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BELL TOP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Upcoming Events
DATE
EVENT
TIME
4/9/2014
BOE @ DPS-Volunteer Recognition
7:30pm
4/12/2014
Sportsgrill- Easter Bunny Pancake Brkfst
8:00-10:00am
4/14-4/18/2014
NO SCHOOL - Spring Recess
4/22/2014
BOE @ Admin.
7:30pm
4/23/2014
Administrative Professionals Day
4/25/2014
Kindergarten Sno-Cone Sale
Lunchtimes
4/30-5/2/2014
NYS Math Exam Grades 3-5
5/5/2014
PTO Meeting
7:00pm
5/6/2014

Kindergarten Screening

Grade 5 Concert

9:30-2:00

7:00pm

5/7/2014

Kindergarten Screening

BOE @ Goff

9:30-2:00

7:30pm

5/9/2014
K-12 Early Release-Professional Dev.
11:35am
5/14/2014
Dine-To-Donate @ Chipolte
5:30-8 pm
5/20/2014

Budget Vote

Field Day

Instrument Sign-Up Night for 4th Graders

7am-9pm

All Day

6:30pm

5/23-5/26/2014
NO SCHOOL-Memorial Day Recess
5/28/2014

Gr. 4 NYS Science Performance Test

BOE @ Admin

9:20

7:30pm

5/29/2014
Grade 4 Concert @ Genet
7:00pm
6/2/2014
Gr. 4 NYS Science Written Exam
9:20
6/3/2014
PTO Meeting
7:30pm
6/5/2014
Gr. 1 @ Sage Institute "Cat in the Hat"
6/6/2014

Gr. 3 @ Howe Caverns

Kindergarten Sno-Cone Sale

9:20-2:30

Lunchtimes

Spring Fest 2014 – mark your calendars!Posted April 2, 2014


You and your family are invited to Spring Fest 2014 on Tuesday, May 20, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. This year’s menu includes barbecue chicken, creamy herbed cole slaw, baked potato with sour cream and chives, dinner rolls and dessert. Prepaid cost is $8 per dinner. Sponsored by the East Greeenbush Education Foundation and All Sports Club, we hope you are able to join us for this wonderful community event!

Click here for your order form and more information!

East Greenbush Education Foundation hosting “Dessert Night”Posted March 25, 2014
The East Greenbush Education Foundation will be sponsoring a “Dessert Night” on Thursday, April 3, 6-8 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. This year, district-wide choral groups will be providing entertainment. Tickets are $5/adult, $3/student and $10/family.

The East Greenbush Education Foundation is an independent, all-volunteer, community-based organization that mobilizes financial resources, leadership and innovative ideas with the help of the community, local businesses, and a network of district alumni, educators and philanthropists that come together to strengthen and support the educational opportunities for the students in our district. For additional information, please visit: http://www.egedfoundation.org/.

Bell Top celebrates St. Patrick's Day - Posted March 18, 2014
Students and staff at Bell Top recently had the pleasure of viewing an Irish Dancing performance by several students to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!




K-5 half day / Rescheduled Parent Teacher ConferencesPosted March 17, 2014
Attention parents: Thursday, March 27, will be a half day for K-5 students due to rescheduled Parent Teacher Conferences.

Bell Top launches “K-Kids Club”, organizes project for AMC pediatric unitPosted March 5, 2014
The Bell Top Elementary School “K-Kids Club,” a community service club under the umbrella of the North Greenbush Kiwanis club and advised by Bell Top teacher Mrs. Gilligan, recently met for their monthly meeting to discuss a project the students wished to initiate this spring. The students voted to organize a “craft kits” collection to donate to the pediatric unit at Albany Medical Center. Read more...

6th grade Parent Orientation this Thursday - Posted March 4, 2014
Attention 5th grade parents: the incoming 6th grade Parent Orientation will be held this Thursday, March 6, 6 - 7 p.m. in the Howard L. Goff Middle School Gymnasium.

