Originally delivered on 10/7/2022 4:01 pm

SUBJECT: Bulldog Blast 10-7-22

October 7, 2022

Thanks for participating in this year's Walk to School Week! Shout out to event organizer Erin Barr, all of our volunteers, Alex the Bulldog, and the Kirkland Fire Department for making it a fun week to walk to school!


Our Fall Donation Drive kicks-off Monday morning! Every donation received between 10/10 and end of day on 10/14 will earn a point for your student(s) classroom(s). The classrooms with the highest number of participation points per grade level will win a CLASS PARTY!

We need to raise $40,000 this year ~ our goal is to bring in $25,000 in direct donations and $15,000 in employer matching.  We reached our goal last year, we can do it again this year!  Funds will go toward field trips, staff appreciation events, school parties (Harvest Party, Spring Carnival), student enrichment programs, and more!

Participation points will be awarded on a 5-point scale:

  • donation amounts ranging from $5.00-$100 will earn 1 point for your child's classroom(s)

  • donation amounts ranging from $101-$500 will earn 2 points for your child's classroom(s)

  • donation amounts ranging from $501-$999 will earn 3 points for your child's classroom(s)

  • donation amounts $1,000 or more will earn 5 points for your child's classroom(s)!

Only one donation per day, per family will count. The minimum donation is $5.00.

If you wish to donate multiple times to boost points, please make your donations on different days. Recruiting other family members to participate is a great way to boost participation points ~ Grandmas & Grandpas, Aunts & Uncles are welcome to get into the game! Game stats will be announced daily ~ be sure to check your inbox everyday during game week!

Donate Today!

Questions?  Reach out to fundraising@agbellptsa.org

National PTA's Reflections program provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.

The 2022–2023 Reflections theme is Show Your Voice

Students are encouraged to submit art reflecting the theme Show your voice in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts (note: only 2D).

Entries are due by November 3, 2022

Visit our Reflections page for category rules and online entry forms.

If you are in need of supplies for the visual art category, we have art kits for loan that students can bring home for creating 2D visual art. Fill out the form HEREand we will deliver a take-home kit to your child's classroom.

If you have any questions, please email reflections@agbellstpa.org.

Bell’s Annual Harvest Party is BACK and just 3 weeks away! Bring your family all decked out in their creative costumes for Trunk or Treating, games, crafts, photo booth pics, and more on Friday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 PM. 

This event is free to all Bell student and staff families, but we encourage you to bring non-perishable food item(s) to help stock our pantry packs (click here for ideas).

Please eat a nutritious dinner at home prior to the party but some baked and savory treats will be for sale for 5th grade fundraising. 

Remember that costumes must NOT include overly scary/violent themes, weapons, or masks (hygiene masks are ok of course!). This is not a drop-off event – parents must remain with and supervise their children – parent costumes welcome!

Thanks in advance to all of our great volunteers who help to make this party great! Shifts are short so you can enjoy the party. 

Click here to volunteer!

Any questions? Please contact Lindsey Pepper at harvestparty@agbellptsa.org

Our Tutta Bella dine-out has been extended. The Kirkland location was closed for a few days due to a broken oven. They are back up and running now and they have extended our fundraiser through the next two weekends! 

Make dinner easy as pie while helping raise funds for our PTSA programs! 

  • When: Thursday, October Oct 6th– Sunday, October 16th, 2022
  • Where: Tutta Bella Kirkland (QFC in Kirkland Urban) is likely where most Bell families will go, but the code is valid at ALL Tutta Bella restaurants from 10/6-10/16, so encourage your family and friends in other locations to support Bell PTSA.
  • How does it work? Order a meal from Tutta Bella from October 6-16 via dine-in, delivery, takeout, or curbside from tuttabella.com. Use the coupon code EasyAsPieBellPTSA at checkout and 20% of sales will be donated to the Bell PTSA.
    • The code cannot be used on 3rd party delivery sites (UberEats, DoorDash, etc)
    • At the Kirkland/University Village grocery store kiosks, orders must be placed from tuttabella.com – not the registers in QFC

Thank you to Whitney Takaba for coordinating this fundraiser for our school!

