October 20, 2021
Mark Your Calendars!
Social and Emotional Learning
Hello! My name is Crystal Jones, fourth grade teacher at Bush, and I am the designated Social Emotional Learning Liaison for Barbara Bush Elementary.
Social and Emotional Learning is important to the growth of all our students. I will share resources to help students develop skills to manage their emotions, form positive relationships, feel empathy for others, and make responsible decisions. The best learning happens when we form supportive relationships that provide our students with an environment that allows them to be challenged and engaged.
This week's printable will invite your child to explore courage and feeling brave. Whether they want to join a sports team, learn to play an instrument, or build the confidence to raise their hand and ask questions, this activity will help them realize that courage is a magical feeling that they can grow with practice.
MOVIE NIGHT AND SILENT AUCTION
On October 29th, we will be having an outdoor movie night and silent auction to raise money for our new STEAM Lab. The movie playing will be “SING!” We will also have a Costume Parade. In line with this year’s school motto, the theme of the evening will be “Dream Big.” So dress up as something that you DREAM of… whether that's being a firefighter when you grow up or you dream of unicorns and mermaids! The sky is the limit!
This will be a great chance to gather safely outside and enjoy some activities with fellow Bush families. We will have bounce houses, snacks and goodies as well as Pizza and popcorn - available for PRE-ORDER. This event is limited to 500 people, so you must purchase a ticket in advance on our website. Get your tickets and pre-order your pizzas and popcorn here.
All families are welcome to volunteer for this event. Sign up here.
The Silent Auction will open online this Friday. Be sure to sign up for our E-blast and follow us on social media to see sneak peeks of what we have to offer! The Auction will close at 6:30 on October 29, before the movie begins. Winners will be notified that evening.
Timeline of Events:
5 - 5:15 - Early entry for Bobcat level PTO members (Adults must wear their spirit shirt);
In-person Silent Auction opens
5:15 - Gates open for general admission
6:00 - Costume Parade
6:30 - Silent Auction Closes
7:00 - Movie Begins8:50 - Movie Ends
Election Day - November 2
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Bush Elementary has been chosen to serve as an election site on November 2nd. While this is a smaller election, we are anticipating a large crowd unfamiliar with our arrival and dismissal procedures. Pack your patience on this day, and we welcome your support in directing voters to our MP Room. Our parking is limited and we need your support by not parking in our employee parking lot or our fire lanes.
Is that my jacket?
You Never Know Whose Life You Might Save
You Never Know Whose Life You Might Save
So don’t miss your chance to donate blood!
Donors are Needed
Thank you in advance.
Thursday, 11/11/2021 (8:00 am - 12:30 pm)
Barbara Bush Elementary - Multipurpose Room
& FREE COVID Antibody Test
HISD Multilingual Programs
Parents will explore strategies to help their English learners be successful in the classroom. The conference will feature a variety of sessions and recognized speakers who will highlight how parents can empower their student’s academic, social, and emotional achievement.
All attendees will receive materials to implement the tactics learned.
The event is free to everyone, and registration is open now.
For more information, contact Multilingual Programs at 713-556-6961 or visit the event website.
October is Principals' Month!
If a note is not received within 3 days, then the absence is recorded as unexcused.
Parent Annual Verification - Due this Friday
Student Verification Forms for 2021-2022 are live! Parents please complete this verification form for any updates to student demographic and other information by Friday, October 22.
Parents who are new to HISD or who do not have parent portal accounts can set up their account by following the How-to videos on this page.
If you do not have access to a computer, please contact Ms. Ayala in the front office to have an application sent home.
Bush PK Lottery 2022 - 2023
On September 10, HISD School Choice opened up the system to apply for the PK lottery for next school year. The Bush PK program is only for families that are already enrolled at Bush Elementary and have another child who will be 4 on or before September 1, 2022. Students must meet PK eligibility requirements such as being economically disadvantaged or qualifying as English as a Second Language.
The site will accept applications from September 10, 2021 - March 10, 2022. Families will be notified by HISD School Choice on April 7, 2022 if their child was accepted into Bush Elementary's PK program or if their child is on the waitlist. Go to HISDChoice.com to apply. Bush Elementary's PK program is only one class with 22 students that must be comprised of siblings of currently enrolled Bush students. The only way to apply for and be part of the lottery for Bush Elementary's PK program is to apply online at the address shared above.
Safety First! - Walkers, Bikers and Crosswalks
We are so happy to see so many of our students riding their bikes to school now that the weather has gotten nicer. 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.
