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December 18, 2017
Bell School Blink
A Message from Ms. Miller

Dear Bell Families, 

As our winter break approaches, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy holiday season. This time of the year can be very hectic and busy, and it is easy to allow our schedules and our "to do lists" to take over. I try to remind myself on almost a daily basis that these special holiday moments are fleeting, and instead of thinking about presents, I should really just be thinking about presence. 

I hope everyone can take some time over the break to be present with family and friends and come back in 2018 recharged and ready for a productive second half of the year. Great things are happening at Bell, and next year promises to be an exciting one.

From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!

Katie Miller

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Traffic Ambassadors for Week of Dec 18

School crossing 2This week, we are requesting volunteers from Rooms 216 and 310 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.


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 jmasada@sbcglobal.net with any 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.


Winter Camp at Lookingglass Theatre!

Lookingglass Theatre is offering a four-day winter break camp experience to kick off your child's new year January 2 - 5. Campers grades K-4 will spend the mornings learning physical theatre skills such as tumbling, juggling, and stage combat. The afternoon will be focused on bringing the story of "Alice in Wonderland" to life. The Bell Spring show director, Katy Boza, will be teaching in the afternoons and would love to see some smiling Bell faces. 

Register today at Lookingglass Theatre!


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


Bands For Bell Update

Bands for Bell update
The Avondale Ramblers have been thrilling music lovers with their unique brand of Celtic folk rock since their stage debut on St. Patrick’s Day 2007. They continue to refine their blend of genres through an emerald colored lens and are currently working on a full length release scheduled for early 2018. Dublin native, Hugh Daly (lead vocals), is the parent of a 7th grader at Bell. Performing live at Bands for Bell on January 26, 2018 at Martyrs’!


Host a Party to Benefit Bell

It is that time of year again, and the Wish List Party committee needs you! Don't miss out on your chance to host a fun theme party or experience, meet new people, and raise money for Bell School all at the same time. Spots at your event will be sold at the Bell School Wish List Party on February 23, 2018. 

Examples of events include a ping pong tournament at Spin, a bowling party, a wine tasting event, a dinner with a private chef, scavenger hunt, cooking class, or a cocktail party. Parties can include kids or be adults only. The possibilities are practically endless! 

Hosts of the parties will be responsible for all costs related to the event and all proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Friends of Bell. Multiple families may host an event to defer costs. Please plan to host your event some time between March 2018 and January 2019, and we will work with you to schedule a date that works for all. 

If you would like to volunteer to host a party or have questions, please contact Sabrina Spitznagle at spitznagle98@gmail.com Thanks!
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Event Highlights

  • Winter Break
    December 25 - January 5
  • Progress Report 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
  • MLK Day - No School
    January 15

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, 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, January 18 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 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.


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