The Bulldog Bulletin
A Newsletter for the Students and Families Of
Bond Mill Elementary
September 9, 2016
Visit us At www1.pgcps.org/bondmill, www.bondmillpto.org, and @BondMillES (on Twitter)
Greetings once again! I cannot thank everyone enough for all of your efforts to make the first three weeks of school so successful. It is clear to me that every child, staff member, and parent is ready to have a tremendous year! I’ve received many questions during the first few weeks about bus transportation inconsistencies. The buses have often been late picking up in the morning or late arriving at school in the afternoon. Whenever there is a delay, we call into Transportation to find out the specific reason for the delay. The most common response we receive is that there is a driver shortage. I am also informed that they are doing everything they can to make the most out of the staffing they do have, while securing more individuals to fill the bus vacancies. This is the case throughout the county, not just at Bond Mill. Hopefully, the future will bring more staffing and greater consistency with bus transportation. We will continue to communicate with the Laurel Bus Lot and all related supervisors to make sure we are always in the know. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. The next newsletter will be coming home on Friday, September 23rd. 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 September/October:
September 13th Side By Side Hispanic Night, Grades K-1, 6-8pm
September 20th PTO Board Meeting, 6pm
September 26th Cultural Arts Performance 8am/9am
September 26th Family Night Cultural Arts Activity 6:30-7:30pm
September 27th Hospitality Committee Visits the Staff
September 29th Student Council Election Speeches, 8:15am
September 29th PTO Back to School Dance: K-2nd 6:30pm-8, 3rd-5th 8:00-9:30pm
Sept. 29th-Oct. 7th Scholastic Book Fair Visits Bond Mill
September 30th School Closed for Students. Professional Development Day
October 4th Bond Mill PTO Chick Fil A Night, Contee Rd. Location 4pm-9
October 5th Side By Side, Great Start for Kindergarten and 1st Grade, 6pm-8
October 11th LifeTouch Individual Pictures
October 12th School Closed – Yom Kippur
October 13th Laurel Arts Council Art Show at Olive on Main, 5:30pm-7:30pm
October 24th/25th 5th Grade Attends Camp Schmidt
October 28th Bond Mill Fall Festival Parade at 9am
2-Hour Early Dismissal – Dismissal Begins at 11:50am
October 31 School Closed for Students. Professional Development Day
Morning/Afternoon Transitions – Much appreciation to everyone for helping make the morning arrival and afternoon dismissal quick and efficient. For those new to Bond Mill, please pay close attention to the person (normally me) directing traffic in the morning. That person will direct you to the left or right once you’ve made it down Sherwood Avenue. If there is a bus on the bus circle, you will be directed to the left to go through the parking lot. Once buses have cleared the circle, we’ll then send cars to the right, around the bus circle. In the afternoon, we dismiss daycare bus riders first, followed by bus riders. Then, we’ll dismiss walkers in two groups (upper and lower grades). Please make sure you are pulled over on Sherwood Avenue so the buses are able to make it down Sherwood Avenue to the school. If a bus gets stuck in the line of traffic, it slows the process IMMENSELY. If walkers are meeting their ride at the school, they are instructed to wait at the bike rack. Cars then pull up to the right of the bus circle (once all buses have left the school). Please, please, please make sure your child knows how they are getting home each day when you send them to school. If there are changes to the normal routine, make sure the teacher and front office know.
A Friendly Request If you do have a change to your child’s dismissal schedule, please make sure the teacher/office knows in writing at the beginning of the day. Please DO NOT wait until the end of the day to call into the school and make last minute changes. We are very busy at dismissal making sure children leave in an orderly manner. Last minute changes disrupt that process. Thank you for your understanding.
Join the PTO Our Bond Mill PTO is literally the best PTO/PTA I have ever worked with. I have never seen a group more dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children. We are striving for 100% PTO membership this year. All it takes is $10 for the entire family. If you misplaced the form that came home recently, we have more in the front office. Please join the PTO, and I guarantee your $10 will make a difference in providing the best education possible for our students.
Update Your Information It is very important that we have accurate information on every student. If you have moved or changed phone numbers, please let the office know immediately. If you move, we will need a new registration form and new proof of residence on file in your child's record. Simply changing the information on the family card will not suffice and your address cannot be changed. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Folks at 301 497-3600.
Back To School Night This past week we were able to enjoy our Back To School Nights. Thank you to the many parents who were able to attend and learn about what the 2016-2017 school year will bring. If you missed it, please pay close attention to communication from your child’s classroom teacher, as well as our bi-weekly newsletter, and the school/PTO websites. There is always a ton of stuff happening in and around Bond Mill, so if you stay connected, you won’t miss a beat!
PTO Back To School Dance Our extraordinary PTO will be sponsoring our annual Back to School Dance on Thursday, September 29th. Kindergarten, first, and second grade will be dancing from 6:30-8pm. They will clear out at 8pm, and 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade will dance from 8-9:30pm. The cost is only $5, which will cover admission, as well as bottle of water and chips.
Fingerprinting Night at Bond Mill Interested in volunteering or chaperoning? If so, you will need to be screened by the PGCPS Fingerprinting Office in order to do so. I am in the process of securing a Fingerprinting Night that will take place AT Bond Mill. In this way, you will avoid having to travel to Upper Marlboro to obtain the Commercial Background Check or Full Fingerprinting. As soon as I have the date secured, I will let you know. More details to come.
Cultural Arts Assembly Family Night Our Cultural Arts Assembly scheduled for Monday, September 26th is an extra special assembly. This assembly has a Family Night component as well, and Bond Mill families are invited to Bond Mill on September 26th from 6:30pm-7:30. The Family Night will be an extension of the fun activities the students took part in earlier that day at school. We hope to see you then!
GFWC Woman’s Club Yard Sale The Woman's Club of Laurel will be hosting its annual Yard Sale on Saturday, September 17th from 8:00 am until noon (no “early birds” please). The location is 16201 Bond Mill Road in West Laurel. Come early because these bargain-priced items will go fast! This event is a fundraiser sponsored by the Woman’s Club to support community and local charitable organizations.
Free and Reduced Meal Applications Just a friendly reminder that the Federal Free and Reduced Meal Application must be updated every year. Once you have completed your application and received written confirmation of approval, please forward that written communication to our cafeteria staff. Thank you.
Laurel HS Blood Drive Laurel High School will be hosting a blood drive on Thursday, September 15, from 2-8pm. The Inova Donor Services Bloodmobile will be located behind the school. Please make your lifesaving appointment today! Sign up with Ms. Santuccio-Wever at email@example.com or by texting to 443-812-2145. Everyone who completes the donor screening process will receive a Blood Donor T-shirt. Please be sure to eat before donating and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Thank you for you participation!
Parents Place Program At Laurel Library You are invited to attend a program hosted by Parents Place of Maryland (http://www.ppmd.org/), Maryland's Special Education and Health Information Center, at the Laurel Library on Tuesday, September 13th from 7-8:30pm. The center’s Family-to-Family coordinator will be there to answer questions and help parents who have questions or concerns.
Ellen Morgan, RN News from the Health Room 240-547-461
I hope everyone is adjusting back to the normal school routine. Please remember that a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast go a long way toward helping your child succeed at school. Also, avoiding TV and video games before bedtime will help your children fall asleep at night. Try reading a book instead ☺.
I love greeting all of your children in the morning and seeing their smiling, well rested faces!