Buckman Elementary School

Buckman nurtures the whole child and strives for
academic excellence

320 SE 16th AvePortland, OR 97214Ph (503) 916-6230Fx (503) 916-2615

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  • Buckman News

    Welcome to Our World  


    Register You Kindergarteners for the 2017-18 School Year NOW! 

     If you live in the Buckman School neighborhood and have a child who will be five years old by September 1, 2017, register for Kindergarten NOW!
     Come to the Buckman office to pick up a registration packet.
    Tell your neighbors! Register now! 



    Monthly Coffee Chat

         Want to learn more about Buckman? Have a question or want to know about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities?

         Please mark your calendars and join other families and Ms. Kosmala on the third Friday of the month for a monthly coffee chat. Connect with other parents and meet up with Ms. Kosmala for casual conversation and social time. 

    Coffee and breakfast snacks provided! 

    Buckman Library 8:45 - 9:30 AM on May 19

    This is event is sponsored by the PTA.


    Shave and a Haircut… for the Foundation

          If you’re looking to get stylish at the start of the New Year, consider Rooks Barbershop! Mention you are from Buckman and Rooks will generously donate 20% of your total to the Foundation. Stop by http://www.rooksbarbershop.com/ to book an appointment and check out different locations. The offer is valid until the end of the school year; they do kids cuts, too!


    Money for Nothing

         Please take a moment to sign up for these great (free) ways to raise funds for Buckman - and encourage friends, neighbors and grandparents too.

         Fred Meyer Community Rewards — This raised over $1200 for Buckman last year (imagine how many library books that bought!). It only takes a minute to sign up and give Buckman PTA a portion of Fred Meyer’s charitable giving dollars. If you have a Rewards card, you still get to keep all of your household rewards and fuel points as usual. 

         AmazonSmile — This raised almost $200 for Buckman last year. If you choose Buckman PTA as your charity of choice, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to our PTA. 

    Buckman Scrip

        Help support Buckman by purchasing scrip! Every Tuesday morning during drop off our Scrip sales team will be available out in the main hall with some in stock scrip gift cards as well as order forms for any additional orders Buckman parents wish to make for items not in stock. Scrip is a great fundraising tool since families can use scrip for gas, groceries, and other household expenses. We have lots of grocery gift cards in stock such as Fred Meyers, New Seasons, Whole Foods, and Safeway.

         We have retailers donating anywhere from 4%-26% of those gift cards to Buckman. Some examples of retailers we can order are Pizzicato, Starbucks, McMenamins, Washman, Home Depot, and Target. We will also have Chinook books and apps for sale for a limited time. We have an order form you can fill out beforehand which can be picked up in the office from the Scrip box order form drawer.

         If you can't make it Tuesday mornings, these forms can be filled out and left with payment in our Scrip mailbox. Otherwise, come see us Tuesday morning during drop off to place your order or buy in stock items!



    SMART Volunteers Needed

        Do you have an hour a week to read to a student? SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) may be just the thing for you! We read to and with K - 3rd graders who need some extra help or need an ear to listen. You would only read at Buckman once a week for an hour on Tuesdays or Thursdays from mid-October to mid-May.

         If you or someone you know (such as grandparents, friends, colleagues) is interested, please invite them to complete the online application at GetSmartOregon.org. Click on "Get Involved" and "Volunteer".
    Buckman students will thank you more than you know!!


    Emergency Clothing Needed


        Cleaning your closets to make room for back-to-school clothes? Super! Please forward any student pants (generic sweatpants work great) to the office for those occasional wardrobe malfunctions.
    Donations of new girls and boys underwear are also appreciated. Thank you for your support.

    Medications at School


        Please contact the office if your student will be receiving medications during school hours. Medicine can only be given to students after families complete the Authorization for Medication Administration by School Personnel form, which is also located in the office.

         Please personally bring in the medications (with the original packaging) and completed form. Over the counter medications must be Children's dose unless you have doctors orders with adult dose directions. Please note students are not allowed to transport any medications to school themselves.

    Thank you for your help and understanding.


    Library News


    Volunteers Needed

    The library is in need of a few consistent volunteers. Monday and Friday mornings are just two times that an extra hand is needed. Please sign up HERE. Thank you for being part of this amazing community of learners (and readers!)

    **If you would like to come in an help out with inventory, please stop in and talk to Ms. Rudnick personally. Flexible times can be arranged for this purpose. 

    Lost Library Books?

    If your child has received a notice from the library for a lost book, you have three options... 
    1. Pay the fee for the lost book - Please use School Pay on the Buckman Website.
    2. Replace the book (typically we like hardbacks) - often this is the more inexpensive option. Amazon is a good place to look. Remember to use smile.amazon.com, as this supports the Buckman PTA.
    3. Bring in 3-5 new or gently used books (K-5) as a donation to our library. 

    Research Season

    Need help finding reliable sources to beat the "fake news" out there? Check out our RESEARCH page and PATHFINDERS page on the Buckman Library Website

    Donations Needed:
    Focused Hearing, Focused Minds

    All K-5th graders use the library devices regularly and the sound can get a bit out of hand when we are creating digital stories, listening to books or educational movies. Please consider donating to help us raise the money to purchase headphones which will improve their focus and attention and have a special volume level to protect those growing ears.

