Buckalew Buzz

February 7, 2022

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Buckalew Bears Motto:

"Today I choose to BE Kind, Work Hard, and Do My BEst!"

Our school hours are officially 8:00-3:10. Students may arrive as early as 7:30.

*disclaimer that items published in this newsletter may change due the COVID-19 pandemic*

From Mrs. Price

Happy Monday!

I am thrilled to announce that as of today, our district has lowered our Safety Alert Level back down from a Level 4 to a Level 3. The Roadmap to Remaining Open and the Covid Dashboard has reflected that we are steadily declining in our surge from Winter Break. Hooray!!!

We have a busy week this week with our Book Fair, Kindergarten and 3rd Grade After School Playdates, and a 1st Grade Art Night. This Wednesday and Thursday, our 3rd and 4th graders will be busy taking an interim assessment. Our schedule will be altered to give our students an opportunity to "practice" our STAAR Testing schedule. Due to our altered schedule, our lunch visitor sign-up does not have availability to attend lunch this Wednesday or Thursday. We have many exciting activities this month. See below for more details.

We continue to thank you for keeping your children home when sick. Just a friendly reminder that there will be no school on Friday February 18th or Monday February 21st.

Have a great week,

Jill Price

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Our Buckalew students were highlighted as "Inspiring Kids" on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Kids Edition.

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Looking for Input for our Theme for 22-23 School Year

Mrs. Price and the Spirit Team at Buckalew are looking for ideas for our 22-23 school theme. We have had the themes "Geared Up for Success", "Better Together", You can BE Anything", "20 Years Strong", and "We are Buckalew".

Upcoming Events (dates may alter or change due to the pandemic)


7-10th- Book Fair

9 - Spirit Night, Chick Fil A

10- Kindergarten After School Playdate Fundraiser

10 - 1st Grade Art Night

11- 3rd Grade After School Playdate Fundraiser

16 - Music Program Zoom Meeting

18- No School for Students (inclement weather day for staff)

21- School Holiday

22 - The Ultimate Two, Two's, TWO'S Day (see below for details)

24- BUGz- 3rd Grade Program

24 - 3rd Grade Music Program

25- Go Texan Day! Wear Your Western Gear!


4- Spring Photo

4 - PTO Meeting

10- Field Day

11-18 Spring Break

26- Carnival

31- 4th Grade Program


1- PTO Meeting


18- Holiday

28-2nd Grade Program


6- PTO Meeting

9-13- Campus Closed to Visitors due to testing

10-3rd and 4th Grade STAAR Math

11- 3rd and 4th Grade STAAR Reading

26- Student Last day/ KG Program and 4th Grade Graduation

26- Early Release Day 12:10


10 - School resumes

Welcome Nurse Alison Whiddon

Nurse Whiddon is a Licensed Registered Nurse, Certified Pediatric Nurse, and has experience in both the hospital and school settings. Nurse Whiddon is a former Buckalew parent, and PTO President. Please give her a warm welcome to our campus!

If you have any specific nurse related questions, feel free to email her at: awhiddon@conroeisd.net

Parents of students who have received COVID-19 positive results are asked to complete the self-report in the SSO portal:

Buckalew Bistro Reservations

As you are aware, we have now entered into CISD Level 4 effective 01/13/2022. As our priority is still Health and Safety, we have limited our Bistro reservations during this time. We also have additional Visitor COVID screening procedures for you to complete at the Front Office before entering the Bistro. We also strongly encourage mask wearing and social distancing whilst you are visiting.

Our Buckalew Bistro is a classroom dedicated to parents to have lunch with their child. It is located outside of the Cafeteria. For this reason, we only have 5 slots available per grade level, per day, to accommodate space for visitors.

  • Please be mindful when booking your reservation, that we would like to give parents the opportunity to have lunch with their child. If a day is full, please try for a date later in the month. We appreciate your understanding in the limited space available as we navigate the reintroduction of parents on our campus.
  • We can only allow parents who have made a reservation to enter the building so please understand, for safety reasons, we can not accommodate those who do not have a reservation.
  • Lunchtime is limited to 25 minutes. Please allow time to complete the required check-in at the front office prior to your child’s lunchtime.
  • Please arrive early to allow you to sign in the front office. Please bring with you, your driver’s license. Without identification, we cannot allow you into the building to have lunch with your child. You will then be given a visitors name badge. This will notify our staff that you have permission to enter the building.


    KG 11:20 11:50

    1st 11:50 12:20

    2nd 12:20 12:50

    3rd 12:10 12:40

    4th 11:40 12:10

    Please exit the Bistro promptly when your lunchtime has ended as the next grade level reservations begin immediately. Returning your child to the cafeteria by the above listed time will ensure they have a smooth transition to their next activity, and then visitors will head back to the front office to exit the building.

