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BELL TOP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Grade 4 Concert @ Genet
Grade 5 Sno-Cone Sale
PTO Family Reading Night
No School-Holiday Break
Bell Top Veterans Day Recognition Celebration Goods delivered in Afghanistan - Posted December 12, 2013
As part of Bell Top's recent Veterans Day initiative, care packages that students put together for military personnel serving overseas recently arrived in Afghanistan. M/Sgt Barry MacDonald, 455th EAPS/Ramp Supervisor, Bagram AF, Afghanistan, sends his appreciation to the Bell Top community from the 109th AW for the thoughtful and generous acts by the students.
SSgt Brian Berg, Jr., the father of Bell Top student Brian Berg III, opens up a care package from Bell Top Elementary students.
Calling all Youth Wrestlers: join the "Youth Wrestling Program" - Posted December 9, 2013
Is your child interested in learning the fundamentals of wrestling? The Youth Wrestling Program may be for them! This program will offer various levels of instruction tailored to the skill levels of the wrestlers in the program. A variety of wrestling games to improve coordination and agility will also be included. The program will be taught by the Columbia Wrestling High school and Modified Wrestling staff. Columbia High school Wrestlers will also be assisting in the program. If any parents have a background in wrestling and would like to volunteer help please inform the staff at registration.
Registration is December 16th from 5 p.m.-7p.m. at Columbia High School (Boys PE Office), $45 includes t-shirt at sign-up (additional children from the same family are $10).
Bell Top students write holiday cards to active Military personnel, Veterans - Posted December 6, 2013
Bell Top Elementary School kindergarten students recently spent some time in the classroom writing cards as part of the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program. The students created cards that will be distributed to service members, veterans and their families who will receive cards from across the country and from around the world. The Red Cross has received and distributed more than 6.5 million cards for members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families since the program began in 2006.
**Attention Parents and Community Members** East Greenbush CSD launches "Call to Action" - Posted December 4, 2013
The East Greenbush Central School District is initiating a community wide “call to action” advocacy effort to let state leaders and elected officials know that the District and taxpayers can no longer shoulder enormous cuts in education aid through the unfair Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle is encouraging all community stakeholders, including parents, students, teachers, homeowners, seniors and business leaders who support the District’s efforts, to write letters, email and call Governor Cuomo and elected officials to urge them to eliminate the GEA. Read more...
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle recently sat down with state Senator Kathy Marchione to discuss the devastating impact the GEA is having on East Greenbush CSD students and teachers.
Bell Top community provides Thanksgiving meals to families in need - Posted November 26, 2013
Now in its 7th year, Bell Top Elementary, in conjunction with Pastor John Westfall of Connecting Point Church in East Greenbush, collected donations and will be feeding approximately two dozen Bell Top families this Thanksgiving. Connecting Point Church provided baskets with all of the food items to make a Thanksgiving dinner. Bell Top staff donated $10 each which goes toward a Price Chopper certificate for either 1 turkey or 1 ham.
Assemblyman John McDonald joins Bell Top Community to commemorate Veterans Day - Posted November 12, 2013
Assemblyman John McDonald recently joined the Bell Top Elementary School Community to commemorate Veterans Day. The entire school gathered for an assembly where students recited the Pledge of Allegiance, read stories about the significance of Veterans Day, sang patriotic songs and presented goods that were collected to be sent out to military personnel.
Click here to see additional photos from the Veterans Day ceremony (courtesy of the Albany Times Union).
World Cafe Community Forum, Wednesday, November 6 - Posted October 28, 2013
The East Greenbush CSD will hold a "World Cafe Community Forum" next Wednesday, November 6, from 7 - 9 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. This year's topic is Communicating Academic Needs. Click the photo below for more details and we hope you can join us!
A Letter from Principal McHugh - Posted October 28, 2013
I cordially invite you to attend a special meeting with Superintendent Dr. Nagle in the Bell Top School cafeteria on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dr. Nagle will present an overview of the Center for Therapeutic Academic Excellence Program (CTAEP), which has recently been approved by the Board of Education and will start in September of 2014. Read more...
