BG eNews

January 22, 2020

Notes from Mrs. Klueppel...

Please note the following items for your attention:

  • In 2019-2020, District 303 will continue the system that provides a more equal distribution of PE, Art, Music, SciTech, and/or FLES classes between classes. Therefore, the following “A Day” plans will be put into place:

    • February 18th: Run the A DAY schedule on a Tuesday

      • (Monday schedule A DAY February 18th, Wednesday schedule February 19th, Thursday schedule February 20th, Friday schedule February 21st)

  • Remaining SIP Days: Dismissal is at 11:40 AM:
    -5/6/20

New D303 Volunteer Protocol

ALL PARENT/GUARDIAN VOLUNTEERS:

New D303 Volunteer Protocol requires any volunteer who is not in the direct presence of a D303 employee (field trips, one on one reading, watchdogs, etc.), and working with students, to fill out the new Volunteer Liability Form and go through the background check and fingerprinting process through the Regional Office of Education (ROE).


Volunteers play an important part in our school community. For the safety and security of our students, staff members and other visitors, D303 requires anyone who regularly volunteers in our school and chaperones off site activities to follow this new procedure. This new protocol is implemented at every D303 school.


BG Office staff will be contacting parent volunteers in our building whose frequency of volunteering in this capacity is high, to start the process this week. If you are not contacted and still anticipate being a volunteer working directly with students (reading one on one, field trips, etc.), you can complete the VLF form and then set up your appointment with the ROE to be fingerprinted. This process is only required one time while your child is enrolled in D303.


Once you have completed the VLF form, you can contact the Regional Office of Education, which is located at 28 N. First Street in Geneva. Appointments can only be made online at www.kaneroe.org. To be fingerprinted and processed as a volunteer for District 303, the fee is $40. Checks may be made payable to the ROE. If you have completed this process through the ROE previously, please note that on your VLF Form so we can verify with HR to confirm you will not need to be re-fingerprinted. Our BG Office staff will contact you to confirm if you can bypass fingerprinting if it was completed and verified with HR.


Once everything is completed and confirmed with the D303 HR Dept., our BG Office Staff will confirm with the volunteer the process is completed and will also confirm with classroom teachers that the individuals process is complete.


Again, Volunteers are extremely important in the success of many activities at Bell-Graham. We appreciate individuals completing this D303 protocol to help ensure the safe environment of our school.

We Want your Feedback!

District 303 participates in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey that collects feedback from our students, teachers, and parents. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will enable you to share your thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness. All responses are confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

We value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey before February 14, 2020. Thank you.

PTO NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER:

ASE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Jan 23 Bingo Night 6:30-8pm, sign up to volunteer here

Jan 23 Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting, Thompson MS LRC 6-7pm

Jan 24 ASE Registration closes at midnight

Feb 1 Girl Scout Daddy Daughter Dance

Feb 3 ASE Begins, sign up to volunteer here

Feb 7 Book Club 3-4pm

Feb 14 Teacher Appreciation Valentine’s Day Treats, sign up to donate items here

Feb 22 Trivia Night, 6pm

March 14 Cal’s Angels Just Shave It Event


BINGO NIGHT:

BINGO Night is TOMORROW, Thursday, January 23, from 6:30-8:00. This is always a fun family event that kids and parents enjoy each year. Bingo cards will be sold for a $1 each at the door on bingo night. New this year... refreshments will be available for purchase. If you have any new or like new toys that you would like to donate for bingo prizes, there is a bin in the office where you can drop them off. Sign up to volunteer here

5th Graders ONLY sign up to be a caller here


ASE:

There is still time to register for ASE! Tons of classes still have space available!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW! via community pass.

  • During registration, please update your child’s Teacher and Grade! Some classes are only open for certain grades.

  • You may only register a student for one class each day and may not sign up for duplicate classes (i.e. 2 slime-making classes) at this time.

  • Registration will end FRIDAY- January 24th at Midnight.


