February 16, 2022

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Mark Your Calendars!

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2022-2023 Teacher of the Year - Ms. Theresa Orta

Bush Elementary is excited to announce our 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year!

I’m so honored to have been chosen as Teacher of the Year for the 2022-2023 school year! This is my sixth year teaching at Bush. Originally from North Carolina, I graduated from University of Houston with a degree in Fine Arts and English. I taught 1st Grade for 5 years before coming to Bush in 2017. I continued teaching 1st grade until accepting a position as the Art Teacher last school year. As much I love and miss my 1st graders, teaching Art is where my heart is and I love it so much. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy watching movies, eating, and spending time with my friends and family.

I’m so happy to be a part of the Bush Bobcat family!

Monday, February 21 - Presidents' Day - No School

Monday, February 21 is a holiday for all students. We look forward to seeing all our Bush Bobcats on "Twosday", February 22nd at 7:30 a.m.

Twosday! 2/22/22

Bush Elementary will celebrate "Twosday" on Tuesday, 2/22/22. It's a day full of 2s! Each grade level has a theme around the number 2. Dress up following your grade level theme to celebrate this unique day at Bush Elementary, "Twosday"!

Grade Level Themes:

PK and K - Two of a Kind

1st Grade - Tiaras and Ties

2nd Grade - Two of a Kind

3rd Grade - Twin Day

4th Grade - Two of a Kind

5th Grade - Twins

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Thank you PTO & Bush Parents!

On behalf of the Bush faculty and staff, the first grade teachers are thanking all parents and the PTO for the delicious bundlets and Valentine's treats.

District Finals & UIL Meet #4

A HUGE Congratulations goes out to the following students who qualified for the District UIL Finals in April. We are so proud of our students who have worked so hard all year for this.

The following students qualified for the UIL District Finals Meet:

Aryan Oberoi

Arjan Sra

Quinn Nguyen Lee

Lydia Smith

Pranav Limaye

Kiara Sequeria

Sriman Kommineni

Vihaan Soni

Aryav Soni

Sabira Sajan

Arjan Sra

Shanaya Sharda

Way to Go!

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Social and Emotional Learning with Ms. Jones

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day. We love to celebrate love, especially our own self-love.

Positive affirmations (and mantras) for children are important tools that students can use to support themselves and show self-love. They help them develop a healthy sense of self as well as a positive mental-social-emotional mindset.


Positive I Am Statements

By Big Life Journal

This is a wonderful activity to do with your child, not just for the holiday, but to help teach them to maintain and practice a positive mindset. They can also spread the love by making affirmations for others.

Free COVID PCR Testing Every Thursday

Bush Elementary will have COVID testing available every Thursday for students, faculty, and staff. Parents must pre-register their child by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday in order to be tested on campus. This testing is completely voluntary and free and requires the student's parent/guardian to first provide a one-time digital consent at https://bit.ly/HISDC19Test .

Once a parent has registered their child, then the child will be tested each time Fulgent comes to campus to provide COVID testing. If you no longer want your child to be tested, you may opt out by emailing your child's teacher to let them know.

Go Texan Day! - February 25

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is back! Students are encouraged to wear their “Go Texan” Western clothes to school on Friday, February 25th in support of its return. Please make sure they leave their horses, guns, and lassos at home!

2022-2023 Registration Dates

Registration dates for the 2022-2023 school year will be announced in April on our website and Paw Prints. Stay up to date by reading our newsletter, the Paw Prints, and the marquee.

Nurse Guider's Corner

COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children ages 5-11. If you choose to vaccinate your child, please email a copy of the vaccination record card to dguider@houstonisd.org or send documentation to Nurse Guider so she can update your child's immunization record.

Double Vaccinated?

Please make sure Nurse Guider dguider@houstonisd.org has a copy of your child's proof of 2 doses of an approved COVID vaccination if you choose to vaccinate your child. Any student who has received 2 doses of the vaccine will no longer need to quarantine if the student is considered an exposure via contract tracing.

