This Week At Buckman!
November 20 - 21, 2017
School Closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Call for Artists!
The 28th Buckman Art Show & Sell is currently accepting artist applications
for the March 10-11, 2018 show. 140 juried local artists turn our school into a
gallery over the weekend. We accept artists in the following categories; 2-D,
3-D, mixed media, textile, clothing, jewelry, photography, children's items,
Buckman volunteers run a central checkout station and there is no booth fee,
artists donate 30% of sales to the Buckman PTA. For more details, see http://buckmanartshow.weebly.com. There is a
$25 non refundable application fee. Applications close November 20, 2017.
Artists are notified of acceptance status mid December. Questions can be sent
Please help us spread the word to artists who might be interested! Student and
alumni artist applications will be available in February.
What a great Grandparents' and Special Friends’ Day! Thank you to all
who attended. The Foundation team is always looking for photos and videos of
our school events. If you have a photo or video you’d like to share, please
send it to email@example.com!
The next Foundation Pub
Night takes place on Tuesday,
November 14 at Rogue Eastside Distillery. Pub Nights are open
to everyone interested in learning more about the Foundation and school
fundraising efforts. We’ve reserved the section to the right of the entrance,
and we’ll be gathered there to talk Buckman happenings starting at 7pm. Have a
drink and meet other Buckman parents during these informal get-togethers!
And get Buckman’s next Dines
Out on your calendar, happening on #GivingTuesday, November 28 at Dick’s Kitchen’s SE
Belmont location. Stop in during dinner hours and Dick’s Kitchen
will donate 15% of your purchase to the Foundation. It’s a delicious way to
support Buckman on an international day of giving!
And, of course, don’t forget about our next Movie Night on Friday, December 1! Drop
of your kid(s) in the cafetorium and enjoy a kid-free evening until 8:45!
Details on movie selection coming soon.
Perfect Time to Buy Scrip
The Scrip Table is well stocked in groceries and local stores. Stock up for the
holidays! We have Amazon, Fred Meyer, New Seasons, Safeway, and Whole Foods in
stock as well as local favorites such as Pizzicato and Powell's. Each gift card
you purchase gives a percentage back to the Buckman PTA! Vendors give anywhere
between 4%-26% to our school when their gift cards are purchased through Scrip.
You can fill out an order form and leave it in the Scrip box in the main office
along with payment, or you can purchase Tuesday mornings during drop off. We also
still have Chinook apps available for a limited time.
Campaign Begins November 28
The Foundation will launch its Year-End Ask campaign on #GivingTuesday,
November 28. We turn to the Buckman community every year to donate to the
Foundation to help maintain school staffing of our arts and literacy teams.
We’ll reach out with more details once the campaign is underway, but wanted to
send along a heads-up so you know to be on the lookout for our communications
about this important annual fundraiser.
Dines Out, November 28
Buckman’s next Dines Out is fast approaching, so be sure you reserve November 28 to eat at Dick’s Kitchen on SE Belmont.
Stop in any time from 4pm-9pm and Dick’s Kitchen will donate 15% of sales to
the Buckman Foundation. Tasty treats for a great cause!
Movie Night, December 1
We’ll also jump-start December with a Movie Night on Friday, December 1 in the
cafetorium. Drop off your kid(s) for a flick and head out on the town! Pick-up
is at 8:45pm. We’re always looking for Movie Night volunteers, so please
consider reserving this evening as a way to give back to Buckman!
Preparedness, Join our Team
We are building a parent-led Earthquake Preparedness Team. We need your
involvement so we can work together with PPS, other schools and the
neighborhood to establish supplies, procedures and connections with the
community in the event of a large Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. Please
contact Patricia Patyrak firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Suby
email@example.com if you would like to join this important
Help Us Raise $10,000
Playground Project -Voting is open! Want to help Buckman without spending much
time or any money? Buckman has the opportunity to earn up to
$10,000 from a new neighborhood bank, Columbia Credit Union, at the Goat
Blocks. This is money that the PTA plans to put directly to use on the
Playground Project, which will help bring nature and the arts to our kids'
playground. It will take all of us to earn this money, so we have a fairly
simple ask... Beginning today, and on as many days as possible between now
and December 15th, please
walk into Columbia Credit Union at 10th & Belmont (below Market of Choice)
and place your vote! Each vote gets us $10 closer to the full
$10,000 donation. You can stop by the bank from 9am-6pm on weekdays
and 9am-1:30pm on Saturdays, walk up to the laptop inside the door,
and cast your vote using your email address. The first time you submit you will
need to verify your e-mail address, but after that you will need to do nothing!
