March 2, 2020
From the Principal
We are so excited for our upcoming FIELD DAY on Friday! March 6th is a 1/2 day for students and dismissal will be at 12:10. If you are volunteering for FIELD DAY and choose to take your child home with you when field day is over, we ask that you check out your child through their homeroom teacher after 11:15 at the conclusion of FIELD DAY. Otherwise, all students will go home their regular route. Students will be eating lunch in their classrooms on this day as well. See below for more details.
Our PTO continues to be fast and furiously planning for our Annual Buckalew Bash Carnival, so make sure you've saved the date of March 28 and look for more details coming regularly between now and this great event! This is our major spring fundraiser and huge family-fun event that you won't want to miss!
We hope you have a wonderful SPRING BREAK March 9-13th ahead!
Have a great week!
Important School-Wide Dates:
Please see the communication from your child's teacher for specific classroom calendar activities. Below are school-wide:
3rd - Primary Elections
6th - Field Day- wear grey BEAR active t-shirt
6th- Early Release 12:10
7th - 15th - Spring Break
17th - School Board Meeting
20th - Field Day Raindate
24th - Report Cards
26th - Fourth Grade Music Program
28th - Carnival
6th-9th - Campus Closed to Visitors - STAAR Testing
7th - Fourth Grade STAAR Writing
10th - Holiday
21st - School Board Meeeting
23rd - 2nd Grade Music Program- 6:00 pm
24th - Progress Reports Home
1st - PTO Meeting
2nd - Joint Elections
5th - Choir Concert
11th- 15th Closed Campus
12th - STAAR Math Grades 3 & 4
13th - STAAR Reading Grades 3 & 4
19th-21st - BOGO Book Fair
25th - Holiday
28th Early Release
March 6, 2020
8:25 – 11:00
Update: Thank you families for volunteering on Field Day. There are 49 spots still available for this event. The set up crew is epecially needed and will make a huge difference for all kids. They will meet in the gym at 7am. Thank you so much for your time and support! We have something for everyone: set-up crew, station “game” runners, water brigade, and more. Please take a look at our areas of need in this link
When Field day is over parents who wish to check students out will meet in the gym for a few minutes to allow all students to return their classroom. I will release everyone as soon as possible. Please do not take your student strait from field day; this is all for the safety of our students.
Field Day Schedule
4th Grade 8:25
3rd Grade 8:30
2nd Grade 8:30
1st Grade 8:35
Just a friendly reminder that Field Day is a half-day dismissal at 12:10. If you are a parent volunteer for Field Day and choose to take your child home after field day, you will be checking your child out from your child’s classroom teacher, not before 11:15 to alleviate confusion and ensure a safe check out process.
Lunch Schedule will be altered and Kids will Eat in classroom
Second Grade Program Decoration Committee
The 2nd Grade Program “Wing It!” is on April 23rd. In order to get the stage performance ready, Mrs. Ramirez needs help from parents who love to be crafty to set the scene! If you are interested in finding out how you can help, please attend the meeting on Wednesday, March 18th at 12:00 in the music room. I would love to see you there!
Positivity Project 2019-2020 #OTHERPEOPLEMATTER
THE POSITIVITY PROJECT'S MISSION IS TO EMPOWER AMERICA’S YOUTH TO BUILD POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS AND BECOME THEIR BEST SELVES.
The Positivity Project is Buckalew’s Study of Character Strengths, School-Wide Education & Positive Weekly Recognition Program. Feel free to ask your student about their journal or instruction by Mrs. Points through the specials rotation on Fridays.
Staff nominate students each week for being "Pawsitively Awesome". Congratulations to the students below:
From the Positivity Project:
This month's character trait is Perseverance. People who persevere complete what they start despite obstacles. People demonstrating high levels of perseverance are able to handle significant, sometimes repeated, setbacks in pursuit of goals. Simply put, they never give up.
We would like to extend our gratitude to all of our present PTO Board members for their time, commitment and excellence brought to each committee this year. As we approach the final 9 weeks of the school year it is time to plan for next years PTO positions. If you would be interested in helping in any of the areas listed below please contact Jill Gordley (email@example.com) for more information.
