Belle Alexander

"Home of the Belle Readers!"

Attendance Center for Kindergarten and First Grade

Principal: Mrs. Rebecca Baney

1401 Lake Street
Kewanee, IL  61443
Ph:  309-852-2449
Fax: 309-852-0279

Photo of Rebecca BaneyFoundation. Family. Future. 

Welcome to Belle Alexander!  We are the K-1 attendance center for the Kewanee Community School District.  Our mission is to work relentlessly to ensure our students have a solid foundation for reading, behaving, and learning; a caring connected school family; and a formula for future success.

In our building, you can expect to see students engaged in learning activities to help them master the Illinois Learning Standards.  We believe that learning should be interactive, fun, and tailored to students' needs.  We use homework as a way to connect families to the school community and as a way to reinforce the skills students learn at school.  Our students are called readers from the moment they walk in the door because reading is singularly important for their future.

Our faculty and staff are committed to embracing children in a caring school community.  We use Conscious Discipline to help students feel safe, connected, and able to solve problems.  Families who use the Conscious Discipline approach can help teach and reinforce positive behaviors at home.

Belle Alexander is the foundation of Kewanee's future.  We appreciate your support in accomplishing our mission.  

Mrs. Rebecca Baney, Belle Alexander Principal


Kewanee CUSD #229 5 Essentials Survey


Kewanee School District #229 will join the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the ninth 
statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique 
opportunity for students, teachers and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From now 
to April 2, students and teachers will be asked to take a 25 -minute research-based survey to help 
identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. The parent survey 
supplement will also be administered during the same survey window. These surveys will serve as an 
opportunity for schools to reflect on progress since the last statewide implementation.
Kewanee School District #229 has consistently participated in the statewide 5Essentials Survey and 
is opting to administer the survey to teachers and students again this year to continue tracking 
and informing progress.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey provides a comprehensive picture of a school’s organizational 
culture in an individualized report measuring five “essentials” critical for school success:
▪     Effective Leaders
▪     Collaborative Teachers
▪     Involved Families
▪     Supportive Environment
▪     Ambitious Instruction
Principals and superintendents will receive their 5Essentials Reports in May 2021. Survey results 
will also be reported publicly on the 5Essentials reporting site in Spring 2021 and on the
State School Report Card website in Fall 2021 .