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SUBJECT: December 2023 Newsletter

December 2023

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A huge thank you to all who signed up to donate gifts. We are blown away by your generosity and how quickly the sign-up filled up! 

For those donating gifts: 

  • Please ensure you wrap the gifts and label each one with the child's number (the number is listed before the child's information in the sign-up). This ensures we can get the gift to the correct child.

  • Please drop your wrapped gift off at AG Bell's front office by Monday, December 4, 2023. If your items are running late please email president@agbellptsa.org and let us know.

Thank you for helping to make the holidays bright for all Bell Students!

Tis' the season to show Bell Staff our appreciation for all their hard work! 

We are looking to transform the staff lounge into a winter wonderland on Tuesday, December 12. 
As a show of our appreciation, we’re also going to fill their bellies with delicious goodies provided by Bell Families. Please click below, if you would like to contribute a treat!

Sign up to help here!

All donations will need to be gathered/collected after school on December 11th OR before 8:00am on Tuesday, December 12. If you need assistance, we are also happy to meet you to collect all the goodies. Please contact communityevents@agbellptsa.org with any questions. Thank you for showing Bell Staff how much we appreciate them!

Staff Favorite Things & Wishlists

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

The remaining Art Enrichment sessions have been added to the sign-up!

Classes who need volunteers: 
Davies: 12/8, 11:10am-12:30pm
Crites: 12/8, 12:50-2:10pm
Kessell: 12/11, 12:50-2:10pm
Olsen: 12/15 12:50-2:10pm

Click below to sign up!

Click Here to Volunteer

Due to the addition of a fourth Kindergarten class in room 136, the remaining lessons will be held in each of the teacher's classrooms. 

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

Great work to the 38 students competing in Bell's first math competition of the year! 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: Friday, 3/22/2024

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 grade 5   

Student registration deadline: 12/15/2023

Fees: $21 by 12/15/23. Late registration fee: $35 between 12/16-12/31.

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

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@2024MK

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.

Upcoming Fundraising Opportunities:
Shop Bell Spiritwear

Please check the Lost and Found racks near the front entrance of the school or visit the digital Lost and Found here: https://bell.lwsd.org/lost-and-found and click on the categories to the left to view photos of the items. 

We recommend labeling your student's clothing to help get lost items back to their owners.

If you'd like to purchase name stickers or stamps for your student's items AND support 5th grade fundraising at the same time, you can do so here: https://mabelslabels.com/en_US/fundraising/support/ type Bell Elementary PTSA (Kirkland) in the search and 20% of each sale will go to helping fund 5th grade field trips and graduation.

Holiday Gift Drive Collection 12/4

Please drop your wrapped gift off at AG Bell's front office by Monday, December 4, 2023.

Popcorn Friday 12/8

December 8th PTSA volunteers will be handing out popcorn at all 3 lunches! Visit https://www.agbellptsa.org/popcorn for more info.

Winter Staff Appreciation Treats 12/12

Help us transform the staff lounge into a winter wonderland on Tuesday, December 12. Sign up HERE to bring a treat or help with set up.

Winter Enrichment Mini Session Registration Opens 12/13

Winter enrichment class mini session info coming soon! Registration will open on 12/13.

No School Days

There will be no school for winter break December 18 - January 1.

About Bell PTSA
Ways to Support Our School
Looking Ahead
Friday, December 8
PTSA Popcorn Friday
Monday, December 18
No School - Winter Break (Dec 18 - Jan 1)
Tuesday, December 19
No School - Winter Break (Dec 18 - Jan 1)
Wednesday, December 20
No School - Winter Break (Dec 18 - Jan 1)
Thursday, December 21
No School - Winter Break (Dec 18 - Jan 1)
Friday, December 22
No School - Winter Break (Dec 18 - Jan 1)
Saturday, December 23
No School - Winter Break (Dec 18 - Jan 1)
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