Buckalew Buzz

February 12, 2018

From the Principal...

Happy Monday!


We have wrapped-up 5 successful "Play-Dates for Playgrounds"! Thank you for your support as we continue our push for playground replacement of our 3rd and 4th grade playground.


We have many exciting events to look forward to coming up! Our Spirit Go-Texan Day is 2/23. Dress up like a cowboy or cowgirl and saddle up with us for a spring photo! Our Field day is March 9th, and our carnival is coming up right after spring break, March 24th.


Just a friendly reminder, students do not have school Monday February 19th as it is a teacher in-service day.


Please pay specific attention to your child's teacher-communication for grade specific information.


Thank you for all you do to support Buckalew and your child's education,

Mrs. Price

Congratulations to our 2017-18 Teacher and Humanitarian of the Year!

Congratulations to 3rd Grade Teacher Mrs. Cardone and Counselor Mrs. Captain! They both were nominated and voted by their colleagues as teacher of the year and humanitarian of the year for Buckalew for the 2017-18 school year.

Important School-Wide Dates:

Please see your teacher's communication for grade-level and class-specific events.



February:


2/19- STUDENT HOLIDAY; Teacher inservice day

2/20-Community Outreach Workshop @ Galatas Elementary 6:30pm

2/23- Go TEXAN DAY! Wear Rodeo/Texan Gear!

2/23-Spring Pictures (feel free to wear Rodeo/Cowboy/girl Gear for Spring Photos!)


March:


3/2- PTO Meeting 9:30am

3/9- Field Day (students wear BLUE activity shirt)

3/9- Student 1/2 Day- 12:10 dismissal

3/12-3/16- SPRING BREAK

3/21- National Down Syndrome Day- Wear Mismatched Socks

3/24- BUCKALEW'S ANNUAL CARNIVAL

3/26-3/29- Pet Supply Drive

3/27- Report Cards sent home

3/29- Kona Ice at Lakeside Park After School

3/30- NO SCHOOL (Holiday)


April:

4/2- Autism Awareness-Wear Blue "light it up blue" to support Autism

4/6- PTO Meeting 9:30am

4/9-4/13- Closed Campus due to testing and makeups

4/10- STAAR Writing (4th Graders Only)

4/19- Book Fair Night

4/23- Mitchell Parent Orientation 6:30pm

4/26- Community Outreach Workshop Anxiety and Love and Logic- 6:30pm

4/27- Progress Reports sent home

4/27- Volunteer Luncheon


May


5/3- 2nd Grade Music Program 6pm

5/4- 9:30 PTO Meeting, Bistro

5/14-5/18- CLOSED CAMPUS due to testing

5/14- STAAR MATH (3rd and 4th Grade)

5/15- STAAR Reading (3rd and 4th Grade)

5/28- Holiday

5/31- Early Release 12:10/Last day of school

5/31- Kinder Program

5/31- 4th Grade Graduation

Go Texan Day Spirit and Spring Photos- Friday February 23rd!

Only in Texas do you have a "Go Texan" day! Participate in our school-wide spirit day by putting your best cowboy or cowgirl boot forward and show your Texas pride.


We also have Spring Photos scheduled for this day. What a fun memory to commemorate with a spring photo! Backdrop choices will be appropriate for Go-Texan day and/or students can opt not to dress up if you choose.

Buckalew Fall Book Fair Donates!

Thank you to Mrs. West, Mindy Laird, Ruby Behnke, Rebecca Steffen, and Kimberly Lofgren, and our Buckalew library Volunteers who organized and bar-coded these books from Scholastic after our fall book fair fundraiser! These books were donated to Hull-Daisetta Elementary, who lost over 12,000 books during Hurricane Harvey. The damage is so extensive that they will not be allowed back on their campus until some time next year. The librarian, Jessie Hart, and principal, Mr. Frauenberger (pictured above) were SO appreciative. They were absolutely blown away by the generosity of the staff, parents, and students of Buckalew!
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More LIBRARY NEWS

Our inaugural MakerSpace stations were a huge success! Students were constructing mazes, paper airplanes, discovering how snap circuits work and building their own creations with IO blocks.


We'll be starting our second round of MakerSpace stations soon. Thanks to our successful book fairs in the past, we have been able to purchase lots of supplies for our MakerSpaces through Scholastic. There are a few items that we need to add to our supplies and we are seeking donations of the following: 9V batteries (used in our littleBits snap circuits), and puzzles: 60 to 100 piece puzzles.


I've so enjoyed watching your students create, make and grow - looking forward to a great second half of the school year!


Mrs. West

Keys to Success Awards

Each week, a student from each grade level is drawn on the announcements for demonstrating one of the 7 Keys to Success. Congratulations to the following students:


For the week of: January 29th:

Kinder: Luca Piazza

1st Grade: Gianna Quinones

2nd Grade: Payton Pullin

3rd Grade: Riloh Walker

4th Grade: Anthony Austin


For the week of: February 5th:

Kinder: Charlie Simcik

1st Grade: Isabella Palazuelos

2nd Grade: Celia Gonzalez

3rd Grade: Dez Carman

4th Grade: Luke Donica


For the week of: February 12th:

Kinder: Angelo Tattoli

1st Grade: Joy Smejkal

2nd Grade: Cole Warren

3rd Grade: Sivang Nair

4th Grade: Presley Kvapil

Mrs. Stobbe- Calling 2nd Grade Parent Volunteers

I will be hosting a parent meeting Wednesday, February 28, in the music room at 12:00 for parents who are interested in helping decorate the stage for our spring musical called, "A Better You, A Better Me." The more the merrier, so come join the crew! If you are unable to attend the meeting but would still like to volunteer with us please send a response to this email. Thank you for supporting your child's love of Music!

