November Happenings! 

Staff Appreciation Holiday Cards

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Amazon Wish List

We have a few great ways to support our teachers and staff this holiday season and show some holiday cheer!

(1) Send a holiday message. Click here and please submit by Dec 11th (the PTSA will hand deliver all of them).

(2) Purchase an item from the teacher/staff wishlist (the item will deliver to their home). Wishlist here. We have assigned all staff to groups in an effort to ensure no one is missed!

Please consider sending a card and/or gift to everyone in the same group as your teacher. 

Holiday Gift Drive!

We are thrilled to be doing another holiday gift drive this year to support our Bell families in-need.

Please sign up to purchase a gift for a Bell student today. Sign up here.

Please wrap the gift(s) and label it with the number next to the child's info, so we know which family to give it to. And please drop off the gift at Bell by 12/11. 

 

Direct Donation Fundraiser 

Bell's Direct Donation fundraiser is live now!

 

AG Bell Students would love to share why your donation is needed and so greatly appreciated in this video!

  • Donation goal = $10K
  • Current amount fundraised = $4,100
  • Fundraiser timeline - 11/13 - 11/27

Resources & Educational Opportunities for Families 

Partnerships to Support Academic Engagement in Inclusive Environments - 11/17 at 7pm

A presentation from the TIES Center, the national technical assistance center on inclusive practices and policies. LWSD was selected as the model district for OSPI’s Inclusionary Practices Professional Development Project. Twain Elementary is one of the UW Haring Center’s demonstration sites! Learn how to best partner on inclusive remote learning so that all students learn and have their unique needs met. More info here

From Awareness to Action: Understanding Youth Substance Use - 11/19 at 7pm

The Lake Washington PTSA Council in conjunction with the Lake Washington School District is pleased to invite Jerry Blackburn of Influence the Choice to shine light on the impact that substance use has on youth development. More info here

Parent Ed: LGBTQ+ Panel - 12/2 at 7pm

An evening of sharing and learning – find out about supports in our schools and how you can be a valuable ally! Parents, caregivers, guardians, grandparents, aunts, friends, uncles and students are all welcome to attend. More info here

 

Eastside Pathways published these videos for Spanish speaking families in the Lake Washington and Bellevue School Districts to help them access important information on the districts’ websites and to better navigate processes within each district. 

Yearbook

Please help us make a great 2020-2021 yearbook this year by simply uploading your photos to TreeRing.

Holiday pics, remote learning pics, time outside as a family, etc. - all pictures are welcome! 

Download the app or go to their website at www.treering.com/validate.

Bell’s school code (1015269962362510) will be required if you don’t already have an account:

Email yearbook@agbellPTSA.org with any questions. 

 

 

 

 

What is the PTSA doing this year?

While this year looks very different, there is still a tremendous amount of work Bell PTSA is doing to

(1) Advocate for our students and teachers

(2) Provide enrichment learning opportunities

(3) Support our Bell families in-need

(4) Connect our community during this unique time.

Below are just a few examples of the work we’re doing:

Advocacy​ - We recently attended WSPTA’s Legislative Assembly and identified our ​top five legislative priorities​ to support the work we will be doing during Washington State’s Legislative Session. We also have Cassandra Sage from the LWSD School Board joining us at our next general membership meeting on Thursday, November 12th at 7pm (​Zoom link​in Bulldog Blast), so we can engage directly with the leaders of our district to advocate for our students.

Enrichment Opportunities - Bell PTSA has approved funding for art lessons with Mrs. Lustgarten this year. The first lesson was done during the Harvest Festival on Oct. 30th. The lessons were fabulous!

Supporting Bell Families-in-Need​ - We launched a food drive, which enabled us to make food bags for 30 Bell families-in-need for multiple weeks. We also work with the Lake Washington Schools foundation to provide Pantry Packs to Bell families in-need every week. We use PTSA funds to supplement these pantry packs with fresh produce. We also work with the school counselor to identify needs in our community (e.g., clothing, shoes, etc) and work to gather these items via donations (​sign-up​ here).

Connecting the Community​ - While this is more challenging during these times, we are trying to find creative ways to keep us all connected. We recently did a Spooktacular Pumpkin Decorating Contest and we worked with the school to have Mrs. Lustgarten create an art lesson for the Harvest Celebration.

 

 

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Supporting Bell Families in Need

The PTSA is working closely with the school counselor to advocate for Bell families who need support during these challenging times. We have a number of families who need help with obtaining groceries, clothing, headsets for computers, etc. Throughout the year, we will continue to update this list of needs.

Donate Specific Items: Please click here to select a specific item to donate.

Donate Funds for Gift Cards: Please click here to donate funds for purchasing grocery gift cards.

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How Can I Help Bell?

The best way to support the Bell community is to:

(1) Get involved – become a member, attend meetings, join the board, or volunteer your time (see below for some current volunteer opportunities). While we can’t be in the building at this time, there is still a lot we can do together to support Bell students, families, teachers, and staff. 

  • To become a member, click here

  • We have a number of volunteer opportunities right now, including (1) fundraising, (2) Co-President on the board. Email president@agbellptsa.org if you're able to help!
(2) Donate money – Please help us continue to support the Bell community and remote learning:
*Donate on-line: click here
*Donate via Amazon Smiles: click here - please link your Amazon Smiles Account to 
"A G Bell PTSA"
*Link your Fred Meyer Rewards to AG Bell PTSA: click here
*Corporate Matching- an easy way to double your donation! For more information, click here

 


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Thank YOU to ALL our PTSA Members who helped us on achieving the Platinum level with Washington State PTA!  With your participation we have grown our PTSA by 20% over last year. Thank you for all your hard work and enthusiasm to give a louder voice to children in Washington State.

 

 

     

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