Bushy Park PTA Newsletter

Leading with Kindness | October 8, 2019

Pumpkin-Spiced for your reading pleasure.

There's so much to share, we're sending this a day early!
  • Fall Fest Friday
  • Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur
  • FFN Family Art Night Success
  • Bushy Bear Dash
  • Summer & Opening Events Survey
  • October Membership Drawing
  • Spirit Wear Sale
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Tony Locos Fundraiser
  • FFN Family Fit Night
  • Reflections
  • After School Activities
  • Mabel's Labels Fundraiser
  • Upcoming Events
  • Cultural Arts: Christylez Bacon "Human Beatbox"
  • Community Sponsors

Our Fall Fest is Friday!

Bushy Park’s annual Fall Fest is happening this Friday, October 11th from 6-8pm. We will gather together to play games, decorate pumpkins, enjoy face painting, magic and more!

Please consider volunteering for one of the activities at: https://signup.com/go/whXqTxs. Special thanks to Mrs. Lioi for planning this fall-tastic event!

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

The two most important holidays in the Jewish religion are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. The New Year means celebrations, prayer and time with family and friends. On Rosh Hashanah people eat apples dipped in honey to symbolize a sweet new year. Rosh Hashanah this was September 30th and October 1st last week. On Rosh Hashanah Jews are asked to think about their behavior over the past year and ways to improve themselves.

10 Days after Rosh Hashanah is Yom Kippur. Jewish people around the world will celebrate Yom Kippur This Wednesday, October 9th. From the beginning to the end of the holiday jewish people are supposed to think about asking for forgiveness from those we hurt over the past year and ways to be a better and more kind person. Adults are not supposed to eat all day but instead focus on prayer, forgiveness and improving their behavior. When the sun sets, Jewish families and friends gather together for a big meal.

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

FFN Family Art Night

Thank you to Mrs. Baumwald, The Creative Can Art Studio, for transforming our cafeteria to an art studio. To all of our young artists: Thanks for creating with us! We hope you’re all able to continue the creative fun with our Reflections student art competition and in your daily lives.
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On your mark! Get set! GO!

The 8th Bushy Bear Dash will take place on Friday, October 25th!

Amount raised as of 10/6: $3,640

Goal: $15,000

This 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!

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!

Look for donation forms coming home with your students! Please consider supporting the Bushy Park PTA, your students and your school! New this year, donations are also being accepted through PayPal! Visit https://www.bushyparkpta.org/bushy-bear-dash to donate today!

Summer & Opening Events Survey

As leaders in our school community, we value engaging with parents and community members to solicit feedback in a variety of ways. As we reflect on our summer activities and opening events while they are still fresh in our minds, we would appreciate your thoughts on the timing, structure, and communication of these events.

This survey will be open through Friday, October 11th. The information we gather through this survey will be used to inform our planning for next year's opening. While the survey is anonymous, please keep in mind that the results will be shared with the BPES staff, BPES PTA leadership team, and other community members.

If you are interested in being a part of analyzing and synthesizing the feedback we collect and in helping develop our plan for opening events next year, we invite you to join us in person on Monday, October 14th from 8:15-9:00am in the BPES Media Center. If you would like to attend, please email Mrs. Bialeski directly at julia_bialeski@hcpss.org by Friday, October 11th.

We thank you in advance for your feedback and look forward to collaborating to ensure that our summer and opening events best meet your needs in the future.

Julia Bialeski, Principal
Keith West, Assistant Principal
Randee Wilding, PTA President

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.

Family Membership

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

Staff Membership

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

The BPES Spirit Wear Store is OPEN!

Our spirit wear store is OPEN, thanks to Mrs. Feldman! Please note: Orders will not be delivered until after the close of the sale. Deadline: Friday October 18th.
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Shop for Spirit Wear

Deadline: Friday October 18th, 2019 (11:59pm EDT)

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.

Tony Locos Fundraiser, October 14th & 15th

This is the time to bring your whole family to Tony Locos! On October 14th & 15th, Tony Locos will donate 10% of all sales back to our PTA!

Tony Locos, Bar & Restaurant

Italian, American, & Puerto Rican Cuisine

710 Lisbon Center Drive

Woodbine, MD 21797

Open from 11am-Midnight

Come out, enjoy a meal, and support your school! Thank you!

Browse the Menu

Italian, American & Puerto Rican Cuisine

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Family Fun Night (FFN) Fit Night!

On Monday, November, 11th we will be working out with 39 Minute Workout & Wellness! Bring your water bottles and towels for our second FFN of the year!

What's next? You need to be there too:

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.

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 10/4: $118.94

Number of orders as of 10/4: 11

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!
Grammy-Nominated Artist Christylez Bacon Performs at Norwood

Upcoming Events

October 2019

9 Schools Closed for Students

11 Spirit Day: Gladiator Day (Wear Red, White & Black)

11 Fall Fest 6-8pm

14 & 15 Tony Loco's Gives Back Dinner Fundraiser

15 Fall Student Portraits

18 Schools Closed for Students

25 Spirit Day: Pink Out (Wear Pink)

25 Bushy Bear Dash [Online Donation Form]

31 Halloween Parade & Classroom Parties 2:30pm

November 2019

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/

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.