This Week At Buckman!
May 21 - May 25
Volunteer Appreciation: Tuesday, May 22, 3:00-4:00
Site Council: Wednesday, May 23, 3:30
Safety Patrol Picnic: Wednesday, May 23
Fifth Grade Performance: Friday, May 25 1:30 and 6:30
Please make sure that your address and phone information is up to date so that you receive important calls and mailings from school.
Report cards and 2018-19 Class Placement letters will be mailed home to the address we currently have for you.
Final Auction Report
Thank you to everyone who attended the auction, and especially to the amazing
volunteers who made the event a tremendous success! We are delighted to share
with the Buckman community that, combined with the Foundation’s fundraising
efforts throughout the year, we expect to reach the $90,000 needed to retain
current staffing levels and add a more permanent position for Andrea White,
instructor of drama, at Buckman next year!
Want to help give Buckman a little year end boost?
1. Share this video about Andrea's work with Buckman
students with friends and family!
2. Make a gift to the Foundation online.
3. Share your interest in getting involved with next year's
End of Year Picnic!
June 8, 6pm
The end of the school year is in sight! Throw together a picnic dinner, grab a
blanket, and head down to the Buckman playground to celebrate with friends!
Pétanque Auction Party
that all your balls are up in the air this time of the year?
up to spend the afternoon of June 9 playing Pétanque with your closest
Buckman friends. Pétanque is an entertaining game similar to Bocce
and Boules. The party is in being held at the Portland Pétanque Club's
court in Westmoreland Park at 4pm. Club members will give
instruction first to be followed by a tournament held for bragging
rights. We'll play until we can play no longer. Adult refreshments
are provided and brewed by Buckman teacher-alum Zach Vestal. After all
balls have been thrown, there will be a no-host after party at Zach's joint; Portland U-Brew and Pub.
Cost is $20 per person. Sign up on the bulletin board in the school foyer,
or by calling Samantha in the office. This is an adult only event.
Alternative Energy SUN Mini-Class
If your child enjoyed the KidWind and Solar Car exhibit at STEAM night, they’ll
enjoy our Tuesday mini-class starting the first week in May (if there is
sufficient enrollment). Six weeks, 3:30-4:30pm, for $50. Contact email@example.com.
A discount will be provided for students already paying for chorus aftercare.
Chorus ends first week of May, so if you need SUN on Tuesdays, please enroll
Scrip will be for sale out in the front lobby
every Tuesday morning during drop off- stop by and purchase gift
cards with a percentage of your purchase going toward Buckman's PTA!
We have lots of gift cards available for purchase such as, Powell's,
McMenamins, Starbucks, Target, Amazon, and many more are available and in
stock. We can also order cards for any of the other stores available as listed
on our order forms available in the office. If you place an order we can have
it ready for you later in the week after your order is submitted.
We are also still taking donations for Buckman SUN families in need- we have
Fred Meyer, Target, Safeway, etc available for donations towards those
families. For questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just stop by and see us Tuesday mornings!
Stay in-the-know about Buckman happenings! There are lots of ways to get
updates. We publish upcoming events weekly in this newsletter, as well as on
our parent-run website www.buckmanelementary.org. Subscribe to the
events calendar to sync with your calendar of
choice. There are two Facebook options: one is the Buckman Elementary page and the other is a closed group for
Buckman families. Lastly, you can sign up to receive
text alerts by texting the number 810-10 with the message “Join k2d2d” or by
signing up online here.
Ways you can help: Funds For Buckman!
Check here for ways you can help raise funds for Buckman.
Field Day, June 1,
Buckman Field Day will take place this year on Friday, June 1. We need many
volunteers to make this work! Set up generally begins around 11 AM and the
event starts promptly after the last recess at 1pm. This will require some
volunteers to quickly set up the lower playground in about 15 minutes!
Volunteers are needed to help with each game or field event, set-up, and
clean-up. If you're able to stay for both sessions, please do. We also need
volunteers to hand out popsicles at the end of the day. The event ends at 2:55
Free Yoga Fridays
Start your weekend off right by relaxing, stretching, and letting go of the
cares of the week. SUN, in conjunction with Meet-Up offers Free Yoga on Fridays
starting at 6pm in the Dance Studio or Room 214. Adult registration forms
are in the SUN kiosk and there is no better price than free!
Cleaning your closets to make room? Super! Please forward any student pants
(generic sweatpants work great) to the office for those occasional
Donations of new girls and boys underwear are also appreciated.
Thank you for your support.
Please contact the office
if your student will be receiving medications during school hours.
Medicine can only be given to students after families complete the
Authorization for Medication Administration by School Personnel
form, which you can pick up in the office.
