Originally delivered on 12/9/2022 4:01 pm

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December 9, 2022

Help us make the Bell Staff Lounge cozy!

We’re always looking for ways to show our appreciation for the amazing Bell staff. Earlier in the year, the principal mentioned the staff lounge could use some love. For our winter Staff Appreciation event we are adding some cozy touches to the Bell Staff Lounge to make it more inviting and relaxing for our teachers and staff. 

Our VP of Community Events, Erin Barr, has a background in interior design and has furniture and paint ready to spruce up the staff lounge this weekend for a cozy holiday surprise for the staff on Monday morning! 

We’d love a few more volunteers to help us with furniture assembly and/or painting this Saturday 12/10 from 1-4pm (or whenever you can make it within that window) at the school. 

If you can help out please sign up below!   

Click Here to Volunteer

The 5th grade team needs your help! Their Butter Braid fundraiser product is scheduled to arrive Monday, Dec. 12 at 11:30am. We need several volunteers at this time to get it into the school freezer and several more in the afternoon to distribute the product to classrooms right before dismissal time. If you can help, click below to sign up.

Click Here to Volunteer

5th grade families, if your child walks or rides the bus and you'd like to pick up your child's orders before the end of the school day so your child doesn't have to carry them home, email president@agbellptsa.org to arrange an earlier pick up time.  

FUNdraising Opportunity!

Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink will donate $3 from every paying visitor to who mentions Bell at check-in to the Bell PTSA. All money raised from this fundraiser will go toward helping the 5th grade students reach their field trip fundraising goal. 

The ice rink is open now through January 8, 2023. 


Bellevue Downtown Park

100 100th Ave NE, Bellevue

(south of Bellevue Square)

$3 donations will be made to our PTSA for every visit throughout the 2022-2023 season. If you're a frequent skater, don't forget to mention Bell each time you visit!

Click Here to Register

Registration is open for Winter Quarter!

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


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

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

Our Mathletes did AMAZING in Bell's first math competition. Bell Bulldogs won not 1, not 2, but 3 Team Achievement Plaques! Our 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade teams placed in the top 10% of the nation!

  • The 2nd grade team placed 3rd in the state and 14th in the nation.
  • 3rd grade placed 2nd in the state and 9th in the nation
  • 4th grade placed 1st in the state and 5th in the nation.

Thank you to every participant that helped the teams win national plaques. The scores were very close, and we are very proud of every student’s efforts in the competition. We hope everyone had fun flexing their math muscles!

Registration for our Spring Kangaroo Math competition is open now. 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.

Vision and Hearing screenings will be done on January 10th. The school/district nurse organizes the event yearly. We need 12+ volunteers to help. The majority of volunteers will be doing hearing and vision screening. One volunteer will be responsible for bringing each classroom to the screening rooms. We will receive training at 9:00am in the morning and begin screenings after the morning announcements. Snacks and drinks will be provided for volunteers. 

Date: 01/10/2023 (Tue.)

Time: 9:00am - 1:30pm PST

All volunteers must be approved as a volunteer through LWSD
Visit LWSD's volunteer page for information on how to apply.

Click Here to Volunteer

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.

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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