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Mark your calendars for the 2018 Buckalew Bash!!
Our annual carnival is back and it is bigger and better than ever!


Saturday, March 24
3 - 6 PM
Buckalew’s backyard

We have multiplied the fun with more booths, more outdoor activities, a game truck, climbing wall, outdoor laser tag, and more! The always popular kid raffle returns along with unique staff experiences and our silent auction.
Admission is $5 per person
Wristband and raffle ticket sales begin February 26 at buckalewbearspto.org
Rain date: April 7

Congratulations to this year’s Western Art Winners!!!

Elisa Di Modugno, Leon Minami, Kahee Kim, Amelia NowiczewskiChloe Calhoun, Leah Heider, Victoria Yi pictured above.


You did an AMAZING job!! Thank you to all of our Buckalew Bears for the hard work and determination while creating your Western art!!


-Mrs. Doak

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Always There Bears January Winning Classes

Kinder- Bernu

First- Fuller

Second- Dillow

Third- Krizan

Fourth- Hveem

Thank you for your hard work and commitment to excellence!

Lost and Found


Please check Lost and Found for any items you think your child may be missing. There are lots of jackets, sweaters, water bottles, bike helmets, etc. Lost and Found is located outside of the cafeteria/gym. If you are at the school, swing by and have a look. There may be something of your child’s that you did not even realize was missing. If you have any questions, please contact Kalyn McQuain at kalyn@mcquainagency.com

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PTO Financial Update

Buckalew PTO funds many things our school needs every year. Some of these annual needs include Think Through Math, Mathletics, Raz Kids, Brain Pop & Brain Pop Jr., Super Teacher Worksheets, iPads and iPad cabinets, field trips, author visits, and special grade level activities. These annual needs total approximately $50,000. Often, other needs come up for the PTO to fund, such as recent needs of replacing the refrigerator in the teacher's lounge, replacing all classroom projection equipment and replacing all classroom leveled reading book sets. Recently, district safety inspectors have found problems with some of the equipment on our two playgrounds. They have made some short term fixes and removed unsafe equipment. Ultimately, it was determined both playgrounds need to be replaced. Each playground costs approximately $75,000. The school district does not give the school any money to go towards the replacement of playground equipment. In order to meet these needs of our school, the PTO must raise $200,000.

With the amazing support of our community, we have been able to raise $110,000 so far! We replaced the K-2 playground in November. We continue to get closer to our huge goal of $200,000 with fundraisers throughout the year. Our Community Business Partners, T-Shirt Sales, Box Tops, Boosterthon Fun Run, Book Fair, Grade Level After School Playdates, Spirit Nights, the Fall Auction, and the 2017 Spring Carnival have gotten us this far. This Spring, we look forward to the Buckalew Bash Spring Carnival with Raffle and Silent Auction on March 24, 2018. The Buckalew 20th Anniversary is this year, and we will have a special engraved brick campaign to pave the area outside the biker/walker door. Details about this opportunity will be available in late spring. We hope to meet our goal of $200,000 this spring and install the second playground this summer! Buckalew is a great school, providing an exceptional experience for our children thanks to the support of our Buckalew Family! Thank you for making all of this possible!

2018-19 School Calendar

For your planning purposes, download the pdf of next year's board approved school calendar below. Buckalew thanks you in advance for planning all vacations outside of the school calendar. As we know with absenteeism, students miss valuable instruction that takes place daily. What you may or may not know is that Texas schools are rated not only on academic performance, but also attendance. Daily attendance plays a huge role in our accountability rating from the state.


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!

Give the Gift of a TAE "Teacher's 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!

TRANSPORTATION CHANGES

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 brobinson@conroeisd.net 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.

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.

Community Outreach Parent Workshops


February 20th 6:30-8PM Resiliency

Denise Cipolla, CISD Guidance and Counseling Coordinator

Galatas Elementary

9001 Cochran's Crossing Drive

The Woodlands, TX 77381


April 26th TBA Love and Logic and Anxiety

Kate Turner Licensed Professional Counselor

Buckalew Elementary School

Buckalew PTO

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.

Yearbook

Parents, if you have photos that you would like to upload to be used in our Year Book from all Fall school events please do it now! We are submitting a first batch of pages to the publisher in just a few days! You can do so at replayit.com or via replayit app!


Your Yearbook orders for your guaranteed copy are due by February, 23! Order now at www.Jostens.com! Price $35.00.


If you have any questions regarding your order contact Jenna Simpson at ysimpson@att.net.

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Safety Reminders from our Police Department:

A few friendly reminders in regards to school zone 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.

Parent Access Login

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

Canvas Login

By logging into Canvas, you can check your teacher's website. This should be the same username and password as Parent Access above.

Lunch Information:

Buckalew Lunch Menu


MySchoolBucks Account


CISD Child Nutrition


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.

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Have a GREAT Week!

From your Buckalew Staff and PTO

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.