Buckalew Buzz- SUMMER & 2020-21

A Communication Tool for Our Buckalew Family and Community

Summer and 20-21 School Year Information

*Disclaimer- this is our plan based on our current information. By the time it reaches all of you, the information may change. We appreciate your understanding of the COVID-19 evolving situation.
End of Year Video from Mrs. Price


The faculty and staff at Buckalew would like to extend a HUGE thank-you to all our amazing volunteers who have helped in so many different ways this school year. At the helm, we had a group of outstanding ladies serving on our 2019-2020 Buckalew PTO Executive Board.

We are so blessed that during this COVID-19 journey, we have the amazing parent community that we do! We couldn't have done this last 10 weeks without all parents taking the time, adjusting routines, facilitating and supporting this remote learning experience. Everything YOU ALL do enables us to have the BEST environment for our children.

We are blessed beyond measure to have such a generous and willing parent community working alongside us to make Buckalew the BEst it can BE!

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Click HERE for Picture Perfect Friday Video to Share!

Photos are for the dates of April 18-23rd. Thank you for sharing your photos with us! If you have photos you would like to be included in our weekly video, please email them to tonsmith@conroeisd.net.

A Message from our PTO

We started this year with our school theme “You Can BE Anything”. By all means anything did happen and our community chooses to BE supportive and encouraging through every new development.

BE Kind. PTO offered family support by hosting the first day of school Boohoo Yahoo Breakfast for kindergarten and new families to Buckalew. We extended this support with the Big Bear Little Bear program partnering new families with veteran families who will help them throughout the school year.

BE Fun. This wonderful community has created family fun around our Field Day, Spirit Nights, Chalk the Walk and Walk to School Day. Every grade level teacher hosted an after school playdate giving extra time for students to be with friends while dancing, crafting, playing games and more. Also, the Garden Club educated 4th graders about the importance of nature and growing plants. The most fun was introducing Buddy the Bear this year and the kids went crazy giving him high fives and hugs!

BE Giving. We have created service minded students with a successful Community Outreach program with our yearly coat drive, food drive, toy drive, and book drive. We also provided monthly luncheons for the teachers and staff and for teacher appreciation week, we placed Buckalew Hero signs in teachers’ yards and left a gift bag of thanks.

BE Supportive. The PTO volunteers provided help in many other parts of the school. We decorated the school entry ways and maintained the landscaping to bring beauty to our campus. We gave many hours into the library and book fairs. Lost items were reunited through our efforts. Communication was updated through Room Moms, Buckalew Buzz, school marquee, Facebook, Instagram and the PTO website. We reached out to our Community Partners and reward programs (Box Tops, Krogers, AmazonSmile, ExxonMobil grant) to generate additional funds. We coordinated school supplies, Field Day, choir activities, art, and vision and hearing testing weeks. We captured the many school events through photos and produced the yearbook. We also elevated our school spirit by designing several school shirts for all the students to wear with pride.

BE Grateful. Your support was overwhelmingly generous during our annual Boosterthon, earning approximately $43,000. During this major school fundraiser, we were fortunate to also teach our children about valuable character traits of honesty, gratitude, generosity, humility, and kindness.

BE Endlessly Thankful. After a year of planning, our annual Buckalew Bash was cancelled and the carnival team transitioned to an online auction that offered a huge variety for everyone. Room moms worked so hard to create beautiful class baskets and our local businesses donated incredible services and goods. In the midst of a global crisis, our community gave back to Buckalew by raising approximately $17,400. We are so thankful for you and your support.

BE Helpful. The PTO serves to help Buckalew become the best school for all students. This year, funds were used to purchase the Positivity Project Program, a campus wide counseling program. Technology has proven to be vital to education and several programs, Dreambox, Brain Pop, and Razz Kids, were purchased. The school updated with a security scanner for the reception area and two way SL 300 radios. We supported enrichment events such as 1st grade Reading Restaurant, 3rd grade field trip to Creighton Theater Charlotte’s Web, and 4th grade author visit with Carolyn Burnett. We supported staff development with High Reliability Training and Autism and Social Communication Training. To maintain our classrooms the school provided classroom stacking bins, guided and differentiated math materials, and classroom flexible seating (wobble chairs, scoop rockers, wiggle stools, floor cushions). New elements such as indoor sensory path and kindergarten rugs will be added as well.

BE of Service. Next year holds new successes for the school and leading the 2020-21 year will be with the newly elected PTO Executive Board. Thank you for volunteering and helping our students and school!

President- Paige Perry

VP Fundraising- Amy Kemp

VP Parent Involvement- Heather Lozinak

VP Communications- Jackie Berry

Treasurer- Elizabeth Kutka

Secretary- Janelle Ray

Parliamentarian- Natalie Ha

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. We succeeded in these goals together with our beautiful and collaborative community of school, families, volunteers, and children. Your dedication carries our efforts into next year with great gratitude. Thank you so much! #bettertogether

With Never Ending Appreciation,

2019-20 Buckalew PTO Executive Board

President- Nina Neal

VP of Fundraising- Paige Perry

VP of Parent Involvement- Heather Lozinak

VP of Communications- Natalie Ha

Treasurer- Elizabeth Kutka, Amy Kemp

Secretary- Janelle Ray

Parliamentarian- Jill Gordley

A Message from Dr. Null (sent to parents 5/29/20)

Conroe ISD End of the Year Community Thank you

June Food Distribution

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Order Your 2020-2021 School Supplies

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Time to Order Your 2021-2021 Buckalew Spiritwear!

