Bushy Bear Tales

Volume 12- March 12, 2018

From Mrs. Ketterer:

We had had such an unusual winter! Even as spring works hard to arrive, the winds have kept blowing. Still, with Daylight Saving Time returning this weekend, we can enjoy the light and believe the warmth will come.

There will be warmth inside and outside as exciting activities and learning lie ahead! Our students took home their 3rd Quarter Interims and their Winter MAP Reports last week. There is so much they have accomplished! Thank you for your support in talking with your child about celebrations and setting goals together!

UPDATE on Inclement Weather Make-Up Days for 2017-2018 School Year

To make up for inclement weather closings, schools will now be in session April 4–6, May 18 (dismiss three-hours early) and Friday, June 15 (dismiss three hours early). Tuesday, June 12 is now a full day for students.
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  • 13 PTA Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center
  • 14 Read Across America Day
  • 15 Leo Club Meeting
  • 16 2nd Grade Field Trip to MD Science Center
  • 16 SPIRIT DAY: Maryland Day
  • 19-23 Spring Book Fair
  • 21 Wonder Book Club Meeting @ 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Media Center
  • 22 PTA Ice Cream Social / PTA Board Elections
  • 23 Spring Portraits and Class Groups
  • 26 Greg Tang Parent Presentation @ 6:30-7:30 p.m. Seating still available! Please RSVP
  • 27 Greg Tang Student Presentation during the day in the Cafeteria
  • 30-31 Schools and Offices Closed


  • 1-3 Spring Break
  • 4-6 School is Open- Inclement Weather Make-Up Days
  • 10 PTA Meeting in the Media Center @ 7:00 p.m.
  • 13 Early Dismissal- End of 3rd Quarter
  • 18 1st Grade Field Trip 10:00-2:30 p.m. to Coastal Sunbelt Produce
  • 20 40/10 Celebration @ 5:00-8:00 p.m.
  • 26 Leo Club Meeting / Take-Your-Child-To-Work-Day
  • 27 SPIRIT DAY: Tie-Dye Day
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Bear Hug Winners - March 2nd

The following students were recognized as their grade level Bear Hug Winners for March 2nd. Congratulations to:

February 2nd
  • Kindergarten - Onur Kabacan, Morgan Rix
  • 1st Grade - Troy Heath, Hailey Riggleman
  • 2nd Grade - Makena Lam-Tang, Sabrea Mitchner
  • 3rd Grade - Maddie Kirkpatrick, Lisa Richardson
  • 4th Grade - Ishaan Gulati, Ernest Louro
  • 5th Grade - Nikki Katanguri, Carys Volley
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Walking Wednesdays Return on March 21st!

How fitting that the first day of spring brings the return of Walking Wednesday! Students walking on Wednesdays this fall got great exercise and walked a tremendous amount. We hope to get even greater participation and higher totals this spring!

As you marvel at the laps our students have completed, keep in mind that 5 laps equal one mile on our loop.

Here are the Walking Wednesday totals from the Fall:

  • TOP 3 Walking Totals Overall:
  • 3rd Grade Jake S.- 89 laps
  • 2nd Grade Gabriel H. - 85 laps
  • 2nd Grade Graham B. - 53 laps

  • TOP 3 Walking Totals By Grade:
  • Kindergarten
  • Morgan R. - 50 laps
  • Beulah O.- 43 laps
  • Ally G. - 30 laps

  • 1st Grade
  • Sophia V. - 42 laps
  • Ansh B. - 37 laps
  • Sara S. - 31 laps

  • 2nd Grade
  • Gabriel H. - 85 laps
  • Graham B. - 53 laps
  • Anya D. - 37 laps

  • 3rd Grade
  • Jake S. - 89 laps
  • Emmet C. - 42 laps
  • Max B. - 41 laps
  • Saiharshith D. - 41 laps

  • 4th Grade
  • Siri G. - 46 laps
  • Kit L. - 39 laps
  • Sarah V. - 36 laps
  • Siyi J. - 26 laps

  • 5th Grade
  • Andrew S. - 46 laps
  • Nina X. - 42 laps
  • Nikitha K. - 37 laps

JA Day Inspired Financial Literacy!

Thanks to our PTA Chairperson, Kina Morton, and over 25 parents, our students had the opportunity to learn about economics and careers! On February 22nd, parents and community facilitated games, simulations and problem solving situations for each classroom throughout the day! The activities built upon each other as the grade levels advance.

BPES Science Fair was AMAZING!

Over 100 students participated in this year's Science Fair investigating dozens of topics! Thank you to Dina Goldman, our PTA Science Fair Chairperson. She organized a day that offered students the opportunity to interact with community members to present their investigations. Students also enjoyed sharing their learning with fellow classmates, teachers and their parents during the evening program! Here are a few memories!
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Kindergarten & New First Grade Registration Started March 5

Kindergarten Registration began Monday, March 5 through Friday, March 9 at Bushy Park Elementary School. Children who will be five years old as of September 1, 2018 must enroll in Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. Registration will take place daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

A new online registration process opened on March 1 where much of the process can be done online. You should still plan to visit their assigned school to finalize your registration.

You will need to bring the following documents:

  1. Birth certificate, birth registration or passport.
  2. Current immunization record - must be a print out from the pediatrician and signed.
  3. Deed or lease to your home
  4. Current utility bill
  5. Photo ID of parent/guardian registering the student

Please visit the Howard County Public School System website for complete information about enrollment and registration.

There is also great information on Getting Ready for Kindergarten to give you ideas!

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The Spring Book Fair is Coming Soon....Sit. Stay. Read.

Support Our School. Volunteer Information Coming Soon.

Monday 3/19 - 8:30 - 6:00

Tuesday 3/20 - Book Raffle - 8:30 - 7:00

Wednesday 3/21 - 8:30 - 6:00

Thursday 3/22 - Ice Cream Social - 6:30 - 8:30

Friday 3/23 - 8:30 - 11:30.

An Amazing Opportunity to Connect To Math Instruction Awaits!

We Have 100 Registered So Far!

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Capture the Memories of 2017-2018!

Students are bringing home flyers to order our 2017-2018 Yearbook! These will be on sale through April 14th. 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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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 email Mrs. Ketterer at molly_ketterer@hcpss.org if you want to join our committee, offer photos or memories or have ideas to help us.

Click on the GREEN 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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