Buckman Elementary School

Buckman nurtures the whole child and strives for
academic excellence

320 SE 16th AvePortland, OR 97214Ph (503) 916-6230Fx (503) 916-2615

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  • Buckman News


    Coming Soon At Buckman!    

    January 14-18

    MLK Performance: Fri. Jan. 18
    PTA Coffee: Fri. Jan. 18,  8:45-9:30 

    January 21-25

    MLK Day-NO SCHOOL: Monday, Jan 21
    Teacher Planning Day-NO SCHOOL: Tues. Jan 22 

    Lost and Found

    Please check the Buckman Lost and Found for your student's items. Remember, these are items that belong to Buckman Students. Please take only those items that belong to your family. 

    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. 

    Medical Guidelines 


    Immunization Exclusion Day, February 20

    Exclusion day for state required immunizations is Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Students who are not current will not be able to attend school until their records are complete. Letters will be mailed the first week of February to parents whose children are incomplete and will be excluded if not updated by February 20, 2019. Please arrange for your child to receive needed immunizations so that they can remain in school. If you need assistance in locating a health care provider or clinic site, please contact your school nurse.





    Buckman Auction Update

    The Buckman Auction has a new date!!! The annual event will be held this year on Saturday, May 18, at the Hinson. Mark your calendars now.

    The 2019 Buckman Auction planning has commenced, and all are invited. As Buckman's biggest fundraiser of the year, we need all hands on deck. Come to the Foundation’s next Pub Night at 7pm on January 30 at West Coast Grocery Company to learn about all things auction. Meet other parents and members of the Buckman community to find out ways to get involved. 


    Buckman Apparel Sales

    With the colder weather, it’s time to stock up on Buckman apparel. Buckman beanies are now in stock. Grab yours alongside t-shirts, hoodies, and other goodies this week on Thursday or Friday mornings at drop-off.


    Dines Out

    Thanks to everyone who came out for January’s Dines Out last night at Screendoor! We love our neighbors and are so grateful to local businesses who support our school. Next month’s edition will be on February 20 at Dick’s Kitchen; they’re donating 10% of sales all day to Buckman. Hooray!


    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 70% of sales. Sign ups will begin on February 1 with a deadline of February 15. Sorry but NO FOOD and NO SLIME can be sold. Please contact Meredith Vorhees with any questions about student art at mmvorhees@gmail.com.


    PTA Clothing Center Collection Drive Collecting NEW Items Only, Now Through Thursday, January 31

    The holidays may finally be behind us, but the PTA Clothing Center is a resource that's available to families all year long, and our donations of a few essential items are very much needed right now. Please bring NEW socks, underwear, hats, and mittens and drop them in the collection box in the front hallway. Items will be given to kids ranging in age from pre-k through high school, so anything in that wide range of sizes would be helpful. We will be collecting these items through the end of the month.

    If you aren't familiar with the PTA Clothing Center, click here for a short video, or find even more info on their website.


    PTA Coffee Chat with Ms. Kosmala - Friday, January 18, 8:45-9:30am, Buckman Library

    PTA coffee chats are an opportunity for parents and caregivers 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!


    PTA General Meeting, Tuesday, January 29, 6pm, Cafetorium

    Join us for our general PTA meeting on Tuesday, January 29 at 6pm in the cafetorium. We'll have pizza and child care beginning at 6pm, and the meeting will get underway as soon folks are settled, hopefully around 6:15.

    Foundation Update 


    Click on the links below for more information! 


    Join The Buckman PTA! 


    Connect With the Buckman Community. Sign up on Konstella!
    Buckman Earthquake Supply Drive


    Ways you can help: Funds For Buckman!

    Check here for ways you can help raise funds for Buckman. 

    Fund Opportunities



    Connect To Kindergarten 

    This event is open to all new kindergarten families who have children who live in the Buckman School neighborhood, and will be five years old by September 1, 2019. This is also the mandatory event for all grades planning on entering Buckman through the PPS Enrollment and Transfer Lottery Application process. 
    Please be aware that if you are a current Buckman family who entered through the Lottery, your new kindergartener must also enter through the Lottery. You will need to attend one of the Connect to Kindergarten events and complete a Lottery application. 
    The Lottery application process will open on February 8 and close on March 8. Please check with the Enrollment and Transfer Department for specifics on this process. 
    Buckman Connect To Kindergarten Dates for 2019:
    Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019
    Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Location: Cafeteria
    Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am
    Location: Cafeteria
    Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Location: Cafeteria
    Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
    Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Location: Cafeteria

    Emergency Clothing Needed


        Cleaning your closets to make room? Super! Please forward any student pants (generic sweatpants/leggings 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 or at the link below. The medication authorization is needed for any medication you wish your child to take at school, including cough drops, but does not include homeopathic medication.

