The Bulldog Bulletin

The Bulldog Bulletin

A Newsletter for the Students and Families Of

Bond Mill Elementary

May 5, 2017

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Dear Families,

Greetings once again!  My-oh-my, have we been busy here at Bond Mill!  This week alone, we’ve enjoyed the Spring Concert, Career Day, and testing!  Well, maybe the testing wasn’t really enjoyable, but the students who have tested tried their best! And things won’t be quietiing down, for in the coming weeks we’ll have a Music Residency, GUG (Growing Up Green) experience, PTO Board Meeting, Mad Science, PTO Spring Carnival, and the first ever Color Run.  In between all of those experiences, we’ll even find some time to do some work the classroom!  Please note that there will be many end-of-year events scheduled once we receive word on what the final day of school will be.  I promise to forward you all of that information once we’ve received it.  After this newsletter, we only have two more to go before summer vacation.  The second to last newsletter will come home on Friday, May 19th.  If you need anything between now and then, do not hesitate to contact me.  Have a great weekend!

Justin FitzGerald


Important Dates to Remember in May and June:

May 9th PGCPS Write-A-Book Awards Ceremony, Roosevelt HS 7-9 pm

May 9th-12th Music Residency Visits Bond Mill

May 16th Carnival Basket Assembly at Bond Mill, 6:30pm

May 16th-19th Mad Science! For Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade

May 17th Side By Side Great Start for K-1st, 6-8 pm

May 18th and 19th Beautification Day at Bond Mill

May 20th Bond Mill PTO Spring Carnival, 10am-3pm….DON’T MISS IT!!!

May 23rd Mobile Dentist Returns to Bond Mill

May 23rd Kindergarten Orientation for NEXT Year’s Kindergarten Families, 2:30pm in the Primary Alcove

May 29th School Closed. Memorial Day

May 31st Hospitality Committee Visits the Staff

May 31st Bond Mill PTO Chick-Fil-A Night at Contee Rd. Location 4-9 pm

June 1st-8th Bond Mill Art Show on Display at School

June 3rd Bond Mill PTO Color Run

June 5th Bond Mill/West Laurel Swim Club Pool Party, 3pm


Bond Mill PTO Color Run – Registration has begun for the first ever Bond Mill PTO Color Run!  This event promises to be fun for all who participate!  The color walk/run features a course that will begin at Bond Mill, and then wind through our neighborhood before finishing back at school.  Participants will be doused with color as they cross the finish line.  The Color Run will take place on Saturday, June 3rd.  Visit to register and donate!  

Beautification DayThis year we will be celebrating Beautification Day at Bond Mill on Thursday, May 18. Students and staff are invited to bring in flowers or herbs to be planted in our school gardens. We suggest annuals or perennials (available at Home Depot or Lowe’s).  Each grade level has its own garden. We have a supply of tools that students and adults can use, and welcome any time you may be able to volunteer for the planting. Help make our school as beautiful on the outside as our children make it on the inside!

Congratulations Instrumental Music Students – Congratulations to the following instrumental music students:  Sophia Amimi, Kisakye Kirabo, Ryyan Brown, and Trevor Bateman.  Each of them participated in the Prince George’s County Solo and Ensemble Festival with hundreds of other students from all over the county.  Our four Bond Mill students received the highest possible rating of “superior” for their performance of their woodwind quartet.  Congratulations to Sophia, Kisakye, Ryyan, and Trevor!

Thank You Sonny Simpson!   If you’ve been out on the playground recently, you may have noticed some work being done to “the castle”.  We recently decided to do some repairs and repurpose some of the structure.  Bond Mill parent and resident Mr. Fix It, Sonny Simpson, has kindly done the work for us.  Thank you to Sonny, as well as to Bond Mill parent Simon Stewart, for helping to make our great playground even greater.   

Mad Science for K, 1st, and 2nd   – Remember several weeks ago when our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders participated in the Mobile Science Lab?  Well, we mentioned to you then that we were looking forward to a similar experience for our K, 1st, and 2nd grade students.  During the week of May 15th, our Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students will have their opportunity.  We are extremely excited to bring the Mad Science program to Bond Mill.  Anyone who has experienced Mad Science knows what a great opportunity it is. Students will be immersed in science! One slight difference with this program is Mad Science will be coming into the classrooms and working with the children there.  This amazing opportunity has been made possible thanks to our extraordinary PTO!  Thank you to our PTO for continually supporting Bond Mill in every way possible!

Music Residency At Bond Mill – May 8-11, Bond Mill will be hosting musician Hal Walker, who will be spending a few days with the students. Part of his program is making banakulas, an African shaker. The third grade will be making them next week, but we’ll need help from parents and older children after school on Monday, May 8, to start the process. If you are available to help, please come after school to the primary alcove -- Mary Jean Sokolowsky, Cultural Arts Coordinator.

Carnival Baskets! Donations Needed!  The PTO Carnival Committee is still in need of many items for our class carnival baskets. Please see the list of class basket themes that went home before Spring Break and send any items that you can donate in to your child’s teacher. We are also in need of large wicker baskets. If you have any baskets that you no longer need and are able to donate, please drop them off in the main office. All donated items and baskets are needed by Friday, May 12th. If you have any questions about what items are needed, please contact Amanda Hishmeh at  Thank you for all of your support and don’t forget to check out the baskets at the carnival on May 20th!

DI Monster Town Fundraiser– The Destination Imagination team greatly appreciates all the support of our Bond Mill Families by buying a monster to move into Monster Town. We have already raised over $200 for our trip to Tennessee! Please continue to support our efforts by purchasing your monsters in the weeks ahead. C’mon over to Monstertown – we’ll have a GROWLY good time!

Kindergarten Registration Has Begun – Registration for NEXT year’s kindergarten students has begun.  You can register from 8:00 am until 1 pm, Monday - Friday.  You’ll need to bring your child's original birth certificate (no copies), up-to-date immunization record, and proof of residence. Proof of residence for homeowners may be a deed, recent mortgage statement, or latest property tax assessment. Renters will need a current lease/contract (which must be notarized by the property owner for non-commercial rentals). All registrants will also need two pieces of current mail addressed to you. Only a parent or a court-appointed guardian may register a student in a Prince George's County public school and, as mandated by the State of Maryland, children registering for kindergarten must turn 5 years old on or before September 1.  For more information, please call our registrar, Mrs. Folks, at 301-497-3600. Please share this information with any neighbors who have little ones, too.

Ellen.Morgan@PGCPS              News from the Health Room              240-547-4611

Allergy season is now in full swing.  Many of our students are suffering with red watery eyes, nasal congestion, and itchy skin. These symptoms can interfere with learning.  Please make sure your child takes his or her prescribed allergy medication on a regular basis.  Students should also be reminded to wash their face and hands and remove outer layers when returning into the building.  Hopefully these simple steps will relieve most allergy symptoms and allow our students to learn without distraction.

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