Bushy Park PTA Newsletter

Leading with Kindness | March 19, 2020

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We are Here

Dear Families:

The PTA is not closed for business. In fact, as I learned when I took this position, we never close. We’re actively working on activities to keep our young learners engaged and virtually connected during this unprecedented time. We're also collaborating with our friends at Running Brook Elementary School PTA as well.

The top priority is supporting the kids. The second is keeping the adults sane or at least trying to.

Bushy Park Zooms!

On Wednesday (3/18), we hosted our first Bushy Park Zooms! Grade-Level Meet-ups. Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade students got to say "Hi" and chat with each other. We got to meet adorable pets and baby sisters too!

Today, Thursday (3/19), 3rd Grade Meet-up: 10am and 5th Grade Meet-up: 1pm. Friday (3/20), Pre-K Meet-up: 10am and 1st Grade Meet-up: 1pm. There is a virtual happy hour at 5pm on Friday too! The PTA is not allowed to serve alcohol, but you can.

Beginning Monday, March 23rd, the PTA will continue host grade-level meet-ups on Mondays AND Thursdays for as long as we need them:

  • Pre-K: 10am-10:45am
  • Kindergarten: 11am-11:45am
  • 1st Grade: 1pm-1:45pm
  • 2nd Grade: 2pm-2:45pm
  • 3rd Grade: 3pm-3:45pm
  • 4th Grade: 4pm-4:45pm
  • 5th Grade: 5pm-5:45pm

These are meant to be outright silliness -- no instruction provided. We hope this will give the kids a Bushy Park specific activity to look forward to.

In order to support this effort, I need volunteers to help host a grade-level meet-ups. This requires the following:

  1. The Zoom App.
  2. Your email address, so I can add you as an alternate host to the Zoom.
  3. Join the meeting five-minutes before it begins.
  4. A reasonable attention span for the first 10-15 minutes of the Zoom meet-up to allow participants to enter.

Please understand that I'm asking for a grade-level (day and time) commitment for meet-ups so there is consistency for the event. Please email me at bpesptapres@gmail.com with interest.

For meet-up details, please visit our Calendar. Be sure to test Zoom, before the meet-up to avoid frustration.

Food Needs

As a reminder, our school is a mobile “Grab-N-Go” site for free and nutritious meals to anyone age 18 and under. Meals will be available from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., weekdays, Tuesday, March 17th through Friday, March 27th.

Additionally, if your family is in need of food, please email me confidentially at bpesptapres@gmail.com. We are in this together and will be supporting our community.

We are here. We miss you too. Virtual hugs to you all!

Please stay connected with the PTA on Facebook, MemberHub and our Website.

On behalf of our leadership team, we wish you all good health and patience.

Best Regards,


BPES PTA Leadership Team, 2019-20

Randee Wilding, President

Kristin Baker, Treasurer

Voula Augustin, First Vice President

Gina Lease, Second Vice President

Michelle Sexton, Recording Secretary

Jaime Belmore, Corresponding Secretary

Join a Meeting
Visit our Online Activities Page

This page is growing and changing, so please check back often!

Science Fair

Congratulations to our young scientists! We hope you had a great time participating in this year's Science Fair.

Hearts Up to Dina Goldman and Jessica Cleck for their time, talent and energy. Thank you to our army of volunteers that made this event run seamlessly.

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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.

School Supply Kits Sale Live

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

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

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.

Did you know?

Walker's Tap & Table is now offering free delivery?! They ask those who are able to, please continue to use their Curbside Pickup option.

They will be delivering within a 10 Minute Drive to their location. Last Delivery at 7:30PM. Beer & Wine also available! Menu available at www.eatatwalkers.com.

Upcoming 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.