Bushy Park PTA Newsletter

Leading with Kindness | September 25, 2019

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On your mark! Get set! GO!

The 8th Bushy Bear Dash will take place on Friday, October 25! This is the main fundraiser for the school each year, with 100% of the money collected going toward funding PTA activities and events. The money raised is relied upon to benefit the school through cultural arts programs, classroom enrichment activities, teacher and staff appreciation, school assemblies, family fun nights, and so much more!

Students will be walking or running a designated course during their related arts class period. There will be games and a DJ, making this an enjoyable and memorable event for all. Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities and times to come and cheer on your students!

Look for donation forms coming home with your students! Please consider supporting the Bushy Park PTA, your students and your school! New this year, donations are also being accepted through PayPal! Visit https://www.bushyparkpta.org/bushy-bear-dash to donate today!

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Fall Fest

Mark your calendars! Bushy Park’s annual Fall Fest is happening on Friday, October 11th from 6 to 8pm. We are looking for volunteers to help make this a memorable night for our children. Keep an eye out for volunteer Sign-up sheets and emails coming next week!

Cultural Arts: "A Window In My Heart: A Story About Bullying"

The PTA’s Cultural Arts committee has been working to bring some exciting performances to the school.

Our first artist was Alden Phelps and performed "A Window In My Heart: A Story About Bullying" on Friday, September 20, 2019.

"In this assembly, using music, singing and storytelling Alden Phelps tells tale of a child who gets bullied at school, and how he stops it, with help from students and adults. A Window in My Heart: A Story About Bullying is narrated by a man who has the unique job of school custodian on an intergalactic spaceship! All the child characters in a Window in My Heart are fanciful blue aliens, emphasizing the fact that no matter what we look like on the outside, we’re all the same inside."

Please take some time to discuss this performance with your child.

View the Teacher Program Guide.

Source: Young Audiences/Arts for Learning of Maryland | Audience: K-5

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Fall Book Fair

Our Fall Book Fair, September 23–27, is a reading event that brings the books that your child wants to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

The remaining Fall Book Fair hours are as follows:

  • Wednesday, September 25, 3pm–7pm
  • Thursday, September 26, 3pm–7pm

Visit the Book Fair online at: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/bushyparkelementaryschool

Sign-up to volunteer at: https://signup.com/go/GcrrKvD.

A very special thanks to Stacie Morris and Angela Cohen for bringing this extraordinary event to our school.

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Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

“Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.”

September 15 was the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month which celebrates the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans. Observing Hispanic Heritage Month allows our country to show its recognition and support for the work Latinos did and are doing in helping this country grow through countless contributions as leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and members of our armed forces.

When you enter or leave our school, please take a moment to see the bulletin board which recognizes National Hispanic Heritage month!

Are you interested in joining the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee? Please complete our Volunteer Interest Form.

Credits: Special thanks to the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, The Miller Family and The Villar Family. Source: https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/about/

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Volunteer Opportunities

PLEASE NOTE: Volunteer Requirements

Please review all Volunteer information at: https://bpes.hcpss.org/support.

According to HCPSS Board Policy, all parent volunteers must complete a Confidentiality Training Course about protecting the privacy of our students, staff, and schools. Please visit https://bpes.hcpss.org/support to complete the course and print your certificate of completion. Please provide the front office with your training certificate.

Before & After School Activities Co-chair

The chair and co-chair have the following responsibilities:

  • Identify opportunities to provide extra enrichment options to the student body
  • Research and select vendors to run such selected programs and clubs outside of school hours
  • Coordinate with the vendors to schedule age-appropriate activities in conjunction with the school calendar
  • Obtain permit through the county for use of areas within the school property
  • Review and approve fliers and collect adequate quantities for distribution
  • Ensure fliers are sent home to families through take home folders and first day folders
  • For activities conducted by the BPES teachers, the chairs are also responsible to collect registrations, build rosters and record payments
  • Hand over the rosters and reimbursement forms to the PTA treasurer
  • Communicate and coordinate with the front office any changes to planned activities, volunteer sign-up etc.

Please contact Namita Shah with interest.

Book Fair Co-chair

Duties including, but not limited to marketing the fair to parents and assisting at the fair (some nights and days). You will also have an opportunity to attend Scholastic training workshops. Book Fair occurs twice a year and is a rewarding volunteer position in the Bushy Park community. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Stacie Morris.

