Bushy Park PTA Newsletter

Leading with Kindness | March 11, 2020

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Today is the Science Fair!

Our young scientists have eagerly delivered their projects to the cafeteria. During the day, they'll be discussing their projects with our Science Fair judges and viewing their classmates' projects too.

All are invited to attend our Science Fair this evening, 6:00-8:00pm:

  • 6:00pm: View the science projects
  • 6:30pm: Opening Remarks & Science Show by Eric Energy
  • 7:30pm: Award Ceremony

For those of you who've experienced our Science Fair, you know it's a huge effort. It wouldn't be possible without the time, talent and energy of Dina Goldman and Jessica Cleck. Hearts Up to them and our army of volunteers that makes this event run seamlessly.

Eric Energy's Show: Spark Attack

A show that focuses on electricity, sound and light. The scientist will perform experiments about circuits, sound waves and different kinds of light. The kids will see things like indoor lightning, a voice changer and a real laser light show.

Sensory-Friendly Space

Students with sensory sensitivities are welcomed for early admission, 5:30-6:00pm. This is an opportunity for priming and getting accustomed to the space and viewing the Science Fair projects prior to the large crowds and increased noise.

The Media Center will remain open until 7:45pm for continued support as necessary.

We hope to provide a sensory-friendly environment for all of our remaining community events at BPES this year. If you are interested in helping with this effort, please email Randee Wilding at bpesptapres@gmail.com.

PLEASE NOTE: Our sensory-friendly space is not an overflow area. Please be courteous of the members of our community who need this space and use it in the way it is intended.

"A Night with the Stars"

We hope you enjoyed this year's Sweetheart Dance "A Night with the Stars." Please take a moment to complete our two question survey at: https://forms.gle/aiK114r3scLrVyep7.

Hearts Up to Angie Dutton and Lisa Cochran, our Sweetheart Dance Co-Chairs, for rolling out the red carpet for our families! Special thanks to our volunteers and Heidi Shoemaker for making our first Sensory-Friendly Space possible. What a memorable night for all!

If you have any pictures from the dance you'd like to share, please email them to bpesptapres@gmail.com.

What did you think of the dance?

Please answer our two question survey.

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Celebrating Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month. Please join us in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

When you enter or leave our school, please take a moment to visit the showcase created by our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) committee that celebrates #WomensHistoryMonth.

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School Supply Kits Sale Live

BPES Bonus: Bushy Park PTA will get a $1 rebate for each kit ordered in the first 3 days of our sale – So don’t delay, order today!

The School Supply Kit online sale is live. This is one-stop shopping for your school supplies!

Go to https://www.write-stuff.com/storefront/school/bushypark and start shopping. Kits will be delivered directly to school in May. Free shipping to school ends on April 3, 2020! After that, a home delivery option will be available for orders placed until July 15th, but standard shipping rates will apply – so place your orders by April 3rd!

Order your 2020-21 School Supply Kits Today!

Free shipping to school ends on April 3, 2020

Spring Book Fair

Bushy Park Spring Book Fair Hours

March 23 – 27, 2020

Monday, March 23, 2020

Raffle Night 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Grand / Special Someone Morning Event 8:30am – 9:10am*

*Special morning hours for Book Fair. Visitors may ONLY visit the mini auditorium.

Regular Hours 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Regular Hours 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Special Hours 4:00pm – 8:30pm

Ice Cream Social 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Friday, March 27, 2020

Last Minute Purchases 8:30am – 9:10am

Students will be visiting the Book Fair during the school day to create their Wish List and to purchase books.

Volunteer Opportunity

Have you volunteered at school? If not, this is a great opportunity to interact with the kids and adults. Assist parents with checking out. Cashier duties. Straighten books as necessary.

Please review all Volunteer requirements at: https://bpes.hcpss.org/support.

BPES Leo Club Annual Food Drive

The Bushy Park Leo Club is sponsoring a canned food drive from Monday, February 24th until Friday, March 27th to benefit the Maryland Food Bank. Did you know that approximately a half million people in Maryland live in poverty? The Maryland Food Bank is hoping to gather 20 million pounds of food to give away this year and we would like to help them.

