Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Labor Day Holiday

FCPS will be closed on Friday, September 1st and Monday, September 4th for the Labor Day Holiday.  Enjoy the 4-day weekend!

Kindergarten Color Of The Day

Starting Monday, August 28th Kindergarten will begin our science unit on colors. To get the kindergarteners excited about finding colors all around them, we would like your child to wear the color of the day if you have clothing with these colors at home.  We would also love school wide participation from grades 1-6 to join in on the fun. There is no need to go out and buy anything new. The schedule will be:

Monday -         28th                 Red

Tuesday -         29th                Orange

Wednesday-    30th                 Yellow

Thursday -       31st                Green

Tuesday-          5th                  Blue

Wednesday-    6th                  Purple

Thursday-        7th                 Favorite Color

Ice Cream Social

The Bush Hill PTA would like to invite you to join us for our annual ice cream social next Friday, 9/8 from 6:30-8:00pm in the Bush Hill cafeteria. 

We are very excited to kick off the 23-24 school year with this fun event! Funds raised will help provide new books in classrooms, offset costs of field trips and help with school-wide improvements. 

Ice cream is $3.00 per bowl and Italian Ice is $2.00 per cup.

Cash, credit card, and pre-payment via Givebacks (formerly MemberHub) are all accepted.

Please note this is not a drop-off event and that direct parental supervision is required throughout the evening. For the safety of all, students without direct parental supervision will not be permitted to participate. Former Bush Hill students are only welcome to attend if they are siblings of a current Bush Hill student and they are directly supervised by a parent. 

We need lots of volunteers to help make this event a success! Please consider signing up here: 


We hope to see you all next Friday!


2023 Student Rights and Responsibilities 

FCPS’ Student Rights and Responsibilities document (SR&R) explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. In late June, the School Board approved changes to the SR&R for the 2023-24 school year. Updates include a revision of dress code expectations, bystander expectations for students witnessing harmful or unsafe behaviors, bullying, and substance abuse responses. Read Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid’s letter to families regarding the SR&R

Parents/caregivers should talk to their child(ren) about expectations for this school year. Also, please log in to SIS ParentVUE and sign to acknowledge your review of the SR&R, or sign and return the signature sheet to your child’s school by Friday, September 29

Kiss N Ride Safety

For Kiss & Ride, our number one priority is to safely welcome kids to school and return them back to their families.  This requires families and staff to partner together to make Kiss & Ride safe for everyone.  

Display your Kiss & Ride Number

Families are required to display a Kiss & Ride Number in their vehicle to use Kiss & Ride.  The number is necessary to communicate that you will use the safety procedures outlined below and to maximize the flow of traffic in the Kiss and Ride line.  If you do not have your number, we will ask you to park and meet your child at the front office. Kiss & Ride Numbers can be picked up during our Open House or by contacting our Main Office. 

Stay in the Kiss & Ride Line

Vehicles are to follow the Kiss & Ride Traffic path.  Join the Kiss and Ride Line from Westchester St. in front of Bush Hill ES.  All families must enter the parking lot  by turning right off of Westchester St.  Pull forward as much as possible in the Drop Off / Pick -Up Zone.   Cars begin to line up in the parking lot next to Door #2. There are two lines. The line closest to Door #2 is reserved for families who have a student with a disability and for daycare busses. All other vehicles should be in the line to the left of the orange cones.

Load and Unload Safely

Adults should remain in the vehicle at all times.  Students should remain in the vehicle until the Drop Off/ Pick Up Zone.  Students should exit the passenger side of the vehicle. 

Keep the lining moving 

Be attentive; K&R is a hands-free cell phone zone.  Remain with your vehicle.  Be ready to load/unload in the Drop-Off Zone.  Keep “good-byes” brief.  If you need additional time to load/unload, please wait until you are at the first space in the K&R lane.   If your child is delayed in coming down, we may ask you to park and meet them at the front office.  Once the drop-off/pick–up periods begin the process usually takes no more than fifteen (15) minutes; this is not an unreasonable amount of time for the safety of our students.


Digital Resources Parent Consent

Parental Permission to Use Digital Resources

Some FCPS-approved digital resources require parent consent before they can be used by students. Find the list of resources which require consent on the Parent Consent webpage. This page also includes directions for providing permission. 

Each digital resource used in FCPS has had an instructional and technical review. Information about the educational technology tools approved for use within FCPS can be found in the online Digital Ecosystem Library.

Parents can find more information about FCPS-approved digital resources on the Digital Resources in FCPS webpage.

My School Bucks

Instructions for Setting up payment using MySchoolBucks:

Dear Parents/Guardians:

You may pay for Instrument Rental Fees, Library dues, Recorder fees, Field Trips, Scholastic News and open lunch accounts using My School Bucks starting August 21st.

My School Bucks (MSB) is a FCPS system for payments of student fees and activities. It is easy, secure, and there are no fees for parents. 

Follow these simple steps:

  • Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com,
  • Add a child by school & student ID or birthdate. You will receive a confirmation email.
  • Go to the Bush Hill Store to find your product you would like to purchase.
  • You may now pay your student fees using a credit or debit card, or e-check.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to your child’s teacher to let them know you’ve paid.


School Safety Drills

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for FCPS. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Schools are also required to notify parents and guardians at least 24 hours before a school conducts a lockdown drill. However, schools are not required to give the specific date and time of the drill in advance. 

The first lockdown drill of the school year must take place within the first 20 days of school. Preschool and kindergarten students are exempt from practicing the first lockdown drill. 

Your child may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Please review these frequently asked questions to support your students before and after school lockdown drills.