The Bulldog Bulletin
A Newsletter For the Students and Families Of
Bond Mill Elementary
February 12, 2015
Visit Us At www1.pgcps.org/bondmill and www.bondmillpto.org
I don’t know about you, but I am fed
up with these freezing cold temperatures.
On Sunday, it’s supposed to be 5 degrees for goodness
sakes….FIVE!!!!! One, two, three, four,
FIVE!!!!! With your four-day weekend, I
hope that you can get out of town and go somewhere that is warm and sunny. The next two weeks bring some very exciting
experiences to our students. Our 5th
graders will be travelling to Camp Schmidt for their two-day overnight
adventure on the 17th and 18th. Thank you to the many parents who are
chaperoning the trip. Without them, it
wouldn’t happen. Then, on the 26th-28th,
our amazing Drama Club will be in action.
If you’ve never seen one of our Drama Club performances, you must! I promise you won’t be disappointed – it is
truly high school-caliber quality. The
next newsletter will be coming home on Friday, February 27th. If there is anything you need between now and
then, do not hesitate to contact me.
Have a great Valentine’s Day and enjoy your four-day weekend!
Important Dates to Remember for
February 13th School Closed for Students. Professional Development Day
February 16th School Closed for Students in
Observance of Presidents’ Day
and 18th 5th Grade
Visits Camp Schmidt
February 23rd Hospitality Committee Visits the
February 26th/27th Drama Club Performance at 8am
February 28th Drama Club Community Performance
March 11th PTO Board Meeting, 6:30pm. All Are Welcome to Attend
March 16th Hospitality Committee Visits
March 18th LifeTouch Class Pictures To
March 18th Bond Mill PTO Chick Fil A
Night, Contee Rd. Location, 4-9pm
March 23rd LifeTouch Individual Spring
March 24th Bond Mill Science Fair Night,
March 25th Bond Mill Night at Silver
Diner – Bond Mill Staff Will Be Working
March 30th Cultural Arts
Performance: Taiko Drums
April 1ST Bond Mill Grandparents’
April 2nd No School For
Students. Grading and Planning Day.
April 3rd-12th School Closed for Spring Break
April 13th School Reopens
Citizens of the Week for February 9: Congratulations to the following students for
being selected as Citizens of the Week: Makayla
Renwick, Zoie Nicholson, Jonathan Coley, Eloise Smith, Henry Sandoval, Carmari
Bradley, Julio Leandro, Riley Galloway, Jiselle White, Benjamin Caldwell,
Dalton Dwyer, Brandon Wood, Kevin Hsu, Alazsha Miller, Joseph Karpman, Sierra
Randiki, Mia Hamilton, Sala Davis, Saidah Rafael, Easlyn Flores, Aamir Brown,
Rianna Clash, and Justin Greene. Keep up
the FANTASTIC and OUTSTANDING work!!!!
- Enormous congratulations to our
incredible Science Bowl team for winning not one, but TWO matches in the
semi-final round! Our team is now moving
on to the final round on March 31st.
In the 29 year history of the Science Bowl, Bond Mill has never won
it. Our team this year might, just
might, be the first team to ever do it!
We narrowly beat perennial Science Bowl champion Glenarden Woods
Elementary, and then defeated Magnolia Elementary shortly thereafter in the
semi-final round on February 3rd. We
will be playing Perrywood Elementary first on March 31st. If we are fortunate enough to win that match,
we will then play in the championship match, also on March 31st. Win or lose, I couldn’t be more proud of our
team. Thank you to Team Manager Kathy
Jacobs and teammates Braxton Harsley, Peyton Ridgely, Michael Stroud, and
Joshua Webb. I couldn’t be more proud of
them! GO BOND MILL!!!!! J
Yuuuummmmmmy!!!!! With an
opening like that, can you take a guess what it is related to? Why, of course – it’s our extraordinary
Hospitality Committee! Last week the
staff was yet again treated to a delicious meal thanks to the efforts of our
generous parents. I wish I could capture
in words how much it means to us that so many families take time out of their
busy schedules to provide us with a delicious lunch. Unfortunately, that’s impossible to do… just know that every single one of us is
grateful beyond measure!
PARCC Testing is Coming: During the month of March, our 3rd,
4th, and 5th graders will be taking part in the
administration of the PARCC Assessment.
Prior to this year, students took the MSA… PARCC is replacing MSA. The schedule for the testing is rather
complicated to explain, for students will be taking the PARCC over five days
throughout the entire month of March, when we will utilize our computer lab and
mobile lab. We will have the ability to
test two classes at a time. For example,
over a five day period, Mrs. Albrecht’s class might be taking the PARCC using
our mobile lab, while Mrs. Vernor’s class takes the PARCC in the computer
lab. Then, once they are finished, we’ll
have Ms. Folks and Mrs. Hobson’s class take it, followed by the classes in 4th
and 5th grade. This will be
the first time we have every 3rd, 4th, and 5th
grader taking the PARCC, so we’re excited to see how everything goes. It will take a lot of flexibility and
cooperation from EVERY Bond Mill student and family, but I have no doubt in my
mind that we’ll make the most of it.
Much more specific information will be coming to classes so that you are
aware of the actual times your 3rd, 4th, and/or 5th
grade child will be assessed. If you
have any questions, feel free to contact me or your child’s classroom
Girl Scout Troop Collections: Junior Troop 5865 is collecting elementary aged
books for Side by Side. New and gently used children's books can be sent in and
placed in the book donation box located outside of the office. Have questions?
Please contact Kim Jones at 301-717-4960. Thank you!
Morgan, RN News from the
Health Room 240-547-4611