Buckman Elementary School

Buckman nurtures the whole child and strives for
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  • Buckman News

    Welcome to Our World  


    This Week At Buckman!

    November 20 - 21, 2017
    School Closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

    Call for Artists!

    The 28th Buckman Art Show & Sell is currently accepting artist applications for the March 10-11, 2018 show. 140 juried local artists turn our school into a gallery over the weekend. We accept artists in the following categories; 2-D, 3-D, mixed media, textile, clothing, jewelry, photography, children's items, and paper/books.  

    Buckman volunteers run a central checkout station and there is no booth fee, artists donate 30% of sales to the Buckman PTA. For more details, see http://buckmanartshow.weebly.com. There is a $25 non refundable application fee. Applications close November 20, 2017. Artists are notified of acceptance status mid December. Questions can be sent to artshowandsell@gmail.com.  

    Please help us spread the word to artists who might be interested! Student and alumni artist applications will be available in February.



    What a great Grandparents' and Special Friends’ Day! Thank you to all who attended. The Foundation team is always looking for photos and videos of our school events. If you have a photo or video you’d like to share, please send it to foundation@buckmanelementary.org!

    The next Foundation Pub Night takes place on Tuesday, November 14 at Rogue Eastside Distillery. Pub Nights are open to everyone interested in learning more about the Foundation and school fundraising efforts. We’ve reserved the section to the right of the entrance, and we’ll be gathered there to talk Buckman happenings starting at 7pm. Have a drink and meet other Buckman parents during these informal get-togethers!

    And get Buckman’s next Dines Out on your calendar, happening on #GivingTuesday, November 28 at Dick’s Kitchen’s SE Belmont location. Stop in during dinner hours and Dick’s Kitchen will donate 15% of your purchase to the Foundation. It’s a delicious way to support Buckman on an international day of giving!

    And, of course, don’t forget about our next Movie Night on Friday, December 1! Drop of your kid(s) in the cafetorium and enjoy a kid-free evening until 8:45! Details on movie selection coming soon.



    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. We also still have Chinook apps available for a limited time.



    Year-End Ask Campaign Begins November 28

    The Foundation will launch its Year-End Ask campaign on #GivingTuesday, November 28. We turn to the Buckman community every year to donate to the Foundation to help maintain school staffing of our arts and literacy teams. We’ll reach out with more details once the campaign is underway, but wanted to send along a heads-up so you know to be on the lookout for our communications about this important annual fundraiser.

    Dines Out, November 28

    Buckman’s next Dines Out is fast approaching, so be sure you reserve November 28 to eat at Dick’s Kitchen on SE Belmont. Stop in any time from 4pm-9pm and Dick’s Kitchen will donate 15% of sales to the Buckman Foundation. Tasty treats for a great cause!

    Movie Night, December 1

    We’ll also jump-start December with a Movie Night on Friday, December 1 in the cafetorium. Drop off your kid(s) for a flick and head out on the town! Pick-up is at 8:45pm. We’re always looking for Movie Night volunteers, so please consider reserving this evening as a way to give back to Buckman! 


    Earthquake Preparedness, Join our Team

    We are building a parent-led Earthquake Preparedness Team. We need your involvement so we can work together with PPS, other schools and the neighborhood to establish supplies, procedures and connections with the community in the event of a large Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. Please contact Patricia Patyrak ppatyrak@gmail.com or Sarah Suby sarah.suby@gmail.com if you would like to join this important effort. 

    Please see attached for more Emergency Preparedness Information.

