BG eNews

September 29, 2021

Notes from Principal Klueppel...

Oct. 1 - Baseball Cap Day - Don't forget to bring a quarter!

Oct. 4 - Pick-A-Time closes 11:59 PM

Oct. 6 - Walk to School Day

Oct. 7 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)

Oct. 8 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)

Oct. 11 - Columbus Day Holiday (No School)

Oct. 20 - Picture Retakes

Nov. 5 - End of 1st Trimester

Nov. 22-26 - No School

Symptom Guidelines for sending your child to school

Wear a Baseball Cap & Support a Great Cause- Oct. 1

To support our participation in this year's Kick-A-Thon fundraiser, Bell-Graham will be hosting a "Wear a Baseball Cap to School Day" this Friday, 10/1. If you’d like to wear a baseball cap to school on 10/1, and support a great cause, bring a quarter to your teacher on Friday. All money collected will be donated to Kick-A-Thon. Kick-A-Thon is a joint effort by St. Charles North and East High Schools to raise money to help fight cancer.

Fall Party Costumes

NEW THIS YEAR: Students will be allowed to wear costumes for their fall classroom parties. Mrs. Klueppel will send an additional message with details by the end of the week.

Pick-A-Time for Parent/Teacher Conferences on 10/7 & 10/8

Pick-A-Time

Closes: 10/4 at 11:59 PM.


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


PLEASE READ:
If you would like to have a parent/teacher conference with your child's art, music, band/orchestra, empower, or wellness teacher please contact them via email (listed below) to set up a time during scheduled parent teacher conferences on 10/7 or 10/8.

Wellness Teachers

timothy.mccastland@d303.org

rebecca.seidling@d303.org

josh.henley@d303.org


Empower Teachers

michelle.taylor@d303.org
peter.vanderbleek@d303.org


Music Teachers

phillip.carter@d303.org

medward.backer@d303.org


Orchestra/Band Teachers:

christopher.pettit@d303.org

marianne.rice@d303.org


Art Teachers
michael.idzikowski@d303.org

hailee.stay@d303.org

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PTO News

Fall Fest

Last week to order mums from Windy Acres Farm to raise money for BG!

Order by Sunday, Oct 3, to have mums & and delectable items delivered to Bell Graham on, Oct 5.

$5 from each mum purchase goes back to BG & % of pumpkins & baked goods will also come back to the PTO!

Simply order online:

https://windyacresfarmstand.com/fundraising/bell-graham-flower-fundraiser/

  • Awesome seasonal items:

  • Apple Cider donuts

  • Pumpkins (variety of sizes)

  • Home Made Carmel Apples

  • Freshly Baked Pies (Apple, Peach, Blueberry, Strawberry rhubarb, Carmel Apple Walnut, Cherry, Pumpkin, Pecan) and more!

*Baked items can still be purchased after, Oct 3, but these will be picked-up onsite at the Fall Fest, October 22, or before at their farm store location. Do not hesitate!


Cake Walk donations can also be purchased from the farm store. Make sure to make a note in the notes section about the donation! Support BG and get in the Fall spirit!


More details coming soon about Fall Fest on: October 22, 3 - 7pm! There will be fun for all ages. Kids can wear costumes and enjoy festive fun. Cake Walk will return in the BG tent along with a few other games & raffles. Windy Acres also offers so many new attractions & food/drink concessions. Enjoy corn maze, jumping pillow, bouncy houses, ziplines, petting zoo, mini-golf, haystack maze & mountain, lots of playgrounds/climbing, and tons of games!


Sign-up genius coming out soon for volunteer help for set-up, games, breakdown, and donations!


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


SPONSORS:

Joann Coghill and Jenna Coghill Smulski Keller Williams Premiere Properties: joanncoghill.com

Tsiftilis Family Business

Nudera Orthodontics, https://www.nuderaorthodontics.com

Mark Sychowski State Farm Insurance www.insuranceelburn.com

Learning Express learningexpress.com/geneva

To sponsor or help out, email Kim Nudera at: kimberlybednarz@hotmail.com


Staff Appreciation

Help us show our appreciation for our wonderful Bell Graham Staff in October! We will be having a “snack bar” for the staff on Thursday, October 7th.


