March 30, 2022

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TOL - Temporary Online Learning Ending

HISD is ending Temporary Online Learning on Friday, April 1. Any student that needs to be absent due to a communicable disease, COVID, or other illness will be marked as absent since online learning will be over. Parents will need to send in a note upon return to school for the absences to be marked as excused. Upon the student's return to school, the teacher can share any missed work that can be made up.

Family Picnic - April 14 - Save the Date

We’re excited to invite families to a family picnic on the Bush Elementary grounds on Thursday, April 14. On Monday, April 11 , every student will receive 2 colored wristbands for 2 family members to join him/her at the family picnic. If you have 2 children attending Bush, then you’ll receive 4 wristbands. Every person (including babies/toddlers) entering the grounds must have a colored wristband to enter on the wrist or on a stroller/seat carrier. Along with the wristbands, a map on the back will show the entrance locations for each grade level.

For the safety and knowledge of who is on campus, only people with the colored wristband will be allowed to enter the family picnic. All the neighboring restaurants will be busy and parking will be difficult, so please plan ahead. Parents should bring a towel/blanket/chair to sit on and your lunch. Lunches will not be available for parents to purchase.

If you have children in multiple grades and you would like to eat as a family, plan to have lunch with your younger child’s class and notify the older child’s teacher to send the student to the younger child’s picnic location at the picnic time.

Family Picnic Lunch Times:

PK, K, Busse, & Greco – 11:15 – 12:15

Gr. 1 – 5 – 11:25 – 12:25

The family picnic will be cancelled if it is raining or rain is imminent on the day of the picnic. An email message will be sent out the morning of April 14 if the picnic is cancelled due to weather.

6th Grade Roundup Parent Meeting

2022-2023 Course Selection Roundup

Thursday, March 31

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

West Briar Middle School

13733 Brimhurst Dr.

Houston, TX 77077

For more information visit

2022-2023 Registration Dates

Please follow the registration directions shown below and not the online version shown by HISD on the website.

Intent to Re-Enroll – Currently Enrolled Students

April 4 – 14

Information will be sent home with zoned students on Monday, April 4 and completed information is due back by April 14.

Kindergarten Siblings of Currently Enrolled Students

Registration Dates: April 20 – 26

7:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

In-person at Bush Elementary

Parents of currently enrolled students who have an incoming kindergarten student for 22-23, to register your kindergartener, please bring: parent's government issued photo identification, proof of residency, birth certificate, and immunizations to the office to complete the registration packet for their incoming kindergarten student.


New Zoned Kindergarten Students (No Sibling at Bush)

Registration Dates: May 3, 4, 5, or 6 (Only 30 applicants per day can be processed)

In-person at Bush Elementary

Please bring the items on the attached check list.

8:30 – 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

No need to arrive early as we have 4 days to register during the registration times shown.

2022-2023 Registration Checklist

New Zoned Kindergarten Students - Additional Dates

May 24, 25, or 26 (Only 30 applicants per day can be processed)

In-person at Bush Elementary

Please bring the items on the attached check list.

8:30 – 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

No need to arrive early as we have 3 days to register during the registration times shown.

New Zoned Gr. 1 – 5 Students

Registration Dates: June 8, 9, or 10 (Only 30 applicants per day can be processed)

In-person at Bush Elementary

Please bring the items on the attached check list.

Must have report card showing successful completion of the 2021 – 2022 school year.

8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.

No need to arrive early as we have 3 days to register during the registration times shown.

More dates will be published at a later time.

A Note from Ms. Miles

I am looking for doctor wear of many sizes (coats or scrubs), doctors tools ( stethoscopes, tongue depressors, reflex hammer, etc), and an old style video camera (does not need to be working) to be used for our upcoming productions.

They can be borrowed and returned after the production, or donated to my classroom for future use. If borrowed, it needs to be labeled with student name and class so that it can be returned in a timely manner.

I would like these items by April 8th.

Social and Emotional Learning with Ms. Jones

Why is positive thinking so important to teach our children?

Children get better at understanding positive thinking as they get older. When it is nurtured, positive thinking is a powerful coping tool and helps build resilience in a child. Parents can encourage positive thinking by modelling it in their own lives. Always acknowledge a negative situation or feeling. See this week's printable to help students direct their negative thoughts and "outsmart" them with positivity.

