BG eNews

September 16, 2022

Notes from Mrs. Klueppel...

9/23: PickATime opens to sign-up for Parent/Teacher Conferences

9/28: Early Release (2:10 pm dismissal)

10/3: PickATime closes to sign-up for Parent/Teacher Conferences

10/6: PreK-12 Parent/Teacher Conferences (No Students)

10/7: PreK-8 Parent/Teacher Conferences (No Students)

10/10: Columbus Day (No Students)

10/12: Walk to School Day

10/19: Picture Retake Day - sign your child up below

10/26: Early Release (2:10 pm dismissal)


Car Visor Tags:

For car riders, we use a Visor Tag System. If you need additional visor tags, please email Mrs. Kirincich.


Want to Volunteer at BG this year?

Please read our volunteer protocol. Take note that the requirements are different based on if you are a one time volunteer or repeat volunteer.


Reminder:

If there is a change to your child's dismissal plan you must contact the office. Please do not contact your child via their phone or watch to relay the change, we can only honor a change in dismissal plans if the front office is contacted.

BG Staff Running Team

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Come cheer on the BG Staff Running Team on Sunday at the Fox Valley Marathon Race Series. Ms. Marbutt, Mrs. Gennaro, Mrs. Paul, Mrs. Davison, Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Kirincich, Mrs. Marquardt, Mrs. St. Clair, Mrs. Cloy, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Weichert, Mrs. Arcieri, Mrs. Gaddum, and Mrs. Klueppel will all be there.


The race course will take us along the Fox River from the Illinois Ave bridge and down Riverside Ave (RT 25) and back to the bridge to the finish line. We'd love to see some BG faces cheering us along.

Think Sheet Behavior

How does Bell Graham address school safety, acknowledge students for accomplishments, and effectively discipline students? These are important questions that Bell Graham’s behavior process supports.


One way to address these issues is by building school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports within and outside of the classroom. Bell Graham focuses on proactive ways to define, teach, and sustain appropriate student behaviors across school settings. Through a continuum of reflection and behavior support in all areas of the school including the classroom, lunchroom, restrooms, specials, and playground, our goal is to enhance the capacity of our environments to increase teaching and learning. Bell Graham’s behavior process is done through a reflection of restorative measures.


Please see the graphic below for the procedure of completing “Think Sheets” or student reflections when a student’s conduct does not meet BG Best expectations of Be Respectful, Responsible and Safe.

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PICK-A-TIME FOR PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES Opens 9/23 @ 8am

Pick-A-Time

Opens: 9/23 at 8:00 AM

Closes: 10/3 at 11:59 PM


Parent directions for accessing Pick-A-Time and selecting in-person/virtual meetings.

Picture Retake Sign-Up for 10/19

Picture Retake Day - 10/19


Click here to sign your child up for picture retake day if:


1) your child missed picture day on 9/12


OR


2) you would like your child to have their picture retaken

Student Picture Information

The prepay website closed at midnight on 9/12. If you missed prepaying you will have a chance to order pictures with your child's Ticket Code. When placing an order after Picture Day with a Ticket Code a shipping fee will be added on and picture packages will be shipped directly to the home.


Ticket Codes will be delivered with the bulk picture package order approximately three weeks post Picture Day. Link to order with ticket code. (you can't place and order until the individual student ticket codes are delivered to the school)

Help us be our BG Best!

Help us be our BG best!! Can you think of something to enhance the experience for our students? Make sure that you have completed the D303 Volunteer Protocol! Either donate your time or a tangible item for the BG Best Shop!


Click here if you are interested in helping us be our BG Best!

Join 5th Grade Choir!

Join 5th Grade Choir!

Calling all 5th grade students! This year you have the chance to join our 5th grade choir. The choir program will run from late September through May, with our first rehearsal being Tuesday, September 27th. All 5th grade students are welcome to join!


For more information, read our welcome letter here.

To register your 5th grade student, please fill out this form by September 23rd. You can also find this information on your student's Music Schoology page.


Please reach out to Miss Zima with any questions at ashley.zima@d303.org or 331-228-6564

Empower

Volunteer Protocol

Watch D.O.G.S.

Bell-Graham PTO

DIRECTORY SPOT/PTO DUES Directory Spot is now live and updated with the 2022-2023 school year information. The app contains parent names, home phone, home address, parent email addresses, parent cell phones, and student names, grade levels and teachers. The app is very secure and only parents and staff of Bell Graham School will be granted access. The only information listed is what the office was allowed to release to the PTO. You can make changes to your information on the website: https://directoryspot.net . Click on your family name, make changes, then click save at the bottom. Please don't forget to pay your PTO Dues on PushCoin. PTO Dues are $25 per FAMILY. Paying your PTO dues grants you access to DirectorySpot.


Thank you for your support! If you need assistance, please email Andrea Benavidez andrea.getten@gmail.com


SEPTEMBER PTO MEETING

Please join us for our September PTO meeting. This meeting will be held via zoom on September 27th at 7:30pm. Below is the link to join.


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89010791725?pwd=Y0c0NEFnbHVGYnRtUWxyeTJ4MDdUdz09

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT AT THE ARCADA

Bell Graham will be hosting a Family Movie Night at the Arcada on Thursday September 29th. We will be viewing Disney Pixar's Coco. Doors open at 4pm. Movie starts at 5 PM. The cost is $10 per family. Please purchase tickets in our square store by Monday 9/26. Concessions will be available for purchase. This is NOT a drop off event.


https://bell-graham-pto.square.site/


5TH GRADE FAMILIES

The PTO will be purchasing shirts for the 5th Grade class to show their school spirit during their last year at BG. Please click here to submit your child's shirt size. Form due by 9/16.


