Bulldog News February 2021

Budewig Intermediate School

Happy February!

We blinked and January was over! Thank you for your continued support in transitioning back to school from the holidays and adjusting to another new schedule. Our school staff is very thankful for your patience during this time and for continuing to encourage your child to do his/her best.
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Student Health Protocols

Screen your child before school each day for the following symptoms:


  • Temperature of 100 degrees or higher
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle pain/fatigue
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea


Do not send your child to a district facility if he/she has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days, exposed to COVID-19, or exhibits symptoms. Please call the school. This will ensure everyone in our AISD community stays safe. Your child can still be counted present by logging into Alief Learns at Home and participating virtually.


Exposure includes:


  • Living with someone who is confirmed positive for COVID-19
  • In contact with an individual that is confirmed positive for COVID-19
  • Currently waiting on COVID-19 test results


COVID-19 self reports are submitted by staff, in-person students, and Alief Learns at Home students. All COVID-19 positive self-reports are communicated in a general notification to staff and families. Any staff or students determined to have been directly exposed will receive an additional notification from the District and/or the school's administration.


All AISD facilities continue to operate within COVID-19 response guidelines aligned with the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The district will thoroughly clean, disinfect, and inspect all potentially exposed areas and equipment as well as common areas around the building.

Front Office Reminders

Visitor Information:

Safety is our priority! Prior to entering the school, the Alief ISD Health Screener must be completed and a mask must be worn appropriately covering the mouth and nose. You may complete the screener by clicking on the link below or scanning the QR code located on the front doors. **Once you have completed the health screener please call 281-988-3200.


We are monitoring the number of visitors in the office, please note you may be asked to wait in the front (outside of the front office) until room is available. In addition, please do not enter the school if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or exhibit symptoms. Please call the school.


Item Drop Offs:

This is a reminder that items are NOT allowed to be dropped off during the day. This includes lunches, water bottles, homework, jackets, birthday treats, etc. Students should bring their lunch with them or a lunch will be provided by the cafeteria. It would be a good idea to encourage your students to help you by making sure they have everything they need in the morning the night before.

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School-Parent Compact

The school-parent compact is a written agreement between teachers and parents and provides an opportunity to create new partnerships in your school community. It is a document that explains what families and schools can do to help children reach high academic standards of excellence. At Budewig, we believe high student academic achievement is a result of shared responsibility among the staff, parents, and students.

Public Hearing

Budewig Intermediate School is a Title 1 school. The school receives supplemental funding from the federal government based on the enrollment of students in the free and/or reduced lunch program. The federal funding ensures that all students have an equal opportunity of receiving a high-quality education as measured by the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR). The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), is a law that allows Title 1 funding and requires schools receiving these funds to develop a Parental Involvement Policy (PIP). This policy outlines how the school staff and parents can collaborate to improve student achievement. In compliance with section 1118 of the ESEA, the parents of Budewig students, staff, business partners, and other community stakeholders, developed this PIP for the school year 2020-2021.

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School Closures

  • School will be closed February 10-12 (Student/Staff Holiday). School will resume on Monday, February 15.
  • School will be closed February 22 (Staff Planning). School will resume on Tuesday, February 22.
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ID’s/Bus Tags

I.D. badges are part of the school’s mode of dress and are to be worn at all times. Badges are the property of the school and must be replaced at a cost if lost or damaged. Replacement cost per I.D. or Bus Tag is $5.00. There are school consequences for failure to wear the I.D. badge. All badges must be worn on a clip. Students may wear their I.D. on a chain once they’ve earned the Honor Roll Award or the Budewig Lanyard. All payments must be made through my school buck site.


StudentID:

https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZJHHST9HI0TAJN_ZZPV6OQZ32VSGUX


Student Smart Tag/Bus Tag:

https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZJHHST9HI0TAJN_ZZPV575ZPA2SSTA

AGENDAS

Students received an agenda for the school year. The purpose of the student agenda is to teach our students responsibility and organization. In addition, your child’s behavior grade will be written in his/her agenda each day. It will also foster and reinforce daily communication between home and school. Parents will know on a daily basis if students are missing any work. Students are responsible for recording in their agenda any homework assignments or projects that need to be completed. Students will bring home the agenda daily and parents are expected to sign it each night. If a student loses his/her agenda, there is a replacement fee of $5.00. All payments must be made through my school buck site.


https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZJHHST9HI0TAJN_ZZPV2ZMNWYVSU5V

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Cell Phone Policy

Technology is a wonderful tool at this age, our students are sometimes consumed with the use of their electronic devices; cell phones in particular. As a result, there is often a significant amount of time spent by campus administrators investigating social media “bullying”, inappropriate pictures posted and cell phone usage during instructional time. Although students are allowed to bring a small electronic device (cellphone, tablet, etc.) to school, they must adhere to all campus and district policies concerning their use. We are currently revising the practice of allowing students to keep their cellphones on them at all times.


