Dear Bel Aire Families,


It's a busy week here at Bel Aire, with teachers engaged in math professional development, 3rd grade classes taking some fun field trips, and Spring Break tapping on classroom windows. Students have been working hard, and they can use a little downtime!


Parents, please come check out the lost and found items displayed on tables in front of the school. Hats, umbrellas, jackets, sweatshirts--you name it! After this week, the items will be cleared out and donated. 


Two quick thank-yous:


Thank you to Bel Aire PTA members for continuing to help with our lunch program and everything else. Your dedication to students is contagious. 


Thank you to The Foundation for Reed Schools--we will soon have some new library furniture and shelving! You help us reach our full potential! The work you do directly supports our kiddos. 


Lastly, welcome back to Dr. McGrath--so great to see you back on the Bel Aire campus talking to students, parents, and teachers. We are going to finish the year strong!


Have a safe and fun break, everyone.




John DiCosmo



Important Events

Bel Aire Student Council Spirit Day--"Matching Day"

Friday, April 7

Book Drive for Global Book Exchange

April 17-28

Foundation for Reed Schools 

Boutiques, Bites & Bubbles

April 28

Spring Break

April 10-14 (No School)

Walk and Roll Day 4 of Jedi Challenge

April 19

Bel Aire Open House

May 4 @ 5:30


That's a wrap! Thank you, PTA! Until next year...


Thank you to Mrs. Bontz's class for the lovely new office art!


Thank you to Reed School for inviting me to Read Across Reed!


Might as Well JUMP!


5th Grade Learning About Newbery Winners


RUSD Maintenance Team Making Bel Aire Beautiful! Thank you!


Nurse's Corner--Is that a louse in my child's hair?

The good news is that we are returning to a more “normal” way of life since the pandemic began. The bad news is that nuisances such as lice infestations increase when children spend more time together sharing hats, brushes, clothing, sleepovers and snuggly reading and play time together. This is a friendly reminder to please check your child’s head regularly for lice. Please note that RUSD policy is that children with live lice should not attend school until they have been treated at home or by a professional lice treatment service. Children who are found to have live lice while at school will be allowed to stay until the end of the school day, and their parents will be notified; they may return to school once lice removal treatment has begun. Please read “A Parent’s Guide to Head Lice from the California Department of Public Health for more information about head lice and how to treat an infestation. Thank you for partnering with us to keep our schools free of lice!

– Nurse Mankin


Ukraine Clothing Drive


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



Upcoming Dates


April 17-28 - Book Drive

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

May 1-5 - Staff Appreciation Week

May 3 - Bel Aire PTA Meeting


Bel Aire Play

Thank you to all of the dedicated students, parents, staff, directors and producers Lana Burstein, Carli Hamilton & Megan Pirsch who made this year’s production of The Little Mermaid, Jr. such a success! It’s amazing what our third, fourth, and fifth graders can do and we are so fortunate to have such a supportive community at Bel Aire to put on the play. Your dedication and hours of rehearsals and preparation came together for magical performances on the stage that delighted the audience. Thank you!    


Book Drive: April 17-28


Coming soon! Bel Aire school is hosting a book drive in conjunction with Reed Elementary for The Global Book Exchange! 


The Global Book Exchange is a non-profit that collects gently used books and redistributes books to under-resourced children in Marin county. 


What: New or gently used book for ages 0-18

When: April 17-28

Where: Labeled collection bins



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, May 3rd 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 19. Start your Spring off right by joining the Jedi Challenge! Stop by the welcome table on the morning of April 19th 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.

PTA Executive Board Slate


The 2023 Nominating Committee has completed its work to develop a slate of nominees for the 2023-2025 PTA Executive Board. The slate will be presented to the PTA Membership for election into office during the District PTA meeting on May 17th.


Congratulations to the following individuals for their nomination:

District President - Mickey Hubbell

District Secretary - Jessica Etchevers

Del Mar Treasurer - Elaine Moore

Bel Aire Site Chair - Tracey Paull

Bel Aire Treasurer - Garrett Harden

Big thanks to our wonderful Nominating Committee: Dana Berhoff, Rachel Berman, Jennifer Feldman, Rebecca Hermanski, Wendy Martin and Principal-Advisor John DiCosmo for all of their hard work in bringing this to fruition.

Event details can be found on our website HERE. 

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