Bushy Park PTA Newsletter

Leading with Kindness | September 11, 2019

What a Monday!

Thursday & Friday

  • Kindergarten Back to School Night is Thursday, September 12th from 6-7pm.
  • The PTA Welcome Back Picnic is Friday, September 13th from 5-7pm. We will meet on the playground blacktop starting at 5pm and go until 7pm. Bring chairs, blankets, dinner for your family, balls, frisbees, hula hoops, and other fun items for the kids to play with. It is a great time to meet other Bushy Park Families!

Upcoming Fundraisers

NEW PTA Meeting Format

  • Our next PTA meeting will be a recorded conference call/online on Thursday, October 3rd from 7-7:40pm. To join, please visit the PTA Calendar and select the date for details. The recording of the meeting will be available and will serve as meeting notes.
  • Please register for our first Family Fun Night (FFN) of the year. We have partnered with The Create Can Art Studio to bring you a Family Art Night at special PTA member pricing. We will provide a brief PTA Update during the FFN.

Do you have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me directly at bpesptapres@gmail.com.

In Partnership,

Randee Wilding

BPES PTA Leadership Team, 2019-20

Randee Wilding, President

Kristin Baker, Treasurer

Voula Augustin, First Vice President

Gina Lease, Second Vice President

Michelle Sexton, Secretary

Jaime Belmore, Corresponding Secretary

Congratulations to the Leone Family!

You've won the September PTA family membership drawing! This month's prize is the book "All Are Welcome" by Alexandra Penfold (Author) and Suzanne Kaufman (Illustrator). Enjoy!

Find out what the October PTA family membership drawing prize will be in the October 9th PTA newsletter.

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.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th to October 15th and the PTA's new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee is looking for anyone who would like to contribute their experiences, ideas, or materials to help us all celebrate. Please contact Randee Wilding, if you are interested. Thank you!

Volunteer Opportunities (1 hour to 10+)

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 Volunteers

Do you have time to help during the Fall Book Fair, September 23–27? Sign-up at: https://signup.com/go/GcrrKvD. Please contact Stacie Morris with questions.

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 at or stop by the Book Fair on Tuesday, September 24 from 9-12.

Bushy Bear Dash Fundraiser, Field Games

Our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Bushy Bear Dash, is looking for a co-chair to help plan/co-ordinate field games. Please contact Gina Lease with interest.

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.

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!

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

Online Fundraiser: Mabel's Labels

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!

FUNDRAISING: How To Support a Mabel's Labels Fundraiser

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.

Fall Book Fair hours are the following:

  • Monday, September 23, 3pm–7pm
  • Tuesday, September 24, 8:30am–12pm* and 3pm–8pm Raffle Night
  • Wednesday, September 25, 3pm–7pm
  • Thursday, September 26, 3pm–7pm

*Special morning hours for Book Fair. Visitors may ONLY visit the mini auditorium.

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

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

Classroom Book Fund

The PTA Classroom Book Fund is a great way to honor your child, encourage reading and share a book! Gifting a book to your child is a great way to get your child to read a book that he/she chooses themselves. Dedicate this book to your child, let them take it home for 2 weeks, and then return the book to your child's classroom for other's to read for many years to come!

September 2019

12 Kindergarten Back to School Night, 6-7pm

13 Welcome Back Picnic, 5-7pm

23-27 Fall Book Fair

24 Room Parent Orientation 9:30am

October 2019

3 PTA (Online) Meeting 7pm

7 FFN Art Night 6:30-8pm

11 Fall Fest 6-8pm

14 & 15 Tony Loco's Gives Back Dinner Fundraiser

25 Bushy Bear Dash

31 Halloween Parade, Time TBD

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

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

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.

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.