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November 18, 2022
Make the holidays bright at Bell this year!


Each year, the Bell PTSA organizes a holiday gift drive during the months of November and December. We work closely with the school counselor to gather wish lists from Bell students whose families need help getting gifts for their children. We then share these wish lists with our community and ask members to purchase items from the lists.

Click Here to Donate a Gift

Please choose a student from the list and purchase one or all of the requested items. Wrapped gifts should be brought to the AG Bell office by Friday, December 2nd.

***PLEASE ensure that your WRAPPED gift is labeled with the child's number (the number before the child's information). This ensures we can get the gift to the correct child***

If you are purchasing clothing, please include a gift receipt in case the size does not work for the child.

Thank you for your generosity to our Bell community this holiday season!

Please send any questions to Leslie Victor (giftdrive@agbellptsa.org).

The Bell staff will be hosting a Community Pancake Breakfast on November 23rd from 8:15-9:05am. Families are invited to join students and staff in the Bell commons and cafeteria for a comfy cozy morning of pancakes and community building. We hope you are able to join us for this special Bell tradition (that we are so thankful to welcome back!).

  • When: Wednesday November 23rd 8:15am – 9:05am service time in the Bell Commons
  • Pricing: $2.25 per student and $3.25 adults/non-Bell siblings, (free/reduced rates still apply). 
    Cash and student meal cards will be accepted for payment.
  • Menu: Pancakes, Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Fruit, Milk/Juice/Coffee 
  • Dress: PJ's, Comfy Cozy, or whatever feels right to you!
  • Who: All family members are welcome! 

Great work to the 38 students competing in Bell's first math competition this week! If your student is ready for another competition OR looking to get into the math competition game for the first time, registration is now open for our next math competition: Kangaroo Math!

Competition date: 3/16/2023

Location: Bell Elementary after school.

Test format:

  • 75 Minute multiple choice test
  • 24 Questions for students in grades 1 to 4
  • 30 Questions for students in grades 5 to 12   

Student registration deadline: 12/15/2022

Fees: $21 before 12/15/22. Late registration fee: $35 between 12/16-12/31.

Perks: Each in-person participant receives a T-shirt, a gift, and an electronic certificate in the spring.

Registration steps provided by Math Kangaroo:


2. Log in with your login and password or establish your user account if you are new.

3. Click on the tab By Invitation.

4. Copy and paste this code in the field Invitation Code: WAKIRKL0004001@2023MK

5. Do not share the code with anyone.

6. You are ready to register. Screenshot tutorial here: Registration for Private Center.

Once your child is registered, you can enjoy free Math Kangaroo video solutions and access full questions and solutions sets with 50% off. Instructions on how to find the discount code HERE

Important: After you receive the registration confirmation email from Math Kangaroo, review the email to make sure all information is accurate. If something needs correction, update the registration or email info@mathkangaroo.org.

Practice resources can be found here: https://mathkangaroo.org/mks/practice/

Math Kangaroo's cancellation policy:

There is no registration cancellation or a refund offered after the registration. Math Kangaroo offers financial assistance to families in hardship; please contact finance@mathkangaroo.org to ask for assistance and provide appropriate proof of hardship.

Rush In Alaskan Dumplings is donating back to AG Bell Elementary PTSA - you can help by eating!

On Tuesday, November 29th Rush In Alaskan Dumplings, 13501 100th Ave NE, will donate 20% of Dine-In, Takeout & Pick up orders to AG Bell Elementary PTSA.

Please help us by RSVPing to save the date and inviting a friend (or 2) to eat with you! RSVP & details here: https://grouprai.se/s236789

Bell's 5th graders are raising funds in order to take field trips to the Museum of Flight, the Burke Museum, and Sound Experience. You can help them get there and get some tasty treats for yourself! 

Visit their See's Candy store front between now and December 2nd and items purchased will be shipped directly to your home by December 24th.


Visit their My Fundraising Place page between now and December 5th for Butter Braid pastries and cookie dough. To purchase, choose your favorite 5th grader (or teacher!), place your order through their fundraising page. Your order will be delivered to the student (or teacher) sellers at school on December 14th. Your seller will contact you for student delivery.

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. 

All volunteers must be approved as a volunteer through Lake Washington School District (LWSD). LWSD stopped requiring proof of vaccination for volunteers as of November 1, 2022. 

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

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! 

Please sign-up!

Visit our Popcorn Friday page for more info. 

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

Bell's administrative team recently reached out to the Bell PTSA asking if we could help facilitate toy donations for indoor recess. Below is a link to an Amazon wish list where you can easily donate a toy(s) to the school and ship it direct to Bell (Attn: Sara Schmied). Please reach out to Sara Schmied at sschmied@lwsd.org with any questions about toys that can be donated to the school.

Click HERE to Donate Toys
Click Here for Bulldog Gear!

It's a great time of year to purchase your bulldog gear!

All spiritwear is 20% with free shipping on orders $75+ through the end of November.

The Bell PTSA is already hard at work creating a beautiful yearbook. The quality of our yearbook depends on the photos our community shares. Do you have photos from the Harvest Party, classroom parties, or any other school events this year? If so, we want to see them. It is so easy to upload your photos to Treering (see image below). We encourage staff members and families to upload photos throughout the year, as events occur. We build the yearbook all year, so we prefer to have the photos uploaded around the time of the event. 

More info about the yearbook: https://www.agbellptsa.org/yearbook 

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Looking Ahead
Tuesday, November 22
Apple Cup Spirit Day
Wednesday, November 23
12:00a Half Day
8:15a Community Pancake Breakfast
Thursday, November 24
No School - Thanksgiving Break
Friday, November 25
No School - Thanksgiving Break
Tuesday, November 29
11:00a Dine-Out | Rush In Alaskan Dumplings
Friday, December 2
Popcorn Friday
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