STOCK THE STAFF SNACK CLOSET

It's time for our annual stocking of the staff snack closet! Please consider donating a box of goodies to be enjoyed by our amazing BG Staff. Items can be dropped off at the school at anytime.


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F4FA5AB2DA0FF2-stock


FALL FEST FUNDRAISER

It's Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus Come We Fly!

Tis time for our biggest event of the year!

It's one of our most spooktacular nights for all the little ghosts and goblins to dress up and have some fun!


Please join us on Friday, October 14th from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at Windy Acres Farm for Bell Graham's Fall Fest.


37W466 Fabyan Parkway, Geneva, IL 60134


Beat the lines and purchase your wristbands now! Wristbands will be sold at $15 a person , children 2 and under are free. Sales will close on October 10th. Wristbands will be given out at the day of the event upon check in. https://bell-graham-pto.square.site/


There will be fun for all ages. Kids can wear costumes and enjoy festivities. Cake Walk will return in the BG tent along with the spooky hair and nails salon , raffle for a lunch with your favorite teacher and guessing the weight of the biggest pumpkin in the patch . Windy Acres also offers so many new attractions like: corn maze, jumping pillow, bouncy houses, ziplines, petting zoo, mini-golf, haystack maze & mountain, lots of playgrounds and climbing, and tons of games!


(Most farm attractions will need to shut-down when sun sets for safety, around 6pm)

*BG tent will be lit-up to continue our games & cake walk. Food & drinks available at the farm concession stands.


In order to make this event a success we are going to need all of your help and support. Please consider signing up to donate items needed for the Fall Fest as well as volunteers needed to help set up, run stations and help take down after the fest is over. We appreciate all of your help and support!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4fa5ab2da0ff2-fall1


THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS SO FAR! CURRENTLY ACCEPTING MORE SPONSORS TO ADD AWESOME ATTRACTIONS (LIKE THE FARM TRAIN)


The train is a bonus attraction that will run continuously all evening for all of the families.


Sponsors will get advertisement and signage to be displayed at the farm the night of the event in addition to getting advertised through our weekly Bell Graham eblasts and Facebook page.





To sponsor or help out, please email Candace Kloss at candacedanko19@hotmail.com


LASTLY, DO NOT FORGET ABOUT THE PRE SALE EVENT THROUGH WINDY ACRES FARM FOR MUMS, PLANTERS, BAKED GOODS & PUMPKINS!


All sales are final this Sunday, September 18th. All items will be able to be picked up on Tuesday, September 20th at BG!


https://windyacresfarmstand.com/fundraising/windy-acres-fall-fundraiser-2022/


CHESS CLUB:

Fall chess club signup is here!!! The BG PTO would love for your student(s) to learn how to play chess or challenge their existing skills. No experience is necessary. Fall Chess Club dates are September 23rd to December 2nd, 2022. Classes are on Fridays from 3-4pm (no class on 10/7 and 11/25). Please use the flyer for instructions on how to register through our vendor Chess Scholars. Any questions, contact Kelly Cameron at kellyacameron@yahoo.com.

WEBSITE
For additional information on the PTO please visit our website or our Bell Graham Elementary PTO Facebook page.

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Any questions or comments? Please contact our PTO President Kate Bennett at kate.bennett82@yahoo.com or 630.461.7606.

Health Office

REMINDER!

Please turn in your required health forms to the Health Office!


Kindergarten- Physical, Vision, Dental, Health survey

2nd Grade- Dental

3rd Grade- Updated Health Survey

All of the forms are linked here for your convenience or you can go to the District Website and find them in the parent section under Forms. We will be sending home letters to the students who have missing medical records after Labor Day weekend.

Thank you,

LeeAnna Anzaldi, RN, BSN, PEL-CSN

Stephanie Hilgers, RN, BSN

Health Office Email Address

Parents, please send any communication or test results to
bel-nurses@d303.org to ensure that all of our Bell Graham nurses receive this important information pertaining to your student(s)

How to Report Absences

Absences should be called in by 7:45 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 and the reason why your child is out. If they are ill, please indicate their symptoms. Even if you notify your child's teacher of an absence via email, we ask that you please still notify the office.

Picking up your child early?

Please call the office when you are 5 minutes away and we will have your child ready and waiting for you at the office. You will have to press the buzzer to come inside the vestibule to sign them out. 331-228-2100

ELECTRONIC DEVICES IN SCHOOL

We are noticing many students coming to school with phones and SmartWatches. Please be aware of our School Board Policy for phone and Smartwatch usage during school hours:


2022-23 Elementary School Handbook


ELECTRONIC DEVICES IN SCHOOL

Phones/Smart Watches
Students are extended the privilege of possessing phones/smartwatches on school grounds;
however, their use is limited to after-school dismissal and non-school days. These devices must be in the off position, or not used once the student arrives on campus until the end of the school day.

How to Report Baker Station Absences

Reporting Absences

If your child will be absent on a day they would normally attend Baker Station, you need to email your site directly bellgraham@stcparks.org or email Angela Coppola, Baker Station Coordinator at acoppola@stcparks.org , ALL absences must be reported by 12:30pm on the day of your child’s absence. The St. Charles Park District and Baker Station staff does not receive this information from the individual school sites.

Bell-Graham Resources

CUSD 303 Resources

LRC Newsletter

LRCs across the district have worked together to bring you a monthly newsletter! The LRC Monthly Community Newsletter is designed to share information on literacy-based special events and programs in our area as well as promote a joy for reading and technology in the homes of D303 families. Check it out below.