The B.E. PTA has created a google calendar that you can add to your personal calendar program so you can make sure to receive the most up-to-date information! Here’s the link to the calendar and instructions on how to add it to your personal calendar.

7/26/22 update – the PTA is currently updating the calendar for the 22-23 school year, if you subscribe to the calendar you will receive updates as they are added!

upcoming events

Join Us for STEM DAY and STEM NIGHT — April 7th

STEM DAY on Thursday, April 7th, 2022 from 8:30am-12pm

Do you have a background in a science-related field? If so, please participate in our school’s annual STEM Day event! STEM fields include clinical/medical sciences, computer/information sciences, engineering, mathematics, technology, social sciences, life/environmental sciences, and many more — we welcome all areas of expertise!

What will I do? We need 20+ volunteers to talk with young BE scientists about their projects! Students and classrooms (K-5) will create a poster-size display of their experiments and present their results to a distinguished panel of visiting scientists (aka YOU!) Details on STEM projects will be available on the BE website. All volunteers will receive a complimentary BE STEM T-Shirt! 

What about COVID? All parent visitors will be required to wear masks and only a limited number of parents will be permitted into the school to participate.

STEM NIGHT on Thursday, April 7th 2020 from 6-8pm!

Are you available the evening of April 7th? ALL parents are welcome to help with STEM Night — you don’t need to have a STEM background! 

What will I do? The PTA hosts a variety of hands-on STEM activities in the cafeteria. These activities are very simple and no expertise is required to volunteer! We need a dozen parent volunteers to help run these activities. All volunteers will be treated with a complimentary BE STEM T-Shirt! 

What about COVID?  All participants will be required to wear masks. We will limit the number of people that will be in the cafeteria at one time and families who want to attend will need to sign up in advance for a 30-minute slot between 6-8pm. Some of the activities will also be moved outdoors.

How do I sign up? Sign up for STEM DAY and/or STEM NIGHT using this form!  


The MCPS kindergarten registration process for the 2021-2022 school year is new and now live! To register your child please click on the appropriate option – 

Please help our school plan for the upcoming year and register your incoming kindergarten students NOW! Also, if you have neighbors or friends who have kindergartners coming to BE next year, please help pass along this information so we can start planning for their classes. The number of students we enroll effect the number of staff we will have available at BE in 2021-2022. Thank you! 


**UPDATED** Virtual Career Day 2021 is Friday, June 4th! (Submit your videos by May 28th (deadline extended by 1 week)!

WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS!  JUST 2 MINUTES to record a few fun facts about your jobs!  THANK YOU!!!

Who: We need you! We are asking for parent/guardian volunteers to create a 2-5 minute video presenting your careers! 

What: Create a 2-5 minute video showcasing your career. We encourage you to discuss how you chose your career, share your typical day, and include special items that represent your career (pictures, props, technology, work attire, etc.). 

Where: Teachers will present your Career Day videos in their virtual classrooms. All grades will have access to all videos and will select the ones that work for their students. 

Why: We love Career Day! We want to continue this special event through virtual learning for our students. 

When: Career Day 2021 will be Friday, June 4th. All videos are due to Ms. Fried by Friday, May 28th. 

You can directly record or upload your video by clicking on the Flipgrid link:   Password: Careerday

Please contact Ms. Fried [email protected] if you have questions. 


Multicultural Story Night – April 15

We are seeking parents to read a story from their culture in a live virtual event to be held Thursday, April 15, at 7 PM. We would like to have at least one (1) representative from each continent.  Volunteer to read a story: Multicultural Story Night Volunteer Sign-up

Multicultural Showcase Videos

We invite families and students to share something interesting about their culture or country by submitting a video using FlipGrid.  You will have up to 2 minutes to share.  A link to the videos will be shared with the BE community.  Some ideas include: songs, dance steps, cooking demonstration or showcase the recipe you submitted, how to eat a particular food, writing in your alphabet, or how to say hello in your language.  Submit your video here: Submit Multicultural Showcase Video.  Find your continent by clicking on the 3 lines below the smiley face.  

