The Bulldog Bulletin

The Bulldog Bulletin

A Newsletter for the Students and Families Of

Bond Mill Elementary

March 10, 2017

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Dear Families,

Greetings once again!  Well, we haven’t had any snow days this year, but “A Day Without A Woman” was enough to give the students a surprise day off.  Normally, mid-March means we are in the clear for any snow days, but this has been such a wacky winter, ya’ just never know…  This week we were able to enjoy the tremendous Drama Club performance of “Surf’s Up.”  To say the performance was exceptional is an understatement!  The Drama Club students, staff, and parents truly were remarkable.  There is one final chance to see the performance – at the community matinee performance on Saturday, March 11th (tomorrow) at 2pm. Pay special attention to the information provided later in the Bulletin about the Spirit Week days that our Student Council has created for next week. I can’t wait to see the creativity in action!  The next newsletter will be coming home on Friday, March 24th.  If you need anything between now and then, do not hesitate to contact me.    Have a great weekend!

Justin FitzGerald


Important Dates to Remember in March and April:

March 11th Drama Club Performance of “Surf’s Up” at 2pm

March 13th-17th Bond Mill Spirit Week (See Blurb for Specifics)

March 14th School Operating Budget Meeting, 6pm

March 14th PTO Board Meeting, 6:30pm

March 14th Bond Mill PTO Chick Fil A Night, 4-9pm Contee Road Location

March 15th LifeTouch Class Pictures

March 20th LifeTouch Individual Spring Pictures

March 27th School Closed for Students. Grading and Planning Day

March 28th Bond Mill Science Fair Night, 6:30pm

April 5th Bond Mill Chipotle Night, Route 1 Location

April 6th 1st Grade Performance of “Bugz” at 8:30am and 6:30pm

April 10th 3rd Quarter Honor Roll Assemblies:  1st/2nd at 8am, 3rd/4th/5th at 9am

April 13th Bond Mill Grandfriends’ Day

April 14th-23rd School Closed for Spring Break

April 24 School Resumes after Spring Break

April 28th Volunteer Breakfast, 6:45am at Bond Mill

Citizens of the Week – Congratulations to Jada Michaels, Ryan Talyowe, Laiba Khan, Anna Martin, Zoe Steffen, Joel Tuinstra, Loren Davis, Robyn Wood, Paul Herring, Paul Sobowale, Nia Ball, Angelo Briggs, Alexis Easley Bethea, Kevin Daniel, Nya Singleton, Nathan Sokolowsky, Issa Ayoub, Evan Nwadibia, Kelenna Nwozo, Teniya McRae, Jianna Belmonte, Christian Lancaster, Saory Giron, Gabrielle James, Lynda Keil, Manal Irfan, Danica Goodman, Marieme Toure, Gurshan Nakai, Ryyan Brown, Taylor Hill, and Gary Sullivan.

Kindergarten registration is right around the corner.  Registration begins April 11 and 12, and continues when school resumes after spring break (April 24).  You can register from 8:00 am until 1 pm, Monday - Friday.  You’ll need to bring your child's original birth certificate (no copies), up-to-date immunization record, and proof of residence. Proof of residence for homeowners may be a deed, recent mortgage statement, or latest property tax assessment. Renters will need a current lease/contract (which must be notarized by the property owner for non-commercial rentals). All registrants will also need two pieces of current mail addressed to you. Only a parent or a court-appointed guardian may register a student in a Prince George's County public school and, as mandated by the State of Maryland, children registering for kindergarten must turn 5 years old on or before September 1.  For more information, please call our registrar, Mrs. Folks, at 301-497-3600. Please share this information with any neighbors who have little ones, too.

Destination Imagination Teams Win First Place!  This year, we had not one, but TWO, Destination Imagination teams competing at the Regional DI Competition at Wise HS. And BOTH teams came in first place!!!  They will both be heading to the state competition at UMBC on April 1. Our first team, managed by Donna Albrecht and Julie Hobson, consists of teammates Isaiah Blanc, Patricia Dyson, Julio Leonado, Soloman Mgbaja, Amina Rodriquez, Timothy Stroud, and Kevin Wagner-Feick.  Their performance was absolutely extraordinary!  Our second team, managed by Stacie Vernor, consists of teammates Carolyn Appleby, Trevor Bateman, Kisake Kirabo, Sabrina Pillai, Nathan Sokolowsky, and Nolan Vernor.  Their performance was beyond amazing!!!  Way to go Bond Mill!

