Buckalew Buzz

November 5, 2018

From the Principal...

Buckalew Families,


It is hard to believe we are already in November and just 2 short weeks away from a Thanksgiving Week out of school. Our next issue of the Buzz won't be until 11/26, so please look through these important dates along with the correspondence from your child's teacher carefully as we are in full swing of the holiday season!


Please join in the spirit of giving and gratitude to our canned food drive taking place now and our toy drive following Thanksgiving break.


We are blessed to have such amazing families, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Thank you for your incredible support and for sharing your children with us!

Mrs. Price

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Important School-Wide Dates:

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



November:

2nd-Picture Retakes / PTO Meeting 9:30 a.m. in the Bistro

5th-10th- Food Drive

6th- Spirit Night- Learning Express Toys of The Woodlands Alden Bridge

8th- Third Grade Music Program 6:00 p.m.

13th- Community Out Reach Workshop Powell Elem. 7:00 p.m.

14th- Science Night @ TWHS Cefeteria 6-8pm (see attached pdf)

16th- Progress Reports

19th-23rd- Thanksgiving Break


December:

1st- Playground Celebration 9-11am

12/3-12/7 - Toy Drive

5th-Republic Grille Spirit Event 11am-9pm

6th-Choir Concert 6:00 p.m.

7th-3rd Grade After School Playdate

7th- PTO Meeting 9:30am

11th- 1st Grade After School Playdate

13th Fourth Grade Music Program 6pm

17th-4th Grade After School Playdate

19th- Early Release- 12:10pm

20th-31st- Winter Break


January:

1st-7th- Winter Break

8th- Students Return

15th- Chick-Fil-A Spirit Event

21-HOLIDAY

Science Night Flyer @ TWHS

Learning Express Spirit Event November 6th



Spirit Event all day at Learning Express on November 6th. Need to shop for birthday gifts? Or start your holiday shopping early? Come out to Learning Express in Alden Bridge shopping center for a great selection of toys and gifts. Mention you’re with Buckalew and receive 10% off your purchase and another 10% goes back to Buckalew.

Food Drive Benefiting Montgomery County Food Bank – November 5-16th

The Buckalew Bears are teaming up to combat area hunger! Gather up your non-perishable goods and send them with your Bear November 5-16th, to be donated to the Montgomery County Food Bank.

For additional information or questions, please contact Brandi Sherman at brandi.w.sherman@gmail.com.

Playground Play Date December 1st!

Please come and enjoy our beautiful new playgrounds on Saturday December 1st from 9-11am We will be celebrating our generous families and our 20th anniversary with playtime and of course cake! For safely purposes, please supervise your children at all times throughout the event. We’d like the whole family to safely enjoy this event, please no drop offs. Children must remain with a parent/guardian at all times. We look forward to seeing our wonderful families!

Republic Grille Family Event on December 5th 11am-9pm

Grab your friends and family and enjoy a great meal together at the Magnolia location. Drop your receipt in the donation box next to the hostess stand and 15% will be given back to Buckalew.

Want to do More? #TEAMCAM Go Fund ME Account

Many community members have asked what else can be done to help. The community has set up a Go Fund Me Account for The Gooch Family. Click HERE to donate. The account will be open to make donations until November 19th.

From the Library

We had a successful book fair and I am in the process of purchasing LOTS of new books with the proceeds we received from Scholastic! Speaking of new books, I've spoken to all students about book care. However, this year already we have lost almost 20 books due to water damage - water damage that can't be fixed like mold. If you have large zip lock bags at home, please put one in your child's backpack so their library book(s) can be kept dry from water bottles.

Overdue books - something new this year from Destiny (our library software) is the ability to send home an e-mail for any books overdue to our library. Each Monday our circulation system will send an e-mail if a book is more than 5 days overdue. We don't charge a fine for overdue books, we just want the book(s) back. The only time we ask for a student to pay for a book is when it is lost and can't be found, or has water damage so it can't be put back into circulation and needs to be replaced. The majority of our library books are specially bound to withstand multiple checkouts and have a lifetime guarantee. If you find yourself needing to pay for a book, we ask you send in payment to us so we can purchase a book of the same quality.

Our students come to the library on a different day each week, which makes it a bit challenging to remember when books are due. I'll remind a student if it is overdue so they have an opportunity to return it themselves. As long as a book isn't more than 2 weeks overdue they can still check out books.

We have such wonderful, responsible students at Buckalew (thanks to you) that we have relatively low numbers when it comes to lost library books.

