The Bulldog Bulletin

The Bulldog Bulletin

A Newsletter for the Students and Families Of

Bond Mill Elementary

November 3, 2017

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Dear Families,

Greetings once again!  Who else is shocked that it’s already November?!?!?!  What an exciting week it has been at Bond Mill.  We enjoyed the Fall Festival Parade, another Side By Side Great Start event, a fabulous cultural arts performance, our first PTO Chick Fil A Night, and our Student Council elections.  At the time this newsletter was printed, the results of the election were not known.  I’ll be sure to relay the information to you in the next newsletter.  I am certain that all of the candidates did an extraordinary job!  Please make special note that Friday, November 10th is a day off for students and Monday, November 13th is another two-hour early dismissal.  Dismissal on November 13th will begin at 11:50.  Also, don’t forget –  we “fall back” this weekend, so enjoy an extra hour of sleep.  The next newsletter will be coming home on Friday, November 17th.  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 November/December:

November 8th Side By Side Great Start Sessions – K-2nd, 6-8pm

November 10th Parent/Teacher Conferences. School Closed for Students

November 13th Professional Development –  Dismissal Begins at 11:50

November 18th Bond Mill Craft Fair, 9am-2pm

November 21st Bond Mill Turkey Trot

November 21st LifeTouch Individual Make-up Pictures

November 22nd-24th Thanksgiving Break.  School Closed

November 28th 1st Quarter Report Cards Sent Home

December 6th Blaze Pizza Bond Mill PTO Night

December 8th Professional Development- Dismissal Begins at 11:50

December 12th Cultural Arts Performances:  Extreme Energy, 8am and 9am

December 13th Bond Mill Winter Concert, 8am and 6:30pm

December 20th Winter Holiday Party for 5th Grade

December 21st Winter Holiday Parties for Kindergarten-4th Grade, Beginning at 12:30

December 22nd Jazzercise Day at Bond Mill

December 23rd-Jan. 1st Winter Vacation. School Closed for Students and Staff

January 2nd School Reopens

Citizens of the Week -- Congratulations to the following Bulldogs for have been selected as Citizens of the Week: Misgana Michael, Ivy Delcid, Leon Collado, Giovanni Herrera, Ryan Talyowe, Aliyah Couch, Daniella Monterrey, Kishan Ramu, Joshua Washington, Joshua Adewale, Darius Helton, Malia Reed, Tamira Foster, Mark Ofwono, Lester Carrillo, Zinnia Picket, Ismael Koly, Connor Cleavest, McKinley Cooper, Peyton Dawkins, Omotola Ogunsemore, Omar Tayel, Maliah Davis, Wania Shahbaz, Oliver Fritz, Caylee Gonzalez-Vasquez, Selah Dickens, Patricia Dyson, Kyla Dennis, Trinity Dunston, Raju Shrestha, Kathryn Hughes, Jaziya Hubbard, Aliyah Rosales Lazo, Breylin Cralle, Alison Griffith, Kennedy Lyght, Paul Herriing, Angela Fleming, Aiden Atkins, David Lancaster, Anthony Grajales Martinez, Steven Muri, Ellie Rodriguez-Cruz, Amy Lucero, BraVaughn Humphries, Maxx Delcid, Maaz Ahmad, Georgia Higgins, Andre Dominguez, Tram Tran, Kidus Michael, Aubrey Walcott, Katelyn Neumeister, Jeffrey Galdamez, Naia Garcia, Jelani Alicea, Demetrius Capers, Jadon Le, and Antonio Dominguez.

Fingerprinting  -- Thank you to everyone who came out to Bond Mill two weeks ago to get fingerprinted.  If you were unable to attend, but still interested in being fingerprinted, you can still get it done at the Sasscer Building in Upper Marlboro. They are typically open during normal business hours, Mon-Fri, but please call first at their NEW NUMBER 301-952-7831. When we learn about more northern Fingerprinting Night opportunities, I’ll be sure to let you know. The fee is $56.57 and you can pay with cash, money order, or credit card (but not American Express).   

