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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  • Looking Ahead:

    Back to School Night Information

    Tue, Sep 14 6:00pm-7:30pm

    Don't miss our virtual Back to School night on Tuesday, September 14th from 6:00 - 7:30. Schedule is below:

    6:00-6:30 - Meet and greet with Mr. Wilebski, Jess, and a SUN presentation by Katie 

    meet.google.com/yer-owaf-dwu

    6:30-7:00 - Individual classroom presentation

    7:00-7:30- Presentation with our specialist team 

    meet.google.com/yer-owaf-dwu

     


     

    Buckman Information:

    School Hours:

    First Bell: 8:35

    Tardy Bell: 8:45

    All School Release Time: 3:00

     

    School Meals:

    All students are able to receive free meals at school this year.

     


    Friday, Spetember 24, 2021

    Hello Buckman community!  

    Here's your weekly news update.

    Library News:

     

    Sun News:

     

    • SUN after-school classes start Monday! Check your active account for information about picking up your student and to confirm what classes they are enrolled in. Contact Katie with any questions. 
    • Sign up for chess! There's still plenty of room. More info and sign up here
    • Save the date for a community conversation with our family leadership groups and staff to talk about aligning our work as a community with these social justice standards. October 19th at 6:15pm. All families are welcome. 
    • SUN is always seeking donations! We are currently asking for individual pre-packaged snacks for our students attending after-school programming. If you'd like to make a financial donation, you can make one here (note "Buckman SUN" in the "special program of support" field). 

     

    PTA News:

    • The SUN program continues to have a need for pre-packaged snacks. Please connect with Katie Olson to coordinate drop off: kolson@impactnw.org.
    • Have you considered supporting Buckman PTA through a paid membership? Search for Buckman and join today - membership is only $9.50 and supports school related activities all year long. Please note, that you don't need to have a paid membership to participate in PTA meetings or events, but memberships do provide direct financial support and keep us in a position to continue supporting our school community as much as we can. Plus, your school PTA rocks!
    • Join us at our first PTA meeting of the year from Wednesday, October 12th from 6-8pm and meet your new Buckman PTA. There are so many ways to get involved and roll up your sleeves. We are excited to meet you!
    • Purchase Scrip gift cards and support Buckman!  Did you know PTA has a variety of gift cards available for purchase (cash only)? A percentage (4-15%) of each gift card sold goes back to Buckman. Gift cards are a great way to complete your shopping, and they make great gifts. Shop at Fred Meyer? Grab regular drinks at Starbucks? Purchase gift cards with us and use to fund those routine sales! In person gift card sales are cash only. We will be selling Scrip on the upper playground blacktop on the following dates from 3:00 - 4:30:
      • Monday, September 20th (8:30 AM only)
      • Monday, October 18th
      • Monday, November 15th
      • Monday, December 13th
    • Who wants to coordinate the yearbook and take pictures? The PTA is looking for both a yearbook coordinator AND photographers. If taking photos and/or design is your jam, please reach out to Jeff Burns at jeff@organicmodern.com

    • Calling all Room Parents! So far, we only have room parents secured for Danielson, Betz, Ingraham, Rockness and Ashley. If you are interested in supporting teachers and helping lead your child's classroom (there can be more than one per class!), please email pta@buckmanelementary.org. We will be hosting quick 15 minute monthly Room Parent virtual meetings as a way to connect and engage with others, and share messaging and information with classroom families. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm! 
    • Charleston Wrap is back! If you need wrapping paper or other gifts for upcoming holidays and celebrations, look no further -- and support Buckman at the same time in just a few easy clicks! The paper is beautiful and unique, and a large portion of proceeds go directly back to Buckman PTA. There's much more than wrapping paper, so take a look and stock up - and don't forget to share with friends and family.
    • Many classrooms are still in need of contributions for school supplies. If you have not yet donated to your child's class, you can still do so by clicking on your teacher's link below. If donating is a financial hardship, please contact Katie Olson at kolson@impactnw.org
    K-2 SES - Abrahams K- Dewson K- Ingraham K- Molina
    1st - Agre 1st - Danielson 1st - Miles  
    2nd - Lee 2nd - Roberts 2nd - Rockness  
    3-5 SES - Carabajal 3rd - Betz 3rd - Christy 3rd - Gifford
    4th - Ekelof 4th - Rudolph 4th - Walker  
    5th - Jensen 5th - Nichenko 5th - Nicholl  

     

    All Things Buckman:

    Be You At Buckman      About Buckman PTA          Family Equity Team    COVID-19 General Consent Form

    About Buckman Foundation      Buckman Green Team      Konstella     PTA Fundraising 

    SchoolPay      Buckman Scrip Program      About the SUN Program      SUN Supports & Resources 

     

     


    Buckman Registration Information

    Welcome to Buckman!

    If you have a child to register at Buckman, you will find all registration information on the Portland Public School Enrollment and Transfer website. PPS Enrollment and Transfer.

     


      

    Buckman School Neighborhood Bus Route: #306

    If you are expecting to ride the bus, please let the office know. 

    Neighborhood Bus Stop Locations and Times

    AM Pick Up

    (1) NE 6TH AV @ NE CLACKAMAS ST [SE]         8:12 am

    (2) 1557 NE WEIDLER ST [S]                           8:16 am 

    (3) NE 19TH AV @ NE CLACKAMAS ST [NW]      8:17 am

    (4) NE 30TH AV @ NE OREGON ST [NW] 306     8:23 am

     

    PM Drop Off

    (1) NE 30TH AV @ NE OREGON ST [NW]           3:10 pm 

    (2) NE CLACKAMAS ST @ NE 19TH AV [NE]       3:16 pm 

    (3) 1557 NE WEIDLER ST [S]                           3:18 pm 

    (4) NE 6TH AV @ NE CLACKAMAS ST [NW]        3:23 pm

     


     

    SUN Updates! 

    Please check out the link below for information about the SUN Fall Classes.

    SUN Fall Catalog  

     

     
    Champions Child Care News
    Champions is offering Summer Camp at Buckman Elementary. 
    If you are interested in care or have additional questions, please contact Angie Raffaele at  503-915-7893.
    Please see attched link for more information.
     
     
      

     

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  • Friday, September 24 , 2021

    Hello Buckman community!  

    Here's your weekly news update.

    Library News:

     

    Sun News:

     

    • SUN after-school classes start Monday! Check your active account for information about picking up your student and to confirm what classes they are enrolled in. Contact Katie with any questions. 
    • Sign up for chess! There's still plenty of room. More info and sign up here
    • Save the date for a community conversation with our family leadership groups and staff to talk about aligning our work as a community with these social justice standards. October 19th at 6:15pm. All families are welcome. 
    • SUN is always seeking donations! We are currently asking for individual pre-packaged snacks for our students attending after-school programming. If you'd like to make a financial donation, you can make one here (note "Buckman SUN" in the "special program of support" field). 

     

    PTA News:

    • The SUN program continues to have a need for pre-packaged snacks. Please connect with Katie Olson to coordinate drop off: kolson@impactnw.org.
    • Have you considered supporting Buckman PTA through a paid membership? Search for Buckman and join today - membership is only $9.50 and supports school related activities all year long. Please note, that you don't need to have a paid membership to participate in PTA meetings or events, but memberships do provide direct financial support and keep us in a position to continue supporting our school community as much as we can. Plus, your school PTA rocks!
    • Join us at our first PTA meeting of the year from Wednesday, October 12th from 6-8pm and meet your new Buckman PTA. There are so many ways to get involved and roll up your sleeves. We are excited to meet you!
    • Purchase Scrip gift cards and support Buckman!  Did you know PTA has a variety of gift cards available for purchase (cash only)? A percentage (4-15%) of each gift card sold goes back to Buckman. Gift cards are a great way to complete your shopping, and they make great gifts. Shop at Fred Meyer? Grab regular drinks at Starbucks? Purchase gift cards with us and use to fund those routine sales! In person gift card sales are cash only. We will be selling Scrip on the upper playground blacktop on the following dates from 3:00 - 4:30:
      • Monday, September 20th (8:30 AM only)
      • Monday, October 18th
      • Monday, November 15th
      • Monday, December 13th
    • Who wants to coordinate the yearbook and take pictures? The PTA is looking for both a yearbook coordinator AND photographers. If taking photos and/or design is your jam, please reach out to Jeff Burns at jeff@organicmodern.com

    • Calling all Room Parents! So far, we only have room parents secured for Danielson, Betz, Ingraham, Rockness and Ashley. If you are interested in supporting teachers and helping lead your child's classroom (there can be more than one per class!), please email pta@buckmanelementary.org. We will be hosting quick 15 minute monthly Room Parent virtual meetings as a way to connect and engage with others, and share messaging and information with classroom families. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm! 
    • Charleston Wrap is back! If you need wrapping paper or other gifts for upcoming holidays and celebrations, look no further -- and support Buckman at the same time in just a few easy clicks! The paper is beautiful and unique, and a large portion of proceeds go directly back to Buckman PTA. There's much more than wrapping paper, so take a look and stock up - and don't forget to share with friends and family.
    • Many classrooms are still in need of contributions for school supplies. If you have not yet donated to your child's class, you can still do so by clicking on your teacher's link below. If donating is a financial hardship, please contact Katie Olson at kolson@impactnw.org
    K-2 SES - Abrahams K- Dewson K- Ingraham K- Molina
    1st - Agre 1st - Danielson 1st - Miles  
    2nd - Lee 2nd - Roberts 2nd - Rockness  
    3-5 SES - Carabajal 3rd - Betz 3rd - Christy 3rd - Gifford
    4th - Ekelof 4th - Rudolph 4th - Walker  
    5th - Jensen 5th - Nichenko 5th - Nicholl  

     

    All Things Buckman:

    Be You At Buckman      About Buckman PTA       Family Equity Team   COVID-19 General Consent Form

    About Buckman Foundation      Buckman Green Team      Konstella     PTA Fundraising 

    SchoolPay      Buckman Scrip Program      About the SUN Program      SUN Supports & Resources 

     


    Friday, Spetember 17, 2021

    Hello Buckman community!  

    It was great to connect with you at Back to School Night this past Tuesday.  If you did not see your teachers slideshow or recording, please reach out to them to get the information. As we are getting more and more into the routines of school, students are settling into the “new normal”.   It has been wonderful to continue to connect with students in the hall and out at recess.  

    Here are a few updates for this week:

    Picture Day Is October 6!

    Your students should have come home with packets to order pictures.  Our picture day is scheduled for October 6th.  If you did not receive the picture forms, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

    COVID Reporting

    There has been a lot of interest in how we will report COVID cases here at Buckman.  My response is always that we will follow the guidance provided by our health officials and PPS team.  We did receive news that there is a new tracker to see cases reported by schools.  You can find the information here.

    Playground

    SUN classes are starting next Monday the 20th.  Due to the increased activity on the upper playground please leave after picking up your students after school.  The upper playground will be closed till 5:30pm.   The lower playground and field  will still be available for play.  Thank you for your understanding and keeping our kids safe.

    Library News

    SUN News

    • SUN after-school classes start Monday! Check your active account for information about picking up your student and to confirm what classes they are enrolled in. Contact Katie with any questions. 
    • Sign up for chess! There's still plenty of room. More info and sign up here
    • Save the date for a community conversation with our family leadership groups and staff to talk about aligning our work as a community with these social justice standards. October 19th at 6:15pm. All families are welcome. 
    • SUN is always seeking donations! We are currently asking for individual pre-packaged snacks for our students attending after-school programming. If you'd like to make a financial donation, you can make one here (note "Buckman SUN" in the "special program of support" field). 

    PTA News

    • The SUN program is collecting items for Buckman families:
      • pre-packaged snacks
      • at home covid testing kits
      • copy paper
      • cloth masks for kids
      • new socks and underwear (especially boys)

    If you have any of the following, connect with Katie Olson to coordinate dropoff: kolson@impactnw.org.

    • Have you considered supporting Buckman PTA through a paid membership? Search for Buckman and join today - membership is only $9.50 and supports school related activities all year long. Please note, that you don't need to have a paid membership to participate in PTA meetings or events, but memberships do provide direct financial support and keep us in a position to continue supporting our school community as much as we can.
    • Join us at our first PTA meeting of the year from Wednesday, October 12th from 6-8pm and meet your new Buckman PTA. There are so many ways to get involved and roll up your sleeves. We are excited to meet you!
    • Purchase Scrip gift cards and support Buckman!  Did you know PTA has a variety of gift cards available for purchase (cash only)? A percentage (4-15%) of each gift card sold goes back to Buckman. Gift cards are a great way to complete your shopping, and they make great gifts. Shop at Fred Meyer? Grab regular drinks at Starbucks? Purchase gift cards with us and use to fund those routine sales! In person gift card sales are cash only. We will be selling Scrip on the upper playground blacktop on the following dates from 3:00 - 4:30:
      • Monday, October 18th
      • Monday, November 15th
      • Monday, December 13th
    • Who wants to coordinate the yearbook and take pictures? The PTA is looking for both a yearbook coordinator AND photographers. If taking photos and/or design is your jam, please reach out to Jeff Burns at jeff@organicmodern.com

    • Calling all Room Parents! If you are interested in supporting teachers and helping lead your child's classroom (there can be more than one per class!), please reach out to your teacher or email pta@buckmanelementary.org. We will be hosting monthly Room Parent virtual meetings as a way to connect and engage with others, and share messaging and information with classroom families. Day and time of calls is TBD and will be short and sweet. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm! 
    • Charleston Wrap is back! If you need wrapping paper for upcoming holidays and celebrations, look no further -- and support Buckman at the same time in just a few easy clicks! The paper is beautiful and unique, and a large portion of proceeds go directly back to Buckman PTA. There's much more than wrapping paper, so take a look and stock up - and don't forget to share with friends and family.

    In Community with Kindness, 

    Jeff Wilebski

     


    Friday, September 10, 2021

    Hello Buckman community!  

    We are coming to the end of our second week and it is lovely to see all of the learning and collaboration happening here at school.  Here are a few updates as we head toward this weekend!  

    Back to School Night has quickly come up on our calendar. We will be meeting this Tuesday, September 14th from 6:00PM-7:30PM.  PPS has asked that all BTSN activities be done virtually.  We will be meeting as a whole school to hear from Ms. Jess, Katie, and me at the beginning of the meeting and then heading to individual virtual meets with classroom teachers before ending our night with our specialist teachers. Here is the main meeting link: meet.google.com/yer-owaf-dwu

    COVID testing-

    We have been waiting on guidance from our health officials and PPS regarding sending home test kits for families who have opted in to the program.  We do not have any more information at this point but wanted to ensure you had access to the form to give consent if you are interested.  Once we have more information we will pass it along to you! Here is the link to the consent form and you can also message the office and have one sent home with your child if you are unable to print one.

    In Community with Kindness, 

    Jeff Wilebski

     

    Buckman Foundation

    Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!  Please join us on Spetember 15th for the first Buckman Dines out at the Screen Door Restaurant on East Burnside. More info here 

     

    Library News

     

    PTA News

    The SUN program is collecting items for Buckman families:

    • pre-packaged snacks
    • at home covid testing kits
    • copy paper
    • cloth masks for kids
    • new socks and underwear (especially boys)

    If you have any of the following, you can drop off next Monday, September 13th from 3:00-4:00 at the Scrip table on the blacktop. You can also connect with Katie Olson to coordinate drop off: kolson@impactnw.org.

    • Have you considered supporting Buckman PTA through a paid membership? Search for Buckman and join today - membership is only $9.50 and supports school related activities all year long.
    • Join us at our first PTA meeting of the year from 6:00 - 8:00pm on Wednesday, October 12th and meet your new Buckman PTA. We are excited to meet you!
    • We will be selling gift cards through Scrip throughout the year. A percentage (4-15%) of each gift card sold goes back to Buckman. Gift cards are a great way to complete your routine shopping, and they make great gifts. In person gift card sales are cash only. We will be selling Scrip on the upper playground blacktop on the following dates from 3:00 - 4:00:
      • Monday, September 13th
      • Monday, October 18th
      • Monday, November 15th
      • Monday, December 13th

    SUN UPDATES

    • SUN after-school classes start September 20th! Look for an email next week with information about how your student will get from school to SUN, what to send them with, etc. 
    • Girls on the Run starts September 13th. You should have already received an email from Coach Lisa with more details. 
    • Sign up for chess! There's still plenty of room. More info and sign up here
    • Save the date for a community conversation with our family leadership groups and staff to talk about aligning our work as a community with these social justice standards. October 19th at 6:15pm. All families are welcome. 

     


     

     

    Friday, September 3, 2021

    Hello Buckman families! 

    We are off and running!  We welcomed back all of our first through fifth grade students and it is so nice to have the energy in the building.  Students are so remarkably resilient and they show us time and time again how they can overcome the changes we are forced to endure and still get into learning!  Thank you to all of the families who are supporting your students in this effort. A huge shout out goes to our EDUCATORS for putting in so much work to welcome students back to the safest environment possible.

    Lunch 

    For anyone who may have missed our previous communication regarding not being able to use our inside tables for lunch outside we want to make sure you are aware of our current situation and plan moving forward. We are currently eating outside and under the covered area.  Students are eating picnic style on the ground for now.  We have small stools arriving soon that should allow us to elevate off of the ground (hopefully before it rains).  PPS has mandated that we eat outside for the first six weeks of school. This is another example of our students being amazing and going with the flow.  

    **As we wait on our stools to arrive, if you want to send a small blanket or towel for your child to sit on we welcome that. Some students have already been bringing them in and it makes for a more comfortable experience. Thank you to all of our essential volunteers who are here to help make lunch run smoothly!  We could not do this without you here. We will continue to adjust our plan as PPS guidance changes.  Thank you for your patience and understanding! 

    Next week as students arrive they can get breakfast from 8:20-8:35 and when the first bell rings, students will walk into the building through their assigned doors. 2nd-5th grade teachers will NOT be meeting students outside.  Kindergarten and 1st grade students will enter through their assigned front doors.   

    Library updates

    School Supplies

    COVID Testing

    If you want to provide consent for Covid-19 testing, fill out and have your student return to the school office or their teacher.  COVID-19 General Consent Form

    Please remember there is no parking in the bus zone on SE Pine St. or out front of the school

    Back to school night is September 14th and will be a virtual event.  Look for meeting codes in Community News next week! 

    Notes for next week

    • No school Monday September 6th (Labor Day)
    • No principal coffee Friday September 10th (we will be scheduling a third COVID update before the end of the month)

    In Community with Kindness, 

    Jeff Wilebski


    Wednesday September 1, 2021

    Hello Buckman community!  

    Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!  Our theme this year is “In Community with Kindness”  We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces (behind our masks of course).

    School starts tomorrow!  If your child is in 2nd-5th grade they start tomorrow morning.  We will have grab and go breakfast at 8:20.  The first bell will ring at 8:35 and school starts at 8:45.  If you are not sure where your child will meet their teacher, please take them to the blacktop (upper playground) and we will help you find your way!  We are looking forward to seeing all students soon! 

    Water Bottles

    • Please be sure to send your child to school with a full water bottle.  

    Lunch process update

    • We learned this week that we are not allowed to bring our tables outside for lunch.  As an alternative, we have ordered small stools for students to use to sit on while they eat.  We are anticipating the arrival of our stools and will be hosting outdoor lunch on the blacktop playground.  Students will sit on the ground for the time being.  Fortunately we will have wonderful weather for the next two weeks.  If you are scheduled to volunteer we would still love your help with encouraging distancing and safety!  

    COVID Townhall

    • We hosted another COVID protocol update today from 2:00-2:30.  I will schedule another in the coming weeks to problem solve and update everyone on any new details that come to our attention.

    SUN Update:

    • General registration for SUN after-school classes opens at 7am on September 7th! Link to registration is here. The term will run from September 20-December 10. Check Konstella for the course catalog. 

    School Supplies

    Finally,  I want to thank all of the community members and staff here at Buckman for making my first few weeks a joy.  It is an interesting time to enter a new school and community and I have felt so much support and encouragement!  It takes a Community to navigate during an ever-changing time and I look forward to providing everyone with as much detail as possible as we learn and practice teaching and learning in our new experience. 

    In Community with Kindness, 

    Jeff Wilebski


     

    Friday, June 11, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    We did it, we made it through another school year, and despite everything, it was an absolute pleasure and privilege to do it alongside all of you. I am excited and plan on welcoming all of the students back in person in the fall. 

