Buckalew Buzz

October 22, 2018

From the Principal...

Welcome Buckalew Families!

What an incredible month of October! We REACHED OUR GOAL OF raising over $30,000 through your support during Boosterthon last week. One of the many reasons we choose Boosterthon as a company to help us raise funds for instructional and enrichment programs, is the engagement, education, and excitement that comes with their program. Another amazing thing about Boosterthon is that almost 60% of the funds raised were from outside of our direct parent donations! Our students loved the visual of tracking our donations geographically. We were able to raise funds from every state in the United States and even branched outside of the United States to 14 countries! That is incredible!

This week is Red Ribbon Week. Please see below as each day is a spirit day with what to wear. We also have our Playgrounds Open this Friday after school for our families.

One last thing to highlight in this weeks Buzz is the incredible support our community wants to provide to one of our very own Buckalew Bears battling cancer. Please see below for more on #TeamCam Day October 30th.

Thank you for your incredible support and for sharing your children with us!

Mrs. Price

Important School-Wide Dates:

Please see your teacher's communication for grade-level and class-specific events.


22nd –26th Red Ribbon Week (see below for spirit days)

22nd- Wear RED

23rd- Wear Superhero Shirt

24th- Wear Tie-Dye Shirt

25th- Wear TEAM Shirt

26th-Wear Camouflage or Army Green

26th- KONA ICE BOOSTERTHON Reward during lunch/recess

26th- Playground Celebration after school-5pm

30th- #TeamCam Day (see below) Wear Astros/Orange/TeamCam shirt


2nd-Picture Retakes / PTO Meeting 9:30 a.m. in the Bistro

5th-10th- Food Drive

6th- Spirit Night- Learning Express Toys of The Woodlands Alden Bridge

8th- Third Grade Music Program 6:00 p.m.

13th- Community Out Reach Workshop Powell Elem. 7:00 p.m.

16th- Progress Reports

19th-23rd- Thanksgiving Break


12/7 - Toy Drive

Playground Play Date This FRIDAY!

Please come and enjoy our beautiful new playgrounds on October 26th from 3:10pm - 5pm. We will be celebrating our generous families and our 20th anniversary with playtime and of course cake! For safely purposes, please supervise your children at all times throughout the event. We’d like the whole family to safely enjoy this event, please no drop offs. Children must remain with a parent/guardian at all times. We look forward to seeing our wonderful families!


Our Buckalew families have always shown love for our school and community. We would like to extend this love to one of our Buckalew Bears, Cameron Gooch, who began with us in kindergarten and is now a 4th grader in Mrs. Jameson's and Mrs. Hveem's classes.

Cameron Gooch continues his courageous and long fight against cancer. His family and sister, Audrey Gooch, a 2nd grader in Mrs. Senger's class, are sharing their personal story of love and strength with us (please read Cam's full story in the attachment below). Please save the date for October 30 when we will be celebrating Cameron by wearing a #TeamCam, Astros or orange shirt.

Many of our students have shared classes with either Cameron or Audrey and our Buckalew families have come forward to ask how we can all help support this fight for Cameron.

Buckalew will be doing "Cards and Coins for Cam" from our kids on October 30. Feel free to create a card at home with your family and bring in cash/coins/checks. Our students will have an opportunity to donate to surround Cameron with kind words as we find ways to help show our support of the Gooch Family.

Wear your #TeamCAM shirt, orange shirt, or Astros shirt on October 30

You can follow Cameron's Story:

On Facebook: @cameronupdates

YouTube Video Link: Initial Diagnosis and Make a Wish Day

Want to do More? #TEAMCAM Go Fund ME Account

Many community members have asked what else can be done to help. The community has set up a Go Fund Me Account for The Gooch Family. Click HERE to donate.

Picture Perfect Friday Videos!

Each Friday on announcements we highlight a video called "Picture Perfect Friday". Below are the links since our last BUZZ. We hope you enjoy!


Week 9

Buckalew School Directory

The Buckalew School Directory is being prepared and will be distributed to all parents in the coming months. If you do not want to be in the directory, you can opt out by sending an email to Natalie Ha, natalieha711@gmail.com

RED Ribbon Week is HERE

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Mark Your Calendar in Red

On October 22-26, 2018, Buckalew will join schools all over the U.S. in celebrating Red Ribbon Week to promote the education and prevention of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol abuse. Our daily themes include fun dress options to show our commitment to drug free living:

MondayProud to Be Drug Free! Wear Red.

Tuesday I’m Too Super to Do Drugs! Wear a Superhero Shirt.

Wednesday Drugs Won’t Tie Me Down! Wear Tie Dye.

Thursday Team Up Against Drugs! Wear Your Favorite Team Shirt.

Friday Join the Fight Against Drugs! Wear Camouflage or Army Green.

