The Bulldog Bulletin

The Bulldog Bulletin

A Newsletter for the Students and Families Of

Bond Mill Elementary

October 10, 2014

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Dear Families,

Greetings once again!  So much excitement is in the air, both in and out of the classroom.  For example, many students have started to truly develop their Write A Books.  The project is one that requires a significant amount of time working at school, but also at home.  I, for one, cannot wait to see the finished products.  Bond Mill is always well represented at the County Write A Book Awards Ceremony in May, and I’m sure this year will be no different.  Thank you to our WAB Chairpersons June Beck and Cheri Bateman for helping us through the process.  I’m keeping the opening short, for there are so many “blurbs” to read in this edition.  The next Bulldog Bulletin will be coming home on Friday, October 24th.   If there is anything you need between now and then, don’t hesitate to contact me.  Have a great weekend.

                                                                                                            Justin FitzGerald

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Important Dates to Remember in October:

October 12th                             Baltimore Ravens – 0,  Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 6,349,862

October 12th-18th                     National School Lunch Week (Parent Workshop Oct. 15, 7:45-8:15am)

October 13th                             Hospitality Committee Visits Staff

October 14th                             LifeTouch Fall Pictures (Individual)

Oct. 15th, 22nd, 29th                  Side By Side Great Start, 6-8pm

October 15th                             PTO Board Meeting, 6:30pm….All Are Welcome to Attend

October 16th-23rd                     Scholastic Book Fair Visits Bond Mill            

October 16th                             PTO Skating Night at Laurel Skate Rink, 7-9pm

October 17th                             School Closed. MSTA Convention

October 20th                             DATE CHANGE: JOE CORBI PICK UP FROM 3-6:30pm in MP ROOM

October 20th-24th                     Scholastic Book Fair at Bond Mill

October 22nd                            Scholastic Book Fair Family Night, 6:30-8pm

October 29th                             Student Council Election Speeches, 8:00am

October 30th                             Fingerprinting Night at Bond Mill, 6pm-8pm

October 31st                             Fall Festival Parade, Begins at 9:30am (will only travel around bus circle)

October 31st                             2 Hour Early Dismissal.  Dismissal Begins at 11:55am


Citizens of the Week for September 29th & October 6thCongratulations to the following Bulldogs:  Sebastian Pillai, Aliyah Cisse, Shayla James-Rar, Alex Gordon, Alex Asagaya, Datya Aryeetey, Daryn Aryeetey, Jeffrey Galdamez, Timothy Stroud, Kaylee Robinson, Anderson Lambert, Jessica Herrera, Kevin Wetagner-Feick, Laila Smith, Harleen Kaur, Gemma Pillai, Lanae Street, Samuel Guamfi, Beatrice Otunuga, Andrew Lofton, Elijah Chambers, Jhayvee Villarin, Princess Aparin, David Magno, Alpha Bah, Phillip Reese, Jazmin Alvarenga, Jeffrey Esquivel, Trevor Bateman, Marley Helton, Lisette Velasquez, Jeliah Toure, Cyniah Smith, Ethan Bunkley, Liam Brinton, Cora Schweiss, Victor Jovel, Na’Kayla Jones, Easlyn Flores, Jacob McCabe, Jocelyn Motley, Jacob Krause, Rahel Mani, Ben Leyson, Amy Lepore, and Joseph Glover.  Keep up the FANTASTIC and OUTSTANDING work!!!


JOE CORBI PICK UP DATE/TIME CHANGE:  There has been a slight change to the date for delivery and pick up of our Joe Corbi Fundraiser items.  Delivery/pick up will now be on Monday, October 20th from 3-6:30pm at the Bond Mill Multipurpose Room.  Please, please, please make sure that your items are picked up during this window.  We do NOT have enough refrigerator space to keep items that are not picked up.


Lifetouch Individual Picture Day: This coming Tuesday, October 14, Lifetouch will be here to take individual student pictures. Please remember that these pictures must be pre-ordered (specifying the background and package you want). All students will get their picture taken, and they will appear in the yearbook, but only students who order and pay by the 14th will get picture packages. Please use the order form that went home a week ago. Thank you!

Laurel Volunteer Fire Department Poster Contest:  All posters for the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will be picked up on October 16th.  If you have any questions related to the poster contest, please contact Dave Cope, Fire Marshal at or 301-725-5300 ext. 2250.

