Buckalew Buzz

February 6, 2023

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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.

From Mrs. Price

Buckalew Family,

We have so many events coming up between now and Spring Break, please play close attention to the homeroom teacher newsletters and the save the dates below in the Buzz. If you haven't already, save the date for April 1st 2-5pm for our Annual Buckalew Bash Carnival! More to come via our PTO.

What beautiful weather we experienced this weekend after 7 days of cold and rainy weather! Just a few reminders for arrival especially for those rainy days, as I know there has been some social media communication regarding our morning traffic.

  • Our building opens as early as 7:30.
  • The line for car rider and Lakeside Park between 7:30 and 7:40 are not typically congested, even during rainy mornings.
  • Lakeside Park is always an option to park and walk in rain or shine in the mornings and walk your child in the building if car rider line/traffic is too much.
  • Our morning announcements start at 7:55.
  • Classroom instruction begins at 8:00.
  • Students are late, unless a bus is late if they are not in class at 8:00.
  • Staff on car duty have to be inside supervising children at 8:00 and we need to close our back car rider doors at 8:00.
  • Front driveway is open after car rider doors are closed in back parking lot. You must come in and sign in your child if you are late.
  • Leaving your house prior to 7:30 can also be helpful. We have cars waiting for our doors to open at 7:30, to alleviate frustration of car line.

We are so blessed to have such an amazing community with such supportive parents.

We appreciate you!!

Jill Price

Congratulations to 2022-23 Salute to Education Winners

Congratulations to 2022-23 Salute to Education Winners! 💚💛💚💛💚💛

Please congratulate the following pictured below Left to Right:

Humanitarian of the Year: Susan Taylor, Campus Secretary

Teacher of the Year: Robin Snyder, 1st Grade Teacher

Rising Star: Kinsey Felton, 2nd Grade Teacher

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Thank You CISD School Board! Did you know?

Did you know one of Buckalew's very own is on CISD's School Board? We are so very blessed to have a parent in our very own Buckalew community supporting public schools!! We thank you, Mrs. Chase, for volunteering your time on CISD's School Board!

Stacey Chase was elected to the Board in November 2020, and currently serves as Second Vice President. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy and is employed as a Director of Internal Audit for a Global Engineering company.

Ms. Chase is a native Texan, growing up in the Dallas-Ft Worth area and earning her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington. In the spring of 2017, Ms. Chase and her family happily relocated to The Woodlands.

As a mother to two elementary-age girls in Conroe ISD, Ms. Chase is honored to serve the community on the Board where she can use her skills, time, and experience to support Conroe ISD. She is passionate about the balance between a fiscally responsible Conroe ISD and driving the success of students, teachers, administrators, and staff.

Stacey, her husband Nick, and their daughters Vivian and Charlotte, enjoy spending time outdoors, participating in Girl Scouts, doing puzzles, and playing board games. They consider themselves lucky to make their home in this great community!


Buckalew's 2021 - 2022 School Report Card has been posted on our school's profile page.

From our school’s website:

Go to "Our School/Campus"

Click “View School Profile"

Select “Accountability Reports”

Click “2021-2022”

Select "School Report Card"

Upcoming Events

**Please pay close attention to homeroom teacher newsletters for class-specific events.**


February Fire Drill

7 - Kindergarten After School Playdate. Click PTO webstore

8 - Spirit Night at Marcos Pizza. 20% goes to Buckalew, mention Buckalew Elementary!

9 - 3rd and 4th Grade Interim Testing - No Parent Lunches

10 - Third Grade After School Playdate. Click PTO webstore

17 - Student Holiday-Staff Development Day (No School)

20 - Presidents Day (No School)

23 - First Grade Art Night - 6pm

24 - Go Texan Day


3 - PTO Meeting

3 - Spring Picture Day Click to PhotoTexas Photography

10 - Field Day

13 -17 - Spring Break (No School).

20 - Staff Development Day (No School)

28- 1st Grade Field Trip

30- 4th Grade Music Program, 6pm

31- 3rd Grade Field Trip


1 - Buckalew Bash Carnival, 2-5pm

4- Buckalew 4th Graders Tour Mitchell/Collin Intermediate Schools

5- Kindergarten Field Trip

7-10 - Easter Break (No School)

14 - PTO Meeting

20- 2nd Grade Music Program, 6pm


11- Choir Concert, 6pm

12 - PTO Meeting

25 - Early Release 12:10

25- KG Program

25-4th Grade Graduation/Clap Out

Buckalew Safety

Our Buckalew Bears continue to do a wonderful job with our safety drills. For February, we will have our monthly fire drill. Our goal for these drills is to practice procedures in case of an emergency situation. To maintain a secure campus, we are also reinforcing that students do not open the doors and that anyone needing entry into a building will have a key. If you have any questions about safety or safety drills, please feel free to contact Mrs. Smith tonsmith@conroeisd.net .

