October 9, 2023
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Buckalew Bears Motto:
"Today I choose to BE Kind, Work Hard, and Do My BEst!"
Our school hours are officially 8:00-3:10. Students may arrive as early as 7:30.
From Mrs. Price
I hope you all have a wonderful LONG weekend ahead. Our staff spent today in staff development as we are life-long learners and planners for the best interest of your children every single day. Just a friendly reminder, there is NO SCHOOL Monday, October 9th.
We were able to reschedule our Chalk the Walk with our amazing PTO, for Monday October 9th, so please check their social media for details. Our reschedule date for Walk to School Day, will be Tuesday, October 10th. Please enjoy this time walking to school with your children. Our doors will be open at 7:30, and students will need to be in class by 7:55 to start announcements, so please plan your "walk" to celebrate and see the sidewalk "chalked" accordingly.
We invite all of you this FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13th, to join our PTO Meeting with a CISD BOND Presentation at 11:15 in our library. Find out how different propositions will impact Buckalew specifically, and your children throughout our feeder system. We will start the presentation at 11:15 if you just want to come and here the facts about the CISD bond. Please remember to bring your id and arrive early, if you plan to attend. You are welcome to stay for the PTO Meeting following the BOND Presentation, or you may come just for the presentation. Be an informed voter.
This coming Saturday, October 14 we will have our Bike Rodeo. This is a great opportunity to ride your bikes to school with your children and come to the back parking lot and learn about bike safety. See details below.
Our kindergartners have been on the announcements daily and are hosting a Coat Drive in conjunction with The Conroe ISD Police Department in their 21st Annual Coats for Kids Drive for the children of Conroe ISD. Last year CISD's coat drive brought in well over 1,100 coats, jackets, and hoodies were collected and distributed. We are currently accepting new or gently used (clean) coats, hoodies, and sweaters. Our collection boxes are in Buckalew's front office now through October 13th.
Last, if you haven't seen Buckalew's social media, we have been so excited to celebrate our students and reward them with a book from our Book Vending Machine! Thank you, PTO, for your support in celebrating our students and their love for reading! PTO's goal is to get a book in the hands of each and every student by demonstrating our school's Motto: Be Kind, Work Hard, and Do Your Best
Thank YOU for your support and for sharing your children with us.
Buckalew Bike Rodeo - October 14
Most of our students have bicycles and use them daily. Riding safely is a huge step in preventing accidents. Many accidents and injuries can be prevented with a little knowledge and safety equipment.
CISD Police will be at our campus on October 14, 2023 providing bike stations, safety instruction and more.
Date: October 14, 2023
Time: 9:00 - 11:00
Location: Buckalew Faculty Parking Lot
Contact Coach Russell if you have any questions
Storybook Character Parade October 27th
Buckalew Elementary is excited to announce that Buckalew students will be participating in a Storybook Character Parade on Friday, October 7th at 8:30am as we celebrate a successful first grading period of the year! Students in grades Kindergarten through 4th grade can dress up as a storybook character as they parade around the designated route.
Cinderella, Snow White, etc.
Greg Heffley (the Wimpy Kid)
Junie B. Jones
Nate the Great
Harry Potter , Hermione, Ron, etc.
You do NOT have to buy anything new for this event. Instead, be creative – make paper ears, a hat, or wear the clothes the character would wear. K-4 students MUST bring the book they are representing or make a poster replicating the book they are representing. Books may be used from home, the classroom or school library (if available). To support students’ feelings of safety and security in our building, violent or frightening characters are not acceptable. Please note that no masks, toy weapons, or props are permitted and will be left out of the parade if brought to school.
Children should come to school dressed as the storybook character, and should be able to go to the bathroom independently while in character. Students who do not wish to wear a costume may simply carry their favorite storybook in the parade.
Parents are invited to attend the parade, take pictures and cheer as the students walk by. The parade will take place in the large circle drive behind the school (route will be sent out soon). There is no need to check in through the front office or to get a visitor tag. You may head straight to the back-parking lot on the morning of the 6th to find your spot along the parade route.
You may receive more specific instructions from your child’s teacher regarding this event closer to the date. Please note, this is a perfect event if you choose as a parent, to combine your Halloween costume with your Storybook character. We will not have another dress up day for Halloween, as the children LOVE the excitement of ending their school day to go home and get their costume on October 31.
Thank you for celebrating our love of reading with us on this day!
