Friday, October 31, 2014
Bell's Crossing Elementary • 804 Scuffletown Road. • Simpsonville, SC 29681 • (864)355-3800 • fax (864) 355-3885

Textbook Review
The public is invited to review textbooks and instructional materials that have been proposed for use in South Carolina's public schools. The materials will be recommended to the State Board of Education for adoption on December 10, 2014, by the Instructional Materials Review Panels appointed by the Board. The materials are in the following subject areas:

Social Studies, Secondary : Advanced Placement Human Geography

Elementary : Cursive Writing - Grades 3-5

This year the South Carolina Department of Education will conduct a virtual public review of the student materials for each recommended program from October 10 - November 20, 2014. Access to the web links for each proposed program and the Public Review Comment Form is available on the web at under the "What's New," please click the first link entitled "Public Review Information with Web Links and Comment Form Access." state Board of Education members will review citizens' comments before a final decision is made on adopting materials.

American Education Week


November 17 - 21 2014

Monday - School Support Staff (Food Services, custodians, aides, secretaries, clerks, bookkeepers, paraprofessionals, school resource officers, and everyone else except those listed below)

Tuesday - Bus Transportation Staff (All bus transportation staff)

Wednesday - Educators (All certified staff in schools - teachers, media specialists, guidance counselors, assistant principals, principals, etc.)

Thursday - Operations. Maintenance Staff  (Maintenance, Warehouse, Operations)

Friday - District Staff (all district-level employees)

Veteran's Day Celebration
CLICK HERE to find instructions on how to submit photographs of your veterans for our Veteran's Day Breakfast celebration. We would love any photographs, either hard copy or electronically (they will be returned) so that we can showcase family members of students here at Bell's who have or are serving in the military. Thank you for all you do!

Reflections Winners 2014
We would like to announce and congratulate the winners for the school level of Reflections. These students will now go through to the national competition. We are so proud of them!

Visual Art:
1 Jenna Cecere, 2 Sara Nalley, 3 Sara Nalley; HM Hailey Ferguson, HM Savannah Hester
1 Brendon Maness, 2 Brendon Maness, 3 Meghan Kane; HM Ava Metts, HM Olivia Huber
1 Sara Nalley, 2 Sara Nalley, 3 Ryan Davidson
1 Bennett Van Every, 2 Reese Williams, 3 Ava Metts; HM Haylee Robertson, HM Stephen Dyar
Primary: Mac Savage
Intermediate: Marlayna McBride
Primary: Sarah Bloomingburg
1 Sara Nalley, 2 Alexa Morgan, 3 Will Nalley
1 Livy Brown, 2 Charleston Lane, 3 Totawutif Garboua; HM Kelli Howard, HM Seamus Farrell

Staff Appreciation Luncheon
Our Fall Staff Appreciation Luncheon is November 7. Please help us celebrate our wonderful staff by sending in a dish for them to enjoy. The theme is Tailgating Appetizers and Desserts. Volunteers will collect dishes in the morning car line on November 7 at 7:30-8:00am. (Remember to turn on your flashers if you have a dish to drop off). Dishes may also be turned into the front office by 10am. Please label all dishes with the item name, your name, and your phone number. If possible use disposable containers. Non-disposable containers will be available for pick up that same day after 1:30pm. (You may send food in a crock pot to keep it warm if necessary. Thank you for participating.

Holiday Lunch Reservations
You are invited to attend a special holiday lunch on Thursday, November 20th with your student during their *regular lunch time. Please fill out ATTACHED FORM and return by Thursday, November 13th. All extra lunches must be prepaid; no extra lunches will be available for purchase on November 20th.
Please arrive a few minutes early to park and sign in. We ask that you wait for your student in the main hallway in front of the cafeteria. Please do not go to the classroom as instruction will be in progress. *Please expect some delays due to the number of extra people eating lunch.

School ESEA Grade
Our school's federal ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) accountability grade was released on October 21. For 013-2014, Bell's Crossing achieved a grade of A. Federal ESEA grades for elementary schools are based on results from last year's PASS ELA, math, science, and social studies tests, and percent of students tested on PASS ELA and math. Each year, federal accountability standards increase by 5 points for elementary schools, which makes it more difficult to achieve a high grade. A different calculation for school grades was used so you cannot compare this year's grade with last year's grade.