    Special thanks to our PTA and foundation, who went above and beyond to provide whatever was necessary to add to our students’ school experience. To Colby, Jenna and many other, 5th (now 6th!) grade parent volunteers who helped put on another amazing promotion ceremony, to Amanda, Leah, and many other auction volunteers  for another fun auction, we simply couldn’t do any of this without you. 

    The hybrid and virtual learning experiences could not occur without the endless energy, skills and devotion of the Buckman staff. The list of thank yous is long, but especially to the amazing and legendary Joanne Godfrey. For 28 years, you have been an icon at Buckman and you will always be a part of the Buckman family, even in your retirement. Thank you to Mr. Clarkson, Ms. Davis, Ms. Kaeleen Kirkpatrick, Mr. Laurence and Ms. Crispen for joining us this year and filling such important roles in our community. We would not have been able to do this hard work without you. To our amazing staff: your dedication and passion for teaching our students was consistent throughout this entire year. No matter our age, or amount of experience in education, this past year was new to all of us and every single one of our teachers stepped up and rose to the occasion.

    And finally, to our Buckman Bears: students, you are the reason why we do what we do. You have worked so hard this year and I am so proud of each and every one of you. I am grateful for your laughter, your smiles, your encouragement of one another, your patience and your amazing talents. I love that you allow us, your teachers, to learn alongside you. You have made me the happiest, proudest, most humbled, and most warm-fuzziest principal ever. As we consider our theme for next year “in community” I want you to know that in all of schools I have worked at, I have never felt a community like this.  

    I wish you a delightful summer filled with wonder, love, and laughter.  

    In  gratitude,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 6/11 last day of school
    • 6/14 (week of) report cards and teacher placements mailed home

    2021 school year dates:

    • 8/23, 24, 25, 11am: kindergarten picnics
    • 8/30-31: 1st grade family meet and greets
    • 9/2, 8:45am: 1st day of school for grades 2-5
    • 9/6: no school, Labor Day
    • 9/3: 1st day of school for 1st grade
    • 9/3 OR 9/7: first day of school for kindergarten (schedule will be sent out in August)
    • 9/14, 6pm: back to school event

     

    ART

    5th Grade Virtual Showcase  In celebration of their years of growth and artistic development at Buckman, the Arts Team and the 5th grade class present The 5th Grade Showcase, a video performance and online gallery highlighting each student's unique artistic abilities. Click this link to view their work. 

    4th Grade Virtual Performance   This year´s 4th grade performance took the form of 3 videos and an online gallery. Click this link to view their work. 

    PPS Special Virtual Student Exhibition   Congratulations to 5th grader, Lucas Tyler, whose artwork titled Mountains under Sky was included in the PPS Special Virtual Student Exhibition which can be viewed here. 

    Portland Art Museum Postcard Installation   Congratulations to 5th and 4th grade students, Cleo, Indra, Una, Greta H, Olivia, Naomi, Teegan, Brooks, Julia, and Elliana, whose artworks are on display in the Portland Art Museum gift shop. Click here to see the Virtual Display of the show, or see it in person June 1-30th. 

     

    FOUNDATION

    Thank you to everyone who attended the Buckman Auction kickoff; it was wonderful to gather as a community as we close out the 2020-2021 school year. Thanks to everyone who participated in the event by bidding, gifting, or sponsoring; we are delighted to share that we have exceeded our goal! Once again, we have collectively proven that the Buckman community is strong and we are collectively committed to keeping the Buckman magic alive.

    From the Buckman Foundation, we’d like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone in our Buckman family for an incredible school year in challenging times. THANK YOU!!!

     

    LIBRARY

     

    PTA

    As we say goodbye to another year, we want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve the Buckman community. Many of our priorities, events, and fundraisers could not have happened without your support. We hope that we can continue to come together to support the goals and objectives of the new board to ensure that all Buckman students are able to flourish and shine. 

    With that, we welcome our new board members: Caryn Jones and Shannon Berke (Co-presidents); Aron Goffin (VP-Communications); Maralea Lutino (VP-Equity and Inclusion); Jeff Burns and Leanne Holm (Treasurer and Treasurer-elect, respectively); and Emily Sokolski (Secretary). We wish them all the best in their new endeavor.  

    Have a great summer and congrats to all the 5th graders!

     

    SUN

    • Oregon host families needed for CIEE exchange students for the 2021-2022 school year! Families come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re ready to open your heart and share your home, chances are you’ve got what it takes to host an international student. Connect your family with the world! Contact Virginia Doss at vdoss@ciee.org or 1-207-749-7679 if you're interested. 
    • Support local BIPOC farmers by visiting the Come Thru Market at The Redd on Salmon (832 SE Salmon) on the first and third Mondays of the month from 12-4pm. Come Thru Market is an incubator market centering Black and Indigenous Farmers and Makers. We support BIPOC growers in taking their small business dreams to the farmers market environment. 
    • Buckman SUN is HIRING for part-time summer instructors (July 19-August 6)! Contact Katie for more information or if you (or someone you know) might be interested.
    • Sign up for our summer anti-racist study group to learn and grow in space with other Buckman families! 
    • Are you struggling to afford internet service right now? There is a new program out to help that provides a monthly discount for broadband service! Contact Katie for more information or assistance applying.
    • Has your student painted their rock for the community art project yet? If not, please paint one at home or come by the school to paint one or pick up supplies. Contact Katie with questions.
    • Do you need clothing support or energy assistance? Katie has new resources available, let her or your student's teacher know that you could use some help!
    • Are you looking to get a COVID vaccine and would like assistance? Contact Katie to get signed up or to find locations with availability.

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    PPS Meals: How to Access Meals Starting June 21

    It has been a pleasure to serve our students meals this school year.  While the school year is ending, we will be providing opportunities for all families across the city to access meals during the summer.  We are planning to support many in-person programs across the district, however, we will also be providing grab and go meals at various schools and parks throughout the summer.   

    New Meal Distribution Sites for Summer

    From June 21 through August 20, grab-and-go breakfasts + lunches will be available between 3 and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for all children in the community (PPS students and children not enrolled at PPS) ages 1-18. The district will be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of the holiday.

    The sites for curbside distribution:

    • Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary, 620 N Fremont St.
    • Bridger K-9 School, 7910 SE Market St.
    • Faubion PK-8 School, 2930 NE Dekum St.
    • Franklin High School, 5405 SE Woodward St.
    • George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave.
    • Grant High School, 2245 NE 36th Ave.
    • Grout Elementary, 3119 SE Holgate Blvd.
    • Ida B. Wells High School, 1151 SW Vermont St. 
    • Kelly Elementary, 9030 SE Cooper St.
    • Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave.
    • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary, 4906 NE 6th Ave.
    • Roosevelt High School, 6941 N Central St. 
    • Roseway Heights Middle School, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.
    • Sitton Elementary, 9930 N Smith St.
    • Woodmere Elementary, 7900 SE Duke St.

    Also, in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation, daily free meals (breakfast + lunch) and activities will be offered throughout the city in the following parks June 21-August 20:

     

    Alberta Park

    NE 19th Ave. and NE Jarrett St.

    noon-1 p.m.

    Columbia Park

    N Woolsey Ave. and N Winchell St.

    12:30-1:30 p.m.

    Cully Park

    5810 NE 72nd Ave.

    noon-1 p.m.

    Essex Park

    SE 76th Ave. and Center St.

    12:30-1:30 p.m.

    Harrison Park

    SE 84th Ave. and Harrison St.

    12:30-1:30 p.m.

    Holly Farm Park

    10819 SW Capitol Hwy.

    noon-1 p.m.

    Irving Park

    875 NE Fremont St.

    noon-1 p.m.

    Kenton Park

    N Delaware Ave. and N Kilpatrick St.

    noon-1 p.m.

    Khunamokwst Park

    5200 NE Alberta St.

    12:30-1:30 p.m.

    Lents Park

    SE 92nd Ave. and SE Steele St.

    noon-1 p.m.

    McCoy Park

    N Newman Ave. and N Newark St.

    noon-1 p.m.

    Montavilla Park

    NE 82nd Ave. and NE Glisan St.

    noon-1 p.m.

    Mt. Scott Park

    SE 72nd Ave. and SE Ramona St.

    noon-1 p.m.

    Peninsula Park

    700 N Rosa Parks Way

    noon-1 p.m.

    Raymond Park

    SE 118th Ave. and SE Liebe St.

    noon-1 p.m.

    St. Johns Park

    8427 N Central St.

    12:30-1:30 p.m.

    Stephens Creek Crossing

    6715 SW 26th Ave.

    12:30-1:30 p.m.

    Verdell B. Rutherford

    1599 SE 167th Ave.

    12:30-1:30 p.m.

    Wilkes Park

    NE Sandy Blvd. and NE 154th Ave.

    noon-1 p.m.

     

    Portland Parks and Rec Summer Camps

    Registration for the first half of summer opens May 24th. Click here for locations, pricing, and registration information.

    Saturday Academy Summer Camps and Classes (Grades 2-12)

    To find out more, check out this flyer or go to their website at saturdayacademy.org.

     

    Buckman Champions
    Champions is being offered at Buckman this summer! Click here for more details.

     


    Friday, June 4, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,


    June is PRIDE month. We honor the LGBTQIA2S+ community and individuals all year long and especially in June! How lucky we are to work at Buckman where we have student and family QSA groups. When we walk through the front entry, the first thing we see is a beautiful rainbow, which says to everyone “hello, you are welcomed and celebrated here”.  If you’re interested, check out this podcast episode of Hidden Brain, which discusses the transformation of public attitude over LGBTQ+ issues and rights, and how we can use those lessons towards advocacy for other underserved groups looking for change. 

    Online subscriptions: Good news, your students can continue to work on Dreambox, Lexia, and other district applications this summer using their clever accounts!

    Auction news: I hope many of you can make it to our online auction, launching tonight at 6pm! Every dollar raised goes towards staffing to keep our library open full time, hire a theater teacher for in person instruction, and educational assistants to support literacy. Please join us here for the kickoff party at 6pm and click here to check out the auction catalogue.

    K-2 SES teacher hire: I am so excited to introduce you to Brianne Abrahams to our staff as our K-2 SES teacher. For the last 5 years Brianne has been a teacher at Serendipity Center, a private nonprofit school that supports students with complex needs that have been unsuccessful at other school placements. She is passionate about helping students that face challenges become successful learners! Her classroom is filled with hands-on projects, silly dances, and laughter. Outside of school, Brianne is a cat mom, radio dj, musician, and hiker. Welcome Brianne! 

    Teacher spotlight: Huge shout out to Eric, for editing and producing all of our ROARS videos this year. These videos have sparked so much joy this year, and they take hours of work for Eric to put together. We even have one very special kindergartener who proudly boasts “I watch every single ROARS video every single day”. Eric, huge kudos and on behalf of the entire Buckman community, thank you for all of your hard work this year. And with that, here is our final ROARS video for the year.

    And finally, a note of solemnity. We mourn for the 215 children found buried on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. It was a devastating discovery and as someone who works in a school with the delight of being around children every day, the news of the 215 Indigenous children found is sad and true. If you feel compelled to join me this summer in reading, I invite you to dive into an Indiginous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People, by Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza. It is difficult, and essential, for us to learn. This will be our collective read for the Buckman community anti-racist study group. If interested, sign up here.

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 6/4 6pm, Buckman Virtual Auction
    • 6/10 3:30pm Nichenko, 3:50 Nicholl, 4:10 Jensen, 5th grade drive/walk/bike through promotion 
    • 6/11 last day of school
    • 6/14 (week of) report cards and teacher placements mailed home

    2021 school year dates:

    • 8/23, 24, 25, 11am: kindergarten picnics
    • 8/30-31: 1st grade family meet and greets
    • 9/2, 8:45am: 1st day of school for grades 2-5
    • 9/6: no school, Labor Day
    • 9/3: 1st day of school for 1st grade
    • 9/3 OR 9/7: first day of school for kindergarten (schedule will be sent out in August)
    • 9/14, 6pm: back to school event

    AUCTION TIME!  Are you ready for auction weekend? Register for FREE in advance (http://buckmanauction.org) so you are ready for bidding when it opens shortly after the kickoff this evening. If you register before 5pm, pick up a complimentary 20oz beer from our delightful sponsor West Coast Grocery Co.  Together, we’ll virtually raise a glass (or can) to Buckman at the kickoff party on Google Meet, TONIGHT at 6pm (https://meet.google.com/rrj-kbwe-quc?authuser=0)!

    There’s still some time to grab a Golden Ticket to enter into the raffle for one of the amazing getaways up for bid in this year’s auction. Golden Tickets are $50 each, sales end today at 5pm! The winner must be at the kickoff party to claim their prize.

    And remember: you will have just over 24 hours to get your bids in for the fabulous items in this year’s auction. Bidding will officially close at 9pm on Saturday, June 5. THANK YOU for supporting Buckman! 

    YEARBOOKS ARE HERE!  Pick up preordered yearbooks next Wednesday (6/9) on the upper playground between 3:00-4:45pm. Yearbooks for 5th graders will be handed out during 5th grade promotion. 

     You can still order yours at https://store.shopyearbook.com/buckman (direct shipping). Electronic copies are FREE! $19 softcover, $28 hardcover. 

      

    LIBRARY

     

    SUN

    • Oregon host families needed for CIEE exchange students for the 2021-2022 school year! Families come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re ready to open your heart and share your home, chances are you’ve got what it takes to host an international student. Connect your family with the world! Contact Virginia Doss at vdoss@ciee.org or 1-207-749-7679 if you're interested. 
    • Support local BIPOC farmers by visiting the Come Thru Market at The Redd on Salmon (832 SE Salmon) on the first and third Mondays of the month from 12-4pm. Come Thru Market is an incubator market centering Black and Indigenous Farmers and Makers. We support BIPOC growers in taking their small business dreams to the farmers market environment. 
    • Buckman SUN is HIRING for part-time summer instructors (July 19-August 6)! Contact Katie for more information or if you (or someone you know) might be interested.
    • Sign up for our summer anti-racist study group to learn and grow in space with other Buckman families! 
    • Are you struggling to afford internet service right now? There is a new program out to help that provides a monthly discount for broadband service! Contact Katie for more information or assistance applying.
    • Has your student painted their rock for the community art project yet? If not, please paint one at home or come by the school to paint one or pick up supplies. Contact Katie with questions.
    • Do you need clothing support or energy assistance? Katie has new resources available, let her or your student's teacher know that you could use some help!
    • Are you looking to get a COVID vaccine and would like assistance? Contact Katie to get signed up or to find locations with availability.

      

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Portland Parks and Rec Summer Camps

    Registration for the first half of summer opens May 24th. Click here for locations, pricing, and registration information. 

    Saturday Academy Summer Camps and Classes (Grades 2-12)

    To find out more, check out this flyer or go to their website at saturdayacademy.org.

    Buckman Champions
    Champions is being offered at Buckman this summer! Click here for more details.

     


    Friday, May 28, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    This week marked the 1 year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, and ensuing renewed support for the Black Lives Matter movement.  If you would like to continue your own growth towards racial justice, please consider joining the Buckman Anti-racist Family Learning Group. To sign up and for more details, please see this survey link

     

    LAST DAY OF SPECIALS: Monday, June 7th. Our fabulous specialists will be helping to facilitate Field Day during the last week of school, so there will be no online synchronous specials classes (including the Arts, PE, BuckmanBites and BuckmanReads) after Mon. June 7th. 

     

    Field day: Coach E is organizing in person and virtual field day events for the last week of school. Virtual field day will be posted on SeeSaw. In person field day schedule will be:

    June 8 - K-2 hybrid field day

    June 9 - CDL field day (Last names A-L come from 11am-12pm, last names M-Z come from 1pm-2pm).

    June 10 - 3-5 hybrid field day

    For more information, see the flyer.

    Class placements: We decided this year to try to keep our original cohort of students together so that as we head into a new school year, students will be able to look forward to reuniting with their original CDL cohort from this year. Class placement notifications will be mailed out with report cards at the end of this school year. If you know you will not be attending Buckman next year, please let us know by emailing our school secretary Karen, at kcathcar@pps.net 

    Fall 2021: The superintendent announced earlier this month that he is planning on a full reopening of schools in the fall. We are excited to welcome everyone back in person with a full daily schedule from 8:45-3:00 and Champions offering extended day as well! More details will come in August about entry/exit routines, SUN enrichment offerings, and the soft start schedule for grades K-1.

    School Supplies: We will not be sending out school supply lists for this year. Instead, we will be asking families for a cash donation at the beginning of the year so that teachers can buy school supplies in bulk and also purchase exactly what they will be using in class. Any additional funds required for supplies will be offset by a donation from the PTA. 

    Read Aloud: We near the end of AAPI heritage month and I wanted to share this read aloud of "Eyes That Kiss in the Corners" that Ms. Rudnick helped me to record for all your Buckman Bears. Video Link 

    I hope you all enjoy the 3 day weekend. Memorial Day is in honor of veterans who died in service to our country. Thank you so much to all that you have given and sacrificed. 

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day
    • 6/1 9:30am, 1:45pm fire drill
    • 6/4 6pm, Buckman Virtual Auction
    • 6/10 3:30pm, 5th grade promotion 
    • 6/11 last day of school

     

    YEARBOOKS ARE HERE! Order yours now at https://store.shopyearbook.com/buckman.

    Electronic copies are FREE! $19 softcover, $28 hardcover. All 5th graders will receive a free yearbook. 

    Pre-orders will be sent in bulk for pick up at the school to save on shipping costs. Orders will be available for direct shipment after the school year at an additional expense.

    A huge shoutout to Sean Doran for editing and putting this book together, as well as to Darcy Rudnick for the additional photography. Thank you for making it possible this year!

     

    FOUNDATION

    The Buckman Auction is right around the corner! In this wild year, we’re taking the party back online! The Buckman Foundation bridges the gap between the funding allotted by PPS and what our community needs to maintain staffing to support the excellent programming at our school. As the biggest fundraiser of the year, the Buckman Auction is a fun way to show your support for our community!

    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

    The Buckman Auction catalog is online NOW, so visit buckmanauction.org to check it out! Join us with our very own Ms. Seidel and Ms. Rudnick for the Virtual Kickoff via Google Meet @6pm on Friday, June 4th, bidding will officially begin at 6:30pm following the kickoff and will end on Saturday, June 5 at 9pm, just over 24 hours!


    Register in advance at the link: https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/auction2021/?_ga=2.214400991.93929400.1620668254-1184676446.1620247309. (Credit card required). After you have signed up, grab a complimentary beer from our delightful sponsors at West Coast Grocery and save it for the auction toast at the Google Meet auction kickoff!

    Golden Tickets sales are open, $50 per ticket. The winner of the Golden Ticket raffle will win the getaway package of their choosing. Winner must be at the Kickoff to select package. More details are available on the Golden Ticket page (https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/auction2021/catalog?id=97). Golden Ticket sales will close on June 4 at 5pm, one hour before the auction kickoff begins!


    We’ll have more details over the coming days, but mark your calendars, sign up, and grab your beer now so you are ready to rock starting June 4!

     

    LIBRARY

     

    PTA 

    Volunteers still needed for next year! Consider volunteering for one of the following positions to ensure we can continue many of our Buckman traditions and to keep our practices equitable:

    • VP of Equity and Inclusion on the Buckman PTA board (to work alongside the wonderful Maralea Lutino)
    • Yearbook Coordinator
    • Room Parent Coordinator

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

     

    SUN

    • Parks and Rec summer camp registration opens May 24th for activities happening 6/21-7/25! Pay what you can pricing, outdoor activities, Monday - Thursday. Camps offered June 21st - August 29th. Find more information and the link to register here
    • Buckman SUN is HIRING for part-time summer instructors (July 19-August 6)! Contact Katie for more information or if you (or someone you know) might be interested. 
    • FREE soccer lessons for girls! Every Monday at 8:15pm at Eastside Timbers Complex (4710 SE 174th Ave) through Street Soccer USA - Portland. Open to girls all ages and skill levels. To sign up, email Coach Abbey at alportis@gmail.com
    • Are you struggling to afford internet service right now? There is a new program that provides a monthly discount for broadband service! Contact Katie for more information or assistance applying. 
    • Has your student painted their rock for the community art project yet? If not, please paint one at home or come by the school to paint one or pick up supplies. Contact Katie with questions. 
    • Do you need clothing support or energy assistance? Katie has new resources available, let her or your student's teacher know that you could use some help!
    • Are you looking for help getting vaccinated from COVID-19? Contact Katie to get signed up or to find locations with availability.
    • Join our online SUN clubs! Every Monday at 3pm for 3-5th graders and every Thursday at 3pm for K-2nd graders. Code is BuckmanSUNRoom. 

