Buckalew Buzz 20-21 School Year

April 12, 2021

Connect With Us!

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 and will go to their homeroom beginning at that time.

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

From Mrs. Price

Buckalew Families,

What a BEAUTIFUL weekend! We have so many things to look forward to in April and May. I have to say that I am so unbelievable PROUD of our students! We have made is so far this year and I am so excited to finish even stronger than when we started.

Right now our BIGGEST Spring Fundraiser is happening with PTO's Silent Auction. Please see the flyer below in the Buzz and check out the PTO's social media. There are some amazing items up for bid. The silent auction lasts until April 16 at 8pm, so make sure to check out anything that may be of interest. We also have our 1st grade After School Play Dates happening THIS Thursday and 2nd Grade After School Play Dates NEXT Thursday. We thank you in advance for your continued support and contributions to our fundraising efforts to help Buckalew get closer to 1:1 technology.

The Buzz contents will be highlighting both end of the year events as well as next year events, so please look through the information carefully. 4th Grade Parents, please save the date for our traditional 4th Grade Clap-Out to take place at 9:45 on May 26, our last day of school. Details will be coming soon.

Just a reminder, there are 2 different links below to review for success on the learning platform you have selected as a family. The remainder of the information in the BUZZ is applicable to our entire Buckalew Community!

For questions or concerns, please make sure to visit CISD's Roadmap to Remain Open, call our front office at 281-465-3400, or email contactbuckalew@conroeisd.net.

Have a GREAT week,

Mrs. Price



Please CLICK here if your child is attending IN PERSON.


Please CLICK here if your child is attending ONLINE.

Buckalew Calendar


4/12- NEW Student Enrollment for 2021-2022 Now Open

4/12- 4/16- PTO On Line Auction Now Open

4/15- 1st Grade Play Date - Last day to register 4/12

4/20- PTO Auction Item Pick Up

4/22- 2nd Grade Play Date - Last day to register 4/19


5/11- 3rd & 4th STAAR Math

5/12- 3rd & 4th STAAR Reading

5/26- 4th Grade Clap Out 9:45 (details to coming to 4th grade parents)

5/26- Early Release 12:10

5/26- Last Day of School

2021-2022 School Board-Approved School Calendar

Picture Perfect Friday Video Pictures

We would love to include all of our remote students in our weekly Friday videos. You may submit photos by emailing Mrs. Smith at tonsmith@conroeisd.net . We are looking forward to seeing your smiling faces.

Buckalew's Online Silent Auction

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PreK, K, & New Student Enrollment

PreK, K & New Student Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. Information is now posted on the Conroe ISD website with details about how and where.

Registration Intentions For Currently Enrolled Students

We ask that you complete the below survey no later than Friday April 30 to let us know your registration intentions for the 21-22 school year. This helps us with our planning for next year.. Thank you for your assistance!

Order Your 21-22 School Supplies!

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Please Note: 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grade school packs include a Buckalew branded binder and pencil bag. This is the only way to receive these two items. School supplies will be waiting for your child in their classroom on the first day of school. For questions, please contact Dana Basconi at danabasconi@yahoo.com or Kerry Spencer at kerrydm81@gmail.com
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To view your proof and order online please visit: http://online.phototexasphotography.com/

The website will request you to input a keyword.

The keyword to the Buckalew gallery is: 21BUCKALEW and your student's 6 digit ID number.

If your student's ID is 12345 then the code is 21BUCKALEW12345

For any issues or questions, please contact Photo Texas customer support at https://www.phototexasphotography.com/contact or call 1(800) 883-6463.


Nominations are Due Friday, April 30, 2021

The window is now open for parent nominations for GT Screening and will continue through April 30. Parents may nominate their student for Summer GT Testing by completing the District Nomination Form, available through any 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade teacher, or by asking Belinda in the front office. If you would like a form emailed to you, contact Mrs. Smith tonsmith@conroeisd.net. Second grade students who did not participate in the December CogAT administration are the only second grade students who are eligible for summer testing. Parents may now nominate, one time per level of test. In other words, students may test once each school year to see if they meet district requirements and /or qualify in other subject areas. GT testing will be held at Bush Elementary on June 1-3 from 8:00-12:00. Nomination forms may be returned to your student’s 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade teacher OR to Belinda in the front office. You may also email completed nomination forms to Mrs. Smith tonsmith@conroeisd.net. ALL NOMINATION forms are due NO LATER THAN April 30!


