Buckalew Buzz

May 13, 2019

From the Principal

Happy Monday!


I hope you all enjoyed your spontaneous extra day Friday and had a beautiful Mother's Day weekend!


Today we started our STAAR Testing for Math and our Reading will take place tomorrow. Thank you for your support and understanding that we have a closed campus during this week to meet all of our students' needs as we are "all hands on deck" and all of our available space and staff are utilized. Our students will do an incredible job as they have worked hard and their teachers have prepared them well!


We continue to plan for the 19-20 school year! Please make sure if you have any friends and neighbors with incoming students, that they register sooner than later. Also, if you have any incoming kindergartners, please make sure to follow the instructions below in the Buzz. For all planning purposes, we greatly appreciate those who are able to register NOW!


Our deadline has passed for student need requests. Please understand that we take all student placements seriously and do the very best we can in making sure each and every child is in their optimal learning environment. While each placement and letter is considered, each letter has a domino effect that is unable to make every request granted. Please trust this process that each and every teacher has YOUR student needs at the forefront and this is an extensive and timely process. Even though we have begun this process, this ultimately doesn't end until the day school starts as we place kids every single day until the day our kids actually walk into our building August 14 of next school year.


Buckalew Staff also want to give a special thanks to our hospitality committee Mrs. Molbert, Mrs. Jones, and Mrs. Shortino for making all of us feel very special last week! Our staff were spoiled with a fun game of CLUE, with a roaring 20's theme for Buckalew's 20th year, and each day delivered us a special treat. Thank you again!!!


We thank you for the amazing support of this wonderful community! It is amazing how fast these final days go by!

Mrs. Price

Important School-Wide Dates:

Please see your child's teacher communication for grade-level and class-specific events.

May:


13-17th- Closed Campus due to STAAR TESTING

13th- Library Books due

13th- STAAR Math

14th- STAAR Reading

23rd- Paperback book exchange

24th- TWHS Graduation

27th- Holiday

30th- Last Day of School/ Early Release 12:10pm

30th- Kinder Program 8:30am

30th- 4th Grade Graduation 10am

STAAR TESTING DATES and VISITATION/VOLUNTEERS

STAAR TESTING for our students is very important! In order to ensure security and minimize distractions during the testing, visitors and volunteers will not be allowed on campus during our STAAR testing week(s). Please make sure to plan accordingly as this includes no visitation during lunch time. If your child has a birthday on these dates, please choose an alternate date and arrange any plan with the teacher. We will have altered lunch and specials schedules on the following days and all areas and offices, including the bistro will be used as testing areas. Please minimize any changes to dismissal and/or lunches during this time.


Our campus will be closed to all visitors and alternate arrangements should be made during the following dates:


  • · The Week of May 13 - 17: 3rd AND 4th Graders will be taking STAAR Math/Reading May 13th and 14th with the possibility of makeups throughout the week.




If you have a 3rd or 4th Grader, please make sure these dates are on your calendar and that you have them in attendance with plenty of rest and a nutritious breakfast each day.


Thank you for your understanding!

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19-20 Kindergarten Registration

2019 - 2020 Kindergarten Registration

Online registration for new 2019-2020 Kindergarten students is now active. If you have an incoming kindergartener, please go to http://www.conroeisd.net, Parents/Students tab, Enrollment and Transfers, then select the 'New Student Registration' tab.

Once you create your account, you can begin the enrollment process. When your application is complete and has been submitted, call our front office (281-465-3400) to make your registration appointment.

The following documents are required to complete your child’s enrollment.

Make sure you bring them to your registration appointment:

-Your child’s birth certificate

-Your child’s social security card

-Your child’s complete immunization record (4 yr. boosters are required for enrollment)

-Your proof of residency document (a current gas, water, or electric bill showing name and service address)

-Photo ID of registering parent

-Completed white Emergency Information Card and blue Health Information Form

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9th Annual Paperback Book Exchange

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Are your children’s bookshelves overflowing? Would you like for them to have some free new titles? Promote summer reading by giving students new titles to read.


Here’s how it works:

1. Students can bring up to 25 used (but in good condition) paperback books to the Buckalew Library Monday, May 20 – Wednesday, May 22 before school or during their regular library time.

