Bushy Park PTA Newsletter

Leading with Kindness | November 20, 2019

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Cultural Arts: Christylez Bacon "Human Beatbox"

On Monday, November 4, 2019, Christylez (pronounced: chris-styles) Bacon brought his sounds to Bushy Park as our second Cultural Arts performance.

"As a dynamic member of the progressive hip hop movement, Christylez Bacon brings innovation to an art form already known for melding varied urban musical styles. Bacon adds a new flavor to the mix by harmonizing musical genres from around the world in a multi-instrumental exploration of beat box (oral percussion), rap, go-go, classical music and beyond. He frequently performs with artists of diverse backgrounds as part of what Bacon calls his 'mission towards cultural acceptance and unification through music.' By building cross-cultural connections, these presentations help students gain insight into the universality of artistic expression and encourage their direct participation in the performance experience through the use of call and response."

Source: Young Audiences/Arts for Learning of Maryland | Audience: K-5

Survey Says!

We're trying many new things this year. From new family fun nights to changing the format of the website, newsletter and PTA meetings.

Please take a moment to complete our anonymous Q1 feedback survey at:


The survey will close on November 27th.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will be shared in our next newsletter.

In Partnership,

Randee Wilding

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

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Hero Boys 5K

Congratulations to our Hero Boys and their coaches on completing the Ripley Race 5K on Sunday, November 10th in Annapolis!

"Hero Boys is a youth development and engagement program for boys in 3rd-5th grades. Using running as a base activity HERO Boys inspires boys to discover the character and courage that resides inside each one of them to be brave, stand for which is right, and use their talents and strengths to lead and set the positive example amongst their peers. The school-base program is 8 weeks long and culminates with the HERO Boys 5K including boys from all schools participating in the program." Source: https://www.heroboys.org

"Established in 2009, the Ripley Race is a 5K road race and 1 mile Fun Run to raise awareness and support for our men and women returning from war while also honoring the legacy of Col. John Ripley, USMC (ret). The event features the best 5K course in the Mid-Atlantic region, a backdrop of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, and a race course through the city of Annapolis, Maryland’s historic state capital." Source: https://www.ripleyrace.com

Support our Girls On The Run (GOTR) Team

Please join us in cheering on the Bushy Park GOTR Team on December 7th at 8:30am. For details, please visit: https://www.gotrcentralmd.org.


Register to run the 5K at: https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/GOTRFall5k2019Howard.

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FFN Fit Night

On Monday, November 11th, 6:45-8:30pm. We worked out with 39 Minute Workout & Wellness!

Thanks to all who came, sweat and had a blast at our second FFN of the year! Special thanks to our business partners, David Bears and Abby Peterson of 39 Minute Workout & Wellness.

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Under the Kindness Tree

Our Kindness Tree is growing and changing. New membership leaves and community partners have been added! Consider asking your child...

How will you be kind today?

  1. Encourage
  2. Listen
  3. Say “Please”
  4. Compliment
  5. Say “Thank You”
  6. Smile
  7. Help
  8. Say “Hello”

Then, have them reflect on what they did.

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PWNP November: Share the Warmth Update

As of today, we've collected 71 blankets!

By partnering with People Who Need People (PWNP), and living our "Leading with Kindness" mantra, we are extending our love and community to others.

Our Community Service Partner People Who Need People (PWNP) is collecting NEW TWIN size blankets during the month of November. Bushy Park will act as an official collection point for donations.

For ease of donations, please visit our PWNP Amazon Wishlist. Donations will be directly shipped to the school by using "Bushy Park Elementary School's Gift Registry Address" for shipping.

Thank you for helping us "Share the Warmth."

PWNP is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2006 to serve the needs of women and children who are homeless by partnering with established charities in Maryland. For more information, please visit https://www.pwnp.org.
Shop the PWNP Amazon Wishlist

Please select "Bushy Park Elementary School's Gift Registry Address" for shipping.

PWNP December: From our Kitchen with Love

We are excited to announce our December PWNP initiative, "From our Kitchen with Love."

