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October 7, 2021

Current CISD COVID-19 Safety Alert Level: 3

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For information about CISD COVID-19 Safety Alert Levels and updated information on the District's mitigation and response strategies, please see the Roadmap to Remaining open. Please check back frequently as the site is updated as information changes.

Dates to Remember


10/08 - Student Holiday - No school for students

10/11 - Holiday - No school

10/12 - Second Nine Weeks Begins
10/13 - Walk to School Day
10/14 - "PAW-Some" Award (Wear RED for Responsibility)
10/14 - Fine Arts Day at the Pavilion (4th Grade)
10/18 - Boosterthon Kick-off (more information to come)
10/25-29 - Red Ribbon Week
10/27 - Parent University 6:00 PM (more information to come)
10/29 - Boosterthon Fun Run (more information to come)

11/02 - Election Day | Bush is a Voting Location

11/05 - Storybook Character Parade (More Information to Come)
11/05 - PTO Outdoor Game Night
11/05 - PTO Crust Spirit Night 4pm-7pm (To Go Orders only)

11/10 - Class Pictures and Picture Retakes
11/10 - Parent University 6:00 PM (more information to come)

11/15-19 - Generation Texas Week
11/22-26 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

11/29 - Students Return


12/08 - Parent University 6:00 PM (more information to come)
12/09 - "PAW-some" Award (Wear GREEN for Integrity)
12/17 - Early Release Day 12:10 PM
12/20 - 01/04 - Winter Break - No School

A Message from Dr. Lambert

Good afternoon,

We're sending The Bush Banner out on Thursday this week due to the four-day weekend for students. I hope each of you has the opportunity to relax over this long weekend. We've come to the end of the first grading period of the school year. It's an exciting time. Tomorrow, our staff will be hard at work planning for the coming nine weeks.

On another note, I want to thank all of our lunch visitors this week. We have had an amazing week of picnic lunches, beautiful weather, and great conversation. You'll find reservation forms for the next three weeks of lunch visitors below this message. We appreciate visitors signing up for only one spot per lunch period in each three week timeframe. This will allow an opportunity for all parents to visit during lunch. After your lunch visit, please remember to avoid entering grade level hallways as you leave. I am so happy our current COVID alert level allows us to have lunch visitors again.

Once again, I hope each of you has a fantastic long weekend.

Take good care,

Dr. Jarod Lambert


Lunch Visitor Sign-up (10/12-29/21)

We are excited to once again allow lunch visitors at Bush Elementary. It has been a while, and many of our families have never had an opportunity to each lunch with children at school. We know that having visitors for lunch at school is a special event for our Bobcats.

This is an exciting chance to begin welcoming families back into the building, and we hope to provide a special lunch experience for our students and their lunch visitors. When family members come to eat lunch with a student at school, they will enjoy a picnic environment on the blacktop behind our second grade hallway. This area is covered by a large outdoor canopy and is just outside the cafeteria. Please remember too that family members may only eat lunch with their child.

We remain committed to the health and safety of all of our students. As we reopen to lunch visitors, you will use this SignUp Genius to make a reservation to eat lunch with your child. There are ten slots per lunch period per day for reservations. We can only allow parents who have made a reservation to enter the building, so please do not show up for lunch if you have not made a reservation.

Please be mindful when booking your reservation that we have limited spaces. We would like to give all parents the opportunity to have lunch with their child. Please only make one lunch reservation each three weeks. We will post the first week registration forms, implement our procedures, and review the week to make any needed adjustments. After that, we will post reservation sign-up forms for three weeks at a time.

Visitors will have 25 minutes with their children for lunches. Five minutes prior to the scheduled end of the lunch period, students will return to the cafeteria for the next transition with their classes. Visitors will exit the building—checking out at the front office—at this time to allow for the next lunch period's visitors to arrive.

As you plan your lunch visit, please arrive at school with plenty of time to sign in at the front office. You will need your driver's license to check in. Without identification, we cannot allow you into the building to have lunch with your child. You will receive a visitor badge. This will notify our staff that you have permission to enter the building.

As we have learned throughout this year, things may change with little notice. We appreciate your understanding if we need to change the schedule. If a change is made, we will communicate that through The Banner and directly to those parents who have a current reservation in SignUp Genius.

Please select the appropriate button below to make a reservation for next week.

10:45 Lunch Period

Classes: Armstrong, Baum, Costenbader, Hull, Johnson, Miller, Murdock, Saunders, Sellers, and Sunseri


11:15 Lunch Period

Classes: D. Anderson, Bruno, Dalessandro, Edgar, Foley, Garza, Harrell, Hunsdale, Landry, Perry, Powell, and Reyna


11:45 Lunch Period

Classes: Abbas, N. Anderson, Barnett, Brock, Bruce, Castillo, Cleaveland, Clifford, DePedro, Everett, Lamberti, Milo, Nettuno, Riggs, and Ross


12:15 Lunch Period

Classes: Brown, Davies, Eschenburg, Kamal, Lenfant, Saldana, Samford, and Shaw


October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month

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All across the country, communities will be making efforts to spotlight a range of dyslexic needs, struggles, and signs. Dyslexia is one of the most common language-based learning disabilities. While it is true that the earlier we can intervene, the better; it is also never too late to get help! This month, students and educators across the nation are raising awareness about the struggles associated with dyslexia.

