Bushy Park PTA Newsletter

Leading with Kindness | January 15, 2020

International Night

Travel the world in a couple of hours and see it from different perspectives. International Night gives you a sense of countries you’ve never visited and how it feels to be in a different place.

International Night is Thursday, January 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm.

Join us for an evening where we come together as a school to share our unique heritage with each other.

We are so excited to welcome students from Sharanya Dance School in Silver Spring, Maryland and Teelin School of Irish Dance in Columbia, Maryland to our International Night!

If you would like to represent a country, please complete the following: https://forms.gle/Z4P6MKLfG1EV3TsZA

If you have any questions, please contact Fatima Rizvi or Giles Gibson.

Family File Update

We survived our first unscheduled closing of the year with very few hiccups! We are asking parents to revisit their "Family File" by going in to your HCPSS Connect Account and double checking the choice you made under "Arrival/Departure Information", specifically the last column "Unscheduled Closings". If you choose "be picked up and transported home by _____", know that no one will be calling you to let you know there is an early dismissal. If you choose "ride his/her assigned bus" your student will ride the bus you have designated home that day. We appreciate you taking the time to review this information. If you have trouble or need assistance making changes to your child’s Family File, please call the main office and we will be happy to assist you.


The Maryland PTA has asked all of the local PTA organizations to implement MemberHub to consistently track membership and administrative compliance. To encourage adoption, the Maryland PTA has made MemberHub free of charge to all local PTA organizations.

If you are currently a PTA member, please expect emails from MemberHub over the next weeks and verify your membership.

Please take a moment to join our MemberHub and add your contact information at: https://bpes.memberhub.com/join/875u4m.

3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Book Club & January Membership Drawing

Looking for a good book to read? Enjoy a good discussion? Join the 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Family Book Club and discover...Save Me a Seat.

Meeting Dates:

  • Wednesday, February 5th
  • Wednesday, February 12th
  • Wednesday, February 19th
  • Weather Makeup Day: Wednesday, February 26th

Time: 6:00-7:30pm

Location: BPES Media Center

Space is limited, so please reserve your spot. Register by Friday, January 31, 2020 at: https://tinyurl.com/sv37zym

For questions about the book club, please email Ms. Griffin.

The book is offered on AmazonSmile and limited copies are available at Books with a Past.

The PTA will be doing a drawing from all family memberships at the end of January for a copy of Save Me a Seat.

Congratulations to the Huffman Family!

You've won the December membership drawing: "Be Kind" by Pat Zietlow Miller (Author), Jen Hill (Illustrator).

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January Book Collection

The PTA is collecting used children's books during the month of January. Please bring your book donations to any of the following PTA events.

Can't make it to any of the events? No problem. Drop-off your book donations in the plastic bins in the front lobby.

Golden Scissor Box Top Contest

It is 6 weeks away from the February 20, 2019 submission deadline for the Golden Scissor Box Top contest. We have done a great job so far, so please stay on the lookout for those Box Tops! Remember, the student, class, and grade, with the most Box Tops will win a prize. Digital earnings will also count toward the contest, so please send a screen shot of your earnings with your child’s name, grade and teacher to boxtops.bpes@gmail.com or print the screenshot and place it in the collection box with child’s name, grade and teacher by the deadline. If you have multiple children, please indicate how many points to apply to each child. The information found in the “My Lifetime Earnings” box is all that is needed to apply the digital earnings to each child’s total.

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Curtis Blues

Cultural Arts: Curtis Blues

Thanks to the PTA’s Cultural Arts committee, Curtis Blues will be performing at our school on Friday, January 17th.

"Up-cycling: Turning Junk into Musical Instruments From Africa to America is an interactive assembly that challenges students to use recycled materials to make folk instruments. Using the STEM engineering design model as a guide, Curtis performs on a variety of instruments made of “up-cycled” materials. Students discuss responsible green practices and how to use discarded items to create musical instruments as people have done throughout history."

Source: Young Audiences/Arts for Learning of Maryland | Audience: K-5

A Night with the Stars - The Bushy Park School Dance

Join us on the red carpet Friday, March 6th, 6:30-8:30pm.

BPES students from Pre-K to 5th grade (only please) are invited to and may be escorted by a special adult to this magical evening.

Tickets are $8 per adult / $4 per child and available for purchase online at:


If you would like to participate, but are under financial constraints, please contact Mrs. Bialeski directly. Financial constraints will not limit your participation.

Please note:

  • Tickets are limited due to the Howard County Fire Code. Once we reach capacity for this event, we will no longer be able to sell tickets.
  • You will not receive a physical ticket. Please provide your last name at check-in.
  • There will be no tickets available at the door for anyone who did register in advance.

Bushy Park's Got Talent

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

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.


Hearts Up: Special thanks to Michelle Sexton, our teachers and volunteers that made our BINGO night a complete success!

Family Story-time & Snacks

Hearts Up: Thanks to Mr. West and Mrs. Follmer for reading stories and making our event extra special.
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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

January 2020

1/20 - Schools & Offices Closed

1/23 - Spirit Day: International Day (Wear something to celebrate your heritage)

1/23 - PTA International Night, 6:30pm

1/24 - Last day of 2nd marking period

1/27 - Schools Closed for Students

1/28 - Winter Concert, 6:00pm

1/29 - Winter Concert, 6:00pm SNOW DATE

February 2020

2/4 - Schools & Offices Closed

2/6 - PTA Meeting (Conference Call)

2/13 - 3 hour early dismissal (12:50pm), Parent Conferences

PTA Valentines Workshop at Parent-Teacher Conferences

2/14 - 3 hour early dismissal (12:50pm), Parent Conferences

2/17 - Schools & Offices Closed

2/28 - Spirit Day: Wacky Tacky / Crazy Hair Day

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

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