February 23, 2022
Mark Your Calendars!
Name that Book!
We would also like to thank our Name that Book sponsors, Ms. Miller and Ms. Castaneda!
Go Texan Day! - February 25
HLSR Coloring and Creativity Contest Winners
Our third grade students participated in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Coloring contest again this year. FOUR of our students have been selected in this Coloring & Creativity Contest to have their art work displayed at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo!
The winners are Aleena Khurram*, Niharilka Banerjee, Tanvi Mahajan, and Aadya Sripathi. Congratulations to these girls!!!
This is quite an accomplishment! Over 6,000 entries from across the city were submitted and only 200 were selected to be displayed. That is just the top 3%!! Aleena’s artwork was selected as one of the Top 10 overall entries!
The four girls received certificates, large blue ribbons, and HLSR grounds passes. We are so proud of them!
Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
March 8, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Bush Elementary will host a FREE COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for all current students. Registration will be onsite only, and a parent must be present. Please bring a valid government issued ID. If you have any questions please email Ms. Alicia Carter with the Houston Health Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social and Emotional Learning with Ms. Jones
Positive Nostalgia and Memories
This month we are experiencing some very unique days.
2-22-22 was such a fun date!!!
As we look back on other fun days, we start to realize how much can change over a year. We start to look at old pictures and see how much we have changed and grown. More importantly, how much our children have grown emotionally and developed.
There are milestones and memories that we all want our children to reflect on and be proud of. Research shows that evoking positive nostalgia can increase your child’s self-esteem and motivate personal growth.
This week's printable will help you and your child do this in a fun and meaningful way.
This week's activity: My 11-year Time Capsule.
This is an excellent way for you and your child to:
-Ponder who they are now and what’s important to them
-Reminisce and bond while choosing what to include
- Collect words of love and wisdom from family members to cherish forever
Create your own time capsule to celebrate your memories at your age today and plan a time that you will go back and look at it.
Free COVID PCR Testing Every Thursday
Once a parent has registered their child, then the child will be tested each time Fulgent comes to campus to provide COVID testing. If you no longer want your child to be tested, you may opt out by emailing your child's teacher to let them know.
2022-2023 Registration Dates
Stay up to date by reading our newsletter, the Paw Prints, and the marquee.
Nurse Guider's Corner
If your child does test COVID positive, 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.
Health and Safety Above All
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.00 F
- Loss of taste or smell
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Significant muscle pain or ache
- Nausea or vomiting
For the health and safety of ALL students, faculty, and staff, it is very important that children stay home when they are ill. Students who have thrown up during the night or who are running a fever cannot be sent to school. If your student complains of and exhibits any COVID19 related symptoms, they will be sent home.
Dress Code Reminders
Morning Arrival Reminders
We have started a new year so let's start the year by following our morning arrival procedures and being on time for school every day.
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.
If a note is not received within 3 days, then the absence is recorded as unexcused.
Bush PK Lottery 2022 - 2023
On September 10, HISD School Choice opened up the system to apply for the PK lottery for next school year. The Bush PK program is only for families that are already enrolled at Bush Elementary and have another child who will be 4 on or before September 1, 2022. Students must meet PK eligibility requirements such as being economically disadvantaged or qualifying as English as a Second Language.
The site will accept applications from September 10, 2021 - March 10, 2022. Families will be notified by HISD School Choice on April 7, 2022 if their child was accepted into Bush Elementary's PK program or if their child is on the waitlist. Go to HISDChoice.com to apply. Bush Elementary's PK program is only one class with 22 students that must be comprised of siblings of currently enrolled Bush students. The only way to apply for and be part of the lottery for Bush Elementary's PK program is to apply online at the address shared above.
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
Ms. Rose would like to wish a very special birthday to:
Riya P. who turned 11 yrs. old on February 20, and is a fifth grader in Ms. Hillman's class.
Henley J. who turned 9 yrs. old on February 20, and is a third grader in Ms. Goodwin's class.
Arya W. who turned 7 yrs. old on February 21, and is a first grader in Ms. Baldwin's class.
Liana R. who turned 7 yrs. old on February 23, and is a first grader in Ms. Baldwin's class.
Kesi K. who turns 9 yrs. old on February 26, and is a third grader in Ms. Mayce's class.
Happy Birthday and Welcome to the Bush Birthday Book Club
Birthday Book Club
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 www.BBEPTO.com for more details or to make your purchase.
