The Bulldog Bulletin

The Bulldog Bulletin

A Newsletter for the Students and Families Of

Bond Mill Elementary

November 18, 2016

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Dear Families,

Thanksgiving vacation has almost arrived!  Just two more days of school next week and then we’ll be on to spending time with our families and friends.  Wherever you are going, whatever you are doing – have fun, but please be safe.  Before you do start your vacation, we hope you can come out tomorrow (Saturday, November 19th) for the Bond Mill Craft Fair.  We’ll have many vendors selling crafts, 5th grade will be selling delicious food, and there will even be a photo booth!  The Craft Fair will take place between 9am and 2pm in the Multipurpose Room.  For my Thanksgiving, my mom is flying up from Tampa and my sister, brother-in-law, and niece are flying in from Los Angeles to spend the holiday with me and my daughter.  Please know that when we are sitting around the table describing what we are thankful for, one of the things I will mention is getting to work with the greatest students, staff, and parents that a principal could ever ask for.  Happy Thanksgiving!  Due to our short week next week, the next newsletter will be coming home on Friday, December 16th.  If you need anything between now and then, do not hesitate to contact me.  Enjoy your vacation!

Justin FitzGerald


Important Dates to Remember in November/December/Early January:

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

November 22nd Mobile Dentist Visits Bond Mill

November 21st Bond Mill Annual Turkey Trot (All Throughout the Day)

November 22nd Lifetouch Picture Retakes (if interested)

November 23rd-25th School Closed. Thanksgiving Vacation

November 29th Hospitality Committee Visits Staff

December 7th 2 Hour Early Dismissal for Students. DISMISSAL BEGINS AT 11:50am

December 13th PTO Board Meeting, 6:30pm.  All Are Welcome to Attend

December 15th Bond Mill Winter Concert 8:15am and 6:30pm

December 20th Hospitality Committee Visits the Staff

December 23rd-Jan. 2nd School Closed for Winter Vacation

January 3rd School Reopens

January 11th Bond Mill Chick Fil A Night at the Contee Rd. Location, 4pm-9

January 16th School Closed.  Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Morning Arrival Reminder Just a friendly reminder that when a school bus is in the traffic circle, cars CANNOT enter the circle.  When I (or any another staff member) is directing traffic, please follow the directions given.  If a bus is in the circle, incoming traffic will be directed to go through the parking lot.  Once the bus or buses have left the traffic circle, then we can have cars travel around it.  Also, please do NOT do U-turns on Sherwood, ESPECIALLY near where I am standing to direct traffic.  U-turns in that area are dangerous for cars, but EXTREMELY dangerous to the person standing out in the middle of the road. Thank you to everyone for your cooperation – it is most appreciated.    


School Closings/Delays/Early Dismissal    With colder weather coming, there also is an increased possibility of school closings, delayed openings, or early dismissals.  Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the distinctions.  School Closing = School is closed (DUH!!!) , Two-Hour Delay = School opens at 9:30am, Two Hour Early Dismissal = School dismisses at 11:50am.  You can sign up for text/e-mail alerts on the county website at You’ll be glad you did, I promise.


Please support the PTO Fall Fundraiser: Buy Nothing/Sell Nothing Campaign – Do you want to sell candy or gift wrap? No? Neither do we!!!! This year we are trying something new for our fall fundraiser which we split 50/50 with the school.  With nothing to sell, nothing to buy, 100% of your donation stays with us and funds our cultural arts programs, hospitality luncheons, teacher supply donations, and other educational and fun activities we plan for our children, staff, and families. But we can’t do it without you! Give what you can, but the suggested donation is $20 per family. Our fundraising goal this year is $8,000.  Right now we are just under $2000.  A big “Thank you” to everyone who has given thus far.  To make your contribution, please go online to or deliver a completed donation form with cash/check to the main office.  The forms will be going home again this week.  Thank you in advance for your contribution and for being a part of our success!


Picture Retakes    If your child was absent on the first day we had pictures taken, or you weren’t satisfied with how the first pictures came out, we do have a picture retake day.  It will take place this Tuesday, November 22nd.  Order forms for retakes are on the front counter in the main office.  You may come in yourself or send your child to the front office to pick up the form. You will also need to return the pictures that you didn’t like.


Bond Mill Turkey Trot    The Turkey Trot is almost here! This Monday, November 21st is our annual Turkey Trot.  Each grade level will take 30 minutes out of their day to enjoy some exercise out on the soccer field.  Please be sure your child wears comfortable running shoes.  Any parents who wish to join us will be welcome!


Bingo Night - Thank you to all the students, parents, and teachers who came out and supported our Bingo Night on November 10th.  It was a great success and everyone had a blast! A special “Thank you” to Gretchen Magnos and her family for coordinating the event.

PGCPS Lottery for Charter Schools is Now Open     The Charter School Office is now accepting online applications for the 2017-18 school year. All Prince George’s County families can apply and applications are available at are 10 PGCPS Public Charter schools with academic programs for students in grades K-12, including:  North Elementary-Chesapeake Math, Information and Technology (K-5), North-Chesapeake Math, Information and Technology (6-12), South-Chesapeake Math, Information and Technology (6-9), College Park Academy (6-10), EXCEL Academy(K-8), Imagine Andrews (K-8), Imagine Foundation@Leeland (K-8), Imagine Foundation @ Morningside (K-7), Imagine Lincoln (K-8), and Turning Point Academy (K-8). To attend a Public Charter Schools Open House Information Session, please visit for a complete schedule. To learn more about the specialty programs and their application deadlines, please visit:

Cold Weather Has Arrived     With cooler temperatures comes warmer clothing, typically in the form of jackets, hats, and gloves.  Please know that we will still be going outside for recess, unless the temperature is below freezing.  We remind children several times a day to make sure they have all of their jackets, hats, and gloves at the end of the day.  Inevitably, children have a way of misplacing things.  Any items that have gone missing are typically in the lost and found bin, in the area next to the multipurpose room. Feel free to come take a look for any missing items; just please be sure to check in at the front office before doing so.  


December 7th- Early Dismissal     Speaking of early dismissals, please note on your calendars that there is an early dismissal for Professional Development on Wednesday, December 7th.  Dismissal will begin on December 7th at 11:50am.  Please double check with your child’s daycare provider to make sure they are operating at that time. If there are any changes to your child’s dismissal schedule that day, please be sure to inform your child’s classroom teacher.


Holiday Event with the Woman’s Club of Laurel    The Woman’s Club of Laurel will be hosting its annual “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 384 Main Street in Laurel, MD (between PNC and BB&T – parking in rear).  Let your children visit with Santa while everyone enjoys a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and orange juice (with coffee or tea for adults). The price is still only $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children (under 12). Seats are available at 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, and 11:00am. Reservations are required. Please call Linda Hammil at 410-796-2205 to reserve your seats – they fill up fast! Proceeds from the breakfast will be used to support local community and charitable organizations.


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


Please come join us on Monday November 21st for Bond Mill’s sixth annual Turkey Trot.  The students would love to have you run, walk, or trot with them!   The Smile dental program will be at school on Tuesday, November 22nd,  for those who have completed permission forms.

We are having fun building a Self Esteem bulletin board, where students complete the sentence I am _______. We’ve had students write that they are courageous, intelligent, helpful, special, kind, powerful, and charming, just to name a few.


Finally, I would like to wish everyone a healthy, peaceful, and joyful Thanksgiving!


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