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Important Events

Back to School Night

Thursday, 9/8. 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Foundation Parent Kick-Off Meeting

Thursday, 9/15. 8:30 - 9:30 AM

Walk and Roll to School

Wednesday, 9/14

Picture Day Make Ups

Wednesday, 10/26


Dear Bel Aire Families, 


It's been toasty at Bel Aire the last few days, but students and teachers have been cool as cucumbers. We're settling into routines for learning and having fun at the same time. 


Reminder to please put sunscreen on your little ones and send them to school with hats and water bottles (and write their names on both). We have water bottle filling stations around campus. 


Last week we had our New Student pizza lunch in the library. We had a great turnout, and our new Bel Aire friends had a chance to meet and talk to our Specialist teachers. Dr. McGrath even stopped by!


Also last week, we had our first school fire drill on Friday afternoon, and students did a great job despite the blazing sun and loud alarm. Bel Aire teachers were prepared with class rosters and emergency backpacks, and the office staff was quick and efficient with taking roll. We'll have safety drills throughout the year, including monthly fire drills. My goal is for us to be able to automatically respond to any emergencies--like muscle memory. 


We'll have our Student Council Board elections next week, and classroom reps will follow. Bel Aire Student Council will be better than ever this year--these kids know how to get things done! Thank you Mrs. Brigulio and Mr. Gist for your leadership.


BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT is tomorrow from 5:30-7:00 on the lower blacktop. We'll begin with some remarks and then send you off to classrooms. I'm excited to welcome you all to campus and for you to see your child's classroom. Bel Aire BTSN is a parent and caregiver event, thank you. 


John DiCosmo




Bel Aire offers a weekly math club for highly motivated math students who want an enrichment opportunity. The club is run by Dr. Allan Gold with the assistance of a few helpers. The club is held on Tuesday mornings, 7:30-7:55am, beginning September 20th, in the C Building classrooms.


The program provides a variety of math questions requiring logical reasoning and problem solving strategies. Students work together and should be fast and independent learners. The adults guide and direct students, as needed. Students have the opportunity to participate in contests they are prepared to solve based on their weekly problems.


If your child is interested in joining the club, please email Dr. Gold at ASAP, so he will know whom to expect.  This year parent volunteers are allowed to be on campus, so he both needs and would greatly appreciate two parents to assist for each grade.  If you are interested. please contact Dr. Gold and he will let you know what he needs (basically helping students with problem solving - all answers are supplied).


Thanks so much for your interest!  We look forward to a year of fun math challenge!


MAP Testing: Bel Aire students recently participated in NWEA MAP assessments. These formative assessments are designed to help the teachers gain more understanding of their students to target instruction and support in the specific areas of math and reading. Students will take the assessment again in the winter and spring to help measure growth. The results are one data point we use throughout the year, along with class assignments, CAASPP scores, report card, and student input.



Upcoming Dates:


Now - September 11th- Bel Aire Spirit Wear Online Store Open 

September 8th - Back to School Night (Spirit Wear on sale!)

September 14th - Walk & Roll to School 

October 5th - Bel Aire PTA Meeting

Save the Dates: 

October 18th - 20th Book Fair

October 20th 5:00-7:30 p.m.: Fall Festival and Book Fair Family Night


Bel Aire PTA: Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Bel Aire PTA Meeting this morning. If you are interested in learning more about the PTA or want to get involved, please join us for our next Bel Aire PTA meeting on Wednesday, October 5tth at 8:30 a.m. Bel Aire PTA meetings are generally on the first Wednesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact Bel Aire PTA Site Chair Laura Smith,

Walk and Roll to School:  Walk and Roll to School is back again! On Wednesday, September 14th grab your bike, jump on your scooter, or lace up those sneakers and walk or roll to school! Prizes will be given to those who participate, so have fun, get some exercise, and start your day off right! 


Lunch Help Needed!  We need help at Bel Aire every day of the school year serving nutritious lunch free of charge to every student who requests one.  Please sign up for a regular once-a-month shift by adding your name to one of the slots on the BA Lunch 2022/2023 Google Sheet.  Volunteers work in teams of 4 so sign up with friends and make it a regular get together, or add your name to any slot or group that works for you!  It's a great way to get on campus, see what the kids are up to at recess, and provide a vital service for our school.  Questions?   Contact the Lunch Chairs (Sarah Abbott; Toni Lee; or Keri McCarthy Ferry



Hey Bel Aire Bears! Are the kids ready for the start of the year? Add some Bel Aire swag to the wardrobe. Shop traditional shirts to comfy hoodies. New sweatpants and flannels have landed. Click on the link Bel Aire’s Online Spirit Store has been extended to September 11, 2022.  Merchandise will be available at Back to School Night on September 8, 2022. Please contact Amanda Hyslop for questions.


Thank you to Rustic Bakery for their donation of mini chocolate croissants, mini scones, and mini blueberry muffins to Friday’s Staff Appreciation breakfast! And thank you to our Hospitality team, Jessica Etchevers, Shay Kenjora, Anne Moffett Ciranni, and Michelle Thomsen for putting together such an amazing spread.




Please follow the RUSD PTA Instagram page @rusdpta

If you have any great photos you’d like to share; please email them to the RUSD PTA Secretary @




4th Grade Parents: Thank you to everyone who completed the Mosaic interest survey sent by your child's teacher. Please complete ASAP if you haven't yet.

Calling all Bel Aire runners! Cross Country season is starting!
Do you like to run? Join the xcountry team! This year we will have a series of 4 races each between 1 and 1.5 miles. Races are designed for 3rd-5th graders and are run on trails or the beach. The runs are for fun, but also for those who want to experience the joy of competition and setting goals. If this interests you, all you need to do is show up about 1/2 hour before the start time with your water bottle, Bel Aire T-shirt and running gear. Details below:
Thursday, September 22, 4pm: (The old) San Geronimo Golf Course 
Thursday, October 6, 4:30pm: Upton Beach, Stinson Beach
Thursday, October 13, 4:00pm: Miwok Meadows, China Camp, San Rafael
Thursday, October 27, 4:00pm: (The old) San Geronimo Golf Course—Series Championship!
If your child is interested in one or all of these events, please contact Sarah Weller in the PE department. We are also looking for a team parent to organize carpools and snacks. Thank you!
Many thanks to San Domenico School, Marin County Parks and the San Geronimo Trust for Public Lands for hosting. See you on the trails!

Mark Your Calendar - 2022-23 Parent Kick Off Meeting

Thursday, September 15th 

8:30-9:30 AM
Foundation Office, Room 17 at Reed school. 


All interested parents are welcome! Learn about ways to get involved, listen to Foundation updates and plans for the year, and also hear district updates from our Superintendent, Dr. Kimberly McGrath. Coffee and bites will be served. Please check in at the office. 


Graphic Design Volunteer Needed

If you have experience and would like to get involved volunteering for the Foundation, please email  Thank you!


Sign Up Parties

Sign Up Parties are a fun way to meet other parents and support our schools at the same time.  Parties with availability from our 2022 Spring Gala are open again.  Sign in to check out what is available and sign up today!

Click here to view Sign-Up Parties happening this Fall and into next Spring!



RUSD Mission & Vision: Each student will be challenged and inspired to reach their fullest intellectual, social-emotional and creative potential to positively impact the world.


John DiCosmo


Bel Aire Elementary School

(415) 388-7100