BG eNews

February 26, 2020

Notes from Mrs. Klueppel...

Please note the following items for your attention:

  • There is NO SCHOOL this Friday 2/28/20

  • Remaining SIP Days: Dismissal is at 11:40 AM:
    -5/6/20

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PTO NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER:

March 6 Barn Dance, 6-8pm

March 14 Cal’s Angels Just Shave It Event -select Bell Graham Baldies Team

March 17 PTO Meeting, 1:30pm Teacher’s Lounge, see February meeting minutes here

April 16 Art Show/Ice Cream Social/Used Book Sale


BARN DANCE:

Yee Haw Partners! Find your cowboy hat and dust off those cowboy boots, it’s time for the annual Bell Graham Barn Dance!! This year’s dance is Friday, March 6 from 6pm - 8pm.


Come and enjoy dancing to your favorite music and rustle up some grub or have one of our new sweet treats (available for purchase)! Join our jail walk and end up in our BG jail or play our 2 new games. Each is 1 Barn Dance Dollar. You can also snap a pic in one of our photo backgrounds! Don’t forget to come dressed in your best western wear and enter the best dressed contest!


****Entrance to Barn Dance is $10/Bell Graham student. Family and siblings are free! Your entrance fee includes 3 Barn Dance Dollars you can use to play our new and improved games! You can purchase entrance tickets and extra Barn Dance Dollars through the PTO square site. We will be outside at pick up and drop off next week to give people who pre-buy their tickets a chance to pick them up early and avoid the line. Bonus - prepaid tickets come in a color changing Barn Dance cup!! You may still purchase tickets at the door.****


Barn Dance can’t be successful without the help of all of you! Please consider volunteering to help at the dance. Click here for the sign up genius.


If you have any questions, please contact Stacia Carlson, staciacarlson@yahoo.com or Darrell Griffin, griffin.darrell@hotmail.com


CAL’S ANGELS JUST SHAVE IT:

You can be a hero at any age and any size. Join our Bell Graham Baldies team to fundraise, donate a lock, or Shave It for pediatric cancer. You can be there hero! See flyer for all info!


ART SHOW/ICE CREAM SOCIAL/USED BOOK SALE:

Don't miss the chance to see your children's artwork from the 2019-20 school year displayed throughout Bell-Graham! Plan to attend the Art Fair & Ice Cream Social from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 16. One student from each grade will be selected to have a piece of art framed and kept on display in Bell-Graham's curated art exhibit from this spring through the child's graduation from B-G! Ice cream will be available for purchase, and beginning after school that same day, gently used books will be available for sale from 3-8pm! Funds raised from the ice cream and book sales will benefit our students through the PTO. From paying for field trips and classroom books and magazines to funding larger projects like the new sensory path, our PTO directly supports your students' experience at B-G. We hope to see you at the Art Fair! If you are interested in volunteering to prepare for the Art Fair or in helping the night of the show, please email Art Fair Co-Chair Lauren Dethloff at LaurenE314@aol.com.


USED BOOK SALE:

Please consider donating good (or better) condition books to our Used Book Sale. It will take place the same night as the Art Show/Ice Cream Social, on Thursday April 16th. We will take board books, preschool books, all the way to young adults books. Please place in the bin outside of the office. Please contact Kristin Jessup at kristinjessup@gmail.com if you have any questions.


SPECIAL REQUEST:

Looking forward to BG’s 20th Anniversary celebration, does anyone have a drone with photographic capabilities that they would be willing to operate for a special commemorative moment? Please contact Kris Marbutt at kristina.marbutt@d303.org or Kelly Cameron at kellyacameron@yahoo.com

Helpful PTO Information

SHOUT-OUT

You can arrange a shout-out to be displayed on your child’s special day on the front lobby monitor. Want to celebrate a special accomplishment, a birthday, or sports championship? Purchase the shout-out on Square for $10, fill out form, & send photos to be displayed to bellgrahamshoutout@gmail.com.


LUNCH WITH YOUR LOVED ONE

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.

PTO DUES
Not sure if you paid your PTO dues this year? Sign-in to PushCoin, click on statements on the left, adjust start date to 04/01/19, select student from the dropdown if necessary. If paid, you will see a $25 fee for Bell Graham - 2019-2020 PTO. The $25 PTO Fee is per family. Any questions, contact Heather Trask . A perk as a dues paying member is access to our online Directory Spot App.

PTO DIRECTORY

Students' information will be listed in the directory unless you have selected the boxes on registration on Home Access Center. To check if you have selected to be EXCLUDED, sign in to HAC, click on registration and look at the FERPA box at the bottom. If you see any checkmarks, your student will be excluded from the directory. You can edit to change that information. You would need to do this for each student you have. If you aren’t sure and would like to opt-out of having your child listed in our Directory, please send an email to bgeblast@gmail.com with the subject line as opt-out. Information is still being collected and directory will be published ASAP. For PTO dues-paying members, you will receive an email with login information from DirectorySpot.

Windy City Bulls 3-Point Play Program

Bell Graham Physical Education has elected to participate in the 2019-2020 Windy City Bulls 3-Point Play Program which is designed to encourage the three pillars of fitness: Exercise, Nutrition and Sleep.

We have provided your child a worksheet that emphasizes the Three Pillars in a fun and educational manner. The worksheet is designed to be completed by you with your child.

As a part of your child’s school participation in the program, he/she will receive a FREE Windy City Bulls game ticket for our home game at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on FRIDAY, MARCH 6. After returning the worksheet, a postcard with a student promo code will be sent home (tickets can be redeemed online)

Thank you for your participation and we look forward to meeting you at the Sears Centre Arena this season. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Rebecca Seidling at 331-228-2292 or Rebecca.seidling@d303.org.

WATCH D.O.G.S

We are proud to have incorporated the WATCH D.O.G.S., Dads of Great Students, program at Bell-Graham this school year. WATCH D.O.G.S. model positive social interactions and encourage students during lunch and recess each day. Please take a moment to the videos below of our BGTV news team interviewing two of our WATCH D.O.G.S.


If you are interested in becoming part of the WATCH D.O.G.S. team, please be sure that we have a completed volunteer liability form AND fingerprinting consent form on file for you as well as a copy of your driver's license. You sign-up for WATCH D.O.G.S. dates by clicking here.

Music Reminder

Our upcoming 1st and 3rd Grade SINGs on Thursday, March 12th.

  • 1st Grade will start at 6:00 pm.
  • 3rd Grade will start at 7:00 pm.

Fingerprinting Protocol for Volunteers

ALL PARENT/GUARDIAN VOLUNTEERS:

District 303 has adopted a new protocol for volunteers. Please see the information below.


  • 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 and your child's classroom teacher.
  • 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.

If you have questions, please contact the main office.

Yearbook Order Deadline 4/2/20

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

Middle School Transfer Requests

Families who wish to submit Middle School Transfer requests may do so beginning February 3. The request form will be available on the District 303 website through February 28. Families must complete a separate form for each student they want transferred. Requests are granted based on space available so siblings are not guaranteed placement. A written decision will be communicated to families before spring break.

Once the request is approved, a student may remain at that middle school throughout his or her middle school career, as long as the student resides in District 303.

Families of students granted permission to attend a school outside of their assigned attendance are responsible for their own transportation.

Students will return to their assigned attendance area high school regardless of the middle school attended.