The Bulldog Bulletin
A Newsletter for the
Students and Families Of
Bond Mill Elementary
February 14, 2014
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www1.pgcps.org/bondmill and www.bondmillpto.org
- Thankfully the
snow stayed away this week and allowed us to near completion of MSA Reading and
Math for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. We still have one group in 3rd
grade and one group in 4th grade to take the PARCC, two more days of
on-line Reading MSA for some 5th graders, and all of 5th grade
still has MSA Science. We are by no
means finished with testing, but at least we’re getting close. The testing is quite long and laborious for
our students, however they really are doing a fantastic job. Today marks the last day that our Guidance
Counselor Freda Ingram will be working at Bond Mill. Starting on Monday she will be the Assistant
Principal at CT Reed Elementary. We are
super excited for Dr. Ingram as she embarks on her new opportunity, but will
absolutely miss her tremendously. One
question you may have is, who is going to assume her responsibilities? As far as the G.O.L.D. Committee and our Peer
Mediator Program, I (Justin) will be taking that over. Annette Mosier and Sherry Browner will assume
responsibility for our 504 plans, and Career Day will be the joint effort of
several staff members. This is only
temporary, for we will be hiring a new Guidance Counselor in the coming
months. I can assure you that even
though Dr. Ingram is leaving us, our complete “program” will continue. The next Bulldog Bulletin will be coming home
on Thursday, March 27th. If
there is anything you need between now and then, do not hesitate to contact
me. Have a great weekend!
Important Dates to Remember in March/April:
March 17th/18th On-line Reading MSA for Remaining 5th
March 17th Hospitality
Committee Visits the Staff
March 17th Wear
Green Day!!!! Rock Your Finest Green in
honor of St. Patrick’s Day
March 19th Spring
Lifetouch Class Pictures
March 19th PTO
Board Meeting at 6:30pm- All Are Welcome To Attend
March 20th Bond
Mill Silver Diner Night 5-8pm
March 24 PARCC and MSA Science Online
Testing Window Opens
March 24th Spring
Lifetouch Individual Pictures
March 26th MLK
Staff Visits Bond Mill to Discuss Middle School Preparations with Current 5th
Graders – 9am
March 27th Yearbook
March 28th School
Closed for Students. Grading and
March 28th Bond
Mill PTO Roller Skating Night, 7-10pm
April 2nd Bond
Mill Science Fair Night at 7pm
April 2nd MLK
Parent Information Meeting at MLK for Our Rising Bond Mill 5th Grade
Parents at 6:30pm
April 8th Bond
Mill Volunteer Breakfast at 6:45am
April 9th 3rd
Quarter Honor Roll Assemblies: 1st
and 2nd Grade at 8am, 3rd, 4th, and 5th
Grades at About 9am
April 11th Bond
Mill Grandparents’ Day
April 12th-21st School Closed For Spring Break
(We Reopen on April 22nd)
Citizens of the Week:
Congratulations to the
following Bulldogs: Demetrius Capers,
Danica Goodman, Manal Irfan, Andrew Campos, Lucas Winfrey, Gemma Pillai, Kyla
Dennis, Julien Brooks, Cailey
Dawkins, Dalton Dwyer, Emely Mayen Velasquez, Alvaro Mendoza, Noel Motley, Andrew Lofton, Sabrina
Pillai, Mathias Kvale, Jeliah Toure, Jakel Black, Sophia Michael, Kamran Amimi,
Toulwani Ayeni, Lisette Velasquez, Nathan Sokolowsky, Thara Pillai, Alex
Griffith, Sameer Mirza, Ciara South, Austin Ridgely, Aaliyah Murfree, Ivan
Collins, Jocelyn Motley, Eddie Sargent, Grace Beck, Jahmali Brown, Benjamin
Cardona, Morgan Jones, Jasmine Conyers, Gavin Crisologo. Keep up the FANTASTIC and OUTSTANDING
PTO Bingo Night was Awesome!!!! Thank
you to everyone who came out for our fun-filled PTO Bingo Night. If you were there, you know just how much fun
it was. So many people were involved in
making the night so enjoyable. Enormous
thanks to Bond Mill parent Gretchen Magno for coordinating the event. Additional thanks go to Shari Ludlam, Demeika
Clary, Rhonda Whitley, Courtney Brooks, Shareefah Jackson, Monica Pringle, Lars
Kvale, Barb Zack, Donna Albrecht, Christy Hyder, Kathy Heike, Pattie Oldham,
Marlee Misler, Freda Ingram, Mr. Claibourn, Buzzy, Mr. Page, and our
Destination Imagination parents.
Science Fair Backboards Now For Sale: Students
can go to Room 2 and purchase a red, white, or blue backboard for $5.
Box Top Contest Winner: The
results are finally in for the February Box Top Chick Fil A Party. We brought in an amazing $615!!! It was a tight race, but in the end the top
classes were… 4th place- Mrs.
