Tonight! Ledo Pizza Restaurant Night

The Ledo Pizza by Montgomery Mall 10301 Westlake Dr, Bethesda, MD 20817 will donate 20% of its sales to the Bells Mill PTA tonight from 5-9PM. This applies to carryout and dine-in orders only. Be sure to mention the Bells Mill fundraiser when you order.

Thanks to Danielle Somers for organizing this for us!

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Parent Meeting – Tuesday, December 6

Our next PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30 in the BMES All Purpose Room (APR). We will discuss student wellness and the results of the BMES School of Excellence Parent Survey. A full agenda will be shared later this week. If you have any questions or discussion topics to be considered, please email info@bellsmill.org.

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Thank you for supporting the Thanksgiving Meal donation drive

Thank you for your generous donations to support the South Lakes ES and Bells Mill ES communities over the Thanksgiving holiday. While donations started slowly, in the end we were able to donate more than 130 Thanksgiving Meal Relief boxes to families in the two communities! We very much appreciate our partnership with Nourish Now who helped collect the funds, assemble the boxes and help transport them to drop off locations. In addition, our thanks to BMES volunteers Asmaa Seif Eldin and Varsha Morar, BMES School Counselor Mrs.… Read Full Post

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Next Friday is the deadline to enter the Reflections Art Program! Share your voice.

All artists participating in this year’s Reflections art contest, entries are due on December 9th. Remember you can turn in your entry online through the link sent to parents from the PTA OR you can turn in the paper form and bring your art to the art room. There are 6 areas to compete: dance, music composition, film production, photography, literature, and visual arts

What is the PTA Reflections program? PTA’s Reflections is a nationwide art program which provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts.… Read Full Post

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Donations Needed for Staff Appreciation Holiday Cookie Buffet

Let’s join together this holiday season to show our appreciation to teachers & staff for their hard work! Teachers & staff will get to pack a box of baked goodies to enjoy!

You can help by baking or purchasing 2-3 dozen of your favorite cookies/bars/sweet treats. If bringing cakes, brownies or other sheet baked goods, please pre-cut items. Please drop off your donations in disposable containers that will not need to be returned.

Sign up to donate cookies here.… Read Full Post

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Holiday Giving for Staff

As we approach the holidays, many families often give gifts to BMES teachers and staff. We have asked teachers and staff to share “A Few of Their Favorite Things” to provide some ideas! This list includes teachers, paraeducators, specialists and front office staff.

A Few of Their Favorite Things

There are specific MCPS guidelines about individual gift giving that must be followed by all parents. The MCPS policy states that the total gift amount for the year cannot exceed $100 per child.… Read Full Post

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MCCPTA Committee Opportunities

Are you interested in advocating for BMES at the county level? Have a specific passion that you’d love to champion? Check out the committee opportunities with the Montgomery County Council of PTAS: 

Health and Wellness – advocate for a safe, healthy and secure environment for students and staff, includes environmental, mental health & wellness, school nutrition, school climate & safety, safe technology, and substance use prevention 

Gifted Education – advocate on behalf of children who require accelerated and enriched instruction

Special Education – advocate on behalf of children who require special education services 

Curriculum – advocate for effective and supportive course work for all students

There are many more opportunities to engage at the county level.… Read Full Post

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Comment on MCCPTA Advocacy Priorities

Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) is comprised of 193 local PT(S)As advocating for students, parents, family members, teachers, staff and administrators of Montgomery County Public Schools. MCCPTA’s priority is to ensure a world-class education for every student, and ensure that all students feel safe, welcome, and valued for being exactly who they are. Each year the Montgomery County Council of PTAs (MCCPTA) establishes advocacy priorities to guide its activities. They are presented to the MCCPTA delegates for each school for review and comment.… Read Full Post

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MCPS to Host Virtual Conversations about ESL Classes for Parents

MCPS will host a series of virtual conversations with the Literacy Council of Montgomery County (LCMC) to discuss English as a Second Language classes available for adults. The conversations will be hosted in English, Chinese and Spanish. The LCMC is offering English as a Second Language classes free to MCPS parents and guardians. There will be virtual and in-person options for all levels of English speakers. They are available to any parent for whom English is not their first language.… Read Full Post

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Lunch and Recess Volunteers Needed

If you are interested in volunteering for lunch and recess, check out the Slide show that was shared at the September 12th informational session. Make sure you have completed the MCPS Child Abuse and Neglect Training, and you have a copy or screenshot of the grades page before arriving at school.

If you have any questions about volunteering, please reach out to Dorina Kroll or Mrs. Kemp.

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