November 30, 2022
Some thoughts for the starting school year
November 30, 2022
Bush Elementary - Best Elementary Schools in America
Bush Elementary was recently honored (again) as one of the Best Elementary Schools in the United States by Niche. Congratulations to the students and all members of the Bush faculty and staff for all your hard work. Thank you to our parents for all your support of your child(ren) and Bush Elementary. This new award is displayed in the front office.
Outstanding Bush Elementary UIL Results
Congratulations to all students who represented Bush Elementary at the November UIL Academic event! Our students did a great job and Bush Elementary won 3rd place overall at the event.
Birthday Treat Reminders
On your child's birthday, parents may distribute treats listed below to their child's class. Gift bags or treat bags are not allowed to be distributed at lunch. Gift bags and treat bags need to be reserved for off-campus birthday parties.
It is recommended to hand out the birthday treat to the classmates at the the last 5 minutes of lunch. If handed out at beginning of lunch, some students are still going through the lunch line and miss out on getting the treat by the time they're at the table the parent is eating lunch with their child in the courtyard or hallway.
Here is a reminder from the Parent Student Handbook about the birthday treats parents may share with their child's class at lunch.
On the child’s birthday or designated alternative summer birthday date, the parent may come to their child’s lunch and distribute birthday treats to the child’s homeroom class only. Birthday treats are limited to the following items only:
· Cookies (not a cookie cake) - no icing on these items
· Donuts - Donuts may be glazed, but not covered in icing or other items
· Brownies - no icing on these items
· Fruit snack packets
· Pre-packaged snacks
Fall Picture Retake Day - December 6
If picture retakes are needed, then parents should register for retakes at
https://inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/ using code 71185F
Students may return their package for any reason and retake their picture. (Students must return their original package to the photographer in order to receive full credit for their package.)
Parents can also use the site above and go online and order pictures to be taken on Tuesday, December 6 even if parents did not place an order on the original picture day.
The following other students will have their picture taken on Tuesday, December 6.
*Any student that is newly enrolled after the picture day of October 11.
*Any student that was absent on the original picture day of October 11.
*Any student whose parents registered for a retake of the original pictures and returned the original package with all the pictures.
*Any student whose parent ordered and paid online for a picture package for this December picture day.
*Regular dress code is followed on this day.
December 8 at 8:30 a.m. - HISD 101 Parent Training
HISD's Family and Community Engagement (FACE) department will be at Bush Elementary to provide a training titled "HISD 101". This 30 minute training is for parents to learn about and understand how to navigate all the opportunities and resources within HISD. Parents will get an overview of HISD’s key resources and tools available to aid in student achievement.
Parents will need to bring a government issued photo identification to enter the building for this training.
COVID Testing at Bush
HISD is doing on-campus COVID testing for faculty, staff, and students.
Our testing dates and times are:
Monday, December 12 at 9:00
Pre-registration is required.
Complete the consent process by visiting this website: www.houstonisd.org/COVIDTesting
Here’s HISD’s information.
Our goal at Houston Independent School District is to foster a caring, joyful, and challenging learning experience for every student, every day. That’s why your school is providing free COVID-19 testing to all students in partnership with the Houston Health Department Testing is completely voluntary and requires parent/guardian consent first. You can be confident our school is safe, and free COVID-19 testing adds another layer of protection to our safety strategy. Free testing puts our student’s health first, it allows us to maximize learning in school and promotes equity by ensuring every student has access to testing if they want it and if you, as their parent/guardian, provide consent.
● Who will be tested? We will offer testing to everyone who consents - all students and staff - even if they don’t have symptoms of COVID-19.
● How is the testing done? The COVID-19 testing is free, quick, and easy. Trained medical professionals will conduct testing with a short, shallow nasal swab.
● Where and when is the testing done? Our school’s testing site will be in a room or area large enough to accommodate an organized flow to testers in and out of the space. Testing will take place every two weeks. Test results will be available within 24-48 hours.
