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Buckman Elementary School

Buckman nurtures the whole child and strives for
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320 SE 16th AvePortland, OR 97214Ph (503) 916-6230Fx (503) 916-2615

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  • Buckman News

    Welcome to Our World  

    PTA Message

    Dear Buckman Community,

    We as a PTA board want to take a moment to remind folks of our mission as a PTA – to advocate for ALL children, ensuring that families and kids feel safe, included and empowered to have a positive school experience. Through the rest of the school year, we plan on partnering with the Buckman staff and administration to provide programming that meets the needs of our school community and allows for all voices to be heard and valued. If you have input or ideas, we would like to invite you to email the Buckman PTA and attend our bi-monthly meetings.

    Our next PTA meeting is on Tuesday, December 6. As always, we will have pizza from 6–6:30 and conduct PTA business from 6:30–7. From 7-8 we invite folks to stay and help with an art project that will benefit our neighbors, St. Francis of Assisi, and the work they do in supporting marginalized groups in our community. During this time we also hope that Buckman community members can talk to one another, express concerns and strategize how we can continue to spread the kindness and support we hope all families are receiving and that we expect for our children.

    We look forward to seeing you in December!

    The PTA Board



     Call for Artists!

         The 27th Buckman Art Show & Sell is currently accepting artist applications for the March 11-12, 2017 show. Over 140 juried local artists turn our school into a gallery over the weekend. We accept artists in the following categories; 2-D, 3-D, mixed media, textile, clothing, jewelry, photography, children's items, and paper/books.  

         Buckman volunteers run a central checkout station and there is no booth fee, artists donate 30% of sales to the Buckman PTA. For more details, including a list of past vendors and pictures of past years please visit the show website at There is a $25 non refundable application fee. Applications close November 17, 2016. Artists are notified of acceptance status mid December. Questions can be sent to  

        Please help us spread the word to artists who might be interested! Student and alumni artist applications will be available in February.


    Art Show and Sell Update

         We are looking forward to hosting the 27th annual Buckman Art Show and Sell in March. The Art Show is our annual PTA fundraising event that hosts 130+ local artists, who donate a portion of sales to the PTA. More information can be found at our website.

         Michelle Cacka is chairing the show and will be available before and after the first PTA meeting, on October 11, she will have timelines available for the committee members to pick up and will be available for questions. If you are interested in getting involved, or have a question, please stop by and say hello! We still have a few committee positions available. You can also email Michelle with any questions. Thank you to all the parents whose time and talent help make this show a success! 

    Buckman Fundraising for FREE!!

    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. 
    *** Note: Families who were enrolled last year will need to re-enroll. Thank you for taking the time to do this.***


         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.


    PTA Minutes

         For those who were not able to attend the PTA/State of the School meeting last week, we have posted the meeting minutes on Buckman's home page or you can also access them here. 

    Monthly Recurring Donations: What?

         One of the easiest ways to support the Buckman Foundation is to set up monthly recurring donations. It allows you to give the kind of donation you'd like to give, but in very manageable and much smaller monthly installments. Once you set it up you never have to think about it again. Set up your monthly donation here: Be sure to select "Buckman ES" as the recipient!

    To better appreciate the power of monthly recurring donations, let's do some fun math:
         If just 50 families donated $10 per month, then by the end of this school year we'd raise $4,000.
         If those 50 families instead donated $25 per month, then by the end of this school year we'd raise $10,000.
         If those same 50 families instead donated $50 per month, we'd raise $20,000 by the end of this school year.
         Now imagine if 100 families became monthly donors! Convinced? If you can, please consider becoming a monthly donor and help us in our quest to raise $72,000 in order to maintain our current staffing at Buckman. Questions? Email 


    Buckman School Directory- Help Needed

        We need a parent volunteer to assist the office staff with culling together information and publishing our school directory. Sadly, this essential school tradition may drop by the wayside if we don’t get someone to step into this role. Thanks in advance for considering. Contact:


    Buckman Auction Could Use Some Help!

        The Buckman Foundation's largest fundraiser of the year still has a few volunteer roles that are waiting to be filled! Procurement needs some more folks (the more the merrier and the lighter the work). Logistics needs a buddy. AND, we need an Auction Chair (or two)! Without an auction chair, it would be difficult to pull off the kind of auction that Buckman has benefited from in years past. The auction team is almost complete. We just Email if interested or for any questions.


    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 Click on "Get Involved" and "Volunteer".

         Questions, please call Christine Piggott, Buckman Site Coordinator, at 503-720-6301. Buckman students will thank you more than you know!!

    Math in Action Challenges - Sign Up Now

        Teacher Tamar Berk is announcing a new weekly math challenge for all grades K-5! Buckman is now enrolled in, which is an educational resource that provides bi-weekly math challenges throughout the school year. 

         If your student is interested, please go to:, download, solve the math problems, and put them in Ms. Berk's mailbox in the office. She will grade the math challenges and keep a record. (Or if there is a parent volunteer who can help, let her know!)

         At the end of the year, students who complete at least 12 sets of challenges will get cool prizes and a certificate!

    Please contact Tamar Berk with any questions at

    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. Please note students are not allowed to transport medications to school themselves.

    Thank you for your help and understanding.


    Library News


    Book Fair

       The annual Scholastic Book Fair is coming! This event cannot run without amazing volunteers like you. Please consider marking your calendars now and signing up for a spot. Book Fair decorating and set up is Friday 12/2 after school. The book fair will be open for business before and after school 12/5-12/9 (with tear down Friday 12/9). Many more details soon! 

