Bushy Bear Tales

Pre-Season Edition 8.21.17

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

The excitement is building to welcome back 600+ students for our new school year! This year will feature a celebration of Bushy Park's 40th Birthday and the 10th Anniversary of being in our current building! We are looking for folks to help us plan an amazing commemoration! This will be discussed further at the September 12th PTA Meeting.

Please review the information below. This is our new format for our Bushy Bear Tales which will be sent out every other week.


28- Postcards mailed home with classroom assignments
  • Classroom assignments available on HCPSS Connect on August 31 at 9:00 a.m.
31- Back-to-School Orientations
  • Parent Volunteer Training w/ Mrs. Ketterer & Dr. Via @ 3:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria

  • Click on the yellow bar below to get the Full Schedule for Back-to-School and Open House
1- New Families Orientation @ 1:00 p.m. in the Media Center
  • Open House for all students @ 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
5- First Day of School
8- PTA Back-to-School Family Picnic @ 5:30 pm.-7:30 p.m. on the playground
12- PTA Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center
21- Schools and Office Closed
22- Schools Closed for Students - Professional Learning Day


Bears Moving On:

We thank the following staff members for their service to our Bushy Park learning community and wish them well as they begin a new chapter in their lives.

Sonya Beall - Mrs. Beall begins her teaching internship this year at Phelps Luck ES. As a result, she moves on from her role as paraeducator. Mrs. Beall served kindergarten for much of her time at Bushy Park ES.

Kristan Bond- Mrs. Bond transferred to Murray Hill MS where she will serve in several grades and realize the goal she has had of teaching at the middle school level! Mrs. Bond taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grades while at Bushy Park ES.

Kathy Felipe- Mrs. Felipe retired this past June after teaching for 30 years! She served at Bushy Park for much of that time, most recently in 4th and 5th grades.

Jenn Meikrantz- Ms. Meikrantz also transferred to the middle school level. She will join the Patapsco Middle School staff teaching both math and reading. She taught 5th grade while at Bushy Park ES.

Carly Norris- Mrs. Norris transferred to Phelps Luck ES where she will teach 1st grade this coming year. She wanted to teach closer to her family home in Columbia. Mrs. Norris taught 1st grade while at Bushy Park ES.

Nicole Smith- Mrs. Smith, principal’s secretary, retired this past June after 20 years of service to HCPSS, much of that time spent at Bushy Park ES. She has graciously assisted us in welcoming and orienting our new principal’s secretary, Kim Athey, mentioned below.

Paige Vane- Ms. Vane transferred to Ducketts Lane ES where she will serve as a special educator. Ms. Vane served as a special educator and worked with students in 4th and 5th grades while at Bushy Park ES.

Bears Moving Within:

We celebrate these changes Bushy Park Staff are making this year to grow professionally!

Kathy Buckley- Mrs. Buckley will serve as the kindergarten paraeducator moving from her role as special ed paraeducator. Mrs. Buckley spent time working with Mrs. Beall at the end of last school year. She brings experience at every grade level.

Christine Carey- Mrs. Carey joined us last year as a part-time Media Specialist. With Mrs. Richmond moving to 4th grade at Bushy Park ES, Mrs. Carey will assume the full-time Media Specialist role. She and Mrs. Richmond have collaborated on this transition since last school year.

Kathy Richmond- Mrs. Richmond requested to return to the classroom for this school year. She will serve in 4th grade. Mrs. Richmond moves from her role of media specialist and also brings her experience as a classroom teacher in several grades at Bushy Park ES. We are thrilled she joins the 4th Grade Team!

Sharon Walsh- Mrs. Walsh moves into the role of special ed paraeducator. She has served as a student assistant at Bushy Park ES. Mrs. Walsh brings her experience in all grade levels to her new role!

New Bears Coming to Bushy Park ES

We are excited to welcome new staff members to Bushy Park! Read to learn more about our newest Bears!


We are in the process of finalizing class groupings. With new students registering throughout the summer, and some students moving out of Bushy Park, we have to adjust our initial class groupings. Please be on the lookout for your Classroom Placement Postcard. Postcards will be mailed on August 28.


If, for some reason, you do not get your classroom placement postcard, you will be able to access your child's homeroom class in HCPSS Connect on August 31 at 9:00 a.m.

Please note: You will only be able to get this information if your Family File is completed (see information below).

Family File Emergency Form is Open in HCPSS Connect

HCPSS Connect is open to update your Family File. This information is very important! Please take time to do this before the first day of school.

You will be asked to update or provide the following information:

  • Parent/guardian contact information. Please provide the most current contact information.

  • Emergency contacts. Who do you want to pick up your child in case you cannot?

  • Medical information

  • Arrival and dismissal procedures. How will your child arrive to school and be dismissed on a daily basis? Additionally, provide what procedure your child should follow in case of an unscheduled early closing of schools.

  • Media coverage. This includes students being photographed for ACE awards.

  • Data confidentiality.

  • PTA directory. What information do you want included in our BPES PTA Directory?

Supply List for 2017-2018

The supply list for the 2017-18 school year can be found on the main page of our school's website.

We encourage you to drop off your school supplies during Open House on August 31. Please be sure to clearly label your child's supplies.

We had over 250 Parents submit a Parent Consideration Form in June, this is 40% of our BPES Community!

Click on the yellow bar below to learn how this graphic was generated and how the valuable information parents offered is used!
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Here's to 2017-2018... See You Soon!

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