Buckalew Buzz

January 10, 2022

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Buckalew Bears Motto:

"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.

*disclaimer that items published in this newsletter may change due the COVID-19 pandemic*

From Mrs. Price

Happy 2022!

The staff at Buckalew hope all of you had a wonderful winter break! We want to welcome our new families to Buckalew, and welcome back the rest of you.

As Dr. Null announced on Tuesday, January 4th, through an emailed video, CISD has returned to a Safety Alert Level 3 due to the surge in positive cases in the area. This is the same safety level we have been operating under up until Thanksgiving Break when we lowered to a Level 2. As we've been here before, we thank you for keeping your children home when they are sick. Most questions you may have can be found by visiting the Roadmap to Remaining Open. I have highlighted below a few updates.

Have a great week,

Jill Price

Welcome Nurse Alison Whiddon

Nurse Whiddon is a Licensed Registered Nurse, Certified Pediatric Nurse, and has experience in both the hospital and school settings. Nurse Whiddon is a former Buckalew parent, and PTO President. Please give her a warm welcome to our campus!

If you have any specific nurse related questions, feel free to email her at: awhiddon@conroeisd.net

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Parents of students who have received COVID-19 positive results are asked to complete the self-report in the SSO portal:

Upcoming Events (dates may alter or change due to the pandemic)


12- Report Cards sent home

14-Classroom Photo

17- School Holiday

18- 4th Grade Choir Begins

20- 2nd Grade After School Playdate Fundraiser

26- 1st Grade 100 Day Parade


10th- Kindergarten After School Playdate Fundraiser

10th - 1st Grade Art Night

11th- 3rd Grade After School Playdate Fundraiser

18th- No School for Students (inclement weather day for staff)

21st- School Holiday

24th- BUGz- 3rd Grade Program

24th - 3rd Grade Music Program

25th- Go Texan Day! Wear Your Western Gear!


4- Spring Photo

10- Field Day

11-18 Spring Break

26- Carnival

31- 4th Grade Program



18- Holiday

28-2nd Grade Program


9-13- Campus Closed to Visitors due to testing

10-3rd and 4th Grade STAAR Math

11- 3rd and 4th Grade STAAR Reading

26th- Student Last day/ KG Program and 4th Grade Graduation

26th- Early Release Day 12:10

Attention 4th Graders!

Buckalew Choir is available to all 4th graders as an optional after school activity. We hope to start Choir in January given that the district has lowered our Emergency Level to Level 3. In order to have a quick start up when that happens, we’d like to allow students to sign up now! When Mrs. Ramirez gets permission from the district, she will send out an email to those who have signed up for an official start date. Please note that she will be on Maternity Leave from September 27th until students return on January 5th. To sign up, please click the following link to fill out the Google Form:

Buckalew 20-21 Sign Up Form

If you cannot fill this out online and need a physical copy, Mrs. Ramirez will leave some forms on the wall outside the Music Room, and your child can turn it back into her. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Ramirez at sdramirez@conroeisd.net.

3rd Grade Music Program Information

Dear 3rd Grade Parent:

We are so excited to announce that we will be having our 3rd grade program, Bugz, on February 24th. The students have been working so hard in preparation for the performance! I am so excited to show them off to you, and I know they are too!

More information will be coming soon regarding costumes, class assignments, arrival times the day of the performance, etc., but I wanted to make sure you had two specific pieces of information as they are happening SOON!

  • Auditions for special roles/solos will be held next Friday, January 14th during specials.
  • Please find the attached form or have your student pick one up from outside the music room. This form is required for your student to be able to audition. Please do not send it to Mrs. Ramirez before the auditions to ensure it does not get misplaced. Without a signed form the morning of auditions, they will not be allowed to audition. Thanks for understanding!
  • Parent volunteers needed!!
  • We haven’t had a program since Fall 2019, but for those who are new since then, I rely on parent volunteers to make the stage blossom into a beautiful showcase for the program. It can be as simple or as elaborate as the volunteers desire. There will be a zoom meeting for any parents interested on Thursday, January 13th at 12:00 pm. I would love for you to be there!
  • Zoom link for parent meeting: https://conroeisd.zoom.us/j/84992629750?pwd=UDMyU2R1ZVlUT2JCL3h6SUhxNzZzZz09

Meeting ID: 849 9262 9750 Passcode: 276359

I am so thrilled to be working with your amazing students and can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on! They are so talented.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at sdramirez@conroeisd.net.

