Bushy Bear Tales

Volume 2- September 14, 2018

From Mrs. Ketterer:

We are full steam ahead so far this year! Your children are nesting in, making friends, reuniting with other friends and enjoying bonding with their new teachers this year! They have grown so much and are helping us feel we are already in a great rhythm!

We appreciate your support these first two weeks of school! Parents have stepped in to assist students arriving on buses the first day, filled Monday Folders and reached out to offer time in the future!

Thank you also for taking your time to be with us, prior to school beginning, at our Back-to-School meetings. Hundreds of you attended the meetings and 40 parents were trained as parent volunteers this week! This past Tuesday was a great PTA Meeting, here's a photo of the group!

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Enrollment Increase Bringing More Teachers!

Due to the increased enrollment in 1st Grade and 5th Grade, we are receiving a fifth teacher for each team. We are in the process of either interviewing or bringing those staff members aboard.

We are going to have the new staff members shadow classes and set up their own space. Our goal is to have a new class formed and working with their teacher by the end of September. You will be receiving a letter if your child is involved in any kind of change.

This is wonderful news and reduces the classroom size to 24 students in 5th grade and 20 students in each 1st grade class!

In addition, we are receiving a part-time media specialist as well! We are continuing to watch the enrollment in 3rd Grade too, currently additional students would be needed to increase staffing.
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  • 19 Schools and Office Closed
  • 20 Carson Reading Room Parent Training @ 9:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria
  • 24-28 Fall Book Fair
  • 26-28 5th Field Trips: Living Classroom (1-2 classes each day)
  • 27 Team and Room Parent Orientation @ 9:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria


  • 1 Flu Clinic
  • 3 School 3-Hour Early Dismissal: Professional Work Day
  • 9 1st Q Interim Reports Go Home
  • 9 Parent Math Event: HCPSS Mathematics Coordinator John San Giovanni
  • 12 PTA Fall Fest
  • 16 PTA Meeting in the Media: 6:30 for New Families / 7:15 for General Meeting
  • 18 Picture Day: Individual Photos by Strawbridge
  • 18 2nd Grade Field Trip: CEU Archaeology to Ellicott City
  • 19 No School for Students: Professional Work Day
  • 23 Field Trip: 4th Grade to Annapolis
  • 24 2nd Grade Parent Math Night @ 6:45-8:00 p.m.
  • 25 2nd Grade Master Gardener Presentation @ 10:30 a.m.
  • 26 Bushy Bear Dash- Throughout the Day during Related Arts
  • 31 Halloween Parade and Classroom Celebrations

Bushy Park ES has 76% of our Family Files Updated! Our Goal is 100%.

Thank you for taking your time to offer or update your family’s information!

If you haven’t done so already, please complete the Family File

for your child(ren) now.

Information on completing or updating your Family File is below:

  1. Log into HCPSS Connect and select the Family File tab and then click on Family File. You will be asked to update or provide the following information:
  2. Parent/guardian contact information. Please provide the most current contact information.

  3. Emergency contacts. Who do you want to pick up your child in case you cannot?

  4. Medical information

  5. Arrival and dismissal procedures. How will your child arrive to school and be dismissed on a daily basis? Additionally, provide what procedure your child should follow in case of an unscheduled early closing of schools.

  6. Media coverage. This includes students being photographed for ACE awards.

  7. Data confidentiality.

  8. PTA directory. What information do you want included in our BPES PTA Directory?

Resources on how to access Family File may be found online. Parents who have forgotten their login credentials may click the “Forgot Password” link on the sign in page. If you need additional assistance, please fill out this Connect Help Form.

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Today's Topic: Recent Emergency Drill

This Wednesday, at approximately 2:40 p.m., our students participated in a Lock Down Emergency Drill. The drill was brief and students were made aware it was a practice. They did a great job!

Lock Down is used when there is a chance that danger could exist close to our school community. During this type of drill, teachers help the students to remain in place securely where they are, lock all doors, close blinds, and turn off the lights. Teachers are with them and assist them to remain in place until the all clear notice is given.

The Lock Down Drill also gave the staff the opportunity to identify areas of improvement in our Emergency Plan. Our goal as a school is to help provide guidance and a level of comfort so our students can be prepared for any possible emergency.

