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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Chromebook & Instructional Material Pick-up for All Students! (AUGUST 17 & 18)

All MCPS students are being assigned a Chromebook for use for the 2020-2021 school year. If your pre-K to 5th grade aged student already has an MCPS device, they can continue to use it for this coming school year.  They should have been assigned a One Touchscreen Lenovo 300e.

Pickup will be on August 17-18th, please follow the instructions below and ensure we manage crowds and proper safety protocols.

1) Show up at the designated time listed below based on last name.… Read Full Post

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Google Classroom for Incoming Kinder Families

Hello incoming K families!

If you are an incoming Kindergartener, there is a Google Classroom waiting for you to explore!
Have (or help) your child sign in to Google with the summer username and password (previously sent out in an Email from Mrs. Marcoux (McKee)).  Click on the grid (symbol looks like a waffle) in the upper right-hand corner of the Google screen. Click on ‘Classroom’ (symbol looks like a chalkboard).

Your classroom will show up; Incoming Kindergarten 2020-2021 Summer Resource.… Read Full Post

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Welcome new Principal, Dr. Stacy Smith

We are all very excited to welcome Dr. Stacy Smith as the new Principal of Bells Mill. Dr. Smith brings with her tremendous experience and passion for elementary education and we look forward to welcoming her as a Bells Mill Bear.

Please join all of us in welcoming Dr. Smith to our community!

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Countdown to Kindergarten Website

Welcome Incoming Kindergarteners!

Visit the Countdown to Kindergarten website each week to find new learning activities that you can engage in with your kindergartener. Each week will have a theme with a poem, book suggestions, video clips, math activities, writing activities, and a special Draw and Talk activity, and more! We want you to stay fit and mindful, so we have included activities that get you outside and moving too! Feel free to save your activities and share with your teacher once we are all back at school!… Read Full Post

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Volunteers for Financial Review

At the end of each Fiscal Year we are required to have the books of the Bells Mill Elementary PTA undergo a financial review. This is not an audit and you do not need to be a CPA or financial professional to volunteer. Under Maryland PTA rules, a committee of three people need to perform the review by reviewing the bank statements, check register and other documents from the 2019-2020 year and confirm them to be correct.… Read Full Post

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Happy Last Day of School!

As we wrap up the school year, the PTA would like to thank the school community for its support this year. We would also like to extend a special thanks to the 200+ members and dozens of PTA volunteers who supported our efforts related to fundraising, school events, academic improvement, advocacy, and community building. We are a stronger school with your support. We would also like to express our gratitude to the teachers and staff for being great partners in the PTA, and wish our retiring staff the best as they begin their next chapter.… Read Full Post

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Interested in getting involved in PTA next year?

Planning starts soon for next year’s PTA events and priorities. We have board nominees and a budget that we will vote on at our first PTA meeting next year. We will be forming committees soon to support our key events and initiatives. If you would like to help out, please review the committees list here and email us at We’re interested in meeting new faces and hearing fresh ideas!

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Bells Mill ES International Festival Cookbook for Download

Since we weren’t able to celebrate the amazing diversity of Bells Mill with our traditional International Festival this year, the PTA would like to share this BMES International Festival cookbook for everyone to enjoy at home. This cookbook includes favorite recipes from the Bells Mill community from where you’re from, where you’ve traveled, or just a favorite dish from your family. Thanks to all who contributed to this effort. Enjoy!

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