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Registration for the first half of summer opens May 24th. Click here for locations, pricing, and registration information. 

    Saturday Academy Summer Camps and Classes (Grades 2-12)

    To find out more, check out this flyer or go to their website at saturdayacademy.org.

     
    Buckman Champions
    Champions is being offered at Buckman this summer! Click here for more details.

    PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing Update

    In February, the Board approved Resolution 6236, which completed Phase 1 of the process

     

    PPS staff is proposing a narrowed scope for Phase 2 that focuses on three areas:

    • Converting Harrison Park (currently a K-8) into a 6-8 middle school
    • Re-locating Harrison Park K-5 students 
    • Increasing enrollment at Lane Middle School

     

    The proposed timeline includes a few meetings between May and August for the Southeast Guiding Coalition to orient new members, review new data and learn about school programs and services. The proposed timeline also offers meeting time between September and November to test scenarios and listen to stakeholder feedback at open houses and other events.  

    The Southeast Guiding Coalition’s recommendation is due to the Deputy Superintendent by the end of December, with Board consideration beginning in January 2022. Implementation of Board-approved changes will begin in Fall 2022. 

    For more information about the Enrollment and Balancing process, please visit https://www.pps.net/enrollmentbalancing. To access the board materials about the Phase 2 proposed scope of work and a list of included schools, visit https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/915.

    Student Groups for BIPOC Students

    New student groups are now up and running with Brown Girl Rise, Adulting IRL, and Coalition of Black men. Groups will begin next week on April 29th and 30th, and will continue every Thursday for ages 8-12, and Fridays for ages 13-18 from 4pm-5pm, virtually.

     

    Check out their flyer and FAQ for more information. Signups are available here: https://tinyurl.com/BIPOCvibe

     


    Friday, May 21, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Here are your weekly updates! If you are planning on leaving the district, please make sure to return all PPS issued materials and devices (Chromebooks, hotspots, library books) to school by June 15.

    Take care everyone,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day
    • 6/1 9:30am, 1:45pm fire drill
    • 6/4 6pm, Buckman Virtual Auction
    • 6/10 3:30pm, 5th grade promotion 
    • 6/11 last day of school

    YEARBOOKS ARE HERE! Order yours now at https://store.shopyearbook.com/buckman.

    Electronic copies are FREE! $19 softcover, $28 hardcover. All 5th graders will receive a free yearbook. 

    Pre-orders will be sent in bulk for pick up at the school to save on shipping costs. Orders will be available for direct shipment after the school year at an additional expense. 

    A huge shoutout to Sean Doran for editing and putting this book together, as well as to Darcy Rudnick for the additional photography. Thank you for making it possible this year! 

     

    FOUNDATION

    The Buckman Auction is right around the corner! In this wild year, we’re taking the party back online! The Buckman Foundation bridges the gap between the funding allotted by PPS and what our community needs to maintain staffing to support the excellent programming at our school. As the biggest fundraiser of the year, the Buckman Auction is a fun way to show your support for our community!

    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

    The Buckman Auction catalog is online NOW, so visit buckmanauction.org to check it out! Join us with our very own Ms. Seidel and Ms. Rudnick for the Virtual Kickoff via Google Meet @6pm on Friday, June 4th, bidding will officially begin at 6:30pm following the kickoff and will end on Saturday, June 5 at 9pm, just over 24 hours!


    Register in advance at the link: https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/auction2021/?_ga=2.214400991.93929400.1620668254-1184676446.1620247309. (Credit card required). After you have signed up, grab a complimentary beer from our delightful sponsors at West Coast Grocery and save it for the auction toast at the Google Meet auction kickoff!

    Golden Tickets sales are open, $50 per ticket. The winner of the Golden Ticket raffle will win the getaway package of their choosing. Winner must be at the Kickoff to select package. More details are available on the Golden Ticket page (https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/auction2021/catalog?id=97). Golden Ticket sales will close on June 4 at 5pm, one hour before the auction kickoff begins!


    We’ll have more details over the coming days, but mark your calendars, sign up, and grab your beer now so you are ready to rock starting June 4!

     

    LIBRARY

     

    PTA 

    Volunteers still needed for next year! Consider volunteering for one of the following positions to ensure we can continue many of our Buckman traditions and to keep our practices equitable:

    • VP of Equity and Inclusion on the Buckman PTA board (to work alongside the wonderful Maralea Lutino)
    • Yearbook Coordinator
    • Room Parent Coordinator

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

      

    SUN

    • Parks and Rec summer camp registration opens May 24th for activities happening 6/21-7/25! Pay what you can pricing, outdoor activities, Monday - Thursday. Camps offered June 21st - August 29th. Find more information and the link to register here
    • Buckman SUN is HIRING for part-time summer instructors (July 19-August 6)! Contact Katie for more information or if you (or someone you know) might be interested. 
    • FREE soccer lessons for girls! Every Monday at 8:15pm at Eastside Timbers Complex (4710 SE 174th Ave) through Street Soccer USA - Portland. Open to girls all ages and skill levels. To sign up, email Coach Abbey at alportis@gmail.com
    • Are you struggling to afford internet service right now? There is a new program that provides a monthly discount for broadband service! Contact Katie for more information or assistance applying. 
    • Has your student painted their rock for the community art project yet? If not, please paint one at home or come by the school to paint one or pick up supplies. Contact Katie with questions. 
    • Do you need clothing support or energy assistance? Katie has new resources available, let her or your student's teacher know that you could use some help!
    • Are you looking for help getting vaccinated from COVID-19? Contact Katie to get signed up or to find locations with availability.
    • Join our online SUN clubs! Every Monday at 3pm for 3-5th graders and every Thursday at 3pm for K-2nd graders. Code is BuckmanSUNRoom. 
     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Portland Parks and Rec Summer Camps

    Registration for the first half of summer opens May 24th. Click here for locations, pricing, and registration information.

    Saturday Academy Summer Camps and Classes (Grades 2-12)

    To find out more, check out this flyer or go to their website at saturdayacademy.org.

    Buckman Champions
    Champions is being offered at Buckman this summer! Click here for more details. 

    PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing Update

    In February, the Board approved Resolution 6236, which completed Phase 1 of the process

    PPS staff is proposing a narrowed scope for Phase 2 that focuses on three areas:

    • Converting Harrison Park (currently a K-8) into a 6-8 middle school
    • Re-locating Harrison Park K-5 students 
    • Increasing enrollment at Lane Middle School

    The proposed timeline includes a few meetings between May and August for the Southeast Guiding Coalition to orient new members, review new data and learn about school programs and services. The proposed timeline also offers meeting time between September and November to test scenarios and listen to stakeholder feedback at open houses and other events.   

    The Southeast Guiding Coalition’s recommendation is due to the Deputy Superintendent by the end of December, with Board consideration beginning in January 2022. Implementation of Board-approved changes will begin in Fall 2022.  

    For more information about the Enrollment and Balancing process, please visit https://www.pps.net/enrollmentbalancing. To access the board materials about the Phase 2 proposed scope of work and a list of included schools, visit https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/915

    Student Groups for BIPOC Students

    New student groups are now up and running with Brown Girl Rise, Adulting IRL, and Coalition of Black men. Groups will begin next week on April 29th and 30th, and will continue every Thursday for ages 8-12, and Fridays for ages 13-18 from 4pm-5pm, virtually.

    Check out their flyer and FAQ for more information. Signups are available here: https://tinyurl.com/BIPOCvibe

     


     

    Friday, May 14, 2021

     Hello Buckman Bears,

    It was so good to see some of you at the PTA meeting this week. Huge thank you to the current board (Katie, Amanda, Jeff, Maralea, Marina, Lene) for holding this school up with support this entire year. I am pleased to share the new PTA board, with some returning and some new members: Co-presidents:

    Caryn Jones (caryn.c.jones@gmail.com) & Shannon Berke (featherhearttrading@gmail.com) are the PTA presidents for next year, along with the rest of the PTA board: Aron Goffin, Maralea Lutino, Emily Sokolski, Jeff Burns and Leanne Holm. Feel free to reach out to any of them if you want to learn more about the Buckman PTA and how to get involved!

    Kindergarten: If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st, 2021 I invite you to join us on Wednesday, May 19th at 6:00 pm.  A meeting link can also be found on our school website.  Please share this news widely with incoming kindergarten families as registration is directly tied to staffing.

    Shout out to Buckman parent Tony Pitone, for sharing this video titled “Awakening” directed by Peilin Chou. From Tony: “This is a piece that she recently did highlighting the impact Asian Americans have in the arts. She was moved to do this by all the recent hate against Asian Americans. I find it to be right in line with the message Buckman teaches.” 

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month which aims to increase the conversation and decrease stigma around mental health. It is just as important as our physical health, and nearly 50% of children will have had a diagnosable mental illness at some point before they are 18. Check out these resources around the awareness month, why it's important, and supports. 

    If you are interested in finding mental health support for you or your children and would like some assistance, please feel free to contact Anne Mulligan-Brinson, School Social Worker, at 503-729-2642 (voice or text) or amulliganbrinson@pps.net.

    Take care everyone,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 5/17 fire drill
    • 5/19 6pm  virtual connect to kindergarten
    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day
    • 6/1 9:30am, 1:45pm fire drill
    • 6/4 6pm, Buckman Virtual Auction
    • 6/10 3:30pm, 5th grade promotion 
    • 6/11 last day of school

    FOUNDATION

    Head over to neighborhood favorite West Coast Grocery Co (1403 SE Stark St) on Thursday, May 20 from 3:00-8:00pm for this month’s Dines Out! Canned beer and growler refills are available at the Beer Window, as well as delicious burgers, chicken sandwiches and more! For every purchase, West Coast Grocery Co will generously donate 15% of proceeds to the Buckman Foundation. Good eats for a good cause!

     

    LIBRARY

     

    PTA 

    Can you imagine a year without yearbooks? Or a school year without visiting artists and performances funded by Run for the Arts? Us either! Consider volunteering for one of the following positions to ensure we can continue these traditions and to keep our practices at Buckman equitable:

    • VP of Equity and Inclusion on the Buckman PTA board (to work alongside the wonderful Maralea Lutino)
    • Run for the Arts Coordinator (2)
    • Yearbook Coordinator
    • Room Parent Coordinator

    Email Amanda at pta@buckmanelementary.org if you are interested.  

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

      

    SUN

    • FREE soccer lessons for girls! Every Monday at 8:15pm at Eastside Timbers Complex (4710 SE 174th Ave) through Street Soccer USA - Portland. Open to girls all ages and skill levels. To sign up, email Coach Abbey at alportis@gmail.com
    • Are you struggling to afford internet service right now? There is a new program out to help that provides a monthly discount for broadband service! Contact Katie for more information or assistance applying. 
    • Has your student painted their rock for the community art project yet? If not, please paint one at home or come by the school to paint one or pick up supplies. Contact Katie with questions. 
    • Do you need clothing support or energy assistance? Katie has new resources available, let her or your student's teacher know that you could use some help!
    • Are you looking for help getting vaccinated from COVID-19? Contact Katie to get signed up or to find locations with availability.
    • Join our online SUN clubs! Every Monday at 3pm for 3-5th graders and every Thursday at 3pm for K-2nd graders. Code is BuckmanSUNRoom. 

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Saturday Academy Summer Camps and Classes

    To find out more, check out this flyer or go to their website at saturdayacademy.org.

    Buckman Champions

    Champions is being offered at Buckman this summer! Click here for more details.

    PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing Update

    In February, the Board approved Resolution 6236, which completed Phase 1 of the process.  

    PPS staff is proposing a narrowed scope for Phase 2 that focuses on three areas:

    • Converting Harrison Park (currently a K-8) into a 6-8 middle school
    • Re-locating Harrison Park K-5 students 
    • Increasing enrollment at Lane Middle School 

    The proposed timeline includes a few meetings between May and August for the Southeast Guiding Coalition to orient new members, review new data and learn about school programs and services. The proposed timeline also offers meeting time between September and November to test scenarios and listen to stakeholder feedback at open houses and other events.  

    The Southeast Guiding Coalition’s recommendation is due to the Deputy Superintendent by the end of December, with Board consideration beginning in January 2022. Implementation of Board-approved changes will begin in Fall 2022. 

    For more information about the Enrollment and Balancing process, please visit https://www.pps.net/enrollmentbalancing. To access the board materials about the Phase 2 proposed scope of work and a list of included schools, visit https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/915.

    Student Groups for BIPOC Students

    New student groups are now up and running with Brown Girl Rise, Adulting IRL, and Coalition of Black men. Groups will begin next week on April 29th and 30th, and will continue every Thursday for ages 8-12, and Fridays for ages 13-18 from 4pm-5pm, virtually. 

    Check out their flyer and FAQ for more information. Signups are available here: https://tinyurl.com/BIPOCvibe


    Friday, May 7, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Wow, what a week of cards, treats, coffee, lunches, flowers, notes, smiles, virtual high fives and appreciation we have all felt. Thank you for all of the appreciation you have shown the Buckman staff this week. It meant the world to us all. 

    Calendars for the rest of this year and next: PPS Academic Calendar for school year 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Kindergarten and 1st grade will have unique schedules for the first days of school in the fall that will be shared separately.

    Here it is! The ROARS video all of your students will be talking about: https://youtu.be/1WRnHZ5VF20

    Staffing update: In kindergarten, Ms. Godfrey is retiring after 36 years of teaching and 28 years at Buckman. We are so happy for her - if you have any words or stories that you would like to share involving Ms. Godfrey, please feel free to send them my way! We will celebrate her properly at the end of the year. In her place, Ms. Ingraham will be joining the kindergarten team. This leaves us with an opening in our k-2 Social Emotional Skills classroom. I am recruiting for this essential Special Education position and if you know of any amazing educators who are licensed to teach SpEd, please send them my way!

    The other news we have to share is that Ms. Crispen, our temporary 4th grade teacher this year, her position has been cut for next year. We thank Ms. Crispen for jumping in head first in October and hope to see her again soon! This leaves us with 2 teachers teaching 4th grade. I have appealed to the district for additional funding to give us a 3rd teacher in 4th grade. That decision is pending and I will be in touch with families if there are any changes with that. 

     

    Hope to see you at the PTA meeting Monday Evening at 6pm. Here is the virtual meeting info: 

    PTA meeting Video call link: https://meet.google.com/nhj-pevw-zmg

    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444 PIN: ‪752 643 720 5486#

     

    Take care everyone,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 5/10 6pm, PTA meeting
    • 5/14 9am, 1:30pm fire drill
    • 5/19 6pm  virtual connect to kindergarten
    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day
    • 6/1 9:30am, 1:45pm fire drill
    • 6/4 6pm, Buckman Virtual Auction
    • 6/10 3:30pm, 5th grade promotion 
    • 6/11 last day of school

     

    FOUNDATION

    Head over to neighborhood favorite West Coast Grocery Co (1403 SE Stark St) on Thursday, May 20 from 3:00-8:00pm for this month’s Dines Out! Canned beer and growler refills are available at the Beer Window, as well as delicious burgers, chicken sandwiches and more! For every purchase, West Coast Grocery Co will generously donate 15% of proceeds to the Buckman Foundation. Good eats for a good cause!

    Get it before it’s gone. Our last three apparel sales of the school year will be on May 12, May 26, and June 9 from 3:00pm-4:45pm on the upper playground. This is your last opportunity to stock up on Buckman tees, totes, and other gear. Mark your calendar so you don’t miss out!

      

    LIBRARY

     

    PTA 

    Thank you to all who contributed to staff appreciation week! We were able to show Buckman staff some love throughout the week with treats, lunch, gift cards, and totes. This could not have happened without your generosity! 

    PTA General Meeting May 10th at 6pm  Join us for our last PTA meeting of the school year!

    We’ll discuss next year’s budget, introduce you to Buckman PTA’s incoming board members for 2021-2023, and answer any questions you may have. Use the following link to join: meet.google.com/nhj-pevw-zmg 

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

     

    SUN

    Has your student painted their rock for the community art project yet? If not, come get supplies at school or contact Katie to arrange a time to paint it on site! We are aiming to have them all painted and returned by May 12.

    Do you need clothing support or energy assistance? Katie has new resources available, let her or your student's teacher know that you could use some help!

    Are you looking for help getting vaccinated from COVID-19? Contact Katie to get signed up or to find locations with availability. 

    Join our online SUN clubs! Every Monday at 3pm for 3-5th graders and every Thursday at 3pm for K-2nd graders. Code is BuckmanSUNRoom. 

      

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Oregon STEAM Week, May 8th - May 16th
    STEAM week is a state-wide movement to raise awareness, celebrate and engage in activities involving Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.  Buckman students will receive STEAM activities posted in Seesaw throughout the week.  Click here for more information about Oregon STEAM Week 

    Student Groups for BIPOC Students

    New student groups are now up and running with Brown Girl Rise, Adulting IRL, and Coalition of Black men. Groups will begin next week on April 29th and 30th, and will continue every Thursday for ages 8-12, and Fridays for ages 13-18 from 4pm-5pm, virtually.

    Check out their flyer and FAQ for more information. Signups are available here: https://tinyurl.com/BIPOCvibe

     


    Friday, April 30, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Check out this awesome resource – I especially appreciated the video on Culture & Identity. And finally, on the last day of April poetry month, I hope you check out these three poems by H.Melt #transandgenderqueerpoetry

    A few hybrid reminders: there is NO parking on Pine street – that entire block is reserved for the bus loading zone. Also, please remember to bring reusable water bottles as drinking fountains are turned off for the rest of the year. Unfortunately we have distributed over 500 plastic water bottles already. 

    Each year in March, the third grade students prepare a multi-arts performance for their families and the Buckman community. 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 concept of this year's performance integrates learning that Buckman third grade students have been doing in all three arts disciplines, as well as in their regular classroom centering around the themes of Portland history and jazz.

    You can view the performance videos and gallery of their work at: https://sites.google.com/pps.net/buckman-performances/3rd-grade 

    Lastly, 5th grade families please mark your calendars for our drive through promotion ceremony: June 10, 3:30. More details to follow.

    Take care everyone,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 5/3-5/7 Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week
    • 5/10 6pm, PTA meeting
    • 5/14 9am, 1:30pm fire drill
    • 5/19 6pm  virtual connect to kindergarten
    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day
    • 6/1 9:30am, 1:45pm fire drill
    • 6/4 6pm, Buckman Virtual Auction
    • 6/10 3:30pm, 5th grade promotion 
    • 6/11 last day of school
     

    STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK IS NEXT WEEK!  Let’s show the awesome Buckman staff just how much we appreciate them. Send notes, pictures, and thank you cards to your student’s teacher. Don’t forget all the other amazing folks who contribute to our school, such as the arts teachers, librarian, school counselor and social worker, office staff, custodians and nutrition service workers, assistants, student teachers, and our steadfast leader, Principal Seidel!

    LAST CALL FOR YEARBOOK PHOTOS  We need those selfie-type photos for the yearbook! Email submissions to yearbookbuckman@gmail.com, making sure to include your student’s name and grade. If you have already submitted photos, no need to send again. Assembly will start next week, so now is your chance to ensure your student is included in Buckman’s 2020-2021 yearbook!

     

    FOUNDATION

    The 2021 Buckman Auction will officially kick off on Friday, June 4th at 6pm!  

