|Bell School PTO News Update |
May 21st, 2019
|Keep up to date by regularly checking our on-line calendar and our Facebook page. Here’s what’s coming up!Fun Run – May 22ndGeneral PTO Meeting- May 29th at 8:30 a.m. (Bell Library)Fine Arts Night – June 6th3rd Grade Celebration – June 12thField Day – June 17th|
|2nd graders concluded their 3-part workshop with Change is Simple. This workshop delved into the concept of the food mile and why we should care about the distance our food travels. Questions asked of the kids: Where does your food come from? How many miles away? Why buy an apple from New Zealand when we have the ability to buy an apple 10 miles away? What’s the cost to the environment of buying food from 2,000 or 5,000 miles away? POLLUTION!|
Using a massive world map spread on the floor, the kids broke into groups of five representing a fruit grown on 5 of the 7 continents, and measured from their fruit’s origination to Marblehead. Geography and math were a big part of this workshop!
Thank you again to the Friends’ of Marblehead Public Schools for making this possible! And a BIG thank you to Change is Simple who taught all the Bell 2nd graders and teachers that change truly is simple and each of us can make small contributions that play a big role in caring for the environment!
HARVEST OF THE MONTH
The May Harvest of the Month is Seafood. We are currently unable to taste local seafood at school. However, we are encouraging parents to try a seafood dish at home with students. Please see the PTO website for two tasty fish recipes. Students will receive the Seafood card as usual to take home in the next week. For more information on the HOM program please go to https://www.massfarmtoschool.org/get-involved/harvest-of-the-month/
**The Fish Market has generously offered free chowder samples to those families who would like to pop in and participate in the Harvest of the Month**
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|Mary Gately Scholarship: Thank you to those families that have so generously donated to the Mary Gately Scholarship fund for Bell Students. If you would like to learn more about this wonderful scholarship started over 36 years ago or are considering making a donation, please visit our website at: https://www.bellpto.org/geese/mary- gately-scholarship-fund/.|
MAGIC HAT:NEXT WEEK IS BELL WEEK AT THE MAGIC HAT! Find that you cannot get in to volunteer? Drop in and grab a load of laundry or donate a small (non-upholstered) furniture item and recieve 1 hour of volunteer time for Bell School! We also welcome grandparents and babysitters. School aged children are welcome on Saturdays during our designated weeks. All are welcome! Please sign-up here or just drop in with a friend or two. Don’t forget to sign-in on the Bell School page in the shop to get credit!
SIGN UP HERE! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A4BADAF2FA64-bell2 Magic Hat hours are as follows: Tuesday- Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.FUN RUN- May 22nd
Our popular annual Fun Run is TOMORROW, Wednesday, May 22nd (rain date: May 23rd). Everyone is welcome to come and watch this lively and fun event to celebrate fitness, school spirit and help raise funds for playground supplies, technology for the classrooms and end of year activities like Field Day and the 3rd Grade Celebration.
|MORE IMPORTANT STUFF!|
|Look for Shealah Bunnell at tomorrow’s FUN RUN! Save $10 off registration when you register tomorrow for only $15. Let’s show her some Bell love! Shealah Bunnell is a former Bell student and is currently a senior at Marblehead High School. For her senior project she is starting a race, Run Your Bunns Off, in honor of her late father. The race will take place on June 9th at 10 am at the Village School Track. There will be four different age groups. |
– 6 to 8 year olds will run a 1/4 mile
– 9 to 12 year olds will run a 1/2 mile
-13 to 17 year olds will run a mile
-18+ will run a mile
Shealah’s father recently passed away from Lymphoma Cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital. She and her family wanted to give back to the hospital so they decided that all the proceeds will go to the Caring For A Cure Fund at MGH. This allows nurses on the cancer floors, Lunder 9 and 10, to help the patients in anyway they can to make them feel themselves again. For example, if a patient is starting physical therapy and does not have sneakers, this money would allow the nurses to get the patient new sneakers.
Lost and Found: The Lost and Found is growing! If you are missing coats, mittens, hat, shirts, etc, be sure to visit the lost and found which is located at both Upper and Lower Bell lobbies.
Bell PTO News
Our popular annual Fun Run is returning for a 4th year on Wednesday, May 22nd (rain date: May 23rd). All students should be bringing home a special flyer this week with more information.
Join us at this lively and fun event and celebrate fitness, school spirit and help raise funds for playground supplies, technology for the classrooms and end of year activities like Field Day and the 3rd Grade Celebration.
Getting sponsored is definitely optional – but the kids enjoy thinking of creative ways to raise money! Plus it’s a great way to increase their motivation to run! To make things even easier this year, we’ve again teamed up with The Get Movin’ Crew to enable each student to create their own simple, private fundraising web page – so getting online donations from friends and family who may live far away – or even close by – should be a breeze! We’ll also be giving out fun prizes for those who make an effort to get sponsors.
All you have to do now is register your student at www.thegetmovincrew.com by Friday, May 15th and set up their private fundraising page. Everyone who registers online will also receive a special Fun Run sweatband!
