Kindergarten Returns Full Time Starting March 1

The Board of Education has approved two changes to the instructional model: 1) Kindergarten students will resume five days a week of in-person learning starting on Monday, March 1. The Full Remote Program is still available to families. 2) Live Virtual Wednesdays will be eliminated for students in grades 1-5 starting March 10 to provide one additional in-person school day every other week. March 10 will be an in-person school day for B Day students and A Day students will have a remote day. The schedule will alternate going forward.

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After four weeks of reading “The One and Only Ivan” independently and as a group, and hosting various literacy activities, Bell Top Elementary School finished the book at an assembly on February 17.

Principal Jim McHugh served as the final guest reader.

“It was an honor to be asked to participate in the closing program of the Bell Top Book Club,” said Mr. McHugh, who is serving on a special assignment at Central Administration. “Mrs. Gilligan and Mrs. Cornell began organizing this school-wide literacy initiative three years ago and since that time our students, parents and staff have embraced this annual event. It was absolutely wonderful to see all of our young students excited and eager to read the final pages of ‘The One and Only Ivan!’”

Other activities at the assembly included:

  • Students performing parts of the book to depict the theme of friendship
  • Students presenting writing projects
  • Special Education teachers John Rivera and Stephanie Ferriero revealing the trivia billboard with all of the artwork from trivia winners
  • An announcement that Bell Top had collected $472.91 in change to donate to the World Wildlife Fund to help protect endangered species

“This book project helped students learn the value of friendship and the importance of the humane treatment of animals,” said Principal Marty Mahar. “I am very proud of them.”