    The auction team is curating grade-level baskets for this year’s event. This is a fun and easy way to get involved. Each grade has a different theme; check out the Sign-Up Genius (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f48acad28abfe3-buckman) for some of the items the team is hoping to collect to see how you can help out. *Only one week left to sign up!*

      

    LIBRARY

    • ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS HERITAGE MONTH!
    • BUCKMAN STUDENTS WITH LIBRARY BOOKS! If you no longer are reading your Buckman library books in your BOOK BAGS, please return any school day to the front entrance (I need books for our Hybrid book bins!).  If you cannot get to Buckman to return your library books or book bags, email me drudnick@pps.net  and I will arrange a porch pick up at your convenience.
    • Book Bag Exchange Wednesdays 3-4:30pm (new ending time) or by emailing drudnick@pps.net  to arrange an alternate Wednesday time
    • Lunch Time Story Time with Ms. Rudnick: M/T/TH/F 11:15-11:45, buckmanreads

     

    PTA 

    Buckman Fundraiser at Livingscape – just a couple days left!  Shop all your plant and gardening needs at Livingscape, mention you are from Buckman and our school will receive 10% of your sale. Click here for location details.

    New Group!  From Jeff, PTA Treasurer: Your PTA treasurer has dyslexia and ADHD and wants to invite parents in common interest to a monthly Professional Dyslexia Network Meeting on Tuesday, May 4th at 7:00 pm.  May the Fourth be with us! It’s geared for parents and professional adults. Conversation is personal, funny, and tearful. Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/91416257374. Drop an email to jeff@organicmodern.com if you have interest or questions.

    PTA General Meeting May 10th at 6pm  Save the date for our last PTA meeting of the school year. We’ll discuss next year’s budget and introduce you to Buckman PTA’s prospective board members for 2021-2023.  

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

      

    SUN

    Has your student painted their rock for the community art project yet? If not, come get supplies at school or contact Katie to arrange a time to paint it on site! We are aiming to have them all painted and returned by May 7.

    Do you need clothing support or energy assistance? Katie has new resources available, let her or your student's teacher know that you could use some help!

    Are you looking for help getting vaccinated from COVID-19? Contact Katie to get signed up or to find locations with availability.

    Join our online SUN clubs! Every Monday at 3pm for 3-5th graders and every Thursday at 3pm for K-2nd graders. Code is BuckmanSUNRoom. 

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Oregon STEAM Week, May 8th - May 16th
    STEAM week is a state-wide movement to raise awareness, celebrate and engage in activities involving Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.  Buckman students will receive STEAM activities posted in Seesaw throughout the week.  Click here for more information about Oregon STEAM Week

    Student Groups for BIPOC Students

    New student groups are now up and running with Brown Girl Rise, Adulting IRL, and Coalition of Black men. Groups will begin next week on April 29th and 30th, and will continue every Thursday for ages 8-12, and Fridays for ages 13-18 from 4pm-5pm, virtually. 

    Check out their flyer and FAQ for more information. Signups are available here: https://tinyurl.com/BIPOCvibe 

    PPS Child Care

    For the most up to date information about child care programs located in schools, please visit the PPS Child Care website. Twenty-one elementary/K-5 schools are hosting child care programs operated by partner organizations. These organizations:

    • follow strict Health and Safety Guidelines from the Early Learning Division.
    • are fee-based with qualifying families receiving state subsidies. 
    • enroll students ages 5-12 before and after hybrid instruction and all-day for those students enrolled in distance learning. 

    Nutrition Services Information

    Are all meals free for all children?

    Yes!  We are operating a USDA child nutrition program that allows us to provide meals at no cost to all children ages 1-18 years.  There is no need to pay.

    If I take meals for my child, does it take away from others?

    No.  We would love to provide every child with food.  There is no limit to our program - we are reimbursed for every meal we serve.  The more children participate in our program, the more we are able to do - work and pay for our team members, larger purchases and money to our local partners that we purchase from, and better pricing on food and supplies the larger the volume that we purchase.

    Why is there so much packaging?

    You may see more packaging during this time.  Since our services are so different than our usual cafeteria experience, we are tasked with ensuring food safety.  We will continue to use less when possible, but appreciate your patience during this transition until we can resume our sustainability efforts. 

    What types of foods can I expect?

    We will have some familiar foods included in the upcoming meals such as the bean and cheese burrito, yakisoba, tamales, etc.  We try to provide a variety of protein options throughout the weeks, that also meet the varying home situations such as refrigerator space and food storage for food safety.  We do try to purchase locally sourced foods when possible, such as the mini cheese pizza that families may have seen recently.  Everyone’s support in our meals supports our team's work, and the local economy. Families can reference our menus online for more information and help guide their students on which days they would like them to participate.  We may have a few substitutions along the way depending on availability.  

    Are you hiring?

    Yes!  We are in need of assistants to help support our services across the district.  Our job posting can be found on the district website, under Jobs

    Where to get meals? 

    CDL and hybrid students may pick up at Buckman from 10:15-10:30am, 2:30-2:45 on m/t/h/f. OR daily distribution at another site (Buckman is no longer a regular pickup site with the late afternoon hours). Those schools are listed here: 

    https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals

     


    Friday, April 23, 2021 

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Thank you to all of you for being respectful of our school rules and keeping the playground empty from 7:30-3:30 M-F. COVID cases are on the rise in Oregon. Please send your hybrid students to school with well-fitting masks. If your students experience any primary symptoms, they must remain at home and families must notify the office immediately. We will send that information to our nurse who will follow up with the family. Here are the primary COVID-19 symptoms: cough, fever of 100.4 or higher, chills, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell. If your student has been in close contact with a positive COVID case they must stay at home and, the office must be notified as well. We appreciate everyone’s combined effort in keeping our community safe!

    We are one week away from staff appreciation week (May 3-7). Please show your Buckman teachers and staff some love by sending them notes, emails, cards, poems, or anything else you can think of to show your appreciation to the staff of Buckman. Students can mail cards to school at 320 SE 16th Avenue, Portland OR, 97214. Please put the name of your teacher on the front of the card and we’ll make sure they receive it the first week of May! 

    This was a week that featured lessons in racial and climate justice. As President Biden said this week, it’s not enough and we can’t stop here. Also, tomorrow is your final chance to drop off old batteries and sneakers for recycling. The Buckman Green Team will be on the school blacktop from 10-1 Saturday. 

    Take care everyone,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 5/3-5/7 Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week
    • 5/10 6pm, PTA meeting
    • 5/14 9am, 1:30pm fire drill
    • 5/19 6pm  virtual connect to kindergarten
    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day
    • 6/1 9:30am, 1:45pm fire drill
    • 6/4 6pm, Buckman Virtual Auction
    • 6/10 5th grade promotion (details TBD) 
    • 6/11 last day of school
    •  

    FOUNDATION

    The 2021 Buckman Auction will officially kick off on Friday, June 4th at 6pm!  The auction team is curating grade-level baskets for this year’s event. This is a fun and easy way to get involved. Each grade has a different theme; check out the Sign-Up Genius (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f48acad28abfe3-buckman) for some of the items the team is hoping to collect to see how you can help out.

    Buy one, give one! Stop by next week’s apparel sales (April 28, 3-4:30 on the upper playground). For every Buckman tote purchased, a second will be donated towards staff appreciation week (May 3rd-7th)! Our goal is to give a tote to every staff member, come out to grab yours to help contribute.

     

    GREEN TEAM

    To Celebrate Earth Day (April 22, 2021) Green Team is hosting a recycling event April 19, 2021 - April 24, 2021 for:

    • Common household batteries (AAA,AA,B,C,D,9V)
    • Used athletic shoes

    One last chance to drop off recycling THIS Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM (next to the Art Room)

    Batteries - Common household batteries AAA, AA, B, C, D, 9V

    • Please make sure batteries are not leaking
    • No button batteries
    • No laptop, cellphone, or other batteries 

    Athletic Shoes

    • Pairs of athletic shoes - athletic sneakers(running, jogging, basketball, training, sports), rubber soccer cleats, rubber baseball cleats
    • Any condition
    • Big kids size 3.5 and larger
    • No boots, heels, sandals, or dress shoes

    The Green Team is partnering with Got Sneakers for this event. Through Got Sneakers each pair of athletic shoes will be evaluated to see if they can be resold or if they are at the end of their life and need to be recycled. The Green Team will receive between $0.25 (completely trashed sneakers) to $7.00 (like new brand name sneakers) for each pair of sneakers delivered to Got Sneakers. 

    If you are unsure if what you have can be recycled through this even please feel free to text a photo of what you have questions about to Korrin Weldon 503-706-5338

     

    LIBRARY

    • BUCKMAN STUDENTS WITH LIBRARY BOOKS! If you no longer are reading your Buckman library books in your BOOK BAGS, please return any school day to the front entrance (I need books for our Hybrid book bins!).  If you cannot get to Buckman to return your library books or book bags, email me drudnick@pps.net  and I will arrange a porch pick up at your convenience.
    • Book Bag Exchange Wednesdays 3-4:30pm (new ending time!) or by emailing drudnick@pps.net  to arrange an alternate Wednesday time.
    • Lunch Time Virtual Story Time with Ms. Rudnick: MTTHF 11:15-11:45, buckmanreads
    • April Reading Calendars

      

    PTA 

    Buckman Fundraiser at Livingscape now through May 1st!  Shop all your plant and gardening needs at Livingscape, mention you are from Buckman and our school will receive 10% of your sale. Click here for location details.

    PTA General Meeting May 10th at 6pm  Save the date for our last PTA meeting of the school year. We’ll discuss next year’s budget and introduce you to Buckman PTA’s prospective board members for 2021-2023. 

    Classroom Assignments in Konstella  If your student has switched classrooms, be sure to update their class assignment in Konstella to ensure that you receive the appropriate class information. Doing so will also give you a chance to connect with other parents and families. To change classrooms: log in to your account, click on “Your Children”, select your child’s name, then click on the tab with the grade and teacher’s name, a drop-down menu will pop up for you to select the new classroom. 

    Scrip Sales  Get your Fred Meyer, Amazon, and Target scrip cards!  We’ll be on the upper playground on April 28 from 3-4:30 pm. Come by and pick up some scrip all while supporting Buckman. 

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

     

    SUN

    1. It's not too early to apply for Head Start for next school year! The application can be found here, for all families within PPS boundaries. Head Start serves 760 low-income three- and four-year-old children and their families. Contact Katie for help with the application process. 

    2. We have begun our community art project to celebrate staying together in spirit over the last year, even while we had to stay physically apart. If your student is not able to paint a rock during their class' designated time, reach out to Katie to make alternative arrangements.  

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

    4. 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 & OTHER NEWS

    Student Groups for BIPOC Students

    New student groups are now up and running with Brown Girl Rise, Adulting IRL, and Coalition of Black men. Groups will begin next week on April 29th and 30th, and will continue every Thursday for ages 8-12, and Fridays for ages 13-18 from 4pm-5pm, virtually. 

    Check out their flyer and FAQ for more information. Signups are available here: https://tinyurl.com/BIPOCvibe

    PPS Child Care

    For the most up to date information about child care programs located in schools, please visit the PPS Child Care website. Twenty-one elementary/K-5 schools are hosting child care programs operated by partner organizations. These organizations:

    • follow strict Health and Safety Guidelines from the Early Learning Division.
    • are fee-based with qualifying families receiving state subsidies. 
    • enroll students ages 5-12 before and after hybrid instruction and all-day for those students enrolled in distance learning. 

    Nutrition Services Information

    Are all meals free for all children?

    Yes!  We are operating a USDA child nutrition program that allows us to provide meals at no cost to all children ages 1-18 years.  There is no need to pay.

    If I take meals for my child, does it take away from others?

    No.  We would love to provide every child with food.  There is no limit to our program - we are reimbursed for every meal we serve.  The more children participate in our program, the more we are able to do - work and pay for our team members, larger purchases and money to our local partners that we purchase from, and better pricing on food and supplies the larger the volume that we purchase. 

    Why is there so much packaging?

    You may see more packaging during this time.  Since our services are so different than our usual cafeteria experience, we are tasked with ensuring food safety.  We will continue to use less when possible, but appreciate your patience during this transition until we can resume our sustainability efforts.  

    What types of foods can I expect?

    We will have some familiar foods included in the upcoming meals such as the bean and cheese burrito, yakisoba, tamales, etc.  We try to provide a variety of protein options throughout the weeks, that also meet the varying home situations such as refrigerator space and food storage for food safety.  We do try to purchase locally sourced foods when possible, such as the mini cheese pizza that families may have seen recently.  Everyone’s support in our meals supports our team's work, and the local economy. Families can reference our menus online for more information and help guide their students on which days they would like them to participate.  We may have a few substitutions along the way depending on availability. 

     Are you hiring?

    Yes!  We are in need of assistants to help support our services across the district.  Our job posting can be found on the district website, under Jobs.  

    Where to get meals? 

    CDL and hybrid students may pick up at Buckman from 10:15-10:30am, 2:30-2:45 on m/t/h/f. OR daily distribution at another site (Buckman is no longer a regular pickup site with the late afternoon hours). Those schools are listed here: 

    https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals

     


    Friday, April 16, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    The sun was shining brightly on our school both in person and virtual this week! I had the pleasure of visiting 2nd grade CDL class this week when they were learning about identity in a series of Racial and Social Justice and inclusion lessons. When asked “What is identity?” Here were some delightful 2nd grade responses: Your face. What you like and don’t like. Your personality. Who you are. 

    What to do if you are late to school: If students arrive late to school and find that their class has already entered the building, please go to the front entrance to ring the doorbell. The office will let the student in and check them in before sending them to class. Thanks! Students begin entering the building at 8:00am/12:15pm. Pickup is 10:15am/2:30pm.

    No state testing this year for grades 3-5.

    Report cards are finished will be sent home next week.  If you have any questions about your child’s report card, I want to remind you that they were completed by your child’s original classroom teacher so any questions should be directed to those individuals.  Your child’s 4th quarter marks will be completed by their 4th quarter teacher. 

    COVID notifications: the district has had a few confirmed cases of COVID in several elementary schools. As of today, there have been none at Buckman. If there is a confirmed case within the Buckman population (staff or student), I will let the community know. Any folks who have been exposed and require a quarantine will be notified directly. The school and local health officials are making decisions out of an abundance of caution, keeping the safety and health of our students and families at the front.

    Lastly, I wanted to acknowledge that it has been another difficult week for the United States. The death and violence is too much. I think we can all agree that something needs to change.

    Sincerely,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 5/14 9am, 1:30pm fire drill
    • 5/19 6pm  virtual connect to kindergarten
    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day
    • 6/1 9:30am, 1:45pm fire drill
    • 6/10 5th grade promotion (details TBD) 
    • 6/11 last day of school

      

    FOUNDATION

    Round two of our Buckman Dines Out at Screen Door was a great success. Many thanks to the families who ordered food from this neighborhood favorite, and to Screen Door for their ongoing support of Buckman! Stay tuned for news about our next Dines Out event.

    The 2021 Buckman Auction will officially kick off on Friday, June 4th at 6pm. As the biggest fundraiser of the year, be sure to mark your calendars for this important online event! The auction bidding will also begin that evening and will continue through the next day. We’ll have more details coming soon!

     

    GREEN TEAM

    To Celebrate Earth Day (April 22, 2021) Green Team is hosting a recycling event April 19, 2021 - April 24, 2021 for:

    • Common household batteries (AAA,AA,B,C,D,9V)
    • Used athletic shoes 

    There are three opportunities to drop off recycling:

    • Send recycling with hybrid students April 19, 2021 - April 23, 2021. Recycling will be collected in bins located inside of the student entrance doors
    • On the upper playground during bookbag pickup April 21, 2021 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM 
    • Next to the Art Room on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM

    Batteries - Common household batteries AAA, AA, B, C, D, 9V

    • Please make sure batteries are not leaking
    • No button batteries
    • No laptop, cellphone, or other batteries 

    Athletic Shoes

    • Pairs of athletic shoes - athletic sneakers(running, jogging, basketball, training, sports), rubber soccer cleats, rubber baseball cleats
    • Any condition
    • Big kids size 3.5 and larger
    • No boots, heels, sandals, or dress shoes 

    The Green Team is partnering with Got Sneakers for this event. Through Got Sneakers each pair of athletic shoes will be evaluated to see if they can be resold or if they are at the end of their life and need to be recycled. The Green Team will receive between $0.25 (completely trashed sneakers) to $7.00 (like new brand name sneakers) for each pair of sneakers delivered to Got Sneakers. 

    If you are unsure if what you have can be recycled through this even please feel free to text a photo of what you have questions about to Korrin Weldon 503-706-5338

     

    LIBRARY

    • BUCKMAN STUDENTS WITH LIBRARY BOOKS! If you no longer are reading your Buckman library books in your BOOK BAGS, please return any school day to the front entrance (I need books for our Hybrid book bins!).  If you cannot get to Buckman to return your library books or book bags, email me drudnick@pps.net  and I will arrange a porch pick up at your convenience.
    • Book Bag Exchange Wednesdays 3-4:45pm or by emailing drudnick@pps.net  to arrange an alternate Wednesday time
    • Lunch Time Virtual Story Time with Ms. Rudnick: MTTHF 11:15-11:45, buckmanreads
    • April Reading Calendars

      

    PTA 

    Yearbook   Don’t be left out! Email a yearbook-style photo of your Buckman bear. You may also include pictures of them “at school’, or doing a pose in dance, music, or PE. You’re invited to include pictures of their artwork or quote about school. Email your submissions to yearbookbuckman@gmail.com be sure to include your children’s name, teacher, and grade. Due April 20th

    Classroom Assignments in Konstella  If your student has switched classrooms, be sure to update their class assignment in Konstella to ensure that you receive the appropriate class information. Doing so will also give you a chance to connect with other parents and families. To change classrooms: log in to your account, click on “Your Children”, select your child’s name, then click on the tab with the grade and teacher’s name, a drop-down menu will pop up for you to select the new classroom. 

    Scrip Sales  Get your Fred Meyer, Amazon, and Target scrip cards!  We’ll be on the upper playground on April 28 from 3-4:30 pm. Come by and pick up some scrip all while supporting Buckman. 

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

      

    SUN

    1. Register for 4th Quarter SUN clubs!  Below is the information and you can register your student here. They began this week but we are still welcoming new students anytime!

    Mondays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Art Club

    Join Ms Tabitha and other students to do some art together. There will be a directed art project your student can follow along with, or they can work on their own thing while sharing virtual space with peers. 

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, K-2nd grade: Still Life Drawing

    Think black and white is boring or lines are only for writing? Think again! Find out how much you can express with just a line or how much color you can make with just dots. Using different art styles and techniques, see how much art you can make with just a few supplies.

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Newspaper

    Fridays, 3pm-4pm, K-5th grade: Tae Kwon Do 

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


    3. 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 & OTHER NEWS

    PPS Child Care

    For the most up to date information about child care programs located in schools, please visit the PPS Child Care website. Twenty-one elementary/K-5 schools are hosting child care programs operated by partner organizations. These organizations:

    • follow strict Health and Safety Guidelines from the Early Learning Division.
    • are fee-based with qualifying families receiving state subsidies. 
    • enroll students ages 5-12 before and after hybrid instruction and all-day for those students enrolled in distance learning. 

    Nutrition Services Information

    Are all meals free for all children?

    Yes!  We are operating a USDA child nutrition program that allows us to provide meals at no cost to all children ages 1-18 years.  There is no need to pay. 

    If I take meals for my child, does it take away from others?

    No.  We would love to provide every child with food.  There is no limit to our program - we are reimbursed for every meal we serve.  The more children participate in our program, the more we are able to do - work and pay for our team members, larger purchases and money to our local partners that we purchase from, and better pricing on food and supplies the larger the volume that we purchase.

    Why is there so much packaging?

    You may see more packaging during this time.  Since our services are so different than our usual cafeteria experience, we are tasked with ensuring food safety.  We will continue to use less when possible, but appreciate your patience during this transition until we can resume our sustainability efforts.  

    What types of foods can I expect?

    We will have some familiar foods included in the upcoming meals such as the bean and cheese burrito, yakisoba, tamales, etc.  We try to provide a variety of protein options throughout the weeks, that also meet the varying home situations such as refrigerator space and food storage for food safety.  We do try to purchase locally sourced foods when possible, such as the mini cheese pizza that families may have seen recently.  Everyone’s support in our meals supports our team's work, and the local economy. Families can reference our menus online for more information and help guide their students on which days they would like them to participate.  We may have a few substitutions along the way depending on availability.  

    Are you hiring?

    Yes!  We are in need of assistants to help support our services across the district.  Our job posting can be found on the district website, under Jobs.  

    Where to get meals? 

