Coming Soon At Buckman!
Veterans Day: Mon. Nov. 12. School Closed
Grandparent and Special Friends Day: Fri. Nov. 16
No School For Students All Week
Parent -Teacher Conferences: Mon and Tues, Nov. 19-20
Thanksgiving Holidays: Wed.-Fri. Nov. 21-23 School Closed
Please make sure that your address and phone information is up to date so that you receive important calls and mailings from school.
PTA Board Openings!
PTA Board officers serve 2 year terms, and our current Board is on our last
year! This is your chance to have an impact and help shape so much of the
community building that happens at Buckman! Of course it's a commitment, but if
you have questions about what that commitment looks like for the various
positions, or any interest at all in possibly joining the Board in the future,
please reach out to us! We're happy to answer questions, no strings attached.
You can find us in the halls, on Konstella, or at PTA Meetings and Coffee
Chats. You can also reach our Co-Presidents at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do want to find us, just a reminder that the current board is:
Co-Presidents: Malena Slettom & Charmian Creagle
VP: Amanda Basom
Secretary: Patricia Patyrak
Treasurer: Andrea Manning
Still feel in the dark about fundraising efforts at Buckman? Head out to the
Foundation's next Pub Night at West Coast Grocery Company on November 28, 7pm.
Enjoy a drink, meet other members of the Buckman community, and find out more
about what’s in store for this school year. We’re always looking for people to
get involved; everyone is welcome! Look for the Buckman sign to know how to
Click on the links below for more information!
Ways you can help: Funds For Buckman!
Check here for ways you can help raise funds for Buckman.
Run for the Arts
The Run for the Arts t-shirt is for students who earned 30 points or
more. Each t-shirt costs $9 and comes directly out of funds raised for Buckman.
If your student earned a t-shirt but would rather donate the t-shirt cost to
Buckman, please note this on your sponsor form. You can also pay $9 to offset
the t-shirt cost. If you would like to pay for the t-shirt, please note this on
your sponsor form and check. Thank you!
If you have any questions, please contact Leah Christensen at email@example.com.
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.
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.
the New SUN Admin!
As many of you know, Diane Meisenhelter retired on Tuesday September 25. Becca,
the new SUN Manager, and Caitlyn, the new Extended Day Coordinator are so
excited to work with your kiddos! Thank you parents and caregivers for your
patience during this time of transition. Caitlyn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
and Becca at email@example.com. Caitlyn deals more
with class schedules, students absent from SUN, and after-school details. Becca
is looking at the SUN program overall, which involves behavior management,
curriculum needs, community partners, resourcing/ social services, concerns
about staff and other big picture issues. Please stop by the SUN office (Room
108) and say hi!
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Behavior policies have been sent out this week. Please review this information
with your child/ren to be signed and returned to SUN by next Monday (10/15). We
have seen some challenging behaviors that we would like to address as a community.
Thank you for your support with this!
Basketball Sign Ups
have Begun (grades 3-5)!
Basketball registration forms have been placed in the SUN kiosk outside the
school office. We will only have grade level teams where we have enough
registered student players. Registration forms can be sent back to the SUN
COACHES NEEDED! A
big thank you to those who have reached out regarding volunteering. So far we
have 5 coaches who have contacted Becca about coaching this year. Just as a
reminder, parents/caregivers/friends can do more than coach! There will be a
need to support the coach and help manage the children. So any interest in
volunteering is greatly appreciated and needed.
Time commitment: Coaches usually have one practice per week (not as frequent in
November and early December). Practices will become consistent January-March.
There are also game commitments on Saturdays for an hour. If you would be
willing to coach or volunteer, or if you know someone who would be willing to
coach, please contact Becca at email@example.com.
Season of Sharing
Given that many of our community partners want wish lists by November, the
month of October is when we ask families to create wish lists. This is an
opportunity for families who would benefit from some extra support during the
winter season (includes winter clothing or small gifts and books). The Season
of Sharing forms are outside the school office on the SUN kiosk.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 emails out regular updates throughout the year. To be included in these
important updates, please email email@example.com
. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.