BG eNews

November 20, 2019

Notes from Mrs. Klueppel...

Please note the following items for your attention:

  • Remaining SIP Days: Dismissal is at 11:40 AM:

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Sign-Up for Conferences

The parent sign-up window for Pick-A-Time Conferences closes at 11:59 PM on Friday 11/22.

Parent Teacher conferences have been arranged for Nov 25 & 26. Classroom teachers have arranged their schedules to accommodate families with morning and evening conferences. As students have the week off from school, many families utilize this time to travel and gather with their loved ones for the Thanksgiving holiday. Again this year, we are asking those unable to meet in person to schedule a 20 min phone conference on either November 25 or 26. Please utilize the online conference scheduler Pick-a-Time to set your conference and follow up with your child’s teacher to confirm that your conference will be conducted via phone. If neither option works, classroom teachers will arrange a separate phone conference when able during their work day.

Click here for directions on how to use Pick-A-Time.

  • Parents are able to sign-up for conferences with classroom teachers, as well as with Mr. Mac, via Pick-A-Time. If you want make an appointment with a traveling teacher or specialist, please email them directly to arrange a conference.
  • If you child has Mrs. Ploszek as a teacher, please follow the specific sign-up details in the email she sent you.

Wellness Council Food Bank Collection

The Bell-Graham Wellness Council is once again collecting money to help the Northern Illinois Food Bank provide Thanksgiving dinners for needy families.

$30 buys a complete Thanksgiving dinner. If each of our students and staff gives only $1, we can buy 12 dinners to support those in need.

Wellness Council members are collecting the money during through 11/22. Thanks in advance for your support.

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Holiday Collections

There are collection boxes in the front lobby.

Verify your Information In HAC

Please take a moment to verify that all of your information listed in HAC (Home Access Center), is accurate. While it is always important to keep your information up to date, it is especially vital as we move into the winter season. The only way to receive district messages is to have accurate information on file. Thank you for helping us keep you informed.

From the Nurse...

Cold Versus Flu

What is the difference between a cold and flu?

Flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more intense. Colds are usually milder than flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can have very serious associated complications.

How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?

Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu.

What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold?

The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)

Band Families

Dear Band Families,

With the upcoming winter concert, band students will have a dress rehearsal. The dress rehearsal will provide a very important opportunity for band students from Anderson, Bell-Graham, Lincoln, and Wasco a chance to practice together before our concert.

Please check your email, your student's band binder, or click here for all the details on the dress rehearsal and other important information regarding rehearsal days and times.

Contact Ms. Rice if you have any questions or concerns.


Lost & Found

Our Lost & Found has accumulated an array of water bottles, jackets and hoodies. If your child is missing something, please have them check the Lost & Found for their belongings. It is located in the front lobby.

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.).

Thank You

A big thank you to our PTO, and to all of those that contributed to the Game Day staff luncheon last week. We are grateful for the delicious meal.



Nov 22 Box Tops Due Nov 22 Snug Hugs for Kids Winter Wear Drive donations due

Nov 22 Big Hearts of Fox Valley Donations due

Nov 27 Bling Boss Spirit Wear orders due

Dec 3 Giving Tuesday

Dec 4 Hairy Any Spirit Wear orders due

Dec 10 Big Hearts of Fox Valley Wrapping Event, (box in lobby for donations)


New Spirit Wear items are available for purchase from two different vendors this holiday season! Check out all of the new designs and gear! A portion of sales benefit the PTO. Orders will be delivered to your student at school the week of December 11.

Bling Boss and

Hairy Ant


Parent Trivia Night 2020 is fast approaching!! The event will be held on Saturday February 22nd at the St. Charles Moose Lodge. We need YOUR help to make this night an even bigger success than last year! We are currently looking for donations for our Silent Auction and Raffle Baskets. Are you a Pampered Chef, Tupperware or a Rodan + Fields consultant? Do you own your own photography business? Do you own a local business? We need your help!! Please consider donating a product or service to our event!! Your business will be recognized on our Facebook page and at our event. Please contact Kate Bennett ( or Andrea Benavidez ( Thank you!


After School Enrichment Arts/Crafts Volunteers Wanted

Can YOU help one day in February? We need parents or high school students to lead After-School Enrichment classes in February 2020. You pick the activity from the list (or come up with something else), gather materials (either donate or submit for reimbursement) and show up on your assigned day at 2:45 p.m. One-day classes are held the entire month of February (Mon-Thurs) from 3:00-4:15p.m. Check out the signup genius link for more details.


Our Box Top contest for the first trimester ends Friday, November 22. Please turn in your clipped box tops to your classroom teacher in a baggie, or taped to the leaf collection page that was sent home earlier this month. The winning class gets a visit from BG!!


The PTO is still looking for a co-chair for the Art Fair & Ice Cream Social on, April 16, 2020. Lauren Dethloff is signed on to co-chair this fun event again, but she is in need of a second co-chair. This event is a wonderful chance for your kids to show you their best artwork, all displayed on the "gallery" walls of BG. There is also a delicious ice cream social for the entire family to enjoy. Kristin Jessup will be chairing the Used Book Fair the same evening to raise funds for the PTO and provide a very reasonable way to buy used books! It's a great group of events and this co-chair position is an awesome way for a helpful parent to jump-in and help out Bell Graham! Please, contact Kim Nudera, if you'd like more information:

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CUSD 303 News

Parent University Book Study

District 303 Parent University presents our second annual book study when we read "The Whole Brain Child" by Dr. Dan Siegel.

In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling book Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. Conversations will be based upon the book as well as supplemental workbook activities. Study sessions will be offered during both morning and evening times at the following locations:

  • Baker Community Center (101 S. 2nd Street, St. Charles)
  • Fox Ridge in the LRC (1905 Tyler Road, St. Charles)

Please register here by November 30 so we can order a book for you! Then let us know when you will pick up your book.

Book Pickup December 9, 2019

10:00-11:00 a.m. in the D303 Board Room
5:30-6:30 p.m. in the D303 Board Room

Join us for the book study sessions on the following dates:

February 13, 2020
9:15-10:30 a.m. at Baker Community Center
6:30-7:45 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

February 27, 2020
9:15-10:30 a.m. at Baker Community Center
6:30-7:45 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

March 12, 2020
9:15-10:30 a.m. at Baker Community Center
6:30-7:45 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

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