What Does Bell PTSA do?

Advocacy: The PTSA is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States. Many programs we see in our schools today (e.g., kindergarten, pre-school, hot and healthy lunches, arts in education, etc.) are the result of PTSA advocacy efforts. To learn more, and to get involved with the advocacy work in Washington State, click here 

Supports our School: The PTSA provides grants to teachers and specialists every year, funds a significant portion of all field trips at Bell (approx. $6-$8K per year), funds the Artist in Residence Program (i.e., Mrs. Lustgarten), offers support in the school via volunteerism, supports the Pantry Packs program (providing food to Bell families in need), and much more! When schools closed in March and many families were financially struggling, Bell’s PTSA worked with the community to raise funds. The funds ($2,560) were used to purchase grocery gift cards for Bell families in need. Additionally, back in May, the PTSA voted to approve the following:

$3,500 to fund a library book expansion 

$2,500 for art supplies needed for the Deep Space Sparkle art curriculum

$2,000 for 12 EDU breakout kits (problem solving/ critical thinking educational games)

Community Building: While we don’t know what this year will look like, we have historically had many events each year that bring our community together (e.g., back to school picnic, multi-cultural night, talent show, art walk, monthly Bulldog dine-outs, etc.).

Educational Enrichment: Again, this year will look different, but we hope to bring some of these programs back later this year (TBD): Before and after-school enrichment classes, S.T.E.M. Night, The Artist in Residence program (Mrs. Lustgarten), Reflections art program, school play, etc.

October Happenings!

PTSA Fall Membership Drive

Support our kids and teachers during a school year like no other!

By joining the PTSA, you support local and state PTSA advocacy efforts and fund valuable programs at AG Bell. The more engaged and involved we are as a school community, the more our students and school thrive. Help us reach our fall membership drive goal of 250 new or renewing members by November 15.

--We Are Better Together!--

To learn more and to join, click here!

Pumpkin Decorating Contest!
Bell PTSA invites you to the Spooktacular Pumpkin Decorating contest. Click here for more info! This is your chance to get super creative, Bulldogs! Submit a photo of your painted, carved, or decorated pumpkin via email, communityevents@agbellPTSA.org by Oct 30th! 

Food Donations Drive

We have launched a food donation drive at Bell to support our Bell families in need. We are accepting non-perishable food, produce and bread. (Please note anything that needs refrigeration will not be accepted at this point). Drop off bins are located at the front door of the school. THANK YOU!!

Reflections: Submissions Due Nov 2nd

Join us for the 2020-2021 National PTA Reflection Program. The theme this year is "I Matter Because..." For category information and entry form, click here!

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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. Please click here to select a specific item to donate. 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 needs). 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. NOTE: All memberships expire at the end of each school year. Please make sure to sign up to become a member today!

  • We have a number of volunteer opportunities right now, including (1) website support, (2) translators needed for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, etc., (3) fundraising, (4) Co-President on the board. Email president@agbellptsa.org if you're able to help!
  • PTSA General Membership meetings will be held via Zoom on the following dates: 9/25, 11/12, 2/25, and 4/22 (sign-in details will be sent prior to meetings via the Bulldog Blast, for privacy reasons)

(2) Donate money – Please help us continue to support the Bell community and remote learning:
  • Donate on-line: click here

  • Donate to AG Bell PTSA by shopping at Amazon Smile: click here

  • Link your Fred Meyer Rewards card to AG Bell PTSA: click here

  • Many companies match donations and volunteer hours. For more information, click here

  

Reflections Information

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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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