On Bond Mill's 50th, the party's extra special [West Laurel]

Laurel Leader

Bond Mill Elementary is gearing up for a most impressive finale this year. There are exciting concerts and fabulous field trips and picnics coming in the next couple months as well as farewells to our awesome fifth graders and even some of our long-time beloved teachers and staff.

Bill Haslup, Kathy Jacobs and Lucy Ertter will retire, leaving their own legacies at BMES.

In the meantime, draw a big red circle on your calendar around May 19. That is the day of the most popular and incredible school carnival you’ve ever seen. Everyone of all ages has tons of fun. This year is extra special as Bond Mill ES celebrates its 50th anniversary. That’s right, 50 years making very special memories for generations of students. It’s all happening on May 19.

The entire Bond Mill community is invited to come back to your old stomping grounds and tour the school as it is today. The sweetness and charm are all still there. You may even run into some old friends. The memorabilia will be plenty. If you have any memorabilia that you would like to share, especially going way back, please stop by the school or call the office at 301-397-3600.

One time only commemorative 50th Anniversary T-shirts will be on sale. First come, first served! Please help Principal Justin FitzGerald spread the word on social media about this very special day.

Students at Bond Mill just presented their STEM Fair projects (they were called science fair projects in the day). All were very impressive and well done. It was difficult to judge them, but the following students were chosen to present their projects at the Prince George’s County Public Schools STEM Fair in May: Martin McCall for “Laser Power;” Demetrius Capers for “Full Steam Ahead;” David Curry for “Fly Far” and Oliver Fritz for “Fruit Fly Buffet.”

Kindergarten registration is ongoing now in Prince George’s County Public Schools. If you have a child who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1, please register for kindergarten. If you live in the Bond Mill ES boundary area, come to school between 9 a.m. and 1p.m. with your child’s original birth certificate, immunization record, parent ID and proof of residence. Call the office at 301-497-3600 for more information.

The West Laurel Swim Club will open Memorial Day weekend. Many preparations are being made now for the festive opening. Families will be signing up their kids for swim team in May. If your family wants a fun and active summertime, join the West Laurel Swim Club. So many generations of families have made fun in the sun memories there during weekdays and on the weekends. It’s the best money I’ve spent raising my children in West Laurel. Young moms can make friends at a time when you can sometimes feel isolated. I made many lifelong friends while watching my children play with new friends. Older children stay physically active swimming with their friends and avoid being bored over the summer months. Empty nesters can join now at a reduced rate. I’m rejoining so I can get some swimming exercise and perhaps even relax and read a book or two poolside this summer. For more information, go to westlaurelswimclub.com. Memberships are now available. The WLSC will be sponsoring a 5k Run and Walk on May 26 at 9 a.m. You can register online at the above email address or contact Miguel Lambert at miguelulambert@yahoo.com.

Share your special graduations and honors as well as weddings and births right here. Email me at cbfolkswl@aol.com. Hold on to your hats!

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