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December 1, 2021

Notes from Principal Klueppel...

Dec. 20 - 31 Winter Break (No School)

Jan. 3 - Institute Day (No School)


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

Frozen Friday

Friday, Dec. 3rd, 8am

Bell Graham

Bundle up with your hat/scarf/mittens!

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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


BOOK FAIR

Shop our book fair starting NOW! Parents are also able to set up an e-wallet on the website to allow their kids to shop without sending them with cash to school! Check out the link to find out how!


https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=bellgrahames&fbclid=IwAR3uMDhRgo5QmqqA3N1ltPRQhCGCRDNSRp9eoJmCTwNPYNU-CIaxcmNnrJU


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!

Food Drive Thank You

The Bell-Graham Wellness Council sponsored a Thanksgiving Food Drive to support the

Northern Illinois Food Bank.


The Drive asked each student and teacher to bring in one dollar and a can of vegetables.

The Wellness Council collected $590 and 216 cans of food.


The money will go to provide Thanksgiving dinners for needy families.


According to the Food Bank, every dollar donated will buy eight dollars worth of groceries. So, Bobcat donations will provide $4720.00 worth of food, or 157 meal boxes.


Thanks to the generosity of our students and their families, many needy families will have a happy Thanksgiving dinner.

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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.

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.
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