Buckalew Buzz 20-21 School Year

October 19, 2020

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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 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

Buckalew Families,


We have had another great start to the school year with our 2nd grading period kicking off this week and the return of over 100 students into the building. We have a LOT going on this month so please read through the Buzz .


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!


For questions or concerns, please make sure to visit CISD's Roadmap to Reopening, call our front office at 281-465-3400, or email contactbuckalew@conroeisd.net.


Have a great week!

Mrs. Price

#BetterTogether

UPDATED 10/5 IN PERSON PARENT INFORMATION

Please CLICK here if your child is attending IN PERSON.

UPDATED 10/5-ONLINE PARENT INFORMATION

Please CLICK here if your child is attending ONLINE.

Buckalew Calendar

October

10/11-10/24- Walk the Pathways

10/15- 23- Coat Drive

10/12-25- Online Book Fair

10/20- Fundraiser- Piney Rose Flowers & Decor

10/22- Spirit Night- MOD Pizza- Indian Springs

10/23- Fall Student Photos

10/26- 30- Red Ribbon Week

10/26- Suit Up Against Drugs/ Wear your super hero t-shirt

10/27- Voting For My Future To Be Drug Free/ Wear red, white, and or blue

10/27- Spirit Night- Gringo's- The Woodlands FM 2978- 12-9 p.m.

10/28- Too Bright For Drugs/ Wear neon

10/29- Say No To Drugs/ Wear red

10/30- Peace Out To Drugs/ Wear tie dye


November

11/2- Boosterthon Kick-off!!!

11/3- No School (Teacher Staff Development Day/Election Day)

11/4- Chipotle Mexican Grill- College Park- 5-9 p.m.

11/13- Boosterthon- Dance Fit!

11/23- 11/27- Thanksgiving Break

Picture Perfect Friday Video Pictures

We would love to include all of our remote students in our weekly Friday videos. You may submit photos by emailing Mrs. Smith at tonsmith@conroeisd.net . We are looking forward to seeing your smiling faces.

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October 20th- Piney Rose Floral & Decor

Join Buckalew all day for a spirit night giving 15% of sales back! Perfect time to grab some holiday gifts in advance, purchase a floral arrangement to brighten someone’s day, or buy yourself something! They have flowers galore and tons of decor in all price ranges! Great local shop to support!
You must mention Buckalew to get credit for our school!

October 22nd- MOD Pizza Indian Springs

Join Buckalew for our weekly spirit night! Dine in or take out! Everyone loves MOD! You must tell cashier you are here for Buckalew spirit night

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Photo Texas - Individual Student Photos

In School Learners Fall / Yearbook Pictures

Yearbook pictures will be taken during the school day on October 23.

If you would like to order photos, please use the prepay link below to order.

Photo Texas will mail prepaid picture packets to your home address.

We are looking forward to seeing your smiling faces!


To prepay online:

1. Go to http://online.phototexasphotography.com

2. Use online order code: PTPUC

Select your school

Remote Learners Fall / Yearbook Pictures

On Friday October 23 Photo Texas will provide three outdoor camera stations for our remote learners on the car rider line patio from 1-2 p.m.

Photos will be taken car rider line style. Parents will remain in the car and a staff member will assist your child with their photo.

If you are interested in ordering fall pictures, use the link below to prepay online.

Photo Texas will mail prepaid picture packets to your home address.

We are looking forward to seeing your smiling faces!


Picture Schedule by Last Names:

Last Names (A-L) 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Last Names (M-Z) 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.


To prepay online:

1. Go to http://online.phototexasphotography.com

2. Use online order code: PTPUC

Select your school

October 27th – Gringo's The Woodlands FM 2978 location-12-9 pm

Join Buckalew for in person dining or to go! Mention Buckalew so we get a portion of your sale back! This is an all day event so grab lunch with friends or do a family dinner there or to go!

Walk the Pathways

Our school is participating in The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department’s 2020 Walk the Pathways Competition! The school with the most participating students will win a trophy and special first place prize. Walk the Pathways is a friendly, socially-distanced competition between elementary schools to encourage outdoor activity and promote pedestrian safety through experience and games.

Please support our efforts by pledging online to walk the pathways near your home or our school at least once between Sunday, October 11 through Saturday, October 24.


How to participate:

1. Choose a park or pathway near your home or school to visit between October 11-October 24.

2. Show school spirit! Sport your school colors on your walk.

3. Submit an online pledge starting on OCT.11th declaring you walked the pathways. One entry per student.


Optional:

Visit for: www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/walkthepathwayscontest


· An interactive park and pathway map to plan your route

· Tips and videos about pedestrian safety to review before starting your walk

· Guides for games to “level up” such as chalking the sidewalk, leaving painted rocks and identifying wildlife, trees or plants.


Thank you for supporting our school. If you have questions, please contact the school directly or contact The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department at 281-210-3800 or enviro@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.

