This Week At Buckman!
January 22 - January 26, 2018
Hosford Band Performance: Monday, January 22, 9:00am
Connect to Kindergarten
Do you have, or know, a kindergartner coming to Buckman next year? You are
invited to attend our Connect to Kindergarten informational meetings, coming
If you are interested in enrolling at Buckman, but are not a neighborhood
family, you will need to register for the Lottery through PPS Enrollment and Transfer.
If you are a Lottery Family with a sibling already enrolled in Buckman, you
must still apply through the Lottery for your new kindergartner.
As a Lottery Family, you MUST attend one
of the Connect to Kindergarten Meetings. Your attendance at one of these
meetings is a mandatory part of your qualifying requirements for your
acceptance into our school through the lottery system, as is completing a
Lottery Application through the PPS Enrollment and Transfer Department.
Please call the school office if you have any questions.
Connect To Kindergarten
Thursday, February 8, 2018: 1:00 –
6:30 - 7:30pm
Tuesday, February 20, 2018: 6:30
Thursday, March 1, 2018: 6:30 - 7:30pm
The Lottery application dates for this year are:
February 7, 2018 through March 2, 2018
The Buckman Family
Directory is Back!
Families should be on the lookout for an email from Ms. Kosmala containing a
PDF of the 2017-18 Buckman Directory! If you prefer to have a printed copy and
do not have access to a printer, no worries - you can request a copy in the
school office. Any questions about the directory can go to the PTA at email@example.com.
PTA Meeting &
Earthquake Preparedness Presentation - Tuesday, February 6, 6pm, Cafetorium
For our February PTA meeting, we are so excited to bring you a presentation on
earthquake preparedness by Laura Hall, Team Leader for the Arbor Lodge / Kenton
Neighborhood Emergency Team and co-chair of the group Parents4Preparedness.
Laura manages the PortlandPrepares.org website and teaches disaster
preparedness classes at Portland Community College, Saturday Academy, and the Kenton
She works for the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization - www.rdpo.org.
Childcare will be provided onsite by the wonderful folks at SUN, and pizza will
be available, courtesy of Blackbird Pizza!
Year-End Ask Final
Thanks again to everyone who participated in the Year-End Ask campaign. This
annual tradition is a big part of the Foundation’s fundraising efforts, and we
are delighted to share that the final numbers show that 124 members of our
community stepped forward to give $24,000 to our school! This puts us well on
our way towards our goal of $90,000 to keep the arts alive at Buckman and we
are so grateful to everyone who was a part of the campaign.
Grade Level Parties
Now is a great time for grade-level parties. Have fun getting to know other parents in your child’s grade by organizing a community-building activity for the grown-ups, kids, or both while also raising some money for Buckman. Some ideas are: roller skating, bowling, pancake breakfast, spaghetti dinner, wine tasting, poker night, progressive dinner party, craft night, trivia night, etc. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your idea or interest. There is lots of interest already so we may be able to pair you with other parents in your grade level. Another date to get in your calendar is the Auction Kickoff meeting happening on January 21 (time TBD). If you have been interested in getting involved in the auction, this is your chance! More details coming soon.
Are You Working on Your Art for the Buckman Art Show & Sell?
All Buckman students (and alumni) are invited to sell their work in the show.
Students receive the same 70% of sales that professional artists receive. Look
for sign-ups starting in February. Sorry, no food items, slime, or stress balls
can be sold this year. Please contact Meredith Vorhees with any questions. email@example.com
Buckman Scrip Sales
Tuesday mornings stop by the Scrip table and stock up on groceries (Fred Meyer,
New Seasons, Whole Foods, Safeway) and other store gift cards with
Buckman Scrip. A percentage of your purchase goes to Buckman PTA. For
example, if you purchase a gift card for McMenamins for $50, $6 of that goes to
our PTA! They give the school 12% of all purchases. Many retailers give
between 6%-12%. If you can't make it in on Tuesday mornings, fill out an order sheet available in the office and you
can leave it for us anytime along with payment. We can put your order together
for you and call you when it is ready to be picked up from the office. If you
have any questions, please email us 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.
Jump Rope for Heart
Kids can join an exciting
fundraising event where they learn heart healthy skills, have fun jumping rope
and raising money for the American Heart Association.
Jump Rope for Heart is an all
school fundraiser for the American Heart Association. The fundraiser will
kickoff at the Feb 2nd assembly and last for three weeks. The money
raised helps children and infants in need of heart transplants and
surgery. Part of the mission is to also educate children on heart
health. We will be incorporating jump ropes into dance class for those three
weeks as a fun way to approach cardiovascular fitness. The fundraising can all
be done online, students will be bringing home packets of info on Feb 2nd. They
can earn little prizes for earning certain amounts, the class with the most
fundraising participation will earn a special "dance party"
dance class, and the 5 students who earn the most money will get a silly
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.
The library recently came upon years of past Buckman Art Show and Sell posters.
Most of the posters are framed and hanging from the ceiling in the hallway
between the library doors. We are looking for a volunteer that could
potentially make wood frames from scrap wood (no glass needed) and hang the
rest of the posters before the Buckman Art Show and Sell. If this is something
that interests you, please stop in the library for more details
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!)
New SUN Extended Day Coordinator
With Brittany leaving to focus on school, we are excited to announce a new
extended day coordinator, Whitney Kyle. Whitney has extensive administrative
support experience and has worked in schools as well. Please welcome her and be
patient as she is learning a complex job requiring juggling genius! Whitney's
email is email@example.com
if you have questions
related to after-school SUN.
Buckman SUN school is looking for volunteers and tutors for winter term.
Classes begin Monday, January 8, every weekday from 3:00-5:30pm. 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!
Help instructors with after school classes, tutor students, or provide
inclusionary support. The SUN program is an ideal way to gain experience for
your degree, or just to help out kids in your community. Many volunteers end up
becoming paid staff. Contact Joe Hannan at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 503.858.0230.
Classes-Zumba, Tuesdays at 6:30pm and Free Yoga Fridays
Restarting in January, SUN offers an adult Zumba class on Tuesdays from
6:30-7:30pm and Free Yoga on Fridays starting at 6pm, both are in the Dance
Studio. Cost for Zumba is $5/class or 5 classes for $20. Please join us for
these fun adult classes! Adult registration forms are in the SUN kiosk.
Searching for Family Dance Band
SUN is looking for a dance band who can play salsa or other world music for our
family dance at the beginning of the year. The budget is a tight $300 for the
1.5 hour early evening time slot, but if you know a group that might be
willing, please contact Diane at email@example.com
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.
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