BG eNews

August 25, 2021

Notes from Principal Klueppel...

Sept. 1 - Early Release (2:10 Dismissal)

Sept. 3 -Institute Day (No School)

Sept. 6 - Labor Day Holiday (No School)

Sept. 13 - Picture Day

Sept. 29 Early Release (2:10 Dismissal)

Friendly Reminder:

For the safety of all students, nothing edible is allowed in classroom birthday goodie bags.


Thursday, August 26, at 10am we will practice all of our drills. I will get on the PA and verbally walk the students through what they will be experiencing so as to NOT frighten anyone. Our local Police and Fire Department will be joining us for these practice drills.

Meet the Teacher/Open House

We are excited to offer Bell-Graham parents a safe opportunity to tour our school, see your child’s classroom and meet your child’s teacher in person. We will offer a Meet the Teacher/Open House event during the week of Sept. 13 or Sept. 20. Additional details, including the specific date and time for your child's grade level, will be communicated soon. While in school, we ask that you follow the same mitigation our staff and students do on a daily basis.

· Masks must be worn in the building

· Remain 3 feet apart whenever possible

· If you are sick, stay home

Thank you for helping us keep our school safe.

SHIELD Testing

SHEILD Testing will occur every FRIDAY (new day) 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.

From the Nurse

Forms needed for the school year:

K: Up to date Physical, Immunizations, Dental and Vision s 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 the 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.

Symptom Guidelines for sending your child to school

Most Recent Illinois Department of Public Health Guidelines

PTO News

Snacks for Staff

The PTO is sponsoring a Staff Snack Closet for our awesome BG administration and teachers. Please sign up using the link below to help us stock the snack closet for the BG Staff. Please drop off your items to the vestibule at school by Friday September 10th.

Thank you!

The PTO would like to thank Lori Callis and SignGypsies for donating the awesome sign for the front of the school yard! We appreciate the friendly welcome to school each day!

Spirit Wear

Our spirit wear store is now open for our 21-22 school year! We only open once per year so now is the time to order for this school year! Please order using the link below. The store will be open until August 31st. All orders will arrive 2-3 weeks after the close of the store. Get your order in today!

Directory Spot

Please remember to pay your PTO dues thru pushcoin to gain access to the PTO Directory Spot! You only need to pay the dues one time per year, per family. The Directory Spot will be updated in the coming weeks with all the new school year information.

Picture Day Ordering Information

This is a prepay site and ordering will be closed at 8:00 am the day after Picture Day, 9/14, to process the orders. School Event Code: 10046401

If parents miss prepaying they will have a chance to order pictures with their child's Ticket Code. Ticket Codes will be delivered with the bulk picture package order approximately three weeks post Picture Day. 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.

Click on the image below for additional ordering information.

Empower Information

Empower is our new special that K-5 students will experience twice a week. Each experience will focus on building the competencies through play, where students will work in partners, small groups and large groups. Teachers will explicitly focus on the SEL standards and competencies through real world, hands-on learning. Teachers and students will model and role play to solidify their understanding and ability to utilize the competencies such as problem solving, communication, teamwork and conflict resolution. The experiences will involve students using these skills to design, build, imagine, wonder, collaborate and connect. Student choice and reflection are highlighted in these experiences. The experiences are flexible, allowing the teacher to respond to the students needs and interests based on the individuals in their class.The experiences will look different based on the grade level and the interests of the students in a particular group. There are 8 modules in the program, but differ based on the grade level:

  • Make it to the End!--Chain Reactions and Crazy Contraptions
  • Get Out and Play! --Game Play and Design
  • Make it Move! --Coding and Robotics
  • Show it Off! --Drama, Video Production, and Media Tools
  • Light it Up! --Circuits and Electricity
  • Get on Board! --Skill Development Through Game Play
  • Build It! --Creative Construction
  • Make a Difference! --Problem-Based Learning to Help Your School or Community (or entrepreneur experience)

Click here to learn more about the modules.

We're Hiring a Special Education Teaching Assistant

We are hiring a STRIVE TA. If you're interested in applying, please click here for additional information.

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

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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.

September 2, 2021 - Mental Illness: The Silent Epidemic, Zoom Webinar, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

(Recording will be available after the event)

Click here to register!

Mark Potter is a nationally recognized basketball coach and speaker who is bringing his message of promoting education about mental illness to families in St. Charles. His passion is to share his story in hopes that people will also pursue treatment and find a way to live productively with mental illness.

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.

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