November 3, 2021
Mark Your Calendars!
For pictures from the Book Character Parade, please visit our website.
Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive
"Fall" Back - November 7
Religious Absence Note
Social and Emotional Learning with Ms. Jones
Focus of the Week:
This week our focus is on self-confidence.
Self-confidence is the feeling to trust your own abilities, qualities, and judgement. Having a strong sense of self-confidence enables us to handle setbacks with ease. Instead of being crippled by failure, resilient children get up quickly, learn from their mistakes, and try again. They accept that failure is a part of life and take more chances as a result - which makes them even more successful later in life.
Confidence in our own abilities will help us be ready for life experiences and help us to always keep trying.
Big Life Journal
Need some encouragement? Why not give yourself a hug! A hug is a great way to show people that we care, but you don't always need one from someone else. Show yourself some love and care and hug yourself tight this week. It is a great way to remember the importance of trying to always do our best and believing in ourselves.
Appointments are filling up fast! - Bush Elementary Blood Drive
Appointments are limited, sign up before they are filled up!
Our namesake, Ms. Barbara Bush, was an advocate for blood donations. She personally answered the call when blood donations were requested. In 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.
Thursday, 11/11/2021 (8:00 am - 12:30 pm)
Barbara Bush Elementary - Multipurpose Room
& FREE COVID Antibody Test
G/T Applications - Deadline Extended to Nov. 18
If you do not have access to a computer, please contact Ms. Ayala in the front office to have an application sent home.
Universal GT Testing
HISD screens kindergarten and fifth grade students who were not previously identified as gifted and talented in what is called Universal Testing. This process began the week and will continue through early next week.
The universal testing of kindergarten and fifth grade students allows identified students to receive G/T services in HISD’s Gifted and Talented Programs during the Spring of their current school year. All students who are identified as gifted and talented in HISD will retain their G/T status providing they subsequently enroll in an HISD Gifted and Talented Program upon identification and are continuously enrolled in an HISD Gifted and Talented Program thereafter.
If a note is not received within 3 days, then the absence is recorded as unexcused.
Class Size Waivers
The State of Texas has a class size limit of 22 students to one teacher in Pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. This semester Bush Elementary requested class size waivers for the following classes that are over the 22:1 ratio – Baker, Myers, Nguyen, K.T., Castaneda, Baldwin, Carlin, Pham, McCleary, Sheth, Nguyen, J., Garza, King, Jones, Munk, and Diller.
Is That My Jacket?
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. Parents, 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 now that the weather has gotten nicer. 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.
Bush PK Lottery 2022 - 2023
On September 10, HISD School Choice opened up the system to apply for the PK lottery for next school year. The Bush PK program is only for families that are already enrolled at Bush Elementary and have another child who will be 4 on or before September 1, 2022. Students must meet PK eligibility requirements such as being economically disadvantaged or qualifying as English as a Second Language.
The site will accept applications from September 10, 2021 - March 10, 2022. Families will be notified by HISD School Choice on April 7, 2022 if their child was accepted into Bush Elementary's PK program or if their child is on the waitlist. Go to HISDChoice.com to apply. Bush Elementary's PK program is only one class with 22 students that must be comprised of siblings of currently enrolled Bush students. The only way to apply for and be part of the lottery for Bush Elementary's PK program is to apply online at the address shared above.
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
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 www.BBEPTO.com for more details or to make your purchase.
February – July Birthdays: Enroll during January/May
MOVIE NIGHT and SILENT AUCTION
Thank you everyone who participated in the silent auction and Movie Night! Both were a huge success! It was so much fun seeing all of the kids in their costumes and enjoying each other’s company before the movie. Luckily the wind died down just in time and we ended up with pretty good, albeit chilly, weather.
Thank you to all the volunteers, including many of the staff members, who helped with the event. It is such a special treat for the students to see their teachers outside of school hours!
And a final thank you to all of our amazing donors and sponsors for the event:
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Pine Forest Country Club
Memorial Athletic Club
Fogo de Chao
Taste of Texas
Children’s Museum of Houston
YMCA Camp Cullen
Semiramis Fine Chocolate & Sweets
Bea Moreno, Coldwell Banker Realty
Memorial Wine Cellar
Freedom & company
Tiffany Jane Art
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Blue Willow Bookshop
Oriental Trading Company
Save the Date! Our next nature center event will be on November 13. Check our Eblast this Friday for the link to sign up. Space is limited so be sure to sign up as soon as you see the link!
We are looking for some pictures for the yearbook. We need "Movie Night" and "Siblings" photos. If you have any, please share them with us! Please send no more than 5 photos for all events to firstname.lastname@example.org and label pictures with your child's grade.
Did you know teachers spend hundreds of dollars each year using their own money to buy things for their classrooms and our children? The PTO helps by reimbursing expenses up to $300, but teachers usually spend much more than this. Consider helping to offset some of these costs by purchasing items from teachers’ wishlists. Check out teacher wishlists here. If your teacher does not have one listed, ask the room parent if they have received one.
The PTO Budget was unanimously approved by the PTO Board and PTO Members. If you did not get a chance to take a look at the budget, you may view it here.
If you have any questions or comments please direct them to our treasurer, MJ Gernale at email@example.com
School Store On The Go will be open this Friday, November 5 during lunch times. If you have any unused tickets from Movie Night, you may use these tickets at School Store On The Go.
We are now on Instagram! Follow us for the latest updates @bbepto. And Don’t forget to sign up for our Weekly E-Blast!
COVID-19 Updates, News, and Resources
Update to COVID-19 Positive Notification
HISD's COVID-19 protocol has been updated in regards to terminology use and reporting. At all HISD campuses, this means that when there is a positive case in your child's homeroom class you will be notified in writing by the principal. The message you will receive is below. Please note that this message will be sent after the nurse has worked to identify close contacts, and, is simply for notification and does not require further action (i.e. quarantine). I want to thank you all for your diligence in ensuring that students are wearing their masks and that we are all remaining healthy.
Sample Message: This message is to inform you that an individual in your child's homeroom has reported testing positive for COVID-19. Your child has not been identified as a close contact and there is no action required of you at this time. This notification is for your awareness only. Due to privacy requirements, we cannot release the name of the COVID-positive individual or details that may identify them; however, it is important for you to know this individual is self- isolating until they are cleared to return to our campus. As a reminder, HISD has health and safety protocols in place to help prevent the spread of illness. We are asking our staff and families to do their part by adhering to these protocols, and not reporting to their worksite or sending their student(s) to school when they are ill. We appreciate your continued support as we work together to ensure the safety of our students and staff.