Buckalew Buzz 20-21 School Year
November 2, 2020
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"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 and will go to their homeroom beginning at that time.
*disclaimer that items published in this newsletter may change due the COVID-19 pandemic*
From Mrs. Price
Just a friendly reminder, Tuesday November 3rd is ELECTION DAY, and NO SCHOOL for students. It is hard to believe we are in November already and that we are 3 weeks away from Thanksgiving Break (Nov 23-27).
We are super excited to kick off Buckalew's Dance Fit Boosterthon Fall Fundraiser! Over the next 2 weeks, you may hear the words "SPORTS. CITY. NOW!!!" or mention of Holly Hoops, Diego Huego, Pony Paige, and our famous BUDDY THE BEAR! We need to rally our community both remotely and in person for our Dance Fit Fundraiser. Our fundraising goals will help us get closer to our overall goal of 1:1 technology for both students and teachers. This goal will cost approximately $125,000! We are looking to purchase ipads for K-2, and chromebooks for 2-4. We are also needing updating of our teacher ipads that are over 7 years old. When considering fundraising efforts and goals, please understand that a student ipad including cover and charger costs $350 each, student chromebooks $250 each, and teacher ipads $450 each. With our pandemic, now more than ever, do we understand the need to continue to purchase and update our campus technology and thank you for always being amazing contributors to our fundraising goals!
Just a reminder, there are 2 different links below to review for success on the learning platform you have selected as a family. The remainder of the information in the BUZZ is applicable to our entire Buckalew Community!
Have a great week!
11/2- Boosterthon Kick-off!!!
11/2- 11/11- Food Drive
11/3- No School (Teacher Staff Development Day/Election Day)
11/4- Spirit Night- Chipotle College Park 5-9/ Wear your Favorite TEAM shirt
11/5- Wear your GUMMY BEAR Shirt!
11/6- Wear Fall Colors/Fall Themed Shirt!
11/13- Boosterthon- Dance Fit! Wear your Buckalew SPIRIT/Dancewear!!! (See Virtual Times below)
11/16- Spirit Night- Russo's Pizza
11/16- 11/20- Generation Texas Week
11/16- Be True to Your SCHOOL! - Wear your Buckalew Better Together t-shirt or another Buckalew spirit shirt.
11/17- I Have HIGH Hopes! - Wear your favorite high school t-shirt.
11/18- Buckalew STRONG! - Wear camouflage or Army green.
11/19- Hey, Go TEAM! - Wear you favorite college t- shirt.
11/20- Follow your DREAMS! - Wear pajamas.
11/23- 11/27- Thanksgiving Break
12/3- Spirit Night- MOD Pizza
12/4- Fall Student Photo Retakes
12/7- Spirit Night- Kendra Scott
12/18- Early Release- 12:10 p.m.
12/21-1/5- Winter Break
1/6- Students Return
1/18- School Holiday
Picture Perfect Friday Video Pictures
Buckalew's DANCE FIT Boosterthon
Are you ready to dance your way to our Fundraising goal of $35,000? All families that are both in-person learners and remote learners are encouraged to join us! We are dancing this year and adhering to all social distancing guidelines.
Join Buddy and Boosterthon to learn about important character traits and raise money for our school!
Buddy will be joining us every morning for our morning announcements and appearances at Car line and Biker/walker in the mornings to help motivate our families! Thank you Buddy!!!!!!
Important Boosterthon dates:
November 2nd is the Kick-off
November 2-13 Pledging!
November 13th Dance Fit Pep Rally for both in-person and remote learners
November 6 and November 13 weekly prizes are sent home
Go to www.Funrun.com to Register today!
Online Students~ you will be participating in Dance Fit Virtually with your In Person Class during Specials Schedule below. Save the date and TIME, with a zoom link to come from your online teacher:
3rd Graders 9-9:45
2nd Graders- 9:55-10:40
1st Graders 2:25-3:00
SAVE THE DATE NOVEMBER 13th
********Easy Ways to Donate Money to Buckalew PTO********
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! Just search for Buckalew Elementary on your digital account select and save!
Select Buckalew as your charity!
This is a simple & automatic way for you to support Buckalew every time you shop. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization & your selection will be saved for future purchases. Just remember to always login under smile.amazon.com.
Box Tops for Education
The traditional clipping of Box Tops is going away but the Box Tops app makes it so easy to just scan your receipt after you shop. Box Tops are worth $.10 each and can add up fast! Twice a year, our school receives a check to help pay for whatever we need. There are also times to earn Bonus Box Tops and the App will send you these notifications. Participating companies include General Mills, Green Giant, Pillsbury, Ziploc, Hefty, Juicy Juice, Annie’s and many more.
Remember to scan your receipt within 14 days of purchase or it will expire.
Cross Walk Safety
As a reminder, for the safety of everyone, please follow the instructions of the crossing guards. This includes walking bikes and scooters while in the crosswalk. Additionally, all students should wait to enter the crosswalk until instructed by the crossing guard.
Hi Buckalew Bears! I'm Mrs. Points, your school counselor. With each Buzz, I will have resources to support the social and emotional learning of our students. If your family has a specific need you would like to contact me about, please don't hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November's Character Trait: Gratitude
Gratitude is the positive emotion we feel when we appreciate the things we have. Shelter, food, and many other things can easily be taken for granted, but when we realize their worth, we become happier through the power of gratitude.
