The Bulldog Bulletin
A Newsletter for the Students and Families of
Bond Mill Elementary
November 15, 2013
Visit Us At www1.pgcps.org/bondmill and www.bondmillpto.org
Greetings once again!
BRRRRRRRR!!!!!!! It doesn’t take
a meteorologist to know that it has been a cold week. With the colder temperatures, please make
sure your child/children come to school dressed for the elements. We still will go outside for recess, even in
cold weather. The only thing that keeps
us inside for recess is rain, snow, or excessive cold/wind. Please make sure your child has a warm coat,
hat, and gloves every day. If you could
also please remind your child to KEEP THEIR COAT ON DURING RECESS, we’d
appreciate it. You would be surprised
how many children try to take off their coat and run around in 40 degree
weather. On a related note, our
lost-and-found box is overflowing with items!!!! If your child is coming home with something
missing, there is a good chance it’s in the lost-and-found box. We keep the lost-and-found box on the
carpeted area near the cafeteria. You
are always welcome to come in and take a look through it. On a totally unrelated note, please remember
that the Craft Fair is coming up on Saturday, November 23rd from
9am-3pm. It is a great place to start
your holiday shopping! Also, our
fabulous 5th graders will be selling delicious food to raise money
for their end-of-year expenses. Shopping
and eating….what a great combination!!!
This is the last Bulldog Bulletin before Thanksgiving vacation. Wherever you are going, whatever you are
doing during vacation, please have fun!
If you are traveling, be super duper safe! I look forward to everyone returning to
school on Monday, December 2nd.
If there is anything you need between now and then, do not hesitate to
contact me. Happy Thanksgiving!
Important Dates To Remember in November/December/January:
November 18th Hospitality Committee Visits the Staff
November 20th Cultural Arts Writing Assembly “Barry Polisar”
November 20th PTO Board Meeting at 6:30pm
November 20th District 1 Public Advocacy for Education
Community Forum at Heather Hills Elementary, 6pm-8pm
November 20th/21st Book Binding Night at Bond Mill
November 21st/22nd 5th Grade Travels to
November 22nd Bond Mill PTO Roller Skating Night, 7-10 pm
November 23rd Bond Mill Craft Fair, 9am-3pm
November 25th Bond Mill Turkey Trot (During The Day)
November 26th Make Up Picture Day for LifeTouch
November 27th-29th School Closed for Thanksgiving
December 4th Bond Mill Winter Concert
8am and 6:30pm
December 6th Bond Mill Ice Skating
December 12th Bond Mill PTO Chick Fil A
December 16th Bond Mill Zumba Day
December 18th PTO Board Meeting, 6:30pm
All Are Welcome To Attend
December 20th Winter Vacation Begins at
December 23rd -
Schools Are Closed
January 2nd Schools Reopen
Craft Fair is in 8 Days!: Come
one, come all to the Bond Mill Craft Fair! The Craft Fair is taking place at Bond Mill on
Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 9am-3pm.
At the Craft Fair, you will have an opportunity to purchase a variety of
awesome crafts. You will also be able to
purchase yummy goodies from the 5th Grade Café. Proceeds from the
food sales will be used to reduce the cost of the 5th grade
end-of-year activities. The 5th grade will also sponsor a Santa’s
Secret Shop where children can purchase inexpensive items for holiday gift
giving. Hope to see you there!
Temps/Construction: The time has FINALLY arrived!
Construction is soon to begin at Bond Mill to renovate our 1st
grade and 2nd grade classrooms (minus Mrs. Oldham’s class), and our
Technology Lab. Over the weekend, the
teachers/students in the impacted classes are being moved into their “temps,”
where instruction will take place as usual. Then, an abatement will be
completed in the impacted part of the building before construction starts in
December. The current timeframe is for construction to be completed by the end
of March. Once finished, the newly constructed classrooms will be incredible!!!
I know we will all look back and agree that the temporary inconvenience was
well worth it.
Turkey Trot 2013:
Our annual Turkey Trot is
coming to Bond Mill on Monday, November 25th ! Each grade level will take 30 minutes out of
their schedules to run laps around our soccer field. The event will help us remember to exercise
and stay healthy during the holidays! You
are more than welcome to come in and run with us. The following times are when grade levels
will be participating: 10:00am- 2nd Grade, 11:00am- 4th
Grade, 11:30- 1st Grade, 12pm-3rdGrade, 12:30- 5th Grade, 1:00- Kindergarten. Please make sure your child comes dressed in
running shoes on November 25th.