4th Grade MUSICAL Information

Dear 4th Grade Parents,

The 4th grade musical, “Freeze Frame,” is coming up on December 6th and rehearsals are well under way already! We need your help to make this program a success! If you are interested in helping behind the scenes with decorations, costumes, and more, please attend the informational meeting in the music room on Wednesday, November 7th from 12:15-12:45. Details will be given and assignments made then!

Thank you for choosing to invest in our students!

Musically yours,

Mrs. Ramirez

Parent Workshops

Download a calendar of Parent Workshops designed as Community Outreach Workshops. Topics included:
  • A Parent's Guide to Cyber Safety 11/13- 6-7pm @ Powell Elementary
  • What You Need to Know about Social Media's Impact 10/24- See Picture Below
Dates are below in PDF.
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The Positivity Project Comes to Buckalew!

This year, Buckalew will be joining forces with The Positivity Project to teach our students such character traits as:

  • Teamwork
  • Perspective
  • Bravery
  • Gratitude
  • Kindness
  • Self-Control
  • Perseverance
  • Enthusiasm
  • Forgiveness
  • Leadership

Each week, we will be recognizing students from every grade level who exhibit "Paws"itively Awesome Character! Each student is recognized on the announcements, they receive a certificate to take home, a "PAW" with their name on it displayed in the main hallway. Check out this week's winners!

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The PTO would like to thank you all for bringing in your Box Tops for Education! You were able to collect enough box tops to earn over $650 for our school!

The following classes were the top collectors in each grade. They will be treated to popsicles party and extra recess on the new playground!

For Kindergarten ….. Mrs.Mader’s Class

1st grade ….. Mrs. Balzer’s class

2nd grade ….. Mrs. Senger’s class

3rd grade ….. Garrett’s Class

And our 4th grade winner and also the class to collect the most Box Tops out of the entire school…. The 2018 Fall Box Top Champions are the students from Mrs.Hanna’s class

Community Partners

We would like to thank Hunter Family Orthodontics for their continued support to our school!

At Hunter Family Orthodontics, our patients are our number one priority. That’s why we have made it our mission to provide the highest quality orthodontic care in a happy, family-friendly environment that prides itself on open communication, mutual respect and compassion. From our newest patients to the patients we’ve known for years, we take great care in treating everyone like family in hope of building lifelong relationships. And to do this, we know the importance of creating a foundation of care that is based on honesty, integrity and excellence.

To learn more about our community partner please visit their website: http://hunterfamilyortho.com

Buckalew Elementary LOVES our volunteers!

It is never too late to start volunteering at our great school. There are plenty of small and large opportunities that can use your help. Contact Tracy K. to help you get involved.



It is time to begin our tin can collection! We will need soup cans from each family, labels removed and cleaned. Please place your cans into the large, labeled pot located in the school's front lobby. THANK YOU!


November 6th- Learning Express- Join us for a Spirit Event at Learning Express on Tuesday, November 6th. Get some early holiday shopping done at a 10% discount and the other 10% is given back to Buckalew! This event lasts ALL DAY!

Republic Grille Family Event on December 5th 11am-9pm

Grab your friends and family and enjoy a great meal together at the Magnolia location. Drop your receipt in the donation box next to the hostess stand and 15% will be given back to Buckalew.

Always There Bears!

For the month of September:

Buckalew celebrates the following classes and their commitment to school attendance!

Kindergarten - Mrs. Warren's Class

1st Grade - Mrs. Fuller's Class

2nd Grade - Mr. Cohen's Class

3rd Grade - Mrs. Depoy's Class

4th Grade - Mrs. Jameson's Class

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Playground Celebrations-Save the Dates!

Friday October 26th- After School-5pm

Saturday December 1st- 9-11

Friday Februrary 8th- After School-5pm

Saturday April 13 - 9-11am

GT NOMINATIONS FOR 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR – Nominations are Due Wed. December 19

The window is now open for parent nominations for GT Screening and will continue through December 19. 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. 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 during the weeks of January 28 – February 1 and February 4-8. 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 19!


We are looking forward to seeing all of your great pictures that you took at Walk to School Day and Boosterthon.

Some photo/uploading tips:

· When submitting pictures for our yearbook, we are looking for snapshots that were captured on our campus.

· For all events: due to limited space on the yearbook pages, 2-5 children per picture would be wonderful!

· Please upload pictures within 7 days of the event.

· You will be submitting your photos online via our private photo submission webpage.

Photo Upload Steps:

1) LOG ON TO: www.images.jostens.com

2) Enter Login ID: 410533920

3) Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload, click on “Select My Images”. You can select more than one image at a time.

4) Enter information about the photo (name of individual(s)). If more than one person in the photo, list additional names in the description column.

5) Click “Upload Chosen Images”


Don’t postpone to order your Yearbook online at www.jostens.com . Order by October 19 to take advantage of the lowest price of the year of $30.00. Yearbook personalization is $6.00. For a limited time only get 4 free icons with your personalization, this offer ends on October 19! Please be aware the yearbook price will go up to $35.00 on October 20.

