Summer Revised- August 2018
From the Principal...
Welcome Buckalew Families!
This is our school's main form of communication and is a great resource for reference.
Please see information in this BUZZ pertinent to a successful start for the 18-19 school year. Please refer any new families to our webpage and to register online as soon as possible.
School will begin on August 15th this year. Grades K-4 will receive an e-mail from your child’s teacher to welcome them to their classroom. Please check Parent Access to be sure your e-mail is updated. E-mails will be sent out just prior to Stop & Drop, on August 13th. If you do not receive an e-mail, you can find out your child’s teacher at Stop & Drop.
School will begin promptly at 8am. This means that students should be in their seats by 8am. Doors to the school will open at 7:30am. (CISD has added an additional 5 minutes to the instructional day to allow for inclement weather days, so it is no longer an 8:05 start time).
See below for back to school information that has continued to be sent out all summer long.
Looking forward to another great school year!
Important School-Wide Dates:
Please see your teacher's communication for grade-level and class-specific events.
13th- information on how to receive 3/4th grade STAAR Results will be available
18th- School Supplies online order due
6th- Deadline to order Buckalew Spiritwear to arrive by Stop and Drop
3rd- Kindergarten Assessments (see link below to sign up)
13th- 4-5 pm Kindergarten Orientation
13th 5-6 pm Stop and Drop 1st-4th Grade
15th- Student First Day of School
24th- First PTO Meeting 9:30am
6th- Grade 1-4 Orientations (see schedule below)
7th- LAST DAY TO PURCHASE A BRICK
Kinder Orientation, Stop and Drop, and Grade 1-4 Orientations
Kindergarten students and parents are invited to an Orientation on Monday, August 13th from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. The teachers will collect school supplies and gather valuable information from you at this time that will be very helpful the first day of school. They will also supply you with all the information you will need for a successful beginning of your child’s educational experience.
Stop and Drop for grades 1-4 will be held on Monday, August 13th from 5:00 to 6:00 PM. This is a very important time for everyone to bring in school supplies, meet your teacher and find your way to your new classroom. The teachers will gather valuable information from you at that time that will be very helpful the first day of school. It also helps children become more comfortable that first day. This is a come and go event.
Grade 1-4 Orientations will be held in two sessions on Thursday, September 6th. We will continue to offer the daytime orientations.
The Orientation schedule is as follows:
4th Grade 8:30- 9:00 AM or 7:00- 7:30 PM
3rd Grade 9:30-10:00 AM or 6:30-7:00PM
2nd Grade 10:30- 11:00 AM or 6:00-6:30 PM
1st Grade 1:45-2:15 PM or 5:30- 6:00PM
We will send a reminder email in early August for the Stop & Drop and Orientations.
Buckalew SPIRITWEAR 2018-2019
Buckalew tees are a great way to show your school spirit and support your school! Here is all the information you need to order yours for the upcoming school year!
Step One: Visit our website at Buckalewspiritstore.com and click on the spirit wear icon. Here you will be able to select the tees or package that best fits your needs.
Step Two: Once tees are selected make sure to add your child’s name and grade for 2018-2019 school year.
Step Three: Enjoy your summer and we will have your tees at Stop ‘N Drop in August for pickup.
It is the 20th anniversary of Buckalew Elementary School! We are throwing it back a few years and put together some fun designs for our bear family! The above designs will be offered for the 2018-2019 school year. We will have the ever popular 3-pack shirt package for $40 where you will get your choice of a long or short sleeve Buckalew tee, a funky tie-dye “Work Hard Wednesday” tee, and the active tee! Remember, your active tee is also your field day tee! Log onto the above website to view the graphics and sizing. We also have a-la-carte tees! Spirit tees are for the whole family! Let’s make the 20th anniversary of Buckalew Elementary the best one yet!
Thank you for supporting the PTO! Remember, you must order online! The deadline to order online to have at Stop ‘N Drop is July 6, 2018. The next order will not go in until September! Don’t delay ~ order away!
Bears, we are moving to all online orders! Make sure to log onto the web and get your spirit wear! Thank you “bearry” much!
Kindergarten registration for children who are 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018 will take place at at Buckalew NOW! Please register your child as an incoming kindergartner during this time or any new students for the 18-19 school year!
Kindergarten teachers would love the opportunity to meet your child and complete some of the beginning of the year assessments prior to the first day of school. This will allow for more instructional time in August. If you are unable to attend we look forward to seeing you in Kindergarten.
To sign up for the assessment on Thursday, August 3rd please sign up with the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E48AAAF2EAAFC1-buckalew
Students and parents are invited to an Orientation on Monday, August 13th from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Kindergarten parents and students are invited to attend. The teachers will collect school supplies and gather valuable information from you at this time that will be very helpful the first day of school. They will also supply you with all the information you will need for a successful beginning of your child’s educational experience. Kindergarten students will meet in the library with our Specials team during which time parents will attend a short orientation in the classroom. Students will join their parents after the meeting to meet their teacher and visit their new classroom.
