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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 Run For The Arts: October 7

         Buckman Run For The Arts is coming soon!
    Your pledge sheets are due Friday, September 30.
     
    Check out our fifth grade Run For The Arts video! 

    Https://youtu.be/de-FHyEnfsA

     
    We are so excited for this year's Run for the Arts! The run is scheduled for Friday, October 7!
    There will be 2 runs, one in the morning & one in the afternoon. This year, the 9:30am run will be grades 3-5 and the 1:30pm run will be grades K-2.

         By now, you should have received your sponsor sheets. The pledge sheets are due to school on Friday, September 30. Please help your student gather sponsors. Greater sponsorship means more funds for arts programming! If you would like to set up your student's online donation option, please visit: runforthearts.ya-or.org. Donation sheets are due to your student's teacher on September 30.

         Please also consider volunteering to help your student's classroom with tallying laps during and after the race. We will need several volunteers for each classroom. Look for a sign up genius link soon.
         Please contact Leah Christensen if you have any questions. leah.barkhurst@gmail.com

     

    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: pta@buckmanelementary.org.

    Methinks the 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 need...you. Email frances.kappes@gmail.com 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! Scrip is fundraising for the school while shopping. Your everyday purchases can become immediate earnings for Buckman. 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.

         We have lots of grocery gift cards in stock such as Fred Meyers, New Seasons, Whole Foods, and Safeway. You can purchase gift cards for the stores and those stores give a percentage of that gift card to Buckman, anywhere from 4-26%. We will also have Chinook books and apps for sale for a limited time. Come see us Tuesday morning during drop off to place your order or buy in stock items! 

    News/Events

    Run For the Arts

         We are so excited for this year's Run for the Arts! The run is scheduled for Friday, October 7!
    There will be 2 runs, one in the morning & one in the afternoon. This year, the 9:30am run will be grades 3-5 and the 1:30pm run will be grades K-2.

         By now, you should have received your sponsor sheets. We are nearly 1/2 way thru the collection period. Please help your student gather sponsors. Greater sponsorship means more funds for arts programming! If you would like to set up your student's online donation option, please visit: runforthearts.ya-or.org. Donation sheets are due to your student's teacher on September 30.

         Please also consider volunteering to help your student's classroom with tallying laps during and after the race. We will need several volunteers for each classroom. Look for a sign up genius link soon.

    Please contact Leah Christensen if you have any questions. leah.barkhurst@gmail.com

    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

        With the beginning of school year upon us, 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!

         Volunteers are the most important resource a school community can have. Volunteers that assist in daily routines (checking in books, checking out books, shelving, repairing or other special projects) are essential to the one-to-one time the Library Media Specialist can have with individual students. For those daily routine jobs (we handle 1,500 - 2,000 books a month!), we hope to have a weekly or bi-weekly commitment to keep the library running smoothly. Thank you for understanding that consistency in volunteering is greatly appreciated to help create routines and expectations with students, other volunteers and the staff.

         If a weekly (or bi-weekly) time or day works for you, please sign up HERE. Thank you for being part of this amazing community of learners (and readers!)
     

    SUN News

    Apologies for a Challenging Start

        We know this has been a challenging registration process this year. Our program had to reduce from over 60 classes to 45 which meant a number of students didn't get into classes and were waitlisted. We are trying our hardest to accommodate as many students as possible. With the reduction in the number of weeks we can serve in the fall and limits on extra activities by SUN, we also had a much more complex extra activity form. We are still working to identify community partners for  November conference days and hope to post your options in upcoming newsletters.

         To complicate things further, the County database did not pull accurate reports for the first several days and they are readying to rehaul the system. We have done the best we could, but it did result in a number of mistakes that we are still working to fix. It has made it difficult to know which classes still have room for waitlisted students and we have not been able to process payments until schedules were corrected so hopefully that will be completed in the next few days. Keep checking in with us if there are errors you are finding. If you got a notice from us, it is likely about either not having payment, a payment plan, or about not having adequate documentation. For half scholarships, proof of free and reduced lunch is required. For more than half scholarships, a scholarship form along with proof of income through last year's tax statement or three consecutive paychecks or some other equivalent is required.

