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December 4, 2017
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Parent Education Night is December 7

Parents are invited to come to Bell to learn more about current programming. Brief sessions will be hosted by staff on topics such as Facing History and Ourselves, Responsive Classroom, and Restorative Practices. We encourage parents to join us to learn more about the philosophy, vocabulary and practices related to these programs. 

The evening will begin in the auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on December 7. We hope to see you there!

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Traffic Ambassadors for Week of Dec 4

School crossing 2This week, we are requesting volunteers from Rooms 212 and 312 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.


Social Media & Cyber-Bullying Seminar

Agassiz Local School Council is inviting the community on Tuesday, December 5, for an education session for parents concerned about student cyber-bullying and social media. The two-hour program includes a facilitated group discussion to give parents an opportunity to talk to other parents about challenges in their home and share ideas.

Agassiz is located at 2851 N Seminary. The event runs December 5 from 6 - 8 p.m. See more details here. Those who are interested in attending, please RSVP here.

*Bell will be hosting a parent night on January 30 on the topic of social media with author Devorah Heitner. Watch for more details here.


Kendra Scott Event December 6

KendraScott_LogoJoin us for a Kendra Scott fundraising event, benefiting Bell School on Wednesday, December 6 from 6 - 8 p.m.

The Kendra Scott location is 3426 N Southport Ave. A generous 20% of sale proceeds will benefit Friends of Bell.


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.


Math Circles

There is a program called Math Circles that takes place locally at Lane (as well as at other locations around the city). Registration for Winter session is now underway and it is FREE. It's a non-competitive and creative approach to math. (Think puzzles and games). They meet roughly every other week on Tuesdays at 5-6:15 p.m. The circles are for 5th -8th graders, though the 5th/6th sessions tend to fill up.


Bell's Holiday Market is Coming

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 darrowsmyth@gmail.com.


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

The D.C. or Bust Committee will be screening a double feature for families in the school auditorium during the Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop Up Shop on Saturday, December 16. 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 Monday, December 11. 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.

Please contact bellschool.2018DCtrip@gmail.com with questions.


Donations Needed For STEAM Lab

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The STEAM lab is looking for donations of old CDs and bottle tops that open and close like a water or sports drink bottle (disposable plastic). The 4th graders are making balloon hovercrafts.


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.


Kiss N' Go Drop Off 

Now that the weather is getting colder and more people are driving to school, please remember to follow the rules in our Kiss N' Go area at drop off each morning. It is very busy at Bell between 8:00 and 8:15 a.m., and we do not want our students' safety to be jeopardized due to hurried schedules in the morning.  

Reminders:
  • Please pull your vehicle all the way forward
  • NO double parking at any time
  • Do not block any crosswalks
  • Do not turn off your engine in the Kiss N' Go lane. This slows down traffic flow.
  • Do not talk on your cell phone in the Kiss N' Go lane. We need your full attention while dropping off and exiting the lane.
  • Please have you children exit the car on the sidewalk side. Do not let them exit onto the street.
  • Have backpacks ready to exit the vehicle versus storing them in your trunk. Do not exit your vehicle to unload backpack
Thank you for your cooperation!


Talent Show News 

Bell School's amazing Talent Show is returning this year on January 19! Auditions are being held through December 15 after school in the Music Room (223). Learn more about the audition process and request an audition by clicking here

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Newberry  at janewberry@cps.edu or Ms. Lambert at nlambert1@cps.edu as soon as possible.


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! 

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Event Highlights

  • Kendra Scott Fundraiser
    December 6
  • Strategic Planning Committee
    December 6
  • Friends of Bell Meeting
    December 6
  • Budget Meeting
    December 7
  • Parent Education Night
    December 7
  • LSC Meeting
    December 14
  • Winter Break
    December 25 - January 5

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, December 6 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 December 6 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.


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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Follow us on twitter to get updates from our website and community. 

Our goal is to engage in social media & encourage others to #BelieveInBell.


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