December 14, 2022
Some thoughts for the starting school year
December 14, 2022
December Events - Parents Welcome
There are so many exciting activities happening at Bush Elementary over the next week that parents, grandparents, and family members are invited to attend. All adults must show a government issued photo identification to enter the building.
Parents are welcome to attend the following events:
- Thursday, December 15 at 8:30 a.m. – Fourth Grade Knowledge Fest
- Friday, December 16 at 8:00 a.m. – Spelling Bee – the winning spellers from 3rd – 5th grade will show off their spelling skills
- December 19 at 8:30 a.m. – Gr. 4 & 5 Choir Holiday Program
- December 20 at 8:30 a.m. – Gr. 4 & 5 Choir Holiday Program
Safety at Bush Elementary
Safety is our core value. Students must be safe before they can learn. We have many events over the next few days that parents are invited to attend. Parents must have a government issued photo identification to show at the office to enter the building. Parents, grandparents, and other family members will not be allowed into the building without a government issued photo identification.
There will be quite a few parents attending these events and to speed up the check in process, please have your government issued photo identification in your hand when you enter the building.
Please respect our safety procedures and have your government issued photo identification on hand to enter the building.
Choir Road Tour
Yesterday, our fourth and fifth grade choir walked over to Parkway Place to share their holiday program with the residents. The students sang beautifully and the residents enjoyed the program. Thank you to Ms. Silva for working with our choir to produce an outstanding program. All students will see this program next week and parents are invited to attend the program. Parents must have government issued photo identification to enter the building.
Student Council - Holidays Around the World
Join in the fun for Student Council’s Holidays Around the World Spirit Week as we dress up each day between today, Wednesday, December 14th and Wednesday, December 21st!
December 14th - Kwanzaa Day - dress in red, green, and black
December 15th - Diwali Day - dress in red, yellow, magenta, and blue
December 16th - Las Posadas Day - dress in flowers/colorful attire
December 19th - Hanukkah Day - dress in blue and white
December 20th - Snow Day - dress in white or Holiday hats/socks
December 21sth - Ugly Holiday Sweater Day - dress in an ugly Holiday sweater or your favorite Holiday shirt
Wednesday, December 21 – Last Day Before Winter Break
School is in session through Wednesday, December 21 at 3:00 p.m. at Bush Elementary. Please make sure you’re sending your healthy child(ren) to school each day. School will resume on Monday, January 9 at 7:30 a.m.
PERFECT ATTENDANCE PARTY
We are planning a big party to celebrate every student who has perfect attendance for the fourth six-week marking period! Students will be invited to this party if they are at school every day between Monday, January 9th through Friday, February 24th. Let’s see how many Bush Bobcats we will have at our party! It is so important to be at school each and every day and we want to recognize our students who come to school every day and have perfect attendance.
PK Lottery for the 2023 - 2024 School Year
HISD runs all pre-kindergarten lotteries through their School Choice site on the HISD portal at https://www.houstonisd.org/Page/177890
Parents are able to submit applications online for their child to attend PK at Bush Elementary starting today through February 2, 2023. Parents will be notified if their child received a place in the lottery on April 5, 2023. Then, if the space is accepted, the student needs to be tested and paperwork checked to ensure the student qualifies for pre-kindergarten. Applications are only completed online and the Bush front office does not have any part in the PK lottery application process.
The pre-kindergarten program at Bush Elementary consists of one class of 22 students. Students must qualify for the program via a variety of means such as Limited English and Economically Disadvantaged. Students must also be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2023.
Lottery priority is given to siblings of students currently enrolled at Bush Elementary. Next, the students living in our school zone will be included in the lottery. Due to the limited space in our pre-kindergarten program, we are unable to have any students out of our school zone apply. Those applications will be removed from the Bush Elementary PK lottery.
Gifted and Talented Application Information
We will be conducting GT testing for first through fifth graders beginning January 10th. If you would like to have your child tested, please print out and complete the application below and turn it into Jessica Ayala in the front office by Monday, January 9. You may also ask your child’s teacher for a paper copy of the application.
The GT testing window this year runs from January 10th – February 11th. Students will be taking an abilities test and academic tests over several days. All testing will be on paper this year and will be administered during the school day. Results of this testing will be sent home sometime in late spring. If your child qualifies for the GT program, they will be placed in a GT homeroom for next school year.
All kindergarteners were tested for GT in November.
GT Parent Meeting
Has Your Child Lost a Jacket or Sweater?
We have many jackets and sweaters in our Lost and Found. If your child has misplaced a jacket or sweater, please have them come to check in the lost and found before next Wednesday. All unclaimed jackets will be donated to charity over the winter holiday. We do have some good news. Thanks to our wonderful PTO volunteers, all labeled jackets were returned to the children's classrooms today. Please make sure you label all jackets and sweaters with your child's first and last name so it can be returned to their classroom if it is lost.
Winter Break is from December 22 - January 6. We look forward to seeing all Bush Bobcats back on January 9, 2023 at 7:30 a.m.
SEL with Ms. Jones
Social Awareness is a person's ability to consider the perspectives of others, individuals, groups, and communities.
It is important for students to recognize that our differences help us to fit together in our community and help us share information, learn, and collaborate with others despite our differences.
The holidays are a great time to recognize cultural differences in how we celebrate all around the world.
Here are some things that you can do at home:
- Have the child research a variety of winter holidays and ask them to reflect on how the traditions are similar or different to their own.
- Buone Feste! This is how you say "Happy Holidays" in Italian. Teach child how to say season's greetings in other languages to learn diversity and spread good tiding to others.
- Find artifacts around the house that symbolize how their family celebrates the holidays, and they can bring to class to share about their family traditions.
When students learn about different cultures, traditions, and beliefs, they learn to appreciate diversity, have respect for others, and be more socially engaged and aware.
A note from Ms. Quevedo
- Apple Juice
- Pasta Sauce
- Mac and Cheese
WrapAround is extremely thankful for your generosity!
There are several Fine Arts performances scheduled in the coming weeks– make your plans to attend and support our former Bobcat students!
The remaining Winter Performance schedule is as follows:
December 14th at 6:30pm - Dance Winter Show in the Gymnasium
December 14th at 6:30pm - WBMS Advanced Choir at Westside High School
December 17th at 6pm - Theater Winter Show (Miracle on 34th Street)
December 18th at 2pm - Theater Winter Show (Miracle on 34th Street)
December 19th at 6pm - Band Winter Concert at Westside High School
December 20th at 6pm - High School Orchestra Winter Concert
HELPING CHILDREN LEARN - December 2022
💡 SPECTACULAR SCIENCE 💡
The Spectacular Science Word for the week of December 12 is translucent.
🐾 Bobcat Birthday's 🐾
Ms. Rose would like to wish a very special birthday to:
Sophie T. who turns 10 years old on December 13 and is a fourth grader in Ms. Garza's class.
Ava B. who turns 7 years old on December 15 and is a first grader in Ms. Brown's class.
Happy Birthday and Welcome to the Bush Birthday Book Club!
The online store will close for Winter Break tomorrow, December 15th. All items purchased online by 12/15 will be delivered to classrooms before 12/21.
The School Store is open each Wednesday morning from 7:30-8:30 a.m. 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.
The School Store will NOT be open on Wednesday, December 21st for in-person shopping.
Anyone entering the building will need to present a photo ID at the main office.
Please contact email@example.com with any questions about the School Store.
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!
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)