Submit your pictures for the Yearbook!

The PTA is excited to design the yearbook this year! Parents and staff are invited to submit photos to help us remember the school year! If you’ve got great photos of school and community events we’d like to see them! This could include:

   • PTA events, including the back to school picnic, Magic & Muffins, and the Outdoor Movie

   • Fall festival events and costume parade

   • Spirit days

   • Community service projects at the school

   • Sledding at Bells Mill on snow days

   • Sports teams or clubs associated with Bells Mill 

   • Class projects and other special memories

Please do not submit pictures taken at private events, such as birthday parties or playdates.… Read Full Post

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14 Families Needed to Join PTA!

Thank you to the 211 families and 28 teachers who have joined PTA so far this year! We would like to give a big SHOUT OUT to the entire FIRST GRADE TEAM because all of the first grade teachers joined PTA this year! Remember that PTA membership is annual. Please join or renew today!

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 so much more.… Read Full Post

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Urgent — donate a Thanksgiving Meal to families in need!

Our sister school, South Lake Elementary School, in Montgomery Village has asked for our help to provide Thanksgiving meals to 30 families from the school who need assistance. We are also hoping to provide meals for 21 families in our own community. To date we have only collected 16 meals so we could really use your help! Please donate as soon as possible so we can plan our donations, but no later than Sunday.

South Lake is currently in a holding school while their building is being rebuilt.… Read Full Post

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Volunteers needed for Parent / Child Reunification Drill

BMES is in the process of preparing for the school’s PCR drill.  The PCR drill is scheduled to take place on December 8th from 1:45-3:30  The school needs parent volunteers to assist with the drill.  The school will be practicing how to efficiently hand off children to their caregivers in emergency situations. The drill is imperative as we continue to work through safety and security for Bells Mill. The school needs 27 more volunteers! Use THIS LINK to complete the form to volunteers for the December 8th drill.   

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MCPS 2023-2024 Calendar Input Sought

This quick survey seeks to gauge the community’s opinions on the calendar scenarios developed for the 2023–2024 school year. Staff will use your feedback to develop a final recommendation to be presented at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Let your voice be heard and share your input by Monday, Nov. 30.
Access the survey.

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MCPS Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee

Attention Parents/Guardians of Students with Special Needs.

➢Connect with other parents/guardians of students with special needs
➢Dialogue with special education administrators
➢Learn about topics of interest


Atención Padres/Apoderados de Estudiantes con Necesidades Especiales

➢Conéctese con otros padres/madres/apoderados de estudiantes con necesidades especiales
➢Dialogue con administradores de educación especial
➢Infórmese sobre temas de interés


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BMES Model UN for 5th graders

Did you miss the chance to join BMES Model UN Fall Session? Then come and join us for the 8-week Winter Session starting on December 1.

Global Minds offers three 8-week instructional sessions (Fall, Winter and Spring) throughout the year, and serves as administrators to register students in local Model UN conferences at the U.S. Department of State, universities, high schools and middle schools throughout the DMV area.

Date & Time: Winter Session starts, Thursday, December 1 at 8:00am – 8:55am (8 weeks).… Read Full Post

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Update your family directory information by Nov. 14

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is responsible for the Bells Mill online and print directories, which provides contact information for families in the school. Because our directories do not pull from any official MCPS database, the PTSA relies on family participation as the primary source of data entry. We need you, Bells Mill parents, to update your information by November 14th!

Like most schools throughout Montgomery County, BMES PTA uses the Membership Toolkit platform through AtoZ Connect for our membership and directory. 
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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 would like to add, email While these are not sponsored or endorsed by the BMES PTA, we’re happy to help share information as appropriate.

  • Winston Churchill High School Theater will present Matilda the Musical for 5 performances only November 4th-12th. 5-year-old Matilda Wormwood is an extraordinary girl with a sharp mind and vivid imagination who takes a stand, stages a revolution and changes her destiny.
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