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Friday, April 24, 2015 

7th Graders - There will be an AOS Information Session at Dominion High School on Wednesday, May 6th at 7:00 P.M. in the auditorium.  If you are planning on applying to AOS, this is a good opportunity to find out more information and ask questions.


Team Belmont Ridge placed third at the Regional Battle of the Books Club Competition.  Good job!   Our last meeting will be next Wednesday, so be there! 
 
Thursday, April 23, 2015 

Battle of the Books Club:  Today is the big day! We will meet in the library, then travel to Trailside Middle School for the competition.  Best of luck to our “Fabulous 14!” as they compete against Riverside Middle School and Trailside Middle School. If you would like to watch the competition, it will take place in the auditorium at Trailside Middle School, from 4:30-6:00 today.


The only thing between you and the event of a lifetime is $5!  That's right!  For only $5 you can have your ticket to RiverCon - the event that will host special-effects artists, talented writers, gamers and so much more!  Don’t forget to buy your tickets at lunch today!


A huge thank you to everyone who brought in worm food to lunch yesterday on Earth Day! The worms were very happy. The winners of the raffle were announced at the end of the day yesterday, so make sure you collect your prize from the library if your name was called.


As the Recycling Contest continues, remember to make sure that only recycling goes in the blue recycling bins. Make sure to throw all trash, like gum, tissues, candy wrappers, and food, into the trash can. At our midway point in the contest, 6th and 8th grade are now tied for 1st place, both with 53.2 total pounds of recycled material, and 7th grade has made an amazing leap all the way up to 46.6 total pounds of recycled material. Recycling will next be collected on Friday, and the winner will be announced on Monday. Keep recycling - it’s going to be close! 
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 

The Battle of the Books Club is meeting today and tomorrow, after school.  See you there!


Now a Message from Bright Life Buddies: Today is the day. The competition heats up. In the spirit of Autism Awareness month, we will have our Lego competition in the Library. You will have an hour and a half to create your masterpiece. Celebrity judges will pick the TOP winners. Be sure to have your $2.00 with you if you have not pre-registered. Look forward to seeing all of the engineers after school TODAY!!!


A reminder to 8th grade students….come tomorrow morning to the library to review for your Science SOL.  Thursday’s topic is a review of 7th grade material Evolution & Adaptation ….. See you in the library at 7:45a! 

 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 

As Earth Week continues, the Recycling Contest has already started and the recycling fairy has been around to your classrooms. She noticed that many bins were full of trash! Teachers and students, please make sure your recycling bins contain only recycling, or they will not be collected and counted toward your grade’s total recycling. Trash, such as tissues, candy wrappers, and food, should go in the trash can. She will be coming back around on Wednesday to collect again. As of Monday afternoon, 6th grade is in the lead with 34.2 pounds of recycled material, 8th grade is in 2nd place with 21.2 pounds of recycled material, and 7th grade is in 3rd place with 8 pounds of recycled material. The grade that has recycled the most by the end of the week will win an ice cream party!


Don’t forget to bring worm food to lunch tomorrow so that you can plant a seed in a cup to take home. Bring in apple cores, banana peels, egg shells, or coffee grounds. We will also be raffling off prizes to those who bring something in.


Rising 9th grade students, if you have not yet turned in your yellow course selection form, you need to do so immediately. They are extremely past day. Not turning in your selections increases the risk of missing out on high school classes you may have selected.


Now a Message from Bright Life Buddies: In the spirit of Autism Awareness month. Do you have what it takes to be the next Lego Champion. On Wednesday, April 23rd after school from 3:30-5:30 we will have a Lego competition in the Library. There will be a limited amount of legos available. We encourage participants to bring their own legos. All are encouraged to participate. You will have an hour and a half to create your masterpiece. Celebrity judges will pick the TOP winners. There will be a $2.00 entry fee. Sign-up TODAY!!!!!


To celebrate Autism Awareness month, tomorrow Wednesday April 22nd, pick your favorite superhero outfit and wear it to school! Let’s see how many batman and spiderman we will see tomorrow?!


A reminder to 8th grade students….come this Thursday morning to the library to review for your Science SOL.  Thursday’s topic is a review of 7th grade material Evolution & Adaptation ….. See you in the library at 7:45a!


7th Graders - There will be an AOS Information Session at Dominion High School on Wednesday, May 6th at 7:00 P.M. in the auditorium.  If you are planning on applying to AOS, this is a good opportunity to find out more information and ask question.