This week's printable:

Ways To Outsmart Unhelpful Thoughts

By Big Life Journal

Bush Elementary Blood Drive

Our namesake, Ms. Barbara Bush, was an advocate for blood donations. She personally answered the call when blood donations were requested. In an effort to honor her legacy, Bush Elementary is hosting a blood drive!

You Never Know Whose Life You Might Save

So don’t miss your chance to donate blood!

Donors are Needed

Thank you in advance.

Sign Up Here

Tuesday, April 12

8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Multipurpose Room


Questions? Contact:

Zonia Flores (281) 368-2150

Sponsor Code: B080


Free COVID PCR Testing Every Thursday

Bush Elementary will have COVID testing available every Thursday for students, faculty, and staff. Parents must pre-register their child by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday in order to be tested on campus. This testing is completely voluntary and free and requires the student's parent/guardian to first provide a one-time digital consent at .

Once a parent has registered their child, then the child will be tested each time Fulgent comes to campus to provide COVID testing. If you no longer want your child to be tested, you may opt out by emailing your child's teacher to let them know.

Nurse Guider's Corner

COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children ages 5-11. If you choose to vaccinate your child, please email a copy of the vaccination record card to or send documentation to Nurse Guider so she can update your child's immunization record.

Double Vaccinated?

Please make sure Nurse Guider has a copy of your child's proof of 2 doses of an approved COVID vaccination if you choose to vaccinate your child.

If your child does test COVID positive, then he/she must quarantine for at least 5 days regardless of vaccination status. If your child is COVID positive and showing symptoms, then he/she must stay home at least 5 days and until symptom free.

Handbook Highlights

Throughout the school year, this section of the newsletter will highlight key points from the Bush Parent Handbook. School begins at 7:30 a.m. Students arriving after 7:40 a.m. are tardy. Students arriving after 9:00 a.m., without a doctor's excuse, are marked absent.

Dress Code Reminders

Here are some quick reminders about our Bush Elementary dress code. Shirts must be solid colored red, white, or navy. The only t-shirts allowed are Bush Elementary t-shirts. Dress code pants are navy, khaki, or blue jeans. The pants must not have any holes, rips, tears, or designs on them, just simple plain blue jeans, navy pants, or khaki pants. Exercise pants, sweatpants, and yoga pants are NOT part of the Bush dress code. Leggings can not be worn as pants, only under skirts or jumpers. Please click on the link below for the complete dress code guidelines.

2021-2022 Dress Code Guidelines

Morning Arrival Reminders

Morning supervision of students starts at 7:20 a.m. At that time students are brought into the building and are seated in grade level lines. Morning bus lane drop off is reserved for our 5th Grade Safety Patrols and our students in our self-contained special education classes. These families have a special printed pass to enter the bus lane for morning drop off. All other students arriving by car must be dropped off in the carpool lane. The first bell rings at 7:30 a.m. and the students are tardy at 7:40 a.m. when the morning announcements begin.

We have started a new year so let's start the year by following our morning arrival procedures and being on time for school every day.

Dismissal Reminders

Please plan to pick up your carpool and walker students before 3:15. Our students are dismissed at 3:00 and our walker area has been finishing before 3:10 on most days. If you arrive after 3:15, please come to the front office to sign your child out as a late pick up.

Please abide by the No Parking signs on the streets around our school and our neighboring schools. Several parents have received parking tickets from HPD in the past because they were parking in a No Parking zone. When cars park in No Parking zones, it is difficult for our busses and vans to turn into our bus lane.

We're asking for the parents of walkers that park their cars on the other side of Westerloch across from the school to NOT u-turn by the carpool lane entrance once they've picked up their child(ren) and are heading home.

We have seen many students and some parents walking across the street not using the crosswalks. This is extremely dangerous and we ask that all walkers and bike riders use the crosswalks. Westerloch Dr. and Parkway Plaza Dr. are very busy streets during morning arrival and dismissal. If you cross between parked cars, ongoing traffic cannot see you.

We are so happy to see so many of our students riding their bikes to school. Please remember that all students are required to wear a bicycle helmet when riding their bikes to and from school. We want to keep all of our Bobcats safe. Also, please send your bike riders with a bike lock to secure their bikes to the bike rack.

Absence Notification

If your child is absent from school, please make sure you send in a note explaining the absence date(s) and reason for the absence upon return to school. We will need this note even if you're at home quarantining or a Positive COVID-19 case. Please email your absence excuse note to the homeroom teacher and our registrar, Ms. Rosales at

If a note is not received within 3 days, then the absence is recorded as unexcused.

