Principal's Message

Principal's Message
Mr. Farinelli
Click here: Mr. Farinelli's Web Page

August 30, 2018

Dear Parent(s)/Guardians(s): 

 We are getting ready to welcome your child to the Bell Oaks School for what promises to be an exciting and enjoyable year! The school year begins for students on Thursday, September 6, 2018, which will be a half-day session (dismissal at 1:00 P.M.).  

Our school hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; students should not arrive more than five (5) minutes before the bell in order to provide proper supervision for all students. We ask that all students arrive to school on time, as tardiness is not a healthy start to any day and may result in disciplinary action.  

Students will enter the building at the following locations: 

Grade 5 – will enter the school at Exit 2, located next to the All-Purpose Room/Gym. 

                              (Bell Road) 

Grade 6 – will enter the school at Exit 6, located next to the Media Center. 

                              (Anderson Avenue near hockey fields) 

Grade 7 – will enter the school at Exit 4, located next to the Music Room. 

                              (Anderson Avenue across from the cemetery)  

   Grade 8 – will enter at Exit 5, located in the courtyard at the rear of the building next to the cafeteria, and will be dismissed at Exit 6. (Anderson Avenue) 

On the first day of school - after entering the building from designated areas outlined above, students in grades five and six will first gather in the cafeteria where they will meet with our staff for homeroom assignments. Students in grades seven and eight will report to the all-purpose room for the same procedures. All students should be aware of who their homeroom teacher is prior to coming on the first day – the Parent Portal was opened today for you to get this information.

Information that must be returned: 

Each student will be bringing home several handouts and forms- These forms contain important information regarding your Child’s needs, and it is essential that each of the individual forms

are filled out and returned as soon as possible.  Please ensure that you review and make changes to the emergency form that was sent home in the packet. 

Please note:  documents of importance noted above have been placed on our website for your convenience (see “Back to School Information” tab on the left side of the Bell Oaks site) 


Free and Reduced Lunch Applications 

PTO Membership 

Family Life Permission Slip 

Physical Education Participation Requirements 

Reviewed District Calendar, Internet permission slip and publication of student work form 

Bell Oaks School Library/Media Center form 

Grade 8 permission to read young adult books 

Parent Portal information 

Lunchtime payment system and breakfast program information 


Student Handbooks: 

All students will be receiving a student planner, and our Student Handbook is posted on our website. Please take time to go over the information in the planner and on the website with your child. 

Dropping off and Picking up students: 

For your child’s safety, we ask that you do not drop students off in the main parking lot.   

Please drop students off on Bell Road, away from the driveway, or on Anderson Avenue.  

All students walking to school or riding their bikes must walk or ride on the sidewalks and cross with the crossing guard located at the corners of Bell Road and Browning Road.  

Students should cross Bell Road only with the assistance of the crossing guard at corner of Browning and Bell Road 

If a student is caught walking or playing in the street, disciplinary action will be taken. This measure will be enforced to protect students and drivers from any unnecessary incidents occurring.  

Skateboards/scooters, etc. are not permitted on school grounds. 

Our goal is to provide your child with a safe and pleasant learning environment.  

Important Dates and Information:     

September 6 & 7, 2018 - Opening days for students  - half-day sessions until 1:00 PM

September 10, 2018  Student individual pictures 8:30 a.m.  (Student ID cards will be generated from these pictures)                                                                                      

September 20, 2018 Back to School Night 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.                              


Building Security – PLEASE READ!!: 

All visitors are required to call the school ahead of time if they are coming to the school.  Unless there are special circumstances, visitors will not be permitted inside the building.   

Visitors should use the intercom located outside the main doors adjacent to our gymnasium.  Please just press the button, then release it and someone will respond to you promptly.  Proper ID is required under all circumstances.   

Once you arrive, whomever you are scheduled to see will meet you at the front entrance door.  If you are picking up a student, that child will be escorted to the door where proper ID will be needed for you to sign them out. 

Surveillance cameras monitor and record all guests entering and leaving school grounds and the building.  Anyone picking up a student for any reason during regular school hours must be at least 18 years of age and show identification. 

Other items to make note of: 

New half day schedule  


 Accessing your child’s 18-19 schedule (NEW!): 

New this year we will open the Parent Portal to allow parents and students to view their 18-19 schedules. 

All families are asked to do so we are better prepared for the first day of school. As students enter the first day they will be asked to go to their homeroom teacher….please look this up in the portal

The Parent Portal will open Thursday, August 30th.


Regular attendance is essential for success in school.  

Please read over the updated attendance policy. Remember to report your child’s absence before 8:30 a.m. by calling 856-931-6273.  This number is available 24 hours a day seven days a week; homework and missed assignments should be requested at this time and can be picked up at the office between 3:00- 3:45 p.m.  It is essential that you call the school if your child will be absent – if the front office has not been notified by a certain time, the police will have to be notified per district policy. 

A doctor’s note is required upon students return for all absences, even if you have called your student out.  All other absences are considered unexcused and cannot exceed 5 in total for the year.   

The school breakfast program: 

Available for all students during homeroom from 8:30-8:40 AM.  Please sign up on forms provided in first day packet and return. 

Monthly lunch menus, school calendars and other important information will be available on our school’s website. 

Dress code violations:   

All students are to dress appropriately. Please read over the dress code policy in the student handbook located on our website. Proper footwear must be worn at all times. 

Parents will be required to bring in proper attire for dress code violations. 

A warning letter will be issued; possible disciplinary action(s) will be taken. 

Cell phone violations:  

Cell phones are not permitted inside the Bell Oaks building 

A parent/guardian must come into the Principal’s office to pick up any confiscated phones. 

A warning letter will be issued; possible disciplinary action(s) will be taken. 


District Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying Policy: 

You are encouraged to view the districts’ “Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying Policy” on our school’s website. 

A copy will be sent home in the district calendar in September.                                     

How can you track your child’s progress? Answer is to make sure you are on Parent Portal: 

If you are not on Parent Portal, please see instructions on our website or call the main office for assistance. 

Please note:  all progress reports and report cards we be posted in this system, and hard copies will not be sent home 

How to help raise $ for the Bell Oaks School: 

Hand in to the office local ShopRite receipts and any Box Tops you have – we hand them in and receive cash donations. 

When shopping at Target please let them know you have a child in the Bellmawr School System – percentage of what you spend there will get kicked back to our school.

Every dollar raised through these programs helps fund programs, events, etc. for our students!  


For more information about our school, please visit our Website: or call the school at 856-931-6273. The entire staff at the Bell Oaks School will do everything possible to ensure that your child has a successful and enjoyable school year!  We look forward to seeing you soon! 




Mr. Anthony Farinelli, Principal 

Bell Oaks School 

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