Musically yours,

Mrs. Ramirez

Music Teacher

A Note From The Attendance Office


When your child is absent, please call the school attendance line (281-465-3410) or email Jayne Bull (jbull@conroeisd.net) to explain the reason for their absence. To ensure the accuracy of your child's attendance records, please call, or email each day your child is absent.

Please remember that attendance is recorded at 9:00 a.m. each day. If your child is absent at 9:00 a.m. due to a doctor’s appointment, he/she will be counted present if you bring your child back to school on the same day with a doctor's statement that verifies the appointment.

If your child will be out for an extended period, please let us know.

School hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. The tardy bell rings at 8:00 a.m. and students will be counted tardy if they are not in their classroom at that time.

Buckalew Bistro

Hello Parents!

As you are aware, we have now entered into CISD Level 4 effective 01/13/2022. As our priority is still Health and Safety, we have limited our Bistro reservations during this time. We also have additional Visitor COVID screening procedures for you to complete at the Front Office before entering the Bistro. We also strongly encourage mask wearing and social distancing whilst you are visiting.

Our Buckalew Bistro is a classroom dedicated to parents to have lunch with their child. It is located outside of the Cafeteria. For this reason, we only have 5 slots available per grade level, per day, under the new Safety Levels, to accommodate space for visitors.

  • Please be mindful when booking your reservation, that we would like to give parents the opportunity to have lunch with their child. If a day is full, please try for a date later in the
  • month. We appreciate your understanding in the limited space available as we navigate the reintroduction of parents on our campus.
  • We can only allow parents who have made a reservation to enter the building so please understand, for safety reasons, we can not accommodate those who do not have a reservation.
  • Lunchtime is limited to 25 minutes. Please allow time to complete the required check-in at the front office prior to your child’s lunchtime.
  • Please arrive early to allow you to sign in the front office. Please bring with you, your driver’s license. Without identification, we cannot allow you into the building to have
  • lunch with your child. You will then be given a visitors name badge. This will notify our staff that you have permission to enter the building.


    KG 11:20 11:50

    1st 11:50 12:20

    2nd 12:20 12:50

    3rd 12:10 12:40

    4th 11:40 12:10

    Please exit the Bistro promptly when your lunchtime has ended as the next grade level reservations begin immediately. Returning your child to the cafeteria by the above listed time will ensure they have a smooth transition to their next activity, and then visitors will head back to the front office to exit the building.

    As we have learned throughout this year, things may change so we appreciate your understanding if we may need to change the schedule, you will be notified through SignupGenius.

Counselor's Corner

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 kpoints@conroeisd.net.

January's Character Focus

Buckalew Bears Can Set Goals and Achieve Them

​​​​​By keeping a Growth Mindset, Buckalew Bears are able to set and achieve goals. Remembering and practicing our Power Thoughts will help us stay on the road to success.

Buckalew Power Thoughts:

  1. I Can Control My Words, Actions, and Attitude
  2. I Can Do Hard Things
  3. I Learn from My Mistakes
  4. I Don't Blame Others for My Mistakes
  5. It's Okay to Not to Know; It's Not Okay to Not Try
  6. I Choose to Be Happy


Create a message that your child will remember forever. The yearbook dedicates several pages of recognition ads for families to leave sweet messages to your child. $25 sale ends Thursday, Feb 10.

Buy here: www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1480167/Buckalew-Elementary-School/

-Information for your ongoing reference-

Please sign up as a CISD VOLUNTEER

We ask EVERY PERSON entering Buckalew to be approved as a CISD volunteer. This is for the safety of all students, as a background check is carried out.

