It's PTO Carnival time at Bond Mill Elementary [West Laurel]

Come one, come all! The Bond Mill Elementary PTO Carnival will be held on Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is something for everyone, young and old. Lots of really cool prizes are there for the winning by kids and adults. Check out the raffles, dunk tank, moon bounce, games, food, Rita's Ice, pony rides and much, much more. It's a family event, which is a tradition that gets better every year. See you there!

A team of seven Bond Mill third graders has earned a spot to compete in the Destination Imagination Global Finals to be held May 19-23 in Knoxville, Tenn., by placing first and second in the regional and state competitions, respectively. Destination Imagination is an extramural, creative problem-solving activity, which fosters creativity, technical skills, cooperation and teamwork. For its central challenge, team DI-Know-Might was required to create a solution based on a sound machine, which had to be researched, designed and built by the team. The sound machine was required to make two distinctive sounds. The team also had to create two visual displays of sound and create a story featuring their sound machine, including all props and costumes. DI central challenges have to be staged and presented in less than eight minutes, which adds an extra degree of difficulty.

DI Globals is truly an international competition, featuring teams from nearly all 50 states and several countries from Europe, Asia and North and South America. The Bond Mill team has overcome many challenges but through determination and teamwork they were able to pull through and earn a spot in the Global Finals. The team is asking for the support of the West Laurel community in helping them raise the necessary funds to allow them to compete and make lasting memories in Tennessee, as they represent Bond Mill and West Laurel on a global stage. There are a few ways to help support the team. First, you can enjoy a meal at Tampico Grill on Route 1 any time on May 14 and mention that you are there to support the Bond Mill DI team. Second, you can come to the Bond Mill Carnival on May 16 and purchase Rita's Ice. Third, you can make an online tax-deductible donation at bmesdi.weebly.com .

Scouts from Troop 1673 and parishioners from St. Philip's Episcopal Church came together on April 18 to create a memorial garden for Casey Ohringer's Eagle Scout project. They planted Easter lilies and hydrangeas, which the Altar Guild donated, as well as hellebore, black-eyed Susans, salvia, a rosebush and a rhododendron. The garden was installed along the playground fence near a dogwood tree. Tombstones were flipped and the area was cleared of overgrown plants and weeds. Casey's Eagle project was a huge success.

Joseph Karpman, son of proud parents Larry and Anne Karpman, graduated from Vassar College in New York in 2013 and worked as an apprentice teacher at New Canaan Country School in Connecticut. He has now accepted a position as the Form 6 social studies teacher at St. Mary's Hall in San Antonio, Texas, for the 2015-2016 school year. He is currently working toward his Master of Education. Joseph is a third-generation West Laurel resident. His grandparents, Barbara and Don Karpman, were one of the original residents on Kenny Road.

Bond Mill Elementary competed in the national First in Math Top Ten Competition where students solved more than 3,113,000 math problems. Umbrenda Fisher's fourth-grade class anxiously awaited the results of the Final National All-Grade Rankings and found out that after months of solving those problems and competing against more than 52,000 teams they are the reigning Top Ten No. 2 team in the nation. Congratulations Team Star95md.

The Bond Mill talent continues with Gavin Crisologo, Ethan Chaplin Lee, Bilal Suliman and Michael Stroud, who participated in the Prince George's County Instrumental Music Solo and Ensemble Festival on April 25. All four students represented Bond Mill in a woodwind quartet and Michael also performed a saxophone solo. Both the solo and quartet performances earned ratings of "superior," the highest rating at the festival. Patrick Fitzgerald, Bond Mill's band instructor, was very proud of his students.

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