March 2, 2022
Mark Your Calendars!
As HISD continues to monitor COVID-19 trends and consult local COVID-19 guidance, HISD is relaxing its mask mandate effective, March 1, 2022. Masks within HISD schools, facilities, and school buses will become optional. Masks will be available inside the building for any student, employee, or visitor.
Students, staff, and any other HISD stakeholders that may need an additional layer of protection or are exhibiting symptoms of a communicable disease, are highly encouraged to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. Anyone wanting to wear a mask can still request one when entering an HISD building.
The district will continue to monitor all COVID-19 data and trends and will be prepared to update its protocols in the event of community or localized COVID-19 outbreaks and recommendations from health authorities.
Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Bush Elementary
March 8, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Bush Elementary will host a FREE COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for all current students. Registration will be onsite only, and a parent must be present. Parents will need to check in at the office with a valid government issued ID. Then, your child will be called from class and you will monitor your child while they receive the vaccination.
If you have any questions please email Ms. Alicia Carter with the Houston Health Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date! - Spring Photos
March 23, 2022
Details coming soon!
Name that Book - 3rd -5th Grade
A special thank you to our Name That Book sponsors, Ms. Miles and Ms. Miller for all their continuous support and handwork leading up to the competition.
Social and Emotional Learning with Ms. Jones
What does self-love mean?
It means accepting your emotions for what they are and putting your physical, emotional and mental well-being first. We know that self-love motivates you to make healthy choices in life. When you hold yourself in high esteem, you're more likely to choose things that nurture your well-being and serve you well.
This Week's Activity: "What I Love About Being ME" by Big Life Journal
There are so many things that make you unique and wonderful. Here is a fun activity to create a fluttering heart filled with reminders of what makes you so special!
Original Works Art Fundraiser
All artwork and order forms must be received by March 29. Ms. Orta is excited to see what great projects our students create!
Is That My Jacket?
We have many jackets in our Lost and Found waiting to be picked up by their rightful owners. On March 10, all jackets without names on them will be placed on tables by the bike rack outside for parents to come and find their child's jacket. If your child has lost a jacket without a name in it, please make sure to stop by the bike rack on March 10 between 7:20 - 7:45 am or 2:15 - 2:45 p.m. All jackets and sweaters that are not picked up by March 11 will be donated.
Date: March 10, 2022
Time: Arrival -7:20 - 7:45 am
Dismissal - 2:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Location: By the Bike Rack
As a reminder, please label your child/children's jackets/winter clothing so that we can return their lost jackets to their classrooms. Also, please remember that in school, students need to have dress code jackets in solid red, white or navy. Their outside jackets worn for recess do not need to be in dress code colors, they can be any color.
Free COVID PCR 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. If you no longer want your child to be tested, you may opt out by emailing your child's teacher to let them know.
2022-2023 Registration Dates
Stay up to date by reading our newsletter, the Paw Prints, and the marquee.
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
- 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. Also, please send your bike riders with a bike lock to secure their bikes to the bike rack.
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:
Ian B. who turned 7 yrs. old on February 27, and is a second grader in Ms. Brown's class.
Nina C. who turned 8 yrs. old on February 27, and is a second grader in Ms. Brown's class.
Nicolas G. who turned 11 yrs. old on February 28, and is a fifth grader in Ms. Harris's class.
Kaixin J. who turns 8 yrs. old on March 5, and is a second grader in Ms. Sheth'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.
February – July Birthdays: Enroll through January
Resources and Community News
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.***
In May, we will be hosting an international Festival in celebration of our 30th Anniversary! We want to highlight all of the amazing cultures and countries which are represented by our families here at Bush. To do this we need YOUR HELP! If you would be interested in helping to represent your country or background please attend our informational meeting Friday, March 4 at 9:30 am on Microsoft TEAMS.
Please fill out this INTEREST FORM by 3/3.Here is the link for the TEAMS MEETING. It will also be emailed on Thursday if you fill out the interest form
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.
A few of the positions are:
President and Vice President
Fundraising Event Coordinator
Family or Staff Hospitality
Nature Center Coordinator
School Store Coordinator
If any of those sound interesting to you, check out our website for more information about the roles: Job Descriptions or email our PTO President at email@example.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.
Marco's Pizza Spirit Night!
Order your 2021 - 2022 Yearbook Today!
$30 (Price will increase to $35 on March 12th)
Go to www.bbepto.com or CLICK HERE TO ORDERNo 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking for some pictures for the yearbook. Please send photos of your child from TWOsday, Go Texan Day and any other events. 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.
School store on the go will be back after spring break! Keep an eye out here or on our facebook page for more details. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.