A Message from Mrs. Beardsley - Art Teacher

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Art can use your help to upcycle some things from your home. Art is collecting empty paper towel rolls/toilet paper rolls, empty cereal boxes, cardboard egg crates and small empty box containers about the size of your hand. These items will be used for armatures for students' sculptures. Please drop these items off in the front office or send in with your child.

Don't get the P.E. blues - wear your tennis shoes!

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Don't get the P.E. blues, wear your tennis shoes! All students have P.E. every other day alternating with a Fine Art class of either Library, Art, or Music. Please be sure your child has gym shoes in their backpack if they are not wearing them to school.

Report Cards

The last day of the first grading period is today, Thursday, October 7. Report cards will be accessible to parents via Parent Access Center (PAC) Friday, October 15. Please access report cards online as they will not be printed at this time. Make sure that you have registered for a PAC account in order to access your child's report card and monitor ongoing progress.

Lost & Found

The weather will begin to cool soon, and the children will begin wearing sweaters and jackets. Please remember to label these articles clearly with your child’s name. Also don’t forget to label water bottles, backpacks, and any other personal items. If your child misplaces an item please remind them to check in the lost and found located in the gym.

referral requests for gifted and talented testing

Referral requests will be collected from October 1 - December 17, 2021 for Conroe Independent School District Gifted and Talented program. Although the testing will not take place until late January, referral requests are accepted starting Oct 1st. Referral requests can be made by the parents and/or teachers. It is recommended that parents of 2nd grade students wait until CogAT scores have arrived before nominating their child because CogAT scores are part of the GT assessment. If you are interested in referring your child, you may want to discuss this with your child’s teacher at conferences. Referrals will be accepted through December 17th. You may request a referral form from the front office or the Assistant Principal. You can also find the referral form and other GT information on the CISD GT homepage.

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Can my child go to school today?

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Roadmap to Remaining Open

Conroe ISD's Roadmap to Remaining Open is available online at https://www.conroeisd.net/roadmap-to-reopening/. Please check back for up-to-date information. The site is updated as new information and guidance are received from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Governor's Office, and state and local officials.

Reminder: Transportation Changes

Transportation changes must be made in writing before 2:00 PM. We cannot accept transportation changes by phone. To submit a transportation change, you may send a written note to your child's teacher or provide a not to the front office with the following information:

  • the date
  • your child's full name
  • homeroom teacher
  • bus number (if applicable)
  • your signature

If an emergency arises, you may send an email to bush@conroeisd.net. The e-mail must include all of the above information, including a parent signature, and must be received before 2:00 PM. If you submit a transportation change by email, it must go to the email address referenced above. Teachers do not check their email regularly throughout the day, so transportation changes should not be emailed directly to the teacher.

Please send a new note for each day the change occurs; we cannot accept notes for multiple days or with multiple changes. District policy states that a student may only ride the bus they are registered to ride; students may not have a transportation change to ride a different bus.

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Bush Clinic Phone: (936) 709-1609

Free COVID-19 testing is available to all Conroe ISD employees and students
Monday through Friday 8-6 and Saturday 8-4 at the
Conroe ISD Police Department

2900 N. Loop 336 E.

Conroe, TX 77301

Employees and students must schedule a test through the CONROE ISD SSO in the COVID Central APP Prior to arrival. Please use your student’s ID number to register students for testing

As a reminder - Please review the Roadmap to Opening on the Conroe ISD home page for current COVID policies and procedure.

After school playground reminders... Due to safety reasons a parent or guardian is required to monitor their children while playing after dismissal on the playground. Students are not allowed to return to the building after dismissal to use the clinic restroom.

If your child receives a positive COVID-19 test, please go to the link below and follow the prompts to enter your child’s positive results. This will be entered into the Conroe ISD COVID Absence APP for excused absence until the date cleared to return. https://www.conroeisd.net/roadmap-to-reopening/covid-19-positive-self-report/

Stay Healthy,

Nurse Cheryl Kirchner, RN


Evelin Padilla, Clinic Assistant


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Helping Your Child

In a Panic Attack

By Dr. Lauren Pasqual

More children are being diagnosed with anxiety disorders than ever before. Some data has even suggested that many children feel worried most of the time. Unfortunately, anxiety and worry can sometimes manifest themselves in the form of panic attacks. Panic attacks are scary enough for adults to handle, let alone watching your child go through one.

Here are three ways you can help your child when they're having a panic attack:

1. Don't lose control. Remain calm.

Some of the warning signs of a panic attack include:

  • Feeling sweaty or chilled

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Feeling dizzy

  • An overwhelming sense of "doom"

  • Crying or tantrum

If your child expresses any of these to you or you simply notice that something doesn’t seem right, remain calm. Speak to them gently but firmly by letting them know you are there for them. It’s important to indicate that they are safe and secure, so they can focus on that as they come down from the attack.

