November 2, 2022
Some thoughts for the starting school year
November 2, 2022
RESCHEDULED - BUSH BUDDIES WALK - NOW WED., NOV. 9 AT 6:45 A.M.
The weather forecast and morning darkness is not looking good for this Friday morning, so we have rescheduled the Bush Buddies Walk to Wednesday, November 9 from 6:45 a.m. - 7:25 a.m. Students must be with their parent or grandparent to enter via the track gates at the end of the bus lane to come walk a lap (or many laps) around the track. After the event, parents may walk their child along the bus lane sidewalk to the main school entrance and say their goodbyes as the students enter the building for the regular school day.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday, November 6th at 2:00 a.m. Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour.
Prospective Parent Tour
Are you thinking about enrolling your child at Bush Elementary next school year? Our first Prospective Parent Tour of the 2022 – 2023 school year is Wednesday, November 9 at 9:00 a.m. These events are designed for parents to receive an overview about the school, a tour of the school and a brief visit to a classroom. All adults must have a government issued photo ID to enter the building. The tours will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. Please plan to arrive by 8:45 a.m. to have time to get checked in and receive building access.
Here are the Prospective Parent Tour Dates for the 2022 – 2023 School Year.
November 9, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
January 18, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.
February 15, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.
March 29, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.
Art Calendar Contest
A special thank you to everyone who participated in our Calendar contest. Ms. Orta received over 230 entries and choosing just 12 winners was incredibly difficult! Here are the winners who will be featured prominently on a month of the Calendar!
Calendar Contest Winners:
January: Abhigya N. from Ms. King’s 4th Grade class.
February: Martina I. from Ms. Fox’s 1st Grade class.
March: Yujun L. from Mrs. Locus’ Pre-K class.
April: Gia R. from Mrs. Baber’s 3rd Grade class.
May: Mayukha U. from Mrs. Larson’s 5th Grade class.
June: Ziva P. from Mrs. Carlin’s 2nd Grade class.
July: Sebastian M. from Mrs. Baldwin’s 1st Grade class.
August: Garvin T. from Mrs. Carlin’s 2nd Grade class.
September: Niharika B. from Ms. King’s 4th Grade class.
October: Ran I. from Mrs. Baber’s 3rd Grade class.
November: Adam F. from Ms. Hillman’s 5th Grade class.
December: Toma F. from Ms. Myers Kindergarten class.
Thanks again to all of our talented artists who participated!
- Mrs. Orta
Bush ES had three students who read over 1,000 myON minutes during the myON Summer Challenge, June 15th to August 15th. These students received a medal for their accomplishments courtesy of Renaissance.
Allen E. in 2nd grade read 2,126.9 minutes!
Arjun S. in 2nd grade read 1,649.9 minutes!
Adhithi A. in 4th grade read 1,163.4 minutes!
One hundred seventy four PK through 5th grade students received summer reading awards for turning in their summer reading logs.
Congratulations and Keep Reading!
Attendance Matters - Lost Learning Opportunities
Bush Elementary’s start time is 7:30 a.m. and students are considered tardy at 7:40 a.m. Attendance is taken every day at 9:00 a.m. If a student is not in class at that time, then the student is marked absent. A student arriving at 9:01 a.m. or later is considered absent for the day. Please make sure your child is in school every day before 7:40 a.m. Notes from doctors or dentists remove a tardy or absence if arriving after 9:00 a.m. Please get those important notes when you check out at the end of your appointment.
As of today, Bush Elementary has lost $35.003.86 from our budget for next school year due to our daily attendance rate of 95.9%. The State of Texas sets the goal for elementary schools' attendance at 98% attendance.
Healthy students must come to school and arrive before 7:40 a.m. Students who are sick must stay at home and get well. Students who are absent and/or tardy miss out on instruction and learning opportunities. In addition, Bush Elementary loses precious funding for operating the campus.
Morning Carpool Safety Reminder
The carpool lane is the safe location for morning arrival drop offs. The bus lane is not to be used for morning drop offs, unless you have a special bus lane car tag. Certain families have a pass to drop off in the bus lane due to being a member of the Safety Patrol or a student in a special self-contained class. If you do not have this special pass, then you must use the carpool lane for morning drop offs.
The carpool lane is monitored each morning and if it is moving slowly or weather is causing a slowdown, then the carpool lane entrance doors are kept open and students in the carpool lane drop off are not considered tardy. The carpool lane entrance doors are closed when the line is empty, and carpool students will be considered tardy after that time and need to enter the building via the front door. Students dropped off in the bus lane and walkers entering through the front door at 7:40 a.m. or later are considered tardy.
SDMC BEC Meeting – Thursday, November 10 at 3:25 p.m.
