September 22, 2021
Mark Your Calendars!
Bush PK Lottery 2022 - 2023
On September 10, HISD School Choice opened up the system to apply for the PK lottery. 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.
Name That Book
If you do not have access to a printer, please contact Ms. Ayala to have an application sent home.
Safety First! - Walkers and Crosswalks
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.
Carpool Dismissal Kindness
Please "Be Kind" when navigating around these parked cars. Have your carpool number displayed so the other cars will know that you're not one of the parked cars and won't attempt to pass you. Please stay in your car and be prepared to move once the line starts moving.
Please do not block any entrances to parking lots while stopped and waiting for the carpool lane to begin moving. Also, please allow the cars attempting to enter or exit the West Briar parking lots to do so.
Thank you for doing your part to keep the streets around Bush Elementary safe.
We're asking for the parents of walkers NOT to U-turn by the carpool lane entrance once they've picked up their child(ren) and are heading home. All these extra cars from the walker parents U-turning and going through this busy intersection causes the carpool lane to slow down and back up.
When driving home, walker parents who drive are requested to drive straight down Westerloch towards Eldridge and make the right on Eldridge and then the right on Briar Forest. Eldridge is not busy at this time in the afternoon.
First Day Forms
Early Pick Ups
Ms. Rose would like to wish a very special birthday to:
Jaiveer K. who turned 6 years old on September 20, and is a kindergartner in Ms. Nguyen's class.
Genaro V. who turned 10 years old on September 20, and is a fourth grader in Ms. Garza's class.
Jesus N. who turns 9 years old on September 23, and is a third grader in Ms. Goodwin's class.
Kangchen W. who turns 6 years old on September 24, and is kindergartner in Ms. Nguyen'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 www.BBEPTO.com for more details or to make your purchase.
September – January Birthdays: Enroll during SeptemberFebruary – July Birthdays: Enroll during January/May
Limited time offer for ADULT FLEECE JACKETS!
Please order by Friday, October 1. The jackets are for PREORDER and will be delivered in October.
Order here: www.bbepto.com
School Store on the Go!
School Store on the Go begins this Friday, September 24th.
Pictured are several items available for purchase.
PTO MEMBERSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED! Due to the rescheduling of the PK-2nd grade parents night, we have extended the deadline to sign up for PTO membership. We want to give all families an opportunity to hear the message from our PTO president and ask their child’s teacher any questions about PTO. We have extended the deadline to this Friday, September 24.
October 1st is an important date:
Free dress day for those classes who reached their goal! If your child's class is awarded a free dress day, their teacher and you will be notified. Free dress is only for specific classes, not the entire school.
T-shirts for anyone who signed up for Bobcat Level membership. We will take inventory of t-shirts we have and any we need to order by the end of this week. You should receive your t-shirt no later than Oct.1st.
Luggage tags for anyone who signed up for Paw or Bobcat Level membership. We will take inventory of our luggage tags and send them out no later than Oct. 1st. Bobcat Level members will receive their t-shirt and their luggage tag at the same time.
Each year we print a directory of all the families at Bush. All PTO members will receive one with their membership. Families often use this information to connect for birthday parties and playdates.
Please fill out this form to have your contact information in the directory. You can include as much, or as little information as you are comfortable releasing. The only required items have an asterisk.*
Thank you for helping us collect this information. Please submit your information by October 15.
(formerly known as Underwriting Campaign)
This year, the PTO’s goal is to provide new furniture and upgrades for the school library which will benefit all of the students at Bush. The majority of our fundraising comes from our Bobcat Boosters.
Bobcat Boosters is a direct fundraising campaign which means:
We will NOT ask you to sell promotional items such as gift wrap, cookies, et cetera…
100% of the funds given will support our school projects and programs
Families can choose the level they wish to donate; any level of support will help!
Some employers have a matching gift program which can double or even triple your donation
5TH GRADE PARENTS
Contacts for 5th Grade Coordinator Eliza Machala:
5th Grade Whatsapp Group:
5th Grade Celebration Fee
Parents are asked to pay $40 5th Grade Celebration Fee, which includes: a custom Fifth Grade T-shirt that can be worn all year as part of Bush dress code, Holiday Party contributions, a memory stick of pictures and a giveaway gift bag to be distributed at the end of the year.This can be purchased on the PTO website (www.bbepto.com) or through this link Fifth Grade Celebration. Deadline is end of September. Shirts need to be ordered as soon as possible, so students can wear them most of the year.
ATTENTION: Some Bush Teachers that are in Need of Room Parents:
If you have a child in the following classes please consider being Your Room Parent.
- First Grade - Jamie Simone
- Second Grade - Caroline Pham
- Third Grade - Katy Frietsch
As a Room Parent you can do everything from your fingertips.
Room parents emails other parents in their class and communicate the needs of the teacher
Forwards emails from VIPS Coordinators related to what's happening at Bush
Coordinates gifts for teachers
Simple Right? Please Volunteer Today!
Business Owners we want YOU...as our Partner
Do you own a business and want to partner with the PTO?
Do you know a business owner who wants to partner with the PTO?
What does it mean to partner with the PTO?
Promote your business and benefit the children and school by direct sponsorships, hosting a spirit night event, sign up to donate items for PTO events (food, drinks, supplies, etc) and much more!
Contact email@example.com for more information.
COVID-19 Updates, News, and Resources
COVID Notification Updates
Quarantine and Temporary Online Learning (TOL)
The parent must apply for TOL by noon for their child to be enrolled in temporary online learning for the next day. The four hours a day of live lessons are taught by an HISD teacher, not a Bush teacher. However, the student is still enrolled at Bush Elementary and the daily attendance and weekly grades are sent to the Bush teacher. When the 10 day quarantine is over, then the student may return to in-person learning at Bush Elementary.