October 16, 2020
Dates to Remember
October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month
10/16 - Report cards will be accessible to parents via Parent Access Center (PAC)
10/19 - 10/30 - Boosterthon Dance Fit
10/22 - Jersey Mike’s PTO Spirit Night
10/26 - 10/30 - Red Ribbon Week
11/03 - Staff Development (Student Holiday)
11/23 - 11/27 - Thanksgiving Break - No School
11/30 - Students Return to Instruction
12/17 - "Paw-Some" Awards on Announcements (Wear BLUE for Integrity)
12/18 - Early Release for Students at 12:10pm
12/21 - 01/05 - Winter Break - No School
A Message from Dr. Lambert
I hope this edition of the Bush Banner finds you well. We have completed the first week of the second grading period. This year, that means we have a large group of students who have completed their first week of in-person instruction. While the dismissal lines have been a little longer than the beginning of the year, I am so impressed with the work of the Bush staff to make dismissal a smooth process. We have changed a few things in the process, and, while we continue to be better each day than we were the day before, I know that the changes we have made have already improved our dismissal process from last year. Thank you so much for your part in improving the process.
Today is also a special day because we honored our Paw-some Award recipients in the area of responsibility. We could not have our assembly as we would have in the past due to our COVID mitigation procedures, but each teacher did announce the recipient to the class. We also posted videos of teachers announcing each recipient to our Facebook page. Please take a moment to check out the videos at https://www.facebook.com/BushCISD.
As we move through the school year, I hope that you will reach out if you have questions about anything at Bush. I'd also love to hear any great ideas you have about how we can be better. I heard some really good ones from a parent a couple of days ago. You can always reach me by calling the school (936-709-1600) or by emailing me (email@example.com). I'd also like to know what you think about the idea of setting up Zoom meetings throughout the year for opportunities to talk with me and with staff members on various topics. We would limit the size of the call so that we could have conversations. If you have thoughts about this (including topics to address and times to schedule), please let me know.
I hope each of you has time to do something you enjoy over this weekend.
Take good care,
Dr. Jarod Lambert
Message from our Front Office
- All transportation changes need to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org before 2:00pm each day.
- Car rider dismissal reminder: Entering the school driveway at dismissal is by right turn only. All traffic leaving the school should turn right onto Crownridge as well.
- Only visitors essential to school operations will be permitted to enter CISD facilities.
- All individuals entering the building must wear a face mask covering their mouth and nose.
- Visitors will be required to complete a COVID-19 screening form in the reception area prior to leaving the front office area.
- Only essential learning items can be dropped off on our outside drop off table.
- Students forgetting lunches will be allowed to get a meal from the cafeteria.
Referral Requests for Gifted and Talented Testing
Referral requests are now open for Conroe Independent School District Gifted and Talented program. Although the testing will not take place until late January for both remote and in-person platforms, referral requests are accepted at this time. Referral requests can be made by the parents and/or teachers. It is recommended that parents of 2nd grade students wait until CogAT scores have arrived before nominating their child because CogAT scores are part of the GT assessment. If you are interested in referring your child, you may want to discuss this with your child’s teacher at conferences. Referrals will be accepted through December 18. You may request a referral form from the front office or the Assistant Principal. You can also find the referral form and other GT information on the CISD GT homepage.
Clinic Phone - 936-709-1609
Students are cleared to return to school when the nurse receives documentation of the following:
Health care provider clearance letter to return to school, including a date the student may return OR Negative COVID-19 test results.
Please keep your child home until ALL symptoms have subsided, including being fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
ISOLATION OR QUARANTINE:
· Students who are absent due to isolation or quarantine criteria who log in to SeeSaw or Canvas before 11:59 pm will be counted as a REMOTE ATTENDANCE.
· Students who are absent due to isolation or quarantine criteria who are unable to sign into SeeSaw or Canvas before 11:59 pm will be counted as an EXCUSED ABSENCE.
Per Conroe ISD guidelines: If your child has a fever or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19 and does not get tested OR is not cleared by their healthcare provider with an alternative diagnosis, it is assumed the child has COVID-19 and may not return to school until the following 3 criteria are met:
1. Has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
2. AND child has improved symptoms.
3. AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Please email or fax (936-709-1699) healthcare provider date of return to school confirmation or COVID-19 test results to the nurse email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org in order to return to school sooner than the 10 day isolation period.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
· Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater to or equal to 100 dg F.
· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
· Muscle or body aches
· New loss of taste or smell
· Sore throat
· Congestion or runny nose
· Nausea or vomiting
· Shaking or exaggerated shivering https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/care-for-someone.html
PLEASE NOTIFY THE NURSE OR THE FRONT OFFICE IF YOUR CHILD DEVELOPS ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS.