If you have multiple family e-mail addresses, you can place a vote with each
one! Voting is open
now through December 15. Bonus: One voter will win a gorgeous
electric bike! Let's get voting!
Run for the Arts,
It's never too late to turn in Run For The Arts Donations, but do it soon! Bring it to the office. No cash please.
If you have any questions, please contact Leah Christensen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Storytelling Night, Thursday, November 16, 6:00-8:00pm
The theme of this year's storytelling night will be "Belonging". We
encourage parents and students to begin drafting stories they would like to
share at the performance part of the night. If you would like to perform a
story please drop off a draft to the SUN Office (Room 108), SUN mailbox in the
main office or email email@example.com.
That evening there will also be numerous opportunities in different rooms to do
impromptu writing. For instance, choose a family heirloom or an object that you
can use to tell a family story. Visit the Bandaid Room for an OUCH! story about
a time that was physically or emotionally painful. Visit the Dream Room to
share a significant, recurring, scary, or hilarious dream. There will be many
other opportunities to both share and listen to stories. If you are interested
in working with us on this event, volunteering that night or know of valuable
resources, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check Lost &
Please check the lost & found when you come to your conferences this week!!
We have tons of unclaimed stuff! Jackets and other clothing items are hanging
on the rack outside the cafetorium. Please check the bins below for water
bottles and lunch boxes. We will be doing a donation of ALL items to the PTA
clothing center before Thanksgiving.
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
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.
Buckman Book Fair
Book Fair Volunteer Sign-Up is open! This year’s
book fair will run December 4-8. Volunteers are the priceless gift that
keeps the Book Fair running. Thank you Buckman Community for your help,
energy and time!
4th & 5th Graders Oregon Reader’s Choice Awards
Upper Elementary ORCA’s
have been introduced to all 4th
& 5th graders. Out of the 8 nominated books, if students read 2 (or listen)
they can vote with the rest of Oregon's 4th & 5th graders before spring
break. If they read all 8 and complete the form
by April 1, they will be
invited to a special party in the library! Our library has 4 copies of each
title and will be checked out to students as their name gets pulled from a hat.
More titles and audio books are available at MCL
Volunteers are the most important resource a school community can have.
Volunteers that assist in daily routines (checking in books, checking out
books, shelving, repairing or other special projects) are essential to the
one-to-one time the Library Media Specialist can have with individual students.
For those daily routine jobs (we handle 1,500 - 2,000 books a month!), we hope
to have a weekly or bi-weekly commitment
to keep the
library running smoothly. Thank you for understanding that consistency in
volunteering is greatly appreciated to help create routines and expectations
with students, other volunteers and the staff.
If a weekly (or bi-weekly) time or day works for you, please sign up HERE
. Thank you for being part of this amazing
community of learners (and readers!)
Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week is an annual awareness campaign promoted by the American
Library Association and Amnesty International, that celebrates the freedom to
read, draws attention to banned
books, and highlights persecuted
individuals. We have a variety of challenged books in our library, come see the
Welcome Back from
Buckman SUN provides enriching after-school classes for your child every fall,
winter, and spring. All day camps are offered during non-school days, and over
the summer! Sign up now to join camps on non-school days and late day openings by going online here. Half-off scholarships are available for
families eligible for free or reduced lunch. Contact Brittany in the SUN
office, Room 108 or at email@example.com. If families need further
scholarships, there is a scholarship form in the SUN office that can be filled
out and submitted along with proof of income.
Tuesdays at 6:30pm
SUN will again be offering an adult Zumba class this year to be held on
Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm in the Dance Studio. Cost is $5/class or 5
classes for $20. Please join us for this fun class!
Continued Help Needed for Buckman Family
The Buckman family we have been supporting through our use of meal train
continues to identify a need for support so the calendar has been updated.
Please sign up here to provide a meal. Please be
aware of life threatening allergies to nuts, fish, seafood, soybeans,
grapefruit, pork, jalapenos, black pepper, and limited eggs (2 per month).
Please low grease, non-spicy, easily digestible foods. In addition to meals,
they are also interested in cheese, yogurt, butter, eggs, bread, milk, cereal,
Thank you for your continuous support. Our Buckman community is so strong!
If you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call the SUN phone 503-858-0230.
Family Leadership Team
Parents of students of color, ELL parents, and parents of students with special
needs or abilities have been meeting monthly to address school equity issues.
If you would like to be on the FLT mailing list, please contact Diane
Meisenhelter at SUN, email@example.com.
This fall, our family literacy night will center around storytelling. If you
would be interested in working with us on this event or know of valuable
resources, please contact Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please complete SUN parent surveys
this week so that we can
improve the program and better serve your needs.
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