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    Registration and Lottery Information Event for the 2021-2022 School Year

    The information concerning the Lottery for the 2021-2022 School Year has changed. Please check this site, or the district Enrollment and Transfer site for new information.

    If you are a Buckman Neighborhood family, or are interested in entering Buckman through the Portland Public School Lottery Application system, we will be having a Google Meets Connect to Kindergarten Event that is not scheduled yet. Please look for that event date and time here.

    This is an information event for anyone interested in attending Buckman for grades K-5. This is a mandatory event for all Lottery Applicants. There will be limited openings for upper grades, but Buckman typically enrolls 25-30 Kindergarten students through the Lottery process.

    Please view our Buckman Kindergarten Information Video:

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    Lottery Applications:

    Start: February 17, 2021 at 8:00 AM       

    End: March 18, 2021 at 5:00 PM

    For more complete Lottery Information, visit:    https://www.pps.net/Page/2343

    For more Enrollment Information, visit: https://www.pps.net/Page/2899

     


    Register your students for the 2020-2021 School Year 

    Student Registration Information  


     
     
    Champions Child Care News
    Champions is offering Winter Break Camp at Creston Elementary. We will follow all COVID protocols by OHA and CDC. This is a designated Oregon Essential Child Care site and is licensed. ERDC is accepted. We have tons of fun plans including canvas painting, arts and crafts, and science experiments, all while social distancing. We have limited pod sizes and are taking enrollments now on discoverchampions.com or by contacting Family Support at 1-800-246-2154 and they can help walk you through the process. We will be open December 21st-23rd and December 28th-30th from 7:30-5:30pm for a $150 weekly cost. If you are interested in care or have additional questions, please contact Stephanie Balke at sbalke@discoverchampions.com or call 503-915-3063.
    Please see attched link for more information.
     
     
     
     

     
    The Benson Wellness Center is OPEN!  
     
    Address: 546 NE 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232
    In Person Hours:  Tuesday & Thursday 1:00-4:00 p.m.
                              Wednesday 8:00-12:00 p.m.
    Virtual Hours:      Monday - Friday 8:00-5:00 p.m.
    Age of Student's being served:  7-18 y.o.
    Appointments are available for BOTH Mental Health & Physical Wellness
    Appointments for FLU & ALL Other Vaccinations are available
     
    To SCHEDULE an Appointment: 
    1.  Call OHSU Registrar and Register each person needing an appointment at 503-494-8505 (if you've not been seen there before)
    2.  Leave a Message for Reva at the Benson Wellness Center at 503-418-0409 with your call back information
    3.  Reva will call back and schedule an appointment, appointments are readily available
     
    Here is the PPS link regarding The Benson Wellness Center:  https://www.pps.net/Page/5953
     
     

    PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center Is Open 

    This fall, while schools are engaged in Comprehensive Distance Learning, PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center will be open starting Monday, September 14th for phone, video and in-person visits. Monday-Thursday  8:45 am-4:45 pm and Friday for phone and video appointments only. Call 503-988-3909 to make an appointment. 

    Any Multnomah County K-12 youth can visit the center and there are no out of pocket costs. We also can connect students and their families with community resources for food or help with medical insurance. 

    Student Health Centers at David Douglas & Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. Stay connected via Facebook and Instagram.

    Link to fliers in multiple languages: English   Spanish   Chinese   Russian   Somali   Vietnamese 

     

     

    Free COVID Testing Event  

     
     
     

     

    Buckman Videos to keep you informed: 

    Here is a video from our Principal, Teresa Seidel, with welcoming words and a brief tour! https://youtu.be/vkRR0jl3C4E 

    Back To School Information from our Principal, Teresa Seidel!

    What Will Buckman's Arts Program Look Like This Fall? Watch this video and find out!

     

     

     Buckman Distance Learning Log In Information:

     

    Buckman Counseling Website:

     

     

    Notes from Principal Seidel:

    Hello Buckman Bears

    Friday, January 8, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Like many of you, I am saddened by what happened at our Nation’s capital on Wednesday. It was a disgrace to our democracy and upsetting on so many levels. I am humbled by all of the Buckman staff and students who used the following days as a teaching/listening/educating/comforting in our classrooms. Thank you for the courageous conversations. 

    If like me, you are looking for ways to talk to your own children about the breach at the capitol, please check out this article. The author reminds me that despite it all, at least we have the children. Some of your students also watched this in class: A read aloud on youtube: The Breaking News

    Attention all K-2 SpEd and ELD students - Buckman has received a shipment of brand new Acer touchscreen chromebooks. Here are the instructions on how to pick yours up. Please note, only 1 device may be issued per student so if you currently have a PPS device, it must be brought in for exchange of a new one.

    ·       Who: Families of k-2, SpEd and ELD students

    ·       Where: the front main entrance of Buckman (320 NE 16th Ave)

    ·       When: Monday and Wednesday, January 11th or 13th from noon-4:30pm

    ·       What: Bring your old PPS issued chromebook AND charger to exchange for a new touchscreen chromebook.

          Option: you can email brudolph@pps.net to set up an appointment if the times above don’t work for you

    COVID-19 reporting: PPS has a new protocol requiring that a school building administrator and/ or school nurse track and document any student or family cases of COVID-19 to ensure that precautionary steps can be taken to reduce the spread of communicable disease. All reports will remain confidential.

    Welcome back Mr. Darby! PPS has restored the Therapeutic Intervention Coach positions to all SES (Social Emotional Skills) classrooms. We have two such incredible classrooms and are thrilled that former staffer, current Buckman parent, will be supporting those classrooms. If you see him in Seesaw or in your google meets, please give him a big Buckman wave! 

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders: 

    ·       Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up/drop off

    ·       Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students 

    ·       1/14 6pm: Race Talks: Code Switching. Click here for the zoom meeting link.  

    ·       1/18  No School, MLK Holiday

    ·       1/19 6-7:30 pm PTA meeting, Buckman principal chat: google meet link here

    ·       1/28 End of 2nd Quarter

    • 1/29 No school, Teacher Planning Day

     

    Closed Captions:  Did you know nearly all students who use closed captions find them at least moderately helpful for learning. Specific ways in which closed captions can aid learning during CDL include comprehension, accuracy, engagement, and retention.  Students, staff and families who are deaf or hard of hearing often rely significantly on closed captioning to access content. Here is a guide on adding captions to your Zoom meetings and events.  Google meets also allows captions to be turned on by simply hitting "Turn on Captions" at the bottom of your meeting screen.  


     

    FOUNDATION

    Happy New Year from the Buckman Foundation! We hope you had a restful and delightful break. Our Year-End Ask Campaign concluded on December 31st. We’re still crunching the final numbers and can’t wait to share them with you next week. What we already know is that this campaign exceeded our expectations; within the first two weeks, we had smashed our campaign goal of 50 donors! We can’t thank our community enough for continuing to support Buckman staff and students!

     


     

    GREEN TEAM

    The Green Team is still collecting nonworking strings of holiday lights and #6 styrofoam THROUGH JANUARY 13th. This is a terrific opportunity to clean out those non-working light strings and your hard-to-recycle styrofoam collection, help Buckman, and support a cleaner environment —a triple win! 

     

    How do you know if it is #6 Styrofoam?

    ·  If it is stamped with a 6 in a recycling triangle (items marked #4 or #7 can’t be recycled at this time)

    ·  If it is white and when you break it those annoying little balls get everywhere

    ·  IT IS NOT #6 Styrofoam if it pops back into shape when you squeeze it. 

     

    Drop off at Buckman, Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00 - 5:00pm on the upper playground during book bag distribution. (All dates are dependent on book bag distribution and COVID restrictions.) Please wear masks and maintain 6 feet distance during drop offs

     


     

    LIBRARY

    ·  Book eFair Order Pick Up during Book Bag exchange times (M&W 3-5pm, doors on upper playground)

    ·  January Reading Calendars

    ·  3-5th grade virtual author visit with NYT bestselling author ALAN GRATZ. Known for his riveting-chapter-cliff-hangers-cannot-put-down historical fiction for middle grade, Gratz is releasing his newest novel Ground Zero in early February. The visit will be on February 10th at 10:30am at this Crowdcast link.

     

    His impactful novel Refugee is an Oregon Battle of the Books title this year, and available on EPIC as an audio book (Ms. Rudnick's class code is czs3110). 

     

    As always, our quality authors are brought to us by Green Bean Books at no charge in exchange for supporting a local independent teacher supported bookstore. If you would like to purchase a copy for our library or yourself, please see this order form

     

    Students are encouraged to ask the author questions through this FlipGrid.

     


     

    PTA

    PTA & Buckman Community Meeting   Join us Tuesday, January 19th at 6pm for a combined PTA/Buckman community meeting. We will take care of PTA business, then discuss SE redistricting and online special education with Ms. Seidel. We will also be present to answer any of your questions. Use the following meeting link: meet.google.com/rmm-etts-zyd

    Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer Community Rewards   Shop through Amazon Smile and money automatically goes back to our school. It’s easy to sign up online, just select Buckman PTA as your charity. Money also goes back to Buckman with every Fred Meyer purchase when you use their community rewards program. Sign up online and search for Buckman Elementary PTA #94565.

    Not a Member Yet? It’s easy; just sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school. Membership is $12/person or $20/household.

     


     

    SUN

    Race Talks: Please join us at our next Race Talks on Thursday, January 14th at 6pm. We invite families to engage in a dialogue about code switching, hosted by our very own Family Equity Team. Click HERE for the Zoom link to join. **All Buckman families are welcome to attend.** 

    SUN clubs are back  SUN clubs have returned! We are looking forward to virtually seeing your students after school this week! Quarter 3 registration will open soon - keep your eyes out for an announcement! 

    Multnomah County Eviction Moratorium Extended   Has your family lost wages due to the pandemic? Have you had trouble paying rent? Please check out the Multnomah County COVID-19 Rent Relief Fund Program here: https://www.211info.org/multco-rent 

    New Statewide Eviction Moratorium

    There is a new statewide eviction moratorium that will last until June 30, 2021. This means that, with limited exceptions, landlords cannot evict renters for nonpayment or without cause until July of 2021. But you must take action now if you want to take advantage of future rent relief that your landlord can access. Please turn in the Tenant's Declaration to your Landlord under HB 4401 (Unable to pay rent due to Coronavirus factors) right away!

    For a copy of the declaration to sign and send to your landlord, click here: oregonlawhelp.org

    Family Equity Team  Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Do you want to be in community with other parents and caregivers of color at Buckman? Would you like to help influence what equitable practice looks like at Buckman? Join the Family Equity Team! Reach out to Katie (kolson@impactnw.org) or Teresa (tseidel@pps.net) to get connected.  

    The Buckman Newspaper is back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest!   

    Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Please complete this survey or reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230.   

    Support SUN    Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 

     


     

    DISTRICT NEWS

    Student Success at Home – Free Program through Friendly House

    Thanks to a generous grant from Oregon Health Authority, Friendly House is developing a pilot program to offer free support to students and families and improve their experience. Student Success at Home aims to alleviate and elevate by providing resources, technical and academic support, and social interaction so students can stay engaged and families can feel equipped and capable.

    You do not need to be enrolled with Friendly House After School to benefit from this program. Interested families can complete a one-time questionnaire at FriendlyHouseInc.org to help us understand your specific needs and tailor our support. If internet connectivity or other technical issues are a barrier to completing the form easily, call Chris at (503)935-5269 Ext 106.  

    Bridge Over Troubled Water: A Tribute to the Life & Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

    Monday, January 18, 2021, 12-5 p.m.

    Worlds Arts Foundation Inc. presents this retrospective program that draws from the organization's legacy hosting a community event honoring Dr. King's work. Their events have connected local performing artists and community leaders to underserved communities of color since 1978. This year's program film features performing artists, activists, public officials, businesses, choirs, and youth who have participated in this event over the years. Through a combination of archival footage and contemporary interviews, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" draws inspiration from Dr. King's mission to ensure peace, social justice, civil rights, and human dignity for all.

    Streaming on: www.worldartsfoundation.org, Open Signal, KBOO 90.7 FM, XRAY 107.1 FM, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch.

     K-12 Educator Opportunity: “Picture a Scientist” Discussion  

    The Science Leadership Network, hosted by the Multnomah Education Service District (MESD), is offering a free viewing opportunity and synchronous discussion of the documentary "Picture a Scientist" on Feb. 22 from 3-4 pm. Click here for more information and to register.

     

     

     

     

     

     
     

Principal's
Message

  • Friday, January 8, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Like many of you, I am saddened by what happened at our Nation’s capital on Wednesday. It was a disgrace to our democracy and upsetting on so many levels. I am humbled by all of the Buckman staff and students who used the following days as a teaching/listening/educating/comforting in our classrooms. Thank you for the courageous conversations. 

    If like me, you are looking for ways to talk to your own children about the breach at the capitol, please check out this article. The author reminds me that despite it all, at least we have the children. Some of your students also watched this in class: A read aloud on youtube: The Breaking News

    Attention all K-2 SpEd and ELD students - Buckman has received a shipment of brand new Acer touchscreen chromebooks. Here are the instructions on how to pick yours up. Please note, only 1 device may be issued per student so if you currently have a PPS device, it must be brought in for exchange of a new one.

    ·       Who: Families of k-2, SpEd and ELD students

    ·       Where: the front main entrance of Buckman (320 NE 16th Ave)

    ·       When: Monday and Wednesday, January 11th or 13th from noon-4:30pm

    ·       What: Bring your old PPS issued chromebook AND charger to exchange for a new touchscreen chromebook.

          Option: you can email brudolph@pps.net to set up an appointment if the times above don’t work for you

    COVID-19 reporting: PPS has a new protocol requiring that a school building administrator and/ or school nurse track and document any student or family cases of COVID-19 to ensure that precautionary steps can be taken to reduce the spread of communicable disease. All reports will remain confidential.

    Welcome back Mr. Darby! PPS has restored the Therapeutic Intervention Coach positions to all SES (Social Emotional Skills) classrooms. We have two such incredible classrooms and are thrilled that former staffer, current Buckman parent, will be supporting those classrooms. If you see him in Seesaw or in your google meets, please give him a big Buckman wave! 

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders: 

    ·       Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up/drop off

    ·       Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students 

    ·       1/14 6pm: Race Talks: Code Switching. Click here for the zoom meeting link.  

    ·       1/18  No School, MLK Holiday

    ·       1/19 6-7:30 pm PTA meeting, Buckman principal chat: google meet link here

    ·       1/28 End of 2nd Quarter

    • 1/29 No school, Teacher Planning Day

     

    Closed Captions:  Did you know nearly all students who use closed captions find them at least moderately helpful for learning. Specific ways in which closed captions can aid learning during CDL include comprehension, accuracy, engagement, and retention.  Students, staff and families who are deaf or hard of hearing often rely significantly on closed captioning to access content. Here is a guide on adding captions to your Zoom meetings and events.  Google meets also allows captions to be turned on by simply hitting "Turn on Captions" at the bottom of your meeting screen.  


     

    FOUNDATION

    Happy New Year from the Buckman Foundation! We hope you had a restful and delightful break. Our Year-End Ask Campaign concluded on December 31st. We’re still crunching the final numbers and can’t wait to share them with you next week. What we already know is that this campaign exceeded our expectations; within the first two weeks, we had smashed our campaign goal of 50 donors! We can’t thank our community enough for continuing to support Buckman staff and students!

     


     

    GREEN TEAM

    The Green Team is still collecting nonworking strings of holiday lights and #6 styrofoam THROUGH JANUARY 13th. This is a terrific opportunity to clean out those non-working light strings and your hard-to-recycle styrofoam collection, help Buckman, and support a cleaner environment —a triple win! 

     

    How do you know if it is #6 Styrofoam?

    ·  If it is stamped with a 6 in a recycling triangle (items marked #4 or #7 can’t be recycled at this time)

    ·  If it is white and when you break it those annoying little balls get everywhere

    ·  IT IS NOT #6 Styrofoam if it pops back into shape when you squeeze it. 

     

    Drop off at Buckman, Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00 - 5:00pm on the upper playground during book bag distribution. (All dates are dependent on book bag distribution and COVID restrictions.) Please wear masks and maintain 6 feet distance during drop offs

     


     

    LIBRARY

    ·  Book eFair Order Pick Up during Book Bag exchange times (M&W 3-5pm, doors on upper playground)

    ·  January Reading Calendars

    ·  3-5th grade virtual author visit with NYT bestselling author ALAN GRATZ. Known for his riveting-chapter-cliff-hangers-cannot-put-down historical fiction for middle grade, Gratz is releasing his newest novel Ground Zero in early February. The visit will be on February 10th at 10:30am at this Crowdcast link.

     

    His impactful novel Refugee is an Oregon Battle of the Books title this year, and available on EPIC as an audio book (Ms. Rudnick's class code is czs3110). 

     

    As always, our quality authors are brought to us by Green Bean Books at no charge in exchange for supporting a local independent teacher supported bookstore. If you would like to purchase a copy for our library or yourself, please see this order form

     

    Students are encouraged to ask the author questions through this FlipGrid.

     


     

    PTA

    PTA & Buckman Community Meeting   Join us Tuesday, January 19th at 6pm for a combined PTA/Buckman community meeting. We will take care of PTA business, then discuss SE redistricting and online special education with Ms. Seidel. We will also be present to answer any of your questions. Use the following meeting link: meet.google.com/rmm-etts-zyd

    Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer Community Rewards   Shop through Amazon Smile and money automatically goes back to our school. It’s easy to sign up online, just select Buckman PTA as your charity. Money also goes back to Buckman with every Fred Meyer purchase when you use their community rewards program. Sign up online and search for Buckman Elementary PTA #94565.

    Not a Member Yet? It’s easy; just sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school. Membership is $12/person or $20/household.

     


     

    SUN

    Race Talks: Please join us at our next Race Talks on Thursday, January 14th at 6pm. We invite families to engage in a dialogue about code switching, hosted by our very own Family Equity Team. Click HERE for the Zoom link to join. **All Buckman families are welcome to attend.** 

    SUN clubs are back  SUN clubs have returned! We are looking forward to virtually seeing your students after school this week! Quarter 3 registration will open soon - keep your eyes out for an announcement! 

    Multnomah County Eviction Moratorium Extended   Has your family lost wages due to the pandemic? Have you had trouble paying rent? Please check out the Multnomah County COVID-19 Rent Relief Fund Program here: https://www.211info.org/multco-rent 

    New Statewide Eviction Moratorium

    There is a new statewide eviction moratorium that will last until June 30, 2021. This means that, with limited exceptions, landlords cannot evict renters for nonpayment or without cause until July of 2021. But you must take action now if you want to take advantage of future rent relief that your landlord can access. Please turn in the Tenant's Declaration to your Landlord under HB 4401 (Unable to pay rent due to Coronavirus factors) right away!

    For a copy of the declaration to sign and send to your landlord, click here: oregonlawhelp.org

    Family Equity Team  Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Do you want to be in community with other parents and caregivers of color at Buckman? Would you like to help influence what equitable practice looks like at Buckman? Join the Family Equity Team! Reach out to Katie (kolson@impactnw.org) or Teresa (tseidel@pps.net) to get connected.  

    The Buckman Newspaper is back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest!   

    Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Please complete this survey or reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230.   

    Support SUN    Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 

     


     

    DISTRICT NEWS

    Student Success at Home – Free Program through Friendly House

    Thanks to a generous grant from Oregon Health Authority, Friendly House is developing a pilot program to offer free support to students and families and improve their experience. Student Success at Home aims to alleviate and elevate by providing resources, technical and academic support, and social interaction so students can stay engaged and families can feel equipped and capable.

    You do not need to be enrolled with Friendly House After School to benefit from this program. Interested families can complete a one-time questionnaire at FriendlyHouseInc.org to help us understand your specific needs and tailor our support. If internet connectivity or other technical issues are a barrier to completing the form easily, call Chris at (503)935-5269 Ext 106.  

    Bridge Over Troubled Water: A Tribute to the Life & Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

    Monday, January 18, 2021, 12-5 p.m.

    Worlds Arts Foundation Inc. presents this retrospective program that draws from the organization's legacy hosting a community event honoring Dr. King's work. Their events have connected local performing artists and community leaders to underserved communities of color since 1978. This year's program film features performing artists, activists, public officials, businesses, choirs, and youth who have participated in this event over the years. Through a combination of archival footage and contemporary interviews, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" draws inspiration from Dr. King's mission to ensure peace, social justice, civil rights, and human dignity for all.

    Streaming on: www.worldartsfoundation.org, Open Signal, KBOO 90.7 FM, XRAY 107.1 FM, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch.

     K-12 Educator Opportunity: “Picture a Scientist” Discussion  

    The Science Leadership Network, hosted by the Multnomah Education Service District (MESD), is offering a free viewing opportunity and synchronous discussion of the documentary "Picture a Scientist" on Feb. 22 from 3-4 pm. Click here for more information and to register.

     


    Decmeber 17, 2020

    Dear Families,

    Each year in December, the first-grade students put on a short performance for their families. Due to the pandemic and distance learning, this year the performance took the form of a video and online gallery- put together by the Buckman Arts Teachers. 

    The theme of this year's performance was Community and Unity. In Music, the students learned the song, “This Little Light of Mine” a gospel song that came to be an anthem of the civil rights movement. People sang this song and other spirituals as a way of expressing unity as they fought for equal rights and freedom for everyone. In Dance, they learned choreography to the song, and in Visual Arts, they created portraits inspired by Caroline Mims Lawrence, a visual artist known for her role in the Chicago Black Arts Movement. 

    Link to 1st Grade Performance Video: https://video.link/w/rM2Ab

    Link to 1st Grade Gallery: https://tinyurl.com/ybeoaxef

    Links to individual class dance Videos: Danielson, Miles, Agre

    This is a great time for a reminder that the Specials classes (Music, Dance, Visual Arts, Library, and PE) are a part of core curriculum and we are encouraging all students and families to engage in the Specials courses. Buckman is the ONLY PPS arts integrated elementary school and we are so fortunate to have all of these Specialist classes and incredible teachers! Benefits to specialist assignments: Creativity! Hands on! Problem solving! Off screen activities! Body movement and expression! Art! Log into class to check it out.

    Arts, PE and Library Seesaw assignments will remain open during winter break, perfect winter activities while we stay at home. For students who do not participate in live or Seesaw Specialist classes, the Quarter 2 report cards will reflect a mark of “No Evidence”.  

    From the entire Buckman family to yours, we hope you all have a fantastic winter break. We will see you all back in 2021, with devices, batteries and hopeful hearts fully charged.

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders: 

    ·      Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up/drop off

    ·      Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students 

    ·      12/21-1/1   Winter Break

    ·      1/4 First day back from winter break

    ·      1/18  No School, MLK Holiday

    ·      1/28 End of 2nd Quarter

    • 1/29 No school, Teacher Planning Day

     

    FOUNDATION

    WOW, BUCKMAN! We launched our Year-End Ask Campaign on Giving Tuesday (December 1), asking at least 50 members of the Buckman community to make a gift of ANY amount to unlock the $13,350 collectively promised by Year-End Ask sponsors. Within seven days, we met our goal of 50 donations, setting a record for Buckman! Incredible!  

    All donations go toward maintaining our staffing next year, and more specifically toward preserving our Librarian/Media Specialist, Darcy Rudnick, full-time.  Please consider continuing this amazing momentum by making your gift today or any time before December 31.

