Strong Parents Strong Children Support Group

Many of our children have been traumatized by the events of the last 20 months, some more than others, and some by additional events. Sheppard Pratt is offering help for parents to help their children. To find out more information about this support group, please see the flyer. It is open to all, even though it names a specific school. 

This parenting group will provide information about the psychological impact of trauma and stress on you and your child’s brain and body.… Read Full Post

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Spirit wear fundraiser continues!

Our spirit wear fundraiser has been extended! New styles added for cooler weather! Order online at

We have added an option on the Sports Extra link to purchase a “donation shirt” that is sold AT COST ($9) if you would like to buy a shirt for a Bells Mill student who needs financial assistance. You buy online and Mrs. Kanter will coordinate the rest! Our goal is 71 shirts, which is the number of students on Free and Reduced Meals.… Read Full Post

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Join the Bells Mill PTA for the 2021-2022 School Year!

Through the PTA, families and teachers work together to enrich the school experience. Each year we sponsor more than 50 programs, including the Teacher Classroom Fund, Academic Enrichment, Science Fair, STEM Night, Assemblies, Staff Appreciation, International Festival, Artist in Residence, community events, and more.It is critical that each family join and support the PTA to ensure continued success of these programs.

A membership to the PTA costs $25 per family. However, membership dues account for less than 15% of our annual budget and we ask families to consider making a donation to help us fill the gap.… Read Full Post

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BMES Family Directory — Create your new account!

Everyone needs to Create a New Account. The BMES PTA is excited to be welcoming parents and students to a new school year. Some things will look a little different this year, including the new and improved online school directory at AtoZ Connect!!   AtoZ Connect is now powered by Membership Toolkit to bring you the best school directory experience available. The system is secure, easy to use, and free to families once you log in, add, and verify your information.… Read Full Post

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Family Directory Sponsorship Opportunities

Please consider sponsoring this year’s school directory by placing an ad for your business! There are options available in the print edition and the new mobile app. Your business will have exposure for at least a year. You can refer to THIS LINK for pricing and available spaces. Reach out to Michele Delgadillo from AtoZ if you want additional information. P: 301-523-0574 or E:

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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.

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Tonight! Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Meeting

Tonight at 7:00 pm the SEAC will be holding a meeting to provide information about Special Education in MCPS. There will be an opportunity to get your questions answered directly from the MCPS Special Education Department Staff. The last half hour will consist of parent-to-parent support time.

For those who want to provide public testimony, they can do so by emailing the SEAC co-chairs (emails found on the SEAC website at

To subscribe to the SEAC list to find out about upcoming SEAC meetings, fill out this form: Full Post

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ELA Enrichment in Elementary Schools- Slide Deck and Helpful Questions for Conferences

Last week the GEC (Gifted Education Committee) held a virtual discussion on the different English Language Arts (ELA) curricula MCPS uses for highly able learners in Elementary Schools. The slide deck from the discussion can be found at the following link:

In addition to the slide deck, the GEC prepared a comprehensive list of helpful questions (both ELA and math) to ask during Parent/Teacher conferences to assist parent and caregivers of highly able learners in elementary schools.… Read Full Post

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