February 2, 2022
Mark Your Calendars!
Harris County Precinct 5 was able to recover most of the students' bikes. If you haven't retrieved your child's bike, please contact Precinct 5, 17423 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77094. Thank you to the Bush Elementary parents who helped out with sharing information about this event to help others get their bikes back.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art
Ms. Orta, our Art teacher, is happy to announce that all Bush students who entered a piece of art work into the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art contest were selected as winners! Congratulations to the following Rodeo Contest Winners:
Congratulations Ms. Orta and all of our Rodeo Art Contest ribbon winners!
Jewell Quinonez, M.Ed
Barbara Bush Elementary School
Phone: (281) 368-2150 (ext: 275212)
Click here to visit the BBE Counselor Corner
First and foremost, I would like to say how excited I am to be joining the Bush family! I have heard such wonderful things about our community. I feel extremely lucky to be part of this team! I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Jewell Quinonez, and I am the new school counselor here at Barbara Bush Elementary School. While this will be my first year as a school counselor, this will be my 8th year working in education. I have taught 2nd and 3rd grade and have worked with all youth PK-5 to promote social-emotional learning.
I have linked my BBE Counselor Corner above, (below my email). It has information about my role/services, background about myself, and some great SEL resources that you can utilize with your littles at home, with a simple click. You will notice as you hover over visuals many of them are linked to SEL resources and Bush Elementary information. You can also find the “School Counselor Request Form” on my BBE Counselor Corner.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns, I am here to help. I look forward to working alongside you and our staff to provide solid support for our students in social and emotional development, and to create a positive impact on student learning!
Social and Emotional Learning with Ms. Jones
This Week: Validating Emotions
Our children need validation for their entire range of emotions — especially when those feelings are “inconvenient” or tough to watch.
Allowing your child to experience both pleasant emotions (joyful, curious, happy) AND unpleasant emotions (angry, resentful, sad) is their foundation for developing emotional regulation, self-compassion, and resilience.
This week’s printable: “All My Feelings are Okay" by Big Life Journal
This a fun way for your child to explore identifying and validating ALL their emotions.
Save The Date!
Date: Friday, February 11
Photo Texas Photography Houston is coming back to campus on Friday, February 11, for Class Group Photos. All orders are Prepay and Photo Texas does not email proofs. During the Prepay period, you can choose Ship to School for FREE or Ship to Home. Shipping charges will apply. Order Class Group Photo NOW! The Prepay Link for Class Group Photos remains active for 1 WEEK after Picture Day. Any order received after the Prepay period is considered a late order and is shipped to the address provided. Shipping charges will apply. Please contact Customer Service for assistance placing late orders.
Students must be in dress code for class picture day.
A Roadmap to Success - Connecting Schools, Parents, and the Community
Nurse Guider's Corner
If your child does test COVID positive, then he/she must quarantine for at least 5 days regardless of vaccination status. If your child is COVID positive and showing symptoms, then he/she must stay home at least 5 days and until symptom free.
Health and Safety Above All
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.00 F
- Loss of taste or smell
- Difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Shaking or exaggerated shivering
- Significant muscle pain or ache
- Nausea or vomiting
For the health and safety of ALL students, faculty, and staff, it is very important that children stay home when they are ill. Students who have thrown up during the night or who are running a fever cannot be sent to school. If your student complains of and exhibits any COVID19 related symptoms, they will be sent home.
Dress Code Reminders
Morning Arrival Reminders
We have started a new year so let's start the year by following our morning arrival procedures and being on time for school every day.
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. 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. 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.
If a note is not received within 3 days, then the absence is recorded as unexcused.
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
Ms. Rose would like to wish a very special birthday to:
Aiman T. who turned 7 years old on January 27, and is a first grader in Ms. Baldwin's class.
Amaya M. who turned 6 years old on January 28, and is a kindergartener in Ms. Bracken's class.
Ahava V. who turned 10 years old on January 30 and is a fourth grader in Ms. Diller's class.
Omobolade A. who turned 9 years old on January 31, and is a third grader in Ms. Goodwin's class.
Jameel R. who turned 8 years old on February 1, and is a second grader in Ms. Carlin's class.
Ari L. who turned 10 years old on February 2, and is a fourth grader in Ms. Munk's class.
Carolina V. who turned 7 years old on February 4, and is a first grader in Ms. Mi's.
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.
February – July Birthdays: Enroll through January
The PTO Board wants you! The PTO is looking for volunteers for next school year. The PTO Board consists of over 20 different positions, all with a focus on the quality of education at Bush Elementary. We welcome working and non-working parents and guardians from all different grade levels and backgrounds. We encourage you to find a position which sounds interesting to you and one in which you feel you can contribute your unique talents and skills towards the betterment of Bush Elementary. If you would like more information about any of the positions you can read about them on the Job Descriptions page of our website, or email our PTO President at firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you are ready to submit your application for a position on the PTO Board for the 2022-2023 school year, please complete this form.
NOTHING BUNDT LOVE!
Order your cakes by February 4 at www.BBEpto.com.
Order your 2021 - 2022 Yearbook Today!
$30 (Price will increase to $35 on March 12th)
Yearbooks will be NOT be sold after March 20th, so please order now!
5TH GRADE YEARBOOK DEDICATIONS
We are looking for some pictures for the yearbook. If you have any, please share them with us! Please send no more than 5 photos for all events to email@example.com and label pictures with your child's grade.
Unfortunately due to some new restrictions in place, the School Store On-The-Go will not be available until further notice. At this time our online school store is still open and items will be delivered to the classrooms on Fridays. Visit the store at www.BBEpto.com
The PTO will be reviewing their constitution and making some changes. If you are a dues paying member and would like to be involved in this process, please fill out this form.
For any questions related to PTO please contact Val Shaikh, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are now on Instagram! Follow us for the latest updates @bbepto. And Don’t forget to sign up for our Weekly E-Blast!
On Campus COVID Testing Every Thursday
Once a parent has registered their child, then the child will be tested each time Fulgent comes to campus to provide COVID testing.
Continued Focus on Safety 2022
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, 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.