Bushy Bear Tales
Volume 11- Februlary 23, 2018
From Mrs. Ketterer:
Yet, we have also been experiencing great sadness in the recent news of another school tragedy. Although none of us wants to think about the possibility of an emergency situation happening within our community, as administrators, Dr. Via and I want to reassure you that we take the safety and well-being of our students seriously. We know that you entrust in us your children and we view this as a sacred responsibility.
We thank you in advance for honoring even the smallest of safety requests, whether it's remembering to come in and sign your children in when they come after 9:20 a.m., using the cross walks, remembering to sign in at the front office every time you visit, or honoring requests about snacks, costumes, parking, visitors etc. on special days. We all need to work together for the safety and benefit of our students.
Our staff regularly and intentionally practices crisis/emergency response situations such as shelter-in-place, evacuation, duck-cover-hold, lock-down, etc. Practicing the drills is paramount so that we all know how to respond if ever presented with any type of emergency situation.
It is normal for students and staff to feel uneasy, anxious or upset after a tragedy of this magnitude. Therefore, we will identify any student or staff member showing signs of distress and encourage them to speak to our counselor, Mrs. Bengermino.
Dr. Martirano has offered an opportunity to come together as a community. Dr. Via and I will be attending that gathering and will return to talk with parent groups at PTA Meetings. Several of you have shared your support and concern and ideas. We welcome these and will be sure to share them with HCPSS Leadership and continue to collaborate together to make our school safe!
As you navigate these difficult topics with your children, we wanted to share again some resources Dr. Martirano offered from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) that you may find helpful. Shown below, please find documents which have age-specific guidance for parents:
- 1 BPES Science Fair: Judging during the day Program @ 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria
- 6 2nd Grade Parent Math Night @ 7:00-8:30 p.m.
- 7 Wonder Book Club Meeting @ 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Media Center
- 13 PTA Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center
- 14 Read Across America Day
- 15 Leo Club Meeting
- 16 2nd Grade Field Trip to MD Science Center
- 16 SPIRIT DAY: Maryland Day
- 19-23 Spring Book Fair
- 21 Wonder Book Club Meeting @ 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Media Center
- 22 PTA Ice Cream Social / PTA Board Elections
- 23 Spring Portraits and Class Groups
- 26 Greg Tang Parent Presentation @ 6:30-7:30 p.m. Flyer coming soon w/ RSVP!
- 27 Greg Tang Student Presentation during the day in the Cafeteria
- 30-31 Schools and Offices Closed
- 1-3 Spring Break
- 4-6 School is Open- Inclement Weather Make-Up Days
- 10 PTA Meeting in the Media Center @ 7:00 p.m.
- 13 Early Dismissal- End of 3rd Quarter
- 18 1st Grade Field Trip 10:00-2:30 p.m. to Coastal Sunbelt Produce
- 20 40/10 Celebration @ 5:00-8:00 p.m.
- 26 Leo Club Meeting / Take-Your-Child-To-Work-Day
- 27 SPIRIT DAY: Tie-Dye Day
Bear Hug Winners - February 2nd
- Kindergarten - Saniya Dorsey, Lara Penn
- 1st Grade - Ryan Carr, Sinan Baibars
- 2nd Grade - Graham Baker, Ava Wildesen
- 3rd Grade - Gavin Smith, Jack Zenkewicz
- 4th Grade - Brett Fulton, Sierra Phillips
- 5th Grade - Annabelle McLemore, Jenna Stein (not pictured)
Bear Hug Winners - February 9th
BPES 1st Daddy-Daughter Dance was an AMAZING Event
Thank you to organizers Sara Magden, Angie Dutton and Audra Miller who offered buffet snacks, a candy table, crafts, a photo booth and an awesome DJ. Mrs. Ketterer took photos of every couple that the PTA is printing and sending home with families. Thanks to PTA President, Eileen Dietz, who was there throughout to support!
Cultural Arts Presentation: Abilities Awareness Program Featured Maryland Ravens Wheelchair Basketball Team
Kindergarten & New First Grade Registration Starts March 5
A new online registration process will open on March 1 where much of the process can be done online. You should plan still plan to visit their assigned school during the week of March 5-9, 2018 to finalize your registration
You will need to bring the following documents:
- Birth certificate, birth registration or passport.
- Current immunization record - must be a print out from the pediatrician and signed.
- Deed or lease to your home
- Current utility bill
- Photo ID of parent/guardian registering the student
Please visit the Howard County Public School System website for complete information about enrollment and registration.
There is also great information on Getting Ready for Kindergarten to give you ideas!
An Amazing Opportunity to Connect To Math Instruction Awaits!
We Have 50 Registered So Far!
BPES 40/10 Celebration Coming on April 20th
On Friday, April 20th, we will celebrate the decades we have been a school! We want alumni to share their memories and help us commemorate our school community!
Very soon, we will be sending home our T-Shirt Contest Flyers to ask our BPES students to help design our 40/10 T-shirts we will all wear that day!
Please email Mrs. Ketterer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to join our committee, offer photos or memories or have ideas to help us.
Bushy Park ES Moves to Using Online Payments
The Howard County Public School System Online School Payments service is provided to parents to facilitate payment using Visa and MasterCard for school fees and a variety of products schools may be offering. For further information, please contact our office at (410) 313-5500.
Click on the GREEN BAR to access our new Highlight Page on our BPES website