Club & Organizations

    • Band: Band is open to 4th and 5th grade students. They learn to play a variety of instruments.  
    • Chess Club: The Chess Club is open to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Students with all levels of experience are welcome to participate in Chess Club. Students will learn the rules and strategies of chess and play games with other members.
    • Launching Pad: Launching Pad is the program designed to identify students in kindergarten and first grade as having high ability. These characteristics can include: advanced vocabulary for the student's age; outstanding memory, curiosity and asking endless questions; having many interests or hobbies; perceives subtle cause and effect relationships; prefers complex tasks and challenging work. The Launching Pad teachers work in schools for several weeks to identify students, work with them on high level tasks, and leave activities for teachers to use with these students during the school year. Students are identified for this program using the following assessment tools:
    • Teacher recommendation(s)
    • Parent Inventory
    • An ability measure
    • A creativity measure
    • Lunch Buddies: The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond sponsors a program called the “Lunch Buddies” at Bellevue Elementary School. This program provides approximately 30 mentors who mentor students in grades 2nd-5th each school year. Mentors meet with students on a bi-monthly basis providing socio-emotional support and viable connections with a caring adult. The program has been implemented for about 8 years at Bellevue Elementary School.
    • Mind Games: Students in grades 2-5 can have the opportunity to participate in a fun and intellectually challenging academic competition! Students work with teacher-coaches twice a week to prepare for a district wide competition!
    • Minds in Motion: Minds in Motion is provided by the Richmond Ballet Education Department. It teaches 4th grade students discipline, dedication, and self-awareness through the art of dance!
    • Orchestra: Orchestra is available to all fourth and fifth grade students! Instruments taught are:  violin, viola and cello.  Because we have only a very small inventory at school, students must rent or purchase their own instrument to practice at home.  Students bring their instruments to school on the days they have orchestra class. Orchestra class meets twice per week for 45 minutes.  Students learn to play a variety of music in the method book:  Essential Elements, as well as sheet music distributed by the teacher. At least two performances occur throughout the school year.  Students who  advance significantly have the opportunity to audition for All City Orchestra and Elementary Orchestra Festival. 
    • Parks and Recreation: After school program offers youth the opportunity to engage in arts and crafts, music, dance, nature and the environment, games and sports.
    • Richmond Fire Safety Program: This program is designed for 5th Grade students; Fire Safety Education Program (F.S.E.P.). It is presented in Richmond City Schools through weekly 1-hour lessons, for four weeks. Homework is assigned during lessons 1 and 3, and quizzes are given at the end of lessons 2 and 4. After the program has been presented to all the 5th grade classes at a given school, an award ceremony is held to reward the children with the highest combined grades. The "Chief", "Captain" and "Lieutenant" of each class are presented with a cap, T-shirt, or other reward. All children that achieve a passing grade are presented with a Certificate of Achievement.
    • S.P.A.C.E.: The Special Program for Academic and Creative Excellence (SPACE) began in 1979. Students were first identified in grades four and five and in 1981 the program expanded to include the elementary grades of second and third. Today SPACE classes are held in all of our elementary and middle schools. SPACE teachers identify students for this gifted program at the end of grade one or the beginning of grade two. Teachers work with identified students, at the elementary level, once a week for two to two and a half hours. Currently we have ten elementary SPACE teachers who serve students in all of the city elementary schools. In our middle schools identifies students may take the SPACE class during their elective period.

           Students in the SPACE program are identified using the following assessment tools:

    • Teacher recommendation(s)
    • Parent inventory
    • An ability measure
    • An achievement measure
    • A creativity measure
    • Saturday Academy: Bellevue’s Saturday Academy is a tutoring and remediation program that provides extra academic support in the areas of reading, mathematics, and technology for students in grades 1-5. Saturday Academy is held each Saturday from 9:00am- 11:00am.  Breakfast and a take home lunch are provided.  Saturday Academy provides students with an opportunity to extend their learning beyond a traditional school day.  Students will engage in hands on and intense small group instruction that will prepare them for success on Virginia PALs and SOL assessments.
    • Safety Patrol: Bellevue Elementary School’s 1st Safety Patrol Induction Ceremony took place on April 12, 2013. Members of the School Safety Patrol are selected from 4th and 5th grade classes.  The safety patrollers develop responsibility by patrolling given areas of the school and reporting back to the coordinator.  Parents must sign permission for their children to participate.  In accepting the responsibility of patrol duty, students must sign a pledge to uphold the Safety Patrol Guidelines.
    • Spanish: Bellevue is very fortunate to offer Elementary Spanish classes. Foreign Language in Elementary Schools (FLES) is a Spanish language program that allows elementary students to develop basic communication skills in the language while learning, reinforcing, and enriching content in other school subjects.
    • SPARC: The School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC) teaches 3rd grade students performing arts skills. Students meet with SPARC teachers once a week, and have a final performance at the end of the school year.
    • Student Council Association (SCA): The Virginia Student Council Association (VSCA) is a leadership learning organization for student leaders from private and public schools throughout the Commonwealth. VSCA provides learning experiences in leadership and opportunities to practice the citizenship skills necessary for effective participation in our democratic society. VSCA encourages the formation, development, and expansion of student councils in all schools (K-12) in Virginia. Bellevue's SCA is a member of the VSCA. Each fall during a school-wide election, students elect a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer for the student body. Second through Fifth grade students are eligible to run for office. Each classroom also has a class representative and an alternate to bring information back to their classrooms.
    • YWCA Swimming Program: This partnership is designed specifically for 2nd grade students during the second semester to introduce basic skills in swimming and water safety tips.