MEDICATION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:
Prescription medication must be in the original container, properly labeled including the student’s name, the name of the medication, directions concerning dosage, the schedule for administration, expiration date, and the date the prescription was filled. No expired prescription medication will be administered. No more than a ninety (90) day supply of a prescription medication may be checked in at one time.
Over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, ibuprofen, cough or cold medicines that could potentially mask COVID-19 symptoms will require a written order from your child’s health care provider. Special Medication Note: Due to CDC COVID-19 guidelines nebulizer medications cannot be administered at school at this time.
CURB SIDE MEDICATION SIGN IN:
Please email or call the clinic if your child will require a scheduled or prescription medication for this school year. A medication permission form will be emailed to you, or let us know if you need to pick up a paper copy.
Medications will be dropped off via curb side delivery Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30-2:30. Please email email@example.com or call 936-709-1600 (front office) or 936-709-1609 (clinic) to let us know that you are here for medication drop off. Nurse Cheryl will come out to your car to collect the signed forms and medication.
CLINIC STUDENT CLOTHING REQUEST:
In case of restroom accidents, spills, muddy clothes, please keep a complete change of clothes in your child’s backpack in a zip lock bag to have on hand. The clinic will not have extra clothes in the clinic to provide our students. Parents will be called to bring clothing changes if their child does not have extra clothes available in their backpack. Thank you for your help!
Nurse Cheryl Kirchner, RN
Evelin Padilla, Clinic Assistant
I recently completed counseling lessons for all of our in-person students and “zoomed” with some of our online classes. The focus of these lessons was identifying feelings, self-regulation when we have uncomfortable emotions and coping skills. These lessons are posted in my virtual counseling office.
Child Mind Article on Helping Kids with Self-Regulation
Red Ribbon Week is October 26th - 30th. Click here to see Bush Elementary’s themed “dress up” days for the week.
Click here to visit Mrs. McGhee’s Virtual Counseling Office
Click here to complete the Request for Assistance Google Form
Click here for Coronavirus Resources.
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Conroe ISD's 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.
Boosterthon Dance Fit Starts Monday October 19-30
We’re only 3 days away from the start of our Bush Bobcat Dance Fit Boosterthon! Our goal is to raise $27,000 for Bush Program Expenses and Campus Enhancements such as Student Enrichment, Student and Teacher Scholarships, Technology to Enhance Remote Learning, Classroom Libraries. Funds will also be used for any unexpected expenses that may arise to best serve our students and teachers during these unique times.
Here is a quick video overview of our fundraising program.
Also, here are a few things to know about this important fundraiser:
All families can support our school by either donating, sharing on funrun.com, or both. Students can receive rewards when parents share from funrun.com.
All students get to participate in the Event day, regardless of financial participation.
This fundraiser comes with an incredible character development program for students where they’ll be learning about the importance of teamwork, care, courage, grit and celebration.
Also, did you know that our fundraiser has corporate matching?! Click here to search your employer’s name to see if they’ll match your donation. Then, when you give on funrun.com, you can select your employer and it could DOUBLE YOUR DONATION to our school!
We are working hard to make this fundraiser safe, fun, and successful for everyone!
Key dates to remember:
Donating Open NOW: Register on FUNRUN.COM, SHARE, & GIVE!
Fundraiser Kick-Off - This Monday, 10/19
Event Day - 10/30
Thank you for working with us to make our school stronger. We are grateful for your support!
Save the date for BUSH Spirit Night at Jersey Mike's (Magnolia) October 22nd
A Huge Thank You Everyone Who Donated!
The teachers are so appreciative of all of the exciting donations that will enhance our students' recess time.
We still have some more items, if anyone else would like to help expand our kiddos recess activity options.
Purchase directly from our Amazon Wish List
Outdoor Recess Items Wish List
Questions? Please call Jennifer Sanders at 713-397-1020
Special Thanks so Signs Now for donating our signage.
PTO Volunteer Opportunities
VP of Communications: Oversee the communication which includes the volunteer coordinator, directory leader, Formsite creator, webmaster, marquee coordinator and social media leader offering assistance when needed. They will also create and distribute electronic communications to the PTO membership when needed.
VP of Programs: Oversee committees engaged in developing programs/events for Bush that build a sense of community. Currently includes Spirit Fridays, Movie Night and Teddy Bear Tea.
If interested, please contact Caitlin Reeves at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bush Elementary: A nurturing and inclusive community where students become empowered citizens and life-long learners. Every student, every day!
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.
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.