The Bulldog Bulletin

The Bulldog Bulletin

A Newsletter for the Students and Families of

Bond Mill Elementary

March 27, 2015 and


Dear Families,

            Hold the presses!  At the time I initially typed this, the County hadn’t announced any changes to the calendar based on the snow days we’ve already experienced.  Then, late yesterday, they announced that Thursday, April 2nd will be in session for students after all, but with a 2-hour early dismissal (which means we will start dismissal at 11:50am).  So, the official Spring Break will go from Friday, April 3rd through Sunday, April 12th.  School will reopen on Monday, April 13th.  As soon as they decide on the last day of school, we will be able to schedule our many end-of-year activities so you can get them on your calendars.  It sounds like a long time from now, but because of the Spring Break, the next newsletter won’t be sent home until Friday, April 24th.  If there is anything you need between now and then, do not hesitate to contact me!  Whatever your plans are for Spring Break, please have fun and be safe!

                                                                                                                        Justin FitzGerald

Important Dates to Remember in March/April/May:

March 30th                     Cultural Arts Performance: “Taiko Drums”

March 31st                     Yearbook Club Pictures

March 31st                     Bond Mill Science Bowl Team Competes in the County Finals

March 31st                     Stargazing Night for 3rd Grade, 6:30pm

April 1st                         Bond Mill Grandparents Day

April 2nd                        CHANGE: School Open for Students, with 2-Hour Early Dismissal (Starting at 11:50)

April 3rd-12th                   School Closed for Spring Break

April 13th                       School Reopens

April 13th                       Hospitality Committee Visits the Staff

April 13th and 14th          5th Grade Travels to Camp Schmidt

April 14th                       Zumba Day for Kindergarten Through 4th Grade; Wear Workout Clothing 

April 17th                       Volunteer Breakfast at 6:45am in the Bond Mill Library

April 17th                       Honor Roll Assemblies – 1st & 2nd At 8am; 3rd, 4th, & 5th Gr At About 9am

April 18th                       State Destination Imagination Competition at UMBC

April 22nd                      PTO Board Meeting at 2:30.  All Are Welcome To Attend

April 22nd                      International Dinner at 6:30pm in Bond Mill MP Room

April 23rd                       Bond Mill PTO Chuck E Cheese Night, 3pm-9

April 29th                       TAG Parent Information Night 6:30pm

May 1st                          Bond Mill Career Day… We Need YOU To Speak (see blurb)

May 16th                        Bond Mill PTO Spring Carnival


Citizens of the Week for March 23:  Congratulations to the following Bulldogs for being selected as Citizens of the Week:  Kathleen Molina, Isaiah Kuyateh, Iliyanna Leslie, Jeffrey Galdamez, Elijah Brinegar, Jovire Boursiquot, Jeremiah Collins, Harleen Kaur, Fatima Yousuf, Ian Hann, Chris Villeda, Carmen Rich, Genesis Perdomo, Christal Miller, Sophia Amimi, Randy Tran, Emnet Frank, Isaac Thompson, Wesley Nieto, Aaron Wilson, and Harnoor Singh.  Keep up the FANTASTIC and OUTSTANDING work!!!!  


  • April 1st is literally next week.  Just a reminder, Grandparents’ Day is one of the biggest events of the year.  We’ll spend the day celebrating our grandparents with many performances throughout the day.  Your child’s classroom teacher will be sending home a schedule for you to follow.  We hope to see you and your child’s grandparents at Bond Mill.  To put it kindly, parking will be awful on Grandparents’ Day.  The parking lot will be full, as will Sherwood Avenue.  Many will have to park on Bond Mill Road and walk from there.  The FitzGerald Shuttle will be operating for a good portion of the day, so if a guy who looks like me in a black Honda Accord pulls up and asks you to get in his car, you can trust him! J


Career Day Speakers:   Career Day is fast approaching…  it’ll be here on Friday, May 1st.  We need as many speakers as possible, so if you are interested, we would love to have you.  Please e-mail our Guidance Counselor, Rona Pemberton at if you are able to participate.


Learn, Explore and Understand Common Core:   The Prince George’s County Board of Education will be presenting a parent information session about the Common Core.  The closest presentation to us will be on April 1st at 6:30pm at Laurel High School.  If you have questions related to the Common Core and PARCC, you can get them answered there.