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.
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.
Carpool Dismissal Kindness
Please "Be Kind" when navigating around these parked cars. Have your carpool number displayed so the other cars will know that you're not one of the parked cars and won't attempt to pass you. Please stay in your car and be prepared to move once the line starts moving.
Please do not block any entrances to parking lots while stopped and waiting for the carpool lane to begin moving. Also, please allow the cars attempting to enter or exit the West Briar parking lots to do so.
Thank you for doing your part to keep the streets around Bush Elementary safe.
Early Pick Ups
Ms. Rose would like to wish a very special birthday to:
Musa D. who turned 10 years old on October 17, and is a fourth grader in Ms. Diller's class.
Nyelle B. who turned 6 years old on October 19, and is a kindergartner in Ms. Myer's class.
Levana B. who turns 7 years old on October 20, and is a first grader in Ms. Urrea's class.
Lori M. who turns 6 years old on October 20, and is a kindergartner in Ms. Nguyen's class.
Samuel C. who turns 11 years old on October 20, and is a fifth grader in Ms. Butera's class.
Jonathan P. who turns 9 years old on October 22, and is a third grader in Ms. Frietsch's class.
Sydney B. who turns 10 years old on October 23, and is a fourth graders in Ms. Garza'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 www.BBEPTO.com for more details or to make your purchase.
February – July Birthdays: Enroll during January/May
We are now on Instagram! Follow us for the latest updates @bbepto. And Don’t forget to sign up for our Weekly E-Blast!
We are excited to be back to school and are looking for some pictures for the yearbook. We need "First day of school", "Astros Spirit Day" and "Siblings" photos. If you have any, please share them with us! Please send no more than 5 photos to email@example.com and label pictures with your child's grade.
The book fair is still open online through October 21. Several of the books sold out at our fair, but you can purchase them on the website and they will be sent to your home.
Thank you so much to all of the families who helped make our book fair a roaring success! Also, a big thank you to the families who helped support the teachers by donating funds for their classrooms. I know many of the teachers were very appreciative and had fun picking out new books for their classrooms.
A few of the Ancillary teachers have created EWallets as well. They can still shop through tomorrow. If you’d like to add to one of these, just click the link and follow the prompts to support our ancillary teachers.
Ms. Miles (Drama)
Shop here through Thursday, October 21.
For questions regarding Book Fair, please contact the librarian, Ms. Miller, or Val Shaikh at firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 Updates, News, and Resources
Update to COVID-19 Positive Notification
HISD's COVID-19 protocol has been updated in regards to terminology use and reporting. At all HISD campuses, this means that when there is a positive case in your child's homeroom class you will be notified in writing by the principal. The message you will receive is below. Please note that this message will be sent after the nurse has worked to identify close contacts, and, is simply for notification and does not require further action (i.e. quarantine). I want to thank you all for your diligence in ensuring that students are wearing their masks and that we are all remaining healthy.
Sample Message: This message is to inform you that an individual in your child's homeroom has reported testing positive for COVID-19. Your child has not been identified as a close contact and there is no action required of you at this time. This notification is for your awareness only. Due to privacy requirements, we cannot release the name of the COVID-positive individual or details that may identify them; however, it is important for you to know this individual is self- isolating until they are cleared to return to our campus. As a reminder, HISD has health and safety protocols in place to help prevent the spread of illness. We are asking our staff and families to do their part by adhering to these protocols, and not reporting to their worksite or sending their student(s) to school when they are ill. We appreciate your continued support as we work together to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
Ready, Set, Go Updates - Effective October 11
The following changes are effective Monday, October 11, 2021:
- Isolation and Quarantine Protocols: An individual will isolate or quarantine based on the following:
- a. Isolate: Confirmed to have COVID-19 or showing symptoms of COVID-19.
- b. Quarantine: Identified as a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 positive case.
- Close Contact: Individuals who are less than six feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes) from two days before illness onset (or two days prior to test specimen collection for asymptomatic individuals), until the time the patient is isolated.
- Isolation: The separation of a person or group of people known or reasonably believed to be infected with COVID-19 and potentially infectious from those who are not infected, to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Quarantine: The separation of a person or group of people reasonably believed to have been exposed to COVID-19 but not yet symptomatic from others who have not been exposed, to prevent the possible spread of the virus.
These decisions were made in consultation with the medical community, education professionals, and district administration. The updated 'Ready, Set, Go' plan can be downloaded at www.HoustonISD.org/ReadySetGo.