May 1, 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
Thank you again for our incredible parent volunteers! We loved celebrating you with our Chip, Chip, Hooray in the library. We are so blessed to have such an amazing community with such supportive parents and look forward to celebrating our AMAZING STAFF next week during paraprofessional and national teacher appreciation week.
Our staff absolutely love what they do and love your children. We are so proud of our Buckalew family. Our staff are incredibly hard-working, and most of our staff work outside of the school day and even school year to plan, learn, grow, and carry the worry for each and every student to socially, emotionally, and academically grow.
Can you believe it is already MAY? I have had numerous people ask me how many days we have left of school, and honestly, I hadn't counted yet, because we have so many things to look forward to coming up. I decided to count the days of school left for our students, and there are only 17 1/2 days left! Wow, is this year flying by and summer is around the corner, please note, our last day of school May 25th at 12:10, with an early dismissal.
As we are preparing for the end of the school year, please know that school supplies are ready to order from our PTO and the deadline is June 9th. To order see below under PTO information.
We look forward to all of our end of the year achievements and celebrations. Please pay close attention to your homeroom teacher newsletters so you don't miss anything.
Just another reminder that our 23-24 New Student Registration Opens and Kindergarten enrollment is now OPEN (k-4), so please share this with your neighbors and friends of CISD.
Happy Monday, Happy May, and thank you for your support,
What Families Should Know About State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness
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Conroe ISD requested the participation of students, parents, business owners, community members, and employees for a Bond Planning Committee (BPC) in anticipation of a bond on the November 7, 2023 ballot. Click here to view more...
Bus Smart Tag Collection – Last day of School May 25
**Please pay close attention to homeroom teacher newsletters for class-specific events.**
11- Choir Concert, 6pm
12 - PTO Meeting
18 - TWHS Senior Walk (for high school senior parents only)
25 - Early Release 12:10
25- KG Program 8:30
25-4th Grade Graduation/Clap Out 10am
25 - BUS SMART TAG COLLECTION - PLEASE BRING BACKPACK TO SCHOOL
9 - DEADLINE TO ORDER 2023-2024 School Supplies!
Lunch Schedule for STAAR Testing May 2nd
Kinder 11:20-11:50 / 11:50-12:20
2nd 11:40-12:10 / 12:10-12:40
1st 11:50-12:20 / 12:20-12:50
3rd/4th 12:20/30 - 12:50/1:00 Lunch
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- From Nurse Alison -
End of Year Clinic Information
Medication in the Clinic
All medication in the clinic must be picked up by 12 PM on May 25, 2023. All medication must be picked up by a parent/guardian or designated adult. No medication can be sent home with the student. No medication is stored in the clinic over the summer.
If any medical information changes over the summer regarding your student, please notify the clinic.
Alison Whiddon RN
- From The Attendance Office -
Progress Reports for Grades 2 - 4:
Your child’s 4th marking period progress report can be viewed in Parent Access. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Incoming Kindergarten and New Students to Buckalew for the 2023 -2024 School Year
New student registration for the 2023 -2024 school year opens on March 21. To start the registration process, log on to the CISD District Website: www.conroeisd.net. Under the Parent/Student tab, select Enrollment & Transfers, then select the Family Portal 2023-2024 option.
Once you create your account you can begin the enrollment process. Please upload as many of the required documents (see below) as you can. After your application is completed and submitted, the registrar will contact you.
The following documents are required to complete your child’s enrollment:
- Birth Certificate of Student
- Social Security of Student
- Immunization Records (4-year-old boosters are required for enrollment)
- Proof of Residency: Submit one of the following:
- fully executed lease or sales contract (all pages of main document, signed and dated by all parties
- A recent Utility Bill (Water, Gas, or Electric Bill), within 30 days of online registration submission date. Must show the Service Address or Meter Location and one of the parent/guardian’s names showing as Customer
- Parent/Guardian’s Photo ID (valid driver licenses, state ID or passport)
- School Records for 1st – 4th Grade Students: most recent report card from previous school.
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).”
