September 6, 2017
What is a Bobcat Brag?
A Note From Our Nurse
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! My name is Courtney Russ and I am the Registered Nurse at Catherine Coleman Bell Elementary this year. I am very excited to be here. I’ve already enjoyed a year with some of your students, and I’m looking forward to meeting our new Bobcats! Prior to becoming a school nurse I practiced clinical nursing in a hospital in Louisiana. My specialty was medical/surgical nursing, however I also have experience working with orthopedic, respiratory, and cardiac patients. School nursing has by far been my favorite adventure, and I hope you will see how quickly your babies become my babies! Your child may need to visit the health room occasionally during the school year and I wanted to let you know the guidelines that I follow.
There are several reasons why your child may come to the health room. One may be for routine medication. To give your child medication, I need the medicine to be in the original bottle (not a Ziploc baggie or other container). Medications cannot be sent with students to school. An adult must bring the medication to my office (unless we have made prior arrangements). It needs to be labeled with the child’s name, the doctor’s name, the dosage and time to be given. (Prescription Label) I also need the Administration form to be filled out by you and signed. This is online or you can come by and pick one up from me. All medications, including over the counter, must have a doctor’s order. Your doctor can fax an order to the school, 972-347-9990.
Vomiting or stomachaches may bring your child to see me. This does not necessarily indicate illness. It may be nerves or a change in their routine that could be the cause. I will take their temperature and if none is present, I let them lie down for a few minutes, and then send them back to class. I usually do not call the parents if it seems to be anxiety related. Many stomachaches happen because children do not eat breakfast. Please make sure that your child eats something in the morning before coming to school. Toileting accidents, spilling drinks, or falls on the playground may also occur during the year. These may be common occurrences for some children. I suggest that you send a change of clothes including undergarments (regardless of age/grade) that they can keep in their backpacks just in case an accident occurs.
During the first few months of school your child will be screened for vision and hearing. You will be notified if the screenings indicate a need for referral. Before Spring Break fourth and fifth grade students will learn about growth and development. A detailed letter explaining the growth and development class will go home as we get closer to the date. Fifth grade students will also be screened for scoliosis during the spring. Prior to scoliosis screenings a permission slip will be sent home with your student.
I want to assure you that if your child is sick or if the teacher tells me that they are “just not themselves in class” I will take great care of them. The school policy for sending children home is fever greater than 100 degrees, symptoms of pink eye, signs of a contagious or communicable disease and lice or nits. Two or more diarrhea stools also are a reason to go home. Please visit my page on our school website for more helpful tips.
If you want to be notified every time your child comes to the health room, please notify me personally. I will automatically notify you for serious issues. My goal is to help your child learn in a safe and healthy environment. Please feel free to call and speak with me anytime. My office hours are 7:30-3:30.
Courtney Russ, RN
Catherine Coleman Bell Elementary School
Be a Leader
Building character is important to us at Bell Elementary! We believe in our students and want them to have the opportunity to grow in their character as well as in their academics. This includes helping students learn about their strengths and how they contribute to their classroom and school with those strengths, building problem solving skills, and practicing skills such as kindness, conflict resolution, forgiveness, resilience, goal setting, leading by example, helpfulness, and more!
Our first core value (See Bell Elementary Pledge above) is "Be a Leader". During the month of September we will explore leadership qualities and focus on actions and habits that good leaders practice consistently. This conversation will start on daily morning announcements with a quote about leadership and a daily challenge to staff and students given by Mrs. Shapiro. The conversation will continue with students during Morning Meeting time in classrooms.
A few quotes we will use to help spring conversation with students include:
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams
"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." - Peter Drucker
"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself." - Henry Ward Beecher
"Leadership is a choice, not a position." - Stephen Covey
"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." - Henry Ford
"Don't find fault, find a remedy." - Henry Ford
"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected." - Steve Jobs
"Leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses." - Mitt Romney
"A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit." - Arnold H. Glasow
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." - John F. Kennedy
"Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat." - Jean-Paul Sartre
"Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions." - Harold S. Geneen
We will continue to focus on being 212 throughout the school year and how our core values feed into this.
"At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train. Just one extra degree makes all the difference." -Sam Parker, 212 the extra degree
Volunteers Are Welcome
Plan on volunteering? Helping on a field trip? Please complete your volunteer application/background check! A new one is needed each school year and must be completed before you can volunteer with students. Information is provided on the link below. We can't wait to see you on campus!
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Dates to Remember
*More dates to be added soon!
September 5th-15th: Candy Bar Sales
PTA Fundraiser for Bell
September 7th: Grandparents' Day Picnic
5:30-7:00 PM @ Bell Cafeteria and Outdoors
September 27th: Picture Day
Pictures for order + Pictures for the Yearbook Today!
October 9th: Family Science Night
Bell Cafeteria & Gym 6PM-8PM
October 16th: General PTA Meeting
Bell Cafeteria 6PM
October 17th-October 25th: Bell Boosterthon Fundraiser
Funds special areas projects and special equipment (music, art, PE, library) and science education at Bell
October 26th: Bell Fun Run
Kinder & 1st Grade: 8:30 AM
2nd & 3rd Grade: 9:30 AM
4th & 5th Grade: 10:30 AM
November 4th: Family Dance
Evening Event - More info to come!
November 13th - November 17th: Fall Book Fair
December 11th - December 15th: PTA Holiday Shop
More info to come!
December 11th: General PTA Meeting
Bell Cafeteria 6 PM
February 19th: General PTA Meeting
Bell Cafeteria 6 PM
March 2nd: Dr. Seuss Day - Book Exchange
More info to come!
March 9th: Pastries with Parents
More info to come!
April 10th: STAAR Testing
4th Grade Writing, 5th Grade Math
April 11th: STAAR Testing
5th Grade Reading
April 30th: General PTA Meeting
Bell Cafeteria 6 PM
May 14th: STAAR Testing
3rd & 4th Grade Math
5th Grade Math (retest)
May 15th: STAAR Testing
3rd & 4th Grade Reading
5th Grade Reading (retest)
May 16th: STAAR Testing
5th Grade Science