Buckalew Buzz

April 2, 2018

From the Principal...

Happy Monday!


It's hard to believe we are already in April! With a successful Field Day and a successful Buckalew Bash, we can't thank all of you enough for your support of our wonderful students and community! As we begin planning for 2018-19 school year, please let your neighbors know we have begun the new student/kinder registration process. We also have a lot of end of the year information below in the Buzz .



Spring Picture proofs went home last week, the deadline to order is TOMORROW April 3, 2018, so please send in your order form to your child's homeroom teacher.


We would love to see you in attendance at this month's PTO meeting this Friday at 9:30!



Thank you for all you do and have a great week,

Mrs. Price

Thank you for attending the Buckalew Bash!

What a beautiful day we had for our Buckalew Bash! We hope you had a fun day with our Buckalew family. Thank you very much to everyone who supported our school by attending this fun event! Thank you to all the volunteers who made the carnival run so smoothly and to all the faculty and staff for their support!

Please join us at the next PTO Meeting on Friday, April 6 at 9:30 in the Bistro. All are welcome and we hope to see you there!

Buckalew Visitors and Volunteers


For the safety of ALL students, we ask that any person entering Buckalew be approved through the CISD volunteer website. This includes classroom events, parties, classroom readers, volunteers, lunch visitors, etc. In other words, if you are visiting a classroom and/or are around children, you must fill out the online CISD Volunteer Application. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete the application. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation for this added layer of protection.

Important School-Wide Dates:

Please see your teacher's communication for grade-level and class-specific events.


April:

4/2- Autism Awareness-Wear Blue "light it up blue" to support Autism

4/6- PTO Meeting 9:30am

4/9-4/13- Closed Campus due to testing and makeups

4/10- STAAR Writing (4th Graders Only)

4/19- Book Fair Night

4/23- Mitchell Parent Orientation 6:30pm

4/26- Community Outreach Workshop Anxiety and Love and Logic- 6:30pm

4/27- Progress Reports sent home

4/27- Volunteer Luncheon


May


5/3- 2nd Grade Music Program 6pm

5/4- 9:30 PTO Meeting, Bistro

5/14-5/18- CLOSED CAMPUS due to testing

5/14- STAAR MATH (3rd and 4th Grade)

5/15- STAAR Reading (3rd and 4th Grade)

5/22- 4th Grade Choir Sings at TWHS Choir Festival

5/28- Holiday

5/31- Early Release 12:10/Last day of school

5/31- Kinder Program

5/31- 4th Grade Graduation

Kindergarten Round Up and New Student Registration NOW OPEN

Kindergarten registration for children who are 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018 will take place at at Buckalew NOW! Please register your child as an incoming kindergartner during this time or any new students for the 18-19 school year!


See the attached PDF for more details on required registration documents and registration process.

It’s Almost BOOK FAIR Time Again!

Buckalew has been extended the unique opportunity to host the BIGGEST and BEST Book Fair offered by Scholastic! Our ‘Signature Book Fair’ will host approximately 6,700 titles in varying genres and interests! That’s over six times the titles in our normal fair!!!

Be sure to check it out! YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!!!

Book fair Preview:

April 16th–18th

All students will preview the Book Fair during library specials

Book Fair Sales Hours:

Family Night Sales:

Thursday, April 19th

3:15PM-6:00PM

Sales Week:

Monday, April 23rd- Wednesday, April 25th

7:30AM - 3:00PM

All students may shop during their regular library specials. Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students, and any student accompanied by a parent, may also shop in the morning before school 7:30AM – 8:00AM. 3rd and 4th grade students may also shop after lunch.

Thursday, April 26th

7:30AM - 11:00AM

GT NOMINATIONS FOR SUMMER TESTING – Nominations are Due Monday, April 30

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. 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 5-7 (exact time TBD). Nomination forms may be returned to your student’s 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade teacher OR to Belinda in the front office. ALL NOMINATION forms are due NO LATER THAN April 30!

