Register for Fall After School Enrichment Programs

FLEX academies will be offering programs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Enrollment opens on September 11 and spots are limited. View flyer here for classes and schedule.

While the PTA helps coordinate this program, FLEX academies administer the programs and coordinates with the individual providers, as well as provides a staff person to ensure safe dismissal of students. For more information about a program, please email [email protected]

For more information on After School Programs, please see the PTA website.

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Registration is Now Open for Odyssey of the Mind

Registration is now open for Odyssey of the Mind for Bells Mill students in grades 1 – 5. You can learn about the program and parent volunteer opportunities as well as register using the online registration form available at: . Please register by September 29.

For those who may be new to the program and looking for more information, a virtual parent information meeting will be held on September 26 at 7 pm. Please sign up here to be sent log-in information for the meeting: Full Post

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Register for BMES Model UN (5th graders)

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.

Global Minds offers three 8-week instructional sessions (Fall, Winter and Spring) throughout the year, and serves as administrators to register students in local Model UN conferences at the U.S.… Read Full Post

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Restaurant Night – California Tortilla & The Scoop, 9/20

California Tortilla will donate 25% of group sales to Bells Mill PTA on Wednesday, September 20 from 11AM-9:30PM. Orders must be placed in-store* or online for in-store, pickup, curbside
pickup, or delivery from the Potomac restaurant. See the attached flyer.

  1. Start an online order on or the app.
  2. Scroll to the bottom, find and click on the
    category called “Spirit Night.”
  3. Click on the avocado labeled “Spirit Night”
    and add to cart. This will ring up as a $0 item.
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Breakfast with Bears, September 27

Come join us on the blacktop for light breakfast refreshments before school on September 27th from 8:30 – 9:05 am (rain date: September 28th). Each Bells Mill Bear can bring one special person to share the morning with. Please RSVP by Sunday, September 24th at

Volunteers Needed for Breakfast with Bears
We are looking for volunteers to help with coordinating food purchases, set up, clean up, and
food distribution for Breakfast with Bears on September 27th (rain date: September 28th ). Sign up to volunteer at

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Order your new BMES Spirit Wear

We’re excited to offer some fun new spirit wear this year! Show your school spirit and support the PTA at the same time. The SpiritWear store has tons of product and design options for you to choose from, letting you create your perfect custom spirit wear. Orders are shipped to your house with $4.95 flat rate shipping. Watch the spirit wear website below for weekly promotions!

Place your order here:

DYK that each Friday is Spirit Friday?… Read Full Post

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Join PTA!

Thank you to the 184 families and 23 staff that have joined the PTA this year!

A membership to the PTA costs $25 per family. We invite you to join the PTA For Your Child because increasing our membership, even by one family, helps make a difference. However, membership dues account for less than 15% of our annual budget. We ask our families to consider making a donation to help us fill the gap! Consider a donation of $100 to the PTA, in addition to your membership, to help fund important enrichment opportunities for Bells Mill.Read Full Post

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Looking to get involved? Volunteer with PTA!

Each year the PTA supports more than 50 programs and activities to support the educational and student experience at Bells Mill. Your involvement is critical so we can continue to provide enrichment activities and support Bells Mill. This is also a great way to get to know parents, teachers, and administrators. Use the form below to indicate below which ones you would be interested in supporting and we’ll be in touch!


A description of the committees is available at Full Post

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Event Volunteers Needed!

Bear parents we need your help to make the PTA social events a success this school year! We are recruiting for 1-3 chairpersons for each of the following events:

Outdoor Movie Night- October 20, 2023

Bingo Night- January 18, 2024 

Science Fair/STEM Night- March 5, 2024

Geography Bowl- May 2024

Bells Mill Bash- June 7, 2024 

Descriptions of each of the events can be found at: Chairpersons will run the event with the support of the PTA Events Chairs Shara Reiter and Lindsay Brecher.… Read Full Post

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