Media Center

Our Media Center is in need of volunteers! We especially need help collecting books in the mornings, checking them in, and shelving them. An hour a week would be wonderful, but any time you can give would be appreciated. You pick the day and time. Please contact Christine Carey.

Walking Wednesdays

The activity requires 2 or 3 parent volunteers per recess period and provides a great opportunity for parents to interact with their children and their friends. WW is a great way for parents, grandparents and other caregivers to get involved. (Walking Wednesdays will begin in October and ends after Thanksgiving, then weather permitting, we will start walking again in mid-March until the end of the School-Year.) Sign-up at: https://signup.com/go/AkKoMOX.

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Bushy Park Event at Tony Locos

Bushy Park Families and Friends,

Please SAVE the DATE for our next Dinning Out Fundraiser

Bushy Park Event at Tony Locos

October 14th & 15th

Tony Locos will donate 10% of all sales back to our PTA!

710 Lisbon Center Drive

Woodbine, MD 21797

Open from 11am-Midnight

Come out, enjoy a meal, and support your school! Thank you!

Welcome Back Picnic

Thanks to all who came and played at the PTA Welcome Back picnic on October 13!
Family Membership

To become a member or renew your annual family membership, please complete our online form and submit payment.

Staff Membership

To become a member or renew your annual staff membership, please complete our online form and submit payment.

Retail Rewards Update

Our Box Tops earnings have already begun to accumulate. Keep up the great work scanning grocery receipts for earnings and clipping Box Tops! If you shop for groceries online, you can now submit your email receipts from select retailer such as Instacart, Jet.com, SamsClub.com, Shipt, Target.com, Target Pick-Up/Drive-Up, Walmart Grocery, Walmart.com. Please forward your email receipt from these stores to receipts@boxtops4education.com using the same email that's associated with your Box Tops account. Grocery receipts must be scanned within 14 days in order to get Box Tops credit. Remember, the student, class, and grade with the most Box Tops will win a prize. For more information on how to get the new Box Tops App and contest rules please see https://www.bushyparkpta.org/post/retail-rewards.

Please don't forget to support Bushy Park Elementary School by registering your Martin's and Harris Teeter grocery store cards for Grocery Rewards. For Martin's Bushy Park's ID is 41066. Registration can be done using your online store account. For Harris Teeter the ID is 1636. Registration can be done in store, online using your store account, returning the flyer to school, or by emailing your last name and VIC number to retailrewards.bpes@gmail.com. Please see https://www.bushyparkpta.org/post/retail-rewards for more information and step-by-step instructions. Thank you to everyone who has already signed up for this easy way to raise money for our school!

Another way to support Bushy Park is by participating in the AmazonSmile program. You can select Bushy Park Elementary as your Charity by going to https://smile.amazon.com/ and selecting Bushy Park Elementary School PTA, MD. You can also use this link while shopping in a web browser: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1085681. Please note that if you are shopping using the Amazon App you have to complete your transaction in a web browser using smile.amazon.com, otherwise the donation will not be applied.

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NEW PTA Meeting Format & Family Fun Nights (FFN)

One of the PTA's goals this year is to build community and create new opportunities for families to connect. With that, we are changing they way we do our monthly meetings. Instead of a 90 minute in-person meeting, we will be holding 40 minute recorded conference calls the Thursdays preceding our Family Fun Nights (FFN). The conference calls will focus on updates and discussion of PTA events and programs. This will allow any members that can never physically make it to a meeting to participate live or listen later. If you would like to join, PTA meeting web and dial-in instructions are listed by date on our website. The next conference call is Thursday, October 3rd from 7-7:40pm and will be available for download following the call. All are welcome.

Monday, October 7th at 6:30pm will be our first FFN for the year! We have partnered with The Creative Can Art Studio to bring you a family art night! Come create your own fall sign on wooden pallet board. Don’t miss this special pricing (materials fee), especially for PTA members!

PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to participate in the family art night, but are under financial constraints, please contact Mrs. Bialeski directly. Financial constraints will not limit your participation.

