BG eNews

September 1, 2021

Notes from Principal Klueppel...

Sept. 3 -Institute Day (No School)

Sept. 6 - Labor Day Holiday (No School)

Sept. 13 - Picture Day - see ordering information below

Sept. 15 - Meet the Teacher/Open House - see details below

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)

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Picture Day Ordering Information

Picture Day is Monday, 9/13! Please read the information below from Color Portraits.

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 you miss 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 approximately three weeks post Picture Day. 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.

Click on the image below for additional ordering information.

Meet the Teacher/Open House 9/15

Bell-Graham will host their 2021 Open House on Wednesday, September 15. This is a PARENTS ONLY EVENT. You will receive an email with additional information tomorrow!

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.


We have already had 4 students at BG complete Maker's Challenges for EMPOWER! These students went above and beyond with their imagination, creativity, and drive to innovate. They took the time outside of school to get their families excited about Empower and thought through the Launch Cycle we use in class. Take a look at their amazing innovations below.

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.


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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

Fall Fest

Fall Fest is back on for BG families in 2021! Save the date for Friday October 22, at Windy Acres Farm! There'll be lots of new exciting attractions and some of the traditional Bell Graham fun for all! More details coming soon!

Fall Fest committee needs your help! There is still plenty to do for this super spooktacular event! Please email Kim Nudera ( to join in the prep & meet some BG parents!

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.

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 ( Head Room Parent Coordinator, or Kate Bennett ( 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 on Sept 16th at 10:30AM. Please join us!

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.

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.

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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