Buckalew Buzz

January 9, 2023

Connect With Us!

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.

From Mrs. Price

Happy 2023 Buckalew Families!

I hope you all had a wonderful winter break and are off to a great start in 2023! If you are new to Buckalew, we welcome you! The Buzz is full of school-wide information to use as a reference, save the date and so on, while your child's homeroom teacher's newsletter is for class-specific information.

We hit the ground running with our January PTO meeting last week, and a full week ahead. Please note that we do not have school this coming MONDAY, JANUARY 17th, for Martin Luther King Holiday.

Please make sure to Save the Dates from below. There are many upcoming events updated starting with our 2nd Grade Play Dates, Class Pictures, and Open House, Thursday January 26th, from 5:30-6:30. Our Open House is a come and go event and will highlight your students work thus far. It has been a few years since we've had this event due to the pandemic, so we are happy to have it return! The other dates below include our remaining grade-level After School Play Dates, Field Trips, and our amazing, annual Buckalew Bash Carnival Dates. Please get them on your calendar now.

We are so blessed to have such an amazing community with such supportive parents.

We appreciate you!!

Jill Price

Buckalew Safety

Our Buckalew Bears continue to do a wonderful job with our safety drills. For January, we will have our monthly fire drill and a lockdown drill. Our goal for these drills is to practice procedures in case of an emergency situation. To maintain a secure campus, we are also reinforcing that students do not open the doors and that anyone needing entry into a building will have a key. If you have any questions about safety or safety drills, please feel free to contact Mrs. Smith tonsmith@conroeisd.net .

Upcoming Events

**Please pay close attention to homeroom teacher newsletters for class-specific events.**


16 - Martin Luther King Day (No School)

19 - Second Grade Playdate. Click PTO webstore

20 - Class Pictures

26- K-4 Open House, Come and Go Event 5:30-6:30

27 - First Grade 100 Day Parade


3 - PTO Meeting

7 - Kindergarten After School Playdate. Click PTO webstore

10 - Third Grade After School Playdate. Click PTO webstore

17 - Student Holiday-Staff Development Day (No School)

20 - Presidents Day (No School)

23 - First Grade Art Night - 6pm

24 - Go Texan Day


3 - PTO Meeting

3 - Spring Picture Day

10 - Field Day

13 -17 - Spring Break (No School).

20 - Staff Development Day (No School)

30- 4th Grade Music Program, 6pm


1 - Buckalew Bash Carnival, 2-5pm

4- Buckalew 4th Graders Tour Mitchell/Collin Intermediate Schools

7-10 - Easter Break (No School)

14 - PTO Meeting

20- 2nd Grade Music Program, 6pm


11- Choir Concert, 6pm

12 - PTO Meeting

25 - Early Release 12:10

25- KG Program

25-4th Grade Graduation/Clap Out

Get Involved With CISD Activities!

Big picture

- From Nurse Alison -

Illnesses at School

We are still seeing many illnesses at school. Right now, Strep, stomach viruses, respiratory illnesses and Flu are being reported across the CISD school district ( and of course we are still seeing COVID cases).

I wanted to share a few ways to help your child and Buckalew stay healthy:

  1. Handwashing is the best way to stay healthy. Talk to your child regarding when and how to wash your hands.
  2. If your child is sick, keep them at home.
  3. District policy states a student must be free of fever, vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours without medication before returning to school.


- From The Attendance Office -


We strive to dismiss all our students safely from our building. Please do not come to the Front Office at dismissal time to call your child from class. We cannot dismiss students directly from the classroom or in the hallway at dismissal time. Students will not be released after 2:30 p.m. from the Front Office.

We are unable to call your child to the Front Office until you are here and have provided your identification. Thank you for understanding.


When your child is absent, please call the school attendance line (281-465-3410) or email buckalewabsence@conroeisd.net to explain the reason for their absence. To ensure the accuracy of your child's attendance records, please call, or email each day your child is absent.

Please remember that attendance is recorded at 9:00 a.m. each day. If your child is absent at 9:00 a.m. due to a doctor’s appointment, he/she will be counted present if you bring your child back to school on the same day with a doctor's statement that verifies the appointment.

