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November 6, 2019

Notes from Mrs. Klueppel...

Please note the following items for your attention:

  • Report Cards will be available on HAC (Home Access Center) on 11/13

  • Sign-Up for Parent Teacher conferences closes 11/22. See details below.
  • Late picture orders can be completed online at
  • SIP Days: Dismissal is at 11:40 AM:
    -Next Week 11/13/19

1/2 Day Sack Lunch Form - Due Nov. 7

Band Families

Dear Band Families,

With the upcoming winter concert, band students will have a dress rehearsal. The dress rehearsal will provide a very important opportunity for band students from Anderson, Bell-Graham, Lincoln, and Wasco a chance to practice together before our concert.

Please check your email, your student's band binder, or click here for all the details on the dress rehearsal and other important information regarding rehearsal days and times.

Contact Ms. Rice if you have any questions or concerns.


Veterans Day 2019

Kindergarten-4th Grade Families:
On Monday, November 11th, Bell Graham Elementary School will honor our local Veterans for Veterans Day 2019. This is an invitation to Veterans who are family members or friends of our students. We also welcome any Bell Graham graduates who have or are currently serving our country! Our celebration includes the posting of colors, Pledge of Allegiance, patriotic songs, and poems. This celebration not only honors those who have served, but helps our students to understand the impact Veterans have on our lives and our freedom.

In order to make this event a success, we would like to have the names of Veterans who will attend our celebration. A Veteran is any type of military personnel who has or is currently serving our country in any branch of the Armed Forces. Please fill out and return the bottom portion of this invitation if you have a Veteran who will be attending our 11/11/19 celebration.

5th Grade Families:

2019 -Veteran Picture note for 5th grade families

Sign-Up for Conferences

The parent sign-up window for Pick-A-Time Conferences closes at 11:59 PM on 11/22.

Parent Teacher conferences have been arranged for Nov 25 & 26. Classroom teachers have arranged their schedules to accommodate families with morning and evening conferences. As students have the week off from school, many families utilize this time to travel and gather with their loved ones for the Thanksgiving holiday. Again this year, we are asking those unable to meet in person to schedule a 20 min phone conference on either November 25 or 26. Please utilize the online conference scheduler Pick-a-Time to set your conference and follow up with your child’s teacher to confirm that your conference will be conducted via phone. If neither option works, classroom teachers will arrange a separate phone conference when able during their work day.

Click here for directions on how to use Pick-A-Time.

  • Parents are able to sign-up for conferences with classroom teachers, as well as with Mr. Mac, via Pick-A-Time. If you want make an appointment with a traveling teacher or specialist, please email them directly to arrange a conference.
  • If you child has Mrs. Ploszek as a teacher, please follow the specific sign-up details in the email she sent you.

Holiday Collections

There are collection boxes in the front lobby.

From the Nurse...

Fall is in the air and cold and flu season is here. Below is a reminder of the district's sick policy. Thank you for helping us keep our students and staff healthy!

Report all absences to your child's school. Please provide what your child's symptoms are most importantly if they have Fever, Cough and or Sore throat.

Keep a child home from school when:

• Your child has had a fever of 100 degrees F or more within the past 24 hours

• Your child has had vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours

• Your child has an unexplained rash, sore or pink eyes with a discharge

• Your child has a persistent, productive cough

** Your child should be fever free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school

** If a bacterial infection has been diagnosed, your child MUST have 24 hours of antibiotics before returning to school

** If your child has not fully recovered or remained home for the recommended length of time, parents may be contacted and asked to take the child home.

Lost & Found

Our Lost & Found has accumulated an array of water bottles, jackets and hoodies. If your child is missing something, please have them check the Lost & Found for their belongings. It is located in the front lobby.

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.).



Nov 8 Book Club 3-4pm

Nov 11 Veteran’s Day Assembly (Reception for Veterans at 8:15am, Assembly at 9am)

Nov 12 Bobcat Fundraiser Dinner at Panera in Geneva

Nov 13 Staff Appreciation Luncheon, sign up here to help!

Nov 15 Movie Night 6:30-8:30

Nov 19 PTO Meeting, 6:30pm, LRC

Nov 22 Box Tops Due

Dec 10 Big Hearts of Fox Valley Wrapping Event, (box in lobby for donations)


The first Movie Night of the year will be on Friday November 15th at 6:30pm. Vote for your favorite movie via penny wars! The contenders are: Aladdin, Lion King and Toy Story 4.

Containers for penny wars will be in the lobby before school MWF next week (Nov 4, 6, 8), and then Mon-Thurs Nov 11-14. Bring your spare change and make your vote count! The winning movie will be announced via email on the day of the event! Movie night is free. Popcorn and water will be provided!


Our next PTO Meeting will be on Thursday November 19th IN THE EVENING! 6:30pm in the LRC. There is a great aganeda planned...We will be going on a Sensory Path “Field Trip” with Andrea Vantine, OT as well as a Playground Committee Update with STC Park District insight. Please bring any questions you may have for the PTO! Please see the minutes from the October meeting here.


The Girls Scouts of Bell Graham will partnering with Merlin 200,000 Miles for the Snug Hugs for Kids community collection. They will be collecting new or gently used coats, hats and gloves from November 1st through November 22nd. A box labeled Girls Scouts will be in the lobby for donations. Any questions please reach out to Lisa Perrault at


Our Box Top contest for the first trimester ends Friday, November 22. Please turn in your clipped box tops to your classroom teacher in a baggie, or taped to the leaf collection page that was sent home earlier this week. The winning class gets a visit from BG!!


Please send any photos from Fall Fest that you would lke to be considered for the Yearbook to

The Fall Fest chairs would to belatedly thank all of the wonderful committee members, additional parent volunteers, teachers, and sponsors that helped make Fall Fest a grand success! The kids had a blast, and money was raised to help support Bell Graham in so many ways! We could not have pulled this off without the hours of time and effort that so many people gave to our biggest event of the year. Thanks also to the Boy Scouts for the amazing & spooky Haunted Hallway! One more big thanks to our wonderful sponsors that supported Fall Fest:

Learning Express of Geneva:
Dreamworks Graphic Communications,
Joann Coghill and Jenna Coghill Smulski Keller Williams Premiere Properties:
Cathy Mollsen's "Oh Hello Photos" phone: 630-346-9010:
Tsiftilis Family Business
Nudera Orthodontics,
Mark Sychowski State Farm Insurance:
Wasco Nursery


Our next Bobcat Fundraiser dinner is Tuesday, November 12 at Geneva’s Panera. Panera will donate a portion of your bill back to Bell Graham so meet up with your family and friends at Panera for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Just show a paper copy or electronic copy of flyer.



Are you are looking for ways to help out BG in the future, but not sure how your talents fit in with the needs of the PTO? We are in MAJOR NEED of somebody who is great with flyer design and Excel/mail-merging for name badge creation for large PTO events! This can be a position for 1 or 2 people, depending on your knowledge of either or both. This can done from home, on your on time, and for working parents too! We need someone who can commit to helping at certain times of the year, mainly around our bigger events like Fall Fest, Barn Dance, and Bingo Night. Please, contact Kim Nudera if you'd like more details or have interest: or (312)399-3374

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