Thursday, April 17, 2014
Bell's Crossing Elementary • 804 Scuffletown Road. • Simpsonville, SC 29681 • (864)355-3800 • fax (864) 355-3885

SPRING BREAK IS HERE!
Have a wonderful, safe, and relaxing Spring Break. We are closed from 4/14/14 to 4/18/14. See you on the 21st!

Report to the Community 2014
PLEASE CLICK HERE to see the Bell's Crossing Elementary School Report to the Community for 2014.

Publishing Center Volunteer Request
Bell's Crossing Publishing Center is a unique service that allows our students the opportunity to publish their own literary works. Students submit their pieces individually or via a teacher to the publishing center. Volunteers then type, bind, and publish these works. Our student authors are even honored during an Author's Tea. Volunteers can help type and bind books, make book covers, or assist with the Tea. Specifically, 2-3 volunteers are needed to help type pieces. This can be done at home (using Microsoft Word) or in the Publishing Center. Also, a volunteer is needed to help organize and co-host the Author's Tea.  If you are interested in helping in any way or have any further questions, please contact the Publishing Center Chair, Joelle Turner: daveandjoie@gmail.com or 915-6924. Thank you!

Top 3 in the State
Bell’s Crossing was in the top three for the Pennies for Patients campaign this year. This campaign includes schools at all levels, and Bell’s finished third. All the money raised, in excess of $6,000, goes to the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. Thanks for all your support in this cause.

Explore the Arts
Join the Fine Arts Center for "Explore the Arts", June 14-18, 2014 from 8:30 to 12:00. There will be summer classes for elementary, middle, and high school students. CLICK HERE for the elementary registration form. For more information contact Donna Shank 864-355-2574 or 864-201-2450 www.fineartscenter.net.

Distracted Driving Ordinance
Greenville City Council recently passed an ordinance banning distracted driving in the City of Greenville. The ordinance, which goes into effect April 1, prohibits the use of hand-held mobile devices while operating a vehicle, including when a vehicle is temporarily stopped, such as waiting in a carpool line. Please adhere to this new ordinance to help keep our roads and school zones safe.

Congratulations!!!!
Congratulations to our 4th and 5th graders who competed in the Battle of the Books Competition. They represented our school well as they made it through the first round before being eliminated by one question. Everyon who attended the event said our students showed class and sportsmanship in their effort.
Eight Bell's Crossing Students placed in our Reflections Southeast PTA competition. The categories ranged from literature to photography to the visual arts. This was more than any other school in our area. Of those eight students, four went on to place at the state level. What talented children we have at our school!

District Report Card
The District Report Card is available  here - http://goo.gl/FHHpqZ in full or as a one page document http://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/emmemo/emm140318/annualreportposter.pdf

Arts Reaching Middle and Elementary Schools
ARMES is a tuition free program for students who are gifted in the arts. Classes in Drama, Dance, Strings and Visual Arts are offered during the school year, after school, once or twice a week depending on the art discipline. For more information go to www.armesprogram.com or complete PARENT NOMINATION FORM available here.

BCES Daily Safety Tips
CLICK HERE to download important daily safety tips.

A message from Mrs. Brown, Challenge Teacher

Congratulations to all of my Bell's Crossing fourth graders.  They have done an amazing job working together on a team to reach a common goal.  I am certainly glad I did not have to be a judge.  (Of course, Bell's Crossing would have taken many more awards, if I had judged!)
 
I am not sure of the exact count yet--but there were somewhere between 400-500 bridges in this competition. Eventually I will get a spreadsheet showing our efficiency scores.  I will share those results when I receive them. That scores is derived from taking that amount of force the bridge holds divided by the weight of the bridge. . . therefore the lightest bridge that holds the most weight gets the highest score.
 
Congratulations to Kaitlin, Piper and Taryn for first place overall with the Most Original Design for the bridge they called Roman Arches!  This is the third year we have won first place for Most Original.  I honestly am so proud of how "original" all 18 of our bridges were!
 
Congratulations to Dylan, Eli and Drew for second place overall for Best Architectural Design!  This was another tough category to judge, I am sure.  We also had many absolutely beautiful bridges!
 
Way to go Eagles!  I am so proud of you! See photos here - Photo One, Photo Two, Photo Three.

Make up Days
Students attending Greenville County public schools will makeup three missed school days per the school system's calendar on Friday, March 7, Monday March 10, and Friday, June 6 based on State law that requires school districts to schedule 3 make up days. Students attending Greenville County Schools have missed six days this school year due to inclement weather.

State law also specifies that missed days beyond the three scheduled days must be made up by scheduling additional makeup days including Saturdays and/or extending school days. The school district's plan for missed days beyond the three scheduled makeup days is on hold as the Legislature considers a bill that would provide local school boards with authority to forgive up to five school days beyond the three scheduled makeup days. Once final legislation is approved, the administration will consider the impact of and date options for additional makeup days in making a recommendation to the Board of Trustees.

Publishing Center Volunteer Request
Bell's Crossing Publishing Center is a unique service that allows our students the opportunity to publish their own literary works. Students submit their pieces individually or via a teacher to the publishing center. Volunteers then type, bind, and publish these works. Our student authors are even honored during an Author's Tea.

The publishing center is in need of additional volunteers to finish publishing pieces and to honor this year's student authors. Volunteers can help type and bind books, make book covers, or assist with the tea. Specifically, 2-3 volunteers are needed to help type pieces. This can be done at home (using Microsoft Word) or in the publishing center. Also, a volunteer is needed to help organize and co-host the Author's Tea. If you are interested in helping in any way or have any further questions, please contact the publishing center chair, Joelle Turner: daveandjoie@gmail.com or 915-6924. 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.

School Tours
We are pleased to announce that we will be holding weekly tours of our school. These will be held on Mondays from 9-10am. Please call 355-3800 to reserve a spot.

WE NEED HELP!
The Bell's Crossing Safety team is looking for a parent, or several parents, to rotate through being on the sidewalk during morning carline in case of emergency and to ensure the safety of our students and patrols when they are on the sidewalk. We are in need of someone, or several people, to rotate on Mondays from 7:30-8:00 from Jan 6 to the end of school.  Even if you can only do once or twice a month or if you need to split the 30 minutes with someone please let us know!!!  Please contact Peg Witbeck, Safety Chair via the PTA President at bcesptapresident@gmail.com.