Support the PTA

PTA Membership

There are many benefits to your family, our school and the Churchill cluster if you join the Bells Mill Elementary School PTA. We are a stronger community when all families participate in the PTA. The PTA is a great way for parents, teachers and staff to enrich the experience of all out students. Being a member of the PTA allows you to be involved within the school community. Parent involvement is a key factor in your child’s educational success.

A membership to the PTA costs $25 per family. Your membership fee includes the following:

  • Voting rights on all matters related to the Bells Mill ES PTA, including where PTA raised funds should be spent.
  • One print copy of the Bells Mills ES School Directory
    • Unlike the A to Z mobile app, the print directory allows you to view class rosters, the complete school calendar, and provides easier access to parent and staff contact information.
  • Two votes in PTA legislative activities
  • Membership to Montgomery County PTA (MCCPTA), Maryland PTA (MDPTA) and the National PTA
    • Mandatory dues for these organization are $10.50 per family, which are taken out of the membership fee.

The rest of your PTA membership fee (approximately $15) goes directly to supporting ALL staff and students (not just PTA members) through PTA sponsored activities. We help provide programs, supplies, equipment and technology requested by staff to enhance the curriculum at Bells Mill. We also support activities that enhance your child’s educational experience, including Cultural Arts Assemblies, International Night, Science Fair, Model UN, and Geography Bowl. The PTA also sponsors a number of community building events like the Back-to-School Picnic, Talent Show, Bells Mill Bash and more.

Monies raised through the membership fee only cover about 15% of the costs for programs, supplies and activities covered by the PTA. That is why donations and fundraising are such a vital part of supporting the PTA and Bells Mill ES.

Each year, only about half of Bells Mill ES families become PTA members but we would love to see more families join!

For more information click here: Join the PTA.

Make a donation

Membership dues account for less than 15% of our annual budget. Each year we run a direct donation campaign to help us fill the gap. The BMES PTA is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and your donation may be tax deductible. 100% of donations go to help our children and our school. Receipts can be provided upon request, and all contribution information will be kept confidential.

Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear is a great gift for your Bells Mill students, siblings and the adults in their lives. Bells Mill Spirit Wear is perfect for Spirit Fridays and ideal for class field trips for both the students and the chaperones. Show your support for Bells Mill by wearing Spirit Wear any day of the year!

Stay tuned for information about our 2019-2020 Spirit Wear Sale!

Advertise in our School Directory

In the fall, the PTA publishes its annual directory of students and distributes it to PTA members. The directory is a vital resource used throughout the school year. Therefore, ads placed in the directory are viewed year-round! In addition, an ad in the directory shows our community that your business supports our school! AtoZ Directories will be helping us this year with ad sales and directory printing. If you or a business you know is interested in advertising in our print or mobile directory, please email AtoZ Directories at [email protected]. Thanks for your support!

Purchase goods and services from vendors who support the PTA

Numerous businesses provide financial support to the PTA when you patronize their establishments. When you patronize a business that advertises in the Bells Mill Calendar or the Student Directory, remember to mention that you saw their ad.