total loop will be on flat land and about 0.5 miles total. iCal

Week of December 7 Important News - School Opening Fall 2020 Superintendent's Bulletin #20

Week of December 7 Important News - School Opening Fall 2020 Superintendent's Bulletin #20

date 12/4/2020
Week of December 7 Important News - School Opening Fall 2020 Superintendent's Bulletin #19. Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff: This communication is to inform you we are returning to our hybrid in-person learning schedules for grades K-8 on Monday, December 7. In addition, we are happy to report BHS grades 9-12 will start in-person hybrid on Thursday, December 10. Each building principal will send out a communication today with more details. We appreciate the patience of our students, parents, faculty, and staff in pivoting to remote learning after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. We feel these proactive measures help keep the school community safe and gives us a chance to assess and “reset” the buildings for a healthy return to hybrid in-person learning.

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