BG eNews

February 5, 2020

Notes from Mrs. Klueppel...

Please note the following items for your attention:

  • In 2019-2020, District 303 will continue the system that provides a more equal distribution of PE, Art, Music, SciTech, and/or FLES classes between classes. Therefore, the following “A Day” plans will be put into place:

    • February 18th: Run the A DAY schedule on a Tuesday

      • (Monday schedule A DAY February 18th, Wednesday schedule February 19th, Thursday schedule February 20th, Friday schedule February 21st)

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

Parking Lot Safety Concerns

Due to on going and new safety concerns about our parking lot, we have met with D303 Operations/Facilities to problem solve the situation. All car traffic before and after school must enter the parking lot from Carl Sandburg. The entrance off of Fox Mill will have a barricade for entry. You still may use the Fox Mill exit to leave the parking lot. Please continue to follow the car line on Fox Mill to drop off or if needed on arrival/dismissal, to park and walk up to the building.

ASE is in full swing. Our bus circle will be used from 2 PM on for volunteer and instructor parking for ASE each day. Please make sure to leave these spaces for this group so they can park and enter the building before classes begin. This will be for the whole month of February.

We will continue to work with D303 Operations/Facilities and our local Police Department to help maintain traffic safety for arrival and dismissal. Your assistance adhering to these rules is appreciated.



Feb 7 Book Club 3-4pm

Feb 13 Bobcat Dinner, Salsa Verde 11am-9pm

Feb 18 PTO Evening Meeting, 6:30pm, LRC

Feb 22 Trivia Night, 6pm

March 6 Barn Dance, time TBD

March 14 Cal’s Angels Just Shave It Event -select Bell Graham Baldies Team


Parent Trivia Night will be held on Saturday February 22nd at the St. Charles Moose Lodge. This is a 21+ event.

Doors will open at 6pm for a social hour. Trivia will begin at 7pm.

The cost is $30 per person when you register before 2/14 and $35 at the door. Teams will consist of 4 - 10 players. Light appetizers are included. There will be a cash only bar as well.

Click here to register! Space is limited!

After you register on Square, fill out your team roster here!

There will be Raffle Baskets as well a Silent Auction. Lots of exciting items up for grabs!!

NEW THIS YEAR - Prizes will be given for best team costume and table decor!! Give your team an awesome name and dress to impress. Come at 6pm to decorate your table with your theme!! (This is optional.) Mulligans will be available for purchase as well as the opportunity to put a member of an opposing team in “Time Out” for a round. Credit cards accepted, except for bar purchases.


ASE continues through Thursday, February 27th. Don’t forget- Students will need to be picked up and signed out from their ASE classroom at 4:15. Classrooms will be posted on the monitor in the lobby.

After School Enrichment can not be successful without an army of volunteers. Please consider signing up for a few volunteer spots now! Any questions, contact Heather Trask


Book Club is this Friday February 7th from 3-4pm.

See link for all of the details. The book to be discussed is Code 7 by Bryan R Johnson.


Save the date for our next Bobcat fundraiser at Salsa Verde, Thursday, February 13 from 11am- 9pm in Saint Charles. Must mention Bell Graham when ordering. See you there!


The weather is still chilly, so get your Bell Graham Beanie to keep you warm! Show your school spirit and stay toasty. Purchase through our square store


Please consider donating good (or better) condition books to our Used Book Sale. It will take place the same night as the Art Show/Ice Cream Social, on Thursday April 16th. We will take board books, preschool books, all the way to young adults books. Please place in the bin outside of the office. Please contact Kristin Jessup at if you have any questions.


Do you have any photographs from any of the following clubs or events?

Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Music programs, Band, Orchestra, or the first day of school?

Please send them to: and they may be featured in this year’s BG Yearbook!


Thank you to everyone who attended the January PTO meeting! Meeting minutes can be viewed here. Please join us for our next meeting which will take place in the evening, on Tuesday February 18th at 6:30pm in the LRC. It’s BRING A FRIEND NIGHT! There will be staff members in attendance as well as a short presentation on the status of the longer school day that will be implemented for the 2020-2021 school year. In addition, we will be viewing a short Project Lead the Way video. Everyone is welcome to attend any and all PTO meetings! We love seeing familiar and fresh faces, and welcome any feedback you might have!


We are seeking a DJ for this year’s Barn Dance. Equipment not required. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact Kelly Cameron at


The PTO is looking for our “STEM” minded parents to help support another STEM-type program in the Spring. We are open to creative ideas!

Fingerprinting Protocol for Volunteers


District 303 has adopted a new protocol for volunteers. Please see the information below.

  • Please complete the VLF AND Consent forms ASAP and return to the BG Office along with a copy of your Driver's License or State ID.
  • Once we send the form to D303 HR and it is returned, we will contact you to pick up your Authorization Form, so you can make your appointment to be fingerprinted. D303 will waive the $40 if you follow this process.
  • You can make an appointment through the following link. You must have the Authorization form in order to be fingerprinted.

  • Once you have completed the form and the fingerprinting process, our D303 HR Dept. will notify us when everything is finalized.
  • We will communicate this with you and your child's classroom teacher.
  • In the case you have already been fingerprinted through the ROE (as a sub, or for any other purpose), please indicate that on the Consent form. We will confirm with HR that the status is still current and does not need to be repeated.

If you have questions, please contact the main office.

We Want your Feedback!

District 303 participates in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey that collects feedback from our students, teachers, and parents. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will enable you to share your thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness. All responses are confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.

We value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey before February 14, 2020. Thank you.

Music Reminder

Our upcoming 1st and 3rd Grade SINGs on Thursday, March 12th.

  • 1st Grade will start at 6:00 pm.
  • 3rd Grade will start at 7:00 pm.

Yearbook Order Deadline 4/2/20

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.).

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Middle School Transfer Requests

Families who wish to submit Middle School Transfer requests may do so beginning February 3. The request form will be available on the District 303 website through February 28. Families must complete a separate form for each student they want transferred. Requests are granted based on space available so siblings are not guaranteed placement. A written decision will be communicated to families before spring break.

Once the request is approved, a student may remain at that middle school throughout his or her middle school career, as long as the student resides in District 303.

Families of students granted permission to attend a school outside of their assigned attendance are responsible for their own transportation.

Students will return to their assigned attendance area high school regardless of the middle school attended.