    THANK YOU to everyone; it’s so inspiring to see our community’s continual support of our school, staff, and students.

     

    GREEN TEAM

    The Green Team is hosting a recycling event for broken holiday light strings and #6 styrofoam. This is a terrific opportunity to clean out those non-working light strings and your hard-to-recycle styrofoam collection, help Buckman, and support a cleaner environment —a triple win! Here are the details:

    Drop off at Buckman, Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00 - 5:00pm on the upper playground during book bag distribution through January 13, 2021:

    • All dates are dependent on book bag distribution and COVID restrictions.

    Neighborhood Porch Drop Off Locations:

    • SE Location: Erin Severe 3623 SE 9th, Portland, OR 97202
    • NE Location: Korrin Weldon 3229 NE 66th Ave, Portland, OR 97213
    • If you are interested in hosting a porch drop off location email buckmangreenteam@gmail.com 

    COVID precautions:

    • Please wear masks and maintain 6 feet distance during drop offs
    • If you have a large (e.g., a carload) of recyclables, please email buckmangreenteam@gmail.com to arrange for pickup

      

    HEALTH CENTER

    Happy Winter Break to All Families!   Warm greetings from your School Nurse Shannon!  As we all roll into the Winter Break, and with so much COVID-19 information coming at us all, I wanted to remind everyone about WINTER SAFETY as well.  There are many seasonal and holiday accidents that cause us harm as well.  So, as you all go out to enjoy the season, please stay safe!  Here is a link to the Tom Sargent Safety Center with safety information for the season, including information such as sledding safety, signs of frostbite, and holiday decoration safety.  

    Have a wonderful and relaxing Winter Break!

     

    LIBRARY

    • I am thankful for a community of caring and the overwhelming support for keeping the library open full time. I’m grateful for my position in supporting the whole school community and am overjoyed with the year-end ask campaign. Thank you Buckman. I love you! ~Ms. Rudnick
    • KEEP YOUR STUDENTS READING (listening to books, or read to them) EVERYDAY. This week’s library Seesaw activity has a reading calendar for the winter break. Check it out!  Reading for fun, improves students test scores!
    • Look for coming updates on Book eFair pick up times in January.

     

    PTA

    We wish you all a wonderful winter break and thank you for supporting the PTA and our community.

    We ask one more thing of you – please read the message below and contact our congressional members, urging them to fund our schools. We cannot accomplish this without our collective voices demanding what is in the best interests of our students and teachers; thank you!

    An Urgent Message from Oregon PTA Regarding Federal Funding:  We are supporting the National PTA Call to Action!  It is imperative that Congress acts now to come to an agreement on a COVID relief package. Despite the record-breaking numbers for new COVID-19 cases each day, public schools continue to do the hard work to deliver education in virtual and in‐person settings. There are numerous critical needs that children, families, educators and public schools are facing which must be addressed in the next COVID relief package. National PTA continues to ask Congress to address five key areas 1) funding to reopen schools safely, 2) increased support for Title I and IDEA, 3) dedicated funding for remote learning, 4) more resources for family engagement in education, and 5) increased funding for child nutrition programs.
     
    Public schools need resources now!  Please contact your Members of Congress today and ask them to provide the critical funding needed to reopen schools. Click the link below to log in and send your message:

    https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/vdjeYngewepnTv7IatVwxQ

    Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer Community Rewards   Shop through Amazon Smile and money automatically goes back to our school. It’s easy to sign up online, just select Buckman PTA as your charity. Money also goes back to Buckman with every Fred Meyer purchase when you use their community rewards program. Sign up online and search for Buckman Elementary PTA #94565.

     

    SUN

    SUN Clubs on Break   SUN clubs are taking a break with school! We’ll be back when school resumes January 4th

    SUN Staff Available over Break   If you have basic resource needs or want to talk to someone about supporting your student while school is closed, please reach out to Katie by email, phone, or text (503-858-0230). 

    Multnomah County Eviction Moratorium Extended   Multnomah County has extended the eviction moratorium until July 2, 2021. Tenants will have 6 months to pay back rent. More details can be found here

    Family Equity Team   Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Do you want to be in community with other parents and caregivers of color at Buckman? Would you like to help influence what equitable practice looks like at Buckman? Join the Family Equity Team! Reach out to Katie (kolson@impactnw.org) or Teresa (tseidel@pps.net) to get connected. 

    The Buckman Newspaper is back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest!  

    Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Please complete this survey or reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230.  

    Support SUN    Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write “Buckman SUN” in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 

      

    DISTRICT NEWS

    Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group   If your Black student is interested in joining an affinity space for Black students to process and unpack the trauma and grief that they or you may be dealing with as a result of police brutality; opposition to the BLM movement; seeing fellow Black people lose their lives without consequence; follow this link for more information about the Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group. The facilitators are skilled in working with groups and are knowledgeable in the areas of trauma, grief, coping skills, and celebrating Black joy. You may also contact one of the facilitators for additional information: Maurice Phillips (mphilli1@pps.net) or Jonicia Shelton (jshelton@pps.net).

    Childcare Openings at Winterhaven   Art4Life, a PPS childcare contractor, has childcare openings available at Winterhaven! PPS staff are welcome to enroll their children as well, even if their children do not attend PPS.

    Families may be eligible for financial support courtesy of the Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) benefit that has increased income limits to 250% of the poverty rate. (*Eligible families must be employed to receive benefits. Refer to this link to access more information.)

    For more information, check out the PPS Child Care website to locate the child care flyer and the ‘Family and Navigator Resources’ tab or contact PPS’s child care team at childcareservices@pps.net.

    Families who are in need of a representative to assist in the process should view the following: Release of Information.

    December Meal Service    Nutrition Services will be providing extra meals each service day to help keep our students with access to food as we head into the winter break. On Friday, December 18, we will provide each child with a food box that will contain enough food for 7 days. We will not be serving or delivering meals on Monday, Dec 21 through Friday, January 1. Meal services will resume Monday, January 4.

    Oregon Health Plan Insurance Information   Click here to learn more.

     


    Friday, December 11, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Due to the PPS reopening meeting being scheduled at the same time, our Buckman PTA/Community meeting has been rescheduled for January. Date TBD. PPS meeting info below:

    Schools, COVID and Shared Understandings
    Virtual Panel Discussion
    Monday, December 14
    6:00-8:00 p.m.

    PPS YouTube channel

    5th Graders in Mrs. Jensen's class created cookbooks with family favorite recipes, and are selling them to raise money for NAYA (Native American Youth and Family Center) as part of their Land Back unit.  Click HERE for details/order form. 

    Wishing a happy second night of Hanukkah to all who celebrate. No matter what we celebrate or what we do not, I hope we can all appreciate a little more light in this world. 

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders: 

    · Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up/drop off

    · Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students 

    · Buckman Bites Theme: Rose, thorn, and bud

    · 12/16 3-5pm  Apparel Sales

    · 12/17 9am-5pm Book fair order pick up

    · 12/14 8:30am, 7pm:  Buckman PTA & Community Meeting google meeting code: BuckmanCommunityMeeting

    · 12/21-1/1   Winter Break

    · 1/4 First day back from winter break

    · 1/18  No School, MLK Holiday

    · 1/28 End of 2nd Quarter

    · 1/29 No school, Teacher Planning Day

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    WOW, BUCKMAN! We launched our Year-End Ask Campaign on Giving Tuesday (December 1), asking at least 50 members of the Buckman community to make a gift of ANY amount to unlock the $13,350 collectively promised by Year-End Ask sponsors. Within seven days, we met our goal of 50 donations, setting a record for Buckman! Incredible!  

    All donations go toward maintaining our staffing next year, and more specifically toward preserving our Librarian/Media Specialist, Darcy Rudnick, full-time.  Please consider continuing this amazing momentum by making your gift today or any time before December 31.

    THANK YOU to everyone; it’s so inspiring to see our community’s continual support of our school, staff, and students.

    GREEN TEAM NEWS

    The Green Team is hosting a recycling event for broken holiday light strings and #6 styrofoam. This is a terrific opportunity to clean out those non-working light strings and your hard-to-recycle styrofoam collection, help Buckman, and support a cleaner environment —a triple win! Here are the details:

    Drop off at Buckman, Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00 - 5:00pm on the upper playground during book bag distribution through January 13, 2021:

    • All dates are dependent on book bag distribution and COVID restrictions.

    Neighborhood Porch Drop Off Locations:

    • SE Location: Erin Severe 3623 SE 9th, Portland, OR 97202
    • NE Location: Korrin Weldon 3229 NE 66th Ave, Portland, OR 97213
    • If you are interested in hosting a porch drop off location email buckmangreenteam@gmail.com 

    COVID precautions:

    • Please wear masks and maintain 6 feet distance during drop offs
    • If you have a large (e.g., a carload) of recyclables, please email buckmangreenteam@gmail.com to arrange for pickup 

    LIBRARY NEWS

    PTA NEWS

    PTA General Meeting    Our combined PTA/Buckman community meeting scheduled for December 14th has been postponed due to an overlap with the PPS’s virtual panel discussion that same night. We will pick back up in early January to take care of PTA business and discuss SE redistricting and online special education with Ms. Seidel. We will also be present to answer any of your questions. Stay tuned!

    Scrip Sales   Pick up scrip cards next week! They’re just like using a gift card except Buckman gets a portion of the proceeds. Stop by the upper playground on Wednesday, December 16th and Thursday, December 17th from 3-5pm or contact Allysa Davis at scrip@buckmanelementary.org to get your Scrip cards.

    Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer Community Rewards    Got a lot of shopping on the horizon? Shop through Amazon Smile and money automatically goes back to our school. It’s easy to sign up online, just select Buckman PTA as your charity.

    Money also goes back to Buckman with every Fred Meyer purchase when you use their community rewards program. Sign up online and search for Buckman Elementary PTA #94565.

    SUN NEWS

    Holiday Food Boxes   Available through All Saints St. Vincent De Paul. Call this number to request one: 971-319-1471. All boxes will be delivered on December 19th

    Season of Sharing   Thanks everyone for your gift contributions! We are able to support 24 families with almost every single request this season, and that feels so good! 

    Tree Giveaway in Corbett: For anyone who is interested, we found a unique opportunity to pick a tree, for free, from a u-pick farm in Corbett/Troutdale on Saturday, December 12th from 10:00am-2:00pm. Check out this flyer for more details! It could be a fun, family excursion. Farmers will be there with saws, twine and whatever you need to leave with a beautiful tree. También se hablan espanol. Directions are on the flyer. Email Katie if you have any questions. 

    Family Equity Team    Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Do you want to be in community with other parents and caregivers of color at Buckman? Would you like to help influence what equitable practice looks like at Buckman? Join the Family Equity Team! Reach out to Katie (kolson@impactnw.org) or Teresa (tseidel@pps.net) to get connected. 

    The Buckman Newspaper is back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest!  

    Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Please complete this survey or reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230.  

    Support SUN    Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 

     

    DISTRICT NEWS

    December Meal Service    The Nutrition Services department will be providing extra meals each service day to help keep our students with access to food as we head into the winter break. Each service day through December 16, we will be providing 3 days worth of meals for each child. On Friday, December 18, we will provide each child with a food box that will contain enough food for 7 days. We will not be serving or delivering meals on Monday, Dec 21 through Friday, January 1. Meal services will resume Monday, January 4.

    Oregon Health Plan Insurance Information   Click here to learn more. 

    Middle/High School Transfer Deadline Extended to 12/18

    Based on feedback from school leaders and counselors, we are extending the deadline for families to middle and high school transfer requests. This includes submission of dual assignment choices for all 8th grade students living in the Jefferson cluster. 

    We are committed to providing results in mid-January. Lottery and dual assignment applications are available at http://www.pps.net/schoolchoice , or contact your school counselor. 

     


    Friday, December 4, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears!

    Huge shout out to Darcy Rudnick, our media specialist librarian extraordinaire, for putting on our first virtual Book Fair. Thank you to all of the supporters as well – every dollar raised will go back to our students’ literary experiences here at Buckman. Speaking of extraordinary teacher-librarians, the Buckman foundation is raising funds in their year end ask to keep Ms. Rudnick at full time next year. For more details on that, please see below.

     We apologize for scheduling our Family Equity Team meeting on December 10, the first night of Hanukkah. I’ll send a message out later with the rescheduled date.

    Did you know that yesterday, December 3, was International Day of Persons with Disabilities? Some quotes from the Ability Foundation that a friend of mine shared with me that resonated with our values of inclusion, diversity, and equity at Buckman:

    “Work with me not on me. Do with me not for me”

    “Know me: by my name, strengths, abilities, hopes & dreams – not by my diagnosis”

    “Your words, attitudes and actions impact my life more than my disability”

    To all of the students and families of Buckman, we recognize and celebrate you and all of your abilities.

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Mon/Wed (8am-noon by appointment, 3pm-5pm on blacktop) 
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students 
    • Now - 12/9 Season of Sharing 
    • 12/16 3-5pm  Apparel Sales
    • 12/11 5pm  Middle School Lottery Applications Due
    • 12/14 8:30am, 7pm:  Buckman PTA & Community Meeting google meeting code: BuckmanCommunityMeeting
    • 12/21-1/1   Winter Break

     

    CHAMPIONS NEWS

    Champions is offering Winter Break Camp at Creston Elementary. We will follow all COVID protocols by OHA and CDC. This is a designated Oregon Essential Child Care site and is licensed. ERDC is accepted. We have tons of fun plans including canvas painting, arts and crafts, and science experiments, all while social distancing. We have limited pod sizes and are taking enrollments now on discoverchampions.com or by contacting Family Support at 1-800-246-2154. They can help walk you through the process. We will be open December 21st-23rd and December 28th-30th from 7:30-5:30pm for a $150 weekly cost. If you are interested or have additional questions, email Stephanie Balke or call 503-915-3063. 

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Buckman Year End Ask Is On!  We've been so grateful for our librarian /media specialist, Ms. Rudnick.  Help us keep her full time next year.

    Principal Seidel, Buckman staff, students, and parents all agree: Ms. Rudnick is a treasure! And so, the Buckman Foundation’s top priority this year is raising enough money to cover the difference between the .75 of her position covered by PPS and the amount we’ll need to keep her at full time next year, 2021-22.
    If 50 people give at any level before December 31, a group of Buckman families have pledged to donate $13,350 to this campaign! Click here to give!

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    Students, Families & STAFF!  Do you still have library books at home from last school year (not book bags)? Maybe you weren’t able to return them at the beginning of this year?  Well, we NEED them!  With next semester coming up after the holidays, we need to make sure we have enough library books to keep our collections strong.  Please check your shelves, under the bed, behind the couch, everywhere! for books to return to the library.  

    Bring them to the book drop box at the front door of Buckman (photo),  Mon-Fri 8am-1pm.  Or bring them to our Book Bag exchange days (M&W; 3-5pm; upper playground - photo). Contact me at drudnick@pps.net  if you have any questions.  Help me keep our library materials available for us all to use and enjoy.  

    Thanks, Ms. Rudnick and PPS Campaign to Collect Books

    • Book Bags Exchange @ upper playground: M&W 8am-12pm by appointment only; M&W 3-5pm drop in
    • Book eFair Order Pick-up: M-F; 12/14-12/18; 2-5pm @ upper playground
      • *Monday & Wednesday will coincide with library Book Bag exchange (will open at 2pm instead of 3pm for these two days)
      • **Tuesday, Thursday & Friday - no Book Bag exchange (no exceptions) 
    • December Reading Calendars
    • Buckman Library’s Green Bean Books Wish List  

     

    PTA NEWS

    Scrip Sales   In-person scrip sales are back! We have a variety of gift cards to most major grocery stores in the area, as well as Amazon and Target cards. It’s just like using a gift card except Buckman gets a portion of the proceeds. Stop by the upper playground on December 9th (3-5pm) or contact Allysa Davis at scrip@buckmanelementary.org to get your Scrip cards.

    Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer Community Rewards    Got a lot of shopping on the horizon? Shop through Amazon Smile and money automatically goes back to our school. It’s easy to sign up online, just select Buckman PTA as your charity.

    Money also goes back to Buckman with every Fred Meyer purchase when you use their community rewards program. Sign up online and search for Buckman Elementary PTA #94565.

    PTA General Meeting    Join us December 14th at 6:30pm for our quarterly meeting. Details coming soon!

     

    SUN NEWS

    Season of Sharing   Sign up for a tag (or more) here. You can drop off items at Buckman on December 7th and December 9th from 3-4:30pm. Contact Katie at kolson@impactnw.org if you need to arrange an alternative time for drop-off or pick-up. 

     We are also collecting the following donations by grade level:

    • Kindergarten- (non-holiday) wrapping paper, tape, and ribbon
    • 1st grade- hats and gloves (kids 3-13 yrs)
    • 2nd grade- socks (kids 3-13 yrs)
    • 3rd grade- boys underwear S, M, L and XL; shampoo, conditioner, and soap
    • 4th grade- girls underwear S, M, L, and XL; toothpaste, toothbrushes
    • 5th grade- toilet paper, paper towels, canned and non-perishable food

    The Oregon Cares Fund has been organized by the leaders of Oregon’s Black community. Now, more than ever, it is critical that the Federal dollars from the CARES Act serve to honor and protect those individuals, families, business owners, and non-profit leaders who are what make Oregon great. We will be serving tens of thousands of Oregonians in a short period of time. It’s our goal to answer your questions with a high level of customer service. If your questions aren’t answered here, please click our Application Help form.

    Family Equity Team    Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Do you want to be in a community with other parents and caregivers of color at Buckman? Would you like to help influence what equitable practice looks like at Buckman? Join the Family Equity Team! Reach out to Katie (kolson@impactnw.org) or Teresa (tseidel@pps.net) to get connected.

    The Buckman Newspaper is back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest! 

    Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Please complete this survey or reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230. 

    Support SUN    Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA.  

    WORKSHOPS

    Parenting Workshop   Big Village and Volunteers of America are offering a free workshop on “parenting through the holidays during a pandemic” on Thursday, December 10th  from 6:00-7:30pm. It will include brief presentations, resources, and strategies, and break out groups for parents to connect and share with other parents. Contact Mary Krogh at 503-577-6104 if you have questions. 

    Early Reading Skills Workshop   The Humanities Department is offering a virtual workshop in collaboration with Read by 4th, Drexel University School of Education, and AIM Institute designed to help parents grow their grade K-3 students into strong readers. 

    Sessions will be offered in both Spanish and English with translation available during the English session. Sessions will be recorded. 

    • Friday, December 11, 2020 (4:00 pm-6:00 pm) - English with translation
    • Saturday, December 12, 2020 (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) – Spanish

    Click here to register, or check out these links for information in English or Spanish

     


    Hello Buckman Bears

    Friday, November 20, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears!


    Whew, what a week! This was the only full 5-day week of school for students in November, and there sure was a lot of learning happening. I had a chance to see 4th graders explore different strategies for multiplying multi digit numbers, second graders play games against their teachers called “comparing big numbers”, 2nd graders also taught me about the “R controlled vowel” in spelling, and our 3-5 SES classroom worked on all of the steps to the writing process. If you are interested in learning more about early literacy, please see below for details on a Parenting Workshop for Reading. I am so proud of this incredible staff who are working so hard to make distance learning work for the students. I am equally proud of your children for showing up every day and doing their best.  

    To access parent teacher conferences, use your google meets classroom code. Parents will need to sign in under their student account to join the google meet for conferences. 

    As we head into Fall break and the week of Thanksgiving, I want to give recognition to the Indigenous lands that we reside on. Our students know that the story of Thanksgiving can be told from many perspectives and it’s important that we acknowledge the harm done to the people, Wampanoag Tribes and many more, who were here before Mayflower, before the pilgrims. And yet, this coming week gives me pause to be thankful for our amazing Buckman staff and community. Every week I get to visit classrooms and see the students and teachers rise to the challenge of distance learning more and more. I hope that this next week offers rest, restoration, and connection for you and your loved ones.

    “We are thankful for the clouds, rain, and snow that feed the springs, rivers, and our people.”  John Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo), 2002

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bags- on pause until after fall break
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students (no meals week next week)
    • 11/12-11/24 Parent Teacher Conferences
    • 11/21-11/29 BOOK eFAIR 
    • 11/25-11/27 Fall Break-no school
    • 11/17 - 12/9 Season of Sharing 
    • 12/2 & 12/16 3-5pm  Apparel Sales
    • 12/10 6-7pm  Family Equity Team Meeting
    • 12/11 5pm  Middle School Lottery Applications Due
    • 12/14 8:30am, 7pm:  Buckman Community Meeting google meeting code: BuckmanCommunityMeeting
    • 12/21-1/1   Winter Break

     

    CHAMPIONS NEWS

    Your Champions program is here and ready to play a supporting role in your child’s school day! Program is available from 7:30-5:30pm Monday-Friday for only $250/week. Interested in enrolling your child? Sign up here

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    ·       The BOOK eFAIR  starts tomorrow! 11/21! Some teachers have made wish lists for their classroom!

    ·       Our library has switched to a local independent bookstore for our Wish List. Green Bean Books has been a supporter of school libraries and responsible for bringing some of the best authors for visits to our school. Consider a book donation from Buckman Library’s Green Bean Books Wish List!   

     

    PTA NEWS

    Thank you, Buckman! We raised more than $2600 through the Charleston Wrap Fundraiser. These funds will be put toward things like PTA-sponsored grants for teachers and staff, as well as academic materials for our students next year. We appreciate all the support!

    Scrip Sales   In-person Scrip sales have been paused for the rest of November due to new state restrictions, but we are offering no-contact delivery! We have a variety of gift cards to most of the major grocery stores in the area that we can deliver to your house just in time for Thanksgiving shopping. Using SCRIP is just like using a gift card to do your grocery shopping except Buckman gets a portion of the proceeds. It is an easy way to support our school! 

    If you’re thinking of getting a jumpstart on your holiday shopping, you can order holiday gift cards from us as well. Please contact Allysa Davis at scrip@buckmanelementary.org.

     

    PTA Membership    Become an advocate for your student and our school. Membership is $12/person or $20/household. Sign up online to join or renew your annual membership! 

     

    SUN NEWS

    Season of Sharing Mittens are up!  Sign up for a tag (or more) here. You can drop off items at Buckman November 30th, December 2nd, December 7th, and  December 9th from 3-4:30pm. Contact Katie at kolson@impactnw.org if you need to arrange an alternative time for drop-off or pick-up.  

    SUN Winter Term   New SUN clubs are coming for November 30-January 28th. Registration is open now; complete this form to sign your student up. 

    Family Equity Team    Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Do you want to be in community with other parents and caregivers of color at Buckman? Would you like to help influence what equitable practice looks like at Buckman? Join the Family Equity Team! Reach out to Katie (kolson@impactnw.org) or Teresa (tseidel@pps.net) to get connected. The next meeting will be held on December 10th.  

    The Buckman Newspaper is back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest! 

    Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Please complete this survey or reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230. 

    Support SUN    Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 

     

    TAG NEWS

    TAG nominations are now available! Please email your teacher to request a nomination, or email our TAG facilitator Melanie Betz at mbetz@pps.net with your student's name, student ID number and parent email addresses. 

    TAG services are being provided during distance learning! Teachers are meeting student needs by meeting their rate and level through differentiated assignments, flexible grouping, and independent projects.

    Look forward to the spelling bee and science fair after winter break!

