Quick Poll on Zoom Parent Socials

The BMES PTA is looking to hold one or more zoom socials for parents in the coming months. We want to help parents connect, collaborate, and commiserate during these uncertain times. We are a strong community and we are here to help each other! To help us plan, we’re interested in hearing what topics might be of interest and when they should be held. Answer our two question poll here: https://forms.gle/o47YDCgzRgswBmK37

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MCCPTA Reflections Art Contest – BMES Finalists!

We’re super excited to announce the finalists for the 2020-2021 Reflections Art Program with the theme: “I Matter Because…”

Congrats to our BMES artists and finalists! You can see all of their work here.

Photography Primary – Sloane Cypes -“Masks Protect Other People” -Award of Excellence
Dance Choreography Primary – Stella Abramson – “My Dream” -Award of Merit
Literature Primary – Sloane Cypes – “Being Kind Matters” – Award of Merit
Literature Intermediate – Brodie Pashkoff – “My Voice” – Honorable Mention
Music Composition Primary – Stella Abramson – “You Can Believe in Yourself” – Honorable Mention

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Join our Sister School Committee

The PTA is looking for 5 parents to join our sister school committee to share ideas, collaborate and foster a long-lasting relationship with the staff and parents at South Lake Elementary School.

If interested, please email info@bellsmill.org and give your full contact name, email and phone number. We will host a zoom with South Lake once all volunteers are identified.

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Join MCCPTA Engage for a Learning Session about School Resource Officers (Feb 20th)

With discussions happening across all levels (BoE, county, state) about the School Resource Officer Program, the MCCPTA Engagement Subcommittee invites you to attend a learning session about the SRO program.  This not a debate, instead a discussion of ideas and informational, so our communities can make informed votes as resolutions/legislation moves forward.

Please register at bit.ly/EngageFeb2021.  Spanish Interpreters can be available if needed (please indicate as much while registering).

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Coffee with Dr. Smith – Tuesday, February 16

MCPS will begin phased reopening schools in beginning March 1st. Parents are invited to join Dr. Smith for a virtual parent meeting on Tuesday, February 16 at 6:30-7:30 PM. Dr. Smith will be presenting the BMES re-entry plans. This meeting is being hosted by BMES and login information will come from the school.

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MCCPTA NAACP Parent Council Meeting – February 17

The next county NAACP Parents’ Council Meeting will be held on February 17. MCPS Deputy Superintendent Dr. Monifa McKnight will be the guest speaker. Please register in advance here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You can submit questions in advance here.

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Thanks to our Zoom Room Parents & Teachers!

The PTA would like to thank the amazing zoom room parents and teachers for helping to make Valentine’s Day special for the students. The fun activities, card exchanges, and goodie bags allowed students to celebrate the connections they have with each other and the school. We all appreciate the creativity, ingenuity and time it took to make these things happen!

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Virtual Tutoring Resources from MCCPTA

Because of the amazing response from our MCPS high school students who are looking to volunteer as virtual tutors, the MCCPTA is directly sponsoring a number of newly formed student-led platforms to try and meet the tutoring demand.

Kiddo, provides families looking for free learning support a single place to search and register for those services. This free virtual tutoring platform is the Central platform for families to search and register for free student-led tutoring services. 

Families can also signup directly on each student-led site

Aurora Tutoring
Generation Z Tutoring
Hope Spreaders
Montgomery County Virtual Tutoring Project
MoCo Pineapple Tutoring
SparkStars Tutoring
Stepping Stone Tutoring

Note — the student-led programs operate independent registration sites, but have joined this central platform. … Read Full Post

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Support Our Local Business Community!

Bells Mill and its PTA have been so lucky to have the support of so many businesses in our community. During these challenging times, we encourage you to support the businesses who have supported us with donations over the years! Restaurants that often support Bells Mill include Tally-Ho Restaurant, Potomac Pizza, Gregorios, California Tortilla, Baskin Robbins, and Shake Shack. Show your support and don’t forget to thank them for their support of Bells Mill! 

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Embrace Ausome!

This “Embrace Ausome” program is by Walter Johnson students who have designed free, entertaining and educational after school activities for children with special needs.

Parents are invited to sign their children up for as many workshops as they want, assuming that the times don’t overlap.

Check out this great opportunity!

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