Bell Top Fall Fest 2013 - Posted October 24, 2013
Bell Top's Fall Fest was held this past Saturday, October 19. With the help of volunteer efforts by Goff Student Council members, Bell Top's fall fest included a Dunk Tank featuring Mr. McHugh and Mrs. Wilkes, the Defreetsville Fire Department holding demonstrations of how to put out a fire for students (and students had the opportunity to put out small fires after the demonstration), game tables, fish games, and great barbeque chicken meals. Click here for more photos...
East Greenbush CSD hosts first “Parent Information Session” – Posted October 23, 2013
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle, administrators and teachers last evening hosted the first “Parent Information Session,” a proactive initiative by Dr. Nagle to team up parents and teachers for student success by educating parents on the new Common Core standards, APPR, the shift in state assessments and parent resources. Several media outlets were present at last evening’s forum – click each link below to see video and photos from the Parent Information Session:
Bell Top Welcomes Naturalist George Steele - Posted October 22, 2013
Bell Top students recently had the opportunity to receive lessons of science and nature by award winning naturalist, George Steele.
For over a decade, Steele has been a visiting science teacher educating Bell Top students and creating a new generation of young nature lovers. Steele’s strength is his ability engage students attention and focus the students thinking on the world around them.
Over the last several weeks, Steele has been conducting a unique hour long science lesson in each Bell Top classroom. Teachers chose a variety of topics based on the science curriculum at each grade level. Topics, which included mammals, bones, ecology and birds, helped students develop a deeper understanding of the natural world around them.
Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle's featured letter in The Troy Record - Posted October 17, 2013
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle today had her featured letter published in The Troy Record in regards to the upcoming Parent Information Sessions being hosted by the District. Click here to read Dr. Nagle's letter and find out how you can learn and help your child succeed academically. Read more...
Bell Top Elementary "Fall Pumpkin Race" - Posted October 3, 2013
Bell Top Elementary School's annual "Fall Pumpkin Race" will be held this year on Friday, October 25, beginning at 1:30 p.m.. Read more...
A Letter to Parents from Mr. McHugh - Posted October 16, 2013
On Friday, November 8, 2013 all East Greenbush Central Schools will be conducting their mandated Emergency “Go-Home” Drills. Bell Top Elementary School’s dismissal will be approximately 15 minutes earlier than usual and students will dismiss at 3:15 p.m. on that day. This Emergency “Go-Home” Drill is required by NYS Law. Bell Top School will close promptly at 3:15 PM on this date. Read more...
Bell Top Girl Choir performs - Posted October 15, 2013
The Bell Top Girls Choir performed with banjo artist Glenn Hankle for residents of Rosewood Gardens Nursing Home on Saturday, October 5.
Bell Top Author Visit - Posted October 15, 2013
Bell Top students recently had the opportunity to listen to and learn from author Matthew McElligott as part of the "Bell Top Author Visit" series. Mr. McElligott read a book that he wrote to the students, told them the process and the hard work that goes into writing a book, discussed the ins-and-outs of life as an author and illustrator and provided students in kindergarten through fifth grade an opportunity to learn more about the writing process in general. Mr. McElligott spoke about the character traits of determination and perseverance, and how one should never give up on what they believe in. For more information about Mr. McElligott, visit his website: www.matthewmcelligott.com.
Bell Top Students "Race for the Cure" - Posted October 15, 2013
Seventeen Bell Top students competed in the "Komen's 5k Race for the Cure" and the "Kids Dash for the Cure" on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Congratulations to all the running club attendees who participated in this event!
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BELL TOP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ANTI-BULLYING MISSION STATEMENT
We at Bell Top Elementary School are committed to promoting a peaceful, productive, and safe learning environment. We are all unique and bring special qualities to share. Everyone has a right to be respected and a responsibility to respect one another.
Written By: 2010-2011 Anti-Bullying Committee