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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  • Buckman News


    Coming Soon At Buckman!    

    January 14-18

    MLK Performance: Fri. Jan. 18
    PTA Coffee: Fri. Jan. 18,  8:45-9:30 

    January 21-25

    MLK Day-NO SCHOOL: Monday, Jan 21
    Teacher Planning Day-NO SCHOOL: Tues. Jan 22 

    Lost and Found

    Please check the Buckman Lost and Found for your student's items. Remember, these are items that belong to Buckman Students. Please take only those items that belong to your family. 

    Address Corrections!

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

    Medical Guidelines 


    Immunization Exclusion Day, February 20

    Exclusion day for state required immunizations is Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Students who are not current will not be able to attend school until their records are complete. Letters will be mailed the first week of February to parents whose children are incomplete and will be excluded if not updated by February 20, 2019. Please arrange for your child to receive needed immunizations so that they can remain in school. If you need assistance in locating a health care provider or clinic site, please contact your school nurse.





    Year-End Ask Campaign Success

    We did it! Thanks to the generous contributions of more than 125 families, we exceeded our goal and raised over $18,000 in our Year-End Ask campaign! This amazing news demonstrates the dedication of our friends, families, and community to continue supporting the arts and literacy at Buckman. We are so grateful to everyone who participated in this year’s campaign, bringing us so much closer to our goal of raising $80,000 to maintain staffing needed for Buckman's unique program offerings. 

    PTA Clothing Center Collection Drive

    Collecting NEW Items Only, Now Through Thurs., Jan. 31

    The holidays may finally be behind us, but the PTA Clothing Center is a resource that's available to families all year long, and our donations of a few essential items are very much needed right now. Please bring NEW socks, underwear, hats, and mittens and drop them in the collection box in the front hallway. Items will be given to kids ranging in age from pre-k through high school, so anything in that wide range of sizes would be helpful. We will be collecting these items through the end of the month.

    If you aren't familiar with the PTA Clothing Center, click here for a short video, or find even more info on their website.


    PTA Coffee Chat with Ms. Kosmala - Friday, January 18, 8:45-9:30am, Buckman Library

    PTA coffee chats are an opportunity for parents and caregivers to ask questions and learn more about all things Buckman. Ms. Kosmala will be on hand to answer questions, and we will wrap up promptly by 9:30. Hope you can make it!


    PTA General Meeting, Tuesday, January 29, 6pm, Cafetorium

    Join us for our general PTA meeting on Tuesday, January 29 at 6pm in the cafetorium. We'll have pizza and child care beginning at 6pm, and the meeting will get underway as soon folks are settled, hopefully around 6:15.  

    Foundation Update 


    Click on the links below for more information! 


    Join The Buckman PTA! 


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


    Ways you can help: Funds For Buckman!

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

    Fund Opportunities



    Connect To Kindergarten 

    This event is open to all new kindergarten families who have children who live in the Buckman School neighborhood, and will be five years old by September 1, 2019. This is also the mandatory event for all grades planning on entering Buckman through the PPS Enrollment and Transfer Lottery Application process. 
    Please be aware that if you are a current Buckman family who entered through the Lottery, your new kindergartener must also enter through the Lottery. You will need to attend one of the Connect to Kindergarten events and complete a Lottery application. 
    The Lottery application process will open on February 8 and close on March 8. Please check with the Enrollment and Transfer Department for specifics on this process. 
    Buckman Connect To Kindergarten Dates for 2019:
    Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019
    Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Location: Cafeteria
    Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am
    Location: Cafeteria
    Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Location: Cafeteria
    Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
    Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Location: Cafeteria

    Emergency Clothing Needed


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


    Medications at School


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

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

    Thank you for your help and understanding.


    Library News


    Library Book Returns and Fines

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

    1. Pay the fine in SchoolPay.

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

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


    SUN News  


    Extended Day Programs

    Online registration has closed for Winter Term. (NOTE: If you are enrolling your student in Dance Ensemble, you may register online). There may be some availability but please hang tight as we work on hiring new staff and ensuring that numbers are in compliance with ratio. You may contact Becca (rbeckmann@impactnw.org) to check in on availability if you have not yet registered your student. 

    Interested in getting your student some extra academic support? Please contact Jasmine at jsprings@impactnw.org.

    Please be aware of the following dates:
    January 7: First day of Winter Term
    January 21-22: NO SUN PROGRAMS

    We are working with several yoga studios in town to get old yoga mats donated for our upcoming yoga and mindfulness classes. If you have mats that you can donate, please bring them to the SUN office during the first week of January. Thank you in advance.


    Upcoming Event: Political Asylum & Awarness Night

    Save the date! Jasmine Springs, Student Engagement and Equity Specialist, will be facilitating Political Asylum & Immigration Awareness Night. This event will be on Friday January 25 from 5-7pm. For more information, contact jasmine at jsprings@gmail.com.


    Family Equity Team

    The family equity team is made up of parents of color who are working on closing the equity gap and creating a more culturally responsive learning environment. To subscribe to the FET listserv, please contact fet@gmail.com. The next Family Equity Team meeting is January 8 at 5:30pm in the dance studio.  Child care and food are provided.


    Donated Food

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


    Social Service Needs

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

    Cultural Liaisons Needed

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

    Seeking Tutors and Mentors

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

    Native Plant/ Garden Team

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


    Tax Receipts

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


    SUN Updates

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

    SUN Payments

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


    Champions Information:

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

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


  • Greetings families!
    Congratulations and thank you, Foundation volunteers and Buckman Foundation donors. Your gifts to our school and program make it possible for Buckman to continue as an arts-focused elementary experience. This year we had over 130 contributors, and we appreciate each and every one of you!

    This month there are a few Buckman safety updates. In December the district announced which schools across the district would be priorities for safety upgrades based on visibility, card access and office layout and other factors. Buckman is on the list for the first phase of updates, which is expected to include door buzzers and video system upgrades. All of this is expected to happen sometime next fall.

    You also received an email reminding you that Buckman, as a building of a certain age, is constructed of unreinforced masonry. I asked an engineer what this meant, and there are some considerations for the Buckman Safety and Emergency Response Committee. For example, the inside of the building would be expected to be safer than outside, and the decorative brickwork around some of Buckman’s doorways would be considered vulnerable to collapse. We will again review our evacuation and response plan to ensure that we are responding to the complexities of our building and neighborhood.

    In January, we are beginning our parking campaign again. For the next few weeks we will be keeping track of drop off and pick up parking violations. This includes folks parked in no parking zones, those impeding the crosswalks and cutouts, and folks who double park. This information will be shared with the Portland Bureau of Transportation and could eventually result in parking enforcement visits. Drop off and pickup are busy times at any school, and the situation at Buckman is exacerbated by the percentage of our families who are car commuters and our lack of reserved visitor and staff parking. And, the safety and wellbeing of all of our families and students is everyone’s concern. An extra circle around the neighborhood or an extra block of walking is worth the protection of our students.

    And finally, a message from our district: 
    Portland Public Schools is interested in learning about your child’s experience in before and after school care. Please complete this survey by Friday, January 18, and for best results, complete one survey for each child. 
    Encuesta de satisfacción para los padres de familia/acudientes acerca del cuidado estudiantil: 2018-19
    Escuelas Públicas de Portland están interesadas en saber acerca de la experiencia de su estudiante en el cuidado antes y después de las clases. Por favor, diligencie esta encuesta antes del viernes, 18 de enero y para mejores resultados, diligencie una encuesta por estudiante. 


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