Library Book Notifications
Conroe ISD Library Services enabled daily email notifications, so you are informed of the items checked out by your student. Daily emails will list the item(s) currently checked out. If the book(s) your student selected is not a good fit, please have your student return it to the campus library and choose a new title. If you have questions about the book(s), please contact the school librarian. Notifications for these daily messages can be managed in Parent Access Center (PAC). If you don’t have a PAC account, you will need to register for one to access the email settings. You can also view the item(s) your student checked out by logging in to Destiny Discover through your student's SSO account. You can further manage your student’s access to library materials by completing the Library Access Form found on the Library Services website along with viewing other helpful information. Please do not reply to this email as it comes from an unmonitored email account.
Buckalew After School Playdates
Save your child's after school playdate "date" now! More information will be coming through room moms and specific grade levels as grade level dates approach, but save the date now. The PDF below has live links to pay in advance for playdates for each grade level, so you can also RSVP now!
This year, money raised by these after school playdates, go directly back to each grade level teams to decide how to utilize this money for the growth of our students. That comes in many forms from technology, classroom books, treasure box prizes, instructional materials, and all the things your child's teachers typically invest their own money or wait until there are opportunities to fund certain needs. Each grade level uses these playdate funds differently, but your children have a BLAST with their buddies in a structured fun, after school setting with the entire grade level.
These are always very highly attended and we will be asking for your RSVP 3 days in advance for the teams planning purposes. You can start now and secure your RSVP by logging into your school cash account via schoolcashonline.com
Download Invite for Links
Download the Playdate Invitation here for each grade-specific link to schoolcashonline for your RSVP.
Conroe ISD Bond 2023 Information
Prop A in Bond 2023 includes 8 new schools. Conroe ISD schools are collectively at 104% capacity with some campuses exceeding 150% of capacity. The largest project in Prop A is a new high school for the Conroe area to relieve Conroe and Caney Creek High Schools. Conroe High School’s enrollment is over 5,000 students and projected to exceed 6,000 students in three years. New Schools in Prop A are as follows: Prop A also includes additions to 3 campuses. They are as follows:
Prop A in Bond 2023 includes 8 new schools. Conroe ISD schools are collectively at 104% capacity with some campuses exceeding 150% of capacity. The largest project in Prop A is a new high school for the Conroe area to relieve Conroe and Caney Creek High Schools. Conroe High School’s enrollment is over 5,000 students and projected to exceed 6,000 students in three years.
New Schools in Prop A are as follows:
Prop A also includes additions to 3 campuses. They are as follows:
**Please pay close attention to homeroom teacher newsletters for class-specific events.**
2-13- Coat Drive (Kindergarten Community Service Project)
13- PTO Meeting- Bond Presentation
14- Bike Rodeo
16-27- Pajama Drive (details to follow- 2nd Grade Community Service Project)
20- Picture Retakes
23-27- Red Ribbon Week
27- Storybook Parade
1- Boosterthon Kick Off
3- PTO Meeting
7- Staff Development Day/No School
9-4th Grade Music Program
11-17- Generation Texas Week
20-24- Thanksgiving Break/No School
30- 4th Grade After School Playdate
1- PTO Meeting
7-1st Grade After School Playdate
7- Choir Concert
14- 2nd Grade After School Playdate
15- End of 2nd Quarter/Early Release 12:10
Dec16-Jan 2- Winter Break
GT NOMINATIONS FOR 2023-24 SCHOOL YEAR – Nominations are Due Friday, December 15
The window is now open for parent nominations for GT Screening and will continue through December 15. Parents may nominate their student for Spring GT Testing by completing the District Nomination Form, available through any 3rd or 4th grade teacher, or by asking Nikki in the front office. If you would like a PDF copy of the form emailed to you, contact Mrs. Smith firstname.lastname@example.org. All second grade students will participate in the CogAT assessment in October. The CogAT assessment will serve as a GT screener for second grade students. Parents may now nominate one time per level of test. In other words, students may test once each school year to see if they meet district requirements and /or qualify in other subject areas. GT testing will be held at Buckalew during the school day the weeks of January 22 – 26 and January 29 - February 2. Nomination forms may be returned to your student’s 3rd and 4th grade teacher OR to Nikki in the front office. ALL NOMINATION forms are due NO LATER THAN December 15!
Arriving to School after 8am
Students are considered absent if they arrive at school after 9am unless they have a note from a health care professional for an appointment on that day.
