Buckalew Buzz

December 6 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.


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

From Mrs. Price

Happy Monday!


December has arrived and our countdown to winter break is underway! Thank you parents for contributing to CISD's Toy Drive in December. We have collected Toys for CISD students in need and will continue to do so until December 16th. I want to point out that we have two after school playdates this month for grade level fundraisers, with 1st grade this Thursday and 4th Grade next Tuesday. Flyers went home last week, and information can be found on PTO's website and social media on how to register and for future dates for k, 2, and 3. The money raised from the playdates this year will go directly to each grade level to determine their biggest needs in supporting teacher classrooms that support student needs.


We kick-off Grinch Day this Tuesday! This has been a tradition on our campus where classes "find" the Grinch located throughout the campus until we leave for winter break. The students (and staff) have so much fun searching for the Grinch!


Last, please be aware that Friday December 17 is an early release day. Dismissal will be at 12:10. Teachers should be communicating their holiday party information and will ask for a "reservation" to make it a smooth arrival for holiday parties. If you still haven't made it to have your ID scanned into our system, feel free to stop by anytime during school hours so we can pre-register you for future events. If you pre-registered for our Boosterthon Run, you should be able to have any future reservations pre-printed.


Our staff will return from Winter Break on Monday, January 3, with a teacher work day and a staff development day. Students will return on Wednesday, January 5th. The next Buzz will go out January 10th.


Have a wonderful holiday and winter break!


Jill Price

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

December


9th - 1st Grade Playdate

17- Jingle Bell Jog

17- Early Release 12:10

17- Grade Level Holiday Parties (see information from your child's teacher)

20-January 4- Winter Break



January

5- Classes Resume

7-PTO Meeting 9:30

17- School Holiday- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

20th- 2nd Grade After School Playdate Fundraiser


February

10th- Kindergarten After School Playdate Fundraiser

11th- 3rd Grade After School Playdate Fundraiser

18th- Student Holiday

21st- School Holiday- Presidents' Day


March

11-18- Spring Break

CISD Safety Alert Level 2

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A Note From The Attendance Office

Absences

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.

Buckalew Bistro Reservations Continue- December and January Reservations Now Available!


As our priority is still Health and Safety, we have limited space available in our Bistro and have created a “Bistro Reservation” via SignUpGenius for you to eat lunch with your child. While our district Safety Alert Level has lowered, we still have the same amount of space, but now have overlapping lunch times by grade level, so our space is still limited as we've doubled the capacity, meaning it is at full capacity now if our spaces are full.


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 10 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 all parents the opportunity to have lunch with their child. 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.


Please exit the Bistro promptly when your lunchtime has ended as the next grade level parent's reservations begin immediately. Returning your child to the cafeteria by the mentioned time listed, will ensure they have a smooth transition to their next activity. You will then 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.


Please click on the buttons below to make a reservation.

GT NOMINATIONS FOR 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR – Nominations are Due Friday, December 17

The window is now open for parent nominations for GT Screening and will continue through December 17. Parents may nominate their student for Spring GT Testing by completing the District Nomination Form, available through any 3rd and 4th grade teacher, or by asking Nikki in the front office. If you would like a form emailed to you, contact Mrs. Smith tonsmith@conroeisd.net. All second grade students participated in the CogAT assessment in October. The CogAT assessment will serve as a GT screener for second grade students. Parents may now nominate, one time per level of test. In other words, students may test once each school year to see if they meet district requirements and /or qualify in other subject areas. GT testing will be held at Buckalew during the school day the weeks of January 24 – 28 and January 31- February 4. Nomination forms may be returned to your student’s 3rd and 4th grade teacher OR to Nikki in the front office. ALL NOMINATION forms are due NO LATER THAN December 17

ATTENTION 4TH GRADERS!

Buckalew Choir is available to all 4th graders as an optional after school activity. We hope to start Choir in January given that the district has lowered our Emergency Level to Level 3. In order to have a quick start up when that happens, we’d like to allow students to sign up now! When Mrs. Ramirez gets permission from the district, she will send out an email to those who have signed up for an official start date. Please note that she will be on Maternity Leave from September 27th until students return on January 5th.


To sign up, please click the following link to fill out the Google Form: https://forms.gle/2Gidi6iMap96faS76. If you cannot fill this out online and need a physical copy, Mrs. Ramirez will leave some forms on the wall outside the Music Room, and your child can turn it back into her. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Ramirez at sdramirez@conroeisd.net.

Counselor's Corner

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 Thursday, January 6th.


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:


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Yearbook

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/

-Information for your ongoing reference-

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

Please Review the Update on Can my child go to school today?

If positive individual is in same household, 10-day quarantine required unless the student meets one of the exemption criteria included in the attached graphic
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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.

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.

CISD-Foldable-Brochure-English.pdf


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.

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

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.


Breakfast


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

Lunch


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!

Transportation

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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