Sunday, April 26, 2015
Bell's Crossing Elementary • 804 Scuffletown Road. • Simpsonville, SC 29681 • (864)355-3800 • fax (864) 355-3885

Change in School Assignment for 2015-2016
If your child will NOT be attending Bell's Crossing next year, please advise your teacher where they will be attending. We need to ensure our records are correct as we approach the end of the year. You may also contact Tracy Moore at tmoore@greenville.k12.sc.us. Thank you!

Animal Care Supply Drive - Ends April 28
Our Girls on the Run Program at Bell's Crossing is  heading up a drive to collect needed items for the Greenville County Animal Care. You may bring old towels, blankets, dog or cat food (canned or dry), treats, and toys. A collection box will be at the end of each hallway. Thank you for your support.

Chorus Students Honored!
Eight of our fifth grade chorus students were honored by being selected for the Greenville County Spring Sing Event. They performed at the Peace Center on April 14 with other selected students from Greenville County Elementary and Middle Schools. Mr. Miller, our music teacher, was also selected as the lead accompanist for this event! The selected students are listed below. We are so proud of them!
Aniyah Brockington
Arianna Carroll
Lachlan Dunlap
Emily Helms
Sammy Leehman
Natalie Ruiz
Paige Smith
Meghan Townsend

Pennies for Patients UPDATE!
Our school did an amazing job raising money for the Leukemia dn Lymphoma Society through our Pennies for Patiends campaign. We are happy to announce that our school was the SECOND LARGEST FUNDRAISER for the LSS in the WHOLE STATE! Our final amazing total was $7,477.30. Mrs. Ghent's first grade class is currently in first place in the STATE for most funds raised by a single class! Thank you so much for supporting our students with this fundraiser, their rewards are being shared with their teachers.  

Explore the Arts 2015
Explore the Arts, Summer Art Workshop High School, College, Teacher and Beyond, will be held June 15th - 19th at the Fine Arts Center, 102 Pine Knoll Dr., Greenville, SC 29609. Students may select one of the courses to study for one week. Classes are limited to 10 students. Classes include Printmaking, Photoshop and Illustrator, and Hydraulic Pressed Jewelry. For more information and to register, please contact Donna Shank dshank@greenville.k12.sc.us 864-201-2450 or 864 355 2574 or see the link on the Fine Arts Webpage www.fineartscenter.net.

CONGRATULATIONS MRS. DANKO!
Mrs. Danko, 4th Grade Teacher, has been selected to be one of ten finalists for the 2015-2016 Greenville County Schools Teacher of the Year. This is a great honor as there were many amazing teachers all across Greenville County Schools. The winner will be announced in August at a Banquet. The finalists in alphabetical order by last name are: Alice Bradley - Ralph Chandler Middle
Amy Burnett - Berea High
Kristin Danko - Bell's Crossing Elementary
Shiree Turner Fowler - Hollis Academy
Tracy Gay - Crestview Elementary
Stacy Hall - Riverside Middle
Anne Matthews - Greenville Middle Academy
Shelley Peak - Robert E. Cashion Elementary
David Quigley - Woodmont High
Heather Steading - Fork Shoals Elementary

CONGRATULATIONS!
Dylan Norris, custodian at Bell's Crossing, was named SCPTA Support Staff Member of the Year. He was chosen among office personnel, teacher assistants, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, and other custodians that were nominated across the state. Mr. Norris has been at Bell's Crossing almost a year. He works tirelessly to provide the best possible learning enviornment for our students. He works side by side with teachers, PTA, parents, and the community to make sure everything is done with the utmost quality for our school. Dylan Norris was honored at the State PTA Convention in Columbia on March 14.

5th Grade Dates - Updated

Please make a note of the new dates for 5th Grade day and 5th Grade awards.

June 3 - 5th Grade Day

June 4 - 8:30am - 5th Grade Awards at Brookwood

New State Tests Information

Kindergarten Registration
Please register any rising kindergarten children for next year now. If your child turns 5 by September 1, 2015, he/she can be registered for the 2015-2016 school year.

Afternoon Car Riders
Official car tags from our school must be used. This helps the school verify the person picking up the child has been asked to do this. If you need additional tags, please call the main office 355-3800. Anyone who does not have the official Bell's Crossing tag will be asked to park and go in to sign the child out. Thank you for helping to keep our children safe.

NEW Spring State Test Dates
The new test our state will administer to all 3rd-8th graders will be given on the following dates. This is earlier than ever before. Please mark your calendars as attendance at these times is important.
April 28 - Writing and ELA.
April 29 - Reading.
April 30 - Math.
May 7 - Science (4th-8th grade only).
May 8 - Social Studies (4th-8th grade only)

Personalized School Announcements
The PTA is now offering personalized messages on the electronic sign in front of the school including birthday messages and congratulations messages. All announcements are due by the 15th of the previous month (so January birthdays are due by December 15). No late announcements can be accepted. CLICK HERE to download the form and to see more information.