Buckalew Buzz

Summer 2018

From the Principal...

When I take some time to step away and reflect on the 2017-18 school year, I think about the 4th day of school experiencing the solar eclipse with our our kiddos. I think about the same week, the 8th day of school, we were called to stay home on August 25th due to Hurricane Harvey until school resumed September 5th. I think about how our community jumped into volunteer-mode to help anyone and everyone. I think about Friday December 8th, and how our campus was covered in snow and seized an opportunity to enjoy it! Then on January 16, we closed yet again, for icy conditions. When I think about this crazy year, I can't help but think how lucky we are to have YOUR children and YOU as parents!

I think about the parent volunteers and how we can't thank you enough for our beautiful entrances, our beautiful landscaping, our beautiful program-sets, our amazing bookfairs, our fun-filled field day, our spirited Carnival, our gardening club, our Friday readers, and the list goes on and on! I think about our incredible fundraising goal to raise enough money to replace not 1, but 2 playgrounds and the support that poured out from everyone as we had a successful Boosterthon, Monthly Spirit Events, an awesome Buckalew Bash, Play-dates, VIP Experiences and Brick Sales. WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE PLAYGROUND FUNDRAISING GOALS HAVE BEEN MET AND OUR 2nd PLAYGROUND WILL BE INSTALLED OVER THE SUMMER!

I think about how blessed we are to have amazing families and that we get to spend over 7 hours a day during the school year with your children. I hope each and every one of you get to spend some quality family time together and have some sweet memories this summer!

Please see information in this BUZZ pertinent to a successful start for the 18-19 school year. Please refer any new families to our webpage and to register online as soon as possible.

School will begin on August 15th this year. Grades K-4 will receive an e-mail from your child’s teacher to welcome them to their classroom. Please check Parent Access to be sure your e-mail is updated. E-mails will be sent out just prior to Stop & Drop, on August 13th. If you do not receive an e-mail, you can find out your child’s teacher at Stop & Drop.

Have an amazing summer,

Mrs. Price

Important School-Wide Dates:

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


13th- information on how to receive 3/4th grade STAAR Results will be available

18th- School Supplies online order due


6th- Deadline to order Buckalew Spiritwear to arrive by Stop and Drop


3rd- Kindergarten Assessments (see link below to sign up)

13th- 4-5 pm Kindergarten Orientation

13th 5-6 pm Stop and Drop 1st-4th Grade

15th- Student First Day of School

24th- First PTO Meeting 9:30am


6th- Grade 1-4 Orientations (see schedule below)


Kinder Orientation, Stop and Drop, and Grade 1-4 Orientations

Kindergarten students and parents are invited to an Orientation on Monday, August 13th from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. The teachers will collect school supplies and gather valuable information from you at this time that will be very helpful the first day of school. They will also supply you with all the information you will need for a successful beginning of your child’s educational experience.

Stop and Drop for grades 1-4 will be held on Monday, August 13th from 5:00 to 6:00 PM. This is a very important time for everyone to bring in school supplies, meet your teacher and find your way to your new classroom. The teachers will gather valuable information from you at that time that will be very helpful the first day of school. It also helps children become more comfortable that first day. This is a come and go event.

Grade 1-4 Orientations will be held in two sessions on Thursday, September 6th. We will continue to offer the daytime orientations.

The Orientation schedule is as follows:

4th Grade 8:30- 9:00 AM or 7:00- 7:30 PM

3rd Grade 9:30-10:00 AM or 6:30-7:00PM

2nd Grade 10:30- 11:00 AM or 6:00-6:30 PM

1st Grade 1:45-2:15 PM or 5:30- 6:00PM

We will send a reminder email in early August for the Stop & Drop and Orientations.

Buckalew SPIRITWEAR 2018-2019

Buckalew tees are a great way to show your school spirit and support your school! Here is all the information you need to order yours for the upcoming school year!

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Step One: Visit our website at Buckalewspiritstore.com and click on the spirit wear icon. Here you will be able to select the tees or package that best fits your needs.

Step Two: Once tees are selected make sure to add your child’s name and grade for 2018-2019 school year.

Step Three: Enjoy your summer and we will have your tees at Stop ‘N Drop in August for pickup.