We are required to hold 14 drills throughout the school year. Five are evacuation drills (fire drills) and nine are other emergency response drills. Last week, we have had our first evacuation drill and today, this emergency drill. We hope you take the time to discuss this with your child.

Soon, we will be receiving training on the Active Assailant Emergency Drill and will be previewing the Drill at a future PTA Meeting later in the year.

Thank you for your continued support so we can be prepared for any situation!

Flu Clinic Coming on October 1st

The Flu Clinic has been scheduled for Bushy Park Elementary School on Monday (10/01/2018).

Flu consent forms will be coming home with your child today. If you would like for your child to be vaccinated at this clinic, please complete a consent form in one of the following ways:

  • - Complete an online consent form at www.vaccineconsent.com.,
  • - Complete the paper consent form that comes home with you child.

You only need to complete one form per child. Only children with completed consent forms will be vaccinated. All consent forms must be submitted or returned to the health room at school by Friday (09/21/2018).

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Parent Volunteer Requests

Early Dismissal Requests Until 3:15 p.m.

Please help us have an even more orderly dismissal. We are asking that all Early Dismissal requests are completed by 3:15 p.m.

If a parent arrives after 3:15 p.m. to pick up their student, we will ask them to wait until Dismissal at 3:45 p.m. Thank you for spreading the word and for your support!

Car Loop Information and Safety Reminders

Our car loop procedures were designed so students can be dropped off quickly in the morning and picked up quickly in the afternoon. The procedures always keep the safety of our students as a first priority, and it is important for everyone to remember that during arrival and dismissal.

Please review our Car Loop Information and Safety Reminders below. For your benefit, these can also be found on our website.

Guidelines for School Visitation

The Howard County Public School System welcomes visitors to our schools. To limit interruptions and distractions to teaching and learning, and to maximize safety for everyone, persons who wish to visit a school building or classroom are asked to comply with the following procedures:

  • Anyone wishing to visit a school is asked to contact the Principal to discuss the purpose of the visit and to establish a convenient time for both the visitor and the school.

  • A teacher will be notified, either orally or in writing, in advance by a school administrator that a visit to their classroom has been requested. The teacher may request that the visit be rescheduled.

  • Upon entering a school, all visitors must sign in at the main office and receive a visitor badge.

  • To avoid interrupting instruction, no students are allowed to shadow HCPSS students.

  • Understandably, interactions between visitors and school staff and students will be limited.

  • If a follow-up meeting with school staff is desired, the visitor will schedule it for a mutually convenient time.

Howard County Library 2018 Summer Reading Club

We would like to congratulate and recognize some of our students who participated and completed the Summer Reading Club. Students completed various reading related activities all geared to helping them maintain reading levels and academic progress while they were home for the summer.

Our Bushy Park students who have been recognized in our PA Announcements and here in our newsletter are:

  • Cooper Feldman
  • Dexter Feldman
  • Beckett Friedman
  • Emma Friedman
  • Liam Friedman
  • Mason Jones
  • Hudson Kerber
  • Audra Kingsbury
  • Keira Kingsbury
  • Blake Levin
  • Dylan Levin
  • Amelia Miller
  • Brock Miller
  • Robin O'Neill
  • Logan Phelps
  • Christian Sexton
  • Jonathan Sexton
  • Ryan Sexton
  • Veronica Stein
  • Anna Sterrett
  • Aubrey Sterrett

Cultural Arts News: Upcoming Event on November 15th

Award-winning author and songwriter Barry Louis Polisar will be visiting our students on November 15th. Barry has performed at The White House, The Smithsonian & The Kennedy Center. He hosted the TV Show Field Trip and sings the opening song “All I Want is You” in the movie Juno. Barry’s books and CDs will be available for students to purchase and have been personally autographed.

To take advantage of this opportunity, look out for our form in your Monday folder and attach a check made out to “Bushy Park PTA”. Barry’s visit to our school supports our efforts in promoting a love of reading and writing. Be sure to ask your child about Barry’s visit. To find out more about him, visit Barry on the web at www.barrylou.com.
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