October 20, 2021

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Mark Your Calendars!

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Thank you PTO!

From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank our amazing PTO Board and Volunteers for putting together such an outstanding Book Fair! This event allowed us to open our doors to parents and our community! Thank you to all who came and supported this event!
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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.


"My Cup of Courage"

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.


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 Begins

8:50 - Movie Ends

Election Day - November 2

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Multipurpose Room

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?

Cooler temperatures are slowly making their way! We have many jackets in our lost and found waiting to be picked up by their rightful owners. Parents, please label your child/children's jackets/winter clothing to avoid confusion.

Rainy Days

Last Friday we were pleasantly surprised with rain. Houston weather is often unpredictable and we would like to stay prepared. Please make sure your students pack rain protection, i.e., umbrella, rain jackets, and/or poncho in their backpacks, especially if they are walkers!

You Never Know Whose Life You Might Save

Our namesake, Ms. Barbara Bush, was an advocate for blood donations. She personally answered the call when blood donations were requested. In 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.

Barbara Bush Elementary HISD

Sign Up Here

Thursday, 11/11/2021 (8:00 am - 12:30 pm)
Barbara Bush Elementary - Multipurpose Room

& FREE COVID Antibody Test


Frequently Asked Questions

Check your eligibility!

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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!

October is National Principals' Month! Woo hoo to Ms. Rose, our principal, for all of her hard work and dedication to our students, families, faculty and staff! We are so lucky to have such an experienced and knowledgeable leader at the helm of Barbara Bush Elementary School. Happy National Principals' Month Ms. Rose. We appreciate all you do for us!

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 arosale3@houstonisd.org

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.

G/T Applications

If you would like to request GT testing for your child, please click on the link to the application below to request GT testing for your child. The parent portal is now up and running. The deadline to submit G/T applications is November 11, 2021. HISD will continue to test all kindergarten and 5th graders who have not been previously identified as being GT through our Universal Screening Process. Kindergarten and 5th grade parents do NOT need to complete an application.

G/T Application

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 have seen many students and some parents walking across the street not using the crosswalks. Parents, 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 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.

Walker Dismissal

Please plan to pick up your walkers before 3:15. Our students are dismissed at 3:00 and our walker line 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.

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

Bush Elementary is not responsible for patrolling the streets in the Bush Elementary zone. However, we can ask for parents to "Be Kind" while waiting for the carpool lane to start moving and once the cars starting moving up in the carpool lane.

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.

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.

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 October 18th is matter.

Bobcat Birthdays!

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.

Enrollment Schedule:

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 bushptoyearbook@gmail.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)

Ms. Orta (Art)

Ms. Miller (Library)

Shop here through Thursday, October 21.

For questions regarding Book Fair, please contact the librarian, Ms. Miller, or Val Shaikh at presidentbbepto@gmail.com
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COVID-19 Updates, News, and Resources

The Houston Independent School District is closely monitoring COVID-19 pandemic and is in contact with the Centers for Disease Control, Texas Department of State Health Services and Houston Health Department to ensure all students and staff members are safe and updated with the latest information. For more information please visit, https://www.houstonisd.org/healthalerts

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:

  1. 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.
  2. COVID-19 Positive Case Notifications: In alignment with TEA requirements, all students and staff in the same class as a COVID-19 confirmed positive individual will be notified of the positive case, regardless of contact status (i.e., close contact, non-close contact, etc). Identified close contacts will receive additional communication with next steps.
  3. Alignment of Terminology: We will keep terminology consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the following key definitions:
    • 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.