Bushy Park PTA Newsletter

Leading with Kindness | March 26, 2020

Supporting our Community

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Dear Families:

What a year this week has been.

We've played BINGO (pictured above), had a virtual spirit week, baked cookies, did art projects, read stories, had morning announcements with Mrs. Bialeski and Mr. West, met with friends and teachers by grade AND even took a quiet moment to talk to other adults during Happy Hour.

We did all of this together -- separately. As a community -- socially distanced. I'm proud of us and I hope you are too.

Today, we've got our third round of grade-level meet-ups (details below)!

This Sunday, Live! Bush Park Bakes, Sunday, March 29th, 4-5pm we'll be baking muffins with Mrs. Shoemaker.

Did you miss our first BINGO? No problem! We're going host Live! Family BINGO again, on Tuesday, March 31st, 6:30-7:30pm.

You're invited to our Live! PTA General Meeting & Happy Hour on Thursday, April 2nd, 7-8:30pm. No beer pong.

Please stay connected with the PTA on Facebook, MemberHub and our Website.

On behalf of our leadership team, we wish you all good health and patience.

Best Regards,


BPES PTA Leadership Team, 2019-20

Randee Wilding, President

Kristin Baker, Treasurer

Voula Augustin, First Vice President

Gina Lease, Second Vice President

Michelle Sexton, Recording Secretary

Jaime Belmore, Corresponding Secretary

Bushy Park Family Food Need Fund

Since asking in last week's email, we've had food assistance requests from the Bushy Park Family. In response, the PTA has started the Bushy Park Food Need Fund. These funds will be used to directly and confidentially help our Bushy Park Family who've expressed a need for food assistance.

If your family is in need of food, please email me confidentially at bpesptapres@gmail.com. We are in this together and will be supporting our community.

Community Action Council of Howard County

As the designated anti-poverty organization in Howard County, the Community Action Council of Howard County is the “go to” organization for our most vulnerable community members.

Donations: They are already seeing an increased demand for services, particularly at the Howard County Food Bank. They will be delivering a one-week supply to more than 320 Head Start families. This would not be possible without the generosity of our community. To ensure the health and safety of our clients and staff, they ask that those interested in supporting their programs donate online, rather than bringing food or funds directly to their office or to the Howard County Food Bank.

Live! PTA General Meeting, Thursday, April 2nd at 7pm

Thursday, April 2nd, 7-8:30pm

This is an online event.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Grade-level Meet-ups Mondays & Thursdays

Not recorded. No instruction, just a fun Bushy Park specific activity. You DO NOT need a separate invitation -- just select the appropriate link below at that time:

Our Local Small Businesses

39 Minute Workout & Wellness

Join Bushy Park parents and community partners, Abby and David Beares, for kettlebell or bodyweight workouts via Zoom. Join their Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1516287325282464/. Questions? Email: david@39minuteworkout.com.

Damon Foreman Music Academy

Suddenly have some time to practice guitar, piano, cello, viola or voice? Why not try an online lesson from our community partner. Call 443-812-0184 or email damonforeman@mac.com.

Walker's Tap & Table

Yes, I would like to use contactless curbside carry-out to get that Walker Burger and Chicken & Dumplings paired with a 1/2 Price Bottle of Wine, 64oz. Growler and a Margarita to go! Now also offering DIY Pizza kits! Make Pizza at home with the Kids. We provide all the ingredients for just $10! Visit: https://www.eatatwalkers.com or call 410-801-9400.

Wheelhouse Farm Market

Yes, I would like grocery delivery or curbside pick-up of Greg's curry chicken salad, cauliflower crusted (the children have no idea) pizza and fresh produce. Visit: https://wheelhousefarmmarket.square.site or call 410-489-6569.

What does hope mean to you?

Tell us with your art.

Dance Choreography
Film Production
Music Composition
Visual Arts

Create2020 is modeled after the National PTA Reflections Art Program and open to all Howard County Public School Students (Pre-K to 12th Grade).

Please join us for Create2020: https://www.bushyparkpta.org/create2020

School Supply Kits Sale Live

The School Supply Kit online sale is live. This is one-stop shopping for your school supplies!

Go to https://www.write-stuff.com/storefront/school/bushypark and start shopping. Kits will be delivered directly to school in May. Free shipping to school ends on April 3, 2020! After that, a home delivery option will be available for orders placed until July 15th, but standard shipping rates will apply – so place your orders by April 3rd!

Order your 2020-21 School Supply Kits Today!

Free shipping to school ends on April 3, 2020

Yearbooks on Sale

Capture the Memories of 2019-2020


This is the school-wide yearbook featuring student portraits organized by classroom for grades PK- 5th, club/group pictures, and highlights from school events taken throughout the year.

Cost: $20/yearbook

To order, go online to: http://www.strawbridge.net/

Online School Code: YB109369

Purchase our 2019-20 Yearbook

Online School Code: YB109369

March Membership Drawing

"Salam Alaikum means 'Peace be upon you.' It is the greeting that Muslims around the world use to say 'hello' and 'good-bye.' International music sensation Harris J has taken that greeting and created a call to action.

Spread peace on the earth...
Treasure the love, let it surround us
Always be kind, always remind one another
Peace on the earth every day

Using the lyrics to the hit song of the same name, and accompanied by heartwarming illustrations that depict the power of paying it forward, this sweet and charming picture book celebrates kindness and community." B&N Overview

The PTA will be doing a drawing from all family memberships at the end of March for Salam Alaikum: A Message of Peace, by Harris J and Ward Jenkins.

Upcoming 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.