Week 18: 01/06 – 01/08/2021

Dear Bella Mente Families,
Welcome back! Happy New Year!  I hope you enjoyed your Winter Break and are healthy and ready for 2021!

Our teachers participated in an all day training on Tuesday on Leader in Me. What a great way to begin the year!

This refresher course will help the teachers implement the program in the classroom. Let’s give a shout out to Mr. Hank and Ms. Leona Wolf for taking the lead! 

Parents as Partners!

As a Leader in Me School, one of our 5 Core Paradigms is that parents and teachers partner to support the whole child. What this means is that we value you as your student’s first teacher. You know your student best. Oftentimes it’s easy to assume that teachers are the only ones who are responsible for a student’s academic and social success in school. As a parent of a Leader in Me student, we believe that you are a valuable member of our Learning Team. You have an important role in the educational journey of your student. Research shows that when parents are engaged in their student’s education, the student’s success, academically and behaviorally, increases significantly. If we know this partnership is critical, what can we do to create a partnership? 

We would love to get your insights and feedback on what we can do to nurture this partnership as well as your ideas on what you would like to do as a partner in your student’s education. 

Following are a few of our insights on working together to create a partnership: 

Partnering is about communication and relationships. We want to honor your family’s culture, beliefs, and circumstances. We want to communicate with you about what is happening in school, but that’s only one part of effective communication. We encourage you to share your opinions, ideas, and background. We believe all of us have unique gifts and talents. If you are doing something at home that works well for your student, that you are proud of, or simply a fun fact about your family, share it with us. Your input and voice is so important! 

A partnership is not only about being physically present at the school, volunteering, or being on committees—that is only one aspect of partnership. If you’re working full time, travel for work, or simply cannot be physically present to engage that doesn’t mean you’re not our partner. There are other ways to engage such as:

  • Add our school to your social media feed. 
  • Set up regular times to check in with your student about what they enjoy at school or what is a challenge. 
  • Regularly check emails or other communications from your student’s teachers and respond. Ask questions when clarification is needed. 
  • Model a positive attitude about school. 

Let’s keep the communication lines open! We may have questions or concerns. Let’s create space to ask questions and listen to each other. We want to be there for you! Just like you, we can’t do this alone. We must come together as a Learning Team to support your student and ensure they have every opportunity for success. We look forward to our partnership!

Feel free to visit their website!  LeaderinMe.com.

We will begin MAPs assessments for our 1st-6th graders on Monday, 1/11. Our Middle School students began testing before break and are conducting make-ups now. 

In this time of virtual learning, MAPs assessments are incredibly valuable for teachers to give targeted instruction for your child. Families can support their students by ensuring they attend the testing time frame sent by your child’s teacher. In order to have accurate results we ask that you help your child with any technical difficulties and provide a quiet environment, but please do not help them with the assessment. Any assistance given to students will make the results inaccurate and not be beneficial for students. We thank you for this support!

Please join us for:

  • Board of Directors meeting next Tuesday 
  • Dinner at Chipotle for our fundraiser
  • Answers with McQuestion – I will be sharing information regarding our WASC visit and upcoming LCAP.  

January Happenings are listed below in detail. We hope to see as many families as possible attending the events we have scheduled. If you have any questions or ideas for events at Bella Mente please email Maca Davis at mdavis@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    

“As we observe children, we see the vitality of their spirit, the maximum effort put forth in all they do, the intuition, attention and focus they bring to all life’s events, and the sheer joy they experience in living.” The Child, Society and the World (Unpublished Speeches and Writing) Maria Montessori1st

January Happenings

Tuesday, 1/12 6 pm Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, 1/12 – Friday 1/22 Grades 1st – 6th MAPs testing

Wednesday, 1/13 5 pm – 8 pm Chipotle Fundraiser

Thursday, 1/14 5 pm Answers with McQuestion
Zoom Link: https://bellamentecharter-org.zoom.us/j/83408702889

Friday 1/15 Non-Student Day / Professional Development Day
Monday 1/18 Martin Luther King  Day 

Tuesday, 1/19 5 pm Cooking It Up with Mr. Hank
Zoom Link: https://bellamentecharter-org.zoom.us/s/83921993692
Recipes for this month

Wednesday, 1/27 5 pm English Parent Workshop Time Management
Zoom Link: https://bellamentecharter-org.zoom.us/j/81230952764

Wednesday, 1/27 6 pm Spanish Parent Workshop Time Management
Zoom Link: https://bellamentecharter-org.zoom.us/j/8961426255

Eat Chipotle, help Bella Mente Academies

Calling all burrito lovers,

Foil your dinner plans and stop by the Chipotle at 30 Main St Ste 100 in Vista for our fundraiser on Wednesday, January 13 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. We’re raising money to support Bella Mente Academies, so just download a flyer from the link below or mention the fundraiser at checkout and they’ll donate 33% of the proceeds to the cause!

Click here for more details.

Can’t wait to see you!