The Bulldog Bulletin


The Bulldog Bulletin

A Newsletter for the Students and Families Of

Bond Mill Elementary

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November 6, 2015

Dear Families,

Greetings once again! I’ll just get this out of way right off the bat…   congratulations to the Washington Redskins on beating my beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  I have a knack for talking wayyyyy too much “smack” whenever the two teams play and I normally regret doing so in the end.  One of these days, maybe I’ll learn to just keep my mouth shut.  Nahhhhhhhhhh!!!  It is amazing to think that we are less than three weeks away from Thanksgiving.  My, how time flies.  Between now and then, we’ll have Parent/Teacher Conference Day, our first quarter Student Recognition Ceremony (aka Honor Roll), The Bond Mill Craft Fair, and our annual Turkey Trot.  When vacation time does arrive, we’ll absolutely have earned it.  You’ll notice that the “Dates” section below is a mile long.  I simply wanted to give you the information as soon as possible.  The next six weeks are always ultra-busy.  Getting the information into your own personal calendar will hopefully prove helpful.  The next Bulldog Bulletin will be coming home on Friday, November 20th.  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/Early January:

November 10th PTO Family Bingo Night at Bond Mill, 6:30pm

November 11th No School for Students.  Parent/Teacher Conference Day

November 13th First Quarter Student Recognition Assemblies (Honor Roll) 1st/2nd Grade at 8am, 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grades at 9am. (Kindergarten Does Not Participate Until the 4th Quarter)

November 16th Hospitality Committee Visits the Staff

November 18th PTO Board Meeting, 2:30pm – All Are Welcome to Attend

November 18th Side By Side Great Start Meeting at Bond Mill, 6pm-8 (Kdg and 1st Grade Families

November 18th Dr. Maxwell’s State of the Schools Address, Flowers HS 6pm

November 19th PTO Carnival Planning Meeting, 6:30

November 20th Kindergarten Feast, 12:30pm

November 21st Bond Mill Craft Fair, 9am-3pm

November 23rd Bond Mill Turkey Trot Throughout the Day

November 23rd First Grade Native American Day, 7:45-10:00am

November 24th LifeTouch Make-up Individual Pictures

November 25th-27th School Closed for Thanksgiving Vacation

December 1st – 4th I (Justin) Will Be In Boston For a Work Conference

December 8th Write-A-Book Binding Night #1 in MP Room, 7pm-8

December 9th 2 Hour Early Dismissal, Professional Development Day.  Dismissal Begins at 11:50am

December 10th Write-A-Book Book Binding Night #2 in MP Room, 7pm-8

December 10th Bond Mill Winter Concert at 8am and 6:30pm

December 11th Bond Mill PTO Ice Skating Night at The Gardens Ice House

December 14th Bond Mill International Dinner, 6:30pm

December 17th/18th 5th Grade Attends Camp Schmidt

December 21st Classroom Winter Parties

December 23rd-Jan. 3rd School Closed for Winter Break

January 4th School Reopens in 2016

Citizens of the Week:    Congratulations to the following Bulldogs:  Nadia Davis, Alexander Jones, Ronan Stewart, Anthony Green, Noah Souverain, Selah Dickens, Joseph Velasquez, Jonathan Dawkins, Claudia van der Have, Justin Davis, Annelyn Webb, Julio Leandro, Samuel Gyamfi, Lindsay Osortio, Nolan Smith, Sterling Gross, Sophia Michael, Trevor Bateman, Allison Owusu-Ansah, Raegan Perkes, Mary Nguyen, Asia Arrington, Kidus Michael, Sadie Souverain, Teniya McRae, Ruby Woods, Mulungi Kirabo, Alexander Reese, Neev Patel, Robyn Wood, Jeremiah Collins, Jessica Herrera, Briana Johnson, Gemma Pillai, Lanae Street, Elijah Chambers, Mateo Walcott, Fatima Yousuf, Marley Helton, Thara Pillai, Isabel Zamora, Marissa Galdamez, and Ian Neumeister.  Keep up the OUTSTANDING and FANTASTIC work!!!

