Come join the PTA for our annual  Back to School Picnic this Friday from 6-8pm.  With music and food available for purchase, it's a great way to kick off the school year.  Rain or shine!  *This is not a drop off event Hope to see you all there!


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Back to School Picnic – Friday!

Come join the PTA for our annual Back to School Picnic this Friday from 6-8pm.  With music and food available for purchase, it’s a great way to kick off the school year.  Rain or shine!  *This is not a drop off event*

Hope to see you all there!


The Book Fair is Coming! Oct 8-11

The annual PTA-sponsored Bells Mill Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner. This popular and fun event will be turning the school’s media center into an Enchanted Forest full of books kids can’t wait to read! The Book Fair is not a PTA fundraiser. Profits from sales go directly toward purchasing new materials, such as media center books and curriculum tool kits for the classroom, so students and staff benefit directly from our Fair!

Parents, we need many volunteers to run the Book Fair! Visit our Sign Up Genius to pick a time to help out!

Book Fair Hours
Monday, 10/8 10:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m.  (Come visit after you visit your child’s classroom Open House!)

Tuesday, 10/9 9:25 a.m.–3:45 p.m. and 6:00–8:00 p.m*

Wednesday, 10/10 9:00 a.m.–3:45 p.m. and 6:00–8:00 p.m*

Thursday, 10/11 9:25 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

*19For evening Book Fair hours, all children must be accompanied by an adult.


Principal’s Tea

Please join Mrs. Jerri Oglesby, Bells Mill principal and parents of kindergarten and first grade students, for the K/1 Principal’s Tea on Tuesday, September 25 at 6:30 PM in the Media Center.

Principal’s teas are informal ways to discuss grade specific items with the principal and fellow parents of that grade level.

At the K/1 Principal’s Tea, Mrs. Oglesby plans to discuss Kindergarten and First grade specific topics. She will also provide time to respond to questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you at the K/1 Principal’s tea on Tuesday, September 25th at 6:30 PM. No RSVP needed.

Please note and mark your calendars:
Grades 2/3 Principal’s tea will be held on October 18
Grades 4/5 Principal’s tea will be held on October 25


Odyssey of the Mind – Information Meeting

Attention Gr. 1-5: There will be a Parent Information Meeting for those interested in learning about the BMES Odyssey of the Mind program on Monday evening, September 24 from 7:30-8:30 in the Media Center. Odyssey of the Mind demonstrates that creativity can be taught, stimulated and improved with practice. Students use their artistic, theatrical and engineering skills to create new solutions to intriguing problems; they learn to “think outside the box” and develop valuable skills that will be essential for success in the 21st Century. Bells Mill has a robust Odyssey of the Mind program: last year we sent eight teams to the Maryland State Finals and three of these were invited to the World Finals. Teams of students meet weekly from fall to mid-spring under the supervision of trained parent coaches. Cost is minimal, but parent assistance is required given that OM is an entirely volunteer program. We need coaches to lead teams and volunteers to help support the teams, with ample guidance from the OM program. Most meetings will be held on Friday afternoons at BMES. This informational meeting for interested parents/guardians will introduce the program to new families and orient returning ones. There is no need for students to attend.

Early Registration is now for the 2018-19 school year and is available here. For questions, please email


Model UN Registration Open!

The BMES Model United Nations Club is open to all fifth graders. Model UN teaches students public speaking skills, conflict management skills, research and analysis, and expands students’ understanding of global issues.

Students will have the opportunity to attend two conferences; a Training Conference ($20) on November 15, 2018 at the Pan American Health Organization in Washington, DC and a Spring Model UN Conference ($45) on May 1, 2019 at the U.S Department of State. Attending students will be absent from school on these days and transportation is not provided. Financial aid is available. Parent volunteers are welcomed.

Come to the Interest Meeting on Thursday, September 27 at 8:10am in Mrs. Bordley’s room to learn more about the program.

Click here to Register for the BMES Model UN Club

For additional questions, email Audre Park at

Upcoming dates:

Thurs., Sept 27 – BMES Model UN Club, Parent/Student Interest Meeting – 8:10 am, Mrs. Bordley’s Room

Thurs., Oct 4 – BMES Model UN Club Meeting – 8:10 am, Mrs. Bordley’s Room


Meeting Dates (Thursdays 8:10 – 9:00am):

Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25
Nov. 1, 8, 29
Dec. 6, 13

Jan. 17, 24, 31
Feb. 7, 21, 28

Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28
Apr. 4, 11, 25
May 9