Buckalew Buzz 20-21 School Year

January 12, 2021

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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 and will go to their homeroom beginning at that time.


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

From Mrs. Price

Buckalew Families,


I hope you all had a healthy and safe winter break! We had a great 3 days back in school to kick off our 3rd grading period last week and it has been exciting to welcome back approximately 80 students to in person learning for the first time this year. We currently have 90% of our students participating in person with 10% continuing online. Our teachers continue to work hard with over 13 of our teachers teaching DUAL platforms of both in person elementary students and online students at the same time. We thank you for your continued support and commitment to our community by keeping your student home if they show COVID symptoms and that they stay home when sick or when the family has been exposed to someone who tested positive from Covid.


Just a reminder, there are 2 different links below to review for success on the learning platform you have selected as a family. The remainder of the information in the BUZZ is applicable to our entire Buckalew Community!


For questions or concerns, please make sure to visit CISD's Roadmap to Reopening, call our front office at 281-465-3400, or email contactbuckalew@conroeisd.net.


Just a friendly reminder, there is no school this Monday January 18th.


Mrs. Price

#BetterTogether

**UPDATED 12/14 IN PERSON PARENT INFORMATION

Please CLICK here if your child is attending IN PERSON.

**UPDATED 12/7-ONLINE PARENT INFORMATION

Please CLICK here if your child is attending ONLINE.

Can My Child Go To School Today?

After answering the 3 Questions in Blue below, if your answer is to STAY HOME:

please email: contactbuckalew@conroeisd.net and/or call our attendance line: 281-465-3410

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Buckalew Calendar

January

1/14- Spirit Night MOD Pizza

1/18- School Holiday


February

2/12- Student Holiday

2/15- Presidents' Day (School Holiday)


March

3/12-Student Holiday

3/15-3/20 SPRING BREAK

Picture Perfect Friday Video Pictures

We would love to include all of our remote students in our weekly Friday videos. You may submit photos by emailing Mrs. Smith at tonsmith@conroeisd.net . We are looking forward to seeing your smiling faces.

Report Cards

Parents,

Marking Period 2 report cards will be sent home in your child’s backpack on Wednesday.

There is no need to sign the report card and return it.

Please keep the copy that is sent home.

For our Remote students, report cards will come home with your weekly work.

As always, you may view your child’s report card in Parent Access.

Please call or email Jayne if you have any questions.

281-465-3410 - jbull@conroeisd.net

Library News

Kinder, 1st and 2nd grades come to the library once a week. 3rd and 4th grades come to the library every other week. If students want to turn in their library book before their scheduled class time, there is a blue wagon outside the library entrance (near the 2nd grade hallway) where they can place their books before they enter the classroom in the mornings.


Students in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade who want another library book before their scheduled class may put a book on hold. Each day I run a report of books that have a hold and pull those books, check them out to the student and then deliver the book to the classroom.


As a reminder we don't charge a fine for late books, we just want the books returned. We do ask that if a book becomes damaged (water, animal chews on the corner, crayon drawings on the inside) while checked out to your student, that you pay to have the book replaced. Many of our books are library bound; meaning they are guaranteed to last over 300 checkouts. Purchasing a hardcover or paperback book from a local retail store to replace a library bound book that has been damaged is inequitable. Please send in a check to cover the damaged book and we can purchase a library bound copy from one of our vendors. Thanks for your cooperation!


Jennifer West

Librarian/Media Specialist

School Grounds

Please social distance and and wear a mask on school grounds. Let's work together to keep Buckalew a safe area for all. If you are uncomfortable with the crowding or parents not wearing masks outside of our biker walker sidewalks, we encourage you to utilize the car rider line for both drop off and pick up. Thank you for your understanding.

Transportation Changes

Parents just a reminder to send all transportation changes to school with your child in their backpack.


For emergencies only, e-mail Buckalewtransportation@Conroeisd.net

PRIOR TO 2 PM and make sure you get a confirmation that your change was received.

Please note weather is not considered an emergency.

Classroom teachers do not always check emails throughout the day or may even be absent and that request would not be received in time. If you have sent a note with your child it is not necessary to e-mail the note to the front office. Thank you.

