Buckman Elementary School

Buckman nurtures the whole child and strives for
academic excellence

320 SE 16th AvePortland, OR 97214Ph (503) 916-6230Fx (503) 916-2615

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    Coming Soon At Buckman!   


    December 3-7

    Book Fair: Mon, Dec 3-Fri, Dec 7, before and after school
    SUN Winter Registration: Begins Mon. Dec. 3
    Movie Night: Wed. Dec. 5, 6-8:30pm Polar Express

    December 10-14

    SUN Festival of Lights Camp: Dec 10-14
    Chorus Performance: Wed. Dec 12, 2:00-2:45
    Season of Sharing Deadline: Wed. Dec 12 
    1st Grade Informance: Thurs. Dec. 13, 6:00-7:00 
    Winter Break: No School, December 15-January 1
    Return to School: Wed. Jan. 2 

    Address Corrections!

    Please make sure that your address and phone information is up to date so that you receive important calls and mailings from school. 

    Medical Guidelines 






    Foundation Update 


    PTA Board Openings!

    PTA Board officers serve 2 year terms, and our current Board is on our last year! This is your chance to have an impact and help shape so much of the community building that happens at Buckman! Of course it's a commitment, but if you have questions about what that commitment looks like for the various positions, or any interest at all in possibly joining the Board in the future, please reach out to us! We're happy to answer questions, no strings attached. You can find us in the halls, on Konstella, or at PTA Meetings and Coffee Chats. You can also reach our Co-Presidents at pta@buckmanelementary.org. If you do want to find us, just a reminder that the current board is: 

    Co-Presidents: Malena Slettom & Charmian Creagle
    VP: Amanda Basom
    Secretary: Patricia Patyrak
    Treasurer: Andrea Manning 

    Year-End Ask Campaign

    The Buckman Year End Ask campaign is in full swing! We are asking for direct gifts to the Buckman Foundation to support staffing for our arts and literacy teams; without the generous contributions of the Buckman community, we would not be able to have the unique programming Buckman offers. Any amount helps! A group of Buckman families has pledged to contribute $8,500 if we can get 75 gifts AT ANY LEVEL. This means $5 can make all the difference! Keep your eye on the paintbrush in the main lobby as we climb towards our goal.

    If you’ve been meaning to make a donation to the Buckman Year-End Ask campaign, make it simple by stopping by the apparel booth on Movie Night. Cash, check, and credit all accepted! You can also drop off a check in the Foundation mailbox or give online at www.allhandsraised.org/donate (be sure to click “Select a PPS School” under the “Select Recipient” heading and then choose “Buckman” in the following drop-down menu).

    Run For The Arts Update 

    If you are doing some winter cleaning and come across any Run for the Arts $$, please turn it in to the office before next Wednesday, Dec 5.  We'll do our final count and see how much our school and community was able to raise for our Arts Programs! 


    Perfect Time to Buy Scrip

    The Scrip Table is well stocked in groceries and local stores. Stock up for the holidays! We have Amazon, Fred Meyer, New Seasons, Safeway, and Whole Foods in stock as well as local favorites such as Pizzicato and Powell's. Each gift card you purchase gives a percentage back to the Buckman PTA! Vendors give anywhere between 4%-26% to our school when their gift cards are purchased through Scrip. You can fill out an order form and leave it in the Scrip box in the main office along with payment, or you can purchase Tuesday mornings during drop off.  SCRIP ORDER FORM 

    Click on the links below for more information! 


    Join The Buckman PTA! 


    Connect With the Buckman Community. Sign up on Konstella!
    Buckman Earthquake Supply Drive


    Ways you can help: Funds For Buckman!

    Check here for ways you can help raise funds for Buckman. 

    Fund Opportunities



    Emergency Clothing Needed


        Cleaning your closets to make room? Super! Please forward any student pants (generic sweatpants/leggings work great) to the office for those occasional wardrobe malfunctions.
    Donations of new girls and boys underwear are also appreciated. Thank you for your support.