Our Community Service Partner People Who Need People (PWNP) is collecting frozen home-made casseroles at Bushy Park on Monday, December 16th, 8:30-9:30am.


We are asking that you choose from the following three recipes:

  1. Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

  2. Vegetarian Baked Ziti

  3. Ground Beef Casserole


Please use a disposable 1/2 size aluminum pan (steam table pan).


Please label your casseroles with the type AND date prepared.


"Prepare the dish that you want to freeze. Spray your disposable aluminum pan with cooking spray so your food will not stick.

Place your prepared food into the disposable aluminum pan. Pack the container almost to the top, leaving enough room for expansion but not so much that ice crystals will have room to form. About 1/2 inch of space at the top of your pan is ideal.

Cover the pan with the matching lid or with a layer of aluminum foil. Ensure the pan is covered tightly and securely to prevent freezer burn."

Source: https://www.leaf.tv/articles/how-to-freeze-in-disposable-aluminum-pans/

PWNP is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2006 to serve the needs of women and children who are homeless by partnering with established charities in Maryland. For more information, please visit https://www.pwnp.org.

Yearbook Cover Contest

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

Tips for a good entry:

  • Add a bold outline to words and pictures.
  • Use the entire sheet of paper for your drawing—fill in all spaces with color!
  • Use crayons, colored pencils, or markers
  • The darker you color your artwork in, the better.
  • Neatness counts!
  • Don’t forget to illustrate belonging or inclusiveness in your artwork!

Some examples from past cover design contests:

  • “Green School” themed covers
  • “Kindness” themed covers

Questions? Email bushyparkyearbook@gmail.com. Download the flyer below.

Urgent Donation Request: Health Room

Ms. Duvall in our Health Room has an urgent request for boys pants (especially sweatpants) ALL SIZES, NEW Underwear for both boys and girls ALL SIZES and belts for both boys and girls. Thank you for your donation.
Shop the Amazon Wishlist for New Underwear

Orders will be shipped directly to the school.

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FFN Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Night

Calling those in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)! We're looking for unique kid-friendly presentations that can be done over the course of our STEM Family Night for small groups. We need your expertise to help make this evening a success! Please email bpesptapres@gmaill.com with interest.

STEM Night is Wednesday, December 4th, 6:45-8:30pm.

RSVP by December 2nd at: https://forms.gle/5V6YhHPunbFYv37j8.

Our Presentations thus far...

BLOOD: We will learn about what makes blood so special that we can't live without it! We will discuss the basic parts of blood, its major functions, and how it moves around our bodies.

CRYPTOWHEEL 101: This talk introduces younger students to the basics of substitution cryptography. Using a cipher wheel, students match separate alphabets to determine the ‘slide’ of the alphabet. Students are then challenged to solve a simple substitution cipher to put their new skills to the test.

MAKER SPACE: Visit Ms. Carey's "Maker Space" where you can create, explore, build, and program with a variety of materials.

PAINT WITH MATH: Create a masterpiece with Dr. Josh and GauGAN. Learn how finger painting and math come together to create a fun experience for all ages.

ROBOTIATORS 888: Come see a demonstration of Glenelg High School robotics team's latest inventions. Talk to high school students and learn how you can get involved.

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FFN Winter Potluck with Damon Foreman

Make plans to bring your whole family to our winter potluck on Monday, December 9th, 6:30-8:30pm. We are thrilled to have Damon Foreman and other musical guests perform during our event. You don't want to miss this. Seriously. It's going to be amazing.

RSVP by December 4th at: http://evite.me/bCYtvzcc1E.

PLEASE NOTE: Please don't bring nuts or include them in your items. Additionally, we also ask that you list the ingredients of your dish on piece of paper. Thank you for your consideration.

If you have any questions, please email Randee Wilding at bpesptapres@gmail.com.