Tickets for RiverCon are still available during 6th and 7th grade lunch shifts!  Workshops at this year’s RiverCon include character design, scene creation, crown making, and an intro to comics!  Buy your ticket today to ensure your you don’t miss out on the fun!


Happy Earth Day! Don’t forget to bring your egg shells, coffee grounds, banana peels, and apple cores to lunch so that you can plant a seed to take home and enter the raffle. Keep recycling, and make sure your bins are trash free so they will be collected today!

 
Monday, April 20, 2015

Today is the first day of Earth Week, and the beginning of the First Annual Belmont Ridge Recycling Contest. Remember to recycle your plastic, paper, and cans in your grade level house. The grade that recycles the most will win an ice cream party!


Don’t forget to bring worm food to lunch this Wednesday so that you can plant a seed in a cup to take home. Bring in apple cores, banana peels, egg shells, or coffee grounds. We will also be raffling off some prizes for those who bring in food for our worm farm.

  

A reminder to 8th grade students….come this Tuesday morning to the library to review for your Science SOL.  Tuesday’s topic is a review of 7th grade material Genetics & DNA ….. See you in the library at 7:45a!


Now a Message from Bright Life Buddies: In the spirit of Autism Awareness month. Do you have what it takes to be the next Lego Champion. On Wednesday, April 22nd after school from 3:30-5:30 we will have a Lego competition in the Library. There will be a limited amount of legos available. We encourage participants to bring their own. All are encouraged to participate. You will have an hour and a half to create your masterpiece. Celebrity judges will pick the TOP winners. There will be a $2.00 entry fee. Sign-up TODAY!!!!!


Rising 9th grade students, if you have not yet turned in your yellow course selection form, you need to do so immediately. They are extremely past day. Not turning in your selections increases the risk of missing out on high school classes you may have selected.


On Saturday May 9th, you will have the opportunity to check out the amazing work of professional special effects make-up artist RJ Haddy.  RJ’s work can be seen in major studio movies, but he is perhaps best known for his work on the SyFy Channel show, Face-Off.  RJ will be performing a special make-up demonstration at this year’s RiverCon - and we hope you’ll be on hand to welcome him! Tickets to RiverCon are now on sale during 6th and 7th grade lunches.  8th graders interested in buying a ticket can see Ms. Garfield in Art Room 1.  Tickets are only $5!

 
Friday, April 17, 2015 

Next week is Earth week, and we will be having a week long recycling contest among all three grades. You can participate simply by remembering to recycle in your grade level house: 6th graders in House C, 7th graders in House B, and 8th graders in House A. The grade that recycles the most will win, and that grade will receive an ice cream party! So don’t forget to recycle your paper, plastic, and cans!


Are you bored? I know you are sitting in class doodling. Why not doodle for a cause. Be sure to ask your resource teacher or house secretary for your Doodle for Autism Sheet. You still have time to get your doodle on. Turn in all doodles to your house secretary.

 

Next Wednesday is Earth Day, and Ms. Gravely will be bringing in her worm farm. A worm farm is basically a tub filled with worms and food scraps, and the worms eat the food and compost it, producing dirt which is great for planting flowers. Bring in some worm food to lunch on Wednesday, and you can plant a seed in a cup to take home. Acceptable worm food would be egg shells, a banana peel, an apple core, or coffee grounds. Come check it out next Wednesday during lunch!


The Ashburn Library is hosting Anime Afternoon on Saturday, April 18, at 2 P.M.  Have fun with Japanese culture, art, and anime!

 

Now a Message from Bright Life Buddies: In the spirit of Autism Awareness month. Do you have what it takes to be the next Lego Champion. On Wednesday, April 22nd after school from 3:30-5:30 we will have a Lego competition in the Library. There will be a limited amount of legos available. We encourage participants to bring their own. All are encouraged to participate. You will have an hour and a half to create your masterpiece. Celebrity judges will pick the TOP winners. There will be a $2.00 entry fee. Sign-up TODAY!!!!!


CAMPUS is an academic and college preparation program designed to meet the specific needs of students from historically under-represented populations and first generation college bound students. CAMPUS supports high school students through academic enrichment, college trips, community service activities and much more. If you are interested in learning more about CAMPUS at Riverside High School, please see Mr. White immediately



Rising 9th grade students, if you have not yet turned in your yellow course selection form, you need to do so immediately. They are extremely past due. Not turning in your selections increases the risk of missing out on high school classes you may have selected. 