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Buckalew Visitors and Volunteers

Safety is our top concern, and surveillance cameras are placed at all doors and in the hallways of our school. Each camera records all activity. All outside doors are locked including the front doors. Please be sure to have your driver’s license with you during every visit to the campus.

Upon arrival, please see the receptionist for a visitor’s tag. The receptionist will ask for your driver’s license. It will be scanned using a system that is connected to the database that provides an alert of any person who may jeopardize the safety of our campus. If no such alert is discovered, the receptionist will then electronically permit entrance into the building.

Each time you enter the school, please remember to bring your license. The nametag given to you on each visit will show the date and the purpose of your visit. Please know that every visitor must have a name tag, and anyone without it will be stopped. Even though this is time consuming, it is essential to our children’s safety. For your child’s protection, parents and visitors are not allowed to go to their child’s classroom to pick him or her up during or at the end of the day. All check out is through the front office. Please allow students to walk to classrooms independently in the mornings and to go to the designated areas for dismissal in the afternoons.

If you need to pick up your student, you will be asked for your driver’s license. Students will only be released to parents with ID, unless we have written correspondence or an email to brobinson@conroeisd.net with identifying information on who will be picking up the student.

If you plan to be in the building during the school day at any time during the school year, please fill out the volunteer application on the CISD website: https://apps.conroeisd.net/volunteer/. This must be done yearly and will be necessary in order to volunteer in any position on campus.

Student Handbook

CISD's student handbook is online. We ask that you complete the acknowledgement of that handbook if you haven't already.

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!

Calling All Bears!! Big-Bear, Little-Bear Program

We are excited to start our new program for the 2018 - 19 school year called Big Bear/Little Bear. This program is for new families entering Buckalew to be placed with a veteran Buckalew family. If you are new to the area or new to Buckalew, please contact Mrs. Lozinak and she will connect you with a "Big Bear" family who will help you navigate for an easy family-friendly Buckalew start.

Heather Lozinak: havillano@yahoo.com or 402-661-0547.


Our PTO believes in the students, staff, and families at Buckalew. By becoming a PTO member you have the voting power to affect the enrichment and lives of our students. Also, by contributing to our fundraisers, you are making all kinds of quality programs and events available to ALL of our students! Become a PTO member for $25 and see how your PTO dollars are benefiting your child.


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.


A new school year is about to start and that means it is time to link or re-link your Kroger Plus Card with the Buckle Elementary PTO barcode.

Even if you have signed up before, you have to renew each August! Just register online at www.krogercommunityrewards.com Once you register, every dollar you spend at Kroger means money for Buckalew-even those lattes at Starbucks!

Please clip and save your Box Tops. Our first collection drive will start October 1st.

Thank you for supporting Buckalew by participating in Kroger Community Rewards and Box Tops for Education!

2018-19 School Calendar

For your planning purposes, download the pdf of next year's board approved school calendar below. Buckalew thanks you in advance for planning all vacations outside of the school calendar. As we know with absenteeism, students miss valuable instruction that takes place daily. What you may or may not know is that Texas schools are rated not only on academic performance, but also attendance. Daily attendance plays a huge role in our accountability rating from the state.

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!


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 brobinson@conroeisd.net 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.

Safety Reminders from our Police Department:

A few friendly reminders in regards to school zone 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.

Parent Access Login

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

Canvas Login

By logging into Canvas, you can check your teacher's website. This should be the same username and password as Parent Access above.

Lunch Information:

Buckalew Lunch Menu

MySchoolBucks Account

CISD Child Nutrition

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.

Lost and Found

With the start of the school year, please make sure that all of your child’s supplies such as water bottles, lunch boxes, jackets, sweaters, etc. are labeled with their first and last name. If an item in Lost and Found is labeled, it will be returned to your child. All items not labeled or claimed every few months will be donated. If you have any specific questions regarding a lost item, please contact Kalyn McQuain at kalyn@mcquainagency.com

Amazon Smile~ You shop. Amazon gives.

Select Buckalew Elementary School as your charity!

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AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

ExxonMobil Grants

Calling all ExxonMobil employees, their spouses, children or retired employees.

You can help Buckalew Elementary receive a grant by doing what you love, volunteering. ExxonMobil Volunteer Involvement Program is a program that encourages its people to get involved within their community. It is as simple as doing what you are already doing, volunteering. By volunteering at our various school events (IE: Library, Carnival, workroom helper etc.) you can earn Buckalew a sizable grant. All we need is your 20 hours of individual or team (not to be combined) volunteer hours recorded. If you are interested in this program, please email Tracy Kumin at volunteers@buckalewbearspto.com


Thanks for all YOU do!

From your Buckalew Staff and PTO

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.