The Bulldog Bulletin
A Newsletter for the Students and Families of
Bond Mill Elementary
April 22, 2016
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Greetings once again! It’s been some time since our last newsletter, so there is much to catch you up-to-speed on. This week, we officially began our PARCC testing. Over the next several weeks, our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be taking the PARCC. Please pay attention to information from your child’s classroom teacher if your child is in one of those grades. The teachers will be relaying to you the specific dates/times that their class will be testing. There are also many changes to our entire lunch and recess schedule on testing days. If you are thinking of coming in to eat lunch with your child, double-check with the teacher or front office to confirm the time your child will be eating. We always remind our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to make sure that they get a good night of sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive to school on time. Doing those things will help to best prepare our students for success on the PARCC. Amazingly, we are now less than one month from our PTO Spring Carnival. Our PTO Carnival is always one of the highlights to our year. It takes many incredible volunteers to make it happen, so if you are able to assist, we need you. The next newsletter will be coming home on Friday, May 6th. If there is anything you need from me between now and then, do not hesitate to contact me. Have a great weekend!
Important Dates to Remember in April, May, and June
April 26th School Closed for Primary Election Day
April 27th PTO Carnival Planning Committee Meeting, 6:30pm
April 28th Take Your Child To Work Day- See Blurb Below
May 3rd-5th Justin’s in Boston for a Work Related Conference
May 6th Bond Mill Career Day
May 11th Bond Mill Spring Concert 8am and 6:30pm
May 16th Hospitality Committee Visits the Staff
May 16th and 17th Mobile Dentist Returns to Bond Mill
May 18th Beautification Day at Bond Mill
May 18th PTO Annual Meeting for Elections- 6:30pm
May 21st Bond Mill PTO Spring Carnival
May 24th 1st Grade Bug Performance at 6:30pm
May 25th Side By Side- Great Start K-2nd from 6-8pm
May 25th PTO Board Meeting at 6:30pm, All Are Welcome to Attend
May 30th Memorial Day- School Closed
June 1st Bond Mill PTO Chick-fil-A Night at Contee Rd. Location, 4-9pm
June 3rd PTO Summer Break Dance Party
June 7th Bond Mill Field Day
June 17th 2 Hour Early Dismissal, Dismissal Begins at 11:50am
June 20th 2 Hour Early Dismissal, Dismissal Begins at 11:50am (This Is The Last Day of School for Students)
Citizens of the Week - Congratulations to the following Bulldogs: Noora Ayoub, Mikahail Peah, Christian Lancaster, Andrew Clark, Alex Asagaya, Elijah Mitchell, Brayden Chi, Brennan Roeder, Patricia Dyson, Justin Davis, Jayden Atcherson, Ellie Cruz, Kareem Ottley, Keimani Turner, Kamran Amimi, Nickiya Scott, Noah Michaels, Babatunde Morafa, Krish Patel, Xavier Wilson, Milena Lacey, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Jianna Belmonte, Carleigh Silver, Elijah Mitchell, Joseph Davis, Scott Faggard, Nia Ball, Elijah Appiah, London Chavis, Fernando Argueta-Ferrufina, Mahdylen Lyons, Ismael Balfakir, Daniela Chavez, Bradley Batte, Jayla Brew, Eshal Ali, Derrick Fogle, Sasha McIntyre, Yahya Khan, Abdul Anvari, Robyn Wood, Laila Smith, Melanie Tepeu-Rodriguez, Samuel Nieto, Nigel Martin, Vince Nguyen, Arianna Gilkes, Zachary Purich, Orlian Lambe, Micah Webb, Madilyn Magno, and Elijah Hill. Keep up the FANTASTIC and OUTSTANDING work!
End of Year Dates: As you can tell from the long list of dates in the “Important Dates” section, we finally have the information related to our last day of school. Please pay close attention to the list of dates, for there will be many events taking place that you will not want to miss. I am still waiting to confirm the dates of the 5th Grade Awards Ceremony and the 4th Quarter Honor Roll Assemblies. I anticipate those dates being made available to you in the next couple of days. Assuming that happens before the next newsletter, I will do a Robo-call letting you know when the two events will occur.
Career Day is Fast Approaching: We’re so excited about our upcoming Career Day at Bond Mill, which will take place on Friday, May 6th. Our Career Day is always a success, for dozens of our students have family members who come in to educate the students about their careers. Thank you in advance to everyone who has signed up to participate!
Write-A-Book County Winners: Thank you to all the students who created fantastic Write-A-Books this year. I am excited to announce the students who “placed” at the County level: 1st place- Mathias Kvale; 2nd Place- Alison Bent, Alinah Walker, Thara Pillai, Trevor Bateman, Aaliyah Minwah, and Sneha Jose; 3rd Place- Asia Perkes, Victor Jovel; Honorable Mention- Alexander Lambert and Adam Rinker. We are so very proud of these students and ALL of our Bond Mill authors. Way to go Bulldogs!!!