Jennifer West

Thanks for your continued support. We have an amazing library that is large, busy and inviting. Your students have been enjoying the first round new books that have arrived and more are on the way!

Picture Perfect Friday Videos!

Each Friday on announcements we highlight a video called "Picture Perfect Friday". Below are the links since our last BUZZ. We hope you enjoy!



Week 10

Week 11

Buckalew School Directory

The Buckalew School Directory is being prepared and will be distributed to all parents in the coming months. If you do not want to be in the directory, you can opt out by sending an email to Natalie Ha, natalieha711@gmail.com


4th Grade MUSICAL Information

Dear 4th Grade Parents,


The 4th grade musical, “Freeze Frame,” is coming up on December 6th and rehearsals are well under way already! We need your help to make this program a success! If you are interested in helping behind the scenes with decorations, costumes, and more, please attend the informational meeting in the music room on Wednesday, November 7th from 12:15-12:45. Details will be given and assignments made then!


Thank you for choosing to invest in our students!


Musically yours,

Mrs. Ramirez

Parent Workshops and Counseling Information

Download a calendar of Parent Workshops designed as Community Outreach Workshops. Topics included:
  • A Parent's Guide to Cyber Safety 11/13- 6-7pm @ Powell Elementary
  • What You Need to Know about Social Media's Impact 10/24- See Picture Below
Dates are below in PDF.

The Positivity Project Comes to Buckalew!

This year, Buckalew will be joining forces with The Positivity Project to teach our students such character traits as:

  • Teamwork
  • Perspective
  • Bravery
  • Gratitude
  • Kindness
  • Self-Control
  • Perseverance
  • Enthusiasm
  • Forgiveness
  • Leadership

Each week, we will be recognizing students from every grade level who exhibit "Paws"itively Awesome Character! Each student is recognized on the announcements, they receive a certificate to take home, a "PAW" with their name on it displayed in the main hallway. Check out this week's winners!

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Community Partners

We would like to thank John Daugherty Realty for their continued support to our school!

John Daugherty Realty-Since 1967, our story has been told over and over by our clients. It’s a story of pride in service and professionalism and an investment in local knowledge. We are a luxury real estate brokerage that bases our market savvy on intelligence and instinct. We produce results. Whether your transaction is a modern or traditional single-family residence, chic high-rise, classic ranch, luxurious gulf coast or country acreage, John Daugherty, Realtors has the market know-how and a team of professionals to move transactions to the table. To learn more about our community partner please visit their website: https://www.johndaugherty.com/associates/the-woodlands-tx-usa

Buckalew Elementary LOVES our volunteers!

It is never too late to start volunteering at our great school. There are plenty of small and large opportunities that can use your help. Contact Tracy K. to help you get involved.


Volunteers@buckalewbearspto.com

GARDEN CLUB

It is time to begin our tin can collection! We will need soup cans from each family, labels removed and cleaned. Please place your cans into the large, labeled pot located in the school's front lobby. THANK YOU!

SPIRIT EVENTS


November 6th- Learning Express- Join us for a Spirit Event at Learning Express on Tuesday, November 6th. Get some early holiday shopping done at a 10% discount and the other 10% is given back to Buckalew! This event lasts ALL DAY!


Republic Grille Family Event on December 5th 11am-9pm

Grab your friends and family and enjoy a great meal together at the Magnolia location. Drop your receipt in the donation box next to the hostess stand and 15% will be given back to Buckalew.

Always There Bears!

For the month of October: COMING SOON!

Buckalew celebrates the following classes and their commitment to school attendance!

Kindergarten -

1st Grade -

2nd Grade -

3rd Grade -

4th Grade -

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Playground Celebrations-Save the Dates!

Friday October 26th- After School-5pm

Saturday December 1st- 9-11

Friday Februrary 8th- After School-5pm

Saturday April 13 - 9-11am

GT NOMINATIONS FOR 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR – Nominations are Due Wed. December 19

The window is now open for parent nominations for GT Screening and will continue through December 19. 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 Belinda in the front office. All second grade students will participate 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 during the weeks of January 28 – February 1 and February 4-8. Nomination forms may be returned to your student’s 3rd and 4th grade teacher OR to Belinda in the front office. ALL NOMINATION forms are due NO LATER THAN December 19!

YEARBOOK NEWS

Some photo/uploading tips:



· When submitting pictures for our yearbook, we are looking for snapshots that were captured on our campus.

