The Bulldog Bulletin

The Bulldog Bulletin

A Newsletter For the Students and Families Of

Bond Mill Elementary

February 12, 2015

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Dear Families,

            I don’t know about you, but I am fed up with these freezing cold temperatures.  On Sunday, it’s supposed to be 5 degrees for goodness sakes….FIVE!!!!!  One, two, three, four, FIVE!!!!!  With your four-day weekend, I hope that you can get out of town and go somewhere that is warm and sunny.  The next two weeks bring some very exciting experiences to our students.  Our 5th graders will be travelling to Camp Schmidt for their two-day overnight adventure on the 17th and 18th.  Thank you to the many parents who are chaperoning the trip.  Without them, it wouldn’t happen.  Then, on the 26th-28th, our amazing Drama Club will be in action.  If you’ve never seen one of our Drama Club performances, you must!  I promise you won’t be disappointed – it is truly high school-caliber quality.  The next newsletter will be coming home on Friday, February 27th.  If there is anything you need between now and then, do not hesitate to contact me.  Have a great Valentine’s Day and enjoy your four-day weekend!

                                                                                                            Justin FitzGerald


Important Dates to Remember for February/March/April:

February 13th               School Closed for Students.  Professional Development Day

February 16th               School Closed for Students in Observance of Presidents’ Day

February 17th and 18th  5th Grade Visits Camp Schmidt

February 23rd               Hospitality Committee Visits the Staff

February 26th/27th        Drama Club Performance at 8am

February 28th               Drama Club Community Performance at 7pm

March 11th                   PTO Board Meeting, 6:30pm.  All Are Welcome to Attend

March 16th                   Hospitality Committee Visits the Staff

March 18th                   LifeTouch Class Pictures To Be Taken

March 18th                   Bond Mill PTO Chick Fil A Night, Contee Rd. Location, 4-9pm

March 23rd                   LifeTouch Individual Spring Pictures

March 24th                   Bond Mill Science Fair Night, 6:30pm

March 25th                   Bond Mill Night at Silver Diner – Bond Mill Staff Will Be Working

March 30th                   Cultural Arts Performance:  Taiko Drums    

April 1ST                       Bond Mill Grandparents’ Day

April 2nd                       No School For Students.  Grading and Planning Day.

April 3rd-12th                 School Closed for Spring Break

April 13th                     School Reopens


Citizens of the Week for February 9:    Congratulations to the following students for being selected as Citizens of the Week:  Makayla Renwick, Zoie Nicholson, Jonathan Coley, Eloise Smith, Henry Sandoval, Carmari Bradley, Julio Leandro, Riley Galloway, Jiselle White, Benjamin Caldwell, Dalton Dwyer, Brandon Wood, Kevin Hsu, Alazsha Miller, Joseph Karpman, Sierra Randiki, Mia Hamilton, Sala Davis, Saidah Rafael, Easlyn Flores, Aamir Brown, Rianna Clash, and Justin Greene.  Keep up the FANTASTIC and OUTSTANDING work!!!! 

  • Enormous congratulations to our incredible Science Bowl team for winning not one, but TWO matches in the semi-final round!  Our team is now moving on to the final round on March 31st.  In the 29 year history of the Science Bowl, Bond Mill has never won it.  Our team this year might, just might, be the first team to ever do it!  We narrowly beat perennial Science Bowl champion Glenarden Woods Elementary, and then defeated Magnolia Elementary shortly thereafter in the semi-final round on February 3rd.  We will be playing Perrywood Elementary first on March 31st.  If we are fortunate enough to win that match, we will then play in the championship match, also on March 31st.  Win or lose, I couldn’t be more proud of our team.  Thank you to Team Manager Kathy Jacobs and teammates Braxton Harsley, Peyton Ridgely, Michael Stroud, and Joshua Webb.  I couldn’t be more proud of them!  GO BOND MILL!!!!!  J

Yuuuummmmmmy!!!!!   With an opening like that, can you take a guess what it is related to?  Why, of course – it’s our extraordinary Hospitality Committee!  Last week the staff was yet again treated to a delicious meal thanks to the efforts of our generous parents.  I wish I could capture in words how much it means to us that so many families take time out of their busy schedules to provide us with a delicious lunch.  Unfortunately, that’s impossible to do…  just know that every single one of us is grateful beyond measure! 


PARCC Testing is Coming:   During the month of March, our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be taking part in the administration of the PARCC Assessment.  Prior to this year, students took the MSA…  PARCC is replacing MSA.  The schedule for the testing is rather complicated to explain, for students will be taking the PARCC over five days throughout the entire month of March, when we will utilize our computer lab and mobile lab.  We will have the ability to test two classes at a time.  For example, over a five day period, Mrs. Albrecht’s class might be taking the PARCC using our mobile lab, while Mrs. Vernor’s class takes the PARCC in the computer lab.  Then, once they are finished, we’ll have Ms. Folks and Mrs. Hobson’s class take it, followed by the classes in 4th and 5th grade.  This will be the first time we have every 3rd, 4th, and 5th grader taking the PARCC, so we’re excited to see how everything goes.  It will take a lot of flexibility and cooperation from EVERY Bond Mill student and family, but I have no doubt in my mind that we’ll make the most of it.  Much more specific information will be coming to classes so that you are aware of the actual times your 3rd, 4th, and/or 5th grade child will be assessed.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or your child’s classroom teacher.   


Girl Scout Troop Collections:   Junior Troop 5865 is collecting elementary aged books for Side by Side. New and gently used children's books can be sent in and placed in the book donation box located outside of the office. Have questions? Please contact Kim Jones at 301-717-4960. Thank you!


Ellen Morgan, RN                           News from the Health  Room                              240-547-4611

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