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July 28, 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*

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A Note From Mrs. Price, Principal

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

We are so excited to have our school year start and have our Buckalew Bears in our building very soon. Our teachers have been on-campus, off and on this summer, getting their classrooms ready and attending professional development over the summer to make it the best school year yet! By the time school starts on August 11th, we hope you will all join us in our theme this year of "GEARED-UP FOR SUCCESS"! We have spent a lot of time "gearing up", we are now "GEARED-UP"! Let's get this school year underway!

With the ever-changing pandemic, our hope is to remain open and operate as normal as possible. With that said, it will take our entire Buckalew community to work together, taking personal responsibility to keep everyone working for the success of our little bears. In efforts to ease into the school year, we have altered the Meet the Teacher schedule on August 9th, to minimize crowds, provide a smaller setting for your child to visit with their teacher, and to assist with parking. Please see below for the Meet the Teacher times by student last names below. We thank you in advance for understanding the request to attend during the times listed below.

The staff at Buckalew want to assure you that our goal is to stay in-school, in-person. We are so very proud of our success last year with 93% of our students attending in-person by the end of the year, and we want that success to continue with 100% of our students attending the entire school year. While wearing a mask is optional and a personal choice for everyone, Buckalew will be a safe place whether you choose for your child to wear, or not wear, a mask. We want everyone to feel comfortable given that choice.

Attached with this newsletter is our student addendum. It should help all families become familiar with procedures at Buckalew. I encourage you to read through it, as it is designed to help answer most questions prior to the start of school.

On Monday, August 9th by noon, please look for an email from your child’s teacher. If you do not receive an email by Monday, class placement information will be available at our Meet the Teacher information table later that day. Computer servers have been known to deliver emails at various times even when they are sent from school at the same time. Also, please be sure to stop by the gym/cafeteria at Meet the Teacher to join our PTO, pick up your pre-ordered spirit shirts, or to find ways to get involved at Buckalew.

As I begin my 25th year in education, my 12th year at Buckalew, and my 6th year as Buckalew's Proud Principal, I want to welcome all of you to our Buckalew Family. Buckalew is the BEST place to be and I feel very blessed to serve this community.


Jill Price

Kindergarten Orientation

“Meet the Teacher Night” has been adapted this year to be a time where you and your child can explore the kindergarten classroom together and parents can complete any paperwork. An orientation slideshow will be pre-recorded and emailed by noon on Monday August 9th by your child’s teacher so you can watch on your own prior to the start of school to help answer any questions for a successful start of kindergarten. You will bring your incoming kindergartner and any school supplies not directly ordered through PTO. You and your child will spend time feeling comfortable in the kindergarten classroom and then can explore the campus. PTO ordered supplies will be in your child’s homeroom upon your arrival.

Monday, August 9

4:00-4:30 PM (Kindergarten Students Last Name A-M)

4:30-5:00 PM (Kindergarten Students Last Name N-Z)

Students are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal.

Meet the Teacher-

Formerly known as "Stop and Drop", our faculty and staff always look forward to this "come and go" event for students and parents in Grades 1-4. It is a time for students to meet their teacher prior to the first day of school and drop off school supplies. If you pre-purchased supplies from our PTO, they will have already been delivered to your child's classroom.

Monday, August 9

5:00-5:30 PM (Last Name A-G)

5:30 - 6:00 PM (Last Name H-P)

6:00 - 6:30 PM (Last Name Q-Z)

Parent Orientation

Below are the dates and times to receive important teacher insight into each grade level. We are often asked if it is appropriate for children to attend the orientations. A lot of information about the school, curriculum, homework, grading, and a variety of other topics geared toward parents will be discussed. Most parents find it a little easier to attend the orientations by themselves, but we certainly understand if that is not a possibility for your family. We do want all parents to be able to attend if at all possible. Times are staggered to enable parents with multiple students to attend each grade level orientation, and to minimize crowds.

· Kindergarten - August 9 (see kinder orientation information above) before school begins

· First Grade – Thursday, September 9 1:45-2:15 p.m. and 5:30- 6:00 p.m.

· Second Grade – Thursday, September 9 10:30-11:00 a.m. 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

· Third Grade – Thursday, September 9 9:30-10:00 a.m. and 6:30- 7:00 p.m.

· Fourth Grade –Thursday, September 9 8:30-9:00 a.m. and 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Buckalew Student Addendum

PDF to help you navigate Buckalew-specific dates, procedures, and information.

July 28th Update from Conroe ISD

Conroe ISD Update #19 - July 28, 2021

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!

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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.

Water Bottles

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

First Day of Classes

The first day of classes for the 2021-2022 school year will be Wednesday, August 11. School hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 3:10 p.m. Students should not arrive prior to 7:30 a.m. as staff will not be on duty and doors will not be open until 7:30.

Senate Bill 1697

During the recent legislative session, Senate Bill 1697 established new Texas Education Code (TEC), section code 28.02124, Parental Option for Student Retention, which allows parents or guardians to opt to have their child:

  • repeat prekindergarten;
  • enroll in prekindergarten if the child was eligible to enroll in prekindergarten in the previous school year, under TEC, section code 29.153(b), and has not yet enrolled in kindergarten;
  • repeat kindergarten;
  • enroll in kindergarten if the child would have enrolled in kindergarten in the previous school year and has not yet enrolled in first grade;
  • for grades one through three, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in the previous school year;
  • for grades four through eight, repeat the grade the student was enrolled in during the 2020-2021 school year; and
  • for courses taken for high school credit, repeat any course in which the student was enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year.

To learn more, please visit TEA’s Restart Kindergarten or Repeat a Grade or Course webpages. Please note: UIL eligibility may be impacted by repeating a course or grade. Check UIL’s website regularly for updates.

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