The Bulldog Bulletin

The Bulldog Bulletin

A Newsletter for the Students and Families Of

Bond Mill Elementary

September 8, 2017

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Dear Bond Mill Families,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  I am beyond excited to be working with you and your entire family.  If these first three days are any indication, it is going to be a FANTASTIC school year.  Thank you for helping to make these first days go so smoothly.  Over the next few weeks, you will learn more and more and how we operate here at Bond Mill.  My goal as the principal is to make sure we achieve success each day for every student in our extraordinary school. The only way we will be able to accomplish that goal is by working together.  When staff, students, and families all strive toward the same goal, we can achieve successes too numerous to count.  Hopefully you have already put Back to School Night on your calendars.  Parents of Kdg, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade students will have their Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 13th from 6:30-8 pm. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade parents will have their Back To School Night on Thursday, September 14th, also from 6:30-8pm. Please make babysitting arrangements for your children on these nights as they are for the parents. These events will give us the opportunity to explain everything that will be occurring over the 2017-2018 school year.  The Bulldog Bulletin is our school newsletter. It comes home every other Friday and is designed to help keep you informed.  The next one will be coming home on Friday, September 22nd.  If you need anything between now and then, do not hesitate to contact me (the best way to do so is by e-mailing me at  Thank you again for all that you have done to make this a great start to the school year. Have a great weekend!

Justin FitzGerald


Important Dates to Remember in September/October:

September 13th Back to School Night, (K, 1st, and 2nd Grade) 6:30-8 pm

September 14th Back to School Night, (3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade) 6:30-8 pm

September 27th Side by Side Hispanic Community Night, 6-7:30pm

Sept 28th – Oct 6th              Bond Mill PTO Book Fair

September 29th                  Bond Mill PTO Book Fair Family Night, 6:30-8:30pm

September 29th Professional Development- Dismissal Begins at 11:50

September 29th PTO Back to School Dances: K-2nd from 6:30-8pm and

3rd-5th from 8-9:30 pm

October 3rd Nando Peri Peri Bond Mill Family Night, 4-8pm

October 4th/11th/18th/25th Side By Side Great Start Sessions, K-2nd Grade, 6-8 pm

October 5                          Book Fair Family Night, 6:15-8:15pm

October 10th LifeTouch Individual Pictures

October 14th 2nd Annual Bond Mill PTO Color Run

October 16th Cultural Arts Performance –  Rainforests, 8am and 9am

October 19th Save the Date!  Bond Mill Art Show, Meet the Artists @ Olive On Main

October 20th Professional Development – School Closed for Students

October 30th Professional Development – Dismissal Begins at 11:50

October 31st Bond Mill Fall Festival Parade- More Details to Come

Back To School Nights Each year we have our Back To School Nights, to help families understand what you and your child will be taking part in during the school year.  We have two separate Back To School Nights because so many parents attend that we can’t possibly fit them all in on the same night.  Therefore, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade will have their Back To School Night on Wednesday, September 13th, and  3rd, 4th, and 5th grade will have their Back to School Night on Thursday, September 14th.  Both events will begin at 6:30pm in the Bond Mill Multipurpose Room. Both events will end at 8pm.  We look forward to seeing you next week.  

Mobile App/When is the School Bus Coming?    PGPCS is encouraging parents to try out the new Bb District by Blackboard mobile app for bus stop locations and transportation updates.  In addition to updates, the app provides convenient access to school lunch balances.  Download the new mobile app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store using your Family Portal account information, then select Bond Mill and choose a preferred notification method. Parents who do not have a Family Portal account can register at  

Volunteering/Fingerprinting/Visiting for Lunch  At Back To School Night, I’ll be going into detail about the PGCPS changes related to volunteering/chaperoning/visiting for lunch.  I can tell you right now, you’ll just want to complete the fingerprinting process.  For those new to Bond Mill, we have always been fortunate to have an enormous number of volunteers at our school.  Whether a person needs to complete the full fingerprinting process or a smaller, quicker process called the commercial background check depends on the nature of that person’s interactions with children.  With the changes made in PGCPS, if an individual will be volunteering, chaperoning, or visiting Bond Mill for lunch, he/she will need to be fully fingerprinted.  In the past, the County let us to have a special Fingerprinting Night at Bond Mill.  Rather than doing that this year, the County will schedule several Fingerprinting Nights in the different regions.  In other words, there will be a northern school fingerprinting night.  I have already volunteered Bond Mill to be the site for that event, however, PGCPS has not decided if that will actually happen.  As soon as I know the location and date, I will let you know.  Until then, you are always welcome to go to the Board of Education in Upper Marlboro to have the fingerprinting process completed down there.  It is open Monday thru Friday, 8:30am-4pm.  Call first (301-952-6775) to make an appointment and get details.  

E-mailing Instead of Doing Robo-Calls!  As you are already well aware, I make frequent use of our Robo-Call system.  On average, I send out one Robo Call a week to your phone, telling you about the week events.  I would loooooove to start replacing those calls with e-mails.  I would still use Robo-Calls every now and then, but if I can send e-mails instead, the need for the Robo-Call will be lessened.  How do we accomplish this?  I need you to sign up to receive e-mails from me.  Simply go to  Once there, you will be directed to fill out a very brief form.  In a perfect world, I’ll have the e-mail address for every family and can then send you all sorts of annoying Top 10 Lists and Memes.  Juuuuust kidding! I’ll use it strictly for school business.

PTO Buy Nothing, Sell Nothing Fundraiser Also at Back to School Night, we will explain our main school fundraiser this year.  We call it our Buy Nothing, Sell Nothing Fundraiser.  Essentially, we won’t be pushing catalogs and products in your face, begging you to buy it.  Instead, we are simply asking for you to make any monetary donation to our PTO you can.  Collectively, it was an enormous success last year!  The money enabled us to provide amazing learning experience like the Maryland Mobile Science Lab and Hands on Science.  Keep your eyes peeled for information in your child’s Friday Folder.

Woman’s Club of Laurel Yard Sale   The Woman's Club of Laurel will be hosting its annual Yard Sale on Saturday, September 17th from 8:00 am until noon (no “early birds” please).  The location is 16201 Bond Mill Road in West Laurel, MD. Come early because these bargain-priced items will go fast! This event is a fundraiser sponsored by the Woman’s Club to support community and local charitable organizations.

Proof of Residence Updates   If your child is in grades 1–5 and you are in a Shared Housing situation, you were supposed to update it last June.  A new Shared Housing form and proof of residence is required every year.  If not, your child may be withdrawn from Bond Mill.  If you need a Shared Housing form, you can get one online at or call the office and we can send one home with your child.  Contracts/leases must be updated as well if they have expired.

     Ellen.Morgan@PGCPS                      News from the Health Room                        240-547-4611


Welcome to another healthy and productive school year. Please make me aware of any health concern your child may have.  If your child needs emergency medication at school please get them to me as soon as possible with a completed doctor's form.  My first goal is for everyone to be safe! Thanks for your support!

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