Keys to Success Awards

Each week, a student from each grade level is drawn on the announcements for demonstrating one of the 7 Keys to Success. Congratulations to the following students:


For the week of: March 26

Kinder: Emma Piazza

1st Grade: Emmerson Perkins

2nd Grade: Ellie Simcik

3rd Grade: Julius Fergeson

4th Grade: Ashley Castille


For the week of: April 2

Kinder: Landry Sherman

1st Grade: Taylor Harms

2nd Grade: Ellie LaTour

3rd Grade: Tatum Clanton

4th Grade: Madeline Kacher

Volunteer Luncheon- April 27 11-1

If you are a regular school volunteer, regular PTO volunteer or board member, or regular classroom/library volunteer, we invite you to our Volunteer Luncheon hosted by our staff this month. Drop in for salads and sweets as a thank you for all you do for Buckalew! This is a come and go event hosted in the library.

2018-19 Class and Teacher Placements

Please see the attachment regarding class and teacher placements for the 2018-19 school year.

STAAR TESTING DATES and VISITATION/VOLUNTEERS

STAAR TESTING for our students is very important! In order to ensure security and minimize distractions during the testing, visitors and volunteers will not be allowed on campus during our STAAR testing week(s). Please make sure to plan accordingly as this includes no visitation during lunch time. If your child has a birthday on these dates, please choose an alternate date and arrange any plan with the teacher. We will have altered lunch and specials schedules on the following days and all areas and offices, including the bistro will be used as testing areas. Please minimize any changes to dismissal and/or lunches during this time.

Our campus will be closed to all visitors and alternate arrangements should be made during the following dates:



  • The Week of April 9 – April 13: 4th Graders will be taking STAAR Writing April 10 with the possibility of makeups throughout the week.

  • · The Week of May 14 - 18: 3rd AND 4th Graders will be taking STAAR Math/Reading May 14th and 15th with the possibility of makeups throughout the week.


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.


Thank you for your understanding!

Thinking of becoming more involved in our wonderful school? Buckalew PTO Wants you!

Buckalew PTO nominating committee is currently looking for volunteers to fill the positions below for the 2018/2019 school year. Executive Board officers and Committee Chairs are both considered part of the PTO Board of directors, which convenes monthly to report and communicate on all activities of the PTO.

General PTO Members meet twice a year.

Executive board positions are elected positions. We have noted where we have at least one candidate for the executive board positions, but anyone is welcome to run for election. Committee chairs are selected by the board from among those expressing interest in holding the position.

If you are interested in joining us next year in one of these positions, please contact

Tera Turnbull at:

teraturnbull@comcast.net 281-705-7721

Community Partners

We would like to thank Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry for their continued support to our school.

Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry-Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry is dedicated to serving the dental health needs of your child. We work in a fun, kid-friendly office dedicated to making the dental experience for your child comfortable. Visit their website to learn more: http://twkidsdentist.com

Garden Club

Garden Club would like to congratulate Victoria Yi on winning a first place spot for Buckalew in The Terrific Trees of Texas, Montgomery Texas poster contest. Victoria attended the ribbon cutting ceremony this past Saturday, March 24. She was awarded a small magnolia gem tree. The tree was planted yesterday by our beautification PTO members. You can see it on Buckalew’s front lawn, and it will soon be adorned with a sign acknowledging Victoria and her achievement. Let’s all congratulate Victoria Yi!

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ExxonMobil Grants

To all ExxonMobil Employees and Spouses that would like to participate in the volunteer grant program for Buckalew, please remember to complete the following: Complete the online application on the employee domain for ExxonMobil Foundation. Applications can be submitted anytime. Payouts to the school are made on a quarterly basis. Don’t forget to start recording your 2018 volunteer hours. You are able to submit your volunteer time after 20 hours. We greatly appreciate your contributions. Our Exxon grants have helped us fund so many things here at Buckalew over the years.

