May 4, 2022

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Mark Your Calendars!

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Saturday May 7, 2022

11 am- 2 pm

Wristbands required for entry

It is going to be hot on Saturday. Please wear light clothing and don’t forget your sunscreen!

All persons ages 3 and up will need a wristband for entry. Find more information on our website. Order your wristbands and tickets online to receive a discount- presale discounts are only available online through TODAY May 4th, 2022. Find wristbands and tickets for purchase here. All wristbands and tickets will be held at the entrance of the festival for pick up.

If you missed out on T-shirts, we will have a limited selection of shirts available for sale at the festival.

Volunteer for a shift at the Festival:

We can’t have an event without the help of volunteers! If you’d like to help at the International fest please sign up for a 1.5 hour shift. Any parent or guardian is welcome to volunteer at the festival. You will receive a concession voucher as a “thank you” for volunteering! VOLUNTEER HERE

International Parade - Thursday, May 5 at 1:30 p.m.

Our International Festival is the celebration of Bush Elementary's thirty years of excellence and we will have many specific dress days leading up to the festival. Parents are invited to view our International Festival Parade on Thursday, May 5 at 1:30 p.m. inside the track area. The gates from the bus lane to the track area will open at 1:15 p.m. The students will start parading inside the building and then will go to the track area to do a lap on the track.

Parents should be inside or outside the track, but not standing on the track as that will be our parade route.

There will be no early pick up after the event as the parade will end close to dismissal time and it would be difficult to safely sign out so many students. At the end of the parade, carpool parents should go back to their cars and walker parents can go over to their waiting area.

The students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear traditional clothing from a country of their choice. Students, faculty, and staff may also opt to dress up as a famous landmark (Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower…), or symbol (Amazon rainforest, animal or food unique to that country). Students may decorate a poster as their costume and safely hang it from their necks. Be creative and have fun!

In case of rain, the event will still occur inside the building and parents will be allowed inside the main hallway only. There will still be no early pick up as we won't be able to safely process early pick up requests.

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Parents of third, fourth, and fifth graders need to be mindful of the STAAR testing dates shown on the calendar above. Please do not schedule any doctor or dentist appointments before 1:00 pm on your child's grade level testing days.

Morning Carpool

Most of our students have mastered exiting the carpool independently which is terrific. If your child is still unable to exit their car independently, you must pull all the way up to the front of the line before you exit your car to help your child out. We can not have parents stopping our carpool lane in the middle of the line to get out to help their child. This slows down our line for everyone else and creates an unsafe situation for the child and their parent. Please make sure your child is sitting on the passenger side of the car for carpool so they don’t have to cross in front of traffic to get to the sidewalk. Our carpool line is a very busy place and we want to make sure everyone stays safe.

Thank you for helping us keep our students safe during arrival and dismissal.

Counselor's Corner

Hello Bush Families,

Please take the time to visit our Bush Counselor’s Corner monthly. I add social emotional learning items, as well as current topics of interest for our families and students. For example, this month we have resources that will support our students who struggle with test anxiety. As a reminder, hover over items on the page to find links to great resources! Thank you for your consistent support at home.

We appreciate all that you do.

Ms. Quinonez

2022-2023 Registration Dates

Please follow the registration directions shown below and not the online version shown by HISD on the website.

New Zoned Kindergarten Students (No Sibling at Bush)

Registration Dates: May 5 or 6 (Only 30 applicants per day can be processed)

In-person at Bush Elementary

Please bring the items on the attached check list.

8:30 – 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

No need to arrive early as we have 2 more days to register during the registration times shown.

2022-2023 Registration Checklist

New Zoned Kindergarten Students - Additional Dates

May 24, 25, or 26 (Only 30 applicants per day can be processed)

In-person at Bush Elementary

Please bring the items on the attached check list.

8:30 – 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

No need to arrive early as we have 3 days to register during the registration times shown.

New Zoned Gr. 1 – 5 Students

Registration Dates: June 8, 9, or 10 (Only 30 applicants per day can be processed)

In-person at Bush Elementary

Please bring the items on the attached check list.

Must have report card showing successful completion of the 2021 – 2022 school year.

8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.

No need to arrive early as we have 3 days to register during the registration times shown.

More dates will be published at a later time.

Social and Emotional Learning with Ms. Jones

What does authentic positivity look and sound like?

