Bushy Park PTA Newsletter
Leading with Kindness | September 25, 2019
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
To become a member or renew your annual family membership, please complete our online form and submit payment.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.
NEW PTA Meeting Format & Family Fun Nights (FFN)
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, November, 11, PTA Update | FFN Fit Night with 39 Minute Workout
- Wednesday, December 4, FFN Robotics Night with Glenelg High's Robotiators 888
- Monday, December, 9, PTA Update | FFN Winter Potluck Dinner & Musical Guests from Damon Foreman Music Academy
- 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
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!
- Visit http://campaigns.mabelslabels.com
- Enter "Bushy Park Elementary PTA"
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!
23-27 Fall Book Fair
25 RECC Back to School Night, 6:30-7:30pm
30 Schools and Offices Closed
3 PTA (Online) Meeting 7pm
9 Schools and Offices Closed
11 Fall Fest 6-8pm
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
Theatre Arts Director
Glenelg High School
39 Minute & Wellness
Books with a Past
Phone: 410-489-2705. For more information visit www.bookswithapast.com.
Brandon Dean's Childcare
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.email@example.com
Damon Foreman Music Academy (DFMA)
Four Seasons Landscaping
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)
Rocky Brown, REALTOR®, The Wendy Slaughter Team of Elevate Real Estate Brokerage
The Creative Can Art Studio
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
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.