Congratulations to our first ever Bell School Robotics Team on their successful performance at the First Lego Qualifying Meet on Sunday. The team won the Rookie Team Award in addition to competing at the meet. This award recognizes the strongest performance of a rookie team based upon the Champion’s Award criteria.
We're so proud of what the team has accomplished in a couple of short months. Go Bell Blaze!
Some of the work Bell has done in the area of educating and supporting
the preservation of human rights was featured at the National Council
for the Social Studies (NCSS) 2018 Conference this weekend.
Ms. Bessette's, Mr. Guzman's, and Ms. Pearlmutter's work was
highlighted at the NCSS Human Rights Education (HRE) Community
Showcase. NCSS HRE was excited to show others the work that our
students have done in the area of creating awareness, establishing a
safe and welcoming environment, and taking action.
Though the annual NCSS conference was held in Chicago this year,
teachers, academics, and related organizations came in from all over
the country. Kudos to Bell!
Lurie Children’s has recognized Bell's efforts in their new “Community Champions” window box.
This is a brand new initiative in the hospital to recognize their fundraising individuals and organizations. The Window Box lists more than 40 individuals, teams and organizations that rallied their community to raise more than $10,000 for Lurie Children’s in the 2017 calendar year.
The window box is on the south exterior wall of Lurie Children’s on E. Superior St. between N. St. Clair St. and N. Fairbanks Ct., and is one of several that share stories of Lurie Children’s patients to the pedestrians on this heavy-trafficked sidewalk.
Kudos to our 8th grade students who organized the May Walk, which raised these much needed funds for the important work that is done at Lurie Children's Hospital. Another great example of civic engagement at Bell School.
One day - Sunday, December 2, 2018
Two amazing opportunities to give back to Bell
Join us for some holiday shopping at Kendra Scott, 3426 N Southport Ave., 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm
Grab a bite to eat at Tuco & Blondie, 3358 N Southport Ave., 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
CPS recently released the School Quality Ratings for all elementary and high schools. Bell received the highest rating possible, which is 1+. In addition, our score increased due to improvements on our 5 Essentials survey results. Click here to see the SQRP report for Bell.
In addition, the Illinois State Board of Education released its new rating process this week. Bell received a rating of "commendable" which is the second highest rating a school can achieve. For more information about how the state's new ratings are determined, click here.
CPS has also shared a letter with families to discuss the differences between SQRP and the state ratings. Please click here to review the letter.
Come to Meatheads for dinner between 4 and 8 p.m. on November 28th and Meatheads will donate 20% of the proceeds to Friends of Bell. Enjoy a nice dinner and help Bell School. Click on this link to see the flier that you need to present in order to help Bell School.
Bell Counselor, Katie Moran hosts former Bell students who return to share their high school experiences with current Bell students. Schools represented: The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts), Jones College Prep, Lake View High School, Lane Tech College Prep, Lincoln Park High School, Northside College Prep, Payton College Prep, and Von Steuben (Scholars Program).
Thank you to the entire Bell community for your generous support of our students as we worked to achieve our Bell Walk fundraising goal. The Walk was very successful and the students had a great time. Due to this great success, Mr. Kosko and Ms. Miller were "slimed" on Tuesday at the end of the day. It was a cold day for sliming, but the entire school watched via Bell TV and it created a fun atmosphere in the building as we wrapped up Bell Walk. Thank you again to everyone for your support of Bell School.
Friends of Bell recently unveiled their new website. Please visit to learn more about this important organization in the Bell community.
Join us for Fall Family Night on Wednesday, October 24th from 6-8 p.m. Student work will be on display throughout the building, our school partners and local businesses will have sponsored activities and give-aways, and our staff will host a variety of fun activities for families to engage in together. It is a great opportunity to engage in the school environment with your child! We hope you can join us.
Tryouts for volleyball will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday after school for any girls who are interested in grades 5-8.
Sign ups for cross country will also take place next week for all boys and girls in grades 5-8 who are interested in joining the team. Students should pick up packets from Ms. Presmyk.
We still need coaches for co-ed flag football and boys soccer. If we don't have any additional coaches, we will not be able to host teams this fall. Please sign up here if you can help coach either of these sports.
Keeping our students safe is the most important priority for Bell School and our district. Bell will be sharing some new safety procedures with families via the Blink and at curriculum night. In addition, please see this letter from Chief Janice Jackson to learn more about what we are doing to keep our students safe and support our families. The letter is provided in English and Spanish. We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, September 4th!
All students and families are invited to join us for our annual Back to School Bash on Saturday, September 8th. There will be food, games, prizes, vendors, and much, much more. It promises to be a great day!
All Bell families are invited to come to the Back to School Bash hosted by our Network on Friday, August 17th from 2-5 p.m. The bash will take place at Logandale School. Click on the link below. We hope to see many of our families at this fun event.
Network Back to School Bash
Dr. Janice Jackson just announced the new capital plan for CPS which includes new operating investments which will have a direct impact on Bell School. Beginning this fall, CPS will provide a full time case manager position for Bell School. This is very exciting news and we look forward to introducing our new case manager to the Bell community in the coming weeks. Click here to read the full announcement.
Fall registration is open for Right At School programs!
Get the "15 by 15" discount!
REGISTER by JUNE 15 and pay a registration fee of only $15!
Returning Families: we have a brand new registration portal that we think you'll really love! But that does mean you must create a new account for your family. We promise, it's just this once.
We hope to see your children this fall!
Parent volunteers welcome. Sign up here - http://signup.com/go/wVuAqHz
Janice Jackson, CEO of Chicago Public Schools, will be hosting a town hall meeting to hear from parents and community members about how our schools can best support Chicago students and families. The meeting will take place on Monday, May 21st at Amundsen High School at 6:00 p.m.
At the meeting, Dr. Jackson will provide a brief overview of the state of our schools and reserve the majority of the time for parents to speak.
Bell administration will be present and hope you can join them at this informative meeting.
Join us at the monthly Local School Council meeting in May to hear Ms. Miller present the State of the School address. The presentation will include information about our new school improvement plan, test scores, budget priorities, and much more. The meeting will take place on Thursday, May 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. All parents and community members are invited to attend.
Registration for the 2017-2018 School Year