Bushy Bear Tales

Volume 14- April 13, 2018

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From Mrs. Ketterer:

Hooray for the return of the sun and more and more warm weather! Thank you for the support you have provided our school events these past weeks! More are coming and we are excited to enjoy the fourth quarter of our school year which officially begins today!

Your child will be bringing home their report card next Monday, April 23rd. Our students have worked hard and will benefit from setting goals with you for the remainder of the year!
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THIS WEEK'S FOCUS: THE CAR LOOP - Increasing Its Use and Its Safety

You may have noticed some changes in supporting the traffic in our car loop in the morning and afternoon. Please review the new procedures we are working to put into place. Our goal is to heighten safety and increase parents feeling comfortable in using the car loop.

Arrival:
  • Please pull up to the last staff member you see in the car loop. This could mean going beyond the crosswalk. We are trying to get you moving more quickly through the loop.


  • Do not turn into the parking lot after drop-off, please continue to the top of the parking lot and onto the main service road.


  • Please be sure your child is exiting the car on the sidewalk side of the car loop.


  • Do not pass any cars in the car loop.


  • Please consider remaining in the car loop and not parking and walking your child in. If you do walk your child in, please use the car loop crosswalk.


  • Do not park in the parking lot near the bus lanes when you are dropping off children.


Dismissal

  • Please pull up to the last staff member you see in the car loop. This could mean going beyond the crosswalk. We are trying to get you moving more quickly through the loop.


  • Do not turn into the parking lot after drop-off, please continue to the top of the parking lot and onto the main service road.


  • Please be sure your child is entering the car on the sidewalk side of the car loop.


  • Do not pass any cars in the car loop.


  • Do not park in the parking lot near the bus lanes when you are picking up children.


  • Please consider using the car loop and not parking and picking your child up. We have had multiple parents daily waiting under our awning and removing their child from their dismissal line. This is creating difficulty to ensure security.
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April

  • 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.
  • 23 5th Grade PARCC Testing- ELA Day 1 @ 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • 24 5th Grade PARCC Testing- ELA Day 2 @ 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • 25 5th Grade PARCC Testing- ELA Day 3 @ 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • 26 Leo Club Meeting / Take-Your-Child-To-Work-Day
  • 27 SPIRIT DAY: Tie-Dye Day
  • 30 5th Grade PARCC Testing- MATH Day 1 @ 9:30-11:30 a.m.


May

  • 1 5th Grade PARCC Testing- MATH Day 2 @ 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • 2 5th Grade PARCC Testing- MATH Day 3 @ 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • 2 40/10 Celebration Planning Meeting @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • 3 5th Grade PARCC Testing- MATH Day 4 @ 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • 4 4th Grade PARCC Testing- ELA Day 1 @ 10:30-12:30 p.m.
  • 7-11 Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 7 4th Grade PARCC Testing- ELA Day 2 @ 10:30-12:30 p.m.
  • 8 4th Grade PARCC Testing- ELA Day 3 @ 10:30-12:30 p.m.
  • 8 PTA Meeting in the Media Center @ 7:00 p.m.
  • 9 3rd Grade PARCC Testing- ELA Day 1 @ 10:30-12:30 p.m.
  • 9 Teacher Appreciation Luncheon @ 11:30 p.m.
  • 9 3rd Grade Zoo Mobile In House Field Trip @ 2:30 p.m.
  • 10 3rd Grade PARCC Testing- ELA Day 2 @ 10:30-12:30 p.m.
  • 11 3rd Grade PARCC Testing- ELA Day 3 @ 10:30-12:30 p.m.
  • 12 Bushy Blooms Pick-Up in the Cafeteria @ 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • 14 4th Grade PARCC Testing- MATH Day 1 @ 10:30-12:30 p.m.
  • 14 5th Grade Panoramic Photo @ 12:00 p.m.
  • 15 4th Grade PARCC Testing- MATH Day 2 @ 10:30-12:30 p.m.1
  • 16 4th Grade PARCC Testing- MATH Day 3 @ 10:30-12:30 p.m.
  • 16 40/10 Celebration Planning Meeting @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • 17 Leo Club Meeting @ 8:30 a.m.
  • 17 Pre-K Field Trip to Clark's Elioak Farm @ 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
  • 17 4th Grade PARCC Testing- MATH Day 4 @ 10:30-12:30 p.m.
  • 17 2nd Grade Brass Rubbing
  • 18 Early Dismissal @ 12:45 p.m.
  • 18 Spring Fling @ 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • 21 5th Grade Simulated Congressional Hearing Begins @ 9:30 a.m. in Cafeteria
  • 21 3rd Grade PARCC Testing- MATH Day 1 @ 10:30-12:30 p.m.
  • 22 3rd Grade PARCC Testing- MATH Day 2 @ 10:30-12:30 p.m.
  • 23 3rd Grade PARCC Testing- MATH Day 3 @ 10:30-12:30 p.m.
  • 24 3rd Grade PARCC Testing- MATH Day 4 @ 10:30-12:30 p.m.
  • 25 SPIRIT DAY: Dress Alike Day
  • 28 SCHOOLS CLOSED: Memorial Day
  • 30 4th Grade Field Trip to Robinson Nature Center @ 9:50-2:10 p.m.
  • 30 40/10 Celebration Planning Meeting @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.
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Letter from Dr. Martirano: Inclement Weather Make-Up Days