     

    OTHER NEWS

    Parent Workshop on Early Reading Skills   The Humanities Department is offering a virtual workshop in collaboration with Read by 4th, Drexel University School of Education, and AIM Institute designed to help parents grow their grade K-3 students into strong readers. 

    Sessions will be offered in both Spanish and English with translation available during the English session. Sessions will be recorded. 

    • Friday, December 11, 2020 (4:00 pm-6:00 pm) - English with translation
    • Saturday, December 12, 2020 (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) – Spanish

    Click here to register, or check out these links for information in English or Spanish


    Rebel Wise - Student Workshop Opportunity   Rebel Wise are a local Hip-Hop collaborative who are currently offering student workshops that combine music videos with interviews of indigenous Elder teachings, lead talking circles, and guide students through a creative undertaking. Click here to learn more.

     


    Friday, November 13, 2020

    Hello  Buckman Bears,

    Shout out to the Parent Equity team for hosting another thoughtful Race Talks this week. Our Race Talk events are open to all families, and formatted in a manner that encourages reflections, dialogue, and community. In case you missed it this week, here are the videos that we watched to guide our conversation. 

    Also, as a reminder, library book bag distribution will be on pause until after Fall break, and there will be no meal pickup service the week of November 23.

    Take care everyone,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bags- on pause until after fall break

    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students (no meals week of November 23)

    • 11/12-11/24 Parent Teacher Conferences

    • 11/21-11/29 BOOK eFAIR 

    • 11/25-11/27 Fall Break-no school

    • 11/17 - 12/9 Season of Sharing 

    • 12/2 & 12/16 3-5pm  Apparel Sales

    • 12/10 6-7pm  Family Equity Team Meeting

    • 12/11 5pm  Middle School Lottery Applications Due

    • 12/14 8:30am, 7pm:  Buckman Community Meeting google meeting code: BuckmanCommunityMeeting

    • 12/21-1/1   Winter Break

     

    CHAMPIONS NEWS

    Your Champions program is here and ready to play a supporting role in your child’s school day! Along with offering distance learning support, we will be incorporating multiple group class meetings to re-introduce our learning community and be providing our Champions project-based units that will incorporate academic skills and social emotional learning. Program is available from 7:30-5:30pm Monday-Friday for only $250/week. Interested in enrolling your child? Sign up here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/e9c1f402768548329e2aab25cfa1dff4

    We here at Champions look forward to providing you and your family support.

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Thanks to everyone who made it out to Por Que No for November’s Dines Out! While we’re still crunching the numbers, we know these fundraisers add up, and we are so grateful to the support of our neighborhood restaurants!

    Buckman apparel has been in high demand but we are pausing sales until December 2, so be sure to mark the date! Stop by 3-5pm on the upper playground to get your Buckman-themed hoodies, hats, masks, and more. Show your Buckman pride this holiday season!

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    Last week I sent a note from PPS Campaign to Collect Books. This is for books that were checked out during the 2019/2020 school year. Please do not return book bags in the collection bin. Thank you!

     

    • Book Bags are closed until 11/29. We hope to start up again 11/30. 

    • Mark your calendars: BOOK eFAIR dates 11/21-11/29 (You can start by making your own wish list!) Teachers are currently making wish lists too! (left hand menu “View Wish Lists”)

    • Our library has switched to a local independent bookstore for our Wish List (from Amazon). Green Bean Books has been a supporter of school libraries and responsible for bringing some of the best authors for visits to our school. Consider a book donation from Buckman Library’s Green Bean Books Wish List!   

     

    PTA NEWS

    Scrip Sales  - In-person Scrip sales have been paused for the rest of November due to new state restrictions. Stay tuned for future dates. 

    Charleston Wrap Fundraiser – Final Days!   This fundraiser ends November 18th. Forty percent of sales goes back to Buckman. We’ve raised $2200 so far! 

    To register, go to charlestonwrapstore.com and complete the Register Participant form using Buckman's organization ID: 20270. Call 1-866-395-2926 if you have trouble registering.

    PTA Membership    Become an advocate for your student and our school. Membership is $12/person or $20/household. Sign up online to join or renew your annual membership! 

    Did you know PTA funds are used toward things like playground maintenance, academic materials, teacher grants, and staff appreciation? Get to know your PTA and what we do!

     

    SUN NEWS

    Season of Sharing   Requests are in! Look for an announcement next week on Konstella and from your teachers about how to fulfill item requests ("mittens") this year. 

    SUN Winter Term   New SUN clubs are coming for November 30-January 28th. Registration is open now, complete this form to sign your student up. 

    Family Equity Team    Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Do you want to be in community with other parents and caregivers of color at Buckman? Would you like to help influence what equitable practice looks like at Buckman? Join the Family Equity Team! Reach out to Katie (kolson@impactnw.org) or Teresa (tseidel@pps.net) to get connected.

    The Buckman Newspaper is Back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest! 

    Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Please complete this survey or reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230. 

    Support SUN    Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 

     

    TAG NEWS

    TAG nominations are now available! Please email your teacher to request a nomination, or email our TAG facilitator Melanie Betz at mbetz@pps.net with your student's name, student ID number and parent email addresses. 

    TAG services are being provided during distance learning! Teachers are meeting student needs by meeting their rate and level through differentiated assignments, flexible grouping, and independent projects.

    Look forward to the spelling bee and science fair after winter break!

     

    DISTRICT NEWS

    November Meal Service   We will not be serving or delivering meals the week of November 23. More updates about our services in December will be provided later. Home meal delivery sign ups will remain open this week. Visit our website or contact us at nutritionservices@pps.net with any questions.

     

    OTHER NEWS

    School Vaccination Requirements and Reminders    Immunizations are an important part of keeping our kids and community safe from certain diseases. That is why vaccines are required for school. Click here to see what immunizations are required for your child’s grade. Fall is a great time to catch-up on vaccines and get your yearly flu shots. Students need to be up-to-date on vaccines or give the school documentation of an exemption by early January, so that your child is not at risk of being excluded from school. Exclusion day is February 17, 2021.

    Free Flu Shots   Legacy Health is offering free flu shots in November. Click here for more information. 

     


    Hello Buckman Bears

    Friday, November 6, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,  

    This week was an important reminder of the necessity of holding space for our kids and looking for the helpers in our community. We touched on how we hold respect as a core value and in that unity, we become closer as a Buckman family. If you would like to connect as a Buckman family, please join me on Monday at our next community meeting. 

    Monthly Buckman Community Meeting: On Monday, we will have our November Buckman community chat times (8:30am, 7pm, google meet code: BuckmanCommunityMeeting). I hope to answer any questions folks may have around distance learning, parent teacher conferences, and also want to hold space for folks to connect on parenting post-election. I also want to say a huge thank you to Portland voters for approving the school bond renewal!   

    Parent teacher conferences: No school week of November 23 as teachers will be holding conferences 23 and 24, and the rest of the week is off for Fall Break. 

    Native American Heritage Month:  November is Native American Heritage Month. It’s a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. As I have spent many hours this week looking at a blue and red map of the United States, I humbly acknowledge that I am on stolen land.  It’s a good reminder to remember the counter-narratives of the history of the first Thanksgiving story and other ways that we can offer or present authentic Native stories and perspectives.  

    Buckman Bites lunchtimes: Is your student looking for more social time with friends? Reminder that we have grade level lunches offered Monday- Friday at google meets code “BuckmanBites”. Monday = 1st grade, Tuesday = 2nd grade, Wednesday = 3rd grade, Thursday = 4th grade, and Friday = 5th grade. Fun fact, in the Chinese language, this is how we refer to the days of the week, as “day #1, day #2, etc. In Chinese, Sunday is referred to as the “big day”. I hope you all enjoy your “big day” this weekend as well.  

    Quarter 2 arts schedule changes for 1st and 3rd grades: We are shifting our visual-art/dance/music times to allow for slightly longer art sessions. 1st grade will have arts classes beginning at 1:45 on Monday and Wednesday and 3rd grade arts classes will begin at 2pm. 

    Race Talks presented to you by the Family Equity Team:  Please join us at our next Race Talks on Tuesday Nov. 10th from 6-7:30. We invite families to view and discuss Hyphen-Nation.  Hyphen Nation is a series of mini-films about race produced by The New York Times:  What makes someone American? How do you define American identity? When do you feel most American? Or least? Nine American citizens describe their struggle to belong in a nation that both embraces and rejects them. Click HERE for the Zoom link to join.

    Lastly, there is no school on Wednesday in honor of Veterans day. Veterans Day means freedom, sacrifice, and honor for those who served in the military. We give thanks and honor to those who have served. 

    Warmly,

    Teresa

     

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Buckman bites: theme for next week will be “ Student Led Art”
    • Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up/drop off (closed 11/11, 11/23 & 11/25)
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students 
    • 11/9  5:30pm ESL family night: join using code SpectorClassMeeting
    • 11/9  8:30am, 7pm: Buckman Community Meeting, google meeting code: BuckmanCommunityMeeting
    • 11/10 6:00pm: Race talks. Zoom meeting link here
    • 11/11 Veteran’s Day - no school 
    • 11/11 4pm-9pm- Dines Out @ Por Que No
    • 11/12-11/24 Parent Teacher Conferences
    • 11/21-11/29 BOOK eFAIR 
    • 11/25-11/27 Fall Break-no school

    COUNSELING NEWS

    3rd-5th graders are invited to join a leadership group! See the attached schedule and description of each group. 

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the Halloween raffle, and congrats to our two winners! The raffle reached our goal of raising $5,000 for the Buckman Foundation! We are always amazed to see the support of the Buckman community. 

    Apparel Sales   New apparel is in; time to celebrate Buckman in style! Come grab your hoodies, tees, beanies, hats, face masks, and stickers; sales will be available November 18, December 2, and December 16 from 3-5pm on the upper playground.

    Dines Out    Remember to get this month’s Dines Out on your schedule! Stop by Por Que No (4635 SE Hawthorne) on Wednesday, November 11, from 4-9pm; kids menu and meal kits are available for take-out! Whatever you grab, 10% of proceeds will go towards the Buckman Foundation.

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    Students & Families!  

    Do you still have library books at home from last year? Maybe you weren’t able to return them at the beginning of this year?  Well, we NEED them!  With next semester coming up after the holidays, we need to make sure we have enough library books to keep our collections strong.  

    Please check your shelves, under the bed, behind the couch, everywhere! for books to return to the library.  

    Bring them to the book drop box at the front door of Buckman (photo),  Monday-Friday 8AM-1 PM.  Or bring them to our Book Bag exchange days (M&W; 3-5pm; upper playground - photo). Contact me at drudnick@pps.net  if you have any questions.  Help me keep our library materials available for us all to use and enjoy. 

    Thanks, Ms. Rudnick and PPS Campaign to Collect Books

    • November Reading Calendar (Epic code: czs3110)
    • Mark your calendars: BOOK eFAIR dates 11/21-11/29 (You can start by making your own wish list!) Teachers are currently making wish lists too! (left hand menu “View Wish Lists”)
    • Our library has switched to a local independent bookstore for our Wish List (from Amazon). Green Bean Books has been a supporter of school libraries and responsible for bringing some of the best authors for visits to our school. Consider a book donation from Buckman Library’s Green Bean Books Wish List!   

     

    PTA NEWS

    Last chance for the Charleston Wrap Fundraiser!   This fundraiser ends November 16th. If you haven’t already, check out charlestonwrapstore.com. Forty percent of sales goes back to Buckman. We’ve raised nearly $2100 so far! It’s all-virtual and has minimal impact on time for our families.  (Participation is completely voluntary.)

    To register for the fundraiser,and complete the Start Here: Register Participant form. Buckman's organization ID is: 20270. Trouble registering? Call 1-866-395-2926 and someone can assist you and/or complete the registration for you.

    Other Ways to Fundraise: did you know you can help raise for PTA without any additional purchases required? Find out how ordinary purchases at Fred Meyer and Amazon can support the PTA. 

     

    PTA Membership    Become an advocate for your student and our school. Membership is $12/person or $20/household. Sign up online to join or renew your annual membership!

     

    SUN NEWS

    Season of Sharing Requests   Wishlist forms are here! Get one through your student's teacher or complete one online hereForms are due back by November 13th

    SUN Winter Term   New SUN clubs are coming for November 30-January 28th. Registration opens next week. 

    Family Equity Team    Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Do you want to be in community with other parents and caregivers of color at Buckman? Would you like to help influence what equitable practice looks like at Buckman? Join the Family Equity Team! Reach out to Katie (kolson@impactnw.org) or Teresa (tseidel@pps.net) to get connected.

    The Buckman Newspaper is Back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest! 

    Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Complete this survey or reach out to Katie Olson, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230. You can also connect with someone from the student/family support team during book distribution at the upper playground every Monday & Wednesday from 3-5pm.

    Support SUN    Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 

     

    DISTRICT NEWS

    Childcare Update Six partner organizations are currently offering full-day licensed childcare programming in 10 PPS schools: Beach, Creston, Hayhurst, James John, King, Lent, MLC, Rigler, Vestal, and Winterhaven. These programs enroll PPS students and children of PPS employees regardless of which school children attend. Most programs still have space available. 

    Childcare programs: 

    • Accept children ages 5 - 12. 
    • Enroll no more than 30 students per school. 
    • Support children in distance learning while also providing enrichment, breaks and meals. 
    • Set aside slots for low-income, full-time working families qualifying for state subsidies. Low cost child care rates last for one year if subsidy is approved by Dec. 31, 2020. More information including the subsidy application is posted on the PPS Child Care website
    • Follow strict safety guidelines including stable cohorts, face coverings, and hand hygiene. 

    While the Employee Related Day Care (ERDC) state subsidy is generous to full-time working families, understanding these restrictive eligibility requirements can be challenging. We will soon be posting detailed information about child care subsidies to share with your staff who are supporting families. In the meantime, contact the childcare provider organization. 

    The Benson Wellness Center is OPEN!    The Benson Wellness Center, located at 546 NE 12th Ave., is now open for in-person (T & Th 1-4pm, W 8-12pm) and virtual visits (M-F 8-5pm) for students aged 7-18. Appointments are available for BOTH mental health and physical wellness, as well as for flu and all other vaccinations. 

    To SCHEDULE an appointment:

    1. Call OHSU Registrar and register each person needing an appointment at 503-494-8505 (if you've not been seen there before)
    2. Leave a Message for Reva at the Benson Wellness Center at 503-418-0409 with your call back information
    3. Reva will call back and schedule an appointment, appointments are readily available

    Student Health Centers at Roosevelt, David Douglas, and Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. 

    Updates to Meal Service as Weather Changes, Distance Learning Continues    PPS will be pausing meal services at Clarendon, Sacajawea and Harriet Tubman Middle School due to low participation starting November 1st. To see the full list of meal sites, please visit the Nutrition Sites During Distance Learning website

    Starting November 2, our grab-and-go curbside serving locations will be open from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  

    Finally, PPS is re-opening access to home meal deliveries for PPS families that are not near a meal site or need assistance accessing meals. To request meal delivery service, please complete the request form

     

    OTHER NEWS

    School Vaccination Requirements and Reminders    Immunizations are an important part of keeping our kids and community safe from certain diseases. That is why vaccines are required for school. Click here to see what immunizations are required for your child’s grade. Fall is a great time to catch-up on vaccines and get your yearly flu shots. Students need to be up-to-date on vaccines or give the school documentation of an exemption by early January, so that your child is not at risk of being excluded from school. Exclusion day is February 17, 2021.

    Free Flu Shots   Legacy Health is offering free flu shots in November. Click here for more information. 

     


    Friday, October 30, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    One more hour this Sunday, I hope you all enjoy it!

    Conferences: PPS elementary students will receive a report card 3 times per year. In lieu of quarter 1 report cards, families will receive a quarter one summary report to be shared during parent teacher conferences. For all families who can’t make it to conferences, please work with your teacher to schedule a phone conference, and we will send the quarter 1 summary notes home in December. 

    To respect the time of our teachers and to ensure we are offering enough time slots for every single student, families are asked to sign up for one conference slot per student. If this does not work for your family, please reach out to your teacher before signing up for an additional slot. Teachers will be sending out conference sign up links on Wednesday, November 4. Conferences will mostly be held on November 23 and 24. Some teachers will hold conferences during other times to accommodate for family schedules.  

    Work around the building: The district has started work in and around the building to prepare for possibilities of hybrid or in person learning. You will soon notice dots being painted outside of the building to help with physical distancing efforts. Again, the district will remain in Comprehensive Distance Learning until January 28.  

    Buckman’s Site Council: The purpose of our Buckman Site Council is to address school improvement plans and staff development. The team is composed of teachers, classified staff, administrator, parent/guardians and community members. The team works towards our school’s continuous improvement plans (SCIP Plan) which includes our school’s academic and school climate/culture goals. Please let me know if you would like to be a part of this team. We meet 4-6 times per year at 8am. 

    Teaching during an election year: You may have noticed some classrooms engaging in lessons and conversations around the upcoming election. Next week, as a community, we must be prepared to hold space, no matter what the outcome is. As a staff, we know that students may have questions and that many of you are discussing family values and beliefs at home. “As educators, we have an important responsibility to prepare our students with an understanding of the civic participation necessary for our democracy to thrive.” – Superintendent Guerrero

     To note:

    • All PPS buildings will close at 4pm on Tuesday. This is in anticipation for any potential election day/evening protests or gatherings.
    • All staff have been trained in the difference between Hate Speech (prohibited), Political Speech (not allowed), and speaking on topics of Racial Equity and Social Justice (encouraged). 

    Take care everyone, 

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    •        Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up and drop off
    •        Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students
    •        11/6 Grading Day - no school 
    •        11/9  5:30pm ESL family night: join using code Spectorclassmeeting
    •        11/9  8:30am, 7pm: Buckman Community Meeting, google meeting code: BuckmanCommunityMeeting
    •        11/11 Veteran’s Day - no school
    •        11/12-11/24 Parent Teacher Conferences
    •       11/25-11/27 Thanksgiving Break-no school

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Online Raffle    TODAY (October 30) will be the last chance to purchase raffle tickets for the Astoria House and Scamp Trailer giveaway! Tickets are $20 each; all funds raised will go towards staffing positions at Buckman for the 2021-2022 school year. Buy 5 tickets, get one free! BONUS: get one free entry by sharing your family’s fall or Halloween art! Share your entry in the Buckman Community Facebook group (request to join, if you haven’t already!) or send an email with an attached photo to foundation@buckmanelementary.org.

    Dines Out   This month's Dines Out will be at Por Que No (4635 SE Hawthorne) on Wednesday, November 11, from 4-9pm. Stop by this friendly neighborhood taqueria; kids menu and meal kits are available for take-out! Whatever you grab, 10% of proceeds will go towards the Buckman Foundation.


    LIBRARY NEWS

    ·       Book Bag exchange Mondays & Wednesdays 3pm-5pm (Closed 11/23 &11/25)

    ·       Mark your calendars: BOOK eFAIR dates 11/21-11/29 (You can start by making your own wish list!)

    o   Teachers are currently making wish lists too! (left hand menu “View Wish Lists”)

    o   Consider a donation from our Amazon Wish List! Hardback used copies are always welcome!   

     

    PTA NEWS

    Thank you, Buckman Community!   Your generosity at our donation drop-off event resulted in FOUR extra-large boxes full of coats, shoes, and other clothing items. Woot, woot!

    We will continue to collect the following (look for the donation box on the Book Bag dates):

    • Packaged underwear and socks (various youth sizes)
    • Toiletries (e.g., shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.)
    • Toilet paper and paper towels

    Fundraising Updates   The Charleston Wrap Fundraiser is still going on, but will end November 16th. Forty percent of sales goes back to Buckman. We’ve raised nearly $2100 so far! It’s all-virtual and has minimal impact on time for our families.  (Participation is completely voluntary.)

    To register for the fundraiser, go to www. charlestonwrapstore.com and complete the Start Here: Register Participant form. Buckman's organization ID is: 20270. Trouble registering? Call 1-866-395-2926 and someone can assist you and/or complete the registration for you. 

    Other Ways to Fundraise: did you know you can help raise for PTA without any additional purchases required? Find out how ordinary purchases at Fred Meyer and Amazon can support the PTA.

    PTA Membership    Become an advocate for your student and our school. Membership is $12/person or $20/household. Sign up online to join or renew your annual membership!


    SUN NEWS

    Season of Sharing Requests   Wishlist forms are here! Get one through your student's teacher or complete one online here.  

    Thanksgiving Food Boxes   Sign up for one from Sunshine Division here

    SUN Winter Term   New SUN clubs are coming for November 30-January 28th. Registration opens next week.  

    Family Equity Team    Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Do you want to be in community with other parents and caregivers of color at Buckman? Would you like to help influence what equitable practice looks like at Buckman? Join the Family Equity Team! Reach out to Katie (kolson@impactnw.org) or Teresa (tseidel@pps.net) to get connected.

    The Buckman Newspaper is Back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest! 

    Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Complete this survey or reach out to Katie Olson, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230. You can also connect with someone from the student/family support team during book distribution at the upper playground every Monday & Wednesday from 3-5pm. 

    Support SUN    Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 


    DISTRICT NEWS

    Champions Childcare Still Available!   Champions, a PPS childcare contractor, has several open spots in their programs at Lent and Creston Elementary Schools.   Welcome to Champions.M4V

    Families may be eligible for childcare benefits covered by Employment Related Day Care (ERDC): ERDC has raised the income limits to 250% of the poverty rate to allow many more families who usually wouldn’t meet eligibility. For qualifying families, ERDC covers most or all childcare costs. Qualifying families must be working and make less than 250% of the poverty rate. Click here for more details or to access this information in other languages. 

    You can also email Sierra Warren or the child care team at childcareservices@pps.net with any general childcare questions.

    The Benson Wellness Center is OPEN!    The Benson Wellness Center, located at 546 NE 12th Ave., is now open for in-person (T & Th 1-4pm, W 8-12pm) and virtual visits (M-F 8-5pm) for students aged 7-18. Appointments are available for BOTH mental health and physical wellness, as well as for flu and all other vaccinations. 

    To SCHEDULE an appointment:

    1. Call OHSU Registrar and register each person needing an appointment at 503-494-8505 (if you've not been seen there before)
    2. Leave a Message for Reva at the Benson Wellness Center at 503-418-0409 with your call back information
    3. Reva will call back and schedule an appointment, appointments are readily available

    Student Health Centers at Roosevelt, David Douglas, and Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers.

    Updates to Meal Service as Weather Changes, Distance Learning Continues    PPS will be pausing meal services at Clarendon, Sacajawea and Harriet Tubman Middle School due to low participation starting November 1st. To see the full list of meal sites, please visit the Nutrition Sites During Distance Learning website.  

    Starting November 2, our grab-and-go curbside serving locations will be open from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

    Finally, PPS is re-opening access to home meal deliveries for PPS families that are not near a meal site or need assistance accessing meals. To request meal delivery service, please complete the request form.


    OTHER NEWS

    School Vaccination Requirements and Reminders    Immunizations are an important part of keeping our kids and community safe from certain diseases. That is why vaccines are required for school. Click here to see what immunizations are required for your child’s grade. Fall is a great time to catch-up on vaccines and get your yearly flu shots. Students need to be up-to-date on vaccines or give the school documentation of an exemption by early January, so that your child is not at risk of being excluded from school. Exclusion day is February 17, 2021.