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- From Specials -
May 2nd is the last day for 3rd and 4th grade students to check out library books.
All library books due May 5th
Any library book damaged or lost will be added to School Cash Online. Your prompt payment is appreciated so that we can order replacements for the damaged and/or lost books.
We will be getting ready for summer reading in May with our Scholastic BOGO, Buy One, Get One free book fair!!! May 16-19 in the library, students will have an opportunity to shop during their scheduled library time. Everything will be Buy 1, Get 1 free: books, posters, school supplies, and journals. If you would like to volunteer during book fair, please contact Kerri McWilliams at email@example.com
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4th Grade Safety Kids - 2023-2024
4th Grade Safety Kids perform a very important role in our building. They are school leaders who model the best in hallway behavior and manners. Safety Kids welcome and assist other Buckalew students to class in a timely, positive manner. They also protect the safety of all students walking down our busy morning hallways. If your current third grader is interested in serving as a Safety Kid in fourth grade, please fill out the Safety Kid link.
- Buckalew Bears PTO Information -
School Supplies 2023-2024
deadline to order is June 9th!
Teacher Appreciation Week is almost here! Buckalew joins the national observance from May 8-12.
PTO Hospitality will provide lunch on Friday, May 12.
You can honor our teachers however you want! Here are a few suggestions. You can do as much or as little as you want. All PTO activities are completely optional:
Write a TAE - A "Teachers Achieving Excellence" award is a fun, no-cost, five-minute way to tell your teachers why you appreciation them! The award is also sent to the principal, and teachers LOVE receiving them. You can send these to almost any faculty member at Buckalew--consider sending one to your children's classroom teacher and also to another educator who has made an impact on your students!
Bring FUN teacher school supplies
Write a note or draw a card for your teacher
Teachers love handmade cards from their students!
Donate a book to your classroom
New or gently used are both okay!
Bring a flower for your teacher
End of Year Gifts
We do not collect a monetary gift for Teacher Appreciation Week. I will email you in a week or so about a class "End of Year" gift, if you would like to participate. I wanted to let you know in case that helps with your planning.
Thank you for everything you do!
Again, this is completely voluntary.
Scholastic Book Fair
Our Scholastic Buy 1, Get 1 FREE* Book Fair is almost here!
Your child will be able to choose from a wonderful selection of
titles before summer vacation starts, and they’ll also get one free
book for every book they buy!
You have the option to sign up for eWallet, a convenient digital
payment account, so your child can shop cash-free. Visit our Book
Fair website to set up an eWallet:
Thank you for supporting the Buckalew Book Fair!
Please contact Mrs. West with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
*All free items must be of equal or lesser value than the ones you buy.
Titles vary by Book Fair. All items are available while supplies last.
Online purchases are not eligible for Buy One, Get One Free pricing.
Are You a Parent of a 4th Grader going to Mitchell Intermediate Next Year?
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.
Our last PTO meeting of the school year is scheduled for Friday, May 12th, 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kroger Community Rewards
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.
Please Sign Up to be a CISD Volunteer
Click the button below to complete the form. You will need your drivers license number;
- Information For Ongoing Reference -
When your child is absent, please call the school attendance line (281-465-3410) or email email@example.com 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.
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.
If you are checking out your child prior to 2:30pm, please come into the Front Office and provide your identification. We will then call your child to meet you in the Front Office. Due to safety reasons, we cannot call your child to the Front Office unless you are here.
Parents of Biker/Walkers - No Dogs!
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.
Need A New Car Rider Sign?
Active Start and Breakfast
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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. There is no rainy day dismissal.
Parents of students who have received COVID-19 positive results are asked to complete the self-report in the SSO portal:
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.
Please make sure lunches and birthday cookies are clearly labeled and brought into our school before 11:15am so that we can send them to the cafeteria on our lunch cart, for the allotted lunch times. We have limited staff available after this time.
We thank you for understanding.
To make transportation changes, please send a note in your child's backpack to the teacher OR email: email@example.com prior to 2pm with your childs full name, grade and homeroom teacher. Any changes submitted after 2pm will not be seen until the following school day.
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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.