Buckalew Buzz 20-21 School Year
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"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
It is so hard to believe that we have arrived at the last Buzz for the 20-21 School Year. What an incredible year. When I reflect on this year, I can't even begin to express the gratitude I feel for so many things. Having finished my 24th year in education and 11th year at Buckalew this year, I can say that this has been the absolute most challenging year in my career. Having said that, it has also been one of the most rewarding. I am so unbelievably proud of our amazing Buckalew staff and teachers who have shown up to work every single day to teach with a mask on, with social distancing, and with both in person and online students. They did an incredible job re-inventing and re-creating everything that was familiar into a new, safe way for children to learn on a daily basis.
I am so unbelievably proud of our amazing students for being so resilient in such a crazy time. From learning with masks on all day, to hand sanitizing and social distancing during entry and exit, lunch, recess, specials, and switch classes, our kids are INCREDIBLE! To feel their joy entering the building during a pandemic and processing the change and helping the adults by making it look easy, was sheer motivation to keep doing what we love to do...TEACH!
I am so unbelievably proud of all of our parents for supporting us daily and trusting us throughout this pandemic even when we didn't have all the answers yet (and still don't).
To end the school year with over 600 students in person and less than 50 students online seems like such an accomplishment from our beginning with 60% in person and 40% online. To end the school year with parent volunteers and kindergarten class celebrations last week, to our upcoming CLAP OUT with our 4th graders, we are all so proud of all the accomplishments of this year!
Elementary school is a time that most people don't realize, if you start in kindergarten and stay until 4th grade at the same school, you will spend the most time in your education at that elementary school than in your educational career as a student. As a k-4 student, if your child spends 5 years at the same campus, your child will not experience that again in a public system. We have been so blessed by all of you and I want to congratulate our incredible 4th graders who will finish this year and move on to intermediate school, with their class theme of "some have a story, we made history". Isn't that the truth!
As of June 1st, CISD will be lifting all mask requirements. Assuming all goes as planned, we will be opening our 21-22 school year "as usual" and I know we are all excited about that!
Please have a joyful and safe summer!
Have a GREAT summer,
New Student Registration is Open For the 2021-2022 School Year.
Please encourage any new neighbors with new students or incoming kindergarteners to register as early as possible. This impacts our class placements and allocations.
5/24- NEW Student Enrollment for 2021-2022 Now Open
6/13- Last day to order PTO school supplies (see below)
6/30- Last day to order PTO Spirit Shirt (see below)
8/11- First day for students for the 21-22 school year
2021-2022 School Board-Approved School Calendar
Let's Celebrate these HEROS below who taught in TWO platforms ALL. Year. Long!!!
Back Row from Left to Right: Julie Garrett, Christy Neff, Jill Krizan, Dionne Lunsford, Lisa Saheb, Stephanie Ramirez, Tim Russell, Karen Amador, Wendy Laurence.
Front Row from Left to Right: Kathleen Points, Michelle Canlas, Jacquee Hveem, Valery Hanna, Mary Segel, Rachel Wilson, Audelia Cestero, and Shay Triem.
Not pictured (Shannon Doak).
"Wherever your journey takes you, always remember where home is."
Congratulations on the retirements of the following staff members who have dedicated their lives to education and Buckalew.
Peggy Balzer, 21 years at Buckalew, 37 in education
Rachel Eagleton, 14 years at Buckalew, 44 in education
Christie Jameson, 12 years at Buckalew, 12 in education
Amy Reynolds, 15 years at Buckalew, 15 years in education
Belinda Robinson, 20 years at Buckalew, 20 years in education
Pam Teague, 21 years at Buckalew, 21 years in educationStephanie Wean, 19 years at Buckalew, 29 years in education
Lost Library Books
If you have any lost library books, please send payment now so your student will be able to check out library books next school year. You can send in exact cash or make a check payable Buckalew Elementary. Please include your driver's license number and D.O.B. on the check per CISD policy.
Next year we have signature book fairs planned as well as a BOGO at the end of the year! 🙂
Order Your 21-22 School Supplies!
You may order your school supplies for the 2021-2022 school year now through June 13th. 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. This will be the only way to receive these two items as they will not be sold separately. School supplies will be waiting for your child in their classroom on the first day of school.
For questions, please contact Kerry Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Order your PTO Spirit Shirts by June 30
Congratulations to TWHS Senior, Jack Northcott
District Art Show Winners!!!
Time to Order your Buckalew Homeroom Class Pictures!
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 email@example.com.
May's Character Trait Responsibility
Everyone wants their child to grow up to be a responsible adult, but how do you teach responsibility? Dr. Karen Ruskin, author of The 9 Key Techniques for Raising Respectful Children Who Make Responsible Choices, explains that when it comes to teaching responsibility parents should:
- Start young
- Let children help in the home
- Show kids the way to complete age-appropriate tasks
- Model responsibility
- Give honest praise
- Manage your expectations and refrain from criticism
- Avoid rewards unless a task goes above and beyond
- Provide structure and routine
- Allow your child to accept negative consequences
Montgomery County Library Summer Reading Program
Please Click on Link Below for More Information
Lost and Found
**A friendly reminder to please label all of your child's belongings with first name and last initial or last name.
**Please see close up photos on the Buckalew Elementary Parents Facebook page...if something belongs to your family, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know your child's name and homeroom, so we can get the item back to your child!
(please note: all unclaimed items will be donated at the end of the school year)
Thanks so much,
CISD is Now Hiring Bus Drivers 936-709-5986
Summer Meals are Free For Students This Coming June
- Free summer curbside meals for anyone 18 and under will be distributed Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
o June 1- June 29 at the following sites:
- York Junior High
Knox Junior High
Moorhead Junior High
Peet Junior High
· Meals are free to ALL children, not just those on free and reduced lunch
********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.
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.
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
Buckalew Elementary PTO Membership 2021-22
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
Buckalew Elementary PTO
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!
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.
Parent Access Login
To access your child’s information online you must register for an account.
Please go to the following link and follow the directions below:
Click the “Student/Parent” tab
Click on “Parent Access Center”
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.
- 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!
Give the Gift of a TAE (Teacher 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!
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.