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Sat May 9th, 2015



Tickets are only needed for children.

Online registrations received by 5/15 will be entered into a raffle for a prize.

Tons of fun activities!
Moon bounces, face painting, photo booth, crafts, DJ and more!

PLEASE sign up to volunteer at the event! Sign up genius for volunteers

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Tue May 5th, 2015

Don't forget two important things tonight!
1) Help your child write a note to his/her teacher to show their appreciation to bring to class tomorrow (Wednesday!)
2) Come to the last PTA meeting of the year. We vote on next year's board (this is YOUR PTA!) and the speaker topic is relevant to every kid in the school. Mrs. Kanter and a team of teachers will discuss the articulation process to decide classroom/teacher placement for the coming school year.
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Sat Mar 14th, 2015

The Bells Mill PTA is honored to announce an evening with
Martin Luther King, III
son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 6:30 pm
Cabin John Middle School
10701 Gainsborough Road
Potomac, Maryland 20854

This event is open to the public free of charge.

Mr. King will talk to the community about his late father’s legacy and his own personal efforts for human rights advocacy. As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III has continued his parents’ legacy and their quest for equality and justice for all people. From Mozambique to Mississippi, Mr. King’s vision of a peaceful future has touched thousands. Mr. King has dedicated his adult life to creating and implementing strategic nonviolent action to rid the world of social, political, and economic injustice. He is known as one of the nation's most ardent advocates for the poor, the oppressed, and the disillusioned.
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2014-2015 Committees and Chairs