    As we have learned throughout this year, things may change so we appreciate your understanding if we may need to change the schedule, you will be notified through SignupGenius.

- From The Music Department -

4th Grade Parent volunteers needed for Music Program!!

We haven’t had a music program since Fall 2019, but for those who are new since then, Mrs. Ramirez relies on parent volunteers to make the stage blossom into a beautiful showcase for the program. It can be as simple or as elaborate as the volunteers desire. There will be a zoom meeting for any parents interested on Wednesday, February 16th at 12:00 pm. I would love for you to be there! Zoom link for parent meeting:


Meeting ID: 847 3016 3466

Passcode: 729176

3rd Grade Music Program Memory T-shirts

Calling all 3rd graders! Remember your music program, Bugz, for years to come with a fun t-shirt. The t-shirts will be green with the design in the picture seen here on front and all names of all 3rd grade students on the back. T-shirts are $20 each and can be purchased online through School Cash. If you do not have an account on School Cash set up, you can follow the link below and you will see 3rd Grade Music Program T-shirts as an option. The deadline to order is Wednesday, February 9th so that we can get them in time to pass out the evening of the program on February 24th. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Ramirez at sdramirez@conroeisd.net.

Link to School Cash: https://www.conroeisd.net/department/guidance-counseling/testprepwebstore/


I'm Mrs. Points, your school counselor. With each Buzz, I will have resources to support the social and emotional learning of our students. If your family has a specific need you would like to contact me about, please don't hesitate to email me at kpoints@conroeisd.net.

Counseling Helps Us ​G-R-O-W​!!!

New counseling groups are forming this month and will begin meeting the week of November 15th. Each group meets once a week for five weeks during lunch. The deadline to sign-up is Friday, February 11th.

Group topics include dealing with BIG emotions (fear, anger, frustration, sadness), having a growth mindset, coping skills, and character traits such as perseverance, honesty, kindness, and gratitude. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me at kpoints@conroeisd.net.

If you are interested in having your child join us, please fill out the below link:


Februarys Character Focus - Buckalew Bears Can Be Honest

What does it truly mean to be honest? Honest people don't make a one-time choice to tell the truth. They have chosen a lifestyle of truth in word and in deed.

Here are some characteristics of honest people share:

  1. Their words and deeds match up.
  2. They keep their promises.
  3. They are truthful even when it's difficult.
  4. They don't exaggerate but keep to what is true.
  5. They admit when they are wrong.
  6. They are trustworthy.
  7. They focus on truthful communication, not gossip.


Silent Auction

Do you own or know a business that would like to donate to the Buckalew Bash Carnival Silent Auction?!

Your business will be recognized as a partner of our school on our carnival website and in the carnival event program!

The auction will be online again this year and will begin on March 20th!

Please contact Alison Barger (alison.middaugh.barger@gmail.com) or Brandi Sherman (brandi.w.sherman@gmail.com) to donate!


Create a message that your child will remember forever. The yearbook dedicates several pages of recognition ads for families to leave sweet messages to your child. $25 sale ends Thursday, Feb 10.

Buy here: www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1480167/Buckalew-Elementary-School/

Mitchell PTO Information

Hello Incoming Mitchell Intermediate 5th and 6th Grade Families,

It is that time of year when we are actively recruiting incoming 5th and 6th grade parents who are interested in learning more about PTO at Mitchell. Your talents, skills, and interests are so appreciated! If you are interested or have any questions, please let me know!

Thanks so much for your time and consideration.

Joanna Altimas

Mitchell PTO Parliamentarian jaltimas@gmail.com

-Information for your ongoing reference-

Drop Table

We offer parents the courtesy of a drop table to deliver forgotten items, which is located just inside the entrance foyer. There are pens, paper and tape available for you to use to clearly identify items for your child to collect. We will call the classrooms at 10am to inform students of items on the drop table. After 10am, please email your child’s home room teacher as we cannot interrupt class instruction. Please note that we are not responsible for items left on the table and please do not ask us to immediately call your child to pick up an item.


When your child is absent, please call the school attendance line (281-465-3410) or email Jayne Bull (jbull@conroeisd.net) to explain the reason for their absence. To ensure the accuracy of your child's attendance records, please call, or email each day your child is absent.

Please remember that attendance is recorded at 9:00 a.m. each day. If your child is absent at 9:00 a.m. due to a doctor’s appointment, he/she will be counted present if you bring your child back to school on the same day with a doctor's statement that verifies the appointment.

If your child will be out for an extended period, please let us know.

School hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. The tardy bell rings at 8:00 a.m. and students will be counted tardy if they are not in their classroom at that time.

Moving House?

