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September 25, 2017
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Traffic Ambassadors

In order to help our students navigate around the busy intersections surrounding Bell in the morning, we are asking parents to assist in traffic patrol at the intersection of Oakley and Waveland. Two classrooms have been assigned to each week of the school year with the hopes of securing parent volunteers from those classrooms to help in this effort.

Volunteers are asked to report to the security desk inside the main entrance of the school by 7:45 a.m. to receive a security vest and minor instructions. Whether you are able to give one morning or several mornings, all efforts are appreciated!  See the safety patrol schedule here. A volunteer sign up will be created but in the meantime, please show up if you can!
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Bell's Annual Student Fundraiser

Save the date for the first fundraiser of the year for Bell School! Bell Walk will be on Thursday, October 12. Watch for pledge sheets, times and volunteer sign up coming home through backpack mail! 


Parenting Perspectives Workshops

Bell is expanding its partnership with Parenting Perspectives and will offer a 4 week parenting workshop entitled "Conscious Parenting." This highly acclaimed course will provide practical tips and creative approaches aimed at helping you navigate through some of the toughest challenges of parenting. You will develop a solid parenting plan and acquire over 100 parenting tools for raising respectful, responsible, resilient children. The dates for the workshops are Wednesday, October 4, 11, 25 and November 1 from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

We encourage you to sign up now and reserve your spot. More information and a link to register can be found here


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.


CPS Panel Discussion

A Chicago schools panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, September 27 at DePaul University's Student Center at 2250 N Sheffield, Room 120 at 6:30 p.m.. Local parent John Martin (3rd grade student) is representing Bell Elementary and parents from other local and private schools with be in attendance. The event will be moderated by DePaul College Prep’s President Mary Dempsey and is aimed at helping families hear the “real deal” about the different school options in Chicago. Learn more about the event and register here.


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.)


Bell Spiritwear for Sale

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Bell Spiritwear is for sale between now and September 30. Order for your child or yourself to celebrate your school pride! Make sure to note your child's classroom as you order each item. Deliveries will be made to your child's classroom the week of October 23. ORDER HERE TODAY


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. 


Sports Update

The fall sports season is underway! Cross country, girls volleyball and boys soccer have started their seasons, and all information about meets/games and practices will be distributed by each team's coaching staff. 

Basketball for boys and girls in grades 5-8 will begin in the winter, and tryout information will be posted on our website as well as announced each day for students. 

Spring sports will include girls soccer and track and field. Please continue to check our school website for sports information as the seasons change, and feel free to contact Ms. Miller (kmmiller@cps.edu) if you have any questions.


Beautify Bell Campaign

We are looking to expand our work to improve our gardens and our grounds this year and need your help. Please help remind students to be respectful of our landscaping and our garden areas. If everyone works together, we can continue to make Bell a beautiful place. 

We are hoping to add in some new elements such as those in the photos, and we are looking for help. Any Bell parents with landscape and/or gardening expertise who are interested in volunteering to help can contact Ms. Miller (kmmiller@cps.edu). We look forward to an exciting year inside and outside of Bell!
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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.


Dress Expectations for PE Classes

This is a reminder that students are expected to wear appropriate clothing on PE days. Red or white t-shirts or spiritwear and gym shoes are the minimum expectations. This enables everyone to fully participate. Thank you for your cooperation!


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.


Help Raise $ for Bell by Shopping Local October 5

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Event Highlights

  • Curriculum Night
    6th - 8th Grades

    September 26
  • Parenting Perspectives Seminar
    October 4
  • Strategic Planning Meeting
    October 4
  • Friends of Bell Meeting
    October 4
  • Budget Meeting
    October 5
  • Parent Forum
    October 6

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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.


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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