Please personally bring in the medications (in their original
packaging) and a completed form. Over the counter medications must be Children's dose unless you have doctors orders with adult dose directions. Please note students are not allowed
to transport any medications to school themselves.
Thank you for your help and understanding.
Returns and Fines
Are you getting email and paper notices about overdue library books or fines
for lost books? If you cannot find an overdue book, please stop in the library
so we can mark it as “lost”. Lost books come with a fine to replace the book.
If you have a fine for a lost book you have three options:
1. Pay the fine in SchoolPay.
2. Replace the book with a hardcover. Don’t forget to use smile.amazon.com to support the Buckman
community. Often there are inexpensive used books in excellent condition that
cost less than the school fine.
3. Donate 3-5 HIGH INTEREST books in replacement of a lost library book.
If you have access to cutting wood and tools to do so, the library is looking
for about 40-50 pieces of wood cut to these dimensions (34”x5”x3/4-1”) planks.
The library has a template if needed. These planks help in keeping the books to
the front of the shelves for better access.
Last Week to
Register for Discounted Buckman Summer SUN
Summer registration booklets are available in the SUN kiosk or SUN office and
you can register anytime for our camps and delay payment until the first day of
the camp if needed. If you register before June 1 for SUN (not partner)
summer camps you will receive a discount as it helps us plan for staffing
numbers. It is also a good idea to reserve space in summer camps before we
advertise to the general public outside of Buckman. Summer registration is live
both on paper in the SUN office or kiosk and via eventbrite here
. If you register online for the Arts
Intensive, payment will be made first day of class directly to the teachers. Contact
Joe at email@example.com
if you need help
Buckman SUN is offered from 9am-4:30, before and after care can be
pre-arranged for an additional cost:
Staying Fit, June 11-12, $35/day.
Savvy Scientists, June 25-29, $160/week or $35/day
Drama camp presents Robin Hood!, July 9-26, $160/week
Summer School: July 30- Aug 3, Don’t be a BigFoot (reducing our ecological footprint),$160/week
We also have numerous partner camps through Motion Magic and the Annual Art
Intensive (grades 4-8) at Buckman. Pick up Summer SUN schedules in the SUN
kiosk or SUN office.
New Addition to SUN
On June 11-12, we will hold a two day Staying Fit Camp on healthy eating
and exercise as well as other ways of taking good care of one’s body. The camp
will be $35/day and can be written in on the summer registration form. Early
and late care will be available for extra cost if prearranged.
Help with Scrip or
Gift Cards for Buckman Families in Need
Families often have needs for food on the weekends and the summer when school
food programs are not available. Help share by buying scrip or gift cards as
PTA and SUN try to tackle food security issues at Buckman. Cards can be donated
in SUN or PTA mailboxes.
Buckman SUN school is looking for volunteers and tutors for summer camps. Even
one hour a week of volunteering makes a huge difference in kid's lives! High
school students needing Honor Society or community service credits are welcome!
If you need receipts from SUN for taxes, now is the time to begin requesting
the receipts. If you enrolled through Eventbrite you should already have
receipts. Otherwise, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and know that it will
take us a couple of weeks to process your request. Better to ask now than at
the last minute in April.
SUN emails out regular updates throughout the year. To be included in these
important updates, please email email@example.com
. SUN looks forward to keeping
you in the loop!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vermont Hills News
Vermont Hills Family Life Center at Buckman
Vermont Hills Family Life Center is a nonprofit organization that provides quality childcare at Buckman before and after school hours, in addition to all-day camps during school breaks. The Center is dedicated to enriching the lives of children through an emotionally and physically secure environment that promotes self-esteem through positive role models and a well-defined curriculum. Vermont Hills respects each child's unique ability to experience fun, wonder and challenge, and prioritize the accommodation of every individual at his or her developmental stage.
Vermont Hills emphasizes opportunities for staff growth and places a high value on open communication, teamwork, and professionalism. Please don't hesitate to contact Vermont Hills with any questions at www.vhflc.org, (503) 452-8633, or by emailing the regional supervisor email@example.com. We are now accepting registrations for summer camp and the 2018-19 school year program.
This summer, we are offering a new challenge camp on the east side of Portland for students entering 5th-8th grades. This high-energy experience features daily field trips led by some of our most seasoned staff, and it will be conveniently based out of the same location as our elementary age camp.
Vermont Hills Main Office – 503-452-8633
Vermont Hills Buckman Office - 503-477-2630
It is very important that you call Vermont Hills if your child is ill or absent from this program. In order to avoid many calls in an attempt to track down your child in the event of an absence, it is imperative that you notify Vermont Hills on the day she/he is out. Please call Vermont Hills' Main Office (503-452-8633) at any time before school dismissal, and they will forward the information to your child’s teacher.