It is the 20th anniversary of Buckalew Elementary School! We are throwing it back a few years and put together some fun designs for our bear family! The above designs will be offered for the 2018-2019 school year. We will have the ever popular 3-pack shirt package for $40 where you will get your choice of a long or short sleeve Buckalew tee, a funky tie-dye “Work Hard Wednesday” tee, and the active tee! Remember, your active tee is also your field day tee! Log onto the above website to view the graphics and sizing. We also have a-la-carte tees! Spirit tees are for the whole family! Let’s make the 20th anniversary of Buckalew Elementary the best one yet!

Thank you for supporting the PTO! Remember, you must order online! The deadline to order online to have at Stop ‘N Drop is July 6, 2018. The next order will not go in until September! Don’t delay ~ order away!

Bears, we are moving to all online orders! Make sure to log onto the web and get your spirit wear! Thank you “bearry” much!

Kindergarten Information

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!

Kindergarten teachers would love the opportunity to meet your child and complete some of the beginning of the year assessments prior to the first day of school. This will allow for more instructional time in August. If you are unable to attend we look forward to seeing you in Kindergarten.

To sign up for the assessment on Thursday, August 3rd please sign up with the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E48AAAF2EAAFC1-buckalew

Students and parents are invited to an Orientation on Monday, August 13th from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Kindergarten parents and students are invited to attend. The teachers will collect school supplies and gather valuable information from you at this time that will be very helpful the first day of school. They will also supply you with all the information you will need for a successful beginning of your child’s educational experience. Kindergarten students will meet in the library with our Specials team during which time parents will attend a short orientation in the classroom. Students will join their parents after the meeting to meet their teacher and visit their new classroom.

2018-2019 School Supplies

You may order your school supplies for the 2018-2019 school year now through June 18th. Please go to https://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks/ and enter school ID, BUC015. Online ordering only. Buckalew branded binder and pencil bag are included in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade packs. School supplies will be distributed to your child’s homeroom teacher before Stop and Drop. For questions, please contact Dana Basconi at danabasconi@yahoo.com.

Calling All Bears!!

We are excited to start our new program for the 2018 - 19 school year called Big Bear/Little Bear. This program is for new families entering Buckalew to be placed with a veteran Buckalew family. We need experienced Big Bears to help their new Little Bear families learn more about Buckalew. You can help Little Bears along the year get familiar with school events, grade level activities, and teacher/staff communication. If you are interested, please contact Heather Lozinak at havillano@yahoo.com or 402-661-0547.

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: May 21

Kinder: Shiloh Rozell

1st Grade: Declan Driscoll

2nd Grade: Leo Tattoli

3rd Grade: Robert Sanhouse

4th Grade: Cole Tischler

For the week of: May 28

Kinder: Ella Spurgeon

1st Grade: Jake Gutierrez

2nd Grade: Charles David

3rd Grade: Austen Larkin

4th Grade: Matthew Poznecki

Leave A Legacy Commemorating Buckalew's 20th Anniversary!

Buckalew Elementary Celebrates 20 Years of Excellence!

Leave a legacy commemorating Buckalew's 20th anniversary! Adopt a customized brick in Buckalew's schoolyard, and show your Buckalew Bear spirit! Your legacy brick will bring smiles to children for many years by funding new playground equipment and essential enrichment programs. The permanent installment will be outside the biker/walker door, replacing gravel with a safer and cleaner school path. Visit your brick anytime for years to come! Whether you have a current Buckalew Bear or a Buckalew graduate, this would make a perfect gift. You will always be a part of our Buckalew family!

We have extended the Brick Deadline to September 7th to allow for any last purchases and new Buckalew Bears to leave their legacy! All proceeds prior to May 23 will go directly to playgrounds. Any proceeds after May 23rd will go toward the 18-19 PTO operating budget.


Go online to:


See attached 2 flyers for more

Kindness Rocks!!!!

Buckalew Bears have been hard at work painting rocks this year to decorate the front of our campus! It has been a great collaborative effort between the Garden Club mothers, the Art Department, and every student on campus!!

Check out the school of rock fish to the front garden! Each rock fish is unique, just like us and many have words of wisdom to share with future generations on the bottom. I am so excited to see the efforts of your hard work pay off in our first school wide art collaboration!! Thank you Mrs. Tatolli and family, and Mrs. Hargett and family for all of your hard work to make this collaboration happen.