In the event you are moving house, please email your new proof of residency document (i.e. a recent gas, water or electric bill/ or your signed and dated Lease or Sales Agreement) to jbull@conroeisd.net. Please also include your chil(ren)s full name and home room(s) teacher(s).

Need A New Car Rider Sign?

Please email contactbuckalew@conroeisd.net with your child(ren)s full name(s), homeroom teacher and grade.

Severe Weather Dismissal

No students will be biker/walkers on a Severe Weather Day. Bus and Car riders will remain the same. Administration will use the call our Messenger System to notify parents of a Severe Weather Day. The system does not guarantee immediate contact. If the area is under a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning (not watch) as determined by the weather service, severe weather will be called. Severe thunderstorm or tornado warnings can be located on the local news stations and their websites.

Please ensure that you have your child’s car rider sign visible in the windshield of your car. If someone is collecting your child on your behalf, please email written consent to buckalewtransportation@conroeisd.net. They will need to provide identification when asked.

There is no “Rainy Day Dismissal”.

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Please sign up as a CISD VOLUNTEER

We ask EVERY PERSON entering Buckalew to be approved as a CISD volunteer. This is for the safety of all students, as a background check is carried out.

Click the button below to complete the form. You will need your drivers license number;

Library News

Buckalew does not charge fines for overdue books, we just want them returned. We do ask that if a book is damaged while checked out to your student, that you cover the cost to replace the book. The books we purchase for our library are special reinforced library binding books designed to withstand hundreds of checkouts; completely different than a hardcover that you would buy at a local bookstore or online.

Library Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer in the library, please contact our library volunteer coordinator, Rhonda Villasenor at libraryvolunteer.buckalew@gmail.com

If you would like to help with our Scholastic book fair, please contact Kerri McWilliams at: kerrimcwilliams@hotmail.com.

CISD Is Hiring!

Conroe ISD has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2021 honor by the Houston Chronicle Top Workplaces program. Awards are based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey which uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization, including alignment, execution, and connection.

Click here to apply

School Cash Online

We are very excited to announce that Buckalew Elementary will join in with other CISD schools and will be offering School Cash Online, which provides you with the convenience of paying online for school items such as trips, Scholastic Magazine subscriptions, and various activities. We really want to save you time when paying for school expenses, so we can’t wait for you to take advantage of this opportunity. School Cash Online is a great way to pay without the need for cash or checks!

Please follow the link below to register online (it takes less than 5 minutes!) Once you have registered your child, you will be able to see when they have a new item posted online for purchase. You also have the option to be notified whenever your child has a new school expense due, so you don’t have to worry about missing the deadline.

To set up an account and explore the system, please follow the instructions below. We look forward to hearing your feedback!

Register Online:

Step 1: Please click on this link: https://conroeisd.schoolcashonline.com/

Step 2: Register by selecting the “Get Started Now” and following the steps.

Step 3: After you receive the confirmation email, select the “click here” option, log in and add each of your children to your household account.

If you have any questions during the registration process or while shopping online, please select the SUPPORT option in the top right-hand area of the screen or you may contact the parent help desk at 1-866-961-1803 or at http://schoolcashonline.co./Home/Support or see the handout below.


Currently, in grades 1st-4th, the classes are utilizing Scholastic News and Storyworks Jr magazine subscriptions to read high interest non-fiction texts and to learn about text features and engaging stories and different genres. We thank you in advance for purchasing this wonderful subscription for your child.

For the first time, Buckalew will be collecting money through School Cash Online vs requesting parents send in a check or cash.

Thank you again for your support in our students.

Transportation Changes and/or Early Pick-up

Just a friendly reminder to make any and all transportation changes, and if necessary in-person early student pick-ups prior to 2pm. Our goal is to dismiss students safely each day. After 2pm it becomes difficult to make changes in a timely and safe manner.

You will be asked to provide photographic identification when collecting your child.

To make transportation changes, please send a note in your child's backpack to the teacher OR email: buckalewtransportation@conroeisd.net prior to 2pm.

Thank you for your understanding.

Active Start and Breakfast

Active Start is a before school "free play" for students arriving at school from 7:30-7:45. Weather-permitting, students go to the k-2 playground prior to the start of school. Students arriving after 7:45 will go straight to homerooms.

Breakfast is served in our cafeteria from 7:30-7:55 daily. See below for menu.

Water Bottles

Children are encouraged to bring water bottles each day. Please clearly write your child's name on the bottle with permanent marker.

Lost and Found

A friendly reminder to please label all of your child's belongings with first name and last initial or last name. **Water bottles, lunch boxes, hats, and especially outerwear such as hoodies/jackets/sweaters are all great things to label as these items tend to pile up quickly in the Lost and Found, which is located right outside of the gym. We really hope to reunite these lost items with their owners before the break!

