Virtual PTA Meeting – April 14, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

We’ll be holding our next PTA meeting on Zoom! We will discuss tentative plans for spring events, distance learning, PTA financials, and plans for next year’s elections.
We are currently in search of a Secretary and Delegate for the PTA Board for the next school year.  If you or someone you know is interested in joining our PTA board, please be sure to attend this meeting – we will be sharing more information about these positions.
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Meals for Students During Spring Break

MCPS is not providing meal service during spring break (April 9-13). MCPS meal service will resume on Tuesday, April 14. For a complete list of meal sites, please visit the MCPS Meals Service webpage.

Women Who Care Ministries will provide weekend meals for families on Friday, April 10, from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. at their Montgomery Village site located at 19642 Club House Road, Suite 620, in Montgomery VIllage. More information can be found here.

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Join our “Bear Hunt” and Show School Spirit!

We’re going to have a socially distanced scavenger hunt!  Put a teddy bear in your window or somewhere else visible and ask your children to look for the bears as they walk outside to get exercise. You can even put our Bear Hunt sign up too! Also, make sure everyone knows “You’re always a Bells Mill Bear” by posting one of these signs in a window or in your home school area!

Interested in learning more about how teddy bear hunts are becoming popular ways to help comfort children?… Read Full Post

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Ways We Can Support Our Community

In times of uncertainty there are lots of ways – big and small – that we can help each other! Check on your neighbors, call a friend, and be kind to each other. Here are some ideas:

  • Support local businesses! Over the years so many of the local restaurants have helped us through donations and restaurant nights. Now, they need our support as they face very tough times! Consider placing carry-out, delivery, or curbside delivery from our local restaurants, including Potomac Pizza, California Tortilla, Tally Ho, Baskin Robbins, Gregario’s, Lahinch, Moby Dick, Shake Shack, Carmen’s, and others.
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Meals for Students during School Closure

MCPS has established 20 locations where children up to 18 years old can receive a nutritious meal, starting March 16. No appointment is necessary. Meals will be provided in a grab-and-go format, and will be available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The closest location to Bells Mill is the Scotland Community Center, 7838 Scotland Dr, Potomac, MD 20854. See the full list of pick up sites here.

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Adjusted School Calendar – Spring Break

Governor Hogan today issued an extended school closure through April 24th for all Maryland public schools.  All extracurricular activities, athletics and other community use activities are also canceled through April 24th. 

It is expected that the first phase of online learning will launch on March 30th.  Please ensure you pick up Chromebooks as needed (See prior post for BMES instructions) and keep an eye on your inbox for further instructions for parents and students.  

Please note that with this additional extended closure, MCPS has adjusted the spring break calendar. … Read Full Post

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Chromebook Distribution – THURSDAY MARCH 26

Chromebooks for students without access to a laptop or computer at home will be eligible to check out a Chromebook from Bells Mill ES to use for online learning during the school closure.  You do NOT need a school issued Chromebook to access the distance learning curriculum – students can access via any internet enabled computer at home.  Additional instructions will follow.

Please drive through the parent drop off area and have your child’s ID number clearly written on white paper so that it can be read by a staff member through the window. … Read Full Post

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…and now for some GREAT news!

Amidst the tectonic shifts occurring in our daily lives, we must not forget to celebrate when we can.  You may recall a few months back, many BMES students participated in the annual PTA Reflections Program.  We are proud to announce that three of our students have been recognized at the state level and two are moving onto adjudication at the National Level.  Please see the honorees below.

MD PTA Outstanding Interpretation of Theme (moving onto National adjudication)

Film Production – Intermediate
Opal Siegal, Bells Mill ES (If You Look Within a Book)

Photography – Intermediate
Jemmie Pollack, Bells Mill ES (Decomposition Position)

MD PTA Award of Excellence

Music Composition – Intermediate
Opal Siegal, Bells Mill ES (Within Myself)

MD PTA Award of Merit

Photography – Intermediate
Riley Cypes, Bells Mill ES (BE-YOU-TIFUL)

We are so proud of our Bells Mill students! … Read Full Post

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