If a student uses his/her phone during school times or the phone rings (disrupting class/ instructional time), the phone will be taken by the staff and the parent will be contacted to retrieve the phone. There is a $15.00 fine payable by my school bucks: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZJHHST9HI0TAJN_ZZPV4BQM3ORS9Q9

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A Message from Budewig's ESL Department

Hello, parents! TELPAS testing is beginning for all our ESL and Bilingual students. In person students will be testing during the school day. However, remote students will need to make appointments to come in for testing during March. Please contact Budewig ESL department about making an appointment for your child to come up for testing. We'll also reach out closer to the time of online testing.


Thank you.

-Ms.Siddiqui (ESL Specialist)

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A Message from Budewig's Nurse

Due to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, your child has not received a vision, hearing, or spinal screening. Vision and hearing problems can affect a child’s wellbeing and their ability to learn. Spinal screening can detect abnormal spinal curvatures at an early stage. Early detection is important for controlling spinal deformities.


The Department of State Health Services encourages parents to take their children to a medical provider for well child exams. During these appointments you can ask for screenings. If your child is screened, we encourage you to send us the results of those screens for our records.


Signs of a possible vision problem include:


  • Squinting

  • Tilting the head

  • Sitting too close to the television

  • Constant eye rubbing

  • Abnormal alignment or movement of the eyes


Signs of a possible hearing problem include:


  • Your child wants volumes louder than other members of the family

  • Your child often says “What?”

  • It seems like your child isn’t listening

  • Your child seems to hear fine sometimes and not others


Signs your child may have an abnormal spinal curvature:


• Uneven shoulders or hips

• Ribs that are prominent or stick out in one area

• Muscles that are prominent in the lower back or bulge on one side


If you think your child has a vision or hearing problem an abnormal spinal curvature, please contact the school nurse. Discuss your concerns with them right away.

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A Message from Budewig's Counselors

Our School is Proud to Support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society this Year!


Budewig Intermediate School is proud to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS this school year through the Hero Squad community service learning program!

LLS is a global leader in the fight against cancer. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, has invested nearly $1.3 billion in the most pioneering science worldwide since 1949, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.


The LLS Hero Squad program inspires students to support a vision of a world without cancer. To learn more about LLS and their life-saving work, visit lls.org. If you know someone that can benefit from personalized disease treatment or support information, please refer them to a dedicated Information Specialist at 800.955.4572.


More information to come as we get ready for our Hero Squad Kick-Off on February 15, 2021!

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Covid Testing For Students

Alief ISD takes the health and safety of our students and their families very seriously. As such, in addition to steps to screen for the virus and prevent its spread on a campus, the district has added a voluntary K-12 COVID-19 testing program for students. Covid testing is available on campus or at Crump Stadium. Students will only be tested with a parental consent on file.


Budeiwg Covid Testing Site:


Covid testing began on our campus. If your child is symptomatic or part of a group that is designated for testing, if you consent, your child will receive a free BinaxNOW rapid test for the COVID-19 virus.


Crump Stadium Testing Site:


Crump Stadium- South Ticket Booth (located on High Star Drive)

If students develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while off campus or informed by AISD staff that they were in close contact with a COVID-positive person and are off campus at the time of the notification, they may go to Crump Stadium to be tested. Testing is available Monday through Saturday.


  • Monday -Friday 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
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In-person or Alief Learns at Home

The third nine weeks grading cycle begun on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Per TEA guidelines, families are allowed to formally change their child’s mode of instruction (virtual or in-person) before the start of a new grading period. If an emergency situation occurs after the election deadline, please contact your student's administrator.


Note: Deadline to change instruction election for the 4th marking period is March 18, 2021. Parents will receive notification prior to the end of the 3rd nine weeks.

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Health and Wellness

Why eating healthy is important?


Eating well is fundamental to good health and well-being. Healthy eating helps us to maintain a healthy weight and reduces our risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and some cancers.


Why eat whole foods?


Whole Foods: Whole foods are as nature made them, without added fat, sugar, or sodium. Eating more whole foods will help you cut down on calories from the added fats and sugars we get from processed and fast foods. Easy ways to incorporate more whole foods into your families' diet!


  • Choose products with 100% whole grains whenever possible.
  • Replace half the white flour called for in your baking recipes with whole-wheat flour. Also, use half the amount of sweetener when you can.
  • Eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. Try to include them in almost every meal and snack.
  • Include beans in your meals and snacks more often. They are a great source of plant protein, fiber, phytochemicals, and other nutrients.
  • Eat fewer convenience and processed foods. They're often loaded with added fat, sugar, salt, and additives.
  • Don't forget your beverages. Go for non-sugary options such as water, mineral water, green tea (iced or hot), fresh fruit juice, and skim or soy milk.
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A Message from Budewig's Library

Joining our Breakfast Bunch morning activity to get your mind and heart ready for a creative day! Each homeroom class is welcome to join us daily from 8:05 am – 8:20 am for a time of inspiration. Bring paper/journal, crayons/markers, and pencils.


Curbside library services is available for virtual and in-person. Four easy steps!


Step 1: Click Destiny Discover App in Alief HUB

Step 2: Look for a book you want

Step 3: Click HOLD

Step 4: Guardians agrees to pay for any lost book on your library account


Virtual only: Schedule a time to pick up the book


Check out the flyer!