The Craft Fair is Coming!  The 35th Annual Bond Mill Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, November 18 from 9 am to 2 pm. If you have a talent for creating and crafting, we would love to have you participate. You can rent a table for only $25.  Please make your reservation soon and spread the word among your fellow crafters. Contact Mrs. Folks in the office (301-497-3600) or ( to reserve your table or get more information. Bond Mill families - please plan to join us on November 18! There will be a wide variety of crafts and other items that make great gifts for the upcoming holidays. Please help us make the fair a great success!


Thank you Rocco Belmonte!!!  For those who were able to attend the Fall Festival Parade, the awesome music you heard was provided by Bond Mill parent, Rocco Belmonte. Rocco has generously donated his time and skill to make many of our school events extra special. You’ll be seeing (and hearing) Rocco at many other events this year.  Thank you Rocco!!!!

LifeTouch Picture Day -- My apologies to Jessica Lancaster. Jessica was one of our three parent volunteers who assisted with our Picture Day at Bond Mill.  In my rush to finish the newsletter two weeks ago, I mistakenly left her name off.  Thank you Jessica!!! I didn’t catch my mistake until after the newsletter was printed. Please note that there is a Picture Retake Day scheduled for Tuesday, November 21st.

Poster Contest for the Craft Fair -- This year we are trying something new to increase interest in our Bond Mill Craft Fair. We will be holding a Craft Fair Poster Contest! Students are asked to submit posters that follow these rules: use standard size posterboard (22” x 28”) and put the name of our school (Bond Mill Elementary), the date (November 18, 2017), and the time (9am-2pm). There will be a committee that judges all entries.  The committee will look at creativity, spelling, punctuation, neatness, and adherence to the rules. There will be one winner selected for the primary grades (K-2) and one for the upper grades (3-5).  Winners will receive a lunch with me (Justin).  I will purchase Chick-Fil-A for the two winners and we’ll enjoy lunch together. Entries are due in the front office on Monday, November 13th.  I can’t wait to see the awesome posters!!!

Really Easy Fundraising Opportunities -- There are several ways you can help earn money for the school just by shopping at your favorite stores! All you have to do is register your card each school year (online or at the store) and designate Bond Mill as the recipient school. The Bond Mill codes are 00385 for Giant, 1674 for Harris Teeter, and 58280 for Target. Each time you shop at these stores, even if it’s only once in a while, we will receive a portion of what you spend. Fundraising couldn’t be easier! 

PTO Buy Nothing, Sell Nothing Fundraiser -- The Buy Nothing, Sell Nothing Fundraiser has begun!  Once again, we won’t be begging you to purchase products, but are simply asking for you to make any monetary donation you can to our PTO.  Collectively, this approach was an enormous success last year!  The money enabled us to provide amazing learning experiences like the Maryland Mobile Science Lab and Hands on Science. And it’s never too late to donate…

Signing Up For E-mails from Me -- Please sign up to receive e-mails and alerts from me (Justin/Bond Mill).  Simply go to, then click on “schools”, then click on “Bond Mill” and click “go”. Once directed to the general Bond Mill link, you will see a tab titled “Connect with us… Sign up for school e-mail and text alerts.” Take a second to fill out the information and VOILA, you’ll start receiving e-mails from me!  

Bond Mill Lost and Found -- is still overflowing!  Next time you’re at school, please stop by and check for any items your child may be missing. You can also help by putting your child’s name on all of his/her outwear (coats, jackets, hats, gloves, lunch boxes, backpacks, etc.) so we can return lost items to them.   

Boxtops for Education -- Great news! We will be collecting Boxtops for Education again this year. Melanie Davis has graciously volunteered to be in charge of this very important fundraising opportunity for the school. So please keep gathering the Boxtops and turning them in. It will be a big help to Melanie if you could check the expiration date of your Boxtops to make sure they are still valid. Thanks so much! 

GFWC Woman’s Club of Laurel – Breakfast with Santa -- The Woman’s Club of Laurel will be hosting its annual “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, December 2, 2017, 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 and sausage with orange juice, milk, coffee, or tea . 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 Delysha Henry at 443-841-4849 to reserve your seats – they fill up fast! Proceeds from the breakfast will be used to support local community and charitable organizations.

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

Please come join us on Tuesday November 21st for the seventh annual Turkey Trot.  Your child should be able to tell you what time his/her grade will be participating.  The Turkey Trot reinforces the importance of exercising, stretching, and cooling down!.  Hope to see you there!    


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