Rising Stars: Congratulations to the following students for being selected to be members of our Rising Stars Team:  Candace Gilmore, David Curry, Kennedy Lyght, Roshan Mani, Logan Fulda, Mulungi Kirabo, Miriam Mgbaja, Timothy Stroud, Kevin Wagner-Feick, and Isaiah Blanc. Thank you to everyone who auditioned for the team!

New Student Council Officers:   Thank you to all the dedicated students who ran for Student Council offices. The votes were soooooo close, but in the end, the following students were elected to be our new officers:   President  - Drew van der Have, Vice President – Alexis Casey, Treasurer – Sabrina Pillai, and Secretary – Phillip Reese.  Congratulations to each and every one of you!

Bond Mill PTO presents Family Bingo Night on Tuesday, November 10th in the Multipurpose Room at the school. Doors open at 6:00 pm to purchase Chick-fil-A dinners and Bingo cards. A 10-game Bingo card pack costs $6 and the Bingo fun starts at 6:30pm. Volunteers are needed for tickets, concessions, setup, and clean-up. Please contact Gretchen Magno at 301-604-8823 or with any questions.

Canned Food Drive For L.A.R.S.    Thank you to everyone for supporting our Canned Food Drive in support of L.A.R.S. (Laurel Advocacy and Referral Service).  We were overwhelmed by the tremendous amount of food that was donated.  We made the delivery to L.A.R.S. this past Wednesday.   I don’t have the total number of items that were donated, but it is safe to say that hundreds of families will benefit from it this holiday season.  Special thank-you’s go to Summer Hiett, Jennifer Olivas, Darlene Bunkley, Jerral Fisher, and Lesley Brinton for helping with the delivery, and to Rona Pemberton for putting it all together!

Woman’s Club of Laurel – Tampico Grill Fundraiser:   Please join the Woman’s Club of Laurel at the Tampico Grill on Thursday, November 12 to support our “Literacy for Little Ones” project. This project is designed to encourage a love of books at an early age.  The club purchases storybooks for toddlers through kindergarten-age children in Laurel school programs. We also provide a suggestion card for the family, with ideas on ways to encourage a cozy reading time and foster pre-literacy skills at home.  This year, the Tampico Grill will donate 35% of sales (including carryout) between the hours of 11:00am and 9:30pm to the Woman’s Club, who will use all the proceeds 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.  Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy some of the best Mexican food around while helping to engage young children in reading. Tampico is located at 42 Washington Blvd. (Rte 1 South) in Laurel, MD.  

1st Quarter Student Recognition Assemblies   Our First Quarter Student Recognition Assemblies (formerly known as Honor Roll), will take place on Friday, November 13th.  1st and 2nd Grades will be at 8am, and 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades will begin at approximately 9am.  Kindergarten does not participate in the Recognition Assembly until the 4th quarter.  Thank you for NOT double parking and thank you for NOT parking on a yellow-painted curb any time you are at Bond Mill.     

Great Start and Side By Side! You are invited to attend Side By Side’s Great Start Family Night on November 18th for Kindergarten and first grade families.  Come for a free family meal and free childcare, and be eligible for prizes and giveaways!  Check your child’s Friday Folder for registration or call 202-710-5555.

Crafters Wanted for the Craft Fair:   The 33rd Annual Bond Mill Craft Fair will be on Saturday, November 21st from 9am-3pm.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the 5th grade end-of-the-year activities.  Be sure to put this important event on your calendar.  Tables/spaces are $25 each.  If you would like to sell your handmade crafts or your special wares, please call Mrs. Folks in the school office at 301-497-3600.

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


Just a reminder that the Smile Program - the mobile dentist - will be at our school November 12th and 13th.  It is an opportunity for your children to see the dentist while at school.  Seeing the dentist keeps your child's teeth healthy and avoids missed time from school.  If you have not turned in a permission slip, you may do so by November 10th.

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