SDMC BEC Meeting - What do all these letters mean? Every school has a Site-based Decision Making Committee. At Bush Elementary, we also call this committee BEC which stands for the Bush Excellence Committee. This committee is made up of members of the Bush Elementary learning community and includes: parents, community members, faculty, and staff. This committee meets quarterly and serves as an advisory council to the principal. Some of the functions of this committee include reviewing the annual school improvement plan and reviewing/updating dress code guidelines and other school policies.
The meetings are open to parents and the agenda and minutes are shared on the Bush website after the meeting. If parents would like to speak at the meeting on a certain topic, then the parent must contact the school secretary, Zonia Flores, at email@example.com at least one day in advance and share the topic that will be presented. All parents are given a 5 minute time frame to present.
Is That My Jacket?
Cooler temperatures are slowly making their way to Houston! We have many jackets in our lost and found waiting to be picked up by their rightful owners. Parents, please label your child/children's jackets/winter clothing so that we can return their lost jackets to their classrooms. Also, please remember that in school, students need to have dress code jackets in solid red, white or navy. Their outside jackets worn for recess do not need to be in dress code colors, they can be any color.
WANTED - COSTUME DONATIONS
Do you have a costume that is too small for your child, but in good condition? Mrs. Miles is looking for gently used costumes! Sizes 5t to 12. They will be used by various grades, and may make an appearance in a production. Shirts, pants, hats, vests and jackets are all accepted! Please send them with your child in a plastic bag labeled "For Mrs. Miles."
Read to the Final Four - 3rd Gr. Reading Program
Third grade students across the city of Houston are eligible to participate in the Read to the Final Four Reading Challenge by reading as much as possible to place in the top groups of schools and win prizes.
Bush is registered for this reading challenge, in which students count all their minutes of reading, both in school and out. They are encouraged to read anything that interests them and can count reading done in different languages. They can read both physical and online books and will have their own NCAA Final Four Reading Log to track all their minutes.
Please read with your child whenever you can and encourage them to participate to the best of their ability. At the end of each week or reading period (refer to dates), a signature is required to authenticate that the work done is true and accurate.
Thanks for participating in the 2023 NCAA Men’s Final Four READ TO THE FINAL FOUR.
WHAT: NCAA Read to the Final Four Reading Challenge is open to all third graders.
WHEN: Competition begins on November 7, 2022 and ends March 19, 2023.
WHY: To leave a lifelong impact and love of reading.
COVID Testing at Bush
HISD is doing on-campus Covid testing for faculty, staff, and students.
Our testing dates and times are:
Monday, November 7 at 9:00 - CANCELED
Monday, November 28 at 9:00
Monday, December 12 at 9:00
Pre-registration is required.
Complete the consent process by visiting this website: www.houstonisd.org/COVIDTesting
Here’s HISD’s information.
Our goal at Houston Independent School District is to foster a caring, joyful, and challenging learning experience for every student, every day. That’s why your school is providing free COVID-19 testing to all students in partnership with the Houston Health Department Testing is completely voluntary and requires parent/guardian consent first. You can be confident our school is safe, and free COVID-19 testing adds another layer of protection to our safety strategy. Free testing puts our student’s health first, it allows us to maximize learning in school and promotes equity by ensuring every student has access to testing if they want it and if you, as their parent/guardian, provide consent.
● Who will be tested? We will offer testing to everyone who consents - all students and staff - even if they don’t have symptoms of COVID-19.
● How is the testing done? The COVID-19 testing is free, quick, and easy. Trained medical professionals will conduct testing with a short, shallow nasal swab.
● Where and when is the testing done? Our school’s testing site will be in a room or area large enough to accommodate an organized flow to testers in and out of the space. Testing will take place every two weeks. Test results will be available within 24-48 hours.
● How can I be sure that my student’s information will be protected? Sharing of information about your student will only be done for public health purposes and in accordance with applicable law and policies protecting student privacy and the security of your student’s data. We are asking you to:
● Learn more about testing at www.HoustonISD.org/COVIDTestingFAQ
● Complete the consent process by visiting this website: www.houstonisd.org/COVIDTesting
POSTPONED - HISD 101 Parent Training
Please check a later edition of the Paw Prints for the rescheduled date.
HISD's Family and Community Engagement (FACE) department will be at Bush Elementary to provide a training titled "HISD 101". This training is for parents to learn about and understand how to navigate all the opportunities and resources within HISD. Parents will get an overview of HISD’s key resources and tools available to aid in student achievement.
Parents will need to bring a government issued photo identification to enter the building for this training.
Cool Temperature Dress Code Reminders
Now that cooler weather is finally in Houston, students need to continue to follow our dress code guidelines. Please review the highlights shown below from our Dress Code in the Bush Uniform Policy.
All items worn in the building must follow our dress code colors stated in our dress code policy.
Solid colored sweaters
Solid Khaki, navy, red, white
Solid colors with no embroidery.
