Bushy Bear Tales

Volume 11- Februlary 23, 2018

From Mrs. Ketterer:

We have enjoyed amazing experiences and events these past weeks! Those times bring us together within our classrooms, together as grade level teams or as an entire school! When you see the photos below, you can see the joy that is here in our Bushy Park school community!

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:
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  • 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
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Bear Hug Winners - February 2nd

The following students were recognized as their grade level Bear Hug Winners for February 2nd Congratulations to:

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)
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Bear Hug Winners - February 9th

The following students were recognized as their grade level Bear Hug Winners for February 9th Congratulations to:

February 9th
  • Kindergarten - Hanni Louro, Caroline Lusby
  • 1st Grade - Vivianna Ciconte, Sophie Makhlouf
  • 2nd Grade - Ali Abulseoud, Bella Chen
  • 3rd Grade - Jake Jones, Gordon Phillips
  • 4th Grade - Jihoon Kang, Kit Laake
  • 5th Grade - Cassie Baugher, Emme Glassman

    BPES 1st Daddy-Daughter Dance was an AMAZING Event

    Over 155 couples attended Bushy Park's first Daddy-Daughter Dance on February 9th. The PTA Dance Committee organized a beautiful evening with special activities for our students and the male role model that accompanied them.

    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

    On February 12th, the Maryland Ravens Wheelchair Basketball Team came to visit BPES! The athletes shared a focus on their abilities and demonstrated their athletic talent. They played basketball with students and staff members during the intermediate level assembly. For the primary assembly, the athletes provided time in the wheelchair for multiple student volunteers. It was an honor to meet the athletes; we were all inspired!
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    Kindergarten & New First Grade Registration Starts March 5

    Kindergarten Registration begins Monday, March 5 through Friday, March 9 at Bushy Park Elementary School. Children who will be five years old as of September 1, 2018 must enroll in Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. Registration will take place daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

    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:

    1. Birth certificate, birth registration or passport.
    2. Current immunization record - must be a print out from the pediatrician and signed.
    3. Deed or lease to your home
    4. Current utility bill
    5. 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!

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    An Amazing Opportunity to Connect To Math Instruction Awaits!

    We Have 50 Registered So Far!

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    BPES 40/10 Celebration Coming on April 20th

    Join in the celebration of Bushy Park's 40th Birthday of being a school and the 10th Anniversary of being in this building.

    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!
    We will begin at 5:00 p.m. and take photos of families as they enter. We will have games, decade dances, special speakers, school tours, family photos and more! We will also be taking a photo of the event from our roof to capture the moment!

    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 molly_ketterer@hcpss.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

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    In order to streamline collections of monies for field trips and other school expenses, Bushy Park ES is joining many other HCPSS schools in the use of Online School 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

    BPES Spirit Days

    Each year, our own Leo Club inspires our Spirit Days for the year. They help to create advertising to promote them and are usually the most creative in how they dress that day!

    Flag Day: Thursday, June 14

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    Public Works Holds Public Meeting in BPES Media Center Feb. 15th

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