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December 4, 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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Wellness Council

The Wellness Council collected $300 for the Northern Illinois Food Bank holiday drive. Bobcats and their families were able to purchase 10 Thanksgiving dinner food boxes. Thanks to all who donated to help our needy neighbors.

Holiday Collections

There are collection boxes in the front lobby.

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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 during 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.).



Dec 4 Hairy Ant Spirit Wear orders due

Dec 10 Big Hearts of Fox Valley Wrapping Event

Jan 14 PTO Meeting 1:30pm, Teacher’s Lounge

Jan 23 Bingo Night


Yesterday was Giving Tuesday, but it is not too late to participate in Bell Graham PTO’s Giving Tuesday event. We are all so thankful for our school and all the opportunities it provides our children. For an easy way to “give back”, just go to our Square store to make your donation. Or write a check payable to Bell Graham PTO, place it in an envelope marked, PTO, and bring it/send with your child to the office. See all details for this no guilt fundraiser here.

Does your employee do an employee giving “match”? Consider having your company match your non-profit donations, including our PTO.


Spirit Wear items are still available for purchase! Check out all of the new designs! A portion of sales benefit the PTO. Orders will be delivered to your student at school the week of December 11. Or please contact Andrea Benavidez at to arrange for a pick up or delivery if your purchase is intended to be a gift or suprise.

Hairy Ant


Plans for our After School Enrichment program are in full swing. We expect to have over 100 classes scheduled again this year. ASE consists of a variety of classes offered after school during the month of February which will allow your Bobcat to explore new hobbies and learn new skills. ASE offers 6-8 classes to choose from each day (M-Th) after school. Classes cover a variety of topics: art, science, sports, crafts, animals, technology, dance, culinary, theater, etc. Many favorite classes are returning and we are adding lots of new & exciting classes, too. There is a cost for these classes, the money pays the vendor and a small amount goes back to the PTO. The classes begin immediately after school and pick up will be in the classrooms at 4:15. You select the activities your child is interested in using our Community Pass registration program. Some classes are in high demand and fill quickly! All classes are one day classes unless otherwise noted.

  • Preview on Community Pass Opens Monday, January 6

  • Video Preview shown at lunch Thursday, January 9

  • Registration opens Tuesday, January 14 at 9PM

  • Registration closes Friday January 24 at Midnight


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!


Support the Bell Graham PTO during this season of holiday giving, by simply setting up an Amazon Smile link for all of your Amazon shopping needs. You shop. Amazon gives. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. (Parent Teacher Organization of Bell Graham Elementary School)

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

Just go to and search for Parent Teacher Organization of Bell Graham Elementary School. Add items to your cart, checkout, and viola! You just made a contribution to the PTO!


As you are doing your Holiday cleaning and decluttering, please remember the PTO. We will start collecting good condition toys and treasures for Bingo Night, and books (pre-readers through middle school reading levels) for the Used Book Sale after school resumes from Winter Break. Please look for the areas to donate your goods near the office. Thank you!


Thank you to everyone who participated in the November Box Top Contest!! Our first place goes to Mrs. McKee’s class, second place is Mrs. Vostal’s class and third place is to Mrs. Paul’s class. Please continue clipping you Box Tops for our next contest coming up shortly!

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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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