February Newsletter from Principal McHugh - Posted February 28, 2014
We are headed into the final homestretch! The second of three marking periods ends on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, Report Cards will be sent home on Wednesday, March 12th and there will be half day of school on Thursday, March 13th for Parent-Teacher Conferences. Read more...

Attention parents of pre-school aged childrenPosted February 26, 2014
Do you have pre-school aged children living in your household? Do you have school-aged children not enrolled through the East Greenbush Central School District?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we are requesting your help with our student census! Please complete this questionnaire and return it as soon as conveniently possible.

The District’s pre-school and non-enrolled student census questionnaire helps us the District to accurately project future class sizes, arrange transportation routes and allocate resources to your neighborhood schools.

We thank you for your time and attention!

Bell Top students recognized for outstanding essay submissions - Posted February 24, 2014

As part of the 28th annual “National Girls & Women in Sports Day,” four students from Bell Top Elementary School participated in an essay contest sponsored by Siena College. The students had the option to choose a female person in their life who has influenced them to participate in sports, describing the inspiring traits about that person and how it has affected them or discuss why it is important for females to be active in sports.

Meghan Campbell, Olivia Urquhart , Kara Cooney and Lilly Cooney, from Mrs. Morgan’s class, were awarded with free admission to the Siena College Women’s Basketball Game on Sunday, February 23. At the game, Olivia Urquhart was awarded a Siena Summer Camp Scholarship as the overall winner for fourth grade entries from across the region. Congratulations to Olivia on her award and to Meghan, Kara and Lilly on their outstanding recognition!

**Attention Parents and Community Members** East Greenbush CSD launches "Call to Action" - Updated February 18, 2014
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...

Write to our elected officials - click here!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Principal Jim McHugh featured in Common Core report - Posted February 11, 2014
The New York State Board of Regents yesterday agreed to delay until 2022 the full implementation of tests aligned with the new Common Core learning standards, and to change the evaluation systems used to assess teachers. Parents and educators have expressed displeasure with the state rollout of the new standards and accompanying tests for being too fast and that Albany hasn't provided enough guidance or preparation for the new exams.

Bell Top Elementary principal Jim McHugh spoke with WNYT-Channel 13 about the proposed changes. His reaction, including what these changes would mean for the district, can be seen by clicking the video below.


Bell Top students and staff wear red to support women's heart health - Posted February 7, 2014


In honor of National Wear Red Day, students and staff members at Bell Top were spotted wearing red, in support of women’s heart health. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. For more than 10 years, the American Heart Association has sponsored National Wear Red Day to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women.

STILL in Fiscal Peril: January 30 Regional Forum on School Funding CrisisUpdated January 22, 2014

Stakeholders from 47 school districts will convene at Colonie Central High School on Thursday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m. to continue the unprecedented regional call to action on the fiscal crisis facing public schools, an effort that began last year.

Click here for this year's agenda and guest speakers!

The event, “New York schools STILL in fiscal peril: Our kids can’t wait another year” picks up where last year’s massive regional advocacy effort left off. It promises to again bring students, parents, teachers, taxpayers, legislators and school leaders together to talk about what is at stake if state leaders do not eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and provide fair and equitable funding for our schools.

Read more and find out all event details here - join us and be a part of our advocacy for a better education for New York's students!

World Cafe Community Forum, Wednesday, January 15 - Posted January 2, 2014
The East Greenbush CSD will hold a "World Cafe Community Forum" on Wednesday, January 15, from 7 - 9 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. The forum topic is the school budget and the District is encouraging all parents and community members to attend as their direct input will be utilized during the formation of this year’s school budget. Read more...

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).

For more information, please click here.

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.

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).

 

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:

Albany Times Union
WTEN
WRGB
WNYT
YNN
“The Capitol Pressroom” with Susan Arbetter

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...

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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

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