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A Newsletter for the Students and Families Of

Bond Mill Elementary

April 24, 2015

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Dear Families,

In these last eight weeks of school, our schedule is jam-packed with events.  Please pay close attention to the “Important Dates” section below so you’ll know about everything that is going on.  Two events taking place in the coming weeks are Career Day on May 1st and the PTO Spring Carnival on Saturday, May 16th from 10-3pm.  If you are able to help with either event, we would really, really, really, really appreciate it…  really!!!   For Career Day volunteering, please contact our Guidance Counselor, Rona Pemberton by either calling (301-497-3600) or e-mailing her at  For Carnival volunteering, please contact Joni Wiredu at  The next newsletter will be coming home on Friday, May 8th.  If there is anything you need between now and then, do not hesitate to contact me.  Have a great weekend.

                                                                                                Justin FitzGerald         


Important Dates to Remember in April/May/June:

April 28th                     College and Career Ready Day - Wear Your Favorite College Shirt

April 28th                     Carnival Planning Meeting in the Bond Mill Library, 6:30pm

April 29th and 30th        Be Fit At Bond Mill!  Wear Exercise Clothing to Promote Fitness

May 1st                         Bond Mill Career Day- Dress As The Career You Want To Be

May 5th                         PGCPS Principal for a Day (We’ll Have 2 Guest Principals)

May 6th                         Side By Side, Great Start Parent Meeting 6pm-8

May 11th                       Hospitality Committee Visits the Staff

May 11th                       Bond Mill Beautification Day

May 11th/12th                Mobile Dentist Returns to Bond Mill

May 16th                       Bond Mill PTO Spring Carnival, 10am-3pm

May 18th/19th                Bond Mill Talent Show Auditions, 2pm-4

May 20th                       Spring Concert at 8am and 6:30pm

May 20th                       PTO Board Meeting at 5:30pm

May 21st                       Jeans for Troops Day at Bond Mill

May 25th                       School Closed for Memorial Day

May 27th                       Orientation for NEXT Year’s Kindergartners at 2:30pm

June 5th                         Bond Mill Field Day

June 12th                       Bond Mill Talent Show

June 16th                       Fab 5 Day

June 17th                       5th Grade Awards Ceremony at 8am

June 18th                       4th Quarter Honor Roll Assemblies, K-2 at 8am, 3rd-5th at 9am

June 22nd/23rd               2 Hour Early Dismissal.  Dismissal Begins at 11:50 on Both Days


Citizens of the Week for  April 13 and April 20:   Samuel Acquah, Taevon Cameron, Braden Armes, Noah Souverain, Zaria Chambers, Sarah Adewale, Afroja Khan, Martin McCall, Zinnia Pickett, Brandon Esquivel, Paxton Vernor, Sabrina Pillai, Daniel Colerangle, Lisette Velasquez, Alex Griffith,  Josue Campos, Krish Patel, Jonnathan Bonilla, EJ Hendershot, Beeka Belay, Harnoor Singh, Candace Gilmore, Pete Sunwoo, Terrell Stewart Gaskins, Natasha Brown, Claudia van der Have, Andrew Kirk, Kevin Wagner-Feick, Naia Garcia-Jarnagin, Glory John, Kevin Daniel, Arianna Gilkes, Payton Welsh, Maranna Nwozo, Robert Wood, Azaria Muhammad, Zara Anvari, Nena Lancaster, Elijah Johnson, Jocelyn Motley, Luis Ramirez, Melisa Delao. Keep up the FANTASTIC and OUTSTANDING work!


Carnival Basket Committee:        Not sure what to do with those Easter baskets or other gift baskets taking up in space in your closets. Well, the PTO has a solution just for you. Please donate them by placing them in the box outside the office marked "PTO Basket Donations". The Carnival Basket Committee thanks you in advance!