If your child will be out for an extended period, please let us know.

School hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. The tardy bell rings at 8:00 a.m. and students will be counted tardy if they are not in their classroom at that time.

- Parent Lunch Reservations -

- From Specials -

Art News

Big picture

Library News

If you would like to volunteer in our library please contact our volunteer coordinator: Jenny Bardoux at buckalewptovolunteers@gmail.com. Our library is fun and BUSY!

Our library does not charge fines for overdue library books. We do however ask that you pay for a library book that has been lost or damaged while checked out to your student. We can have the cost of the book added to your School CAsh Online Account for easy payment. We prefer this option because the books we purchase for our library are reinforced and bound specifically for hundreds of checkouts. The book that has been purchased from a local book store or Amazon is meant for personal use and isn’t an equitable replacement for the lost or damaged library book.

Library books can be kept for up to 2 weeks till they need to be returned. Our library is open for active start for book checkout. So if your student forgets their library book on the day they are schedule to be IN the library, they can return them the following day and get some new books.

Each Sunday evening we send e-mail notifications if your student has an overdue book. Please feel free to e-mail with any questions!

Lastly, our Book Fair will be in February.

Jennifer West

Buckalew Elementary


WANTED Singers To Join Buckalew Choir

Do you like to sing?

Do you like to try new things?

Do you like to learn new things about music?

Then the Buckalew 4th Grade Choir is just for you!!

Choir is open to ALL 4th grade students at Buckalew no matter your musical background! You do not need to audition, just bring yourself, and you are welcome. Choir for the Spring semester begins Thursday, January 19th, BEFORE school from 7:10-7:55 AM and continues each Tuesday and Thursday unless otherwise noted. If you are interested in joining, please fill out the Choir Sign Up Form prior to rehearsal Thursday 1/19. (Click on link above to fill out form or retrieve a form from outside the Music Room)

Please contact Mrs. Ramirez with any questions at sdramirez@conroeisd.net. More detailed information can be found on the second page of the Sign Up Form and will be sent after sign up as well. Hope to see you there!

- From Mrs. Points -

Counselor's Corner

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.

Lunch Bunch

New lunch bunch groups will begin meeting the week of January 23rd. Each group meets once a week for five weeks during their lunch period. The deadline to sign up for a group is Wednesday, Jan. 18th. If you are interested in your child participating, please fill out the link below:

Click Here

Social and Emotional Learning Objectives

I am self-aware.

I can manage myself.

I am aware of others.

I can build relationships with others.

I can make responsible decisions.

CISD Community Presentations ​

Our CISD Guidance and Counseling Department host parenting presentations throughout the school year. The following sessions are open this school year for any CISD parent to join:



- Information For Ongoing Reference -

Bring Your I.D

Please bring your ID with you each and every time you come to Buckalew. This is a safety layer that we check in all visitors.

Need A New Car Rider Sign?

If you have lost or need a new car rider sign, please email the following email address with your child(rens) full name, home room teacher and grade, we will send 2 copies home with your child:-


Active Start and Breakfast

Active Start is a before school "free play" for students arriving at school from 7:30-7:45. Weather-permitting, students go to the k-2 playground prior to the start of school. Students arriving after 7:45 will go straight to homerooms.

Breakfast is served in our cafeteria from 7:30-7:55 daily. See below for menu. See fees below for both breakfast and lunch.

Checking out your Child

If anyone other than a parent/ guardian checking out a student from our campus, we will need a note, sent in with your child, in their backpack on that day or an email to buckalewtransportation@conroeisd.net. If we do not have a note from a parent/guardian, the Front Office will call to get permission for your child to leave our campus.

The Emergency Card completed at the beginning of the school year is for us to be able to contact someone in a situation where we cannot get hold of a parent/guardian. It is not permission for those emergency contacts to check out a child, any time.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to keep our students safe whilst on our campus.

Car Rider/ Dismissal Sign

ALL Parents should have received 2 CAR RIDER/Dismissal Signs at Meet the teacher. These are used for safety precautions when we are dismissing 700 students. We thank you for keeping 1 sign in each car.