Birthday/ Holiday Treats and Celebrations
Cookies are preferred birthday treats and must be store bought due to allergy, safety and sanitation concerns. Treats are served in the cafeteria during the students' lunch time and should be brought to school before 11am. No balloons, candles or deliveries.
Please email your homeroom teacher to check if there are any specific classroom allergies at least 1 school day beforehand.
CISD Parent Access Registration/ Login
Parents will need to register for Parent Access Center (PAC) account if their student(s) are new to Conroe ISD. Students previously enrolled in CISD will have an active PAC account. You can view your childs grades and other important information regularly. Instruction son how to register are below.
If you have difficulty accessing the PAC, please call CISD head office on 936 709 7752 or email email@example.com.
State law requires that children miss no more than 10% (18 days) of the school year. Students that miss more than 18 days are subject to not be promoted to next grade level. The law goes on to state that it is the parent/guardian’s duty to monitor the student’s attendance and requires the student to attend school. It is important for students to remain in school until the close of each school day at 3:10 p.m. unless illness has caused a child to leave earlier.
Instruction begins at 8:00 a.m. each day. Students that arrive at school between 8:01 a.m. and 8:59 a.m. are tardy.
State attendance is taken each day at 9:00 a.m. Students arriving after 9:00 a.m. will be marked absent for the day unless they have a signed note from a healthcare professional for an appointment that morning.
If your child is going to be absent, please contact the school attendance line at 281-465-3410 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state your child’s full name, grade, homeroom teacher, date or dates of absence, and reason for the absence.
If your child is arriving late or returning to school due to a medical appointment, please provide a health care provider’s note upon entering the school to ensure your student is not marked tardy or absent for the day. If you need to pick up your child for an appointment, please do so no later than 2:30 p.m. The student will not be called from their classroom until you arrive at the school. Please plan accordingly.
- Parent Lunch Reservations -
Go to Lunch Reservations and find the green 'Parent Lunch Reservation' button on our Home page. It will take you through to Signup Genius from there.
Click Here to be redirected to our Website
- From Nurse. Alison -
October is here and hopefully cooler weather is on the way. Right now cases of Flu are listed as minimal in Texas but it is time to get prepared.
The Texas Department of State Health Services provides great information. Click on the link below to learn more.
CISD Illness Policy
Now that we are back to school students are sharing germs. Just a reminder about CISD's illness policy.
If your child has a fever of 100 degrees or higher, he or she must stay out of school until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications. In addition, students with diarrhea or vomiting must stay home until he/she is diarrhea and vomiting free without diarrhea or vomiting-suppressing medications for at least 24 hours.
Thanks for helping to keep our Buckalew Bears healthy!
- From Specials -
4th Grade program
Attention 4th Grade families! Please save the date for the 4th Grade Folk Dancing Night, our 4th grade program this year, on November 9th at 5:45 pm and 6:30 pm. Please see Friday Folders for more information!
Keepsake 4th Grade Program T-shirts
Special Program T-shirts will be sold to commemorate the 4th grade program! They are a wonderful way to remember this performance with your student's classmates. The front of the t-shirt will have a picture in the theme of the program and the back with be the same theme with ALL 4th grade students' names listed. T-shirts must be pre-ordered and will be available for pick up the night of the performance, so don't wait! They will be $20 each and can be paid for online with School Cash. I hope you will join in purchasing a t-shirt to remember this special occasion!
To order a t-shirt, please order online through School Cash by October 20th. You can log in to your School Cash account and find the order page there. If you do not have a School Cash account, please use the link below to set one up. In order to receive a shirt by the evening of the program, this deadline is firm! Thanks for understanding!
4th Grade Recorders Information
All 4th graders will be participating in a Recorder unit in Music Class. Information is being sent home via Friday Folders. Please make your payment on SchoolCash Online by October 20th in order to receive the recorder color of your choice! The unit will begin in November.
A big thank you to our seasoned library volunteers filling in where needed these first few weeks!
If you would like to be added to the library volunteer e-mail sign up genius, please contact Jenny Bardoux, our Library Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com and she will add you to our list.
If your student has a lost or damaged book from last year it was added to School Cash Online in May and you received an e-mail letting you know you have an item to purchase. The expectation is those lost/damaged books are paid for BEFORE checking out books this year. Feel free to bounce back with any questions!