Kindergarten Registration:  We are continuing to register kindergarten students for the 2015-16 school year each day from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm. We would like to register as many students as possible now so we can plan ahead for the new school year. Children must be five years old by September 1, and registration must be done by the child's parent or legal guardian. Please bring your child's original birth certificate, social security card (optional), up-to-date immunization records, parent photo ID, and proof of residency (signed current lease, deed, signed settlement papers, or a current monthly mortgage statement), PLUS two pieces of current official mail (cell phone bills not accepted). If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Folks at 301 497-3600.


Bond Mill Science Fair:  This year’s Science Fair was outstanding!  The projects students completed were nothing short of sensational.  Schools are only allowed to select a specific number of projects to go to the County Science Fair in May.  With that said, congratulations to the following students who will be representing Bond Mill at the County Science Fair:  3rd Grade - Carolyn Appleby; 4th Grade - Madilyn Magno and Ivan Collins; and 5th Grade- Gavin Crisologo, Adrian Jovel, and AJ Dominguez.  They will undoubtedly shine like the stars they are! 


Congratulations to Our Two Destination Imagination Teams:   Not one, but BOTH of our Destination Imagination teams competed in the State DI Competition at UMBC on Saturday, April 18th.  The best of the best from across Maryland competed for the right to go to the Global DI Competition in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Our 3rd grade team came in 2nd Place in the entire State!  Which also means they have earned a spot at Globals!  Thank you to Cheri and Fred Bateman, Carolyn Appleby, Trevor Bateman, Kisakye Kirabo, Tristan Merritt, Sabrina Pillai, Nathan Sokolowsky, and Nolan Vernor, all of whom make up our terrific third grade team.   Additional thank yous to Donna Albrecht, Kevin Stroud, Haley Bateman, Grace Beck, Kenny Graninger, Marcus Jones, Amy Lepore, Peyton Ridgely, and Michael Stroud, all of whom make up our fantastic fifth grade team.   Our 5th Grade team took 4th Place at the State competition and did a tremendous job.   They have had an incredible two year run, accomplishing as much as any DI team in the entire State!  Way to go Bond Mill DI!!!! 


End Of Year Dates:   Now that the County has confirmed the last day of school to be June 23rd, we’ve scheduled many of our end-of-year events.  Please refer to the “Important Dates” section of the newsletter and plan accordingly.  Your teachers will let you know about other dates, such as grade level picnics, in the coming weeks.


How Awesome Is our Hospitality Committee?  Truthfully, I can use the entire newsletter to answer that question, but I want to use just one example in the interest of time.  April 13th was our first day back from Spring Break.  Students were tired, staff was tired, parents were tired…  everyone was coming to the realization that vacation was over.   The last thing the staff and I would have expected is a Hospitality Luncheon on the first day back.  Yet, that is just what we got…  a delicious lunch compliments of our amazing Hospitality Committee.  Thank you so much for your never-ending thoughtfulness and generosity.  We cannot express our gratitude enough! 


Fifth Grade Parents Getting Ready for Middle School :  Recently you received a letter from Dr. Maxwell, CEO of Prince George's County Public Schools, stating that you must provide residency verification before your fifth grader transitions to middle school.  You are actually "registering" for Martin Luther King Middle School, so you need to come in to our office to fill out a registration form and show your proof of residence as the letter states. We need to complete all of these registrations now - please help Mrs. Folks by coming in with the necessary documentation as soon as possible.


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


Playgrounds offer children fresh air, friends, and exercise.  However, safety comes first – and this means proper adult supervision.  Adults need to make sure the equipment is safe and used properly.  Children need to understand and follow the rules.  You should make sure the playground is age appropriate for your child. Also make sure the surface is grass, soil, or mulch, and is free of debris. Teach your child not to push or rough house while on the equipment.  Children need to stay a safe distance from moving swings and use both hands while climbing. Playing is an important part of your child's physical, social and mental development, but we want to be sure their safety comes first!  

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