August 27, 2018
From the Principal...
Welcome Buckalew Families!
We have a BUZZ packed full of information below. A reminder for new families that this is our school's main form of communication and is a great resource to reference as it goes out twice a month. Please see information in this BUZZ pertinent to a successful start for the 18-19 school year. Information from our dedicated and amazing PTO and ways to get involved are also always included. Specific communication in regards to your child's classroom or grade level will come directly from your child's teacher.
A few updates to keep you in the loop:
- Building doors open at 7:30am.
- 5 minutes were added to our school day with our official start time of 8am (no longer 8:05).
- 3rd and 4th grade playgrounds have been installed and look amazing! We are now awaiting completion of added mulch and ground clean-up and the playgrounds are ready to be played on!
- Lunch visits- we ask that you wait at least 2 weeks to visit your child during lunch. We are fortunate to continue to have the Bistro for your enjoyment of eating lunch with your child after Labor Day.
- Please feel free to follow Buckalew on Facebook and Twitter. We post a "Picture Perfect Friday" video weekly that highlights our day-to-day activities. I have included 2 of the videos below for you to check out our first 2 amazing weeks of school.
- Please read through (if you haven't already) the attached pdf's of the opening letter and student addendum to help you navigate through Buckalew.
- Indoor Recess-For your child's safety, we follow the "feels like" temperature (the combination of heat and humidity). When it reaches 100 or above "feels like" temperature, we must call indoor recess. Please know it is always our goal to have our kids play outside, but when they can't due to weather, our teachers have alternate social activities planned for each grade level. Grade Levels have also been working really hard to get outside before lunch if we know our temperature is going to reach over 100 by recess time.
- "ACTIVE START" has begun! Active Start simply means that from 7:30-7:45am, our k-2 playground is open for all students to go play before going into their classroom if they arrive before 7:45.
- If you are a biker to school, please engrave or mark your students bike as we have several of the same bikes and scooters. This will hopefully alleviate mistaken identity with duplicate bikes.
It has been an amazing start to school! We look forward to seeing our 1st - 4th grade parents at Orientation September 7th (schedule below). Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!
Thank you for your incredible support!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Buckalew Student Addendum & Opening Day Letter (also emailed 8/6 & 8/14)
Important School-Wide Dates:
Please see your teacher's communication for grade-level and class-specific events.
Every Wednesday, feel free to dress your child in the "Work Hard Wednesday SPIRIT Shirt"- the tie-dyed shirt with "be kind, work hard, and do your best"!
28th- 4th Grade Choir begins
31st- Last day to order Spirit Shirts & Big Bear/Little Bear Program & FALL Auction closes
3rd- School Holiday- Labor Day
6th- Grade 1-4 Orientations (see schedule below)
7th- LAST DAY TO PURCHASE A BRICK
21st- Fall Student Pictures/Kona Ice at Lakeside Afterschool
25th- Kendra Scott 6-8pm
28th-TWHS Homecoming Game/Wear Red & Green
4th Grade Choir- From Mrs. Ramirez- Deadline Tuesday August 28th (emailed to parents last week)
Do you like to sing?
Do you like to try new things?
Do you like to learn new things about music?
Then the Buckalew 4th Grade Choir is just for you !!
Choir is open to ALL 4th grade students at Buckalew no matter your musical background!
You do not need to audition, just bring yourself, and you are welcome. Choir starts next
Tuesday, August 28th, after school from 3:05-4:05 and continues each Tuesday unless
otherwise noted. If you are interested in joining, please fill out the Choir Sign Up Form
prior to rehearsal next Tuesday. (Click on link above to fill out form)
Book Fair is coming soon!
We need your help!
Volunteer at our Fall Enchanted Forest
Flexible Volunteer Opportunities Available: Sept. 14th – Oct. 5th
Our Scholastic Book Fair is an exciting celebration of reading with hundreds of fun, engaging, and affordable books for kids to discover.
Join our volunteer team to:
• Bring creative flair to decorations
• Offer a helping hand – set up or pack up
• Help shoppers of all ages find their perfect book
To join our team of volunteers, or for more information please contact:
Kimberly Lofgren at email@example.com
We are so grateful for your support!
Grade 1-4 Orientations
Kindergarten students and parents were invited to an Orientation on Monday, August 13th from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. If for some reason you missed this orientation for your kindergarten student, please contact your child's teacher.
Grade 1-4 Orientations will be held in two sessions on Thursday, September 6th. We will continue to offer the daytime orientations.
The Orientation schedule is as follows:
4th Grade 8:30- 9:00 AM or 7:00- 7:30 PM
3rd Grade 9:30-10:00 AM or 6:30-7:00PM
2nd Grade 10:30- 11:00 AM or 6:00-6:30 PM
1st Grade 1:45-2:15 PM or 5:30- 6:00PM
Attention 3rd and 4th Graders: Garden Club is Coming Soon!
This year Garden Club will be accepting 3rd and 4th graders. We will meet once a month during recess for fun, educational experiences that foster a love for nature and our environment. Parents, please complete the permission slip you will see in your child’s backpack soon and the fun will begin in September! If you have any questions, please contact Amy Hargett (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Melissa Tattoli (email@example.com)
Buckalew SPIRITWEAR 2018-2019
Buckalew tees are a great way to show your school spirit and support your school! Here is all the information you need to order yours for the upcoming school year!
