Buckalew Buzz 20-21 School Year

March 8, 2021

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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 and will go to their homeroom beginning at that time.

*disclaimer that items published in this newsletter may change due the COVID-19 pandemic*

From Mrs. Price

Buckalew Families,

We are excited to have our 4th Grade After School Play Dates tomorrow, FIELD DAY Wednesday and Thursday (see below for details), and just a friendly reminder, there is NO SCHOOL on Friday March 12. We hope that all of you have a wonderful and safe Spring Break.

Beginning our 4th grading period, we are also excited to say that we will have 93% of our students attending Buckalew IN PERSON, while 7% will remain online. Our goal continues to be the same: keeping all students and staff safe and remain open to finish the school year in-person.

Since Governor Abbott's announcement last week, CISD has not changed ANY mask requirements at this time. Therefore, students will continue wearing masks March 10th and beyond. I do expect Dr. Null to give another LIVE update soon, so stay tuned for that announcement. As for our Biker/Walker area, I do want to remind parents that our car rider line is available for a more socially distant, safe dismissal for families.

Just a reminder, there are 2 different links below to review for success on the learning platform you have selected as a family. The remainder of the information in the BUZZ is applicable to our entire Buckalew Community!

For questions or concerns, please make sure to visit CISD's Roadmap to Remain Open, call our front office at 281-465-3400, or email contactbuckalew@conroeisd.net.

Lastly, we are so glad to be back in our buildings with your children and want to celebrate IN PERSON learning through the end of the year!

Mrs. Price


CISD Health and Safety Protocols

Conroe ISD is reviewing the newly released guidance from the Texas Education Agency which supports our current safety practices. District administration will be meeting with local health authorities and advisory groups this week to discuss the District’s health and safety protocols for the remainder of the year. All current safety protocols will remain in effect until further notice. Conroe ISD is committed to providing the safest learning environment for its students and staff and keeping schools open.

Field Day 2021

We are ready for Field Day on March 10th and 11th. The schedule is a little different than the past few years but many of the things that make is such a great day are still in place. We will be running separate Field Day time slots for each grade level. Student will be traveling with the same cohorts that they are with during the school day.

Kinder and 1st grade March 10th

2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade March 11th

What do the students need to bring for Field Day?

Comfortable active clothes and tennis shoes

At least on extra mask

Water Bottle

Option Items:





Please CLICK here if your child is attending IN PERSON.


Please CLICK here if your child is attending ONLINE.

Can My Child Go To School Today?

After answering the 3 Questions in Blue below, if your answer is to STAY HOME:

please email: contactbuckalew@conroeisd.net and/or call our attendance line: 281-465-3410

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If your child is Positive or Identified as a Close Contact what do you do?

If your child is attending In Person Learning at Buckalew, we ask that you call and notify the school at 281-465-3400 or by email outside of school hours contactbuckalew@conroeisd.net

You will then be contacted and informed of how your child will continue remotely. Each grade level and student-situation is different, and is handled on a case-by-case basis.

Buckalew Calendar


3/8- Gringos - Spirit Night

3/9- 4th- Grade Play Date - Last day to register 3/5

3/10 and 3/11- Modified Field Day

3/12- No School

3/15- 3/20- SPRING BREAK

3/24- Raising Canes on 1488 - Spirit Night

3/26- Day At The Opera/ dress up in your finest


4/2- School Holiday

4/5- NEW Student Enrollment for 2021-2022 Opens

4/6- 4th Grade STAAR Writing

4/15- 1st Grade Play Date - Last day to register 4/12

4/22- 2nd Grade Play Date - Last day to register 4/19

2021-2022 School Board-Approved School Calendar

Picture Perfect Friday Video Pictures

We would love to include all of our remote students in our weekly Friday videos. You may submit photos by emailing Mrs. Smith at tonsmith@conroeisd.net . We are looking forward to seeing your smiling faces.
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4th Grade T- Shirts

Please visit: https://conroeisd.schoolcashonline.com

Deadline to order the Fourth Grade Graduation T-shirt is Monday March 8, 2021.


For reference, please see: Youth Sizing Chart and Adult Sizing Chart below. The sizing is similar to the Cotton Navy Blue Spiritwear Shirt from this school year.

