The Bulldog Bulletin

The Bulldog Bulletin

A Newsletter for the Students and Families of

Bond Mill Elementary

September 25, 2015

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Dear Families,

Greetings once again!  Thank you to everyone who came out for the PTO Back to School Dance Party.  I’ve heard from many that it was an absolute blast.  My apologies for not being there, I had a death in the family and was taking care of funeral matters in Pennsylvania.  Not to worry though, for there are a BUNCH of fun activities soon to take place that I will definitely attend.  These fun times will include PTO Chick Fil A Night, Scholastic Book Fair, and the PTO Chuck E Cheese Night.  Shocking news this past weekend!  Truly shocking!   So shocking that even as I type the opening paragraph, I still can’t believe it actually happened...   BOTH the Redskins and the Buccaneers won this past Sunday!!!!!  Even though we may not be able to say this at the end of the season, right now our records are better than the Ravens, Eagles, and a bunch of others who typically like to beat up on us!  For now, let’s enjoy it!   Also, get ready for October 25th!  Not sure what is happening on the 25th?  Look at the “Important Dates” section for a clue.  The next newsletter will be coming home on Friday, October 9th.  If there is anything you need between now and then, do not hesitate to contact me.  Have a great weekend!  

Justin FitzGerald                            

Principal ☺

Important Dates to Remember in September/October/November:

September 30th Bond Mill PTO Chick Fil A Night at the Contee Road Location, 4-9pm.   Mention You Are From Bond Mill

October 1st-9th Scholastic Book Fair Visits Bond Mill

October 2nd School Closed for Students.  Professional Development Day

October 7th Side By Side Great Start Meeting at Bond Mill, 6pm-8

October 8th Scholastic Book Fair Family Night, 6pm-8

October 9th Cultural Arts Performances: 8am and 9am

October 13th LifeTouch Individual Pictures at Bond Mill

October 14th Side By Side Great Start Meeting at Bond Mill, 6pm-8

October 15th Bond Mill PTO Chuck E Cheese Night, 3-9pm

October 16th School Closed for Students.  MSTA Convention

October 19th Hospitality Committee Visits the Staff

October 20th Art Showcase at Olive On Main (Which May Feature Our Students’ Art), 5:30pm-7:30

October 21st Side By Side Great Start Meeting at Bond Mill, 6pm-8

October 25th Final Score:  Tampa Bay Buccaneers -  8,635,682   Washington  Redskins - 0

October 28th Cultural Arts Performances:  8am and 9am

October 28th Side By Side Great Start Meeting at Bond Mill, 6pm-8

October 30th Fall Festival Parade At Bond Mill, 9am

October 30th 2 Hour Early Dismissal For Students.  Dismissal Begins at 11:50am

November 2nd No School for Students.  Grading/Teacher Planning Day

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, and 5th Grades at 9am. (Kindergarten Does Not Participate Until the 4th Quarter)

Citizens of the Week:   In the next issue of “The Bulldog Bulletin,” this space will be reserved for our Citizens of the Week.  Citizens of the Week are students who have done an exemplary job of demonstrating what it means to be a true Bond Mill Bulldog.  In short, those students will be recognized for being kind, caring, and giving their best effort in all that they do.  We will honor the students by placing their names in the newsletter and they will also be given a pin to proudly wear during the week.

Claire’s Fundraiser:   This year, our PTO has selected a new vendor to use for our Fall fundraiser.  We’ll be working exclusively with Claire’s.  In the coming days and weeks, you’ll be receiving information about how to order the products that Claire’s offer.  You are under no pressure to purchase the items, but the proceeds of the sales will then go directly back to our school and PTO.  In doing so, we’ll be able to purchase educational supplies and technological resources that will go directly into our students’ hands.  In other words, the more we sell, the more options we’ll have to make our educational program even better than it already is.

Box Top Winner!!!!  Thank you to all who sent in Box Tops as part of our Summer Box Top Challenge.  The results are in and I’m happy to announce that Ms. Folks’ 3rd Grade class came in first with 252.  Congratulations to them, as well as EVERYONE else, for sending in the Box Tops.  They really do make a difference!  

