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At Bond Mill, year's first 100 days might as well be forever [West Laurel]

The 100th day of school in Prince George’s County schools was on Feb. 13. Bond Mill Elementary celebrated 100 days of school with much anticipated fanfare. The four kindergarten classes came to school dressed as 100-year-old little people clad with gray hair and some mustaches, hair curlers, robes and even a walker. The teachers, Kathy Heike, Christy Hyder, Stephanie Scepura and Courtney Stanley led the fun with slippers, robes and lots of wrinkles on their young faces. It was a hoot and a half; the staff had a wonderful time watching the 3-foot tall centenarians. They wore their 100 day crowns all day. The four first-grade classes of Heather Peel, Chantal Collins, Christa Carnegie and Jackie Nole each read 100 books. Each class posted all the names of their 100 books on the school’s front door so all the other students could see. The first-grade Bond Mill Bulldogs were very proud of reading all those books.

Meanwhile, Bond Mill’s Science Bowl Team coached by Kathy Jacobs, marched off to compete in the Prince George’s County Science Bowl Competition with esteemed host David Zahren. Our science brainiacs representing Bond Mill were Paxton Vernor, David Magno, Samuel Gyamfi and Brandon Wood. As always, they made us proud.

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In even more Bond Mill Elementary news, the teaching staff has bragging rights, as two more of their teachers became National Board-certified teachers. Congratulations to first-grade teacher Heather Peel and kindergarten teacher Christy Hyder. They were celebrated at the 11th Annual Pinning Ceremony for National Board-Certified Teachers on Feb.12 at Charles H. Flowers High School. They join Patty Oldham at Bond Mill, who also has accomplished this certification of teaching excellence. The National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers, and to generate improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in kindergarten through 12th-grade education. Besides all that, there was a whole lot of studying and work involved in accomplishing this prestigious certification.

Though it may seem kind of early, it’s time to start thinking about kindergarten registration. Registration at Bond Mill begins on April 10 between 8:30 a.m. and 1p.m .and runs through spring. If you have a child who will be 5 years old by Sept.1, you will need to register for kindergarten. You will need to bring the original birth certificate, up-to-date immunizations and proof of your residence. For more information, please call the Bond Mill office at 301-497-3600.

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Though it’s only February, we will be looking for spring and the oh-so-welcome warm weather. The West Laurel Swim Club will open on Memorial Day but there are early bird discounts for new memberships. Call 240-712-4210 for more information. I say it every year, the swim club, swim team and refreshment of having a nearby swimming pool is the best money you’ll spend for a memorable and happy summer. The kids love it generation after generation.

Last but not least, all West Laurel residents should have received the Winter 2018 edition of the Hotline. The Hotline is the key to knowing what’s what and who’s who is West Laurel and in neighboring communities. Don’t throw your Hotline to the side or in the trash. You will be amazed at what you can learn about your community. The West Laurel Civic Association publishes the Hotline three times a year. There are important phone numbers and contacts listed. There are special events listed such as Free Family Swim Night at the Fairland pool on Feb.23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and mark your calendars for the Spring Egg Hunt on March 24. The Hotline is packed with community information and it is free and in your mailbox.

Be sure to email me with any special events to share with our West Laurel neighbors such as weddings, births, grandchildren, graduations, special accomplishments, anniversaries, etc. Let your neighbors know what your family and friends are up to.

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