March 11, 2020
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 watch the videos below of our BGTV news team interviewing some 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.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
March 12 Bobcat Dinner Fundraiser, Old Towne Wasco, 11am-11pm
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
May 1 Talent Show Dress Rehearsal
May 3 Talent Show, sign up here before April 20
BOBCAT DINNER FUNDRAISER:
Come out and support our next bobcat dinner fundraiser at Old Towne Pub in Campton Hills on Thursday, March 12. Dine in or take out for lunch or dinner. Must mention fundraiser when ordering. See you there!
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!
Tuesday March 17th at 1:30pm in the Teacher’s Lounge. Please join us!
ART SHOW/ICE CREAM SOCIAL/USED BOOK SALE:
Volunteers Needed -- Art Show & Ice Cream Social
Looking to get involved with a low commitment? The Art Show & Ice Cream Social Committee needs you! We will meet on Monday, March 9 at 10 a.m. at Bell-Graham to plan the event on Thursday, April 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. If you are interested in helping but can't attend Monday's meeting, you can still participate. We have opportunities that are before, during and after the event, and jobs that are flexible with your schedule. Email Art Show Co-Chair Lauren Dethloff at LaurenE314@aol.com if you can help. Hope to see you Monday!
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 email@example.com if you have any questions.
Order your Thompson Middle School Clap Out T-shirts here
Helpful PTO Information
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
From the Nurse
Hello BG families,
Below is the letter the district sent out regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). I want to assure you the district is staying up to date on the recommendations of the Illinois Department of Public Health. We continue to clean the school daily and are reminding the staff and students the importance of handwashing. We will continue to monitor the sick following district policy. You can do your part by keeping sick kids home. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to call me in the Health office. 331-228-2104
Dear District 303 Families,
The health and safety of our students is our top priority, so we want to share with you information that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has published for schools throughout the state.
The good news at this time is that the health risk to the general public from Coronavirus (COVID-19) remains low. Currently, the IDPH recommends schools hold classes and events as usual and follow routine cleaning and disinfecting procedures; no special measures are necessary.
The IDPH also recommends the best way to protect against Coronavirus is by taking the same everyday precautions against getting sick in general. These include:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Staying home when you are sick.
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
To see the complete recommendations to schools from IDPH, please click here. We will continue to closely monitor recommendations regarding Coronavirus and will update you if there are any significant changes in recommendations for schools.
Thank you for your support in helping to keep our school community healthy.
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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 that 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.
*The entire process takes 2-3 weeks to complete
Yearbook Order Deadline 4/2/20
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.).