Please do not send hardback books, adult or YA books, board books, activity books, mini-books, such as those given at Chick-fil-a, or books that are not suited for grades K-6. These items will not count towards a student’s book bucks. We especially appreciate books for our soon to be 5th grade students. Student’s should be sure to get parental permission to bring books.


2. Students will receive BOOK BUCKS for each book depending upon the number of pages. Example: Books up to 50 pages are worth 1 book buck, while a book over 200 pages is worth 5 book bucks.


3. The books will be sorted and organized in the library according to value, using the same Book Buck value shown above.


4. On Thursday, May 23, students with book bucks will be allowed to shop. Classes will have an assigned time. There will be no shopping before school or individually as is usually done during book fairs. Ideally there will be no books left over at the end of the exchange.

We need volunteers to help count books, distribute book bucks, sort books, help students find books and ‘check out’ with their book bucks, and to clean up.


Please sign up here to help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080F49A4AC2AAB9-2019

Picture Perfect Friday Videos!

Each Friday on announcements we highlight a video called "Picture Perfect Friday". Below are the links since our last BUZZ. We hope you enjoy!



Week 31

Remaining week videos will be in the last buzz of the year!

The Positivity Project Comes to Buckalew!

This year, Buckalew will be joining forces with The Positivity Project to teach our students such character traits as:

  • Teamwork
  • Perspective
  • Bravery
  • Gratitude
  • Kindness
  • Self-Control
  • Perseverance
  • Enthusiasm
  • Forgiveness
  • Leadership

Each week, we will be recognizing students from every grade level who exhibit "Paws"itively Awesome Character! Each student is recognized on the announcements, they receive a certificate to take home, a "PAW" with their name on it displayed in the main hallway. Check out this week's winners!

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May's Character Trait: Leadership

From the Positivity Project:

Leadership means that you value each member of your group and inspire people to do their best. Leadership can be both formal and informal. It is concerned with getting others to do what needs to be done while maintaining group morale to ensure readiness to act in the future. The qualities of leadership include the ability to understand others and inspire them toward a common goal, the capacity to reduce conflict and mold consensus, and the desire to lead other people.

For individuals, leadership is a way to achieve what you know is important, as groups of people invariably achieve more than individuals. If you want to achieve your vision for the future, you need to inspire others to join you. As an individual’s ability to lead develops, so does that person’s confidence and sense of self-efficacy. However, common dangers to guard against are egotism and arrogance.

A group’s effectiveness and sense of inspiration are tied directly to the leader. Study after study shows that leaders (and managers) have the biggest influence on group success and morale. Leaders can be developed, and it starts with character. As General Schwarzkopf said, “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”

Summer School in CISD

Information regarding summer school programs is now available to parents. The CISD homepage has a link located at the top of the page for brochures, registration dates and payment options for both elementary and secondary programs. For your convenience, I have included a link below. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding summer programs.


https://www.conroeisd.net/department/ci/summer-school/

We Love Our Volunteers

Buckalew Elementary LOVES our volunteers!

It is never too late to start volunteering at our great school. There are plenty of small and large opportunities that can use your help. Contact Tracy K. to help you get involved.


Volunteers@buckalewbearspto.com

End of the Year Letter from our PTO Executive Board...see PDF Below

Buckalew SPIRITWEAR 2019-2020 COMING SOON!!

2019-2020 School Supplies

You may order your school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year now through June 16th.

Please go to https://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks/ and enter school ID, BUC015.


Online ordering only.

Buckalew branded binder and pencil bag are included in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade packs. This will be the only way to receive these two items as they will not be sold separately.

School supplies will be distributed to your child’s homeroom teacher before Stop and Drop.


For questions, please contact Dana Basconi at danabasconi@yahoo.com

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Always There Bears!

Congratulations to the following classes for having excellent attendance in the month of April....coming soon:


Kindergarten-Warren

1st Grade-Fuller

2nd Grade-Segel

3rd Grade-Garrett

4th Grade-Thibodeaux

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Summer Optional Reading Lists

Earn prizes through the South Regional Library Summer Reading Program or the Barnes and Noble Reading Program. See pdf's below.

