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

Ph Fx

Ph Fx


View All
  • Buckman News

    Welcome to Our World  


    Registration Information 

    The Buckman School Office will be closed until August 11.
    If you need to register your child before then, you can do so at the District Office at 501 N. Dixon St.
    To register your student you will need: 
    •    Completed Registration Form
    •    Birth Certificate or Passport
    •    Immunization Records
    •    Two Proofs of Address 

    Back To School Dates 

    Friday, August 11, 8:00 am: 
    Buckman School Office re-opens

    Saturday, August 26, 9 am:
    Community Care Day

    Wednesday, August 30, 8:35 am: 
    First day of school for 1st-5th graders

    Wednesday, August 30, 5-7 pm:
    Kindergarten Picnic

    Monday, September 4:
    Labor Day Holiday

    Tuesday, September 5:
    First day of school for kindergarten

    Friday, September 8, 6-8 pm:
    Back to School Picnic



    Foundation End of the Year Report

    Thanks to the extraordinary support of the Buckman community, we have raised more than $130,000 through the Foundation this year! As a result, we will be able to retain nearly the same staffing at Buckman next year--including our three-person arts team--as we had this year. 

    Considering that we were facing deep deep cuts to staffing just a few weeks ago, this exceeds our wildest hopes. It helped that PPS revised their budget in late May and sent Buckman supplemental funding to cover one additional part-time position. Between this extra funding, help from the PTA, and the funds raised through the Foundation, Buckman will have:

    • 18 classroom teachers (3 classes at each grade level)
    • 3 Full-time arts teachers (visual arts, dance, and drama/music)
    • 1 Full-time media specialist (better known as our librarian)
    • and increased support in literacy and office staff

    Many people don't know that the money we raised this year doesn't just impact Buckman. Of the $130,000 raised, approximately $96,000 stays at Buckman and about $36,000 will be distributed to other Portland schools with high levels of need. All money raised through PPS local school foundations go through this equity split. 

    We want to close by thanking all of the volunteers and donors who contributed in ways both large and small to our efforts. When we started to count up how many people volunteered with the Foundation in one way or another this year, we quickly got above 100. Add in all of the people who donated or helped with an auction project, dropped their children off for a Movie Night, ate at a Dines Out restaurant, or purchased a Buckman tee-shirt — it’s clear that we were able to accomplish so much because everyone is pitching in where and how they can. 

    So to everyone at Buckman, thank you for your support!

    From your Foundation leadership:

    Fran Kappes, Immediate Past Chair
    Diane Zipper, Past Chair
    Lauren Creany, Incoming Chair and Former Treasurer
    Lee Ann Moyer, Communications
    Jo Salicos-Murphy, Treasurer
    Sue Slagle, Chair Mentee
    Jeff & Jenny Burns, Former Auction Chairs
    Katie Barth, Incoming Auction Chair

    Shave and a Haircut… for the Foundation

          If you’re looking to get stylish at the start of the New Year, consider Rooks Barbershop! Mention you are from Buckman and Rooks will generously donate 20% of your total to the Foundation. Stop by http://www.rooksbarbershop.com/ to book an appointment and check out different locations. The offer is valid until the end of the school year; they do kids cuts, too!


    Money for Nothing

         Please take a moment to sign up for these great (free) ways to raise funds for Buckman - and encourage friends, neighbors and grandparents too.

         Fred Meyer Community Rewards — This raised over $1200 for Buckman last year (imagine how many library books that bought!). It only takes a minute to sign up and give Buckman PTA a portion of Fred Meyer’s charitable giving dollars. If you have a Rewards card, you still get to keep all of your household rewards and fuel points as usual. 

         AmazonSmile — This raised almost $200 for Buckman last year. If you choose Buckman PTA as your charity of choice, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to our PTA. 



    Emergency Clothing Needed


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

    Medications at School


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

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

    Thank you for your help and understanding.


    Library News


    Moving On

    After two decades of being your Buckman Dance teacher and member on the Arts Team at Buckman, it is now  time to “Move On.” As an artist, having Buckman as my home has been an immense gift.  I reflect on the first letter I wrote to introduce myself to Buckman, where I found excitement and challenges in building an arts program within a public education system. Buckman became an environment where I could create with many more young people while I continued development of a progressive modern dance curriculum, and where I could continue to design original arts programs that address social issues through the arts. This home supported my creative work as an artist in this city and beyond. 
    I have been so proud to work with fellow artists, Michael Simmons, Eric Schopmeyer and Regina Pirrucello, to build the Buckman Arts Curriculum and Performance Continuum. The groundwork has been laid with many other classroom educators and arts specialists who shaped this unique and very special program. It has been a collaboration that I will always cherish. 
    Thank you all for continuing to support Buckman as it grows out of the roots that have been planted by so many. It has been my honor to serve your families, and it has been a joy to build a relationship with your children over the six years many of them are here. I look forward to my relationship with Buckman  taking on new form, but not disappearing altogether. Buckman is part of who I have become as an artist, a parent and an arts educator. It has been a beautiful and exhilarating ride.  
    What my good friend always says………what’s past is prologue. And so it begins. 
    Chisao Hata  



    Lost Library Books?

    If your child has received a notice from the library for a lost book, you have three options... 