Bond Mill Science Fair Winners: We absolutely have some future scientists here at Bond Mill. You need look no further than the quality of our Science Fair projects for proof. Congratulations to the following students who have had their projects submitted to the County Kids for Science Competition: 3rd Grade- Antonio Dominguez, Elijah Powers, Jaden Dawkins; 4th Grade- Sophia Michaels, Kevin Hsu, Adam Rinker, Mia Maniece; 5th Grade- Madilyn Magno and Ameeyah Grimes. They will undoubtedly do a phenomenal job representing all of Bond Mill.
Destination Imagination Wins First at State!!! Congratulations to Carolyn Appleby, Trevor Bateman, Kisakye Kirabo, Sabrina Pillai, Mia Reese, Nathan Sokolowsky, Nolan Vernor, Donna Albrecht, and Stacie Vernor for their extraordinary efforts! Our DI team could not have done any better than they did at the State Competition two weeks ago. Not only did our team come in first, but they have now earned a spot at the Global Competition at the end of May. Way to go Bond Mill!!!!
Take Your Child to Work Day: April 28th is National Take Your Child to Work Day. PGCPS has sent out a press release stating that due to PARCC testing, PGCPS will not officially be participating in Take Your Child to Work Day. However, if you still choose to take your child to work with you, it will NOT be counted as an excused absence unless you send in a note explaining why your child is not in school.
Arrival Reminders: If you have driven your child into school this year, you know that we have been able to move through the arrival process MUCH faster than in years past. As nice as it is to speed up the process, there are a couple of things I would like everyone to remember. If a school bus is dropping off students in front of the school, all cars will be directed to the left (through the parking lot). If you are directed over to the right, sometimes there will be a back-up of approximately 10 cars. Our hope is that every child is able to exit on the passenger side, directly onto the sidewalk. However, in some cases, children do have to exit out of the driver side. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, pay close attention to those students exiting on the driver side. WAIT until the child has safely made it onto the sidewalk before driving around the rest of the circle. While I have your attention, I’ll also remind you that U-turns are NOT permitted at any point during arrival or dismissal. Please understand that we expect these rules to be followed for one simple reason… it keeps everyone safe! Thank you so much for understanding.
Kindergarten Registration is happening NOW! You can register your child at the school on weekdays from 8am to 1pm. Please plan to register as soon as possible to ensure that we get the right number of teachers. You can call Mrs. Folks in the office for any questions you might have (301-497-3600).
Pre-Kindergarten registration: Pre-K is a half-day, needs-based program for 4-year olds. Children in our school boundary who qualify can enroll at Scotchtown Hills ES. For more information, call Scotchtown Hills at 301 497-3994.
Thank You Hospitality Committee: The staff was given yet another amazing meal courtesy of our incredible Hospitality Committee. This time, we weren’t treated to lunch, though. They surprised us with a delicious BREAKFAST! Thank you so much to everyone who brought in the yummy food. It brought smiles to our faces and our tummies! ☺
Box Tops: The most recent Box Top form that went home did not have space for your child’s name and the teacher’s name. Please just put the names on the back of the form when you are turning them in. Thanks so much.
PTO Elections for Next Year: We honestly have the BEST PTO a school could ever ask for. Working with the PTO Board is always one of my highlights to any school year. It is almost time to elect next year’s Board members. Please come out on Wednesday, May 18th at 6:30pm to join in the election process. If you are interested in being part of the PTO Board, please e-mail Demeika Clary at firstname.lastname@example.org. At the May 18th meeting, we’ll be electing next year’s officers and approving the proposed working PTO budget. Your participation is truly appreciated and makes a tremendous difference.
Back To Boston I Go: If you recall, I attended a four-day work conference in Boston back in December. Well, I’ve now been asked to attend a follow-up to that conference on May 3rd, 4th, and 5th. No worries – I’ll be back just in time for Career Day on May 6th. I will still have access to e-mail, but may not be able to respond as quickly as I normally do. If you require immediate attention, please contact Annette Mosier or Rona Pemberton. Both will gladly assist you with anything you need.
Ellen Morgan, RN News from the Health Room 240-547-4611
Most of you probably already know that the Silver Diner has closed. I would like to thank everyone who participated in their Eat Well Do Well program. The money allowed us to do many extra health-oriented activities with our students. I am brainstorming with the staff to come up with new ideas to raise money. It is very important that we continue to educate the children on the importance of taking good care of their health. Thanks again for all your support.