The Bulldog Bulletin

                                                                                    The Bulldog Bulletin

                                                                A Newsletter for the Students and Families of

                                                                                 Bond Mill Elementary

                                                                                  November 7, 2014

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Dear Families,

     Greetings Bond Mill families!   I’ll cut right to the chase for there is a LOT of information in this edition of the newsletter. Here are a couple of things to pay extra close attention to in the coming days. First, Parent Conference Day is on Tuesday, November 11th.  Some, not all, will be meeting with your child’s teacher.  If you aren’t meeting this Tuesday, you will be soon.  Second, next week you have TWO opportunities to get assistance with helping your child bind his or her Write A Book.  Third, on Friday, November 14th, we will have our 1st Quarter Honor Roll Assembly.  Many 1st through 5th graders will be recognized for their efforts; 1st and 2nd will begin at 8am, and 3rd, 4th, and 5th will begin at approximately 9am.   Please park responsibly when up at Bond Mill!

  •  The next Bulldog Bulletin will be coming home on Friday, November 21st.   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 and December:

November 10th              Hospitality Committee Visits the Staff

November 10th              Bond Mill PTO Bingo Night. Doors Open at 6, Games Begin at 6:30

November 11th              School Closed for Students.  Parent/Teacher Conference Day

November 12th              PTO Board Meeting at 6:30pm, All Are Welcome to Attend

November 12th              Book Binding Night #1, 6:30pm-8

November 13th              Book Binding Night #2, 6:30pm-8

November 14th              1st Quarter Honor Roll Assemblies:  1st and 2nd at 8am, 3rd,4th, and 5th at Approximately 9am

November 16th              Final Score:      Washington Redskins – Negative 7

                                                            Tampa Bay Buccaneer – 497,624

November 20th              Cultural Arts Performance:  “Adventures of Opera Explorers”

November 20th              Fingerprinting Night at GREENBELT ELEMENTARY, 6pm-8

November 22nd              Bond Mill Craft Fair, 9am-3pm

November 25th              LifeTouch Pictures - Make-Up/Retake Day – Forms are Available in the Main Office

November 26th-28th         School Closed.  Thanksgiving Vacation

December 3rd                Bond Mill Winter Concert, 8:15am and 6:30pm

December 10th              2 Hour Early Dismissal at 11:50.  Professional Development

December 20th-Jan. 4th    Winter Vacation


Citizens of the Week for the Week of October 27th and November 5th :  Congratulations to the following Bulldogs:  Brayden Chi, Bailey Batte, Kennedy Lyght, Neev Patel, Aashi Moola, Loren Davis, Alexis Gumapas, Joab Urbina, Claudia van der Have, Micah Rivera, Giovanni Mitchell, Afroja Khan, Shandler Villard, Patricia Dyson, Taylor Baker, Glory John, Olivia Dickerson, Noel Norman-Williams, Elena Lopez-Garcia, Mateo Walcott, Gurshan Nakai, Sneha Jose, Jadon Le, Kevin Hsu, Brianna Harper, Nya Singleton, Myles Barrett, Amir Taylor, Gabrielle Clary, Sophia Amimi, Nolan Vernor, Luis Bonilla, Angel Norman-Williams, Daniela Chavez, Alexis Casey, Fredericka Daramy, Ivan Collins, John Shen, Nicole Nnabuenyi, Casey Tucker, Dillen Sampson, Olanna Nwozo, Noel Klund, Jahmali Brown, and Andrea Galdamez.  Keep up the FANTASTIC and OUTSTANDING work!!!!

Bond Mill Science Bowl Team Dominates:  Our Bond Mill Science Bowl team recently won, not one, but TWO matches against rival elementary schools.  Our team first defeated Whitehall Elementary, then followed up by defeating Laurel Elementary.  Our team is now on to the semi-finals, which will take place in February.  Congratulations to our Team Manager Kathy Jacobs and our team members Braxton Harsley, Peyton Ridgely, Michael Stroud, and Josh Webb.  We could not be more proud of their efforts!!!

Student Council Elections:  Congratulations to all of our students who recently ran for our Bond Mill Student Council.  Aamir Brown, Caroline Lehman, Michael Stroud, Grace Beck, Alexis Casey, Ethan Chaplin Lee, Tyleen Staton, Rianna Clash, Sydney Endres, Drew van der Have, Haley Bateman, Liam Brinton, EJ Hendershot, Amy Lepore, and Cora Schweiss all gave tremendous speeches and made the decision very difficult for the student body.    The student body elected Michael Stroud as President, Grace Beck as Vice President, Drew van der Have as Secretary, and Haley Bateman as Treasurer. 

SPIRIT NIGHT @ CHICK FIL A:  Thank you Bond Mill families for joining us on October 2 for our first PTO Spirit Night at Chick Fil A. Bond Mill ALWAYS represents and the Chick Fil A staff looks forward to seeing us. Because of your school spirit, we raised $344.00! Go Bond Mill!! We look forward to seeing you again so mark your calendars for January 14, 2015!

Bond Mill Craft Fair:  The start of the holiday season is almost upon us… is it spending time with family on Thanksgiving?  NO… is it the day after Thanksgiving shopping? NO…  Why, it is none other than the Bond Mill Craft Fair.  On Saturday, November 22nd from 9am-3pm, come to Bond Mill and start the holiday season off right.  Crafters from all over will have their talents on display and ready for purchase.  In addition, our 5th graders will be selling delicious food.  The sales will help pay for some of the many end-of-year 5th grade expenses.  For crafters and vendors – only a few tables are still available – please contact us soon (301—497-3600) to reserve  yours! Hope to see you there!

