Buckalew Buzz

August 14, 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

Buckalew Family,

We have had an INCREDIBLE first 4 days of our 25th year, with your children! I hope they have all come home with some great stories! For those of you new to Buckalew, the BUZZ newsletter is our main form of communication for all things happening within Buckalew and our PTO. The Buzz will go out twice a month. Your child's homeroom teacher will send a weekly newsletter via email on Friday's with all specifics pertaining to the grade level, or their specific homeroom. Please read through both carefully so you don't miss any important information.

This Buzz is "buzzing" with a lot of information regarding our school and from our PTO. Please take time to read through the layout and the information, so you don't miss out. We look forward to seeing all of you at our grade level orientations next week.

Thank you for an amazing start to our year!

Mrs. Price

Upcoming Events

**Please pay close attention to homeroom teacher newsletters for class-specific events.**


17- Library Volunteer Meeting

18 - PTO Welcome Brunch Friday, August 18 · 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. · Deacon Baldy’s Food Truck Park (come and go!)

18 - Spirit Night at Chick Fil A - Mention Buckalew Elementary with your order, and PTO gets a percentage of the proceeds.

Meet up with friends from school or get take-out to relax after a long week.

21 - Parent Lunches resumes. Please go to buckalew.conroeisd.net to make a reservation.

22 - Orientation KG 1:00/5pm, 2nd 10:30am/6pm, and 4th Grade 8:15am/ 7pm

24 - Orientation 1st 1pm/5pm and 3rd Grade 9:15am/6pm

26 - Big Bear, Little Bear Playdate - Saturday, August 26 · 10:00 a.m. · Lakeside Park


1 - PTO Meeting - Buckalew Library

1 - Kona Ice Spirit Night - right after school

4 - Labor Day (No School)

15-Fall Pictures

20-Read for a Better Life


5- Walk to School Day/End of 1st Quarter

6- Staff Development Day- No Students

9- School Holiday- Columbus Day

13- PTO Meeting- Bond Presentation

20- Picture Retakes

23-27- Red Ribbon Week

27- Storybook Parade

Buckalew Safety

As we continue to monitor safety practices on campus regularly, we would like to ask for your assistance in this practice. On a daily basis, through Active Start in the mornings, recess during the day, and even during PE when outside, we have adults approaching our students through the fence line of Lakeside Park. We kindly ask that you refrain from engaging your child or other children through outside parameters of our gates and doors. It becomes confusing for students to know who they should or should not talk to from the fence line. It becomes difficult for staff monitoring to differentiate who are parents or strangers engaging the students as well. We kindly ask that after you drop your child off and say goodbye, that you do not interact with the students from the fence areas. We thank you for your assistance in reinforcing student safety, as it is a public park with a lot of traffic throughout the day.

Conroe ISD Bond 2023 Information

August 1, 2023, the Conroe ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to put four propositions on the Nov 7th ballot for a bond referendum. Learn about the Bond Overview and Propositions here. Read how CISD BOND 2023 can impact the Buckalew Community as well as the entire district.

On October 13, 2023- Buckalew will have a speaker at our PTO meeting at 11:15 am in Buckalew's Library to speak about the BOND and the impact of CISD.

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- Parent Lunch Reservations -

Lunch Reservations

Parent Lunch Reservations will now be found on our Website. Parent lunch visitors may start August 21, on a reservation basis. We simply don't have enough space to accommodate those without 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. This will be available to start booking by the end of this week!

Click Here to be redirected to our Website

- From Specials -

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Then Buckalew Bel Canto Choir is just for you!!

Bel Canto is open to ALL 4th grade students at Buckalew no matter your musical background! We are renaming our choir this year with a beautiful new logo as well. You do not need to audition, just bring yourself, and you are welcome. Choir starts Tuesday, August 29th, BEFORE school from 7:10-7:55 AM and continues each Tuesday and Thursday unless otherwise noted. If you are interested in joining, please fill out the Choir Sign Up Form prior to rehearsal Tuesday 8/29. (Click on link above to fill out form or retrieve a form from outside the Music Room)

Please contact Mrs. Ramirez with any questions at sdramirez@conroeisd.net. More detailed information can be found on the second page of the Sign Up Form and will be sent after sign up as well. Hope to see you there!

Library News

New Library Volunteer meeting in the library Thursday, August 17 at noon. If you are interested in helping with your child's class come on by and learn how to check in and out books 🙂

From Mrs. Points

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Welcome to the Counselor's Corner! I am Mrs. Points, your school counselor. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns at kpoints@conroeisd.net. I look forward to working with your family. 😊

4th Grade Safety Kids - 2023-2024

4th Grade Safety Kids perform a very important role in our building. They are school leaders who model the best in hallway behavior and manners. Safety Kids welcome and assist other Buckalew students to class in a timely, positive manner. They also protect the safety of all students walking down our busy morning hallways. If your current third grader is interested in serving as a Safety Kid in fourth grade, please fill out the Safety Kid link.


Lunch Bunch

New lunch bunch groups for students will begin meeting the week of August 28th. Each group meets once a week for five weeks during their lunch period. The deadline to sign up for a group is Wednesday, August 23rd. For more information or to sign your child up for a group, please fill out the link below:


Conroe Cares

I am self-aware.

I can manage myself.

I am aware of others.

I can build relationships with others.

I can make responsible decisions.

