Bushy Bear Tales

Volume 7- December 15, 2017

From Mrs. Ketterer:

Happy December! Winter has arrived! Today we head home 90 minutes early due to wintry weather! Thank you to our amazing Office Team for being available to answer the many calls that came today to respond to our early closing!

The valuable information you provided on your Family File forms helped us to respond to and support students for early closing! I am proud to say that we have 99% of our Family File information completed!

An Early Closing is an excellent test of the emergency information parents provided for their Family File Form. Please review your form to re-familiarize yourself with the transportation choice you made for your child for an emergency closing. Remember you can always make changes, we will review them each time we need to. Chances are another one will come along during this winter!

Your child will bring home their second quarter Interim Reports next Wednesday, December 20th. Thank you for reflecting with them and facilitating goal setting with their input!
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  • 19 PTA Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center
  • 20 1st Grade Gingerbread House Making
  • 22 SPIRIT DAY- Pajama Day


  • 9 Chorus & 4th-5th Strings Concert @ GHS 7:00 p.m.
  • 9 PTA Meeting (will ask to reschedule)
  • 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No School
  • 18 Leo Club Meeting @ 8:30 a.m. / Hearing & Vision Screening
  • 19 PTA Bingo Night @ 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Cafetorium
  • 25 International Night @ 6:00-8:00 p.m. throughout the school
  • 26 SPIRIT DAY- Jersey Day
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Bear Hug Winners - December 15th

The following students were recognized as their grade level Bear Hug Winners for December 15th. Congratulations to:

  • Kindergarten - Bella DiLiello, Rowen Simpson
  • 1st Grade - Myah Dutton, Aiden Kwok
  • 2nd Grade - Cayden Tran
  • 3rd Grade - Chelsea Jensen, Leah Shapley
  • 4th Grade - Miriam Girguis, Nathan Witt
  • 5th Grade - Ava Baer, Colin Park
Carson Scholarship Information

Click on the Teal Bar to learn more about the Carson Scholars Program.

Parents/Guardians of 4th and 5th Graders:

The Carson Scholars Program recognizes and rewards academic excellence in young students (4-11 grade) who also have strong humanitarian qualities. Schools may nominate ONE student who demonstrates both of these criteria.

Fourth and fifth graders who meet the criteria are invited to apply to be Bushy Park’s Carson Scholarship nominee. Your response is needed by Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Please look at your child’s 2017-2018 Quarter 1 Report Card to see if he or she achieved the academic criteria by earning at least a 3.75 grade point average. Please visit http://carsonscholars.org/gpa-calculation-rules-and-policies/ to see how they calculate the GPA. The GPA is calculated using the following courses: English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Calculate the average of ELA and Math independently before calculating the GPA of all four classes together.

If your child qualifies based on his or her GPA, we also need a summary of your child’s community contributions. Carson Scholars are role models in school and out of school. All nominees must demonstrate humanitarian qualities in their schools and communities through volunteer work and/or community service above and beyond what is required.

Please submit your child’s GPA and summary to Beth Bengermino by Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Remember, we may only nominate ONE child. This is sure to be a difficult decision.

If your child is chosen by Bushy Park, we will contact you.

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Exercise outdoors is healthy and is strongly encouraged. It provides a break from the regular school routine, a chance to get some outside air, and an opportunity to run off excess energy.

If conditions preclude the full recess time, even a five-minute break can revitalize children and prepare them for more sitting and academic learning. Children are expected to wear warm clothing to protect them during cold weather when participating in recess or outside activities.

The decision to go out or stay in for recess is the decision of the Administrator at individual schools. However, the following are to be considered in determining if recess is to be held outside:

  • Temperature and Windchill
  • Age of students
  • Length of time outdoors
  • Adequacy of the children’s clothing
  • Condition of the playground
  • Falling precipitation (more than a sprinkle or mist)

Generally, it is assumed that students will be outside for recess when the temperature combined with the wind chill is not less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Children with certain health conditions may need special accommodations during extremely cold weather. Parents of those children should provide medical documentation and may be consulted to determine if other arrangements are necessary.

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Parent Volunteers Needed

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The Carson Reading Room sign up is now available for December and January. We encourage you to sign up for consecutive times with different grade levels. Thank you for your support!



Click on the TEAL BAR to access our new Highlight Page on our BPES website

Our website has a new Highlight Section on Curriculum Support for Parents. This section offers QR codes and links to the Parent Pages on CANVAS. There are also brochures to offer examples of Computational Fluency and information on the Standards for Mathematical Practices.

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BPES Spirit Days

Each year, our own Leo Club inspires our Spirit Days for the year. They help to create advertising to promote them and are usually the most creative in how they dress that day!

Flag Day: Thursday, June 14

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