Week 16: 12/07 – 12/11/2020

Dear Bella Mente Families,


The year of 2020 is almost over and I’m sure we are all hoping for a bit more “normal” year for 2021. I think we should look back over the year and be proud of what we have accomplished during very challenging times. As parents, you have done what it takes to help your student(s) continue learning while still fulfilling many other responsibilities. Our teachers and instructional assistants have done an excellent job learning new curriculum, new instructional strategies, new technology skills, and done so with a positive attitude! As a team, parents and educators, you have made sure that student learning did not stop! I am very honored to work with all of you! 

Thank you for attending Answers with McQuestion! I truly enjoy having this opportunity to speak with parents. 


Next week will be a four day week and then we are off for Winter Break. We have some fun activities planned for next week!

-Mr. Hank is presenting Cooking it up with Mr. Hank on December 15th at 5:00pm for both English and Spanish speakers.

Our teachers are busy working with their scholars for a fun Winter Spectacular on December 16th. Share the date with family and friends! We can celebrate our outstanding scholars! I’m sure there will be lots of smiles!


Please remind your students of Spirit Week next week. My favorite day is Pajama Day!!

Just a reminder, we are going for 100% attendance for the month of December. I know we can do it and our students will benefit from it!


Our Middle School Team proposed a pivot in their schedule. As a middle school parent you should have received this information. The new schedule will begin in January. Our teachers felt that their students needed more time with them for instruction and work completion. Not only is attendance a requirement, but work completion is also part of the state’s attendance policy. Thank you Middle School Team for your willingness to be there and support students where you see there is a need. 


Lower Elementary Families: If you have not picked up your supplies, please email Liz LaBlond  to schedule an appointment to pick up. elablond@bellamentecharter.org


As always, we at Bella want to thank you for your trust, patience, and kindness as we work together to make this a great year for all!


Enjoy and stay safe and healthy!

Dr. McQuestion    



Upcoming Events

  • Community Outreach Food Distribution Drive-Thru, December 15th, 11 am-12 pm
  • Mr. Hank’s Cooking it Up – Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 @5pm English/Spanish
  • Zoom link: https://bellamentecharter-org.zoom.us/j/83921993692
  • Winter Spectacular – Wednesday, December 16th, 2020.
  • Winter Break – Friday, December 18, 2020 – Tuesday, January 5, 2021
  • Dine out at Chipotle, Fundraiser, January 13th
  • Dine out at Rubio’s, Fundraiser, February 10th

Spirit Week

  • Monday-Crazy Sock Day – Dec. 14th
  • Tuesday-Cozy Scarf Day – Dec. 15th
  • Wednesday- Wacky Hair Day – Dec. 16th
  • Thursday-Pajama Day – Dec. 17th

Upcoming Parent Workshops 5 pm English and 6 pm Spanish

  • January 27, 2021 – Time Management with Mr. Chalmers
  • February 24, 2021 – Getting the most out of Wonders with Ms. McGraw
  • March 31, 2021 – Teaching the Montessori Way with Mr. Bareno
  • April 28, 2021 – Restorative Practices with Dr. McQuestion
  • May 26, 2021 – Let’s prepare for High School with Ms. LaBlond and Ms. Marter

Attendance Reminder

Daily school attendance sets your scholar up to succeed in life!

BMA Office Hours & Phone Calls

To visit the school appointments are necessary please contact elablond@bellamentecharter.org to set-up an appointment. At this time ALL phone calls go to voicemail.  Please leave a message and your call will be returned with in 24 hours.

Help me to do it by myself. Maria Montessori

Winter Spectacular December 16, 2020 – Zoom Links

Topic: Primary Winter Spectacular
Time: Dec 16, 2020 05:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Topic: Lower Elementary – Winter Spectacular
Time: Dec 16, 2020 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Jessica Prinslow – Join Zoom Meeting

Kerry Diaz – Join Zoom Meeting

Yvone Acosta – Join Zoom Meeting

Jennifer Stone – Join Zoom Meeting

Kathleen Decker – Join Zoom Meeting

Lee Anna Epp – Join Zoom Meeting

Brielle Irwin – Join Zoom Meeting

Leona Wolf – Join Zoom Meeting


Topic: Upper Elementary – Winter Spectacular
Time: Dec 16, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Francisco Bareno – Join Zoom Meeting

Michael Chalmers – Join Zoom Meeting

Meg Cull – Zoom Meeting

Meghan McGraw – Zoom Meeting

Andrea Matthews – Zoom Meeting

Kathleen Kennedy – Zoom Meeting


Topic: Middle School – Winter Spectacular
Time: Dec 16, 2020 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting