Bellevue Elementary School

The Castle on The Hill

  • Principal

    Welcome to the Bellevue Elementary School, the Castle on the Hill! Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about our school community, including our amazing students, our loving staff, our supporting families and partners, and our exciting programs. 

    As your principal, I committed to ensuring that students of all socioeconomic backgrounds have the same educational opportunities needed to excel. I’m honored to lead our school community to help provide an exciting and rigorous educational experience for our students. Our team is committed to ensuring that our students receive the best possible support to learn and grow. 

    My vision for Bellevue ES is to provide students with an educational experience that inspires and motivates them to be lifelong learners and caring contributors to the world around them. Our goal is to provide a nurturing environment that meets the individual needs of each student, both academically and socially.

    Our skilled and devoted staff are committed to making a difference. They want to have a positive impact on your child and above all, they want to provide them with an engaging and joyful learning experience that supports them in becoming independent learners.  Our teachers are always working to get better at what they do through personal self-development and participation in a wide variety of professional development activities. They model life-long learning for our students and never settle for anything less than their best! Thank you  to our incredible staff for their amazing professionalism and incredible energy and their commitment to our students.

    Great schools always come back to the relationship between the child and the teacher. Be sure and find ways to engage yourself in school life – your child will notice and respond. There are numerous opportunities for parental involvement. Together, we can make a positive difference. A strong partnership between home and school fosters greater success for our children. Families, teachers, support staff, community members, and administration all play a part in helping our students develop academically, socially, and emotionally. May we all be present for the joy of learning, the satisfaction of a job well done, and the comfort that comes from belonging to a community. 

    To my students, staff, families, and community; I am so honored to be your servant leader. Thank you for the opportunity to work with such an amazing school community. I encourage you to stop in or call me to share ideas, concerns, or questions. I wish your family, and especially your student, great success this school year.

    If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to say hi, please feel free to contact me via at or 804-780-4417.

    Yours in service,

    Principal V. Tanaia Hines

    Bellevue Elementary School


  • What is the Lit Limo?

    The Lit Limo is a mobile book distribution vehicle that makes stops in Richmond to allow RPS students to receive a book of their own, participate in a read aloud, and they can even sign up for a Richmond Public Library card. You can follow them on Twitter and Instagram @LitLimo and check out the website by clicking here.

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  • What is TeachingBooks?

    This is a website that all of our Bellevue family has access to for FREE. There are great ways to engage with books! Students can look at book trailers, watch movies with authors, listen to audio performances, there are discussion questions, and so much more! CLICK HERE to get the link, username and password.

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  • Reading Comprehension Questions

    Here are some questions that you can ask your child to help build their reading comprehension. Reading 20 minutes will expose our students to 1.8 million words per year and they will be in the 90th percentile on standardized tests! Click Here for the questions. Happy Reading Bellevue Family!

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  • Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

    We are so excited to virtually welcome back students and staff on September 8, 2020! Please visit the RPS website to keep up with everything you will need to know for the reopening. RPS will be updating information and resources regularly so we encourage you to visit the website frequently.

    Please Click Here!

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  • RPS Direct Update - September 22, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I am devastated to share that we lost two RPS students last night – one from Franklin Military Academy and one from Richmond Alternative School – in two separate tragedies. The students had connections to a number of other schools, including Henderson Middle School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, Chimborazo Elementary School, and Huguenot High School. All of these communities are grieving this evening; please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. On behalf of RPS, I want to extend my deepest condolences to both students' families. As a parent, I can't bear to imagine the pain they are experiencing right now. I pray that the RPS family will do whatever is necessary to provide them with a glimmer of light amidst the darkness they now face. With great appreciation, Jason

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  • RPS Direct Update - September 21, 2020 (PM)

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Quick reminder that we have a School Board meeting this evening at 6 pm, which you can watch on our Facebook page. We'll be discussing a number of topics, including draft proposals for adjusted schedules (see pages 9-16 here). We crafted these proposals based on all the feedback we received over the past week or so. I personally read hundreds of your emails (thank you for sending them!) and tried to guide our team by synthesizing everything I heard. Please note that they are, by no means, final. I humbly ask for your grace as we continue to refine these drafts with additional feedback. (Dr. Epp, our Chief Academic Officer, will share more tonight about the ways we're hoping to get additional input.) Click above to read more!

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