Bell Bulletin

March 20, 2018

Bell PTA Hosts Pastries with Parents

We can't wait to see you this Friday, March 23rd, for a come-and-go event to honor YOU from 7:30 AM - 8:15 AM in your child's classroom. Pastries and drink will be provided for parents. Parking will be available in the front parking lot (staff will park in the back lot to give visitors more parking opportunities up front). With 810 students and families, parking will be a challenge. If you are able to walk to Bell or carpool, that would be helpful! We look forward to seeing you Friday!

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Order Your 3-D Yearbooks Before It's Too Late!

Yearbooks are still on sale until 3/30/2018! Dedication page space is limited, so be sure to get them in soon (Recognition Ads)! You can also upload your own school event photos to the website to have them (if chosen) in the yearbook.

Yearbooks are 24.99 (tax included)

They can be purchased at

Type & Select "Catherine Bell Elementary"
Select "Shop my school"
Add items to your cart
Check out

Super easy!

Yearbooks will be delivered to your student at the end of the year!

Thank you to our PTA for all you do to have something like this available to our Bobcats!

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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!

Treat Others with Respect

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 sixth core value is "Treat Others With Respect". During the month of March we will learn about how we can respect ourselves, others, and our school environment.

This conversation will start on daily morning announcements with a quote about character and a daily challenge to staff and students given by Mrs. Shapiro. Please help us at home by sharing ways you show respect!

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

- Please and thank you are still magic words.

- "A person's a person, no matter how small." - Dr. Seuss

- Leave everything a little better than you found it.

- "One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say." - Bryan H. McGill

- "I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university." - Albert Einstein

- "Treat people exactly as you would like to be treated by them." -Golden Rule

- "Differences were meant not to divide but to enrich." - J.H. Oldham

- "A fruit salad is delicious precisely because each fruit maintains its own flavor." - Sean Covey

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

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Not a PTA member yet? It's not too late! Stop by the office and we can get you set up!

Dates to Remember

March 21st: College Spirit Day!

Join Bell staff in sporting your favorite college/university shirt or colors.

March 23rd: Pastries with Parents Sponsored by Bell PTA

7:30-8:15 AM in classrooms

Come-and-Go Event

Parking is limited in front lot - please consider walking or carpooling

March 23rd: Hat Day

Bring a $1 donation and wear your favorite hat to school. Donations help fund 5th grade science camp.

April 6th: Bell Spring Fine Arts Show

Bell Elem, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Come and go event, Last entry at 7:40 PM

Come stroll through Bell to enjoy student art work displays and listen to 4th/5th grade choir as they sing on stage in the cafeteria. The Bell Tones take the stage at 6:30 PM!

April 10th: STAAR Testing

4th Grade Writing, 5th Grade Math

*Campus Closed to Visitors on STAAR Testing Days

April 11th: STAAR Testing

5th Grade Reading

*Campus Closed to Visitors on STAAR Testing Days

April 13th: No School for Students

Staff Development Day

April 14th: Bobcat Bash hosted by PTA

More info to come!

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Bell outdoors

April 30th: General PTA Meeting

Bell Cafeteria 6 PM

May 14th: STAAR Testing

3rd & 4th Grade Math

5th Grade Math (retest)

*Campus Closed to Visitors on STAAR Testing Days

May 15th: STAAR Testing

3rd & 4th Grade Reading

5th Grade Reading (retest)

*Campus Closed to Visitors on STAAR Testing Days

May 16th: STAAR Testing

5th Grade Science

*Campus Closed to Visitors on STAAR Testing Days

May 18th: Bell Field Day

More info to come!

May 23rd: Early Release Day @ 12:00 noon

Please make sure you communicate any dismissal changes with the school!

May 24th: Early Release Day @ 12:00 noon

Please make sure you communicate any dismissal changes with the school!

May 24th: Last Day of School