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Classroom Book Fund

The PTA Classroom Book Fund is a great way to honor your child, encourage reading and share a book! Gifting a book to your child is a great way to get your child to read a book that he/she chooses themselves. Dedicate this book to your child, let them take it home for 2 weeks, and then return the book to your child's classroom for other's to read for many years to come.
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Grocery Rewards

Please consider joining the Harris Teeter and Martins School Rewards programs this year. This is an easy way to raise funds for our school while doing your food shopping. Unfortunately, with the loss of the Giant rewards program, we are significantly down in our normal earnings, so if you shop at either of these stores, please consider adding Bushy Park to your rewards card. Joining Harris Teeter is as easy as emailing retailrewards.bpes@gmail.com with your rewards card number and your last name. We can take care of registering your card or you can ask your cashier at checkout to add School ID 1636. School selections have to be done every school year for Harris Teeter. For Martins, please go to their webpage and select our school in the Rewards & Savings section. Our school code is 41066. For Martins, this is a onetime selection, so there is no need to re-register every year. Thank you to those who are already participating in these programs! For more information please see: https://www.bushyparkpta.org/post/retail-rewards and scroll down to the Grocery Rewards section.

Retail Rewards & Box Tops for Education

Thank you to everyone who has turned in Box Tops clips and scanned their grocery receipts! We have earned $441 so far this year! If you shop for groceries online, you can now submit your email receipts from select retailers to earn points. Retailers include: Instacart, Jet.com, SamsClub.com, Sams Club Scan & Go, Shipt, Target.com, Target Pick-Up/Drive-Up, Walmart Grocery, Walmart Pay, and Walmart.com. Please forward your email receipt from these stores to receipts@boxtops4education.com using the same email that is associated with your BTFE account. The Box Tops program runs through February 2020, so please keep up the great work! Remember, the student, class, and grade that delivers the most Box Tops by February 20, 2020 will win a prize. For more information please see https://www.bushyparkpta.org/post/retail-rewards.

November Membership Update & Drawing

Our staff and family membership is 332!

This month, we are thrilled to offer a special gift from our Business Partner, Mt. Airy Children's Dental Associates.

Written by Dr. Sheer, "The Elephant with a Knot in his Trunk" is about being different from other kids, perseverance and doing the right thing. The “Elephant Pak” consists of the book, an elephant book bag and a stuffed elephant.

It is written from a place of compassion and love by Dr. Sheer and his friend Nancy Patz. It highlights Dr. Sheer’s world travels helping patients who are different.

The book is offered on AmazonSmile and by order at Books with a Past.

The PTA will be doing a drawing from all family memberships at the end of November.

Family Membership

To become a member or renew your annual family membership, please complete our online form and submit payment.

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you have an hour to volunteer at school? Can you make an hour to volunteer? If you are able, please visit our Volunteer page for updated opportunities.

We have everything from event-specific to seasonal opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities

Our Volunteer page is updated frequently. Please check back often.

Online Fundraiser: Mabel's Labels

From Mabel's Labels:

"Our Holiday 2019 line just went live, and parents in your organization will love supporting your fundraiser by simply purchasing all their holiday wrapping and labeling products online through Mabel’s Labels.

Supporters of your fundraiser can go online to browse the adorable festive designs, customize them as they like, then receive everything in the mail, ready for use throughout the holiday season!"

  1. Visit http://campaigns.mabelslabels.com
  2. Enter "Bushy Park Elementary PTA"
  3. Shop

That's it! The PTA will receive 20% of all sales and you will know that your towels, lunch bags and water bottles will always be labeled!

This fundraiser will close at the end of December 2019.

Amount raised as of 11/20: $138.41

Number of orders as of 11/20: 14

Upcoming Events

November 2019

18-22 American Education Week

22 Spirit Day: Jersey Day

25 PTA Dinner for Staff & 3 hour early dismissal for students/Parent Teacher Conferences

26 3 hour early dismissal for students/Parent Teacher Conferences

27 No school for students/Parent Teacher Conferences

28-29 No school for students

December 2019

4 FFN STEM Night 6:45-8:30pm

5 PTA Conference Call 7-7:30pm

9 FFN Winter Potluck Dinner with Damon Foreman 6:30-8:30pm

Website PTA Calendar: https://www.bushyparkpta.org/calendar

Facebook PTA Events: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BushyParkPTA/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.