Buckalew Buzz

October 1, 2021

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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

We are super excited as a campus that our district has lowered the CISD Alert Level to a 3, and I wanted to send this Buzz edition out today, instead of waiting until Monday. If you were unable to listen to Dr. Null's YouTube live last night, the link is below. As we near the end of the grading period and celebrate with our Storybook Parade, I would like to note the following in the Buzz:

  • Student Pictures should be going home today, 10/1
  • Parent Lunch Reservation Information is below, beginning 10/4
  • Storybook Parade Information is below 10/7
  • No School October 8th or 11th
  • Alert Level Definitions
  • Coat Drive 10/4-10/18

I want to thank our community for always finding ways to show support to our hard working staff. In our third school year of navigating a pandemic, every little token of appreciation does not go un-noticed. Our staff were given individual Buntinis 2 weeks ago, PTO provided an amazing lunch last Friday, and Crumbl cookies showed up yesterday for a nice surprise for our staff! We are so very grateful for this community and thank you again as we continue to shift gears again, toward a Level 3.

We are working as fast as we can to make sure we are safely adjusting our school operations to a Level 3, but we want to do in a coordinated effort as a campus. Opportunities to volunteer will be coming soon after the second grading period begins. We thank you for your patience as we plan ahead for our incredible parent volunteers to gradually re-enter our campus.

Have a great weekend!


Mrs. Price

Conroe ISD Update #21 - September 30, 2021

Storybook Parade THIS Thursday 10/7 (emailed 9/23)

Dear Parents,

Buckalew Elementary is excited to announce that Buckalew students will be participating in a Storybook Character Parade on Thursday, October 7th at 8:45am. Students in grades Kindergarten through 4th grade can dress up as a storybook character on that day. For this event, students can dress up as their favorite storybook character as they parade around the designated route.

Examples Fancy Nancy Cinderella, Snow White, etc. Greg Heffley (the Wimpy Kid) Ramona Babymouse Bone Olivia Junie B. Jones Ms. Frizzle Nate the Great Geronimo Stilton Harry Potter , Hermione, Ron, etc.

You do NOT have to buy anything new for this event. Instead, be creative – make paper ears, a hat, or wear the clothes the character would wear. K-3 students MUST bring the book they are representing or make a poster replicating the book they are representing. Books may be used from home, the classroom or school library (if available). To support students’ feelings of safety and security in our building, violent or frightening characters are not acceptable. Please note that no masks, toy weapons, or props are permitted and will be left out of the parade if brought to school.

Children should come to school dressed as the storybook character, and should be able to go to the bathroom independently while in character. Students who do not wish to wear a costume may simply carry their favorite storybook in the parade.

Parents are invited to attend the parade, take pictures and cheer as the students walk by. The parade will take place in the large circle drive behind the school (see attached map). There is no need to check in through the front office or to get a visitor tag. You may head straight to the back-parking lot on the morning of the 7th to find your spot along the parade route. You may receive more specific instructions from your child’s teacher regarding this event.

Please note that students do not have school on Friday October 8th or Monday October 11th. Should you plan on taking your child early from school on the 7th, we kindly ask that you do so prior to 2pm so it is a smooth dismissal for everyone. Thank you for celebrating our love of reading with us on this day!

Parade Route

CISD is NOW at a LEVEL 3

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Buckalew Bistro Reservation

We are excited to finally allow parents into the building after not having visitors since March of 2020! We do anticipate a high volume of parent visitors, as we know you are just as excited to enter our doors.

As our priority is still Health and Safety, we have limited space available during this time and have created a “Bistro Reservation” via SignUpGenius for you to eat lunch with your child.

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 10 slots available per grade level, per day, 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. We have created slots October 4th-29th, to allow for plenty of spots for 1 visit per student during the month of October. 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.

Please exit the Bistro promptly when your lunchtime has ended as the next grade level parent's reservations begin immediately. Returning your child to the cafeteria by the mentioned time listed, will ensure they have a smooth transition to their next activity. You will then 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.

Please click on the buttons below to make a reservation.

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


7- Storybook Parade (see email sent 9/23)

7 - Spirit Night at Chick Fil A

8-No School/Staff Development Day

11-No School/Holiday

12-15 Coat Drive

14-Chalk the Walk

15- Walk to School Day

25-29- Red Ribbon Week


5- PTO Virtual Meeting 9:30

5th- Student Retake Fall Photos

12- Boosterthon Run

15-19 Food Drive

15-19 Generation Texas Week

22-26 Thanksgiving Break


3- PTO Meeting

9- 1st Grade After School Playdate Fundraiser

14- 4th Grade After School Playdate Fundraiser

17- Jingle Bell Jog

17- Early Release 12:10

20-January 4- Winter Break


5- Classes Resume

7-PTO Meeting

GT NOMINATIONS FOR 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR – Nominations are Due Friday, December 17

The window is now open for parent nominations for GT Screening and will continue through December 17. Parents may nominate their student for Spring GT Testing by completing the District Nomination Form, available through any 3rd and 4th grade teacher, or by asking Nikki in the front office. If you would like a form emailed to you, contact Mrs. Smith tonsmith@conroeisd.net. All second grade students will participate in the CogAT assessment in October. The CogAT assessment will serve as a GT screener for second grade students. 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 Buckalew during the school day the weeks of January 24 – 28 and January 31- February 4. Nomination forms may be returned to your student’s 3rd and 4th grade teacher OR to Nikki in the front office. ALL NOMINATION forms are due NO LATER THAN December 17!

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.

October's Character Focus - Buckalew Bears Can Be Respectful

  • Treat others the way you want to be treated.
  • Remember that all people are important.
  • Listen while others are talking.
  • Speak calmly and always use appropriate words.
  • Take care of things that don't belong to you.

19th Annual Conroe ISD Police COATS for KIDS DRIVE

The Conroe ISD Police Department is pleased to present the 19th Annual Coats for Kids Drive for the children of Conroe ISD. From October 4th-October 18th, a collection bin will be in our front office to collect coats, jackets, and hoodies to distribute to Conroe ISD students in need.
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"Pawsitively” Awesome Character Focus 2021-2022

Each year at Buckalew, we teach and recognize great character in our students. The following list highlights our social and emotional learning focuses for this school year.

August I can understand my emotions.

September I can manage my behavior.

October I can be respectful.

November I can be trustworthy.

December I can resolve conflicts.

January I can set goals and achieve them.

February I can be honest.

March I can make wise decisions.

April I can be an upstander.

May I can contribute to my community.

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.

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Big Bear Little Bear

Come to our Big Bear Little Bear Meet and Greet! Are you new to Texas, our community, and or to Buckalew? We would love to meet you and welcome you! Please come to our upcoming Big Bear Little Bear Social at Lakeside Park at the playground on Saturday, October 23 from 4:00-5:00pm! Big Bear families will be there to meet you and answer any questions you might have! We can’t wait to give you a big Buckalew welcome! Any questions? Please email us at Buckalewbigbears@gmail.com
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-Information for your ongoing reference-

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

Please Review the Update on Can my child go to school today?

If positive individual is in same household, 10-day quarantine required unless the student meets one of the exemption criteria included in the attached graphic
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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.

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. Thanks so much!

Lunch Schedule

Lunches/Recess- To begin our year, we have limited our lunches to one grade level at a time eating in the cafeteria together (as opposed to 2 grade levels). This allows us to spread kids out further during lunch with 6-8 students at a table. At this time, this is what our lunch schedule will be for your child to start the year.

K 10:45-11:15

1 11:15-11:45

2 11:45-12:15

3 12:15-12:45

4 12:45 - 1:15

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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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