Book Binding Nights for Write A Book:   I cannot wait to see your child’s finished Write A Book.  As it nears completion, you may need assistance with the Book Binding process.   Our Write A Book Chairpersons, June Beck and Cheri Bateman, will be helping to bind books at a parent workshop.  Please bring your child’s book and necessary materials on either November 12th or 13th from 6:30pm-8.   If anyone has cardboard to donate, we desperately need it.  Feel free to send it into the office and we’ll make sure it gets to June and Cheri.  Good luck finishing up Write A Book! 

BMES Family BINGO Night  is Monday, November 10 in the multipurpose room. It’s a great night for BINGO with no school the following day! Doors open at 6:00pm for dinner and tickets. Games begin at 6:30pm.  Just $5 will get you a 10 game BINGO card pack. We will award one adult and one child prize each game. All prizes valued at $10. We will also be selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches and other tasty items for dinner. Come out to have some family fun & support our PTO. To reserve your BINGO card or volunteer to help, please contact Gretchen Magno at or 301-604-8823. Hope to see you there!


Book Fair Success!!!   This message comes from Rhonda Whitley, PTO Vice President. The annual Book Fair was a success and could not have happened without the support and dedication of our wonderful volunteers.  When we started this process, Demeika Clary and I knew it was a big undertaking, BUT WHO KNEW  it was THIS BIG?  From setting up to packing up – each part of the process was made possible by the following volunteers:   Jenni Wilson, Ayana Lambert, Tonya Lofton, Diane Stroud, Marnette Schweiss, Kim Caldwell, Lesley Briton, Cynthia Contreras, Arika and Nigel Martin, Lisa Butler, Tracy Galloway, Joni Wiredu, Darlene Pernell-Bunkley. Barbara Wynter, Keisha Dominguez, Maxine Thompson-Burroughs, Preston James  (next year’s chair???), Monica Pringle, Jessica Proctor, Angela Carpenter,  Pamela Dawkins, Jen Hendershot, Amy Rivera, Melanie Davis,  Vanessa Van der Have, Donelle McKenna, Krista McCall, Sharonda Mann, Gina Hendershot, Jen Appleby, Stacy Catlett-Muhammad, Tristan Turner, and Michelle French.  A SUPER  thank-you is in order for Mr. Page and Mr. Powell  for dealing with our constant interruptions and accommodating our every request throughout the entire book fair;  Ms. Burke and Ms.  Shadman  for their help in setting up for Family Night;  Lucy Ertter and Chris Folks for their assistance;  and, Ms. Pemberton for letting us use her office  as a work station.  We also send special thank you’s to Erika Durrington and Mary Milline, who no longer have children at Bond Mill but still took time out of their very busy schedules to help us pull off a great event.  Mary graciously provided step-by-step guidance throughout this year’s entire Book Fair, and we are very grateful to her. 

Joe Corbi Fundraiser:  Our first big fundraiser for the year was a huge success! Thank you to all families who participated. Our top sellers were: Carolyn Appleby, Mrs. Albrecht, Grade 3 - $832.00;  Jaylyn Hill, Mrs. Shadman, Grade K - $790.25;  Makayla Renwick, Ms. Scepura, Grade K - $593.75.  We sold over $15,000 worth of pizzas, cookies, and other goodies, raising nearly $5,000 for the school!! Shout out to our fantastic volunteers for organizing products and distributing to families: Keisha Dominguez, Rhonda Whitley, Demeika Clary, Kristi Casey, Summer Hiett, Moniek Wood, Dezlyn Carr, Dalva Motley, Principal Fitzgerald, Mr. Belton, Lucy Ertter, Mr. Claibourn, Mr. Powell, and Mr. Page. Special thanks to Melanie Davis for assisting with accounting! We appreciate each and every person who helped!

Breakfast with Santa:  The Woman’s Club of Laurel will be hosting its annual event on Saturday, December 6 at 384 Main Street. The price is still only $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Please call Rosemary at 301-490-8053 to reserve a seat.

Kidstuff Coupon Books: Our next big fundraiser is here! Last week you should have received your KidStuff coupon book. Thank you to the following volunteers for packing and distributing books: Keisha Dominguez, Demeika Clary, Rhonda Whitley, Evelyn Wiredu, Ashton Burton, Braxton Harsley, Joseph Glover and Alex Anthony.  KidStuff Coupon Books are only sold through schools and our school earns 50% or more profit on each book we sell! Use just a few coupons and save more than the $25 cost of the book. Remember to keep the book in your car! You will enjoy fabulous savings from: Macy’s, Michael’s Arts and Crafts, Dunkin Donuts, Regal Cinemas and much more!  Family and friends will love saving with KidStuff, and the books are great for gifts too! Check out all 22 valuable editions listed on the first page of your KidStuff book or at Your family earns one FREE book worth $25.00 for every 5 books you sell! Payment is due by Friday, November 14. Please make checks payable to Bond Mill PTO. If you have any questions, please contact Joni Wiredu at jonielizabeth@gmail.comKIDSTUFF DOES NOT PROMOTE DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES BY CHILDREN.

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

Please join us on Monday, Nov. 24 as your children participate in our annual “Turkey Trot” to promote exercise as a fun and effective way to support good health.  Check with your child for the specific time his/her class will be “Turkey Trotting.”

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