Check out the information on the Fun Run flyer sent home this week and stay tuned to our email updates over the next couple of weeks! In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com
Thank you to all the kids who participated in, and of course all the parents, grandparents and siblings who supported, this year’s Bell School Science Fair! The level of participation across all the grades was fantastic and the different experiments were amazing. It was great to see lots of team work and the kids behaving appropriately – staying safe and being responsible and respectful. A big thanks to all the parents who helped pack things away afterwards, in an effort to make the night run smoothly.
|Bell School PTO News Update |
April 2nd, 2019
|Keep up to date by regularly checking our on-line calendar and our Facebook page. Here’s what’s coming up!|
April 3rd-Noon Dismissal/Professional Development
April 3rd –5:00pm Science Fair
April 15th-19th Spring Break
| News from the Organic Garden Committee:|
Thank you to the Friends’ of Marblehead Public Schools for awarding the 2nd grade with a grant to work, play and learn with Change is Simple. Change is Simple will be providing each class with 3 one-hour workshops this spring, digging deeper into subject areas previously touched upon: soil and erosion, water systems, and food systems and food justice.SOIL – Why do we care about dirt so much? The kids realized through an enlightening and very funny conversation that all our food —vegetables, fruit, beef (grass the cows eat) and yes, even candy (sugar cane, cocoa beans) comes from the soil. Yet when we look at the Earth’s make-up, soil is a pretty small sliver. (Photo Earth -sitting in a circle)What are the soil horizons? Their depth? What are each layer made up of in Massachusetts? What horizon do plants grow in? What can effect the layers? EROSION! After a thoughtful conversation about soil, sediment, bedrock, and the causes of erosion (“wind, water, people, buildings”) the kids broke into groups to feel the 3 horizon layers and make their own soil profile. (Photo – small group with jars and small piece of paper)Let’s roll up our sleeves, get our hands dirty and make a stream simulation! The kids created a number of different scenarios for their stream from your basic stream; to a forking stream; to one with rocks along the edges; and trees, bridges and finally buildings. Through each hands-on experiment, the kids saw examples of erosion (“the land is collapsing!”) and recognized that rocks and trees act as a structure for the rivers and slow erosion. There was great energy and excitement! (Photos – water/soil table)“Trees need soil, and the soil needs the trees!”, exclaimed one 2nd grader at the wrap up. Change is Simple brought the lesson full circle by asking the kids to dig deep (no pun intended!) and think about one thing THEY can do as 2nd graders to help the soil: COMPOST and make new, rich soil! This is something they are experts on after 5 weeks in the fall learning about worms and composting!
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|Easy ways to support Bell School:|
Square 1 Art:**Our Square 1 Art deadline has been extended due to a color issue on the stickers sent home. Original art went home with your child yesterday. New stickers will go home with revised color on 4/4 or 4/5**!!NEW ORDER DEADLINE IS 4/11!!
If you have already placed an order, there is no action required on your end.
Bell School Magic Hat week April 8th-13th April 8th-13th is our week at the Magic Hat. Thanks to our many volunteers over the past few months! Hours earned at the Magic Hat fund our amazing cultural enrichment programs. Did you know just one hour of volunteering provides Bell School with over $50 that goes directly to programs such as Oooch & Tanglewood Marionettes? Find that you cannot get in to volunteer? Drop in and grab a load of laundry or donate a small (non-upholstered) furniture item and recieve 1 hour of volunteer time for Bell School! We also welcome grandparents and babysitters. School aged children are welcome on Saturdays during our designated weeks. All are welcome! Please sign-up here or just drop in with a friend or two. Don’t forget to sign-in on the Bell School page in the shop to get credit!Magic Hat hours are as follows:Tuesday- Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
|MORE IMPORTANT STUFF!|
| Bell School Science Fair happening tomorrow, April 3rd from 5-6 p.m. at Upper Bell.|
Everyone is invited to attend, project or not!
For more information about what happens at the Science Fair check out this link! https://www.bellpto.org/geese/2019/03/07/what-happens-at-the-science-fair/New School Information: Curious what the elementary schools look like in Marblehead? Public tours of the Upper Bell School, Coffin School, and Glover School are being offered 10am-12, Saturday, April 6th. Fun Run Committee – Are you interested in joining the team that will put on the Fun Run in May this year? We need volunteers to organize water tables, promotions, First Aid and much more! If so, meet in the UPPER BELL LIBRARY, tomorrow, APRIL 3rd, after drop off! If you can’t make the meeting, let us know you are interested by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lost and Found: The Lost and Found is growing! If you are missing coats, mittens, hat, shirts, etc, be sure to visit the lost and found which is located at both Upper and Lower Bell lobbies. **All left items will be donated to the Magic Hat on April 12th**
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Gene Raymond (New school Design Architect)
Introduction of presenter:
Becky Seidel and Dina Moniz welcome attendees and introduce presenter, Gene Raymond. Gene was invited to the Bell PTO meeting to present the design plans for the new Bell-Coffin-Gerry Elementary School.
