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December 15, 2021

Notes from Principal Klueppel...

Dec. 20 - 31 Winter Break (No School)

Jan. 3 - Institute Day (No School)


3rd & 5th Grade Parents/Guardians:

Your child's Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) scores will be sent home with them on Friday, 12/17.


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

Holiday Spirit Week

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Book Club

Calling all 4th and 5th grade readers. This January we will be doing a fun and quick book club. We will be reading, 'Zoe's Rescue Zoo, The Puzzled Penguin' by Amelia Cobb. We will plan to meet a total of three times throughout the month of January. If interested please email Carmen Kujanski at ckujanski@gmail.com. Happy Reading.


STAFF APPRECIATION

Our Staff Appreciation event for the month of December will be a holiday cookie and baked goods exchange but we need your help! We want to make sure all of our wonderful staff has plenty of treats to enjoy as they start their holiday break! We are asking that you contribute a minimum of ONE DOZEN. Please use the sign up genius link below.


The staff will be making their collection of cookies on Friday, December 17th. Please bring in your cookie and baked goods donation directly to the school (before or after school to the table in the entrance breezeway) or to 40W228 James Michener, St Charles (Fox Mill Subdivision) by the end of day Thursday, December 16th or by 9am Friday, December 17th.


All donations must be store bought or from a bakery, nothing made from your kitchen is permitted this year per COVID guidelines.


Any questions please email or text Jenna, jennac@gmail.com or 630-330-9019.


Thank you as always for contributing for our staff appreciation events!


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4fa5ab2da0ff2-bell2


ASE

Calling all parents!! Do you or someone you know have a hobby or skill that can be shared with Bell Graham students? We’re looking to recruit volunteers to teach classes for ASE (After School Enrichment) that runs during February. Example: crochet, juggling, drawing. Please reach out to Kristin Jurcik 773-220-1667 or jurcik62709@gmail.com. Fill out your volunteer forms NOW, if you haven’t yet this year!
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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.


YOU WILL ONLY BE NOTIFIED OF POSITIVE TEST RESULTS

(no news is good news)

From the Nurse

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

BG Parent Volunteers

All volunteers, new and “old,” will be asked to complete the Volunteer Form prior to coming in to volunteer for the first time this school year. Once we have it on file you will not need to complete it again this year.


Volunteers simply need to complete the Volunteer Form.


Just like in previous years, volunteers will need to have their license with them for us to scan into our Raptor System. In addition now, you will need to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid-19 test 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.

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 Ursula Bulgarelli, Baker Station Coordinator at ubulgarelli@stcparks.org , 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

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 juanita.gryfinski@d303.org Kristen Pozna, District Substitute Coordinator at 331-228-4924 or kristen.pozna@d303.org.

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.