TWHS Sports Camps Below

See Below or download the PDF for:


  • Girls Basketball
  • Girls and Boys Tennis and Speed
  • Girls Softball
  • Volleyball Camp
  • Cheer Camp
  • Dance/Drill Camp
  • Girls Soccer Camp
  • Baseball Camp
  • Boys Basketball Camp
  • Football Camp
  • Girls Soccer Camp
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Buckalew Visitors and Volunteers

Safety is our top concern, and surveillance cameras are placed at all doors and in the hallways of our school. Each camera records all activity. All outside doors are locked including the front doors. Please be sure to have your driver’s license with you during every visit to the campus.

Upon arrival, please see the receptionist for a visitor’s tag. The receptionist will ask for your driver’s license. It will be scanned using a system that is connected to the database that provides an alert of any person who may jeopardize the safety of our campus. If no such alert is discovered, the receptionist will then electronically permit entrance into the building.

Each time you enter the school, please remember to bring your license. The nametag given to you on each visit will show the date and the purpose of your visit. Please know that every visitor must have a name tag, and anyone without it will be stopped. Even though this is time consuming, it is essential to our children’s safety. For your child’s protection, parents and visitors are not allowed to go to their child’s classroom to pick him or her up during or at the end of the day. All check out is through the front office. Please allow students to walk to classrooms independently in the mornings and to go to the designated areas for dismissal in the afternoons.

If you need to pick up your student, you will be asked for your driver’s license. Students will only be released to parents with ID, unless we have written correspondence or an email to brobinson@conroeisd.net with identifying information on who will be picking up the student.

If you plan to be in the building during the school day at any time during the school year, please fill out the volunteer application on the CISD website: https://apps.conroeisd.net/volunteer/. This must be done yearly and will be necessary in order to volunteer in any position on campus.

Attendance is Important

In the event your child will be absent from school, please call the attendance line at 281-465-3410. To insure the accuracy of your child’s ‘excused’ and ‘unexcused’ absences, please call the attendance line EACH DAY your child is absent.


Following an absence, please send a note explaining the reason for your child’s absence. If your child will be out for an extended period of time, please let his/her teacher know, as well as our attendance clerk.


School hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. The tardy bell rings at 8:00 and students will be counted tardy if they are not in their classroom at that time. Attendance is taken at 9:00 a.m. each day. If your child is absent at 9:00 a.m. due to a doctor’s appointment, he/she will be counted present if you bring your child back to school on the same day with a doctors statement that verifies the appointment.


When students are absent, they are expected to make up all worked missed. Students will have the same number of days to complete assignments, as they were absent. The student handbook states that make up work cannot be given in advance of absences.

Please avoid scheduling vacations while school is in session. State law requires that children miss no more than 10% (18 days) of the school year. If a child misses more than 10%, they do not have the required attendance to be promoted to the next grade.

Additionally, Attendance is a major component of our state’s accountability system. Our attendance percentage is factored into every measure of our accountability, which impacts our school ranking.


Regular attendance is very important. Every day is packed with valuable instruction that cannot be reproduced at home. Attending school regularly has a huge effect on your child’s academic success, and success later in life. Parents play a key role in setting an example as to the importance of regular attendance and arriving to school on time.


Please feel free to direct all questions or concerns to Jayne Bull at 281-465-3410 or jbull@conroeisd.net.

Student Handbook

CISD's student handbook is online. We ask that you complete the acknowledgement of that handbook if you haven't already.

Buckalew and CISD Bullying Information

The policy of Conroe ISD is that all students be free from bullying, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. All charges of bullying, discrimination, harassment and retaliation are taken very seriously. If you believe your child is a victim of bullying, discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation, please contact Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Price, or Mrs. Points, immediately as we do take any complaints very seriously.


Click below to read more:

CISD Bullying Information

Give the Gift of a TAE "Teacher's Achieving Excellence"

Log Into "Parent Access" by clicking:


https://pac.conroeisd.net/


and click on the "Teachers/Staff Excellence" Tab.


Feel free to type your own message and send any staff a positive message!

