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September 11, 2017
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Curriculum Nights

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Curriculum nights start this week! Each night will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on the following dates:

*1st & 2nd Grades - September 12

*3rd - 5th Grades - September 19

*6th - 8th Grades - September 26

We will be featuring our new STEAM lab during curriculum nights, so please remember to stop by Room 112 and see the new space. We are very excited about this new innovative programming at Bell, and we can't wait to share all of the special activities that the STEAM lab has to offer our students.

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Flexible Seating

The school year is off to a great start! It was wonderful to see so many families on the first day of school. We look forward to seeing many of you again at our curriculum nights. Something new that is appearing in classrooms this year is an educational practice called flexible seating. If you have not heard of it, read this article to learn more about it. Great things are happening at Bell!


Football Coaches Needed

footballBell is looking for parent volunteers to coach football for a 5th/6th grade team and a 7th/8th grade team. If we do not have volunteer coaches, we will not be able to have teams. If you have any interest and availability to coach, please reach out to Ms. Miller at kmmiller@cps.edu as soon as possible. Thank you!


Donations Needed

Bell's new STEAM lab is gearing up for an exciting year! As you can imagine, in order to make things, we need certain supplies. Ms. Aldrin will be sharing some of the specific needs that we have, and hopefully we will be able to repurpose some of the things that you have around your house.

First, we need some basic tools. If you have an extra hammer, screwdriver or pliers that you can share, please bring them to school. 

Second, we need many Lego pieces. We will be setting up a Lego wall and can use any and all Lego pieces that you have lying around and keep stepping on!

There will be a box for donations by the front desk. Thank you in advance for helping with this new space!


Chinese Cultural Festival

Confucius Institute in Chicago and Chicago Public School is presenting a FREE fun and educational event on Saturday, September 23. The Chinese Cultural Festival will be held at Whitney Young Magnet High School and runs from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. See the flyer here.


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.


Parenting Online Resources

Now that most families are settled into the school year routine, Child Mind Institute has some great resources for parents on many subjects.

How to help your child up and out the door with the least amount of conflict.

Sleep Habits That Will Help Kids Thrive
Tips for helping young kids fall - and stay - asleep.

Finding the Balance With After-School Activities
Helping kids choose extracurricular activities that work for them, without the stress.

Check out Child Mind Institute for a multitude of topics.


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


Our September Sponsor

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Click on the link above to learn more above private in-home tutoring for all ages. To arrange an appointment, please contact sam@leewoodlearning.com.  
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Event Highlights

  • Curriculum Night
    1st & 2nd Grades

    September 12
  • Friends of Bell Meeting
    September 13
  • LSC Meeting
    September 14
  • Parent Forum
    September 15
  • Curriculum Night
    3rd - 5th Grades
    September 19
  • Curriculum Night
    6th - 8th Grades

    September 26

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, September 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, September 14 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, September 15 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.


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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