Everyone’s heard the expression, "just be positive". But it’s not always just about being positive, it’s really about being authentic. We can speak all about love and light, but the feelings we are experiencing, whether on the surface or deep inside, are the real indicators of our energy.

As a parent we can model "authentic positivity" by following these guidelines:

  1. Stay Calm and Listen
  2. Honor all Emotions
  3. Set Healthy Boundaries

Recognizing feelings and emotions is more of an acknowledgment of who your child is and what they feel, both positive or negative. Authenticity is about staying as close as you can to your grounded self or true character. It's about not giving yourself, your ideals, and how you feel away to anyone else, no matter who they are.

See this week's printable for some tips about how you can mode l this with your child.

"What Parenting with Authentic Positivity Sounds like"

By Big Life Journal

Nurse Guider's Corner

COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children ages 5-11. If you choose to vaccinate your child, please email a copy of the vaccination record card to or send documentation to Nurse Guider so she can update your child's immunization record. This also includes students who are double vaccinated. Please send a copy to the nurse or email her with the updated documents.

If your child does test positive for COVID, then he/she must quarantine for at least 5 days regardless of vaccination status. If your child is COVID positive and showing symptoms, then he/she must stay home at least 5 days and until symptom free.

Final Day for Covid Testing

Today is the final day for COVID testing at Bush Elementary School for this year. Because our numbers of positive cases have been so low, the COVID testing team will no longer be coming to our school.

Handbook Highlights

Throughout the school year, this section of the newsletter will highlight key points from the Bush Parent Handbook. With the weather warming up, please make sure your child is bringing the correct jacket colors. Jackets that are worn inside the building must be solid navy, red, or white. Please make sure to label all jackets so if they get left on the playground, we are able to return them to your child.

Dress Code Reminders

Here are some quick reminders about our Bush Elementary dress code. Shirts must be solid colored red, white, or navy. The only t-shirts allowed are Bush Elementary t-shirts. Dress code pants are navy, khaki, or blue jeans. The pants must not have any holes, rips, tears, or designs on them, just simple plain blue jeans, navy pants, or khaki pants. Exercise pants, sweatpants, and yoga pants are NOT part of the Bush dress code. Leggings can not be worn as pants, only under skirts or jumpers. Please click on the link below for the complete dress code guidelines.

2021-2022 Dress Code Guidelines

Morning Arrival Reminders

Morning supervision of students starts at 7:20 a.m. At that time students are brought into the building and are seated in grade level lines. Morning bus lane drop off is reserved for our 5th Grade Safety Patrols, our daycare vans, and our students in our self-contained special education classes. These families have a special printed pass to enter the bus lane for morning drop off. All other students arriving by car must be dropped off in the carpool lane. The first bell rings at 7:30 a.m. and the students are tardy at 7:40 a.m. when the morning announcements begin.

Dismissal Reminders

Please plan to pick up your carpool and walker students before 3:15. Our students are dismissed at 3:00 and our walker area has been finishing before 3:10 on most days. If you arrive after 3:10, please come to the front office to sign your child out as a late pick up.

Please abide by the No Parking signs on the streets around our school and our neighboring schools. Several parents have received parking tickets from HPD in the past because they were parking in a No Parking zone. When cars park in No Parking zones, it is difficult for our busses and vans to turn into our bus lane.

We're asking for the parents of walkers that park their cars on the other side of Westerloch across from the school to NOT u-turn by the carpool lane entrance once they've picked up their child(ren) and are heading home.

We have seen many students and some parents walking across the street not using the crosswalks. This is extremely dangerous and we ask that all walkers and bike riders use the crosswalks. Westerloch Dr. and Parkway Plaza Dr. are very busy streets during morning arrival and dismissal. If you cross between parked cars, ongoing traffic cannot see you.

We are so happy to see so many of our students riding their bikes to school. Please remember that all students are required to wear a bicycle helmet when riding their bikes to and from school. We want to keep all of our Bobcats safe. Also, please send your bike riders with a bike lock to secure their bikes to the bike rack.

Absence Notification

If your child is absent from school, please make sure you send in a note explaining the absence date(s) and reason for the absence upon return to school. We will need this note even if you're at home quarantining or a Positive COVID-19 case. Please email your absence excuse note to the homeroom teacher and our registrar, Ms. Rosales at

If a note is not received within 3 days, then the absence is recorded as unexcused.

