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December 11, 2017
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Bell Dog Calendar On Sale Now!

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2018 Bell Dog Calendar on sale now.... 
$25 per calendar now thru December 13 
$30 per calendar thereafter thru January 4 

Orders received before December 13 @ 3 pm will be delivered prior to Winter Break. Orders received thereafter will be delivered after Winter Break.

Payments are being accepted online here or you may drop cash or check made payable to Friends of Bell in drop box of main office.


Traffic Ambassadors for Week of Dec 11

School crossing 2This week, we are requesting volunteers from Rooms 213 and 302 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.

Bell's Holiday Market is This Friday

gifts 2Bell's annual Holiday Market is a festive event that transforms the Bell gym into a true shopping extravaganza for children. Younger students (K-5) shop for family/friends in a safe and educational environment. 

Volunteers needed Thursday afternoon, December 14 for set-up and on the event day, Friday, December 15, to act as cashiers, personal shoppers, re-stockers and cleanup. This is a fun Bell volunteer opportunity! Sign up HERE.

For parents of students in K - 5: 
  • Ask your children to start writing their shopping lists (who they are shopping for at the market). 
  • On Friday 12/15, send small bills and coins to school with your child in an envelope with their name and room number on it! Most new items are priced between $3-$6. Granny's Attic items $1-$2.
  • Donate wrapping supplies (paper, bows, tags, tape) to your child's classroom prior to 12/15. 
  • Kids should bring their own shopping tote to carry items.
If you have any questions, please contact

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 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.  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 December 16

Good news procrastinators! Ticket pre-orders for the "Drop and Shop" movie matinee on Saturday, December 16 have been extended until 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12. Parents are welcome to join us or drop off their kids for supervised family-friendly entertainment.

Enjoy one movie or a double feature!
"Sing" - Doors open at 11:30 a.m., movie starts at 12 p.m., 
parent pick up time 2 p.m. (if not staying for double feature) 

"Elf" - Doors open at 2:30 p.m., movie starts at 3 p.m., 
parent pick up time 4:45 p.m.
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Pre-ordering tickets will get you a fun pack! Ticket pre-orders are due on Tuesday, December 12 at 3:15 p.m. ORDER TICKETS HERE!

(Tickets may be purchased at the door and will be CASH ONLY and will not include a fun pack. Pricing is $10 for one movie/$15 for both.) See the flier and order form here for more details. Light snacks will be available for purchase between movies.

Please contact with questions.

Stand Up for Kids Donations

Stand UpJoin the 8th grade Legacy Project Crew and donate items from the Stand Up For Kids wishlist until December 19! 

Join us on December 20 in the art room to make care bags to send to Stand Up For Kids, a Non-Profit organization dedicated to “empowering homeless and at-risk youth towards lifelong personal growth, and to create in these youth a sincere belief in themselves through open, straightforward counseling, mentoring, and life-skills training. “ Place all donations in the Legacy Project Crew bins by the trophy case.

The Stand Up For Kids donation item wishlist was sent home in backpack mail but you can find it here. They are also asking for used backpacks. Their kids keep everything in one bag, so backpacks are always in need! 

Here are videos (Video 1 and Video 2) you can watch to learn more about the benefits of Stand Up For Kids and the healing they bring to homeless teens. Join us in making a difference in an adolescent's life. We are also encouraging children to write letters and draw drawings for the kids to bring them more happiness. Turn them in to Ms. Pearlmutter by December 20. Thank you!!!

GoCPS Application

GoCPS applications are due by December 22 at 5:00 p.m. Applications must be completed prior to that deadline. No exceptions will be made. 

If students are taking a Selective Enrollment Exam, please be sure to arrive prior to the start time. Students will need to allot time to find classrooms and get situated. Suggested arrival time is 7:10 a.m. or 12:40 p.m. depending on the time of your child's exam. 

If your child is planning to apply to an IB program, you MUST attend an informational session. There is no test required but the meeting is mandatory. You only need to attend one informational session. 

Remember that if your child needs an exam, informational session, admission screening or audition, you should sign up as soon as possible. Those spaces are on a first come, first serve basis and many have filled up already.

Ultimate Ninjas Offering Camps

Looking for some opportunities for your kids to burn off energy over winter break? Ultimate Ninjas (2915 W. Montrose) is hosting two hour open gym events with one-third of each ticket sold going to Friends of Bell. Tickets are $20 each. 
  • Tuesday, December 26 from 4 - 6 p.m. 
  • Thursday, December 28 from 4 - 6 p.m.
The event is being promoted through Bell but not limited to Bell students so invite a cousin, tell a neighbor or friend and come out to play! Register your child here.

Fine Arts Committee

The Fine Arts Committee will be meeting Tuesday, December 19 at 3:15 p.m. in the Art Room. Interested in supporting and cultivating Fine Arts at Bell School? Please join us to learn more about what we are doing this year! 

Please contact Joy Masada at with any questions.

Holiday Shopping in Full Gear?

AmazonSmileWhen you are doing your online holiday 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!

After School Programming Options

We wanted you to be aware of five 21st Century Kids classes that are offered at Bell after school that are a great compliment to our STEAM lab and may be of interest to your child.
  • Chess Challengers provides opportunity for children in grades K - 3 to improve their critical thinking and problem solving skills while learning to play chess. All children take home a mini chess set! Meets on Wednesdays.
  • Drone Academy 2 is for students in K - 6 to design, build, modify and fly mini drones made with LEGO bricks while learning principals of aeronautics, weight and balance and flight safety. This class meets Thursdays.
  • IntelliBots is designed for students in grades K - 6 where they learn to build, program, learn about and play with M.A.X. a programmable robot with artificial intelligence. Meets Tuesdays.
  • Master Builder Academy is for new and continuing students in K - 5 teaches kids how to improve their LEGO building skills using a sequence of engaging challenge levels from LEGO Master Builders.Take home a special multi-model LEGO MBA set! This class meets on Mondays.
  • Video Game Builders for new and continuing students in grades K - 6 combines the physical world with the virtual world to empower children to create their own video games! Meets on Fridays.
All classes meet after school until 4:35 p.m. at Bell, ending the week of March 5. You can register for child for any of these classes among other options by going to Right At School. Or for more information, click on the links above or visit 21st Century Kids

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! 

Just Booked!

Samson the Aviator was just booked for the January 26, 2018 Bands for Bell event at Martyrs'! Samson the Aviator has consistently delivered its uniquely powerful, funky take on indie rock. The band has played at some of the best venues in the U.S. and we've secured them at Bands for Bell! Nancy and John Konstantos, parents of a Bell 6th grader are part of this amazing group.
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Event Highlights

  • LSC Meeting
    December 14
  • Winter Break
    December 25 - January 5
  • Report Card Distribution
    January 8
  • Strategic Planning Meeting
    January 10
  • Friends of Bell Meeting
    January 10
  • Budget Meeting
    January 11
  • Spelling Bee
    January 12
  • Parent Forum
    January 12
  • Parent Engagement Group
    January 12

Click below to access the 

The 2017-2018 CPS Calendar is available here.

The next Friends of Bell meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 10 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, January 12 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 January 10 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

*Unity committee, email Carrie Kempler at

*Artsonia help, email Sally Roach at

*Interested in being a Bell Holiday Market volunteer, email Michelle Smyth at

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.

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