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The Bulldog Bulletin

A Newsletter for the Students and Families Of

Bond Mill Elementary

September 12, 2014

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Dear Families,

            Greetings once again!  I think it is safe to declare that we are officially now finished with the beginning of the school year.  In doing so, students have learned the rules of the classroom, parents understand the proper routine for arrival/dismissal, and we are functioning as if we’ve been here for months and months.  It’s amazing to think we’ve only been in session for 13 days.  This past week Wednesday, we enjoyed our first Cultural Arts Performance.  For those who are unaware, our amazing PTO provides Cultural Arts performances (typically once a month).  The experiences are educational, yet entertaining for all of the students.  They are made possible by the number of our Bond Mill families and staff who join the PTO.  So, the more people who join the PTO, the more Cultural Arts performances we are able to enjoy.   It only costs $10 to join the PTO.  I promise you there is no better way for you to put 10 of your hard earned dollars to work.  The next Bulldog will be coming home on Friday, September 26th.  If there is anything you need between now and then, do not hesitate to contact me.  Just an FYI, e-mailing me at is the best way to contact me.  Have a great weekend!

                                                                                                            Justin FitzGerald

Important Dates to Remember in September and October:

September 15th             PTO Board Meeting, 6:30pm- All Are Welcome To Attend

September 16th             Side By Side Hispanic Community Meeting, 6pm-8

September 17th             Systemic Lockdown Drill in All Prince George’s County Public Schools

September 18th             PTO Back To School Dance; K, 1st, 2nd – 6:30-8:00pm and 3rd, 4th, 5th – 8-9:30pm

September 19th             School Closed for Students.  Professional Development Day

September 25th             School Closed.  Rosh Hashanah

September 26th             Joe Corbi Fundraisers- Please Turn In Orders

September 30th             Fingerprinting Night at Laurel Elementary, 6-8pm

October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd 29th             Side By Side Great Start Parent Meetings, 6-8pm

October 9th                   Cultural Arts Performance “Wacky Science”

October 11th                 Side By Side Kickball Tournament

October 12th                 Final Score:     Baltimore Ravens 3, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8,432,567

October 13th                 Hospitality Committee Visits the Staff

October 14th                 LifeTouch Individual Pictures

October 14th                 Joe Corbi Fundraiser Delivery

October 15th                 PTO Board Meeting at 6:30pm- All Are Welcome To Attend

October 17th                 School Closed.  MSTA Convention

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

October 22nd                Scholastic Book Fair Family Night at Bond Mill

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

October 31st                 Fall Festival Parade at Bond Mill, BEGINS AT 9AM

October 31st                 Two Hour Early Dismissal.  Dismissal Begins at 11:50am


PTO Back to School Dance Party:  The PTO Back-to-School Dance Party is coming to the Bond Mill Multipurpose Room on Thursday, September 18th.  Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade will be from 6:30-8pm, and 3rd, 4th, and 5th will be 8pm-9:30 (there is no school for students the next day).  The cost of admission is $5.00 (snacks and water are included).  As a special treat, students who attend the dance party will receive a Sweet Frog coupon on a first come, first serve basis, while supplies last.

The Hospitality Committee Rocks!!!!   Thank you to the many families who provided a delicious meal to the staff this past Monday.  The yummy meal was the perfect way to start off our week.  We looooooooooooove bragging to our friends who work in other schools about how we are spoiled by our PTO!

Joe Corbi’s Fundraiser:  Hopefully, you are aware that the Joe Corbi’s Fundraiser has begun.  Between now and September 26th, we politely encourage you to have as many friends and family members order as much Joe Corbi’s as their stomachs can possibly handle.  Not only will your friends and families receive a delicious product, but their contributions will directly benefit our school and PTO.  Orders will be delivered to Bond Mill on October 14th.  Thank you so much for your support!

Systemic Lockdown Drill:  Four times throughout the school year, we will participate in a systemic lockdown drill.  In other words, we will practice what our response will be in the event that our school has to go into lockdown mode.  Staff has rehearsed the appropriate measures to be taken with students in order to ensure that the drill is calm and orderly.  Staff and students will enact those measures on September 17th, as will all schools in the Prince George’s County Public School system.  This is the first of four quarterly drills.  (FYI, we rehearse fire drills on a monthly basis.)

Show Some Love for Our Troops!: The Woman’s Club of Laurel (WCL) is sponsoring a Flower Power fundraiser, featuring a nice selection of bulbs for all seasons, to support Operation Welcome Home (Maryland). Since March 2007, Operation Welcome Home has been greeting U.S. service members returning from overseas through BWI. Volunteers decorate the lobby with patriotic signs and banners, and greet returning troops with cheers, hugs, “goodie bags,” and thanks for their service. Please visit the site at:

(or go to the Bulldog online at to cut and paste the URL). For every purchase made

on this site, Flower Power Fundraising will give 50% back to the WCL for Operation Welcome Home.  The fundraiser ends on October 9, 2014.


Woman’s Club Yard Sale:  Mark your calendars now! The Woman's Club of Laurel will be hosting its annual Yard Sale on Saturday, September 20th from 8:00 am until noon. The location is 16201 Bond Mill Road in West Laurel, MD. Come early because these bargain-priced items will go fast! This event is a fundraiser sponsored by the Woman’s Club to support multiple community and local charitable organizations.

  • At the recent mid-Atlantic Karaoke Championships held in Wilmington, Delaware, our very own Chris Zak took first place with a stirring rendition of “Dancing Queen” by ABBA.  Way to go Chris – we  are so proud of you!!!!  Actually, that’s a joke.  Although I hear Mr. Zak loves him some ABBA, he didn’t actually compete (that I know of).  Every year, I like to hide a blurb inside the newsletter to find out who is actually reading it.  So, if you are reading this, please send me an e-mail telling me so at  All you have to do is type “Justin, I read it”.  However, if you want to suggest any songs to update Mr. Zak’s karaoke repertoire, I’d love to hear about them as well. J

Thank You Knisley Family and Kona Grill:  Recently the 5th grade teachers were asked by the Knisley family if there was anything that the students needed to help out with life in 5th grade.  The response was “electric pencil sharpeners”.  What appeared soon thereafter?  Why, it was electric pencil sharpeners!  The Knisleys, in conjunction with our friends at Kona Grill, provided the pencil sharpeners to the teachers and in doing so, helped make life a little bit easier for our 5th graders!  Thank you Knisleys and Kona Grill!


The KidGINEER Science Enrichment Program is a 6-week science enrichment program that will be offered starting September 13. Please go to or call 202-713-5416 for information about the program, or go online to for information about dates, times, fees, and laptop requirement, and to register.


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


Dental care remains the greatest unmet health care need among U.S. children. Cavities can cause pain and turn into time away from school.  Smile Program (the mobile dentist) will be at our school on November 5th and 6th.  If you would like your child to be seen by the dentist, please complete the enrollment form that is coming home today, sign it, and return it by September 17th.  Grant forms are available for students who qualify. Exams include cleaning, fluoride treatments, x-rays, and fillings.                

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