 
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Attention 8th Graders.....  End of year celebrations are coming up quick! The dance is just a few weeks away now.  We need your $25 contribution in ASAP.  Friday during lunch we will be doing more prize giveaways!  Please turn your money in to Mrs. Newman to be eligible to win!  If you need a donation form please see Mrs. Newman.  Thanks so much!


CAMPUS is an academic and college preparation program designed to meet the specific needs of students from historically under-represented populations and first generation college bound students. CAMPUS supports high school students through academic enrichment, college trips, community service activities and much more. If you are interested in learning more about CAMPUS at Riverside High School, please see Mr. White immediately


Rising 9th grade students, if you have not yet turned in your yellow course selection form, you need to do so immediately. They are extremely past due. Not turning in your selections increases the risk of missing out on high school classes you may have selected.


RiverCon - Belmont Ridge’s first ever art, literature, and fantasy gaming convention is now less than a month away!  You can secure your ticket tomorrow during 6th and 7th Grade lunches.  Tickets are only $5!  RiverCon will be held here at school on Saturday May 9th from 9am-1pm.  Events include an art auction, game play and demonstrations, a costume contest, and multiple workshops and panels.  We look forward to seeing you there! 

 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 

Attention 8th Graders.....  End of year celebrations are coming up quick! The dance is just a few weeks away now.  We need your $25 contribution in ASAP.  Friday during lunch we will be doing more prize giveaways!  Please turn your money in to Mrs. Newman to be eligible to win!  If you need a donation form please see Mrs. Newman.  Thanks so much!


Tonight is Bright Life Buddies spirit night at Panera (Lansdowne Town Center). YOU will find flyers on your locker at the end of the day. Take a picture of the flyer and come out with your friends and families for dinner!!


Today is Hat Day! We will have a raffle during lunch and one person from each grade level will win a prize. Don’t forget to wear your hat’s to lunch!!


A reminder to 8th grade students….come tomorrow  morning to the library to review for your Science SOL.  Thursday’s topic is a review from 6th grade of Watersheds and Resources!  See you in the library at 7:45a!


Last Picture This BASAP class after school today.


Rising 9th grade students, if you have not yet turned in your yellow course selection form, you need to do so immediately. They are extremely past due. Not turning in your selections increases the risk of missing out on high school classes you may have selected.


CAMPUS is an academic and college preparation program designed to meet the specific needs of students from historically under-represented populations and first generation college bound students. CAMPUS supports high school students through academic enrichment, college trips, community service activities and much more. If you are interested in learning more about CAMPUS at Riverside High School, please see Mr. White immediately


The Battle of the Books Club is meeting today, after school, in the library.  Be there!

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 

On Saturday morning, Belmont Ridge Middle School’s Science Olympiad team competed in the state competition, and came in 19th place out of all middle schools  IN THE STATE!!!! Students competed in categories like Air Trajectory, Disease Detectives, and Green Generation. Congatulations to all participants on the team! What a way to end the season!


Don’t forget that tomorrow is HAT DAY to support Autism Awareness at Belmont Ridge! Wear your best hat tomorrow and your name may be entered to win a raffle.


Also, Bright Life Buddies is have another Fundraiser night at Panera tomorrow evening in Lansdowne Town Center. Hope to see you tomorrow night!!

 
Monday, April 13, 2015 

Belmont’s Relay for Life team will be meeting today after school in room A17. If you still want to join our team and help fight cancer, please come today or see Mrs. Branch, Mrs. Mawyer, Ms. DiMario or Ms. Hodges. We’d love to have you on our team!


A reminder to 8th grade students….come this tomorrow morning to the library to review for your Science SOL.  Tuesday’s topic is a review of Space from 6th grade!  See you in the library at 7:45a! 

 

We have visitors today who are doing a nutrition study during breakfast (if applicable) and lunch.  If you buy a meal, they may tag your tray and ask you to leave it at their table when you are finished eating, instead of throwing it away.  If you have any questions, you may ask them or the cafeteria monitor. 

 
Friday, April 10, 2015 

Students, if you haven’t brought in your signed AUP and received your green sticker, it is not too late.  Print an AUP from the Belmont Ridge website under BYOT.  Get your parent to sign it and turn it in to the House secretary. Bring your device to school and collect your green sticker, also from your House Secretary.


