BG eNews

January 20, 2023

Notes from Mrs. Klueppel...


1/25 - Early Release (2:10 Dismissal)

1/26 - BG January Restaurant Fundraiser (details below)

1/27 - Jan. PTO meeting 1:45, staff lounge

1/30 - BG Shopping Day


2/20 - Presidents' Day Holiday (No Students)

2/22- Early Release (2:10 Dismissal)

2/24: End of 2nd Trimester

2/28: BG Shopping Day

Lunch with a Loved One Guidelines:

  • 1 lunch with a loved one per student each year
  • Only bring food for child and/or yourself
  • Stay for lunch ONLY, recess is not included
  • Bring your ID for check in

Want to Volunteer at BG this year?

Please read our volunteer protocol. Take note that the requirements are different based on if you are a one time volunteer or repeat volunteer.


If there is a change to your child's dismissal plan you must contact the office. Please do not contact your child via their phone or watch to relay the change, we can only honor a change in dismissal plans if the front office is contacted.

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BG PTO January Restaurant Fundraiser - 1/26

Come out and support Bell Graham’s January restaurant fundraiser Thursday, January 26, at Panera: 389 Randall Road, South Elgin. Fundraiser is all day! Please mention fundraiser when ordering or use the promo code FUND4U for online orders.

Student Council Band Aid Collection

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BG Shop Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering for future BG Shop Days, please click here.

Bell Graham Store is looking for donations!

The BG Store is always looking for fun new items to add to the case. If you are out shopping and find a great deal that you can't pass up, please consider donating it to the BG Store. Make sure to check out all the after-holiday sales for great deals on items as well. The BG students and staff thank you for your support.


Please consider donating one of the items identified in the Amazon Bell Graham Store site. Click on the link below, add the item to your cart and it will ship right to BG on your behalf.ALL Bell Graham students appreciate your donation.

Amazon BG Store link


January PTO Meeting

Our January PTO meeting will be held on Friday 1/27 in the Teacher’s Lounge at 1:45pm. Please join us to learn about all we’ve got planned for the second half of the school year. We’d love your feedback and ideas!

Stock the Staff Snack Closet

We are stocking the Staff Snack Closet for 2023!! Please click here to donate a treat for our awesome BG Staff to enjoy. Donations due by 1/27.

Parent Trivia Night

Trivia Night is Saturday February 25th and will be held at the St. Charles Moose Lodge. Doors open at 6:30pm! The night will include brain tingling trivia as well as amazing Silent Auction and Raffle Baskets up for grabs.

Gather 4 - 10 people and create your team. Come up with a creative theme for your team and decorate your table for additional prizes!! Please fill out this form with your teams information.

This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $30 per person and include light appetizers. A CASH only bar will also be available.

We only have 150 tickets available, so get yours before they are gone!!! Tickets are on sale now, please click here to purchase.

We are looking for donations for our Silent Auction and Raffle Baskets. Do you own a local business that would be willing to donate?? Do you have season tickets to a local sports team and would be willing to donate? If so, please contact Kate Bennett at Thank you for your support!!

Volunteers Needed for ASE in February

Please consider volunteering to help our After School Enrichment program run smoothly this year.

Parents will serve from 2:45 to 4:30pm in a variety of roles... checking in students who are attending various ASE sessions, fielding questions from and assisting vendors who are hosting the programs, helping to check students out at the conclusion of each session and assisting vendors with clean-up / tear down of their sessions.

Anyone who is volunteering more than one time at Bell-Graham must complete two required volunteer documents, submit a copy of your driver's license or state ID and receive an authorization form to be fingerprinted.

Reach out to ASE Co-Chair Lauren Dethloff by email ( with any questions. Hope to see you there!

Talent Show

Live from the Red Carpet,

Bell-Graham PTO presents….

The Bell-Grammies

Talent Show

Sunday, March 19th at 3:00pm

St. Charles North High School

255 Red Gate Road

Acting, Cheerleading, Comedy, Dancing, Singing and more . . . .

Be Creative and share your talent!

Guidelines for the talent acts….

  • 2ish minutes per act

  • Only one act per student (unless in a large group act)

  • No outside participants allowed, only Bell-Grahamers

  • Music and dress must be grade school appropriate (no swear words or suggestive music--check out Kidz Bop!) If you are unsure, it probably means you should pick something else!