· For all events: due to limited space on the yearbook pages, 2-5 children per picture would be wonderful!

· Please upload pictures within 7 days of the event.

· You will be submitting your photos online via our private photo submission webpage.





Photo Upload Steps:



1) LOG ON TO: www.images.jostens.com



2) Enter Login ID: 410533920



3) Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload, click on “Select My Images”. You can select more than one image at a time.



4) Enter information about the photo (name of individual(s)). If more than one person in the photo, list additional names in the description column.



5) Click “Upload Chosen Images”

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Buckalew Visitors and Volunteers

Safety is our top concern, and surveillance cameras are placed at all doors and in the hallways of our school. Each camera records all activity. All outside doors are locked including the front doors. Please be sure to have your driver’s license with you during every visit to the campus.

Upon arrival, please see the receptionist for a visitor’s tag. The receptionist will ask for your driver’s license. It will be scanned using a system that is connected to the database that provides an alert of any person who may jeopardize the safety of our campus. If no such alert is discovered, the receptionist will then electronically permit entrance into the building.

Each time you enter the school, please remember to bring your license. The nametag given to you on each visit will show the date and the purpose of your visit. Please know that every visitor must have a name tag, and anyone without it will be stopped. Even though this is time consuming, it is essential to our children’s safety. For your child’s protection, parents and visitors are not allowed to go to their child’s classroom to pick him or her up during or at the end of the day. All check out is through the front office. Please allow students to walk to classrooms independently in the mornings and to go to the designated areas for dismissal in the afternoons.

If you need to pick up your student, you will be asked for your driver’s license. Students will only be released to parents with ID, unless we have written correspondence or an email to brobinson@conroeisd.net with identifying information on who will be picking up the student.

If you plan to be in the building during the school day at any time during the school year, please fill out the volunteer application on the CISD website: https://apps.conroeisd.net/volunteer/. This must be done yearly and will be necessary in order to volunteer in any position on campus.

Student Handbook

CISD's student handbook is online. We ask that you complete the acknowledgement of that handbook if you haven't already.

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!

Calling All Bears!! Big-Bear, Little-Bear Program

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. If you are new to the area or new to Buckalew, please contact Mrs. Lozinak and she will connect you with a "Big Bear" family who will help you navigate for an easy family-friendly Buckalew start.


Heather Lozinak: havillano@yahoo.com or 402-661-0547.

PTO DOES THAT!

Our PTO believes in the students, staff, and families at Buckalew. By becoming a PTO member you have the voting power to affect the enrichment and lives of our students. Also, by contributing to our fundraisers, you are making all kinds of quality programs and events available to ALL of our students! Become a PTO member for $25 and see how your PTO dollars are benefiting your child.

http://buckalewspiritstore.com/product/buckalew-elementary-pto-membership/

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.

KROGER CARD

A new school year is about to start and that means it is time to link or re-link your Kroger Plus Card with the Buckle Elementary PTO barcode.

Even if you have signed up before, you have to renew each August! Just register online at www.krogercommunityrewards.com Once you register, every dollar you spend at Kroger means money for Buckalew-even those lattes at Starbucks!

Please clip and save your Box Tops. Our first collection drive will start October 1st.

Thank you for supporting Buckalew by participating in Kroger Community Rewards and Box Tops for Education!

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!

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.

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.
  • 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

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.

Lost and Found

With the start of the school year, please make sure that all of your child’s supplies such as water bottles, lunch boxes, jackets, sweaters, etc. are labeled with their first and last name. If an item in Lost and Found is labeled, it will be returned to your child. All items not labeled or claimed every few months will be donated. If you have any specific questions regarding a lost item, please contact Kalyn McQuain at kalyn@mcquainagency.com

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Select Buckalew Elementary School as your charity!


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To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.




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On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

ExxonMobil Grants

Calling all ExxonMobil employees, their spouses, children or retired employees.

You can help Buckalew Elementary receive a grant by doing what you love, volunteering. ExxonMobil Volunteer Involvement Program is a program that encourages its people to get involved within their community. It is as simple as doing what you are already doing, volunteering. By volunteering at our various school events (IE: Library, Carnival, workroom helper etc.) you can earn Buckalew a sizable grant. All we need is your 20 hours of individual or team (not to be combined) volunteer hours recorded. If you are interested in this program, please email Tracy Kumin at volunteers@buckalewbearspto.com

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Thanks for all YOU do!

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.