● How can I be sure that my student’s information will be protected? Sharing of information about your student will only be done for public health purposes and in accordance with applicable law and policies protecting student privacy and the security of your student’s data. We are asking you to:
● Learn more about testing at www.HoustonISD.org/COVIDTestingFAQ
● Complete the consent process by visiting this website: www.houstonisd.org/COVIDTesting
SEL with Ms. Jones
The Holidays are upon us, and it is the Season for Giving. You may want your child to understand that the holidays are about more than getting gifts; the holidays are about giving too.
Giving can inspire great positive change and healing in a world that deeply needs it. Not all gifts need to be expensive or wrapped in paper with the bows to be meaningful.
The power of giving comes out of giving from your heart—not because you have a lot of money or time to give but because the cause is simply important to you.
Sometimes just a simple note or kind words are what it takes to brighten someone's day.
Your child can color and assemble the envelopes and follow the letter prompts to create funny and heartwarming letters to gift this holiday season. We also included blank pages and prompt ideas if they want to make original letters without the templates.
A note from Ms. Quevedo
- Apple Juice
- Red sauce
- Mac and Cheese
WrapAround is extremely thankful for your generosity!
Westside HS Cheer Clinic - December 3
HELPING CHILDREN LEARN
💡 SPECTACULAR SCIENCE 💡
The Spectacular Science Word for the week of November 28 is reflect.
🐾 Bobcat Birthday's 🐾
Ms. Rose would like to wish a very special birthday to:
Catalina P. who turns 6 years old on November 22 and is a kindergartner in Ms. Castaneda's class.
Andrew P. who turns 10 years old on November 29 and is a fourth grader in Ms. Jones's class.
Happy Birthday and Welcome to the Bush Birthday Book Club!
School Store on the Go is happening this week FRIDAY, December 2nd for second grade. See below for the dates for other grades this semester. Prices range from $0.10- $5. Please help teach your child how to be responsible with their money and to also be kind to students who did not bring money.
- 12/9- 1st, Kinder and Pre-K
The School Store is also open each Wednesday morning from 7:30-8:30 for parents, guardians and students to buy apparel or school supplies such as notebooks, agendas, crayons, etc. You may also order on our website, and all orders placed before 5:00 pm on Thursdays will be delivered to your student’s classroom on Fridays.
Anyone entering the building will need to present a photo ID at the main office.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the School Store.
Join us at the Nature Center! We'll be working on cleaning the tire garden area, as we prepare for planting in the spring. Students will also make a small holiday craft/ornament. There is one more date offered for this event, and details are included in the link below.
Saturday, Dec 3: Holiday Craft + Garden Care (10am - 11am)
All students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the duration of the event. Events are weather permitting and space is limited.
Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
BIRTHDAY BOOK CLUB
Join the Birthday Book Club and make your student’s day extra special! Your student will receive a personal birthday greeting from Ms. Rose during the morning announcements, and have their name printed in the weekly Paw Prints newsletter, in a book for the library, AND on the electronic marquee during the week of their birthday.
SEND IN YOUR PHOTOS FOR THE YEARBOOK
We would love for families to send in any photos that are school-related, such as photos you snapped at the Let’s Glow Wild Party on Friday, Pajama Day, Astros day, or any grade-specific event/project that we can include in the yearbook!
Please send no more than 3 photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and label the pictures with your child's grade.
FIRST FRIDAYS AND SECOND SATURDAYS
For the months of December 2022 and January 2023, First Fridays and Second Saturdays with PTO will be taking a break. Our bi-monthly social hours will resume in February after the busy time at the end of the semester and Winter Break– we hope to see you then!
For any questions related to PTO please contact Amy Gnau, email@example.com
Who do I Contact?
Counselor - Jewell Quinonez
(P) 281-368-2150 (ext: 275212)
FOR RESOURCES AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH -
Wraparound - Maria Quevedo
(P) 281-368-2150 (ext. 275105)
FOR ATTENDANCE -
Registrar - Adriana Rosales
(P) 281-368-2150 (ext. 275104)