Walk the Pathways- TAKE a Photo for the yearbook

Walk the Pathways will be a great photo opportunity of your Buckalew Bear. Take a picture on a bike or scooter, selfie in the trees, or chalk some positive messages on the sidewalk. Yearbook Committee would love to put these photos in the Walk the Pathway page. This event is ongoing until October 24. Please email photos with name and teacher to: yearbook.buckalewpto@gmail.com

Buckalew's Virtual Book Fair

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We are working hard to keep kids reading and raise critical funds for our school with our Scholastic Online Book Fair from October 12 – 25!

The Fair will connect your kids to notable books and inspiring characters—helping them become lifelong readers. And you’ll love the new option to experience the magic of the shopping experience through a Virtual Book Fair!

Plus, enjoy these special online shopping features:

  • Access to over 6,000 products

  • All orders ship direct to home

  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25

  • All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with online shopping:

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/buckalewelemsch

Thank you for continuing to support our school.

Happy reading,

Jennifer West, Librarian

jgwest@conroeisd.net

Library donations needed

Please help out the library by donating;

1. adult size shoe boxes in good condition,

2. plastic forks; this includes sporks (the spoon and fork combination).

We appreciate your help.

Boosterthon

Save the Date! November 13th! Just Dance presents Boosterthon! We need your help raising funds. Our goal is to bring one to one technology, iPads and chrome books in the classroom! Get your dancing shoes ready!
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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 kpoints@conroeisd.net.

"Pawsitively" Awesome Character! October Trait: Kindness

Kindness is our October spotlight character trait. Buckalew Bears know that kindness is much more than saying nice words. Kindness is showing respect and care for others through our words and actions. Acting kindly is a choice a person makes despite how he or she feels. Will you choose kindness today?
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Save The Date!

RED RIBBON CAMPAIGN 10/26- 10/30

The Red Ribbon campaign has been devoted to the well-being of children since 1985. Times have changed, but the mission remains the same: support our nations families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug-free youth.



Buckalew Red Ribbon Week Spirit Days



Monday: “Suit up Against Drugs”- Wear a superhero t-shirt.


Tuesday: “Voting for my Future to be Drug Free”- Wear red, white, and/or blue.


Wednesday: “Too Bright for Drugs”- Wear neon.


Thursday: "Say No to Drugs"- Wear a red t-shirt.


Friday: “Peace Out to Drugs”- Wear tie dye.

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GT NOMINATIONS FOR 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR

Nominations are Due Friday, December 18.

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 tonsmith@conroeisd.net.

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!

Buckalew Elementary Facebook

Click here to follow Buckalew Elementary on Facebook.

Buckalew PTO Instagram

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Buckalew PTO Facebook

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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

The Buckalew Elementary PTO plays an important role in providing funds and support to our school. With your help, we are able to supply our staff and students with computer technology (Brain Pop, Dreambox & Razzkids), field trips, flexible classroom seating, library enhancements, author visits, literacy program enhancements, staff development programs, school beautification, teacher appreciation luncheons, and school security enhancements.


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

Thank you!

Buckalew Elementary PTO

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Yearbook

Yearbooks are on sale! We are offering 2 great deals. Buy a yearbook now and receive:

1. With personalization, 4 FREE icons

2. Entry in a drawing to win 1 of 5 free yearbooks!

Offer ends 10/23.

Order here: jostensyearbook.com

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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!

Water Donations

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.

Transportation Changes

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

By logging into Parent Access, you can check your child's grades, assignments, and attendance.


To access your child’s information online you must register for an account.

Please go to the following link and follow the directions below:


http://www.conroeisd.net

Click the “Student/Parent” tab

Click on “Parent Access Center”

Click “Register”

Get Connected!

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.


Key Features:

  • 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!

School Messenger

All SMS messages received from the Conroe ISD District Office and your child's campus will begin with "Conroe ISD:" and come from the subscribe code 67587. If you have not yet opted-in to receive SMS messages, you can do so at any time throughout the school year by texting "Y" to 67587.

20-21 Calendar for your planning purposes

Click below for FAQ's

The Conroe Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding these non-discrimination policies: Title IX Coordinator, 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, Texas 77304; (936)-709-7700 and the Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, Texas 77304; (936) 709-7670.

Please Visit the Roadmap to Reopening as Updates are provided regularly

The content on the Roadmap to Reopening webpage is designed to provide information relevant for the 2020-2021 school year. The details on this page are subject to change as we receive guidance from the Texas Education Agency, Governor’s Office, and State and local officials. Please check back often for the most up-to-date information.

Give the Gift of a TAE (Teacher Achieving Excellence)

Log Into "Parent Access" by clicking:


https://pac.conroeisd.net/


and click on the "Teachers/Staff Excellence" Tab.


Feel free to type your own message and send any staff a positive message!

Visiting the School

While at a Level 3 in CISD, parents are not allowed in the building. We now have added 3 reserved parking spaces for our parents if they do need something from the school. We ask that you park in one of the 3 reserved spaces and call the number rather than walk up to the door. This will maintain safety on a variety of levels.