BG eNews

October 2, 2019

Notes from Mrs. Klueppel...

Please note the following items for your attention:

  • Picture proof money is no longer being accepted in the office. The deadline was Oct. 1. Late orders can be completed online at
  • Picture retakes are 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:

1/2 Day Sack Lunch Form - Due Oct. 7

PTO News



Oct 7-11 Book Fair, please volunteer to help!

Oct 8 After School Enrichment Committee Meeting 1:30pm Teacher’s Lounge

Oct 9 New session of STEM Club begins

Oct 11 Staff Appreciation Chili Luncheon, sign up here to bring items

Oct 15 Bobcat Fundraiser Dinner at South Elgin Chipotle!

Oct 15 PTO Meeting 1:30pm, Teacher’s Lounge, all are welcome!

Oct 25 FALL FEST, 6-8pm, we need volunteers!


The Follett Book Fair will take place on October 7-11. Please click the link for all specific information on hours. This is a PTO Fundraiser. Please consider signing up to help run this event. It is a new vendor this year, and we are excited to see all of their fun, new offerings!



Mark your calendars! Our next Bobcat Fundraiser Dinner will be on Monday October 14th at the South Elgin Chipotle from 4:30-8pm. Please show the flyer when ordering. The PTO will get 33% of the proceeds!


FALL FEST is 3 WEEKS away! Friday, October 25th, 2019, 6 - 8 p.m. Kids & families of BG will get to dress in costume & have some fun with their friends and teachers! Come for games, cake walk, crafts, treats, fun photo booth, raffles & more! This is not a drop-off event. Kids will need supervision.

Please, sign up and help us all out with set-up, clean-up/break-down, & running games! We absolutely can't do it without you & still need MANY more helpers to make this event happen.

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 sponsorships for helping out our 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.


Sign Up now for the second session of Stem Club. There are only a few spots remaining. This session which will focus on Bridges and Engineering is now open for registration. It will take place on 10/9, 10/16, 10/23 and 10/30 from 3-4:30 and is open to 2nd-5th graders. Class size is limited to 12 students.


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? Our first committee meeting will be Tuesday, October 8th @ 1:30 in the Teachers’ Lounge. 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.


The next PTO Meeting will be on Tuesday October 15th at 1:30pm in the Teacher’s Lounge. If you missed September’s Meeting, please see the minutes here.

SHOUT-OUT instructions


Please use the sign-up form here to select ONE DATE from the drop down menu that you will share lunch in the cafeteria with your loved one.

Check to see if you paid your PTO DUES

PTO DIRECTORY instructions

From the Office...


If you are picking your child up from an after school club or activity, please wait outside or in the vestibule. Activity sponsors will walk your child to the front door to meet you.

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.).

Helpful Links

CUSD 303 News

New Elementary School Day Update

Thank you to all parents who completed the form that provided us with feedback about the new elementary school day. The District was thrilled to have received over 900 responses. On September 23, parents and staff members who make up the Think Tank met to review research and have a discussion about innovative learning and what it looks like in District 303. In addition, they analyzed the feedback form responses. A summary of the first meeting is available on the District 303 website here. We encourage you to take a moment to read over the summary. We will provide you with additional summaries after subsequent meetings.