Chalk the Walk this Weekend!!

The staff will be in the building Mon-Wed, March 8-10 to prepare classrooms for the return to in-person learning. Let’s welcome them with messages of gratitude, support, and love! Decorate the Bells Mill sidewalks with chalk outside the entrance. The PTA will leave a bucket of chalk at the school entrance on Saturday, but feel free to bring your own.

We’re also working on a few goodies to welcome staff back, as well as supporting additional requests for classroom reimbursements and other needs for the school.

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Virtual BINGO was a blast!

On Saturday evening almost 80 families joined in the PTA’s Virtual BINGO Night. It was great to see the tradition continue and keep the BMES community connection alive! We played 10 rounds of BINGO online, had lots of fun, and a few lucky players won prizes.

The students enjoyed seeing the celebrity callers: Mrs. Webb, Miss Byrd, Mrs. Bedell & Miss Bedell, Mr. Sheets, Ms. Maloney, Mrs. Abramson & Stella, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Ginsburg, Dr. Smith, and Mr.… Read Full Post

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“Magic and Muffins” Virtual Event – Saturday, March 20

The PTA is excited to invite Kindergarten and 1st Grade families to a special virtual event. Bake muffins at home and enjoy a virtual magic show with MAGIC EVAN! Although this event is tailored to kindergarten and 1st grade students, older and younger siblings are welcome. It will be held Saturday, March 20 at 11:00 am. Muffin recipe and zoom link to follow. RSVP to Amanda Klueger by March 15 at See the attached flyer for details.

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’21-’22 Kindergarten Orientation – May 12, 2021

We are excited to welcome next year’s kindergarteners to the Bells Mill family. The school will host a virtual kindergarten orientation session on May 12, 2021 @ 6:30 PM on Zoom (information to follow). Call Mrs. Marcoux at (240) 740-0480 to start the registration process! See attached flyer for information.

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Parent Technical Support

If you experience technology issues: Families should report technology issues to the MCPS Community Help Desk by phone (240-740-7020)  Mon-Fri between 7 am and 8 pm or by email (

If you can’t login to ParentVue: If you are missing your Parent Account Activation Information email, please check your spam/junk/promotions folder for a message from If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Marcoux in the office at

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Bells Mill Community Corner

Even if we are apart, we’re still together! Each week in Bear Post we will share information from other schools in the cluster or community events that provide opportunities to connect and help each other. If you have anything you’d like to add, email While these are not sponsored or endorsed by the BMES PTA, we’re happy to help share information as appropriate.

– Please vote for Churchill 10th grader Ida Chen’s student cam documentary for a National CSPAN Student Cam competition! … Read Full Post

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Message from MCCPTA about MCPS and COVID crisis management

Please see the information below sent by the MCCPTA.

Yesterday, the Virtual Learning Committee sent a letter to MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith to recommend improvements to the way MCPS manages the COVID Crisis and communicates with parents.  Specifically, we propose that MCPS:

-form a COVID Crisis Response Team–led by a dedicated Associate Superintendent–to coordinate across multiple MCPS departments to address challenges and identify opportunities for innovative curriculum delivery
-produce a detailed FAQ for parents about the Reopening Plans
-ensure that MCPS communications are simpler and more readable (you might recognize some of the examples cited)

Join Our Committee!… Read Full Post

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BMES Virtual BINGO Night – Saturday, February 27

In keeping our traditions alive and well (even if over Zoom) – the BMES PTA is excited to sponsor our annual BINGO night! Bring the whole family and join us on Saturday, February 27 from 7 pm – 9 pm.

Bells Mill Celebrity BINGO Callers: Hear from some of your favorite Bells Mill teachers as they call out the BINGO numbers!

Lots of Fun and a Few Prizes: A small number of prizes will be awarded (in a COVID-friendly way)!… Read Full Post

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