- From Mrs. Points -
OCTOBER 23 - OCTOBER 27TH
Buckalew Red Ribbon Week Spirit Days
Monday: “Proud to Be Drug Free” - Wear Red
Tuesday: “Peace Out to Drugs”- Wear Tie Dye
Wednesday: “Power to Be Drug Free”- Wear a Superhero T-Shirt
Thursday: “My Future is Bright"- Wear Neon or Bright Colors
Friday: “Close the Book on Drugs” - Wear Your Storybook Parade Costume
Presented by the Conroe ISD Guidance & Counseling Department
HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT Substance Use Awareness & Prevention WHEN | Wednesday, October 25, 2023
WHEN | Wednesday, October 25, 2023
6:30 - 8:00 PM WHERE | The Jett Center at Woodforest Bank Stadium 19043 David Memorial Drive Shenandoah, Texas 77385
6:30 - 8:00 PM
WHERE | The Jett Center
at Woodforest Bank Stadium
19043 David Memorial Drive
Shenandoah, Texas 77385
Buckalew's Pawsatively Awesome Character Focus
- Buckalew Bears PTO Information -
October PTO Meeting: Friday, October 13 · 11:15 a.m. · Buckalew Library
This meeting will feature a presentation about the CISD bond that will be on the ballot in November.
It’s time to purchase the 2023-2024 Buckalew yearbook! Yearbooks will be 10% off until September 30, 2023.
New this year:
-Parents have the option of purchasing either a hard copy or soft copy of the yearbook. You will be asked to choose your cover option during checkout.
-Parents can create two FREE custom pages that will print only in their child’s yearbook. Custom pages do not need to be completed at time of purchase.
-During checkout, the option to purchase a yearbook to donate will be present. Please consider purchasing a donation yearbook if possible!
To lock in the 10% discount price, please follow the directions above to purchase your yearbook using this link: https://web.treering.com/create-account/1016910708713746?PassCode=1016910708713746
Please direct any and all questions to Kristen Stocker or Kate Herring at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kroger Rewards and Boxtops
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 the best education for all children
(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.
Please Sign Up to be a CISD Volunteer
Click the button below to complete the form. You will need your drivers license number;
- Information For Ongoing Reference -
Need to send a Note to the Front Office?
- From The Attendance Office -
When your child is absent, please call the school attendance line (281-465-3410) or email email@example.com to explain the reason for their absence. To ensure the accuracy of your child's attendance records, please call, or email each day your child is absent.
Please remember that attendance is recorded 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 doctor's statement that verifies the appointment.
If your child will be out for an extended period, please let us know.
School hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. The tardy bell rings at 8:00 a.m. and students will be counted tardy if they are not in their classroom at that time.
We strive to dismiss all our students safely from our building. Please do not come to the Front Office at dismissal time to call your child from class. We cannot dismiss students directly from the classroom or in the hallway at dismissal time. Students will not be released after 2:30 p.m. from the Front Office.
If you are checking out your child prior to 2:30pm, please come into the Front Office and provide your identification. We will then call your child to meet you in the Front Office. Due to safety reasons, we cannot call your child to the Front Office unless you are here.
If you are checking your child out during specials or lunchtimes, please note that it may take a little longer to locate your child from their specials or lunch room and for us and them to get their back packs from their room. Please leave ample time for this if you have any appointments to attend.
Parents of Biker/Walkers - No Dogs!
We have an abundance of children and families who bike or walk to and from school. Many of your family members include your pets, joining you on your bike or walk to and from school. For your liability, and the safety of others, please refrain from bringing your dogs into the biker walker area beyond the posted signage. We have 2 signs in this area posted that should allow room for your dog, however, will prevent them from being in our most congested areas during arrival and dismissal. We have many children afraid of dogs, even though your dog may be friendly and well-mannered. We have also had dogs get into altercations with other dogs in front of this area and we kindly ask that if you choose to bring your dog, that they stay beyond the posted signs as you watch your child enter or exit our doors.
Thank you for your understanding.
Need A New Car Rider Sign?
Active Start and Breakfast
Breakfast is served in our cafeteria from 7:30-7:55 daily. See below for menu. See fees below for both breakfast and lunch.
Checking out your Child
If anyone other than a parent/ guardian checking out a student from our campus, we will need a note, sent in with your child, in their backpack on that day or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we do not have a note from a parent/guardian, the Front Office will call to get permission for your child to leave our campus.
The Emergency Card completed at the beginning of the school year is for us to be able to contact someone in a situation where we cannot get hold of a parent/guardian. It is not permission for those emergency contacts to check out a child, any time.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to keep our students safe whilst on our campus.
