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September 18, 2017
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Curriculum Nights

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Curriculum nights continue, with each night being held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on the following dates:

*3rd - 5th Grades - September 19

*6th - 8th Grades - September 26

We will be featuring our new STEAM lab during curriculum nights, so please remember to stop by Room 112 and see the new space. We are very excited about this new innovative programming at Bell, and we can't wait to share all of the special activities that the STEAM lab has to offer our students.

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Parenting Perspectives Workshops

Bell is expanding its partnership with Parenting Perspectives and will offer a 4 week parenting workshop entitled "Conscious Parenting." This highly acclaimed course will provide practical tips and creative approaches aimed at helping you navigate through some of the toughest challenges of parenting. You will develop a solid parenting plan and acquire over 100 parenting tools for raising respectful, responsible, resilient children. The dates for the workshops are Wednesday, October 4, 11, 25 and November 1 from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

We encourage you to sign up now and reserve your spot. More information and a link to register can be found here


Extended Lunch Fridays

This year our lunch periods on Fridays will be 15 minutes longer due to integrating a teacher prep period into our weekly schedule. Students will have 30 minutes to eat and 30 minutes to play on Fridays, which will be a nice way to end the week. This will take the place of quiet time in most classrooms so instructional time is not impacted. Right at School coaches and school staff will continue to monitor students during this extended lunch period. One more reason to say TGIF!


5th Grade Teacher Search

As many of you know, our current 5th grade class sizes are very large, with only three classroom teachers. Now that we have a better picture of enrollment and resources, we believe our students should have smaller class sizes in order to provide the best possible learning experience for them this year. Ms. Miller asked the Local School Council to approve the use of funds to purchase an additional teaching position for our 5th grade, and they voted to allocate the funds. Read more here...


Bell Spiritwear for Sale

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Bell Spiritwear is for sale between now and September 30. Order for your child or yourself to celebrate your school pride! Make sure to note your child's classroom as you order each item. Deliveries will be made to your child's classroom the week of October 23. ORDER HERE TODAY


Commemorative Bricks

Honor your Bell student, alumni or family by purchasing a commemorative brick which will be personally engraved and placed on the walkway along the east side of Bell school. Larger bricks are 8 x 8 for $100 and smaller bricks are 4 x 8 for $50. The deadline to purchase is October 6. 


Strategic Planning Committee

The Bell Local School Council has formed a Strategic Planning Committee to help the LSC and Principal Miller address some bigger picture issues such as enrollment, the parent survey, and the "three programs--one school" model that has made Bell so unique. 

Please join us at our next meeting, October 4 at 6:00 p.m. to either learn more about the SPC or to volunteer to be part of the SPC. For more information, click here.


Chinese Cultural Festival

Confucius Institute in Chicago and Chicago Public School is presenting a FREE fun and educational event on Saturday, September 23. The Chinese Cultural Festival will be held at Whitney Young Magnet High School and runs from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. See the flyer here.


Tools & Lego Donations Needed

Bell's new STEAM lab is gearing up for an exciting year! As you can imagine, in order to make things, we need certain supplies. Ms. Aldrin will be sharing some of the specific needs that we have, and hopefully we will be able to repurpose some of the things that you have around your house.

First, we need some basic tools. If you have an extra hammer, screwdriver or pliers that you can share, please bring them to school. 

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Second, we need many Lego pieces. We will be setting up a Lego wall and can use any and all Lego pieces that you have lying around and keep stepping on!

There will be a box for donations by the front desk. Thank you in advance for helping with this new space!


Prepare Your Student for Success

Agassiz Elementary is hosting a speaking event on Tuesday, October 3 for parents of K -3rd grade students. The event starts at 6:00 p.m. in the school gym at Agassiz (2851 N Seminary Ave) and will feature education researchers describing the most important insights for setting students on the path to success during early elementary.

If you are interested in attending, you may register here.


Help Raise $ for Bell by Shopping Local October 5

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Event Highlights

  • Curriculum Night
    3rd - 5th Grades
    September 19
  • Curriculum Night
    6th - 8th Grades

    September 26
  • Parenting Perspectives Seminar
    October 4
  • Strategic Planning Meeting
    October 4
  • Friends of Bell Meeting
    October 4
  • Budget Meeting
    October 5
  • Parent Forum
    October 6

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The 2017-2018 CPS Calendar is available here.


The next Friends of Bell meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 4 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, October 12 at 7 p.m. in the school library.
 
Approved LSC minutes are posted on the Bell website.


The first Parent Forum meeting will be held on Friday, October 6 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.


The next Strategic Planing Committee (SPC) meeting will be held on October 4 at 6:00 p.m. at Bell.


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.


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