The Bulldog Bulletin

The Bulldog Bulletin

A Newsletter for the Students and Families Of

Bond Mill Elementary

March 24, 2017

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Dear Families,

  Greetings once again!  So I owe everyone a huge apology! In the last newsletter, I wrote about how Mother Nature had spared us snow this year and we were finally about to have warm temperatures.  Well… let’s just say I sure did jinx that!!!  I have learned my lesson though.  Going forward, I promise not to mention anything about snow until at least May!  There will likely be changes to the PGCPS end of year calendar because of the snow.  Once we receive word related to those changes, I will let you know. April is a busy month here at Bond Mill – please be sure to pay close attention to the calendar so you don’t miss any of the exciting events. Lots of pictures have been or will soon be taken at Bond Mill.  Thank you to Jennifer Appleby, Marnette Schweiss, Christine Pillai, Jacqui McCabe, Veron Smith, and Keisha Dominquez for all of their assistance with the photographers.  They have been a HUGE help!!!!  Don’t forget, there is no school this coming Monday, March 27th.  The next newsletter will be coming home on Friday, April 7th.  If you need anything from me between now and then, do not hesitate to contact me.  Have a great weekend!

Justin FitzGerald


Important Dates to Remember in March, April, and May:

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

March 28th Hospitality Committee Visits the Staff

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

March 29th Class Pictures Will Be Taken

March 31st Club Pictures To Be Taken for the Yearbook

April 1st State DI Competitions At UMBC, 12:50pm and 3:40pm

April 5th Bond Mill Chipotle Night, 5pm-8 at the Route 1 Location

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

April 10th Volunteer Breakfast, 6:45am at Bond Mill

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

April 11th PTO Board Meeting, 6:30pm- All Are Welcome to Attend

April 13th Bond Mill Grandfriends’ Day

April 14th-23rd School Closed for Spring Break

April 16th Pre-Order Deadline for Yearbooks

April 24th School Resumes after Spring Break

April 24th Kindergarten Registration Starts; 8am-1pm (see blurb below)

May 2nd Bond Mill Spring Concert, 8:15am and 6:30pm

May 5th Bond Mill Career Day

May 20th Bond Mill PTO Spring Carnival….THE EVENT OF THE YEAR!!!

Destination Imagination Head to the State Competition!  This year, we had not one, but two, DI teams competing in the Regional DI Competition at Wise HS. And BOTH teams came in first place!!!  Now, they will both be heading to the state competition at UMBC on April 1. Our first team (3rd Grade), 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. They will be performing at 3:40pm.  Our second team (5th Grade), managed by Stacie Vernor, consists of teammates Carolyn Appleby, Trevor Bateman, Kisake Kirabo, Sabrina Pillai, Nathan Sokolowsky, and Nolan Vernor.  They will be performing at 12:50.  Good luck Bond Mill!    

Bond Mill Science Fair Night – Come one, come all to our Bond Mill Science Fair Night on Tuesday, March 28th at 6:30pm.  The many amazing projects will be on display during that time in our Multipurpose Room.  Science Fair Night is a very informal event.  It’s merely an opportunity for families to come in and take a look at the outstanding projects that our students have created.  Judging is done prior to the event, during the school day.

Citizens of the Week – Congratulations to Grace Murray, Rachelle Khan, Jessica Chea, Haden Smith, James Hill, Emmanuel Gyamfi, John Simpson, Abdul Anvari, Walter Pineda-Cerritos, Nigel Martin, Courtney Rich, Jorlandy Sosa, Mayda Ramirez, Azaria Muhammad, Puthechettra Taing, Olukunmilola Ogunlegan, Ari Parrilla, Xavier Wilson, Kristopher Marin, Noah Souverain, Oliver Fritz, Eloise Smith, Tamira Foster, Temitope Adeoye, Austin Mills-Gobbel, and Maranna Nwozo.

DATE SWITCH- VOLUNTEER BREAKFAST! The NEW date for the Volunteer Breakfast is Monday, April 10th at 6:45am. This breakfast is an opportunity for the staff to thank our many volunteers for their tireless dedication. Without volunteers, our beloved Bond Mill would absolutely NOT be the extraordinary school it is. A newsletter listed a different date, but it will absolutely be on April 10th at 6:45am.  The staff and I look forward to providing breakfast and extending our thanks to our volunteers at that time.  

CORRECTION: YEARBOOK PRE-ORDER DEADLINE IS APRIL 16TH – Please disregard any prior email correspondence you have received from Lifetouch via Bond Mill, as the date contained in that email is not correct. Also please disregard the date listed on the order form that was sent home with your child, because they were also printed with the incorrect date. The deadline to pre-order standard yearbooks and yearbooks with enhancements (hardcover, foil name printing, etc.) is April 16th. A limited number of standard yearbooks will be for sale after that date; however, to ensure that you receive a book, please place your order by April 16th. You can do so online at (ID Code: 2426817) or with the order form sent home with your child. We apologize for the inconvenience and confusion.

Laurel Library- Kids Passport Event – The Laurel Library will be hosting a Kids Passport to Maryland History Event on Monday, March 27 from 3 to 7 pm. Travel through Maryland history with crafts and fill up your “passport” to earn a Maryland Junior Historian Certificate.

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.

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 Career Day and Grandfriends’ Day).  Full Fingerprinting may be completed at the Sasscer Administration Building for $56.27. Please call 301-952-6775 before making the trip to Upper Marlboro. The Background check can be completed on-line from your computer for $7.29, using the 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.   

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!!

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

Please join us at the Laurel Chipotle (14354 Baltimore Ave.) on Wednesday, April 5, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. for a fundraiser to benefit our Healthy School Initiative. Be sure to bring a copy of the flyer, a picture of it on your phone, or just tell the cashier you are there for Bond Mill. Chipotle donates 50% of the profits to our school!  That money will be used for activities such as yoga, zumba, Healthy School Lunch Day, apples, and the Turkey Trot. Thank you in advance for your support! Also, please look for a permission slip coming home from the Smile Programs the mobile dentist, who will be visiting the school on May 23rd.

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