Buckalew Buzz 20-21 School Year
February 22, 2021
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"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
I hope you are all doing well and are recovering from this arctic blast. I can tell you that these photos of Buckalew covered in snow are a FIRST EVER and will be archived in our history forever (along with many other things this year). If there are any circumstances we can help your family with or need to know to help support your child after this historic winter storm, please feel free to reach out. I know that so many of our community have had broken pipes, caved in ceilings, and water damage and it will be a process to recover. If we can be of any help, please feel free to call or email our campus.
As we wrap up this month, we would like to see your BEST student snow pictures for our Social Media, Picture Perfect Friday Video, and Yearbook. Please post them on our Facebook page or email them to email@example.com. We also celebrate Black History Month, Go Texan Day THIS Friday, and recognize our amazing Crossing Guards THIS Friday for Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. A special congratulations goes to our Salute to Educators 20-21 Winners: Teacher of the Year, Rachel Wilson; Humanitarian of the Year, Kathleen Points; and Rising Star, Audelia Cestero.
We thank our 3rd grade parents for an amazing turnout for our After School Play Dates on February 11. We look forward to our 4th grade After School Play Date March 9, our Covid-Style Modified Field Day for In Person Learners March 10 and 11, and it's hard to imagine we have Spring Break in 3 weeks.
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!
Lastly, we are so glad to be back in our buildings with your children.
Please CLICK here if your child is attending IN PERSON.
Salute to Education Winners 20-21 Congratulations to:
It's Crossing Guard Appreciation Day THIS FRIDAY 2/26
Kris Wall...Alden Bridge @ Branch Crossing
Shanna Sanders... Alden Bridge @ Branch Crossing
Rosa Mills...Alden Bridge @ Slatestone
Betty Manning... entrance to Lakeside Park
Sheila Young... Alden Bridge @ Benton Woods
Michelle Garry.. Alden Bridge @ Crownridge
Amanda Devlin... Alden Bridge @ Maple Glade
Can My Child Go To School Today?
If your child is Positive or Identified as a Close Contact what do you do?
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.
2/26- GO TEXAN DAY! Wear your Rodeo Gear!
2/26- Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
2/26- Yearbook Sale Ends
3/5- Spring Student Pictures
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
4/2- School Holiday
4/5- NEW Student Enrollment for 2021-2022 Opens
4/15- 1st Grade Play Date
4/22- 2nd Grade Play Date
2021-2022 School Board-Approved School Calendar
Picture Perfect Friday Video Pictures
FINAL Yearbook Sale is Going on Now! Be sure to get the best school supply of all for $40.00. Sale ends February 26.
To purchase your yearbook click on link below.
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 in the hallway right outside of the gym.
For more details/close-up pictures of items currently in Lost and Found, please visit the Buckalew Elementary Parents Facebook page.
**please note: any items not claimed by March 1 will be donated. If you have any additional questions, please contact Joanna Altimas: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the PTO
President (Exec Board)- Paige Perry
VP Fundraising (Exec Board)
VP Communications (Exec Board)- Jessica Courtney*
VP Parent Involvement (Exec Board)- Amy Kemp*
Treasurer (Exec Board)
Secretary (Exec Board)- Elizabeth Kutka*
Parliamentarian (Exec Board)- Julie Naughton
President Elect (Exec Board)
Beautification- Landscape Co- Chair Melissa Tattoli
Beautification- Landscape Co-Chair Amy Hargett
Entry Way- Carrie Fulham
Entry Way- Katie Crabb
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
Staff VIP Experiences- Catherine Boeger
Community Partners- Nina Neal
Community Outreach- Brandi Sherman
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- 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
Webstore Liason- Jessica Courtney*
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
Photographer Kindergarten- Vivian Bopp
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 email@example.com.
Counseling Helps Us G-R-O-W!!!
New groups are forming this month and will begin meeting the week of February 29th. Each group meets once a week for five weeks. On-campus learners meet during lunch, and virtual learners meet at various times depending on their class Zoom schedule.
Our topics include: What to do when I'm frustrated/angry, what to do when I'm scared/sad, having a growth mindset, and character traits such as perseverance, honesty, kindness, and gratitude. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to sign up is Thursday, Feb. 25th. Here's the link if you are interested in having your child join us:
February's Character Trait: Forgiveness
According to the Mayo Clinic, forgiveness is the act of letting go of resentment or thoughts of revenge for a wrong we have suffered. The act of forgiving has proven healthy to a person's physical and emotional well-being. The Mayo Clinic points out the following benefits to practicing forgiveness:
- Healthier relationships
- Improved mental health
- Less anxiety, stress, and hostility
- Lower blood pressure
- Fewer symptoms of depression
- A stronger immune system
- Improved heart health
- Improved self-esteem
With all those personal benefits, let's teach our children to forgive and support each other while we heal from life's hurts.
Save the Date! PreK, K, & New Student Enrollment
********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.
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.
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
Buckalew Elementary PTO Membership 2020-2021
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
Buckalew Elementary PTO
Ongoing Spirit event at Locker Room Haircuts! - All Year!
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.
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
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”
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.
- 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!
20-21 Calendar for your planning purposes
Click below for FAQ's
Please Visit the Roadmap to Reopening as Updates are provided regularly
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!