Buckalew Buzz

May 14, 2018

From the Principal...

Happy Monday!

STAAR Testing is underway! Our third and fourth graders are diligently working on Math today and Reading tomorrow with make-ups scheduled the remainder of the week. We thank you in advance for helping us ensure a quiet campus during this week.

We want to again thank our amazing PTO for their amazing treatment of our staff during teacher appreciation week! Thank you parents for spoiling all of us! We are so blessed to have such supportive families!

We are still pushing our Pavers for Playgrounds and have reached 74 bricks sold! We are trying to reach our goal of 250 to complete not only the playgrounds, but the paver pathway outside the biker-walker door.

It is so hard to believe we are down to 12 days of school! Please pay close attention to information in the Buzz, emailed notifications, as well as teacher communication as there is a lot going on in these remaining days.

Thank you for all you do and have a great week,

Mrs. Price

Important School-Wide Dates:

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


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)

5/21- Spirit Event- Chili's Indian Springs ALL DAY

5/22- 4th Grade Choir Sings at TWHS Choir Festival

5/28- Holiday

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

5/31- 8:30 Kinder Program

5/31- 10:00 4th Grade Graduation

Kindergarten Round Up and New Student Registration NOW OPEN

Kindergarten registration for children who are 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018 will take place at at Buckalew NOW! Please register your child as an incoming kindergartner during this time or any new students for the 18-19 school year!

See the attached PDF for more details on required registration documents and registration process.

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: May 7

Kinder: Jared Wilson

1st Grade: Lia Altimas

2nd Grade: Natalia Besuegli

3rd Grade: Emma Angelkov

4th Grade: Braxton Johnson

For the week of: May 14th

Kinder: Carson Jensen

1st Grade: Sloan Conley

2nd Grade: Collin Taliaferro

3rd Grade: Nick Day

4th Grade: Gretta McElmurry

Always There Bears ~ April Winning Classes

Kinder- Gann

First- Balzer

Second- Segel

Third- Krizan

Fourth- Thibodeaux

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to school!

Spirit Night- May 21st All Day- Chili's Indian Springs

Spirit Night at Chili’s Indian Springs Monday, May 21st.

Join us for our final Spirit Event at Chili’s Indian Springs.

No need to worry about cooking or the cleanup! Come in or carry out anytime on May 21st and Chili’s will give up to 20% back to Buckalew PTO.

Thank you for all of your support.

Paper Back Book Exchange

The 9th annual Paperback Book Exchange is coming May 29th! Are your children’s bookshelves overflowing with books? Would you like for them to have some free new titles? Promote summer reading by giving students new titles to read. Here’s how it works: 1. Students can bring up to 25 used (but in good condition) paperback books to the Buckalew Library Monday, May 21-Friday, May 25th during their regular library time or before school. Please do not send hardback books, adult books, board books, activity books, mini-books, such as those given away at Chick-fil-a, or books that are not suited for grades K-6. These items will not count towards a student’s book bucks. We especially appreciate books for our soon to be 5th grade students. *A note of caution: Students should be sure to get parental permission to bring books. I don’t want any family favorites or books with sentimental attachments to leave home. 2. Students will receive BOOK BUCKS for each book depending upon the number of pages. For books with: Value Up to 50 pages 1 book buck 51-100 pages 2 book bucks 101-150 pages 3 book bucks 151-200 pages 4 book bucks 201+ pages 5 book bucks 3. The books will be sorted and organized in the library according to value, using the same Book Buck value shown above. 4. On Tueday, May 29h students with BOOK BUCKS will be allowed to shop. Classes will have an assigned time during the day. There will be no shopping before school or individually as is usually done during book fairs. Ideally, there will be no books left over at the end of the sale. We need volunteers to help count books, distribute book bucks, sort books, help students find books and ‘check out’ with their book bucks, and clean up. Check the Buzz or contact Mrs. West (jgwest@conroeisd.net) or Lisa Nowiczewski (lisa.nowiczewski@gmail.com) for the link to sign up. Thanks so much!


