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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  


    Temporary Change in Bus Loading

    For the next 4 to 6 weeks, bus 306 (the big school bus) will be dropping off and picking up on 16th instead of Pine. Please do not park in the coned-off loading zone.  We apologize for the added inconvenience at these busy traffic times, but this is a necessary change for the safety of children.
    To avoid parking congestion, please consider Stark or 18th, as both offer easy access to the 16th street entrance. And, thank you in advance for your assistance and cooperation. 



    Buckman Auction

    Early bird tickets to the 2017 Buckman Auction end THIS WEEK so get your tickets now at! As the Foundation's biggest fundraiser, the annual Auction is a fun and exciting evening for Buckman families and community partners. Proceeds from the event help fund the arts and literacy teams at Buckman and support staffing throughout the school. This year’s auction will provide limited childcare for $10/child on the night of the event at the venue, thanks to our partnership with SUN, so grab your spot!

    Thanks again to our sponsors Wentworth Subaru, Burns Organic Modern, Orchard Supply Hardware, Laurie Sonnenfeld, M Realty, and Upper Playground. 


    Buckman Budget Update - Friday April 20 at 8:45am in the Library

    We encourage everyone to attend Ms. Kosmala's Coffee Chat tomorrow at 8:45am in the Library to learn more about the state of the school budget and our fundraising goals to preserve as much staffing as possible next school year.


    Movie Night, April 21

    The Foundation’s next Movie Night will be on April 21 from 6-9pm. Treat your kid(s) to a screening of “Moana” in the cafetorium while you treat yourself to a few hours of kid-free time! Suggested donation is $10 at the door (nobody will be turned away!) and Sizzle Pie pizza will be available for $1/slice. Volunteers are needed to make the evening run smoothly, please contact if you are interested in helping out. 


    Class Picture Day, April 21 

    Get those haircut appointments made because Buckman's classroom picture day is Friday, April 21. You will receive a school picture envelope from your student's teacher shortly. Please have your student bring the form on picture day (or drop off to the teacher earlier) to ensure we have your order request.

    Make checks payable to Dorian Studio or include exact cash (no refunds provided). To order online, please have the eight-digit code listed on the bottom of your picture envelope, visit, and follow the prompts. 

    We need three Picture Day volunteers. By helping on Friday, you will receive a Helper Voucher for a complimentary group photograph in exchange for your assistance. Please sign up with Melina in the office.  

    Dance Fieldtrips

    Afterschool dancers will be attending White Bird's Che Malambo on Wednesday, April 26! It will be a busy arts week for dance and chorus. On Thursday, April 27, some dancers will be going to Jefferson Dance!  A Dance Week coming up soon!

    Order Your Buckman Yearbook

    Order your 2016-17 Buckman School Yearbook today! The yearbook is $19 and all orders must be placed by Friday, May 12. Go to to order and pay for your student's yearbook. Yearbooks will be delivered to your student at school the final week of this school year. There will not be any physical copies sold at school. All orders must be made online.

    Yearbook Photos Needed!

    Keep sending photos in for the Buckman Yearbook. We need more from each grade and for the special performances that have happened and that are happening this month. Please send them to 5th grade families: We especially need more photos to celebrate your students. 


    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
    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 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 Click on "Get Involved" and "Volunteer".
    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


    Volunteers Needed

    The library is in need of a few consistent volunteers. Monday afternoons 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!)

    Library Lego Wall

    Special project: Ms. Rudnick needs help building our Library Lego Wall! If you are a handy person (with a light, handheld sander) and would like to help Ms. Rudnick accomplish this task, please stop in the library for details. Thank you!

    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


    Resource Referrals for Families Facing Immigration Challenges

    Drop by the SUN office or contact Diane at (503)858-0230 if you know of families needing legal support, legal counsel, information on free help for clearing records, knowing legal rights, sanctuary information and more.

    Tax Receipts

    If you are beginning work on taxes and need receipts for amounts paid to Impact NW, contact at least two weeks before you need the receipt. Due to systems changes, Brittany is having to hand calculate receipts from the various registration systems so will need some time to prepare them. 

    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!

    It seems like a while ago, but we finished the week before break with an awesome celebration of our students’ kindness and generosity towards others-a schoolwide One Direction flash mob! As a school, Buckman raised over 2,000 pounds of food for the Oregon Food Bank. Great job kids and families!

    It is about that time to begin thinking about next year, and that includes class formations. We have a community of amazing advocates for our students and we know that parents know their students better than anyone. If you have specific concerns about your child’s learning needs, or if you have a strong opinion about the type of learning environment your child will perform best in, we welcome your input. Requests for individual teachers, however, are not appropriate and will not be considered. 

    Our teachers know your student pretty well too; who their friends are, how they learn, where their strengths lie, their academic stamina, and their triggers. We use a huge volume of information to create class lists of students that we believe will support and complement each other. This is all done before we even talk about a teacher. Buckman staff are all very competent teachers, but we recognize that they are not identical. Please submit your thoughts and environmental preferences to the office in writing.

    And the April events are just lined right up! Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 is STEAM Night-an adventure in inquiry-based science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Next Tuesday, April 18, is the Preparedness Fair in collaboration with DaVinci Middle School. Students got ready this week with an earthquake/full evacuation drill, but earthquakes can happen at any time. Come to Buckman and find out how you can prepare yourself, your family and your students for the potential of a major earthquake here in the Pacific Northwest. Doors open at 6pm, presentation starts at 6:30pm.


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