Buckalew's Pawsatively Awesome Character Focus

August Responsibility

September Trustworthiness

October Respect

November Gratitude

December Caring

January Wisdom

February Kindness

March Forgiveness

April Perseverance

May Citizenship

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Moving House?

If you have moved or plan on moving please send an email to our Registrar, Lindy George on legeorge@conroeisd.net.

Thank you, PTO!

Our Buckalew Staff and community want to thank our PTO for the following upgrades that took place this summer! What a difference it makes!

  • Check out our BOOK VENDING Machine! More information about this coming soon!
  • Buckalew Bear Paw Prints along Alden Bridge and in front of Buckalew!
  • Bike parking for Visitors!
  • Front office re-design!

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Get involved with the Buckalew Elementary PTO!

Please consider joining the Buckalew PTO! Memberships and yard signs are currently available for purchase on the Buckalew Spirit store at https://buckalewbearspto.com. The cost of your membership helps support PTO activities and includes a copy of the school-wide student directory, if you purchase by September 19.

Upcoming Events

  • PTO Welcome Brunch: Mix and mingle with old and new friends. No agenda!Friday, August 18 · 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. · Deacon Baldy’s Food Truck Park (come and go!)
  • Back to School Spirit Night: Friday, August 18 · All Day! Chick-Fil-A (Alden Bridge) Mention Buckalew Elementary with your order, and PTO gets a percentage of the proceeds. Meet up with friends from school or get take-out to relax after a long week.
  • Big Bear Little Bear Play Date: Saturday, August 26 · 10:00 a.m. · Lakeside Park New families and returning families chat and play. Snacks! No agenda! (come and go!) Email buckalewbigbears@gmail.com to be paired with a returning family to answer all of your questions!
  • First PTO Meeting: Friday, September 1 · 11:30 a.m. · Buckalew Library. Come learn more about how we support Buckalew and how you can get involved! Bring the little ones. Bring a friend.
  • Kona Ice Spirit Night AND Big Bear Little Bear Play Date: Friday, September 1 · RIGHT after school · Lakeside Park Mix and mingle with old and new friends! Cool off with Kona Ice!

2023-2024 PTO Executive Board

President – Elizabeth Kutka

VP Fundraising – Catherine Boeger

VP Parent Involvement – Sarah Bartnick

VP Communications – Felisha Hennessey

Treasurer – Carrie Foster

Secretary – Jainelle Kemp

Parliamentarian – Brooke Roberts

Volunteer with the PTO

If you are interested in hearing about volunteer opportunities, please email BuckalewPTOVolunteers@gmail.com and let us know that you would like to be included on our volunteer list. You can also sign up using the QR code.

We currently have several PTO Board/ Committee positions available. We are looking to fill positions for Fall Fundraiser Coordinator (Boosterthon), Yearbook Marketing, 3rd Grade Photographer/ Yearbook, School Supplies, and several positions within the Carnival Committee. If you are interested in any of these positions, or would like more information, please contact Brooke Roberts, PTO Parliamentarian, manchin26@aol.com.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and check out our website BuckalewBearsPTO.com.

Our Purpose

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

We ask EVERY PERSON entering Buckalew to be approved as a CISD volunteer. This is for the safety of all students, as a background check is carried out.

Click the button below to complete the form. You will need your drivers license number;

- Information For Ongoing Reference -

Bring Your I.D

Please bring your ID with you each and every time you come to Buckalew. This is a safety layer that we check in all visitors.


When your child is absent, please call the school attendance line (281-465-3410) or email buckalewabsence@conroeisd.net 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.

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?

If you have lost or need a new car rider sign, please email the following email address with your child(rens) full name, home room teacher and grade, we will send 2 copies home with your child:-


Active Start and Breakfast

Active Start is a before school "free play" for students arriving at school from 7:30-7:45. Weather-permitting, students go to the k-2 playground prior to the start of school. Students arriving after 7:45 will go straight to homerooms.

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 buckalewtransportation@conroeisd.net. 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

ALL Parents should have received 2 CAR RIDER/Dismissal Signs at Meet the teacher. These are used for safety precautions when we are dismissing more than 700 students. We thank you for keeping 1 sign in each car.

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.

Drop Table

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.

Transportation Changes

To make transportation changes, please send a note in your child's backpack to the teacher OR email: buckalewtransportation@conroeisd.net 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:-

Lunch Information

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

Entree $3.00

Milk $1.15

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.

Water Bottles

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 gabinkwon84@gmail.com

Meal Application

MySchoolApps is the fast and secure way to apply for free and reduced meals online. Click GET STARTED to find out if your District participates.

Quick Links

School Cash Online

SchoolCash Online is an easy to use and safe way to pay for your children’s school fees.

CISD Technology FAQ

If you have questions on: volunteer application, Canvas, Parent Access, transportation, email or text updates, and more... please see the FAQ to help!

SMART TAG Bus Information

The District’s purpose for implementing the Smart tag program is to ensure authorized riders board our buses and improve the safety and security of students who utilize our bus transportation services.

Buckalew Student/Parent Handbook

PDF to help you navigate Buckalew-specific dates, procedures, and information. Please note that all information in the attached handbook is subject to change due to state and local policy updates.

23-24 School Calendar

We thank you for planning ahead. Please use this calendar for your planning purposes to maximize instructional days.
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