Buckalew Visitors and Volunteers
For the safety of ALL students, we ask that any person entering Buckalew be approved through the CISD volunteer website. This includes classroom events, parties, classroom readers, volunteers, lunch visitors, etc. In other words, if you are visiting a classroom and/or are around children, you must fill out the online CISD Volunteer Application. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete the application. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation for this added layer of protection.
2018-2019 School Supplies
You may order your school supplies for the 2018-2019 school year now through June 18th. Please go to https://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks/ and enter school ID, BUC015. Online ordering only. Buckalew branded binder and pencil bag are included in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade packs. School supplies will be distributed to your child’s homeroom teacher before Stop and Drop. For questions, please contact Dana Basconi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling All Bears!!
We are excited to start our new program for the 2018 - 19 school year called Big Bear/Little Bear. This program is for new families entering Buckalew to be placed with a veteran Buckalew family. We need experienced Big Bears to help their new Little Bear families learn more about Buckalew. You can help Little Bears along the year get familiar with school events, grade level activities, and teacher/staff communication. If you are interested, please contact Heather Lozinak at email@example.com or 402-661-0547.
Leave A Legacy Commemorating Buckalew's 20th Anniversary!
Leave a legacy commemorating Buckalew's 20th anniversary! Adopt a customized brick in Buckalew's schoolyard, and show your Buckalew Bear spirit! Your legacy brick will bring smiles to children for many years by funding new playground equipment and essential enrichment programs. The permanent installment will be outside the biker/walker door, replacing gravel with a safer and cleaner school path. Visit your brick anytime for years to come! Whether you have a current Buckalew Bear or a Buckalew graduate, this would make a perfect gift. You will always be a part of our Buckalew family!
We have extended the Brick Deadline to September 7th to allow for any last purchases and new Buckalew Bears to leave their legacy! All proceeds prior to May 23 will go directly to playgrounds. Any proceeds after May 23rd will go toward the 18-19 PTO operating budget.
Go online to:
See attached 2 flyers for more
Buckalew Bears have been hard at work painting rocks this year to decorate the front of our campus! It has been a great collaborative effort between the Garden Club mothers, the Art Department, and every student on campus!!
Check out the school of rock fish to the front garden! Each rock fish is unique, just like us and many have words of wisdom to share with future generations on the bottom. I am so excited to see the efforts of your hard work pay off in our first school wide art collaboration!! Thank you Mrs. Tatolli and family, and Mrs. Hargett and family for all of your hard work to make this collaboration happen.
Keep creating this summer and make sure to snap lots of photos!! From Mrs. Doak
Summer Art Challenges:
What will you create? When you return to school in the Fall, bring in photographs of things that you have created over the summer and I will post them on our art bulletin boards. It can be anything (drawings, paintings, sand sculptures, nature art, chalk art, etc…). Be creative! Bring photos in during the first week of school and I will post them on our art bulletin boards!
Where will you explore?
As you are out and about this summer, snap pictures of you with art. It can be from museums, in restaurants, or even local statues around the Woodlands. Bring photos with you to art class in the first weeks of school.
Have a great summer and have fun creating and exploring! I look forward to seeing what you bring in!!
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Click to see what's going on in Buckalew's PTO!
The purpose of the Parent Teacher Organization (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.
2018-19 School Calendar
We appreciate your support of public education and the value of attendance. Because of YOU and our amazing staff, Buckalew continues to rank among the best in the state and we are very proud of that and want it to continue!
Parents just a reminder to send all transportation changes to school with your child in their backpack. E-mail changes are for emergency changes only and must be made before 2:00 p.m. Please note weather is not considered an emergency. For emergencies only, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure you get a confirmation that your change was received. 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.
Safety Reminders from our Police Department:
- 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.
Parent Access Login
A Full Price student meal is $2.85 and for a 2nd meal is $3.55. “Extras” range from $.50-$2.00.
Did you know you can put limits on your child’s account? You can limit your child to one complete lunch so your child is getting the complete lunch on the menu.
You can also limit your daily expenditures or snack choices or ala carte by calling our cafeteria at 281-465-3467.
Lost and Found
Lost and Found has been collected and will be stored for the next couple of weeks. If you are looking for a specific item that your child has lost, please contact Kalyn McQuain at email@example.com. Any unclaimed items will be donated after June 15th.
Give the Gift of a TAE "Teacher's Achieving Excellence"
Log Into "Parent Access" by clicking:
and click on the "Teachers/Staff Excellence" Tab.
Feel free to type your own message and send any staff a positive message!
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To all ExxonMobil Employees and Spouses that would like to participate in the volunteer grant program for Buckalew, please remember to complete the following: Complete the online application on the employee domain for ExxonMobil Foundation. Applications can be submitted anytime. Payouts to the school are made on a quarterly basis. Don’t forget to start recording your 2018 volunteer hours. You are able to submit your volunteer time after 20 hours. We greatly appreciate your contributions. Our Exxon grants have helped us fund so many things here at Buckalew over the years.
The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner. For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, TX 77304; (936) 709-7752.