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 info@bellsmill.org. 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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Bells Mill Community Parade to Honor Mrs. Oglesby, Mrs. Bedell & Mrs. Lurye TODAY!

Help the BMES Staff Honor Mrs. Oglesby, Mrs. Bedell & Mrs. Lurye, three amazing educators who are retiring at the end of this school year. While we hate to say goodbye we know that so many new and wonderful adventures await them.

Decorate your car, make a sign to hang on the side of your car, honk your horn & wave good-bye as the BMES car parade goes past Mrs. O, Mrs. Bedell & Mrs. Lurye.… Read Full Post

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Kindergarten Registration for Next Year

Given that the school buildings are currently closed, you can register your incoming kindergartner online for next year. Parents of incoming kindergartners can now proceed with enrollment through a secure drop box where you can send all your enrollment documents. Please follow the google form below. Fill it out and you will receive an automated email from MCPS with further directions on how to get documents for enrollment to the school.

Please use this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScNNQ5nntorQTHZbXm6IQO4fY3XzM1dyHi6AaaeMj9tk0dSNw/viewform… Read Full Post

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PTA Expenses & Reimbursements – DUE JUNE 17th!!

The Bells Mill ES PTA 2019-2020 Fiscal Year ends on June 30, 2020. In order to process all expenses in a timely fashion, it is critical that we receive all requests to pay expenses and all reimbursement requests by Wednesday, June 17, 2020. This is the day after the Teacher Professional Day that ends the 2019-2020 School Year.  Any requests for reimbursement or requests for payment received after this date will not be paid.… Read Full Post

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Support the PTA on Amazon Smile – Now Available in App!!

AmazonSmile customers can now support Bells Mill Elem PTA in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
  3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, update your app.… Read Full Post

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BMES Summer Program – Input Needed!

We are currently in the beginning stages of planning a summer program for all students at Bells Mill ES. There will be no cost to the program and it will run from July 13 – July 31. Students will be able to choose three courses that will be live taught lessons over zoom during this three week program. Students will have the option of taking up to 3 courses. One will be a Math Boost, one a Reading/LA Boost, and the third will be a variety of enrichment classes being developed by our teachers or those in the cluster.… Read Full Post

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Summer Activities by Statistics in School (SIS)

Now that summer is here, you may be looking for activities to do with your children to keep their minds sharp for the next school year. Statistics in Schools (SIS) can help! Check out the following resources from SIS as you plan their days.

  • New SIS Parent/Caregiver Toolkits. These easy-to-use toolkits, designed for parents and guardians, break down the best resources for keeping kids at all grade levels learning and engaged outside of school. Each toolkit provides tips, best practices, and instruction on how to adapt SIS activities and resources for at-home use.
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Submit your recipes for our International Festival Cookbook

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 create a BMES International Festival cookbook for everyone to enjoy at home. The Bells Mill community is invited to submit your favorite recipes from where you’re from, where you’ve traveled, or just a favorite dish from your family.

Please submit your recipes with the following information:

  • Contributor’s name (family name as you would like it to appear in the cookbook)
  • Recipe name
  • List of ingredients and amounts
  • Recipe yield
  • Preparation and cooking instructions (include cook times and temperatures)
  • Recipe country of origin
  • Contributor’s note – please share 2-3 sentences about the dish and its traditions or why it is important to your family

We will distribute it electronically at the end of the year.… Read Full Post

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