Calling All Bears!! Big-Bear, Little-Bear Program

We are excited to start our new program for the 2018 - 19 school year called Big Bear/Little Bear. This program is for new families entering Buckalew to be placed with a veteran Buckalew family. If you are new to the area or new to Buckalew, please contact Mrs. Lozinak and she will connect you with a "Big Bear" family who will help you navigate for an easy family-friendly Buckalew start.


Heather Lozinak: havillano@yahoo.com or 402-661-0547.

PTO DOES THAT!

Our PTO believes in the students, staff, and families at Buckalew. By becoming a PTO member you have the voting power to affect the enrichment and lives of our students. Also, by contributing to our fundraisers, you are making all kinds of quality programs and events available to ALL of our students! Become a PTO member for $25 and see how your PTO dollars are benefiting your child.

http://buckalewspiritstore.com/product/buckalew-elementary-pto-membership/

Click to see what's going on in Buckalew's PTO!


The purpose of the Parent Teacher Organization (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.

2019-20 School Calendar

For your planning purposes, download the pdf of the 19-20 school calendar below. Buckalew thanks you in advance for planning all vacations outside of the school calendar. As we know with absenteeism, students miss valuable instruction that takes place daily. What you may or may not know is that Texas schools are rated not only on academic performance, but also attendance. Daily attendance plays a huge role in our accountability rating from the state.


We appreciate your support of public education and the value of attendance. Because of YOU and our amazing staff, Buckalew continues to rank among the best in the state and we are very proud of that and want it to continue!

TRANSPORTATION CHANGES

Parents just a reminder to send all transportation changes to school with your child in their backpack. E-mail changes are for emergency changes only and must be made before 2:00 p.m. Please note weather is not considered an emergency. For emergencies only, e-mail brobinson@conroeisd.net and make sure you get a confirmation that your change was received. 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.
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Car Rider LINE Do's and Don'ts:

Buckalew takes pride in the organization and efficiency of our car rider line. We have tried various ways entering and exiting our students over 20 years. Please note the following if you are a car rider:


  • DO follow these directions for morning drop off and if applicable, for afternoon pick up.

  • DO pull all the way up to the letter "A" labeled on the pillars along the back patio. If a car is already at A, please create a steady stream behind "A", "B", "C", "D" and "E". We can safely load and unload 5-7 cars at a time by following this method.

  • Do NOT pull up and stop by the doors, this slows every car down behind you and we have this designed for safety to pull all the way up to A. If you are concerned about your child not getting into the building, please know that is why we have safety kids and staff outside at morning duty.

  • DO NOT GET OUT OF THE CAR. If your child requires extra kisses, assistance getting out of his or her car seat, a note written, a walk up to the door, then we ask that you park and walk your child from Lakeside Park.

  • DO move quickly through the car-rider line.
  • DO NOT confuse quickly with fast. If you are in an extreme rush, the car-rider line may not be your best option. Park and escort your child from Lakeside Park.
  • DO NOT pass other cars in the car rider line. This is extremely dangerous. If there is a car who is regularly not following the rules and safety is a concern, please call the front office and let us know.
  • DO put safety first. Make your kids wear their seat belts in the car-rider line. Don’t be on cell phones in the car-rider line. Put your car in park before your children get out of the car in the car-rider line. Watch for others crossing the parking lot in the car-rider line.
  • DO NOT expect others to be safe. Every parent uses the car-rider line for the first time at some point. This may include families who just moved into the area, relatives, nannies, and older siblings.
  • DO have all of your child’s school items prepared and placed carefully inside of their sturdy backpack before entering the car-rider line. This includes water bottles.
  • DO NOT allow your child to attempt to exit your vehicle with their backpack gaping open. All of their items could easily spill out onto the ground, forcing you to put your vehicle in park, run around to the other side, or worse, have your child crawl under a car without you realizing it.
  • Do make sure your children exit the car on the passenger side doors. There is a RED line on the dismissal patio. Please reinforce to your children that they need to go straight across the red line to the area away from the car traffic.
  • DO NOT allow your child to exit the driver's side or the back of the car. Someone behind or in front of you may not see your child and accidentally reverse or move forward. Exiting the passenger side ensures your child will not be in another vehicles path.
  • DO have your CAR RIDER SIGN OUT AND DISPLAYED for the person calling names to see it vividly even if they know you during pickup. Sometimes it is hard to see into windows and anticipate who is inside the car.
  • DO NOT make U Turns coming or going into the car rider back parking lot. Montgomery County police did a evaluation of our car rider line to most safely and efficiently run our arrival and dismissal. This has improved the safety of not only our car riders, but our biker walkers and bus riders. This has also improved our dismissal time from approximately 45 minutes in the past, to under 20 minutes.
  • Do understand our line runs efficiently at dismissal and can be done in 15 minutes on most days. Do not assume it will run long and wait to pick up your child when there is no line. This is both embarrassing and scary for your child as we do bring them to the front office to make a phone call to make sure you are okay.
  • AGAIN, If you need more time and are holding up the line during drop off or pick up, we ask you to please park at Lakeside Park and walk your child up to school.
  • Thank you!