CORRECTION OF KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION DATES: Please note that the dates given in the last Bulldog were incorrect. Kindergarten registration for Bond Mill for the 2015-2016 school year will actually take place Tuesday, April 14 through Tuesday, April 21 from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm. 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.


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 need to register your fifth grader for the transition to middle school.  You must come in to our office to fill out a registration form and show your proof of residence, as the letter states. Although the last date to do so is in May, registration is actually due now.  Please help Mrs. Folks complete this for all our fifth graders as soon as possible.  


Good Luck Science Bowl Team     :  So we’ve come to the 4th quarter, the end-of-the-road, nail biting time… for our Science Bowl Team.  We have reached the final round.  Our amazing Science Bowl team has put themselves in a position to do something we have NEVER before done at Bond Mill – and that’s win the County competition.   Kathy Jacobs, Braxton Harsley, Peyton Ridgely, Michael Stroud, and Joshua Webb will be competing against Perrywood Elementary on Tuesday, March 31st at 1pm.  If we are fortunate enough to win that game, we will play in the Championship Match later on that afternoon.  Good luck to our Science Bowl team!  No matter the result, we know they’ll make us all proud!  Gooooooo Bulldogs!!!!!


Good Luck to Our Two Destination Imagination Teams:   Not one, but BOTH of our Destination Imagination teams will be competing in the State DI Competition at UMBC on Saturday, April 18th.  The best of the best from throughout Maryland will be competing for the right to go to the Global DI Competition in Knoxville, Tennessee.  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, who comprise our fantastic fifth grade team.  Much luck to our DI teams – we know they will make us proud no matter what.  Gooooooo Bulldogs!!!!!!  


The West Laurel Egg Hunt is on Saturday, March 28 at the West Laurel Community Building.  It begins promptly at 10 AM, so please get there 15 minutes early.  There will also be a scavenger hunt for teens and decorated egg contest for pre-teens, teens, adults and seniors.  Come out and enjoy this favorite West Laurel tradition sponsored by the wonderful West Laurel Recreational Council.  From 12:30 – 4:30 pm, there will be People and Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny, and a Pet Bake Sale fundraiser sponsored by local nonprofit spay/neuter groups.  Pictures are $10 for two photos and frame.


Congratulations Jocelyn Motley!    :   Bond Mill 5th Grader Jocelyn Motley recently entered “The Impact of Giving Back” video contest.  In addition to being the only video submitted in Prince George’s County, she earned the national Honorable Mention award!  Her video will be played at a festival and viewed by President Obama!  Way to go Jocelyn!!!!  We could not be more proud of her.  To view the video, go to the following link:   


Camp Schmidt For 5th Grade:   Just a reminder that the 5th grade’s trip to Camp Schmidt has been rescheduled for April 13th and 14th.  If you are able to chaperone, please contact your child’s 5th grade teacher.  This is waaaay better than camping in February! 


CMIT Needs Earth Day Volunteers:   ATTN Bond Mill parents who will have kids at CMIT next year!  Volunteers are needed for CMIT North's annual Earth Day festival on Wednesday April 1st!   We need parents to staff games, sell tickets, donate and sell food, help with set up and clean up.  This PTO fundraiser is also a great opportunity to get to know CMIT! **Two parents are urgently needed to coordinate the afternoon activities!**  Please contact Eileen Collins or sign up using the link below:   eccollin3@msn.com


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


Spring has officially arrived, and so has the start of allergy season!  For those who suffer from allergies, spring can be a difficult time to focus and learn at school. Symptoms may include watery eyes, sneezing, sore throats, and runny noses.  The following tips can help alleviate these symptoms:  1) Discuss symptoms with your physician to make sure your child is prescribed the right allergy medication.  2) Find out what your local pollen count is so you can prepare for the day. There are multiple sites online where you can check the count. For example, you can go to and enter our zip code. 3) Wash your hands and face and remove outer clothing layers to reduce contact with pollen when coming inside.  4) Avoid early morning activity, when pollen count is the highest.  5) Keep car windows closed when traveling, and keep your house windows closed as much as possible.  6) Shower at night to remove pollen prior to going to sleep.

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