3rd and 4th Grade STAAR Math/Reading: May 11 STAAR Math and MAY 12 STAAR Reading

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.

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Hi Buckalew Bears! 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.

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April's Character Trait; Honesty

This month, our focus shifts to the character trait of honesty. Why be honest when you can fulfill a need or deflect blame by telling a lie? Well, according to Notre Dame researchers Anita E. Kelly PhD and Lijuan Wang PhD, honesty has proven mental and physical benefits. Some benefits of honesty found in their study included less tension, less feelings of melancholy, less headaches, and less sore throats. Wow! With mental and physical health benefits such as these, let's practice honesty and teach our children this important practice, as well.
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Counseling Helps Us ​G-R-O-W​!!!

New groups are forming this month and will begin meeting the week of April 19th. Each group meets once a week for five weeks. On-campus learners meet during lunch, and virtual learners meet at various times depending on their class Zoom schedule.

Our topics include dealing with BIG emotions (fear, anger, frustration, sadness), having a growth mindset, coping skills, and character traits such as perseverance, honesty, kindness, and gratitude. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me at kpoints@conroeisd.net.

The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, April 14th. If your child is currently in a group, he/she will go on a waiting list to allow other students the first opportunity to join. If spots are available, I would be very happy to fill those spots with current group members on a first come, first serve basis. Thank you so much for your understanding. -Mrs. Points

Here's the link if you are interested in having your child join us:


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Buckalew Class Placement Considerations

If your student has an older sibling, we try to honor your request to have his/her younger sibling taught by the same Buckalew teacher. If your family has a sibling request or any other information you'd like to give the placement committee, please complete the below link no later than Monday, April 26th.

Class placement begins the first week of May, so forms sent after April 26th may not be considered in our placement process. We sincerely thank you for your time and support in this process.


Summer Meals are Free For Students This Coming June

  • Free summer curbside meals for anyone 18 and under will be distributed Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

o June 1- June 29 at the following sites:

  • York Junior High
  • Knox Junior High

  • Moorhead Junior High

  • Peet Junior High

· Meals are free to ALL children, not just those on free and reduced lunch

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Thank you Buckalew families and staff for building this yearbook with us. We appreciate your extra efforts sending in photos of your precious kids. The yearbook has been completed and submitted for the print deadline. To capture any year in one book is a challenge and this book represents all the community support needed to bring this it together. Thank you! Sales are still open. $40. Jostens.com

Join the PTO

The Buckalew PTO promotes the welfare of our students and fosters cooperation between parents and teachers, working hard each year to ensure our students have access to the best education possible. It is a team effort and there are many positions open next school year. Have you considered serving? We'd love to have you and we have several openings! Here are the positions we will fill for the 2021-2022 school year. Nominations will be accepted through March 15th. Please contact our PTO Parliamentarian, Julie Naughton, juliann.naughton@gmail.com, if you are interested, want more information or would like to nominate yourself. Please know that our executive board members serve a two-year term. Prior PTO experience is a plus but not required. Our Treasurer spot is an especially critical position to fill and does require a background in accounting and/or finance. Elections will be held in the event there is more than one nominee for an executive board position. Seats will be confirmed at the April PTO Zoom Meeting. Names with an asterisk are nominees, all others are returning for their second year.

