Originally delivered on 12/2/2022 4:01 pm

SUBJECT: Bulldog Blast 12-2-22

December 2, 2022
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Visit our 6crickets registration portal for class descriptions and registration.

Registration opens today, 12/2 at 5pm.


As with all of our classes, we MUST have a parent chaperone for each class. The chaperone must be a PTSA member (for insurance coverage). The main duties of the chaperone are to make sure the students are safe and where they're supposed to be, and to ensure there are two adults present at all times (one being the instructor). By chaperoning, your student gets free tuition. To volunteer to chaperone, email studentenrichment@agbellptsa.org

For need-based scholarships visit: https://www.agbellptsa.org

To apply, go to My Account > My Forms and Paperwork > Scholarship Application

 For scholarship questions, email president@agbellptsa.org

Thank you for making the holidays bright!

THANK YOU, Bell community for your generosity this holiday season! We were able to fulfill all of the needs on the gift drive wish list and most of the wants too!

There are a few remaining wants on the list, if you’d still like to donate and bring a gift on Monday 12/5.
Large gifts like bikes don’t have to be brand new. If you have a bike your kiddo has outgrown that’s in good condition it can absolutely be donated to the gift drive.

Click Here to Donate a Gift
Save the date for a Bell PTSA sponsored Parent Education presentation from Christy Keating, Certified Parent Coach and Positive Discipline Educator.

Topic: Keeping Kids Safe in Today’s World

When: Thursday, December 8th at 7pm

Where: Zoom 

Click here for free registration 

We encourage you to register even if you are unable to attended because a recording of the presentation as well as material handouts will be sent to all registered attendees on Dec 9th. So you can rewatch or watch for the first time at a time that's convenient for you.

As kids get older, the way we talk to them about safety changes. Christy will touch on the safety topics relevant to our elementary learning community. We’ll talk about boundaries, bodies, and consent, and will also touch on online safety, and when it’s a good idea to get (or not to get) a child a cell phone.

Presentation Description: In this 90-minute presentation (which includes time for Q&A), Certified Parent Coach® Christy Keating, J.D. will share the critical information every parent needs to protect their children from predatory behavior. Christy will touch on:

  • The myths about child sexual abuse and the facts to counteract them;
  • How to educate and empower our children with safe body boundaries and updated safety tools and rules;
  • Why teaching “stranger danger” could actually place our children at heightened risk for abuse;
  • Why “good touch, bad touch” is ineffective and confusing for our children;
  • What the red flags and warning signs are that parents should be looking out for in other adults and children;
  • The questions parents should always ask other adults before a playdate or sleepover;
The prevention tips every parent needs to know to keep their children safe from predators.

Snapdoodle Toys and Games in Totem Lake is partnering with Bell Elementary 5th graders to help you with your holiday shopping. 

On Thursday, December 8th from 4-7pm, the store welcomes Bell families to shop their wide selection of toys, games and other gifts, and they will donate 20% of all sales back to our school. Just mention the Bell Elementary fundraiser at checkout. 

Make sure to stop in, help our 5th graders, support small business, and check some gifts off your list!

Snapdoodle Toys & Games
11901 NE Village Plaza #175
Kirkland, WA 98034

We know many families like to give Bell staff gifts for the holidays, birthdays, and teacher appreciation. If you're looking for gift or treat ideas for your child's teacher and our amazing support staff, many staff members have submitted their classroom Amazon wish lists and a list of their favorite things. Click below to find your child's teacher's favorites. Consider a gift for support staff/admin as well. Each classroom teacher is assigned a number on the sheet and there are 2-3 admin/support staff members with a corresponding number that we encourage you to consider gifting to as well to ensure everyone feels appreciated this holiday season! 

Bell Staff's Favorite Things

Bell staff members, if you'd like to update your favorites list or fill it out for the first time CLICK HERE

There are 15 spots remaining for the Kangaroo Math competition at Bell. Sign up today to ensure your student's spot!

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.

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! 

Today (12/2) is the last day to place a See's Candy order! 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.

Mrs. Lustgarten will be back for more art lessons in December! 

There are still a few more volunteer spots for December art lessons. If you can help, please sign-up (link below) and plan to arrive 10 minutes before the lesson time listed to help with any set-up and to stay 10 minutes after to help with clean-up. 

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! 

Please sign-up!

Visit our Popcorn Friday page for more info. 

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

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Looking Ahead
Thursday, December 8
7:00p PTSA Community Meeting
Monday, December 19
No School - Winter Break (12/19 - 1/2)
Tuesday, December 20
No School - Winter Break (12/19 - 1/2)
Wednesday, December 21
No School - Winter Break (12/19 - 1/2)
Thursday, December 22
No School - Winter Break (12/19 - 1/2)
Friday, December 23
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Saturday, December 24
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