Community Corner

Each week in Bear Post we will share information from other schools in the cluster or community events that provide opportunities to connect and help each other. If you have anything you’d like to add, email While these are not sponsored or endorsed by the BMES PTA, we’re happy to help share information as appropriate.

  • After School Basketball at Bells Mill. “Tru2Form Hoops the Bethesda-based basketball non-profit voted “Best of Bethesda” 5 years in a row is excited to announce we will be at Bells Mill for a five-week program on Mondays from 4-5:30pm beginning Monday, November 8th.
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Information from the MCCPTA Gifted Education Committee

For 2021-2022, MCPS will use a lottery-based selection process for magnet middle schools, and will not administer the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) exam this year for second, third, fifth, and eighth graders (2022 Regional (criteria-based) magnet programs Overview & FAQ). It will rely on achievement assessments such as MAP scores and grades. MCPS has not yet released information regarding the Centers for Enriched Studies, but similar changes are anticipated. These changes also impact placement into advanced elementary and middle school courses at local schools.… Read Full Post

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ISO Volunteer to be the BMES Liaison to the MCCPTA Gifted Education Committee

We’re looking for a representative from Bells Mill for the MCCPTA Gifted & Talented Education Committee. Responsibilities involve sharing information (like the update above) from the G&T list serve, attending periodic online committee meetings, and coordinating with Bells Mill staff when needed. If you are interested, email to learn more. Looking for other ways to get involved? Check out our list of Bells Mill PTA Volunteer Opportunities

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Comment on MCCPTA Advocacy Priorities

The Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (MCCPTA) would like to hear from you on what you consider to be important priorities for the school year. Based on your input, BMES PTA will submit comments on draft MCCPTA  priorities, which—along with feedback from other school PTAs—will help drive advocacy with MCPS, the Board of Education, the County Council, and the Maryland State Legislature. The priorities include  Communication; Covid-19 Response and Recovery; Curriculum; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Health, Wellness, and School Climate; Ombudsman; and Transportation and Facilities.… Read Full Post

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Volunteers Needed for PTA Activities!

We’re looking for volunteers to help with our programs and events at Bells Mill. Below is our list of committees and we’re looking for volunteers! If you would like to volunteer, please complete the google form and we’ll be in touch. In particular, we’re looking for a representative from Bells Mill for the MCCPTA Gifted & Talented Education Committee.

Bells Mill PTA Volunteer Opportunities 

A description of the committees is available at Events and activities occur throughout the entire school year and we will be developing a full calendar shortly.… Read Full Post

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Fundraiser at Playa Bowls — TOMORROW, Friday, October 8, 2021

Our restaurant fundraisers continue with Playa Bowls at Cabin John Village. Please visit on October 8, anywhere between 8 am and 8 pm and be sure to mention Bells Mill Restaurant Day when ordering.

Thanks to Belinda Tan for organizing our restaurant nights this year! Mark your calendar for these upcoming restaurant nights:

  • Potomac Pizza (Potomac Village) — Wednesday, October 27
  • Chipotle (Potomac Village) — Wednesday, November 17
  • Panda Express (Westfield Montgomery) — Friday, December 3
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Recap of our first PTA Meeting of the year

Thank you to everyone who attended the PTA’s first general meeting of the year on October 5! For those who could not attend, the minutes from the meeting will be posted at and feel free to view the slides from the meeting here. Thank you to Dr. Smith and Mrs. Kemp for answering questions submitted by the BMES community. A reminder to please join the PTA and help us meet our goal of at least 225 memberships.… Read Full Post

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Fundamentals of the Special Education Process in MCPS – Webinar October 12

Are you new to the special education process in MCPS?

Has your child been receiving special education services, but you struggle to understand the terminology your child’s IEP team uses?

Do you want to be a strong advocate for your child when it comes to special education services?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the next MCCPTA Special Education Committee presentation is for you!

Join us on Tuesday, October 12 for our quarterly speaker event with Monica Martinez, Special Education Advocate, from 8:00 – 9:15 p.m.… Read Full Post

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(updated link) Bells Mill Parent Teacher Meeting – October 5, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Join us on zoom for our first Parent Teacher Association meeting of the year! We will provide a quick overview of the PTA, preview upcoming activities, and address community questions. BMES Principal Dr. Stacy Smith and Assistant Principal Mrs. Brooks Kemp will be available to answer questions during part of our next PTA meeting on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. The meeting log-in will be distributed soon. All BMES families and staff are invited to attend. 

To help us develop an agenda, please use the form below to share questions that you would like addressed.… Read Full Post

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