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Parent Teacher Conferences

If you have not met your child's teachers or have questions, please contact your child's teachers to schedule a virtual conference.
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Technology Resources for Families

1. HOME ACCESS CENTER


Home Access lets families view students’ school information including attendance, discipline, and report cards. Visit the Alief ISD Home Access Center to get started. Families must have an email address to create an account.


2. SCHOOLOGY


Schoology lets families communicate with teachers and view students' coursework. You must have an account in Home Access Center FIRST for the district to create a Schoology account for you. Your Schoology account will be available 24 hours after registering in Home Access Center. Visit the Parent Schoology App to access family Schoology accounts.


Schoology Help Desk

Phone Support: Call (888) 239-7067

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Smart Tags

SMART Tag monitors student loading and unloading, providing real-time information to the Transportation Department, and you, the parent. Students are required to wear the Smart Tag ID Badges. Repeated loss or non-usage of the SMART Tag ID card may include disciplinary actions up to and including loss of bus riding privileges. If students are in need of a replacement SMART tag ID badge, parents should contact the school. A replacement SMART Tag ID badge will cost $5.

SMART Tag Parent Portal


  • SMART Alerts - Sign up for SMART Alerts and receive emails or text messages when your child is approximately 10 - 15 minutes from their stop.
  • SMART Locate - allows parents to view a map showing the bus as their child is being transported.
  • Go to Parent Portal and register to take advantage of the SMART tag parent features.


Have Questions? Contact Alief ISD Transportation Services at (281) 983-8400.

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Free and Reduced Meal Applications

Through an extended waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Alief ISD is providing free meals to students. Students can receive breakfast and lunch at no cost pending available funds through USDA and TDA.


Once the waiver expires, the District will switch back to the School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Free and reduced meal applications must still be submitted for the 2020-2021 school year to determine benefits after the waiver ends. Visit https://www.schoolcafe.com/ALIEFISD to apply online.

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Have your address changed?

To update your address, please submit the following documents to Budewig's Register:


1. Proof of Identification

2. Updated Proof of Address


Please email a copy of the current lease and/or utility bill to pehurtad@ga.aliefisd.net. In the email, please attach the scanned documents and in the body of the email, please list the child's full name, the child's date of birth, student ID#, list your former address, and your new address.


Please note: As students receive their bus tags, their buses are assigned based upon the current address in our system. They will not be able to change their assigned bus if their addresses are not updated.

2020-2021 Dress Code

Budewig Uniform Policy: Due to many families suffering an economic hardship the last thing I or anyone from Budewig wants is to put any further stress on our families’ pocketbooks. For the 2020-2021 school year we will not require our students to wear a school uniform. They must however still follow all district policies in regards to appropriate attire, hair, shoes, and accessories. Uniform policy can be found on page 22 in Alief Student Handbook.


STANDARDS FOR DRESS and GROOMING


Alief ISD takes pride in the appearance of our students. The district’s dress code is established to promote grooming and hygiene, to prevent disruption, and to minimize safety hazards. All students shall wear clothing that is neat, modest, and complies with the Alief ISD standards for dress and grooming as these are contributing factors to a positive learning environment.


Students who violate the school’s dress code will be afforded an opportunity to correct the problem at school. Repeated offenses of dress code violations may result in disciplinary actions or consequences in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.


In order to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff when attending in-person instruction, students are required to wear a mask. Masks must comply with Alief ISD Standards for Dress and Grooming. Masks must be worn in both Alief ISD buildings and vehicles. Students who fail to comply will be returned to Alief Learns at Home.


• Clothing for school must be appropriate for school activities.

• Appropriate underclothing must be worn at all times. Exposure of undergarments is unacceptable.

• See-through tops, plunging necklines, tops exposing the midriff, tank tops, and halter tops are not to be worn.

• Too loose clothing or attire too tight for walking, sitting, bending or reaching is unacceptable to wear to school.

• Oversized clothing, sagging pants, and exposure of undergarments are not permitted.

• Form-fitting shorts or pants of Lycra or spandex and biker shorts or pants are not permitted. (no leggings/jeggings or athletic wear - Per Budewig)

• Slashed or ripped clothing must not expose inappropriate anatomy.

• Clothing, hairstyles, cosmetic modifications or other items with designs or words referring to alcoholic beverages, drugs, tobacco, violence, death, gangs, Satanism, racism, profanity, nudity, or obscenity must not be worn or displayed on campus or at school-related activities.

• Hats, caps, and hoods must not be worn in buildings.

• Bandanas are prohibited.

• Hemlines of shorts, skirts, and dresses must not be distracting to the instructional environment.

• Shoes must be worn and shall not present a health problem or hazard for the student or others. House shoes/slippers are not allowed.

• Hair should be clean, well groomed, out of the eyes and worn in moderation.

• Facial hair, including mustaches, must be neatly trimmed.


Students who wear earrings must avoid those which present a safety hazard or distraction to the learning environment, Gauges/ear stretchers, symbols (reflecting gang

affiliation, drugs, alcohol, satanic ideologies, etc.) and chains are not permitted.