Get Involved With CISD Activities!

Paint the Path Pink - Mitchell Intermediate Saturday, March 5 2023

Parents of Biker/ Walkers

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We have an abundance of children and families who bike or walk to and from school. Many of your family members include your pets, joining you on your bike or walk to and from school. For your liability, and the safety of others, please refrain from bringing your dogs into the biker walker area beyond the posted signage. We have 2 signs in this area posted that should allow room for your dog, however, will prevent them from being in our most congested areas during arrival and dismissal. We have many children afraid of dogs, even though your dog may be friendly and well-mannered. We have also had dogs get into altercations with other dogs in front of this area and we kindly ask that if you choose to bring your dog, that they stay beyond the posted signs as you watch your child enter or exit our doors.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Changes In Medical Information

As the school year progresses medical needs for your child may change. Please call the clinic if your child has any change in their health care needs.

Some examples are:

  1. Started a new medication.
  2. Has a new medical diagnosis.
  3. Injury that may require a brace, boot or cast.
  4. New allergy.

These are just a few examples. Knowing any changes helps me provide the best care for your child.

Thank you for your help!

Alison Whiddon RN

- From The Attendance Office -

Progress Reports for Grades 2 - 4

Marking period 3 progress reports may be viewed in Parent Access on Thursday, February 9. Paper copies of the progress reports will not be generated and sent home.

If you have not signed up for a Parent Access account, please visit the Buckalew home page and click on Parent Access tab at the top of the page. Then click on ‘Register’ in the blue box at the bottom of the page.

If you have any problems, you may call or email our Technology Help Desk. 936-709-7658, help@conroeisd.net

2023-2024 Registration Intentions

Parents and Guardians,

To help us plan for the next school year, we need to have an accurate count of student enrollment to guide the hiring process and ordering instructional materials. Please complete the survey by clicking on the “2023 - 2024 Registration Intentions Survey” link. Complete one form for each student. The deadline to submit the survey is Friday, March 10.

Thank you for your help.

2023-2024 School Transfer Requests

We receive many transfer requests each school year. Families whose parents work in the CISD district, at schools near Buckalew Elementary, need to apply for a transfer annually. The transfer portal for the 2023 2024 school year has opened. Please complete your transfer request as soon as possible to help us with staffing and instructional materials/supply needs.

The portal may be found on the district website under “Parent/Student” and then on the right side of the screen under “Interdistrict (if your family does not live in the Conroe ISD school zone) or Intradistrict (if your family lives in the Conroe ISD school zone).”


We strive to dismiss all our students safely from our building. Please do not come to the Front Office at dismissal time to call your child from class. We cannot dismiss students directly from the classroom or in the hallway at dismissal time. Students will not be released after 2:30 p.m. from the Front Office.

We are unable to call your child to the Front Office until you are here and have provided your identification. Thank you for understanding.


When your child is absent, please call the school attendance line (281-465-3410) or email buckalewabsence@conroeisd.net to explain the reason for their absence. To ensure the accuracy of your child's attendance records, please call, or email each day your child is absent.

Please remember that attendance is recorded at 9:00 a.m. each day. If your child is absent at 9:00 a.m. due to a doctor’s appointment, he/she will be counted present if you bring your child back to school on the same day with a doctor's statement that verifies the appointment.

If your child will be out for an extended period, please let us know.

School hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. The tardy bell rings at 8:00 a.m. and students will be counted tardy if they are not in their classroom at that time.

- Parent Lunch Reservations -

- From Specials -

Attention 2nd Grade Parents!

Our 2nd Grade Program is coming up soon! Save the date for April 20th at 6:00 pm. More information will be coming soon, but in the meantime, if you are interested in volunteering to help make our stage and costumes beautiful, please mark your calendars for the Parent Volunteer Meeting on Tuesday, March 21st at 12:00 pm in the Music room. Spread the word with any and all 2nd grade parents to come lighten the load and make the stage special for our kiddos. Please make sure you have completed the Volunteer Application this year before coming to the meeting: Volunteer Application

Auditions for special roles will be held Wednesday, March 8th during specials. Students will be notified well in advance and do not need to prepare anything ahead of time. Students wishing to audition must fill out the audition form and bring it on their audition day. Students without an audition will not be permitted to audition. Audition forms will be sent out via email, attached here, and also found via hard copy outside the Music room. Digital copies will not be accepted. Please print out and bring it to school. Thanks for understanding and helping create a sense of responsibility with our students!

Mrs. Ramirez

4th Grade Program

Attention 4th Grade Parents!

