The Bulldog Bulletin

The Bulldog Bulletin

A Newsletter for the Students and Families Of

Bond Mill Elementary

October 20, 2016

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Dear Families,

Greetings once again!  Mid-80’s October temperatures this week made me feel like I was back home in Tampa.  Alas, Mother Nature will be returning Fall-like weather to us this coming week.  With that said, our lost-and-found is already overflowing with jackets, coats, hoodies, etc.  If your child is missing something, chances are it’s in the lost-and-found.  Feel free to come in and take a look.  The lost-and-found is located by the bookshelves near the Multipurpose Room/Cafeteria.  Just please remember to check in at the main office first.  Our Fall Festival Parade is fast approaching.  Please read the “blurb” in the newsletter for specific information/directions related to the parade.  You’ll notice the newsletter is coming home on a Thursday - the reason being that school is closed tomorrow (Friday, October 21st).  The next newsletter will be coming home on Friday, November 4th.  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 October/Early November:

October 20th-26th LARS Food Drive

October 21st School Closed.  MSEA Convention

October 24th/25th 5th Grade Attends Camp Schmidt

October 26th Side By Side, Great Start for Kindergarten and 1st Grade, 6pm-8

October 28th Bond Mill Fall Festival Parade, 9am

October 28th Two-Hour Early Dismissal.  Dismissal Begins at 11:55am

October 28th PTO Roller Skating Night at the Laurel Roller Rink, 7pm-10

October 31st School Closed for Students.  Grading/Planning Day

November 2nd Great Start Side by Side for Kindergarten and 1st Grade, 6pm-8

November 8th School Closed. Election Day

November 10th PTO Bingo Night, 6:30pm

November 11th School Closed for Students.  Parent/Teacher Conference Day

November 16th Great Start Side by Side for Kindergarten and 1st Grade, 6pm-8

November 19th Bond Mill Craft Fair, 9am-2pm

November 21st/22nd Mobile Dentist Visits Bond Mill

November 22nd Lifetouch Picture Retakes (if interested)

November 23rd-25th School Closed. Thanksgiving Vacation

November 29th Hospitality Committee Visits Staff

Citizens of the Week – Congratulations to the following students for being selected as Citizens of the Week:  October 3rd – Tristian Turner, Maria Lopez, Tram Tran, Maarja McCall, Wania Shahbaz, Anvi Moola,  Angela Fleming-Moreno, Gatheca Gitau, Joseph Velasquez, Laila Clarke, Patricia Dyson, Courtney Rich, Erikha Kouda, David Magno, Zachary Richards, Beatrice Otunuga, Olivia Hardy, Carmen Rich; October 10th – Sofia Rodriguez, Jace Myers, Kishan Ramu, DaRell Griffin, Jordan Spence, Sloane Hiett, Christian Accius, Emily Le, Jeffrey Galdamez, Ayanna Agyekum, Timothy Stroud, Isaiah Blanc, Omri Williams, Shandler Villard, Aaliyah Minwah, Alinah Walker, Kareem Ottley, Asia Perkes, Huy Lam, Jazmin Alvarenga, Marley Helton; October 17th – Adrian Olivas, Rachel Sokolowsky, Georgia Higgins, Aliyah Couch, Darius Helton, Layla Purich, James Shipley, Jazmin Duarte De Paz, Hailey Couch, Kayla Easley-Bethea, Miriam Mgbaja, Riley Galloway, Evan Quillan, Justin Davis, Kaylee Robinson, Alison Bent, Matthew Greene, Ruben Grajales-Martinez, Kayla Arias Flores, Gabrielle Clary, Joseph Karpman, and Robert Wood.

Fall Festival Parade – Our Fall Festival Parade will take place on Friday, October 28th at 9am.  For those new to Bond Mill, the parade is always a hugely popular event.  Please follow your child’s teacher’s directions for specific information about the event.  Regarding costumes, please make sure they are appropriate for school.  What is appropriate?  For one, absolutely, positively, no weapons...  not even toys; anything that resembles a weapon is HUGE no-no in schools.  Appropriate also means that when I look at the costume, my first reaction is NOT, “WHAT PARENT WOULD LET THEIR CHILD WEAR THAT TO SCHOOL?!!?”  Please keep in mind that we have 5 year olds around here and we don’t want anyone having nightmares over a costume. Please - no blood, gore, or super spooky masks.  The parade begins when we exit the building and take a lap around the bus circle.  After we go back into the building, we’ll enjoy classroom parties.  If you do not want your child to participate, please send an e-mail/note to your child’s teacher, letting him/her know.  We will have separate activities in the library for those students.

Hospitality Committee   This past Wednesday the staff was treated to an absolutely delicious lunch thanks to our extraordinary Hospitality Committee.  Believe me when I type that there is no other school out there that takes care of a staff as well as our parents take care of us.  On behalf of the entire staff, thank you so much!

Lifetouch Pictures   First, thank you to Marnette Schweiss and Jennifer Appleby for assisting with individual pictures.  Thanks to their efforts, the entire picture taking process went as smoothly as it possibly could.  Secondly, individual pictures will be coming back in the next few weeks. Once you receive them, if you would like your child to retake their pictures on November 22.   

Buy Nothing/Sell Nothing Fundraiser   The Buy Nothing, Sell Nothing fundraiser is in full swing and your support is what makes Bond Mill a great place for learning.  Remember, 100% of the proceeds will go to our fundraising goals, so please send in the Buy Nothing Sell Nothing donation form with your child by October 31st!

Socktober Continues   Our awesome Student Council and student body are on a mission to collect 550 new pairs of socks.  We will be donating the socks to LARS.  Thank you to everyone who has so far donated socks to the cause. We’re about half way to meeting our goal.  Socks will be collected until November 1, so there is still time to donate.  

LARS Canned Food Drive   Bond Mill has a long history of helping those in need.  One way we do that best is by supporting local food drives.  We are currently running a food drive for LARS (Laurel Advocacy and Referral Service), which is based right here in Laurel.  This food drive will run until October 26. Thank you for your nonperishable food donations such as oatmeal, canned fruits and vegetables, soups and stews, macaroni and cheese, and peanut butter and jelly.

The Craft Fair is Coming!   The 34th Annual Bond Mill Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, November 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you have a special talent in creating and crafting, you can rent a table for $25.  Please help us spread the word.  We are currently taking table reservations.  Call Mrs. Folks in the office (301 497-3600) or email her ( to reserve your table or for more information. Bond Mill families – be sure to mark your calendars now for November 19!

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

I would like to thank all the families and staff members who came out to Nando's Peri-Peri to support our school's healthy initiative. It was great to spend time socializing with all of you!.  Thanks again to everyone for making the fundraiser a success.


Please remember that if your child has a fever, he/she must be fever free for 24 hours without Tylenol or Motrin to return to school.  This policy keeps others from getting sick and ensures that your child is healthy enough to return to school.

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