Dear HCPSS Students, Parents and Staff:


This has not been a typical year for inclement weather make-up days and we understand that the use of days during Spring Break created some inconvenience for our families. As you know, we have had a total of seven inclement weather closing days, which is two more than were accounted for in the 2017–2018 academic calendar. State law requires school to be in session a minimum of 180 days per year, two days more than could be accommodated by make-up days within the state requirement to end school by June 15.


Waiver Request for Current School Year
In March, we requested a waiver from the Maryland State Department of Education for relief of these two days. However, this week, the state passed emergency legislation allowing school districts to extend the school year up to June 22. Under this legislation, HCPSS could extend the school year to June 19 in order to make up the two additional inclement weather days. However, we understand that many families and staff already have made summer plans based on the June 15 school end date. Unlike the make-up days during spring break, no days beyond June 15 were designated as make-up days.


We have reiterated to the State Board of Education our request for a two-day waiver. However, we must be prepared for the possibility that we will be required to extend the school year for students by two additional days, to Monday and Tuesday, June 18 and 19. Should this become necessary, all schools will dismiss three hours early on June 15, 18 and 19 and June 11-14 will be full student days.


Final Exam Schedule
Regardless of the State’s decision, I want to assure our families and staff that the final exam schedule will not change: exams will be held June 12-14. No new graded work will be given in elementary or middle schools on June 18 or 19.


Next School Year
Conforming to the original executive order and now following the emergency legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly has not been an easy process, and we acknowledge the challenges it has put on our staff and students. We hope to avoid this for the next school year which is why I have asked staff to review the new legislation, reconvene the calendar committee and present a calendar for the next school year that will not pose these challenges.


We will continue to keep staff, parents and the community informed of any changes to the school calendar and will notify you as soon as a final decision is made for the current school year.


Sincerely,

Michael J. Martirano
Interim Superintendent

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Bear Hug Winners - March 23rd

The following students were recognized as their grade level Bear Hug Winners for March 23rd. Congratulations to:

March 23rd
  • Kindergarten - Brooke Magden , Reesha Prabhugari (Both pictured in the 3/29 pic)
  • 1st Grade - Hanna Berger, Hunter Daughtery
  • 2nd Grade - Carson Libber, Vanessa Sines
  • 3rd Grade - Lia Dolce
  • 4th Grade - Natalie Dehne, Matte Duignan
  • 5th Grade - Isaac Choi, Allie Wheeler
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    Bear Hug Winners - March 29th

    The following students were recognized as their grade level Bear Hug Winners for March 29th.. Congratulations to:

    March 29th
  • Kindergarten - James Sanborn, (Brooke Magden , Reesha Prabhugari pictures)
  • 1st Grade - Thomas Huffman, Derrick Dartey (not pictured)
  • 2nd Grade - Lewis DeEugenio, Josh Werther
  • 3rd Grade - Alex Bowen, Raihana Uddin
  • 4th Grade - Dylan Cleary-Daniel, Skyler Mitchner
  • 5th Grade - Hope Christy, McKaylan Parsons
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    Bear Hug Winners - April 13th

    The following students were recognized as their grade level Bear Hug Winners for April 13th. Congratulations to:

    April 13th
  • Kindergarten - Talya Goldman
  • 1st Grade - Teagan George, Zane Mouchantaf
  • 2nd Grade - Anya Datta
  • 3rd Grade - Morgan Ringley
  • 4th Grade - Tyler Carl, Mason Sullivan
  • 5th Grade - Magda Ali, Raina Shah

    News from the Art Department

    The following students have artwork entered in the Spring Student Exhibition at the Mall in Columbia from April 10th through April 23rd. Congratulations to all our wonderful artists!

    • Kindergarten

      Mason Brogan

      Bella DiLiella

      Kate Frederic

      Capri Lipple

      Brooke Magden

      Allison Smith

      Claire Zito


    • 1st Grade

      Gabe Augustin

      Ava DeBose

      Kendal Jabers

      Samantha Laake

      Morgan Lawrence

      AJ Lioi

      Sophia Varlotta


    • 2nd Grade

      Roshan Beitzell

      Connor Belmore

      Jacob Brown

      Bella Chen

      Lucian Derenick

      Charlotte Gibson

      Grayden Goldman

      Trey Kennedy

      Abigail Kim

      Makena Lam Tang

      Caroline Latchis

      Allegra Tempchin


    • 3rd Grade

      Aubrey Barrick

      Chloe Huxford

      Seamus Seaman

      Jett Travo

      Pete Wolf


    • 4th Grade

      Tyler Carl

      Brody Hayden

      Gabryella Jacobs

      Luke Mazzuca

      Addison Shumate

      Will Staley

      Caroline Taylor

      Samadhi Tennakoon

      Amelie Touze


    • 5th Grade

      Ava Baer

      Izzi Cawley

      Hope Christy

      Elise Donald

      Andrew Lentscher

      Tori Lasek

      McKaylan Parsons

      Grace Rasch

      Melina Toronto

      Allison Wheeler

      Isabella Wisniewski

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    Bushy Park Teams Participate in the 2018 Battle of the Books

    A big congratulations to the students who participated in the Howard County Library sponsored “Battle of the Books” which took place Friday, April 13th, at Long Reach HS. Over 50 teams competed; each consisting of five students and one adult coach each read the same 12 books selected by HCLS instructors and HCPSS media specialists. Thanks to generous sponsors, all teams received a set of books. One of our teams, “Galaxy Girls” took home the 3rd Place Costume Award. All teams worked hard and represented Bushy Park well! Thank you to the parent coaches who were so inspirational! Thanks also to our Media Specialist, Mrs. Carey, who helped throughout the planning and supported the big night! The students are listed below, we are so proud of them!

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    Capture the Memories of 2017-2018!

    Students are bringing home flyers to order our 2017-2018 Yearbook! Sale extended until April 21st. 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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    Celebrate Screen-Free Week!

    From April 30-May 6, 2018, children, families, entire schools, and communities will rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. Plan to unplug from digital entertainment and spend all that free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends!


    Senator Gail Bates is sponsoring a Screen-Free Week Challenge for children in District 9. Look for an email coming from Mrs. Ketterer that shares the form below.

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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 JOIN US FOR OUR COMMITTEE MEETINGS!

    We are now moving into smaller groups to make this event amazing! Please email Mrs. Ketterer at molly_ketterer@hcpss.org if you want to join us on one or more of the following meeting dates:
    • Wednesday April 18
    • Wednesday May 2
    • Wednesday May 16
    • Wednesday May 23
    • Wednesday May 30
    • Wednesday June 6


    All meetings will be held from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the MEDIA CENTER

    CURRICULUM PARENT SUPPORT

    Click on the BLUE 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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