Parent Access Login

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

Canvas Login

By logging into Canvas, you can check your teacher's website. This should be the same username and password as Parent Access above.

Lunch Information:

Buckalew Lunch Menu


MySchoolBucks Account


CISD Child Nutrition


A Full Price student meal is $2.85 and for a 2nd meal is $3.55. “Extras” range from $.50-$2.00.


Did you know you can put limits on your child’s account? You can limit your child to one complete lunch so your child is getting the complete lunch on the menu.

You can also limit your daily expenditures or snack choices or ala carte by calling our cafeteria at 281-465-3467.

Lost and Found

Be sure to label your child’s belongings that they bring to school (jackets, sweaters, water bottles, etc.). Lost and Found fills up quickly with the cold weather. Lost and Found is located outside of the school gym.

For specific questions, please contact Kalyn McQuain at kalyn@mcquainagency.com.

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! Link your Kroger Plus Card to your Kroger account. Then, go here to select Buckalew.

How do I select Buckalew to support?

Selecting Buckalew is as simple as updating the Kroger Community Rewards selection on your digital account.

  1. Sign in to your digital account.
  2. Go here to search for Buckalew Elementary
  3. Enter the school name
  4. Select Bucalew from the list and click “Save.”

Buckalew will now display in the Kroger Community Rewards section of your account.

Remember you have to swipe your Kroger plus Card or use your Alt ID when shopping for each eligible purchase to count.

Box Tops for Education

To take part, simply clip Box Tops off the package of participating products, and turn them into your child’s class during Box Tops collection twice a year. Participating companies and product lines include General Mills, Green Giant, Totino’s, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Ziploc, Hefty, Juicy Juice, Betty Crocker and many more.

Here are some actual products to keep an eye out for:

  • Annie’s Organic Popcorn
  • Nature Valley XL Sweet & Salty Bars
  • Apple Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal
  • Ziploc Freezer Bags
  • Totino’s Pizza Rolls Snacks
  • Lysol Bathroom Cleaners
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Kleenex Tissue Bundles
  • Green Giant Fresh Vegetables
  • Land O’Lakes Butter Products
  • Boise POLARIS Premium Color Copy Paper
  • Chex Mix
  • Hefty Deluxe Plates and Platters
  • Hefty Cinch Sak Large Trash Bags and Lawn & Leaf Bags

Get the full list of participating products here.

Amazon Smile~ You shop. Amazon gives.

Select Buckalew Elementary School as your charity!


What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization



How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.




How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.
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ExxonMobil Grants

Calling all ExxonMobil employees, their spouses, children or retired employees.

You can help Buckalew Elementary receive a grant by doing what you love, volunteering. ExxonMobil Volunteer Involvement Program is a program that encourages its people to get involved within their community. It is as simple as doing what you are already doing, volunteering. By volunteering at our various school events (IE: Library, Carnival, workroom helper etc.) you can earn Buckalew a sizable grant. All we need is your 20 hours of individual or team (not to be combined) volunteer hours recorded. If you are interested in this program, please email Tracy Kumin at volunteers@buckalewbearspto.com

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Thanks for all YOU do!

From your Buckalew Staff and PTO

The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner. For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, TX 77304; (936) 709-7752.