If you have any additional questions, please contact Jo Whitten at jojowhitten@me.com or Val Eissler veissler@gmail.com

Lunch Information

We are working with our students on understanding the lunch-buying process. It can be quite confusing for our elementary students. We are currently speaking with our students and explaining to them, if they bring a lunch, they should eat their lunch before going through the line and purchasing the "free" lunch. For some students, they are eating the "free" lunch and then getting a second lunch, which costs $3.85. As we try and navigate each student through the lunch line, every child has a different need, and we never want to deny students from going through the lunch line. We encourage you to communicate with your child your expectations in either: eating the lunch you are providing/packing; buying the "free" lunch only and going through the line one time; or explaining that if they go through the line a second time, their account is charged $3.85. If you are providing a lunch/snack and want your child to take advantage of the "free" lunch, a note would help the staff on duty make sure your child is eating what you expect, as there are different staff on duty each day. We also encourage you to check your child's account, by going to the link below and you can check and monitor your child's purchase history, including the "free" breakfast or lunch, and if necessary put a limit on the account by contacting our cafeteria directly. It is a blessing that all students are provided a "free" breakfast and/lunch again this year, however it does become confusing for our elementary students.


Meal Includes Entree, Fruit, and 1% or Skim Milk Daily

There is no charge for student breakfast meals during the 21-22 school year

Non-Student Meal/2nd Meal $2.60


Meal Includes Entree, Vegetable, Fruit and 1% or Skim Milk Daily

There is no charge for student lunch meals during the 21-22 school year

Non-Student Meal/2nd Meal $3.85

Entree A la Carte $2.25

Fruit/ Vegetable/ Juice/ Bread A la Carte $1.10

Milk A la Carte $.90

If your child will be purchasing a second meal or extra items, you may prepay by using My School Bucks. You will find a link to this service, lunch menus, and other helpful information by clicking on the child nutrition resource button below. If you would like to put a cap on your child's spending on your lunch account, then please notify our cafeteria manager by calling 281-465-3467.

Meal Application

MySchoolApps is the fast and secure way to apply for free and reduced meals online. Click GET STARTED to find out if your District participates.

If your Child is Absent

Here are some quick links below to help you access content for your child.

Dreambox for Math can be found on your child's "SSO" and is online and can be done at home, without parent support. We recommend no more than 7 lessons a week at home, independently. Parents assisting their child with Dreambox will alter their path and not provide independent pathways for your child.

Reading either with your child, or your child independently reading is one of the best things you can do with your child in their absence from school. Ask comprehension questions: who, what, where, when, why?

The content on the Roadmap to Remaining Open webpages is designed to provide information relevant for the 2021-2022 school year. The details on this page are subject to change as we receive guidance from the Texas Education Agency, Governor’s Office, and State and local officials. Please check back often for the most up-to-date information.

Join our Incredible PTO!

As part of the Buckalew community, all families are invited to join the PTO which meets monthly. We so appreciate our active and generous volunteers who continue to shape the success of Buckalew and strengthen our students’ foundation for learning. We have many volunteer opportunities and need you to continue making Buckalew an outstanding school. Please consider joining the PTO fun. Please follow the Buckalew PTO's social media as they update it regularly!


1. Bus rider (eligible if home is 1 mile or further from school) Bus routes are posted online on and you can check the link below in "what bus do I ride". You can also register your child for the bus by clicking the link below.

2. Car Rider Signs. The car rider line will be at the rear of the school and the bus line will be at the front of the school. ALL Parents will receive TWO car rider signs (orange) at Meet the Teacher night. If you have multiple children, you family car rider signs will be found in your youngest child's homeroom. Please display the car rider sign in your front passenger window so our staff can read your card. See below to help you navigate our car rider line if you are new.

3. Day Care. Day care vehicles drop off and pick up students in the front of the school with the buses. If your child will not be riding the day care bus due to an early pick-up or transportation change, please notify the day care so they know your child will not be riding that day.

4. Biker/Walker. Kindergarten students must have a parent/guardian/designated adult present at the Biker Walker doors (under the patio) at dismissal in order to walk or bike home. Our Biker Walkers will exit the school near the bike racks. All other biker/walkers are released at dismissal to ride or walk home independently.

On severe weather dismissal days, students will not walk or bike ride home. If your child is a biker/walker as your primary mode, then you will be a car rider on severe weather days.

Buckalew Student Addendum

PDF to help you navigate Buckalew-specific dates, procedures, and information. Please note that all information in the Addendum is subject to change due to Covid 19.
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Book Fair Returns 7-10 February!

Students will be able to shop during their library and computer lab classes. Find out more and set up your student's eWallet at