    CDL and hybrid students may pick up at Buckman from 10:15-10:30am, 2:30-2:45 on m/t/h/f. OR daily distribution at another site (Buckman is no longer a regular pickup site with the late afternoon hours). Those schools are listed here: 

    https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals 

    211info Child Care

    211info Child Care provides free, customized referrals to child care providers and strategies for finding quality child care in Oregon. For information and resources on finding quality child care, click here

    To speak with a Parent Educator about child care resources:

    CALL 211 or 1-866-698-6155
    TEXT keyword "children" or "ninos" to 898211 (TXT211)
    EMAIL children@211info.org
    HOURS Monday-Friday 7am-11pm; Saturday-Sunday 8am-8pm 

    Bilingual staff and interpreters are available to serve families in all languages. To search for child care providers online, click here; materials can also be downloaded here

    Free Online Theatre Games for Kids K-6 from Imago 

    Imago is offering families and schools FREE ONLINE THEATRE GAMES. Designed for K - 6 students, these 2 to 3-minute short videos are fun, exciting and easy, and give viewers a chance to learn mime, have fun and break up the day.

    To access the videos, you need to request the link; click here and we'll send the link to you with a password. 

    There are 15 videos that will be available beginning April 15, 2021. Sign up now! It's free. 


    Friday, April 9, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Welcome to quarter 4. In some ways, it feels like we have just begun. Here are your weekly updates:

    Tag update: TAG Nominations from this year will be rolled over into the fall and testing will happen at the beginning of the school year. No additional paperwork will need to be done, all nominations from Fall 2020 will be honored in Fall 2021. Additionally, both 2nd and 3rd grade will be tested for TAG in Fall 2021 as the current 2nd graders did not get tested last fall.

    COVID symptom tracking: will happen when a student or staff member is absent due to illness. It is everyone's responsibility to keep our community safe and well, which includes staying home when you may be sick with an illness that may spread to someone else. Tracking symptoms will help us to keep everyone healthy.

    Report cards: will be sent home with hybrid students or mailed home for CDL students the week of April 19. Report cards will be completed by 1st semester teachers.

    The A Kids Books About series just released a new title, A Kids Book About Anti-Asian Hate. You can go to this LINK to download the book for FREE.

    Welcome to the 2nd grade team Sarah Davis! Sarah comes to us after student teaching at Abernethy in 3rd grade, working as an educational assistant at Laurelhurst in grades 2-4, and over a decade of work as a Chemist in the business field. Ms. Davis is joining Ms. Lee as a co-teacher in our 2nd grade CDL cohort.

    3-5 Map reports will be mailed home this week from the district.

    Specials classes: There were a few errors on the link that was sent out yesterday. Check out the updated schedule to find your teacher, cohort, specials times, and meeting codes (Note: some classes have NEW google meeting codes).

    Here's to keeping the arts alive during hybrid and distance learning!

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 4/22 Earth Day
    • 5/19 6pm virtual connect to kindergarten
    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day

     

    SUN

    1. Register for 4th Quarter SUN clubs! Below is the information and you can register your student here. They began this week but we are still welcoming new students anytime!

    Mondays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Art Club

    Join Ms Tabitha and other students to do some art together. There will be a directed art project your student can follow along with, or they can work on their own thing while sharing virtual space with peers. 

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, K-2nd grade: Still Life Drawing

    Think black and white is boring or lines are only for writing? Think again! Find out how much you can express with just a line or how much color you can make with just dots. Using different art styles and techniques, see how much art you can make with just a few supplies.

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Newspaper

    Fridays, 3pm-4pm, K-5th grade: Tae Kwon Do

    1. Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.orgor 503-858-0230.  

    2. 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. 

     

    FOUNDATION

    Buy one, give one! At this month's apparel sales (April 14 and April 28, 3-4:30 on the upper playground), for every Buckman tote purchased, a second will be donated towards staff appreciation week! Our goal is to give a tote to every staff member, so come out to grab yours to help contribute. Other Buckman gear, including beanies, hoodies, and masks, will also be available for purchase.

    The Buckman Auction team is curating grade-level baskets for this year’s event.
    This is a fun and easy way to get involved. Each grade has a different theme; check out the Sign-Up Genius (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f48acad28abfe3-buckman) for some of the items the team is hoping to collect to see how you can help out.

    Back by popular demand: Buckman Dines Out at Screen Door!
    On Tuesday April 13, from 11am until 8pm (or until food runs out!), order your pick-up or delivery and 10% of proceeds will benefit the Buckman Foundation! Enjoy traditional Southern cooking with Northwest food values at this popular Buckman favorite. Call 503-542-0880 to order or check out the menu at screendoorrestaurant.com.

     

    LIBRARY

    • Book Bag Exchange Wednesdays 3-5pm or by emailing drudnick@pps.net to arrange an alternate Wednesday time
    • Return all found library books (missing from returned book bags or checked out from previous school years) any school day to the front entrance (new book return!)
    • If you cannot get to Buckman to return your library books or book bags, email me and I will arrange a porch pick up at your convenience
    • Used book donations accepted through May during Book Bag Exchange Wednesdays
    • April Reading Calendars

     

    PTA

    Classroom Assignments in Konstella  If your student has switched classrooms, be sure to update their class assignment in Konstella to ensure that you receive the appropriate class information. Doing so will also give you a chance to connect with other parents and families. To change classrooms: log in to your account, click on “Your Children”, select your child’s name, then click on the tab with the grade and teacher’s name, a drop-down menu will pop up for you to select the new classroom.

    Scrip Sales  Get your Fred Meyer, Amazon, and Target scrip cards!  We’ll be on the upper playground on April 14 and April 28 from 3-4:30 pm. Come by, say hi, and get pick up some scrip all while supporting Buckman.

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Symptom Surveillance Video – Guidance for Parents and Students

    There is a new video on YouTube called “Return to School Process” that can be used to help parents/students understand the 5 layers of symptom surveillance to keep the school community safe. Click on one of the following links to view:

    ENGLISH:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbLhz0c_xtw&t=5s

    MANDARIN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR3OWPxpy0k

    RUSSIAN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NSVYDtfWZI

    SOMALI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDlYOlFsdNA

    SPANISH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO-3AzPiTMA

    VIETNAMESE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vryEiDYGOy0

     

    Summer Programming Opportunities

    Cognizart 360 Arts Camp 2021 (ages 6-12) - July 5-9 & July 12-16

    PSU Portland Summer Percussion Academy (ages 12-18) - July 19-21

    OSU Precollege Programs Summer Reading Skills Programs (ages 4 through 11th grade)

     

    211info Child Care

    211info Child Care provides free, customized referrals to child care providers and strategies for finding quality child care in Oregon. For information and resources on finding quality child care, click here.

    To speak with a Parent Educator about child care resources:

    CALL 211 or 1-866-698-6155
    TEXT keyword "children" or "ninos" to 898211 (TXT211)
    EMAIL children@211info.org
    HOURS Monday-Friday 7am-11pm; Saturday-Sunday 8am-8pm

    Bilingual staff and interpreters are available to serve families in all languages. 

    To search for child care providers online, click here; materials can also be downloaded here.

     

    Hybrid and Distance Learning Meal Services

    All school meals will continue to be free for all students in all schools, and no student ID or names are needed to receive meals. 

    - Once a student returns to hybrid in-person instruction, meals will be served at the end of each of the in-person sessions. Service Style may vary between schools depending on facility, dismissal schedule, etc. 

    - If a student is staying in distance learning -- or if their hybrid in-person learning has not begun -- they should visit any of our new meal distribution sites between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days to pick up meals. 

     

    New Open Community Meal Distribution Sites

    For the remainder of the year, grab-and-go meals will be available between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days for all children in the community (PPS students and children not enrolled at PPS) ages 1-18. The sites for curbside distribution:

    • Beaumont Middle School, 4043 NE Fremont St.
    • Franklin High School, 5405 SE Woodward St.
    • George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave.
    • Harriet Tubman Middle School, 2231 N Flint Ave.
    • Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Pl.
    • Ida B. Wells High School, 1151 SW Vermont St.
    • Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Ave.
    • Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave.
    • Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave.
    • Leodis V. McDaniel @ Marshall High School, 3905 SE 91st Ave.
    • Tabor Middle School, 5800 SE Ash St.
    • Ockley Green Middle School, 6031 N Montana Ave.
    • Robert Gray Middle School, 5505 SW 23rd Ave.
    • Roosevelt High School, 6941 N Central St.
    • Roseway Heights Middle School, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.

     

    Meals on Buses

    When students are dismissed from their in person learning, they will be offered school meals to take home with them.  If they are riding on the bus, there will be a green container for all school meals to be held while they are traveling to their home or bus stop. As the student leaves the bus, they will pick up their meal again from the green container.  Students with special diets or allergies will have their meals in labeled bags and may be stored in a separate container.  Please reference this Standard Operating Procedure for more information. 

     

    Free Online Theatre Games for Kids K-6 from Imago

    Imago is offering families and schools FREE ONLINE THEATRE GAMES. Designed for K - 6 students, these 2 to 3-minute short videos are fun, exciting and easy, and give viewers a chance to learn mime, have fun and break up the day.

    To access the videos, you need to request the link; click here and we'll send the link to you with a password.  

    There are 15 videos that will be available beginning April 15, 2021. Sign up now! It's free. 

     

     

    Friday, April 2, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    We welcomed our 1st and kindergarten students back this week! It was a day of sweet connection both in person and online with our CDL students. I popped into the 1st grade CDL classroom today and was delighted to hear all of the students practicing their small group assignments by being farm animals. In 1st grade hybrid, students practiced waiting in line for the bathroom, played hula hoop tag on the blacktop, and did some book shopping in their classroom libraries! 

    1st grade CDL: Welcome back Greg Clarkson, who will be co-teaching CDL in 1st grade with Ms. Agre. Due to a number of shifts to cohort assignments in 1st grade, we had enough students in CDL to hire another staff to help support our 1st graders. Mr. Clarkson is coming out of his recent retirement last year after teaching at Buckman for over 20 years! 

    Please share this hybrid video with your students: https://youtu.be/PRnwdLnhKN4

    Amazing work from the support team, Buckman Bear, and Mr. Schopmeyer, who edited and published the video in less than 24 hours.   

    Join a lunch Google Meet social time of your choice, open to ALL Buckman students.

    11:15-11:45 M/T/TH/F

    -BuckmanBites with Mr. Rudolph: jokes, games, chit chat social time divided by grade level.

    -BuckmanReads with Ms. Rudnick: Daily storytime for all ages welcome! Come once a week or four times a week!  

    Playgrounds closed 7:30-3:30: now that our school is open to students, our campus and playground is closed from 7:30-3:30 daily. Please help spread this message to other families and community members.  

    Wednesday was transgender day of visibility. The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of transgender and gender nonconforming people while raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done to achieve trans justice. If you want to learn more, click on the link above. 

    Monday, we will welcome back all students to CDL/hybrid school. Grades 2-5 hybrid, we will see you on the blacktop at 8am/12:15pm. Please bring a water bottle, mask (and maybe a backup mask), and that’s it! Dismissal is at 10:15am and 2:30pm. Students and families are asked to leave campus right after pick up to prevent congestion and to allow our staff enough time to prepare for the next cohort. Thank you for your help with this!

    Take care everyone, 

    Teresa

     

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 4/5 – k-5 hybrid open for all grade levels
    • 4/8     End of Quarter
    • 4/9   No School, Teacher planning day
    • 4/16, 10am Virtual Run for the arts 
    • 5/14 9am, 1:30pm fire drill
    • 5/19 6pm  virtual connect to kindergarten
    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day 

    Buckman Bites with Mr. Rudolph

    Buckman Bites continues!  New time, same old fun.  During these times of change, take this opportunity to connect with your classmates.  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.   Meet Code: buckmanbites

    What: Buckman Bites, a virtual lunchtime meetup for ALL Buckman students   

    Why:  For connections and smiles

    When: Kinder & 1st grade - Mondays 11:15-11:45 

    2nd grade - Tuesdays 11:15-11:45

    3rd grade - Wednesdays 11:15-11:45

    4th grade - Thursdays 11:15-11:45

    5th grade - Fridays 11:15-11:45

     Classroom Assignments in Konstella

    If your student has switched classrooms, be sure to update their class assignment in Konstella to ensure that you receive the appropriate class information. Doing so will also give you a chance to connect with other parents and families. To change classrooms: log in to your account, click on “Your Children”, select your child’s name, then click on the tab with the grade and teacher’s name, a drop-down menu will pop up for you to select the new classroom. 

    Run for the Arts Update

    Unfortunately, RFTA for the current school year has been cancelled. We hope to continue this Buckman tradition in Fall 2021. Until then, we are looking for two RFTA coordinators to take the helm. Please email pta@buckmanelementary.org. This is a great opportunity to get involved and raise money to support our arts program!

     

    SUN

    Girls on the Run registration is OPEN and runs through April 23rd. The team is open to 3rd-5th graders, and is available on a sliding scale payment system. Practices are at Buckman Field from 3:30-5pm Mondays and Thursdays from April 12-June 5. Complete the registration form here. We have found enough coaches at this point!

    Register for 4th Quarter SUN clubs! Below is the information and you can register your student here. SUN Clubs will run from April 5- May 27th. 

    Mondays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Famous Art and Artists

    In this art history club, we'll explore different famous pieces of artwork from around the world and learn about the people, culture, time periods, and places that each piece of art was made. We'll even make some art history of our own! 

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, K-2nd grade: Still Life Drawing

    Think black and white is boring or lines are only for writing? Think again! Find out how much you can express with just a line or how much color you can make with just dots. Using different art styles and techniques, see how much art you can make with just a few supplies. 

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Newspaper

    Fridays, 3pm-4pm, K-5th grade: Tae Kwon Do

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/oVQfOcy_e-ieHACD-JsGS7D6ZHj60bdToWdMApOZDSb_CLcIbDG4fvdpjmY_msuxLuTZeI45fCxzGB0xMdkscukj-UitLpWBQ5Gm-HD2kZ0KfkP1GD6yGypQ-6prFI4xpXC-xOE

    Volunteer with Brown Hope! Volunteers under the age of 18 are welcome with a guardian present. Brown Hope is a community solution for racial justice, creating connection with Black, Brown, and Indigenous leaders through the heart, mind, and voice to inspire our collective healing. Sign up here

    Resource Assistance and Support  New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! 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. 

     

    FOUNDATION

    Back by popular demand: Buckman Dines Out at Screen Door! On Tuesday, April 13, from 11am until 8pm (or until food runs out!), order your pick-up or delivery and 10% of proceeds will benefit the Buckman Foundation! Enjoy traditional Southern cooking with Northwest food values at this popular Buckman favorite. Call 503-542-0880 to order or check out the menu at screendoorrestaurant.com.

    The 2021 Buckman Auction will officially kick off on Friday, June 4th at 6pm. As the biggest fundraiser of the year, be sure to mark your calendars for this important online event! The auction bidding will also begin at that time and continue through the next day. We’ll have more details coming soon!

     

    GREEN TEAM

    The Buckman Green Team is considering hosting an end-of-the-school year bike celebration (Bears on Bikes!!) the weekend of June 5th/6th. We are hoping to have fun, COVID-safe bike events, safety and maintenance stations, and a free raffle. 

    Please complete this short survey to help us gauge interest, potential participation, and volunteer availability by April 5th.

    Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey and help Buckman kiddos start the summer ready to roll.

     

    LIBRARY

    • Book Bag Exchange Wednesdays 3-5pm or by emailing drudnick@pps.net  to arrange an alternate Wednesday time
    • Return all found library books (missing from returned book bags or checked out from previous school years) any school day to the front entrance (new book return!)
    • If you cannot get to Buckman to return your library books, email me and I will arrange a porch pick up at your convenience
    • Used book donations accepted through May during Book Bag Exchange Wednesdays
    • Starting April 5th! M-F 11:15-11:45; Google Meet: BuckmanReads Lunch time Read Alouds with Ms. Rudnick & BuckmanBites with Mr. Rudolph
    • April Reading Calendars

    Additionally, 

    • If you have a copy of “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future” by Dav Pilkey, I highly recommend removing it from your home library, or using it as a learning resource in authors making apologies for microaggressions (Dav Pilkey’s apology letter). This book has passive racism against Asian people. You can read more here
    • In addition to Dav Pilkey’s above novel, many Dr. Seuss titles are under review to be removed from school libraries as Seuss Enterprises has halted production for similar reasons. If you have copies of these titles, consider doing the same:
      • Six by Seuss
      • And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
      • If I Ran the Zoo
      • McElligot's Pool
      • On Beyond Zebra!
      • Scrambled Eggs Super!
      • The Cat's Quizzer
    • I can collect your copies of Dav Pilkey’s novel and the specified Dr. Seuss books. 
    • Beverly Cleary died last week at the age of 104, just a few weeks before her 105th birthday. She was a monumental writer for early and middle grade fiction at a time when there were not many books for children that mirrored some children’s experiences in everyday life. OPB produced a documentary of her life. You can watch it here.

     

    PTA 

    Scrip Sales  Get your Fred Meyer, Amazon, and Target scrip cards!  We’ll be on the upper playground on select Wednesdays in April. Come by, say hi, and get pick up some scrip all while supporting Buckman. Stay tuned for dates on Konstella. 

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Childcare during Hybrid and CDL

    PPS Child Care website has a list of schools hosting child care programs during hybrid instruction. The website includes directions for translating the information. In addition, 211info offers child care referrals for all types of programs (including Boys and Girls Club and community centers) throughout Multnomah County. Parents can text, call or search for programs online.  

    Hybrid and Distance Learning Meal Services

    All school meals will continue to be free for all students in all schools, and no student ID or names are needed to receive meals. 

    Once a student returns to hybrid in-person instruction, meals will be served at the end of each of the in-person sessions. Service Style may vary between schools depending on facility, dismissal schedule, etc. 

    If a student is staying in distance learning -- or if their hybrid in-person learning has not begun -- they should visit any of our new meal distribution sites between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days to pick up meals.  

    New Open Community Meal Distribution Sites

    For the remainder of the year, grab-and-go meals will be available between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days for all children in the community (PPS students and children not enrolled at PPS) ages 1-18. The sites for curbside distribution:

    • Beaumont Middle School, 4043 NE Fremont St.
    • Franklin High School, 5405 SE Woodward St.
    • George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave.
    • Harriet Tubman Middle School, 2231 N Flint Ave.
    • Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Pl.
    • Ida B. Wells High School, 1151 SW Vermont St.
    • Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Ave.
    • Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave.
    • Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave.
    • Leodis V. McDaniel @ Marshall High School, 3905 SE 91st Ave.
    • Tabor Middle School, 5800 SE Ash St.
    • Ockley Green Middle School, 6031 N Montana Ave.
    • Robert Gray Middle School, 5505 SW 23rd Ave.
    • Roosevelt High School, 6941 N Central St.
    • Roseway Heights Middle School, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.

    Meals on Buses

    When students are dismissed from their in person learning, they will be offered school meals to take home with them.  If they are riding on the bus, there will be a green container for all school meals to be held while they are traveling to their home or bus stop. As the student leaves the bus, they will pick up their meal again from the green container.  Students with special diets or allergies will have their meals in labeled bags and may be stored in a separate container.  Please reference this Standard Operating Procedure for more information.  

    Free Online Theatre Games for Kids K-6 from Imago 

    Imago is offering families and schools FREE ONLINE THEATRE GAMES. Designed for K - 6 students, these 2 to 3-minute short videos are fun, exciting and easy, and give viewers a chance to learn mime, have fun and break up the day. 

    To access the videos, you need to request the link; click here and we'll send the link to you with a password. 

    There are 15 videos that will be available beginning April 15, 2021. Sign up now! It's free. 

     


     

    Friday, March 19, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    It was an emotional week at Buckman virtual school as about a third of our students said goodbye to their teachers today and yesterday. As we make the shift towards re-opening schools, we had to adjust the teachers and schedules for many children. In my own household, there were tears and feelings of loss as we learned that our CDL community will be changing. There is also excitement for many, anxiousness, happiness and all of the other emotions as well. When we return to school, whether it be virtual or hybrid, our staff will be starting off with building a new classroom community and welcoming everyone back with get to know you activities. We will be sharing resources as a staff on how to do this in the middle of a school year - a new experience for many of us. 

