The first PTO General Meeting of the year will take place on Friday September 29th at 8.30am, in the Library at Upper Bell. Everyone is welcome including young children (they can read books, play quietly and draw in the library). Our General Meetings last about one hour and we will run through upcoming events and visits, school news, volunteering opportunities and financial updates. It’s a good opportunity for Q&A and to share ideas and feedback with both Donna and the PTO Board. Dates for our future General Meetings will be shared in due course and minutes from our meetings will be shared via this website.
Hello! Welcome to our first newsletter of the new school year. We look forward to meeting many of you this evening at the Open House event. Members of the PTO will be on-hand to answer any questions you may have – as well as take donations.
- Thursday September 14, 10.00am – New Volunteer Orientation at the Magic Hat. Interested in volunteering but not sure what it’s all about? Join us for a tour of the shop and a run through of typical volunteer duties at this informal orientation.
- Friday September 15, 8.30am – New Parent Coffee, Lower Bell Gym. Hosted by Donna Zaeske. Informal Q&A and opportunity to meet new families. Existing parents welcome – as are younger siblings.
- Monday September 18, 7pm – Listening Tour Event, Marblehead High School. Your chance to find out more about the Coffin Gerry Bell School Feasibility Study and plans to improve elementary education facilities town-wide.
- Wednesday September 27 – Harvest of the Month. Fresh tomato salsa and corn chips! Volunteers needed to help prepare and serve tastings, approximately 8.30-9.30. Contact Sarah Fox.
- Friday September 29, 8.30am – PTO General Meeting, Upper Bell Library. Come and meet the PTO team, find out what’s planned for the year ahead and get involved! All welcome – including younger siblings.
- Friday October 20, 8.30am – Q&A with Superintendent MaryAnn Perry, Upper Bell Library.
BELL FAMILY DIRECTORY:
Thank you to everyone who has submitted their contact information either online or via the paper form for our family contact directory. If you’ve not had a chance to check or add your information yet, please do so before Friday September 15. This will ensure it is as complete and useful as possible for everyone. If you submitted your information via paper form, the PTO is currently entering the data on your behalf. You should receive an email within the next week with log on information. If you have any queries, please reach out to us at email@example.com. For more detail, please visit: https://www.bellpto.org/geese/school-directory/
ANNUAL DONATIONS: Thank you to all the families who have donated to the PTO online or by check as part of the directory sign up process. Your generosity is hugely appreciated and will fund the many programs and projects we have planned for the year ahead – all of which are designed to enrich and complement your child’s education and experience at school. For example, our Cultural Enrichment program includes visits, presentations and workshops from outside individuals and organizations. It also covers the lessons and activities based in the Organic Garden. Other projects include improving the access to technology – including iPads and learning applications like Raz Kids, new playground equipment as well as the many the different events your kids enjoy inside and outside school. You’ll be able to make a cash or check donation this evening at Open House, or can donate via PayPal on our website.
VOLUNTEERING AT THE MAGIC HAT: A huge portion of our annual budget comes from the Magic Hat! Last year Bell School received over $20,000 in funding. As a school, we need to clock up a minimum of 180 volunteering hours two times a year. Our current 180 hours target ends on September 30. We are approximately 30 hours away from meeting it! Please get down to the Hat and volunteer! If you’re new or not volunteered before, it’s really easy and fun. Pop along to the Orientation Session on Thursday at 10.00am to find out more. Or just pop in when you can and the team will help you get started. For more information, visit our website.
NEW SCHOOL SPIRIT WEAR: Another fun way to support Bell School is to purchase items from our range of school Spirit Wear. Our new range will be launched next week. Watch this space for more information!
HARVEST OF THE MONTH: The first tasting for the year will be on Wednesday, September 27. Students will try Fresh Tomato Salsa with Corn Chips. Please send in your child’s permission slip or contact the school nurse if you have any concerns. Volunteers are welcome to come and help with serving the tastings (about an hour commitment). Contact Sarah Fox for more information. For more information on the Mass Farm to Schools Harvest of the Month program please visit http://www.massfarmtoschool.org/
Thanks for your attention! Have a great week.