2. Use soothing words.

What you say to a child during a panic attack can be just as important as how you say it. Try to focus on soothing, reassuring words.

Say things like, "I know you’re scared, but I am here," or "Take a deep breath." Model deep breathing, offer a hand to hold, or dim the lights. Help them focus on something nearby, such as an image, a song, or a place in their imagination.

As their parent, they are more likely to trust what you have to say and take it to heart. Therefore, your instructions need to be calm, clear, and easy to follow in the midst of panic.

You can even use their name multiple times as you talk. This will let them know you’re talking directly to them in the present situation rather than just speaking in generalities.

3. Give them time.

Remind your child that the panic attack will end. It’s important to reassure them, while letting them know they can handle the symptoms on their own, too. This will make it easier for them to cope later on.

Don’t rush them through the attack. Giving them enough time to calm down can be beneficial, especially if they continue to struggle with anxiety. It might be hard to see them going through such turmoil. But when they learn to regain their composure and their sense of self, they’ll be better equipped for handling the attacks in the future.

If your child is suffering from frequent panic attacks, it’s important for you to remain calm. Getting to the bottom of their anxiety can help you learn more about what they’re going through. It can also help them to learn different management skills, so that panic attacks might become less frequent.

The CISD Parent Resource Center has wonderful resources. Follow the link below for more information. https://www.smore.com/2vhbt-conroe-isd-parent-resource-center

Click here to complete the Request for Assistance Google Form

Click here for Coronavirus Resources.

Angie McGhee - School Counselor



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Safety Information

The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance. Over the past decade, Conroe ISD has spent millions of dollars on a layered approach to campus safety including the installation of secure entrances and vestibules along with adding security cameras throughout our schools. Our greatest safety measure, however, is vigilance. Please report any suspicious activity or suspected dangers to the appropriate authorities. Anonymous reports may be made 24/7 to Conroe ISD’s KidChat hotline at 1-888-KidChat (543-2428) or through our new Anonymous Alerts app. Login: conroeisd

2021-2022 CISD School Calendar

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Conroe ISD's School Messenger

A printable version of the calendar for the 2020-2021 school year can be found online at: https://www.conroeisd.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2021-2022-Calendar.pdf
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All SMS messages received from the Conroe ISD District Office and your child's campus will begin with "Conroe ISD:" and come from the subscribe code 67587. If you have not yet opted-in to receive SMS messages, you can do so at any time throughout the school year by texting "Y" to 67587.

Join us this Tuesday, October 12 for Spirit Night at el Chapparo from 5 pm to 9 pm!

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Volunteer Opportunities!


If there are not any available days, check back. We should be adding more opportunities in the coming weeks.

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We are looking for some great volunteers to help with our spring fundraiser, the Bobcat Bonanza! Please contact Caitlin Reeves at president@bushpto.com if you are interested in helping!

Co-Chair - Will work with the VP of Fundraising to oversee the event. Ensure various committee members are on task, keep a detailed spreadsheet of everything. Will assist in reaching out to local businesses to help sponsor the event.

Silent Auction Coordinator - This person will oversee the entire silent auction, though will want additional support. The coordinator will work with other members to seek out donations from local businesses (passing out fliers, email, phone calls) for the auction. They will organize receipt of the items, create bid forms and run the auction on the night of the event.

Silent Auction Team Members - Work with coordinator to solicit donations and oversee the auction on the night of the event.

Food Coordinator - Reach out to local BBQ and pizza restaurants for the best pricing of meals for the event. Also work with our HEB Community Rep for donations/discounts on chips, water, drinks, etc.

Volunteer Coordinator - Work with committee members to find out volunteer needs for the event. Create signup geniuses and coordinate with room moms and social media coordinator to reach out to adult volunteers. Reach out to local youth volunteer groups to staff event with youth volunteers as well.

Children’s Raffle Coordinator - This person will oversee the collection of items for the children's raffle. In the past, this has been a mixture of donated items, and items purchased on sale. S/he will also coordinate with the person over ticket sales regarding raffle ticket sales.

Wristband/Raffle Ticket Sales - This person will work with our graphic designer/social media coordinator to promote sales. They will coordinate online sales, deliver tickets to school once a day as they are purchased, as well as in person sales the night of the event.

Save the Date for the Fun Run!

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Our biggest fundraiser of the year kicks off on October 18, and it's one of our Bobcat's favorite activities of the year! Your Bobcat can collect pledges from family and friends all over the world in support of our school and in celebration of their fast feet! More information about this year's Fun Run will be coming home in your student's communication folder soon.

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Box Tops App

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Use the Box Tops app to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online. From playground equipment to technology, our school can use this money to help teachers and students get the supplies they need.


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Campus Information

Bush Elementary: A nurturing and inclusive community where students become empowered citizens and life-long learners. Every student, every day!

Our school hours are 8:00-3:10. Students may arrive as early as 7:30 and will go to their homeroom beginning at that time.

The Conroe Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding these non-discrimination policies: Title IX Coordinator, 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, Texas 77304; (936)-709-7700 and the Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, Texas 77304; (936) 709-7670.