The Bulldog Bulletin

The Bulldog Bulletin

A Newsletter for the Students and Families of

Bond Mill Elementary

June 3, 2016

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Dear Families,

Greetings once again!  Even though we still have two weeks left in school, this is the last school newsletter of the year.   It is hard to believe that we’ve reached the finish line.  It seems like just yesterday that we were welcoming everyone to the start of the 2015-2016 school year.  We do still have several events taking place between now and June 20th, so please be sure to pay attention to your child’s teacher’s calendar, for you won’t want to miss out on anything.  Make special note that June 17th and June 20th are both two-hour early dismissals.  So, on June 17th and June 20th, we will be dismissing at 11:50am.  Please be sure to make arrangements for the early dismissals.  If there are any changes you will be making to your child’s dismissal procedure, please let your child’s teacher know in writing.    As I close out the final newsletter, please understand how much I truly appreciate every child, parent, and staff member at Bond Mill.  YOU are all the reason why Bond Mill is such an extraordinary school.  Please take time to rest, relax, and have fun this summer.  For those returning to Bond Mill, I’ll be looking forward to seeing you back here for the first day of the 2016-2017 school year on August 23.   If there is anything you need between now and then, do not hesitate to contact me.  Goooooo Bond Mill!!!!   

                                                                                               Justin FitzGerald


Important Dates to Remember for June

June 6th Hospitality Committee Visits the Staff

June 7th Bond Mill Field Day, K-2nd at 8:15-10:30, 3rd-5th at 11:15-1:30

June 9th Bond Mill Talent Show, 8am

June 9th Yearbook Signing Party, 12:50pm

June 13th West Laurel Pool Party for ALL of Bond Mill- You do NOT Need to be a Member to Attend, 3pm-8pm

June 15th 5th Grade Awards Ceremony, 8am

June 16th 4th Quarter Student Recognition/Honor Roll Assemblies: KINDERGARTEN, 1st , and 2nd Grade - 8am; 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade - 9:30am

June 17th 2 Hour Early Dismissal - Dismissal Begins at 11:50am

June 20th 2 Hour Early Dismissal - Dismissal Begins at 11:50am (This Is The Last Day of School for Students)

West Laurel Swim Club/Bond Mill Pool Party      For several years now, our good friends at the West Laurel Swim Club have opened their doors on one day for all of our Bond Mill families.  This year, they are opening the doors (and pool) for all of Bond Mill on Monday, June 13th from 3pm-8pm.  You do not need to be a member to attend and there is no charge to our families.  Please make sure to sign the release form that went home today and return it to the school.  Hope to see you there!

Field Day Volunteers Needed This coming Tuesday, June 7th is our annual Bond Mill Field Day.  It is a fun day, but is only made possible thanks to our many volunteers.   If you are available to help assist with the many Field Day activities, we can certainly use your assistance.  Please e-mail Devon Lesniak at or me (Justin) at  Just a reminder, K-2nd will be from 8:15-10:30am and 3rd-5th will be from 11:15-1:30pm.

Yearbook Signing Party     The yearbooks just arrived!!!  When you see them, you will be so impressed with the high quality and beautiful array of pictures.  They perfectly capture the amazing things that have taken place at Bond Mill this year.  We will be passing out yearbooks at the beginning of next week, once we have verified that we have the complete inventory.  Our Yearbook Signing Party will be on Thursday, June 9th at 12:50pm.  Please make sure your child brings his/her yearbook to school that day.  We have an extremely limited number of yearbooks to sell.  If you are still interested in purchasing one, please send in $20 for the yearbook.  First come first served.  When our inventory is completely sold, that’s it.

End of Year Dates     We have now settled on our main end-of-year dates.  Please pay close attention to the dates listed on the newsletter so that you don’t miss out on the fun.  Additionally, there are more dates that are specific to grade levels and classes, so please also make sure to pay attention to information that comes home from your child’s teacher.   

Classroom Placements for 2016-2017 The staff and I work hard at the end of the year and throughout the summer to appropriately form our classrooms to insure optimal student success. The final classroom assignments will be placed on the front windows of Bond Mill on Friday, August 19.  You will also be able to access that information through your Parent Portal account.  

Kindergarten Registration   If you have a child who will be five years old by September 1, please come to the office and REGISTER NOW.  Bring original birth certificate, up-to-date immunization record, and proof of residency.  Call the office for more information.

