March 9, 2022

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Mark Your Calendars!

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Field Day - March 11

Friday is Field Day! All students will be participating during their ancillary time. We encourage our students to wear athletic wear and tennis shoes to fully enjoy the activities Coach Pham and the specialist team have put together.

Daylight Savings Time - March 13

Daylight Savings time begins, Sunday, March 13. "Spring" your clocks forward one hour.

Spring Break

Enjoy your break and take time to rest, relax, and read a good book! Ms. Rose's goal is to read 2 books next week. How many books will you read? We'll see all students back at Bush Elementary on Monday, March 21 at 7:30 a.m.

Spring Picture Day - March 23

We will be offering another opportunity to have your child's picture taken on Spring Picture Day. Photo Texas Photography Houston will be here on March 23. All orders for this event are prepay only. Their staff is fully vaccinated, masked up and ready to capture your student’s most important moments!

Spring Picture Day is March 23. To help everyone stay healthy and safe, Photo Texas Photography Houston encourages and provides a contactless experience.



All orders are Prepay with guaranteed satisfaction. We do not email proofs.

During the Prepay period, you can choose Ship to School for FREE or Ship to Home. Shipping charges will apply.

Order Spring Pictures NOW!

The Prepay Link remains active for 1 WEEK after Picture Day. Any order received after the Prepay period is considered a late order and is shipped to the address provided. Shipping charges will apply. Please contact Customer Service for assistance placing late orders.

Social and Emotional Learning with Ms. Jones

This Friday, March 11th, is International Social and Emotional Learning Day (SEL Day).

SEL4US and the Urban Assembly invite schools and communities around the globe to celebrate the importance of social emotional learning (SEL) on the third annual International SEL Day this Friday. The theme this year is, "Finding Common Ground, Pursuing Common Good."

Barbara Bush Elementary Kindness Challenge:

Students at Barbara Bush will participate in a school-wide activity that showcases ways to show kindness to others at school and in our community. This will be an ongoing effort on campus to instill kindness in children until it becomes a habit. Through this challenge, children will develop a sense of purpose and gratitude. By performing simple acts of kindness, they could become instruments of peace for a healthier, happier community.

Share your participation on Twitter or Instagram and make sure to use one of the tags below!!!



You may also email pictures of incredible kindness to:

Bush Elementary Blood Drive

Our namesake, Ms. Barbara Bush, was an advocate for blood donations. She personally answered the call when blood donations were requested. In effort to honor her legacy, Bush Elementary is hosting a blood drive!

You Never Know Whose Life You Might Save

So don’t miss your chance to donate blood!

Donors are Needed

Thank you in advance.

Sign Up Here

Tuesday, April 12

8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Multipurpose Room


Questions? Contact:

Zonia Flores (281) 368-2150

Sponsor Code: B080


Original Works Art Fundraiser

As we have done in the past, our students have an opportunity to participate in the Original Works Art Program. Take advantage of a creative opportunity to support your child and our school through the Original Works Art Fundraiser. Your child can create their own masterpieces that can be turned into custom keepsakes. These keepsakes make great gifts for family members or to keep and enjoy. They can use artwork they have already completed or create new works of art on the paper provided. Information went home in your child's backpack last week.

All artwork and order forms must be received by March 29. Ms. Orta is excited to see what great projects our students create!

Is That My Jacket?

We have many jackets in our Lost and Found waiting to be picked up by their rightful owners. On March 10, all jackets without names on them will be placed on tables by the bike rack outside for parents to come and find their child's jacket. If your child has lost a jacket without a name in it, please make sure to stop by the bike rack on March 10 between 7:20 - 7:45 am or 2:15 - 2:45 p.m. All jackets and sweaters that are not picked up by March 11 will be donated.

Date: March 10, 2022

Time: Arrival -7:20 - 7:45 am

Dismissal - 2:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Location: By the Bike Rack

As a reminder, please label your child/children's jackets/winter clothing so that we can return their lost jackets to their classrooms. Also, please remember that in school, students need to have dress code jackets in solid red, white or navy. Their outside jackets worn for recess do not need to be in dress code colors, they can be any color.

Free COVID PCR Testing Every Thursday

Bush Elementary will have COVID testing available every Thursday for students, faculty, and staff. Parents must pre-register their child by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday in order to be tested on campus. This testing is completely voluntary and free and requires the student's parent/guardian to first provide a one-time digital consent at .

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

Registration dates for the 2022-2023 school year will be announced in April on our website and in the Paw Prints. Intent to Re-Enroll and Sibling Registration dates will also be announced in April.

Stay up to date by reading our newsletter, the Paw Prints, and the marquee.

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.

Double Vaccinated?

Please make sure Nurse Guider has a copy of your child's proof of 2 doses of an approved COVID vaccination if you choose to vaccinate your child.

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.

Handbook Highlights

Throughout the school year, this section of the newsletter will highlight key points from the Bush Parent Handbook. School begins at 7:30 a.m. Students arriving after 7:40 a.m. are tardy. Students arriving after 9:00 a.m., without a doctor's excuse, are marked absent.

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 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.

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.

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 3:15, 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.

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. Tomorrow is the last day the district will be accepting applications for PK for next year.

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 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

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 March 7 is rotation/revolution.

Bobcat Birthdays!

Ms. Rose would like to wish a very special birthday to:

Jashwin D. who turned 9 yrs. old on March 8, and is a third grader in Ms. Nguyen's class.

Brigid C. who turned 7 yrs. old on March 9, and is a first grader in Ms. Baldwin's class.

Sara G. who turns 8 yrs. old on March 11, and is a second grader in Ms. Pham'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 for more details or to make your purchase.

Enrollment Schedule:

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.***

Marco's Pizza Spirit Night!

The PTO is happy to host its first Spirit Night of the 2021-22 school year with Marco’s Pizza! Look for the flyer sent home this week for more details!

Order for Carryout or Delivery to your home at Marco's Pizza

on Thursday, March 10th 2022 at our location 1315 S Dairy Ashford

to earn 20% cash back for Barbara Bush Elementary School PTO

To order online:

Place your order as normal then click " Fundraisers" under the menu.

Look for Barbara Bush spirit night", then click the "Add Button" to the

right of your school's name.

For delivery: Please call the store at 281-496-4441 and mention Barbara Bush Elementary.

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PTO Nominations

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.

A few of the positions are:

  • President and Vice President

  • Secretary

  • Treasury team

  • Business Partnerships

  • Fundraising Event Coordinator

  • Family or Staff Hospitality

  • Volunteer coordinator

  • Nature Center Coordinator

  • Directory team

  • School Store Coordinator

  • Website Coordinator

  • And more!!!

If any of those sound interesting to you, check out our website for more information about the roles: Job Descriptions or email our PTO President at . 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.

International Festival

In May we will be hosting an international Festival in celebration of our 30th Anniversary! We want to highlight all of the amazing cultures and countries which are represented at Bush. To do this we need YOUR HELP! If you would be interested in helping to represent your country or background please fill out the form below by this Friday, 3/11.


Yearbook Sales

Yearbook Sales

Order your 2021 - 2022 Yearbook Today!

$30 (Price will increase to $35 on March 12th)


No Yearbooks will be sold after March 20th, so please order now!

School Store

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

For any questions related to PTO please contact Val Shaikh,

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.