    Changes in Seesaw: With the reassignment of classes and cohorts, many of you will notice a change in Seesaw. Folks switching to a new cohort or teacher will similarly be switched to a new Seesaw class. If there is anything you want to keep now, be sure to download that before the switches happen on March 29. Linked here is a helpful guide that will show you how to do this 

    Virtual community meeting: On Tuesday, March 30 at 6pm, I’ll host a virtual meeting regarding all of the changes. Here is the google link to that meeting. Anne, our social worker will also be there to share some resources, tips, and tricks for parents and guardians to help students who are feeling distressed by the upcoming shift in school plans. Whether your student is remaining in CDL or shifting to returning for hybrid and in person learning, check out this PowerPoint for some helpful tips Click Here.  

    Virtual Assembly: Here it is, our ROARS video. Thanks to our special guest Buckman Bear for making this video super special. https://video.link/w/Gu3ac

    Champions childcare: Click here for information on Champions childcare.

    Finally, in a time of racial reckoning, I was crushed to hear of the shooting in Atlanta that killed 6 Asian-American women. The news shook me out of my hybrid-planning mind and immediately took me to the last memory I had with my friends before the country shut down last March. We went to my favorite Asian foot spa off of 82nd and Powell. My sister and I go together every time she comes to visit me and if I'm lucky enough, there isn't a line at Mei Sum, my favorite Chinese bakery across the street. If you would like to learn more at bystander intervention,the folks at Hollaback! have partnered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC to adapt our free bystander intervention training as well as offering a de-escalation training to meet this moment.” I hope you all give your loved ones and extra squeeze, whether it be in person or virtual tonight.

    Take care everyone, and I hope you all have a great spring break. 

    Warmly,

    Teresa 

    Important dates and reminders:

    3/22-3/26  No School, Spring Break

    3/29-4/2 – CDL instruction for all students (asynchronous work, no teacher meetings)

    3/30  6pm hybrid info session

    4/1 – first day of hybrid for AM cohorts in k-1

    4/2 – first day of hybrid for PM cohorts in k-1

    4/5 – k-5 hybrid open for all grade levels

    4/9   No School, Teacher planning day

    4/16  10am Virtual Run for the arts

     

    Buckman Bites with Mr. Rudolph

    Buckman Bites continues!  New time, same old fun.  During these times of change, take this opportunity to connect with your classmates.  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.   

    What: Buckman Bites, a virtual lunchtime meetup for ALL Buckman students  

    When: Kinder & 1st grade - Mondays 11:15-11:45 

    2nd grade - Tuesdays 11:15-11:45

    3rd grade - Wednesdays 11:15-11:45

    4th grade - Thursdays 11:15-11:45

    5th grade - Fridays 11:15-11:45

    Meet Code: buckmanbites

     

    SUN

    1. Join GirlStrength for virtual self-defense and empowerment classes! See info and dates below: To Register: Students/parents can email girlstrength.pb@portlandoregon.gov or fill out the WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM

    Tuesday, March 23rd (10-11:30): Self-Defense Basics

    Wednesday, March 24th (1-2:30): Self-Defense for LGBTQ+ Students

    Thursday, March 25th (2-3pm): All About Healthy Relationships 

    2. Girls on the Run registration is OPEN and runs through April 23rd. The team is open to 3rd-5th graders, and is available on a sliding scale payment system. Practices are at Buckman Field from 3:30-5pm Mondays and Thursdays from April 12-June 5. Complete the registration form here. We have found enough coaches at this point! 

    3. Register for 4th Quarter SUN clubs! Below is the information and you can register your student here. SUN Clubs will run from April 5- May 27th. 

    Mondays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Famous Art and Artists

    In this art history club, we'll explore different famous pieces of artwork from around the world and learn about the people, culture, time periods, and places that each piece of art was made. We'll even make some art history of our own!

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, K-2nd grade: Still Life Drawing

    Think black and white is boring or lines are only for writing? Think again! Find out how much you can express with just a line or how much color you can make with just dots. Using different art styles and techniques, see how much art you can make with just a few supplies.

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Newspaper 

    Fridays, 3pm-4pm, K-5th grade: Tae Kwon Do

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/2nlDyFwMjBUNeOCKM_jnkHOy9tImI-C7p3WPe-gLId6UiWBejzuY61HtiNukbCjqq62Bcs_CIgQSgN24h7G4QKDerpCw65sDC8eP4MEE2t7dBq_JHCXgSXRYOSiUhUVt4nE1lbs

    4. Volunteer with Brown Hope! Volunteers under the age of 18 are welcome with a guardian present. Brown Hope is a community solution for racial justice, creating connection with Black, Brown, and Indigenous leaders through the heart, mind, and voice to inspire our collective healing. Sign up here

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


    6. 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. 

      

    FOUNDATION

    Our Dines Out raised close to $300!  Thank you Xico and everyone who showed their support for Buckman and this Buckman parent-owned local business.   Mark your calendar, they have offered to schedule another Dines Out for June 10th.

    Save the date for our virtual auction kickoff on June 3rd!  Be on the lookout for a sign-up genius to help create or purchase items for the grade-level baskets we are curating for the auction this year; more details in the sign-up. 

    Happy Spring Break!

      

    PTA

    National PTA Federal Advocacy   The National PTA met virtually this month with our Federal House Representatives, Senators, and staffers. Usually in person, online meetings this year let 800+ people attend nationally, nearly 3x normal attendance. The local PTA will continue to follow up with our elected officials to push the PTA “asks”, so expect to hear more from me. – jeff@organicmodern.com, Buckman PTA treasurer.

    This year’s asks:

    • Make meaningful, robust investments in education in the next COVID relief package. 
      • School support is in the latest Covid Bill and was officially approved during our meetings! The excitement in the ‘digital air’ was amazing to witness. Met with State Rep. Rob Nosse on Thursday, and he said the amount of educational funding is going to go along way this next year to fill gaps.
    • Increase funding for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers to $20 million. 
      • There are 13 centers nationally. None in Oregon. The centers are geared towards helping families navigate education options and create community between parents.
    • Include schools in any comprehensive infrastructure package.
      • Rebuilding/repair
    • Improve the federal school meal program through Child Nutrition Reauthorization.
      • Renew waivers so states can continue to provide meals and reinstitute nutrition guidelines.
    • Support policies which protect all students, including students from historically marginalized populations and communities.
      • This includes ending seclusion and holding as forms of punishment, which Oregon already does, but not all states.

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    March Meal Services

    Meal services will pause during the week of Spring Break, March 22-26 and resume Monday, March 29.

    Ready for Some Math Fun Connected to the Blazers?

    Check out this opportunity and share with interested families to get a free NBA Math Hoops game for home!!!

    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.

     


    Friday, March12, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    I hope you have been able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine that came our way this week. Shout out to our Buckman Family Equity Team for hosting a lovely evening with Brown Hope. It left me inspired and called to action!

    All K-5 schools in PPS are currently in the planning stages so that Hybrid instruction can begin the week of March 29th. Every elementary school will follow this schedule on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays:

    • AM instruction (Hybrid) is 8:00 - 10:15
    • PM instruction (Hybrid) is 12:15 - 2:30
    • CDL instruction: 1st morning meeting at 8:45, small group schedules vary

    Wednesdays will be a combination of asynchronous and independent lessons and activities for all students.  More specific details about Wednesdays will be announced in the coming weeks.

    There are still a number of unknowns but we are getting closer to being ready to open our doors in a limited fashion. Whether your child will receive their instruction in a CDL or Hybrid Model, our goal is, as it always has been: to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment that meets each students’ academic and social-emotional needs. District Website: Hybrid Learning FAQ

    Each year in February, the second grade students prepare a multi-arts performance for their families and the Buckman community. Due to the pandemic and distance learning, this year the performance took the form of a video and photo gallery - put together by the Buckman Arts Teachers.

    3-5th grade families, MAP results will be mailed home to families at the end of quarter 3. 

    The concept of this year’s performance was African Inspiration: A Journey to Three Small Places within a Vast Continent. 2nd graders created movement, music, and visual art inspired by arts from various countries and tribes in Africa. You can view the performance videos and gallery of their work here.

    I want you to know how much I appreciate your willingness to continue to live in this space.  It can be terribly challenging when you are trying to plan, make important family decisions, and look out for your loved ones.  This year has been a true test of our perseverance and resilience as a community.  I am continually grateful for the ongoing support you show the staff as we navigate unchartered territory as a Buckman Community.

    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
    • 3/8-3/14  Buckman Art Show and Sell *at home*
    • 3/14  Daylight savings begin, clocks move forward 1 hour
    • 3/22-3/26  No School, Spring Break
    • 4/8     End of Quarter
    • 4/9   No School, Teacher planning day
    • 4/16  10am Virtual Run for the arts

     

    BUCKMAN ART SHOW AND SELL *AT HOME* - Get your raffle tickets! 

    The week-long online raffle of local art ends March 14th. The 2021 art show includes a community art project, so don’t forget to display your student’s art or to check out the “drawing trees” on the north side of the school. Visit buckmanartshow.weebly.com for more information.

      

    SUN

    1. Join GirlStrength for virtual self-defense and empowerment classes! See info and dates below: To Register: Students/parents can email girlstrength.pb@portlandoregon.gov or fill out the WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM.

    Saturday, March 13th (10-11:30): Self-Defense Basics

    Tuesday, March 23rd (10-11:30): Self-Defense Basics

    Wednesday, March 24th (1-2:30): Self-Defense for LGBTQ+ Students

    Thursday, March 25th (2-3pm): All About Healthy Relationships

    2. Girls on the Run registration is OPEN and runs through April 23rd. The team is open to 3rd-5th graders, and is available on a sliding scale payment system. Practices are at Buckman Field from 3:30-5pm Mondays and Thursdays from April 12-June 5. Complete the registration form here

    3. New SUN clubs coming soon for 4th quarter! Keep an eye out for registration information next week. 

    4. Resource Assistance and Support  New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230.  
    5. 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. 

     

    FOUNDATION

    Many thanks to Buckman-owned Xico for supporting our school this week for the March edition of our Dines Out! We’d also like to thank the Buckman families who ordered from their delicious menu of handmade Mexican cuisine for this event. If you haven’t yet given Xico a try, be sure to check out all they have to offer on their website (https://www.xicopdx.com)!

    Spring apparel sales are ready to rock! Stop by the upper playground on March 31, April 14, or April 28 from 3:00-4:30pm to get all the Buckman gear you need. In addition to beanies, hoodies, masks, and shirts, we will have new Buckman canvas totes in stock soon! Stop by after spring break and grab what you need to show your Buckman pride.

     

    LIBRARY

    • March Reading and Activity Calendars
    • Are you spring cleaning? Has your Buckman student outgrown some titles and need more space on the bookshelf? The Buckman Library is now accepting GENTLY used book donations! We will be hosting a used book sale at the end of the school year. Location, date and times TBA. Donations accepted during Book Bag Exchanges on Mondays and Wednesdays 3-5pm on the upper playground. Please limit donations to 1-2 bags/boxes per family. 
    • K-2 Afterschool Stories with Friends. Longer read alouds, time to share and connect with special guests.
    • Do your students like Graphic Novels? Here is a list of some really great books that can lead to some important conversations. Social Justice Graphic Novels - also, as a parent, if you haven’t read a graphic novel, give it a try!

     

    PTA

    Scrip Sales  Get your scrip cards for various stores including Amazon, Target, and Fred Meyer, March 31 from 3-4:30pm on the upper playground. A portion of these sales goes back to Buckman. 

    We still need your membership! Can you help PTA reach our goal of 100 members or more? It’s easy to become a member; sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman. 

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    March Meal Services

    On Friday, March 19, all grab and go, curbside services and home meal deliveries will include 7 days worth of meals. Meal services will pause during the week of Spring Break, March 22-26 and resume Monday, March 29.

    K-5 Transfer Cycle & Explore Your Options Event

    From February 17-March 16, families can submit transfer requests to K-5 dual language immersion, focus option and alternative programs. 

    ACCESS Academy applications for grades 1-8 are available from February 17-April 16. 

    Applications are available at www.pps.net/schoolchoice

    Free Tax Prep Services

    Metropolitan Family Service/Cash Oregon is providing Free Tax Service. Click here for more information or visit this site: https://cashoregon.org/get-tax-help/mfs-cash-oregon-vita-site/

    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.

     

     


    Friday, March 5, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    I hope you enjoyed the pre-spring sunny weather this week! In March we celebrate Women’s History Month. “i stand on the sacrifices of a million women before me thinking what can i do to make this mountain taller so the women after me can see farther” – rumi kaur

     

    TAG Update: TAG testing for students who were nominated in the fall is slated to happen in late spring after Hybrid instruction begins. All 2nd and 3rd graders will be tested next fall.

     

    Grades 3-5 MAP: The district will be sending out individual student MAP assessment results by the end of 3rd quarter.

    Along with many of you, I am still waiting for details on what hybrid instruction might look like for Buckman. The Governor just announced that she is mandating that all elementary schools open back up for some in person instruction the week of March 29th. Once the district has finalized negotiations with their labor partners, and the Governor details her expectations, I will be able to share more. In the meantime, the Buckman team and I have been busy collecting last minute hybrid interest surveys, scenario planning, and welcoming the first students back into Buckman this week with our Limited In Person Instruction. Here is the district website for all things hybrid.

     

    Hybrid information for Buckman: As I begin planning for forming hybrid cohorts, here are some things you can count on

    • I will prioritize children/siblings in the same household stay in the same cohort.
    • Efforts will be made to keep as many students with their current teacher as possible. Please know that no scenario that I am planning places 100% of students with their current teacher.
    • Requests for AM/PM assignments will not be accepted. Students will either be assigned an AM or PM section.
    • Requests to be with a specific peer, peer group, or teacher will not be accepted.
    • 43% of our families have indicated that they prefer to remain in comprehensive distance learning. For the remaining 57%, I understand that every student has a unique situation and that their hybrid assignment may not work. In those situations, CDL will hopefully remain an option.

    I will be at our PTA Meeting from 6-6:30 to repeat some of this information and take questions. I hope to see you there.

     

    This week is Classified appreciation week! Thank you to our amazing classified staff!

    • Sam – Principal’s secretary – everything we do, we do because Sam has made it possible. Nearly everything that I send out, Sam has touched in some way or another, including this newsletter
    • Karen – School secretary – she answers the phone, mails home mailers, does your attendance, pulls up report after report after report, and is back in the office M-F from 8-2 every day!
    • Scott, Patrick and Darren - they are the custodians who keep our school clean and sanitized.
    • Dixie, Heidi, Casey – they are the paraeducators in our K-2 SES room. They are some of the kindest, patient, talented and funniest staff members that we have. 
    • Angie, Niko, Alex – the are the paraeducators in our 3-5 SES room, and they work with our students with calm, genuine care, so many home deliveries, and all around support!
    • Mr. Darby – he’s back in the game as our SES Therapeutic Intervention Coach and it’s like he never left. Rumor has it that Mr. Darby actually saw the Buckman Bear up to no good at school this week!
    • Julie & Kate – serving hundreds of meals to our family in grab and go kits weekly. Behind those masks we know you are both smiling!
    • Michelle & Kevin –  the rocks of our Special Education team, so creative, so engaging, and filling in so many gaps for our students! 

    Warmly,

    Teresa Seidel 

    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
    • 3/8     6:00-7:30pm   Buckman PTA Meeting
    • 3/8     6:00-8:00 district connect to kindergarten virtual event
    • 3/8-3/14  Buckman Art Show and Sell *at home*
    • 3/9     5:30-7:00pm   Buckman FET Race Talks meeting, with guests Brown Hope
    • 3/14  Daylight savings begin, clocks move forward 1 hour
    • 3/22-3/26  No School, Spring Break
    • 4/8     End of Quarter
    • 4/9   No School, Teacher planning day
    • 4/16  10am Virtual Run for the arts

     

    BUCKMAN ART SHOW AND SELL *AT HOME* MARCH 8-14TH 

    Art Show & Sell 2021 starts Monday! This year we will have a week-long online raffle of local art. The raffle will be open all week! In addition, we will celebrate student art with a drawing tree… three trees on the north side of the school will have wire and clips along their trunks ready for art to be displayed. Get creative and display an original piece of art or just walk by and soak up some Buckman community magic! Smaller sized pieces will work best (3x5 or 5x7). Visit buckmanartshow.weebly.com for more information.

     

    SUN

    1. Save the date for Buckman FET Race Talks with guests Brown Hope, Tuesday, March 9!  The Buckman Family Equity Team invites all Buckman Elementary families and staff to attend an online presentation about Brown Hope on Tuesday, March 9th from 5:30-7pm. Brown Hope is a Portland non-profit community solution for racial justice.  The organization creates connections with Black, Brown, and Indigenous leaders through the heart, mind, and voice to inspire our collective healing.  Brown Hope's programs include Power Hour, Blackstreet Bakery, Equity and Beyond, and the Black Resilience Fund. Come learn more about the good work this organization is doing in our community and their program leaders! Join us here

    2. Girls on the Run registration is OPEN and runs through April 23rd. The team is open to 3rd-5th graders, and is available on a sliding scale payment system. Practices are at Buckman Field from 3:30-5pm Mondays and Thursdays from April 12-June 5. Complete the registration form here

    3. Educational Theatre in support of Kaiser Permanente's equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts invites you to join us for a free performance-based exploration of the beauty, unrest, and "two-ness" of the Black experience in America, expressed through the work of Black authors, poets, activists, artists, and leaders. The goal of this event is for communities to feel inspired and seen, wanting to learn more and do better. To be followed by a panel discussion. March 10, 3:30pm PST, ages 9+. Register here

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


    5. 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.  

     

    FOUNDATION

    We’re delighted to share that the Foundation raised nearly $500 from our February Dines Out at Sparky’s pizza, and we hope to keep the momentum going for March. This month, we’re partnering with Buckman parent owned Xico (3715 SE Division St). Try out their amazing handmade Mexican cuisine; 10% of proceeds from orders and pre-orders made on March 10 from 4-6:30 pm will be donated to the Buckman Foundation. Thanks to Xico for your generous support!

     

    LIBRARY

    • March Reading and Activity Calendars
    • Are you spring cleaning? Has your Buckman student outgrown some titles and need more space on the bookshelf? The Buckman Library is now accepting GENTLY used book donations! We will be hosting a used book sale at the end of the school year. Location, date and times TBA. Donations accepted during Book Bag Exchanges on Mondays and Wednesdays 3-5pm on the upper playground. Please limit donations to 1-2 bags/boxes per family. 
    • This event takes place during spring break, however most webinar author visits are recorded and offered later. It might be something fun to do during spring break! Whether you like his humor or not, kids seem to glom on to his titles!
    • When DAV PILKEY was a kid, he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories. He spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books -- the very first adventures of Dog Man and Captain Underpants. In college, Dav met a teacher who encouraged him to illustrate and write.

     

    PTA

    Buckman Community/PTA Meeting   Join us Monday, March 8th, starting at 6pm. We’re combining forces with Principal Seidel again in a joint PTA/community meeting. The first 30 minutes will be dedicated to discussions about LIPI (limited in-person instruction) as well as to answer any additional questions you may have for Principal Seidel.

    Scrip Sales  Get your scrip in March on Wednesday, March 10 and March 31 from 3-4:30pm on the upper playground. A portion of sales goes back to Buckman! 

    Let’s Reach 100 Members! Currently, PTA membership at Buckman is hovering around 50 members. Can you help us get to 100 or more? It’s easy to become a member; sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman. 

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Explore Your School Options – March 8th, 6-8 PM

    See attached flyer for more details:

    Explore your options - English

    Explore your options - Spanish

    March Meal Services

    On Friday, March 19, all grab and go, curbside services and home meal deliveries will include 7 days worth of meals. Meal services will pause during the week of Spring Break, March 22-26 and resume Monday, March 29. 

    K-5 Transfer Cycle & Explore Your Options Event

    From February 17-March 16, families can submit transfer requests to K-5 dual language immersion, focus option and alternative programs. 

    ACCESS Academy applications for grades 1-8 are available from February 17-April 16. 

    Applications are available at www.pps.net/schoolchoice.

    Free Tax Prep Services

    Metropolitan Family Service/Cash Oregon is providing Free Tax Service. Click here for more information or visit this site: https://cashoregon.org/get-tax-help/mfs-cash-oregon-vita-site/.

    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.  

    The start of Phase 2 of the Enrollment Balancing process has been delayed until at least after April 15th.