Buckalew Elementary Celebrates 20 Years of Excellence!

Leave a legacy commemorating Buckalew's 20th anniversary! Adopt a customized brick in Buckalew's schoolyard, and show your Buckalew Bear spirit! Your legacy brick will bring smiles to children for many years by funding new playground equipment and essential enrichment programs. The permanent installment will be outside the biker/walker door, replacing gravel with a safety and cleaner school path. Visit your brick anytime for years to come! Whether you have a current Buckalew Bear or a Buckalew graduate, this would make a perfect gift. You will always be a part of our Buckalew family!


Go online to:


See attached 2 flyers for more

Kindness Rocks!!!!

Buckalew Bears have been hard at work painting rocks this year to decorate the front of our campus! It has been a great collaborative effort between the Garden Club mothers, the Art Department, and every student on campus!!

Starting May 4th, we will begin adding our school of rock fish to the front garden! Each rock fish is unique, just like us and many have words of wisdom to share with future generations on the bottom. I am so excited to see the efforts of your hard work pay off in our first school wide art collaboration!!

-Mrs. Doak

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STAAR TESTING for our students is very important! In order to ensure security and minimize distractions during the testing, visitors and volunteers will not be allowed on campus during our STAAR testing week(s). Please make sure to plan accordingly as this includes no visitation during lunch time. If your child has a birthday on these dates, please choose an alternate date and arrange any plan with the teacher. We will have altered lunch and specials schedules on the following days and all areas and offices, including the bistro will be used as testing areas. Please minimize any changes to dismissal and/or lunches during this time.

Our campus will be closed to all visitors and alternate arrangements should be made during the following dates:

  • · The Week of May 14 - 18: 3rd AND 4th Graders will be taking STAAR Math/Reading May 14th and 15th with the possibility of makeups throughout the week.

If you have a 3rd or 4th Grader, please make sure these dates are on your calendar and that you have them in attendance with plenty of rest and a nutritious breakfast each day.

Thank you for your understanding!


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.

2018-2019 School Supplies

You may order your school supplies for the 2018-2019 school year now through June 18th. 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. School supplies will be distributed to your child’s homeroom teacher before Stop and Drop. For questions, please contact Dana Basconi at danabasconi@yahoo.com.

Community Partners

We would like to thank Frost Bank for their continued support to our school. When you have an account with Frost, you have a relationship with Frost. We’ll answer the phone when you call 24/7, right here in Texas. And we’ll be here for you with a square deal and prudent financial advice and tools to help you with all the milestones in the years ahead.


Exciting news! Yearbooks are here!
All purchased copies will be delivered to the students in their classrooms on Tuesday May 22!
Yearbook singing is taking place on:

Kindergarten 5/29/18

1st Grade 5/25

Second Grade 5/25

3rd & 4th 5/30
If you need to purchase your student yearbook please contact Jenna Simpson at ysimpson@att.net. We must have your order by May 17 to be able to deliver on May 22nd. We have a very limited stock of our surplus copies, please act promptly to secure yours!
Yearbook Committee
Jenna Simpson
Cell: 281-513-8838

Appreciation Gifts

Monetary collections are now going on for appreciation gifts for the Specials Teachers, Support Staff, Custodians, and Café Staff. Please consider honoring these members of Buckalew who work with our children and support our teachers and administration every day. A flyer was sent home with more details. Thank you

ExxonMobil Grants

To all ExxonMobil Employees and Spouses that would like to participate in the volunteer grant program for Buckalew, please remember to complete the following: Complete the online application on the employee domain for ExxonMobil Foundation. Applications can be submitted anytime. Payouts to the school are made on a quarterly basis. Don’t forget to start recording your 2018 volunteer hours. You are able to submit your volunteer time after 20 hours. We greatly appreciate your contributions. Our Exxon grants have helped us fund so many things here at Buckalew over the years.

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

Amazon Smile~ You shop. Amazon gives.

Select Buckalew Elementary School as your charity!

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

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.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

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.


Give the Gift of a TAE "Teacher's 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!

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!

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 for this added layer of protection.


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.


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.