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October 16, 2019

Notes from Mrs. Klueppel...

Please note the following items for your attention:

  • Sign-Up for Parent Teacher conferences closes 11/22. See details below.
  • Students are NOT to wear costumes to school on Halloween. Students can wear costumes to Fall Fest on Oct. 25. See additional details about Fall Fest below.
  • Late picture orders can be completed online at
  • Picture retakes are Monday Oct. 21. If you would like your child to retake their picture, please notify the office so we can add their name to the retake list.
  • SIP Days: Dismissal is at 11:40 AM:

Thank You

A big thank you to our PTO, and to all of those that contributed to the staff chili luncheon this past Friday. We greatly appreciated having a warm delicious meal on a chilly day.

Sign-Up for Conferences

The parent sign-up window for Pick-A-Time Conferences closes at 11:59 PM on 11/22.

Parent Teacher conferences have been arranged for Nov 25 & 26. Classroom teachers have arranged their schedules to accommodate families with morning and evening conferences. As students have the week off from school, many families utilize this time to travel and gather with their loved ones for the Thanksgiving holiday. Again this year, we are asking those unable to meet in person to schedule a 20 min phone conference on either November 25 or 26. Please utilize the online conference scheduler Pick-a-Time to set your conference and follow up with your child’s teacher to confirm that your conference will be conducted via phone. If neither option works, classroom teachers will arrange a separate phone conference when able during their work day.

Click here for directions on how to use Pick-A-Time.

  • Parents are able to sign-up for conferences with classroom teachers, as well as with Mr. Mac, via Pick-A-Time. If you want make an appointment with a traveling teacher or specialist, please email them directly to arrange a conference.
  • If you child has Mrs. Ploszek as a teacher, please follow the specific sign-up details in the email she sent you.

Student Council

  • Spirit Week is Oct. 28-Nov. 1 See details below in the PTO section
  • We will be collecting socks the week of Oct. 28-Nov. 1
  • Candy/Cards/Letters for Troops will be collected Nov. 1 - Nov. 5th.

Lost & Found

Our Lost & Found has accumulated an array of water bottles, jackets and hoodies. If your child is missing something, please have them check the Lost & Found for their belongings. It is located in the front lobby.

From the Nurse...

As the weather changes over the next few weeks and fall is in the air it also means that cold and flu season is just around the corner. Here is a reminder of the district's sick policy. Thank you for helping us keep our students and staff healthy!

Report all absences to your child's school. Please provide what your child's symptoms are most importantly if they have Fever, Cough and or Sore throat.

Keep a child home from school when:

• Your child has had a fever of 100 degrees F or more within the past 24 hours

• Your child has had vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours

• Your child has an unexplained rash, sore or pink eyes with a discharge

• Your child has a persistent, productive cough

** Your child should be fever free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school

** If a bacterial infection has been diagnosed, your child MUST have 24 hours of antibiotics before returning to school

** If your child has not fully recovered or remained home for the recommended length of time, parents may be contacted and asked to take the child home.



Oct 25 FALL FEST, 6-8pm, we need volunteers! Please sign up for a shift or two!

Oct 28 K,1,2: Wear Orange, 3,4,5 Wear Black

Oct 29 Crazy Sock Day

Oct 30 Crazy Day (Mismatched clothes, hair, etc.)

Oct 31 Halloween Themed Clothing

Nov 1 PJ Day!


10/25, 6 - 8 p.m. Check out the flyer for details:

It’s go time, BG parents! We NEED your help in all areas of Fall Fest! Set-up, break-down, food sales and running games. PLEASE sign up for a shift or two. It’s fun to volunteer, we promise! Or sign-up your middle school or high school student to help out. We cannot run this huge fundraiser for the PTO, not to mention a super fun night out, without help. You may bring your kids to set-up if you need to. Just make sure they have something to keep them occupied, and come for whatever portion works for your schedule. Click here to choose your shift:

**Special surprise "Thank You Gift" for those that stay after to clean-up!**

Pre-buy tickets on community pass & skip the lines: Tickets can be picked up at school the week of Fall Fest.

Haunted Hallway presented by Cub Scouts, face painting, fortune teller, pizza and snacks available for purchase, kids: wear your costumes, cake walk, halo ring (soda) toss, lunch with your teacher raffle, crafts and slime, photo booth and more!

Consider donating peanut-free, store-bought, baked goods for the Cake Walk and liters of pop for the Halo Rings game. We will collect donations outside of BG before & after school the week of Fall Fest

Sponsorship opportunities still exist. Contact Candace Kloss for more information:

We want to thank the following sponsors of Fall Fest this year.


Registration for Book Club is now open! It is for 3rd-5th Graders and will meet on Friday November 8th from 3-4pm. The current selection is The Secret Lake. Please click here for all of the details including the sign up link.


Buy, Scan, Earn! Our first classroom Box Tops contest has started! Buy participating products from any retailer and scan your receipt on the new Box Top App to help earn cash for Bell Graham. Download the all new Box Top app on your phone and scan your receipt each time you shop. You can also turn in your clipped Box Tops over the next few weeks to your classroom teacher.


Plans for Bell-Graham’s February After School Enrichment program will be underway soon. Want to help with the planning? We’d love to add more members to our committee! Have ideas for classes? Have a skill you want to share? Please contact Heather Trask for more information.


Start saving your good condition kids books for the Used Book Sale. It isn’t until April, but we can start collecting! Please contact Kristin Jessup at if you would like to arrange for a drop off, or wait until the bin is in the school lobby in a few weeks. Watch for updates!


A huge thank you to Mrs. Vantine, OT and parent helpers: Mr. and Mrs. Oeltgen and Mrs. Valiante for their hard work in installing the sensory pathway last week. The PTO purchased it last year, and it is located in the hallway between the 3rd and 4th grade pods. Please attend the November PTO Meeting on Nov 19th at 6:30pm for a “field trip” to see this excititng new addition to Bell Graham!

Attendance Line

  • Absences should be called in before 8:40 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 (headache, vomiting, etc.).

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