Bell Bulletin

December 10, 2018 - Special Events Edition

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Candy Cane Grams!

The Bell PTA has teamed up with our 4th grade team to help them raise funds for their Austin trip! Candy Cane Grams are on sale now in the cafeteria ... before school for just $1! Parents may purchase Candy Cane Grams in the front office to send to their students/staff. This is an awesome opportunity to send some love to a special Bobcat and help our 4th graders!! You must know student name, grade level, and teacher name so we can deliver properly!

Child Nutrition is "Going Green"

We work hard to use technology where available to save on resources! Child Nutrition will be using an online menu platform to make sure you are informed of menu options. Don't forget you may update your child's lunch account on-line here as well. Please visit to see school breakfast and lunch menus! Yum, yum!

Interested in joining the Denton ISD Child Nutrition team? They are now hiring! Go to the Denton ISD homepage for information on how to apply.

Nine Week Grading Periods

This year Denton ISD is moving from a six week grading period to a nine week grading period. With the change, report cards will go home at the end of each nine week period. This year the grading periods will end on the following dates:

October 11th

December 20th

March 8th

May 23rd

We value our partnership and teachers will be sending home work samples as well as progress reports at the halfway point so you are informed of your child's progress. Many teachers also use forms of electronic sharing of student work samples. If you have any questions on your child's progress throughout the year, please contact your child's teacher.

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Volunteers Are Welcome

Plan on volunteering? Helping on a field trip? Please complete your volunteer application/background check! A new one is needed each school year and must be completed before you can volunteer with students. Information is provided on the link below. We can't wait to see you on campus!

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Dates to Remember

December 11: Ugly Sweater Day

Staff are participating in a competition! Who will win?

December 13: Winter Fine Arts Night

PTA Meeting - 6:30 (cafeteria)

Kinder performance - 6:45 (cafeteria)

3rd Grade performance - 7:15 (cafeteria)

Bobcat Choir performance - 7:45 (cafeteria)

Bell Bobcat Art Show throughout the hallways, 6:30-8:00 PM

December 14: Hat Day

Bring a $1 donation to support 5th grade science camp, and you may wear a hat INSIDE the building today! :) Money can be given to the homeroom teacher at arrival.

December 18: Winter/Holiday Hay or Headband Day

Staff are participating in a competition! Who will win?

2nd Grade Winter Parties, 9:30-10:30 AM - Classrooms - Don't forget your picture ID!

4th Grade Winter Parties, 1:30-2:15 PM - Classrooms - Don't forget your picture ID!

1st Grade Winter Parties, 2:00-2:45 PM - Classrooms - Don't forget your picture ID!

December 19: Early Release Day, 12:00 Noon

3rd Grade Winter Parties, 10:30-11:30 AM - Classrooms - Don't forget your picture ID!

December 20: Early Release Day, 12:00 Noon

Pajama Day!

5th Grade Winter Parties, 9:00-10:00 AM - Classrooms - Don't forget your picture ID!

Kinder Winter Parties, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM - Beginning in Cafeteria for presentation before classroom party - Cafeteria doors will not be open - Please bring picture ID to check-in at front office first!

December 21 - January 6: Winter Break

No School

January 7: Staff PLC Day

No school for students

January 21: Martin Luther King Day

No School

March 11 - March 15: Spring Break

No School

March 18: Staff PLC Day

No school for students

Cultivate Character

Building character is important to us at Bell Elementary! We believe in our students and want them to have the opportunity to grow in their character as well as in their academics. This includes helping students learn about their strengths and how they contribute to their classroom and school with those strengths, building problem solving skills, and practicing skills such as kindness, conflict resolution, forgiveness, resilience, goal setting, leading by example, helpfulness, and more!

Our second B.O.B.C.A.T.S. core value is "Cultivating Character". During the month of December we have been/will continue exploring how we can take steps to building our own character and influence the character of those around us. This conversation will start on daily morning announcements with a quote about overcoming obstacles and a daily challenge to staff and students given by Mrs. Shapiro. The conversation will continue with students during Morning Meeting time in classrooms.

A few quotes we will use to help spring conversation with students include:

"We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us." -John Locke

"Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking." -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself." -Bear Bryant

"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character." -Albert Einstein

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." -Maya Angelou

"A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation." -Mark Twain

"Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness." -Yousuf Karsh

"The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands." -Anne Frank

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what other think you are." -John Wooden

"Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition - such as lifting weights - we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity." -Stephen Covey

"Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character." -John Wooden

"Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there." -Stevie Wonder

We will continue to focus on being 212 throughout the school year and how our core values feed into this.

"At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train. Just one extra degree makes all the difference." -Sam Parker, 212 the extra degree