    Buckman Library Website Features...

         Are you kids starting research projects? Want to use reliable databases rather than "just googling it?" 
    Check out the "RESEARCH" tab on the library website. Here you will find awesome sources of information, text to talk features, citations and images to use with copyright information built in!

    SUN News


    Register for Summer SUN Camps Now! 

    Online registration is now open, please click here to register for all camps.

    June 26-July 14 Art Intensive Camp
    June 26-June 30 Motion Magic Circus Camp
    July 3-July 7 Water Wild
    July 10-July 21 Munchkin Madness Drama Camp
    July 24-28 Oregon Rocks! Geology Summer School
    July 31-August 4 Motion Magic Elves, Wizards and Fairies Camp

    Zoo Camp Scholarships

    Oregon Zoo in conjunction with Buckman SUN is offering partial scholarships for low-income families to their summer zoo camps.  Paperwork available in the SUN office.  First-come, first served. 

    SUN Payments

         Please remember to submit your mid-month payments for SUN classes. Many parents have outstanding payments and our payroll is dependent on these funds. If you need to know your balance, contact bmorris@impactnw.org.







  • Greetings families!

    Congratulations to our fourth graders, their teachers and our Arts Team for another exceptional performance last week! The fourth grade decided to highlight the work they did this year in the Peace First curriculum, sharing a message of self-awareness, belonging and hope for the future, with a touch of historical research thrown in. Great work, everyone! 

    Last Friday I shared an overview of the staffing plan with families at the PTA coffee. In many ways Buckman was very fortunate, because some of the services that were reduced or eliminated were things we already didn’t have. But the district raised class sizes at every grade-level, and the metric they used left us with just 17 classroom teacher positions for the 18 classrooms we expected to have. Blends challenge parents and teachers for many reasons, but would be especially impactful at Buckman where the entire performance model would be disrupted. So first and foremost we used some additional resources to maintain the current classroom structure of 3 classrooms per grade-level K-5.

    One of the Arts team positions is fully funded through the Arts Tax (thank you, Portland!), but that means finding the additional resources for 2 more. Fortunately we had enough to cover 1.5 of those two positions, and with Foundation support we will be able to add another .3-the equivalent to a day and a half a week. Mr. Simmons’ art position is posted right now at .8, or 4 days per week, and we will be able to shift the Arts rotation model into a 4-day week, with a sustained integration/planning for 2/3 of the team on Fridays. It was the least impactful to students, but is by no means ideal.

    The district is still supporting library for a halftime position. We plan to supplement that through the Foundation to reach .8 and maintain the library for 4 days per week. But there is an impact to students with this decision. Right now, every student has library every week. We can’t get 20 classrooms (with our Focus students) through the library every week and expect the awesome extras that Ms. Rudnick provides for teachers and students; the research pathways, technology integration, book competitions and authors’ visits. So students will have a full library class every other week with both instruction and check out. The library will be closed on Mondays, so teachers and students will have to plan ahead, and family volunteers will be critical.

    And, we are losing our school secretary ½ time, so there will be a single staff person in the office in the afternoons. What that means for families is that our customer service around last minute pick-up/bus/SUN/schedule change calls is going to go down. There is no way a single person can answer phones and deliver 75 messages to classrooms between 2:45-3:00pm. Parents, you are going to have to plan and communicate ahead of time, too.

    So you can see, we are depending on our Foundation pretty heavily just to maintain the services we consider essential at Buckman in a mostly intact form. If you believe in our arts-integrated model, we really and truly need you, our generous and supportive community, to invest in it. Thankfully, there is still time and opportunity to do so with our auction less than a month away, some delicious Dines Out coming up, and another fun movie night in June!


District News

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  • End-of-Year Student Award Ceremonies

    At the end of every school year, the School-family Partnership program sponsors Student Recognition Award ceremonies for successful students across the district. These award ceremonies are essential to honor and reward students whose achievements represent the best of PPS, and to inspire their fellow students in the coming school year. We’re excited to celebrate these students and are looking forward to sharing their stories with you.

  • Benson Tech rocked the SkillsUSA State Competition

     Benson Tech team at the SkillsUSA State Competition, April 2017
    During the SkillsUSA State Competition, this April 20-21, the Benson team landed a bucket full of medals!  All gold medalists qualify for the National Skills USA conference in Louisville, Kentucky June 19th - 23rd.

    Please congratulate all who participated.  They all were fantastic and made Benson Tech proud!

  • Important budget message from the Superintendent

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    Hello PPS families and staff,

    On April 4 I presented my proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year to our School Board. I want to make sure you know what our spending priorities are, and what they will mean for you and your PPS student or students.

    This is a budget of difficult choices. We made extra cuts to central administration to prioritize direct services for students, but we still must make some painful cuts to our schools. Although the cuts will affect each school differently, they will be noticeable. This proposed budget is the first step in a long process, and we will be seeking your input and engagement as we manage this difficult fiscal climate.

  • PPS budget: We want to hear from you

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    CORRECTION: 2nd budget listening session is Tuesday, April 25

    Budget overview
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    We want to hear from you about the 2017-18 budget for PPS! The Portland School Board has scheduled three listening sessions to take your comments on how we should allocate our dollars in the coming year.

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