The Bells Mill PTA is a partnership between parents and the school to enhance educational excellence and strengthen the community. Traditionally, we sponsor more than 50 events and activities in the school each year. We’re working hard to refocus our priorities and efforts to support the unique needs of distance learning this semester. We are committed to (1) making sure that students have the tools they need to make distance learning successful, (2) keeping the sense of community that makes Bells Mill special, and (3) supporting our school families during this challenging time.… Read Full Post

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Spirit Wear comes once a year and orders are now open!

Though we are apart, Bells Mill Bear spirit brings us together. Show your school spirit even over zoom!

What you need to know:
-Orders will ship directly to your home this year.
-There is a good chance your order will arrive in time for the holidays but it cannot be guaranteed.
-We are unable to place any orders after the order close date.
-There are no refunds or exchanges so when in doubt, order a size up.… Read Full Post

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Bells Mill Holiday Chairobics Session — 11/28

Bells Mill families and staff are invited to join a chairobics session led by a Bells Mill parent. It will be held this Saturday, November 28th at 11am. Unwind, de-stress, relax and reconnect with your families together through this yoga based aerobics routine involving deep breathing, stretching and gentle body movements on/with a chair. This is a free 30-minute live zoom event requiring a sturdy chair (optional if using floor mat) and internet connectivity. Please email… Read Full Post

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Bells Mill Online Chess Tournament, in association with the C&O Family Chess Center, are hosting a fun non-elimination chess tournament during Thanksgiving break for all Bells Mill students:

· Friday November 27th 10 am – 11:30 am

Please go to the following Sign Up Genius link to RSVP and more details will follow.

All students are welcome to join the tournament late or leave early.

If you are interested in your child playing online chess with other Bells Mill students but this date does not work, please RSVP with alternative dates that work for you.… Read Full Post

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PTA’s Reflections Art Program – Deadline Extended to Friday, Nov 20th!

Calling BMES Artists!
Here is your chance to explore your artistic talents.
The PTA Reflections Program is BACK!
Deadline: Friday, November 20th, 2020

PTA’s Reflections is a nationwide art program which provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.… Read Full Post

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MCPS Boundary Analysis – Small Group Meeting Sign Up (Sessions begin TODAY)

MCPS is in Phase 2 of the Boundary Analysis which involves the use of the interactive boundary explorer tool developed by the consultant supporting the effort by MCPS. It is intended to provide a comprehensive assessment of MCPS boundaries by analyzing various data points. Learn more here. Access the interactive tool here.

Additionally, as part of Phase 2, MCPS is hosing small group meetings to allow residents and stakeholders to provide public feedback which is to be included in the final report that will be used to inform the Board of Education on future boundary planning.… Read Full Post

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PTA Newsletter — Supporting Our Students, Families, and Teachers this Year

Read our fall newsletter to learn more about PTA plans for the school year.

Have you joined the PTA yet? Unfortunately, almost 70% of our families have not joined the PTA yet this year! In fact, we have more than 100 fewer members than we did this time last year. We are a stronger organization when all families and teachers join and participate in the PTA. Your membership fees and donations allow us to sponsor more than 50 activities and events each year that benefit BMES students.… Read Full Post

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Pumpkin Carving Contest Winners

Thanks to all students who entered the pumpkin carving contest. We really enjoyed seeing your pictures and hope you had fun. It was a nice way to celebrate together!

We’re excited to announce the winners in the following categories:

Bear Pride — Siblings Kareena and Amrik for the Bells Mill Bears pumpkin
Most Creative — Siblings Ryan (4) and Rachel (1) for their erupting pumpkin
Favorite Sports Team — Amogh (5) for his Yankees pumpkin

Check out the entries in our Facebook album.

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