So you may plan ahead, please find a list of these family activities below (start times may vary):



  • Monday, January 13, PTA Update | FFN Story-time and Snacks
  • Monday, February 10, PTA Update | FFN Valentine Workshop
  • Monday, April 20, PTA Update | FFN Math Game Night
  • Monday, May 1, PTA Update | FFN Talent Show
  • Monday, May 11, PTA Update | FFN Adult Softball Game & Kids Cheering Section
  • Monday, June 1, PTA Update | FFN Summer Potluck & Musical Guests from Damon Foreman Music Academy

Before & After School Activities Update

FUNDRAISING: How To Support a Mabel's Labels Fundraiser

Online Fundraiser: Mabel's Labels

Amount raised as of 9/25: $74.72

Number of orders as of 9/25: 6

The PTA is proud to partner with Mabel's Labels for an online fundraiser. Our family fell in love with these labels when our boys were in preschool. We're still using them, with an 8th and 4th grader!

  1. Visit http://campaigns.mabelslabels.com
  2. Enter "Bushy Park Elementary PTA"
  3. Shop

That's it! The PTA will receive 20% of all sales and you will know that your towels, lunch bags and water bottles will always be labeled!

September 2019

23-27 Fall Book Fair

25 RECC Back to School Night, 6:30-7:30pm

30 Schools and Offices Closed

October 2019

3 PTA (Online) Meeting 7pm

7 FFN Art Night 6:30-8pm

7 Community Conversation on Restorative Justice 6-9pm

9 Schools and Offices Closed

11 Fall Fest 6-8pm

14 & 15 Tony Loco's Gives Back Dinner Fundraiser

25 Bushy Bear Dash [Online Donation Form]

31 Halloween Parade, Time TBD

Website PTA Calendar: https://www.bushyparkpta.org/calendar

Facebook PTA Events: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BushyParkPTA/events/

Auditions for Child Roles in Glenelg's Fall Play - Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Hello Glenelg Feeder Schools!

It’s that time of year again… auditions for Glenelg’s fall play, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, are here and we are excited to include some young actors again in this production!

I am emailing you to share the audition information.

Please, feel free to share this information with specific students or your entire school population. I have included principals, principal’s secretaries, and vocal music teachers in this email! You may absolutely include the information in this email, or have interested families email me directly.

We are looking to include around 7-10 children in this production, from ages 6-13. There are roles/spots for both boys and girls. Some roles have lines, and others are in the ensemble.

Auditions for child roles in Glenelg High School’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Information:

Performances are:

November 21 at 7pm

November 22 at 7pm

November 23 at 2pm and 7pm


Rehearsals after school/evenings (a few in October (depending on the role size), rehearsals in November, and then tech week: Nov. 18-20 from 5pm-9pm) These are rough estimates of rehearsals, at this time.

If your child is interested in auditioning, please record a video audition and email it back to kassidy_sharp@hcpss.org by September 23.


Please begin the video with your child stating their name, age, grade, school, and height.

They should also share 1-3 fun facts about themselves! (hobbies, favorite movies, past theatre experience, etc. This is a chance for me to get to see their personality a little in a video!)

After this introduction, your child should perform the scene that I have attached in the email. They can read all the lines for the characters Blick, Glick, and Flick. They can imagine these are one character combined, or that they are 3 different characters! Blick, Flick, and Glick are 3 of the 7 dwarves :) (As for the Snow White lines, a parent or sibling or family member or friend can read those lines. They do not have to be on camera, but could read from behind the camera. Absolutely up to you!)

Please include in the body of the email the name of the auditioner (so I have the correct spelling!), the best email to use for contact, and if there are any specific conflicts you might have (ex. Cannot rehearse Tuesday evenings because of soccer, will be on vacation Nov. 1-5, etc.) All audition videos should be emailed by September 23.

Our in-person, callback auditions will take place at Glenelg on Wednesday, September 25 at 4pm. I will email you on 9/24 to let you know if we need to see your child at those auditions. (not everyone will be needed)

The cast list email will come out by Tuesday, October 1.

(If it is anything like last year, we will have over 40 kiddos auditioning for only 10 roles......ahhhhhhhh)

Please email me if you have any questions!


Kassidy Sharp

Theatre Arts Director

Glenelg High School


The Bushy Park Elementary PTA would like to acknowledge our community partners and their generous support. Thank you!