    Playground Project, Help Us Raise $10,000

    Playground Project -Voting is open! Want to help Buckman without spending much time or any money? Buckman has the opportunity to earn up to $10,000 from a new neighborhood bank, Columbia Credit Union, at the Goat Blocks. This is money that the PTA plans to put directly to use on the Playground Project, which will help bring nature and the arts to our kids' playground. It will take all of us to earn this money, so we have a fairly simple ask... Beginning today, and on as many days as possible between now and December 15th, please walk into Columbia Credit Union at 10th & Belmont (below Market of Choice) and place your vote! Each vote gets us $10 closer to the full $10,000 donation. You can stop by the bank from 9am-6pm on weekdays and 9am-1:30pm on Saturdays, walk up to the laptop inside the door, and cast your vote using your email address. The first time you submit you will need to verify your e-mail address, but after that you will need to do nothing! If you have multiple family e-mail addresses, you can place a vote with each one! Voting is open now through December 15. Bonus: One voter will win a gorgeous electric bike! Let's get voting! 

    Run for the Arts, Donations Due 

    It's never too late to turn in Run For The Arts Donations, but do it soon! Bring it to the office. No cash please.

    If you have any questions, please contact Leah Christensen at leah.barkhurst@gmail.com. 


    Stay Connected

    Stay in-the-know about Buckman happenings! There are lots of ways to get updates. We publish upcoming events weekly in this newsletter, as well as on our parent-run website www.buckmanelementary.org. Subscribe to the events calendar to sync with your calendar of choice. There are two Facebook options: one is the Buckman Elementary page and the other is a closed group for Buckman families. Lastly, you can sign up to receive text alerts by texting the number 810-10 with the message “Join k2d2d” or by signing up online here.


    Ways you can help: Funds For Buckman!

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

    Fund Opportunities



    Storytelling Night, Thursday, November 16, 6:00-8:00pm

    The theme of this year's storytelling night will be "Belonging". We encourage parents and students to begin drafting stories they would like to share at the performance part of the night. If you would like to perform a story please drop off a draft to the SUN Office (Room 108), SUN mailbox in the main office or email kchudler@impactnw.org.
    That evening there will also be numerous opportunities in different rooms to do impromptu writing. For instance, choose a family heirloom or an object that you can use to tell a family story. Visit the Bandaid Room for an OUCH! story about a time that was physically or emotionally painful. Visit the Dream Room to share a significant, recurring, scary, or hilarious dream. There will be many other opportunities to both share and listen to stories. If you are interested in working with us on this event, volunteering that night or know of valuable resources, please contact kchudler@impactnw.org


    Check Lost & Found

    Please check the lost & found when you come to your conferences this week!! We have tons of unclaimed stuff! Jackets and other clothing items are hanging on the rack outside the cafetorium. Please check the bins below for water bottles and lunch boxes. We will be doing a donation of ALL items to the PTA clothing center before Thanksgiving. 


    Emergency Clothing Needed


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

    Medications at School


        Please contact the office if your student will be receiving medications during school hours. Medicine can only be given to students after families complete the Authorization for Medication Administration by School Personnel form, which you can pick up in the office.

         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


    Buckman Book Fair 2017

    Book Fair Volunteer Sign-Up is open! This year’s book fair will run December 4-8. Volunteers are the priceless gift that keeps the Book Fair running. Thank you Buckman Community for your help, energy and time!

    4th & 5th Graders Oregon Reader’s Choice Awards

    Upper Elementary ORCA’s have been introduced to all 4th & 5th graders. Out of the 8 nominated books, if students read 2 (or listen) they can vote with the rest of Oregon's 4th & 5th graders before spring break. If they read all 8 and complete the form by April 1, they will be invited to a special party in the library! Our library has 4 copies of each title and will be checked out to students as their name gets pulled from a hat. More titles and audio books are available at MCL.

    Volunteers Needed!

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

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

    Banned Books Week

    Banned Books Week is an annual awareness campaign promoted by the American Library Association and Amnesty International, that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals. We have a variety of challenged books in our library, come see the display!


    SUN News


    Welcome Back from SUN!

    Buckman SUN provides enriching after-school classes for your child every fall, winter, and spring. All day camps are offered during non-school days, and over the summer! Sign up now to join camps on non-school days and late day openings by going online here. Half-off scholarships are available for families eligible for free or reduced lunch. Contact Brittany in the SUN office, Room 108 or at bmorris@impactnw.org. If families need further scholarships, there is a scholarship form in the SUN office that can be filled out and submitted along with proof of income.