    Medications at School


        Please contact the office if your student will be receiving medications during school hours. Medicine can only be given to students after families complete the Authorization for Medication Administration by School Personnel form, which you can pick up in the office or at the link below. The medication authorization is needed for any medication you wish your child to take at school, including cough drops, but does not include homeopathic medication.

         Please personally bring in the medications (in their original packaging) and a completed form. Over the counter medications must be Children's dose unless you have doctors orders with adult dose directions. Please note students are not allowed to transport any medications to school themselves.

    Thank you for your help and understanding.


    Library News


    Jan Brett COMMUNITY author visit - everyone welcome

    Saturday, Dec 8 5:00pm - 8:00pm - Auditorium
    Books can be brought from home to sign and purchased at event.

    Buckman Elementary School has been chosen to host Jan Brett, and author/illustrator of over 30 iconic children's books. This is a community event for all age levels. More details coming!

    Jan Brett website and Jan Brett book list 

    Library Book Returns and Fines

    Are you getting email and paper notices about overdue library books or fines for lost books? If you cannot find an overdue book, please stop in the library so we can mark it as “lost”. Lost books come with a fine to replace the book. If you have a fine for a lost book you have three options:

    1. Pay the fine in SchoolPay.

    2. Replace the book with a hardcover. Don’t forget to use smile.amazon.com to support the Buckman community. Often there are inexpensive used books in excellent condition that cost less than the school fine.

    3. Donate 3-5 HIGH INTEREST books in replacement of a lost library book. 


    SUN News  


    SUN Registration 


    Online Winter Registration begins 12/4 at 2pm.  Use the link below to go "shopping" for classes. Once you are ready to check out, the site will prompt you to enter an email address  and password. You will then be able to complete you student's registration information. If you have questions please contact Becca at rbeckmann@impactnw.org.

    Please come to our Parent Information Night that evening (6-7pm) if you have questions and/or want to hear more about SUN Community Schools. 

    The course catalog is attached. Happy registering!

    Registration Link:



    Season of Sharing

    The Season of Sharing is officially up and running! Please take a look at the mitten board on your way in and out of the building. If you are interested in donating, please take a mitten and return your gifts to the main office or SUN office unwrapped by December 10. Remember to hold on to your mitten to return with the items you donate. We are happily accepting gift wrapping donations, as well. It is also not too late to sign up to participate in this program! Please submit a Season of Sharing sign up form (SUN kiosk) to Becca or place it in the mailbox.

    Extended Day Programs: Registration for Winter Term, Festival of Lights

    It is hard to believe that SUN's Fall Term is almost over (Last day is December 7). Lottery registration for Winter Term (January 7- March 22) will begin November 26 and general registration will begin on December 3. We will go live with new online registration on 12/4.  Information regarding the Festival of Lights winter break programming to be announced via Konstella and School Messenger. We appreciate your patience as we confirm and finalize details.
    We are also happy to announce that adult programming will be available after the New Year (more information to follow). 


    Donated Food

    We have a wonderful partnership with the Oregon Food Bank and get food donated. Baskets of food items are placed outside of the Cafetorium door to serve as a take-as-you-need. Please help yourselves! With that, we are happy to provide weekly food bags for families who would benefit from this support. Please contact Becca if you would like to learn more about this service. rbeckmann@impactnw.org.



    Behavior Policy

    Behavior policies have been sent out this week. Please review this information with your child/ren to be signed and returned to SUN by next Monday (10/15). We have seen some challenging behaviors that we would like to address as a community. Thank you for your support with this!  


    Social Service Needs

    If your child is in need of supplies to complete homework, please contact us in Room 108 by calling 503-858-0230 to schedule a pick-up time. We are also available to refer families to social service resources (attendance concerns, utility assistance, certain housing needs, weekly food baskets, etc.) or troubleshoot any potential barriers to school success. 