Our 4th Grade Program is coming up soon! Save the date for March 30th at 6:00 pm. More information will be coming soon, but in the meantime, if you are interested in volunteering to help make our stage and costumes beautiful, please mark your calendars for the Parent Volunteer Meeting on Monday, February 13th at 12:00 pm in the Music room. Spread the word with any and all 4th grade parents to come lighten the load and make the stage special for our kiddos. Please make sure you have completed the Volunteer Application this year before coming to the meeting: Volunteer Application

Auditions for special roles will be held Friday, February 24th during specials. Students will be notified well in advance and do not need to prepare anything ahead of time. Students wishing to audition must fill out the audition form and bring it on their audition day. Students without an audition will not be permitted to audition. Audition forms will been sent out via email, attached here, and also found via hard copy outside the Music room. Digital copies will not be accepted. Please print out and bring it to school. Thanks for understanding and helping create a sense of responsibility with our students!

Mrs. Ramirez

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Scholastic Book Fair!

Start a new chapter at the Buckalew Book Fair! February 13 – 16, 2023 Students will be able to shop during their library and computer lab classes. Empower students to choose their own books and check out with their very own digital payment account. Book Fair eWallet can be used at the Book Fair or online, and any leftover funds can be saved for future Book Fairs. Visit our Book Fair homepage to set up an eWallet: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/buckalewelemsch1 Purchases also can be made with cash. All purchases benefit our school, and all purchases support All for Books. All purchases will be rounded up to the nearest dollar amount, and the rounded-up amount will be donated to All for Books to provide books to more kids. To opt out of All for Books, please email jgwest@conroeisd.net

Library News

If you would like to volunteer in our library please contact our volunteer coordinator: Jenny Bardoux at buckalewptovolunteers@gmail.com. Our library is fun and BUSY!

Our library does not charge fines for overdue library books. We do however ask that you pay for a library book that has been lost or damaged while checked out to your student. We can have the cost of the book added to your School CAsh Online Account for easy payment. We prefer this option because the books we purchase for our library are reinforced and bound specifically for hundreds of checkouts. The book that has been purchased from a local book store or Amazon is meant for personal use and isn’t an equitable replacement for the lost or damaged library book.

Library books can be kept for up to 2 weeks till they need to be returned. Our library is open for active start for book checkout. So if your student forgets their library book on the day they are schedule to be IN the library, they can return them the following day and get some new books.

Each Sunday evening we send e-mail notifications if your student has an overdue book. Please feel free to e-mail with any questions!

Lastly, our Book Fair will be in February.

Jennifer West

Buckalew Elementary


- From Mrs. Points -

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Welcome to the Counselor's Corner! I am Mrs. Points, your school counselor. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns at kpoints@conroeisd.net. I look forward to working with your family. 😊

Lunch Bunch

New lunch bunch groups for students will begin meeting the week of March 6th. Each group meets once a week for five weeks during their lunch period. The deadline to sign up for a group is Tuesday, Feb. 28th. If you are interested in your child participating, please fill out the link below:

Click Here

Social and Emotional Learning Objectives

I am self-aware.

I can manage myself.

I am aware of others.

I can build relationships with others.

I can make responsible decisions.

Parent Resource

Our CISD Guidance and Counseling Department host parenting presentations throughout the school year. The following sessions are open this school year for any CISD parent to join:

Click Here

- Information For Ongoing Reference -

Bring Your I.D

Please bring your ID with you each and every time you come to Buckalew. This is a safety layer that we check in all visitors.

Need A New Car Rider Sign?

If you have lost or need a new car rider sign, please email the following email address with your child(rens) full name, home room teacher and grade, we will send 2 copies home with your child:-


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. See fees below for both breakfast and lunch.

Checking out your Child

If anyone other than a parent/ guardian checking out a student from our campus, we will need a note, sent in with your child, in their backpack on that day or an email to buckalewtransportation@conroeisd.net. If we do not have a note from a parent/guardian, the Front Office will call to get permission for your child to leave our campus.

The Emergency Card completed at the beginning of the school year is for us to be able to contact someone in a situation where we cannot get hold of a parent/guardian. It is not permission for those emergency contacts to check out a child, any time.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to keep our students safe whilst on our campus.

Car Rider/ Dismissal Sign

ALL Parents should have received 2 CAR RIDER/Dismissal Signs at Meet the teacher. These are used for safety precautions when we are dismissing 700 students. We thank you for keeping 1 sign in each car.

NEW THIS YEAR for KG: We are requiring Kindergarten parents only at Biker Walker to carry this sign with them to pick up their child at the biker walker doors. With our growing enrollment and various staff members on duty, it adds an extra layer to make sure we are connecting the correct kindergarten student with their care giver.