BOOK CLUB:

3-5th Graders join us for our next installment of BOOK CLUB on Friday February 7th from 3-4pm!

See link for all of the details. The book to be discussed is Code 7 by Bryan R Johnson.


TRIVIA NIGHT:

Parent Trivia Night will be held on Saturday February 22nd at the St. Charles Moose Lodge. This is a 21+ event. Doors will open at 6pm for a social hour. Trivia will begin at 7pm.


The cost is $30 per person when you register before 2/14 and $35 at the door. Teams will consist of 4 - 10 players. Light appetizers are included. There will be a cash only bar as well. There will be Raffle Baskets as well a a Silent Auction. Lots of exciting items up for grabs!!


Click here to register!

After you register on Square, fill out your team roster here!

NEW THIS YEAR -

Prizes will be given for best team costume and table decor!! Give your team an awesome name and dress to impress. Come at 6pm to decorate your table with your theme!! (This is optional.)

Mulligans will be available for purchase as well as the opportunity to put a member of an opposing team in “Time Out” for a round.


Credit cards accepted except for bar purchases.


If you have any questions, or would like to donate an item to our Silent Auction or Raffle Baskets, please contact Kate Bennett at kate.bennett82@yahoo.com


INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT D303’S LONGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DAY?

Consider attending the meeting for the Citizens Advisory Committee on Jan 23 6-7pm at Thompson Middle School LRC. It is open to the public.

Jump into a Healthy January with Wellness Council

The Bell-Graham Wellness Council will be sponsoring three open gym nights in January. All students and their families are invited to “Jump into a Healthy January”.

  • January 28 there will be our “Dance, Dance” where everyone can get out and learn some new moves as well as dance to old favorites.

The time is from 6:30 – 8:00pm in the Bell-Graham gym.

We hope to see many of our families joining in the fun!

Yearbook Information

Music Reminder

Our upcoming 1st and 3rd Grade SINGs on Thursday, March 12th.

  • 1st Grade will start at 6:00 pm.
  • 3rd Grade will start at 7:00 pm.

From the Nurse...

The peak of the cold and flu season is upon us! Recently, the nurses in District 303 have been caring for a number of students experiencing fevers and other cold-like symptoms. We are also aware that some students are absent from school because they have been diagnosed with the flu and other influenza-like symptoms. During the months of October through April, each school in District 303 tracks influenza activity in cooperation with the Kane County Health Department. We consult with their staff to determine whether influenza activity in a school warrant additional follow up and, at this time, no additional interventions are needed. Preventative measures remain the most effective way to reduce the spread of influenza.


Students who present to the Health Office with a fever and/or feeling poorly are sent home. To prevent widespread flu in school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:


CONSIDER KEEPING YOUR CHILD AT HOME for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough

  • Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)

  • Headache

  • Mild stomach ache


DEFINITELY KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:

  • Fever (greater than 100 degrees)

  • Vomiting (even once)

  • Diarrhea

  • Chills

  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue

  • Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough

  • Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose


TO HELP PREVENT THE FLU AND OTHER COLDS, teach your children good hygiene habits:

  • Wash hands frequently

  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth

  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands

  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill


Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until "fever free" and for a minimum of 24 hours. A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 24 hours before he/she is considered non-contagious and able to return to school. Keeping your ill child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom!


Thank you in advance for helping make this year at school as healthy as possible.

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.).

Helpful Links

CUSD 303 News

Middle School Transfer Requests

Families who wish to submit Middle School Transfer requests may do so beginning February 3. The request form will be available on the District 303 website through February 28. Families must complete a separate form for each student they want transferred. Requests are granted based on space available so siblings are not guaranteed placement. A written decision will be communicated to families before spring break.

Once the request is approved, a student may remain at that middle school throughout his or her middle school career, as long as the student resides in District 303.

Families of students granted permission to attend a school outside of their assigned attendance are responsible for their own transportation.

Students will return to their assigned attendance area high school regardless of the middle school attended.

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