In other news, students and staff of LCPS now have access to Office 2013 for free.  That is the 5 licenses of the latest Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote applications to install on your personal laptops, tablets, phones or desktops for FREE. Visit the BEM website.  Click on BYOT, then BYOT for Students> Office 365 for Students for more information.


Here are the results of the Vote for your favorite Virginia Readers’ Choice book:  1st place:  Cinder, 2nd place: Ungifted,  3rd place:  One for the Murphys.  Congratulations to the many students who participated, including the students who read and book-talked four books or more.
 

The Rust Library is hosting Anime Afternoon on Sunday, April 12, at 2 P.M.  If you like Japanese culture, art, and anime, you should check it out!


Belmont’s Relay for Life team will meet Monday after school to prepare for the Pie in the Face raffle. All team members need to be there or check in with Mrs. Branch, Mrs. Mawyer, Ms. DiMario or Ms. Hodges. Anyone who wants to join the team is welcome! See you in room A17 after school Monday!


A reminder to 8th grade students….come this Tuesday morning to the library to review for your Science SOL.  Tuesday’s topic is a review of Space from 6th grade!  See you in the library at 7:45a!


Are you an artist?  Do you have a painting, drawing, or sculpture that you think is exceptional?  Consider donating your high quality work to the Art Auction that will be going on at RiverCon on Saturday May 9th!  At RiverCon students and members of the community will have the opportunity to view and bid on this artwork - so make sure your submissions are of the highest quality.  All money raised for the art auction will go towards the school so that excellent events like RiverCon can continue! For more information and to submit your artwork please see Ms. Garfield in Art Room 1.  Deadline for submissions is Friday April, 24th. 

 
Thursday, April 9, 2015 

Students, if you haven’t brought in your signed AUP and received your green sticker, it is not too late.  Print an AUP from the Belmont Ridge website under BYOT.  Get your parent to sign it and turn it in to the House secretary. Bring your device to school and collect your green sticker, also from your House Secretary.


Students remember that this month we are celebrating Autism Awareness Month! Next Wednesday we will be having Hat Day! Wear your favorite and craziest hat to school and it needs to be school appropriate. Those who wear a hat next Wednesday will be entering their name for a raffle.  Next Wednesday,  Bright Life Buddies will also be having another fundraiser night at Panera. Look out for fliers on your lockers next week to bring to Panera night with you.


Thank you for everyone who came out to Zoe’s last night and brought their families and friends.  

 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 

This is the last day to tell library staff if you have read at least four Virginia Readers’ Choice books. Those students who have participated will receive a special pass in their lockers to vote during their lunch block on Thursday. Thank you for participating, reading, and sharing great books!


Battle of the Books will meet today after school, in the library.  We are getting ready for the competition, and it is important to be there!  See Ms. Gwinn-Casey if you can’t attend the meeting today.


A reminder to 8th grade students….come tomorrow morning to the library to review for your Science SOL.  Thursday’s topic is Water and Weather!  See you in the library at 7:45am!


A brief reminder to Mr. McGuire’s math seminar students.  We will be meeting tomorrow, Thursday, April 9, immediately after school in room. A-1.


Do you have a passion for costumes or costume design?  You will want to come to RiverCon on Saturday May 9th as Belmont Ridge hosts the first ever convention to be held right here at school!  One of the many events you will be able to participate in will be the RiverCon Costume Contest!  Prizes will be awarded to the costumes that are judged as the most creative and highest quality!  Start working on your costume and we look forward to seeing you at RiverCon on Saturday, May 9th!


Mark your agendas: This month is Autism Awareness month and we will have many events throughout the month of April.Hope everyone is rockin’ out their shades today for Autism Awareness Day!!


Tonight is a Bright Life Buddies Fundraiser at Zoe’s Kitchen in One Loudoun in Ashburn, VA from 5-9pm. Don’t forget that you will need to mention that you are benefiting the Bright Life Buddies Fundraiser tonight at Zoe’s!!


Tomorrow Don’t forget to wear your Blue for Light it up Blue day in recognition for Autism Awareness!!  

 
 
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 

From the Library...remember to stop by to tell the Library staff the number of Virginia Reader’s Choice books you have read, so that you will receive a special pass to vote on April 9th.  Thank you!


A reminder to 8th grade students….come this Thursday morning to the library to review for your Science SOL.  Thursday’s topic is Water and Weather!  See you in the library at 7:45! 

 
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