Bel-Aire Elementary School

Mission Statement


 Recognizing the value of education in developing and maintaining a democratic society, the mission of Bel-Aire Elementary School is to provide its students with opportunities for optimum academic development with a setting which provides for intellectual, socio-economic, and physical differences and satisfies behavioral needs related to democratic ideals, ethical and moral values, and aesthetic appreciation.


Heather Blenden Principal:demo

Statement from our Principal

September 11, 2014


Chocolate Sales:

Chocolate Bars are coming!!!


September 17, 2014

Common Core:

Common Core Testing: GET READY!!!

September 17, 2014

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

- Henry Ford


Week at a Glance


1.     Grandparents Day Lunch is scheduled for the following days:

2.     Sept. 3: K, 2nd, 4th, and 6th grade

3.     Sept. 4: 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade

4.     Progress reports will be sent home September 10.

5.     School Picture Day is September 25th.

6.     Kona Ice Snow Cone Day will be September 12th. Snow cones will cost $3.

7.     K-2 students will be allowed to buy snow cones after lunch.

8.     3-6 grade students will be allowed to buy snow cones at the PBS Party.

9.     The 3rd grade will be hosting the September PTA Program on September 18, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Updated: September 1, 2014




1. AR Barn Party will be October 10.

2. 9 Weeks Exam Schedule:

3. Oct. 8--English/Language Arts

4. Oct. 9—Math/Science

5. Oct. 10—Social Studies

Updated: Sept. 1, 2014

Grading Scale:

95-100 = A

85-94 = B

75-84 = C

70-74 = D

69-below = F

Updated: September 1, 2014

Message from the Principal

Principal Blenden

 Our world is changing quickly, and some people would say we have a lot of troubles in our world. 


This is what former President Ronald Reagan said:

"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."


Every day at school, you can become smarter and more powerful because you’ve learned a little more about the world around you.  And in a rapidly changing world, we need bright and powerful human beings to make the changes positive.


For the rest of the school year, let’s continue to get smart and become powerful people who can make the world a better place.


Person of the Week!  Arthur Ashe


Arthur Ashe was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. As a young boy Ashe was always very active in sport, including tennis, basketball and baseball. He was also an avid golfer. However, his love for tennis outweighed all the other sports. His passion and drive for the game made Ashe become a prominent African-American tennis player. Throughout his career he won 3 Grand Slam titles.

In 1963, Ashe not only received a tennis scholarship to UCLA but also was selected to the U.S. Davis Cup team. In his career at UCLA, Ashe won the NCAA individual championship and also helped his team win the NCAA championship. After graduating he went on to win the U.S. Open in 1968 and Wimbledon in 1975 when he unexpectedly defeated Jimmy Connors. Ashe went on to play for several more years but was forced to retire in 1980 due to heart complications. 

Ashe was a quiet but dedicated athlete whose belief in his convictions gave him the quiet strength to become a force for change. He traveled to South Africa not only to compete, but in 1985 he protested South Africa's policy of apartheid along with his friend Nelson Mandela. He was arrested for this act. Ashe also spoke on the floor of the United Nations on World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, just months after publicly disclosing his HIV diagnosis in 1992. (In 1988 during a heart surgery, Ashe contracted HIV though a blood transfusion.) Ashe was also was part of a group whose members were arrested while protesting the George Bush Administration's treatment of Haitian refugees.

Ashe did not just take political stands. He was a role model for African-American tennis players everywhere, male and female. He helped create inner-city tennis programs for youths in Newark, Detriot, Atlanta, Kansas City, and Indianapolis. After retirement, Ashe went on to do a variety of other things - writing for Time magazine and The Washington Post; commenting for HBO and ABC Sports; founding the National Junior Tennis League; and serving as captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team.

Ashe struggled with HIV for many years, yet was a vocal advocate for AIDS awareness, until his death in February of 1993 at the age of 49. Two months before his death, he founded the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, to help address issues of inadequate health care delivery.

Today, Ashe remains the only African-American to win the men's singles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open, and his name resides in the Tennis Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in 1985.






World School Milk Day

School Wide Celebration

·         Morning announcements will be shared with Bel-Aire Elementary Students on the days leading up to the initiative, and the morning of the initiative.

·         Bel-Aire Elementary students and staff are encouraged to dress in the color of their favorite milk flavor on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

 Wear Pink = Strawberry Milk

Wear Brown= Chocolate Milk

 Wear Yellow= Banana Milk

 Wear White= Plain Milk (no flavor)

Wear a combination of the above if you like more than one flavor. J

Cafeteria Promotion

·         Milk Mustache Fun! – Parents and cafeteria workers will hand out milk mustache stickers, buttons, and other prizes promoting the initiative during the students lunch times.

Classroom Learning

·         International Cow Project – All homeroom classes will be given a cow to decorate in international attire (color, paint, paper art, computer graphics, etc). Homeroom class teachers are responsible for assisting their students to choose a country. Please include their chosen countries word for milk, their countries flag, and their countries capital as part of their project. Dairy health and wellness information on the projects is welcome (i.e. daily servings of dairy is 2 ½-3 cups). This project can be completed during Art. All International Cows should be displayed outside of each homeroom class no later than Tuesday, September 23, 2014.  

·         The week of World School Milk Day, Bel-Aire Students will watch “Milk on the Mooove from Farm to you” during library. This video is sponsored by Sudia (Southeast United Dairy Industry Association). During library students will also work on World School Milk Day Activity Pages.

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Dental Outreach Program

Today visitors were here from the Dental Outreach Program.


The objective of this program is:

·        To increase access to dental care for economically disadvantaged and under-served Mississippi children who are receiving little or no care by traditional means.

·        To provide compassionate and comprehensive care to children on campus at Bel-Aire Elementary, using fully equipped and approved portable dental equipment, by competent and caring licensed dentists’ and dental practitioners.


Today 2 people from the program came around and spoke briefly to the students about the program and passed out permission forms. ***At this time no clinic schedule has been set up with any of the schools in the District.*** I will keep you posted.


This is what I need you to do:

1.    Encourage all students to return their Dental Outreach Program Permission Slips to their homeroom teacher.

2.   Put the forms in alphabetical order.

3.    Turn them in to me on September 22, 2014. DO NOT GIVE THEM TO ANYONE ELSE AND DO NOT PUT THEM IN MY MAILBOX OR OUTSIDE OF MY DOOR. Remember the information is confidential. J


If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to ask!!!!


Thank you for your support!

Nurse Mahand

Keys to Successful Learning School Wide Rules

1. I can and I will do what I am asked, the first time I am asked, by an adult in this school.

2. I can and I will not use any part of my body or the words of my mouth to harm any person, place or thing.

3. I can and I will ask permission to speak or to leave my seat.

4. I can and I will be prepared for class and do my best at all times.

5. I can and I will walk quietly from place to place, in a straight line at all times.

6. I can and I will tell the truth at all times.


From the Nurse

Please make sure children are dressed appropriately for the weather, long pants or leg tights with coats when the temperature is below 50 degrees.

Please do not allow your child to bring medicine to school. The medicine must be turned into the nurse by the guardian. This includes medicines such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Midol, etc...

If a child has any specific food allergies, the nurse and cafeteria must have an updated doctor’s excuse confirming this allergy.  These doctor’s excuses must be updated every new school year.

Also here is a link that can help you child's health!






Mr. Phillips helping the Bobcat Robotic Team
 Fun Times at Robotics!!
Girls RULE!!! Getting Serious Terminator 4 !! Two Genius's at Work! Like Father and Son 
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Building Academic Excellence!!