The Bulldog Bulletin
A Newsletter for the Students and Families of
Bond Mill Elementary
May 6, 2016
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Greetings once again! I want to start by thanking the dozens of parents who came out for our annual Career Day today. The students and staff were educated and inspired as the guest speakers provided valuable information about their diverse professions. I cannot thank you enough for taking time out of your busy schedules to make the day so special. We have also been busy working with PARCC testing in our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. The students have been doing a tremendous job of giving their best effort. We’re about half way through the PARCC, so thank you for continuing to make sure your child gets a good night sleep, eats a healthy breakfast, and arrives to school on time. Please continue to pay attention to the teachers’ communications to know exactly when your child’s class will be taking the PARCC. In just about two weeks, we will have the always-fantastic Bond Mill PTO Carnival. The PTO Carnival is one of the main highlights of our school year. It is not only a ton of fun, it also showcases what we are able to accomplish when we work together. It takes an enormous cast to make the Carnival a success, so we will most definitely appreciate any time you are able to volunteer. The next Bulldog is coming home on Friday, May 20th. 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
May 11th Bond Mill Spring Concert 8am and 6:30pm
May 13th PTO Carnival Basket Assembly
May 16th Hospitality Committee Visits the Staff
May 16th and 17th Mobile Dentist Returns to Bond Mill
May 16th and 17th Talent Show Auditions, 2pm-4
May 18th Beautification Day at Bond Mill
May 18th PTO Annual Meeting for Elections- 6:30pm
May 21st Bond Mill PTO Spring Carnival - 10am-3pm
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 25th-28th Destination Imagination Global Competition in Knoxville, TN
May 27th Cultural Arts Assemblies: Chinese Acrobats
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 9th Bond Mill Talent Show, 8am
June 15th 5th Grade Awards Ceremony, 8am
June 16th 4th Quarter Student Recognition/Honor Roll Assemblies, KINDERGARTEN, 1st &2nd Grades - 8am;
3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades - 9:30am
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: Kyle Sargent, Maarja McCall, Shania Harriott, Ruby Woods, Roshan Mani, Kathleen Molina, Emily Le, Hailey Couch, Claudia van der Have, Afroja Khan, Mariah Yates, Daniel Smith, Roberto Portillo, Hannah Jones, Momoore Oyewole, Neyla Carr, Angel Norman-Williams, Fredricka Daramy, Alyssa Tuinstra, Marck Mulligan, Landon Lawall, Shayla James-Rao, Terrell Stewart Gaskins, Gatheca Gitau, Anthony Rodriguez, Jessica Herrara, Laila Newsome, Marieme Toure, Caleb Stallworth, Lester Carrillo, Brandon Wood, Raza Siddiqui, Neel Patel, Aaliyah Murfree, Kelly Barclay, and Ciara South. Keep up the FANTASTIC and OUTSTANDING work!
PTO Spring Carnival Come one, come all to the Bond Mill PTO Carnival on Saturday, May 21st from 10am to 3pm. If you are new to Bond Mill, let me tell you the PTO Carnival is an absolute blast - with games, rides, silent auction items, and FOOD!!! Tickets will be on sale beginning Monday, May 16th. The price for tickets is 5 for $1 on May 16th-18th and 4 for $1 on May 19th-20th. If you purchase tickets the day of the Carnival (May 21st) they will be 2 for $1. It doesn’t take a math whiz to realize it makes sense to buy your tickets ahead of time. I can’t wait to see you at the PTO Carnival!
Spring Carnival Needs Items We still need a number of wicker baskets (fairly large) and coffee cans (or other small containers like oatmeal canisters) with plastic lids to prepare for the carnival. If you are able to donate any of these items, please bring them to the school and we will gladly take them off your hands.
Yearbook I am happy to announce that we have pre-sold a record 237 yearbooks! Therefore we will have a very limited number of yearbooks to sell when they arrive in a few weeks. If you are still interested in purchasing a yearbook, please send in $20 and we’ll put you on the list that we are keeping in the office. As it stands right now, we’ll only have 23 additional yearbooks. First come, first served, so when the first 23 have been sold, we will not be able to fill any orders.
End of Year Dates We have now settled on our main end-of-year dates. Please pay close attention to the dates listed on the newsletter so you don’t miss out on the fun. Also, there are more dates that are specific to the different grade levels and classes, so please make sure to pay attention to the directions of your child’s teacher.
Beautification Day Coming Soon This year we will be celebrating Beautification Day at Bond Mill on Wednesday, May 18. Students and staff are invited to bring in flowers or herbs to be planted in our school gardens. We suggest annuals or perennials (available at Home Depot or Lowe’s). Each grade level has its own garden. We have a supply of tools that students and adults can use, and welcome any time you may be able to volunteer for the planting. Help make our school as beautiful on the outside as our children make it on the inside!
Traffic Reminders When dropping off your child on the circle, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE pay close attention to those students using the driver’s side of the car. WAIT until the child has made it safely onto the sidewalk before driving around the rest of the circle. Also, please remember there are no U-turns permitted at any point during arrival. Please understand these rules exist for one simple reason... to keep everyone safe. Thank you so much for your 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).
DI team fundraisers: The Destination Imagination team is going to the Global Competition at the end of the month and we're raising money to help them get there. First we’ll have a Yard Sale on Saturday, May 7, 8am-12pm at 6708 McCahill Dr. Then, we’ll be selling concessions at the Spring Concert on May 11 starting at 6pm – but only before the concert, during intermission, and afterwards so we don’t disrupt the performers. We’ll also have some Chick-fil A sandwiches for sale! Thanks for helping the kids!
Thank You Hospitality Committee and Most Awesome PTO This week was Staff Appreciation Week. All week long, the staff received many gifts from our students and parents, making us feel so appreciated! Whether it was the delicious snacks that the Hospitality Committee provided on Wednesday, or the extremely cool Bond Mill umbrella from the PTO, we were truly spoiled. Knowing how much we are appreciated means the world to us. Thank you so very 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 participate in the election process. If you are interested in being part of the PTO Board, please come out to the meeting.
Annual Bike Ride Please mark your calendars for the Community-Police Bike Ride in West Laurel on May 20th at 6pm. This annual event has been a big success with kids (pre-K and up) and adults alike. The ride will start at the West Laurel Community Building and will be done in two segments. The first is a short, flat leg along Brooklyn Bridge to the Swim Club and back to the Community building, with a full police escort for safety for younger kids. The second leg continues for older riders through the neighborhood and back to the Community building. For all riders, once back at the WL Community Building there will be free ice cream/popsicles from the ice cream truck. The bike ride will not be held if raining.
Mother's Day I would like to wish all of our Bond Mill mothers and grandmothers the happiest of Mother's Days. I hope your day is filled with family, fun, and relaxation. Words cannot express how grateful I am for all that you have done to help raise the amazing children and grandchildren that you have. In doing so, not only have you helped make Bond Mill the best school in all the land, but you are helping make the world a better place as well. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!!! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!
Ellen Morgan, RN News from the Health Room 240-547-4611
Spring can be a difficult time for many of our students who suffer from allergies. I see the red, watery, eyes and hear them coughing and sneezing. Could you please remind them to wash their face and hands and remove their jackets whenever they come into the building. This includes after recess, music, and physical education. Also, please consult with the doctor to make sure your child is taking the correct allergy medications. Unfortunately, even after taking all these steps, some children may still display allergy symptoms. Hopefully all this rain will help by washing away some of the pollen!