Click the button below to complete the form. You will need your drivers license number;

Library News

Buckalew does not charge fines for overdue books, we just want them returned. We do ask that if a book is damaged while checked out to your student, that you cover the cost to replace the book. The books we purchase for our library are special reinforced library binding books designed to withstand hundreds of checkouts; completely different than a hardcover that you would buy at a local bookstore or online.

Library Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer in the library, please contact our library volunteer coordinator, Rhonda Villasenor at libraryvolunteer.buckalew@gmail.com

If you would like to help with our Scholastic book fair, please contact Kerri McWilliams at: kerrimcwilliams@hotmail.com.

School Cash Online

We are very excited to announce that Buckalew Elementary will join in with other CISD schools and will be offering School Cash Online, which provides you with the convenience of paying online for school items such as trips, Scholastic Magazine subscriptions, and various activities. We really want to save you time when paying for school expenses, so we can’t wait for you to take advantage of this opportunity. School Cash Online is a great way to pay without the need for cash or checks!

Please follow the link below to register online (it takes less than 5 minutes!) Once you have registered your child, you will be able to see when they have a new item posted online for purchase. You also have the option to be notified whenever your child has a new school expense due, so you don’t have to worry about missing the deadline.

To set up an account and explore the system, please follow the instructions below. We look forward to hearing your feedback!

Register Online:

Step 1: Please click on this link: https://conroeisd.schoolcashonline.com/

Step 2: Register by selecting the “Get Started Now” and following the steps.

Step 3: After you receive the confirmation email, select the “click here” option, log in and add each of your children to your household account.

If you have any questions during the registration process or while shopping online, please select the SUPPORT option in the top right-hand area of the screen or you may contact the parent help desk at 1-866-961-1803 or at http://schoolcashonline.co./Home/Support or see the handout below.


Currently, in grades 1st-4th, the classes are utilizing Scholastic News and Storyworks Jr magazine subscriptions to read high interest non-fiction texts and to learn about text features and engaging stories and different genres. We thank you in advance for purchasing this wonderful subscription for your child.

For the first time, Buckalew will be collecting money through School Cash Online vs requesting parents send in a check or cash.

Thank you again for your support in our students.

Transportation Changes and/or Early Pick-up

Just a friendly reminder to make any and all transportation changes, and if necessary in-person early student pick-ups prior to 2pm. Our goal is to dismiss students safely each day. After 2pm it becomes difficult to make changes in a timely and safe manner.

To make transportation changes, please send a note in your child's backpack to the teacher AND email: buckalewtransportation@conroeisd.net

Thank you for your understanding.

Active Start and Breakfast

Active Start is a before school "free play" for students arriving at school from 7:30-7:45. Weather-permitting, students go to the k-2 playground prior to the start of school. Students arriving after 7:45 will go straight to homerooms.

Breakfast is served in our cafeteria from 7:30-7:55 daily. See below for menu.

Water Bottles

Children are encouraged to bring water bottles each day. Please clearly write your child's name on the bottle with permanent marker.

Lost and Found

A friendly reminder to please label all of your child's belongings with first name and last initial or last name. **Water bottles, lunch boxes, hats, and especially outerwear such as hoodies/jackets/sweaters are all great things to label as these items tend to pile up quickly in the Lost and Found, which is located right outside of the gym. We really hope to reunite these lost items with their owners before the break!