Get ready for the Book Fair! Our book fair will be open after school during conference week Oct. 17-20:

  • Monday, Oct. 17: Open 12:20-4:20 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18: Open 12:20-4:20 pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19: Open 2:20-6:00 pm
  • Thursday, Oct. 20: Open 12:20-4:20 pm

Location: Art Room (take a right past the front office, next to the 2nd grade pod)

Book Fair books will also be available on the Bell Book Fair website through the end of October: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/bellbulldogs

All proceeds benefit the Bell Library--we hope to see you there!

The Bell PTSA is thrilled to bring math competitions to Bell Elementary this year! We have three competitions scheduled for the 2022-23 school year:

Registration for the Fall Noetic Math Contest is open on our PTSA website through 10/15.

  • This contest is open to Bell students in 2nd - 5th grade.
  • Registration fee is $15 per student.
  • The contest will be held after school at Bell, within the contest window set by NLMC: 11/10 - 11/23.
  • To enroll your student (2nd - 5th grade only), please complete the Fall 2022 Noetic Math Contest form on our website. (Go to "my account" in the top left corner, "my forms/paperwork" and scroll down to the "new forms" section). Registration will open 10/3.

We are so grateful for the amazing volunteer turnout this year! Thanks so much to everyone who has signed up to help with PTSA programs and events. If you're wanting to get involved check out our current volunteer opportunities below. 

For the safety of our students, all volunteers must: 

Be approved as a volunteer through LWSD 

Provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination (can be shown at front office)

Visit LWSD's volunteer page for information on how to apply.

The Book Fair is coming to Bell October 17-20! We need a few volunteers each day to run the registers. Please sign-up below so we can ensure this is a successful and fun event for our community. 

Sign up here!

Note: The book fair is October 17th -20th. Friday, October 14th will be a walk-through for students and teachers.

We need our community's help to make the Harvest Party a great event for our students!

Sign up to decorate your trunk and hand out treats, help with a game, craft, or activity, join the set-up or clean-up crew...there are plenty of ways to get involved! 

Sign up here!

Pantry Packs are weekly food packs confidentially sent home with families identified as food insecure (more information about the Pantry Packs program below).

We need weekly volunteers to deliver Pantry Packs to classrooms at Bell. Deliveries are generally done on Thursdays after school. Sign up here to help! 

The Bell PTSA rolls our popcorn machine outside (usually two Fridays per month) and we start poppin'. As the students head out for lunch recess, we are there waiting with fresh bags of popcorn. Bell students love Popcorn Friday, and so do we! 

We need volunteers for every Popcorn Friday. Please sign-up!

Visit our Popcorn Friday page for more info. 

Popcorn is $0.50 per bag - purchase a popcorn pass today

Fall enrichment classes have begun! Thank you to Frances Chen for all of your work in organizing these programs and thanks to our volunteer chaperones for making it possible to run these activities at Bell!

Registration is still open for the following classes with spots available:  

Snapology - spots available

Art - spots available

Soccer - spots available

Choir Grades 2-5 - spots available

Karate - spots available

Visit our 6crickets portal for class schedule, descriptions and registration.

Visit the enrichment classes page for more information on need-based scholarships. 

The date of our first general membership meeting of the year has been changed to Thursday, October 13 at 7pm on Zoom. Join us to learn more about the PTSA and the programs and events we have in store this year. We will also vote on budget amendments and elect additional PTSA Executive board members. All Bell families are encouraged to attend! However, only PTSA members can vote. Join today and have a voice and a vote within the PTSA.  

Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 870 9279 6430

Passcode: 223767

The PTSA's exclusive interest is in the health, welfare, safety, and education of our children. The more engaged and involved we are as a school community, the more our students and our school will thrive. Becoming a PTSA member is a simple show of support for the programs and activities the PTSA offers with no additional requirements - you choose your level of involvement.  Join us in supporting our school, staff, students, and community and become a member today! 

As a reminder, all PTSA memberships expire at the end of each school year. If you haven't renewed your membership (or if you're new to Bell), join all the amazing teachers, parents, grandparents, and community members who make up our PTSA. Your membership, financial donations, and volunteering are what make our work possible.

Join today!

Are you looking for some spiritwear for your kiddo or yourself? 

Visit our spiritwear store to get your Bulldog gear!

Spiritwear can be purchased year-round.

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Monday, October 10
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