         In our security system at pick up we will ask you to make eye contact with your child or ask us to retrieve  your child and then have them walk over to meet you at the sign-out table. Only SUN staff adults can be beyond the security barriers. We are sorry for any long lines this may cause in the first few weeks, but it is for your child’s safety. Since we have all new staff, at least  in the first few weeks and with database accuracy improving, we may be asking you to provide some form of identification until we are familiar with authorized pick-up people. 

         Right after school, when we are in the process of providing snack and helping students sort out their classes, is not the best time for us to talk with parents. As such we have created a clipboard where you can note questions that we can respond to at a later time. Also feel free to visit us in Room 108 or call us at (503)858-0230 in the afternoons.
     

    SUN Changes

        If you have any changes you need to make in your child’s SUN schedule, please fill out the SUN change form (available by the front bulletin board). You can put this in our SUN mailbox in the office. We are unable to make changes based on verbal conversations or phone messages and many classes have filled. 

         If you want to drop a class and would like a refund, paperwork must be submitted before the end of this week so that we can offer waitlisted students the openings. Be sure to include your address on the refund portion of the change form.
     

    New Piano Section

        In order to accommodate the tremendous interest and serve waitlisted students, we have opened an additional piano section on Friday from 3-4:30pm. If your child was waitlisted for Thursday piano or you are able to take a Friday section (enabling others to fill your Thursday slot), please fill out a change form as soon as possible.

    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 to drop-in or purchase a $20 card for five sessions ($4/class is a very good deal!). Come have fun and get fit! Help us spread the word so we can keep the classes going.
     

    Refrigerator to Spare?

        SUN is looking for a donation of a working refrigerator so if you have any leads or are planning to purchase a new one and part with an old, please let us know!

    Buckman Garden Support Team

        SUN is looking for parents or volunteers willing to provide support for our school garden. There are many tasks requiring assistance to prepare the garden for fall teaching and volunteers are always needed to help work with children in the garden on Tuesdays from 3:25-4:25pm. The school native plant garden is also in need of attention. If you are interested, please contact Diane in the SUN office at dmeisenhelter@impactnw.org.

    Free School Supplies and Red Shoes Pickup

        If your family is in need of free school supplies, please contact SUN in Room 108. Similarly, if you were contacted about the Red Shoes program, please pick up in the afternoon before the end of the week.

    International Walk and Bike to School Day

         October 5 is international walk and bike to school day. Help reduce school congestion, increase safety, decrease carbon emissions, and increase health by helping your child practice alternative transportation (biking, walking, skateboarding, bus,etc.) . Meet us in the lobby for treats after 8:15am. 

Principal's
Message

  • Greetings families!
     
         The school year is well underway now and things are rolling right along. It was lovely to have a little bit of the fall weather, but it means that students are wearing sweaters and jackets to the playground and they aren’t always coming back inside. Lost and Found is located just outside the left cafeteria door, and it is getting pretty full already. We will do our best to remind students to collect their things, but we always appreciate your help with that. Thank you, families!

         We are just days away from October, and that means that the Best Day of the Year is almost upon us-Run for the Arts! Pledge forms went home last Friday. If you didn’t see it, dig around in that backpack a little bit and if you still don’t have it you can always request another one. Even better, Young Audiences has moved into the digital age. You can register your runner and their pledges at runforthearts.ya-or.org; super convenient for those of us with mostly out of town family. Just don’t forget to note donor names and pledges under the big blue “online sponsors” box on the paper pledge form. You and your family can see all of the information collected electronically but the donor pages are confidential; we will only have the information you provide for us.

         Finally, a quick reminder about drop-off and pick-up procedures and safety. Our Safety Patrol is enthusiastic and awesome (thank you Mr. Clarkson and Ms. Dewey), but they are located at the corners of 16th and Pine and 16th and Stark. When students run across the street in the middle of 16th they might get to the car quicker, but they are taking a risk each and every time. There is no longer a stop sign at 16th and Pine stopping north/south traffic.  Please, for the sake of walking safety and good habits, remind your children to cross at the corners. Really, those two extra minutes are not worth a potential tragedy.
     
    Susan

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