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**please note date extension: any items not claimed by Tuesday March 9 will be donated **

For more details/close-up pictures of items currently in Lost and Found, please visit the Buckalew Elementary Parents Facebook page. Lost and Found is located in the hallway right outside of the gym doors. **If something belongs to your family, please contact Joanna Altimas: jaltimas@gmail.com

Thanks so much!

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March is Music in Our Schools Month!

Let’s have some fun and celebrate the music in our school together!

Music Trivia Contest

Don’t forget to be on time for announcements on Monday mornings to hear that week’s trivia question for a chance to win! Drop off your answer to the trivia question in the box outside Mrs. Ramirez’s door in the morning before school, on your way to specials, or on your way to lunch. Winners will be announced on Thursday announcements!

Dress up Day

Friday 3/26 – Day at the Opera

Dress up in your finest clothes as we celebrate the music of the opera.

A little birdie told me teachers are musical too…

Check out the bulletin board outside Mrs. Ramirez’s room to see which teachers and staff in the school are musical as well! Flip up the card to reveal the staff member and have fun!


· 4th Grade STAAR Writing: April 6

· 3rd and 4th Grade STAAR Math/Reading: May 11 STAAR Math and MAY 12 STAAR Reading

If you have a 3rd or 4th Grader, please make sure these dates are on your calendar and that you have them in attendance with plenty of rest and a nutritious breakfast each day.

Join the PTO

The Buckalew PTO promotes the welfare of our students and fosters cooperation between parents and teachers, working hard each year to ensure our students have access to the best education possible. It is a team effort and there are many positions open next school year. Have you considered serving? We'd love to have you and we have several openings! Here are the positions we will fill for the 2021-2022 school year. Nominations will be accepted through March 15th. Please contact our PTO Parliamentarian, Julie Naughton, juliann.naughton@gmail.com, if you are interested, want more information or would like to nominate yourself. Please know that our executive board members serve a two-year term. Prior PTO experience is a plus but not required. Our Treasurer spot is an especially critical position to fill and does require a background in accounting and/or finance. Elections will be held in the event there is more than one nominee for an executive board position. Seats will be confirmed at the April PTO Zoom Meeting. Names with an asterisk are nominees, all others are returning for their second year.