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Committee Description Chairperson
After School Activities Coordinates PTA sponsored before- and after- school activities Kellie Zuba
Allergy Awareness Provides educational information regarding food allergies within the school community Lisa Crecelius
Artist in Residence 4th and 5th grade students work with these visiting artists during the year Thanh Duckett
Back to School Picnic Coordinates Back to School Picnic Draga Dubick, Ali Weitzman
Bake Sales Coordinates bake sale fundraisers Open
Bear Posts Coordinates all announcements posted on the PTA website resulting in outgoing emails to community Greer Bautz
Bells Mill Bash Coordinates year end Carnival Mary Tousi,
Jennifer Levenberg
Black History Day Program Coordinates program during school Kysha Pierre-Louis
Black History Night Program Coordinates program after school LaTisha Gasaway
Book Drive and Exchange Coordinate the donation of and exchange of books, some to go to BMES students, some to be donated to programs in need Debi Denney
Book Fair Coordinates book sale Jeanine Resnick, Joy Gerber, Kurt Shanfield, Greer Bautz
Box Tops / Giant A+ Promotes and collects “Box Tops for Education” and manages Giant Bonus Bucks program Kellie Zuba
Bylaw committee Update the PTA bylaws (done every 3 yrs, last updated in Apr 2014)
Celebrity Scoop Night Coordinates Scoop Nights, with regular and/or Celebrity scoopers Traci Levine
Club Bells Mill Coordinates Saturday evening student social event four times during the year Nin Timbers, Geena Goodhand
Copy committee Makes copies in office for PTA needs Jalena Specht
Cultural Arts Assemblies Review, select and implement cultural arts assemblies for students Stacy Ganz Kahn, Kysha Pierre-Louis
Directory Compiles and distributes Student Directory Amy Stolker
Family Bingo Night Coordinates Family Fun/Bingo Night Debbie Oblon
5th Grade Promotion Help coordinate the end-of-year activities for our fabulous 5th graders OPEN
FLES Coordinates before- and after-school language programs Nina Price
Fundraising Coordinates Direct Donation Campaign Traci Levine
Geography Bowl Coordinates competitive event Lisa Mathews
Gifted and Talented Liason The PTA Gifted and Talent Liaison provides information and about GT services and resources in the county including HGC testing dates, processes, information and more. Lang Lin
Hands on Science Coordinates after-school science program OPEN
Ice Skating Night Coordinates ice skating night at Cabin John Ice Rink Sean & Stacey Twombley
In-School Volunteer Coordinating Committee Coordinates parent volunteers to assist teachers and staff in the classrooms and the media center Cecily Uhlfelder, Heather Klein
International Festival Coordinates annual event that celebrates the cultural diversity of our school community by presenting ethnic food tastings, cultural performances, a global fashion show, crafts, an info table for each country, a photo booth, passports and other giveaways to help students and their families share and explore different countries without having to hop on a plane! Esther Lee, Bess Siegal
Kindergarten Meet-n-Greet Coordinates Kindergarten Playground Social for students entering Kindergarten and their families in late summer before the school year starts Robin Binstock, RobBee Fredricks, Bess Siegal
Kindergarten Orientation Coordinates incoming K Orientation in the spring Esther Lee
Membership Committee Collects forms and checks for PTA membership. Engages members of the BMES community. Greer Bautz, Lang Lin
Movie Night Coordinates movie night & parent social Mallory Bulman
Newcomers’ Welcome Committee Coordinates welcome for new families; arranges and runs Buddy Family Program Katie Sonnabend
Photography Committee Captures PTA events in photos Dan Binstock, Josh Roberts
Playground Social Coordinates back-to-school playground & popsicles event Kelly Groft
Principal’s Teas Arranges tea and cookies at evening meetings with grade level parents Jana Abel, Traci Levine
PTA Bulletin Boards Displays PTA information and photos on bulletin boards in front of school Stefie Heideman
Recess Coordinator Coordinates recess volunteers Martin Aliaga
Reflections Coordinates MCCPTA arts contest Stefie Heideman
Restaurant Nights Coordinates community building events at local restaurants Traci Levine
Room Parent Coordinator Acts as liaison between the PTA and the classroom Room Parents Audre Park
School Calendar Coordinates putting together school calendar for distribution the first week of school Eris Norman
School Kits Arranges and take orders on back to school supplies Debi Denney
Science Fair Coordinates the non-competitive science fair Adriana Marques, Lang Lin, Tania Bruno
Special Needs Provides information on county programs to parents of special needs students Diana Gallagher
Spirit Wear Coordinates sales of Bells Mill T-shirts and other clothing and items. Stacy Ganz Kahn
Staff Appreciation Holiday Lunch Coordinates a holiday lunch for staff Haylie Iseman
Staff Appreciation Week Coordinates recognition and appreciation efforts for staff Haylie Iseman
Sunshine Committee Provide support (meals and other) to families and staff during times of need Greer Bautz
Talent Show Coordinates school wide talent show LaTisha Gasaway
Teacher Breakfasts Coordinates Welcome Back breakfasts for teachers during August Lina deChiara
Volunteer Coordinator Collects and reports all voluteer hours Winnie Gao
Walk for the Homeless Coordinates fundraiser for the Stepping Stones Homeless Shelter Open
Webmaster Maintains the PTA website Bess Siegal
Winter Dance Coordinates schoolwide dance LaTisha Gasaway
Yearbook Compiles the school yearbook OPEN

How to get on a committee or become a chairperson

If you are interested in leading or participating on a committee, please contact the current chairperson or Contact Us, or complete this online form or this paper form and send it to the Bells Mill main office. All help is appreciated.

Tips & Tricks for Committee Chairs

1. Supplies – Please check the PTA supply closet before purchasing any supplies. This closet contains materials intended for PTA use (including utensils, paper goods, tables, tickets and party supplies).

2. PTA Board Member – Committee chairs and members should not hesitate to reach out to Board Members at the beginning of the year to get acquainted or at any time for guidance or assistance.

3. Volunteers and Announcements – Committee chairs should feel free to ask for extra volunteers to help with their committees. See Contact Us for assistance with spreading the word.

4. Vendor Policies – The Bells Mill PTA is a not-for-profit organization that has an obligation to closely monitor the income and expenses that flow through it.  Please make sure that your vendors are aware of our vendor policies.

5. Receipts and Reimbursement – See PTA Documents and Forms to print receipt and/or reimbursement forms.

Learn more About the PTA