The Bulldog Bulletin

The Bulldog Bulletin

A Newsletter for the Students and Families Of

Bond Mill Elementary

February 9, 2017

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Dear Families,

Greetings once again!  Hopefully you have been able to avoid getting sick!  This year, the “sick bug” has been especially cruel.  You frequently hear us mention the importance of being to school on-time.  HOWEVER, if your child is sick, please keep him or her home.  It’s incredible how quickly “the bug” gets spread from student to student – and student to teacher, and teacher to student, and teacher/student to principal . If we can get warm weather to return and STAY, we’ll hopefully get rid of “the bug” soon. Don’t forget, there is no school tomorrow (Friday, February 10th), which is the reason the newsletter is coming home today. The next newsletter will be coming home on Friday, February 24th.  If there is anything you need between now and then, do not hesitate to contact me.  Have a great weekend!

                                                                                                Justin FitzGerald


Important Dates to Remember in February, March, and April:

February 10th School Closed for Students. Professional Development Day

February 16th 2nd Grade Concert “Flakes”, 8:15am and 6:30pm

February 20th School Closed. Presidents’ Day

February 28th Hospitality Committee Visits the Staff

March 4th Rising Stars and Destination Imagination Competition

March 9th and 10th Drama Club Performance at 8am

March 11th Drama Club Performance at 2pm

March 14th Bond Mill PTO Chick Fil A Night, 4-9pm, Contee Rd. Location

March 15th LifeTouch Class Pictures

March 20th LifeTouch Individual Spring Pictures

March 27th School Closed for Students. Grading and Planning Day

March 28th Science Fair Night, 6:30pm

April 10th 3rd Quarter Honor Roll Assemblies:  1st/2nd at 8am, 3rd/4th/5th @9am

April 13th Bond Mill Grandparents’ Day

April 14th-23rd School Closed for Spring Break

Grandparents Day is Coming! – Although April 13th may seem like a long way away, it’ll be here before we know it.  For those new to the school, Grandparents’ Day is a long-standing Bond Mill tradition.  We invite all of our amazing Bond Mill grandparents to come spend a portion of the day with their grandchildren.  As it gets closer, there will be muuuuuch more information related to Grandparents’ Day.  For now, just make sure you have it on your calendar.  We hope to see as many grandparents as possible on April 13th.

School Closings/Delays/Early Dismissal – Mother Nature has been giving us all kinds of weather lately – 70 degrees on Tuesday, a wintry mix today!  What’s next? – a hurricane in March?  With this crazy weather, there is an increased possibility of school closings, delayed openings, or early dismissals.  Please take the time to familiarize yourself with these distinctions:

*School Closing = School is closed (DUH!!!)

*Two-Hour Delay = School opens at 9:30am

*Two Hour Early Dismissal = School dismisses at 11:50am.

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Robo-Calls – On average, I probably do about one Robo-Call a week.  The calls are typically related to reminders of school events or any unexpected information that I need to relay to you.  I try to minimize them, for I don’t want to irritate you by making your phone ring constantly.  Plus, if I did them all the time, there would be no reason for you to read this fancy schmancy newsletter. When I do a call and you miss it, there will be a message left on your voicemail.  So if you miss the call, please listen to the message rather than calling us back. Thanks a bunch!

Buses Should Be on Time –  We have been assured by the PGCPS Transportation Department that buses will be picking up students at the normal posted bus stop time.  We’ve been asked by Transportation to remind families to please make sure that whatever the posted bus stop time is, students should be there 10 minutes prior.  Through the work of many, the difficulties experienced up until this point should hopefully be all fixed.  Please keep in mind that a bus will occasionally break down or get caught in traffic, so some delays may still occur once in a while.  However, we are all expecting bus pick-up to be consistent and dependable.  

Woman’s Club of Laurel’s Chipotle Mexican Grill Fundraiser – Please join the Woman’s Club of Laurel at the Chipotle Mexican Grill, 14354 Baltimore Ave. (Rt 1), on Tuesday, February 21st, to support our local projects and charitable giving.  Chipotle will donate 50% of sales (including carryout) between the hours of 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm to the Woman’s Club, who in turn will use the proceeds to finance projects such as “Weekend Tummy Tamers.”  This project is an ongoing effort to provide food-insecure children in the Laurel area with weekend meals throughout the school year.  Please remember to mention this fundraiser to your cashier to ensure the WCL will get credit for the sale. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy some of the tastiest Mexican food around while helping your community. Please mention this to friends and family, too.  Thank you for your support!

Tardy Students -- We have had a LARGE number of tardies lately.  Just a friendly reminder that students can be dropped off as early as 7:20am. The late bell rings at 7:45am, which means that children who have not entered the building by then are tardy. Please note, however, that children who are late due to a late bus are NOT marked tardy. Teachers begin with their morning "warm up" work at 7:30am. When students arrive on time, they are able to calmly prepare for their day. When students arrive after the late bell, they start their day by rushing and trying to catch up with their peers.  Thank you for your efforts to assure your child starts the day on time and unstressed.

Pokemon Cards -- We completely understand that many students loooooove Pokemon.  No disrespect to Pikachu, but I personally, don’t quite understand what that craze is all about.  However, far be it from me to squash someone’s enthusiasm.  I do have one humble request… if your child does have Pokemon cards, please keep them at home.  So many cards have been coming in lately that they have started to become a bit of a distraction to learning.  Additionally, some cards have gone missing, which has caused children unneeded stress.  There is a simple solution – Pokemon cards stay at home.  Thanks so much for your help!

Ellen Morgan R.N.            News from the Health Room           240-547-4611

If your child takes medication at home, could you please e-mail me the name and the dose.  In an emergency situation, one of the first questions the paramedics ask is if the child is on any medication.  This information is kept in a confidential file in the health room. Also, whenever your child is out sick could you please e-mail me –  when students are absent I am concerned about them. This also allows me to monitor incidence of illness in our classrooms. My email address is Thanks for your continued support!

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