The Bulldog Bulletin
A Newsletter for the
Students and Families Of
Bond Mill Elementary
February 13, 2014
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once again! As I type this edition of
the newsletter it is early Wednesday morning.
There is a large snowfall expected tonight into Thursday, so whether or
not this comes home on Thursday, February 13th remains to be
seen. If school is closed on Thursday,
then the newsletter won’t be coming home until Tuesday, February 18th. At any rate, y’all are smart and will
undoubtedly be able to follow the reason behind some of the chronological
confusion. I have some HUGE news, albeit bittersweet, for one of our Bond Mill
staff members…..Our current Guidance Counselor, Dr. Freda Ingram, has
just been appointed Assistant Principal of CT Reed Elementary. Dr. Ingram has been pursuing an
administrative position for several years.
Now that it has finally occurred, we could not be happier for her. Our loss at Bond Mill is absolutely going to
be CT Reed’s gain. I’ll have much more
information regarding Dr. Ingram’s transition to CT Reed in the coming days and
weeks. It is not an immediate
switch. In other words, it will still
take some time before Dr. Ingram leaves us to officially begin at CT Reed. So, don’t be surprised when you still see her
working here. I am certain the next
thought on your mind is related to wondering who will be our new Bond Mill
Guidance Counselor. I am working with
our Instructional Director, as well as Human Resources to ensure that the new
Guidance Counselor will be a perfect fit for us here at Bond Mill. We have no interest in bringing someone in
who will just be a “warm body”. We will require
the new individual to be dynamic, hard-working, enthusiastic, and
creative. It may take some time to
locate that person, but I assure you we will find him or her. Just a friendly reminder that school is
closed on Friday, February 14th and Monday, February 17th.
The next Bulldog Bulletin will be coming
home on Friday, February 28th.
If there is anything you need between now and then, do not hesitate to
contact me. Have a great weekend!
Important Dates to
Remember in February/March/April:
February 14th School Closed for Students. Grading/Planning Day
February 17th School Closed In Observance of
February 18th Hospitality Committee Visits the
February 19th Side By Side Family Night for
February 20th Stargazing Night for 3rd
February 26th PTO Board Meeting at 6:30pm, All
Are Welcome To Attend
February 27th Drama Club Performance for K-2nd
February 28th Drama Club Performance for 3rd-5th
March 1st Drama Club Performance for
Community at 7pm
and 5th Reading MSA for
March 6th PTO Bingo Night at 6:30pm
March 7th Cultural Art Assemblies
March 8th Destination Imagination
Regional Competition- Time TBA
and 12th Math MSA for
March 19th Spring Lifetouch Class
March 20th Bond Mill Silver Diner Night
March 24th Spring Lifetouch Individual
April 2nd Bond Mill Science Fair
April 11th Bond Mill Grandparents’ Day
April 12th-21st School Closed For Spring Break (We
Reopen on April 22nd)
Valentine’s Cards: I’m working on the assumption that school
will be closed on February 13th.
If that is the case, students will still be able to pass out their
Valentine’s Day cards. We’ll simply give
the students the opportunity to pass them out on Tuesday, February 18th.
Ms. Scepura’s PTO
Membership: Are you ready to be
impressed? I mean really, really,
really, really impressed! Ms. Scepura’s
Kindergarten class has just earned 100% PTO MEMBERSHIP!!!!! In other words, every single one of her
students’ families has joined our awesome PTO!!! That is tremendous! Congratulations and thank you to each and
every one of Ms. Scepura’s families.
Now, I know Ms. Scepura’s class isn’t the only class capable of accomplishing
this endeavor. Who’s next…..Peel? Albrecht?
Cole? Belton? It only takes $10 for the entire family to
join our PTO, so I’m sure there will be more.
Side By Side Event: Side By Side is coming back to Bond Mill for
another great family learning event. Our
Kindergarten through 2nd grade families are invited to come to Bond
Mill on Wednesday, February 19th at 6pm. Dinner will be provided by Side By Side prior
to the next session in our Great Starts parent engagement series.
How Do Snow Days Get
Made Up? : Many wonder how
our school calendar is created in relation to making up of snow days. In short, there are no snow days “built in”
to the calendar. For every day we have
off because of snow, we add another day onto the end of the school year. As of February 12th, we have four
snow days (it’ll most likely be 5 after tomorrow). The last day of the school year was SUPPOSED
to be on June 5th. It will
definitely be later than that now. How
much later remains to be seen. It is
possible that we will receive a waiver from MSDE to avoid having to make up all
of the days. However, that is not a
definite. I can tell you though – with
100 percent certainty – that the last day of school will NOT be on June 5th. As soon as we receive an update on the actual
last day, I will relay it to you.
Mill has a New Dad! Our
half-time music teacher, Larry Williams, and his wife Anne are thrilled to be
new parents to little Alexandria Grace. Gracie was born this past Monday,
February 10, and is totally adorable! Congratulations to the happy family!
Bond Mill Is Now On
Twitter!: Here at Bond Mill, we are
always trying to find ways to make communication between home and school
easier. If you are on Twitter, you can
find us @BondMillES. I’m still learning
all of the ins and outs of Twitter, but I am absolutely going to routinely use
it. If there is information about a
school delay/closing…I’ll tweet it. If
there is information about an upcoming PTO Event….I’ll tweet it. If a parent is doing a dangerous u-turn on Sherwood Avenue
during arrival…..I’ll take a picture of the car and then I’ll tweet it! No matter the reason, we will use it as a
tool to help keep parents informed. I
have a goal of reaching 300 followers by Spring Break. Right now, we’re at 21. PLEASE FOLLOW US!!!! J
Attention 5th Grade Parents and Guardians: Soon
you will be receiving an important letter from Kevin
Maxwell, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer of PGCPS. That letter will give
you instructions on how to transition your fifth grader to middle school.
You will have to fill out a blue registration form here at school and
give us updated proof of residence. This is mandatory for all students.
Please call Mrs. Folks if you have any questions (301 497-3600).
News from the Health Room
Please look for your child's Body Mass Index (BMI) letter
coming home soon. Please read the letter carefully for a full explanation
of what a BMI is and the factors that can affect it. Feel free to call
me if you have any general questions regarding your child's BMI. If you
have any specific concerns, please discuss them with your child’s doctor.
Ellen Morgan, RN