Bushy Park PTA Newsletter

Leading with Kindness | October 23, 2019

The Bushy Bear Dash is Friday!

At the beginning of the year, I asked you to do two things to support our PTA:

1) Join the PTA. Thank you to those families that have.

2) Donate to the Bushy Bear Dash. Thank you to those who've already donated.

This Friday, October 25th is the Bushy Bear Dash!

The Bushy Bear Dash 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!

Amount raised as of 10/22 at 4:56pm: $9,312

Goal: $15,000







232 donations representing almost 1/2 our students

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.

Thanks to Mrs. Lease for planning this important and fun event!

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

Volunteer at the Bushy Bear Dash

Don't forget to wear pink!

Cash or Check? Please download the form below.


"Namaste my friends at Bushy Park.

My name is Neeva Patel and I wanted to wish you all a very Happy Diwali this year.

Diwali is a festival that is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists around the world.

It is one of the most popular festivals symbolizing “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”

Homes, businesses, temples and buildings are lit up with candles and lights.

I hope this Diwali will bring happiness and light to all of you! Happy Diwali!"

Thanks to our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee for this contribution.

Fall Fest

Fall Fest was a complete pumpkin-painted success. Special thanks to Mrs. Lioi for planning this fall-tastic event!

If you have any photos from Fall Fest to share, please email them to bpesptapres@gmail.com.

Interested in helping plan next year's Fall Fest? Please email bpesptapres@gmail.com.

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Family Fun Nights (FFN) Fit Night!

One of the PTA's goals this year is to build community and create new opportunities for families to connect.

Please join us on Monday, November 11th, 6:45-8:30pm. We will be working out with 39 Minute Workout & Wellness! Bring your water bottles and towels for our second FFN of the year!

RSVP for your family at: https://forms.gle/wKhFsEeNQCCYe7of8.

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October Membership Drawing

This month's membership drawing is the book "UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World," by Dr. Michele Borba.

Our PTA's guiding principle is "Leading with Kindness." This book provides several case studies on developing and exercising compassion.

The PTA will be doing a drawing from all family memberships at the end of October.

In addition to AmazonSmile, this book is available from our local bookstore and business partner, Books with a Past.

Today Show with Michele Borba - Raising UnSelfie Kids
Family Membership

To become a member or renew your annual family membership, please complete our online form and submit payment.

Volunteer Opporutunities

Do you have an hour to volunteer at school? Can you make an hour to volunteer? If you are able, please visit our Volunteer page for updated opportunities.

We have everything from event-specific to seasonal opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities

Our Volunteer page is updated frequently. Please check back often.

Call for Entries: 2020 PTA Reflections Program


The National PTA Reflections program encourages students to explore the arts for fun and recognition. All Bushy Park Elementary School students are invited to create their own work of art reflecting this year’s theme: LOOK WITHIN.

Parents and Teachers: We need your help!

  • Encourage students to participate

  • Discuss the meaning of the theme and brainstorm ideas

  • Provide materials and space to create their own work of art

  • Volunteer to judge

Deadline for Entries: November 12, 2019. All students are invited to participate.

Buddy Bear is now live on Mabel's Labels!

The Logo Label pack is available by visiting:

  1. campaigns.mabelslabels.com
  2. Select Bushy Park Elementary
  3. click on “Combo Label Packs” and the Logo Label pack will appear.

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!

Amount raised as of 10/21: $118.94

Number of orders as of 10/21: 11

Grammy-Nominated Artist Christylez Bacon Performs at Norwood

Cultural Arts: Christylez Bacon "Human Beatbox"

Christylez Bacon, GRAMMY nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist combines rhyming, storytelling and interactive call and response choruses with diverse instrumentation to deliver a message of cultural acceptance & unification blending traditional elements of musical styles from jazz to hip-hop. Thanks to our Cultural Arts committee: He's visiting our school on Monday, November 4th!

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!

Upcoming Events

October 2019

25 Spirit Day: Pink Out (Wear Pink)

25 Bushy Bear Dash [Online Donation Form]

31 Halloween Parade & Classroom Parties 2:30pm

November 2019

4 Cultural Arts: Christylez Bacon "Human Beatbox"

7 PTA (Online) Meeting 7pm

11 FFN Family Fit Night 6:45-8:30pm

25 PTA Dinner for Staff

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

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

Spirit Wear Sale Extended!

Our spirit wear sale has been extended to Friday, October 25th! Please order now at https://bushypark2019.itemorder.com/sale.
The Bushy Park Elementary PTA would like to acknowledge our community partners and their generous support. Thank you!
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.