Bushy Bear Tales

Volume 17- May 29, 2018

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From Mrs. Ketterer:

It feels like so much has happened during May! Yet, there is much more to come! This week features Field Day and we are grateful for the parent outreach we have already received to volunteer!

We are enjoying these final weeks with our students and are meeting to determine instructional placements for next year. So many celebrations of growth have occurred as we meet to ensure our students will be both encouraged and challenged! Thank you for sharing your input using our Parent Consideration Forms! We continue to welcome them to reach our goal of 50%.
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Bear Hug Winners - May 18th

The following students were recognized as their grade level Bear Hug Winners for
May 18th. Congratulations to:

May 18th
  • Kindergarten - Jhanavi Prakash (not pictured), Allison Smith
  • 1st Grade - Patrick Berne, Sammi Laake
  • 2nd Grade - Grant Heusser, James McCoy
  • 3rd Grade - Bryant Harms, Nicholas, Le
  • 4th Grade - Chloe Kennedy, Natalie Nestor
  • 5th Grade - Chukwuma Onwuka, CC Welsh
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    Bear Hug Winners - May 25th

    The following students were recognized as their grade level Bear Hug Winners for
    May 25th.. Congratulations to:

    May 25th
  • Kindergarten - Jhanavi Prakash
  • 1st Grade - Vincent Paik, Kiran Razvi
  • 2nd Grade - Emma Balzer, Elliott DeRosa
  • 3rd Grade - Miguel Bryant-Sanchez, Aidan DelGandio
  • 4th Grade - Brady Belmore, Ryan Kobylski
  • 5th Grade - Hannah George, Tori Lasek
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    THIS WEEK'S FOCUS: Ensuring Student Safety during Outside Events

    We are so excited for Field Day on Friday, June 1st! There will be many parent volunteers and all of our staff, together with your students, enjoying the activities! When so many of us are outside, there are precautions we will take for everyone's safety:

    • Students are encouraged to bring hats, water bottles and to apply suncreen before coming to school.

    • All adults who volunteer on Field Day will need to check-in the Front Office through Lobby Guard. Please allow enough time to do that before supporting your Field Day activity.

    • Students will be rotating to seven different activities and supervised to remain in the area of those activities for the full rotation.

    • If a student needs to use the restroom, they will go with a partner and be supervised by an adult leaving the area and reporting back to that same area.

    • There will be multiple walkie-talkies outside so that staff can report voice to voice with the Front Office and each other.

    • Anyone who is not wearing a badge or visitor's identification needs to be asked to go to the Front Office. Please report this to a staff member with a walkie-talkie.

    Thank you for all of your support and for your consideration of supporting us on Field Day!

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    Field Day is June 1st !!

    Our annual Field Day is just around the corner THIS Friday, June 1 (rain date June 4). During Field Day, we emphasize teamwork and good sportsmanship. All students in RECC/Pre-K through Fifth grade will participate in Field Day. Field Day will be a full day event for all students with over 50 different activities for students to choose from. Remember, there will be stations where students have the option to get a little wet so please have students dress accordingly.

    To build a sense of team spirit in each grade level, your child will be assigned a team color to wear. This also helps us identify the grade level groups of students as they rotate through their activities. See below for the color each grade will wear.

    We ask students to wear a solid colored t-shirt with their assigned color on field day. The grade level colors are the following:

    • 5th Grade- Blue
    • 4th Grade- Green
    • 3rd Grade- Orange
    • 2nd Grade- Purple
    • 1st Grade- Yellow
    • Kindergarten- Red

    This year we're using SignUp.com (formerly VolunteerSpot) to organize our upcoming Field Day Sign-ups. Here's how it works:

    1. Go to this link to see our Sign-up: http://signup.com/go/PQbcyyK
    2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like. Please note that sign-up spots differ in duration based on the schedule for Field Day.
    3. Please ensure that you can work for the ENTIRETY of the spot you sign up for. Of course, if you plan to volunteer all day you may sign up for multiple spots as long as they do not overlap!

    Note: Sign Up does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact us and we can sign you up manually. If you haven’t taken the online parent volunteer training this year, please visit bpes.hcpss.org and complete that training. Parent volunteer training is required. You will receive your specific station assignment upon arrival on Field Day.

    If you have any questions, please email either Mr. Rosenthal or Mr. Cruz and we can further explain the process of volunteering for Field Day.

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    • 30 4th Grade Field Trip to Robinson Nature Center @ 9:50-2:10 p.m.


    • 1 Field Day
    • 4 Field Day Rain Date
    • 4 Chorus Concert: In-School @ 2:30 p.m.
    • 5 Media Center: All media books due
    • 6 String Concerts: In-School @ 9:30 a.m. and Evening Concert Chorus/String @ 7:00 p.m. at GHS Auditorium
    • 6 Kindergarten In-House Field Trip: Scales and Tales @ 12:15 p.m.
    • 6 Leo Club Ice Cream Party @ 2:45 p.m. in the Cafeteria
    • 6 Final 40/10 Meeting in the Media Center @ 4:00 p.m.
    • 7 3rd Grade Field Trip to Baltimore Museum of Industry @ 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    • 7 1st Grade Celebration at Western Regional Park @ 11:15-2:00 p.m.
    • 8 4thGrade Celebration at Western Regional Park @ 12:30-3:30 p.m.
    • 8 40/10 Celebration Begins @ 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
    • 11 5th Grade Farewell Celebration @ 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. in the Cafeteria / 5th Grade Picnic Celebration 11:30-3:00 p.m. on the BPES Blacktop area
    • 12 2nd Grade Celebration at Western Regional Park @ 11:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    • 12 3rd Grade Author's Tea @ 2:30 -3:30 p.m.
    • 13 4Q Recognition Assembly: Primary @ 9:30 a.m. / Intermediate @ 2:30 p.m.
    • 14 Flag Day Ceremony @ 9:30 a.m. at the Flagpole (weather permitting)
    • 15 Early Dismissal @ 12:45 p.m.
    • 18 Early Dismissal @ 12:45 p.m.
    • 19 Early Dismissal @ 12:45 p.m.
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    The Official Invite and Details for Bushy Park's 40/10 Celebration

    Forgive a flyer being within a flyer! Click on the link below to get the details of our 40/10 Celebration! Thank you to our 40/10 Steering Committee who has been the wind beneath our paws in planning: Sue Appler, Danielle Carney, Eileen Dietz, Deb Levin, Mrs. Ketterer and Dr. Via!

    Leo Club Invites our Veterans to our June 14th BPES Flag Day Celebration @ 9:30 a.m.

    We invite active and retired military personnel to join us on Flag day again this year.

    Please e-mail our Leo Club Advisor, Mrs. Cole, at angela_cole@hcpss.org to share you are attending. Please also include a brief military bio so that Mrs. Cole can introduce you during our special program. It would be our honor to have you celebration with us!

    Flag Day: Thursday, June 14

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    Still Welcoming Parent Consideration Cards: Reached 25%

    As the end of this school year approaches, we are beginning to look toward the next school year. We focus on sharing information and what we’ve learned about our students in order to promote continuous progress.

    We sent home special blue copies of a Consideration Card for you to use. We will also be offering reminders, with a blank form attached, via HCPSS Messenger to help us have a larger return.

    This Consideration Card is for you, as parents, to relate specific student information or observations about your child that you feel would be beneficial as our teachers meet to determine next year’s placements. For example:

    • “My child seems to work much better in a classroom space with opportunity for movement and with a teacher who has a structured routine.”

    • “My child is shy and often knows the answer, but is afraid to raise his/her hand and would work best with a teacher who gently encourages participation.”

    It is helpful to focus on your child’s learning characteristics. Your feedback as a parent is valuable. There are certain concerns that we cannot consider as part of this Consideration Form: therefore, we ask that you NOT use the form to propose the following:

    • Do not request specific teachers.
    • Do not request grouping based on siblings’ experiences
    • Do not request grouping with friends
    • Do not request grouping based on hearsay

    Your child’s current and future teachers will read your Parent Consideration Card. We consider what you share as valuable information to get to know them as learners, as well as, input for their future instructional groups.

    Last year we reached the milestone of 40% of our families returning a Parent Consideration Form for their child(ren). This year we reach for 50% and thank you ahead of time for taking the time to share your input!

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