NEW THIS YEAR for KG: We are requiring Kindergarten parents only at Biker Walker to carry this sign with them to pick up their child at the biker walker doors. With our growing enrollment and various staff members on duty, it adds an extra layer to make sure we are connecting the correct kindergarten student with their care giver.

Take a photo of the sign? We have had several people ask if they can use a photo of this Dismissal Sign on their phone. The answer is YES! Feel free to take a picture to keep on your phone in case of transportation changes or loss of the sign, or emergency instances with severe weather. Please know that the original sign is IDEAL, as it is designed for those calling dismissal to be able to read. On a cell phone, that will slow down the line.


1. Bus rider (eligible if home is 1 mile or further from school) Bus routes are posted online on and you can check the link below in "what bus do I ride". You can also register your child for the bus by clicking the link below in the Buzz.

2. Car Rider Signs. The car rider line will be at the rear of the school and the bus line will be at the front of the school. ALL Parents should have received TWO car rider signs (yellow) at Meet the Teacher night. Please display the car rider sign in your front passenger window so our staff can read your card. See below to help you navigate our car rider line if you are new.

3. Day Care. Day care vehicles drop off and pick up students in the front of the school with the buses. If your child will not be riding the day care bus due to an early pick-up or transportation change, please notify the day care so they know your child will not be riding that day.

4. Biker/Walker. Kindergarten students must have a parent/guardian/designated adult present with the car rider sign at the Biker Walker doors (under the patio) at dismissal in order to walk or bike home. All other Biker Walkers will exit the school near the bike racks. All other biker/walkers are released at dismissal to ride or walk home independently.

On severe weather dismissal days, students will not walk or bike ride home. If your child is a biker/walker as your primary mode, then you will be a car rider on severe weather days.

Please see updated District Covid-19 Guidelines in link below

Parents of students who have received COVID-19 positive results are asked to complete the self-report in the SSO portal:

Drop Table

We offer parents the courtesy of a drop table to deliver forgotten items, which is located in our Front Office. There are pens, paper and tape available for you to use to clearly identify items for your child to pick up. We will call the classrooms at 10am to inform all students of items on the drop table.

Student Lunches and birthday cookies will be taken to the Cafeteria, on a cart, for your child to pick up at their allotted lunch time. Please make sure ALL ITEMS are clearly labeled.

Transportation Change / Early Dismisal

Just a friendly reminder to make any and all transportation changes, and if necessary in-person early student pick-ups prior to 2pm. Our goal is to dismiss students safely each day. After 2pm it becomes difficult to make changes in a timely and safe manner.

You will be asked to provide photographic identification when collecting your child.

To make transportation changes, please send a note in your child's backpack to the teacher OR email: buckalewtransportation@conroeisd.net prior to 2pm. Any changes submitted after 2pm will not be seen until the following day.

Lunch Information

We are working with our students on understanding the lunch-buying process. It can be quite confusing for our elementary students. We are currently speaking with our students and explaining to them, if they bring a lunch, they should eat their lunch before going through the line and purchasing an additional lunch. As we try and navigate each student through the lunch line, every child has a different need, and we never want to deny students from going through the lunch line. We encourage you to communicate with your child your expectations in either: eating the lunch you are providing/packing; buying extra lunch only and going through the line one time; or explaining that if they go through the line a second time, their account is charged again. We also encourage you to check your child's account, by going to the link below and you can check and monitor your child's purchase history, and if necessary put a limit on the account by contacting our cafeteria directly.


Reimbursable Meal Prices

$2.00 Full Price Student Breakfast

$0.30 Reduced Price Student Breakfast

$3.00 Non-Student Breakfast/2nd Breakfast

Ala Carte Prices

Entrée- $1.50, Milk- $.95, Fruit/Vegetable/Grain- $1.15


Reimbursable Meal Prices

$3.20 Full Price Student Lunch

$0.40 Reduced Price Student Lunch

$4.20 Non-Student Lunch/2nd Lunch

Ala Carte Prices

Entrée- $2.30, Milk- $.95, Fruit/Vegetable/Grain- $1.15

Kettle Corn Popcorn-$1.50,

Slush, Brownie, Rice Krispy Treat- $1.00

Chips, Cry Baby- $.75

Freshly Baked Cookie, Fruit Roll-Up- $.50

You may prepay by using My School Bucks. You will find a link to this service, lunch menus, and other helpful information by clicking on the child nutrition resource button below. If you would like to put a cap on your child's spending on your lunch account, then please notify our cafeteria manager by calling 281-465-3467.