    The Board of Education met on February 22 to discuss phase 2 of PPS’ enrollment and program balancing. Here is the “February 22, 2021 Work Session Agenda.” The focus of the 3-hour work session was to:

    • Identify the most critical issue(s) the School Board believes are the most important to address in the next 12-months on Enrollment and Program Balancing.
    • Identify the policies that require clarification, so that the PPS school district staff (and the Coalition) can effectively and clearly complete Phase 2 of its work.
    • Clarify what PPS believes to be the most important focus areas in the next 12-months.
    • Articulate the successes and opportunities they look to see executed as we plan student, family, school and community engagement on Enrollment and Program Balancing.

    District staff are continuing to engage with the Board to finalize the Phase 2 scope of work with a commitment to center the lived experiences of our students and their families, especially our communities of color.

    An update of the Phase 2 scope and schedule will be shared in April.

    A full archive of Southeast Guiding Coalition (SEGC) meeting notes, presentations, meeting videos and links are available on the PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing website.

     

     


     

    Friday, February 26, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears!

    Big shout out to the Family Equity Team, SUN school, and all of the families and staff who attended our Race Talks event this past week. As the facilitators of the event said loud and clear “Parents and guardians, you have the most important job out there”. This resonated so deeply with me, as I know that every single one of you reading this right now have worked so hard to make this past year work.  

    PPS is working to transition into a hybrid model beginning quarter 4. Click here for more details specific to PPS. I will also be hosting a hybrid info session from 6-6:30 at the beginning of the PTA meeting on Monday, March 8. While I won’t have all of the answers, I am looking forward to chatting with you and sharing some of Buckman’s preliminary plans for safely opening up our school. 

    Today is the last day of Black History Month, but we will continue to celebrate Black History every month! As author Nikki Grimes puts it, “Black history is American history. February is just the highlight reel”. Some of our teachers have introduced the students to Bellen Woodard, “the 9 year-old Founder of Bellen’s More than Peach™ Project & the World’s 1st Crayon Activist™. Since spring of 2019, Bellen has been the creative genius behind the start and expansion of The More than Peach Project—the vision and philanthropic effort she imagined to place multicultural crayons in the hands of all students.”. Click here to learn more about this student artist advocate. 

    Warmly,

    Teresa

     

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

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

    • 3/3     6:00-7:00pm  Connect to Kindergarten Virtual Meeting  

    • 3/8     6:00-7:30pm   Buckman PTA Meeting

    • 3/8     6:00-8:00 district connect to kindergarten virtual event

    • 3/8-3/14  Buckman Art Show and Sell *at home*

    • 3/9     5:30-7:00pm   Race Talks meeting, with guests Brown Hope: 

    • 3/22-3/26  No School, Spring Break

    • 4/8     End of Quarter

    • 4/9   No School, Teacher planning day

     

     


     

    Friday, February 19, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    It was good to see many of you back online this week. I hope the rest of Portland (and the nation) is able to recover from the winter weather. There are two major updates in this week’s newsletter: 1) Buckman spirit week and 2) 4th quarter learning survey. Also, here is the monthly ROARS virtual assembly, featuring a very special Buckman visitor. 

    Buckman Spirit Week is next week 2/22/21 - 2/26/21!  What better way to celebrate the melting ice than wearing our clothes backwards and flexing our superpowers?  Let’s leap into spring while showing our Buckman pride!  

    • Monday, February 22nd - Creative background day

    Students can create a beautiful background for their synchronous classes.  Draw it, paint it, sketch it, sculpt it, so many possibilities!  Time to let that Buckman creativity shine. 

    • Tuesday, February 23rd - Superhero day

    Be a Buckman superhero and bring your powers to PE.  Get creative and invent a new hero, or dress as your favorite superhero.  All you need is a few household items and your imagination.

    • Wednesday, February 3rd - Hedgehog & school colors day

    Students can show their spirit by bringing hedgehog stuffies, making spikey headwear, and wearing Buckman gear

    • Thursday, February 25th - Backwards or mismatched clothes day

    Students can get silly by wearing their clothes backwards or by picking an outfit that clashes spectacularly!

    • Friday, February 5th - Pajama day

    Who says you need to get dressed for school?  Students will wrap up spirit week by wearing their most comfy pajamas to class. 

    Lastly, I appreciate all of the questions around the 4th quarter learning survey. Once I have our schools’ responses, I’ll be able to create a more detailed plan for Buckman. We still have 200 students to fill it out, so look for your individual, unique survey code sent from me to one parent/guardian’s email address on file. If you need the survey resent, or can’t find it, email me at tseidel@pps.net. At the March 8th PTA meeting (6pm, link here.), I will give an update on where we are with hybrid, and share some of our plans to keep Buckman Hybrid School as safe as possible. Please fill that survey out by this weekend! 

     

    Take care everyone,

    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 

    • 2/24 5:30-7:30 Race Talks 

    • 3/3 6pm connect to kindergarten

     

    Next Week - RACE TALKS!

    Join PTA and the Family Equity Team for an evening hosted by RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism on February 24th from 5:30-7:30PM. This is a school-wide event intended for all Buckman families. Grab your dinner, your kids, and a virtual seat at the table to discuss race and recent occurrences in America. Use Zoom code: 837 8685 9810; password: 02242021. Hope to see you there!

     

    BIPOC Leadership Group for 3rd-5th Grade Students

    Alex Duran (Para Educator) and Jasmine Springs (Restorative Justice Specialist) are hosting a new leadership group for Buckman students 3rd- 5th grade.

    This group will be open to all students grades 3rd- 5th grade who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latino /a, Asian, or any other person of color.

    The group will meet Mondays 12:15-1:00pm starting Monday, February 22nd.

    The focus of the group is for BIPOC Students to engage with others who may share similar experiences around identity and learn about and celebrate our differences. The group will center student voice and student leadership and the first meeting will decide student goals for our weekly meetings.

    If your student fits the identity markers mentioned above they can log in to Google Meet Mondays at 12:15pm using the code: BuckmanBIPOC

    FYI - PPS Communication Pathways

    • Text messages: Sign up for School Messenger by texting YES to 68453

    • Alert pod on www.pps.net and all school websites

    • Twitter: @PPSConnect

    • Facebook

    • Phone: Auto-dialer calls in supported languages

     

    SUN

    1. Have you lost food because of the recent storm and power outages?  You may be able to get some of your SNAP dollars added back to your EBT card. Call 800-699-9075 or email SSP.StatewideWorkshare@dhsoha.state.or.us to request replacement benefits. For shelf-stable food boxes, reach out to Katie and she can deliver one to you.

    2. Join us for Race Talks next Wednesday, 2/24.  Join us for a school-wide dinner and virtual conversation hosted by RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism. February 24th from 5:30pm - 7:30pm, at this link. Bring your kids and dinner! Come meet other families as we all learn to talk about race and recent events in America. 

    Zoom ID: 837 8685 9810

    Password: 02242021

    3. Girls on the Run lottery registration is OPEN and runs through February 21st. The team is open to 3rd-5th graders, and is available on a sliding scale payment system. Ten participants will be randomly selected to fill the Buckman team on February 22nd.  All remaining spots will be open to the public on a first come first served basis until April 23rd. Practices are at Buckman Field from 3:30-5pm Mondays and Thursdays from April 12-June 5. Complete the application here

    4. SUN Hygiene Supply drive continues through February!  Thanks to all who have donated already. We are still collecting toilet paper, paper towels, soap, and other hygiene items every Monday and Wednesday at the upper playground from 3-5pm. 

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


    6. 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. 

     

    FOUNDATION

    Buckman Dines Out at Sparky’s has been moved to next Tuesday, February 23. Call in your order to ANY Sparky’s Pizza location and 10% of sales will go to the Buckman Foundation! Offer is valid for the entire day and is an easy way to support a local business and our school. 

    Buckman apparel sales will be on February 24 and March 10 from 3-4:30pm, head to the upper playground to grab your Buckman gear. Beanies, hoodies, masks, and more! Sport your Buckman goods knowing all proceeds benefit the Foundation!

      

    LIBRARY

    • Alan Gratz Author Visit Book Orders from Green Bean Books are now at Buckman. If you chose to have them delivered to Buckman, you can pick up during Book Bag Exchange times (M&W 3-5p).

    • February Reading Calendars

    • If you have not exchanged your Book Bags in 2021, now is the time! Open exchange times are M&W 3-5pm AND M&W 8-12 by appointment

      

    PTA

    Upcoming General Meeting   Save the date for our next general meeting Monday, March 8 at 6pm. We’re combining forces with Principal Seidel again in a joint PTA/community meeting. We’ll discuss PTA business and answer your questions. 

    Let’s Reach 100 Members! Currently, PTA membership at Buckman is hovering around 50 members. Can you help us get to 100 or more? It’s easy to become a member; sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman. 


     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    K-5 Transfer Cycle & Explore Your Options Event

    From February 17-March 16, families can submit transfer requests to K-5 dual language immersion, focus option and alternative programs. 

    ACCESS Academy applications for grades 1-8 are available from February 17-April 16. 

    Applications are available at www.pps.net/schoolchoice.

    Free Tax Prep Services

    Metropolitan Family Service/Cash Oregon is providing Free Tax Service. Click here for more information or visit this site: https://cashoregon.org/get-tax-help/mfs-cash-oregon-vita-site/.

    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. 

     


     

    Friday, February 12, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    Today is the Lunar New Year, year of the Ox! Growing up, my large Chinese extended family and I gathered during this time every year and as a young person, I would be the fortunate recipient of many red envelopes filled with “good luck money”. As I got older, my family got wiser - the tradition in our family was that if you gathered before the new year, no lucky money was handed out, only after. Fortunately, we always celebrated with great food and family time. If you would like to learn more about Lunar New Year, click on this video  here

    BIPOC Leadership Group for 3rd-5th Grade Students

    • Alex Duran (Para Educator) and Jasmine Springs (Restorative Justice Specialist) are hosting a leadership group open to for Buckman students grades 3rd- 5th grade who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latino /a, Asian, or any other person of color.

    • The group will meet Mondays 12:15-1:00pm starting Monday, February 22nd using the code: BuckmanBIPOC

    • The focus of the group is for BIPOC Students to engage with others who may share similar experiences around identity and learn about and celebrate our differences. The group will center student voice and student leadership and the first meeting will decide student goals for weekly meetings.

    Are you new to Buckman this year? Do your kids miss the smell of the cafeteria? Are you curious about what the new playground looks like? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please click here for the Tour of Buckman video! 

    RACE TALKS Event: Join PTA and the Family Equity Team for an evening hosted by RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism on February 24th from 5:30-7:30PM. This is a school-wide event intended for all Buckman families. Grab your dinner, your kids, and a virtual seat at the table to discuss race and recent occurrences in America. Use Zoom code: 837 8685 9810; password: 02242021. 

    The district sent a message earlier this week about the plans to move towards hybrid instruction. If you missed that, the complete message can be found here. Most importantly, please be sure to fill out the email with the survey asking for your interest in participating in hybrid learning, or remaining in compressive distance learning. This survey is specific to each student and not transferable. 

    LIPI, Hybrid, CDL - what does it all mean? 

    LIPI = limited in person instruction. This varies campus to campus. Buckman has reached out to a small group of kindergarten families about this.

    Hybrid - this will be an optional model for all student, slated to begin April 12, the start of 4th quarter. If a family elects into this model, students will receive some of their learning in person and some online.

    CDL - comprehensive distance learning - this is what we are currently doing with all of your students. All instruction is online, some in live google meetings and some asynchronously through Seesaw assignments, Lexia, Dreambox, or other assignments. 

    I hope this helps to clear some things up. As the district moves more towards hybrid, I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated with this newsletter and updates and at PTA meetings (our next one is March 8, 6pm, link here.)

    Hope you all have a great long weekend, remember there is no school on Monday as it’s Presidents’ Day!

    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 

    • 2/10 10:30am 3-5 Author Visit with Alan Gratz

    • 2/15 No school, Presidents’ Day

    • 2/18 Connect to Kindergarten district event 6-8pm, zoom link here

    • 2/24 5:30-7:30 Race Talks 

    • 3/3 6pm connect to kindergarten, link here

    • 3/8 PTA Meeting, 6pm, link here.

      

    SUN

    Virtual programs for information about the COVID-19 vaccine   Multnomah County’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program is hosting the following events to support African-American/Black/African community members (click on the links for more information):

     Family Equity Team  Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Would you like to collaborate and be in a community with other parents and caregivers of color at Buckman? Join us for a Family Equity Team meeting on Tuesday, February 9th at 5:30pm. Zoom link here: https://pps-net.zoom.us/j/84107470268

    SUN Hygiene Supply drive continues through February!   Thanks to all who have donated already. We are still collecting toilet paper, paper towels, soap, and other hygiene items every Monday and Wednesday at the upper playground from 3-5pm. 

    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. 

      

    COUNSELOR NEWS

    Want to talk with your school counselor Ms. Jess? 

     Mondays and Wednesdays stop by the upper playground between 3 and 5. Look for the rainbow umbrella.

     Tuesday appointments with Ms. Jess & Ms Cara for students, parents, or families. Schedule here: https://calendly.com/msjessbuckman/check-in-with-counselor

    Thursday drop-in time with Ms. Jess at FirestoneClassMeeting 12-1pm

     *For other times, fill out this check-in sheet and Ms. Jess will email you: Check in with Ms Jess or Ms Cara

     

    FOUNDATION

    Buckman Dines Out at Sparky’s next Tuesday, February 16.  Call in your order to ANY Sparky’s Pizza location and 10% of sales will go to the Buckman Foundation! Offer is valid for the entire day and is an easy way to support a local business and our school. 

    Buckman Foundation’s apparel sales are back! On February 24 and March 10 from 3-4:30pm, head to the upper playground to grab your Buckman gear. Beanies, hoodies, masks, and more! Sport your Buckman goods knowing all proceeds benefit the Foundation!

      

    LIBRARY

    • WOW! Our author visit on Wednesday was incredible. If you would like to view it and/or order books from Green Bean, the link to the author visit/Order button is here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/176csk15 (side note: if you are a K-2

      parent, you might be interested in watching this too!)

    • February Reading Calendars

    • If you have not exchanged your Book Bags in 2021, now is the time! Open exchange times are M&W 3-5pm AND M&W 8-12 by appointment 

      

    PTA

    Let’s Reach 100 Members! Currently, PTA membership at Buckman is hovering around 50 members. Can you help us get to 100 or more? It’s easy to become a member; sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman. 

     
     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    February Meal Services

    Because Monday, February 15 is a holiday and the district is closed, there will be no meal services. Additional meals will be included in surrounding service days to make sure families still receive 7 days worth of meals. 

    Free Tax Prep Services

    Metropolitan Family Service/Cash Oregon is providing Free Tax Service. Click here for more information or visit this site: https://cashoregon.org/get-tax-help/mfs-cash-oregon-vita-site/. 

    Dreaming Justice Event

    Students, parents, and staff are invited to Oregon Episcopal School’s next Dreaming Justice event! On February 18, 4:30-5:30 PM, Renée Watson will be joining us for an author visit. Watson will read from her work and talk about growing up in Portland and how that influenced her writing. She will also answer questions from the audience. Please RSVP here.

    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. 

     


     

    Friday, February 5, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    Multnomah county libraries are hosting a variety of online events for Black History month including: Clownin' Around with Nikki Brown Clown! Portland’s favorite clown is back with an online storytime that is a culturally creative blend of picture books infused with sounds and activities for all. This will be an interactive online experience and participation is encouraged!  All ages are welcome!  

    This week was national school counselors week. We are so lucky to have Ms. Jess holding our students, staff and school up with her positivity, thoughtfulness, leadership and compassion. As one staff member shared to Jess, “You love the kids with your whole heart. You hold all their stories and needs, and then serve them as the precious individuals they are.” Thank you Jess, and all school counselors, for being there for our students all of the time.

    Current Buckman Families: If you entered Buckman through the PPS Lottery, and have another child you want to attend Buckman, you MUST complete the Lottery process! Lottery will be open from Feb 17-March 16. Click here for more information and how to apply.  

    Take care everyone, 

    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 

    • 2/10 10:30am 3-5 Author Visit with Alan Gratz

    • 2/15 No school, Presidents’ Day

    • 2/18 Connect to Kindergarten, time TBD 

    • 2/24 5:30-7:30 Race Talks 

    • 3/8 PTA Meeting, 6pm, link here.

     

    SUN

    Virtual programs for information about the COVID-19 vaccine   Multnomah County’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program is hosting the following events to support African-American/Black/African community members (click on the links for more information):

     Family Equity Team  Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Would you like to collaborate and be in a community with other parents and caregivers of color at Buckman? Join us for a Family Equity Team meeting on Tuesday, February 9th at 5:30pm. Zoom link here: https://pps-net.zoom.us/j/84107470268

    SUN Hygiene Supply drive continues through February!   Thanks to all who have donated already. We are still collecting toilet paper, paper towels, soap, and other hygiene items every Monday and Wednesday at the upper playground from 3-5pm. 

    Save the Date for Race Talks on February 24th from 5:30-7:30pm.   Open to all families, this is an opportunity to be in dialogue with other families about racial issues. 

    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. 

      

    COUNSELOR NEWS

    Want to talk with your school counselor Ms. Jess? 

    Mondays and Wednesdays stop by the upper playground between 3 and 5. Look for the rainbow umbrella. 

    Tuesday appointments with Ms. Jess & Ms Cara for students, parents, or families. Schedule here: https://calendly.com/msjessbuckman/check-in-with-counselor 

    Thursday drop-in time with Ms. Jess at FirestoneClassMeeting 12-1pm 

    *For other times, fill out this check-in sheet and Ms. Jess will email you: Check in with Ms Jess or Ms Cara

     

    FOUNDATION

    Dines Out   February is here, which means it’s time for another Buckman Dines Out. On Tuesday, February 16, call in your order to ANY Sparky’s Pizza location and 10% of sales will go to the Buckman Foundation! Offer is valid for the entire day and is an easy way to support a local business and our school. 

    Apparel Sales   Buckman Foundation’s apparel sales are back! On Wednesday February 10th and 24th from 3-4:30pm, head to the upper playground to grab your Buckman gear. Beanies, hoodies, masks, and more! Sport your Buckman goods knowing all proceeds benefit the Foundation!

     

    LIBRARY

    • Green Bean Books is providing a free author visit in lieu of selling 30 copies of any Alan Gratz novel. If you would like to purchase a copy of one of his books for our library or yourself, please see this order form. In the section “Calculate Shipping Cost” please choose “Pick up at Buckman Elementary - Author Visit Only $0.00”. Thank you for your support! (3-5th grade virtual author visit with author ALAN GRATZ is next week February 10th at 10:30am)

    • February Reading Calendars

     

    PTA

    Upcoming Race Talk   Save the date for an upcoming race talk on February 24th presented and facilitated by RACE TALKS PDX

    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. 

    Let’s Reach 100 Members! Currently, PTA membership at Buckman is hovering around 50 members. Can you help us get to 100 or more? It’s easy to become a member; sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman. 
     

    DISTRICT NEWS

    New K-5 Report Cards

    We are excited to share with you the new K-5 Report Card. The report card has been revised by a committee of teachers and parents with one of the main goals being to help families more easily understand how your students are doing as they progress through the elementary grades.  Click here to see the new report in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, and Chinese. A highlight of the new report card is that there is now only one marking system for grades (E/M/CM/N/NE) and the +,V,/,-- system is now only for characteristics of a successful learner 

    Teachers will be using this new report card for Quarter 2 reporting. And you will receive the report card via mail in early February. 

    Access to Kids Discover Magazine!

    All K-5 educators, students and support staff now have access to Kids Discover. All students and educators can access by utilizing the URL or credentials below: 

    PW Embedded URL: http://online.kidsdiscover.com/portlandps

    - or -

    URL: http://online.kidsdiscover.com

    UN: portlandps

    PW: portlandps 

    Participate in PPS’ Long-Range Facility Plan

    Portland Public Schools is currently developing a Long-Range Facility Plan that will align the District’s educational vision with future capital planning. This work is an opportunity to institute lasting change in our schools by re-envisioning teaching and learning environments. 

    If you are a PPS community member interested in participating in a dialogue session, please visit www.pps.net/lrfp to register or email longrangefacilityplan@pps.net with any questions.  

