Do you have, or know, a kindergartner coming to Buckman next year? You are
invited to attend our Connect To Kindergarten informational meetings, coming
If you are interested in enrolling at Buckman, but are not a neighborhood
family, you will need to register for the Lottery through PPS Enrollment and Transfer. We are offering limited openings for Kindergarten, First and Third Grade.
If you are a Buckman Lottery Family with a sibling already enrolled in Buckman, you
must still apply through the Lottery for your new kindergartner.
As a Lottery family, you MUST attend one of the Lottery Family Meetings. Your
attendance at one of these meetings is part of your qualifying requirements
necessary for your acceptance into our school through the lottery system.
Please call the school office if you have any questions.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 6:45 - 7:30pm
Thursday, March 23, 2017 6:45 - 7:30pm
Connect To Kindergarten/Open House
Attendance at one meeting is required
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 10:00 AM - 10:45am
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 6:45 - 7:30pm
The Lottery application dates for this year are:
February 8 through March 3.
After March 3, the lottery application process closes for non-neighborhood
families, and they can no longer apply through this program for the 2017-2018
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
Our next PTA meeting is on Tuesday, February 7. As always, we will have pizza
from 6–6:30 and conduct PTA business from 6:30–7. 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 February!
The PTA Board
Exclusion Day is February 15! This is the date that all students must have
completed their necessary immunizations. If their immunizations are not
complete, STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND SCHOOL starting on Wednesday,
Multnomah Education Service District (MESD) is sending home letters for any
students whose immunization records are incomplete or missing. The State of
Oregon will send out letters starting February 1 alerting parents of a
student’s potential exclusion.
Do not ignore these letters!
If you receive a letter, action is required or your child will be excluded from school
starting on February 15, 2017.
If you have questions, please contact School Nurse Cam Lam at 503-916-6230 or
email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good news! We're more a third of the way to our goal of raising $72,000 for the
arts team, the library Media Specialist, and literacy support at Buckman next
This is a good position to be in with the auction, our biggest fundraiser of
the year, still ahead on Saturday, May 13.
Never been to our school auction? It's really fun. We’ll have tasty food, lots
of drinks, silent and live auctions (with items small and large), and plenty of
time to mix and mingle with other parents and teachers. And, new this
year--childcare will be available on-site at Hinson Baptist Church.
Stay tuned for more. Tickets will go on sale after the Art Show & Sell!
Rogue Ales' Firkin Fest: March 4th
In other fundraising news, this year’s edition of Rogue Ales’ Firkin
Fest is on for March 4. As with all things fundraising, we are in need of
volunteers! This is a really fun way to get in a few hours of volunteering (4,
in fact!) at what turned out to be a great success last year. If you are
interested, sign up here. Please note that there is an additional
form required; instructions are included on the sign-up page. Thank you!
Student Artists - Art Show & Sell
All Buckman students (and alumni) are invited to sell their work in the Art
Show and Sell. You must sign up to receive an artist number. Pricing
stickers/packet will be delivered to your student's classroom. Deadline to sign-up is: February 27.
Students receive the same 70% of sales that professional artists receive Please
contact Caroline Houser with any questions about student art at email@example.com.
da Vinci Info
The first of five information sessions was January 25, starting at 4pm.
All dates and the process are outlined on da Vinci's webpage (several have changed). If
you have friends interested in applying, let them know, or if your student has
a sibling who will be applying, please come to one of the sessions posted. Even
if you are a current da Vinci family, we want you to come with your prospective
student for the information session.
Here are the complete da Vinci Info Sessions for the 2017 - 2018 school year:
January 25 - 4:00 - 5:30pm
February 3 - 9:00 - 10:30am (planning day, no school for students)
February 7 - 4-5pm Open House* 5-6pm Info Session; Open House on February 7 is
the only time classrooms will be open to visit
February 15 - 4:00 - 5:30pm
March 6 - 4:00 - 5:30pm
For more information about PPS options for your child, visit the PPS School
Yearbook Photos Needed!
Did you take photos of Buckman students enjoying the snow days or at the MLK Jr
assembly? Please send those fun snow pictures along with any others to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please identify the activity or event along with grade. We still need a lot of
photos to help fill the yearbook.
