Bushy Bear Tales

Edition 7 - November 13, 2019

American Education Week

Greetings BPES Community,

During American Education Week, November 18-22, 2019, Americans nationwide will join the National Education Association (NEA) in raising awareness about the need to provide every child with a quality public education. The celebration highlights the importance of bringing together educators, parents, students, and communities in a unified effort to build great public schools. It also reflects NEA's vision of calling upon America to provide public school students with quality schools so that they can grow and achieve in the 21st century.

As part of the celebration, we welcome parents and guardians to visit their child’s classroom during the week to see firsthand what a typical day of school looks like at BPES. In order to ensure adequate parking and minimize visitors’ wait time when signing in and out of the front office, each grade level team has identified a focus day when parents are invited to join in and visit their child’s classroom. If your schedule does not permit you to visit on the designated focus day for your child’s grade, please know you are welcome any day during the week. If you would like to come on a day other than the focus days listed below, please consider emailing your child’s teacher to let him or her know when you plan to come.

Focus days:

RECC - Thursday, November 21

Kindergarten - Monday, November 18

Grade 1 - Monday, November 18

Grade 2 - Tuesday, November 19

Grade 3 - Wednesday, November 20

Grade 4 - Tuesday, November 19

Grade 5 - Thursday, November 21

When you visit, please be prepared to sign-in and wear a visitor’s sticker. As a reminder, we are not able to accommodate younger children in the classrooms when parents visit. Additionally, we ask for visitors to refrain from using their phones or taking photographs or videos in the classroom. Please put your phone on silent or vibrate. If you need to use your phone or device for any reason, please go to the front lobby or outside the building.

We look forward to our continued partnership in your child's education, and we are excited to see you in school during American Education Week.


Julia Bialeski, Principal

Keith West, Assistant Principal

Upcoming November Events:

11/14 - Fall Portrait Retakes

11/20 - 1st grade field trip - Maryland Science Center

11/20 - 2nd grade in-school field trip - Fire Safety House

11/22 - Spirit Day (Jersey Day)

11/22 - Last day for parents to sign up for fall conferences

11/25 - 3 hour early dismissal (12:50pm), Parent Conferences

11/26 - 3 hour early dismissal (12:50pm), Parent Conferences

11/27 - Schools Closed for Students, Parent Conferences

11/28 - Schools and Offices Closed

11/29 - Schools and Offices Closed

November Family Fun Night - Fit Night!

Many thanks to our PTA and especially to the Beares Family, of the 39 Minute Workout, for sponsoring this week's Family Fun Night!

We stretched, bear crawled, squatted, jumped, and lunged, and we had a great time doing it! Thank you to our community for the terrific turnout for this event.

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Apply for a College Scholarship!

Dear Parents of 4th and 5th graders,

The Carson Scholars Fund awards $1,000 college scholarships to students in grades 4 through 11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. All nominees must demonstrate humanitarian qualities in their schools and communities through volunteer work and/or community service above and beyond what is required.

An interested student must be nominated by Bushy Park to be able to compete for a Carson Scholarship. We are only allowed to nominate one student per year from BPES.

In order for our BPES Scholarship Committee to determine our nominee for this scholarship, we are requiring each interested student to complete the following:

1. Provide your GPA. You must have a 3.75 GPA or higher for this current school year (use 1st quarter grades.) You will use you Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies grades. You must first find the average of your Language Arts grades and then the average of your Math grades. The average of the four language arts grades and the average of the two math grades will be averaged with the Science and the Social Studies grades to find your GPA.

Click here to see how Grade Point Average is calculated for the Carson Scholars Fund Scholarship.

2. Students should write a letter to the BPES Scholarship Committee. Tell us what you enjoy about serving others and provide a resume or list of your community service/volunteering activities. This letter is due to Mrs. Bengermino, school counselor, by Monday, December 2, 2019. Be sure to sign your name.

Important Dates

Monday, December 2, 2019-Application letter due to Mrs. Bengermino (email or hard copy)

December 13, 2019-BPES will nominate one student. Nominee will be notified.

January 10, 2020-Nominee’s Application Due to Carson Scholarship Organization

Carson Reading Room - Volunteers for December

We are off to a great start with our Carson Reading Room this year, thanks to our many valued volunteers, led by Sarah Mitchell from our PTA and Mrs. Smith, our reading specialist! If you are interested in volunteering in the Carson Reading Room in the month of December, we have dates available for grades 1, 2, and 3. Kindergarten and grades 4 and 5 will have sign ups published later this winter. Please click the button below to sign up!
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Interested in Working at BPES?

We are looking to build a pool of community members who are willing to serve as lunch and recess monitor substitutes. These individuals would be called on an as needed basis when one of our regular monitors is out. Our lunch and recess monitors work from 11:30am-2:30pm. The pay is $10.50 per hour. If you are interested, you first need to apply through HCPSS human resources. Click here, then complete your application online. Once all of your application materials have been submitted, please contact Mr. West, assistant principal, as he may be able to assist with expediting your application materials through human resources.

Yearbook Cover Contest Entries Due November 22!

We are looking for Bushy Park students to design a custom cover for this year’s school yearbook! This year’s theme will be belonging and inclusiveness (for example: ‘Everyone belongs at Bushy Park’. This theme will be discussed throughout the year in guidance lessons by Ms. Bengermino.) The winner’s entry will be featured as our front cover. The next top 4 entries will be featured on the back cover.

Entries are due by November 22nd. Please submit your drawings to your teacher no later than Friday, November 22nd. No late entries will be accepted. Voting by teachers and students will take place at school on December 5th.

All entries must:
✓ Be completed on an 8.5x11 sheet of white paper (printer paper), with a vertical orientation
✓ Contain “Bushy Park Elementary School” and the school year “2019-2020”
✓ Depict a belonging/inclusiveness theme
✓ Include Buddy the Bushy Park bear
✓ Have your name written in *pencil* on the BACK of your entry

The Advocate - HCPSS Monthly Counselors' Newsletter

Please enjoy this month's edition of The Advocate, the HCPSS Elementary School Counseling Monthly Newsletter, attached below!