If you have any additional questions, please contact Jo Whitten at jojowhitten@me.com or Val Eissler veissler@gmail.com

Lunch Information

We are working with our students on understanding the lunch-buying process. It can be quite confusing for our elementary students. We are currently speaking with our students and explaining to them, if they bring a lunch, they should eat their lunch before going through the line and purchasing the "free" lunch. For some students, they are eating the "free" lunch and then getting a second lunch, which costs $3.85. As we try and navigate each student through the lunch line, every child has a different need, and we never want to deny students from going through the lunch line. We encourage you to communicate with your child your expectations in either: eating the lunch you are providing/packing; buying the "free" lunch only and going through the line one time; or explaining that if they go through the line a second time, their account is charged $3.85. If you are providing a lunch/snack and want your child to take advantage of the "free" lunch, a note would help the staff on duty make sure your child is eating what you expect, as there are different staff on duty each day. We also encourage you to check your child's account, by going to the link below and you can check and monitor your child's purchase history, including the "free" breakfast or lunch, and if necessary put a limit on the account by contacting our cafeteria directly. It is a blessing that all students are provided a "free" breakfast and/lunch again this year, however it does become confusing for our elementary students.


Meal Includes Entree, Fruit, and 1% or Skim Milk Daily

There is no charge for student breakfast meals during the 21-22 school year

Non-Student Meal/2nd Meal $2.60


Meal Includes Entree, Vegetable, Fruit and 1% or Skim Milk Daily

There is no charge for student lunch meals during the 21-22 school year

Non-Student Meal/2nd Meal $3.85

Entree A la Carte $2.25

Fruit/ Vegetable/ Juice/ Bread A la Carte $1.10

Milk A la Carte $.90

If your child will be purchasing a second meal or extra items, you may prepay by using My School Bucks. You will find a link to this service, lunch menus, and other helpful information by clicking on the child nutrition resource button below. If you would like to put a cap on your child's spending on your lunch account, then please notify our cafeteria manager by calling 281-465-3467.

Meal Application

MySchoolApps is the fast and secure way to apply for free and reduced meals online. Click GET STARTED to find out if your District participates.

If your Child is Absent

Here are some quick links below to help you access content for your child.

Dreambox for Math can be found on your child's "SSO" and is online and can be done at home, without parent support. We recommend no more than 7 lessons a week at home, independently. Parents assisting their child with Dreambox will alter their path and not provide independent pathways for your child.

Reading either with your child, or your child independently reading is one of the best things you can do with your child in their absence from school. Ask comprehension questions: who, what, where, when, why?

The content on the Roadmap to Remaining Open webpages is designed to provide information relevant for the 2021-2022 school year. The details on this page are subject to change as we receive guidance from the Texas Education Agency, Governor’s Office, and State and local officials. Please check back often for the most up-to-date information.

Join our Incredible PTO!

As part of the Buckalew community, all families are invited to join the PTO which meets monthly. We so appreciate our active and generous volunteers who continue to shape the success of Buckalew and strengthen our students’ foundation for learning. We have many volunteer opportunities and need you to continue making Buckalew an outstanding school. Please consider joining the PTO fun. Please follow the Buckalew PTO's social media as they update it regularly!


1. Bus rider (eligible if home is 1 mile or further from school) Bus routes are posted online on and you can check the link below in "what bus do I ride". You can also register your child for the bus by clicking the link below.

2. Car Rider Signs. The car rider line will be at the rear of the school and the bus line will be at the front of the school. ALL Parents will receive TWO car rider signs (orange) at Meet the Teacher night. If you have multiple children, you family car rider signs will be found in your youngest child's homeroom. Please display the car rider sign in your front passenger window so our staff can read your card. See below to help you navigate our car rider line if you are new.

3. Day Care. Day care vehicles drop off and pick up students in the front of the school with the buses. If your child will not be riding the day care bus due to an early pick-up or transportation change, please notify the day care so they know your child will not be riding that day.

4. Biker/Walker. Kindergarten students must have a parent/guardian/designated adult present at the Biker Walker doors (under the patio) at dismissal in order to walk or bike home. Our Biker Walkers will exit the school near the bike racks. All other biker/walkers are released at dismissal to ride or walk home independently.

On severe weather dismissal days, students will not walk or bike ride home. If your child is a biker/walker as your primary mode, then you will be a car rider on severe weather days.

Buckalew Student Addendum

PDF to help you navigate Buckalew-specific dates, procedures, and information. Please note that all information in the Addendum is subject to change due to Covid 19.
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