We are currently looking for help in the areas of :
Book Fair Co-Chair
Specials Team Liasions (Art, Music, Field Day)
Spirit Events - Lets Shop!!! 20% of sales will come back to Buckalew!
Week of March 2nd - DotDotSmile by Tiffany Moffett - Twirling Dresses and now boys clothing too www.dotdotsmile.com/tiffanymoffett
March 25th 6pm-8pm - Kendra Scott
Shop and enjoy light refreshments
Saturday, March 28th
3:00 – 6:30 PM
Rain Date: April 4th
3-6 PM Outdoor Fun
3-5:30 PM Silent Auction
6-6:30 PM Kid Raffle drawing
Enter through gym doors
Buckalew Bash Carnival
Admission and Kid Raffle Tickets are on sale now! Go to www.buckalewspiritstore.com to purchase OR scan this QR code now:
The 2020 Buckalew Bash Carnival will be held on Saturday, March 28th from 3:00 – 6:30 PM. In case of inclement weather, a rain date has been set for Saturday, April 4th.
This celebration is hosted by the Buckalew PTO and is open to the community – invite your neighbors and friends!
The always popular Kid Raffle is back as well as the Silent Auction which includes Student VIP Experiences, Parent VIP Experiences including Reserved Spaces, Class Baskets, and Amazing Business Bundles! Check out the Buckalew PTO Facebook and Instagram pages for videos featuring the Kid Raffle Prizes this year!
*NEW THIS YEAR*: Admission is $5 per person in advance (age 3+), $7 at the door and includes all games, outdoor activities, and game booth prizes.
Kid Raffle tickets are $1 per ticket = 1 entry.
Save money and time and purchase your Admission and Kid Raffle Tickets in advance!
We can’t wait to see you there! It will be a blast!
We are currently busy bees buzzing around getting all the plans in place for the Annual Buckalew Bash!
We need your help to make this event the best it can BE!
I am a part of the silent auction committee and we have been soliciting donations from the very generous businesses in our community.
Do you have something that you may be able to donate? Credit card points for hotel/restaurant gift cards, vacation property access or even your own business that wants to donate? We’d love to chat with you! No donation is too small!
Thanks for all you already do in helping our school, our kids and the community!
You can message me, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or carrier pigeon. I’ll make myself available!
Welcome To Collins Intermediate
We are so very excited to welcome our incoming 5th graders as Collins Cobras for the 2020-2021 school year.
All fourth graders will attend the orientations to learn about the fifth grade and all the wonderful things Collins has to offer. At the end of March, your child will be given a packet of information that will outline the different programs at Collins along with other important information for the upcoming school year.
Monday, April 27th 9:00 AM Fourth Graders Visit Collins
Monday, April 27th 6:30 PM Fourth Grade Parent Informational Night Collins Gym
Tuesday, April 28th 9:00 AM 4th Grade Parent Informational Meeting (repeat session)TBA
Mitchell Intermediate School Welcomes Your Child
Making the transition from elementary school to Mitchell Intermediate is an exciting event for fourth graders. The Mitchell Intermediate faculty is looking forward to helping you and your child with this process. We are already busy planning in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year. I would like to make you aware of future events that you will want to remember.
In the meantime, please take the opportunity to vi
sit the Mitchell Intermediate website at:
The website will better acquaint you with our fabulous school. You can even check out our parent newsletters by opening the Mitchell Messenger link.
Any child enrolled in a Conroe ISD school for fourth grade will have most of the necessary registration information needed for enrollment at Mitchell. You, as a parent, do not need to worry about enrolling your child for 5th grade at Mitchell Intermediate. However, I will be sending packets to your child’s elementary school that will contain information you might find of interest. You should receive the Mitchell Intermediate 4th Grade Orientation packet the week of April 6. If you don’t receive it, please contact the Mitchell Intermediate School Attendance Clerk, Linda Rusinski, at 832.592.8460 or at email@example.com
In the packet, you will receive a form titled “New Mitchell Mustang Information Form”. You are welcome to complete this optional form and return it to Mitchell Intermediate. Please do not email any information that includes placement considerations to me or the counselor. It is much easier for placement purposes if we have information on one consistent form. In addition, our staff will be busy helping our current Mitchell Mustangs and their families, especially with the transition to McCullough. Therefore, if you would like to set up a meeting to share more information than what can be indicated on the “New Mitchell Mustang Information Form, we will be scheduling meetings June 1-5, 2020 and July 22-August 7, 2020. You may set up a meeting with me, the 5th grade level assistant principal or the grade level counselor. Please set up a meeting to be held after this current school year has ended.