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Hi Buckalew Bears! 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.

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Counseling Helps Us ​G-R-O-W​!!!

New groups are forming this month and will begin meeting the week of January 18th. Each group meets once a week for five weeks. On-campus learners meet during lunch, and virtual learners meet at 2:30pm on their designated day.


Our topics include: What to do when I'm frustrated/angry, what to do when I'm scared/sad, having a growth mindset, 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.


The deadline to sign up is Friday, Jan. 15th. Here's the link if you are interested in having your child join us:


January/February Small Group Counseling - Google Forms

January's Character Trait: Self-Control

Self-control is the ability to live beyond our wants and impulses. It is the ability to delay our gratification for the greater good. People with self-control have the ability to control their words, actions, and even attitudes.


According to News Medical, a large New Zealand study tracked a thousand people from childhood to age 45. The study found that those who had higher levels of self-control had healthier brains and bodies. They were also better equipped for the health, financial, and social challenges that come with age.


We set our children up for success when we teach the value of self-control and help them practice it in their daily lives.

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.

For more details/close-up pictures of items currently in Lost and Found, please visit the Buckalew Elementary Parents Facebook page.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Joanna Altimas: jaltimas@gmail.com


Please Donate!

We are in need of cases of bottled water. We hand out bottled water to students that forgot their water bottles at home. At this time our supply is running very low. We appreciate any help.

2019-2020 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR)

The accountability reports can be accessed using the following steps:

From Buckalew's website:

· Go to "Our School/Campus"

· Click “View School Profile"

· Select “Accountability Reports”

· Click “2019-2020”

· Select "Texas Academic Performance Report "

Community Rewards

********Easy Ways to Donate Money to Buckalew PTO********

Kroger Community Rewards

Kroger Community Rewards makes fund-raising easy by donating to Buckalew based on the shopping you do everyday. Once you are registered, every time you shop at Kroger you will be earning money for Buckalew! Just search for Buckalew Elementary on your digital account select and save!

Box Tops for Education

The traditional clipping of Box Tops is going away but the Box Tops app makes it so easy to just scan your receipt after you shop. Box Tops are worth $.10 each and can add up fast! Twice a year, our school receives a check to help pay for whatever we need. There are also times to earn Bonus Box Tops and the App will send you these notifications. Participating companies include General Mills, Green Giant, Pillsbury, Ziploc, Hefty, Juicy Juice, Annie’s and many more.

Remember to scan your receipt within 14 days of purchase or it will expire.

Amazon Smile

Select Buckalew as your charity!

This is a simple & automatic way for you to support Buckalew every time you shop. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization & your selection will be saved for future purchases. Just remember to always login under smile.amazon.com.

Buckalew Elementary Facebook

Click here to follow Buckalew Elementary on Facebook.

Buckalew PTO Instagram

Click here to follow.

Buckalew PTO Facebook

Click here to follow.

The purpose of the PTO is to: (a) promote the welfare of children at Buckalew; (b) to foster cooperation between parents and teachers in the education of children at Buckalew; (c) to unite school and community efforts in securing for all children the best education; (d) to engage in fundraising activities for the educational and recreational benefit of Buckalew, its children, teachers, and staff as determined by the PTO and in accordance with the PTO by-laws.


President- Paige Perry

VP Fundraising- Amy Kemp

VP Parent Involvement- Heather Lozinak

VP Communications- Jackie Berry

Treasurer- Elizabeth Kutka

Secretary- Janelle Ray

Parliamentarian- Julie Naughton

Yearbook

Congratulations to yearbook giveaway winners! Thank you everyone for purchasing a yearbook. There is still time to get your copy for $35, the lowest price of the year! Buy here: Jostens.com
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Buckalew Elementary PTO Membership 2020-2021

The Buckalew Elementary PTO plays an important role in providing funds and support to our school. With your help, we are able to supply our staff and students with computer technology (Brain Pop, Dreambox & Razzkids), field trips, flexible classroom seating, library enhancements, author visits, literacy program enhancements, staff development programs, school beautification, teacher appreciation luncheons, and school security enhancements.


We Cannot Do It Without Your Support!