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

Children that are sick, regardless of a temperature, need to stay home. Previously, the nurse’s message was if there’s no fever, but sniffles and a sore throat, the child could be at school. Now, those symptoms qualify as a presumed positive COVID case. Please do not send your child to school if exhibiting any of the symptoms below.

COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.00 F
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Significant muscle pain or ache
  • Diarrhea
  • 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.

Handbook Highlights

Throughout the school year, this section of the newsletter will highlight key points from the Bush Parent Handbook. School begins at 7:30 a.m. Students arriving after 7:40 a.m. are tardy. Students arriving after 9:00 a.m., without a doctor's excuse, are marked absent.

Dress Code Reminders

Here are some quick reminders about our Bush Elementary dress code. Shirts must be solid colored red, white, or navy. The only t-shirts allowed are Bush Elementary t-shirts. Dress code pants are navy, khaki, or blue jeans. The pants must not have any holes, rips, tears, or designs on them, just simple plain blue jeans, navy pants, or khaki pants. Exercise pants, sweatpants, and yoga pants are NOT part of the Bush dress code. Leggings can not be worn as pants, only under skirts or jumpers. Please click on the link below for the complete dress code guidelines.

2021-2022 Dress Code Guidelines

Morning Arrival Reminders

Morning supervision of students starts at 7:20 a.m. At that time students are brought into the building and are seated in grade level lines. Morning bus lane drop off is reserved for our 5th Grade Safety Patrols and our students in our self-contained special education classes. These families have a special printed pass to enter the bus lane for morning drop off. All other students arriving by car must be dropped off in the carpool lane. The first bell rings at 7:30 a.m. and the students are tardy at 7:40 a.m. when the morning announcements begin.

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.

Dismissal Reminders

Please plan to pick up your carpool and walker students before 3:15. Our students are dismissed at 3:00 and our walker area has been finishing before 3:10 on most days. If you arrive after 3:15, please come to the front office to sign your child out as a late pick up.

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. Also, please send your bike riders with a bike lock to secure their bikes to the bike rack.

Absence Notification

If your child is absent from school, please make sure you send in a note explaining the absence date(s) and reason for the absence upon return to school. We will need this note even if you're at home quarantining or a Positive COVID-19 case. Please email your absence excuse note to the homeroom teacher and our registrar, Ms. Rosales at arosale3@houstonisd.org

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

Please do not plan to pick up your child after 2:30 p.m. from the office. To ensure a safe dismissal, students will not be called to the office to be picked up after 2:30 p.m. Thank you for helping to make dismissal safe for all our students.

Spectacular Science!

The Spectacular Science Words for the week of February 14 is erosion.

Bobcat Birthdays!

Ms. Rose would like to wish a very special birthday to:

Nadia F. who turned 11 yrs. old on February 15, and is a fifth grader in Ms. Butera's class.

Ally M. who turns 7 yrs. old on February 19, and is a first grader in Ms. Baldwin'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.

Enrollment Schedule:

February – July Birthdays: Enroll through January

Resources and Community News

Parenting Together with FACE in Collaboration with DePelchin Children's Center

The FACE Department would like to invite you and your families to our mini-series on parenting in collaboration with the DePelchin Children’s Center launching on Tuesday, February 22. This three-part series will help parents promote emotional health strategies at home with students. Please help us spread the word with your parents and school community. We have attached our flyers in English and Spanish.

The sessions will be offered on Tuesdays in English and Thursdays in Spanish at 11:00 AM. The workshops are as follows:

Creating Positive Relationships

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Taking appropriate self-care

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Learning how to manage personal and other's mental health

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

To attend, join us here: https://bit.ly/FACEparenting. Or, by using the Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96271806142

A laptop will be given away during each workshop!

