CORRECTION – PTA Meeting December 5

Please save the date for the General PTA Meeting on Tuesday, December 5; the previous Bear Post incorrectly said the meeting was on December 6. This meeting will be virtual (on Zoom); the meeting time, agenda and Zoom link will be shared prior to the event.

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Thank You Families – Weekly Message from the PTA

As we approach the holidays, on behalf of the PTA we wanted to say a special thank you to our Bells Mill families for their support of our local community. Recently, Mrs. Kim from the building services staff lost her home to a house fire, and the outpouring of support was very much appreciated. In addition, your support for our sister school, South Lake Elementary, for their Thanksgiving Meal Drive and the Coat and Boot Drive makes a huge difference to local families in need.… Read Full Post

Holiday Coat and Boot Drive for South Lake Elementary School

During November, our students are learning about being positive and responsible citizens within the school community as our school-wide SEL focus, and to support this learning, we are sponsoring a coat and boot drive for our sister school, South Lake Elementary School.

If you are able, please donate new or barely used coats and boots of all sizes at the donation boxes in the front hall over the next few weeks. Thank you very much for your support!

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Donate a Thanksgiving Meal to Families in Need

Our sister school, South Lake Elementary School, in Montgomery Village, has asked for our help to provide Thanksgiving meals to families from the school who need assistance. We are also hoping to provide meals for families in our own community.

Donate Here to sponsor a family of 4 for $40. Please select “Bells Mill Elementary School 2023” under “Apply my donation to…” so we can track the donations from our school.

We have again partnered with Nourish Now, a local non-profit that provides food assistance to families in the community.… Read Full Post

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Reflections Art Program – Submissions Due November 27

This year’s Reflections art program is underway, and students are encouraged to create original art (visual art, music, dance, photography, writing, and film) based on this year’s theme: “I am hopeful because…”

To submit an entry, take a high quality photo, video, or file and submit it through this Google Form. For more information and inspiration, visit the Reflections website.

The submission deadline is Monday, November 27.

If you have any questions or would like help with supplies, contact [email protected].… Read Full Post

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Model UN Winter Session Registration Now Open

Model UN (or MUN) is an authentic simulation of the United Nations General Assembly in which students act as country delegates and engage in acts of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision-making. The program is offered through Global Minds, LLC, founded in 2021 by former Bells Mill/Cabin John parents, Audré Park and Shreelata Durbhakula.

BMES Model UN is open to all 5th graders, and siblings receive a 5% discount. Please register by November 30 on the Global Minds Website.… Read Full Post

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Reminder to RSVP: School Visitation Day is Tomorrow!

A friendly reminder that tomorrow, from 1:45pm-3:45pm Bells Mill will host Visitation Day (formally known as Open House) where you can visit your child’s classroom.  Please RSVP using this Google Form and have your government ID ready when you arrive to enter the school.

Families whose youngest child is in grades K–2 will check in at the side door next to the blacktop.  Families whose youngest child is in grades 3-5 will check in at the main entrance in order to reduce crowding.

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Churchill Cluster Math Night – November 13

Parents, Guardians, Caregivers of students in grades 3 – 5 are invited to hear about information regarding compact math.  The MCPS math curriculum team will be sharing more in-depth information as families prepare their children for middle and high school.

When: Monday, November 13, 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Who: Grades 3-5 Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers, MCPS Math Department and Churchill Cluster Elementary Principals

Where: Churchill High School Cafeteria, 11300 Gainsborough Rd, Potomac, MD 20854

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Message from the PTA

It was great to see so many families and fun costumes at the Fall Festival earlier this week as we head into November!

A friendly reminder that its time to verify and/or update your directory information in the PTA A-Z Directory, especially your child(ren)’s teacher for the 2023-2024 school year. If you haven’t already done so, after verifying your contact information, please join the PTA! We have a full calendar of enriching and fun events planned for our students, staff, and families this year, but it’s only possible with the support of our members.… Read Full Post

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