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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.

An Important Message from the Superintendent

An Important Message from the Superintendent

date 11/25/2020
I write to inform the community of an important decision that will impact how school will reopen following the Thanksgiving holiday. Like all school districts, we are responsible for making a decision regarding the safety of students, educators, and families. After thorough consideration of the elements involved, it is our conclusion that the appropriate course of action is to transition all students to a remote schedule for the entire week following Thanksgiving, 11/30 - 12/4/2020.

Understanding the Override

Understanding the Override

date 11/25/2020
Public Meeting - December 9th @ 7 PM. The town is faced with a structural deficit which requires an increase in funds to provide the same level of services to the community. This meeting is geared to help residents to understand the financial condition of the town. Future meetings are in the planning stages for early January. iCal

Belmont Wellness Coalition: Parenting Group Meetings

Belmont Wellness Coalition: Parenting Group Meetings

date 11/5/2020
The Parenting Group is led by the Belmont Wellness Coalition, through Wayside Youth and Family Support Network and facilitated by Lisa Gibalerio and Sophia Suarez-Friedman. The primary goal of the Parenting Group is for Belmont caregivers to talk about parenting teens and tweens with various monthly topics and concerns that parents have in common. iCal

Return to School Update

Return to School Update

date 10/27/2020
Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 our elementary school buildings will open for our students to return to hybrid in-person learning. Please see the schedule below: Wednesday, October 28: All students PreK-4 will return to school hybrid in-person at our four elementary schools. This will be a Cohort B day. Thursday, October 29: Chenery Middle School begins their hybrid model.

Belmont Food Services: Update #3

Belmont Food Services: Update #3

date 10/27/2020
First off, thank you to all participating families who have been coming by our meal pick up over the last month. The turnout has been tremendous and truly supports our children as well as our program. In the last four weeks, we have seen over 70,000 meals go out the door! We have determined that meal pick up and home meal kit delivery is the SAFEST and most efficient way to get meals to our student body. Please note we will continue through the upcoming models and until guidance is released to safely feed students in an unrestricted setting in our cafeterias.

Remote Learning for Grades PreK-8 Continue into Next Week

Remote Learning for Grades PreK-8 Continue into Next Week

date 10/23/2020
Superintendent's Bulletin #18 - School Opening Fall 2020. Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff, We are writing to inform you remote learning for grades PreK-8 will extend to Monday, October 26, and Tuesday, October 27. Our expectation at this time is for hybrid in-person learning to resume at the elementary level on Wednesday, October 28, and at the middle school level on Thursday, October 29. The October 20 email sent to families initially informed you of this delay. Your principals will communicate if there will be any impact to cohort schedules. The reason for these additional days is to ensure the accuracy of the data. This is a time consuming process, and we do not want to rush.

Superintendent's Letter: Remote Learning Wednesday through Friday

Superintendent's Letter: Remote Learning Wednesday through Friday

date 10/20/2020
Dear Belmont Public Schools Community, I write today to inform you that all students and staff, PreK-12 will remain home and pivot back to remote learning on Wednesday, 10/21/2020 through Friday, 10/23/2020.

FBE Virtual Spelling Bee & Trivia POSTPONED

FBE Virtual Spelling Bee & Trivia POSTPONED

date 10/16/2020
We are sorry to say we have made the difficult decision to postpone this fun fundraiser, originally scheduled for Saturday, November 7, 2020. We concluded this is just too busy a time for too many in our community, and we would love to save this really fun event for a more manageable time in the near future. We apologize for any inconvenience. Any registrations already made for the original date will be honored for the rescheduled event, or refunded at your request. Please email the Bee Keeper at beekeeper@fbe-belmont.org for a refund. Please keep a look out for our rescheduled date announcement!

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