March 2, 2022

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Mark Your Calendars!

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Mask Update

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

Ages: 5-11

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

Save the Date! - Spring Photos

Individual Spring Photos

March 23, 2022

Details coming soon!

Name that Book - 3rd -5th Grade

Congratulations to the 3rd - 5th Gr. Name that Book Team for winning second place in Tuesday’s contest. Thank you to the following students and their parents for working hard to make the team a success: Lydia Smith, Shrivas Javidi, Aneya Surse, Pranav Limaye, Samantha Alvarez, Ved Windlass, and Tanvi Mahajan. We're so proud of both of ourName That Book teams!

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

As we have done in the past, our students will have an opportunity to participate in the Original Works Art Program. Take advantage of a creative opportunity to support your child and our school through the Original Works Art Fundraiser. Your child can create their own masterpieces that can be turned into custom keepsakes. These keepsakes make great gifts for family members or to keep and enjoy. They can use artwork they have already completed or create new works of art on the paper provided. Please check your child's backpack this week for more information.

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

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 .

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

Registration dates for the 2022-2023 school year will be announced in April on our website and in the Paw Prints. Intent to Re-Enroll and Sibling Registration dates will also be announced in April.

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 or send documentation to Nurse Guider so she can update your child's immunization record.

Double Vaccinated?

Please make sure Nurse Guider has a copy of your child's proof of 2 doses of an approved COVID vaccination if you choose to vaccinate your child.

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
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • 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

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 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 28 is fossils.

Bobcat Birthdays!

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 for more details or to make your purchase.

Enrollment Schedule:

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.***

International Festival

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

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.

A few of the positions are:

  • President and Vice President

  • Secretary

  • Treasury team

  • Business Partnerships

  • Fundraising Event Coordinator

  • Family or Staff Hospitality

  • Volunteer Coordinator

  • Nature Center Coordinator

  • Directory team

  • School Store Coordinator

  • Website Coordinator

  • And more!!!

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 . 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!

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Yearbook Sales

Order your 2021 - 2022 Yearbook Today!

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


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 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

Yearbook Photos

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 and label pictures with your child's grade.

School Store

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

For any questions related to PTO please contact Val Shaikh,

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,

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Continued Focus on Safety 2022

Updated policies on field trips, COVID-19 Quarantine and more updated for 2022.