Attention Students Who Want To Ride Their Bike To School:  As you know, we are a Green School and so encourage students to come to school in a mode of transportation other than a car.  One such mode to consider is riding a bike.  If a student is interested in riding their bike to school, he/she must get a bicycle “contract,” fill it out, and bring it to the front office.  The “contract” is to ensure that students understand the responsibility they have as bicycle riders.  If a student agrees to be safe on his/her bicycle, as well as look out for others who are walking, then they are ready to take on the responsibility.  

Lifetouch Individual Picture Day: Tuesday, October 13 will be individual student picture day. Please remember that these pictures must be pre-ordered (specifying the background and package you want) and pre-paid (by check, cash, or money order, or online). All students will get their pictures taken, and they will appear in the yearbook, but only those who order and pay by the 13th will get picture packages. We will send home an order form as soon as we get them.

2015-2016 PTO Membership Forms Are Due!  Parents, PLEASE complete your PTO membership forms!  You can either return the paper applications that should have come home with your child in an envelope along with $10 cash or a check made payable to "Bond Mill PTO"  OR register online at (click "Join Online") where you can pay with debit or credit card.  Remember, it's only $10 per family per school year and those dues will directly benefit YOUR child(ren)!  Volunteering and attending meetings are encouraged, but NOT required!  ☺

Follow Us On Twitter…   We use the newsletter, our websites, and Robo-calls to help communicate information to you at home.  Did you know that Bond Mill is also on Twitter?  Tis true!  If you are a member of the Twitterverse, follow us at our Twitter handle @ BondMillES.  We’ll occasionally put information on it to help keep you informed with all things Bond Mill.

Free and Reduced Lunch Forms:  If you are interested in completing a form to receive free and reduced lunch benefits, please go to the following web address:  There  you will find the online application.  Simply follow the steps listed, and then click submit.  

Food and Nutrition Services:  This year, the Food and Nutrition Services expects anyone who is paying full price for a lunch to have enough money in the child’s account to receive the full priced meal.  If there is not enough money in the account, the student will then receive the alternative food option.  Please monitor your child’s account closely to ensure it has the necessary funds. To access your child’s account, simply go to and click on the tab that says “Pay for Lunch” (it’s on the right hand side of the home page).

Please Don’t Double Park….EVER!  Whenever up at Bond Mill, please, please, please do NOT ever double park someone in.  You never know when an emergency will occur.  For example, we had to call an ambulance at the Ice Cream Social.  It would have been an enormous problem if someone had to get into their car and it was blocked.  We were fortunate this time that it wasn’t…  thank you for making sure it’s never going to be an issue in the future.

Arrival/Dismissal:  We'll be trying a slightly new procedure at arrival starting on Monday.   Once the last bus has left the bus circle in the morning, we'll be directing traffic to the right of the bus circle (rather than going left through the parking lot).  We'll be able to unload up to 5 cars at a time, which should speed things up.  Please make sure your child dismisses out the right side of your car, directly onto the sidewalk.  Again, this will take place AFTER the last bus has dismissed from the school grounds.  AT DISMISSAL, if you are picking up your child by car, please DO NOT pull into the parking lot.  Park your car on Sherwood and then meet your child at the bike rack (or have your child walk up Sherwood to you).  The parking lot is for our day care buses only.  Too many cars have been parking in the lot, which then creates an issue with students dismissing where there are vans/buses.  That is dangerous!  Anyone who is a walker or getting picked up in a car will dismiss out the front of the school and go to the left.  Please let me know if you need an exception for medical reasons. Thank you for helping keep our students safe.

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

Dental care remains the greatest unmet health need among U.S. children. Over 50% of them get cavities which can cause pain leading to missed school.  Soon the in-school dentist will be at our school.  Enrollment forms have been sent home with your child.  To take advantage of this opportunity and have your child see the dentist at school, please fill out and sign the enrollment form and return it to school with your child. The dentist will be here November 12th and 13th.

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