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February 19, 2018
Bell School Blink
Wish List Campaign & Gatsby Gala
Donate & Purchase Your Tickets Today!

Bell's largest fundraising campaign for the school year has begun. The Wish List allows donors to designate where their funds will go for the 2018-2019 school year. You may apply your donation toward a grade specific residency or educational item. This is the largest fundraising campaign for Bell and it makes the most significant impact on the educational programs offered for next year. No donation is too small or too large. Please make sure to DONATE TODAY
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The culmination of our fundraising efforts is celebrated at a community wide event this Friday, February 23 at the historic Theater on the Lake. This is a party you don't want to miss! The event starts at 8 p.m. with a shuttle taking parents to and from Bell School for those who do not want to drive. Look for the ticket package that includes the shuttle ride or purchase a la carte. (Valet parking is available for those not taking the shuttle.) 

***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.


Donor Incentive

For any family donating $850 or more to the Wish List, Bell parent and photographer Blair Holmes will offer a professional photo session and prints of your children. He has been taking photos of Bell students for this incentive for many years and they have become family favorites. 
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Additionally, all donors of any size donation will be eligible to win a session with Blair. You must donate by March 2 to be included in the drawing. A big thank you goes out to Blair for offering his talents again to Bell for this amazing offer!

Sponsor a Staff Ticket to the Gala

We are fortunate to have such a unified and supportive community at Bell. Show your appreciation for the Bell staff by purchasing a ticket for a staff member to attend the Gatsby Gala. This is under the Bronze Sponsorship package in the ticket options. (Bonus-if you purchase a staff ticket, you'll receive a free raffle ticket which equals $1,000 in chips.) 

Parent Parties are Back! 

Parent parties are back this year with so many great options throughout the year to join the Bell community for fun events hosted by Bell parents. From pre-Spring Break "Manis & Martinis" to back to school "Taco Bell Moms" enjoying a night together (not actually eating Taco Bell), check out the variety of parent and parent/child events offered that all benefit Bell!
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All party proceeds will go to Friends of Bell so the more fun you are having, the more Bell is benefitting! It is a win-win!

Marquee Signage at Bell

At this Friday's Gatsby Gala, parents and staff will have the opportunity to bid on a week of posting a personalized message on the Bell marquee sign. 

IMG_1155Wish your child a Happy Birthday on the week of their birthday or Congratulations on Graduation to your 8th grader this year. Each week will be available by silent auction. 

After the gala, any available weeks will be open to all to bid on based on a first come, first serve basis. Watch for more information in the Blink and on the website. And for those attending the Gatsby Gala, look for the marquee signs to start bidding!

Teacher Treats

There is something extra special to look forward to at the Gatsby Gala...Teacher Treats! Many staff members are donating their time to enjoy creative, fun experiences with your kids. Check out the Teacher Treats table at the party!
  • Join Ms. Poczik for an afternoon of glow at Waveland Bowl for cosmic bowling!
  • Ms. Demitropoulos & Ms. Keifert are hosting a Lego animation camp for 10 students along with Steve & Kate's Camp.
  • Eight students can compete in a Student v. Teachers volleyball game which includes Ms. Milliott, Ms. Presmyk, Ms. Manuel, Ms. Green, Mr. Cohantimur, Ms. Kieronski, Mr. Fair & Ms. Burke.
  • Bid on the chance to win your child a Principal Experience with Ms. Miller!
These are just a few of the opportunities available. A flier was sent home via backpack mail which outlines all of the experiences. Make sure to attend the Gatsby Gala to be a part of these fun events!

Volunteers Needed for the Gala

If you are attending the big event on Friday night and are willing to give an hour of your time to circulate the room to sell raffle and drink tickets or help at Spin to Win or get parents checked in, we would love your help!

Sign up HERE and we promise you'll still have a ton of fun while you are helping!

Traffic Ambassadors for Week of Feb 19

School crossing 2This week, we are requesting volunteers from Rooms 112 and 316 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.

Art Room Update

Greetings from the art room! As we move into 3rd and 4th quarter, paint, clay and glue will be sure to bring on the smiles but also bring on the big messes! Please remember to dress your young artist in clothing that can get dirty and I encourage you to send an old t-shirt or smock, with their name written on it that they can store in their classroom closet or desk and wear on art day. This will help keep stains off of their clothing. 

Also, cutting clay, organizing artwork and joining the buzz of incredible kid creation is always better with the assistance of adult hands. Please don't hesitate to drop into the art room to volunteer when you have free time or email Ms. Pearlmutter at if you are eager to roll up your sleeves up and participate in the magic! 

Lastly, I would like to send a big thank you out to the whole school community for your patience, deep condolences and love sent my way in honor of my mother, Jan Pearlmutter who passed away on January 15. She was a fantastically talented artist and she reveled in hearing about the incredible events happening at Bell School. She taught me so much about art and life and it is my great honor to share what I learned from her with all of the Bell artists I teach.

~Ms. Pearlmutter
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Event Highlights

  • President's Day/No School
    February 19
  • Gatsby Gala - Wish List Party
    February 23
  • Budget Meeting
    March 1
  • Parent Forum
    March 2
  • Parent Engagement Committee Mtg
    March 2
  • LSC Meeting
    March 8
  • Progress Report Distribution
    March 9
  • Strategic Planning Committee Mtg
    March 14
  • Friends of Bell Meeting
    March 14

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 Wednesday, March 14 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, March 2 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 Wednesday,  March 14 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.

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