Food Drive: Thank
you to everyone who has already donated non-perishable food items. With our
first round, we were able to send a whopping 536 items to Kids Helping Kids,
who told us they have never collected so much food this early in the collection
season! We are still collecting
non-perishable food items until November 22 for LARS (Laurel Advocacy and
Referral Services), to stock their food pantry for needy families in the
community. Thank you so much for all of
Book Binding Nights: Plan to join us on November 20th or 21st from 7:00 to 9:00pm to learn how to bind your
child’s Write-A-Book. We encourage you to bring your own materials, but a
limited supply will be available. Please
note that your child does not have to have completed the book for you to
The Bond Mill Student Council is looking for a responsible adult to help
run the School Store one day per week with the students. Any day except Monday will work. The hours are 10:10 to 12:00.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Telephone Numbers: Please make a note that the new direct number for
the Health Room is 240-547-4611 and the
new direct number for the Cafeteria is
School Store Opens: Now that the Student Council is up and running, the School Store has
opened, too. Students can purchase small items such as pencils and erasers on
Wednesdays in the cafeteria during their lunch times. So be sure to send a
dollar or two on Wednesdays if you would
like your child to participate.
Bond Mill PTO Roller Skating Night: Do you have roller skating moves that you like to
show off? Well, do I have the
opportunity for you!!! On Friday,
November 22nd from 7-10 pm, you can showcase your spins, twirls, and
jumps at the Laurel Skating Rink for Bond Mill PTO Roller Skating Night. The
cost is only $7.00 (including skate rental). Please let them know at the door
that you are with Bond Mill, so a portion of the admission price will go to the
PTO. This will surely be a night of fun!
Bond Mill PTO Ice Skating Night: The PTO will be providing you with a second
opportunity to impress everyone with your skating skills, but on ice this time!
So if you’ve recovered from your exhibition on Roller Skating Night, please
join us for the Bond Mill Ice Skating Night on December 6, 2013
from 7:30-9:30 pm at the Garden Ice House. The cost is $7.70
(including skate rental).
Operation Typhoon Relief: By
now, everyone has heard of the terrible devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in
the Philippines. Our Student Council,
G.O.L.D. Committee, and PTO have teamed up to organize our Bond Mill relief
effort. We are calling the relief effort
“Hearts for Haiyan”. From Monday,
November 18th through Friday, December 6, we will be collecting monetary donations. Those funds will all be sent to the Red Cross
to aid relief efforts in the Philippines.
For every $10 collected per class, we will place a heart on the walls of
the main hallway. Let’s work together to
fill our hallways with hearts!!!!
CMIT Applications Being Accepted: Considering middle school options? If so and you are interested in your child
possibly attending CMIT, the application process is now open. Applications are being accepted from November
There are Open Houses scheduled for 12/14/13 at 5pm and 1/11/14 at
5:30pm if you are interested. More
information can be found at www.cmitacademy.org/
then click on “Admissions Policy”.
Breakfast with Santa - Woman’s Club of
Laurel: The Woman’s Club will be hosting its
annual “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday,
December 7, 2013, at 384 Main Street. Let your children
visit with Santa while you all enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and
orange juice (or coffee/ tea for adults). The price is $6.00 for adults and
$3.00 for children (under 12). Seats are available at 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, and 11:00am.
Please call Rosemary at 301-490-8053 to make a reservation.
97.1 WASH-FM Teacher of
the Week: Congratulations to Sherry Browner for
being selected as this past week’s 97.1 WASH-FM’s Teacher of the Week. Mrs. Browner was nominated by a Bond Mill
family who has worked closely with her over the last several years. We are so proud of Mrs. Browner and grateful
for the Bond Mill family who went above and beyond to show their appreciation
for her. Mrs. Browner was recognized “on
the air” by Lou Katz and received a $100 Ledo’s Pizza Gift Card.
Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Event: Chick Fil A Corridor Marketplace and Chick-Fil A The
Centre at Laurel invite you to their First Annual Gingerbread Cookie Decorating
Events. The cost is $7.50 per child. Seating is limited. Both events take place on Saturday, November
30th - Corridor Chick Fil A from 9-9:45am or 10-10:45am,
and Centre at Laurel Chick Fil A at 2-2:45pm or 3-3:45pm. RSVP to email@example.com by Thursday,
Job Opportunities At Chick Fil A: If
you have flexibility in your life and are looking for something to do between
11am-3pm, then Chick Fil A might have just what you are looking for. Chick Fil A is hiring enthusiastic individuals
to work the mid-day rush. If interested,
please contact either branch of Chick Fil A in Laurel and ask for Bernice.
from the Health Room
the holidays quickly approaching I thought it would be appropriate to include
tips for healthy eating. Choose whole grain foods such as whole wheat
bread, oatmeal, brown rice, and popcorn. Vary your veggies by going dark green
and orange. Eat spinach, broccoli, carrots, and sweet potatoes. Choose
food and beverages that do not have sugar as one of the first ingredients. Finally, I
would like to wish everyone a wonderful
Thanksgiving. Please take some time to relax and enjoy! Mrs. Morgan, RN