A Carnival Thank You From the PTO Carnival Chairs      We are at a loss for words to express our gratitude to all of you who made this year's PTO Carnival a huge success -- in spite of the rain.  Your support, manual labor, donations, and words of encouragement made this all possible.  In no particular order, we wish to thank:  Joni Wiredu, Mary-Ella Hardy,  Jessica Lancaster, Sadia Nasir, Shawniqua Ottley, Krista McCall, Susan Lord Morris, Wendy Wilson, Melanie Davis, Autumn Arnett, Carla Wagner, Shannon Hill, Sadia Nasir, Lorna Laing, Ayana Lambert, Lesley Brinton, Melanie Davis, Gretchen Magno, Cheri Bateman, Ashlie Pessagno, Art Schweiss, Demeika Clary, John Brinton, Stacy Catlett-Muhammad, Darlene Bunkley, Amber Watson, Tracy Galloway, Kia James, Pam Dawkins, Erika Durrington, Darryl Durrington, Jamise Dixon, Keisha Dominguez, Cynthia Contreras, Veron Smith, Dennis Whitley, Oris Clary, Alice Thornton,  Barb Zack, Desnee Cole, Jessica Cowan, Monica Pringle, Tameeka Pickett, Rona Pemberton, Umbrenda Fisher, Yvonne Blanc, Kim Capers, Melissa Pine, Lucy Ertter, Christine Folks, Justin Fitzgerald, Lonnette Dunston, Maxine Thompson-Burroughs, Teeda Saine, Mr. Paige, Mr. Claiborne, Mr. Fletcher,  Stacy Statchitas,  Fred Bateman, Anne Wilson, Anthony Gilkes, Anthony Young, Arlene Miller, Beth Griffith, Debi Perkes, Dez Carr, Eric Watson, Graciela Leandro, Janelle Gardner, Jeanne Igoe, Jessica Lancaster, Jibike Adewole, Jimmy Huynh, Joi Salisbury, Juanita Sullivan, Katia Coley, Keyana Fogle, Kim Dawkins, Michael Miller Sr., Toi Davis,  Rose Kangethe, Scott Steffen, Shauniqua Accius, Tarryl McKenna, Simon Stewart, Vanessa van der Have, Carla Wagner and Yan Wang.   While a note of thanks is always very risky, as we may be forgetting to mention someone, please know that your contribution, no matter how big or small, is most appreciated.   Marnette Schweiss & Rhonda Whitley, Carnival Chairs

A Carnival Thank You from Me (Justin)    Hopefully you read the blurb above from our Carnival Chairs, Marnette Schweiss and Rhonda Whitley.  Their message detailed just how many people it took to make the Carnival a success.   If someone asks me what the favorite part of my job is, it’s working with others to accomplish a goal.  The Carnival is the ultimate example of teamwork at its best.   As much fun as the actual Carnival was, it was the process of working with all the individuals listed above to make it happen that I will forever remember.  The hours, days, weeks, and months of preparation it took to put on a 5 hour Carnival is mind-boggling.  From the bottom of my heart, I cannot thank the Carnival volunteers enough.  It truly is inspiring watching everyone work together to put together an event that is incredible!  It wouldn’t happen if it wasn’t for the volunteers.

I also want to send an additional thank you to Rhonda Whitley and Marnette Schweiss for chairing the Carnival Committee.   It was their leadership and direction that had everyone and everything placed PERFECTLY!!!!   To them, and everyone associated with the Carnival, THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!

Staffing Changes for Next Year at Bond Mill We inevitably have changes at the end of every school year.   This year, we wish the best to our staff members who are pursuing new endeavors.   After 42 years of teaching, the incredible Umbrenda Fisher has decided to retire.  Mrs. Fisher has been a Bond Mill institution.  We will miss her immensely, but we could not be happier for her and her husband Jerral.  Also, PE Teacher Tim Anderson will be moving to Brazil to teach English to children.  Although Mr. Anderson has only been here for two years, he has quickly endeared himself to our community.  He will be missed dearly.  There are a couple of other possible changes, but nothing has been confirmed.  So, I will not share those potential changes until they are confirmed.  When it comes to filling their vacancies, we have already interviewed dozens of candidates.  Once we have the go-ahead from HR to fill the vacancy, we’ll proceed accordingly.  I can promise you, the new staff members will be outstanding additions to our Bond Mill staff.

Looking for a Job? Perhaps you or a family member are looking for employment opportunities.  If so, one of our Bond Mill families has a part-time Human Resource Manager position for a sign language interpreting agency. You would work primarily from your home office. Hours are flexible. Must have minimum 5 years HR experience. Please email for more details.

Shared or Rented Housing    If you are in a Shared Housing situation, you must now update your residency by filling out and notarizing a Shared Housing Form.  This must be accompanied by two pieces of current mail addressed to you at that address.  This is required by PGCPS every June, and students can be withdrawn without the renewed proof of residency.  Please send a note or call to request a new form; we'll send it home with your child.  For those in rental/lease situations, as soon as the agreement expires you must bring in an updated lease or rental agreement which has been notarized by the landlord. Thank you for your help with this.

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

If your child has medication in the health room, please be sure to pick it up by the last day of school. Medication that is not picked up by the last school day must be disposed of per Prince Georges County Public Schools policy.  I am sending home new medication forms for next year to families whose children currently have medication at school.

I hope everyone's summer is filled with fun, travel, time to rest, and of course exercise and healthy eating.  Take a family walk or bike ride, go to the park, or have your own dance party! Remember to take advantage of the many local farmers’ markets that offer local fruits and vegetables.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone back in August, healthy and happy, for the start of another school year! 


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