Hobson’s Class, 3rd Place- Ms. Misler’s Class, 2nd Place-
Mr. Haslup’s Class, and in FIRST PLACE, with a total of $102 collected……..MS.
SCEPURA’S CLASS!!!! Thank you to
everyone for all of your contributions.
ENORMOUS thanks to Kim Jones for counting every single one of those box
tops that came in!!!
Destination Imagination “Dig In”: Huge congratulations
to our Destination Imagination upper grade team. At the Regional competition this past week,
our team finished in first place!!!
We’ll now be moving on to the State competition at UMBC in a few weeks.
Congratulations to Team Manager Donna Albrecht, Team Assistant Chantel Collins,
and Teammates Haley Bateman, Grace Beck, Kenny Graninger, Marcus Jones, Amy
Lepore, Peyton Ridgely, and Michael Stroud.
Fantastic Five Destination Imagination: Congratulations
are also in order for our Rising Stars team of Destination Imagination primary
students. They, too, competed at the
Regional competition this past Saturday, and did a sensational job!!! Team Managers Cheri and Fred Bateman, Team
Assistant Haley Bateman, and Teammates Carolyn Appleby, Trevor Bateman, Evan
Lofton, Mia Maniece, and Nolan Vernor made us all extremely proud. There is no additional competition, so their
journey is over (for this year). Gooooooo
Needed! If you have a group
yearbook picture you would like to be considered for the yearbook please email
them directly to firstname.lastname@example.org (NOTE: Pictures that do not include multiple students will
not be considered.) Example of pictures wanted
are: first days of school, spirit week, science fair, Camp Schmidt,
Destination Imagination, Drama Club, and other special school concerts/events.
Yearbooks on Sale NOW!
You do not want to miss out on
the awesome Bond Mill yearbook. Every
year our yearbook is a true work of art.
Mary Milline is hard at work putting the finishing touches on this
year’s edition. The flyer went home this
week for you to order your very own copy.
The standard yearbook costs $20, but you have the opportunity to custom
order additional features as well.
Please make sure you place your order by April 4th. Checks should be made payable to the Bond
Mill PTO. You can also order on-line at
ybpay.lifetouch.com using the yearbook
5th Grade Parents and Guardians: You should
have received a letter from Kevin Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer of Prince
George’s County giving you instructions to register your child who is
transitioning to middle school for the 2014 -2015 school year. It is mandatory that you come in to fill out
the registration form and bring your proof of residence. Mrs. Folks would like to have all
registrations completed as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call her at 301-497-3600.
Registration for Kindergarten for 2014 -2015 will take place April 7 – 11; 8:30 am to 1:00
pm. Children need to be five years old
by September 1. Registration must be
done by the child’s parent or legal guardian.
Please bring your child’s original birth certificate, social security
card (optional), immunization records, your 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 in original
envelopes. PGCPS no longer accepts cell
phone bills.) If you have any questions,
please call Mrs. Folks at 301-497-3600.
do we have a fun contest for you!!!
Whichever class has the highest percentage of sold yearbooks will earn a
Sweet Frog party! Yogurt cups and small
toppings will be brought on Friday, April 11th for the winning
class. As if the yearbook isn’t awesome
enough, now you can win a Sweet Frog party, too? Niiiiiice!!!!! J
Spring LifeTouch Pictures: March 19th is Class Picture Day, March 24th
is Individual Picture Day, and March 27th is Yearbook Club Picture
Day. There is NOT any pre-ordering of pictures. On the envelope, simply identify what
background you would like for the picture.
Payment/ordering will be made once pictures have been printed out and
sent home for your review.
Thank You Gwen McLaughlin, Welcome Back Polly Gould: We are super
happy to announce that Bond Mill ESOL teacher Polly Gould will be returning to
work this coming Monday. Polly has been
out for the last 6 months while she battled through chemotherapy
treatments. Polly has beat the stuffing
out of cancer and is ready to come back to work! It is bittersweet, for that means Gwen
McLaughlin’s time with us has come to an end.
Gwen has been an incredible replacement for Polly. We are indebted to her for all of her efforts
and hope we can bring her back to Bond Mill WHILE Polly is also here.
Silver Diner Night: Looking for a great place to have dinner? Well, on Thursday, March 20th from
5pm-8, I highly recommend the Silver Diner in Laurel. Not only will you get a delicious meal, but
the Bond Mill Staff will be working at the Silver Diner that night and will
happily show you to your table.
from the Health Room
of us cannot wait for spring, especially after the winter we just had.
However for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, it can be a very
difficult time. Children with seasonal allergies may have trouble
focusing in school. Some of these tips may help to alleviate symptoms such
as red watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat, and a runny nose: 1) keep windows closed to prevent pollen from entering your
house; 2) wash hands and face after being outside to avoid getting pollen in eyes;
3) find out the local pollen count so you can plan accordingly; 4) avoid early
morning outdoor activity when the pollen count is the highest; 5) avoid fresh
cut grass; and 6) consult with your doctor to find the right medication for