Lost and Found


Please check Lost and Found for any items you think your child may be missing. There are lots of jackets, sweaters, water bottles, bike helmets, etc. Lost and Found is located outside of the cafeteria/gym. If you are at the school, swing by and have a look. There may be something of your child’s that you did not even realize was missing. If you have any questions, please contact Kalyn McQuain at kalyn@mcquainagency.com

PTO Financial Update

Buckalew PTO funds many things our school needs every year. Some of these annual needs include Think Through Math, Mathletics, Raz Kids, Brain Pop & Brain Pop Jr., Super Teacher Worksheets, iPads and iPad cabinets, field trips, author visits, and special grade level activities. These annual needs total approximately $50,000. Often, other needs come up for the PTO to fund, such as recent needs of replacing the refrigerator in the teacher's lounge, replacing all classroom projection equipment and replacing all classroom leveled reading book sets. Recently, district safety inspectors have found problems with some of the equipment on our two playgrounds. They have made some short term fixes and removed unsafe equipment. Ultimately, it was determined both playgrounds need to be replaced. Each playground costs approximately $75,000. The school district does not give the school any money to go towards the replacement of playground equipment. In order to meet these needs of our school, the PTO must raise $200,000.

With the amazing support of our community, we have been able to raise $110,000 so far! We replaced the K-2 playground in November. We continue to get closer to our huge goal of $200,000 with fundraisers throughout the year. Our Community Business Partners, T-Shirt Sales, Box Tops, Boosterthon Fun Run, Book Fair, Grade Level After School Playdates, Spirit Nights, the Fall Auction, and the 2017 Spring Carnival have gotten us this far. This Spring, we look forward to the Buckalew Bash Spring Carnival with Raffle and Silent Auction on March 24, 2018. The Buckalew 20th Anniversary is this year, and we will have a special engraved brick campaign to pave the area outside the biker/walker door. Details about this opportunity will be available in late spring. We hope to meet our goal of $200,000 this spring and install the second playground this summer! Buckalew is a great school, providing an exceptional experience for our children thanks to the support of our Buckalew Family! Thank you for making all of this possible!

2018-19 School Calendar

For your planning purposes, download the pdf of next year's board approved school calendar below. Buckalew thanks you in advance for planning all vacations outside of the school calendar. As we know with absenteeism, students miss valuable instruction that takes place daily. What you may or may not know is that Texas schools are rated not only on academic performance, but also attendance. Daily attendance plays a huge role in our accountability rating from the state.


We appreciate your support of public education and the value of attendance. Because of YOU and our amazing staff, Buckalew continues to rank among the best in the state and we are very proud of that and want it to continue!

Give the Gift of a TAE "Teacher's Achieving Excellence"

Log Into "Parent Access" by clicking:


https://pac.conroeisd.net/


and click on the "Teachers/Staff Excellence" Tab.


Feel free to type your own message and send any staff a positive message!

TRANSPORTATION CHANGES

Parents just a reminder to send all transportation changes to school with your child in their backpack. E-mail changes are for emergency changes only and must be made before 2:00 p.m. Please note weather is not considered an emergency. For emergencies only, e-mail brobinson@conroeisd.net and make sure you get a confirmation that your change was received. 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.

Community Outreach Parent Workshops


April 26th 6:30-8pm Love and Logic and Anxiety

Kate Turner Licensed Professional Counselor

Buckalew Elementary School

A must attend for parents who wish to help their children with anxiety.

Buckalew PTO

Click to see what's going on in Buckalew's PTO!


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 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.

Yearbook

Thank you all for sharing your wonderful photos on replay it! The Yearbook is in the prints! If you have not ordered yours yet, there is still time to place your order online, please note: only a limited amount of extra copies are being sold while supply lasts! So many memories, so little time!



If you have any questions regarding your order contact Jenna Simpson at ysimpson@att.net.

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On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

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Safety Reminders from our Police Department:

A few friendly reminders in regards to school zone 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.

Parent Access Login

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

Canvas Login

By logging into Canvas, you can check your teacher's website. This should be the same username and password as Parent Access above.

Lunch Information:

Buckalew Lunch Menu


MySchoolBucks Account


CISD Child Nutrition


A Full Price student meal is $2.85 and for a 2nd meal is $3.55. “Extras” range from $.50-$2.00.


Did you know you can put limits on your child’s account? You can limit your child to one complete lunch so your child is getting the complete lunch on the menu.

You can also limit your daily expenditures or snack choices or ala carte by calling our cafeteria at 281-465-3467.

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Have a GREAT Week!

From your Buckalew Staff and PTO

The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner. For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, TX 77304; (936) 709-7752.