President- Paige Perry

VP Fundraising- Leti Garza*

VP Communications- Jessica Courtney*

VP Parent Involvement- Amy Kemp*


Secretary- Elizabeth Kutka*

Parliamentarian- Julie Naughton

President Elect


Co-Chair- Melissa Tattoli


Co-Chair- Amy Hargett

Entry Way- Carrie Fulham

Entry Way- Katie Crabb

Garden Club

Garden Club

Book Fair Coordinator

Book Fair Co-Chair

Book Fair Co-Chair

Buddy the Bear Coordinator- Amy Kemp*

Carnival Chair- Shelly Alexander

Outdoor Entertainment- Jill Gordley

Outdoor Entertainment- Lesley Molbert

Silent Auction Chair- Alison Barger

Silent Auction- Brandi Sherman

Silent Auction- Lizzy Piana

Silent Auction- Leslie Reilly

Silent Auction- Jessica Courtney

Class Booths & Baskets- Catherine Boeger

Class Booths & Baskets- Sarah Bartnick

Kids Raffle

Staff VIP Experiences- Catherine Boeger

Volunteer Coordinator

Carnival Marketing

Community Partners- Nina Neal

Community Partners

Community Outreach- Brandi Sherman

Family Connections

Fall Fundraiser Co-Chair- Elizabeth Kutka*

Fall Fundraiser Co-Chair


Hospitality- Monica Verville

Library Liaison- Rhonda Villasenor

Lost and Found- Val Eissler/Jo Whitten*

Rewards Chair- Jamie Alvey

Marquee- Jill Rider

Marquee- Catherine Boeger


Room Mom Coordinator- Janelle Ray*

School Supplies

School Supplies- Jill Rider*

School Supplies- Kerry Spencer

Social Media Coordinator

Specials Team Liason

Art- Carrie Foster

Field Day- Leti Garza

Music- Carrie Foster

Spirit Committee- Lesley Molbert

Spirit Committee- Audrey Innerst

Spirit Committee- Leti Garza*

Volunteer Coordinator

Webstore Liason- Jessica Courtney*

Yearbook Chair

Yearbook Chair



Photographer 4th grade

Photographer 4th grade

Photographer 3rd grade

Photographer 3rd grade- Jenny Kim

Photographer 2nd grade- Vivian Bopp

Photographer 2nd Grade

Photographer 1st grade- Jenny Kim

Photographer 1st grade


Kindergarten- Vivian Bopp



2021/2022 Mitchell PTO

Attention: Incoming 5th Grade Families at Mitchell Intermediate

Greetings from the Mitchell PTO!

The Mitchell PTO Nominating Committee is currently looking for volunteers to fill the following positions for the 2021/2022 school year.
VP of Membership

5th Grade Socials Co-Chair: need 2

5th Grade Field Day Co-Chair: need 1

Community Liaison


Spirtwear Co-Chair (5th Grade): need 1

Yearbook Advisor 5th Grade Co-Chair: need 2

Yearbook Advisor 6th Grade Co-Chair: need 2

If you are interested in joining us in one of these positions or have any questions, please contact: Joanna Altimas: jaltimas@gmail.com

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Hi Buckalew Bears! I'm Mrs. Points, your school counselor. With each Buzz, I will have resources to support the social and emotional learning of our students. If your family has a specific need you would like to contact me about, please don't hesitate to email me at kpoints@conroeisd.net.

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March's Character Trait: Perseverance

The Merium Webster dictionary defines perseverance as a continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition: steadfastness. Steadfastness is such a powerful word. It brings to mind images of calm, reliability, and trust. Those are the attributes perseverant people bring to our world.

Grow Kids' Minds (2020) gives these tips to help build perseverance in your child:

1. Set realistic, short-term goals

Learning how to set and achieve short-term goals shows children how effort leads to reward (i.e. earning higher grades, mastering a new skill, learning a new sport, etc.).

2. Praise effort

Praising your child’s effort, rather than his/her ability, is a fantastic way to build perseverance and persistence. By reminding your child that ability can change over time, you’re showing him/her how to face and overcome any hurdle.

3. Praise your child sincerely

Children are very perceptive. They can easily spot the difference between empty compliments and sincere praise. When children accomplish tasks easily and are complimented for it, they get the message that minimal effort is all that’s required. To instill perseverance, raise your expectations, so your child is challenged to meet them.

4. Point out their strengths

When your children face failure, remind them of their strengths. First, acknowledge the setback by saying, “I understand why you’re upset. That must be really disappointing.” Then, help them move forward by identifying strengths they can use the next time they’re in the situation.

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Save the Date! PreK, K, & New Student Enrollment

Mark your calendars! PreK, K & New Student Enrollment for 2021-2022 opens on April 5. Information will be posted on the Conroe ISD website and social media accounts in the coming weeks with details about how and where.

Please Donate!

We are in need of cases of bottled water. We hand out bottled water to students that forgot their water bottles at home. At this time our supply is running very low. We appreciate any help.

Community Rewards

********Easy Ways to Donate Money to Buckalew PTO********

Kroger Community Rewards

Kroger Community Rewards makes fund-raising easy by donating to Buckalew based on the shopping you do everyday. Once you are registered, every time you shop at Kroger you will be earning money for Buckalew! Just search for Buckalew Elementary on your digital account select and save!

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.

Amazon Smile

Select Buckalew as your charity!

This is a simple & automatic way for you to support Buckalew every time you shop. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization & your selection will be saved for future purchases. Just remember to always login under smile.amazon.com.

Buckalew Elementary Facebook

Click here to follow Buckalew Elementary on Facebook.

Buckalew PTO Instagram

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Buckalew PTO Facebook

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The purpose of the 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.

President- Paige Perry

VP Fundraising- Amy Kemp

VP Parent Involvement- Heather Lozinak

VP Communications- Jackie Berry

Treasurer- Elizabeth Kutka

Secretary- Janelle Ray

Parliamentarian- Julie Naughton

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Buckalew Elementary PTO Membership 2020-2021

The Buckalew Elementary PTO plays an important role in providing funds and support to our school. With your help, we are able to supply our staff and students with computer technology (Brain Pop, Dreambox & Razzkids), field trips, flexible classroom seating, library enhancements, author visits, literacy program enhancements, staff development programs, school beautification, teacher appreciation luncheons, and school security enhancements.