         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


    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  


    Extended Day Programs

    Friday (1/18) is the last day to drop/change/add classes for a refund. Please complete a change form (located at the SUN kiosk outside of the main office) and leave it in the SUN mailbox before then. Furthermore, we are no longer able to accept new students. The program is at capacity and we do not currently have the staffing to accommodate. Should anything change, an announcement will be made. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    As a reminder, we have eliminated the second hour class on Fridays and end at 4:30pm. Extended care is available until 5pm for $12 per day.  

    Please be aware of the following dates:

    ·         1/21-22 No programs

    ·         Partner Camps for all other no school days will be announced soon.

    *We are working with several yoga studios in town to get old yoga mats donated for our upcoming yoga and mindfulness classes. If you have mats that you can donate, please bring them to the SUN office.


    Upcoming Event

    Save the date! Jasmine Springs, Student Engagement and Equity Specialist, will be facilitating a Political Asylum and Immigration Awareness night. This event will be on Friday January 25 from 5-7pm. For more information, contact Jasmine at jsprings@impactnw.org


    Family Equity Team

    The family equity team is made up of parents of color who are working on closing the equity gap and creating a more culturally responsive learning environment. To subscribe to the FET listserv, please contact fet@gmail.com. The next Family Equity Team meeting is February 12 at 5:30pm in the dance studio.  


    Social Services

    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. Our clothing closet is full! If your student or other children at home may need some more clothes, please also contact us. We have tons of extra winter coats available.


    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. If you are interested, please contact Caitlyn at cwhitcomb@impactnw.org.  


    Upcoming Event: Political Asylum & Awarness Night

    Save the date! Jasmine Springs, Student Engagement and Equity Specialist, will be facilitating Political Asylum & Immigration Awareness Night. This event will be on Friday January 25 from 5-7pm. For more information, contact jasmine at jsprings@gmail.com.


    Donated Food

    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. rbeckmann@impactnw.org.


    Social Service Needs

    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 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 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. 


    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 rbeckmann@impactnw.org pasting 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.


    Champions Information:

    • 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!
    Just in the last week or two, if you have a student in third, fourth or fifth grade, or a middle schooler, or a high schooler, you probably received an autodialer call about state testing. Starting in March, schools all over Oregon will be taking Oregon’s English/Language Arts assessment and Mathematics assessment, formerly referred to as Smarter Balanced Assessments. These assessments do provide an individual score for each child who takes it, but they do not impact student grades, access to programs or services, or graduation. Occasionally we use the scores to qualify a student for talented and gifted programs.

    What the state assessments do provide is a check-in on how well Buckman staff are preparing students to meet Common Core state standards and prepare students to eventually tackle college level work. These scores are also used by the federal government to evaluate the effectiveness and rigor of Oregon’s education system in general, and individual school effectiveness. This, in turn, is tied to federal grants received by the state of Oregon to help districts and schools improve services, and to penalties assessed to schools and district for not reaching targets set.

    One of the targets the federal government set is the percentage of eligible student who take the English/Language Arts and Mathematics assessments (eligible students are in grades 3 through 8 and 11). While each state is allowed to set a target, that target can’t be below 95%. So, basically, the expectation is that 95% or more of students in every district will take their state’s assessment. However, Oregon’s legislature made it a state mandate to give parents the option to opt their students out of state assessments; a classic state versus federal control battle.

    The state assessments aren’t perfect-they take over three hours for most students to finish and there are inconsistencies, biases and margins of error that can’t be completely eliminated. But they do give stakeholders a chance to hold their schools accountable for student performance and make valid comparison between schools and districts. Last year we had around 16% of eligible students opt-out of assessments, which dropped our report card rating and eventually could put Buckman in the category of schools receiving penalties. So, please consider your reasons for opting out with your interests in holding Buckman staff accountable for school and student performance. We think we do a pretty good job, and we would love to have a complete set of data to back that belief up!


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