President- Paige Perry

VP Fundraising- Leti Garza*

VP Communications- Jessica Courtney*

VP Parent Involvement- Amy Kemp*


Secretary- Elizabeth Kutka*

Parliamentarian- Julie Naughton

President Elect


Co-Chair- Melissa Tattoli


Co-Chair- Amy Hargett

Entry Way- Carrie Fulham

Entry Way- Katie Crabb

Garden Club

Garden Club

Book Fair Coordinator

Book Fair Co-Chair

Book Fair Co-Chair

Buddy the Bear Coordinator- Amy Kemp*

Carnival Chair- Shelly Alexander

Outdoor Entertainment- Jill Gordley

Outdoor Entertainment- Lesley Molbert

Silent Auction Chair- Alison Barger

Silent Auction- Brandi Sherman

Silent Auction- Lizzy Piana

Silent Auction- Leslie Reilly

Silent Auction- Jessica Courtney

Class Booths & Baskets- Catherine Boeger

Class Booths & Baskets- Sarah Bartnick

Kids Raffle

Staff VIP Experiences- Catherine Boeger

Volunteer Coordinator

Carnival Marketing

Community Partners- Nina Neal

Community Partners

Community Outreach- Brandi Sherman

Family Connections

Fall Fundraiser Co-Chair- Elizabeth Kutka*

Fall Fundraiser Co-Chair


Hospitality- Monica Verville

Library Liaison- Rhonda Villasenor

Lost and Found- Val Eissler/Jo Whitten*

Rewards Chair- Jamie Alvey

Marquee- Jill Rider

Marquee- Catherine Boeger


Room Mom Coordinator- Janelle Ray*

School Supplies

School Supplies- Jill Rider*

School Supplies- Kerry Spencer

Social Media Coordinator

Specials Team Liason

Art- Carrie Foster

Field Day- Leti Garza

Music- Carrie Foster

Spirit Committee- Lesley Molbert

Spirit Committee- Audrey Innerst

Spirit Committee- Leti Garza*

Volunteer Coordinator

Webstore Liason- Jessica Courtney*

Yearbook Chair

Yearbook Chair



Photographer 4th grade

Photographer 4th grade

Photographer 3rd grade

Photographer 3rd grade- Jenny Kim

Photographer 2nd grade- Vivian Bopp

Photographer 2nd Grade

Photographer 1st grade- Jenny Kim

Photographer 1st grade


Kindergarten- Vivian Bopp



2021/2022 Mitchell PTO

Attention: Incoming 5th Grade Families at Mitchell Intermediate

Greetings from the Mitchell PTO!

The Mitchell PTO Nominating Committee is currently looking for volunteers to fill the following positions for the 2021/2022 school year.

Yearbook Advisor 5th Grade Co-Chair: need 2

Yearbook Advisor 6th Grade Co-Chair: need 2

If you are interested in joining us in one of these positions or have any questions, please contact: Joanna Altimas: jaltimas@gmail.com

Community Rewards

********Easy Ways to Donate Money to Buckalew PTO********

Kroger Community Rewards

Kroger Community Rewards makes fund-raising easy by donating to Buckalew based on the shopping you do everyday. Once you are registered, every time you shop at Kroger you will be earning money for Buckalew! Just search for Buckalew Elementary on your digital account select and save!

Box Tops for Education

The traditional clipping of Box Tops is going away but the Box Tops app makes it so easy to just scan your receipt after you shop. Box Tops are worth $.10 each and can add up fast! Twice a year, our school receives a check to help pay for whatever we need. There are also times to earn Bonus Box Tops and the App will send you these notifications. Participating companies include General Mills, Green Giant, Pillsbury, Ziploc, Hefty, Juicy Juice, Annie’s and many more.

Remember to scan your receipt within 14 days of purchase or it will expire.

Amazon Smile

Select Buckalew as your charity!

This is a simple & automatic way for you to support Buckalew every time you shop. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization & your selection will be saved for future purchases. Just remember to always login under smile.amazon.com.

Buckalew Elementary Facebook

Click here to follow Buckalew Elementary on Facebook.

Buckalew PTO Instagram

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Buckalew PTO Facebook

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The purpose of the 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.

President- Paige Perry

VP Fundraising- Amy Kemp

VP Parent Involvement- Heather Lozinak

VP Communications- Jackie Berry

Treasurer- Elizabeth Kutka

Secretary- Janelle Ray

Parliamentarian- Julie Naughton

Buckalew Elementary PTO Membership 2020-2021

The Buckalew Elementary PTO plays an important role in providing funds and support to our school. With your help, we are able to supply our staff and students with computer technology (Brain Pop, Dreambox & Razzkids), field trips, flexible classroom seating, library enhancements, author visits, literacy program enhancements, staff development programs, school beautification, teacher appreciation luncheons, and school security enhancements.

We Cannot Do It Without Your Support!

The Buckalew PTO membership is a family membership (1 per family) and costs $25.

Your membership will include one copy of the student directory and 1 Buckalew Elementary Car Decal.