    Author Visit

         3rd - 5th graders, teachers and parents join us in the cafetorium to kick off the book fair on Monday, December 5 at 9:30am. Local author (and father of 5!) C.W. Trisef will be talking about his new series called "Oracle." This is a 7-book series about a teenager who travels all over the world, exploring the mysteries on each continent and collecting the six core elements to Cure The World! Check out this page for additional information, links and order forms. 

    4th & 5th Graders: Oregon Readers Choice Awards!

         Want to be part of a vote that picks a state wide winner? Last week, 4th & 5th graders were introduced to the ORCA's. To vote, students must read at least 2 of the 8 books by mid-March. Ms. Rudnick will have a special surprise lunch for students who read all 8 books by April 4th! Here is the form, happy reading!

    Volunteers Needed!

         Please sign up HERE. Thank you for being part of this amazing community of learners (and readers!)
    *If you would like to consistently volunteer for your student's weekly library time, that can be arranged!

    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


    Winter Registration Information


    Season of Sharing

        This is the time of year when we take applications and wish lists from low-income Buckman families who need help with clothes or small gifts of books or toys. Drop by the SUN office in Room 108 for the wish list sheets or find them in the SUN kiosk. Please return immediately as community partners need them now and it is discouraging for gift givers if we add more once the cards go up on the board.


    Small Children's Bikes 

         If you are on free or reduced lunch and your child (height 40-52") is in need of a bike, contact Diane in the SUN office with your name and phone number, the child's name, and height in inches. Bikes will go very quickly and it is first-come, first-served so please do it as soon as possible. Email the information to TODAY!

    SUN Registration to Undergo Changes

         For winter term, SUN is planning to make two major changes to registration procedures. Low-income families who need scholarships or payment plans as well as families whose children need additional academic or special needs behavioral support will have early registration the week of December 5. Parents can register in the SUN office from 11:30-2:30 or 4:30-6 pm that week or from 8:30 am-9:30 am on Thursday and Friday, December 8-9. Families who have a straight forward registration not requiring payment assistance will be able to register online during a window of availability during the week of December 12. SUN is excited about trying to pilot online registration. Online registration will not cost extra for credit card use, however it may cost more if you come into the office to slide your card on the iPad. Registration books will be available starting December 1. SUN will not be accepting registrations dropped off in the SUN mailbox. Call us to make special arrangements if needed at 503-858-0230.

    SUN Volunteers

         SUN is looking for volunteers to help tutor students, assist with homework club, and help out in classes. Please help us spread the word to high school or college students, service groups, churches, and the like. Contact, the SUN volunteer coordinator.

    Adult Yoga and Zumba

         Adult yoga and zumba classes have begun. Yoga is free on Fridays at 6pm. Zumba is on Tuesdays at 6pm and the first lesson is free!  After that you can either pay $5 per drop-in class or purchase a $20 card for five sessions ($4 is a very good deal!). Come have fun and get fit! Help us spread the word so we can keep the classes going.

    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




  • Greetings families!
        As we reach the end of the calendar year, it is often a time to take stock of the things we accomplished over the last year. With the support of our Foundation, Buckman now has the benefit of a full time media specialist, who assists students and teachers in collecting, vetting and using text and media for research, content-specific projects, and for the joy of reading.  We have a team of trained educational assistants who are supporting our beginning readers at multiple grade levels in developing the mechanics of reading and understanding print. And, we are using our collective talents to embrace and pursue our mission of an engaging, arts-rich curricula, and to promote safety and care for all who enter our school.   Our staff and classes did a remarkable job of showcasing this work during Grandparents and Special Friends Day.  

        Buckman has been blessed this year with stability, largely because the Buckman Foundation has worked tirelessly over years to fill holes in the program provided by the district. Increases in district and school enrollment gave us stable footing, but there are other factors that will challenge our progress going forward. The State allocation for education will be negatively impacted by the failure of Measure 97 as we go into the next funding biennium, and the district is reviewing resources at buildings and across departments to address changes in state education policy. Independently, each of these could decrease our building resources for next year, together cuts are almost assured.

         The month of December is the All Hands Raised Direct Ask campaign, and gifts to this campaign can be earmarked for the Buckman Foundation. The Direct Ask campaign is a significant portion of the fundraising accomplished by the Buckman Foundation annually. You can expect to see much more information about All Hands Raised and the Buckman Foundation throughout this month.  Contributions are completely tax deductible, and directly support Buckman’s staffing for next school year.  I am immeasurably grateful to be back as the Principal of Buckman, and I am proud of the work underway with the support of our Foundation. With your help, we can preserve these amazing services for children. On behalf of Buckman staff and students, I thank you for your support.



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  • School conditions update

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    We want to update you on the status of our work to prepare our schools for the safe return of staff and students. Since Wednesday, our dedicated custodians and maintenance staff have been working very long hours to clear pathways, manage building power, plumbing and heat to ensure all of our utilities are operational given the freezing conditions that can impact pipes and electricity.

  • Friday, January 13: All schools and offices closed

    Schools will be closed tomorrow Friday, January 13.  Our teams have been out today clearing school sidewalks and parking lots and putting the chains on buses, however it is still unsafe on the streets and sidewalks for all of our students and staff to get to school.   All weekend activities including athletics are also canceled.

  • End of semester date change

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    Tuesday, January 10: The Board of Education made the decision to:

    Extend the semester by one week so that the last day of the semester will be Thursday, February 2nd (instead of the original schedule of Thursday, January 26th); AND

    Move the teacher planning day to Friday, February 3rd (from the original schedule of Friday, January 27).

  • Thursday, January 12: All schools and offices closed

    Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler declared a local emergency as a result of the near-record snowfall last night and through today. Temperatures are expected to remain low overnight leaving significant amounts of snow on city roads and sidewalks. Power is also a concern in certain parts of the city and some of our schools. Because of the continued weather impacts, all PPS schools and district offices will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, January 12.

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