January 22, 2018
From the Principal...
What an exciting school year!
It has been an incredible school year so far starting with our solar eclipse, then hurricane Harvey, the Astros winning the World Series, snow in Houston, and last week ICE days...it has definitely been a year of the unexpected! We hope for some consistent and stable weather for the remainder of our year.
With that said, we are blessed to attend public school in Conroe Independent School District! When last year's calendar was constructed, CISD built in extra minutes to cover two possible inclement weather days. Therefore, students will NOT be required to make up any time due to last week's closures. (Hurricane Harvey days were excused by our state.) So at this time, students will not be expected to make up any school days, and this is wonderful news!
Last week was also the approval of the 2018-19 school calendar for CISD. It is attached below in PDF version for your planning purposes. CISD, and Buckalew specifically thank you in advance for planning all vacations outside of the school calendar.
We have finished all of our "Play-Dates for Play-Grounds" except for kindergarten's play-date in February! These have been extremely successful fundraisers going directly to our new playgrounds as we continue to fund-raise for 3rd and 4th grade. Please also save the date February 6th for Buckalew's Spirit Event at Kendra Scott, just in time for Valentine's Day!
Please pay specific attention to your child's teacher-communication for grade specific information.
Thank you for all you do to support Buckalew,
2018-19 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!
Important School-Wide Dates:
Please see your teacher's communication for grade-level and class-specific events.
1/25- 1st Grade Art Night
2/2 PTO Meeting 9:30
2/6- Kendra Scott Night 6-8pm
2/9- Progress Reports Sent home
2/9- Kindergarten After School Play-date
2/19- STUDENT HOLIDAY; Teacher inservice day
2/23- Go TEXAN DAY! Wear Rodeo/Texan Gear!
2/23-Spring Pictures (feel free to wear Rodeo/Texan Gear for Spring Photos!)
Keys to Success Awards
For the week of: January 15th:
Kinder: Leon Minami
1st Grade: Hanna Fraser
2nd Grade: Solomon Woods
3rd Grade: Isabella Tubbs
4th Grade: Presley McQuain
For the week of: January 22nd:
Kinder: Bailee Roberts
1st Grade: Jack Kelly
2nd Grade: Elizabeth Blethen
3rd Grade: Andrew Vance
4th Grade: Anthony Austin
CISD School Board Appreciation Month January 1-31
Buckalew appreciates our school board members!
Mrs. Melanie Bush, President
Mr. Datren Williams, Vice President
Mr. Skeeter Hubert, Second Vice President
Mr. Ray Sanders, Secretary
Mr. Scott Kidd, Assistant Secretary
Mr. John Husbands, Immediate Past President
Mr. Scott Moore, Trustee
PTO Financial Update
Buckalew PTO funds many things our school needs every year. Some of these annual needs include Think Through Math, Mathletics, Raz Kids, Brain Pop & Brain Pop Jr., Super Teacher Worksheets, iPads and iPad cabinets, field trips, author visits, and special grade level activities. These annual needs total approximately $50,000. Often, other needs come up for the PTO to fund, such as recent needs of replacing the refrigerator in the teacher's lounge, replacing all classroom projection equipment and replacing all classroom leveled reading book sets. Recently, district safety inspectors have found problems with some of the equipment on our two playgrounds. They have made some short term fixes and removed unsafe equipment. Ultimately, it was determined both playgrounds need to be replaced. Each playground costs approximately $75,000. The school district does not give the school any money to go towards the replacement of playground equipment. In order to meet these needs of our school, the PTO must raise $200,000.
With the amazing support of our community, we have been able to raise $110,000 so far! We replaced the K-2 playground in November. We continue to get closer to our huge goal of $200,000 with fundraisers throughout the year. Our Community Business Partners, T-Shirt Sales, Box Tops, Boosterthon Fun Run, Book Fair, Grade Level After School Playdates, Spirit Nights, the Fall Auction, and the 2017 Spring Carnival have gotten us this far. This Spring, we look forward to the Buckalew Bash Spring Carnival with Raffle and Silent Auction on March 24, 2018. The Buckalew 20th Anniversary is this year, and we will have a special engraved brick campaign to pave the area outside the biker/walker door. Details about this opportunity will be available in late spring. We hope to meet our goal of $200,000 this spring and install the second playground this summer! Buckalew is a great school, providing an exceptional experience for our children thanks to the support of our Buckalew Family! Thank you for making all of this possible!
Kendra Scott Spirit night will be February 6th, from 6-8 p.m. Come and shop in store or call in for orders to help support Buckalew Elementary.
Our inaugural MakerSpace stations were a huge success! Students were constructing mazes, paper airplanes, discovering how snap circuits work and building their own creations with IO blocks.
We'll be starting our second round of MakerSpace stations soon. Thanks to our successful book fairs in the past, we have been able to purchase lots of supplies for our MakerSpaces through Scholastic. There are a few items that we need to add to our supplies and we are seeking donations of the following: 9V batteries (used in our littleBits snap circuits), Legos: if you can spare a handful or two of the basic Lego bricks we can add these to what we have already (our students creativity outweighed the number of legos we have on hand!) and puzzles: 60 to 100 piece puzzles.
I've so enjoyed watching your students create, make and grow - looking forward to a great second half of the school year!
Play-Dates for Playgrounds!
After School Playdates provided by Buckalew's Grade Level Teachers!
Save the dates for your child to have an after school play date with the entire grade level!
Time: Immediately after school-4:45pm
Register by going to: BuckalewSpiritStore.com
All students must be picked up in the back parking lot through the car rider line. Crossing guards will not be on duty. For everyone's safety, we would prefer everyone picked up in the back parking lot by 4:45pm on the day of their play-date.
Kindergarten: February 9th AFTER SCHOOL TO 4:30 (PICK UP IN BACK)
1st Grade: COMPLETED December 19th
2nd Grade: COMPLETED January 19th
3rd Grade- COMPLETED December 8th
4th Grade- COMPLETED December 19th
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!
Parents just a reminder to send all transportation changes to school with your child in their backpack. E-mail changes are for emergency changes only and must be made before 2:00 p.m. Please note weather is not considered an emergency. For emergencies only, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure you get a confirmation that your change was received. 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.
Buckalew Visitors and Volunteers
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 and/or are around children, you must fill out the online CISD Volunteer Application. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete the application. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Click to see what's going on in Buckalew's PTO!
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.
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Community Outreach Parent Workshops
February 20th 6:30-8PM Resiliency
Denise Cipolla, CISD Guidance and Counseling Coordinator
9001 Cochran's Crossing Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381
April 26th TBA Love and Logic and Anxiety
Kate Turner Licensed Professional Counselor
Buckalew Elementary School
Parents, if you have photos that you would like to upload to be used in our Year Book from all Fall school events please do it now! We are submitting a first batch of pages to the publisher in just a few days! You can do so at replayit.com or via replayit app!
If you haven’t yet ordered your 2017-2018 Year Book, you still have time! Order now at www.josten.com $35.00 by 2/9/2018. Make it personal with cover personalization ($6.00)! Make it extra special for your student with a personal dedication add ($25.00, ordered separately from your year book order at www.josten.com under Yearbook recognition adds tab)
If you have any questions regarding your order contact Jenna Simpson at email@example.com.
Safety Reminders 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 unitl 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.
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A Full Price student meal is $2.85 and for a 2nd meal is $3.55. “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.
You can also limit your daily expenditures or snack choices or ala carte by calling our cafeteria at 281-465-3467.
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.