October 2, 2020
Dates to Remember
October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month
10/02 - National Custodians' Day
10/07 - Dr. Null Update on YouTube Live @ 6:00 PM
10/09 - Staff Development (Student Holiday)
10/12 - Holiday - No School
10/13 - Second Nine Weeks Begins
10/13 - Regular Dismissal Time of 3:10 Begins
10/16 - "Paw-Some" Awards on Announcements (Wear RED for Responsibility)
10/16 - Report cards will be accessible to parents via PAC (Parent Access Center)
10/19 - 10/30 - Boosterthon Dance Fit (more information to come)
10/22 - Jersey Mike’s PTO Spirit Night
10/26 - 10/30 - Red Ribbon Week
11/03 - Staff Development (Student Holiday)
11/23 - 11/27 - Thanksgiving Break - No School
11/30 - Students Return to Instruction
A Message from Dr. Lambert
Hello Bobcat families!
October 13 begins our second grading period. Moving from one grading period to the next is always a milestone in a school year. This year, we will also have a number of students changing the way they attend school. Beginning October 13, we will transition some of our teachers from teaching online to teaching in person to balance our classes based on students in each instructional setting. I will work to minimize the number of students changing teachers, but there will be students who change classes even though they are not changing their instructional setting.
Families will hear from their child's new teacher if they are changing classes by Friday, October 9. As we end the first grading period Thursday, please remember that Friday (10/9) and Monday (10/12) are student holidays.
Please let me know if you have any questions about the process of adjusting class lists. We are still in the process of adjusting student classes based on the instructional setting selected, so I don't have the ability to answer questions about which class a particular child will be in just yet.
We will continue to adjust to the demands of this unusual year. I do want to thank the parents and family members who have called and emailed to let me know what they are thinking. I appreciate your compliments and your frustrations more than you can know. Our goal at Bush, and my personal goal, is to be better tomorrow than we were today. Your willingness to share your thoughts helps me (and all of us at Bush) grow.
Take good care,
Dr. Jarod Lambert
The School is ready for FALL!
A special thank you to our wonderful Bush families for helping everyone get into the fall spirit! Families please feel free to add a pumpkin during non-school hours to the ungated areas. Take a picture and share with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Message from our Front Office
- Starting Tuesday, October 13, our dismissal time will return to the regular time of 3:10 PM. Bikers/walkers, bus riders, and car riders will be dismissed from classrooms at 3:10 each day.
- All transportation changes need to be emailed to email@example.com before 2:00pm each day.
- Only visitors essential to school operations will be permitted to enter CISD facilities.
- All individuals entering the building must wear a face mask covering their mouth and nose.
- Visitors will be required to complete a COVID-19 screening form in the reception area prior to leaving the front office area.
- Only essential learning items can be dropped off on our outside drop off table.
- Students forgetting lunches will be allowed to get a meal from the cafeteria.
Changing from a virtual student to a face-to-face student on Oct. 13th
- If you have chosen to change from the virtual setting to our face-to-face option you will have two transportation signs to pick up in the front office starting Monday, October 5. You are welcome to come anytime Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM to pick up those transportation signs. Each student will need a transportation sign. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Does your child need to ride the school bus? If you did not register for transportation during your child’s initial school registration, you can register for transportation online now. You will need your child’s I.D. number and date of birth to complete the process. It may take up to five (5) business days to process depending on the volume of requests received by the Transportation Department. Once in effect, you can find your child’s new route by clicking the “Find Bus Route” Link. Click here for more information about transportation.
Message from our School Registrar
Report Cards: The last day of the first grading period is Thursday, October 8. Report cards will be accessible to parents via Parent Access Center (PAC) Friday, October 16. 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.
Absences not related to COVID-19:
One of the advantages to having the remote learning option is that a child may be out for a short time period for an illness unrelated to COVID. Let's say, for example, your child was diagnosed with strep throat. During the time your child is recovering from that illness, she/he can continue to learn (and be marked present) by engaging with online content in Seesaw or Canvas. Please communicate this information to our front office by sending an email to email@example.com so we are aware of the days your child will work remotely.
If children who are in-person learners are not physically in the building at 9:00 AM (when attendance is taken), they will be marked absent for the day.
- Should they arrive after attendance time without a doctor's note, it will be an excused absence.
- Should they arrive after attendance and have a doctor's note for that day, the absence will be taken away.
If children who are in-person learners are absent from school due to COVID-19 symptoms and do not engage on Seesaw or Canvas, they will still be marked absent. If these students engage in Seesaw or Canvas, they will be marked as attending remotely. An email will still be sent indicating the absence, because remote attendance is not verified until the next school day.
Should you have any additional questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Brenda Hooker, Registrar
Clinic Phone - 936-709-1609
Students are cleared to return to school when the nurse receives documentation of the following:
Health care provider clearance letter to return to school, including a date the student may return OR Negative COVID-19 test results.
Please keep your child home until ALL symptoms have subsided, including being fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
ISOLATION OR QUARANTINE:
· Students who are absent due to isolation or quarantine criteria who log in to SeeSaw or Canvas before 11:59 pm will be counted as a REMOTE ATTENDANCE.
· Students who are absent due to isolation or quarantine criteria who are unable to sign into SeeSaw or Canvas before 11:59 pm will be counted as an EXCUSED ABSENCE.
Per Conroe ISD guidelines: If your child has a fever or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19 and does not get tested OR is not cleared by their healthcare provider with an alternative diagnosis, it is assumed the child has COVID-19 and may not return to school until the following 3 criteria are met:
1. Has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
2. AND child has improved symptoms.
3. AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Please email or fax (936-709-1699) healthcare provider date of return to school confirmation or COVID-19 test results to the nurse email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org in order to return to school sooner than the 10 day isolation period.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
· Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater to or equal to 100 dg F.
· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
· Muscle or body aches
· New loss of taste or smell
· Sore throat
· Congestion or runny nose
· Nausea or vomiting
· Shaking or exaggerated shivering https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/care-for-someone.html
PLEASE NOTIFY THE NURSE OR THE FRONT OFFICE IF YOUR CHILD DEVELOPS ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS.
MEDICATION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:
Prescription medication must be in the original container, properly labeled including the student’s name, the name of the medication, directions concerning dosage, the schedule for administration, expiration date, and the date the prescription was filled. No expired prescription medication will be administered. No more than a ninety (90) day supply of a prescription medication may be checked in at one time.
Over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, ibuprofen, cough or cold medicines that could potentially mask COVID-19 symptoms will require a written order from your child’s health care provider. Special Medication Note: Due to CDC COVID-19 guidelines nebulizer medications cannot be administered at school at this time.
CURB SIDE MEDICATION SIGN IN:
Please email or call the clinic if your child will require a scheduled or prescription medication for this school year. A medication permission form will be emailed to you, or let us know if you need to pick up a paper copy.
Medications will be dropped off via curb side delivery Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30-2:30. Please email email@example.com or call 936-709-1600 (front office) or 936-709-1609 (clinic) to let us know that you are here for medication drop off. Nurse Cheryl will come out to your car to collect the signed forms and medication.
CLINIC STUDENT CLOTHING REQUEST:
In case of restroom accidents, spills, muddy clothes, please keep a complete change of clothes in your child’s backpack in a zip lock bag to have on hand. The clinic will not have extra clothes in the clinic to provide our students. Parents will be called to bring clothing changes if their child does not have extra clothes available in their backpack. Thank you for your help!
Nurse Cheryl Kirchner, RN
Evelin Padilla, Clinic Assistant
Referral Requests for Gifted and Talented Testing
Referral requests are now open for Conroe Independent School District Gifted and Talented program. Although the testing will not take place until late January for both remote and in-person platforms, referral requests are accepted at this time. 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 18. 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.
Children and Technology
How does the digital world affect our children? Click here for movie resources that examine the control of the digital world on our children and how we can help.
Click here to visit Mrs. McGhee’s Virtual Counseling Office
Click here to complete the Request for Assistance Google Form
Click here for Coronavirus Resources.
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Conroe ISD Meal Distribution
Beginning Thursday, October 1, Conroe ISD will offer FREE breakfast and lunch to ALL In-Person and Remote/Online students as well as children ages 18 and younger in the community. Students in Remote/Online Instruction and children 18 and younger who are not attending school on campus will pick up free meals curbside on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 AM - 12 PM at the junior high located in their feeder zone.
• Irons Junior High
• Knox Junior High
• McCullough Junior High
• Moorhead Junior High
• Peet Junior High
• Stockton Junior High
• York Junior High
Parents must show an approved form of ID for any child not present in the vehicle. To learn more, visit: https://www.conroeisd.net/department/child-nutrition/campus-curbside-meal-pick-up/.
If children are not present in the vehicle when picking up meals, parents/guardians MUST have an approved form of ID for each child to receive meals. Acceptable forms of ID:
- Student ID Card
- Official letter/email from school or daycare that shows enrollment
- Student report cards
- Attendance record from school
- Birth certificate for children not in school
Students who attend school in person are not eligible to receive Curbside meals. Picking up meals at multiple campuses is not permitted.
18th Annual Conroe ISD Police Coats for Kids Drive
Conroe ISD's School Messenger
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.
RECESS EQUIPMENT DRIVE
Balls, jump ropes, hula hoops, and more are needed for our kids. Purchase directly from Amazon Wish Lists -
Outdoor Recess Items Wish List
Questions? Please call Jennifer Sanders at 713-397-1020.
Special thanks to Signs Now for donating our signage.
We want your Photos!
The Yearbook team needs pics of your Bobcat:
1. Enjoying Chick-fil-A Spirit Day this Thursday, Sept. 24
2. Virtual Learning
3. Wearing Spirit Wear
Be sure to identify the grade level of children pictured before uploading photos directly from your smartphone by:
1. Searching for Balfour Image Share in your app marketplace
2. Downloading the app and creating your username and password
3. Entering the Barbara Bush project number: 126474. There is no upload code.
Contact a member of the yearbook staff with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Almost Sold Out! Buy Your Bush T-shirts Soon. Adult Sizes Available.
Parents and Guardians are Bobcats, too! Show your school spirit by sporting your very own Bush shirt. Adult sizes are available at www.bushpto.com/bush_pto_shop. A limited number of youth sizes are left. Order now before we sell out!
Remember, Spirit Fridays are your Bobcat's chance to wear their Bush hats and Bush tattoos, and of course their Bush t-shirts (or green and blue)!
Boosterthon Dance Fit
Save the Dates: October 19th - 30th. More details coming next week!
PTO Volunteer Opportunities
VP of Communications: Oversee the communication which includes the volunteer coordinator, directory leader, Formsite creator, webmaster, marquee coordinator and social media leader offering assistance when needed. They will also create and distribute electronic communications to the PTO membership when needed.
VP of Programs: Oversee committees engaged in developing programs/events for Bush that build a sense of community. Currently includes Spirit Fridays, Movie Night and Teddy Bear Tea.
If interested, please contact Caitlin Reeves at email@example.com
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Bush Elementary: A nurturing and inclusive community where students become empowered citizens and life-long learners. Every student, every day!
Our school hours are officially 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.