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Creative costumes complemented fall festival parade [West Laurel]

Bond Mill Elementary art teacher Jessica Cowan was a bid hit with her Ninja Turtle costume during the Fall Festival parade Oct. 31.
Bond Mill Elementary art teacher Jessica Cowan was a bid hit with her Ninja Turtle costume during the Fall Festival parade Oct. 31. (Submitted photo)

The annual Bond Mill Elementary Fall Festival Parade was tons of fun and closed out the month of October. Students were in full costume, with lots of princesses, a mermaid or two, police officer, fire fighters, scary guys, witches (one with a hot pink and sparkly broom) and an extraordinary number of Ninja Turtles this year. Jessica Cowan, art teacher, made the students laugh and cheer as the biggest, bravest and boldest Ninja Turtle of all. Tracy Lally, fifth-grade teacher, paraded with a graduation cap and a cookie billboard. She was a "smart cookie." Principal Justin FitzGerald came dressed nice and comfy in his slippers, jammies, robe, coffee cup and a copy of the Laurel Leader in hand. He's always a great sport.

Parents took hundreds of pictures as the children paraded all around the school. There were lots of treats and games to wind up the kids for home. The fun didn't stop there as record numbers of kids were out trick or treating our Halloween-friendly community.

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The Bond Mill Science Bowl team is on a hot streak. They just won their competitions against White Hall Elementary and Laurel Elementary and are getting ready to take on Glenarden Woods Elementary, the 2013 elementary school champions. It should be a good match as the four teammates have been studying science and the vocabulary since September. Coach Kathy Jacobs added, "Their teamwork and vocabulary led Braxton Harsely, Peyton Ridgely, Michael Stroud and Joshua Webb to victory." The 10- and 11-year-olds take this competition very seriously. Their strategy is confidential. This is the Prince George's County Science Bowl's 29th year and Kathy Jacobs has been coaching Bond Mill's team for about 24 of those years. The final competition is in February, so the team will be working furiously to learn the root words, prefixes and suffixes to give them the edge they need to bring home the trophy.

There are still a few tables available for the annual Bond Mill Elementary Craft Fair on Nov. 22. Craftors are wanted! Call Bond Mill Elementary, 301-497-3600, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to reserve your table. Cost is $25 for a 6-foot table. Everyone else, mark your calendars for Nov. 22. Shop 'til you drop and visit the bake sale table with homemade goodies.

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The Woman's Club of Laurel will be hosting their annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 6. This is an excellent time for moms and dads to bring the little ones for a great breakfast and the best photo opportunity to have pictures taken with Santa. This is the time to take those pictures for your holiday cards. The hourly raffles have great prizes. Aunts, uncles, godparents, grandparents can share a special time with the little folk. Reservations go fast, so call Rosemary Remsberg at 301-490-8053 to make your reservation early.

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