We Cannot Do It Without Your Support!

The Buckalew PTO membership is a family membership (1 per family) and costs $25.

Your membership will include one copy of the student directory and 1 Buckalew Elementary Car Decal.

To purchase your membership online:

1. Go to www.buckalewspiritstore.com

2. Click on Buckalew PTO Membership to add to cart

Thank you!

Buckalew Elementary PTO

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Ongoing Spirit event at Locker Room Haircuts! - All Year!

Ongoing spirit event at Locker Room Haircuts! $14 Rookie hair cut for the kids and Buckalew gets $2 back! Through end of the year! Locker Room Haircuts is located in the back here by Target. It’s right next to Brothers Pizza and the old Golds Gym area. You can check in online and it makes it super fast! Check them out and support our school!

Transportation Changes

Parents just a reminder to send all transportation changes to school with your child in their backpack.

For emergencies only, e-mail Buckalewtransportation@Conroeisd.net

PRIOR TO 2 PM and make sure you get a confirmation that your change was received.

Please note weather is not considered an emergency.

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.

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From our Police Department:

A few friendly reminders in regards to school zone safety and car rider drop off 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.

Determining Regular or Close Contact at School

  • Individual who has had close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 up to 48 hrs prior to symptom onset.
  • Individual who has had close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 within 2 days prior to the person developing symptoms and/or testing positive.
  • Individual who provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • Individual who had direct physical contact with someone who has COVID-19 including touched, hugged, or kissed them, shared eating or drinking utensils, or were sneezed or coughed on by the sick person while they had symptoms or within 2 days of the sick person developing symptoms and/or testing positive.
  • The identified individuals may be required to quarantine at home for 14 days from the date of last contact with the positive person.
  • The current pattern is those who do not wear a mask consistently during class are being quarantined.
  • Face Shields alone are NOT CONSIDERED a mask or cloth face covering.

2019-2020 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR)

The accountability reports can be accessed using the following steps:

From Buckalew's website:

· Go to "Our School/Campus"

· Click “View School Profile"

· Select “Accountability Reports”

· Click “2019-2020”

· Select "Texas Academic Performance Report "

Parent Access Login

By logging into Parent Access, you can check your child's grades, assignments, and attendance.

To access your child’s information online you must register for an account.

Please go to the following link and follow the directions below:


Click the “Student/Parent” tab

Click on “Parent Access Center”

Click “Register”

Get Connected!

Stay in touch with CISD by downloading our new mobile app!

Download the app on your mobile device today and select ‘yes’ to receive push notifications with the latest news and updates from the District.

Key Features:

  • Push Notifications - Select ‘yes’ when you download the app to receive the latest push notifications from the District.
  • Calendar Events - Add events to the calendar on your personal mobile device directly from the calendar section on the app.
  • News - Check out the latest District-wide and school news all in one place!

School Messenger

All SMS messages received from the Conroe ISD District Office and your child's campus will begin with "Conroe ISD:" and come from the subscribe code 67587. If you have not yet opted-in to receive SMS messages, you can do so at any time throughout the school year by texting "Y" to 67587.

20-21 Calendar for your planning purposes

Click below for FAQ's

The Conroe Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding these non-discrimination policies: Title IX Coordinator, 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, Texas 77304; (936)-709-7700 and the Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, Texas 77304; (936) 709-7670.

Please Visit the Roadmap to Reopening as Updates are provided regularly

The content on the Roadmap to Reopening webpage is designed to provide information relevant for the 2020-2021 school year. The details on this page are subject to change as we receive guidance from the Texas Education Agency, Governor’s Office, and State and local officials. Please check back often for the most up-to-date information.

Give the Gift of a TAE (Teacher 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!

Visiting the School

While at a Level 3 in CISD, parents are not allowed in the building. We now have added 3 reserved parking spaces for our parents if they do need something from the school. We ask that you park in one of the 3 reserved spaces and call the number rather than walk up to the door. This will maintain safety on a variety of levels.