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October 2, 2017
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Parenting Perspectives Seminars

Dealing with parenting challenges? Need help with discipline, power struggles, tantrums, back talk, bedtime, homework issues, aggression, fears, sibling issues and more. Enhance your parenting skills and get on the same page with your partner with this amazing class. Join Parenting Perspectives for Conscious Parenting, a transformative 4 session parenting class. Gain insights to create an effective, conscious parenting style raising kids from a place of connection, strength and love. The class offers tools and strategies for navigating all kinds of tough parenting situations. At Bell School Wednesday mornings, 8:30-10:30 a.m., 10/4, 10/11, 10/25, and 11/1. 

Register today at Parenting Perspectives or contact Karen Jacobson, 312-330-3194 or 

Cost: $125/parent, $205/couple. 



Bell's Annual Student Fundraiser

Bell Walk will be on Thursday, October 12. This is a great way to support Bell School and all of the enrichment programs that we offer. Watch for information to donate and volunteer sign up soon!

Come out to support your child  and consider volunteering to help while you watch! The schedule is as follows:

9:15 a.m.
  • Kindergarten (north inside turf )Bell Walk 2017 2
  • 2nd  (north outside turf)
  • 3rd  (south inside pavement)
  • 4th & 8th (perimeter course)
10:15 a.m.
  • 1st  (south inside pavement)
11:15 a.m.
  • 5th, 6th & 7th (perimeter course)

Traffic Ambassadors for Week of Oct 2

School crossing 2This week, we are requesting volunteers from Rooms 102 and 225 to help with traffic safety at the corner of Oakley and Waveland. 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.

Art Lovers Needed!

Thank you to the parents who have responded to our call for grade level Artsonia volunteers. We truly appreciate your willingness to help. For Artsonia to continue, we will need a few more parents to help with the maintenance of the incredible art Bell students create. Our skeletal crew just needs a few more hands to get the job complete. 

For information about Artsonia, watch this informative video.

Ready to help? Please email Bell parent, Sally Roach at to join our crew!

Attention 7th & 8th Grade Parents

Please note some important dates and events to keep in mind for your 7th or 8th grader and yourself:

*October 4 - High School Night (GoCPS presentation) at 7 p.m. in the Bell School auditorium

*October 12 - North Center High School Fair at 4:30 p.m. at Lake View High School (See flier here.)

 *October 19 - 8th grade Panel Presentation at 4 p.m. in the Bell School auditorium featuring Bell School alumni (See flier here.)

Help Raise $ for Bell by Shopping Local October 5

Shop For Schools

After School Fun Oct 5

RockPlease join the Green Committee outside Bell Thursday, October 5 at 3:30 to collect and paint a rock from the paths around Bell School. Students will be able to decorate their rocks and take them home to enjoy in their yards and gardens! 

We look forward to building more creative climbing and interactive spaces around Bell this year. We are still looking for stump and tire donations for our exciting new spaces we plan to build! Any Bell parents with landscape and/or gardening expertise who are interested in volunteering to help can contact Ms. Miller (

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. 

Attention 5th - 7th Grade Parents

In the STEAM lab the students need to create an account in Tinkercad in order to design things on the 3-D printer. Students 12 and older need parental permission. When they sign up for an account, they need to provide a parent or guardian email. When you get the email it will ask for confirmation and permission for your child to use the site. It will also ask for a one-time payment of $0.50. If you do not want to pay $0.50  online, there is an option to download a permission slip to mail in. Your child will be able to use Tinkercad without permission for 14 days, after which their account will close.

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.

Medical Compliance

It is very important that all students be brought into medical compliance by October. If you received a letter stating that your child is out of compliance, please be sure to turn in all documents by Friday, October 6. 

Please contact the school nurse if you have any questions.

Lost & Found

The water bottles, coats and lunch boxes are piling up already! Please be sure to put your child's name on all items so we can try to return lost items to their owners each week. Any unclaimed items are being removed on a monthly basis and donated.

All-City Performing Arts Program

Students interested in performing arts programs, CPS Department of Arts Education is holding a rehearsal on October 7. Check out more information and register by October 5 here

Students can participate in the following FREE ensembles: 
* Elementary Chorus (grade 3-8)
* Elementary Band (grade 4-8) 
* High School Band (grade 9-12) 
* High School Chorus (grade 9-12)
* Jazz Ensemble (grade 6-12) 
* Orchestra (grade 5-12) 
* Theatre (grade 8-12) 
* Dance (grade 8-12) 
* ALT New Music, student composed (grade 6-12)
* Modern Rock Band (grade 5-12)

Halloween Assembly PreK-3rd Grade

cocome_jack-o-lanternCome one, come all to Bell's Annual Halloween Spooktacular! Be prepared to rattle, shake, and groove with the Pre-K through 3rd grade classes on Halloween Day. Our public performance for families will begin at 1 p.m. in the Bell School Auditorium on Tuesday, October 31. We hope to see you there!
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Event Highlights

  • Parenting Perspectives Seminar 1
    October 4
  • Strategic Planning Meeting
    October 4
  • Friends of Bell Meeting
    October 4
  • Budget Meeting
    October 5
  • Shop For Schools
    October 5
  • Parent Forum
    October 6
  • Columbus Day/No School
    October 9
  • Parenting Perspectives Seminar 2
    October 11
  • Bell Walk
    October 12
  • LSC Meeting
    October 12

Click below to access the 

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. For more information, click here.

Friendly reminder that students are expected to wear appropriate clothing on PE days which includes red or white t-shirts or spiritwear and gym shoes. This enables everyone to fully participate. Thank you for your cooperation!

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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