Sincerely, Bell PTO
Thank you so much to all the parent volunteers to gave up their time to make last Friday’s Field Day a great success! The kids had a blast and the rain held off! Special thanks to KIRSTEN BASSION, SUE WALLER and TANYA BACHELDER who all played significant roles this year – and of course to AMIE JAMES and KARA ELMER who were a great help and support to the PTO in the planning and running of the event. Thank you all!
Hello! Less than three weeks of school to go now and still lots going on at Bell. Here is your quick round up of news and updates. You can also keep up to date by regularly checking our website, especially our calendar and by following our Facebook page.
FINE ARTS NIGHT is next Thursday, June 15 from 6pm. Flyers with more information about the running order for the evening will be coming home from school this week. This year, the PTO will be running a NEW POTTERY RAFFLE (as opposed to the silent auction of previous years). Almost 20 pieces have been decorated by our wonderful Bell School staff and will be on display in reception that evening. We’ll be selling raffle tickets by the main entrance for $2/each or $10/6 tickets – so please remember to bring some CASH if you’d like to participate! You simply need to write your name and number on your tickets and then place them into the container(s) corresponding to the pottery piece or piece(s) you hope to win. Good luck!
PARENT VOLUNTEERS! Ms. Simone and Mrs Nohelty are looking for some helpers to keep things organized behind the scenes that night too. It’s a brief (about 30 minutes), fun experience and you get front row seats at the performance! You will also have plenty of time to view the art exhibits, see your child perform, visit the pottery raffle and explore the Bell Organic Garden. If you’re able to help, please check out the sign up genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4daca923ab9-fine1
This year’s 3rd GRADE CELEBRATION will take place on June 22. A flyer with more information will be coming home later this week.
June 13 – 17 – Next Magic Hat Week! Sign up open!
June 15 – Fine Arts Night, Bell School
June 16 – Field Day, Bell School. Sign up open!
June 22 – 3rd Grade celebration, Bell School
June 23 – Last day of school – NOON dismissal
On June 14, all grades will be treated to a visit by the Tanglewood Marionettes, courtesy of the Cultural Enrichment Committee. This has always been a favorite for our students (and teachers!) in the past, so we are happy that we were able to find a time for them to come before school ends for the summer!
SAVING SEA TURTLES: June 8 is World Oceans Day and MHTV is recognizing this with special programming including a beautiful, award winning film entitled “Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction”. This film features the amazing turtle rescue efforts of the New England Aquarium and the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. MHTV, Thursday June 8, 7:30pm. (Comcast/Channel 8; Verizon/Channel 28). See more at www.savingseaturtlesmovie.com.
Thanks and have a great week!
It may not be warm and sunny right now – but it’s time to celebrate the arrival of summer! The Bell School Field Day is happening on Friday June 16.
The kids will get to enjoy an extra hour of outdoor activity that day with their classmates and fellow graders. The schedule will run as follows:
- Session 1, 8.45-9.45am: All of grade 2 plus Ms McGuinness’ and Mrs Spillane’s classes from K
- Session 2, 10-11am: All of grade 1 plus Mrs Berg’s class from K
- Session 3, 1.20 – 2.20pm: All of grade 3
They will enjoy plasma car racing, a wet sponge relay, an obstacle course, freeze dancing, hoop scoring and tag games. Every session will end with a refreshing popsicle break. Please send your child into school with suitable clothing and footwear that day – they’ll be running around and more than likely getting a bit wet too – so sneakers and quick drying clothing would be ideal.
Grade 3 students will also have the opportunity to get their hair ‘coloured’ with temporary color hair spray that day, as part of their session. If you would prefer your child to be excluded from this activity, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday June 14.
Finally we’d like to thank all the parent helpers who have already volunteered their time that day. Making this event happen is only possible with your input and support. We still have a few opportunities for volunteers that day if you’re able to come along and want to help out. Check out our sign up genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f44acac2ba4fe3-field
If you’d rather just come along to watch the fun, then that is great too. Check the schedule above for when your child/children is due to be out playing on the Lower Bell black top!