BG eNews

January 19, 2022

Notes from Principal Klueppel...

1/26 - Early Release (2:10 Dismissal)

2/21 - Presidents' Day Holiday (No School)

2/23 - Early Release (2:10 Dismissal)

2/25 - End of 2nd Trimester

3/4 - Teacher Work Day (No School)

Cold Weather:

Please be sure to send your child with a warm coat, gloves, and a hat to school each day. Students go outside for mask breaks, PE, and recess.

REMINDER: Students have outdoor recess unless the outside temperature with windchill is below 0.

Symptom Guidelines for sending your child to school

SHIELD Testing

If you'd like to register your unvaccinated child to participate in the free weekly testing, click here. Testing is one method for identifying cases and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

If you changed your mind about your initial response to SHIELD testing, you can go back to the portal and update your response.


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PTO News


Join us for a no cook night TONIGHT at Salsa Verde (1850 Lincoln Hwy St Charles) from 11am - 9pm! Please mention flyer when ordering so the PTO receives a portion of the sales!


ASE is here! You will be receiving a whole-school email this Monday, January 24th, with all the information you will need to know about ASE. ASE is happening this year and it is happening IN PERSON! Your ASE committee has been hard at work organizing a month's worth of after school enrichment activities to keep your students busy and active in February. Please keep an eye out for this important information. ASE will run February 7th-March 3rd on Monday-Thursday (with one Friday exception). Classes are held after school from 3-4:15pm. You and your students do NOT want to miss this!


Mark your calendars! Trivia Night is happening Saturday February 19th at the St. Charles Moose Lodge. Doors open at 6pm and trivia will begin at 7pm.

Get your friends together and form a team of 4 - 10 people. The night will include brain tingling trivia as well as amazing Silent Auctions and Raffles. Come up with a creative theme for your team and dress up and decorate your table! Prizes will be awarded for best themes and decor.

Tickets are $25 per person for this event and include light appetizers. A cash only bar will also be available.

Please have one member of your team email your team roster and name to Andrea Benavidez at


Ticket sales end February 10th.


Do you own a small business? Do you have season tickets to a local sports team? We’re looking for items to be donated for our event to raise money for our kiddos!! Please contact Kate Bennett at if you’d like to donate to our event.


The PTO needs your help again stocking the “Staff Snack Closet” for our awesome Bell Graham administration and teachers! Please sign up for one or as many snack slots as you would like to contribute for the Bell Graham staff! Please drop off your items to the vestibule at school by January 28th. If you are at the store and have questions, call or text Jenna at 630-330-9019.


AVIC is back! AVIC (Art Volunteers in Classroom) is a district wide program that teaches kids about different artists and styles. Each month, 1-2 volunteers can present to each class approximately 45-60 minute presentations that you (the volunteer) create. You present the history of the artist and his/her style for about 15 minutes and use the remainder of the time for the students to create an art project in that artist's style. No art experience is needed!

See the sign-up genius to get started. More details will follow upon sign-up.


The Talent Show is scheduled for Sunday May 15th at the St. Charles North Auditorium.

This is a fun event for the whole family that allows our students to showcase all their amazing talents and abilities.

We need your help!!! We currently do not have a committee chair for this event. If we are unable to find a chair, this event will not happen. If you are interested in more information or getting involved, please contact the PTO at

BG Parent Volunteers

Repeat volunteers OR anyone that would be with students without direct supervision of employees, must follow volunteer fingerprinting protocol. (AVIC, WatchDogs, etc.) ASE takes place completley outside the school day so there is no need to be fingerprinted


District 303 protocol for volunteers:

  • Please complete the VLF AND Consent forms ASAP and return to the BG Office along with a copy of your Driver's License or State ID.
  • Once we send the form to D303 HR and it is returned, we will contact you to pick up your Authorization Form, so you can make your appointment to be fingerprinted. D303 will waive the $40 if you follow this process.
  • You can make an appointment through the following link. You must have the Authorization form in order to be fingerprinted.
  • Once you have completed the form and the fingerprinting process, our D303 HR Dept. will notify us when everything is finalized. We will communicate this with you.
  • In the case you have already been fingerprinted through the ROE (as a sub, or for any other purpose), please indicate that on the Consent form. We will confirm with HR that the status is still current and does not need to be repeated.

In addition now, you will need to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid-19 test dated within 72hrs. Digital or paper proof is fine. We will NOT retain a paper copy of your vaccination or negative Covid tests here at the building. Therefore, please be prepared to show proof each day you volunteer.

All volunteers will be required to adhere to the safety mitigations schools are following. Volunteers will need to remain 3’ from students and to wear a mask for their entire time in the building.


One Time Volunteers:

If volunteering for one day only (for the school year) and, will be in the constant presence of another employee there is no paperwork needed. You need to bring your liscence to be scanned in the our Raptor System.

In addition now, you will need to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid-19 test dated within 72hrs. Digital or paper proof is fine. We will NOT retain a paper copy of your vaccination or negative Covid tests here at the building. Therefore, please be prepared to show proof each day you volunteer.

All volunteers will be required to adhere to the safety mitigations schools are following. Volunteers will need to remain 3’ from students and to wear a mask for their entire time in the building.

From the Nurse

New Nurse Welcome:

My name is Stephanie Hilgers. I am excited to start my journey as the Bell Graham school nurse. I feel very privileged to be a bobcat and am looking forward to taking care of some amazing students and staff. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Our Certified Nurse is still Mrs. McCann. She can be contacted at

Forms needed for the school year:

K: Up to date Physical, Immunizations, Dental and Vision as well as a Health survey

2nd: Dental (due by May)

3rd: Updated Health survey

New students to Illinois: Physical and Immunization, Dental and Vision on Illinois forms.

All forms can be found at the district website in the health services tab.

Remember to pack extra masks for your students in case they misplace theirs or they get dirty. If you do not want your child to wear school issued clothes in the event their clothes get soiled please send a spare in your child's backpack.

Please call the Health Office any time 8-3 if you have any questions or concerns this school year. If you have any Covid-19 related questions please call the health office at 331-228-2104 or refer to the district website.

Most Recent Illinois Department of Public Health Guidelines

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.

Attendance Line

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, their teachers name and the reason why your child is out. If they are ill, please indicate their symptoms.

Bell-Graham Resources

CUSD 303 Resources

Preschool Lottery

Registration for the Preschool Program Lottery will be open from January 12 - January 26. Names will be randomly selected on January 27, and parents will be notified by email if their child is chosen. Those who are not selected will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified when a space becomes available. Click here to register!

Substitute Nurses Needed

D303 is looking for Substitute Nurses!

Do you have a friend, neighbor or relative who has a nursing license and is looking for work?

A D303 substitute nurse has a flexible schedule, an opportunity use their nursing skills and work in any of our 18 district school buildings. Many former D303 substitutes have gone on to become district employees.

Please share the following contact information:

Juanita Gryfinski, Dept Chair, D303 Health Services at 331-228-3834 or Kristen Pozna, District Substitute Coordinator at 331-228-4924 or

E-Learning Plan and Emergency Days

The School Board has approved an E-Learning plan that gives the district the option to offer remote learning in place of emergency days. Currently, our last day of school is Tuesday, May 24, which is the week before Memorial Day.

  • If we experience inclement weather, the first three days will be “snow days” that will be made up at the end of the school year on May 25, 26, and 27 as needed.

  • Subsequent emergency days will be remote days so the last attendance day will still be before Memorial Day.

  • If there is a long stretch of inclement weather (blizzard, polar vortex, etc.), we may split the days into “snow days” and e-learning days so as to not have too many non-attendance days in a row.