In the eyes of the Bond Mill Elementary community, the holidays were officially kicked off with the Bond Mill Winter Concert on Dec. 13. Thanks to the holiday spirit and a lot of hard work of Rolanda Brown (chorus), Patrick FitzGerald (instrumental) and Kristen Ruiz (stage). On Dec. 13, 196 fourth- and fifth-graders processed into the darkened multipurpose room with two tea lights and red-and-white gloves. The students filled the room with “candlelight” and cherub voices to “A Holiday of Music.” Next came “Este es la Navidad,” “Joyous Hannukah,” “Hip Hop Elves” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” The chorus also performed “When Children Rule the World” by Andrew Lloyd Webber with a solo by Momoore Oyewole; the students wowed the crowd. Arianna Gilkes and Temitope Adeoye danced about as elves and Zinnia Pickett made an appearance at the end of the night as Santa.
The instrumental band and orchestra looked so professional on stage as FitzGerald, instrumental teacher, dapper in suit and tie, conducted his polished students.
In the generous spirit of the season, Bond Mill’s Student Council collected over 900 pairs of gloves and socks that were delivered to Bethany Community Church to be distributed to the Laurel Winter Shelter. Bond Mill was a small but mighty piece in a wonderful Laurel effort to keep our homeless warm in the bitter cold.
I’d like to share with my community friends and neighbors my wonderful news and special holiday blessing. On Nov. 18, my husband, Charles and I, became grandparents for the first time. Our daughter, Annie, gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl whom she and her husband, Dan, named Eliza Frances Greene. Eliza’s paternal grandparents (first time grandparents, too!) are Patricia and Richard Greene of Rockville. This Christmas is very special to all of us in the Folks and Greene family. Eliza is visiting from Boston for Christmas and we all agree that she is, by far, our best Christmas present ever.