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January 22, 2018
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Bands for Bell is This Friday!

Bands for Bell is Friday, January 26 at Martyrs'! Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first performance starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased through Martyrs' or you may pay cash at the door.

Featuring The Avondale Ramblers, Catching Aileen, 
Samson The Aviator and Teacher's Pet!

This year, raffle tickets are being sold for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card to Ticketmaster! The form to purchase raffle tickets is available here. You do not need to be present to win.

Teacher's Pet and Bands for Bell t-shirts are also available for children and adults! Click here for the order form.

Check out details about the bands performing at this year's Bands for Bell event here. All proceeds from this event benefit Friends of Bell.


Family Wellness Night at Bell

Join us for Family Wellness Night at Bell 
Thursday, January 25 from 6 - 8 p.m. 
We will feature activities for the mind, body and spirit! 
  • Engage in yoga exercises
  • Learn how mindfulness can make a huge difference in a mental, physical and emotional health
  • Learn some heart healthy exercises
  • Get ideas for wonderful nutritional recipes that kids will love
  • Gather great information from vendors, Bell committees and student groups who will have booths around the building
We look forward to seeing our students and their families at our second quarter family night!

Voter Registration Drive

On Family Wellness Night, January 25, there will be an opportunity to register to vote. 

You can register to vote if you've never registered before, if you've moved or changed your name. Teens who will be 18 by November 6, 2018 can register to vote now. They are eligible to vote in the March 20 primary and the fall midterm election. 

You will need two pieces of ID with your name, one of which must have your address. If you do not bring your driver's license or state ID, then you will need to provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. 

Illinois residents can also register to vote online here.

Parent Engagement Survey

Please take a moment to complete the Parent Engagement Survey for Bell parents. This information will be very helpful to us as we create new plans to increase parent engagement and collaboration.

Traffic Ambassadors for Week of Jan 22

School crossing 2This week, we are requesting volunteers from Rooms 219 and 304 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.

Parent Speaker Night January 30

Join us on January 30 at 7 p.m. for Parent Speaker Night at Bell School. 

Devorah Heitner 
Author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) 
in a Digital World 
will present positive parenting techniques 
related to social media 

See the flier with more details here.

Have Dinner & A Movie February 1 at Bell Movie Night

There's no school the next day, so join your fellow Bell families for a screening of the Disney hit "Moana" in the school auditorium the evening of February 1. Make a night of it - pre-order your meal and enjoy dinner before the movie!
  • Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
  • Enjoy pizza and a drink in the multipurpose room from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
  • Movie starts at 6:30 p.m.
Ticket prices are $5 per person and pizzas start at $10 for a 10-inch pie. If paying by cash or check, use this order form. If paying by credit card, pay online. (Tickets purchased at the door will be CASH ONLY.)

Proceeds from the movie will go toward the 8th Grade trip to Washington, D.C. If you have any questions, please contact

Ultimate Ninja Fun for Day Off Feb 2 

Looking for something fun for the kids to do with there being NO SCHOOL on Friday, February 2? Ultimate Ninjas, at 2915 W. Montrose, is offering an open gym from 1 - 3 p.m. as a fundraising opportunity for Friends of Bell. For every child signed up for the event, they will donate 1/3 back to Bell! The cost is $20 per child and is not limited to Bell students. Invite a friend, a cousin, or a neighbor to this fun event! 
Ultimate Ninjas
Register today by clicking on the logo!

Save the Date!

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Opportunities for Businesses

Are you an owner of a local business that would like to help Bell and you aren't sure how? Our annual Wish List campaign will be kicking off shortly and there are several ways for local businesses to help!
  • Advertise in our Ad Pad - Purchase a full page or business card sized ad with your business logo. Ad pads are notebooks that are great for notes and grocery lists and are  distributed to every attendee of our event.
  • Sponsor a Staff Ticket - Purchase a ticket for a member of Bell's staff to show our appreciation for their great work at Bell. With the generosity of the Bell community, we have historically been able to purchase a ticket for every Bell staff member who is interested in attending.
  • Donate an Item or a Service - All donated items are used either as staff giveaways or within our raffle baskets. We appreciate all items from gift items to tickets to sporting events or gift certificates for services.
  • Sponsor a Gaming Table - Have your company name or logo in front of our parents and staff while they enjoy gaming at the event. This package also includes sponsoring a staff ticket and ad pad advertising.
All business donors will be recognized on our Thank You board and slide show during the event. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact

Donations Needed for Wish List Party

While we are finalizing details for our Wish List Parent Party, we are also soliciting local businesses for donations for our raffle baskets and Spin To Win giveaways. If you have a business and would like to donate an item from your store, a service (massage, fitness classes, salon visit, etc.) or have access to sporting event tickets, we would love all donations to help our cause. We are also looking for donations of wine or specialty spirits. All donations are appreciated!

If you a donation, please contact Heather Milstein at or Christine Poczik at 
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Event Highlights

  • Family Wellness Night
    January 25
  • Bands for Bell
    January 26
  • Parent Speaker Night
    January 30
  • Geography Bee
    January 31
  • Budget Meeting
    February 1
  • Geography Bee
    February 1
  • Movie Night
    February 1
  • School Improvement Day/No School
    February 2

Click below to access the 

The 2017-2018 CPS Calendar is available here.

The next Friends of Bell meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 13 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, February 8 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, February 9 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 Tuesday,  February 13 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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