March 23, 2022

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Chavez/Huerta Day - No School

Monday, March 28 is a student holiday. No School!

Social and Emotional Learning with Ms. Jones

With the changing seasons (and time change), we begin to see the world coming back to life after it lay dormant in the winter months. Spring is a wonderful time to reflect on new beginnings and to be refreshed.

It is important to reflect on how we have not just grown physically through the seasons, but also how we have grown socially and emotionally.

Look How Much I Have Grown! By Big Life Journal

This week's activity allows you to take some time to reflect on how much we have grown since last spring. It is important to see how our priorities have changed and to notice how we recognize what brings us joy. We can also take this time to plan for what growth we would like to see in ourselves in the upcoming year.

Bush Elementary Blood Drive

Our namesake, Ms. Barbara Bush, was an advocate for blood donations. She personally answered the call when blood donations were requested. In an effort to honor her legacy, Bush Elementary is hosting a blood drive!

You Never Know Whose Life You Might Save

So don’t miss your chance to donate blood!

Donors are Needed

Thank you in advance.

Sign Up Here

Tuesday, April 12

8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Multipurpose Room


Questions? Contact:

Zonia Flores (281) 368-2150

Sponsor Code: B080


Field Day

Thank you to the Specialists and Teacher Assistants for all their hard work running the events at Field Day! A special thank you to Coach Pham for creating the fun activities and for her organization of the event. Thank you to our PTO parents who helped support the games too! All the students had a memorable day thanks to all the efforts of our teachers, teacher assistants, and PTO.

6th Grade Roundup Parent Meeting

2022-2023 Course Selection Roundup

Thursday, March 31

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

West Briar Middle School

13733 Brimhurst Dr.

Houston, TX 77077

For more information visit

Original Works Art Fundraiser

As we have done in the past, our students have an opportunity to participate in the Original Works Art Program. Take advantage of a creative opportunity to support your child and our school through the Original Works Art Fundraiser. Your child can create their own masterpieces that can be turned into custom keepsakes. These keepsakes make great gifts for family members or to keep and enjoy. They can use artwork they have already completed or create new works of art on the paper provided. Information went home in your child's backpack before spring break.

All artwork and order forms must be received by March 29. Ms. Orta is excited to see what great projects our students create!

Free COVID PCR Testing Every Thursday

Bush Elementary will have COVID testing available every Thursday for students, faculty, and staff. Parents must pre-register their child by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday in order to be tested on campus. This testing is completely voluntary and free and requires the student's parent/guardian to first provide a one-time digital consent at .

Once a parent has registered their child, then the child will be tested each time Fulgent comes to campus to provide COVID testing. If you no longer want your child to be tested, you may opt out by emailing your child's teacher to let them know.

2022-2023 Registration Dates

Registration dates for the 2022-2023 school year will be announced in April on our website and in the Paw Prints. New student registration will be in-person, not online.

Intent to Re-Enroll and Kindergarten Sibling Registration dates will also be announced in April.

Stay up to date by reading our newsletter, the Paw Prints, and the marquee.

Nurse Guider's Corner

COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children ages 5-11. If you choose to vaccinate your child, please email a copy of the vaccination record card to or send documentation to Nurse Guider so she can update your child's immunization record.

Double Vaccinated?

Please make sure Nurse Guider has a copy of your child's proof of 2 doses of an approved COVID vaccination if you choose to vaccinate your child.

If your child does test COVID positive, then he/she must quarantine for at least 5 days regardless of vaccination status. If your child is COVID positive and showing symptoms, then he/she must stay home at least 5 days and until symptom free.

Handbook Highlights

Throughout the school year, this section of the newsletter will highlight key points from the Bush Parent Handbook. School begins at 7:30 a.m. Students arriving after 7:40 a.m. are tardy. Students arriving after 9:00 a.m., without a doctor's excuse, are marked absent.

Dress Code Reminders

Here are some quick reminders about our Bush Elementary dress code. Shirts must be solid colored red, white, or navy. The only t-shirts allowed are Bush Elementary t-shirts. Dress code pants are navy, khaki, or blue jeans. The pants must not have any holes, rips, tears, or designs on them, just simple plain blue jeans, navy pants, or khaki pants. Exercise pants, sweatpants, and yoga pants are NOT part of the Bush dress code. Leggings can not be worn as pants, only under skirts or jumpers. Please click on the link below for the complete dress code guidelines.

2021-2022 Dress Code Guidelines

Morning Arrival Reminders

Morning supervision of students starts at 7:20 a.m. At that time students are brought into the building and are seated in grade level lines. Morning bus lane drop off is reserved for our 5th Grade Safety Patrols and our students in our self-contained special education classes. These families have a special printed pass to enter the bus lane for morning drop off. All other students arriving by car must be dropped off in the carpool lane. The first bell rings at 7:30 a.m. and the students are tardy at 7:40 a.m. when the morning announcements begin.

We have started a new year so let's start the year by following our morning arrival procedures and being on time for school every day.

Dismissal Reminders

Please plan to pick up your carpool and walker students before 3:15. Our students are dismissed at 3:00 and our walker area has been finishing before 3:10 on most days. If you arrive after 3:15, please come to the front office to sign your child out as a late pick up.

Please abide by the No Parking signs on the streets around our school and our neighboring schools. Several parents have received parking tickets from HPD in the past because they were parking in a No Parking zone. When cars park in No Parking zones, it is difficult for our busses and vans to turn into our bus lane.

We're asking for the parents of walkers that park their cars on the other side of Westerloch across from the school to NOT u-turn by the carpool lane entrance once they've picked up their child(ren) and are heading home.

