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October 16, 2017
Bell School Blink
Say Boo! for Bell

Boo for Bell Zombies
For the first time ever, Bell School is hosting a haunted house. For two nights only, the school's first-floor hallway will serve as the scene of some "horror-ific" scares on the following dates and times:

* October 20, 7 - 9 p.m. 
* October 21, 3 - 5 p.m. (for kids 10 and under - "Little Scares")
* October 21, 6 - 9 p.m.

Tickets are $10 per person for the evening times and $5 per person for the October 21 afternoon time. Tickets are available in advance using this form or for sale at the door. 
Payment is CASH ONLY.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the 8th graders cost for their year-end Washington, D.C. trip. For questions, please email


Final Day to Donate for Bell Walk

It is not too late to donate for Bell Walk! We have met 69% of our fundraising goal for this campaign and need your help to meet our goal! Every dollar counts...there is no donation too big or too small.

A big THANK YOU goes out to Shameka Malone and Jamie Patsey who were the chairs for this great event! They worked hard to coordinate a fun event for the students, along with the help of volunteers from each grade level, to help kick off fundraising for Bell!

The two classes which achieved the highest fundraising as of the morning before the Bell Walk were Ms. Bowker's classroom, Room 115 and Ms. Poczik's classroom, Room 201. They celebrated by doing a COLOR RUN. 

Congratulations and great work to all! 
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Corporate Match Donations

Did you know that many companies will match your donation dollars, doubling what you have given to Bell School? This includes any campaign Bell runs for fundraising, including the Bell Walk. We recommend you contact your human resource department and inquire about a corporate match form. We can help! Once you have the form, please contact 

MOD Pizza Day for Bell - Tues 10/17

Visit MOD Pizza any time Tuesday, October 17 and help raise $ for Bell School! Mention you are with Bell School at the register.
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Traffic Ambassadors for Week of Oct 16

School crossing 2This week, we are requesting volunteers from Rooms 115 and 317 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.

State of the School

At the last LSC meeting on Thursday, October 12, Ms. Miller presented the State of the School. If you missed it, you may watch the video here

High School Panel for 7th & 8th Graders

The last fall high school related program offered for 7th & 8th grade students and their parents will be held on October 19 at 4 p.m. in the Bell School auditorium, featuring recent Bell alumni in a Panel Presentation. (See flier here.)

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!

The Unity Committee Needs You!

The Unity Committee is made up of parents who work together to unite our Bell community. Our 2017 and beyond goal is to expand the Unity Committee to focus not only on the parent/staff relationships but the parent/student, student/staff and student/student relationships. 

Our first meeting will be on October 25 at 9 a.m. at the Coffee Joint at 2059 W. Irving Park Road. Please contact Carrie Kempler at with any questions.

Mark Your Calendars!

Fall Family Night will be on November 8 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Bell. Watch for more detail but we expect it will be a fun night to see student work showcased and enjoy some special activities throughout the building.

Art Room Helpers

Calling all in the Bell community who love to push their sleeves up and get to work creatively! No art skill is necessary, just an open heart and a love for art exploration. 

The art room is looking for caring art volunteers who are willing to add an extra hand in art. At any given time you may be asked to work with Bell artists, prep materials or help hang art displays. Please contact Ms. Pearlmutter at We are looking forward to having you with us! 

Beautification at Bell Continues...

*We had a very successful painting activity last week and almost 20 students went home with beautiful new decorated rocks for their gardens. 

*Thank you to Brad Peetoom, The Landscape Guy ( for his donation of soil for our planters.  

*Be on the lookout for our new marquee sign coming soon!

Be an Upstander

Celebrate being an "upstander" right here in our own community. If you are looking for ways to make a difference, this Help Heal Chicago has a variety of resources for doing so in our own city of Chicago. Help Heal Chicago lists specific actions people can take to help stop Chicago's cycle of violence.
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Event Highlights

  • MOD Pizza Event
    October 17
  • High School Panel Discussion
    October 19
  • Parenting Perspectives Seminar
    October 25
  • Halloween Assembly
    October 31
  • Parenting Perspectives Seminar
    November 1
  • Strategic Planning Meeting
    November 1
  • Friends of Bell Meeting
    November 1
  • Budget Meeting
    November 2
  • School Improvement Day/No School
    November 3

Click below to access the 

The 2017-2018 CPS Calendar is available here.

The next Friends of Bell meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 1 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, November 9 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, November 10 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 November 1 at 6:00 p.m. at Bell. For more information, click here.

Parents are often looking for educational ways to use technology to support reading and math. A site Ms. Clancy recommends is as a helpful resource. Check out their Tech Finder.

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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