In the meantime, you will want to mark down important dates for orientations. Fourth graders are invited to orientation on Monday, April 27. They will take a CISD bus from their elementary school to Mitchell for orientation that begins at 9:15 a.m. Parent Orientation will cover information parents will find informative and is offered on two different days to accommodate conflicting schedules. Both sessions are identical; parents only need to attend one of the two orientations, on either Monday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. or Tuesday, April 28 at 9:15 a.m. Students interested in either band or orchestra need to plan on attending the Mitchell Instrument Evaluation Night on Thursday, April 30 (last names A-L) or Monday, May 4 (last names M-Z). Both sessions are scheduled 5:00-7:00 pm. If your child would also like to audition for percussion or saxophone in the band, an additional evaluation night is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Your child must also attend either the April 30 or the May 4 evaluation night prior to auditioning on May 5 for percussion or saxophone as band needs for these two instruments is very limited. You and your 4th grader may plan on arriving anytime during those scheduled hours to try out instruments in which they are interested. Local music stores will be able to answer your purchase/rental questions about the instruments.
We look forward to seeing you on April 27 or April 28 for parent orientation.
We have a selection of T-shirt’s and bows available still. They can be purchased from Belinda in the front office. Shirts are $15 each and bows are $8 each. Please have cash or check with you for payment.
For enquires please contact Taryn Andersen at Taryn.firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to thank Kumon Math And Reading Center of Woodlands West for their continued support to our school!
Kumon Math And Reading Center of Woodlands West-
Kumon strives to instill in children the desire to achieve and the motivation to learn on their own. Whether your child is seeking enrichment, needs help catching up or is just beginning his or her academic career, Kumon is designed to help him or her develop a love of learning. To learn more about our community partner please visit their website: https://www.kumon.com/the-woodlands-west/aboutcenter
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Please Register with CISD
For the safety of ALL students, we ask that any person entering Buckalew be approved through the CISD volunteer website. This includes classroom events, parties, classroom readers, volunteers, lunch visitors, etc. In other words, if you are visiting a classroom or are around children, you must fill out the online
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019-20 School Calendar
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!
CAR RIDER INFORMATION
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.
From our Police Department:
- 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.
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.
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Give the Gift of a TAE "Teacher's 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!
Calling All Bears!! Big-Bear, Little-Bear Program
We are excited to start our new program for the 2019 - 20 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: email@example.com or 402-661-0547.
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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.
Parent Access Login
CISD teachers on all campuses use Canvas courses as a way to communicate with both parent and students. As a parent, you are able to log into Canvas and see your student's Canvas courses which contain contact and classroom information provided by your student's teachers (both grade level and Specials). You can login to Canvas using the Canvas Login button our campus website (buckalew.conroeisd.net).
Please refer to the Canvas login instructions also found on our campus website to access your student's Canvas courses. The login credentials are the same as used for Parent Access.
Should you have any issues accessing your Buckalew student's Canvas course, please contact us at 281-465-3400.
Click here to login directly to Canvas.
A Full Price student meal is $2.85 and for a 2nd meal is $3.60. “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. We encourage you to keep track of your child's purchases online.
You can also limit your daily expenditures or snack choices or ala carte by calling our cafeteria at 281-465-3467.
Lost and Found
A friendly reminder to please label your child's belongings. **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.
Lost and Found is located outside of the school gym.
If you have any questions, please contact Joanna Altimas at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
- Sign in to your digital account.
- Go here to search for Buckalew Elementary
- Enter the school name
- 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.
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 email@example.com
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