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February 5, 2018
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Wish List Campaign

Bell's largest fundraising campaign has begun...Wish List 2018! The Wish List is a targeted fundraising campaign that allows donors to choose how their contributions to Bell School are used. CPS funds alone have been insufficient to provide all the programs and experiences that make Bell School special and allow us to maintain our high educational standards. Friends of Bell funds have been used to pay for grade specific residencies but also "must have" items such as teacher salaries, additional staff support, instructional supplies and technology. Read more in a letter from Ms. Miller here.

To see the detailed Wish List and make a donation, click on the logo below. Note that grade items are for your child's grade next year (example - CircEsteem is for students going into 1st grade next year).

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A green packet of information was sent home via backpack mail with all of the details about this fundraising effort as well as the Wish List party. Please contact with any questions.


LSC Elections

By law, Local School Councils (LSCs) play a vital role in decision-making at the local school level, thereby ensuring a quality education for all of the school’s students. The primary responsibilities of LSCs include approving how school funds and resources are allocated, approving and monitoring the implementation of the annual school improvement plan, and hiring and evaluating the school's contract principal. 

The LSC consists of 6 parents, 2 community members, 2 teachers, 1 non-teacher staff and the school's principal. LSC members are elected for a 2-year term beginning on July 1 of even-numbered years. All parents, community members and school staff members who want to strengthen their local schools and have a positive impact on student achievement are encouraged to run. No experience or formal education is required.

Every LSC candidate must fill out a set of forms available at Bell School's main office. Additional information is available on the CPS website

Report Cards

Report card distribution day is February 9. Parents should expect to see reports cards coming home via backpack mail. Additionally, a directory page for your child's homeroom class will also be sent home. Please watch for both!

Save the Date for Bell's Gatsby Gala!

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Bell's largest fundraising campaign for the school year has begun. The culmination of our fundraising efforts is celebrated at a community wide event on Friday, February 23 at the historic Theater on the Lake. Please mark your calendars for this important event! Highlights for this year's event:
  • Casino Gaming - all night long!
  • Raffle Baskets - $10 per ticket or 12 for $100 - you do not need to be present to win.
  • Spin To Win - $10 per ticket and EVERY spin wins a prize!
  • Doodlebooth - While you are all dolled up, get yourselves doodled. Check it out here!
  • Teacher Treats - a favorite of the Bell community where families can bid on fun activities with your child's beloved teacher. (Examples: Slime Edition - Join Ms. Aldrin in the STEAM lab to cook up some deliciously goopy slime!!! or Gosh YARN it! - Join Ms. Yuen for a knitting party over several sessions to learn the art of knitting.)
  • Marquee Signage Silent Auction - wish your child a Happy Birthday or Congratulations on Graduation by bidding on the week of your choice for a personalized message on Bell's marquee.
  • Parent Parties - parent hosted parties offered throughout the year provide more opportunities to enjoy our wonderful community and support Bell!
Start searching for a Gatsby inspired outfit for this night of fundraising and fun with Bell staff and parents! Details regarding donating to the Wish List are noted above and tickets to the event can be purchased here!

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
  • Sponsor a Staff Ticket
  • Donate an Item or a Service
  • Sponsor a Gaming Table
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 

Bathroom Beautification

The Bell School Student Council has initiated a Bathroom Beautification Project and it has been a great success! All six student bathrooms on each floor have been thoroughly cleaned and painted. Kudos to Ms. Presmyk and the Bell Student Council reps! 

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Traffic Ambassadors for Week of Feb 5

School crossing 2This week, we are requesting volunteers from Rooms 205 and 315 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.

CPS Calendar for 2018-2019 School Yr

The Chicago Board of Education approved the calendar for the 2018-2019 School Year. Please see the letter from Janice K. Jackson, CEO of Chicago Public Schools, and the calendar HERE.

Thank You for Rocking Out with Bell!

Thank you to all of those who participated in making Bands for Bell 15 a success! So many families contributed by purchasing raffle tickets, buying t-shirts, and attending the event. We had a great night and turnout! 

Congratulations to Jeri Reeder, mother of Logan Kane – 7th grade, who won the $1,000 gift card to Ticketmaster. 

Special thank you to the teachers of Teachers Pet, Catching Aileen, The Avondale Ramblers, and Samson the Aviator for their amazing performances – such talent. Finally, much appreciation to Ray Quinn & Kate Hill, former Bell parents and owners of Martyrs’ for donating the door proceeds to our school and treating our teachers and staff to a fun night.

And a big thank you goes out to Dana Murray and Sarah Ma who did all the behind the scenes work and made sure the event come together!
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Event Highlights

  • Piano Recital
    February 8
  • LSC Meeting
    February 8
  • Report Card Distribution
    February 9
  • Parent Forum
    February 9
  • Parent Engagement Meeting
    February 9
  • Strategic Planning Meeting
    February 13
  • Friends of Bell Meeting
    February 13
  • President's Day/No School
    February 19
  • Wish List Party
    February 23

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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