Bell Bulletin

September 6, 2018

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"Obstacles Can't Stand In Our Way" Obstacle Run Is Here!

Our Bell Obstacle Fun Run program is coming up! "Obstacles Can't Stand In Our Way"! This is such an exciting time for our students!! This includes a 2-week program for students that starts with a Pep Rally and ends with the big Fun Run/Obstacle Course! Throughout the 2-week program, students will experience an amazing character theme, MINDSPARK MYSTERY LAB! This theme combines S.T.E.A.M. skills (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) with character-building. While they're teaming up with the MindSpark Kids to solve mysteries, our students will learn five 21st-century character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world (Citizenship, Zest, Growth Mindset, Integrity, and Teamwork).

This year we are raising funds for an Outdoor Bell Garden on campus! See garden plan below! We've asked the experts at Boosterthon to power our Fun Run and make our fundraiser easier, more profitable, and more fun - and help us reach our goal of $18,000. Your child will be bringing home information about this fundraiser on Tuesday, September 11th! Be on the lookout! :)

How to raise donations: Families will collect pledges for every obstacle your child completes on Bell Obstacle Fun Run Day (students typically complete 30-35 obstacles - students are capped at 35 obstacles which ends up being about 5 laps of 7 obstacles each). You may ask friends, family, co-workers, etc! Students will earn prizes for the pledges they collect in addition to campus-wide prizes for reaching our goals! Below are our goals for this year’s program. Please help us reach them by getting pledges and entering them on Based on the last two years of fundraising with our fun run, we are expecting to SMASH this goal of $18,000!


1. Register on FUNRUN.COM on Tuesday, September 11th.

2. Connect to sponsors—friends and family who can donate to help our school.

3. Cheer on your child! (Come to the Fun Run on September 20th)

4. Collect! Pledge money is due one week after the run, but most of our families pay on-line with credit card (super easy!). Checks are payable to Bell Elementary.

Thank you for your continued support in making school GREAT for our children!

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Obstacle Fun Run Incentives!

1. Principal Challenge:

All students and teachers log-in to the first night (Sept 11) = school-wide dance party!

2. 50 State Challenge:

Pledge from each of the 50 states as a campus = staff and students can wear sunglasses all day long!

3. Goal Reached: $18,000:

The principals will kiss a farm animal for the whole school to see!

4. Stretch Goal Reached: $20,000:

Grade level sing-a-long/games with the principals and SRO!

5. The Top Student (Most $ in Pledges) in Each Grade Level:

Gets to Pie the Principals!

6. Teacher’s Incentives:

10% of what each class raises goes back to classroom! The remainder of the funds collected will go toward a Bell Outdoor Learning Center/Garden

October 31st - Book Character Dress Up Day!

On Wednesday, October 31st, Bell Elementary will be celebrating our love of reading as a campus! Students are invited to dress up as their favorite book character!

1. Students will bring the book that their character is from with them to share. This is a great way for students to connect the character with the book, and a great way for students to build their "Must Read" lists!

2. No masks are allowed as a part of the costume.

3. No "scary" costumes are allowed. Reminder - our 5 year-olds will enjoy this right alongside our 11 year-olds! If you have a question about a specific outfit and appropriateness, please reach out to your child's teacher for guidance!

4. Comfortable, closed-toe shoes are important as PE and recess will continue this day.

5. Students do not have to dress up to participate in the fun! Bring your favorite book along to share even if you are not in costume!

Child Nutrition is "Going Green"

We work hard to use technology where available to save on resources! Child Nutrition will be using an online menu platform to make sure you are informed of menu options. Don't forget you may update your child's lunch account on-line here as well. Please visit to see school breakfast and lunch menus! Yum, yum!

A Note From Our Nurse


Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! My name is Courtney Russ and I am the Registered Nurse at Catherine Coleman Bell Elementary. I am very excited to be here. I’ve already enjoyed two years with some of your students, and I’m looking forward to meeting our new Bobcats! Prior to becoming a school nurse I practiced clinical nursing in a hospital in Louisiana. My specialty was medical/surgical nursing, however I have experience working with orthopedic, respiratory, and cardiac patients. School nursing has by far been my favorite adventure, and I hope you will see how quickly your babies become my babies! Your child may need to visit the health room occasionally during the school year and I wanted to let you know the guidelines that I follow.

There are several reasons why your child may come to the health room. One may be for routine medication. To give your child medication, I need the medicine to be in the original bottle (not a Ziploc baggie or other container). Medications cannot be sent with students to school. An adult must bring the medication to my office (unless we have made prior arrangements). It needs to be labeled with the child’s name, the doctor’s name, the dosage and time to be given. (Prescription Label) I also need the Administration form to be filled out by you and signed. This is online or you can come by and pick one up from me. All medications, including over the counter, must have a doctor’s order. Your doctor can fax an order to the school, 972-347-9990.