Westside Feeder Food Distribution - February 18

In partnership with the Houston Food Bank, the Westside Feeder will host a food distribution event at Ashford Elementary.

Date: February 18

Time: 10:00 a.m. - NOON

A Roadmap to Success - Connecting Schools, Parents, and the Community - February 19

The Multilingual Programs Department is hosting A Roadmap to Success Connecting Schools, Parents, and the Community district wide virtual parent event on Saturday, February 19, 2022. The event offers our district’s parents, families, and communities an opportunity to hear and learn the multiple stops of a roadmap to success for our Emergent Bilinguals. Each stop will explain its importance and critical role in a student’s pathway to academic achievement.

Click HERE to register

Children's Business Fair

Observe the opportunity for children to launch their very own startup business! Join us at Memorial City Mall on April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to see these young entrepreneurs in action!

Kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at our one-day marketplace.

All entries will be automatically entered in the business competition, and booths will be judged by fellow entrepreneurs on a variety of criteria, including most original business idea, highest business potential, and best presentation/creativity. Cash prizes of $50 per category and age group 6-7, 8-10, 11-12, and 13-14 (to be split among the business owners) will be presented at the conclusion of the fair.

This event is sponsored by Acton Academy, the Acton School of Business, Next Great Adventure, Lerner Realty Solutions (The LRS Team), RLD Bookkeeping & Tax Solutions, Amy Polak with Entre Results, and the generous support of our donors and volunteers. A special shout out to Lemonade Day Houston for their support too! We all believe that principled entrepreneurs are heroes and role models for the next generation.

Whether an entrepreneur is famous like Elon Musk, or Oprah Winfrey, or they are one of the thousands of unsung business owners across this country, these are the people who make sacrifices to innovate, create jobs and serve their communities.

***All program applications accepted and reviewed by April 22, 2022 will need to be accompanied by a $50 program entry fee per business. No refunds; no exceptions. A table and 1-2 chairs will be provided for each business. Weekly business coach Zoom calls and a session with Memorial City Mall's Visual Merchandising Expert will be available for program participants as well.***

PTO Nominations

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 presidentbbepto@gmail.com . 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.

Yearbook Sales

Order your 2021 - 2022 Yearbook Today!

$30 (Price will increase to $35 on March 12th)

Go to www.bbepto.com or CLICK HERE TO ORDER

No Yearbooks will be sold after March 20th, so please order now!

5th Grade Yearbook Dedications and Photos

Do you have a graduating 5th grader? Give them a shout-out in the yearbook! Dedications are $20 for 25 words or less. Order on the website at www.bbepto.com before March 5th. (Dedications are available for 5th graders only.)

We are continuing to collect 5th grade students' pictures. Send your child’s pictures (1 baby , 1 current picture). This is such a fun surprise for the kids at the end of the year.

Pictures can be sent to your child’s teacher or 5th grade coordinator fifthgradebbe@gmail.com.

Yearbook Photos

We are looking for some pictures for the yearbook. Please send photos of your child dressed for Valentine’s day, eating their bundtlets or other events from the year. If you have any, please share them with us! Please send no more than 5 photos for all events to bushptoyearbook@gmail.com and label pictures with your child's grade.

School Store

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

For any questions related to PTO please contact Val Shaikh, presidentbbepto@gmail.com.

We are now on Instagram! Follow us for the latest updates @bbepto. And Don’t forget to sign up for our Weekly E-Blast! For any questions related to PTO please contact Val Shaikh, presidentbbepto@gmail.com

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Continued Focus on Safety 2022

Updated policies on field trips, COVID-19 Quarantine and more effective January 3, 2022


COVID-19 Updates, News, and Resources

The Houston Independent School District is closely monitoring COVID-19 pandemic and is in contact with the Centers for Disease Control, Texas Department of State Health Services and Houston Health Department to ensure all students and staff members are safe and updated with the latest information. For more information please visit, https://www.houstonisd.org/healthalerts

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 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.