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FBE Rapid Response Grant Awards Announcement - May 2021

FBE Rapid Response Grant Awards Announcement - May 2021

date 5/13/2021
Congratulations! The Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) is pleased to announce and summarize the final round of Rapid Response grants for the 2020-21 academic school year. Attached is a summary of four new grants awarded for initiatives that impact learning during the Covid-19 pandemic totaling $4,131.

Traffic and Pedestrian Safety at Pick up and Drop off Times

Traffic and Pedestrian Safety at Pick up and Drop off Times

date 5/10/2021
With the beginning of in person school, I hope you will all consider not driving your children to school. Last week, we received numerous complaints from all six schools in town regarding traffic and pedestrian safety at pick up and drop off times.

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 - Friday, May 7, 2021

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 - Friday, May 7, 2021

date 5/7/2021
I write to inform you about new cases of confirmed COVID-19 in our school community.  We received confirmation from the Belmont Department of Health on 5/3/2021 regarding these cases. This is what we know for certain at this time: The Department of Health received confirmation of a laboratory testing report indicating that two school community members (i.e., student or staff) at the W.L. Chenery Middle School have been diagnosed with positive cases of COVID-19.

FBE Outstanding Teacher Awards Honorees for 2020 & 2021

FBE Outstanding Teacher Awards Honorees for 2020 & 2021

date 5/6/2021
In our world turned upside down by pandemic, the FBE and the Belmont Savings Bank Foundation honor the ENTIRE STAFF of the Belmont Public Schools as Outstanding Teachers and Staff for 2020 and 2021.  On May 4 and 5, to celebrate the Outstanding Staff, each school was presented with a large poster of this image composed of words of gratitude solicited from the entire community. The request for words of appreciation yielded over 600 words from nearly 200 responses!

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 - Thursday, April 29, 2021

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 - Thursday, April 29, 2021

date 4/29/2021
I write to inform you about new cases of confirmed COVID-19 in our school community.  We received confirmation from the Belmont Department of Health this week regarding these cases. This is what we know for certain at this time: The Department of Health received confirmation of a laboratory testing report indicating that five school community members (i.e., student or staff) -- three at Belmont High School, one at the Winn Brook Elementary School, and one at the Daniel Butler Elementary School -- have been diagnosed with positive cases of COVID-19.

Foundation for Belmont Education Announces Grants to Schools - April 2021

Foundation for Belmont Education Announces Grants to Schools - April 2021

date 4/28/2021
The Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) is pleased to announce and summarize grants that were recently approved for the 2020-2021 academic year. Attached is a summary of five new grants - two Learning Excellence Grants ($10,747) and three Professional Development Grants ($11,470) totaling $22,217.

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!

Belmont Summer Enrichment 2021

Belmont Summer Enrichment 2021

date 4/20/2021
Classes available for students entering grades Pre - K through 7th. Classes include: Engineering, Coding, Growing Gardeners, Graphic Design, Model UN, Mapping the World. Intern opportunities available for students entering grades 8-12. Visit the BSE page available on the Belmont Public Schools website, under “Summer Programs” to see all of our available courses.

 Junior Police Academy Summer Session 2021

Junior Police Academy Summer Session 2021

date 4/14/2021
For Juniors Ages 12-16. The academy will give participants a chance to learn some of the things officers learn in a real police academy. Topics will include defensive tactics, motor vehicle laws and car stops, drug ID and investigation, computer forensics, social media safety and much more. Days will start off with physical training and then move on to both classroom and practical exercises. iCal

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.

Message from Superintendent Phelan - Return to In Person Learning Working Group Update

Message from Superintendent Phelan - Return to In Person Learning Working Group Update

date 3/4/2021
I am writing with our weekly update on the Return to In-Person Learning Working Group, and to share some thoughts on this very challenging year. I want to recognize that this has been a difficult year for students, as well as for parents and families. It has also been the most significant challenge our educators have ever faced. There are no easy answers as we battle COVID-19. I want to personally thank Belmont Public School educators for their tireless and extraordinary work on behalf of our children. I also want to thank the families of Belmont for the grace they have shown--and continue to show--as we work through this devastating public health crisis.

Superintendent's Update - Friday, February 26, 2021

Superintendent's Update - Friday, February 26, 2021

date 2/26/2021
I write to update you on the recent announcement by DESE Commissioner Jeff Riley regarding the full return of elementary students across the Commonwealth and how it will impact students and families in Belmont. On Tuesday, 2/23/2021 Commissioner Riley requested permission from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to require elementary students to have an in-person, full-time option, starting on April 5.

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.

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