Take a photo of the sign? We have had several people ask if they can use a photo of this Dismissal Sign on their phone. The answer is YES! Feel free to take a picture to keep on your phone in case of transportation changes or loss of the sign, or emergency instances with severe weather. Please know that the original sign is IDEAL, as it is designed for those calling dismissal to be able to read. On a cell phone, that will slow down the line.


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 in the Buzz.

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 should have received TWO car rider signs (yellow) at Meet the Teacher night. 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 with the car rider sign at the Biker Walker doors (under the patio) at dismissal in order to walk or bike home. All other 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.

Please see updated District Covid-19 Guidelines in link below

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

Drop Table

We offer parents the courtesy of a drop table to deliver forgotten items, which is located in our Front Office. There are pens, paper and tape available for you to use to clearly identify items for your child to pick up. We will call the classrooms at 10am to inform all students of items on the drop table.

Student Lunches and birthday cookies will be taken to the Cafeteria, on a cart, for your child to pick up at their allotted lunch time. Please make sure ALL ITEMS are clearly labeled.

Transportation Change / Early Dismisal

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.

You will be asked to provide photographic identification when collecting your child.

To make transportation changes, please send a note in your child's backpack to the teacher OR email: buckalewtransportation@conroeisd.net prior to 2pm with your childs full name, grade andd homeroom teacher. Any changes submitted after 2pm will not be seen until the following day.

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 an additional lunch. 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 extra 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 again. 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, and if necessary put a limit on the account by contacting our cafeteria directly.


Reimbursable Meal Prices

$2.00 Full Price Student Breakfast

$0.30 Reduced Price Student Breakfast

$3.00 Non-Student Breakfast/2nd Breakfast

Ala Carte Prices

Entrée- $1.50, Milk- $.95, Fruit/Vegetable/Grain- $1.15


Reimbursable Meal Prices

$3.20 Full Price Student Lunch

$0.40 Reduced Price Student Lunch

$4.20 Non-Student Lunch/2nd Lunch

Ala Carte Prices

Entrée- $2.30, Milk- $.95, Fruit/Vegetable/Grain- $1.15

Kettle Corn Popcorn-$1.50,

Slush, Brownie, Rice Krispy Treat- $1.00

Chips, Cry Baby- $.75

Freshly Baked Cookie, Fruit Roll-Up- $.50

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.

- PTO Information -

Spirit Night!

Order from Marco’s Pizza on this day and Marco’s will give 20% of the sales generated by you back to Buckalew Elementary Order Marco's Pizza on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 anytime between 10am-11pm. Pre-orders are welcome starting the day before. Make sure to mention Buckalew Elementary over the phone or select the fundraiser option online. Order from the following participating location: EGYPT - 32725 FM 2978 RD

Are you the parent of a current 4th grader heading to Mitchell Intermediate next year?

Mitchell PTO is looking to fill open positions for next school year's PTO board. There are a variety of positions available and we would love to have you be a part of the Mitchell PTO. The goal is to fill the open positions so that each feeder school is equally represented. Anyone interested please contact Jill Rider at nrbrider2018@gmail.com for more information.

Buckalew Bears P.T.O

The purpose of the Parent Teacher Organization (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 the best education for all children

(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.

Upcoming Events

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 3rd, at 11:30 AM in the Buckalew Library. We hope to see you there!

Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram!


Lost and Found

Please write your child’s last name and First name or at least last name on their belongings. That helps us big time in finding the owners quickly.

If you have any questions, please reach out to gabinkwon@gmail.com or jojowhitten@me.com

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.


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.


Yearbooks 2022 - 2023

Yearbooks are on sale now! Current price is $43! This price is good until December 30th. After December 30th, the price will increase! Limited quantities are printed each year so to guarantee you get a copy, please order your copy today!


Yearbook Recognition Ads

Celebrate your kid and what they have done by creating a recognition ad! You can upload a photo or two and write something your kids will cherish forever! A wonderful memory the family can enjoy! Ads are $25. The deadline to submit ads is February 9th! You can create them in Jostens or create them in Canva and upload them to Jostens.


Please sign up as a CISD VOLUNTEER

We ask EVERY PERSON entering Buckalew to be approved as a CISD volunteer. This is for the safety of all students, as a background check is carried out.

Click the button below to complete the form. You will need your drivers license number;

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.

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, which is located right outside of the gym. We really hope to reunite these lost items with their owners before the break!

If you have any additional questions, please contact gabinkwon84@gmail.com

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.

Quick Links

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.

22-23 School Calendar

We thank you for planning ahead. Please use this calendar for your planning purposes to maximize instructional days.
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