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


  • PTA Membership Drive Begins October 12, 2020

    Dates: Monday, 10/12 to 10/23

    $5 per student (This is new. It used to be $5 per family)

    Every new membership gets a pumpkin (to decorate and enter in the decorating contest).

    Monday, 10/26 - Pumpkin pick up at Bellevue - time TBD

    Thursday, 10/29 - Families return pumpkins to Bellevue at the start of Harvest Festival. Winner(s) of the pumpkin decorating contest will win a $25 gift card.

    Families can take decorated pumpkins home to keep at end of Harvest Festival.

    Please CLICK HERE for the PTA Membership Online Form.


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  • Washington Redskins Read Program

    Parents of 4th & 5th Graders:  Ask your child about his/her Read Playbook for the Washington Team Reads Program.  Students have  downloaded a copy of the Read Playbook to their Google drive. If you would like to see the playbook please CLICK HERE. This playbook includes fun monthly reading activities.  Monthly winners are chosen and recognized by the Reading Coach - Ms. Heather Smith.  Thanks to all the SUPER 5th grade readers that have completed their September Playbook with Ms. Brown! Way to go!  
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  • 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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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - October 19, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I'm thrilled to recognize National School Bus Safety Week and School Bus Transportation Employees Appreciation Day (10/21) in honor of our amazing transportation team! We've seen these unsung heroes step up in so many ways to make sure our students have access to healthy meals throughout the pandemic. They continue to go above and beyond the call of duty (remember the story about Ms. Brown, who personally delivers food to an RPS grandmother?) and we are truly grateful for their dedication. That's why the Board approved a pay raise last spring to make our bus operators the highest compensated in the region!

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  • RPS Direct Update - October 16, 2020 (PM)

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, To warm your heart on this rainy Friday, check out how the incredible team at MLK Middle School hasn't let the pandemic stop them from celebrating their September Students of the Month! To honor the five young people who most exemplified MLK's core values – being respectful, responsible, and kind – the MLK team brought certificates and treat baskets to the students' homes (see picture below). Congratulations! We're so proud of you! Click above to read more!

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