February – July Birthdays: Enroll through January
Resources and Community News
Children's Business Fair
Observe the opportunity for children to launch their very own startup business! Join us at Memorial City Mall on April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to see these young entrepreneurs in action!
Kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at our one-day marketplace.
All entries will be automatically entered in the business competition, and booths will be judged by fellow entrepreneurs on a variety of criteria, including most original business idea, highest business potential, and best presentation/creativity. Cash prizes of $50 per category and age group 6-7, 8-10, 11-12, and 13-14 (to be split among the business owners) will be presented at the conclusion of the fair.
This event is sponsored by Acton Academy, the Acton School of Business, Next Great Adventure, Lerner Realty Solutions (The LRS Team), RLD Bookkeeping & Tax Solutions, Amy Polak with Entre Results, and the generous support of our donors and volunteers. A special shout out to Lemonade Day Houston for their support too! We all believe that principled entrepreneurs are heroes and role models for the next generation.
Whether an entrepreneur is famous like Elon Musk, or Oprah Winfrey, or they are one of the thousands of unsung business owners across this country, these are the people who make sacrifices to innovate, create jobs and serve their communities.
***All program applications accepted and reviewed by April 22, 2022 will need to be accompanied by a $50 program entry fee per business. No refunds; no exceptions. A table and 1-2 chairs will be provided for each business. Weekly business coach Zoom calls and a session with Memorial City Mall's Visual Merchandising Expert will be available for program participants as well.***
The PTO Board wants you! The PTO is looking for volunteers for next school year. The PTO Board consists of over 20 different positions, all with a focus on the quality of education at Bush Elementary. We welcome working and non-working parents and guardians from all different grade levels and backgrounds. We encourage you to find a position which sounds interesting to you and one in which you feel you can contribute your unique talents and skills towards the betterment of Bush Elementary. If you would like more information about any of the positions you can read about them on the Job Descriptions page of our website, or email our PTO President at email@example.com . If you are ready to submit your application for a position on the PTO Board for the 2022-2023 school year, please complete this form.
Order your 2021 - 2022 Yearbook Today!
$30 (Price will increase to $35 on March 12th)
Go to www.bbepto.com or CLICK HERE TO ORDERNo Yearbooks will be sold after March 20th, so please order now!
5th Gr. Yearbook Dedications and Photos
Do you have a graduating 5th grader? Give them a shout-out in the yearbook! Dedications are $20 for 25 words or less. Order on the website at www.bbepto.com before March 5th. (Dedications are available for 5th graders only.)
We are continuing to collect 5th grade students' pictures. Send your child’s pictures (1 baby , 1 current picture). This is such a fun surprise for the kids at the end of the year.Pictures can be sent to your child’s teacher or 5th grade coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking for some pictures for the yearbook. Please send photos of your child from TWOsday, Go Texan day (this Friday) and any other events. If you have any, please share them with us! Please send no more than 5 photos for all events to email@example.com and label pictures with your child's grade.
School store on the go will be back after spring break! Keep an eye out here or on our facebook page for more details. Our online school store is still open and items will be delivered to the classrooms on Fridays. Visit the store at www.BBEpto.com
For any questions related to PTO please contact Val Shaikh, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com
Continued Focus on Safety 2022
COVID-19 Updates, News, and Resources
Update to COVID-19 Positive Notification
HISD's COVID-19 protocol has been updated in regards to terminology use and reporting. At all HISD campuses, this means that when there is a positive case in your child's homeroom class you will be notified in writing by the principal. The message you will receive is below. Please note that this message is simply for notification, and does not require further action (i.e. quarantine). I want to thank you all for your diligence in ensuring that students are wearing their masks and that we are all remaining healthy.
Sample Message: This message is to inform you that an individual in your child's homeroom has reported testing positive for COVID-19. Your child has not been identified as a close contact and there is no action required of you at this time. This notification is for your awareness only. Due to privacy requirements, we cannot release the name of the COVID-positive individual or details that may identify them; however, it is important for you to know this individual is self- isolating until they are cleared to return to our campus. As a reminder, HISD has health and safety protocols in place to help prevent the spread of illness. We are asking our staff and families to do their part by adhering to these protocols, and not reporting to their worksite or sending their student(s) to school when they are ill. We appreciate your continued support as we work together to ensure the safety of our students and staff.