Bushy Park PTA Newsletter

Leading with Kindness | August 28, 2019

PTA Membership Drive!

Good morning!


Last night, at Back to School Night (BTSN) 1st-5th Grades, I asked each family to do two things:


  1. Support the PTA with their membership
  2. Give generously at our most important fundraiser -- the Bushy Bear Dash


Thanks to all of you who've taken the first step!


I also shared our guiding principal, Leading with Kindness. With that guidance, the PTA will be doing a drawing from all family memberships submitted by Friday, September 6th for the children's book "All Are Welcome" by Alexandra Penfold (Author) and Suzanne Kaufman (Illustrator).


"An Amazon Books Editors' best children's book of 2018 selection. An important picture book about diversity and inclusion that shows a group of kids at school where all are welcome and all are safe." - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor


I will announce our drawing winner in the next PTA newsletter on September 11th.


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


Have an excellent start to the school year!


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

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.

Kindergarten Orientation & Kindergarten Playdate #2

Thursday, Aug. 29th, 2-4pm

14601 Carrs Mill Road

Glenwood, MD

Kindergarten Orientation is 2-3pm

Kindergarten Playdate is 3-4pm


PLEASE NOTE: Kindergarten Playdate #2 immediately follows Kindergarten Orientation.

New & Current Family Open Houses, RECC & MINC Orientations

Friday, Aug. 30th, 9:30am-3pm

14601 Carrs Mill Road

Glenwood, MD

9:30-10:30 AM Preschool Orientation

11am-12pm PM Preschool Orientation

11am-12pm MINC

1-2pm New Family Open House

2-3pm Current Family Open House

Parent Volunteer Orientation #1

Monday, Sep. 9th, 9:30-10:30am

14601 Carrs Mill Road

Glenwood, MD

Please meet in the cafeteria.


The school will be offering two in-person trainings for Parent Volunteers. Every adult who wants to support children in our school needs to participate in either in-person or online training prior to serving in that role.


All adults who participate in the Parent Volunteer Training will need to complete and submit two signed training forms (provided at the in-person training):

  • Bushy Park Parent Volunteer Training Form
  • HCPSS Confidentiality Training Form


After September 9h, the Parent Volunteer Training will be offered online.

Parent Volunteer Orientation #2

Monday, Sep. 9th, 6-7pm

14601 Carrs Mill Road

Glenwood, MD

Please meet in the media center.



The school will be offering two in-person trainings for Parent Volunteers. Every adult who wants to support children in our school needs to participate in either in-person or online training prior to serving in that role.


All adults who participate in the Parent Volunteer Training will need to complete and submit two signed training forms (provided at the in-person training):


  • Bushy Park Parent Volunteer Training Form
  • HCPSS Confidentiality Training Form



After September 9h, the Parent Volunteer Training will be offered online.

PTA Meeting *

Monday, Sep. 9th, 7-8:30pm

14601 Carrs Mill Road

Glenwood, MD


  • 2019-20 Budget Approval
  • Committee Meetings
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Q&A


* Childcare Provided

In response to last year's PTA survey, the PTA will provide childcare for BPES students during our Monday, September 9th meeting only. If you will be taking advantage of this, RSVP below.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Fall Book Fair

Parents and Families,


Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills

and a love for reading:


  • Set the example. Let children see you read.
  • Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep up with changing tastes and reading skills.
  • Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read.


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.


Book Fair is looking for a 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 at staciecm@gmail.com or stop by the Book Fair on Tuesday, September 24 from 9-12.

Retail Rewards

Grocery Rewards

Harris Teeter: Please support our school by linking Bushy Park Elementary school to your Harris Teeter VIC card. This can be done in the store or through the website https://www.harristeeter.com/. For Harris Teeter our ID is 1636. You may also send an email to retailrewards.bpes@gmail.com with your last name and VIC card number and we can link your card.

Martin's: Please register for Martin's A+ Program. Registration can be done at https://martinsfoods.com/. The Bushy Park ID is 41066 or call Martins Consumer Affairs at 1-888-814-4268 OPTION #1.


Box Tops for Education

As we get ready for the school please keep your eyes open for Box Tops. This year, Box Tops has started its transition to a digital collection program while it phases it out the traditional Box Top clips. Participation in the digital program will require downloading the Box Tops App and selecting Bushy Park as your school. Bushy Park’s Box Tops ID is 218985. PLEASE NOTE: For digital earnings, store receipts need to be scanned into the Box Tops App within 14 days of purchase. We will also continue to accept the paper clips as well. Details on our annual competition will be provided in the folders that come home the first week of school.


AmazonSmile

Another way to support our school is through the AmazonSmile program. It is as easy as shopping using this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1085.

Team and Room Parent Information

Are you interested in being a Team or Room Parent this school year? Sign up sheets will be up at Open House. Afterwards, we will have a blind draw to pick one Team parent per grade level and two room parents per classroom grades Kindergarten-5th. After all team and room parents have been contacted, we will have a meeting on September 24th at 9:30am go over the year events.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd – 5th grades. Meeting twice a week in small teams, Girls on the Run teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The season culminates with a Girls on the Run 5K event which gives participants a sense of achievement and a framework for setting and achieving goals.


Registration opens at 12noon on Sunday, August 18. Interested participants can click here to register. The program begins the week of September 22 and the 5k will be held on Saturday, December 7.


For questions regarding the program, please contact Susan Michel at 443-864-8593 or via email at susan.michel@girlsontherun.org.

Hero Boys

Does your son want to be a Hero Boy? Hero Boys is an after school running program for boys in 3rd-5th grades that includes a character building program as well as training for a 5k. Practices meet directly afterschool on Thursdays and run for 8 weeks culminating in a 5k on November 10th. Hero Boys begins on September 19th! (With no practice on Halloween). For more information check out https://www.heroboys.org/md-howard-county.

Community Sponsors

39 Minute & Wellness

Business Sponsor: 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.

Mt. Airy Children's Dental Associates

Business Sponsor: 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.

Western Howard County 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.

Become a Community Sponsor

Are you a business owner? The Bushy Park Elementary PTA invites you to become a business sponsor. The business 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.