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
This is event is sponsored
by the PTA.
SAVE THE DATE - The Buckman Auction 2017 will be held on May 13 at the Hinson
Baptist Church (1137 SE 20th Ave) at 6pm. This is the Buckman Foundation's
biggest fundraiser of the year, so be sure to mark your calendars so you don't
Dines Out -
Wednesday, February 15
With a new month comes a new Dines Out, so plan on attending this month's
iteration at EastBurn on Wednesday, February 15 from 6-9pm.
Come see why EastBurn's grilled cheese was named among the top 25 in the
country by Food & Wine Magazine! The Foundation will also double up by
hosting our monthly Pub
Night at EastBurn starting at 7pm. There is lots of exciting
fundraising news from the Foundation as we look towards the end of the school
year; find the sign and stop by to see how you can get involved.
Firken Fest - March 4
Speaking of upcoming events, we want to be sure everyone has March 4 down on
their calendar for our annual Firken Fest fundraiser. This is a fun way to
support one of our community partners while also raising funds for Buckman.
Details coming soon!
Sign Up Your Student Artist for the 2017 Art Show and Sell!
All Buckman students (and alumni) are invited to sell their work in the Art
Show and Sell. You must sign up to receive an artist number. Pricing
stickers/packet will be delivered to the student's classroom. Deadline to sign-up is: February 27.
Students receive the same 70% of sales that professional artists receive.
Please contact Caroline Houser with any questions about student art at email@example.com.
The Auction Needs a Few More Volunteers to Help Out Now!
Planning for the Buckman Auction (May 13 at Hinson Church) is well underway,
but we could use a few more volunteers now for these key areas: a Classroom
Auction Projects Co-Coordinator to help out our current co-coordinator, folks
to help make calls to businesses for Procurement donations, and people to help
with Event Planning. Please contact Auction co-chair Jeff Burns, firstname.lastname@example.org,
if interested in volunteering. Thank you!
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
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!
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".
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 www.mathinaction.org, which is an educational
resource that provides bi-weekly math challenges throughout the school
If your student is interested, please go to: http://www.mathinaction.org/buckman-elementary.html,
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 email@example.com.
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
Donations of new girls and boys underwear are also appreciated.
Thank you for your support.
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.
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!
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!
Make a new year's resolution with your budding reader. OLA has released their
2017 early literacy calendar.
Give your student the gift of literacy year round!
Ms. Rudnick's Monthly Reading Challenge - February
February - Complete the
challenge and win a prize or a free book!
Winter Registration Information
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, or sanctuary information.
Equity Team, Tuesday, February 28
Parents of students of color, students with disabilities, and other
traditionally underserved populations have been meeting monthly to discuss
student success, school climate, and family support. If you would like to be on
the listserve to receive minutes of the meetings as well as notice of upcoming
meetings, please contact Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sada (school
counselor) at email@example.com.
Get ready to come out and dance up a storm at an all ages dance February
24 at 6:30pm. Portland School of Rock youth musicians will be playing and
setting the stage for folks to kick up their feet and see that young musicians
really rock! This community-building event is in honor of healthy heart month,
reminding us to take care of ourselves and get the daily aerobic exercise our
bodies need to remain healthy. The event also honors two Buckman teachers who
died at an early age from heart issues.
Online Registration Help We received enough feedback about winter online registration to know that is
probably not the system we want to use. However, we realize parents do want to
have an online registration option. Are there any parents who might be willing
to exchange childcare costs for helping us set up a simple online registration
process that could link into paypal or some other simple online payment system?
If so, please contact Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org as we'd love to
have something in time for spring registration.
If you are beginning work on taxes and need receipts for amounts paid to Impact
NW for classes, contact email@example.com 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.
Help Serve Homeless
at Imago Dei and St. Francis
On cold winter nights when it is below freezing, Imago Dei, in partnership with
Transition Projects, has been offering a space for the homeless to sleep. St.
Francis has also been open as a warming center when needed. Gloves (especially
men's sizes), blankets, hats, and warm socks or toiletries are very much
appreciated if you'd like to drop items by the SUN office, we will make sure
they get to homeless services. For more information on how to help, contact
Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com,
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org