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November 20, 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 Nov 20

School crossing 2This week, we are requesting volunteers from Rooms 201 and 319 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.


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!


Class of 2018 Legacy Project

Last year, we made United Nations Goal Pledges, this year the 8th graders ask Bell to be UN Changemakers. They wrote every Bell Community pledge written in 2017 and will post the list to the Bell website soon. Please look over the list to find a pledge you can act on inspired by our students' hopes for a better world.
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Become an AG Bell School Agent of Change! Get your Act of Change photo/selfie added into the Class of 2017-2018 Legacy Project!
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Please add a short write up of where you were and what act of change happened! Post your photos to the AG Bell School Agents of Change Facebook page or 20172018legacyproject@gmail.com with the hashtag #AGBellSchoolAgentsofChange. All selfies and photos will be incorporated into the Class of 2018 Legacy Project mural banner which will hang in a prominent location in the Bell multipurpose room permanently. 

Join in their movement! Bring the UN Global Goals alive. You can post something that has already happened too if something fits in the lines of the project. 

Join the challenge! Look out for monthly, UN Agents of Change themes, suggestions and pop up days to participate around Chicago.

Thank you for supporting our students with your acts of change! Contact Ms. Pearlmutter and her crew at shpearlmutter@cps.edu if you have any questions or want to lend a hand! Thank you!


Cast Your Vote!

As we are in the preliminary stages of planning the Wish List Party for parents for the end of February 2018, we are looking for you to cast your vote on this year's party theme.

Click here to vote for one of four party options! Voting ends Tuesday! 

And if you are interested in helping to plan our party or get involved in any way with raffle items, parent parties, decor, donations, ad pad, community outreach, etc., volunteers with new ideas are always welcome! Please contact bellschool.wishlist@gmail.com and someone will contact you.


LSC November Summary

The Bell Local School Council (LSC) held its regular monthly meeting on November 9 at 7 pm in the Bell School library. Following Ms Miller’s recommendation, and with the main budget cycle concluded, the LSC voted to allocate $38,000 from a general fund: $10,000 for supplies; $10,000 for teacher professional development; $10,000 to offset a Friends of Bell (FOB) allocation in this amount; and, $8,000 to a miscellaneous budget line.

Ms. Miller recognized, and the members of LSC agreed, that the school needs additional funding for supplies, mainly in the form of copy paper. Ms Miller explained in very clear terms that teachers throughout the system, including at Bell, have not had sufficient professional development opportunities in the last several years. Read more here...


Graduation Video Help Needed for ALL Class Years

The 8th grade video is one of the favorite traditions for staff, students and families alike at Bell. Historically our staff has helped lead this, however our teachers no longer have the bandwidth to do so. If this tradition is to continue we need parent help.  

Charlotte Goldberg and Ms. Miller are leading a new graduation video committee, and have created a system that will back everything up to the cloud and make parents able to work on this project remotely. They are in need of class leads for 8th, 6th, 4th & 1st grade classes specifically but welcome help from every grade.

If you are interested in joining this new committee, please contact Charlotte Goldberg at cgoldberg73@gmail.com.


Talent Show News 

Bell School's amazing Talent Show is returning this year on January 19! Auditions will take place from November 13 - 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

  • Thanksgiving Break
    November 22-24
  • Parent Forum
    December 1
  • Strategic Planning Committee
    December 6
  • Friends of Bell Meeting
    December 6
  • Budget Meeting
    December 7
  • Parent Education Night
    December 7
  • LSC Meeting
    December 14

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, December 1 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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