GCSD Ebola Preparedness Message
We want to share with you that, in an abundance of caution, our district has developed a plan to address concerns about the possible spread in the United States of Ebola, a virus that has created significant world- wide concerns. We have gathered information from the Center for Disease Control, Department of Health and Environmental Control, and other sources to help make our schools as safe as possible. While no active cases of the Ebola virus have been reported in our state or across our region, it is wise to be proactive in this important matter.

Beginning next week, parents of new enrollees to our school district will be asked a series of questions which are designed to determine whether or not the student has significant risk factors. Any student identified through this screening process will not be enrolled pending a medical clearance. The intent, of course, is to protect our students and employees to the greatest extent possible.

Additionally, the district has an important request to make of parents. If your family or your child travels to any area known to currently be impacted by the Ebola virus, would you please let your school’s principal know the location and dates of that travel? Again, we simply want to be proactive in this matter.

Good communication, factual knowledge about the Ebola virus and common sense will serve us well as we all deal with this health concern. Greenville County Schools will continue to work to keep our schools as safe as possible for everyone involved in our system. We have posted a link on our district webpage to provide additional information on Ebola.

Thanks for your help and assistance in this matter and let your principal know if you have any questions.

Lights, Action, Related Arts Night!
In order to offer a meaningful experience in the fine arts, Bell's Crossing Elementary School Related Arts team would like to invite you to their "Night of Arts Integration" on Monday February 9 from 6:00-8:00pm. Students are invited to come dressed as their favorite Eric Carle Character. This is one not to miss. MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE.

Honoring All Those Who Have Served!
Please join us as we celebrate you... Tuesday November 11 at 8:30am in the cafeteria at Bell's Crossing Elementary School. Please let your child's teacher know that you are coming. Thank you for all you do!

Operation Shoe Box 2014
Bell's Crossing will be adopting a troop stationed overseas. We will help them celebrate Christmas with a school wide project; "Operation Shoe Box". It is out goal for every classroom to create one shoe box to send to our military men and women at Greenwood, South Carolina. This project will run from November 10th to November 14th. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

PTA Volunteer of the Month
Congratulations to APRIL SMITH our Volunteer of the month!!

Bully Prevention Month
October is national Bully Prevention Month. Bell's Crossing has several events and days set aside to recognize the importance of being an anti-bullying school.
4th Grade Girls Night Out - October 14 6pm @ Bell's Crossing
4th Grade Boys Night Out - October 21 6pm @ Bell's Crossing
Wear Blue to School Day - to represent anti-bullying - October 24
Be a Superhero, Stand Up to Bullying! Wear superhero T shirts (please no costumes!) - October 31

Parent Conferences
October marks the month for our teachers to conference with our parents. This is an excellent time for teachers to share how your child is performing in that particular grade level and the plan for the school year. It is also time for the parent to share with us any of their thoughts and questions about the curriculum. Our goal is for every teacher to have a face to face conference with their students' parents or guardians. Please make every attempt to meet with your child's teacher. Thank you for your involvement in your child's education.

Superhero Day! Friday, October 31st
"Be A Superhero, Stand Up to Bullying!"  October is Bullying Prevention Month. Students and staff will be wearing Superhero T-Shirts to school that day to recognize the Superheroes in all of us. Making Bell's Crossing a Bully Free School! (NO costumes please)

Yearbook Photographs
Please click on the link to upload and submit your photographs for our yearbook. Thank you! enter the password team2015.

Parent Portal
Parent Portal passwords are now available in the front office. If you have already set up a Parent Portal, you do not need this password! To obtain this password, a parent or legal guardian must come to the front office with a picture ID. We highly recommend you create Parent Portal for your children as this is a great way to keep up with lunch balances, attendance, and grades. You can also change name, address, and phone number information on this site. All Parent Portals can be consolidated into one account.  If you have a Parent Portal but have forgotten your password/user name, you will need to bring your ID to the front office. Thank you.

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.