Jackets worn in the classroom
Jacket, sweater, or sweatshirts
Solid red, white, or navy
Official Bush logo fleece jackets are permitted.
Tights, leggings, and Pants
Tights, leggings, pants worn under skirts, shorts, or jumpers
Solid red, white, navy, blue denim or khaki
Leggings are permitted only under skirts, shorts, or jumpers, and cannot be worn by themselves as pants.
Here are a few more reminders:
● Only solid red, white, or navy long sleeved shirts will be permitted under uniform tops on cold days.
● Sweatpants, athletic pants, athleisure pants are not part of dress code even if they are following our dress code colors.
● Only plain headbands or headbands with bows are allowed.
A Message from Coach Pham
A friendly reminder, Physical Education is required by the State of Texas and if your child cannot participate in P.E., they must bring a note excusing them from class. They cannot verbally tell Coach Pham they cannot participate. It must be in written form from a parent if they need to sit out for less than a week. If the child must be out for more than one week, they must have a doctor’s note. Thank you for ensuring all documentation is on file so all children can be safe in P.E. class.
Thank you to all the parents who have been regularly volunteering in the cafeteria to support our hard-working staff! We can always use volunteers in the cafeteria, so if you haven't already completed your VIPS approval and attended the training, there's always time to get approved.
Volunteers are needed to help supervise and assist students in the cafeteria at lunch. This is an active volunteer time and not a time to sit with or stand by your child. Parents will be supervising and helping all students in the cafeteria. Only the parent, and no younger or older siblings, may take part in the cafeteria supervision.
There are 2 requirements that must occur before parents may volunteer in the cafeteria.
1. VIPS approved - online approval process
2. Attend training that happens on Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
Please use the link below to sign up to volunteer once you're VIPS approved and have attended the training. This is not a once a month time to volunteer, but rather we need consistent volunteers showing up on a a regular basis at lunch time.
Please make sure you bring your driver's license to sign in to enter the building. Also, be prepared to show a copy of the certificate/email that shows that you're VIPS approved at your first time volunteering.
We look forward to having cafeteria volunteers at lunch time.
WALKERS AT DISMISSAL
Please be advised that walker numbers are finished being inputted at 3:10 p.m. Walker parents will need to go to the front office to pick up their child starting at 3:10 p.m.
HELPING CHILDREN LEARN
Throughout the school year, this section of the newsletter will highlight key points from the Bush Parent Handbook. School begins at 7:30 a.m. Students arriving after 7:40 a.m. are tardy. Students arriving after 9:00 a.m., without a doctor's excuse, are marked absent.
Please remember to plan your family vacations and trips during regular school holidays like Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Break. Family vacations cannot be considered excused absences by the State of Texas. As a result, they are recorded as unexcused absences. All students must have a 98% attendance rate. Every day at school is important. All students must attend school up to and including the last day on May 31, 2023.
Early Pick Ups
Please do not plan to pick up your child after 2:30 p.m. from the office. To ensure a safe dismissal, students will not be called to the office to be picked up after 2:30 p.m. Thank you for helping to make dismissal safe for all our students.
Please do not send your sick child to school. If your child has a fever, pink eye, or upset stomach, please keep him/her at home. We have lots of folks under our roof every day. For the health and safety of ALL students, it is very important that children stay home when they are ill. Students who have thrown up during the night or who are running a fever cannot be sent to school. Students must be fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to school. When your child returns to school, please send a signed note stating the days your child was absent and the reason for the absence.
Safety is our number one core value. We must be safe before we can teach, learn, and grow. Safety
policies and procedures are constantly reviewed and revised as needed. ALL adults entering
the building MUST show a government issued photo identification at the front office every time entering the building.
The identification will be run through a background check device before an adult may receive a visitor’s
pass. If parents are coming into school to volunteer and/or to attend field trips, then they must be VIPS approved. Information about being VIPS approved is available on the HISD website and in the Parent Handbook.
💡 SPECTACULAR SCIENCE 💡
The Spectacular Science Word for the week of October 31st is mixture.
SEL WITH MS. JONES - Self Management/Regulation
Self Management/Regulation - Filling our Cups with Positive Activities
Free time allows children to participate in activities that have no clear structure or rules, and so it is crucial for social, emotional, and cognitive development. During free time, children use parts of the brain that are required for imagination, introspection, and daydreaming.
By encouraging your kids to use their time wisely, they get a sense of safety, a sense of guidance through parameters, and an innate sense to self-regulate. The self-regulation will eventually help them to understand how their time can be used most efficiently.
Printable: My Free Time Tracker
Use this week's printable to discuss with your child about why it is important to spend time doing activities that promote health, happiness, and responsibility. This can help them make more balanced choices about how they spend their free time.
🐾 Bobcat Birthday's 🐾
Ms. Rose would like to wish a very special birthday to:
Zander R. who turned 8 years old on October 24 and is a second grader in Ms. Carlin's class.