    Free Flu Shots   Legacy Health is offering free flu shots in November. Click here for more information.



    Friday, October 23, 2020

    Shout out to the small but mighty Family Equity Team for hosting our first gathering this week. If you are a parent of a student of color and would like to join this group, please let me know and I can put you in touch with our amazing facilitators!

    Usually this week, we are sharing photos and videos of Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day at school. I want to send a quick hello and “we miss you this year” to all of our extended community out there!

    Hope everyone has a great weekend. 

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up and drop off
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students
    • 11/1 Daylight savings ends 
    • 11/6 Grading Day - no school 
    • 11/9  5:30pm ESL family night: join using code BuckmanESL
    • 11/9  8:30am, 7pm: Buckman Community Meeting, google meeting code: BuckmanCommunityMeeting

    11/11 Veteran’s Day - no school

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Online Raffle    ’Tis the season for a spooky Halloween raffle! In lieu of our traditional Bowl-A-Ween event, we’re hosting an online raffle to raise funds for the Buckman Foundation. Enter for a chance to win a Fall getaway of your choice: three nights at the Astoria House or a camping-in-style adventure in the Scamp Trailer. Tickets are $20 each; all funds raised will go towards staffing positions at Buckman for the 2021-2022 school year. Buy 5 tickets, get one free! BONUS: get one free entry by sharing your family’s Fall or Halloween art! Share your entry in the Buckman Community Facebook group (request to join, if you haven’t already) or send an email with an attached photo to foundation@buckmanelementary.org. Carved pumpkins, drawings, paintings, a Halloween rap… it’s all fair game! Click here (https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/raffle) to purchase raffle tickets any time until midnight on October 30th; one randomly selected winner for each getaway will be announced and contacted at 10am on October 31st!

    LIBRARY NEWS

     

    PTA NEWS

    Donation Drop Off This Saturday!   We're rallying our community one last time for the PTA/SUN Clothing Drive. Drive by the school (near the upper playground entrance) this Saturday, from 9-11 AM, and drop off any gently used clothing, shoes, and other donations. You don't even have to get out of your car! We'll meet you (masked and gloved), take your donation, and send you off with a Delicious Donut. 

    We are in significant need of the following:

    • Packaged underwear and socks (various youth sizes)
    • Toiletries
    • Paper products (e.g., toilet paper and paper towels)
    • Gently used coats, rain boats, and other cold weather clothing items (various youth and adult sizes)

    FYI - Fred Meyer currently has a "buy one get one half off" sale on socks and underwear.  

    Charleston Wrap Fundraiser We have officially started our Fall Fundraiser with Charleston Wrap.  Charleston Wrap gives 40% of sales back to Buckman! It’s all virtual and has minimal impact on time for our families.  As with all Buckman fundraisers, participation is completely voluntary

    To register for the fundraiser, go to www. charlestonwrapstore.com and complete the Start Here: Register Participant form. Buckman's organization ID is: 20270. 

    If you are having trouble registering, please call 1-866-395-2926 and someone can assist you and/or complete the registration for you.

    Other Ways to Fundraise  Did you know you can help raise for PTA without any additional purchases required? Find out how ordinary purchases at Fred Meyer and Amazon can support the PTA. 

    PTA Membership    Become an advocate for your student and our school. Membership is $12/person or $20/household. Sign up online to join or renew your annual membership! 

     

    SUN NEWS

    SUN Winter Term    The fall term is wrapping up and we will be doing a short winter term. Keep an eye out for new club registration starting soon!

    Family Equity Team    Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Do you want to be in community with other parents and caregivers of color at Buckman? Would you like to help influence what equitable practice looks like at Buckman? Join the Family Equity Team! Reach out to Katie (kolson@impactnw.org) or Teresa (tseidel@pps.net) to get connected.

    The Buckman Newspaper is back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest! 

    Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Please complete this survey or reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230. You can also connect with someone from the student/family support team during book distribution at the upper playground every Monday and Wednesday between 3 and 5pm.

    Support SUN    Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 

     

    DISTRICT NEWS

    Updates to Meal Service as Weather Changes, Distance Learning Continues    With the announcement that Portland Public Schools is extending Comprehensive Distance Learning through at least January 28, we want to make you aware of upcoming updates to our meal service as we adjust to the coming colder weather and shorter days.

    We will be pausing services at Clarendon, Sacajawea and Harriet Tubman Middle School due to low participation. The last day of service at these three locations will be Friday, October 30. Families who have been visiting these sites are encouraged to visit one of the other PPS meal sites close by or request home meal delivery. 

    Starting November 2, our grab-and-go curbside serving locations will be open from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Some schools might shift their serving location on campus to help keep employees dry and visible. To see the full list of meal sites, please visit the Nutrition Sites During Distance Learning website

    Finally, we are re-opening access to home meal deliveries, a service for PPS families that are not near a meal site or need assistance accessing meals. To request meal delivery service, please complete the request form. We continue to assess the capacity of both the Nutrition Services and Transportation departments and will keep you apprised of any updates we make to our services.

    If you have any questions about our meal service, please contact us at nutritionservices@pps.net. English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali

    Pandemic EBT Update for Families    The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) was approved to provide additional Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to eligible students enrolled from July 1 - September 22. Similar to the spring, benefits are provided to children who receive free or reduced price school meals through the National School Lunch Program that are not attending school in-person.

    Every child who is eligible will receive at least $100 and some will receive more benefits based on when school began. The initial $100 benefits were distributed on September 28th. If a child qualifies for any additional benefits beyond $100, this will be provided through a second deposit. Eligible students who receive Oregon SNAP benefits, or who received an Oregon EBT card in the mail with P-EBT benefits in the past, received these September P-EBT benefits on their existing Oregon EBT card. For lost EBT cards, families can request a new one by calling a local ODHS office or calling the EBT replacement line 1-855-328-6715.

    If eligible families did not receive P-EBT benefits, they can send an email to the PPS Meal Benefits Office at mealbenefits@pps.net with the following information: Student name, school name, and parent contact information (address, phone). Once the student is verified as eligible an email will be sent to the P-EBT email address (ebt.schoolmeals@dhsoha.state.or.us) on the behalf of the family for follow up.

    Middle/High School Transfer Cycle    Here are the dates for the upcoming Middle/High School Transfer Cycle. More details to follow.  

    Thursday November 12:  Middle and High School transfer and dual assignment applications available.  Current 5th & 8th grade students will receive letters home that week containing their forecast school and transfer options.

    Friday, December 11: Application deadline.  
    Mid-January:  Run lottery, notify families of results
    Early February: Final transfer results loaded into Synergy. 

    Information about virtual open houses and other updates will be available soon.

    Meal Applications    While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites through December, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.

    • To ensure eligible students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals continue to receive meals at no cost for the entire school year (past December)
    • Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits.  
    • Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet and health coverage.

    Families have the following options to submit a meal application:

    1. Online at www.schoolcafe.com/pps.
    2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application (https://www.pps.net/Page/2464) to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.
    3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.net or call 503.916.3402.

    Families do not need to submit a meal application if any of the following apply:

    •  A meal application has been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.
    • The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.
    • All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online: https://www.pps.net/Page/2088) where students eat meals at no cost.
    • The household does not meet the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines

    For meal benefits related questions, please call 503.916.3402 or email mealbenefits@pps.net

    Student Health Center    This fall, while schools are engaged in Comprehensive Distance Learning, PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center will be open starting Monday, September 14th for phone, video and in-person visits. Monday-Thursday  8:45 am-4:45 pm and Friday for phone and video appointments only. Call 503-988-3909 to make an appointment. 

    Any Multnomah County K-12 youth can visit the center and there are no out of pocket costs. We also can connect students and their families with community resources for food or help with medical insurance. 

    Student Health Centers at David Douglas & Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. Stay connected via Facebook and Instagram.

    Link to fliers in multiple languages: English   Spanish   Chinese   Russian   Somali   Vietnamese 

     


    Friday, October 16, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Community Meeting: If you missed our community meeting, here are the slides that our Social Worker, Anne Mulligan-Brinson, presented on Parenting During Covid. Here is the TAG Presentation from that day as well. Our next community meeting will be Monday, November 9 at 8:30am and 7pm, and the theme will be “Family Fun with SUN!”.

    Family Equity Team: Attention all parents of students of color - we hope you can join us for a Family Equity Team meeting this Tuesday, October 20, from 6-7pm at google meets code: BuckmanFET. We hope to see many of you there to connect with one another! 

    Seesaw updates: Is Seesaw proving to be overwhelming? Watch this video on how to view assignments in a calendar view, as well as other new tips and pointers from Seesaw!

    PPS Academic Calendar for school year 2020-2021Academic Calendar 2020-21

    Have a great weekend everyone!

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up and drop off
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students
    • 11/1 Daylight savings ends 
    • 11/6 Grading Day - no school 
    • 11/9  5:30pm ESL family night: join using code BuckmanESL
    • 11/9  8:30am, 7pm: Buckman Community Meeting, google meeting code: BuckmanCommunityMeeting
    • 11/11 Veteran’s Day - no school

     

    CHAMPIONS NEWS

    Join us for a Champions Virtual Open House this month!

    Champions is providing an Extended Learning Program at select PPS schools and in the surrounding Portland area to help kids stay on track with our distance learning curriculum! They are currently taking enrollments at Creston and Lent Schools. Families can visit www.DiscoverChampions.com, call Family Support at 800-246-2154 or contact Champions Area Manager, Sherri Burks at 503-701-3488 or SBurks@DiscoverChampions.com. 

    Champions’ programs for students are so much more than basic supervision while you work. I encourage you to attend one of their upcoming Virtual Open Houses to learn all that they’re doing to provide a health and safety conscious program along with space for your child to focus on their schoolwork, including a supportive environment to complete all their assignments and participate in Champions fun.

    Champions Virtual Open House

    Wednesday, Oct 14 – 7pm

    Thursday, Oct 15 – 9am

    Tuesday, Oct 20 – 5:30pm

    At this event, you’ll have a chance to meet the staff and teachers and learn how Champions is making health and safety a top priority. Additional information will be shared on the latest in state subsidy and ERDC support, allowing more families to attend their programs at virtually little to no cost.

    If you’d like to attend, please fill out THIS_LINK and a meeting link will be provided. Thank you and stay well!

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Online Raffle    ’Tis the season for a spooky Halloween raffle! In lieu of our traditional Bowl-A-Ween event, we’re hosting an online raffle to raise funds for the Buckman Foundation. Enter for a chance to win a Fall getaway of your choice: three nights at the Astoria House or a camping-in-style adventure in the Scamp Trailer. Tickets are $20 each; all funds raised will go towards staffing positions at Buckman for the 2021-2022 school year. Buy 5 tickets, get one free! BONUS: get one free entry by sharing your family’s Fall or Halloween art! Share your entry in the Buckman Community Facebook group (request to join, if you haven’t already) or send an email with an attached photo to foundation@buckmanelementary.org. Carved pumpkins, drawings, paintings, a Halloween rap… it’s all fair game! Click here (https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/raffle) to purchase raffle tickets any time until midnight on October 30th; one randomly selected winner for each getaway will be announced and contacted at 10am on October 31st!

    Dines Out    Thanks to all who came out to Ankeny Tap + Table for the October edition of Dines Out! We are so grateful to community businesses who continue to support Buckman, and to those of you who make it out to support our local restaurants. Stay tuned for details of the next Dines Out coming soon!

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

     

    PTA NEWS

    Our Fall Clothing Drive is Underway!    We are accepting the following donations:

    • Gently-used (i.e., no stains or holes) or new fall/winter clothing, rain coats, and winter coats
    • Gently-used or new sneakers/shoes
    • Packaged underwear and socks
    • Toiletries
    • Toilet paper and paper towels
    • Grocery store gift cards

    Drop off locations and times:

    - School entrance (school hours only)

    - Upper playground on Mondays and Wednesday during Book Bag distribution

    - Amanda's house at 114 SE 17th Ave.

    - Katie's house at 3324 NE Klickitat Ave. 

    Charleston Wrap Fundraiser We have officially started our Fall Fundraiser with Charleston Wrap.  Charleston Wrap gives 40% of sales back to Buckman! It’s all virtual and has minimal impact on time for our families.  As with all Buckman fundraisers, participation is completely voluntary.

    To register for the fundraiser, go to www. charlestonwrapstore.com and complete the Start Here: Register Participant form. Buckman's organization ID is: 20270.

    If you are having trouble registering, please call 1-866-395-2926 and someone can assist you and/or complete the registration for you.

    Other Ways to Fundraise  Did you know you can help raise for PTA without any additional purchases required? Find out how ordinary purchases at Fred Meyer and Amazon can support the PTA. 

    PTA Membership    Become an advocate for your student and our school. Membership is $12/person or $20/household. Sign up online to join or renew your annual membership!

     

    SUN NEWS

    Family Equity Team meeting on October 20th at 6pm   Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Do you want to be in community with other parents and caregivers of color at Buckman? Would you like to help influence what equitable practice looks like at Buckman? Join the Family Equity Team in their first meeting of the school year at 6pm on October 20th. Reach out to Katie (kolson@impactnw.org) or Teresa (tseidel@pps.net) to get connected, and join the meeting by typing the code "BuckmanFET" at meet.google.com

    The Buckman Newspaper is back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest! 

    Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Please complete this survey or reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230. You can also connect with someone from the student/family support team during book distribution at the upper playground every Monday and Wednesday between 3 and 5pm.

    Support SUN    Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA.

     

    DISTRICT NEWS

    Middle/High School Transfer Cycle    Here are the dates for the upcoming Middle/High School Transfer Cycle. More details to follow. 

    Thursday November 12:  Middle and High School transfer and dual assignment applications available.  Current 5th & 8th grade students will receive letters home that week containing their forecast school and transfer options.

    Friday, December 11: Application deadline.  

    Mid-January:  Run lottery, notify families of results

    Early February: Final transfer results loaded into Synergy. 

    Information about virtual open houses and other updates will be available soon.

    Meal Applications    While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites through December, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.

    • To ensure eligible students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals continue to receive meals at no cost for the entire school year (past December)
    • Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits.  
    • Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet and health coverage.

    Families have the following options to submit a meal application:

    1. Online at www.schoolcafe.com/pps.
    2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application (https://www.pps.net/Page/2464) to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.
    3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.net or call 503.916.3402.

    Families do not need to submit a meal application if any of the following apply:

    •  A meal application has been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.
    • The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.
    • All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online: https://www.pps.net/Page/2088) where students eat meals at no cost.
    • The household does not meet the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines

    For meal benefits related questions, please call 503.916.3402 or email mealbenefits@pps.net

    Student Health Center    This fall, while schools are engaged in Comprehensive Distance Learning, PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center will be open starting Monday, September 14th for phone, video and in-person visits. Monday-Thursday  8:45 am-4:45 pm and Friday for phone and video appointments only. Call 503-988-3909 to make an appointment. 

    Any Multnomah County K-12 youth can visit the center and there are no out of pocket costs. We also can connect students and their families with community resources for food or help with medical insurance.  

    Student Health Centers at David Douglas & Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. Stay connected via Facebook and Instagram.

    Link to fliers in multiple languages: English   Spanish   Chinese   Russian   Somali   Vietnamese 

     


     

    Friday, October 2, 2020

    Hello Buckman Families,

    I want to shout from the rooftop how regularly amazed and proud I am of your students. This week in classes, I heard students discussing the intersectionality of gender and race and more, I heard students share strong opinions on the presidential candidates (and their teachers gently steering them away from the candidates and back to the electoral process), I saw amazing artwork and cute pictures of siblings working together posted on Seesaw, and I also listened to a bilingual 3rd grader have a conversation in Mandarin Chinese with my mom! For all of the challenges of distance learning, I hope you and your family know that the brightest moments always involve your Buckman Bears! Now, onto the updates for this week:

    MAP Assessment: The MAP assessment has been put on hold for now. Instead, teachers will be using their own grade level assessments to get to know your students and to form small groups for instruction. 

    Headsets: We have a limited number of headsets available to students who are SpEd, ESL, or in kindergarten. These headsets have built in microphones. Please come to a meal pickup time to pick one up, or call the office if you need one or want one delivered to your home.  

    Family Equity Team: huge thank you to Marina Heitz and the FET for inviting us to listen to Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race, during her livestream this past Tuesday evening. A Pacific NW native, she instantly made a connection with me and also told us in no uncertain terms that the time for change is now, and the agents for change are all of us. Chcek here for details on the event and where the livestream video will soon be uploaded.

    And a final reminder, no school next Friday as it is a statewide inservice. Have a great weekend.

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Ongoing and as needed: Chromebook/hotspot/headphone Pickup (Call school office for Appointment)
    • Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up and drop off
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals
    • 10/9 Statewide inservice - no school
    • 10/10 District to decide on format of second quarter  
    • 10/12 8:30am, 7pm Buckman Community: join using code BuckmanCommunityMeeting
    • 10/12 5:30pm TAG family night: join using code BuckmanTAG
    • 10/12 6pm Buckman PTA meeting: Join using code BuckmanPTA
    • 11/9  5:30pm ESL family night: join using code BuckmanESL
    • 11/9  8:30am, 7pm: Buckman Community Meeting

     

    COUNSELOR NEWS

    Check out the new Buckman School Counseling website!  Highlights include:

    • The Hedgehog Blog, updated daily with photos of kids taking care of class hedgehogs at home 
    • Form for students to request a check-in with Ms. Jess
    • Links to community resources and Anne's Virtual Social Work Office
    • Coming Soon: Buckman Newspaper, a blog of student contributions through the 3rd-5th grade SUN class that has rolling open enrollment. 3rd-5th graders, come Thursdays at 3:00 to https://meet.google.com/gpk-mczq-czq

    Family Changes Group    Anne Mulligan-Brinson (school social worker), and Cara Vangorder-Lasof (school counseling intern) are forming a group for students who have divorced or separated parents, to build community, skills, and resiliency. The first set of groups will be October through November; if there is a large demand, we will have another round beginning January 2021. If you are interested please sign up here. 

    An information session will be held October 5th, 7-7:30 PM if you would like to learn more. Use the code BuckmanFamilyChanges on GoogleMeet. 

    Questions? Email Anne at amulligabrinson@pps.net

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Apparel sales    Apparel and Scrip sales will now happen on the following Wednesdays during library book pick-ups: Oct 7th, Oct 21st, and Nov 18th from 3-5pm. You can find us on the upper playground. The new cotton face masks were a big hit at our first apparel sales of the year (adult and kid sizes - $10 each). 

    Dines-Out   Our next Dines-Out is at Ankeny Tap and Table on October 14th from 4-8pm.  Take-out, or patio seating (street closed off in front of the restaurant with socially distanced tables) available.  

    We are working on filling our Dines-Out schedule for the school year; if you know of a restaurant that would be interested in hosting, please contact foundation@Buckmanelementary.org

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    • Asynchronous Library activities start Monday 10/5 in each student’s Library Seesaw class. 
    • How can students READ during distance learning? (ebooks, Epic code, research links and more!)
    • New books are being added to bags every week! Consider a donation from our Amazon Wish List! Hardback “used” copies are always welcome! Many thanks in supporting our 21st century literacy library!   
    • "Let's Get Reading" book bag pickup/return every Mon & Wed 3-5pm. 
      • Students can submit questions in this FlipGrid
      • Please return bags of books when picking up new bags. Do not leave bags unattended at Buckman. Thank you!

     

    PTA NEWS

    PTA General Meeting    Our first PTA general meeting is around the corner and will coincide with the Buckman community meeting scheduled for Monday, October 12th at 6pm. We invite you to get to know a little more about Buckman PTA and our school community. To join, use this meeting link

    Fall Clothing Drive    PTA and SUN will be working together in the coming weeks to collect clothes and household donations for our families-in-need. Specifically, we need:

    • Gently-used or new fall/winter clothing, rain coats, and winter coats (various children’s sizes)
    • Gently-used or new sneakers/shoes
    • Packages of underwear and socks
    • Toiletries
    • Toilet paper and paper towels
    • Grocery store gift cards

    Please stay tuned for more information and drop off dates. 

    Charleston Wrap Fundraiser We have officially started our Fall Fundraiser with Charleston Wrap.  Charleston Wrap gives 40% of sales back to Buckman! It’s all virtual and has minimal impact on time for our families.  As with all Buckman fundraisers, participation is completely voluntary.

    To register for the fundraiser, go to www. charlestonwrapstore.com and complete the Start Here: Register Participant form. Buckman's organization ID is: 20270.

    If you are having trouble registering, please call 1-866-395-2926 and someone can assist you and/or complete the registration for you. 

    Scrip    Scrip sales are now on select Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Bottledrop bags and back to school packets are also available for pick up at this time.  

    PTA Membership    Become an advocate for your student and our school. Membership is $12/person or $20/household. Sign up online to join or renew your membership!

    Room Parents and 2021-2022 Board Members Needed!  Learn more at our general meeting or email us at pta@buckmanelementary.org

     

    SUN NEWS

    Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Please complete this survey or reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230. You can also connect with someone from the student/family support team during meal distribution along Pine St. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 3 and 5pm.

    Save the date for a virtual Family Equity Team meeting on October 20th    Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Do you want to be in community with other parents and caregivers of color at Buckman? Would you like to help influence what equitable practice looks like at Buckman? Join the Family Equity Team! Reach out to Katie (kolson@impactnw.org) or Teresa (tseidel@pps.net) to get connected.

    The Buckman Newspaper is back!  Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest! 

    Support SUN    Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 

     

    DISTRICT NEWS

    STEM Workshops for Students in Grades K-4    The University of Portland robotics team is hosting asynchronous Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) lessons which will be posted every other week! Please see attached flyer to start getting involved in STEM activities specifically designed for your, or your kid's, age level. Through this program, we aim to encourage more students to engage in STEM education and expand a love for STEM in kids in grades k-12. This program is hosted by the University of Portland robotics team is a group of undergraduate students which competes yearly in the NASA's Robotics Mining Competition (RMC).

    If you want to register fill out this form: https://forms.gle/xFKVszNwokrnkJbu8

    STEM Workshops for Students in Grades 5-8    The University of Portland robotics team is hosting asynchronous Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) lessons which will be posted every other week! Please see attached flyer to start getting involved in STEM activities specifically designed for your, or your kid's, age level. Through this program, we aim to encourage more students to engage in STEM education and expand a love for STEM in kids in grades k-12. This program is hosted by the University of Portland robotics team is a group of undergraduate students which competes yearly in the NASA's Robotics Mining Competition (RMC).

    If you want to register fill out this form: https://forms.gle/xFKVszNwokrnkJbu8

    Meal Applications    While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites through December, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.

    • To ensure eligible students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals continue to receive meals at no cost for the entire school year (past December)
    • Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits.  
    • Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet and health coverage.

    Families have the following options to submit a meal application:

    1. Online at www.schoolcafe.com/pps.
    2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application (https://www.pps.net/Page/2464) to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.
    3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.net or call 503.916.3402.

    Families do not need to submit a meal application if any of the following apply:

    •  A meal application has been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.
    • The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.
    • All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online: https://www.pps.net/Page/2088) where students eat meals at no cost.
    • The household does not meet the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines

     For meal benefits related questions, please call 503.916.3402 or email mealbenefits@pps.net.