Vomiting or stomachaches may bring your child to see me. This does not necessarily indicate illness. It may be nerves or a change in their routine that could be the cause. I will take their temperature and if none is present, I let them lie down for a few minutes, and then send them back to class. I usually do not call the parents if it seems to be anxiety related. Many stomachaches happen because children do not eat breakfast. Please make sure that your child eats something in the morning before coming to school. Toileting accidents, spilling drinks, or falls on the playground may also occur during the year. These may be common occurrences for some children. I suggest that you send a change of clothes including undergarments (regardless of age/grade) that they can keep in their backpacks just in case an accident occurs.

During the first few months of school your child will be screened for vision and hearing (kinder, first, third, and fifth grades). You will be notified if the screenings indicate a need for referral. Fifth grade girls will be screened for scoliosis during the Fall. Be on the lookout for more information on scoliosis screenings. Before Spring Break, fourth and fifth grade students will learn about growth and development. A detailed letter explaining the growth and development class will go home as we get closer to the date.

I want to assure you that if your child is sick or if the teacher tells me that they are “just not themselves in class” I will take great care of them. The school policy for sending children home is fever greater than 100 degrees, symptoms of pink eye, signs of a contagious or communicable disease and lice or nits. Two or more diarrhea stools also are a reason to go home. Please visit my page on our school website for more helpful tips.

If you want to be notified every time your child comes to the health office you will need to notify me personally. My goal is to help your child learn in a safe and healthy environment. Please feel free to call and speak with me anytime. My office hours are 7:30-3:30.

Courtney Russ, RN

Catherine Coleman Bell Elementary School


Nine Week Grading Periods

This year Denton ISD is moving from a six week grading period to a nine week grading period. With the change, report cards will go home at the end of each nine week period. This year the grading periods will end on the following dates:

October 11th

December 20th

March 8th

May 23rd

We value our partnership and teachers will be sending home work samples as well as progress reports at the halfway point so you are informed of your child's progress. Many teachers also use forms of electronic sharing of student work samples. If you have any questions on your child's progress throughout the year, please contact your child's teacher.

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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!

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Dates to Remember

September 6th: 4th Grade Academic Night

Bell Library 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Parents are invited to learn about all things 4th grade!

September 7th: Grandparent's Day

Kinder: 8:00-8:45

1st Grade: 10:30-11:15

2nd Grade: 9:45-10:30

3rd Grade: 8:30-9:15

4th Grade: 11:30-12:15

5th Grade: 9:00-9:45

Grandparents are invited to come share in a classroom activity with their grandchildren. Sign in at the front office will begin 15 minutes between each time slot. Grade level times are staggered to allow for more parking spaces for visitors. Lifetouch will be taking optional portraits for purchase.

September 11th-September 20th: Bell Boosterthon Fundraiser

The funds generated will support:

Bell Elementary's Outdoor Learning Center (Garden)

September 11th: 3rd Grade Academic Night

Bell Library 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Parents are invited to learn about all things 3rd grade!

September 13th: Kinder Academic Night

Kinder Classrooms 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Parents are invited to learn about all thinks kindergarten!

September 18th: 1st Grade Academic Night

Bell Library 6:00-7:00 PM

Parents are invited to learn about all things 1st grade!

September 20th: Bell Obstacle Fun Run

Boosterthon Finale

Kinder: 8:00-9:00

5th Grade: 9:00-10:00

1st Grade: 10:00-11:00

4th Grade: 11:00-12:00

2nd Grade: 12:30-1:30

3rd Grade: 1:30-2:30

*You are invited to cheer your children on as they run! Please make sure you sign-in at the front office for a Visitor's Badge prior to going outside for the Obstacle Fun Run!

September 25: Fall Picture Day

September 25: 2nd Grade Academic Night

Bell Library 6:00-7:00 PM

Parents are invited to learn about all things 2nd grade!

September 27th: 5th Grade Academic Night

Bell Library 6:00-7:00 PM

Parents are invited to learn about all things 5th grade!

October 12th: No School

Teacher Work Day - Teachers may schedule conferences with some families this date.

October 15th: No School

Staff Professional Learning Day

October 27th: Bell Bobcat Bash

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Outdoors and Bell Cafeteria

October 31st: Bell Favorite Book Character Dress-Up Day!

November 12-16th: Fall Book Fair

November 15th: General PTA Meeting

Be a Leader

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 first B.O.B.C.A.T.S. core value is "Be a Leader". During the month of September we will explore leadership qualities and focus on actions and habits that good leaders practice consistently. This conversation will start on daily morning announcements with a quote about leadership and a daily challenge to staff and students given by Mrs. Shapiro. The conversation will continue with students during Morning Meeting time in classrooms.

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

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." - Peter Drucker

"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Leadership is a choice, not a position." - Stephen Covey

"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." - Henry Ford

"Don't find fault, find a remedy." - Henry Ford

"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected." - Steve Jobs

"Leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses." - Mitt Romney

"A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit." - Arnold H. Glasow

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." - John F. Kennedy

"Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat." - Jean-Paul Sartre

"Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions." - Harold S. Geneen

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