2014 The Bushy Park Leo Club organized a Coat Drive to collect coats. The Leo Club also collected 438 food items for Harvest for the Hungry for the Maryland Food Bank. 2017 Maryland Book Bank
2015, 2016, 2017 Coats were collected for donations.
Shoes for Shelters collected shoes for donation.
Harvest for the Hungry collected 438 food items in 2014.
Tennis Ball Recycling Thru Rebounces A Partnership with Cattail Creek and Circle D Farm
Third Grade students count and box tennis balls, collected from neighboring tennis clubs and families, to send to Rebounces for recycling. We collected over 800 tennis balls to send to be recycled. Learn more about Rebounceshere.
Blue Gills and Sun Fish in the Classroom with Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Mrs. Cole Blue Gills
Bluegills are a type of small, native sunfish found everywhere in Maryland - ponds, lakes, even tributaries of the Bay. They can be used to make a direct connection for students or visitors between their own watershed and the health of the rivers and Bay. This program is open to classroom teachers or outdoor/nature centers. DNR supplies everything – equipment, fish, and food. A teachers’ manual is also provided which includes information on aquarium set-up and maintenance, care and feeding of the fish, background information, and lesson plans. All lessons are correlated to the Maryland State Curriculum and Environmental Literacy standards.
Participants receive the equipment and fish at a workshop held in Annapolis in the fall. In the spring, the fish are either returned to DNR or are released as part of a DNR coordinated release event.
Students help feed, monitor and clean the fish tank.
The Tree Ring Corporation, in partnership with Trees for the Future, plants a tree for every Memory book the 5th graders purchase at Bushy Park! In 2016-17, they will plant 85 trees in honor of year book purchases.
Fostering Diamondback Terrapin with the National Aquarium, the Port of Baltimore and the Army Core of Engineers
In partnership with the Baltimore Aquarium Mrs. Murphy fosters a diamondback terrapin from the National Aquarium and the Port of Baltimore that will be released into the wild in early May. Students monitor and care for the turtle.
Comparing growth of turtles from year to year.
Students rebuild wetlands by digging holes and planting marsh grasses on the island.
November 2015 Prekindergarten makes Kool-aid playdo for Ellie's Bake sale, a community fundraiser started by a former BPES student. Ellie's Bake Sale has raised $23,000 since 2009! All money raised has been donated directly to local and national charities. 2015 charity selected by Ellie is the GUMC Food Pantry. This is a fun community event which many donate and support from the Bushy Park community. (20 students++)
20 Prekindergarten students plant daffodil bulbs on school property. Students learn about soil and how bulbs grow.
Leo Club and Grass Roots
Leo Club donates leftover baked goods each year from Spring Fling to Grass Roots Crisis Center in Columbia, MD
Master Gardeners come to visit Bushy Park throughout the school year to educate our students about the environment. Below prekindergarten learns about different types of birds from Carolyn Cradler.
Each year Greenway Farms partners with our PTA to provide fresh local plants for spring for our Bushy Blooms Sale. Families can purchase native plants and annuals to attract local wildlife in their gardens. Greenway Farms may also donate trees for planting for Energy Week in April 2008.
The Roving Radish is a Howard County program dedicated to promoting healthy farm to table eating habits to our community, while creating sustainable markets for our local and regional farms. We achieve this by selling healthy meal kits, sourced from local and regional farms, to our community. The meal kits are made available to all Howard County residents, and are offered at a discounted price to those in need. The Roving Radish visits Bushy Park prekindergarten to learn more about farms growing vegetables and how they grow above and below ground. Roving Radish donated loads of fresh veggies for kids to taste ( 30 students, December 22, 2016) Roving Radish will visit BPES staff in March to learn more about their meal kits beginning in spring 2018.
Our HCPSS Partners
March 2018 Meeting with our Green School Mentor from Hollifield Station Elementary, Lori Speelman. Lori has been a great source of inspiration as Hollifield is a wonderful green school. Lori and one of our green school committee members met to review our Weebly Green School application prior to submission on March 17, 2018!! ( 2 adults)
Principal Molly Ketterer with PTA presidents Tamara Westhoff and Eileen Dietz visit Principal Rick Wilson for a tour of Folly Quarter Middle School's outdoor classroom areas. 10/15/15
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