    Home Meal Delivery Sign up End September 30 and other NS Updates    A reminder that the home meal delivery request form will be closed after September 30th.  Home meal deliveries will continue to be offered while in the comprehensive distance learning platform for all PPS students.  Thank you to everyone who has supported families with this process and connecting them to food resources.  All families in the community are still encouraged to visit one of our 38 school sites for free meals for all PPS students and children ages 1-18 years every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3-5pm.  Please note that our services will not be open on the statewide inservice date, Friday, October 9th.  For the week of October 5th, meals will be served and delivered on Monday, October 5th (3 days worth of meals per child) and Wednesday, October 7th (4 days worth of meals).  Even with no service on Friday, there will be no change in the amount of food offered during the week. For questions about meal services, contact nutritionservices@pps.net 

    PPS SE Guiding Coalition    PPS school boundaries are being revised in SE Portland. Kellogg Middle School will be opening 2021 and K-8 schools will be reconfigured. The district will be rebalancing classroom sizes in Southeast. Parent Jeff Burns is representing Buckman School during PPS conversations and would love to hear your feedback and concerns. Contact via Konstella.

    Childcare Update    In addition to community childcare programs that are available citywide, seven partner organizations will offer licensed childcare in 11 PPS schools during Comprehensive Distance Learning. The programs will be phased in starting next week:

    Sept. 28:  Beach, Creston, King, Rigler 
    Oct. 5:     Hayhurst, James John, MLC, Vestal, Winterhaven
    Oct. 12:   Irvington, Lent

    To register for childcare, click on the flyer below. Information below is included on the flyer. 
    English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaal   

    Childcare programs

    • Accept children ages 5 - 12. 
    • Enroll no more than 30-40 students per school. 
    • Set aside 50% of the slots for families qualifying for state subsidies. Low rates last for one year if subsidy is approved by Oct. 31, 2020. State subsidy application is here
    • Enroll PPS students and children of PPS employees regardless of which school children are enrolled in. 
    • Follow strict licensing guidelines including stable cohorts, face coverings, hand hygiene, routine cleaning and sanitation, parent drop-off/pick-up outside of the school building. 

    SUN site managers, coordinators and community agents have been trained to support families in accessing childcare, as well as trained in supporting students during distance learning.

    For more information, visit the PPS Child Care website.  

    Covid Testing Event    Click here for more information on this event. 

    Student Health Center    This fall, while schools are engaged in Comprehensive Distance Learning, PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center will be open starting Monday, September 14th for phone, video and in-person visits. Monday-Thursday  8:45 am-4:45 pm and Friday for phone and video appointments only. Call 503-988-3909 to make an appointment.  

    Any Multnomah County K-12 youth can visit the center and there are no out of pocket costs. We also can connect students and their families with community resources for food or help with medical insurance. 

    Student Health Centers at David Douglas & Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. Stay connected via Facebook and Instagram.

    Link to fliers in multiple languages: English   Spanish   Chinese   Russian   Somali   Vietnamese 

     


    Friday, September 25, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    The seasons have changed, rain is here, and folks are flooded with emails and communication. I hear the feedback, too many emails and too much information at once. I agree! Here are the (shortened, bulleted and bolded for easier reading) updates for this week:

    -Library pickup: The Buckman Library has been in full swing with the first week of book bag pick up. Over 200 book bags were checked out! Ms. Rudnick (Teacher-Librarian) and Ms. Katie (SUN director) felt like gift deliverers handing these treasures out to students that have been devouring new titles they didn't even know they liked. If you didn't get a bag this week, no fear! All families can pick up (and drop off) bags of books any Monday & Wednesday, 3-5pm on the upper playground.

    -Meals: M/W/F 3-5pm at Buckman, free for all kids ages 1-18 

    -Chromebooks/headphones/hotspots: We have Chromebooks and headphones for any student who needs it, but the district is waiting for another shipment of hotspots. If you need a hotspot, please call or email the front office (sbruner@pps.net) to get put on the list.  

    -Buckman Bites Lunch Bunch: Come join Mr. Rudolph for lunch!  Take this opportunity to enjoy the company of your classmates, as well as get to know Buckman’s Climate Specialist.  Together we will build relationships and strengthen our Buckman community.  Be prepared to be stumped by Mr. Rudolph’s riddles and laugh uncontrollably at his dad jokes.  Silly stories and kid jokes are highly encouraged. Meeting link: g.co/meet/buckmanbites

    When: 1st grade - Mondays 12:15-12:45 

                   2nd grade - Tuesdays 12:15-12:45

                   3rd grade - Wednesdays 12:15-12:45

                   4th grade - Thursdays 12:15-12:45

                   5th grade - Fridays 12:15-12:45


    -Family Equity Team: Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Do you want to be in community with other parents and caregivers of color at Buckman? Would you like to help influence what equitable practice looks like at Buckman? Join the Family Equity Team! Reach out to Katie (kolson@impactnw.org) or Teresa (tseidel@pps.net) to get connected. Join us online for a quick check-in with the Family Equity Team (FET) next Tuesday (9/29) at 6:40pm, before watching a livestream event with guest speaker Ijeoma Oluo, hosted by Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries.  

    Take care everyone, 

    Teresa Seidel

    Principal 

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Ongoing and as needed: Chromebook/hotspot/headphone Pickup (Call school office for Appointment)
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals
    • 10/10 District to decide on format of second quarter  
    • 10/12 8:30am, 6pm Buckman Community and joint PTA meeting Meeting
    • 10/12 5:30pm TAG family night Meeting  

    SUN NEWS

    Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Please complete this survey or reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230. You can also connect with someone from the student/family support team during meal distribution along Pine St. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 3 and 5pm. 

    Anti-Racist Movement at Buckman    Looking for ways to get involved in the anti-racist movement with Buckman? Join us online for a quick check-in with the Family Equity Team (FET) next Tuesday (9/29) at 6:40pm, before watching a livestream event with guest speaker Ijeoma Oluo, hosted by Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries. 

    Support SUN    Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 

    COUNSELOR NEWS

    Family Changes Group    Anne Mulligan-Brinson (school social worker), and Cara Vangorder-Lasof (school counseling intern) are forming a group for students who have divorced or separated parents, to build community, skills, and resiliency. The first set of groups will be October through November; if there is a large demand, we will have another round beginning January 2021. If you are interested please sign up here. 

    An information session will be held October 5th, 7-7:30 PM if you would like to learn more. Use the code BuckmanFamilyChanges on GoogleMeet.

    Questions? Email Anne at amulligabrinson@pps.net

    LIBRARY NEWS

    How can students READ during distance learning? (ebooks, Epic code, research links and more!)

    "Let's Get Reading" book bag pickup/return every Mon & Wed 3-5pm.

    • Students can submit questions in this FlipGrid
    • Please return bags of books when picking up new bags. Do not leave bags unattended at Buckman. Thank you!
    • New books are being added to bags every week! Consider a donation from our Amazon Wish List! Hardback “used” copies are always welcome! Many thanks in supporting our 21st century literacy library!    

    PTA NEWS

    Join Us and Become a Member!    Become an advocate for your student and our school. Membership is $12/person or $20/household. Sign up online

    New Fundraising Opportunity   With an uncertain year ahead of us, we are offering a fall fundraising opportunity. It’s easy to sign up and 100% virtual. Check out this flyer for details. 

    Scrip    Scrip sales are now on Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Bottledrop bags and back to school packets will also be available for pick up at this time. 

    Website Help and Volunteers Needed!    Our school website, buckmanelementary.org, needs some TLC. Please email Amanda or Katie at pta@buckmanelementary.org if interested in helping us revamp and maintain this parent-run site.  We are also in need of room parents and individuals interested in joining next term’s PTA executive board. Email us for more information! 

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Apparel sales    Apparel and Scrip sales will now happen on the following Wednesdays during library book pick-ups: Oct 7th, Oct 21st, and Nov 18th from 3-5pm. You can find us on the upper playground. The new cotton face masks were a big hit at our first apparel sales of the year (adult and kid sizes - $10 each). 

    Dines-Out    Thank you Buckman for making the Screen Door Dines-Out a great success! They sold out of brisket!  We are hoping to schedule another Screen Door event in the spring, so stay posted. Our next Dines-Out is at Ankeny Tap and Table on October 14th from 4-8pm.  Take-out, or patio seating (street closed off in front of the restaurant with socially distanced tables) available. 

    We are working on filling our Dines-Out schedule for the school year; if you know of a restaurant that would be interested in hosting, please contact foundation@Buckmanelementary.org

    DISTRICT NEWS

    PPS SE Guiding Coalition    PPS school boundaries are being revised in SE Portland. Kellogg Middle School will be opening 2021 and K-8 schools will be reconfigured. The district will be rebalancing classroom sizes in Southeast. Parent Jeff Burns is representing Buckman School during PPS conversations and would love to hear your feedback and concerns. Contact via Konstella.

    Childcare Update    In addition to community childcare programs that are available citywide, seven partner organizations will offer licensed childcare in 11 PPS schools during Comprehensive Distance Learning. The programs will be phased in starting next week:

    Sept. 28:  Beach, Creston, King, Rigler 
    Oct. 5:     Hayhurst, James John, MLC, Vestal, Winterhaven
    Oct. 12:   Irvington, Lent

    To register for childcare, click on the flyer below. Information below is included on the flyer. 
    English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaal  

    Childcare programs

    • Accept children ages 5 - 12. 
    • Enroll no more than 30-40 students per school. 
    • Set aside 50% of the slots for families qualifying for state subsidies. Low rates last for one year if subsidy is approved by Oct. 31, 2020. State subsidy application is here
    • Enroll PPS students and children of PPS employees regardless of which school children are enrolled in. 
    • Follow strict licensing guidelines including stable cohorts, face coverings, hand hygiene, routine cleaning and sanitation, parent drop-off/pick-up outside of the school building. 

    SUN site managers, coordinators and community agents have been trained to support families in accessing childcare, as well as trained in supporting students during distance learning.

    For more information, visit the PPS Child Care website

    Covid Testing Event    Click here for more information on this event.  

    Student Health Center    This fall, while schools are engaged in Comprehensive Distance Learning, PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center will be open starting Monday, September 14th for phone, video and in-person visits. Monday-Thursday  8:45 am-4:45 pm and Friday for phone and video appointments only. Call 503-988-3909 to make an appointment. 

    Any Multnomah County K-12 youth can visit the center and there are no out of pocket costs. We also can connect students and their families with community resources for food or help with medical insurance.  

    Student Health Centers at David Douglas & Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. Stay connected via Facebook and Instagram.

    Link to fliers in multiple languages: English   Spanish   Chinese   Russian   Somali   Vietnamese 


    Friday, September 18, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    September 15-October 15, is National Hispanic Heritage Month. If you would like to be a guest speaker in your child’s/children’s classrooms, we invite you to let your child’s teacher know you are interested in being a guest speaker. Check out these videos from OPB to learn more about unsung heroes and dive into Hispanic Heritage.

    Thanks to those who attended our first ever Virtual Open House. Here are the slides we used to talk about our programs at Buckman and the student rights and responsibility handbook. Also, huge shout out to PTA and Green Team for donations of supplies, books, headphones and time, getting supplies ready for our students.  

    Staffing update: We have been allocated another FTE for our 4th grade! The 4th grade team and I will be conducting interviews next week and I hope to announce our new hire soon. Also, our Therapeutic Intervention Coach position has been inactivated, and funds restored to our Foundation. Coach Alex was assigned here briefly, and then decided to take another position within the district. If we return to in person school, I will revisit opening that position back up.

    In a traditional school year, teachers use a variety of assessments to determine where students are at academically. We then use that data to form instructional groups and practices. While we are in digital learning, we will be using a tool that the district has been using in schools for several years now. It is called the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test. 

    The MAP will be administered remotely to all of our K-5 students, in reading and math. Teachers will be given the month of October to administer the test, and they will mostly happen during Synchronous instruction times. The test takes 45-75 minutes to complete, and is designed to where students should get about 50% of the questions correct. Here is the parent guide to the MAP test. Please note how to disable popup blockers, as well as a video on how to set your student up for MAP testing (pro tip - start at minute 5 of the video if you want to see how to log on). Click here to run a diagnostic test to make sure your child’s device will work with the MAP assessment. 

    Thanks for hanging in there this week - it has been tough and I am sure many of you are ready for the weekend. Take care everyone.

    Warmly,

    Teresa 

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Ongoing and as needed 10am-2pm Chromebook Pickup (Call school office for Appointment)

    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals

    • 10/10 District to decide on format of second quarter  

    • 10/12 8:30am, 6pm Buckman Community Meeting  

     

    SUN NEWS

    Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Please complete this survey or reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230. You can also connect with someone from the student/family support team during meal distribution along Pine St every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 3 and 5pm. 

    Free online SUN Clubs    Buckman SUN will be offering free SUN clubs virtually this fall! We will host an online origami club for grades K-2 (Thursdays 3-4pm) and an online games club for grades 3-5 (Mondays 3-4pm), beginning September 21st. There will also be a low-cost Tae Kwon Do club on Friday afternoons. Register for all clubs here. This is a great space for students to have more creative and connection opportunities to enrich their learning.   

    Anti-Racist Movement at Buckman    Looking for ways to get involved in the anti-racist movement with Buckman? Keep an eye out for announcements to come about Race Forward events and a second round of the Me and White Supremacy book study. 

    Family Equity Team (FET)    Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Would you like to help influence what equitable practice looks like at Buckman? Join the Family Equity Team! Reach out to Katie to get connected. 

    Support SUN    Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 

     

    PTA NEWS

    Back to School Information and Packets   Check out the Back to School folder on Konstella (located in “Files and Links” under the “More” tab). There, you’ll find information about PTA, Foundation, SUN, and our parent groups (e.g., Family Equity Team and Green Team), as well as have access to Buckman’s Family Handbook. For those preferring hard copies, back-to-school packets will be available for pick up weekdays in front of the school or during Scrip sales. **Kindergarten families, we have special packets for you and your kindergartener! These will also be available for pick up or email Amanda at pta@buckmanelementary.org

    Membership:    You can now join Buckman PTA online! To sign up, go to: https://buckman.new.memberhub.store/store. 

    Konstella 411:   Don’t forget to update your student’s classroom in Konstella! Log into your account, go to “Your Children”, then “Change Classroom”. This is required to receive classroom-specific communications. If you’re not on Konstella, check out this link for how to join. 

    Scrip:    Scrip sales are every other Thursday afternoon from 4-6pm. Bottledrop bags and back to school packets will also be available for pick up at this time. 

    Race Talk:    Save the date to join a virtual event on September 29th with Ijeoma Oluo, author of “So You Want to Talk about Race”, hosted by FVRLibraries. Click here for more information. 

    Website Help and Volunteers Needed!    Our school website, buckmanelementary.org, needs some TLC. Please email Amanda or Katie at pta@buckmanelementary.org if interested in helping us revamp and maintain this parent-run site.  We are also in need of room parents and individuals interested in joining next term’s PTA executive board. Email us for more information!

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Dines Out:    Our first Buckman Dines Out of the 2020-2021 school year was postponed to Wednesday, September 23! Order pick-up or delivery from neighborhood favorite Screen Door, any time from 11 am to 8 pm that day and Screen Door will donate 10% of proceeds to the Buckman Foundation! Offer is available only until food runs out; pre-orders highly encouraged.

    Apparel Sales:    Show your Buckman pride in Buckman apparel during your next Google meeting! Buckman gear (including face masks!) will be available from 4-6 pm in front of the school (credit cards preferred). You can also pick up SCRIP cards to benefit the PTA (cash or check preferred).

     

    DISTRICT NEWS

    Student Health Center:    This fall, while schools are engaged in Comprehensive Distance Learning, PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center will be open starting Monday, September 14th for phone, video and in-person visits. Monday-Thursday  8:45 am-4:45 pm and Friday for phone and video appointments only. Call 503-988-3909 to make an appointment. 

    Any Multnomah County K-12 youth can visit the center and there are no out of pocket costs. We also can connect students and their families with community resources for food or help with medical insurance. 

    Student Health Centers at David Douglas & Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. Stay connected via Facebook and Instagram.

    Link to fliers in multiple languages: English   Spanish   Chinese   Russian   Somali   Vietnamese 

     


    Friday, September 11,2020

    Hello Buckman Community, 

    Before going into school details, appreciations and updates, I need to acknowledge that it is a dark day to recognize the anniversary of 9/11. The phrase “I can’t breathe” can mean so much to so many. When schools and our country shut down last spring, it was because people were getting sick and dying of coronavirus and could not breathe. When George Floyd was murdered by a knee to the neck, he whispered “I can’t breathe”. As we look to the sky and see our beautiful Oregon lands, home to indigenous tribes and nations, covered in dust smoke and fire, Mother Earth is telling us she can’t breathe. Our hearts go out to everyone impacted in the fires that are ripping across our state. May we all join together in supporting our friends, families and neighbors. 

    Now that we are transitioning out of our soft start, we will be working more closely with each student in live (synchronous) and not-live (asynchronous) sessions. As a teaching body, we believe in inclusion and a growth mindset. We welcome feedback from all stakeholders. On that note, if you have a concern within the classroom, I encourage your first stop to be with the classroom teacher. Thank you for extending our teachers this professional courtesy. As always, if you have any immediate or confidential concerns, please reach out to me.

    I hope you will all be able to join me in our virtual Open House Meeting on Monday. 9/14 8:30am or 6pm. You can join by phone with ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444 PIN: ‪378 754 780 8615#

    We will go over the Buckman arts programming, share some Comprehensive Distance Learning updates, and reveal our first ROARS assembly presented by our arts team. For those unable to attend, the presentation slides and assembly will be shared next week as well. Teachers will hold their own “Open House” evening events with families sometime in September.  

    Finally, I had the opportunity to visit all of the classrooms this week, and saw firsthand the Buckman Bear spirit in all of your children. I loved seeing the bright eyes of kindergarteners (and their parents and guardians!), the cool calm of fourth graders, the second graders shriek with surprise when they saw our hedgehog animal mascot, the first graders leaping not just with their legs but with their whole bodies during our storytime, and our fifth graders - old enough to do so much independently but still young enough to squeeze their stuffies tight during our read aloud. In the background of it all, we know you are there as the parents and caretakers of our children. We thank you for allowing us into your homes, and for sharing your children with us. Thank you for making the space for distance learning to happen in your family, and for working with us to figure it all out. And if you haven’t figured it all out, well, to be completely honest, I’m right there with you too. 

    Warmly,

    Teresa 

     

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Ongoing and as needed 10am-2pm Chromebook Pickup (Call school office for Appointment)
    • Mon/WedFri 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals
    • 9/14 First Quarter of School begins (comprehensive distance learning)
    • 9/14 8:30am, 6pm Buckman Open House Meeting 
    • 10/10 District to decide on format of second quarter  
    • 10/12 8:30am, 6pm Buckman Community Meeting  

    A MESSAGE FROM THE ARTS TEAM

    Dear Buckman Families,

    Greetings! We, the Buckman Art Specialists, would like to welcome you to the 2020-21 school year.  We are so looking forward to working with your student(s) in dance, music, and visual art! While it is certain to be a year unlike any other, our mission as art educators remains the same; To provide every student with high quality art instruction across the disciplines and to cultivate students’ curiosity and critical thinking skills. To allow ample opportunities for students to develop their own artistic voices through exploration and composition, and to provide historical and social context for our art forms all the while looking and working through a racial equity and social justice lens. 

    Traditionally at Buckman, the arts team collaborates to produce a performance for each grade level.  We are carefully considering what that may look like this year, factoring in the different instruction models that may occur such as hybrid and in person.   At this time, we believe that younger students would benefit from a greatly scaled back sharing experience rather than a traditional performance, with much more emphasis on process rather than product.  For 3rd through 5th grades, we will be creating showcases centered around activism and social justice, with performances delivered in either a home-recorded online format or live performance as conditions allow.  We will continue to update you regarding performances as the year unfolds.

    We have each created a short video to help introduce ourselves to your student(s) and to you.  We will be sharing this with our students at some point this fall, but feel free to watch it ahead of time, especially if you are new to Buckman.

    Hannah Downs (Dance) Introduction Video

    Eric Schopmeyer (Music) Introduction Video

    Nicole Penoncello (Visual Arts) Introduction Video 

    This year and always, your student(s) physical and mental health are extremely important to us.  Please feel free to email us at any time with any questions or concerns.  We will also be scheduling socially distanced, masked, outside visits with students who would benefit from face to face contact.  More information on that will follow, in the meantime, here’s to a happy and healthy start of the school year!

    Sincerely, 

    Hannah Downs (Dance) hdowns@pps.net

    Eric Schopmeyer (Music) eschopme@pps.net

    Nicole Pennencello (Visual Art) npenoncello@pps.netMs. Pen’s webpage

    A note about visual art materials from Ms. Pen:

    Dear Buckman families,  

    As we start the year remotely, I am excited to find creative ways to teach Visual Art to your students. As we did this past spring, we will continue to make art with things we have around in our homes. However, I hope to also teach your children drawing, painting, and sculpting skills, which will require hard materials. Each quarter I will provide a list of materials that your student will need. Should you need them, packets of these materials will be at Buckman Elementary for pick-up on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-5pm (next to meal pick-up on the north side of the building). If you already have these materials or prefer to purchase them yourselves, that works as well. 

    First Quarter Art Material List:

    • Watercolor paper or mixed media paper
    • Drawing paper or sketchbook (computer paper is fine)
    • Watercolor paint set and paint brush

    Lessons may also require basic materials like pencils, erasers, rulers, scissors, glue, tape, and something to color with (crayons, markers, or color pencils). These materials will also be available for pick-up on Mondays and Wednesdays.

    Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Ms. Pen

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Buckman Dines Out – Wednesday, September 16th, all day! We are kicking off our first Dines Out at Screen Door.  Thank you to Buckman parents Sarah and Dan Grill for making this possible. Pre-Orders encouraged at screendoorrestaurant.com. Check out the website for more options, including dessert!  10% of proceeds benefit Buckman. 

    Apparel sales    We have postponed our Apparel Sales until next Thursday, September 17th from 4:30-6:30 pm in front of Buckman.  Cotton face masks are in and we have plenty of youth and adult sizes for $10.

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

     

    Days (Mon, Wed)

    Times

    Group

    Location

    9/21,  9/23

    3pm-5pm

    *meal services 3-5pm

    Group A (last name A-M)

    Back playground

    Dance Door

    9/28,  9/30

    3pm-5pm

    *meal services 3-5pm

    Group B (last name N-Z)

    Back playground

    Dance Door

    10/5,  10/7

    3pm-5pm

    *meal services 3-5pm

    Group A (last name A-M)

    Back playground

    Dance Door

    10/12,   10/14

    3pm-5pm

    *meal services 3-5pm

    Group B (last name N-Z)

    Back playground

    Dance Door

    10/19,   10/21

    3pm-5pm

    *meal services 3-5pm

    Group A (last name A-M)

    Back playground

    Dance Door

    10/26,  10/28

    3pm-5pm

    *meal services 3-5pm

    Group B (last name N-Z)

    Back playground

    Dance Door

     

     

    PE NEWS

    Hello Buckman Bears! I'm excited to see all of our students for LIVE PE sessions this year! Live PE lessons will take place on Tuesdays. Please check the schedule to see what time to log on. **You must use the meeting nickname: evolaclassmeeting or the link: g.co/meet/evolaclassmeeting  to access the PE sessions.  For more information click HERE or email Coach E at sevola@pps.net 

    Time (Tuesday)

    Grade Level

    11a-11:30a

    5th grade

    11:45a- 12:15p

    4th grade

    1:30p-2:00p

    3rd grade

    1:00p-1:30p

    2nd grade

    2:00p-2:30p

    1st grade

    2:30p-3:00p

    Kinder

     

    PTA NEWS

    Back to School Information and Packets   Check out the Back to School folder on Konstella (located in “Files and Links” under the “More” tab). There, you’ll find information about PTA, Foundation, SUN, our parent groups (e.g., Family Equity Team and Green Team), as well as have access to Buckman’s Family Handbook. For those preferring hard copies, back-to-school packets will be available for pick up weekdays in front of the school or during Scrip sales. **Kindergarten families, we have special packets for you and your kindergartener! These will also be available for pick up or email Amanda at pta@buckmanelementary.org

    Konstella 411   It’s time to update your student’s classroom in Konstella! Log into your account, go to “Your Children”, then “Change Classroom”. This is required to receive classroom-specific communications. You can also adjust your Konstella notification settings. Log into your account, go to “Account Settings”

     


    Friday, September 4, 2020 

    We made it through our first week of our soft start to distance learning. I am happy to report that we have several classes who recorded 100% attendance! This week, we will continue our soft start. If you need any help getting into your class meeting or your seesaw assignments, call the school or send me an email at tseidel@pps.net.