Car Rider/ Dismissal Sign
For KG ONLY: We are requiring Kindergarten parents only at Biker Walker to carry this sign with them to pick up their child at the biker walker doors. With our growing enrollment and various staff members on duty, it adds an extra layer to make sure we are connecting the correct kindergarten student with their care giver.
Take a photo of the sign? We have had several people ask if they can use a photo of this Dismissal Sign on their phone. The answer is YES! Feel free to take a picture to keep on your phone in case of transportation changes or loss of the sign, or emergency instances with severe weather. Please know that the original sign is IDEAL, as it is designed for those calling dismissal to be able to read. On a cell phone, that will slow down the line.
1. Bus rider (eligible if home is 1 mile or further from school) Bus routes are posted online on and you can check the link below in "what bus do I ride". You can also register your child for the bus by clicking the link below in the Buzz. You can also register for CISD SMART TAG
2. Car Rider Signs. The car rider line will be at the rear of the school and the bus line will be at the front of the school. ALL Parents should have received TWO car rider signs (yellow) at Meet the Teacher night. Please display the car rider sign in your front passenger window so our staff can read your card. See below to help you navigate our car rider line if you are new.
3. Day Care. Day care vehicles drop off and pick up students in the front of the school with the buses. If your child will not be riding the day care bus due to an early pick-up or transportation change, please notify the day care so they know your child will not be riding that day.
4. Biker/Walker. Kindergarten students must have a parent/guardian/designated adult present with the car rider sign at the Biker Walker doors (under the patio) at dismissal in order to walk or bike home. All other Biker Walkers will exit the school near the bike racks. All other biker/walkers are released at dismissal to ride or walk home independently.
On severe weather dismissal days, students will not walk or bike ride home. If your child is a biker/walker as your primary mode, then you will be a car rider on severe weather days. There is no rainy day dismissal.
We offer parents the courtesy of a drop table to deliver forgotten items, which is located in our Front Office. There are pens, paper and tape available for you to use to clearly identify items for your child to pick up. We will call the classrooms at 10am to inform all students of items on the drop table.
Please make sure lunches and birthday cookies are clearly labeled and brought into our school before 11:15am so that we can send them to the cafeteria on our lunch cart, for the allotted lunch times. We have limited staff available after this time.
We thank you for understanding.
To make transportation changes, please send a note in your child's backpack to the teacher OR email: email@example.com prior to 2pm with your childs full name, grade and homeroom teacher. Any changes submitted after 2pm will not be seen until the following school day.
Alternatively, please print the form to the Front Office below:-
We are working with our students on understanding the lunch-buying process. It can be quite confusing for our elementary students. We are currently speaking with our students and explaining to them, if they bring a lunch, they should eat their lunch before going through the line and purchasing an additional lunch. As we try and navigate each student through the lunch line, every child has a different need, and we never want to deny students from going through the lunch line. We encourage you to communicate with your child your expectations in either: eating the lunch you are providing/packing; buying extra lunch only and going through the line one time; or explaining that if they go through the line a second time, their account is charged again. We also encourage you to check your child's account, by going to the link below and you can check and monitor your child's purchase history, and if necessary put a limit on the account by contacting our cafeteria directly.
Student Breakfast $2.00
Student Reduced Breakfast $.0
Non-Student Breakfast/ 2nd Student Breakfast $3.30
Student Lunch $3.20
Student Reduced Lunch $.40
Non-student Lunch/ 2nd Student Lunch $4.60
Fruit/ Vegetable/ Grain $1.75
A La Carte
- Extra entrees, extra sides, chips, cookies, etc. are all charged a la carte prices and are not included in the meal.
- For example, if a student gets a meal of chicken smackers, mashed potatoes, and milk, but wants an extra portion of chicken smackers, the extra portion is not considered a part of the meal and will be charged an additional $3.00.
- If a parent wishes to restrict a la carte purchases, please contact the Child Nutrition Office.
You may prepay by using My School Bucks. You will find a link to this service, lunch menus, and other helpful information by clicking on the child nutrition resource button below. If you would like to put a cap on your child's spending on your lunch account, then please notify our cafeteria manager by calling 281-465-3467.
Children are encouraged to bring water bottles each day. Please clearly write your child's name on the bottle with permanent marker.
Lost and Found
A friendly reminder to please label all of your child's belongings with first name and last initial or last name. **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, which is located right outside of the gym. We really hope to reunite these lost items with their owners before the break!
If you have any additional questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org