Step One: Visit our website at Buckalewspiritstore.com and click on the spirit wear icon. Here you will be able to select the tees or package that best fits your needs.
Step Two: Once tees are selected make sure to add your child’s name and grade for 2018-2019 school year.
Step Three: Order by August 31, 2018, 5pm
It is the 20th anniversary of Buckalew Elementary School! We are throwing it back a few years and put together some fun designs for our bear family! The above designs will be offered for the 2018-2019 school year. We will have the ever popular 3-pack shirt package for $40 where you will get your choice of a long or short sleeve Buckalew tee, a funky tie-dye “Work Hard Wednesday” tee, and the active tee! Remember, your active tee is also your field day tee! Log onto the above website to view the graphics and sizing. We also have a-la-carte tees! Spirit tees are for the whole family! Let’s make the 20th anniversary of Buckalew Elementary the best one yet!
Calling All Bears!!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-661-0547.
We are so excited to offer Destination Imagination again this year. Our goal is for as many students to participate in DI as possible. To achieve this goal, we need parent volunteers to serve as team managers. DI runs from the end of September though the beginning of March with the possibility of the team continuing to the State Competition in April and Global Finals in May. Teams will meet after school at Buckalew at least one day a week. Feel free to access the Destination Imagination website to learn more about DI: https://destinationimagination.org/# .
I you are interested in managing a second, third, or fourth grade Destination Imagination team this year please contact Mrs. Smith email@example.com by Friday, August 31.
PTO DOES THAT!
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.
It is time for the Buckalew Fall Auction!!
Now is the time to get VIP seats at grade level plays, reserved parking at school events and have car line priority!!
Find all the details and bid at www.32auctions.com/BuckalewAuction2018
The auction is open now and
will close at noon on Friday, August 31
There is something for everyone in the fall auction!
-First & Second in Afternoon Car Line
-Reserved Parking at Buckalew for the Whole Year
-Reserved Parking at Open House
-4th Grade Graduation Reserved Parking and Seats
-4th Grade Play Reserved Parking and Seats
-3rd Grade Play Reserved Parking and Seats
-2nd Grade Play Reserved Parking and Seats
-1st Grade Art Night Reserved Parking
-Kindergarten Graduation Reserved Parking and Seats
Leave A Legacy Commemorating Buckalew's 20th Anniversary!
Leave a legacy commemorating Buckalew's 20th anniversary! Adopt a customized brick in Buckalew's schoolyard, and show your Buckalew Bear spirit! Your legacy brick will bring smiles to children for many years by funding new playground equipment and essential enrichment programs. The permanent installment will be outside the biker/walker door, replacing gravel with a safer and cleaner school path. Visit your brick anytime for years to come! Whether you have a current Buckalew Bear or a Buckalew graduate, this would make a perfect gift. You will always be a part of our Buckalew family!
We have extended the Brick Deadline to September 7th to allow for any last purchases and new Buckalew Bears to leave their legacy! All proceeds prior to May 23 will go directly to playgrounds. Any proceeds after May 23rd will go toward the 18-19 PTO operating budget.
Go online to:
See attached 2 flyers for more
September 25th- Kendra Scott Back to School Party- Enjoy sips, sweets and jewels while supporting Buckalew on Tuesday, September 25th from 6-8pm. 10% discount and 10% given back to Buckalew. Can't attend? Place a phone order and your order will ship at no additional cost. 281.528.1174
October 5th- Maximum Athletics 7:30-10pm
Spirit Night Friday, October 5th at Maximum Athletics from 7:30pm-10pm.
At "Spirit Night" your child can participate in games, contests, and open gym time. This is the perfect time to learn a new skill....or just have some fun! The cost is $15.00 per student. This event is for ages 5 and up. Come sign up before the spaces fill up!!!Follow this link to sign up:
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!
Congratulations to Yearbook raffle winners! 20 lucky Buckalew bears won a free copy of the yearbook donated by Jostens to celebrate Buckalew 20 years Anniversary!
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!
YEARBOOK NEEDS YOUR BACK TO SCHOOL PHOTOS
Submit your photos online via our private photo submission webpage
(we are no longer using the ReplayIt app)
LOG ON TO: www.images.jostens.com
Enter Login ID: 410533920
• Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload, click on “Select My Images.”
• Enter information about the photo (names of individual) If more than one person in the photo list additional names in the description column
• Click “Upload Chosen Images.”
It’s that easy! Submit your photos today!
Needed: Classroom photographers
- Do you just love taking pictures of your kids?
- Would you enjoy capturing special moments at school by taking pictures of your child and his classmates?
- Would you like exclusive access to some of the “students only” school events as a designated class photographer?
- Would you like to see those priceless snapshots in our school yearbook?
- If this sounds like you, please can contact Kimberly Lofgren at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer!
*All classroom photographers will receive a comprehensive overview of their responsibilities at a TBD training meeting.
Check out the school of rock fish to the front garden! Each rock fish is unique, just like us and many have words of wisdom to share with future generations on the bottom. I am so excited to see the efforts of your hard work pay off in our first school wide art collaboration!! Thank you Mrs. Tatolli and family, and Mrs. Hargett and family for all of your hard work to make this collaboration happen.
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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
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 email@example.com 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:
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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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 email@example.com
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.