Novalola O. who turned 8 years old on November 1 and is a second grader in Ms. Brown's class.
Happy Birthday and Welcome to the Bush Birthday Book Club!
BUSH ELEMENTARY BLOOD DRIVE
Monday, November 14th
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
FREE BLANKETS FOR DONORS!
Contact Zonia Flores @ firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Wrap Around Donations
Wrap Around is in need of donations for the following items:
Snacks for students
Small make pouches
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
SAVE THE DATE - Positive Parenting Program with Depelchin Children's Center
Positive Parenting Program works one-on-one with parents and caregivers to look at why children misbehave, how to get children to behave, what to do when children misbehave and how to parent positively in real-world, everyday situations.
Every parent needs a little help sometimes. Maybe your child doesn’t listen to you. Maybe he throws tantrums at the drop of a hat. Or maybe she just won’t go to bed when asked to. Well, you aren’t alone. The truth is, while there are many kinds of families, they all have one thing in common: raising children can be tough sometimes.
This training won't tell you how to be a parent. Instead, it will offer simple and proven ideas to help you deal with problem behavior, making raising your children easier and your whole family happier.
Go from timeouts to time together.
Interested? Please email email@example.com to sign up for this free event.
Date: November 17th
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Bush Elementary Rm. T505
BBE PTO Let's Glow Wild! Party and Silent Auction
Make your plans to join us at the BBE PTO Let's Glow Wild! Party and Silent Auction on Friday, November 11, from 5-8 pm!
Join us under the black lights and groove to awesome music from our DJ, play fun glow games, enjoy food, drinks, and treats at the concession stand, and bid on our fantastic silent auction items and experiences!
Entry wristbands are available for purchase at a discount now through November 9th - $5 presale, $7 at the door. Entry bands are required for all adults and children age three and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Buy tickets for glow games and pizza, popcorn, candy and drinks from our concession stand.
Presale for entry bands, tickets and Glow Party Bundles ends on Wednesday, November 9th!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
SILENT AUCTION - BEGINS ONLINE NOVEMBER 4TH!
Our Fall Fundraiser Silent Auction begins online on Friday, November 4th and ends at the Let’s Glow Wild Party on November 11th. You do not have to attend the Glow Party to bid on items and/or win them.
There are a lot of great items to bid on such as Texans football tickets, Astros Baseball tickets, Donuts for a Year, Ice Skating Lessons, Principal for a Day, Reserved seating for school performances, and so much more!
Go to biddingowl.com and create an account now to start bidding on Friday! Don’t miss out on all the amazing items. Bid early, bid often!
Email email@example.com if you have any questions or issues.
School Store on the Go
We will resume School Store on the Go this week FRIDAY, November 4th for Fourth grade. See below for the dates for other grades. Prices range from $0.10- $5. Please help teach your child how to be responsible with their money and to also be kind to students who did not bring money.
11/4- 4th Grade
11/18- 3rd Grade
12/2- 2nd grade
12/9- 1st, Kinder and Pre-K
School Store will also be open each Wednesday morning from 7:30-8:30 for parents, guardians and students to buy apparel or school supplies such as notebooks, agendas, crayons, etc.
Families can always shop our school store online. Items purchased online by Thursday at 5:00pm will be delivered to your child’s classroom on Friday.
Anyone entering the building will need to present a photo ID at the main office.
FIRST FRIDAYS AND SECOND SATURDAYS WITH PTO
If you missed our inaugural First Fridays and Second Saturdays Social Hours, don’t worry– come chat and relax with us in November! We would love to get to know fellow BBE parents and guardians, and it’s time to rectify our lack of connection with one another after the forced isolation of the last few years. There are two opportunities each month, so please attend whichever fits your schedule– or come to both!
First Friday: November 4th, 4:30pm @ Briarhills Park - Children welcome, of course! Bring your own snacks and beverages. If it’s raining at the start time, we’ll meet @ Dog Haus, 1096 Enclave Parkway, instead!
Second Saturday: November 12th, 8:00am @ Terry Hershey Parkrun - Parkrun is a free 5K walk/run along the trail in Terry Hershey Park. You must pre-register at https://www.parkrun.us/terryhershey/ but there is no commitment to attend, and you only need to register one time. Children, strollers, and pets are welcome, and you can be a spectator if you aren't up for walking.
Wear your BBE spirit t-shirt and look for others to spot our group!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about our Social Hours.
Who do I Contact?
Counselor - Jewell Quinonez
(P) 281-368-2150 (ext: 275212)
FOR RESOURCES AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH -
Wraparound - Maria Quevedo
(P) 281-368-2150 (ext. 275105)
FOR ATTENDANCE -
Registrar - Adriana Rosales
(P) 281-368-2150 (ext. 275104)