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February 12, 2018
Bell School Blink
Gatsby Gala is February 23
Purchase Your Tickets Now!

Bell's largest fundraising campaign for the school year has begun. The culmination of our fundraising efforts is celebrated at a community wide event on Friday, February 23 at the historic Theater on the Lake. This is a party you don't want to miss! 

At this event, Bell staff and parents come together for a night of fun! Watch for your favorite staff member dealing at a Blackjack table, bid on an opportunity for Ms. Hauser to come read your child a bedtime story among other Teacher Treats, bid on a chance to wish your graduate Congratulations on 8th grade graduation on Bell's marquee sign, and while you and your date are all dolled up, get drawn in the Doodlebooth and much more at this important event!

***Learn more and purchase your tickets HERE.*** 

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Everyone is encouraged to dress Gatsby style for this event but any cocktail attire is welcome! Please contact with any questions.


Donate to Wish List Today! 

Wish List Logo 2018The Wish List is a targeted fundraising campaign that allows donors to choose how their contributions to Bell School are used. CPS funds alone have been insufficient to provide all the programs and experiences that make Bell School special and allow us to maintain our high educational standards. Friends of Bell funds have been used to pay for grade specific residencies but also "must have" items such as teacher salaries, additional staff support, instructional supplies and technology. Read more in a letter from Ms. Miller here.

To see the detailed Wish List and make a donation, click on the logo. Note that grade items are for your child's grade next year (example - CircEsteem is for students going into 1st grade next year).

Please contact with any questions.

Parent Forum

Due to the snow day last Friday, the Parent Forum was rescheduled for Friday, February 16 at 8:30 a.m. in Bell's auditorium.

Report Cards

Report card distribution day was on February 9. Parents should expect to see reports cards coming home via backpack mail. Additionally, a directory page for your child's homeroom class will also be sent home. Please watch for both!

Opportunities for Businesses

Are you an owner of a local business that would like to help Bell and you aren't sure how? There are still opportunities for local businesses to help! Advertising in our Ad Pad which is distributed to every ticket holder for the Gatsby Gala or consider sponsoring a staff ticket to the event. 

All business donors will be recognized on our Thank You board and slide show during the event. If you are interested in these opportunities, please contact

Bathroom Beautification

The Bell School Student Council has initiated a Bathroom Beautification Project and it has been a great success! All six student bathrooms on each floor have been thoroughly cleaned and painted. Kudos to Ms. Presmyk and the Bell Student Council reps! 

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Traffic Ambassadors for Week of Feb 12

School crossing 2This week, we are requesting volunteers from Rooms 203 and 318 to help with traffic safety. If you are able to volunteer any morning this week, please report to the security desk at 7:45 a.m. for a safety vest and minor instructions.

Parents, thank you for your help in keeping our kids safe!

See the full schedule here for the rest of the school year.

LSC Elections

By law, Local School Councils (LSCs) play a vital role in decision-making at the local school level, thereby ensuring a quality education for all of the school’s students. The primary responsibilities of LSCs include approving how school funds and resources are allocated, approving and monitoring the implementation of the annual school improvement plan, and hiring and evaluating the school's contract principal. 

The LSC consists of 6 parents, 2 community members, 2 teachers, 1 non-teacher staff and the school's principal. LSC members are elected for a 2-year term beginning on July 1 of even-numbered years. All parents, community members and school staff members who want to strengthen their local schools and have a positive impact on student achievement are encouraged to run. No experience or formal education is required.

Every LSC candidate must fill out a set of forms available at Bell School's main office. Additional information is available on the CPS website
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Event Highlights

  • Strategic Planning Meeting
    February 13
  • Friends of Bell Meeting
    February 13
  • Parent Forum
    February 16
  • President's Day/No School
    February 19
  • Gatsby Gala - Wish List Party
    February 23

Click below to access the 

The 2017-2018 CPS Calendar is available here.

The 2018-2018 CPS Calendar is available here.

The next Friends of Bell meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 13 at 7 p.m. in Ms. Miller's office. All parents and guardians of Bell students are members of Friends of Bell and welcome to attend. Discussion items include fundraising events, volunteer opportunities, and collaboration with other Friends of groups in the neighborhood.

To learn more about FOB, click here

The next regular monthly Bell School LSC meeting will be on Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the school library. 
Approved LSC minutes and summary documents can be found here

The next Parent Forum meeting was rescheduled for Friday, February 16 at 8:30 a.m. in Bell's auditorium. This meeting is open to all parents who are interested in chatting with the administrative team about school wide events and issues.

Click here to see the Parent Forum archive of meeting minutes.

The next Strategic Planing Committee (SPC) meeting will be held on Tuesday,  February 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Bell. For more information, click here.

Volunteer Opportunities
There are so many areas at Bell to volunteer your time to help in big and small ways. 

*Wish List Party help, email bellschool.wishlist@

*Art Room help, email Ms. Pearlmutter at

*Unity Committee, email Carrie Kempler at

*Artsonia help, email Sally Roach at

Check out all opportunities to get involved at Bell here.

Box TopPlease be mindful when you see Box Tops for Education coupons on your everyday consumer products. These are helpful bright pink coupons that Bell School collects. As you accumulate them, they may be dropped off in the main office at school.

AmazonSmileWhen you are doing your online shopping, don't forget about AmazonSmile. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Friends of Bell is registered on their site! Shop and help Bell at the same time!

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