    I am excited to welcome our Kindergartners to class next week. Remember kinders, your class meetings will be at 9:30 for grades k-2, and 8:45 for 3-5, (NicknameClassMeeting). This week, we also have our art and PE classes added to the schedule. Your teacher will be including that information in their weekly communication. 

    September 14, our first day of Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) begins. Are you curious about the scope and sequence of learning that PPS students will be following this year? Families have now been given to an abbreviated version of Atlas, where they can look up unit plans by subject and grade level. Teachers will be sharing the weekly learning and meeting schedules with you early next week. 

    We will have free meal pickups Wednesday from 3-5pm. Come on by to pick up school supplies and free books as well! 

    Finally, we will post to Seesaw our first virtual, (pre-recorded) ROARS assembly. Make sure to check it out to see which grade level is our attendance winner from last week!

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Ongoing and as needed 10am-2pm Chromebook Pickup (Call school office for Appointment)
    • 9/2-9/11 (Soft Start) Comprehensive Distance Learning Orientation  
    • Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals
    • 9/7 Labor day, no school
    • 9/8  First Day of School for Kindergarten
    • 9/14 First Quarter of School begins (comprehensive distance learning)
    • 9/14 8:30am, 6pm Buckman Community Meeting 

    • 10/10 District to decide on format of second quarter  

    • 10/12 8:30am, 6pm Buckman Community Meeting  

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Looking for Buckman apparel? We'll be selling apparel -- including new Buckman Bear face masks for youth and adults for $10, I heart Buckman bandanas, and other goodies -- from 4-6pm in front of Buckman on the following dates: 

    Sept. 10th

    Sept. 24th

    Oct. 8th

    Oct. 22nd

    Nov. 19th 

    Stay tuned for Buckman Dines out info, coming soon.

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    - Return last year's Buckman library books M-F 8a-4p through 9/11 at the front entrance. (How can I tell what is a library book and what is not? Look for the "Buckman School Library" barcode on the front or back cover of the book. Also the spine label on the side of the book. Your own books probably do not have either!)

    - PPS "Let's Get Reading" book bag distribution starts 9/21. LGR Parent FAQs/Post Update

    - Buckman audio and eBooks: Destiny Discover → use the “Learning Links” to search on Sora or TumbleBooks

    - Ms. Rudnick's Epic! class code: czs3110 (now leveled by Fountas & Pinnell!)

    - Social Justice and Anti-racism: A Resource Guide for Educators and Families

     

    PE NEWS

    Hello Buckman Bears! I'm excited to see all of our students for LIVE PE sessions this year! Live PE lessons will take place on Tuesdays. Please check the schedule to see what time to log on. **You must use the meeting nickname: evolaclassmeeting or the link: g.co/meet/evolaclassmeeting  to access the PE sessions.  For more information click HERE or email Coach E at sevola@pps.net 

    Time (Tuesday)

    Grade Level

    11a-11:30a

    5th grade

    11:45a- 12:15p

    4th grade

    1:30p-2:00p

    3rd grade

    1:00p-1:30p

    2nd grade

    2:00p-2:30p

    1st grade

    2:30p-3:00p

    Kinder

     

     

    PTA NEWS

    Konstella 411   A new year and a new class means it is time to update your student’s classroom in Konstella. To do this, log into your account, go to “Your Children”, then “Change Classroom”. This is required to receive classroom-specific communications. You can also adjust your Konstella notification settings. Log into your account, go to “Account Settings” ="font-size:11pt;">). I am always available for any questions, concerns, or specific health needs your student may have, and to support you, your child, and whole family.

     

    BUCKMAN SCHOOL HEALTH 

    If your child has any medication that needs to be taken during the school day you can access the necessary form(s) at the same website link above. Forms are needed even if your student is able to carry and take their own medication. 

    Examples of medications include:

    • Emergency medications: epinephrine auto-injectors for severe allergies, like EpiPens®, albuterol inhalers for asthma, or glucagon for diabetes
    • Daily medications: methylphenidate, insulin, etc.
    • Over-the-counter medications: ibuprofen (Advil®), acetaminophen (Tylenol®), diphenhydramine (Benadryl®), etc.

    Note: All medications must be kept in their original container. Prescription medication must be in the pharmacy labeled container.

    I am honored to be able to care for your child and family this school year.  I look forward to providing excellent nursing expertise and encouraging science, compassion, and resilience as we face these challenging times. 

    Sincerely,  

    Nurse Shannon

     

    SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER

    Hello Buckman families! Ms. Anne here, the new school social worker. I am thrilled to be joining the Buckman community this year despite the strange circumstances. I will be working with students and families one on one who may need extra help with behavior or mental health support. That might be via google meet or socially distanced outside your home, at the park, or at the school’s playground! Check out my virtual office here and feel free to reach out if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you all! 

    Anne Mulligan-Brinson, MSW, LSSW

    amulliganbrinson@pps.net

     

    OTHER NEWS

    Kindergarten Questions    PPS is receiving questions from Kindergarten families at this email address: kindergarten@pps.net. They will be keeping an updated FAQ in response to these questions on the Early Learner Department website.

     

    NUTRITION SERVICES   

    Starting September 2nd, the Nutrition Services department plans to have 36 schools operating with grab and go meal services, and an additional 2 sites, Ockley Green and Lane Middle Schools starting September 14.  Each site will serve 3-5pm outside for walk up or drive thru on Mondays and Wednesdays. We hope that minimizing the meal pick up days will be less of a burden for families as opposed to asking them to come every day. On Monday, we will provide two breakfasts and two lunches for each PPS student. On Wednesday, we will provide three breakfasts and 3 lunches to each student.  Each of the 38 sites are eligible for free meals to all students who are enrolled or visit the school. Due to USDA regulations, we are unable to continue meal services for non-PPS enrolled children such as non-school aged siblings.

    For families who are not enrolled in one of the 38 schools, or unable to get to the school to pick up food, we will offer meal deliveries to family homes. Deliveries are made possible by the transportation department. We will stand up 5 other schools for production of these meals. Meal delivery schedules are still being determined and will depend on the demand for the service. School meals will be free to those enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school, or for students who are eligible for free or reduced priced meals. If a family is not eligible for free meals, each breakfast will cost $1.50 and each lunch will cost $2.90. There is no delivery fee. Payments can be made online - SchoolCafe.com or checks can be mailed to PPS Nutrition Services at 501 N Dixon Street, Portland, Oregon 97227.

    To sign up for home meal delivery, please click on the link here: https://ppsk12.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cViQzD1l1yJMAiV 

    Families must reapply for meal benefits (free and reduced eligibility) every year. Meal applications are not needed if students attend a CEP school. New this year!  Eligibility for free meals has been expanded through the state of Oregon - please check to see if you may be eligible

    Eligibility for free/reduced price school meals may also help families with other fee reductions or waivers such as -

    -Science lab fees

    -College application fees

    -Summer school fees

    -Comcast or other cable/internet services

    -Field trips

    -Supplemental food and nutrition benefits (when available)

     
     
    SUN
    1. New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Please complete this survey or reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230. 
     
    2. Looking for ways to get involved in the anti-racist movement with Buckman? Keep an eye out for announcements to come about Race Forward events and a second round of the Me and White Supremacy book study. Are you wondering how to support your student's anti-racism learning, or even your own? Find a list of great resources here
     
    3. Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Would you like to help influence what equitable practice looks like at Buckman? Join the Family Equity Team! Reach out to Katie to get connected. 
     
    4. Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase scrip from Katie Barth.
     
     
     
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    Buckman SUN Extended Day Coordinator 
     
    SUN: Tabitha Teo  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Katie Olson, she/they pronouns   
    Buckman SUN Community School Site Manager  
    503-858-0230
    *hablo español

     

    Friday, August 21, 2020

    Dear Buckman Bears, 

    Thanks for all who could attend the Buckman School Community Conversation last night. Here is the presentation that was shared for those of you who weren’t able to make it. Those who were there last night saw my first epic fail with technology (and yes, please tell all of your children about it because failure offers opportunity for growth!). We plan on holding monthly virtual meetings to keep communication open and to offer families an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback, and I have figured out how to use Padlet properly now. We may schedule additional meetings as needed. 

    Staffing changes for 2020-2021: In 4th grade, we were reduced to 2 teachers. Mr. Rudolph, who taught 4th grade last year will now serve as a School Climate Specialist, supporting all families and teachers with distance learning. All other grade level teachers remain the same, with the exception of 5th grade, where we have hired Sonya Jensen and Alicia Nicholl to join Linda Nichenko. Our Therapeutic Intervention Coach will be Mr. Raheem Alexzander. Due to layoffs and seniority, Mr. Darby’s spot in the district was not protected. We thank Mr. Darby for all that he has done for Buckman and hope to see him back on the staff soon! We also welcome Anne Mulligan-Brinson as our half time Social Worker. 

    Chromebooks/Hot Spots: If your child needs a Chromebook or hotspot, please email Karen Cathcart, our school secretary, at kcathcar@pps.net. If you are preparing your own at home learning space, Buckman recommends having pencils, a writing notebook, a pair of scissors, a ruler, markers/crayons/color pencils, post it notes, index cards, and construction paper at hand. Headphones will be nice for class meetings. Your teachers will also be providing material lists that are specific to their classrooms. The school also has supplies and materials ready to distribute to families. Please email kcathcar@pps.net if you would like some school supplies as well! 

    I know there is a lot of information coming at you - sometimes all at once and sometimes not enough. Please don’t hesitate to email me directly with any of your questions or needs (tseidel@pps.net). Thank you all so much for your patience, kindness, empathy and care towards one another. Although we cannot be there in person, each and every one of your children are in our hearts.  

    Warmly,

    Teresa Seidel

    Principal, Buckman

     

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 8/24-8/28, 10am-2pm Chromebook Pickup (Call school office for Appointment)

    • 8/27, 6-7pm Kindergarten Virtual Meeting  

    • 9/2-9/11 (Soft Start) Comprehensive Distance Learning Orientation  

    • 9/2  First Day of school for 1st-5th grade

    • 9/2 - 11/14 Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals

    • 9/8  First Day of School for Kindergarten

    • 9/14 First Quarter of School begins (Comprehensive Distance Learning)

    • 9/14 8:30am, 6pm Buckman Community Meeting 

    • 10/10 District to decide on format of second quarter  

    • 10/12 8:30am, 6pm Buckman Community Meeting

       

    School Counselor News:

    As we countdown to September 2nd, I am so looking forward to seeing all of your children on a screen, a porch, or meal pick-up at school! This summer I've been practicing hugging myself, as hugging Buckman students is one of the best parts of my job that is currently on Covid hold.  

    Next week with staff, we will be framing our year to be emotionally connected, while physically distant. We will work to balance our on-screen education with an understanding of digital wellness and how to continually regulate our challenging emotions. We will be in our homes, but connected to our world, working to shape Buckman into an anti-racist school, building on the increased national awareness of the enduring and pervasive systemic racism of our society.If you'd like to take a peek at one of the documents guiding our work this year, these are the Social Justice Standards from Teaching Tolerance.  Welcome to the Year of the Hedgehog- may we infuse delight and meet the creative challenge of deepening our sense of community and belonging from a distance.

     

    Notes from the district: 

    “Remind” App: Portland Public Schools is continuing the partnership with Remind to support connection needs. The Remind email is not phishing and it's free to use the web version or mobile app. Resources for families are available on the Remind App for Students and Parents page.

    Virtual Orientations for Parents & Families: Virtual orientations for parents and families will be offered by the central office prior to the start of school. Orientations will include information about accessing learning platforms such as Canvas, Seesaw, and Google Meet and will be offered in multiple languages. More information to come.

    Soft Start Opening Portland Public Schools will have a “Soft Start” Opening of School from September 2-11 for students in grades 1-5. Kindergarten Students will start on Tuesday, September 8th. The soft start is intended to provide educators, families and students with an opportunity to develop relationships, learn more about the distance learning platforms/tools, and build a virtual classroom culture

    Attendance will be recorded daily

    Social-emotional learning activity will be included each day

    Students practice lessons in Seesaw (all K-5 students will be using Seesaw this year, no more google classroom for elementary students).

     

    2020-21 MEAL BENEFITS AND ACCOUNT INFORMATION

    To Families Using SchoolCafé to Submit a Free and Reduced-price Meal Application:

    • Families can now submit a new meal application for the 2020-21 school year. 

    • Families who do not meet the 2020-21 Federal Income Guideline may qualify using the 2020-21 Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines. Please go to the PPS Nutrition Services website https://www.pps.net/Page/2464 for more information.

    2020-21 Free & Reduced-Price Meal Benefits - Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines

    The State of Oregon has increased the income guidelines for free meal eligibility in the 2020-21 school year from 185% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to 300% of FPL. This means more families may qualify for free meals using the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines instead of the Federal Reduced Income Guidelines. For additional meal benefits information including how to submit a meal application, please refer families to the PPS Nutrition Services website at www.pps.net/nutrition.

    To Families Who Use SchoolCafé to Pay for School Meals:

    • Due to the high volume of refund requests last school year, the autopay setting was disabled. Sign into your SchoolCafe account to either:

      • Delete your autopay settings to discontinue payments, or

      • Update your autopay expiration date to continue payments

    • If you set up alert notifications and requested a refund, the alert was deleted. If you would like to continue receiving balance alerts, please set up a new one.

    • If there was a credit balance on the student meal account at the end of the school year, it automatically rolled over to the 2020-21 school year for the student(s) to use. If you would like to request a refund or to donate to a student in need, please submit your request via SchoolCafe or email nssupport@pps.net

    • If the account had an outstanding/owing balance at the end of the school year, it automatically rolled over to the 2020-21 school year. Families have the following payment options:

    • Send a check to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St, Portland, OR 97227.

    • Submit an online payment via SchoolCafé. NOTE: There is a 5% fee and a minimum payment of $15 per transaction.

    NOTE: If the total amount cannot be paid in full, payments can be made in installments. Families will continue to receive notifications until the balance is paid off.

    For general account related questions, please call PPS Nutrition Services at 503.916.3247 or email nssupport@pps.net

    If your student no longer attends Portland Public Schools or you no longer want to use SchoolCafé, you can deactivate your SchoolCafé account anytime by logging in and selecting ‘Deactivate My Account’ under My Profile. To request PPS Nutrition Services disable the account, please send an email to nssupport@pps.net.

     

    Friday, August 14, 2020

    Dear Buckman Families,

    I would like to officially welcome you to the 2020-21 Buckman Arts Focus school year. Many of you have already heard about the District’s decision that all students will be participating in online learning at least throughout the entire first quarter.  I’m sure this decision brings up many emotions for our families, students and staff as we look ahead to beginning the year together, yet physically apart.  You can find Superintendent Guerrero’s message to the community and other updates about this fall here:  www.pps.net/fall2020.  

    The school year officially begins September 2nd for 1st-5th graders and September 8th for kindergarteners. We will be in touch before then to make sure everyone has what they need for distance learning. Be on the lookout for regular weekly email updates from me. All of these communications will also be posted to our school website at https://www.pps.net/buckman. Please know that my (virtual) door is always open and that I am always available through school email.

    As partners in your student’s education, it is important for us to gather together as a school community and discuss what online learning will look like this fall. I want to use this time to listen and support your concerns.  I also want to have the opportunity to share with you the most up to date information we have from the District. Please save the date for Thursday, August 20, 6pm. Link to the virtual meeting here (https://meet.google.com/jsd-zbjk-eco or call 321-586-2458 PIN: 939 117 234#)

    We have finalized teacher assignments and yours will be coming in the mail. 

    Many factors, including parent input, have been considered in the creation of class lists. The Buckman staff takes this responsibility very seriously and has spent many hours collaborating to ensure that each classroom supports the social and academic needs of students and reflects a diversity of gender, race, academic skill, and learning styles. We hope that in sending these placements prior to the beginning of the year, families have time to plan for the unprecedented beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. It is understandable that families want to create connections and share resources.  Given the level of effort and time staff have put into creating these lists, and the inequity behind prioritizing families with the resources and connections to form learning pods and potentially excluding others, I am sure you will understand why changes will not be made.   

    Knowing that the 2020-21 school year will be online until at least November, we understand there are concerns about computers and internet access. We want you to know that PPS is committed to helping families of students that need to borrow a computer and/or internet access. Please let me know by the end of the week if you need to borrow a computer, a mobile hotspot, or need a Comcast Internet Essentials subscription paid for by The Fund for PPS.

    A few key dates to mark on your calendars:

    August 24-28 Window for new families to pick up devices at school. Please call the school (503-916-6230) to arrange for a time to pick up a device and/or hotspot for your child(ren). The devices will be checked out. 

    September 2nd - 11th Comprehensive Distance Learning Orientation

    • Focused on student supports

    • Teacher-Student connection and building relationships

    • Technology platform orientation

    September 14th - First Quarter of School begins (comprehensive distance learning)

    By October 10th District to decide what second quarter of school will look like (in school building, hybrid or online)

    November 5th - End of the grading period

    Having all of our students participating in online learning will create new challenges and have a  significant impact on our learning community.  I believe in the Buckman Community and know when we come together for our students, whether it be physically or virtually, we can help to support their academic and social emotional growth.  Together, We can do hard things.  I am honored to be doing them alongside all of you.   

    With gratitude,

    Teresa Seidel

    Buckman Principal

     

     

    PTA NEWS

    Buckman families, we want to thank you for welcoming us as your new PTA board this year, as well as for providing immeasurable support to us, the teachers, and staff. It takes a village to do this work and there are so many of you who have put in a lot of volunteer hours and tangible donations. We are grateful to be a part of this community. 

    We wish you all a wonderful summer. Stay healthy, stay strong, stay committed; persist! 

    Bottledrop Bags   Need a bag? Contact Amanda for a bag drop off or send a Konstella message to Buckman PTA. 

    Amazon Smile   You can now support Buckman PTA through the Amazon shopping app on your iOS and Android phones! It’s simple – just open the app, go to the main menu and tap “Settings”, then tap “AmazonSmile” and follow the instructions to complete the process. A percentage of your purchase goes directly to Buckman. 

    Fred Meyer Rewards   While you’re shopping at Fred Meyer this summer, don’t forget to list Buckman as your charitable recipient. Sign up online and search for Buckman Elementary PTA #94565.

    SUN Donations   This summer, please send donation checks directly to Katie Olson at Impact Northwest, PO Box 33530, Portland, Oregon 97292—or donate online on Impact NW’s website. Be sure include “For Buckman Elementary” on the check memo line (or in the information box) so donations go to Buckman families in need.

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Thanks again for the incredible show of support from the members of the Buckman community at our first-ever online auction! We are delighted to share that not only did we exceed our goal of $40,000, but we ultimately reached an astounding $50,000! THANK YOU for supporting arts and literacy education at Buckman! In these turbulent times, we are so grateful to feel the strength and determination of our community to ensure solid staffing for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Thank you to the Buckman community for your support in this challenging 2019-2020 school year. Wishing you all a wonderful summer!

     

    SUN NEWS

    Summer SUN!   Wondering how to keep your children engaged over the summer when schools are closed? Buckman SUN is going virtual! This is still new for all of us, but we're excited to play games, learn some sweet dance moves, draw, and connect together online. 

    We invite students to join us for SUNrise camps with themes that change every week from 10-11am Monday-Thursday, and for afternoon "Snack & Stretch & Sketch" sessions, from 1:30-2:30pm Monday-Thursdays. We will also continue the "Try Try Try" and the relaxation drawing groups that have already been going. Everything will begin (or pick back up) June 15th and are open to "almost" 1st-5th graders. More details to come soon, but mark your calendars now! We look forward to seeing you (online) soon. Email Katie with any questions.  

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you over the summer with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her (503-858-0230) if you would like support finding resources or need assistance.  


    LIBRARY NEWS

    The Multnomah County Library Summer Reading Program is up and running! All PPS students are registered. Please see this slideshow for more information! (Also posted in SeeSaw and Google Classroom this past Monday, June 1st.)

     

    DISTRICT NEWS – SUMMER UPDATES

    Click here for Multnomah County Health Center summer information.

     

    SUMMER CHILD CARE PROGRAMS

    Due to COVID-19 state guidance for licensed childcare programs and health concerns, PPS will not be hosting summer childcare programs in our buildings. The exception is the Emergency Child Care program at Capitol Hill operated by Champions. Families can access the latest information about available child care slots by contacting 211info or visiting the PPS COVID resources page, and selecting the child care tab. 

     

    SUMMER MEALS FOR PPS STUDENTS

    Nutrition Services will be extending current meal services into the summer, June 11th through August 21st at all locations except Rigler and Harrison Park due to extensive construction projects.  Faubion will start Monday, June 15.  

    Breakfast and lunch will continue to be free for all PPS students and all children in the community ages 1-18 years, Monday through Thursday from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Meals for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are provided on Thursdays. Children do not need to be present to pick up the meals.  

    Pantry services in partnership with Oregon Food Bank and SUN will also continue into the summer, along with the food boxes with Pacific Coast Fruit Company. 

    PPS also is partnering again with Portland Parks & Recreation to provide meals at 13 additional parks throughout the city starting June 22. See PPS and Parks meal sites and times

     

    IMAGINE, EXPLORE & CREATE: SUMMER FUN FOR K-5 STUDENTS

    3 weeks of fun for current K-5th grade students!

    • Students will EXPLORE, IMAGINE and CREATE an awesome project of your choice each week 

    • Create with items from in and around their home

    • Submit a photo or video of their weekly project to be showcased on our PPS summer gallery website 

    Photo or video project entries qualify students for a RAFFLE with great prizes...books, restaurant, take-out gift cards, OMSI family passes and more! 

    For more information & to register visit, bit.ly/PPS_Summer_2020

     

    OTHER NEWS

    Register for Kindergarten Online!
    If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, please register for kindergarten! To register, go to pps.net/kinderenroll. The process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option, but paper options will be available soon. You don’t need to register if your child attends a PPS Head Start or Pre-Kindergarten program. Children with IEPs need to register using a paper form. 

    Click here to access this information translated into the 5 supported languages. 

    Paper registration packets will be available in multiple languages at meal sites starting Wednesday, May 27th.