According to Harvard, gratitude not only increases happiness. It also improves our health, helps us deal with adversity, and supports our ability to form strong relationships. What are you grateful for today?
During Generation Texas Week, students dream as BIG as the state when it comes to their futures. During this special week, we will answer the question, “What’s next after Buckalew?” and focus on secondary and post secondary education and career choices.
Generation Texas Week
November 16th - November 20th, 2020
Be True to Your SCHOOL!
Wear your Buckalew “Better Together” t-shirt
or another Buckalew spirit t-shirt.
I Have HIGH Hopes!
Wear your favorite high school t-shirt.
Wear camouflage or Army green.
Hey, Go TEAM!
Wear your favorite college t-shirt.
Follow Your DREAMS!
New groups are forming this month and will begin meeting the week of Nov. 30th. Each group meets once a week for five weeks during lunch, thus the name Power Lunch.
Our topics include: What to do when I'm frustrated/angry, what to do when I'm scared/sad, having a growth mindset, and character traits such as kindness, courage, and gratitude. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me at email@example.com.
The deadline to sign up is Monday, Nov. 16th. Here's the link if you are interested in having your child join us:
GT NOMINATIONS FOR 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR
The window is now open for parent nominations for GT Screening and will continue through December 18. Parents may nominate their student for Spring GT Testing by completing the District Nomination Form, available through any 3rd and 4th grade teacher, or by asking Belinda in the front office. If you would like a form emailed to you, contact Mrs. Smith firstname.lastname@example.org.
All second grade students will participate in the CogAT assessment in December. 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 25 – 29 and February 1-5. Nomination forms may be returned to your student’s 3rd and 4th grade teacher OR to Belinda in the front office. ALL NOMINATION forms are due NO LATER THAN December 18!
The purpose of the 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.
President- Paige Perry
VP Fundraising- Amy Kemp
VP Parent Involvement- Heather Lozinak
VP Communications- Jackie Berry
Treasurer- Elizabeth Kutka
Secretary- Janelle Ray
Parliamentarian- Julie Naughton
Buckalew Elementary PTO Membership 2020-2021
We Cannot Do It Without Your Support!
The Buckalew PTO membership is a family membership (1 per family) and costs $25.
Your membership will include one copy of the student directory and 1 Buckalew Elementary Car Decal.
To purchase your membership online:
1. Go to www.buckalewspiritstore.com
2. Click on Buckalew PTO Membership to add to cart
Buckalew Elementary PTO
Ongoing Spirit event at Locker Room Haircuts! - All Year!
Ongoing spirit event at Locker Room Haircuts! $14 Rookie hair cut for the kids and Buckalew gets $2 back! Through end of the year!
Locker Room Haircuts is located in the back here by Target. It’s right next to Brothers Pizza and the old Golds Gym area. You can check in online and it makes it super fast!
Check them out and support our school!
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. Thanks so much!
We are excited to announce that ONE of our water fountains (outside of the cafeteria and gymnasium) has been retrofitted as a bottle refill station. Please make sure your child has their water bottle with them each day. In the event your child forgot their own water bottle, they will be provided a bottle of water. We appreciate any donations of cases of water while we have our water fountains off for sanitation reasons.
Parents just a reminder to send all transportation changes to school with your child in their backpack.
For emergencies only, e-mail Buckalewtransportation@Conroeisd.net
PRIOR TO 2 PM and make sure you get a confirmation that your change was received.
Please note weather is not considered an emergency.
Classroom teachers do not always check emails throughout the day or may even be absent and that request would not be received in time. If you have sent a note with your child it is not necessary to e-mail the note to the front office. Thank you.
From our Police Department:
A few friendly reminders in regards to school zone safety and car rider drop off safety:
- 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.
Determining Regular or Close Contact at School
- Individual who has had close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 up to 48 hrs prior to symptom onset.
- Individual who has had close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 within 2 days prior to the person developing symptoms and/or testing positive.
- Individual who provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
- Individual who had direct physical contact with someone who has COVID-19 including touched, hugged, or kissed them, shared eating or drinking utensils, or were sneezed or coughed on by the sick person while they had symptoms or within 2 days of the sick person developing symptoms and/or testing positive.
- The identified individuals may be required to quarantine at home for 14 days from the date of last contact with the positive person.
- The current pattern is those who do not wear a mask consistently during class are being quarantined.
- Face Shields alone are NOT CONSIDERED a mask or cloth face covering.
Parent Access Login
To access your child’s information online you must register for an account.
Please go to the following link and follow the directions below:
Click the “Student/Parent” tab
Click on “Parent Access Center”
Stay in touch with CISD by downloading our new mobile app!
Download the app on your mobile device today and select ‘yes’ to receive push notifications with the latest news and updates from the District.
- Push Notifications - Select ‘yes’ when you download the app to receive the latest push notifications from the District.
- Calendar Events - Add events to the calendar on your personal mobile device directly from the calendar section on the app.
- News - Check out the latest District-wide and school news all in one place!
20-21 Calendar for your planning purposes
Click below for FAQ's
Please Visit the Roadmap to Reopening as Updates are provided regularly
Give the Gift of a TAE (Teacher 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!