Questions on Story Night or Showcase Videos? Contact Rupali Doshi ([email protected])

Parade of Flags Slideshow

This year’s Parade of Flags will be in the form of a slide show that will be shown during BETV’s morning announcements! Take a picture of your child wearing their traditional clothing and holding up their flag. Submit the photos here: Parade of Flags Submission Folder

BE Multicultural Cookbook

Since we’ve all been home cooking a lot more this past year, take this opportunity to share a favorite recipe from your family.  The compiled cookbook will be shared with the BE community in an online format.  Please submit recipes here (Recipe Submission Folder) with the following guidelines in mind:

  • Recipes that represent your family’s culture that your child enjoys 
  • Word Document: 1 page per recipe/1-2 recipes per student
  • Please include a photo of the dish and the flag(s) of the culture(s) represented.
  • Optional: Name of family and/or student; Photo of your child with the dish
  • Your child must attend Bethesda Elementary School to participate.

Questions on the Cookbook?  Contact Jessica Kaneshiro ([email protected])

BE Multicultural Cookbook Flyer with Instructions.pdf / MC Activities Flyer 2021.pdf

2/17 – Parent Info Mtg – 7pm (reopening)

BE parent information meeting (FEBRUARY 17th 2021)

TONIGHT 7PM – Parents Info Meeting Regarding Reopening of School Buildings. This meeting is for all BE families (in-person and virtual) and is being led by the BE administration. 

If you are planning on attending, please RSVP in the link ( to help with planning purposes. We are also planning on having live translation in Spanish, Japanese, and Arabic.

We will provide the slides after the meeting for those who were unable to attend.

Red Ribbon Week – October 26-30

Red Ribbon Week is a time for schools and communities across the country to demonstrate a commitment to a healthy and drug-free life. At Bethesda, students will be participating in activities to learn ways to stay healthy. Let’s do our part to encourage students to be safe, healthy, and make good choices. Of course the best education about this comes from you, the parents/guardians!


Each day of Red Ribbon Week students and staff will be provided an opportunity to dress up in support of being healthy and making good choices. Here are the dates and theme days for Bethesda Elementary:

Monday 10/26“Follow Your Dreams” Wear your pajamas to school!
Tuesday 10/27
 “Be ‘Mindful of Your Healthy Choices ” Wear a fun or crazy hat!
Wednesday 10/28
“Team Up for a Great Week of Healthy Choices” Wear your favorite sports team apparel!
Thursday 10/29
“Hairs to Making Good Choices” Wear your hair in a wacky style!
Friday 10/30
“B.E. Your Best” Dress in your ultimate BE Gear or BE Colors!  Wear a costume in the afternoon if you like!

Please keep the lines of communication open- the best prevention starts early and starts at home!

BE Restaurant Night – Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza

This Wednesday (9/23) is our first Bethesda Elementary PTA restaurant night (and day) at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza.  From 11 am to 9 pm on Wednesday, 9/23, Anthony’s will be donating 20% of its proceeds to the BE PTA on eat-in and takeout orders (the fundraiser does not apply to delivery orders).  In order for your order to be included in the fundraiser, you must mention the Bethesda Elementary PTA at the time of ordering.   

If you are unfamiliar with Anthony’s, here’s a link to their wonderful menu (their pizza, wings and meatballs are EXCELLENT) –  Their address is 7776 Norfolk Ave, Bethesda.

Robin Sanders, BE PTA Restaurant Night Chair

All About BE – BE PTA General Meeting (9/29/20)


This Tuesday, 9/29 at 7pm is our annual All About BE Night! Come hear important updates from the BE leadership team and the BE PTA. The meeting will be on Zoom. If you have questions regarding distance learning for the school or the PTA, please submit your questions here! There will be a Q&A portion and we will try to answer as many questions as possible. We hope to see all our parents there! 


  • Experience Eureka Math
  • Helping Your Child at Home
  • The BUZZ About Benchmark
  • Tech Tips
  • PTA annoucements 
  • Upcoming Events 

Webinar Link:
Please see the 9/27 Roar Report for the webinar link/codes.


Save the Date! Our annual “All about BE” and first PTA general meeting is Tuesday 9/29 (will be via Zoom webinar). Come hear from the school administration and the BE PTA on updates to the school curriculum, answer questions and more!