Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Bell's Crossing Elementary • 804 Scuffletown Road. • Simpsonville, SC 29681 • (864)355-3800 • fax (864) 355-3885

Furman Football Tickets
Furman University has generously donated football tickets to our school for a game at 7 pm on October 4th.   The school will be giving away groups of 4 tickets to some lucky students and their families. Please write Mr. Ross a short letter on this form explaining why you want your family to go to a Furman football game. Parent’s/Guardian’s must sign the form for Mr. Ross to consider your letter. The drawing will be Wednesday, October 1 on the morning news.

Bell's Crossing PTA would like to extend a special THANKS to the following Silent Auction Donors. Please consider supporting their business as they have supported our children!
Bad Daddy's, Cracker Barrel, Appleseed's, Jadens, House Divided, Bova, Napolis, Carolina Ale House, Greenville Drive, Greenville Road Warriors, Grand Ole Opry, Pampered Chef, Monkey Joes, Bi-Lo Five Forks, Publix, Brick's for Kids, Carolina Panthers, Fototales by Regan, Clutter Busters, Jason Brooker, Tropical Grill, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, WYFF, Mary Kay, Sassy Letter, Pump it Up, Gravitopia, Play Nation, Goddard School, Phil Hyman, Mitchell's, AKA Karate, Mater Kim's, Langston Charter, 9 Round, Vac Master, Great Harvest Bread Co., Flat Rock Dentistry, Darrah Family Chiropractic, Great Wolf Lodge, Century BMW, Taylor Made, Greenville City Story, Riverside Middle, Greenville Gymnastics, Travinia Italian Kitchen, Lori Conte, Shear Envy, Emily Elizabeth Paper Boutique, Bargain Babies, Spa 360, Olive Tree, Run Way Cafe, Henry's Smokehouse, Carolina Olive Oil, Estetica Sun & Salon, Pink Bee, Patsy's Sun Room, Tupperware, The Center of Bliss, Upstate Karate, Origami Owl, Yogurt Mountain, Sony,31, Papa Murphys, Premiere Jewelry, and Jason Dawsey.
A HUGE thank you to all of our fabulous room moms and parents who went over and beyond to create such fabulous classroom baskets. Also, thank you to all the Silent Auction Volunteers! A heartfelt thank you also goes out to the faculty and staff for your support!

Please make every effort to have your child in school by 8 am. This is the start of our school day. Students who arrive after 8 am are marked tardy. Five tardies in a quarter will result in the student NOT receiving perfect attendance. If students are not in school for at least 3 hours a day, they will not receive credit for attendance that day. If you have any questions, please contact our attendance clerk at 355-3800.

Lunch & Learn and Evening Parent Workshop
Please join us at one of our parent workshop opportunities. Talk about Touching - speakers Kateri Harper (Julie Valentine Center) and Tracy Kelly (Bell's Crossing Parent) will talk with parents about addressing personal safety with elementary school-aged children. They will also share how to spot signs of sexual abuse and how to talk with your own child about personal safety. There will be two opportunities to hear our speakers. Wednesday October 8 at 11:30 (with lunch provided) and Thursday October 9 at 6:00pm. If you plan to attend the lunchtime session, please call 864-355-3800 to reserve a spot and book lunch.

Greenville Dance Festival- October 4 (4th and 5th grade only)
The festival is open to all students and teachers in Greenville County and previous dance experience is not required. The festival has a long list of exciting workshops for both teachers and students. For more information and to register visit: www.greenvilledancefestival.com (See the attached flyer)

The Great Book Exchange
It's time to clean off your bookshelves. The Great Book Exchange is right around the corner. Please bring in your gently used books starting October 6th. The Great Book Exchange will be October 9th with a make up day of October 10th.

5th Grade Recognition Ad for Yearbook
You can now place an ad in our yearbook recognizing your fifth grader. The cost is $25 for an eighth of a page and you may purchase up to 4 blocks.  This charge is in addition to the regular yearbook cost. Applications must be returned by Octob er 15th to guarantee a spot, following that date will be on a first come first served basis depending on availability. APPLICATION FORM

Yearbook Photographs
Please click on the link to upload and submit your photographs for our yearbook. Thank you! http://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/Index.jsp

Snacks in the Cafeteria
Our school sells snacks at lunch time in the cafeteria. If parents want to limit the number of snacks they want their child to purchase, they need to contact our cafeteria manager, Tina Merritt. Her email address is tmerritt@greenville.k12.sc.us. EACH YEAR you have to ask for the limit as it does not roll over from the year before.

Car Line Safety
Please remain off your cell phone while driving through our car line. We need your attention as we load and unload students. Thank you for helping keep our children safe.

Reflections 2014-2015
Explore the arts and participate in the PTA Reflections competition. The theme will be "The world would be a better place if..." Reflect on the theme, create an original work, be recognized. For more information CLICK HERE or contact Vickie Price at bcesptareflections@gmail.com Entry Form CLICK HERE

PTA Volunteer of the Month
Our PTA Volunteer of the Month is Stacy Daniel! Stacy helped make additional car tags over the summer and assisted each day with sorting First Day Packets. She even stayed longer to help alphabetize the student blue cards! She also chairs and has been preparing programs for the School Improvement Council! Congratulations Stacy! Thank you for all you do!

PTA Website
Please go to our PTA WEBSITE for information on our EagleFest Carnival, Silent Auction and other wonderful events. Please consider volunteering, we love our PTA!

Jr. Beta Club Make-A-Wish Fundraiser
Many thanks to all who participated in events that Jr. Beta Club sponsored in order to raise money to grant a wish for Alexia. We are please to announce that Alexia's wish was granted! CLICK HERE to see what she did thanks to your help. Look for our next fundraiser and service project in your child's folder soon. Our students really do make a difference!

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.

Please note that this year there is a 10 cent increase in lunch prices:
Student Meal - $2.20
Adult Meal - $3.50

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.