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Download PDF below for ordering information


Your yearbook can still be signed! It will be through Jostens website on May 15 and then you can print it out to keep in your yearbook. ALL students can sign up and here is how:

1. Any and all students can sign up for FREE digital yearbook signing online and receive a unique URL.

2. Students can share their unique URL with their classmates, friends and teachers, inviting them to sign. Messages will feature fun fonts and digital stickers.

3. When complete, pages filled with messages are emailed to the recipient. As printed pieces, they will be treasured for a lifetime with the yearbook. Please note that Jostens will not be monitoring the comments. You can edit and remove any comments before printing.

Click here to start: yearbooksigning.jostens.com

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2020 Buckalew Summer Reading Challenge

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Please Click on PDF Below for More Information

Kindergarten Registration is HERE! Download PDF for more information.

Summer Learning Resources

Lunch Account Refunds:

Parents can get a form to request a refund or transfer. It is located on the district homepage and on the child nutrition webpage.

Buckalew Welcomes iKidsU.

iKids U is an after-school enrichment program that will be located at Buckalew Elementary School during the 20-21 school year. Please contact iKids U for specific information regarding their program: https://ikidsinc.com/
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Coping Skills Challenge

Wow! We made it to 40 coping skills! Take a look at ALL the healthy things you can do to relieve stress and keep a growth mindset going. Don't forget that coping skills are not just something to practice during the school year. You can use this list throughout the summer to keep you and your family happy and emotionally healthy.

This week's coping skills are in bold lettering:

Coping Skills

  1. Take Deep Breaths

  2. Listen to Music (Sing/Dance)

  3. Play Outside

  4. Talk to a Friend or Adult

  5. Draw or Color a Picture

  6. Take a Nap

  7. Blow Bubbles

  8. Read a Good Book

  9. Wrap Yourself in a Warm Blanket

  10. Stretch

  11. Work on a Puzzle

  12. Do Something Kind for Someone Else

13. Count to 10

14. Take a Walk

15. Drink Cold Water

16. Hug a Stuffed Animal

17. Look at Old Pictures

18. Play with Play Dough (See Recipe)

19. Write in a Journal

20. Build with Blocks or Legos

21. Take a Bubble Bath

22. Think of Something Funny

23. Pet an Animal

24. Play an Instrument

25. Take Pictures

26. Go for a Run

27. Play a Board Game

28. Watch Clouds in the Sky

29. Smell Flowers

30. Bake

31. Wear Fuzzy Slippers

32. Chew Gum

33. Play a Sport

34. Dream about Your Future

35. Complete a Word Search

36. Watch Your Favorite Movie

37. Make Cards for the Special People in Your Life

38. Watch Birds

39. Plant a Tree

40. Make a List of Everything You're Thankful For

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Counseling Resources

Mosaics of Mercy

Mosaics of Mercy can help direct and connect those in need to local mental health agencies, based on specific needs, in Montgomery County.

Grace & Guidance, PLLC

Grace & Guidance, PLLC is currently offering local virtual counseling services to first responders, veterans, and civilians. (Reduced rate services are available to those who have been affected financially by COVID-19.)

Individual Spring Photos

Dear Parents,

Photo Texas would like to remind you that it is not too late to order you child's spring individual photo. These photos will be shipped directly to your home address. See instructions below.

To view your proof and order online go to: http://online.phototexasphotography.com/
The website will ask for you to input a keyword.

The keyword to your gallery is: 2020buckalew and then your student's ID.
So if your student's ID is 123456 then the code is 2020buckalew123456

For any issues or questions, please contact Photo Texas customer support at https://www.phototexasphotography.com/contact or call 1(800) 883-6463.

Ashton Nowak

Territory Director

Report Cards

The 2019-2020 final Report Cards will be mailed home to the students home address. They are also available online for 1st through 4th grades. In order to see your child’s report card online, you must have a Parent Access Center Account (PAC). To sign up for Parent Access, go to the CISD page at https://www.conroeisd.net/parents/ and click on “Parent Access Center Register”. By having this account, you can see your child’s grades, state test scores, lunch accounts, etc. I encourage you to create an account if you haven't already. Our Attendance Clerk, Jayne Bull, can help you if you have trouble creating an account. You can email her at jbull@conroeisd.net

Ways to Make a Difference

Click HERE Montgomery County Food Donation Information

Where donating $1 provides 5 meals and $20 = 100 meals!

Click HERE to Volunteer @ Montgomery County Food Bank

Volunteer with Montgomery County Food Bank today! Whether you're an individual, family, organization or corporation they have volunteer opportunities daily that need to get filled.

Free Resources and/or Assistance

Click HERE for Expanded and Free Internet Resources

The Texas Cable Association released information on free broadband and internet services, describing steps to enable and expand access to broadband. All four Texas Cable Association members have pledged to not cut off broadband or phone service.

Need WiFi

Need WiFi? AT&T, Comcast, Consolidated Communications, Sprint, Verizon, Xfinity and more are opening up their WiFi hotspots for 60 days. Conroe ISD’s Guest WiFi may also be accessible outside some of our buildings. Pull up to the curb and look for CISD Guest WiFi.

Here are some helpful resources from our friends at Interfaith of the Woodlands:

Covid-19 Resources

Our offices remain OPEN every day, as we provide basic needs to S. Montgomery County.

Our hours will be 9am-4pm, Monday - Friday.

All of our services are "Curbside" or by Phone.

Our goal is to continue to serve our neighbors in need.

-Families & Individuals seeking food assistance: Call 281-367-1230

-Seniors needing food: Call 832-615-8224

-Families and Seniors needing financial assistance: 281-367-1230

-Individuals needing non-COVID-19 related Medical or dental assistance: Call 281-364-7889

-Individuals needing help to find a job: Call our Workforce Solutions Conroe office at 936-441-0037 or email: conroe@wrksolutions.com

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