Pets at Bush

Safety continues to be our top priority, and while we love our furry visitors, we ask that you keep them at home during arrival and dismissal. We have several students, faculty and staff members who are allergic to dogs and cats and students who are very afraid of dogs. Please keep them at home.

Early Pick Ups

Please do not plan to pick up your child after 2:30 p.m. from the office. To ensure a safe dismissal, students will not be called to the office to be picked up after 2:30 p.m. Thank you for helping to make dismissal safe for all our students.

Spectacular Science!

The Spectacular Science Words for the week of March 28 is fossils.

Bobcat Birthdays!

Ms. Rose would like to wish a very special birthday to:

Noble H. who turned 7 yrs. old on March 27, and is a kindergartner in Ms. Baker's class.

Lydia S. who turns 11 yrs. old on April 2, and is a fifth grader in Ms. Butera's class.

Miles K. who turns 8 yrs. old on April 2, and is a second grader in Ms. Carlin's class.

Happy Birthday and Welcome to the Bush Birthday Book Club

Birthday Book Club

Help your child celebrate their birthday and support the library and other programs that enhance the educational experience of Bush students by joining the Birthday Book Club.

Your child will be given a personal "Happy Birthday" greeting during the morning announcements and Paw Prints shout out from Ms. Rose! The donation will be recognized with a nameplate in a new book from the library. A group photo of all the other BBC members with the same birth month will also be displayed in the library display case.

It only costs $20 for a Birthday Book Club Membership (Add Electronic Marquee display for $10 more). Please visit for more details or to make your purchase.

Enrollment Schedule:

February – July Birthdays: Enroll through January

Resources and Community News

Children's Business Fair

Observe the opportunity for children to launch their very own startup business! Join us at Memorial City Mall on April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to see these young entrepreneurs in action!

Kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at our one-day marketplace.

All entries will be automatically entered in the business competition, and booths will be judged by fellow entrepreneurs on a variety of criteria, including most original business idea, highest business potential, and best presentation/creativity. Cash prizes of $50 per category and age group 6-7, 8-10, 11-12, and 13-14 (to be split among the business owners) will be presented at the conclusion of the fair.

This event is sponsored by Acton Academy, the Acton School of Business, Next Great Adventure, Lerner Realty Solutions (The LRS Team), RLD Bookkeeping & Tax Solutions, Amy Polak with Entre Results, and the generous support of our donors and volunteers. A special shout out to Lemonade Day Houston for their support too! We all believe that principled entrepreneurs are heroes and role models for the next generation.

Whether an entrepreneur is famous like Elon Musk, or Oprah Winfrey, or they are one of the thousands of unsung business owners across this country, these are the people who make sacrifices to innovate, create jobs and serve their communities.

***All program applications accepted and reviewed by April 22, 2022 will need to be accompanied by a $50 program entry fee per business. No refunds; no exceptions. A table and 1-2 chairs will be provided for each business. Weekly business coach Zoom calls and a session with Memorial City Mall's Visual Merchandising Expert will be available for program participants as well.***

PTO Nominations

We are already looking ahead to next school year, and currently it is looking like we will have a lot more “normal” looking events for the students and families! Some of the events we are looking forward to planning are:

  • Welcome Back with PTO

  • Movie Night and Silent Auction

  • Festivals

  • BINGO Bash

  • Field Day/Family Picnic

  • Bush Buddies Breakfast

  • Staff hospitality events

  • And MORE!

We are really in need of volunteers to help coordinate these events. Without volunteers, these events may not happen! If you enjoy these activities and are looking forward to them as much as us, then please volunteer with the PTO.

Fill out this interest form if you’d like to help with these events, and we will be in touch. We have many leadership positions as well as supporting roles which require less time commitment. Duties and tasks can be completed when it fits into YOUR schedule. Depending on the role, some tasks can be completed on your own time at home. If you are not sure what you would be interested in helping with, but you know you want to be involved we still encourage you to fill out this form.

Email our PTO President at with any questions.

School Store

School store on the go has returned! Bring your money to lunches to check out our goodies! Keep an eye out here or on facebook for updates on the School Store on the Go schedule. Our online school store is also open and items will be delivered to the classrooms on Fridays. Visit the store at

We are now on Instagram! Follow us for the latest updates @bbepto. And Don’t forget to sign up for our Weekly E-Blast! For any questions related to PTO please contact Val Shaikh,

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Continued Focus on Safety 2022

Updated policies on field trips, COVID-19 Quarantine and more updated for 2022.