- PTO Information -

Buckalew Bears P.T.O

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 the best education for all children

(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.

Upcoming Events

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 3rd, at 11:30 AM in the Buckalew Library. We hope to see you there!

Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram!


Lost and Found

Please write your child’s last name and First name or at least last name on their belongings. That helps us big time in finding the owners quickly.

If you have any questions, please reach out to gabinkwon@gmail.com or jojowhitten@me.com

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.


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.


Yearbooks 2022 - 2023

Yearbooks are on sale now! Current price is $43! This price is good until December 30th. After December 30th, the price will increase! Limited quantities are printed each year so to guarantee you get a copy, please order your copy today!


Yearbook Recognition Ads

Celebrate your kid and what they have done by creating a recognition ad! You can upload a photo or two and write something your kids will cherish forever! A wonderful memory the family can enjoy! Ads are $25. The deadline to submit ads is February 9th! You can create them in Jostens or create them in Canva and upload them to Jostens.


Please sign up as a CISD VOLUNTEER

We ask EVERY PERSON entering Buckalew to be approved as a CISD volunteer. This is for the safety of all students, as a background check is carried out.

Click the button below to complete the form. You will need your drivers license number;

School Cash Online

We are very excited to announce that Buckalew Elementary will join in with other CISD schools and will be offering School Cash Online, which provides you with the convenience of paying online for school items such as trips, Scholastic Magazine subscriptions, and various activities. We really want to save you time when paying for school expenses, so we can’t wait for you to take advantage of this opportunity. School Cash Online is a great way to pay without the need for cash or checks!

Please follow the link below to register online (it takes less than 5 minutes!) Once you have registered your child, you will be able to see when they have a new item posted online for purchase. You also have the option to be notified whenever your child has a new school expense due, so you don’t have to worry about missing the deadline.

To set up an account and explore the system, please follow the instructions below. We look forward to hearing your feedback!

Register Online:

Step 1: Please click on this link: https://conroeisd.schoolcashonline.com/

Step 2: Register by selecting the “Get Started Now” and following the steps.

Step 3: After you receive the confirmation email, select the “click here” option, log in and add each of your children to your household account.

If you have any questions during the registration process or while shopping online, please select the SUPPORT option in the top right-hand area of the screen or you may contact the parent help desk at 1-866-961-1803 or at http://schoolcashonline.co./Home/Support or see the handout below.


Currently, in grades 1st-4th, the classes are utilizing Scholastic News and Storyworks Jr magazine subscriptions to read high interest non-fiction texts and to learn about text features and engaging stories and different genres. We thank you in advance for purchasing this wonderful subscription for your child.

For the first time, Buckalew will be collecting money through School Cash Online vs requesting parents send in a check or cash.

Thank you again for your support in our students.

Water Bottles

Children are encouraged to bring water bottles each day. Please clearly write your child's name on the bottle with permanent marker.

Lost and Found

A friendly reminder to please label all of your child's belongings with first name and last initial or last name. **Water bottles, lunch boxes, hats, and especially outerwear such as hoodies/jackets/sweaters are all great things to label as these items tend to pile up quickly in the Lost and Found, which is located right outside of the gym. We really hope to reunite these lost items with their owners before the break!

If you have any additional questions, please contact gabinkwon84@gmail.com

Meal Application

MySchoolApps is the fast and secure way to apply for free and reduced meals online. Click GET STARTED to find out if your District participates.

Quick Links

Buckalew Student Addendum

PDF to help you navigate Buckalew-specific dates, procedures, and information. Please note that all information in the Addendum is subject to change due to Covid 19.

22-23 School Calendar

We thank you for planning ahead. Please use this calendar for your planning purposes to maximize instructional days.
Big picture
Big picture