To purchase your membership online:

1. Go to www.buckalewspiritstore.com

2. Click on Buckalew PTO Membership to add to cart

Thank you!

Buckalew Elementary PTO

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Ongoing Spirit event at Locker Room Haircuts! - All Year!

Ongoing spirit event at Locker Room Haircuts! $14 Rookie hair cut for the kids and Buckalew gets $2 back! Through end of the year!

Locker Room Haircuts is located in the back here by Target. It’s right next to Brothers Pizza and the old Golds Gym area. You can check in online and it makes it super fast!
Check them out and support our school!

Please Donate Water

We are in need of cases of bottled water. We hand out bottled water to students that forgot their water bottles at home. At this time our supply is running very low. We appreciate any help.

Can My Child Go To School Today?

After answering the 3 Questions in Blue below, if your answer is to STAY HOME:

please email: contactbuckalew@conroeisd.net and/or call our attendance line: 281-465-3410

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If your child is Positive or Identified as a Close Contact what do you do?

If your child is attending In Person Learning at Buckalew, we ask that you call and notify the school at 281-465-3400 or by email outside of school hours contactbuckalew@conroeisd.net

You will then be contacted and informed of how your child will continue remotely. Each grade level and student-situation is different, and is handled on a case-by-case basis.

CISD Health and Safety Protocols

Conroe ISD is reviewing the newly released guidance from the Texas Education Agency which supports our current safety practices. District administration will be meeting with local health authorities and advisory groups this week to discuss the District’s health and safety protocols for the remainder of the year. All current safety protocols will remain in effect until further notice. Conroe ISD is committed to providing the safest learning environment for its students and staff and keeping schools open.

Determining Regular or Close Contact at School

  • Individual who has had close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 up to 48 hrs prior to symptom onset.
  • Individual who has had close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 within 2 days prior to the person developing symptoms and/or testing positive.
  • Individual who provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • Individual who had direct physical contact with someone who has COVID-19 including touched, hugged, or kissed them, shared eating or drinking utensils, or were sneezed or coughed on by the sick person while they had symptoms or within 2 days of the sick person developing symptoms and/or testing positive.
  • The identified individuals may be required to quarantine at home for 14 days from the date of last contact with the positive person.
  • The current pattern is those who do not wear a mask consistently during class are being quarantined.
  • Face Shields alone are NOT CONSIDERED a mask or cloth face covering.

Transportation Changes

Parents just a reminder to send all transportation changes to school with your child in their backpack.

For emergencies only, e-mail Buckalewtransportation@Conroeisd.net

PRIOR TO 2 PM and make sure you get a confirmation that your change was received.

Please note weather is not considered an emergency.

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.

2019-2020 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR)

The accountability reports can be accessed using the following steps:

From Buckalew's website:

· Go to "Our School/Campus"

· Click “View School Profile"

· Select “Accountability Reports”

· Click “2019-2020”

· Select "Texas Academic Performance Report "

Parent Access Login

By logging into Parent Access, you can check your child's grades, assignments, and attendance.

To access your child’s information online you must register for an account.

Please go to the following link and follow the directions below:


Click the “Student/Parent” tab

Click on “Parent Access Center”

Click “Register”

Get Connected!

Stay in touch with CISD by downloading our new mobile app!

Download the app on your mobile device today and select ‘yes’ to receive push notifications with the latest news and updates from the District.

Key Features:

  • Push Notifications - Select ‘yes’ when you download the app to receive the latest push notifications from the District.
  • Calendar Events - Add events to the calendar on your personal mobile device directly from the calendar section on the app.
  • News - Check out the latest District-wide and school news all in one place!

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.

20-21 Calendar for your planning purposes

Click below for FAQ's

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.

Please Visit the Roadmap to Reopening as Updates are provided regularly

The content on the Roadmap to Reopening webpage is designed to provide information relevant for the 2020-2021 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.

Give the Gift of a TAE (Teacher 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!

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From our Police Department:

A few friendly reminders in regards to school zone safety and car rider drop off 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.

Visiting the School

While at a Level 3 in CISD, parents are not allowed in the building. We now have added 3 reserved parking spaces for our parents if they do need something from the school. We ask that you park in one of the 3 reserved spaces and call the number rather than walk up to the door. This will maintain safety on a variety of levels.