Buckman Elementary School

Buckman nurtures the whole child and strives for
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320 SE 16th AvePortland, OR 97214Ph (503) 916-6230Fx (503) 916-2615

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  • Champions will be new child care provider for Buckman

    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.
  • Buckman News

    Welcome to Our World  


    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 

    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. 

    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 the online 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 mealbenefits@pps.net.    

    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 change.




    Join the Buckman PTA!

    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, Buckman Library

    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 foundation@buckmanelementary.org and say hello!


    Buckman 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. 


    Picture Day, September 26

    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 picture day.


    Dance Ensemble 2018-2019

    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 or charge.

    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).

    Corn Maze Fundraiser

    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 Sales

    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 buckmanscrip@gmail.com. Just stop by and see us Tuesday mornings!

    It's 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 

    Foundation Update

    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 foundation@buckmanelementary.org

    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 this fall:

    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 Nostrana.

    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 Connected

    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. 

    Fund Opportunities



    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!


    Emergency Clothing Needed


        Cleaning your closets to make room? 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 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.


    Library News



    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 

    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


    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 buckman.fet@gmail.com.

    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.


    Volunteers Needed

    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! 

    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 jhannan@impactnw.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 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.


    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.








  • Greetings families!
    The school year is well under way and I hope everyone is settling into the school year routines. Families have been doing a terrific job at getting kiddos to school, and on time, despite the challenges of parking and unexpected road closures. Almost 400 of our students have missed one or fewer days in September and August. Go, you families! This is great, because students who attend school 95% of the time or more in elementary school are far more likely to regularly attend middle and high school (yes, that’s obvious). But what isn’t obvious is the difference in standardized test scores, access to college-prep coursework in high school and graduation rates. Students who are chronically absent are 30% less likely to graduate from high school on time and have only a 50% four-year graduation rate. Yikes!

    Next Tuesday is Back to School Night at Buckman. Back to School Night is a chance to learn about the classrooms where your children spend the most time. Classrooms open at 6pm, and we change “classes” about every half hour. Your child(ren)’s teacher will be talking about the curricular plan for the year, classroom routines and procedures, volunteer opportunities and how best to communicate with them. Unfortunately, Back to School Night can’t be a parent-teacher conference because there just isn’t enough time (and, we will be doing those in November). Also keep in mind that Back to School Night is an event that is adults talking to other adults about school, and so it can be super boring for kiddos. We will do our best to accommodate, but plan accordingly.

    Another important date will be on us before you know it, a day that is also known at Buckman (by the principal) as The Best Day of the Year. Yes, it’s Run for the Arts! Mark your calendars and hit up the fam, because October 11 is the BIG DAY! Run for the Arts supports the Buckman Chorus, after school dance classes, purchases the supplies and materials that we need for arts classes and grade-level performances and covers THOUSANDS of dollars in artist residencies in all kinds of exciting medium. Not only that, there is not much better than going on a fun run with 200 friends through a course of screaming fans. Come and volunteer to set up the course, to count laps, or come to cheer on the runners; everyone contributes at Run for the Arts!


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