This Week At Buckman!
September 17 - 21
PTA Meeting: Tuesday, September 18
PTA Coffee: Friday, September 21, 8:45
September 24 - 28
Chorus Begins: Tuesday, September 25, 3:00-4:00
Back To School Night: Tuesday, September 25, 6:00-7:30
Picture Day!: Wednesday, September 26
Please make sure that your address and phone information is up to date so that you receive important calls and mailings from school.
Nutrition Services Update
Meal Benefits – Free and Reduced
Price Meal Applications:
All PPS families are being
notified of the opportunity to apply for free and reduced price meal
benefits. Already, the Nutrition Services team has determined that over
9,000 students directly certified for free meals (through SNAP, Foster, etc)
and have processed over 565 applications. Please encourage families to use
application for secure, confidential and quicker processing. Paper
applications with translated copies are available for download on the Nutrition
Services website as
well. For questions or inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Meals and a la carte milk:
All PPS kitchens will be offering
each student the opportunity to purchase one breakfast and one lunch per
day. Please note that the school kitchens will no longer be selling
additional meals or milk a la carte. While the Nutrition Services department
has included this in the menu calendar and in a separate flyer to families, we
appreciate the support in communicating this to families through school
newsletters or notifications. Please click here to
access the blurb to include in school based communication explaining this
Join the Buckman
As you fill out all of your paperwork for the new school year, please remember
to join the Buckman PTA. All you need to do is fill out the PTA envelope in
your back-to-school packet and enclose the yearly dues of $12/individual or
$20/household, then bring it back to school. Even if you've been a member in
the past, membership needs to be renewed each year.
Connect With the
Buckman Community. Sign up on Konstella!
Brand new this year, we are asking all families to sign up on Konstella. Many
families have already registered and already have access to the events and
announcements being posted there. It's a great way to connect with others in
our Buckman community. This app will also generate our school directory, so be
sure to sign up to be included!
Download the Konstella app, tap on "Register", enter the special
code, then tap on "Join" in your email. The special code is FNO6DA
PTA Coffee Chat with Ms. Kosmala - Friday, September 21, 8:45-9:30am,
PTA coffee chats are a wonderful opportunity 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!
Foundation Pub Night, October 4
Want to know more about planned fundraising events this year? Meet up with the
Foundation and other parents/community members on October 4 at 7pm at West
Coast Grocery Co for Pub Night! If you’re curious about the Foundation but not
sure where to start, these informal events are a great way to get in the loop.
Open to all! Look for the Buckman Foundation at West Coast Grocery Co, starting
at 7pm. Can’t make it? Send a message to email@example.com and say
Chorus is coming
The Buckman Chorus is a performance class for
4th and 5th graders who love to sing. Our Chorus performs for special occasions
at school, and in the community. If your child is interested in being part of
our Chorus, director Regina Pirruccello will meet with them at school this
month and then send out permission forms for signing up. Chorus meets on
Tuesdays from 3-4pm, starting on September 25 and continuing until early May.
Get those haircuts and outfits ready because school picture day is scheduled
for next Wednesday, September 26! Forms have been sent home and should be
returned to your child's classroom teacher. Pre-orders for picture packages may
now be placed online at https://ios.mydorian.com
using your school's access key provided here SG66JGFL. Online
pre-orders using your school's access key are available up to 4 days after
This year Dance Ensemble with Ms. Hannah will be by audition only and
will be held on Wednesdays from 3:25-4:25pm beginning October 3.
The audition will be held September 26 from 3:15- 4:30pm. Please email Ms.
Hannah directly to reserve a spot in the audition for your student.
Dance Ensemble, a partnership with the after school S.U.N. program, is an
exciting way for budding dancers grades
3-5 to learn contemporary choreography in a supportive
setting and perform at school events such as MLK Day, First Friday Assemblies,
The Buckman Art Show and Sell, and the Spring Dance Showcase. There is no fee
Students are encouraged to arrive at the audition in dance/athletic clothes
with a water bottle and long hair tied back. Ms. Hannah will select 20-30
students based on dance skills, but also work ethic, attitude, and artistry.
Any students who are not invited to join immediately will be placed on a
waitlist in case of openings later in the year.
(If your student is experiencing anxiety at the thought of attending the
audition, but would love to be part of Dance Ensemble, please contact Ms.
Hannah to discuss alternative audition options).
