Buckalew Buzz 20-21 School Year

February 22, 2021

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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 and will go to their homeroom beginning at that time.

*disclaimer that items published in this newsletter may change due the COVID-19 pandemic*

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From Mrs. Price

Buckalew Families,

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 tonsmith@conroeisd.net. 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!

For questions or concerns, please make sure to visit CISD's Roadmap to Remain Open, call our front office at 281-465-3400, or email contactbuckalew@conroeisd.net.

Lastly, we are so glad to be back in our buildings with your children.

Mrs. Price



Please CLICK here if your child is attending IN PERSON.


Please CLICK here if your child is attending ONLINE.

Salute to Education Winners 20-21 Congratulations to:

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It's Crossing Guard Appreciation Day THIS FRIDAY 2/26

We LOVE our CROSSING GUARDS!! If you are a biker or walker and see the same Crossing Guards, please help us recognize them by making a card or a small token of appreciation! We would like to send special shout outs to:

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?

After answering the 3 Questions in Blue below, if your answer is to STAY HOME:

please email: contactbuckalew@conroeisd.net and/or call our attendance line: 281-465-3410

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If your child is Positive or Identified as a Close Contact what do you do?

If your child is attending In Person Learning at Buckalew, we ask that you call and notify the school at 281-465-3400 or by email outside of school hours contactbuckalew@conroeisd.net

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.

Buckalew Calendar


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

We would love to include all of our remote students in our weekly Friday videos. You may submit photos by emailing Mrs. Smith at tonsmith@conroeisd.net . We are looking forward to seeing your smiling faces.

Snow Pictures

Email Mrs. Smith at tonsmith@conroeisd.net your favorite snow picture for our picture perfect friday videos or post them on our Buckalew FB page.
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FINAL Yearbook Sale is Going on Now! Be sure to get the best school supply of all for $40.00. Sale ends February 26.

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To purchase your yearbook click on link below.


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: jaltimas@gmail.com

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Join the PTO

Are you looking to get more involved and have a voice in things like fundraising and spirit events? Consider joining the PTO! There are openings for the 2021-2022 School Year on the Executive Board, and also openings in some of our Committee Chair positions. If you’d like more info please contact Julie Naughton, Juliann.naughton@gmail.com.
The Buckalew PTO promotes the welfare of our students and fosters cooperation between parents and teachers, working hard each year to ensure our students have access to the best education possible. It is a team effort and there are many positions open next school year. Have you considered serving? We'd love to have you! Here are the positions we will fill for the 2021-2022 school year. Nominations will be accepted through March 10 Please contact our PTO Parliamentarian, Julie Naughton, juliann.naughton@gmail.com, if you are interested, want more information or would like to nominate yourself. Please know that our executive board members serve a two-year term. Prior PTO experience is a plus but not required. Our Treasurer spot does require a background in accounting and/or finance. Elections will be held in the event there is more than one nominee for an executive board position. Seats will be confirmed at the April PTO Zoom Meeting. Names with an asterisk are nominees, all others are returning for their second year.

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

Garden Club

Garden Club

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

Kids Raffle

Staff VIP Experiences- Catherine Boeger

Volunteer Coordinator

Carnival Marketing

Community Partners- Nina Neal

Community Partners

Community Outreach- Brandi Sherman

Family Connections

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

School Supplies

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

Spirit Committee

Volunteer Coordinator

Webstore Liason- Jessica Courtney*

Yearbook Chair

Yearbook Chair



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

Photographer Kindergarten

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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 kpoints@conroeisd.net.

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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 kpoints@conroeisd.net.

The deadline to sign up is Thursday, Feb. 25th. Here's the link if you are interested in having your child join us:


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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.

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Save the Date! PreK, K, & New Student Enrollment

Mark your calendars! PreK, K & New Student Enrollment for 2021-2022 opens on April 5. Information will be posted on the Conroe ISD website and social media accounts in the coming weeks with details about how and where.

Please Donate!

We are in need of cases of bottled water. We hand out bottled water to students that forgot their water bottles at home. At this time our supply is running very low. We appreciate any help.

Community Rewards

********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.

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.

Buckalew Elementary Facebook

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Buckalew PTO Instagram

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Buckalew PTO Facebook

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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

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Buckalew Elementary PTO Membership 2020-2021

The Buckalew Elementary PTO plays an important role in providing funds and support to our school. With your help, we are able to supply our staff and students with computer technology (Brain Pop, Dreambox & Razzkids), field trips, flexible classroom seating, library enhancements, author visits, literacy program enhancements, staff development programs, school beautification, teacher appreciation luncheons, and school security enhancements.

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

Thank you!

Buckalew Elementary PTO

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Ongoing Spirit event at Locker Room Haircuts! - All Year!

Ongoing spirit event at Locker Room Haircuts! $14 Rookie hair cut for the kids and Buckalew gets $2 back! Through end of the year! Locker Room Haircuts is located in the back here by Target. It’s right next to Brothers Pizza and the old Golds Gym area. You can check in online and it makes it super fast! Check them out and support our school!

Transportation Changes

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.

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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

By logging into Parent Access, you can check your child's grades, assignments, and attendance.

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”

Click “Register”

Get Connected!

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.

Key Features:

  • 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!

School Messenger

All SMS messages received from the Conroe ISD District Office and your child's campus will begin with "Conroe ISD:" and come from the subscribe code 67587. If you have not yet opted-in to receive SMS messages, you can do so at any time throughout the school year by texting "Y" to 67587.

20-21 Calendar for your planning purposes

Click below for FAQ's

The Conroe Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding these non-discrimination policies: Title IX Coordinator, 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, Texas 77304; (936)-709-7700 and the Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, Texas 77304; (936) 709-7670.

Please Visit the Roadmap to Reopening as Updates are provided regularly

The content on the Roadmap to Reopening webpage is designed to provide information relevant for the 2020-2021 school year. The details on this page are subject to change as we receive guidance from the Texas Education Agency, Governor’s Office, and State and local officials. Please check back often for the most up-to-date information.

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!

Visiting the School

While at a Level 3 in CISD, parents are not allowed in the building. We now have added 3 reserved parking spaces for our parents if they do need something from the school. We ask that you park in one of the 3 reserved spaces and call the number rather than walk up to the door. This will maintain safety on a variety of levels.