Thank you all for the support you have done to support your child’s educational experience this year!

Students in grades 3-6 will begin taking the Mississippi Assessment Program (MAP) when they return from Spring Break on April 24, 2017. The results will be used to make decisions about your child’s educational needs, placement for next year, and our school’s level. I encourage you to review objectives that will be tested and practice items at The MAP tests will be administered during April and May. Each student will take a Math and Language Arts Test.

You can help your child by:

1. Making sure they attend school each day, unless they are sick.

2. Making sure they are on time for school each day.

3. Only checking your child out for emergencies. Students in testing cannot be taken out of the test once it begins. Please contact your child to find out testing dates and times.

4. Providing breakfast for your child or making sure they arrive to school on time for breakfast.

5. Making sure students have all their medical needs met, including eye glasses and medications.

6. Making sure children’s get a good night’s sleep.


Students in grades 3-6 are invited to attend Saturday Study Sessions beginning March 11, 2017. These sessions will take place every Saturday until April 8, 2017. Teachers will work with students in each grade level to review skills in Reading, Language Arts, and Math to help prepare them for the MAP assessment in April. Sessions will take place from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. Please let your child’s teacher know if you are interested in the Saturday Study Sessions.

It is important that the students continue to give 100% effort in each of their classes so that they can be fully prepared for these assessments. We expect to see excellent results from the students on the MAP tests! The Saturday Study Sessions will help prepare the students for their MAP tests, and scores of 4 or 5 ensure they are on track to being college and career ready.

Bel-Aire Elementary School's newsletter, the Bobcat Bureau, is published and sent home to parents each month. The newsletter contains upcoming events, teacher and student highlights, and information about Conscious Discipline. You may access the current and previous newsletters here.