Call for Science Fair Projects!

Calling all student scientists!  The BMES Science Fair will be held on Friday, February 24, 2023 from 5-7pm in the Bells Mill ES APR.  Create a display to share with others or simply come and explore all the wonderful experiments from your classmates.  If you are interested in showcasing your independent experiment, please sign up no later than Feb 14, 2023 using this link.  Information about projects and displays can be found here.  If you have any questions, please email Helen Maurer at … Read Full Post

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STEM NIGHT Event Chair and Volunteers Needed

Our annual STEM Night & Science Fair will be held on February 24. We are looking for a volunteer to help lead the STEM Night portion of the program. We use the APR and a number of classrooms for students to use microscopes, build DNA models, learn to code and much, much more! We are looking for a volunteer who can help finalize the selection of activities, purchase materials (reimbursed, of course!), and coordinate on STEM Night.… Read Full Post

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BINGO Night — thank you!

The annual Family BINGO Night was a lot of fun – we had more than 300 players and every player ended up with a prize by the end of the night! We appreciate the teachers who volunteered to be our BINGO callers – Mrs. Abramson, Mrs. Lillis, Mrs. Tripodi, Mr. Eifler, Ms. Sanati, Ms. Ginsberg, Mrs. Park, and Mrs. Kemp. We had a full house and it went very smoothly! Thanks to organizers Jessica Farnsworth, Tiffany MacSlarrow, and Amanda Klueger and the many volunteers who pitched in to set up, check-in players, pass out food, and cleanup.

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Save the Date – March Talent Shows

We’re excited to welcome back our talent shows this year! The talent shows will be held on Friday, March 10 (grades K-2) and Friday, March 17 (grades 3-5). New this year we will also feature BMES entries to the National PTA Reflections Art program. Stay tuned for more information on how to participate. If you are interested in volunteering — on-deck volunteers, AV technicians, green room and more — email

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More Lunch and Recess Volunteers Needed

Thank you to the recess and lunch volunteers for helping out! The Signup Genius has been updated with additional dates — parents and guardians, please sign up to help if you can!

If you are interested in volunteering for lunch and recess, check out the Informational Meeting Slides that were 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.… Read Full Post

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Submit your pictures for the Yearbook!

The PTA is excited to design the yearbook this year! Parents and staff are invited to submit photos to help us remember the school year! If you’ve got great photos of school and community events we’d like to see them! This could include:

   • PTA events, including the back to school picnic, Magic & Muffins, and the Outdoor Movie

   • Fall festival events and costume parade

   • Spirit days

   • Community service projects at the school

   • Sledding at Bells Mill on snow days

   • Sports teams or clubs associated with Bells Mill 

   • Class projects and other special memories

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Community Corner

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 would like to add, email While these are not sponsored or endorsed by the BMES PTA, we’re happy to help share information as appropriate.

  • Calling all first grade girls. We are starting an MSI soccer team for Bells Mill this spring. Mike Vaughan (Kayleigh’s dad) and Evanthia Aldrich (Jocie’s mom) have agreed to coach.
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Orders open for Family BINGO Night on 1/19

Join us for Bells Mill PTA Bingo Night on January 19, 2023 at 6:30PM in the APR!

Your favorite teachers will be the Bingo callers and all children will leave with a prize! Pre-order pizza, cookies, and Bingo cards for the whole family. Food and registration are done by pre-order only. Pick up your dinner & Bingo cards at the door.

Let’s go green: please bring your own water as bottled water will NOT be available.  

All pizza, cookie, and Bingo card pre-orders MUST be completed online by noon on Tuesday, January 17. 

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