    Open SUN Classes

    Family Equity Team Potluck

    Low Cost Bikes for Low Income Children

    Seeking Basketball Coaches and Student Registration


    Adult Zumba, Tuesdays at 6:30pm

    SUN will again be offering an adult Zumba class this year to be held on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm in the Dance Studio. Cost is $5/class or 5 classes for $20. Please join us for this fun class!

    Continued Help Needed for Buckman Family

    The Buckman family we have been supporting through our use of meal train continues to identify a need for support so the calendar has been updated. Please sign up here to provide a meal. Please be aware of life threatening allergies to nuts, fish, seafood, soybeans, grapefruit, pork, jalapenos, black pepper, and limited eggs (2 per month). Please low grease, non-spicy, easily digestible foods. In addition to meals, they are also interested in cheese, yogurt, butter, eggs, bread, milk, cereal, oatmeal.

    Thank you for your continuous support. Our Buckman community is so strong!
    If you have any questions please email me at kchudler@impactnw.org or call the SUN phone 503-858-0230

    Family Leadership Team

    Parents of students of color, ELL parents, and parents of students with special needs or abilities have been meeting monthly to address school equity issues. If you would like to be on the FLT mailing list, please contact Diane Meisenhelter at SUN, dmeisenhelter@impactnw.org.

    Storytelling Night

    This fall, our family literacy night will center around storytelling. If you would be interested in working with us on this event or know of valuable resources, please contact Diane at dmeisenhelter@impactnw.org.


    SUN Feedback

    Please complete SUN parent surveys this week so that we can improve the program and better serve your needs.  

    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.







  • Greetings, families.

    Congratulations staff on a fabulous Grandparents and Special Friends Day. We had excellent family turnout, as usual, and I was so impressed by the level of performance students were able to produce in such a short time. Even more important was how much content was shared with our Grandparents and Special Friends: science, social science, health and social skills, and the arts. Brilliant work, everyone! And, we couldn’t do it without our awesome PTA and Foundation volunteers. Thank you, as always, for your support!  

    Several weeks ago I explained our work with Safer Routes to Schools and how they are working with us to resolve parking and safety issues around Buckman. In the last few week they have been at Pine and Oak streets extending yellow lines at the corners, creating safer visibility for families crossing at those corners.  And, since we started tracking the number of information tickets we have handed out, we have reduced the number of common parking problems by 75%! So really great work, families! And yet, it only takes one careless moment to create a tragedy, and there simply is no way to replace a child. Sometime between now and the winter break, you can expect to see Portland Police in the neighborhood monitoring parking and, possibly, handing out citations. I would absolutely love to hear that Buckman School is ticket free.

    Daylight savings means early, dark nights, when soccer season is over and basketball hasn’t really started yet. We have some ideas of things to do! First, we have Literacy Night: Storytelling! coming up on November 16 at 6pm. Everybody has a story! Come enjoy a combination of art, writing and the oral tradition of storytelling on the theme of Belonging.  And, you don’t even have to wait if you having a story bursting to come out. Many of us having significant stories in our families, tales that bind generations and help us remember who we are and where we come from. But we aren’t all professional writers (although I know some of you are). We want everyone to feel they can share confidently, so Kelly in SUN is inviting Family Stories right now through November 14 for those who are comforted by a little advance preparation. 

    Close behind literacy night is our 3rd annual Scholastic Book Fair. This is a mammoth event, and a huge amount of work for our Media Specialist and Community Volunteers. Not only does this event raise money for new library purchases, it is also an opportunity for staff and students to be introduced to new books and authors, and to make selections for our classroom and school library. Real time voting, people!  So, how do you get involved? Check out the Volunteer link on this ridiculously detailed and informative Buckman Library website, http://buckmanlibrary.weebly.com/ .


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