STAAR Scores (for 3rd and 4th Grade Only)

Students’ scores for the 2018 STAAR 3-8 administrations will be available for parents to view via Parent Access again this year. Directions are attached below in both English.

Parents will be able to download a pdf of the Student Report Cards through the Student Portal as well as view additional details regarding their student's performance in each subject area.

Test Date

Scores arrive

Parents and students are notified BY this date

Scores in eduphoria

(approximate date)


May 11th

May 25th

May 14th

May STAAR grades 3-8

June 13th

June 27th

June 14th

2017-2018 Ambassador Awards

Dr. Stockton and School Board President Melanie Bush presented our 2017-18 Ambassador Awards in April. Congratulations to:

Student – Lola Miller

Lola is a student who captures our motto of Buckalew: “today I choose to be kind, work hard, and do my best!” She is a student with many friends, a very high academic achiever, and is very successful in everything she sets her mind to.

Paraprofessional – Susan Davis

Mrs. Davis is a certified teacher who chooses to work in a paraprofessional position because she loves the “Response to Intervention” position. She works with Buckalew’s students who struggle most and fills gaps so students, parents, and teachers see the huge success! Susan has a positive attitude and advocates for all learners and collaborates with every teacher in the best interest of each and every student!

Educator – Robin Snyder

Mrs. Snyder is a 1st grade teacher who will admit she doesn’t like stepping out of her comfort zone. She is the first one to say this about herself yet is able to reflect, process, and make changes in the best interest of ALL students and our campus. She has been a leader on our Foundations team and a sounding board for those around her. She is always willing to step up to the plate, go above and beyond, and assist where needed.

Buckalew Recognized an Honor Roll School By the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) for 2017-18

After an extensive analysis of student data for every public school in Texas, BUCKALEW was a clear leader in getting students to grade level and beyond and has been named an Honor Roll school for the 2017-2018 Texas Honor Roll. Buckalew will receive recognition in the press as a leader in student achievement, will be provided with a banner to display on campus, and will be featured on our website where educators and policy makers seek out high performing schools so that they can replicate success.

The 2017-2018 Honor Roll recognizes public elementary, middle, and high schools that demonstrate high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps. For high schools, Honor Roll recognition includes measures of college readiness in students. This year, the Texas Honor Roll recognized 729 higher performing schools that are distinguished for their academic achievement and closing achievement gaps.

Through national research, we have identified a common set of success factors in higher performing Honor Roll schools and districts. These include clear, specific learning objectives aligned to college and career readiness, along with evidence-based instructional practices; establishing system-wide mission of college and career readiness for all students; investing in human capital; maintaining data and assessment systems to monitor school and student performance; and deploying resources and guidance to support schools' efforts to prepare all students for college and career.

Keep creating this summer and make sure to snap lots of photos!! From Mrs. Doak

Summer Art Challenges:

What will you create? When you return to school in the Fall, bring in photographs of things that you have created over the summer and I will post them on our art bulletin boards. It can be anything (drawings, paintings, sand sculptures, nature art, chalk art, etc…). Be creative! Bring photos in during the first week of school and I will post them on our art bulletin boards!

Fun with Perspective.

Take interesting photos using tricky perspective for our photography challenge bulletin board.

Where will you explore?

As you are out and about this summer, snap pictures of you with art. It can be from museums, in restaurants, or even local statues around the Woodlands. Bring photos with you to art class in the first weeks of school.

Have a great summer and have fun creating and exploring! I look forward to seeing what you bring in!!

-Mrs. Doak

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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.


If you need to purchase your student yearbook please contact Jenna Simpson at ysimpson@att.net. Yearbooks were delivered May 22nd. We have a very limited stock of our surplus copies, please act promptly to secure yours!

Yearbook Committee


Jenna Simpson

Cell: 281-513-8838

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

Lost and Found has been collected and will be stored for the next couple of weeks. If you are looking for a specific item that your child has lost, please contact Kalyn McQuain at kalyn@mcquainagency.com. Any unclaimed items will be donated after June 15th.

Amazon Smile~ You shop. Amazon gives.

Select Buckalew Elementary School as your charity!

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How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

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.


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

Log Into "Parent Access" by clicking:


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

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

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!

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.


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.

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.


Have a GREAT Summer!

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.