Rising Stars Team Success! Congratulations to our Rising Stars Team. They took part in the regional competition this past Saturday, March 4th at Henry Wise HS. Our team was absolutely phenomenal!!!!   We could not have been more proud of their performance. Rising Stars does not have an additional level of competition, which means they finished for the year.  Thank you to Shilah Blanc, David Curry, Chase Hardy, Samantha Thompson, Maarja McCall, Miriam Mgbaja, and Mulungi Kirabo, as well as Team Managers Chantel Collins and Heather Peel, for representing Bond Mill so well!

Bond Mill Spirit Week – Our Student Council has organized some wonderful opportunities to show our Bond Mill school spirit!  Next week, students are encouraged to dress up as follows: Monday is Yellow for Sunshine and Happiness Day, Tuesday is Animal Theme Day, Wednesday is Rainbow Day, Thursday is Hat Day, and Friday is Green Day/St. Patrick's Day.

Grandparents Day is Becoming Grandfriends Day!  Although April 13th may seem like a long way away, it’ll be here before we know it.  For those new to Bond Mill, Grandparents’ Day has been a long-standing Bond Mill tradition.  We invite all of our amazing Bond Mill grandparents to come spend a portion of the day with their grandchildren.  One change we are making this year is to the name of the event.  Grandparents’ Day will now be known as Grandfriends’ Day.  We recognize and understand that some of our students may not be able to have their grandparents to attend.  So, we are encouraging those families to allow a special “friend” (who could be a family member) to attend as the child’s “grandfriend.”  We hope to see as many grandfriends as possible on April 13th. Please make sure any visitor attending Grandfriends Day has completed the $7 Background Check (or Full-Fingerprinting Process).

$7 Background Check/$56.27 Full Fingerprinting Process for Visiting/Volunteering at Bond Mill   Many of our parents/guests have already completed the full-fingerprinting process or $7 Background check.  If you haven’t, this is a friendly reminder that PGCPS policy requires one of the two to be completed if you are coming to Bond Mill (even if just for a one-time event like Grandfriends’ Day).  Full Fingerprinting may be completed at the Sasscer Administration Building for $56.27. Please call 301-952-6775 prior to making the trip to Upper Marlboro. The Background check can be completed on-line from your computer at home/work for $7.29. Visit the following link,  This process is VERY quick and simple.  Please bring a copy of the clearance confirmation (which you’ll get by email) when you come to Bond Mill so we can keep it on file.   

Mobile Science Lab Visited Bond Mill – We were suuuuuper excited to have the Mobile Science Lab at Bond Mill last week.  The Mobile Science Lab allowed our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to complete hands-on investigations related to agriculture, aquatics, food, and fiber. The opportunity to bring the lab here was made possible by the success of our Fall “Buy Nothing, Sell Nothing” PTO Fundraiser.  Thank you to everyone for participating in the fundraiser, and to our amazing PTO for sponsoring it.  We have identified a similar experience for our Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students, and will be working to bring it here in the coming weeks.

Next Year's School Operating Budget – We have recently received our budget from the county for the 2017-2018 school year.  I (Justin) will be holding a meeting to go over the budget with anyone who is interested.  Any recommendations anyone has are also appreciated.  The meeting will be held just prior to the PTO Board Meeting.  So, I'll hope to see you on Tuesday, March 14th at 6pm in the library.    

Yearbook Pictures Needed – The Yearbook staff needs pictures from all grade levels for the 2016-2017 BMES Yearbook. We are especially interested in first-day-of-school group shots as well as field trip and classroom event photos. If you have pictures that you would like to be considered for the yearbook, please email them to BondMillYearbook@gmail.comNote: When submitting pictures from cell phones, please do not reduce the size as it distorts the quality of the image. Thank you in advance!!

Woman's Club of Laurel – The GFWC Woman’s Club of Laurel will be hosting a fundraiser on Wednesday, March 22 at the Chick-fil-A in Laurel (Contee Rdlocation) between 5:00 and 9:00pm. Chick-fil-A will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Woman’s Club, who in turn will use that money to support local nonprofit and charitable organizations. Please come and enjoy some of the best fast food around while supporting a great cause! Be sure to tell the cashier, inside or at the drive-thru, that you are there to support the club. Hope to see you there!

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

We will be celebrating Healthy School Lunch Day on Monday March 13th as part of National Nutrition Month. Join us that day as our students answer “fruit and vegetable” riddles and learn about eating a healthy lunch.


Also, please plan to come to our Chipotle fundraiser (Baltimore Ave. /Rt. 1 location) on Wednesday, April 5th between 5 and 8 pm, and bring your appetite! Chipotle will donate a generous 50% of the proceeds to support our Healthy School Initiative. Look for the flyer that will be coming home soon!

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