Bushy Bear Tales

Volume 13- March 23, 2018

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From Mrs. Ketterer:

It has truly been a "Sprinter" this past week! You could feel the pull of two seasons. Look at the photo captured above from Thursday. Beautiful snow, yet the robin stands ready to bring spring!

Thank you for your flexible response to our Early Closing this past Tuesday. We were able to get all of our students safely home due to your responsiveness and the vigilance of our staff!

Now we work on rescheduling some important events, such as our PTA Ice Cream Social which will be held on Tuesday, April 10th in connection with our next PTA Meeting.

Also rescheduled is PTA Spring Book Fair. The Book fair will continue through Monday morning and then be packed up. But, the Spring Book fair can continue online with book ordering from the link http://www.scholastic.com/bf/bushyparkelementaryschool2.
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Recent events have inspired us to reflect and create opportunities to dialogue together to improve the safety and security of our school.

At our last PTA Meeting, Dr. Via and Mrs. Ketterer shared the highlights of the Emergency Operations Plan and took the parents on a walking tour of the safety features in our school. The group visited the Front Office and saw the monitors, camera images and how the secure vestibule works. There were excellent ideas shared to further improve safety and security.
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At our last staff meeting, additional ideas were generated with the goal to put intentional consistency in our security procedures.

As a result, we are going to begin making some enhancements to our protocols. Here are some initial changes we are going to put into effect immediately:
  • We are going to ask for ID each time an adult is coming in the building, even if it's to be in the front office to pick up their child.

  • For field trips and special events, every adult will need to check in through our Lobby Guard system. We will be communicating with families to arrive early for chaperoning or special events in order to allow time for check-in.

  • There will be a staff member in the front lobby, just inside the doors, to redirect adults should they move beyond the open doors during arrival or dismissal.

  • We will be monitoring car loop to work towards greater security and efficiency. Each family, who needs one, is going to receive a new visor for their car so that staff can clearly see the name of the student being picked up.

  • We ask that adults who choose to park and walk their children in use the car loop parking lot and not the bus loop parking lot. We have had many instances of adults and children crossing unsafely.

  • We will be working with our Before and After School Programs to lay out a transition for adults who supervise children in those programs. We will be moving toward the protocol of parents picking students up or dropping them off in our secure vestibule without coming inside the front doors. Our first contact for that is our PTA Chairperson for Before and After School Programs.

These are just some of the ideas generated. We will be moving toward implementation of other ideas after conversations with stakeholder groups. We welcome your ideas, please share them with Mrs. Ketterer at molly_ketterer@hcpss.org

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  • 19-26 Spring Book Fair
  • 23 Spring Portraits and Class Groups
  • 26 Greg Tang Parent Presentation @ 6:30-7:30 p.m. Seating still available! Please RSVP
  • 27 Greg Tang Student Presentation during the day in the Cafeteria
  • 18 40/10 Celebration Planning Meeting @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • 28 Wonder Book Club Meeting @ 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Media Center (Rescheduled)
  • 30-31 Schools and Offices Closed


  • 1-3 Spring Break
  • 4-6 School is Open- Inclement Weather Make-Up Days
  • 10 PTA Meeting in the Media Center @ 7:00 p.m. and Ice Cream Social
  • 13 Early Dismissal- End of 3rd Quarter
  • 18 1st Grade Field Trip 10:00-2:30 p.m. to Coastal Sunbelt Produce
  • 18 40/10 Celebration Planning Meeting @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • 26 Leo Club Meeting / Take-Your-Child-To-Work-Day
  • 27 SPIRIT DAY: Tie-Dye Day
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Bear Hug Winners - March 9th

The following students were recognized as their grade level Bear Hug Winners for March 9th. Congratulations to:

March 9th
  • Kindergarten - Thomas Furlong
  • 1st Grade - Christian Arif, Nathan Barrick
  • 2nd Grade - Jacob Baer, Sabeen Jan
  • 3rd Grade - Katie Berne, Timmy Dowd
  • 4th Grade - Elijah Anderson, Emma Pruim
  • 5th Grade -Lauryn Miller, Quinn Wajer
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Bear Hug Winners - March 16th

The following students were recognized as their grade level Bear Hug Winners for March 16th. Congratulations to:

March 16th
  • Kindergarten - Amir Abou, Violette Haas
  • 1st Grade - Julia Davis, Tristan George
  • 2nd Grade - Jacob Brown, Arianna Coffman
  • 3rd Grade - Saleisha Sojan, Kendell Ronaghan
  • 4th Grade - Ashlin Cornelius, Ryan Handley
  • 5th Grade - Ella Curtis, Robert Rocha

    Golden Scissors Box Tops Champions

    The PTA would like to thank Mrs. Follmer, Mrs. Richmond and Mrs. Wilson for their personal contributions of Box Tops!

    Winners were recognized at school today and received their prizes. Thanks again for your participation and support. And please keep cutting those Box Tops!

    Thank you to Mrs. Amy Gonce who helped to keep track of our hundreds of Box Tops and organized the amazing prizes!

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    Read Across America Day was held March 14th

    Thank you to our reading specialist, Laura Smith, and our media specialist, Christine Carey, for planning an amazing day for our students! We featured guest readers from our HCPSS community and special moments of students in primary and intermediate grades coming together to read. The last event was the entire school engaging in reading along the first grade hallway!
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    An Amazing Opportunity to Connect To Math Instruction Awaits!

    We Have 100 Registered So Far!

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    Capture the Memories of 2017-2018!

    Students are bringing home flyers to order our 2017-2018 Yearbook! These will be on sale through April 14th. Thank you to our PTA Chairpersons Jen George and Katie Witt who have helped us in capturing special moments throughout the year!
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    BPES 40/10 Celebration DATE CHANGE Now Friday, June 8th

    Join in the celebration of Bushy Park's 40th Birthday of being a school and the 10th Anniversary of being in this building.

    On Friday, June 8th, we will celebrate the decades we have been a school! We want alumni to share their memories and help us commemorate our school community!
    We will begin at 5:00 p.m. and take photos of families as they enter. We will have games, decade dances, special speakers, school tours, family photos and more! We will also be taking a photo of the event from our roof to capture the moment!

    Very soon, we will be sending home our T-Shirt Contest Flyers to ask our BPES students to help design our 40/10 T-shirts we will all wear that day!

    Please email Mrs. Ketterer at molly_ketterer@hcpss.org if you want to join our committee, offer photos or memories or have ideas to help us.

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

    BPES Spirit Days

    Each year, our own Leo Club inspires our Spirit Days for the year. The Club helps 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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