We have seen many students and some parents walking across the street not using the crosswalks. This is extremely dangerous and we ask that all walkers and bike riders use the crosswalks. Westerloch Dr. and Parkway Plaza Dr. are very busy streets during morning arrival and dismissal. If you cross between parked cars, ongoing traffic cannot see you.

We are so happy to see so many of our students riding their bikes to school. Please remember that all students are required to wear a bicycle helmet when riding their bikes to and from school. We want to keep all of our Bobcats safe. Also, please send your bike riders with a bike lock to secure their bikes to the bike rack.

Absence Notification

If your child is absent from school, please make sure you send in a note explaining the absence date(s) and reason for the absence upon return to school. We will need this note even if you're at home quarantining or a Positive COVID-19 case. Please email your absence excuse note to the homeroom teacher and our registrar, Ms. Rosales at

If a note is not received within 3 days, then the absence is recorded as unexcused.

Pets at Bush

Safety continues to be our top priority, and while we love our furry visitors, we ask that you keep them at home during arrival and dismissal. We have several students, faculty and staff members who are allergic to dogs and cats and students who are very afraid of dogs. Please keep them at home.

Early Pick Ups

Please do not plan to pick up your child after 2:30 p.m. from the office. To ensure a safe dismissal, students will not be called to the office to be picked up after 2:30 p.m. Thank you for helping to make dismissal safe for all our students.

Spectacular Science!

The Spectacular Science Words for the week of March 21 is seasons.

Bobcat Birthdays!

Ms. Rose would like to wish a very special birthday to:

Giuliana C. who turned 7 yrs. old on March 13, and is a first grader in Ms. Brown's class.

Kimia S. who turned 8 yrs. old on March 18, and is a second grader in Ms. Brown's class.

Maria P. who turned 11 yrs. old on March 22, and is a fifth grader in Ms. Larson's class.

Ariana A. who turns 8 yrs. old on March 26, and is a second grader in Ms. McCleary's class.

Happy Birthday and Welcome to the Bush Birthday Book Club

Birthday Book Club

Help your child celebrate their birthday and support the library and other programs that enhance the educational experience of Bush students by joining the Birthday Book Club.

Your child will be given a personal "Happy Birthday" greeting during the morning announcements and Paw Prints shout out from Ms. Rose! The donation will be recognized with a nameplate in a new book from the library. A group photo of all the other BBC members with the same birth month will also be displayed in the library display case.

It only costs $20 for a Birthday Book Club Membership (Add Electronic Marquee display for $10 more). Please visit for more details or to make your purchase.

Enrollment Schedule:

February – July Birthdays: Enroll through January

Resources and Community News

Children's Business Fair

Observe the opportunity for children to launch their very own startup business! Join us at Memorial City Mall on April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to see these young entrepreneurs in action!

Kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at our one-day marketplace.

All entries will be automatically entered in the business competition, and booths will be judged by fellow entrepreneurs on a variety of criteria, including most original business idea, highest business potential, and best presentation/creativity. Cash prizes of $50 per category and age group 6-7, 8-10, 11-12, and 13-14 (to be split among the business owners) will be presented at the conclusion of the fair.

This event is sponsored by Acton Academy, the Acton School of Business, Next Great Adventure, Lerner Realty Solutions (The LRS Team), RLD Bookkeeping & Tax Solutions, Amy Polak with Entre Results, and the generous support of our donors and volunteers. A special shout out to Lemonade Day Houston for their support too! We all believe that principled entrepreneurs are heroes and role models for the next generation.

Whether an entrepreneur is famous like Elon Musk, or Oprah Winfrey, or they are one of the thousands of unsung business owners across this country, these are the people who make sacrifices to innovate, create jobs and serve their communities.

***All program applications accepted and reviewed by April 22, 2022 will need to be accompanied by a $50 program entry fee per business. No refunds; no exceptions. A table and 1-2 chairs will be provided for each business. Weekly business coach Zoom calls and a session with Memorial City Mall's Visual Merchandising Expert will be available for program participants as well.***

PTO Nominations

The PTO Board wants you! The PTO is looking for volunteers for next school year. The PTO Board consists of over 20 different positions, all with a focus on the quality of education at Bush Elementary. We welcome working and non-working parents and guardians from all different grade levels and backgrounds. We encourage you to find a position which sounds interesting to you and one in which you feel you can contribute your unique talents and skills towards the betterment of Bush Elementary.

A few of the positions are:

  • President and Vice President

  • Secretary

  • Treasury team

  • Business Partnerships

  • Fundraising Event Coordinator

  • Family or Staff Hospitality

  • Volunteer coordinator

  • Nature Center Coordinator

  • Directory team

  • School Store Coordinator

  • Website Coordinator

  • And more!!!

If any of those sound interesting to you, check out our website for more information about the roles: Job Descriptions or email our PTO President at . If you are ready to submit your application for a position on the PTO Board for the 2022-2023 school year, please complete this form.

School Store

School store on the go will be back THIS Friday, 3/25! Please bring your money during your lunch period to check out what we have for you! Our online school store is also open and all items purchased online will be delivered to the classrooms on Fridays. Visit the store at

Spirit Night- March 10

Thank you so much to all who participated in our Marco’s Spirit Night! It was a great success and you all earned over $200 for our school! Woohoo!

International Festival

In May, we will be hosting an international Festival in celebration of our 30th Anniversary! We are looking for Business Sponsors who may want to set up a booth or be involved with the Festival. If you own a business or know of one who may want to be involved, please email Val Shaikh at

We are now on Instagram! Follow us for the latest updates @bbepto. And Don’t forget to sign up for our Weekly E-Blast! For any questions related to PTO please contact Val Shaikh,

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Continued Focus on Safety 2022

Updated policies on field trips, COVID-19 Quarantine and more updated for 2022.