BG eNews

September 15, 2021

Notes from Principal Klueppel...

Sept. 15 (TONIGHT) PARENTS ONLY- Meet the Teacher/Open House - click here for details

Sept. 29 - Early Release (2:10 Dismissal)

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

Symptom Guidelines for sending your child to school

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)

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 the home.

PTO News

No Cook Night

Support our PTO with our first No Cook Night for the school year! Come into the Chipotle at 815 S Randall Rd in St Charles on TODAY September 15th between 4PM and 8PM. Please tell the cashier you are supporting the Bell Graham PTO and we will receive 33% of the proceeds from your order! Thank you for your support!


Pack 801 Cub Scouts

Calling all Kindergarten and 1st graders interested in Scouting. We will have our first Lion den meeting on Wednesday, 9/22 6pm @ Campton Hills Forest Preserve. The new scouts will learn the requirements to earn their Bobcat rank (Scout Sign, Scout Oath, Scout Law), while parents will have an information and Q&A session.


If you have any questions about Cub Scouting, please email info@pack801.org or follow/contact us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pack801/


Chess Club

Despite an email coming out from our vendor, Chess Scholars, saying otherwise, there will be no In-Person chess club this Fall. Chess Scholars will, however, be holding virtual classes for grades K-3 and 4-8. Please click here to see the flyer for information on how to register and sign-up. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Cameron at kellyacameron@yahoo.com


Fall Fest

Looking for some beautiful mums, pumpkins, and delicious seasonal baked goods to kick off Fall? BG is partnering with Windy Acres Farm to raise money for our school by offering colorful mum arrangements and delectable items from their farm store like:


  • Apple Cider donuts

  • Pumpkins (variety of sizes)

  • Homemade Caramel Apples

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

$5 from each mum purchase and 20% of pumpkins and baked goods purchases comes back to BG PTO!


Pick-up at BG after school on: October 5, for MUMS & baked items ordered BEFORE, OCT 3!


Simply click here & order:


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


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! Support BG and get in the Fall spirit!


Details coming soon about Fall Fest! Still taking volunteers and sponsors! email Kim Nudera at: kimberlybednarz@hotmail.com


Head Room Parent

Hello Bell Graham Families,

Are you looking for an opportunity to become more involved in the BG community? We are looking for a head room parent volunteer from each classroom to act as a liaison between the teacher and other classroom parents. While this position may look a bit different than it has in previous years, it is still an important role that provides support to our teachers. Responsibilities may include:


- Helping organize class parties (no volunteers able to attend parties due to covid restrictions)

- Helping organize virtual volunteer opportunities

- Supporting PTO events and needs, including school spirit and teacher appreciation week

- Organizing class gifts for teacher


If you are interested in submitting your name for your child’s class, please click on the link below to fill out the google form.


https://forms.gle/bQY1LH9i8Zg11r3F9


The deadline to complete this form is Wednesday, September 15th. If multiple volunteers are submitted for a classroom, the names will be put in a hat and a volunteer will be randomly chosen.


If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Candace Kloss (candacedanko19@hotmail.com) Head Room Parent Coordinator, or Kate Bennett (kate.bennett82@yahoo.com) PTO President.


Thank you!


PTO Meeting

Save the Date! We will be having our first in person PTO meeting of the year! We will be meeting at Bell Graham school in the front under the awning tomorrow Sept 16th at 10:30AM. Please join us! If you are unable to join in person, feel free to join us via zoom:


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87475651696?pwd=Z3ljRkFObW1BWjJNKzVpeWtLYnZ0QT09


Meeting ID: 874 7565 1696

Passcode: 315954


Directory Spot

The Directory Spot is LIVE! If you find any of your information on your account is incorrect, or you would prefer it is removed you may update it by logging into your account on a laptop or desktop computer at directoryspot.net. If you still need access please pay your PTO dues thru pushcoin and we will activate your account! You only need to pay the dues one time per year, per family.

Empower

Original Game Board

Another amazing maker challenge. The blueprint to a BRAND new
innovative board game!!!!
Big picture

Whirly Bird

Maker challenger that took our class project the Whirly Bird to the next level! This giant Whirly Bird is amazing. Anson’s creativity is inspiring!
Big picture

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

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.