The Buckalew PTO membership is a family membership (1 per family) and costs $25.

Your membership will include one copy of the student directory and 1 Buckalew Elementary Car Decal.

To purchase your membership online:

1. Go to www.buckalewspiritstore.com

2. Click on Buckalew PTO Membership to add to cart

Thank you!

Buckalew Elementary PTO

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Ongoing Spirit event at Locker Room Haircuts! - All Year!

Ongoing spirit event at Locker Room Haircuts! $14 Rookie hair cut for the kids and Buckalew gets $2 back! Through end of the year! Locker Room Haircuts is located in the back here by Target. It’s right next to Brothers Pizza and the old Golds Gym area. You can check in online and it makes it super fast! Check them out and support our school!
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From our Police Department:

A few friendly reminders in regards to school zone safety and car rider drop off safety:


  • Please remember to remind your children NOT to cross until the crossing guards are at their posts in the morning. The building is not open until 7:30.
  • Please remember if you are in your car, to wait for the crossing guards not only to cross the children, but for the crossing guards themselves to make it back to the sidewalk.
  • Please remember to stay off your cell phones when driving in school zones.
  • Please remember their are NO DOGS allowed on school property. This is for your personal liability and the safety of all of our students.
  • Please remember there are no U-Turns in front of the school.
  • Lakeside Park- if you are dropping your kids off or picking them up from Lakeside Park please park your vehicle to do so. It becomes a safety issue to just drive up and let your kids out or have them get in without parking. Please use our car line in the back of Buckalew if you want just drop off your child.

Determining Regular or Close Contact at School

  • Individual who has had close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 up to 48 hrs prior to symptom onset.
  • Individual who has had close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 within 2 days prior to the person developing symptoms and/or testing positive.
  • Individual who provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • Individual who had direct physical contact with someone who has COVID-19 including touched, hugged, or kissed them, shared eating or drinking utensils, or were sneezed or coughed on by the sick person while they had symptoms or within 2 days of the sick person developing symptoms and/or testing positive.
  • The identified individuals may be required to quarantine at home for 14 days from the date of last contact with the positive person.
  • The current pattern is those who do not wear a mask consistently during class are being quarantined.
  • Face Shields alone are NOT CONSIDERED a mask or cloth face covering.

Parent Access Login

By logging into Parent Access, you can check your child's grades, assignments, and attendance.


To access your child’s information online you must register for an account.

Please go to the following link and follow the directions below:


http://www.conroeisd.net

Click the “Student/Parent” tab

Click on “Parent Access Center”

Click “Register”

Get Connected!

Stay in touch with CISD by downloading our new mobile app!


Download the app on your mobile device today and select ‘yes’ to receive push notifications with the latest news and updates from the District.


Key Features:

  • Push Notifications - Select ‘yes’ when you download the app to receive the latest push notifications from the District.
  • Calendar Events - Add events to the calendar on your personal mobile device directly from the calendar section on the app.
  • News - Check out the latest District-wide and school news all in one place!

School Messenger

All SMS messages received from the Conroe ISD District Office and your child's campus will begin with "Conroe ISD:" and come from the subscribe code 67587. If you have not yet opted-in to receive SMS messages, you can do so at any time throughout the school year by texting "Y" to 67587.

20-21 Calendar for your planning purposes

Click below for FAQ's

The Conroe Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding these non-discrimination policies: Title IX Coordinator, 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, Texas 77304; (936)-709-7700 and the Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, Texas 77304; (936) 709-7670.

Please Visit the Roadmap to Reopening as Updates are provided regularly

The content on the Roadmap to Reopening webpage is designed to provide information relevant for the 2020-2021 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.

Give the Gift of a TAE (Teacher Achieving Excellence)

Log Into "Parent Access" by clicking:


https://pac.conroeisd.net/


and click on the "Teachers/Staff Excellence" Tab.


Feel free to type your own message and send any staff a positive message!

Visiting the School

While at a Level 3 in CISD, parents are not allowed in the building. We now have added 3 reserved parking spaces for our parents if they do need something from the school. We ask that you park in one of the 3 reserved spaces and call the number rather than walk up to the door. This will maintain safety on a variety of levels.