Presentation of the New
Bell-Coffin-Gerry Elementary School:
May 6&7 Town Meeting Vote
June 18th Town Vote
The new school will be a 450-student school with PK-3. The school would have 5 classrooms per grade, with class sizes between 18-23 students/class.
There are advantages of a larger school. Some of these include: Flexibility in classroom placements, full-time specialists, flexibility in scheduling, professional learning communities, all special education programs housed in one building and the ability to accommodate grade-level enrollment bubbles.
The Bell site was chosen for many reasons. Some include: Least neighborhood impact out of the 24 options, most off street parking and queuing, most outdoor play and learning space, accommodates expansion, and provides exterior play space and a gymnasium for community use.
Reuse of existing site within walking distance of community services and retail establishments, potential access to Marblehead’s Bicycle Network, 15-20% less energy us than required by the Energy Code (20-25% better than LEED min), infrastructure for Future Photovoltaic Electrical Generation and vehicle charging stations, water use reduction via low flow fixtures and native plantings, construction and demolition debris to be diverted from landfills, sustainable and locally sourced materials with environmentally preferable life cycle impacts, abundant natural light which has a direct line of sight to the exterior for over 75% of the spaces within the school and energy efficient lighting.
July 11th 2018 Preferred Schematic Report (PSR) issued to the MSBA, Re-submitted September 12th 2018
October 31st– MSBA BOD Approval
December 20th 2018 Schematic design submission issued to the MSBA
Febuary 2019- MSBA BOD Approval
May 6&7 2019 May Town Meeting/ Debt override vote
July/August 2019 Student move/relocations from Bell
September-February 2020 Abatement and Demolition
April 2020-April 2022 Construction
July 2022- Project complete/Summer move
Questions and Concerns:
Safety questions (active shooter, hurricane, tornado)
Multiple exits, exits from the second floor, all glass is impacted rated glass (due to the proximity to the ocean)
Will food be delivered to school for lunches? There will be a full kitchen with food prepared on site. There is also the option for breakfast and earlier drop off in the morning.
Will the extended learning spaces be too open? ELS will be open with pull out spaces and low walls. If parents are concerned about distractions or other issues, there is room for changes on the design of these spaces and concerns can be addressed at the Building Committee meetings.
What will the tax implications be?
Budget is $54 million- State support $14 million
$630,000 home ~$280/year
$820,000 home ~$310/year – This is a 20 year bond HS and Vets will be dropping off
$1,500,000 home ~$700/year
Significant amount of storage. Classrooms have built in cabinets “abundance of storage”.
Are there bathrooms in the classrooms?
PreK, K and Special Ed have bathrooms in their classrooms and hallway bathrooms towards gymnasium and a large bathroom for boys and girls upstairs
Is there space for staff?
Teachers room and separate bathrooms
Is there natural light?
There is a sky light on the second floor that runs the length of the building. There are holes in the floor for light to make way to the first floor rooms and many windows
Is there access to the roof (ex; Gardening etc.)? Yes, but for maintenance only
Are there solar panels? The building will be set up for panels should they want them in the future.
What form of protection is there around the outdoor play space? There will be fencing and some sort of stone or concrete barrier
Is there an elevator? Yes
Will it be air conditioned? Yes
Will the windows open for fresh air? Yes, windows can open, but to the discretion of administration. There will be a top notch filtration system in place as well.
Should enrollment increase, will there be room? Yes, the school has expandable space to create 4 additional classrooms. The cafeteria and gymnasium already have extra space.
Will there be lockers? Yes, in the hallways
Gene Raymond completes his presentation and the meeting moves to PTO related business.
General PTO Meeting items:
Becky Seidel of the PTO talked through a range of events and activities we will be looking for parent volunteers to support – including events this spring: Fun Run, Plant sale, Red Sox baseball day and field day. We will be sending out separate sign up geniuses to recruit helpers and will add information to our PTO website and Facebook pages.
BELL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Discussion about Bell Scholarship Fund-information coming out next week
BELL PTO VOTE ON “VOTE YES” CAMPAIGN
A motion brought by Sarah Fox to take a vote on whether or not BELL PTO would share information regarding the “Vote Yes” campaign. Motion seconded by Katie Martin. All vote, yes.
What are some “Vote Yes” key talking points?
Gentleman was directed to the “Vote Yes” social media pages for ideas
Will there be an opportunity for the public to see the interior of Glover before the vote?
There will be an open house at Glover on April 6th 10-12 for those who would like to see the features and layout of a newer school
How can we make this a pleasant experience for students that are in the transition phase but will not attend school at Bell following the completion of the new school?
Parent involvement in cleaning up Eveleth and Coffin, while also personalizing them to make students feel some sort of ownership of their “new” school.
Date for next General Meeting: TBA.
March 28th: Building Committee is hosting a Public Forum at 7 p.m. at the MHS Auditorium.