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February 26, 2018
Bell School Blink
Bell's Wish List Campaign Needs YOU!

Bell's largest and most impactful fundraising campaign for the school year is still open for donations. Please help Bell have the funding needed to continue the enhancement programming that makes our school exceptional each year. Any donor can designate where their funds will go for the 2018-2019 school year based on the Wish List. You may apply your donation toward a grade specific residency or global educational item. No donation is too small or too large. If you haven't already, please make sure to DONATE TODAY
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Gala Thanks!

Thank you for all the Bell parents and staff who came out to celebrate Bell at the Gatsby Gala! It appears that a great time was had by all!

A special thanks goes out to the efforts of the gala planning committee, including two Bell staff members, Christine Poczik and Heather Milstein, and parent volunteers, Mary Rhodes, Maren Korellis, Krissy Lee, Cori Allivato, Ana Breen, Laura Mueller and Amy Bryant, and parent party coordinators, Jessica Kraft, Sabrina Spitznagle, and Jennifer Edmonds and the Wish List committee, Michelle Daut, Brian Gurber and Alexis Rollins-Dunton. Along with the many volunteers who set up for the event and helped the night of, your hard work is very much appreciated!

The event was also supported by the many local businesses who are listed here as well as event sponsors:
  • Goldfish Swim School
  • Chicago Hire Company
  • Madeleine Pearl/Axiom Associates
  • Kate Stephens Real Estate
  • Leigh Marcus/@Properties
  • MTR Metals
  • Korellis Systems Control
  • Stan's Donuts
  • Orangetheory Fitness
  • Cindi Sodolski Real Estate
  • Caroline Chambers/Baird & Warner
  • Done Deal Promotions
Thank you for so generously supporting Bell School!

Right At School Spring Electives

Right At School is currently accepting enrollments for their Spring Electives. Classes will begin the week of March 12.Right At School 2
Learn more and view the calendar here. Register here.

OST Classes

OST classes are ending this week. There will not be a spring session this year. If you have any questions regarding OST, please contact Mr. McCabe at

Parent Parties Starting Soon! 

Parent parties are back this year with so many great options throughout the year to join the Bell community for fun events so graciously and generously hosted by Bell parents. Upcoming parties with available spots are:
  • Mother/Daughter Sculpt on Sunday, March 18 from 4 - 4:45 p.m. at Power Sculpt Fitness
  • Manis & Martinis on Thursday, March 22 at Color Box from 5 - 7:30 p.m. just in time for spring break!
  • Pilates + Yoga + Drinks at Pilates + Coffee on Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m.
  • Ice Ice Baby - Skating Party at McFetridge on April 15 for family fun from 3 - 4:30 p.m.!
  • Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament Dads' Night Out on Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Edmonds Home

Bell White Party
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!

Teacher Treats Still Available

Bell staff are donating their time to enjoy creative, fun experiences with your kids, all to benefit Friends of Bell and the Wish List. If you were a winning bidder or signed up for a treat at the Gatsby Gala,  you will be contacted by Krissy Lee for payment and coordinating dates with teachers. 

Many fun sign up opportunities are still available! 
  • Poochapalooza at Montrose Beach (24 spots available)
  • Painting at Glazed Expressions with Ms. Wehmer and Ms. Green (14 spots available) 
  • Pins with Poczik at Waveland Bowl (13 spots available)
  • Silent Lunch at Mod Pizza with Ms. Salk & Ms. Ward (6 spots available)
  • LEGO Animation Party with Ms. D, Ms. Keifert & Ms. Murray (6 spots available)
  • Time Travel with Ms. Pearlmutter to the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (5 spots available)
  • 3rd & 4th grade girls Basketball & Pizza Party with Mr. Klein and Ms. Casillas (22 spots available)
  • Wishcraft Workshop with Ms. Pearlmutter (3 spots available)
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Krissy Lee at

Traffic Ambassadors for Week of Feb 26

School crossing 2This week, we are requesting volunteers from Rooms 102 and 305 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.

Personalized Marquee Signage

You can have one of four messages on the Bell marquee sign personalized to wish your child a happy birthday, wish someone luck on an upcoming performance (think upcoming play) or say thank you to someone special (parent, teacher, staff member) for a week. A silent auction was available at the Gatsby Gala but we still have marqueeweeks available for purchase for $50. Upcoming availability:
  • March 12 - March 18
  • March 19 - March 25
  • March 26 - April 1
Personalized messages will go up on Mondays and will not be exclusive messages on the marquee. Upcoming school events will also be included for the week. 

We will highlight upcoming weeks available in each Blink but feel free to contact Amy Bryant at to see if there is a week in the future available for those that want to plan ahead! (Sorry, the week of graduation was already taken at the gala by a shrewd bidder!)
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Event Highlights

  • 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
  • Cultural Diversity Assembly
    March 22
  • Spring Break/No School
    March 26 - 30

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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