Fall is nearly here, and that means Corn Maze tickets are now available! The
Buckman Foundation is delighted to partner with Bella Organics Farm again for
their annual corn maze; buy your tickets from Buckman volunteers, and our
school keeps 50% of the total! You can find volunteers selling tickets at the
SCRIP table on Tuesdays, at the upcoming Coffee Chat/Volunteer Fair (9/21), at
Back-to-School Night (9/25) and many other events. More information about the
Bella Organics Corn Maze is available on their website.
Buckman Apparel for Sale
The start of the year is also an awesome time to show your school spirit by
sporting some brand new Buckman apparel. Grab your tees, hoodies, and other
goodies at Back-to-School Night; options are available for kids and grown-ups.
Movie Night & Dines Out, October 16
The fundraising duo of Movie Night and Dines Out draws nigh! On October 16,
drop your kid(s) off at the Buckman Cafetorium at 6pm for Movie Night; $10
suggested donation at the door - nobody will be turned away! The kids will
enjoy a large-screen movie experience while the grown-ups head to Nostrana for
a kid-free evening of Italian delights, with 10% of the tab going to the
Buckman Foundation. Reservations strongly recommended.
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!
time for Chinook Book sales
This is such a generous fundraiser for Buckman PTA - each book and mobile app
sold earns 50%!
Chinook Combos (books with a phone app) are $25, and mobile apps are $15.
Chinook books have tons of great coupons for local restaurants and stores.
Order forms were sent home in first day packets - return that along with check
(made out to Buckman PTA) or cash and we will deliver it to your child's
classroom. Also you can stop by the Scrip table Tuesday mornings to check them
out- we will answer any of your questions!
If you already purchased an app last year and just want to renew your phone app
or just want the app and no book, please use the following link from your phone
to make sure Buckman receives 50% of your purchase:
Buckman Chinook App Renewal
Welcome to a new school year from the Buckman Foundation! The Foundation raises
funds throughout the year to support Buckman’s unique arts and literacy
programs. We’d love your support! If you are interested in volunteering with
the Foundation’s efforts, please reach out by sending a note to email@example.com.
We are already gearing up a series of events to kick off the year. Of note,
mark your calendars for the following ways you can support our amazing school
Oct 4 - 7pm - Foundation Pub Night at West Coast Grocery Co! Join the
Foundation for this informal meet-up to get to know other Buckman families and
learn about volunteer opportunities at our school.
Oct 16 - A double-whammy: Movie Night at Buckman and Dines Out at Nostrana!
Drop off the kid(s) for an evening of fun in the Buckman cafetorium and head to
Nostrana for October’s Dines Out! Suggested donation at Movie Night door is $10
(nobody will be turned away!) and reservations are strongly recommended for
October 28, 11am - 1pm - Bowl-A-Ween! One of the school’s favorite traditions,
where Buckman takes over Grand Central Bowl for an epic, spooktacular
fundraiser. Costumes encouraged for kids and grown-ups alike!
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.
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.
Laurie Keller author visit for K-2 - New book POTATO PANTS!
Monday, Oct 8 9:15am - 10:15am - Cafetorium
Order forms due September 21 in the library
Find the order form and more info here.
Jan Brett COMMUNITY author visit - everyone welcome
Saturday, Dec 8 5:00pm - 8:00pm - Auditorium
Books can be brought from home to sign and purchased at event
Buckman Elementary School has been chosen to host Jan Brett, and
author/illustrator of over 30 iconic children's books. This is a community
event for all age levels. More details coming!
Jan Brett website
and Jan Brett book list
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.
Family Equity Team Meeting
The Family Equity Team is made up of parents of color and parents of ELL
students. We are working on closing the equity gap and creating a more
culturally responsive learning environment. The first meeting of this year
will be held September 11 at 5:30pm in the dance studio. A small meal and
childcare will be provided. To subscribe to the FET listserv, send your
contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cultural Liaisons Needed
Cultural liaisons assist our English Language Learning (ELL) families by
calling them once a week and keeping them abreast of Wednesday newsletter
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 SUN.
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 volunteers who we could call on for help.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. 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 email@example.com
For the 2018-19 school year, Buckman Elementary School will have a new child care provider – Champions. Champions will provide high-quality before- and after-school child care services. This is a known and well-regarded organization, providing child care in schools in the Portland area and across the country.
We know this is a change for families whose children have been enrolled with Vermont Hills, and the decision to change providers was not made lightly. Vermont Hills has had a number of licensing violations and related quality concerns and, as a result, PPS felt it was important to partner with a different child care provider.
Champions will hold spaces for families who are currently registered with Vermont Hills for the 2018-19 school year. If your child or children are on a wait list, Champions will preserve the wait list order.
Champions will also:
- 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.