Please sign up for a slot on our sign up genius by October 1st and drop off your contribution to Jenna Smulski at 40W228 James Michener in St Charles (Fox Mill Subdivision). The latest to drop your contribution is the evening of October 6th. Any questions please contact Jenna at jennac@gmail.com or text 630-330-9019.


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4fa5ab2da0ff2-bell1


Walk to School Day

Wednesday October 6th is Walk to School Day! Join us in walking/biking to school as we encourage physical fitness and promote safety near our school.

If you are interested in helping with a few minor decorations for the walk to school day either Tuesday October 5th in the evening or in the morning on October 6th, please reach out to Kate Bennett at Kate.bennett82@yahoo.com.

Empower - Needs your help!

Mrs. Taylor, our fantastic Empower Teacher, is on the search for toilet paper and paper towel tubes. Kindergarten and first grade will be building homemade marble runs and tracks out of recyclables in our next module, Make it to the End!!


Please have your child bring all tube donations directly to Mrs. Taylor in the LRC.

Makers!

Picture Retakes - Oct. 20

Picture Day Ordering Information

Please read the information below from Color Portraits.


If you missed prepaying you will have a chance to order pictures with your child's Ticket Code. Ticket Codes will be delivered to Bell-Graham with the bulk picture package order soon. The ticket codes will be sent home with students when they arrive. 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 your home.

From the Nurse

Forms needed for the school year:

K: Up to date Physical, Immunizations, Dental and Vision as well as a Health survey

2nd: Dental (due by May)

3rd: Updated Health survey

New students to Illinois: Physical and Immunization, Dental and Vision on Illinois forms.

All forms can be found at the district website in the health services tab.


Remember to pack extra masks for your students in case they misplace theirs or they get dirty. If you do not want your child to wear school issued clothes in the event their clothes get soiled please send a spare in your child's backpack.


Please call the Health Office any time 8-3 if you have any questions or concerns this school year. If you have any Covid-19 related questions please call the health office at 331-228-2104 or refer to the district website.


Most Recent Illinois Department of Public Health Guidelines

SHIELD Testing

SHEILD Testing will occur every FRIDAY at Bell-Graham. If you'd like to register your unvaccinated child to participate in the free weekly testing, click here. Testing is one method for identifying cases and preventing the spread of COVID-19.


If you changed your mind about your initial response to SHIELD testing, you can go back to the portal and update your response.


YOU WILL ONLY BE NOTIFIED OF POSITIVE TEST RESULTS

(no news is good news)

Attendance Line

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, their teachers name and the reason why your child is out. If they are ill, please indicate their symptoms.

Bell-Graham Resources

CUSD 303 Resources

Upcoming Parent University Programs

Please take a moment to register for these upcoming programs. The Zoom link will be sent to you closer to the date. If you are unable to join us live, don’t worry - the sessions will be recorded so you can watch another time. Additional information about Parent University can be found here on the D303 website.


October 6, 2021 - SOS for Parents in the Trenches, Zoom Webinar, 6:30 p.m.

Debbie Reber, NY Times bestselling author


(Recording will be available after the event)

Click here to register!

When parents are feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and burned out, it’s hard to show up in a way that best supports their child’s development, especially if/ when our kids are struggling, too. In this practical and actionable talk, Debbie shares ten powerful “tilts,” a.k.a. practical ideas to help parents shift their thinking, responses, and actions in a way that will help them feel more confident and peaceful as they parent their unique children.


October 13, 2021 - Supporting Kids Who Learn Differently: Back-to-School Edition, Zoom Webinar, 6:30 p.m. Debbie Reber, NY Times bestselling author


(Recording to be posted)

Click here to register!

School always presents certain challenges for students who learn and think differently (kids with ADHD, dyslexia, giftedness, autism, anxiety, or other neuro-differences). But the COVID-19 pandemic has created even greater obstacles. Debbie shares ideas on how parents can best prioritize and plan in the pandemic-era school landscape. She also offers advice on how to support differently wired children’s cognitive, social, and emotional needs during this atypical time, while also taking care of one’s own emotional health and well-being.