39 Minute & Wellness

Business Partner: 39 Minute Workout & Wellness is a holistic fitness studio offering small group kettlebell training, acupuncture, nutrition and Cryoskin treatments. For more information visit https://39minuteworkout.com.

Books with a Past

Business Partner: Purveyors of new and used books, literary gifts, toys, and knowledge. Two stores (Glenwood & Historic Savage Mill), both located in Howard County, MD.

Phone: 410-489-2705. For more information visit www.bookswithapast.com.

Brandon Dean's Childcare

Business Partner: Brandon Dean provides quality childcare that brings a fun, educational, friendly, and safe environment to your home with over 15 years of experience. For more information visit http://brandondeanschildcare.weebly.com.

Cattail Creek Country Club

Business Partner: Located in the heart of Glenwood, Cattail Creek is Howard County’s premier, family-friendly club, offering year-round activities to stimulate, educate and entertain even our youngest members. Visit: www.cattailcreekcc.com. Deborah Eubank, Membership Coordinator, Phone: 410-489-4653 ext. 233, Deborah.e@cattailcreekcc.com

Damon Foreman Music Academy (DFMA)

Business Partner: DFMA is an award-winning private Music Education Academy that focuses on excellent music instruction combined with innovative, fun ways to deliver it. Phone: 410-988-2992. Visit: www.dfmamd.com.

Four Seasons Landscaping

Business Partner: Four Seasons Landscaping offers creative design/build services and solutions to include pools, patios, walls, lighting and landscaping. Additionally, Capitol Turf Pros, a division of Four Seasons Landscaping, offers a full range of synthetic turf installation services from lawn turf to putting greens as well as Versa Court systems ranging from basketball courts to tennis courts and all related sports equipment. Visit our websites to learn more: www.fourseasonslandscaping.net. www.capitolturfpros.com. Phone: 240-793-7741

Mt. Airy Children's Dental Associates

Business Partner: Pediatric Dental & Orthodontic Office Offering Pediatric Dentistry from Infancy thru College & Orthodontics for Children & Adults. For more information, visit: www.mtairysmiles.com.

People Who Need People (PWNP)

Service Partner: PWNP is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2006 to serve the needs of homeless women and children by partnering with established charities in Maryland. For more information about PWNP, please visit: https://www.pwnp.org.

Rocky Brown, REALTOR®, The Wendy Slaughter Team of Elevate Real Estate Brokerage

Business Partner: We beat the Howard County average days on market for listings by 47% - and we've consistently beat that average for the past ten years. Our passion is happy clients, let us help you find your happy place. Office: 410-730-2200. Cell: 443-801-1172. Email: rocky@thewendyslaughterteam.com. Visit: www.thewendyslaughterteam.com

The Creative Can Art Studio

Business Partner: The Creative Can is a new art studio located in Glenelg, MD. Specializing in art classes, birthday parties and private art events. Let’s create, explore, learn and celebrate art in a unique and fun space! Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages @thecreativecan for more information and upcoming events. The creative possibilities are endless! www.thecreativecan.com

Western Howard County (WHC) Youth Soccer

Sports Sponsor: Since 2014, WHC Soccer has donated $10 to participating school PTA’s for each student registered to play. Registration for the Fall season opens in mid-April and runs thru early July. For more information about the league and registration visit www.whcsoccer.org.

Western Howard County (WHC) Warhawks Football & Cheer

Sports Sponsor: Our goal is to develop well-rounded young men and women who learn not only the fundamentals of football & cheer, but also the importance of education and teamwork in an atmosphere conductive to developing sound mind, body and character - and having a good time along the way. For more information about the league and registration visit http://gowarhawks.com.
Become a Community Sponsor

Are you a business owner or a sports league? The Bushy Park Elementary PTA invites you to become a business or sports sponsor. Our community sponsor program provides an opportunity to support the staff and students of Bushy Park Elementary.

Bushy Park Elementary PTA

Our PTA is here to build a bridge between home and school, integrating the efforts of parents, teachers, staff and our community. It is an integral part of the Bushy Park community by offering many activities and programs to our families.

Our mission is to promote a positive partnership among our educators, children, and community-at-large through advocacy efforts and programs focused on the education and well-being of our children.

Our vision is simple. Lead with kindness and let everything follow.