    Coming soon: The Early Learner Programs team is developing a family-centered kindergarten transition plan. We know families are worried about the start to school, especially kinders. We’re planning on a slower, more family-friendly approach this year. Early registration will ensure that families stay in the loop on updated plans for the start of school.

     

    Food Assistance

    As our community deals with fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to make Portland Public Schools families aware of a state benefit to help pay for food. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, or P-EBT, is available to help families offset the cost of meals that would have been consumed at school. It is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services.

    The P-EBT benefit is available to families with a student who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals and any student enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. For those families:

    • Households who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Association Program (SNAP), which offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families, will have benefits automatically deposited to their existing EBT accounts. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.  

    • Households who currently qualify for free or reduced-price meals or attend a CEP school will receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail along with instructions on how to activate or refuse benefits. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.

     

    For families not currently eligible and seeking benefits:

    • Households financially impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for SNAP. See the program’s website to learn more.

    • Families who have experienced income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online at pps.net/nutrition.

    For assistance with submitting a meal application, please contact the PPS Meal Benefits Office: mealbenefits@pps.net or 503-916-3402. 

    For Pandemic-EBT questions, please contact the Oregon Department of Human Services.

    K-8 Growth and Development Instruction for Spring 2020 

    From Jenny Withycombe, Program Administrator, Health and Physical Education 

    PPS decided not to teach growth and development (comprehensive sexuality education) and/or violence prevention (Erin’s Law) in grades K-8 via Home-Based Distance Learning during the spring of 2020 because of a variety of reasons and challenges.  

    PPS teachers, administrators, counselors, and social workers continue to support students’ safety and are prepared to identify, prevent and intervene if a child or family needs support. In remote learning environments, it may be more difficult to assess safety and detect signs of child abuse. Educators and school personnel are still mandated reporters and the PPS Office of Student Success and Health provides guidance on what to do if a district employee suspects child abuse and/or neglect.

    Like ODE, PPS recognizes the fundamental role that parents, caregivers, and families play in preventing violence and abuse. Distance learning provides a window for dialogue between students and families around: naming important values, identifying emotions, sharing about health and safety, and exploring sexuality-related topics.  ODE has published a guide on Family Engagement during Distance Learning for All that will help to maximize the strengths of the students, families, and learning environments, while also acknowledging the real challenges given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in Oregon.  Families who would like to provide Comprehensive Sexuality Education and/or Violence Prevention lessons at home can access the curricula used in PPS - Rights, Respect, Responsibility (3Rs), developed by Advocates for Youth as well as Fight! Child Abuse developed by the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation.  Please also feel free to check out these resources for parents and caregivers posted by ODE:

     

    Portland Public Schools is looking ahead, and will be working with the Oregon Department of Education on how to best support students during the 2020-2021 school year. 

     

    Thursday, June 4, 2020

    Dear Buckman Bears,

    Buckle down everyone, this newsletter is a long one!

    This week, many of our final class meetings were touched with emotions and questions as teachers and students discussed the tragic events that have again uncovered the racist underbelly of the United States. I want to thank all of the students and families who came to our virtual Buckman Race Forward event. We had over 80 students and family attend! If you missed, it’s not too late! Here is a copy of the slides we used to start the conversation. From the PPS library department, here is a list of Resources and Books on Racism. Multnomah County Library is offering UNIVERSAL ACCESS to the book, Me and white supremacy in both ebook and audiobook formats. Direct links to both below. 

    Ebook version

    Audiobook version

    Link to instant library card app to Multco's digital collection

     

    Thank you so much to Caryn Jones, Elizabeth Lavenue, Jenna Ostrand, Karen Gerber, our 5th grade families who made our sweet promotion ceremony happen. 5th graders, we are so proud of you and will miss you dearly. Best of luck in middle school. And to Mr. Clarkson, congratulations on 35 years of teaching, with 22 of those serving the students and families of Buckman.

    While this marks the final week of school, there are still many unanswered questions about next school year, one of them being our staffing. The district is working with individual schools on staffing based on the state budget for the biennium and is facing a (roughly) $36 million dollar shortfall. The bottom line is that every school will feel cuts for the fall, and for years to come. We also do not know what school will look like in the fall. There are three different scenarios we are working under for the fall: 1) All virtual learning, 2)Back in school, or 3)A hybrid of scenarios 1 and 2. I will keep families updated as I learn more as well. Families will receive class placement notifications in August before school begins.

     

    IMPORTANT: Information on picking up student belongings from school.

    Due to county health guidelines, we are not able to have students return to clean out their own lockers so staff will be opening student lockers, bagging and labeling items and they will be available for pick up next week. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to return items stored in lockers in the safest most efficient way we can, and rest assured that gloves and face coverings were used when these items were packed.  

    While we miss our students tremendously, this pick up of belongings needs to be as “contactless” as possible so will take place outside the building and will follow social distancing guidelines. 

    Hours and location of pickup:

    • Back of the school on the BLACKTOP
    • Pickup hours will be 9am-3pm
    • K-1 pick up on June 10
    • 2-4 pick up on June 11
    • We will have space to return all library books
    • Our plan follows county health guidelines, and we will maintain physical distancing orders, keeping our students, staff, and families safe. Please be sure to practice physical distancing procedures when picking up.

    Because all of our students shared lockers, please check your bags to make sure items weren’t inadvertently placed in there. We will also put the lost and found outside as well. At the end of the day June 11, all unclaimed items will be set aside for donation or the trash. Please contact the school if you need to arrange another day/time to pick up your items.

    Thank you,

    Teresa

     

    Please join Ms. Seidel and other Buckman families for a Kid’s March to show support for the memory of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter.  Families are encouraged to make signs and meet in front of Buckman at 3pm on Sunday, June 7th.  Please wear masks, we will be practicing social distancing and marching around the school area for about 1 hour.  Please see the Buckman Elementary Community Facebook page for other questions regarding this event.

     

    A WEEK OF ACTION IN DEFENSE OF BLACK LIVES

    The Movement For Black Lives, and organizers mobilizing across the country, organized a week of action June 1st to 7th in defense of Black lives. This is an opportunity to uplift and fight alongside those turning up in the streets and online. Each day of the week of action represents one of our [The Movement for Black Lives] demands.

    Thursday: Community Control

    Friday: End the War on Black People

    Saturday: Make Meaning from Crisis

    PICA condemns the violent, racist, and militaristic methodologies of police departments across the United States and specifically in Portland, Oregon, as well as the move to increase funding for inherently violent policing in our city when it is rather a time to defund. We will actively work to dissolve our own connections to these systems. We challenge our city, state, and national government, our partner organizations, our audiences, our donors and funders, and our own organization to do better. We urge you to donate, read, post, petition, protest, and take a form of action. We are asking our white and non-Black audiences, artists, donors, partner organizations, and ourselves to find ways to show up and actively engage in solidarity and support of the Black community. 

    The information below is time-sensitive and based on the demands put forward by The Movement For Black Lives. If you have additional resources and links please let us know. This will be an ongoing and evolving process. 

    DONATE

    • PDX Protest Bail Fund is a fundraiser to cover bail and other legal expenses for protesters arrested in Portland, Oregon in connection to protests against George Floyd's murder by Minneapolis police, along with general police brutality.
    • Don't Shoot PDX, a community non-profit working to increase civic participation and social change in Portland, Oregon.
    • Communities United Against Police BrutalityTM is a Twin-Cities based organization that was created to deal with police brutality on an ongoing basis.
    • Reclaim the Block organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety.

     

    PETITIONS

    • Care Not Cops Campaign PDX, a grassroots campaign in PDX to challenge policing and shift our reliance and resources to self-determined community care, has put together a list including petitions to defund Minneapolis Police Department, auto-fill email forms for Multnomah County Commissioner, Demands for Multnomah County Budget Process, and more.
    • Color of Change Petition: Demand the officers who killed George Floyd are charged with murder.
       

    TEXT OR CALL

    • Call your Senators and Representatives. Visit Indivisible Oregon's website for phone numbers and sample scripts for direct outreach to: Wyden, Merkley, Blumenauer, Bonamici, DeFazio, and Schrader.
    • Get in contact with the District Attorney and Minneapolis Mayor. Leave a message for them DEMANDING that 4 officers including Derek Chauvin (Badge #1087) and Tou Thao (Badge #7162) be arrested for the Murder of George Floyd.
    • Call or E-mail the Louisville Mayor’s office and demand that the officers involved in Breonna Taylor's murder be charged.

    READING

    In this moment, we need as many people in action as possible. This is not just about George Floyd; it’s about Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and the centuries of violence against Black people and communities of color by the police. It is about what happened in Central Park and a throughline to Trump and white supremacy. This is an opportunity for us to change the conversation. We are asking for something simple that everyone can do, show up at your police headquarters or city hall with a sign that says #endwhitesilence. One person can do this or hundreds can.

     

    PTA NEWS

    A few words…

    In this time of reckoning with racial inequality and injustice, we reflect on what our community can do and needs to do to support our families of color. We know there is much work to be done in this regard, and we recognize our responsibility in being part of the solution as advocates and allies. We want families of color to feel welcome, safe, seen, heard, and appreciated. We stand together with you.  

    Finally, congratulations to all our graduating 5th graders! We wish you the best as you transition to middle school and hope that you continue to persist in maintaining the values of a Buckman Bear; but, most of all, Be Brave, Be Proud, and always BE YOU! We say thank you to all our outgoing families for making our community so exceptional. You are forever Buckman Bears and you will be missed.

    SUN Donations  This summer, please send donation checks directly to Katie Olson at Impact Northwest, PO Box 33530, Portland, Oregon 97292—or donate online on Impact NW’s website. Be sure include “For Buckman Elementary” on the check memo line (or in the information box) so donations go to Buckman families in need.

    Yearbook   The 2019-2020 yearbook is now available! Please go to https://buckman.picaboo.com for details. Hardcovers are $28 and softcovers are $18. eYearbooks are free! You can also personalize four pages of the book for an additional fee. An enormous THANKS to all the parents and teachers for supplying the content.

     

    AUCTION NEWS

    Thanks again for the incredible show of support from the members of the Buckman community at our first-ever online auction! We are delighted to share that not only did we exceed our goal of $40,000, but we ultimately reached an astounding $50,000! THANK YOU for supporting arts and literacy education at Buckman! In these turbulent times, we are so grateful to feel the strength and determination of our community to ensure solid staffing for the 2020-2021 school year.

     

    SUN NEWS

    Kid/Youth Focused March for Black Lives - TONIGHT at Creston 6pm

    This march is a family friendly, kid focused march, allowing our children the opportunity to support our Black community, voice our opposition to the violence and racism Black people experience, and raise visibility to this issue both in our own families as well as the world at large. 

    DETAILS: 

    Meet at the US Postal Service on 5010 SE Foster at 6:15pm and we will march one mile to Dutch Brothers on Foster and SE 67th. We will be joining an already established neighborhood family protest that has been meeting there the past few nights at 7pm. Wear masks. Bring signs. Stay six feet apart from other families. 

    We will offer sign making materials from 6-6:15pm in the parking lot of the USPS, courtesy of SUN. If anyone has a megaphone or portable microphone/speaker, please let me know. Any questions, suggestions, comments - we’re open to them!

     

    Summer SUN!   Wondering how to keep your children engaged over the summer when schools are closed? Buckman SUN is going virtual! This is still new for all of us, but we're excited to play games, learn some sweet dance moves, draw, and connect together online. 

    We invite students to join us for SUNrise camps with themes that change every week from 10-11am Monday-Thursday, and for afternoon "Snack & Stretch & Sketch" sessions, from 1:30-2:30pm Monday-Thursdays. We will also continue the "Try Try Try" and the relaxation drawing groups that have already been going. Everything will begin (or pick back up) June 15th and are open to "almost" 1st-5th graders. More details to come soon, but mark your calendars now! We look forward to seeing you (online) soon. Email Katie with any questions. 

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you over the summer with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her (503-858-0230) if you would like support finding resources or need assistance.  


    LIBRARY NEWS

    The Multnomah County Library Summer Reading Program is up and running! All PPS students are registered. Please see this slideshow for more information! (Also posted in SeeSaw and Google Classroom this past Monday, June 1st.)

     

    DISTRICT NEWS – SUMMER UPDATES

    Click here for Multnomah County Health Center summer information.

     

    SUMMER CHILD CARE PROGRAMS

    Due to COVID-19 state guidance for licensed childcare programs and health concerns, PPS will not be hosting summer childcare programs in our buildings. The exception is the Emergency Child Care program at Capitol Hill operated by Champions. Families can access the latest information about available child care slots by contacting 211info or visiting the PPS COVID resources page, and selecting the child care tab. 

     

    SUMMER MEALS FOR PPS STUDENTS

    The Nutrition Services department will be extending current meal services into the summer, June 11th through August 21st at all locations except Rigler and Harrison Park due to extensive construction projects.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided to any PPS student and any children in the community ages 1-18, Monday through Thursday. Meals for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are provided on Thursdays. Children do not need to be present to pick up the meals.  

     

    Meals will be available for pickup outside the school from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the locations below. 

    • Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary - 620 N Fremont Ave
    • César Chávez Elementary - 5103 N Willis Blvd
    • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary - 4906 NE 6th Ave
    • Franklin High School - 5405 SE Woodward St
    • George Middle School - 10000 N Burr Ave
    • Grout Elementary - 3119 SE Holgate Blvd
    • Lent School - 5105 SE 97th Ave
    • Madison at Marshall - 3905 SE 91st Ave
    • Markham Elementary - 10531 SW Capitol Hwy
    • Rosa Parks Elementary - 8960 N Woolsey Ave
    • Scott Elementary - 6700 NE Prescott St
    • Sitton Elementary - 9930 N Smith St
    • Woodmere Elementary - 7900 SE Duke St

     

    As in years past, the Nutrition Services department will partner with Portland Parks and Recreation to provide meals at 13 additional parks throughout the city starting June 22.   More information will be provided later about services times.  

     

    The park locations are listed below:

    Park Name

    ADDRESS

    Kenton Park

    N Delaware Avenue and N Kilpatrick Street

    Peninsula Park

    700 N Rosa Parks Way

    St Johns Park

    8427 N Central Street

    Columbia Park

    N Woolsey Avenue and N Winchell Street

    Alberta Park

    NE 19th Avenue and NE Jarrett Street

    Cully Park

    5810 NE 72nd Avenue

    Irving Park

    875 NE Fremont Street

    Khunamokwst Park

    5200 NE Alberta Street

    Montavilla Park

    NE 82nd Avenue and Glisan Street

    Essex Park

    SE 76th Avenue and Center Street

    Harrison Park

    SE 84th Avenue and Harrison Street

    Lents Park

    SE 92nd Avenue and SE Steele Street

    Mt Scott Park

    SE 72nd Avenue and SE Ramona Street

     

    IMAGINE, EXPLORE & CREATE: SUMMER FUN FOR K-5 STUDENTS

    3 weeks of fun for current K-5th grade students!

    • Students will EXPLORE, IMAGINE and CREATE an awesome project of your choice each week 
    • Create with items from in and around their home
    • Submit a photo or video of their weekly project to be showcased on our PPS summer gallery website 

    Photo or video project entries qualify students for a RAFFLE with great prizes...

     *Books  *Restaurant Take-Out Gift Cards   *OMSI Family Passes & more! 

    For more information & to register visit, bit.ly/PPS_Summer_2020

     

    OTHER NEWS

    Register for Kindergarten Online!
    If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, please register for kindergarten! To register, go to pps.net/kinderenroll. The process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option, but paper options will be available soon. Children with IEPs need to register using a paper form. 

    Click here to access this information translated into the 5 supported languages.

    Paper registration packets will be available in multiple languages at meal sites starting Wednesday, May 27th.
    Coming soon: The Early Learner Programs team is developing a family-centered kindergarten transition plan. We know families are worried about the start to school, especially kinders. We’re planning on a slower, more family-friendly approach this year. Early registration will ensure that families stay in the loop on updated plans for the start of school.

     

    Food Assistance

    As our community deals with fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to make Portland Public Schools families aware of a state benefit to help pay for food. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, or P-EBT, is available to help families offset the cost of meals that would have been consumed at school. It is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services.

    The P-EBT benefit is available to families with a student who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals and any student enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. For those families:

    • Households who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Association Program (SNAP), which offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families, will have benefits automatically deposited to their existing EBT accounts. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.  
    • Households who currently qualify for free or reduced-price meals or attend a CEP school will receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail along with instructions on how to activate or refuse benefits. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.

    For families not currently eligible and seeking benefits:

    • Households financially impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for SNAP. See the program’s website to learn more.
    • Families who have experienced income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online at pps.net/nutrition.

    For assistance with submitting a meal application, please contact the PPS Meal Benefits Office: mealbenefits@pps.net or 503-916-3402. 

    For Pandemic-EBT questions, please contact the Oregon Department of Human Services.

     

    K-8 Growth and Development Instruction for Spring 2020

    From Jenny Withycombe, Program Administrator, Health and Physical Education 

    PPS decided not to teach growth and development (comprehensive sexuality education) and/or violence prevention (Erin’s Law) in grades K-8 via Home-Based Distance Learning during the spring of 2020 because of a variety of reasons and challenges.   

    PPS teachers, administrators, counselors, and social workers continue to support students’ safety and are prepared to identify, prevent and intervene if a child or family needs support. In remote learning environments, it may be more difficult to assess safety and detect signs of child abuse. Educators and school personnel are still mandated reporters and the PPS Office of Student Success and Health provides guidance on what to do if a district employee suspects child abuse and/or neglect.

    Like ODE, PPS recognizes the fundamental role that parents, caregivers, and families play in preventing violence and abuse. Distance learning provides a window for dialogue between students and families around: naming important values, identifying emotions, sharing about health and safety, and exploring sexuality-related topics.  ODE has published a guide on Family Engagement during Distance Learning for All that will help to maximize the strengths of the students, families, and learning environments, while also acknowledging the real challenges given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in Oregon.  Families who would like to provide Comprehensive Sexuality Education and/or Violence Prevention lessons at home can access the curricula used in PPS - Rights, Respect, Responsibility (3Rs), developed by Advocates for Youth as well as Fight! Child Abuse developed by the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation.  Please also feel free to check out these resources for parents and caregivers posted by ODE: 

    Portland Public Schools is looking ahead, and will be working with the Oregon Department of Education on how to best support students during the 2020-2021 school year. 

     

     

    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    Can you believe that next week, we turn our calendars to the month of June? My youngest child will celebrate his birthday in June. Despite all of the struggles that we have had during the shutdown, picture the brightness of a childing jumping up and down at the thought of cake. If you want to celebrate with us, join me the last week of school (June 8-10) at google meet code “BuckmanArtParty” and we will make cake together. We will also sing, dance, read, and kick this coronavirus school year to the curb!

    As I mentioned last week, families will receive end of year report cards. 

    This report is for the following dates:

    • March 16 - April 10  Supplemental learning due to COVID-19 (not including spring break) 
    • April 13 - June 11, Distance learning due to COVID-19

    This report gives one mark reflecting student participation in distance learning: 

    • Evidence of Participation 

              OR

    • No Evidence of Participation.

    In the 4th quarter of 2019-20 school year, Portland Public Schools converted to distance learning to reduce the spread of COVID-19 virus during the global pandemic. The teachers and administrators of PPS recognize that not all families had the same access to distance learning opportunities. Applying an equity lens, this 4th quarter report card was developed by acknowledging that students were working in circumstances beyond their control.

    Distance learning prioritized care, connection, and continuity of learning for all students. Teachers focused on maintaining connections with students, delivering innovative instruction, and ensuring that all learners had the opportunity to succeed and were not penalized by the extended school closure. Distance learning marks will not adversely affect student placement in the 2020-21 school year

    Take care everyone.

     Warmly,

    Teresa

     

    Important Dates and Reminders

    June 3 - 10am, coffee chat, use code “principalcoffeechat”

    June 4 - drive through promotion. 2pm - Nichenko, 2:30 - Clarkson 

    June 4 - last day for whole group meetings and assigning work

    June 8-10 - last week of school arts and electives activities, 10am-2pm “Buckman art party”

    June 11 - planning day for teachers

     

    AUCTION NEWS

    Thanks again for the phenomenal outpouring of support from the Buckman community in our first-ever online auction and paddle raise! We are thrilled to announce that we raised $48,400(including sponsorships), which will allow us to maintain current staffing levels for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Donations can still be made on our school auction website until June 30th.

     

    PTA NEWS

    Virtual Coffee Chat    Join us Wednesday, June 4th at 10 AM for our final coffee chat of the year with Principal Seidel. Log on to Google Meet using your student’s account and type in the code principalcoffeechat.

    Yearbook   The 2019-2020 yearbook is now available! Please go to https://buckman.picaboo.com for details. Hardcovers are $28 and softcovers are $18. eYearbooks are free! You can also personalize four pages of the book for an additional fee. An enormous THANKS to all the parents and teachers for supplying the content.

    SCRIP    Buy your SCRIP for the summer and help Buckman and the PTA.  We have the following items still available:

    Fred Meyer $25 and $50    //    New Seasons $50 and $100

    Safeway $25, $50 and $100    //    Amazon $100

    Burgerville $10    //    Chipotle $10

    Cinemark $25    //    Chili's $25

    Papa Murphy $10    //    Panera $10 and $25

    McMenamins $25    //    Regal $10

    Shell/76 $25    //    Starbucks $25

    Target $25, $50, $100    //    Washman $30

    Please reach out to Katie Barth at katiejabara@yahoo.com or 503-502-6517 to arrange a no-contact drop off.

     

    SUN NEWS

    Summer SUN!   Wondering how to keep your children engaged over the summer when schools are closed? Buckman SUN is going virtual! We didn't feel comfortable hosting physical camps with social distancing guidelines still in place, but we're excited to do online camps with Buckman students this summer.  

    Join us for SUNrise camps with themes that change every week from 9-10am Monday-Thursday, and for afternoon "Snack & Stretch & Sketch" sessions, from 1-2pm Monday-Thursdays. Both will begin June 15th. More details and information to come!

    Buckman Parent Support Group    SUN is now offering an online support group for parents/caregivers as we navigate this pandemic together. Join Katie, Jess, and other caregivers to discuss issues, challenges, and concerns that we are facing right now in this current crisis. Daytime and evening sessions available. Connect with Katie (503-858-0230) for more information.

    Donations Welcome   If you are willing and able, please consider donating to Buckman SUN or buying SCRIP from Katie Barth to support our wonderful community!

    Virtual SUN Activity with Tabitha!   Join Buckman SUN on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a fun activity hosted by Tabitha Teo for any Buckman students. Please email Tabitha to receive the meeting code. See you there!  

    Additional Resources and Information   If you have been laid off or need extra resources due to COVID-19, please read the information below:

    -    SNAP benefits will be maximized for all EBT-card holders. This means that if you weren't already receiving the highest amount for your household, you will be moving forward. Also, Amazon Fresh and  Amazon Pantry accept SNAP benefits in OR and WA, see here for more information. 

    -    Apply for unemployment benefits. They have expanded their eligibility requirements for now, so if you have been denied in the past, you may be eligible now. Same goes for OHP (Oregon Health Plan—publicly funded health insurance).

    -    Landlords and energy companies are generally not evicting or disconnecting services due to nonpayment at this time. However, please communicate with them so they can provide additional assistance or payment plans.

