Bushy Bear Tales

Volume 7- November 30, 2018

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From Mrs. Ketterer:

Thank you for being with us for American Education Week and Parent Conferences. We welcomed almost 500 parents during this special time in November! Now, as December arrives, we continue to help our students strive for the new learning goals they set after the reflection of their first quarter progress!


Since Winter has decided to come early, we need your help and support to have all of our students dressed for the elements.

We intend to enjoy outdoor recess as often as possible. As you will read in the guidelines below, we go outside unless the temperature or wind chill is LESS than 20 DEGREES. We have had so many students not properly dressed for our windy playground.

Being outside is so good for the students, even in cold weather. Having that time to move and play is so important for them to engage fully in their afternoon of instruction.

Please support us in our efforts! Prepare your child to be outside for 20-30 minutes in the coldest part of the day and they will be ready!

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Weather Guidelines for Outdoor Recess

Exercise outdoors is healthy and is strongly encouraged. It provides a break from the regular school routine, a chance to get some outside air, and an opportunity to run off excess energy.

If conditions preclude the full recess time, even a five-minute break can revitalize children and prepare them for more sitting and academic learning. Children are expected to wear warm clothing to protect them during cold weather when participating in recess or outside activities.

The decision to go out or stay in for recess is the decision of the Administrator at individual schools. However, the following are to be considered in determining if recess is to be held outside:

  • Temperature and Windchill
  • Age of students
  • Length of time outdoors
  • Adequacy of the children’s clothing
  • Condition of the playground
  • Falling precipitation (more than a sprinkle or mist)

Generally, it is assumed that students will be outside for recess when the temperature combined with the wind chill is not less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Children with certain health conditions may need special accommodations during extremely cold weather. Parents of those children should provide medical documentation and may be consulted to determine if other arrangements are necessary.

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  • 30 Picture Day Make-Ups


  • 4-5-6 CogAT Testing Window for 5th Grade
  • 3 Cultural Arts: Artist-in-Residence Assemblies @ 9:25 and 10:25 a.m.
  • 4 2nd Grade Fire Safety House in Bus Loop (Class visit throughout the Day)
  • 5 Pre-K- Field Trip to National Aquarium @ 9:30-2:45 p.m.
  • 6 Cultural Arts: Artist-in-Residence Culminating Performance (Gr.3-5 & PK)
  • 10-11-12 CogAT Testing Window for 3rd Grade
  • 11 PTA Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center
  • 13 3rd Grade Winter Strings Concert @ 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria
  • 17 5th Grade Winter Concert: Chorus/Band/Strings @ 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria
  • 19 1st Grade Gingerbread House @ 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. in the Cafeteria
  • 19 2Q Interim Progress Reports Issued.


  • 8 PTA Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center
  • 9 Yearbook Photos for Clubs and Groups
  • 9 Vision & Hearing Screening (throughout the day)
  • 11 PTA Bingo Night @ 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • 14-15 4th Grade CEU Ancient Civilization Program in the Mini-Auditorium
  • 18 SCHOOLS CLOSED-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • 24 International Night 6:00-8:00 p.m. throughout 1st Floor and in Cafeteria
  • 28 End of 3rd Quarter: SCHOOLS CLOSE 3 Hours Early- Professional Work Day
  • 29 4th Grade Winter Concert: Chorus/Band/Strings @ 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria
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Spotlighting Classroom DOJO Students

The following students were recognized for November 30th. Congratulations to:

  • Mrs. Bohn's Class- Weston Ratcliffe
  • Mrs. O'Leary's Class- Ferdi Tong
  • Mrs. Powell's Class- Logan Scott
  • Mrs. Wilson's Class- Lily Duong

  • 1st GRADE
  • Mrs. Bruner's Class- Matthew Rutledge
  • Mrs. Hintz' Class- RC Scott
  • Ms. Huyetts' Class- Avia Perry
  • Mrs. Lambros' Class- Talya Goldman
  • Mrs. Payne's Class- Cece Gibson

  • Mrs. Follmer's Class- AJ Lioi
  • Mrs. Hogan's Class- Jillian Besche
  • Mrs. Keats' Class- Colin Titherington
  • Mrs. Stumpfl's Class- Isla Strickland