This year we will be donating the food to a satellite location of the Maryland Food Bank located at Glenwood United Methodist Church. We would appreciate your kindness in helping to donate the items listed on the flier below. The collection boxes are located in each team’s pod area.


Thank you for helping out Marylanders in need!

Bushy Park Leo Club

PLEASE NOTE: The PTA will be collecting canned food and other requested items at all events during the month of March. Donations may also be dropped off in the large clear plastic bins in the lobby.

Yearbooks on Sale

Capture the Memories of 2019-2020


This is the school-wide yearbook featuring student portraits organized by classroom for grades PK- 5th, club/group pictures, and highlights from school events taken throughout the year.

Cost: $20/yearbook

To order, go online to: http://www.strawbridge.net/

Online School Code: YB109369

Purchase our 2019-20 Yearbook

Online School Code: YB109369

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.

March Membership Drawing

"Salam Alaikum means 'Peace be upon you.' It is the greeting that Muslims around the world use to say 'hello' and 'good-bye.' International music sensation Harris J has taken that greeting and created a call to action.

Spread peace on the earth...
Treasure the love, let it surround us
Always be kind, always remind one another
Peace on the earth every day

Using the lyrics to the hit song of the same name, and accompanied by heartwarming illustrations that depict the power of paying it forward, this sweet and charming picture book celebrates kindness and community." B&N Overview

The PTA will be doing a drawing from all family memberships at the end of March for Salam Alaikum: A Message of Peace, by Harris J and Ward Jenkins.

Congratulations to the The George Family for winning the February membership drawing of the book I Walk with Vanessa.

Bushy Park's Got Talent

Talent Show, Friday, May 1, 2020, 6:30-8:30pm

Join us for a family-friendly evening of entertainment by talented performers -- YOU! For this evening, the cafeteria will transform into the world's most exciting show, "Bushy Park's Got Talent!" Bring a nut-free snack and your best applause to this inaugural event!

Do you play the piano? Have a band? Magic tricks? Tap dancing? Yodeling?

What's your talent?

  • Audition submissions are due April 3rd.
  • Finalists announced April 8th.
  • Dress rehearsal April 30th.
  • Talent show May 1st!

Submit your 30 second audition by April 3rd at: https://forms.gle/PYTmtq6ZxbKPCUkK7.

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Upcoming Events

March 2020

3/9-3/13 - Kindergarten Registration

3/11 - Science Fair 6-8pm

3/17 - Spirit Day - Wear Green for St. Patrick's Day

3/23-27 - Spring Book Fair

3/24 - Class Pictures/Spring Portraits

3/25 - Spirit Day: Maryland Day

3/26 - PTA Ice Cream Social & PTA General Meeting - 6:30-8:00pm

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

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

Spring: Girls on the Run

Register for the Spring Season of Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run® inspires girls in 3rd – 5th grades to be joyful, healthy, and confident by using running to teach valuable life skills. Teams of 15-20 girls meet twice weekly after school for 10 weeks. Each season concludes with the girls and their running buddies completing a 5K run. Registration opens Sunday, February 9 at noon. The Spring season will start the week of March 15, with the season-ending 5K scheduled for Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Columbia, MD. Program registration fee is $175 and includes 20 lessons, 5K registration, water bottle, t-shirt, and all program materials. Financial assistance is available – no girl is turned away. Visit www.gotrcentralmd.org for a list of program sites and to register.

Interested participants can register at: https://www.gotrcentralmd.org/Register-Now.

For questions regarding the program, please call 443-583-7740.

Support Glenwood Middle: Purchase Discount Hersheypark Tickets

Our friends at Glenwood Middle PTSA are selling Hersheypark discount tickets for $42 from now through March 20th.

Support Running Brook Elementary: Shake Shack Fundraiser

Our friends at Running Brook PTA have invited us to support their restaurant night at Shake Shack at Columbia Mall on Tuesday, March 24th! Stop for dinner and stay for a movie or shopping at the mall.
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.