Pets at Bush

Safety continues to be our top priority, and while we love our furry visitors, we ask that you keep them at home during arrival and dismissal. We have several students, faculty and staff members who are allergic to dogs and cats and students who are very afraid of dogs. Please keep them at home.

Early Pick Ups

Please do not plan to pick up your child after 2:30 p.m. from the office. To ensure a safe dismissal, students will not be called to the office to be picked up after 2:30 p.m. Thank you for helping to make dismissal safe for all our students.

Spectacular Science!

The Spectacular Science Words for the week of May 2 is photosynthesis.

Birthday Book Club - Last Day May 15

The LAST DAY to purchase Birthday Book Club for your child is May 15. Please place any orders for May or summer birthdays by this date.

Help your child celebrate their birthday and support the library and other programs that enhance the educational experience of Bush students by joining the Birthday Book Club.

Your child will be given a personal "Happy Birthday" greeting during the morning announcements and Paw Prints shout out from Ms. Rose! The donation will be recognized with a nameplate in a new book from the library. A group photo of all the other BBC members with the same birth month will also be displayed in the library display case.

It only costs $20 for a Birthday Book Club Membership (Add Electronic Marquee display for $10 more). Please visit for more details or to make your purchase.

Enrollment Schedule:

February – July Birthdays: Enroll through January

Resources and Community News

Teacher Appreciation Week

We will be celebrating our annual Teacher Appreciation Week this week through Friday, May 6th. Please remember that this is entirely voluntary.

If you’d like to purchase a gift from your teacher’s wishlist you can find those here:

View our teacher’s wishlists here.

And don’t forget about our amazing ancillary teachers!

Ms. Miles- Drama

Ms. Miller- Library

Ms. Orta- Art

Coach Pham- PE: Doesn’t have a wishlist but would appreciate floor tape similar to the style linked. 3M brand or Gopher. Any color works!

Ms. Silva - Music

Ms. Weir - Technology

If you’d like to write your teacher(s) a note of appreciation, your child can make their own, or you can choose to use one of our samples:

Sample Appreciation Note 1

Sample Appreciation Note 2

Thank you so much for all of the donations for the teachers. Pictured above are the carts we set up for Monday, but we have enough to walk around and treat the teachers multiple days!

30th Anniversary Spirit Week

Help us to continue our spirit week through this Friday, May 6.


Thursday will be our big International Parade! Students (and staff!) will dress up and parade around the school and outside. The students are encouraged to wear traditional clothing from a country of their choice. Students may also opt to dress up as a famous landmark (Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower…), or symbol (Amazon rainforest, or animal or food unique to that country). Students may decorate a poster as their costume and safely hang it from their necks. Be creative and have fun!

Students will parade outside on the track beginning at 1:30. Families may walk up or park in carpool line and leave their car to view the parade from inside the track area. After the parade, families will return to their cars or their designated pick up area. If you are not picking your child up via carpool, do NOT park on the north side of Westerloch where the carpool line is. There will be NO early pick up this day. There will be a lot of people trying to get back to their cars to pick up their child for a normal dismissal schedule. Please pack your patience.

Friday 5/6: Color Day- wear the colors that represent the country you are from

Saturday 5/7: International Festival 11- 2pm- Festival Day- you are encouraged to wear traditional clothing or your International Festival Shirt! Shirts are no longer on sale, but we will have a limited selection available at the festival.

** If students are not participating in a spirit day, they will be expected to follow normal dress code**

2022-2023 PTO Board

Congratulations to our 2022-2023 PTO Board!

We still have an opening for our Business Partnerships Chairperson if you are interested. The role would include reaching out to local businesses to partner with us at the beginning of the year and when we have big events. The Chairperson(s) would also organize spirit events throughout the year. If you are persuasive and have good communication skills then we would love to have you as a part of our board. This would require some daytime availability to communicate with businesses, but could be done on your own time. Suitable for someone with a flexible job or who stays at home.

We are now on Instagram! Follow us for the latest updates @bbepto. And Don’t forget to sign up for our Weekly E-Blast! For any questions related to PTO please contact Val Shaikh,

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Continued Focus on Safety 2022

Updated policies on field trips, COVID-19 Quarantine and more updated for 2022.