Fingerprinting Night at Bond Mill:    On October 30th, we will have our annual Fingerprinting Night at Bond Mill.  This year’s process is vastly different from years past.  This year, if you are completing the Full Fingerprinting process or the Commercial Background check, you must submit the necessary paperwork BEFORE the actual Fingerprinting Night on October 30th.  If you are planning on chaperoning a field trip or volunteering in the classroom, you MUST have one of the two options completed.  If you are going to attend the Fingerprinting Night on October 30th, please RSVP to me via e-mail at no later than Friday, October 10th.  I will then send the necessary paperwork home with your child and you will then have to return it to me no later than October 23rd (in order to be processed on October 30th).  I know this is a little tricky to understand, so if you have any questions, just let me know and I’ll be happy to explain it in greater detail.


LARS Food Drive:  The Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services food drive provides students with an opportunity to learn about hunger and help other children in need.  One third of the people served by emergency food programs in Maryland are children under the age of 18.  Kick off dates to eliminate hunger are as follows:  October 20th  is “Team-up for the Souper Bowl Day” – wear your favorite sports team clothing and donate hearty soups, stews, or cans of chili; October 21st  is “Mac N Cheese Day” – wear yellow and donate boxes of macaroni and cheese;  October 22nd  is “Wear Khaki Day” – bring in breakfast foods such as cereal, granola bars, oatmeal, and pop tarts; October 23rd  is “Don’t Forget Your Greens Day” –  wear green and bring in a can of your favorite vegetables.


Woman's Club of Laurel - Tampico Grill Fundraiser: Please join us at the Tampico Grill on Thursday, October 23 between 11am and 9:30pm to support the “Literacy for Little Ones” project. This project is designed to encourage a love of books at an early age. It features the donation of a storybook to children ages 3 through Kindergarten in Laurel school programs, along with a suggestion card for the family on ways to encourage a cozy reading time and foster pre-literacy skills at home. The restaurant will donate 35% of all sales, including carryout, to the Woman’s Club, who in turn will use the money to support Literacy for Little Ones.   Please remember to mention this fundraiser to your server and put your receipt in the fundraiser bucket so the WCL will get credit for the sale. Thank you for your support!


Back-to-School Dance Success!!!!   The following is from Darlene Pernell-Bunkley, our PTO Children’s Activities Chairperson.  Thank you to the 170 students, their parents, and the teachers who came out to support the Back-to-School Dance. Everyone in attendance had a blast and lined up with excitement to do the limbo. It was a huge success due to the following volunteers who helped with the event: Demeika Clary, Rhonda Whitley, Monica Pringle, Keisha Dominguez, Cynthia Contreras, Veron Smith, Jamise Dixon, Lonnette Dunston, Roxanne Sampson, Stacy Catlett-Muhammad, and Lesley Brinton. Also congratulations to the four parents who won SweetFrog gift cards. Special thanks to Mr. Claibourn and Mr. Powell for their assistance with setup and clean-up.

Special Spirit Wear For A Limited Time: We are testing out a new company for our Spirit Wear.   You can still order the great items we normally have.  However, we now have additional items from a different company for a limited time.   Please visit our school website and click on the Spirit Wear link.  Between now and October 29th, you can order new items.  If you like what you see, simply follow the ordering directions online.  Act quickly though, for the new items won’t be available after October 29th.


Join the PTO!!!!!  If you are looking for a great way to spend $10, do I have an idea  for you!!!  All you have to do is take that $10 of yours and use it to join the Bond Mill PTO.  Membership will help provide you with a multitude of perks….  most of all, you will be able to tell the world that you are a part of the most amazing group that has ever been created!!  We have well over 150 families who have already joined – are you next?  I hope so!!!


Laurel Arts Festival 2014:  Looking for something fun to do this weekend?  The Laurel Arts District Committee is hosting the 3rd Laurel Arts Festival on Sunday, October 12th.  It will be held from 3-8pm at the Laurel Armory (422 Montgomery Street) in Laurel.  Bond Mill parent Trina Kvale will be one of the featured artists. Feel free to visit for a sneak preview. 


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


According to the Centers for Disease Control the best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu shot.  But remember – it can take up to two weeks for the vaccine to take effect.  Please contact your primary care provider to set up an appointment.  Let's work together to keep our school a Flu Free Zone!


For those of you who signed up for the parent workshop on how to prepare a healthy school lunch, we are looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

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