    -    If you are experiencing heightened anxiety and/or depression symptoms, you are not alone. Call the Multnomah County Crisis Line (503-988-4888) or Lines for Life (800-273-8255) to talk to someone who can help. 

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her (503-858-0230) if you would like support finding resources or need assistance.


    FIELD DAY NEWS

    The end of the school year is approaching fast and one way to celebrate our transition to summer is FIELD DAY! Woohoo! This is one of my favorite days of the year and I couldn't let our year end without it. Check out of the Virtual Field Day Link (also posted in your child's virtual classroom) to see how to compete in each event and how to submit your results. I would love to create a Virtual Field Day video to share with the entire Buckman family, please share videos and pictures of your students and family participating in the events through SeeSaw, Google classroom, or email. I was lucky enough to have some special guests as competitors in a few of the events... be sure to check them out!

     

    OTHER NEWS

    K-8 Growth and Development Instruction for Spring 2020

    From Jenny Withycombe, Program Administrator, Health and Physical Education 

    PPS decided not to teach growth and development (comprehensive sexuality education) and/or violence prevention (Erin’s Law) in grades K-8 via Home-Based Distance Learning during the spring of 2020 because of a variety of reasons and challenges.   

    PPS teachers, administrators, counselors, and social workers continue to support students’ safety and are prepared to identify, prevent and intervene if a child or family needs support. In remote learning environments, it may be more difficult to assess safety and detect signs of child abuse. Educators and school personnel are still mandated reporters and the PPS Office of Student Success and Health provides guidance on what to do if a district employee suspects child abuse and/or neglect

    Like ODE, PPS recognizes the fundamental role that parents, caregivers, and families play in preventing violence and abuse. Distance learning provides a window for dialogue between students and families around: naming important values, identifying emotions, sharing about health and safety, and exploring sexuality-related topics.  ODE has published a guide on Family Engagement during Distance Learning for All that will help to maximize the strengths of the students, families, and learning environments, while also acknowledging the real challenges given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in Oregon.  Families who would like to provide Comprehensive Sexuality Education and/or Violence Prevention lessons at home can access the curricula used in PPS - Rights, Respect, Responsibility (3Rs), developed by Advocates for Youth as well as Fight! Child Abuse developed by the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation.  Please also feel free to check out these resources for parents and caregivers posted by ODE:

    Portland Public Schools is looking ahead, and will be working with the Oregon Department of Education on how to best support students during the 2020-2021 school year. 

     

    Register for Kindergarten Online!
    If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, please register for kindergarten! To register, go to pps.net/kinderenroll. The process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option, but paper options will be available soon. Children with IEPs need to register using a paper form. 

    Click here to access this information translated into the 5 supported languages.

    Paper registration packets will be available in multiple languages at meal sites starting Wednesday, May 27th.


    Coming soon: The Early Learner Programs team is developing a family-centered kindergarten transition plan. We know families are worried about the start to school, especially kinders. We’re planning on a slower, more family-friendly approach this year. Early registration will ensure that families stay in the loop on updated plans for the start of school. 

    Food Assistance

    As our community deals with fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to make Portland Public Schools families aware of a state benefit to help pay for food. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, or P-EBT, is available to help families offset the cost of meals that would have been consumed at school. It is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services. 

    The P-EBT benefit is available to families with a student who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals and any student enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. For those families:

    • Households who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Association Program (SNAP), which offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families, will have benefits automatically deposited to their existing EBT accounts. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.  
    • Households who currently qualify for free or reduced-price meals or attend a CEP school will receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail along with instructions on how to activate or refuse benefits. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.

    For families not currently eligible and seeking benefits:

    • Households financially impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for SNAP. See the program’s website to learn more.
    • Families who have experienced income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online at pps.net/nutrition.

    For assistance with submitting a meal application, please contact the PPS Meal Benefits Office: mealbenefits@pps.net or 503-916-3402.

    For Pandemic-EBT questions, please contact the Oregon Department of Human Services.

     

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    A big thank you all for your incredible enthusiasm and support of our annual Buckman Auction. 2020’s auction was unlike anything we have ever seen. These funds help sustain Buckman’s comprehensive STEAM program by providing salaries for library and therapeutic intervention coach positions. My special thanks goes to every committee member, volunteer, sponsor, home-host and auction-item donor as well as purchaser. Your contributions of time, talent and treasure helped make this year's event an incredible success. In case you missed it, here’s the video for this year’s auction. Have those tissues nearby! 

    The 5th grade class is taking their performance online! In celebration of their years of growth and artistic development at Buckman, the Arts Team and the 5th grade class will present The 5th Grade Showcase, a video performance highlighting each student's unique artistic abilities. Check out this trailer created entirely by 5th  grader, Daniel Gerber. The 5th Grade Showcase will be coming to a device near you in early June!

    In response to new guidance from the Oregon Department of Education, PPS students will now be receiving 4th quarter report cards. This is new and different than what we had originally planned on. The report card will be pared down, and families will have the opportunity to meet one on one with teachers to discuss any questions that come up. Speaking of the last days of school, the last day that teachers will be hosing whole-class meetings or posting assignments will be Thursday, June 4. The week of June 8, we will be celebrating the end of the year, in true Buckman fashion – with the arts! From 10-2, June 8, 9, and 10, we will have open drop in classes from all of our elective teachers. Ms. Jess and I will also host a class! Details to come, but mark your calendars and use the google meet code “Buckman art party” to get in. That week, teachers will be meeting one on one with students and families for a final goodbye those last three days of school. Please check messages from your teachers on how to sign up for those one on one times.

    I wanted you all to know that Lexia and Dreambox subscriptions will not expire until expire July 31, 2020. Also, I’m sorry if you had trouble last week with accessing the link to the student checkout survey. Here it is again - I have re-set the permissions so you shouldn’t have any trouble this time. 

    I hope you all enjoy the 4 day weekend. Memorial Day is in honor of veterans who died in service to our country, and this year, it seems to be even more meaningful than ever.

    Warmly,

    Teresa

     

    Important Dates and Reminders

    May 25 - Memorial Day, no school

    June 4 - drive through promotion. 2pm - Nichenko, 2:30 - Clarkson 

    June 4 - last day for whole group meetings and assigning work

    June 8-10 - last week of school arts and electives activities, 10am-2pm “Buckman art party”

    June 11 - planning day for teachers

     

    FIELD DAY NEWS

    The end of the school year is approaching fast and one way to celebrate our transition to summer is FIELD DAY! Woohoo! This is one of my favorite days of the year and I couldn't let our year end without it. Please check out of the Virtual Field Day link (posted in your child's virtual classroom and below) to see how to compete in each event and how to submit your results. I would love to create a Virtual Field Day video to share with the entire Buckman family, please share videos and pictures of your students and family participating in the events. (Through SeeSaw, google classroom, or email)  I was lucky enough to have some special guests as competitors in a few of the events... be sure to check them out! 

    Field Day Link:

     

    AUCTION NEWS

    Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has participated in our online auction this year! As a reminder bidding ends at 7pm TONIGHT, however, if an item receives a bid within 3 minutes of closing time, bidding will extend for an additional 3 minutes for that item to allow for a counter offer. The bidding extensions will close at 7:15pm. 

     

    We know that these are challenging times and are so grateful to everyone who attended the kick-off party, bid on items, or pledged an outright donation during the event. Our initial goal of $40,000 was set as the minimum needed to maintain current staffing levels for the 2020-2021 school year. We’ll have a final tally next week of where our fundraising goals stand. With so much up in the air for our students; we’re grateful that we can continue to depend on the Buckman community to come together to support our kids and their teachers!

     

    GREEN TEAM NEWS

    Hi there from the Buckman Green Team! Do you ever wonder what Portland Public Schools is doing to help combat climate change? PPS has a sustainability team housed within the Facilities and Asset Management department. You can find out more about what they are doingor by subscribing to their newsletter here


    You can also see how Buckman's Energy use stacks up against other PPS facilities on the Energy Intensity Dashboard.

    Learn about recycling, calculate your carbon footprint, or take a nature walk with this list of sustainability activities for grade school children.

     

    PTA NEWS

    Yearbook    The 2019-2020 yearbook is now available! Order yours today, just go to https://buckman.picaboo.com for details.

    SCRIP and Donations   Email Katie Barth or contact the PTA through Konstella for SCRIP purchases and/or to arrange a donation for families-in-need.

     

    SUN NEWS

    Buckman Parent Support Group    SUN is now offering an online support group for parents/caregivers as we navigate this pandemic together. Join Katie, Jess, and other caregivers to discuss issues, challenges, and concerns that we are facing right now in this current crisis. Daytime and evening sessions available. Connect with Katie (503-858-0230) for more information.

    Donations Welcome   If you are willing and able, please consider donating to Buckman SUN or buying SCRIP from Katie Barth to support our wonderful community!

    Virtual SUN Activity with Tabitha!   Join Buckman SUN on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a fun activity hosted by Tabitha Teo for any Buckman students. Please email Tabitha to receive the meeting code. See you there!  

    Additional Resources and Information   If you have been laid off or need extra resources due to COVID-19, please read the information below:

    -        SNAP benefits will be maximized for all EBT-card holders. This means that if you weren't already receiving the highest amount for your household, you will be moving forward. Also, Amazon Fresh and  Amazon Pantry accept SNAP benefits in OR and WA, see here for more information. 

    -        Apply for unemployment benefits. They have expanded their eligibility requirements for now, so if you have been denied in the past, you may be eligible now. Same goes for OHP (Oregon Health Plan—publicly funded health insurance).

    -        Landlords and energy companies are generally not evicting or disconnecting services due to nonpayment at this time. However, please communicate with them so they can provide additional assistance or payment plans.

    -        If you are experiencing heightened anxiety and/or depression symptoms, you are not alone. Call the Multnomah County Crisis Line (503-988-4888) or Lines for Life (800-273-8255) to talk to someone who can help. 

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her (503-858-0230) if you would like support finding resources or need assistance.

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    Have you been wondering about returning library and textbook items to your school? Not to worry!  We are following StayHome/StaySafe practices and are not calling for books to be returned at this time. As soon as we know when collection can occur, you’ll receive another notice.  

    If you have questions about any items, plan to contact your library staff when school resumes next Fall. Thank you in advance for keeping track of the PPS books you have in your care.  

     

    COUNSELOR NEWS

    In case you haven't heard the big news from the school counseling program, watch my latest video to find out about next year's attendance animal. In Covid distance learning times, I'm using the llamas and the anticipation about next year's animal to bring lightness to our community. We all want something positive to unite around, and it might as well be an adorable animal. Please send drawings to Ms. Jess!

    This video: Mental Health Matters is from the PPS department of student services and contains resources for caring for our mental health during this time. I am here to offer referrals for counseling, for a family or student check-in, and on Tuesdays at the Parent Support Group with Katie from SUN. 

     

    OTHER NEWS

    Register for Kindergarten Online!

    If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, please register for kindergarten! To register, go to pps.net/kinderenroll. The process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option, but paper options will be available soon. You don’t need to register if your child attends a PPS Head Start or Pre-Kindergarten program. Children with IEPs need to register using a paper form. 

    Click here to access this blurb translated into the 5 supported languages

    Paper registration packets will be available in multiple languages at meal sites starting Wednesday, May 27th.


    Coming soon: The Early Learner Programs team is developing a family-centered kindergarten transition plan. We know families are worried about the start to school, especially kinders. We’re planning on a slower, more family-friendly approach this year. Early registration will ensure that families stay in the loop on updated plans for the start of school.

     

    Food Assistance

    As our community deals with fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to make Portland Public Schools families aware of a state benefit to help pay for food. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, or P-EBT, is available to help families offset the cost of meals that would have been consumed at school. It is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services.

     

    The P-EBT benefit is available to families with a student who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals and any student enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. For those families:

    • Households who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Association Program (SNAP), which offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families, will have benefits automatically deposited to their existing EBT accounts. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.  
    • Households who currently qualify for free or reduced-price meals or attend a CEP school will receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail along with instructions on how to activate or refuse benefits. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.

     

    For families not currently eligible and seeking benefits:

    • Households financially impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for SNAP. See the program’s website to learn more.
    • Families who have experienced income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online at pps.net/nutrition.

    For assistance with submitting a meal application, please contact the PPS Meal Benefits Office: mealbenefits@pps.net or 503-916-3402.

    For Pandemic-EBT questions, please contact the Oregon Department of Human Services.

     

    Thursday, May 14, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    It’s May, and that means flowers are in bloom AND it’s Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Here is a list of a few notable Asian Americans who have made a difference, along with the teacher’s guide on discussing it since, well...

    I can’t wait to see everyone at the auction tomorrow night!

    To get into the meet, go to this link, or meet.google.com/wvb-aojy-vaf to join us at 6:30 on Friday. We are partners in your child’s education, now more than ever. This auction will be a time of celebration, community, and connection and I hope to see you all there.

    This week, Aimee Stephens, transgender rights activist, passed away and it reminded me that amid this battle with coronavirus, there are many among us who are still fighting other battles as well. Aimee was fired from her job in 2013 after coming out to her boss as being transgender. It is expected that the Supreme Court will decide on her case in a mere few weeks. We can all learn from Aimee Stephens, and teach our children that there are always brave people to carve the paths that we walk on.

    Not too late to submit the survey on picking up student belongings. If you do not have any items (books, school supplies, art work and portfolio) that you plan on retrieving, please fill this quick survey out so we can help with the clean up of the school. 

    Take care everyone. 

    Teresa

    Important Dates and Reminders:

    May 15 - 6:30pm, auction  

    May 25 - Memorial Day, no school

    June 4 - drive through 5th grade promotion. 2pm - Nichenko, 2:30 - Clarkson 

    June 10 - last day of school for students

    June 11 - planning day for teachers

     

     

    AUCTION NEWS

    The Buckman Auction is going digital throughout the week of May 15-21, and the online kick-off party is happening TOMORROW, May 15 at 6:30pm! Register to bid on amazing items as part of our biggest fundraiser of the year. We know times are uncertain; we appreciate your support of Buckman staff and students!

    A few things to know:

    • Online bidding begins at 6pm on Friday, May 15th and ends at 7pm on Thursday, May 21.
    • After you register, head over to West Coast Grocery to pick up a free 16 oz. beer of your choice (available for curbside pick up until May 15th) so you are ready to raise your WCG can during our big toast at the Kick Off Party.
    • Join us for a Kick Off Party from 6:30-7pm on Friday, May 15th. Join via the Google Meet link here.
    • One Golden Ticket winner will be chosen at random during the Kick Off Party. Winner can choose from June Lake Pines, Astoria House, or the Camping in Style packages.
    • Bid on ANY item during the online auction (May 15-21) to be entered to win a fabulous Blueberry Yuzu Gin & Tonic cocktail kit graciously donated by Aria Gin! This handcrafted kit contains everything you need to make 16 amazing drinks.

     

    PTA NEWS

    Yearbook    The 2019-2020 yearbook is now available! Go to https://buckman.picaboo.com for more details. Hardcovers are $28 and softcovers are $18; eYearbooks are free! You can also personalize four yearbook pages for an additional fee. An enormous THANKS to all the parents and teachers for supplying the content. Even though it has been an abbreviated year, this book feels more special because we can’t be together during this time.

     PTA General Meeting    Thank you to all who attended.  We passed our budget! See you at our next meeting in the fall.

    SCRIP and Donations   Email Katie Barth or contact the PTA through Konstella for SCRIP purchases and/or to arrange a donation for families-in-need.

     

    SUN NEWS

    Buckman Parent Support Group    SUN is now offering an online support group for parents/caregivers as we navigate this pandemic together. This group is intended to be an informal, welcoming group which provides an opportunity for dialogue and peer support. Join Katie, Jess, and other caregivers to discuss issues, challenges, and concerns that we are facing right now in this current crisis. Daytime and evening sessions available. Connect with Katie for more information - kolson@impactnw.org or  503-858-0230. 

    Donations Welcome   If you are willing and able, please consider donating to Buckman SUN or buying SCRIP from Katie Barth to support our wonderful community!

    Virtual SUN Activity with Tabitha!   Join Buckman SUN on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a fun activity hosted by Tabitha Teo for any Buckman students. Please email Tabitha at tteo@impactnw.org to receive the meeting code. See you there!  

    Additional Resources and Information   If you have been laid off or need extra resources due to COVID-19, here are some new updates for you:

    • SNAP benefits will be maximized for all EBT-card holders. This means that if you weren't already receiving the highest amount for your household, you will moving forward. Also, Amazon Fresh and  Amazon Pantry accept SNAP benefits in OR and WA, see here for more information. 
    • Apply for unemployment benefits. They have expanded their eligibility requirements for now, so if you have been denied in the past, you may be eligible now. Same goes for OHP (Oregon Health Plan - publicly funded health insurance).
    • Landlords and energy companies are generally not evicting or disconnecting services due to nonpayment at this time. However, please be in communication with them so they can help with more assistance or payment plans to support you.
    • If you are experiencing heightened anxiety and/or depression symptoms right now, know that you are not alone. Call the Multnomah County Crisis Line (503-988-4888) or Lines for Life (800-273-8255) to talk to someone who can help. 

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230 if you would like support with navigating or finding resources or assistance with anything.

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    Have you been wondering about returning library and textbook items to your school? Not to worry!  We are following StayHome/StaySafe practices and are not calling for books to be returned at this time. As soon as we know when collection can occur, you’ll receive another notice.  

    If you have questions about any items, plan to contact your library staff when school resumes next Fall. Thank you in advance for keeping track of the PPS books you have in your care.  

    Be well and be safe,

    Darcy Rudnick, LMS

     

    COUNSELOR NEWS

    In case you haven't heard the big news from the school counseling program, watch  my latest video  to find out about next year's attendance animal. In Covid distance learning times, I'm using the llamas and the anticipation about next year's animal to bring lightness to our community. We all want something positive to unite around, and it might as well be an adorable animal. Please send drawings to Ms. Jess!

    This video: Mental Health Matters is from the PPS department of student services and contains resources for caring for our mental health during this time. I am here to offer referrals for counseling, for a family or student check-in, and on Tuesdays at the Parent Support Group with Katie from SUN. 

     

    OTHER NEWS

    Online Kindergarten Registration
    If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, please register for kindergarten! To register, go to pps.net/kinderenroll. The process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option, but paper options will be available soon. 

    Food Assistance

    As our community deals with fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to make Portland Public Schools families aware of a state benefit to help pay for food. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, or P-EBT, is available to help families offset the cost of meals that would have been consumed at school. It is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services. 

    The P-EBT benefit is available to families with a student who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals and any student enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. For those families:

    • Households who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Association Program (SNAP), which offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families, will have benefits automatically deposited to their existing EBT accounts. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.  
    • Households who currently qualify for free or reduced-price meals or attend a CEP school will receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail along with instructions on how to activate or refuse benefits. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.

    For families not currently eligible and seeking benefits:

    • Households financially impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for SNAP. See the program’s website to learn more.
    • Families who have experienced income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online at pps.net/nutrition.

    For assistance with submitting a meal application, please contact the PPS Meal Benefits Office: mealbenefits@pps.net or 503-916-3402.

    For Pandemic-EBT questions, please contact the Oregon Department of Human Services.

     

    Run for the Arts Annual Student Design Contest

    Over the last 40 years, Young Audiences Run for the Arts has helped schools raise nearly $18 million dollars for arts education and has become an established Northwest tradition.

    One of the most exciting parts of this program is the yearly student-designed t-shirt, poster, and other printed materials! Please help us continue this wonderful creative tradition by encouraging your students to submit a design to our Run for the Arts Design Contest, and they could win:

    • $350 cash prize
    • Their design featured on Run for the Arts t-shirts, posters and publications
    • Meet with a professional graphic designer
    • Tour the shirt printing facility

    You can learn more about the contest and download printable entry forms on our website.

     

    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    I have really enjoyed popping into virtual classrooms. It is so endearing to see a kindergartener lying sideways, cereal mid-way to his mouth, pause when his teacher asks him a reflective question. I love seeing our creative teachers find new and bizarre ways to engage their students virtually (I have seen superhero masks, markers on faces, and 80s inspired hair-dos, to name a few). I always get a warm fuzzie when your family pets make their way onto the screens, but most of all, I have loved seeing your children and their beautiful smiles engaging with their classmates and teachers in this new way. We know that behind every student, there is a loving adult helping to make this happen. Thank you all so much. 

    I am sending the weekly news out on Thursdays now, as the school district is closed on Fridays. All staff have been directed to turn their email and work off on Fridays.  If you want to learn more about how that came to be, I invite you to our PTA meeting on Monday at 7pm. Use the google meet code “buckmanpta”. 

    5th grade students and families - I have invited my friend, and the principal of Hosford, Caitlin Klenz, to join us for an informal q & a right before the PTA meeting at 6:30. Use the same code to get in, and Caitlin and I (I taught 6-8 math for 9 years!) will be there to answer all things middle school!

    Right now, I still don’t have word from the district on when families will be allowed back into the building to clear out their belongings. If you do not have any items (books, school supplies, art work and portfolio) that you plan on retrieving, please fill this quick survey out so we can help with the clean up of the school. 

    Thank you so much everyone!

    Warmly,

    Teresa

     

    Important Dates and Reminders :

    May 15 - 6:30pm, auction 

    May 25 - Memorial Day, no school

    June 4 - drive through 5th grade promotion. 2pm - Nichenko, 2:30 - Clarkson 

    June 10 - last day of school for students

    June 11 - planning day for teachers

     

    AUCTION NEWS

    The Buckman Auction is getting creative this year and is taking the party online—now a week-long event May 15-21! Join Principal Seidel and the Buckman community for a Zoom kickoff party on May 15 from 6:30-7pm. Signup to participate in the auction is FREE (but a credit card is required for bidding) and open to anyone! Share the link wildly, invite all friends and family who want to support Buckman this year. Bidding opens at 6pm on May 15 and closes promptly at 9pm on May 21st!

    Lots of cool things you can expect Auction week:

    • Our platinum sponsor, West Coast Grocery, is offering a complimentary 16oz beer to anyone who signs up by May 15; curbside pickup available! Together, we’ll toast to WCG and Buckman at the kickoff party!

    • Buy a $50 Golden Ticket and you will be entered to win YOUR CHOICE of one of these three getaways: Camping in Style, Astoria House, or June Lake Pines! Winner will be announced at the kickoff party.

    • Throughout the week, bidding will be open and you will receive notifications if you have been outbid. It’s easy! Vacations, staycations, staff art, gift cards and awesome packages — there is something for everyone! Check out the catalog ahead of time so you can get your bidding sorted out in advance.

    We need to raise an additional $40,000 to keep staffing levels the same next year as this year. We want to acknowledge that the burdens of these challenging times are not falling equally in our community. We hope that those who can will bid and give generously, and we invite all families to join us in the kickoff party celebration regardless of your ability to contribute financially. We are all in this together!

     

    COUNSELOR NEWS

    It was so wonderful to see some of you passing by school during the pandemic parade last week! If you missed Caesar the No Drama Llama, have no fear: he will return next year for hugs! 

    3rd-5th graders are invited to a (virtual) Relaxation Group on Thursdays @ 11am-noon on google meets. This is not a social group, but rather a guided relaxation time using drawing and writing. Nickname is relax345

    A few more links for you to bring calm at home: