Bel Aire Pride! 


Last week I had the privilege of walking Dr. Skelly around to visit Bel Aire classrooms. I knew we would find the high-quality teaching and learning that I see every day, but the actual level of academic excellence was off the charts. Whether it was students performing in a class play, a rigorous 5th grade math lesson, movement and rhythm in Specials, or thoughtful novel study, each classroom had a display of engaging academics and a warm, safe learning environment. Students were engaged and having fun, teachers were dynamic and joyous, and  Dr. Skelly left with his bucket full. 


It's through caring and involved parents, teachers who are continually refining their practice, and supportive district leadership that this level of schooling happens, and I'm so honored to be a part of it.  


Lastly, I'm so proud of our students performing in the Bel Aire PTA play that runs this week. I can't wait to see all of your months of hard work pay off--thank you, Bel Aire PTA Play Producers! 




John DiCosmo



Important Events

Bel Aire PTA Play (The Little Mermaid Jr.)

March 22 - 26

Spring Break

April 10-14 (No School)


March 31

RUSD Equity & Inclusion Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 30 @ 3:30. Del Mar Library

Foundation for Reed Schools 

Boutiques, Bites & Bubbles

April 28

Bel Aire Open House

May 4 @ 5:30


Working on an entry for the Painted Bins Contest!


5th Grade Presenters!


New "old school" Maps! Cool!


Tips from Safe Routes to Schools


Message From the Yellow Bus Co. 

All bus riders must have a physical bus pass in order to be able to board the yellow bus. Pass holders must hold a pass for the route on which they are traveling (e.g., pass holders on the Lime bus cannot rider the Purple bus). If your student has lost their bus pass, or it is damaged, please email for a replacement (please provide your student’s name, bus route, and your current mailing address) by March 31. Passes will be verified and students without passes will not be able to ride the bus. Pass holders riding a bus to which they are not assigned will have their passes suspended. Single ride passes are not available. A limited number of half year passes are available (contact for more information). Thank you for your understanding! 

Ukraine Clothing Drive


Check out Miss. Hill's experiential Girls' Force Leadership Summer Camps



Upcoming Dates


March 22-26 - Bel Aire Play: The Little Mermaid, Jr. (Tickets on sale NOW)

March 29 - Book Fair Family Night at Reed

April 5 - Bel Aire PTA Meeting

April 5, April 19 & May 3 - Walk & Roll: JEDI Challenge 


Bel Aire Play

It’s showtime! The Bel Aire Play is HERE! It is truly spectacular, and the kids love it. Shows are almost sold out so get your tickets HERE now!


Performance Dates and Casts


Land Cast

Wednesday, March 22nd at 6:30 pm

Friday, March 24th at 6:30 pm

Saturday, March 25th at 2:30 pm


Sea Cast

Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30 pm

Saturday, March 25th at 6:30 pm

Sunday, March 26th at 2:30 pm


March 29th - Book Fair Family Night at Reed 


Scholastic Books and the Reed PTA is bringing the BOOK FAIR to Reed Elementary School from March 28-30 to bolster our libraries, at home AND at school!  All RUSD families are welcome to stop and shop after school, online or during the most fun event: Book Fair Family Night, Wednesday March 29th  4:00-7:00 pm. where there will be pizza, burrito, drinks, popcorn and prizes to enjoy!  


Check out the RUSD book fair website to check the shopping hours, to order books online (while still earning points for our school) and to set up an easy e-wallet to buy books without handling cash.




The 2022-2023 yearbook promises another all color, fun filled book of school day memories. Reserve your child’s copy today! If you have any questions, please contact Ory Shirazi ( or Carrie Staahl (


Please note: if you have multiple RUSD students, you will need separate SchoolPay transactions to purchase each student’s yearbook. If you experience an issue with SchoolPay, please log out of SchoolPay and purchase each yearbook as a GUEST. 





Lunch Recess Volunteers


We are looking for lunch recess volunteers daily from 12:10-12:55 p.m.  It's a fun way to volunteer on campus while watching your children run around. Sign up HERE.


Bel Aire PTA


Please join us for our next meeting on Wednesday, April 5th at 8:30 a.m.  (Bel Aire PTA meetings are generally on the first Wednesday of the month)  For more information, contact Bel Aire PTA Site Chair Laura Smith,


Walk and Roll - Win a Custom Bike!!!!


The next Walk and Roll date is Wednesday, April 5. Start your Spring off right by joining the Jedi Challenge! Stop by the welcome table on the morning of April 5th in front of the school to pick up a JEDI card and get it stamped for a chance to win a new Cleary Bike. It's easy to participate, walk, bike, scoot, carpool, or take the bus to school. If you live too far, then parking and walking is always an option too. Enjoy the nice Spring morning and count all the blooming plants.


With the warming weather and approaching Spring, Safe Routes to School would like to remind parents and students of some driving, walking and biking safety tips. Please see this flier on Safety Tips for Motorists and Cyclists: The Dutch Reach and Avoiding the Door Zone. This flier gives instructions on how cyclists should avoid the “door zone” when cycling near parked and stationary cars, and how car drivers and passengers should use the  “Dutch Reach” method before exiting a parked car as a driver or pedestrian to make sure there is not a quickly approaching bicycle rider. 



PTA Nominating Committee for 2023 Officers


The Nominating Committee is currently meeting to develop a slate of PTA officers for the following open positions, each with a two year term:


  • District President

  • District Secretary

  • Bel Aire Site Chair

  • Bel Aire Treasurer

  • Del Mar Treasurer


If you are interested in one of these leadership positions, or would like to nominate someone else, please contact any of the Nominating Committee members - Dana Berhoff, Rachel Berman, Jennifer Feldman, Rebecca Hermanski & Wendy Martin

If you'd consider becoming a Family Sponsor of our events, please find information HERE. Perks include event tickets - sponsorships are on sale now. 

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