Dress Rehearsal:

  • ALL ACTS must attend dress rehearsal on Thursday March 16th

  • Rehearsal times will be assigned and communicated via e-mail

  • All performers must attend rehearsal in costume and bring any props

ALL acts interested in performing in the Talent show must complete the questionaire and submit no later than March 6th. Acts will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. The number of acts may have to be limited based on time constraints. Please note, we will only allow a song to be used 2 times, again first come first serve! So if you are thinking about using a popular song get your registration in ASAP!!!

Wondering what kind of acts do we want? Tumbling, stand up comedian, dancing, musical instruments, perform a skit, magic tricks, show off an athletic talent, juggling…

**** PLEASE submit your music and direct any questions related to the talent show via e-mail to Jessica Westerfield

New Chairs needed

The PTO is looking for a new spirit wear chair for next school year. If you are interested please reach out to Kate Bennett at

Website For additional information on the PTO please visit our website or our Bell Graham Elementary PTO Facebook page.


Any questions or comments? Please contact our PTO President Kate Bennett at or 630.461.7606.

Cops Vs Kids Basketball 3/18 - Reg. Required

Email Sgt. Levand to register

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January Empower

Volunteer Protocol

Watch D.O.G.S.

Health Office

There has been an increase in RSV in the community. According to the CDC, the respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults. RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs) in children younger than 1 year of age in the United States. People infected with RSV usually show symptoms within 4 to 6 days after getting infected. Symptoms of RSV infection usually include

  • Runny nose

  • Decrease in appetite

  • Coughing

  • Sneezing

  • Fever

  • Wheezing

These symptoms usually appear in stages and not all at once. In very young infants with RSV, the only symptoms may be irritability, decreased activity, and breathing difficulties.

According to CUSD 303 absence guidelines, students must be 24 hours fever free prior to returning back to school. A fever is a temperature of 100 degrees F or greater. Students with a persistent, productive cough must remain home as well. Masking remains optional for all students.

There are steps you can take to help prevent the spread of RSV. Specifically, if you have cold-like symptoms you should

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper shirt sleeve, not your hands

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • Avoid close contact, such as kissing, shaking hands, and sharing cups and eating utensils, with others

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs and mobile devices

With cold, flu and respiratory illnesses upon us here is a reminder of the Covid protocols:

Covid Mitigation Plan

Thank you for teaming with us to keep our students healthy and in school!

Healthy Snack

Dear parents/guardians,

To keep our brains active and ready to learn each day, you are encouraged to pack a healthy snack for your child each day.


Please turn in your required health forms to the Health Office!

Kindergarten- Physical, Vision, Dental, Health survey

2nd Grade- Dental

3rd Grade- Updated Health Survey

All of the forms are linked here for your convenience or you can go to the District Website and find them in the parent section under Forms. We will be sending home letters to the students who have missing medical records after Labor Day weekend.

Thank you,

LeeAnna Anzaldi, RN, BSN, PEL-CSN

Stephanie Hilgers, RN, BSN

Health Office Email Address

Parents, please send any communication or test results to to ensure that all of our Bell Graham nurses receive this important information pertaining to your student(s)

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Car/Backpack Tags

Car Visor Tags:

For car riders, we use a Visor Tag System. This helps move our pick-up line quicker. If you need additional visor tags, please email Mrs. Kirincich.

Backpack Tags for K-1

K-1 students were given a set of 4 backpack transportation tags from their classroom teacher in August. If you are in need of additional transportation tags, you may order them directly here.

Outdoor Clothing

Please be sure to send your child with appropriate outdoor clothing for recess. Students have outdoor recess unless the outside temperature is below 0.

Please label your child's jacket, gloves, hat, etc. whenever possible. It helps us return items to their owner when they end up in lost & found.

How to Report Absences

Absences should be called in by 7:45 AM if your child will be absent for any portion of the day. The number is 331-228-2100 and has voicemail. You can call during the evening or overnight and leave a message. Please leave your child’s name and the reason why your child is out. If they are ill, please indicate their symptoms. Even if you notify your child's teacher of an absence via email, we ask that you please still notify the office.

Picking up your child early?

Please call the office when you are 5 minutes away and we will have your child ready and waiting for you at the office. You will have to press the buzzer to come inside the vestibule to sign them out. 331-228-2100

How to Report Baker Station Absences

Reporting Absences

If your child will be absent on a day they would normally attend Baker Station, you need to email your site directly or email Angela Coppola, Baker Station Coordinator at , ALL absences must be reported by 12:30pm on the day of your child’s absence. The St. Charles Park District and Baker Station staff does not receive this information from the individual school sites.

Bell-Graham Resources

CUSD 303 Information

Kindergarten Enrollment Starts 1/30

Preschool Program Lottery Ends 1/25

North Jrs - Boys Volleyball Camp