    1. Pay the fee for the lost book - Please use School Pay on the Buckman Website

    2. Replace the book (typically we like hardbacks) - often this is the more inexpensive option. Amazon is a good place to look. Remember to use smile.amazon.com, this supports the Buckman PTA

    3. Bring in 3-5 new or gently used books (K-5) as a donation to our library 

    Summer Events 

    Multnomah County Library Summer Reading program - June 16-August 31 - Game boards will be distributed next week during library.

    Big Kids Story Club - Belmont Library - For first-third graders, this program features longer books and activities as well as sharing cool books available to check out.

    Summer Reading Volunteers - for upcoming 6th graders 

    SUN News


    SUN Volunteers Needed!

    SUN needs volunteers to help with spring term classes and tutoring as well as summer camps. Help us spread the word! Responsible high school students can get community service credit. Please tell your family and friends or post in your church or organizational newsletters. Contact Joe our volunteer coordinator at jhannan@impactnw.org or by calling 503-858-0230.

    Register for Summer SUN or Oregon Zoo Camp

    Buckman Summer Camps Registration is now available online. If scholarships are needed, email Brittany directly as soon as possible.

     Impact NW camps are around $150/week but community partner camps can vary in price.

    -June 19-23 Arts 'N Culture Camp
    -June 26-July 14 Art Intensive Camp($550 for two weeks)
    -June 26-June 30 Motion Magic Circus Camp($175)
    -July 3-July 7 Water Wild camp
    -July 10-July 21 Munchkin Madness Drama Camp
    -July 24-28 (Jumpstart summer school) Oregon Rocks Geology Camp
    -July 31-August 4 Motion Magic Elves, Wizards, and Fairies camp($175 or $40/day)
    Oregon Zoo Camp Scholarship Forms (must be submitted through SUN)
    Drop by the SUN office to request tuition assistance for Oregon Zoo's Summer Camps. Application forms available through SUN.

    Register for Motion Magic Camp Last Week of School and Play in a Day-June 16

    The last day of SUN is June 9. There will be a Motion Magic camp June 12-15 during after-school hours. Please register here. Friday, June 16 there is no school so SUN will be hosting an all day camp called Play in a Day for $40! It's a great script with humor, bad guys, and a strong heroine. The play will be presented at the end of the day. The camp goes from 9-4:30pm but early care is available. Register here.

    SUN Feedback

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

    SUN Payments

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







  • Greetings families!

    It’s here! Summer is finally here. You’ve got one more day to check lost and found and get those phone numbers and email addresses for summer playdates. And, we know life happens, so if something gets left behind the building will be open until June 28.

    It has been a really exciting year this year. We worked hard on bringing our school values of Respect, Ownership, Attitude, Responsibility and Safety to life through song, community art projects and lots of attention and praise. We began work on the Next Generation Science Standards through investigations in engineering and design models. And, with the help of many volunteers and a mountain of commitment, we have secured three fulltime arts positions and our media specialist for next year. I’m going to keep on thanking you, families, because it is your amazing work that got it done!

    We also have a few folks to say goodbye to and wish well. Thank you, Mr. Simmons, Ms. O’Hanlon, and Ms. Chisao for your many years of service to our students. Each of you have served generations of Buckman students with your whole hearts, and we hurt a little as we wish you congratulations on your retirement and next adventures. Ms. Dewey, Ms. Berk, Ms. Franchesca and Ms. Anne are also moving on to new places and responsibilities. Thank you, ladies, for the care, commitment, and energy you shared with us these last few years. We will be looking for the opportunity to welcome you back!

    And families, until we welcome YOU back in August, have a fantastic summer break!




District News

View All
  • Students honored at the 6th annual ¡Sí Se Puede! event

    ¡Sí Se Puede! or Yes, we can! is an opportunity for students to celebrate and inspire one another, build relationships outside their schools and share the rich diversity of their talents and experiences with the greater Portland community.
  • Superintendent recruitment update: Candidate recommendations requested, potential interviews to be scheduled

    Español| Tiếng Việt| 中文| Русский| Soomaali

    Dear PPS staff and families,

    Summer has started, but we want to let you know that the PPS Task Force on the Superintendent Recruitment is continuing to meet on a regular basis and work is happening daily to advance our efforts to find and recruit our next superintendent. We have a final position description and are still actively recruiting candidates.  We appreciate the feedback and candidate recommendations we have received from the community to date.  Below are highlights of our last meeting. We will keep you informed as we go forward. Thank you.

    Julia Brim-Edwards, Chair, Superintendent Recruitment Task Force

  • PPS celebrates SEI and Oregon Seal of Bi-Literacy

    SEI and Oregon Seal of Bi-Literacy awardees were honored at the June 13 Board meeting. PPS celebrated 13 years of partnership with Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI) Academy. Libra Forde, SEI Chief Operating Officer, Timothy Rodgers, SEI Academy Principal, and Linda Harris, 2006-2010 SEI principal, were presented with plaques honoring this partnership. SEI Academy was named a model school by the Oregon Department of Education in 2013 and 2014.
  • Summer facilities work update

    Español| Tiếng Việt| 中文| Русский| Soomaali

    Dear PPS Families,

    Over the summer, crews will be working in schools throughout the district to address health and safety issues, using funds from the bond that voters approved in May. At the same time, planning is under way for bigger projects to rebuild three high schools and a middle school. We wanted to give you an update on what is coming up. 

  • more

Upcoming Events

View Calendar