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November 27, 2017
Bell School Blink
Parent Education Night is December 7

Parents are invited to come to Bell to learn more about current programming. Brief sessions will be hosted by staff on topics such as Facing History and Ourselves, Responsive Classroom, and Restorative Practices.  We encourage parents to join us to learn more about the philosophy, vocabulary and practices related to these programs. 

The evening will begin in the auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on December 7. We hope to see you there!

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Traffic Ambassadors for Week of Nov 27

School crossing 2This week, we are requesting volunteers from Rooms 210 and 308 to help with traffic safety at the corner of Oakley and Waveland. 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.


Social Media & Cyber-Bullying Seminar

Agassiz Local School Council is inviting the community on Tuesday, December 5, for an education session for parents concerned about student cyber-bullying and social media. The two-hour program includes a facilitated group discussion to give parents an opportunity to talk to other parents about challenges in their home and share ideas.

Agassiz is located at 2851 N Seminary. The event runs December 5 from 6 - 8 p.m. See more details here. Those who are interested in attending, please RSVP here.

*Bell will be hosting a parent night on January 30 on the topic of social media with author Devorah Heitner. Watch for more details here.


Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop Up Shop

Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop Up Shop will be held at Bell School in the multipurpose room on December 16 & 17, from 11am until 5pm.  There will be over 40 artists and craft food makers selling their wares.

Follow them on Facebook and check out the event for all the details.
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Bell Movie Event

Save the date for a winter movie matinee in the Bell School auditorium on Saturday, December 16, during the Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up Shop. Parents can either join their kids or drop off their youngsters for supervised kid-friendly entertainment while shopping.

We’ll be screening two movies: “Elf” from 3 to 5 p.m. and a second movie (to be determined). Your family can pick from the following choices for the other movie:
  • Arthur Christmas Movie Reel 2
  • Happy Feet
  • Ice Age
  • Sing
Please cast your vote by Friday, December 1 here. The winning movie, as well as details about how to pre-order tickets, will be announced the week of Dec. 4. Proceeds from the matinee will go toward the eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C.

Please contact bellschool.2018DCtrip@gmail.com with questions.


Kendra Scott Event December 6

KendraScott_LogoJoin us for a Kendra Scott fundraising event, benefiting Bell School on Wednesday, December 6 from 6 - 8 p.m.

The Kendra Scott location is 3426 N Southport Ave. A generous 20% of sale proceeds will benefit Friends of Bell.


Donations Needed For STEAM Lab

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The STEAM lab is looking for donations of old CDs and bottle tops that open and close like a water or sports drink bottle (disposable plastic). The 4th graders are making balloon hovercrafts.


Kiss N' Go Drop Off 

Now that the weather is getting colder and more people are driving to school, please remember to follow the rules in our Kiss N' Go area at drop off each morning. It is very busy at Bell between 8:00 and 8:15 a.m., and we do not want our students' safety to be jeopardized due to hurried schedules in the morning.  

Reminders:
  • Please pull your vehicle all the way forward
  • NO double parking at any time
  • Do not block any crosswalks
  • Do not turn off your engine in the Kiss N' Go lane. This slows down traffic flow.
  • Do not talk on your cell phone in the Kiss N' Go lane. We need your full attention while dropping off and exiting the lane.
  • Please have you children exit the car on the sidewalk side. Do not let them exit onto the street.
  • Have backpacks ready to exit the vehicle versus storing them in your trunk. Do not exit your vehicle to unload backpack
Thank you for your cooperation!


Class of 2018 Legacy Project

Last year, we made United Nations Goal Pledges, this year the 8th graders ask Bell to be UN Changemakers. They wrote every Bell Community pledge written in 2017 and will post the list to the Bell website soon. Please look over the list to find a pledge you can act on inspired by our students' hopes for a better world.
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Become an AG Bell School Agent of Change! Get your Act of Change photo/selfie added into the Class of 2017-2018 Legacy Project!
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Please add a short write up of where you were and what act of change happened! Post your photos to the AG Bell School Agents of Change Facebook page or 20172018legacyproject@gmail.com with the hashtag #AGBellSchoolAgentsofChange. All selfies and photos will be incorporated into the Class of 2018 Legacy Project mural banner which will hang in a prominent location in the Bell multipurpose room permanently. 

Join in their movement! Bring the UN Global Goals alive. You can post something that has already happened too if something fits in the lines of the project. 

Join the challenge! Look out for monthly, UN Agents of Change themes, suggestions and pop up days to participate around Chicago.

Thank you for supporting our students with your acts of change! Contact Ms. Pearlmutter and her crew at shpearlmutter@cps.edu if you have any questions or want to lend a hand! Thank you!


Talent Show News 

Bell School's amazing Talent Show is returning this year on January 19! Auditions are being held through December 15 after school in the Music Room (223). Learn more about the audition process and request an audition by clicking here

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Newberry  at janewberry@cps.edu or Ms. Lambert at nlambert1@cps.edu as soon as possible.


Star Wars Fans Help Lake View HS

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In partnership with Davis Theatre, Friends of Lake View High School will be hosting four exclusive showings of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on December 16 and 17. Free drink and popcorn with the purchase of each ticket! 

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Event Highlights

  • Parent Forum
    December 1
  • Parent Engagement Group
    December 1
  • Strategic Planning Committee
    December 6
  • Friends of Bell Meeting
    December 6
  • Budget Meeting
    December 7
  • Parent Education Night
    December 7
  • LSC Meeting
    December 14
  • Winter Break
    December 25 - January 5

Click below to access the 
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The 2017-2018 CPS Calendar is available here.


The next Friends of Bell meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 6 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, December 14 at 7 p.m. in the school library. 
 
Approved LSC minutes and summary documents can be found here


The next Parent Forum meeting will be held on Friday, December 1 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 last meeting's minutes.


The next Strategic Planing Committee (SPC) meeting will be held on December 6 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. 

*Art room help, email Ms. Pearlmutter at shpearlmutter@cps.edu.

*Unity committee, email Carrie Kempler at carrie.kempler@gmail.com.

*Artsonia help, email Sally Roach at sallyfroach@gmail.com.

*Interested in being a Bell Holiday Market volunteer, email Michelle Smyth at darrowsmyth@gmail.com.

Check out all opportunities to get involved at Bell here.


Box Tops Needed!

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Please 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.


Use Amazon Smile to Help Bell!

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Use AmazonSmile to make your online purchases and help Bell at the same time. Click the logo to sign up. Search for Friends of Bell as the charity to support.


@agbellschool is now on Twitter!

 

Follow us on twitter to get updates from our website and community. 

Our goal is to engage in social media & encourage others to #BelieveInBell.


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