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The Bulldog Bulletin

A Newsletter for the Students and Families Of

Bond Mill Elementary

February 14, 2014

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Dear Families,

  • Thankfully the snow stayed away this week and allowed us to near completion of MSA Reading and Math for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.  We still have one group in 3rd grade and one group in 4th grade to take the PARCC, two more days of on-line Reading MSA for some 5th graders, and all of 5th grade still has MSA Science.  We are by no means finished with testing, but at least we’re getting close.  The testing is quite long and laborious for our students, however they really are doing a fantastic job.  Today marks the last day that our Guidance Counselor Freda Ingram will be working at Bond Mill.  Starting on Monday she will be the Assistant Principal at CT Reed Elementary.  We are super excited for Dr. Ingram as she embarks on her new opportunity, but will absolutely miss her tremendously.  One question you may have is, who is going to assume her responsibilities?  As far as the G.O.L.D. Committee and our Peer Mediator Program, I (Justin) will be taking that over.  Annette Mosier and Sherry Browner will assume responsibility for our 504 plans, and Career Day will be the joint effort of several staff members.  This is only temporary, for we will be hiring a new Guidance Counselor in the coming months.  I can assure you that even though Dr. Ingram is leaving us, our complete “program” will continue.  The next Bulldog Bulletin will be coming home on Thursday, March 27th.  If there is anything you need between now and then, do not hesitate to contact me.  Have a great weekend!

                                                                                                            Justin FitzGerald

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Important Dates to Remember in March/April:

March 17th/18th  On-line Reading MSA for Remaining 5th Grade Classes

March 17th                     Hospitality Committee Visits the Staff

March 17th                     Wear Green Day!!!!   Rock Your Finest Green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day

March 19th                     Spring Lifetouch Class Pictures

March 19th                     PTO Board Meeting at 6:30pm- All Are Welcome To Attend

March 20th                     Bond Mill Silver Diner Night 5-8pm

March 24                          PARCC and MSA Science Online Testing Window Opens

March 24th                     Spring Lifetouch Individual Pictures

March 26th                     MLK Staff Visits Bond Mill to Discuss Middle School Preparations with Current 5th Graders – 9am

March 27th                     Yearbook Club Pictures

March 28th                     School Closed for Students.  Grading and Planning Day

March 28th                     Bond Mill PTO Roller Skating Night, 7-10pm

April 2nd                       Bond Mill Science Fair Night at 7pm

April 2nd                       MLK Parent Information Meeting at MLK for Our Rising Bond Mill 5th Grade Parents at 6:30pm

April 8th                        Bond Mill Volunteer Breakfast at 6:45am

April 9th                        3rd Quarter Honor Roll Assemblies:  1st and 2nd Grade at 8am, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades at About 9am

April 11th                      Bond Mill Grandparents’ Day

April 12th-21st                School Closed For Spring Break (We Reopen on April 22nd)


Citizens of the Week:   Congratulations to the following Bulldogs:  Demetrius Capers, Danica Goodman, Manal Irfan, Andrew Campos, Lucas Winfrey, Gemma Pillai, Kyla Dennis, Julien Brooks, Cailey Dawkins, Dalton Dwyer, Emely Mayen Velasquez, Alvaro Mendoza, Noel Motley, Andrew Lofton, Sabrina Pillai, Mathias Kvale, Jeliah Toure, Jakel Black, Sophia Michael, Kamran Amimi, Toulwani Ayeni, Lisette Velasquez, Nathan Sokolowsky, Thara Pillai, Alex Griffith, Sameer Mirza, Ciara South, Austin Ridgely, Aaliyah Murfree, Ivan Collins, Jocelyn Motley, Eddie Sargent, Grace Beck, Jahmali Brown, Benjamin Cardona, Morgan Jones, Jasmine Conyers, Gavin Crisologo.  Keep up the FANTASTIC and OUTSTANDING work!!!!


PTO Bingo Night was Awesome!!!!  Thank you to everyone who came out for our fun-filled PTO Bingo Night.  If you were there, you know just how much fun it was.  So many people were involved in making the night so enjoyable.  Enormous thanks to Bond Mill parent Gretchen Magno for coordinating the event.  Additional thanks go to Shari Ludlam, Demeika Clary, Rhonda Whitley, Courtney Brooks, Shareefah Jackson, Monica Pringle, Lars Kvale, Barb Zack, Donna Albrecht, Christy Hyder, Kathy Heike, Pattie Oldham, Marlee Misler, Freda Ingram, Mr. Claibourn, Buzzy, Mr. Page, and our Destination Imagination parents. 

Science Fair Backboards Now For Sale: Students can go to Room 2 and purchase a red, white, or blue backboard for $5. 


Box Top Contest Winner:  The results are finally in for the February Box Top Chick Fil A Party.  We brought in an amazing $615!!!   It was a tight race, but in the end the top classes were…  4th place- Mrs. Hobson’s Class, 3rd Place- Ms. Misler’s Class, 2nd Place- Mr. Haslup’s Class, and in FIRST PLACE, with a total of $102 collected……..MS. SCEPURA’S CLASS!!!!  Thank you to everyone for all of your contributions.  ENORMOUS thanks to Kim Jones for counting every single one of those box tops that came in!!!


