Bushy Bear Tales

Edition 2 - September 4, 2019

Happy First Week!

Greetings BPES Community!

We have had an amazing time welcoming your children for the first week of school! Our first day began smoothly with students excitedly entering the building and immediately getting started building community in their classrooms. As we walked around to each classroom on Tuesday morning, we found students engaged in community circles, sharing highlights from their summer, and learning about one another.

Students are learning many new routines and procedures this week as they prepare for a great year. In addition, our staff will focus on developing each child's social emotional learning in a variety of ways. One of the ways we teach and foster social emotional learning is through daily Community Circles, which take place immediately following the morning announcements. As you talk with your child about their school day, we encourage you to ask them about their Community Circle topic that morning.

We look forward to a terrific year of building community with you and your family. As always, please reach out to either of us at any time. As we told the children on our classroom visits this week, the best part of our jobs is that we get to be the "Lead Helpers" in our school. We are here to help your children and your family have a wonderful year.


Julia Bialeski, Principal

Keith West, Assistant Principal

Upcoming September Events:

9/9 Parent Volunteer Orientation - 9:30am or 6:30pm

9/9 PTA all-day spirit day at Chick Fil A of Clarksville - 6:00am-10:00pm

9/9 PTA Meeting - 7:00-8:30pm

9/12 Kindergarten Back to School Night (informational evening for parents only) 6:00pm

9/13 PTA Back-to-School Picnic - 5:00-7:00pm

9/23-9/27 PTA Fall Book Fair

9/25 RECC Back to School Night - 6:30-7:30pm

9/30 School and Offices Closed

Highlights from Our First Day!

New Learning Behaviors for 2019-20 Report Cards

Revised Learning Behaviors will be reported on all K-5 report cards beginning this school year. Learning Behaviors are learned actions that enable students to access learning and interact with others productively in the community. These behaviors are developed in and outside of school. The report card will now include information on the degree to which your child demonstrates interpersonal skills, responsibility, perseverance, collaboration, and initiative.

Additionally, Learning Behaviors help with understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining positive relationships, and making responsible decisions, which are essential life skills. They complement the curriculum content taught in the elementary grades and are a natural part of learning about oneself while interacting with others.

These behaviors were drafted and revised several times based on feedback from teachers, administrators, curriculum staff, and parent advisory committees. For details on the new learning behaviors, report card language, and indicators, please click on the button below.

Thank you to the PTA's New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee!

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We are excited to partner with the PTA's new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee this year! Chaired by BPES parents Christina Lawrence, Audra Miller, and Mya Frye, the committee's mission is to strive towards advocating for the uniqueness of all students.

The committee will work with the executive board of the PTA to provide specific educational opportunities for every student and staff member in an effort to embrace diversity (respect others' differences) and acquire the skills, knowledge, and confidence to positively influence the larger community within and outside Bushy Park Elementary School.

We would especially like to thank the PTA and the DEI Committee for purchasing culturally-responsive book packs to donate to our school! These texts were purchased with funds earned from last year's Scholastic Book Fairs and will provide both our Carson Reading Room and classroom teachers with new titles to add to the BPES collection.

Together, we look forward to promoting an inclusive environment at Bushy Park where every student belongs!

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Are You Interested in Volunteering This Year?

Media Center Volunteers

Our Media Center is in need of volunteers! We especially need help collecting books in the mornings, checking them in, and shelving them. An hour a week would be wonderful, but any time you can give would be appreciated. You pick the day and time. Please contact Christine Carey at christine_carey@hcpss.org.
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What is the Buddy Bench?

At Bushy Park, we have a special feature on our playground - the Buddy Bench! The Buddy Bench helps promote inclusion on the playground by ensuring that everyone has someone to play with at recess!

Students are encouraged to plan for what they would like to do at recess. Once outside, if they do not have someone to play with, they can sit on the Buddy Bench to show that they are looking to join a game. If students see someone sitting on the Buddy Bench, we teach them to invite those sitting down to join their activity. Additionally, we teach students that if they are invited to join an activity, they should not decline.

The Buddy Bench is not a place to sit and rest or cool off during recess, and it is not a place to hang out with friends. We will ensure that all students receive a refresher on how to use the Buddy Bench to start our school year. We encourage you to ask your child, "Was anyone using the Buddy Bench today?" to start a conversation about inclusion and kindness at the dinner table!

BPES PTA Spirit Day at Chick-fil-A of Clarksville

Monday, Sep. 9th, 6am-10pm

6395 Ten Oaks Road

Clarksville, MD

• Let your cashier know that you're with the BPES PTA Spirit Day BEFORE placing your order.
• You can participate in the drive-thru as well as dining inside the restaurant
• Your Catering orders—such as nugget trays or gallons of lemonade—qualify towards the total sales of the Spirit Day

The PTA has partnered with Chick-fil-A of Clarksville for a day-long fundraiser!

Please join us on Monday, September 9th
between 6am-10pm

Please SHARE this event with ALL of your friends and family!

Parent Volunteer Orientation

Monday, Sep. 9th, 6:30pm

14601 Carrs Mill Road

Glenwood, MD

Interested in volunteering at Bushy Park this year? Whether you would love to chaperone a field trip, support the Carson Reading Room, serve as a room parent, or volunteer in the library, all volunteers are required to be trained prior to serving. Join us for a brief volunteer orientation immediately prior to our September PTA Meeting. If you are unable to attend an in-person orientation, the training materials will be posted online.

PTA Meeting

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

14601 Carrs Mill Road

Glenwood, MD

Working Agenda:
• 2019-20 Budget Approval
• Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
• New Business
• 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 would like childcare during the meeting, please email bpesptapres@gmail.com with the number and ages of your children.

PTA Welcome Back Picnic

Friday, Sep. 13th, 5-7pm

14601 Carrs Mill Road

Glenwood, MD

Please join us for the Back to School PTA Picnic. We will meet on the playground blacktop starting at 5pm and go until 7pm. Bring chairs, blankets, dinner for your family, balls, frisbees, hula hoops, and other fun items for the kids to play with. It is a great time to meet other Bushy Park Families!