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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Virtual Science Assembly – Tomorrow!!

The PTA is excited to sponsor a virtual science assembly with Mad Science  tomorrow (Friday, May 15). They will offer two shows: “Things That Go Boom” for grades K-2 at 1:00, and “Reaction and Action” for grades 3-5 at 2:00. Please check Mrs. O’s spotlight for Zoom information.

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PTA General Meeting Recap

On Tuesday we had the final scheduled general meeting of the Bells Mill PTA for this school year, via Zoom.  Per the current rules in effect, we were not able to take any official votes during this meeting, but several issues were discussed that will be put to official votes at the next general meeting.  Thanks to all who attended, and a special thanks to Mrs. Kanter for presenting!

For those who could not make it, here is a quick recap:

  • Devin Donaldson opened the meeting by thanking the volunteers who have been working to help reshape our PTA activities for this year, as well as the teachers for being so supportive and collaborative.
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National Field Day — May 8, 2020

BMES is taking part in OPEN’s National Field Day.  The field day module is on your myMCPS PE course.  There you will find videos of Mr. Tom and other MCPS PE teachers demonstrating the field day activities!  Watch the field day video trailer below.

OPEN NATIONAL Field Day: how to navigate the field day module

Be sure to watch the SPECIAL OPENING CEREMONY on MAY 7TH at 7:30PM by going to this link: Full Post

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

The Bells Mill parents and students would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Bells Mill teachers, staff, and administrators for their tireless dedication to making Bells Mill a wonderful school. While we miss seeing everyone at school, their positive and helpful attitudes have been so appreciated as we work together to make distance learning as successful as possible. We realize this is a challenging time for all – with everyone juggling demands of work, home, and family – and we cannot thank the staff enough for everything they are doing.… Read Full Post

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Say thanks to our local first responders and frontline workers!

Members of the Bells Mill community are supporting our local response to COVID-19 as doctors, essential workers, career or volunteer first responders, and more. We would like to say thank you for all they are doing to keep us safe and healthy.

If you would like, ask your student to write a thank you note or draw a picture! Email them to us at and we’ll print them and drop them off. We’ll start with the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, a mostly volunteer organization that provides state of the art emergency medical, fire, and rescue services to the local community.… Read Full Post

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May 5th – Virtual PTA Meeting Agenda

It is once again time for our next PTA meeting. The next scheduled virtual meeting will be held on May 5th at 6:30pm.  We are thrilled to have Mrs. Kanter join us for an important discussion about class formation as well as the emotional implications of this difficult time for our children.

This will be on Zoom and we will be providing closed captioning for this meeting. *REMINDER* You will need to log onto your child’s MCPS account to access this Zoom meeting.… Read Full Post

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