Tue, 05/31/2022 - 9:32am
May 31, 2022

Book Swap - Bonnie Branch Middle School students are invited to participate in a Book Swap in the Media Center. Bring in your gently used books and trade them in for “new to you” books to read!  

Book Swap Instructions: 

At home, decide which of your gently used books would be good to pass on to another student. (If a book does not meet the donation guidelines, it will not be accepted.)

Donation Guidelines:

  •         Hardcover or softcover books

  •         Young Adult books  

  •         Preferred genres are manga/graphic novels or novels with copyright dates between 2010-2021

  •         Books must be appropriate reading for middle school students.

  •         No adult books, magazines, coloring books, picture books, or board books. 

  •         Books must be in good condition: no stains, rips, missing pages, or writing inside  

Book Swap Guidelines:

  • Bring your donated books to the media center before the book swap. Book donations will be accepted until Friday, June 3rd.

  • Students will receive a book swap pass with the number of books donated so they can pick out the same number of “new to me” books during the swap.   

  • The student’s homeroom teacher will give the passes to students who have donated. Students will visit the Media Center during the day, June 6th. Students will browse the book selection and trade in their pass for “new to them” book(s) to take home and read.

No money will be exchanged for the Book Swap. This is strictly a book recycling activity.


Special Routine School Vaccination Clinics - HCHD will be offering several opportunities for kids to get certain back-to-school vaccinations

 Clinic dates are:

  • Friday, May 27, 2022 -  3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday, June 16, 2022 -  3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Friday, July 22, 2022 -  3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

 Vaccinations include the required:

  • Varicella (chickenpox) 
  • Tdap (Tetanus, Pertussis, Diptheria)
  • MCV4 (Meningitis A, C, W, Y)

And the recommended (age appropriate):

  • MenB (Meningitis B)
  • HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)

Clínicas especiales de vacunación escolar de rutina

HCHD ofrecerá varias oportunidades para que los niños reciban ciertas vacunas de regreso a la escuela


Las fechas de la clínica son:

  • Viernes, Mayo 27, 2022 -  3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Jueves, Junio 16, 2022 -  3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Viernes, Julio 22, 2022 -  3:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Las vacunas incluyen las requeridas:

  • Varicela (varicela)       
  • Tdap (Tétanos, Tos ferina, Dipteria)
  • MCV4 (Meningitis A, C, W, Y)

Y lo recomendado (edad apropiada):

  • MenB (meningitis B)
  • VPH (Virus del Papiloma Humano)


HC DrugFree PTA updates:

Life Skills Class for Students - FREE and back by popular demand. HC DrugFree is providing a highly interactive skills-based program designed to promote positive health and personal development for youth in grades 6-9. (For slightly younger or older students, register and we will consider each request.) We encourage siblings and friends to take classes together. This program uses developmentally appropriate, collaborative learning strategies to help students achieve competency in the skills shown to help students resist substance use (tobacco, alcohol and other drugs), violence, and other high-risk behaviors. Taught by dedicated adults and older students sharing situations your student may face in high school, college, and beyond. The next session will be held this summer, Monday through Thursday July 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom.  Register at For more information, visit  High school and college students who are interested in assisting with the Life Skills classes can register at

Parents Can Keep Learning This Summer - Interested in learning more about what HC DrugFree has to offer or what’s happening with youth and adults in Howard County this summer?  Sign up for the free newsletter to get updates on events as well as information to keep your family safe and informed. 

Summer Internships for High School and College Students - HC DrugFree is looking for responsible summer interns. Gain experience in areas of interest with the flexibility of working virtually from anywhere. For example, some students may want to assist with and be positive role models for the middle school students in Life Skills classes to be held Monday through Thursday July 18 to 28 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. Experiences will be a good addition to a resume, college applications and future job interviews. High school students may receive service hours for their work. Depending on college policies, may receive credit. Interested students should go to to provide contact information. All students will be contacted after completing the online form.