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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PTA Meeting Recap

Our first PTA meeting was held on October 6 with more than 60 families and teachers attending. We introduced the board, provided a treasurer’s report, and provided a preview of upcoming activities and volunteer opportunities. Read the recap here.

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Pumpkin Carving Contest

Looking to get into the Halloween Spirit? Join us for a Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest.
How it works: Carve or decorate a pumpkin with your child. Then take a photo of their pumpkin and send it to or thru our Facebook page- Bells Mill Elementary PTA. Submissions will be shared on our Facebook page.

Please include your child’s name, along with the best way to reach you if your child wins.

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 30
Winners Announced: Monday, November 2

“Bear Pride- Most Spirited Pumpkin”
“Most Creative”
“Fan-Favorite Sports Team”
There will be one winner per category.

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MCPS Boundary Analysis Study Update

The consultant supporting an analysis of school boundaries across the county released a draft tool for public input. This second phase of the Districtwide Boundary Analysis will focus on engagement with an Interactive Boundary Explorer tool, which will provide MCPS stakeholders a deeper look and better understanding of school boundaries. The tool has been developed by WXY Studios (WXY) as part of its ongoing work with the district to provide a comprehensive assessment of MCPS boundaries by analyzing various data points.… Read Full Post

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PTA’s Reflections Art Program – Entries due Nov 18th!

Calling BMES Artists!
Here is your chance to explore your artistic talents.
The PTA Reflections Program is BACK!
Deadline: Wednesday, November 18, 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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Emergency Food for ALL Children

Just a reminder that MCPS is currently providing free meals to ALL Children under 18. They do NOT have to be MCPS Students, School age, or eligible for free meals (FARMS). If you or someone you know needs food, click here for a full list of distribution sites.

There are 74 schools and 5 additional bus drop offs on this list. There is also a list of places that weekend food is distributed. Families can pick up for ALL of their children at the same site, and 4 meals (each) are given on Wed and 6 (each) on Friday.… Read Full Post

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ICYMI — Join PTA, Update Your School Directory Information, Sign up to Volunteer

The Bells Mill Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a non-profit organization that enhances educational excellence and strengthens the community. We’re working hard to refocus our priorities and efforts to support the unique needs of distance learning this semester. We’re also finding new ways to do some of our traditional activities, such as BINGO night, and providing new enrichment opportunities, such as virtual assemblies. To accomplish these goals, we need families to join and support the Bells Mill PTA.… Read Full Post

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Today! Donation Day at Shake Shack to benefit the PTA

Order today from Shake Shack today to support the Bells Mill PTA! Please use the code “donation” on the Shack App, web, or kiosk when checking out and Shake Shack will donate 25% of your total meal purchase to Bells Mill Elementary PTA.

Tuesday, October 6,2020, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Shake Shack – Cabin John
7997 Tuckerman Ln, Potomac, MD 20854

To comply with social distancing regulations, we are encouraging guests to order via the Shake Shack app or their website.… Read Full Post

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Restaurant Nights – Save the Dates!

We’ve got two restaurant nights coming up so save the dates! On Oct 6th (PTA Meeting night!) – dine in or order from Shake Shack – stay tuned for a code to input into the Shake App.

Also, on Nov 25th, save the date for the next restaurant night at Potomac Pizza.

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