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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Nominating Committee

Thank you to Ben Fielding, Jason Martin and Matt Shaw for forming our Nominating Committee for our 2020-201 PTA Board.

They have put forth nominees for our 2020-201 PTA Board for PTA vote on Tuesday, but are still in search of a Secretary to join the slate.

Please contact info@bellsmill.org if you or anyone you know is interested.

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Rethinking our Spring PTA Events

With the school building closed, the PTA is looking at how we can do some virtual programs in place of our traditional science fair, international festival, and spring student/parent breakfasts. Stay tuned for details coming soon and feel free to email any suggestions to info@bellsmill.org.

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Join Next Year’s PTA Board

It’s hard to believe but we need to think about next year already! While we have several current board members who will be running for re-election, there will be a few open positions to fill.

Board Positions

We are looking for PTA board members, particularly the roles of Secretary and Delegate. The descriptions of the roles are below – if you are interested in helping support learning opportunities and build community, please consider joining us!

  • Secretary: Record meetings of PTA general and board meetings; help maintain membership list; and file all records.
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Emergency Food Assistance and Toiletries from Maryland PTA Health and Safety

Maryland PTA Health and Safety in partnership with No Kid Hungry’s “Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry Campaign” is providing Emergency Food Assistance and Toiletries to the 24 Maryland Counties during this COVID-19 Pandemic. Please click on the link below and fill out the information requested to receive the Emergency Food Assistance and Toiletries from Maryland PTA Health and Safety.

This program is not income based, we encourage all families to apply.
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April 14 PTA Meeting RECAP

On April 14, the PTA met for its first virtual PTA meeting on Zoom! With the transition to distance learning this was an important opportunity for parents and the school to connect.  Here are a few key points for those of you who weren’t able to make it. We’ll hold another PTA general meeting in May.

  • The PTA has helped engage the school community (e.g., Bear Hunt) and is planning on how to transition traditional spring events to alternate formats.
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PTA Budget for 2020-2021

Please see this link to download our budget for the 2020-2021 school year. This will be voted on in the next board meeting in May. If you have questions please direct them to info@bellsmill.org.

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Silver Diner @ RIO: Meal Assistance for Affected Families

The Silver Diner at RIO @ Washingtonian Center is continuing the offer free meals to students and families affected by the school shutdown.

  • Meals are available Monday – Friday starting at 2:00 PM until supplies last.
  • No ID or proof of eligibility required.
  • Children do not need to be present.
  • Cars must line up on Washingtonian Blvd. outside the parking garage and will be directed through at 2:00 PM.
  • Cars must not block intersections, driveways or other access points.
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MCPS Adjusted Meal Distribution & Packet Distribution

Beginning April 20, 2020, MCPS will adjust its meal service program from operating five days a week to a four-day-per-week schedule. This adjustment is being made in an effort to ensure student and staff safety, and to reduce opportunities for the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Meal sites will operate as normal on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays, MCPS will provide two days’ worth of meals. On Thursdays, all meal sites will be closed. Meals will be provided from 11 a.m.–1… Read Full Post

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Volunteers needed for the PTA Board Nominating Committee

It’s hard to believe but we need to think about next year already! While we have several current board members who will be running for re-election, there will be a few open positions to fill.  To support this process, our bylaws require we form a nominating committee. We need to identify at least two volunteers who are current PTA members by April 14, which is our next PTA meeting.
The nominating committee will be responsible for nominating eligible persons for open PTA board positions and reporting their nominees to the general membership prior to the PTA election at a general membership meeting in May.
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