    Cultural Liaisons Needed

    Cultural liaisons assist our English Language Learning (ELL) families by calling them once a week and keeping them abreast of Wednesday envelope communications as well as conveying back to the school any concerns or questions they might have. It usually is a task that takes less than 10-20 minutes each week. If you speak both English and another language and would be willing to help our ELL families stay in the loop about what is happening at school, please contact Becca for more information. 

    Seeking Tutors and Mentors

    SUN provides both mentoring and tutoring programs after school and always needs responsible adult involvement. Tutors work one on one for an hour a week with students needing additional academic support. Mentors make a year-long commitment to meet with a child once a week after school to listen, play games, do craft projects, and give the student focused attention. If you are able to help us advertise for these critical volunteers in your extended network (friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, church or temple, or other organizations) please let us know as soon as possible. Contact Jasmine in the SUN office at (503)858-0230. Thanks!

    Native Plant/ Garden Team

    We are looking for a few parents who would be willing to help out with our educational gardens here at Buckman. Sometimes there is a little maintenance, planning, or watering that needs to be done and we’d like to have a small team of occasional helpers who we could call on for help with the tasks being done at your convenience. We have a native plant garden and a SUN garden plot, but in general this is not a large time commitment (maybe 6-8 hours annually). If you are interested, please contact SUN at (503)858-0230. 



    Volunteers Needed

    Buckman SUN school is looking for volunteers and tutors for summer camps. Even one hour a week of volunteering makes a huge difference in kid's lives! High school students needing Honor Society or community service credits are welcome! 

    Tax Receipts

    If you need receipts from SUN for taxes, now is the time to begin requesting the receipts. If you enrolled through Eventbrite you should already have receipts. Otherwise, send an email to jhannan@impactnw.org and know that it will take us a couple of weeks to process your request. Better to ask now than at the last minute in April.


    SUN Updates

    SUN emails out regular updates throughout the year. To be included in these important updates, please email wkyle@impactnw.org. SUN looks forward to keeping you in the loop! 

    SUN Payments

         Please remember to submit your mid-month payments for SUN classes. Many parents have outstanding payments and our payroll is dependent on these funds. If you need to know your balance, contact bmorris@impactnw.org.


    For the 2018-19 school year, Buckman Elementary School will have a new child care provider – Champions. Champions will provide high-quality before- and after-school child care services. This is a known and well-regarded organization, providing child care in schools in the Portland area and across the country. 
    We know this is a change for families whose children have been enrolled with Vermont Hills, and the decision to change providers was not made lightly. Vermont Hills has had a number of licensing violations and related quality concerns and, as a result, PPS felt it was important to partner with a different child care provider.

    Champions will hold spaces for families who are currently registered with Vermont Hills for the 2018-19 school year.  If your child or children are on a wait list, Champions will preserve the wait list order.

    Champions will also:

    • Hire a full-time site director, and pay a living wage. This will reduce staff turn-over.
    • Charge families comparable rates to Vermont Hills and waive registration fees this year since many of you have already paid fees to Vermont Hills. 
    • Provide flexible weekly scheduling and online registration.
    • Provide field coaches to train staff and ensure high-quality programming.
    • Invest in new furniture, curriculum and materials for an enriched program.

    To register for Champions, please go to the Buckman registration page, and don't forget to enter the free registration code: FREEREG1819.








  • Greetings and Happy Hanukkah families!

    I simply cannot believe it is December already. Our fabulous SUN staff and our Portland State Interns threw a great party for Literacy Night. Students and parents were able to experience a Workshop lesson, collect free books, learn about Multnomah County library and share family recipes. Thank you for producing such an entertaining and educational evening!
    SUN’s amazing work continues this week with the Season of Sharing. There are a handful of mittens left on the Season Board and we have until Monday, December 10th to bring items in. Hats, mittens or gloves, and sock are also very welcome. Keep up the great work, families!
    And, our Arts Team continues their amazing work with the First Grade performance next Thursday, December 13th at 6:00. Students have been studying the importance light plays in many winter festivals and holidays all over the globe. Our teachers and students have been working very hard in their classrooms and in their arts rotations to get ready, and they can’t wait to teach parents and families what they’ve learned!

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