  • Ms. Griffin's Class- Rolan Selby
  • Ms. Hewitt's Class- Emma Balzer
  • Mrs. Hovis' Class- Jacob Baer
  • Mrs. Pickett's Class- Beau Harms

  • Ms. Lyter's Class- Gregory Van Newkirk
  • Mrs. Perry's Class- Philip Kim
  • Mrs. Richmond's Class- Matthew Hannan
  • Mr. Wilson's Class- Katie Knack

  • Mrs. Cole's Class- Ryan Watts
  • Ms. Landry's Class- Caleb Ladson
  • Mrs. Little's Class- Luke Mazzuca
  • Mrs. Stanton's Class- Taylor Burriss
  • Mrs. Yakscoe-Markle/Ms. Morstein's Class- Jason Kobylski


The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will be administered to all fifth graders at Bushy Park on the mornings of December 4, 5, and 6. The third graders will be tested on the mornings of December 10, 11 and 12.

CogAT is a group-administered abilities test that measures students’ reasoning abilities, which they develop through in-school and out-of-school experiences. It is not designed to test a student’s academic achievement, but rather their potential.

CogAT will help educators understand a student’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses and assists with adapting instruction to meet the needs and abilities of each student. It will also provide data for students’ placement into fourth grade G/T mathematics classes or middle school G/T content classes.

The test consists of three batteries – Verbal, Quantitative, and Nonverbal. Each section takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

A good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast are the only preparation necessary. All test administrators will review sample items with the students before administering each part of the test.

If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Terri Via at 410-313-5500 or at teresa_via@hcpss.org . Additional information can be found in the FAQ's below.
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IDENT-A-KID Safety Program Comes to BPES on December 7th

The IDENT-A-KID Child Safety Program will be at our school on Friday, December 7th to PHOTOGRAPH, FINGERPRINT, WEIGH and MEASURE children. Parents will receive an ID card (recognized by the U.S. Government’s SSA as a form of identification). ID cards are often needed for sports registration, travel, student discounts, and in emergencies.

To participate, please fill in the Application Envelope which came home with your child and have your child return it to school. Applications are also available on line at www.identakid.com. It is recommended that each parent keep a card with them at all times and additional cards should be given to anyone who regularly cares for your child.

Participation in the program is at the individual Parents’ option. The cost per child is $8 for one card, $12 for two cards (includes eKid-ID), and $15 for three cards (includes eKid-ID). An eKid ID is the electronic Ident-A-Kid card sent to your cell phone via text/picture message and is free when ordering multiple cards. Please feel free to contact your local program director, Kim Jackson, at 410-360-1000

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THIS WEEK'S FOCUS: HCPSS Notification of School Closings/Delays

If it is necessary for the superintendent to close or delay the start of schools due to inclement weather or other emergencies, parents may obtain information from the sources listed on the website page below.

If schools are closed, or closed early due to weather conditions, all after-school and evening activities, both school and non-school, scheduled in school facilities are canceled.

In order to learn about how HCPSS prepares for, decides and communicates school closings or delays, please bookmark the following section of the HCPSS Website:


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Carson Scholarship Information

Click on the Purple Bar to learn more about the Carson Scholars Program.

A letter was sent home on November 19th to parents of students in 4th and 5th grade to share the opportunity to nominate your child for consideration to be Bushy Park's Carson Scholarship nominee.

The Carson Scholars Program recognizes and rewards academic excellence in young students (4-11 grade) who also have strong humanitarian qualities. Schools may nominate ONE student who demonstrates both of these criteria.

Fourth and fifth graders who meet the criteria are invited to apply to be Bushy Park’s Carson Scholarship nominee. Your response will be needed by Friday, November 30, 2018

For more information contact Mrs. Bengermino at elizabeth_bengermino@hcpss.org.

It's That TIme of Year: YOUNG AUTHORS Entries Due December 15th

Mrs. Laura Smith, BPES reading specialist, is excited to share the opportunity of all young authors to showcase their best story or poem! The powerpoint slides above are part of a presentation teachers will give to their students. Help us spread the joy at home by encouraging your students to participate! See the Information below!
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BPES Spirit Days 2018-2019

Flag Day: Friday, June 14

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