Bell Elementary Counseling Program

Important Bell Counseling Updates (Updated 02/04/2021)

Welcome Bell Families to the 2020-2021 School Year!

Dear Bell Families:

The staff of Bell School is very excited to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year. I am sharing a few final reminders in preparation for the first day of school tomorrow, and I am also sharing a welcome back video with a little game that students may enjoy playing. Please review the information below, and contact the main office if you have any questions. The number to the main office is 773 534 5150.

STUDENT HOMEROOMS AND MATERIALS

If you are not sure which homeroom your child is in, please call the main office for assistance. If you were not able to pick up your child's supplies on Friday, we will have supplies available for pick up again on Tuesday morning beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the main entrance. Please be sure to pick them up this week as students will need to use them soon.

HELP LINE

We do not want technology issues to be a barrier for students attending class this week. If you are having any issues logging in to Meets, please call our help line any time between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Monday through Friday of this week. The number is 773 534 5159. Please leave a voicemail with your phone number if you are not able to get through right away and we will call you back. After 10 a.m., you can also email our technology coordinator, York Chan. His email address is ychan@cps.edu. As a reminder, attendance is recorded every day and is based on student attendance in Google Meets with homeroom teachers. If you have any questions about attendance, please call Ms. Judy Ray, our attendance coordinator, in the main office.

GOOGLE CLASSROOMS

The district is managing the rostering of all Google Classrooms this year. If your student hasn't been added to their class yet they should be soon.

ASL AND MANDARIN CLASSES

In an effort to make the transition into remote learning more manageable for students and families, we will begin our ASL and Mandarin classes during the 3rd and 4th weeks of school. We want the students to first focus on community building within their homerooms and getting into the habit of logging into classroom meetings before introducing additional content and links. Due to remote learning, there will be some changes with these classes this year.

Mandarin classes will be held once a week for 30 minutes for students in grades 3-5. Students will also receive 30 minutes of asynchronous work to complete over the course of the week so they are able to apply what they have learned in class. This will occur across the entire year. Students in grades 6-8 who opt into Mandarin will receive instruction for 40 minutes once a week during advisory. They will also receive asynchronous assignments to complete over the course of the week. As a special class for K-2 students this year, Mr. Qiao will be introducing Chinese culture and basic elements of the Mandarin language to our youngest students in a 5 week rotation within the specials schedule. We are able to add this course this year due to remote learning and the way in which we have to schedule our classes. So each K-2 class will receive this class with Mr. Qiao for one 5 week rotation. We are excited that remote learning is allowing us to be more creative with our schedule and allows us to build this in for our K-2 students.

ASL classes will be offered via asynchronous videos beginning at the end of September. These will be viewable to all students. Because we have to prioritize content area subjects for synchronous instruction, we are delivering our ASL classes asynchronously. Our ASL teacher, Ms. Deborah Fink has accepted a full time position outside of CPS, but we are happy to welcome back Ms. Cizzy Boggan who will create the videos for our students this year. Thank you to Ms. Fink for her dedication to our students over the past several years. Classroom teachers will be sharing more information about both Mandarin and ASL classes in the coming days.

EQUITY

As mentioned in the video we shared last week, Equity is one of our school priorities in our new Continuous Improvement Work Plan, and we would like to share our new Bell Equity Mission Statement as developed by our Bell Staff Equity Committee this summer. We are very proud of the work we have completed to date, but we recognize that we still have a long way to go. We will be approaching all of our work this year through the lens of equity, and we will continue to share our efforts on this priority throughout the year.

VIDEO

We have created a "Welcome Back to Bell" video for students to get them excited for tomorrow. Even though we will not be gathering in person, we are still together as a community. Students can "Guess the Bitmojis" as they view the video. The answers to "who is who" are linked here. We hope this eases any nerves and gets students excited for tomorrow. We look forward to a great first week of school.

Please reach out if you have any questions.

Thank you.

Katie Miller


Bell Re-Opening Plan

Click here to access the folder with In there you will find all of the hybrid schedules, the staff checklist, the parent FAQ, parent deck, student deck, and our parent and student pledges.

Student Hybrid Reopening Deck