    Oregon Dyslexia Professional Network

    Decoding Dyslexia Oregon has shared a great opportunity for adults living with dyslexia. Regardless of where in the world you live, please accept our invitation to join us virtually at the Oregon Dyslexia Professional Network. ODPN is a live, monthly chat space for adults living with dyslexia to connect, learn from each other, and share resources. Build your network and connect with others to help further your goals whether that be as a student, employee, or a job seeker.

    Moderated by two individuals who have dyslexia, Jesse Rapport, and Jared Blank, we welcome you and hope you can join us by signing up HERE.  Interested, and want more information? Ask by emailing ODPN@orbida.org.

     

    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. 

     


     

    Friday, January 29, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    I wanted to share my deepest gratitude for our staff now that we are closing in on an entire semester of Comprehensive Distance Learning. As I visited classrooms this week learning how to balance equations, using a rubric to write a convincing essay, and reflecting on how the author’s writing makes me feel and making art inspired by books, I was amazed at how our entire teaching staff has been able to pivot to an instructional model that was completely foreign to us all less than a year ago. Our commitment and focus is still on Comprehensive Distance Learning, but there are changes on the horizon. If you didn’t catch it, here is the most recent district communication including a comprehensive update on Vaccinations, Expanding In-Person Opportunities and Plans for Hybrid Instruction. 

    ROARS Assembly: Here is the ROARS assembly  video for last month.

    Limited In Person Instruction: Buckman is in wave 3 of 3 to open up our doors to students in a “Limited In Person Instruction” or LIPI model beginning as early as March 1. I want to reiterate that our primary focus is still remaining on Comprehensive Distance Learning, and that LIPI is a supplement to that. Here are the details that we have so far for Buckman:

    ·       LIPI will be offered to students who meet certain criteria based on academic or attendance data. Once a student has been identified the teacher will contact the family. Some students may be invited to participate in LIPI but decide not to, which is absolutely okay and up to the family to decide.

    ·       LIPI will first be offered to our youngest learners in kindergarten. Specifics of the program are changing and will therefore be shared with those invited once plans and participants are finalized. 

    ·       Lipi will be offered to the first students for a total of 4 hours a week (2 hours per day, in the afternoon). 

    ·       If the first round of LIPI is successful, we will open up LIPI to other grade levels based on need as outlined in our assessment and attendance data.

    ·       LIPI teachers are volunteering and may not be a child’s current classroom teacher.

    ·       Students who participate in LIPI must agree to wear masks appropriately, maintain physical distancing and wash hands regularly. 

    I want to emphasize that we will be starting small, with 12-16 students engaging in LIPI beginning  as early as March 1. The selection process will include using academic and attendance data and we are targeting students who have participated the least so far during CDL. 

     

    Black History Month: In February, we celebrate Black History month. This is an important time to dig deeper into history and deepen our discussions with each other and our students about how race and racism plays out in our everyday lives. I want to acknowledge not only those who have made history (Ruby Bridges, Bessie Coleman and Elijuah Cummings come to mind), but also recognize all of the recent and current black Americans who are contributors and heroes in our lives (Amanda Gorman & Vice President Kamala Harris). In class, examples of Black Excellence will be shared not just in the month of February, but every month. We invite you to explore some ways to celebrate the many contributions of African Americans and to talk about racial injustice both in the past and today. Here is a resource from National Geographic to explore.

     

    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 

    · 2/1 First day of Black History Month

    · 2/8 Report cards mailed home

    · 2/10 10:30am 3-5 Author Visit with Alan Gratz

    · 2/15 No school, Presidents’ Day

    · 2/18 6pmConnect to Kindergarten

    · 2/24 5:30-7:30 Race Talks 

    · 3/8 PTA Meeting, 6pm, link here.

      

    FOUNDATION

    Dines Out   February is around the corner, which means it’s time for another Buckman Dines Out. On Tuesday, February 16, call in your order to ANY Sparky’s Pizza location and 10% of sales will go to the Buckman Foundation! Offer is valid for the entire day and is an easy way to support a local business and our school. 

    Apparel Sales   After a short break, Buckman Foundation’s apparel sales are back! On Wednesday February 10 from 3-4:30pm, head to the upper playground to grab your Buckman gear. Beanies, hoodies, masks, and more! Sport your Buckman goods knowing all proceeds benefit the Foundation!

     

    LIBRARY

     

    PTA

    Upcoming Race Talk   Save the date for an upcoming race talk on February 24th presented and facilitated by RACE TALKS PDX. More details coming soon! 

    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.

    Let’s Reach 100 Members! Currently, PTA membership at Buckman is hovering around 50 members. Can you help us get to 100 or more? It’s easy to become a member; sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

     

    SUN

    Hygiene supply donations needed!   SUN is collecting donations of toilet paper, soap, paper towels, laundry detergent, kleenex, diapers/pull-ups, and cleaning supplies. Drop items off on Mondays and Wednesdays between 3 and 5pm at the upper playground, or contact Katie to arrange an alternate drop-off time or location. 

    New term of SUN clubs is coming!   Register your student here for virtual clubs running February 1 - March 19. See below for new club descriptions in addition to ongoing Newspaper and Tae Kwon Do clubs: 

    Monday, 3-4pm, grades 3-5, Reach for the Stars. Join us for a virtual trip through space as we learn about the planets in our solar system, stars, and galaxies. Who knows- maybe we'll even discover some alien life!

    Wednesday, 3-4pm, grades 1-5, Create Your Own Fairytale with Northwest Children's Theater (fee-based class). Our experienced Teaching Artists will create an engaging, interactive online class where students can make and perform their own fairy tale story! Based on the innovative online theater classes NWCT provided since the stay-at-home order, this class will provide your students an exciting way to connect with their school peers and have fun developing their drama skills all while being safe and socially distant!

    Thursday, 3-4pm, grades K-2, Writing Art. With fun writing prompts and ideas, we'll read fun stories and write our own stories, poems, and do other writing activities. We'll also draw pictures and illustrations to match our stories. Theater Club with Northwest Children's Theater, Newspaper Club with Ms. Katie and Ms. Jess, and Tae Kwon Do! 

    Become a Girls on the Run Coach!   Buckman will soon have its very own Girls on the Run program, and we need one more coach to make it happen! Coaches will need to attend all practices, which will be on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30-5pm at Buckman field, from April 12-June 5. Practices will be socially distanced and can adjust to going virtually at any point depending on the current status of COVID-19. Contact Katie if you're interested in becoming a coach for the team!

    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. If you owe rent, make sure you complete and submit a hardship declaration form to your landlord ASAP. More details 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

    New K-5 Report Cards

    We are excited to share with you the new K-5 Report Card. The report card has been revised by a committee of teachers and parents with one of the main goals being to help families more easily understand how your students are doing as they progress through the elementary grades.  Click here to see the new report in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, and Chinese. A highlight of the new report card is that there is now only one marking system for grades (E/M/CM/N/NE) and the +,V,/,-- system is now only for characteristics of a successful learner 

    Teachers will be using this new report card for Quarter 2 reporting. And you will receive the report card via mail in early February. 

    Access to Kids Discover Magazine!

    All K-5 educators, students and support staff now have access to Kids Discover. All students and educators can access by utilizing the URL or credentials below:

    PW Embedded URLhttp://online.kidsdiscover.com/portlandps

    - or -

    URLhttp://online.kidsdiscover.com

    UN: portlandps

    PW: portlandps 

    Participate in PPS’ Long-Range Facility Plan

    Portland Public Schools is currently developing a Long-Range Facility Plan that will align the District’s educational vision with future capital planning. This work is an opportunity to institute lasting change in our schools by re-envisioning teaching and learning environments.

    If you are a PPS community member interested in participating in a dialogue session, please visit www.pps.net/lrfp to register or email longrangefacilityplan@pps.net with any questions. 

    Oregon Dyslexia Professional Network

    Decoding Dyslexia Oregon has shared a great opportunity for adults living with dyslexia. Regardless of where in the world you live, please accept our invitation to join us virtually at the Oregon Dyslexia Professional Network. ODPN is a live, monthly chat space for adults living with dyslexia to connect, learn from each other, and share resources. Build your network and connect with others to help further your goals whether that be as a student, employee, or a job seeker.

    Moderated by two individuals who have dyslexia, Jesse Rapport, and Jared Blank, we welcome you and hope you can join us by signing up HERE.  Interested, and want more information? Ask by emailing ODPN@orbida.org.

    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. 

     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.

     


     

    Friday, January 22, 2021

    For there was always light.

    If only we're brave enough to see it.

    If only we're brave enough to be it. - Amanda Gordon

     

    Hello Buckman Bears,  

    We welcomed a new president to lead our nation this week. If you didn’t have a chance to watch the inauguration, it’s not too late! Here is a version of the events geared towards students, filled with facts, warmth, respect and diversity. Forward to moment 2:19 to meet Amanda Gordon, the first Youth Poet Laureate of the United States. 

    This year PPS has revised its report card format. Along with many other changes, they have consolidated all performing arts (music, dance, theater) grades into a single category labeled "Performing Arts." This change seems to overlook Buckman and the few other schools that have more than one performing arts class. Students at Buckman will be graded in both music and dance so we created the following work-around:  

    Under the "Performing Arts" heading on the report card there are two lines with different grading criteria. The first, beginning with "Creates and refines..." will be where the dance grade is entered. The second, beginning with "Responds and Relates..." will be where the music grade is entered. The descriptions in both boxes taken together is essentially the criteria we will be using to grade both subjects.

    We apologize for the confusion.  Hopefully this issue will be resolved for future report cards. NOTE: Visual art has its own category on the report card so it will be graded separately. 

    Take care everyone,

    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 

    · 1/28 End of 2nd Quarter

    · 1/29 No school, Teacher Planning Day

    · 2/1 First day of Black History Month

    · 2/10 10:30am 3-5 Author Visit with Alan Gratz

    · 2/15 No school, Presidents’ Day

    2/18 Connect to Kindergarten, time TBD

      


     

    FOUNDATION

    THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the Year-End Ask campaign a success. We know this year has had its challenges, but we are reminded again and again of the strength of the Buckman community, and we are so grateful for your support! Funds raised through our Year-End Ask campaign will go towards staffing for the 2021-2022 school year.

     


      

    LIBRARY

     


     

    PTA

    Upcoming Race Talk   Save the date for an upcoming race talk on February 24th presented and facilitated by RACE TALKS PDXMore details coming soon!

    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. 

    Let’s Reach 100 Members! Currently, PTA membership at Buckman is hovering around 50 members. Can you help us get to 100 or more? It’s easy to become a member; sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

     


     

    SUN

    Hygiene supply donations needed!   SUN is collecting donations of toilet paper, soap, paper towels, laundry detergent, kleenex, diapers/pull-ups, and cleaning supplies. Drop items off on Mondays and Wednesdays between 3 and 5pm at the upper playground, or contact Katie to arrange an alternate drop-off time or location. 

    New term of SUN clubs is coming!   Register your student here for virtual clubs running February 1 - March 19. See below for new club descriptions in addition to ongoing Newspaper and Tae Kwon Do clubs: 

    Monday, 3-4pm, grades 3-5, Reach for the Stars. Join us for a virtual trip through space as we learn about the planets in our solar system, stars, and galaxies. Who knows- maybe we'll even discover some alien life! 

    Wednesday, 3-4pm, grades 1-5, Create Your Own Fairytale with Northwest Children's Theater (fee-based class). Our experienced Teaching Artists will create an engaging, interactive online class where students can make and perform their own fairy tale story! Based on the innovative online theater classes NWCT provided since the stay-at-home order, this class will provide your students an exciting way to connect with their school peers and have fun developing their drama skills all while being safe and socially distant!

    Thursday, 3-4pm, grades K-2, Writing Art. With fun writing prompts and ideas, we'll read fun stories and write our own stories, poems, and do other writing activities. We'll also draw pictures and illustrations to match our stories. Theater Club with Northwest Children's Theater, Newspaper Club with Ms. Katie and Ms. Jess, and Tae Kwon Do! 

    Become a Girls on the Run Coach!   Buckman will soon have its very own Girls on the Run program, and we need one more coach to make it happen! Coaches will need to attend all practices, which will be on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30-5pm at Buckman field, from April 12-June 5. Practices will be socially distanced and can adjust to going virtually at any point depending on the current status of COVID-19. Contact Katie if you're interested in becoming a coach for the team! 

    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. If you owe rent, make sure you complete and submit a hardship declaration form to your landlord ASAP. More details 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

    PPS Parent Workshop - Racism in Oregon History

    The Humanities Department is offering a virtual workshop in collaboration with the Oregon Historical Society on Jan. 27, 2021 designed to help parents understand how both racism and justice are at the heart of Oregon’s history and are crucial to our ability to build a better future. For more information including a flyer and the registration, click here.

    January Meal Services

    On Friday, January 29 (a teacher planning day), meal services will continue as scheduled.

    For PPS families not near a meal pickup location or who need assistance accessing meals and would like to request home meal delivery, please contact nutritionservices@pps.net with:

    • Family name
    • Address (where meals should be delivered)
    • Contact phone number
    • Number of children in the household
    • School(s) attended

    Requests submitted by end of day Monday, will begin receiving meal deliveries on the following Monday. For cancellations, changes or updates, please contact nutritionservices@pps.net. Please feel free to visit our website or contact us at nutritionservices@pps.net with any questions.

    Food and Nutrition Benefits through Federal Relief

    The federal economic relief package passed late last month included a temporary increase of approximately 15% in SNAP benefits. These benefits are planned to be distributed this month in Oregon. To see the details please read this news release.

    SNAP Emergency Allotments will continue for January as well, meaning families will still receive their maximum household allotment of SNAP benefits. Please see these FAQs for more information. 

    Information from the Multnomah County Library:

    • Sign up for our Family Newsletter in English or  Spanish.
    • We also have online content, like Storytimes in multiple languages for younger kids, and our Books We Love series for older ones in English and Spanish.
    • We are trying to offer lots of online events, and have lots more coming for school-aged kids soon, like a weekly Tween Club that will have a Graphic Novel Book Group, Minecraft Challenges, D&D and Science!
    • Just a reminder that we have services including curbside service, as well as lots of ebooks.

    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. 

     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.

     

     


    Friday, January 15, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    I hope you all had a great week. Monday is a holiday celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. MLK day is a great opportunity to reflect on how we are serving all our students and families with honor and excellence.

    In February, all of PPS 3-8 grade students will take an online assessment in math. To learn more about this assessment, see the video: Parent Video

    I know there is a lot of talk about returning to school and what all those possibilities might look like.  Right now, with the uncertainty of the vaccine rollout and the increase in cases in Oregon, there hasn't been an official statement from PPS regarding our next concrete steps.  As always, administrators and teachers work together to support our community and our primary concern is to continue our commitment to CDL.  As we get more information and concrete next steps, I will work with the staff and community to make the Buckman plan. I appreciate that everyone wants answers, but please be patient as we await our guidance from district and state officials. I hope to be able to have a community conversation about this during our PTA meeting on Tuesday at 6pm.

    Take care everyone,

    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 

    · 1/18  No School, MLK Holiday

    · 1/19 6pm  PTA Meeting

    · 1/28 End of 2nd Quarter

    · 1/29 No school, Teacher Planning Day

    · 2/1 First day of Black History Month

    · 2/8 Report cards mailed home

    · 2/10 10:30am 3-5 Author Visit with Alan Gratz

    · 2/15 No school, Presidents’ Day

    · 2/18 Connect to Kindergarten, time TBD

     


     

    FOUNDATION

    WOW Buckman! We are thrilled to share with you that our Year-End Ask campaign raised an incredible $18,571! THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this campaign a success. We know this year has had its challenges, but we are reminded again and again of the strength of the Buckman community, and we are so grateful for your support! Funds raised through our Year-End Ask campaign will go towards staffing for the 2021-2022 school year.

     


     

    LIBRARY

    ·  3-5th grade virtual author visit with author ALAN GRATZ on February 10th at 10:30am at this Crowdcast link. If you would like to purchase a copy of one of his books for our library or yourself, please see this order form. Students are encouraged to ask the author questions through this FlipGrid.

    ·  Multnomah County Library: Digital magazines are now available from Libby, the same app where you get e-books and audiobooks from OverDrive. You’ll find more than 3,000 magazines in many languages — with no holds and unlimited checkouts.

    ·  COLOR YOUR EMOTIONS - A Kids Book About Emotions Coloring Contest!  

     


     

    PTA

    PTA & Buckman Community Meeting   Stop by next Tuesday, January 19th at 6pm for a combined PTA/Buckman community meeting. The PTA and Principal Seidel will be available to answer questions and delve into various topics. Use the following meeting link to join: 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.

    Let’s Reach 100 Members! Currently, PTA membership at Buckman is hovering around 50 members. Can you help us get to 100 or more? It’s easy to become a member; sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

     


     

    SUN

    Hygiene supply donations needed!   SUN is collecting donations of toilet paper, soap, paper towels, laundry detergent, kleenex, diapers/pull-ups, and cleaning supplies. Drop items off on Mondays and Wednesdays between 3 and 5pm at the upper playground, or contact Katie to arrange an alternate drop-off time or location. 

    New term of SUN clubs is coming!   Register your student here for virtual clubs running February 1 - March 19. See below for new club descriptions in addition to ongoing Newspaper and Tae Kwon Do clubs: 

    Monday, 3-4pm, grades 3-5, Reach for the Stars. Join us for a virtual trip through space as we learn about the planets in our solar system, stars, and galaxies. Who knows- maybe we'll even discover some alien life!

    Wednesday, 3-4pm, grades 1-5, Create Your Own Fairytale with Northwest Children's Theater (fee-based class). Our experienced Teaching Artists will create an engaging, interactive online class where students can make and perform their own fairy tale story! Based on the innovative online theater classes NWCT provided since the stay-at-home order, this class will provide your students an exciting way to connect with their school peers and have fun developing their drama skills all while being safe and socially distant! 

    Thursday, 3-4pm, grades K-2, Writing Art. With fun writing prompts and ideas, we'll read fun stories and write our own stories, poems, and do other writing activities. We'll also draw pictures and illustrations to match our stories. Theater Club with Northwest Children's Theater, Newspaper Club with Ms. Katie and Ms. Jess, and Tae Kwon Do! 

    Become a Girls on the Run Coach!   Buckman will soon have its very own Girls on the Run program, and we need one more coach to make it happen! Coaches will need to attend all practices, which will be on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30-5pm at Buckman field, from April 12-June 5. Practices will be socially distanced and can adjust to going virtually at any point depending on the current status of COVID-19. Contact Katie if you're interested in becoming a coach for the team!

    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. If you owe rent, make sure you complete and submit a hardship declaration form to your landlord ASAP. More details 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

    January Meal Services

    Due to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day falling on a meal service day, the Nutrition Services department will be providing extra meals on Friday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 20 in order to continue to cover meals for all 7 days. On Friday, January 29 (a teacher planning day), meal services will continue as scheduled.

    For PPS families not near a meal pickup location or who need assistance accessing meals and would like to request home meal delivery, please contact nutritionservices@pps.net with:

    • Family name
    • Address (where meals should be delivered)
    • Contact phone number
    • Number of children in the household
    • School(s) attended

    Requests submitted by end of day Monday, will begin receiving meal deliveries on the following Monday. For cancellations, changes or updates, please contact nutritionservices@pps.net. Please feel free to visit our website or contact us at nutritionservices@pps.net with any questions.

    Food and Nutrition Benefits through Federal Relief

    The federal economic relief package passed late last month included a temporary increase of approximately 15% in SNAP benefits. These benefits are planned to be distributed this month in Oregon. To see the details please read this news release.

    SNAP Emergency Allotments will continue for January as well, meaning families will still receive their maximum household allotment of SNAP benefits. Please see these FAQs for more information.

    Information from the Multnomah County Library:

    • Sign up for our Family Newsletter in English or  Spanish.
    • We also have online content, like Storytimes in multiple languages for younger kids, and our Books We Love series for older ones in English and Spanish.
    • We are trying to offer lots of online events, and have lots more coming for school-aged kids soon, like a weekly Tween Club that will have a Graphic Novel Book Group, Minecraft Challenges, D&D and Science!
    • Just a reminder that we have services including curbside service, as well as lots of ebooks.

    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.


    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.