Destination Imagination “Dig In”:  Huge congratulations to our Destination Imagination upper grade team.  At the Regional competition this past week, our team finished in first place!!!  We’ll now be moving on to the State competition at UMBC in a few weeks. Congratulations to Team Manager Donna Albrecht, Team Assistant Chantel Collins, and Teammates Haley Bateman, Grace Beck, Kenny Graninger, Marcus Jones, Amy Lepore, Peyton Ridgely, and Michael Stroud.  Goooooo Bulldogs!!!!!!


Fantastic Five Destination Imagination:  Congratulations are also in order for our Rising Stars team of Destination Imagination primary students.  They, too, competed at the Regional competition this past Saturday, and did a sensational job!!!  Team Managers Cheri and Fred Bateman, Team Assistant Haley Bateman, and Teammates Carolyn Appleby, Trevor Bateman, Evan Lofton, Mia Maniece, and Nolan Vernor made us all extremely proud.  There is no additional competition, so their journey is over (for this year).  Gooooooo Bulldogs!!!


Yearbook Pictures Needed!   If you have a group yearbook picture you would like to be considered for the yearbook please email them directly to  (NOTE: Pictures that do not include multiple students will not be considered.) Example of pictures wanted  are: first days of school, spirit week, science fair, Camp Schmidt, Destination Imagination, Drama Club, and other special school concerts/events.


Yearbooks on Sale NOW!  You do not want to miss out on the awesome Bond Mill yearbook.  Every year our yearbook is a true work of art.  Mary Milline is hard at work putting the finishing touches on this year’s edition.  The flyer went home this week for you to order your very own copy.  The standard yearbook costs $20, but you have the opportunity to custom order additional features as well.  Please make sure you place your order by April 4th.  Checks should be made payable to the Bond Mill PTO.  You can also order on-line at using  the yearbook code 2426814


5th Grade Parents and Guardians:    You should have received a letter from Kevin Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer of Prince George’s County giving you instructions to register your child who is transitioning to middle school for the 2014 -2015 school year.  It is mandatory that you come in to fill out the registration form and bring your proof of residence.  Mrs. Folks would like to have all registrations completed as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call her at 301-497-3600. 


Registration for Kindergarten for 2014 -2015 will take place April 7 – 11; 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.  Children need to be five years old by September 1.  Registration must be done by the child’s parent or legal guardian.  Please bring your child’s original birth certificate, social security card (optional), immunization records, your photo ID, and proof of residency (signed current lease, deed, signed settlement papers, or a current monthly mortgage statement PLUS two pieces of current official mail in original envelopes.  PGCPS no longer accepts cell phone bills.)  If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Folks at 301-497-3600.


  • Oh, do we have a fun contest for you!!!  Whichever class has the highest percentage of sold yearbooks will earn a Sweet Frog party!  Yogurt cups and small toppings will be brought on Friday, April 11th for the winning class.  As if the yearbook isn’t awesome enough, now you can win a Sweet Frog party, too?  Niiiiiice!!!!! J


Spring LifeTouch Pictures: March 19th is Class Picture Day, March 24th is Individual Picture Day, and March 27th is Yearbook Club Picture Day.  There is NOT any pre-ordering of pictures.  On the envelope, simply identify what background you would like for the picture.  Payment/ordering will be made once pictures have been printed out and sent home for your review. 


Thank You Gwen McLaughlin, Welcome Back Polly Gould:     We are super happy to announce that Bond Mill ESOL teacher Polly Gould will be returning to work this coming Monday.  Polly has been out for the last 6 months while she battled through chemotherapy treatments.  Polly has beat the stuffing out of cancer and is ready to come back to work!  It is bittersweet, for that means Gwen McLaughlin’s time with us has come to an end.  Gwen has been an incredible replacement for Polly.  We are indebted to her for all of her efforts and hope we can bring her back to Bond Mill WHILE Polly is also here. 


Silver Diner Night: Looking for a great place to have dinner?  Well, on Thursday, March 20th from 5pm-8, I highly recommend the Silver Diner in Laurel.  Not only will you get a delicious meal, but the Bond Mill Staff will be working at the Silver Diner that night and will happily show you to your table.


News from the Health Room


Most of us cannot wait for spring, especially after the winter we just had.  However for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, it can be a very difficult time.  Children with seasonal allergies may have trouble focusing in school.  Some of these tips may help to alleviate symptoms such as red watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat, and a runny nose:  1) keep windows closed to prevent pollen from entering your house; 2) wash hands and face after being outside to avoid getting pollen in eyes; 3) find out the local pollen count so you can plan accordingly; 4) avoid early morning outdoor activity when the pollen count is the highest; 5) avoid fresh cut grass; and 6) consult with your doctor to find the right medication for your child.


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