BG eNews

November 27, 2019

Notes from Mrs. Klueppel...

Please note the following items for your attention:

  • Remaining SIP Days: Dismissal is at 11:40 AM:

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Holiday Collection

There is a collection box in the front lobby.

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Band Families

Dear Band Families,

With the upcoming winter concert, band students will have a dress rehearsal. The dress rehearsal will provide a very important opportunity for band students from Anderson, Bell-Graham, Lincoln, and Wasco a chance to practice together before our concert.

Please check your email, your student's band binder, or click here for all the details on the dress rehearsal and other important information regarding rehearsal days and times.

Contact Ms. Rice if you have any questions or concerns.


Verify your Information In HAC

Please take a moment to verify that all of your information listed in HAC (Home Access Center), is accurate. While it is always important to keep your information up to date, it is especially vital as we move into the winter season. The only way to receive district messages is to have accurate information on file. Thank you for helping us keep you informed.

From the Nurse...

Cold Versus Flu

What is the difference between a cold and flu?

Flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more intense. Colds are usually milder than flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can have very serious associated complications.

How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?

Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu.

What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold?

The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)

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.).

Lost & Found

Our Lost & Found has accumulated an array of water bottles, jackets and hoodies. If your child is missing something, please have them check the Lost & Found for their belongings. It is located in the front lobby.


Happy Thanksgiving, Bobcat Families! We hope you are all enjoying your time off and time together as a family.

If you are thankful for your school and all the opportunities it provides your children, please consider giving to Bell Graham PTO on Giving Tuesday (December 3rd, 2019) Go to our Square store to make your donation. Or write a check payable to Bell Graham PTO, place it in an envelope marked, PTO, and bring it to the office. See all details for this no guilt fundraiser here.

Does your employee do an employee giving “match”? Consider having your company match your non-profit donations, including our PTO. Please keep an eye out for the flyer coming home in your child’s backpack on Tuesday the 3rd.

Another way to support the Bell Graham PTO during this season of holiday giving, is to simply set up an Amazon Smile link for all of your Amazon shopping needs. You shop. Amazon gives.

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. (Parent Teacher Organization of Bell Graham Elementary School)

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

Just go to and search for Parent Teacher Organization of Bell Graham Elementary School. Add items to your cart, checkout, and viola! You just made a contribution to the PTO!

Looking for a unique item for your Bobcat for the Holidays? Check out our new Spirit Wear selections! Don’t wait though, the Bling Boss deadline is TONIGHT, November 27th! You have a little more time to purhase from Hairy Ant...their deadline is December 4th. A portion of sales benefit the PTO. Orders will be delivered to your student at school the week of December 11, or if you prefer to keep it a secret, please email Andrea Benavidez at to arrange for pick-up or delivery.

Bling Boss (deadline Nov 27) and

Hairy Ant (deadline Dec 4)

We need your help!! The Bell Graham PTO is organizing a snack table for Wild Rose Elementary School on Monday, December 2nd, when all staff and students will be returning after Thanksgiving Break. Please consider supporting this fellow elementary school in their time of need. Sign-up on the following link:

The staff and students and families of Wild Rose will be greatly appreciative, so thank you very much.

Thank you as always for your support for the PTO! We appreciate all of you and are thankful for all of our amazing Bobcats and their families!

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CUSD 303 News

Parent University Book Study

District 303 Parent University presents our second annual book study when we read "The Whole Brain Child" by Dr. Dan Siegel.

In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling book Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. Conversations will be based upon the book as well as supplemental workbook activities. Study sessions will be offered during both morning and evening times at the following locations:

  • Baker Community Center (101 S. 2nd Street, St. Charles)
  • Fox Ridge in the LRC (1905 Tyler Road, St. Charles)

Please register here by November 30 so we can order a book for you! Then let us know when you will pick up your book.

Book Pickup December 9, 2019

10:00-11:00 a.m. in the D303 Board Room
5:30-6:30 p.m. in the D303 Board Room

Join us for the book study sessions on the following dates:

February 13, 2020
9:15-10:30 a.m. at Baker Community Center
6:30-7:45 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

February 27, 2020
9:15-10:30 a.m. at Baker Community Center
6:30-7:45 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

March 12, 2020
9:15-10:30 a.m. at Baker Community Center
6:30-7:45 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

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