Buckman Elementary School

Buckman nurtures the whole child and strives for
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  • Buckman News


    Coming Soon At Buckman!        


    March 11-15

    Family Equity Meeting: Tues. March 12 5:30-6:30 
    PTA Coffee: Friday, March 15, 8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

    March 18-22

    Third Grade Performance: Thurs. March 21, 6:30 

    March 25-29

    Spring Break: Return to school Monday, April 1 

    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 





    Yearbook Photos Needed

    Parents it's time to start thinking about sending in those photos of the precious memories of this school year. Please email all your photos to yearbookbuckman@gmail.com. In the title of the email please indicate the grade level and event. All photos are due by April 15!

    Nominations are Open for the Buckman PTA Board!

    Buckman PTA Board members are nearing the end of our 2 year term. That means opportunities are opening up for other parents to step in and lead this important part of the Buckman community. Serving on the PTA Board is a chance to truly have an impact on our school, and you won't be doing it alone. If you've never held a position like this before, that's okay! Our current Board learned the ropes together and we expect the next Board will as well. If you'd like to serve on the Board, or if you'd simply like more information about what's entailed in holding one of these positions, feel free to reach out to us in person or on Konstella, or send an email to pta@buckmanelementary.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

    We've also put together a general outline describing the time commitment and what exactly we do. Check it out here!

    Volunteers Needed for Atkinson Auction, March 16

    The Foundation is looking for two more volunteers to help with the Atkinson Auction on Saturday, March 16 from 4-10pm at The Loft at 8th Ave. We love partnering with Atkinson as part of our auction volunteer exchange! In return for volunteering at their event in a few weeks, they will return the favor at the Buckman Auction on May 18 at The Hinson! If you are interested, send an email to foundation@buckmanelementary.org.


    Auction Ideas Needed

    Have a great idea for something to include in this year’s silent or live auction? We’d love to hear from you! As Buckman’s biggest fundraiser of the year, we turn to you - the Buckman community - to make it an outrageous success. Share your thoughts with the auction team by completing this Google form!


    Buckman Auction Tickets on Sale

    Early bird auction tickets are live. Show that you are “Wild at Art” by grabbing your slot at Buckman’s biggest fundraiser of the year, taking place on May 18, 6pm at the Hinson. Celebrate our school and all things Buckman with an evening of food & drink, bidding, and good times. Tickets can be purchased here at the early bird price of $45/person or $90/couple. We expect this even to sell out so purchase your tickets today!


    Dines Out, This Friday, Spitz

    THIS FRIDAY is March’s Buckman Dines Out at Spitz (2103 N Killingsworth St). Stop by any time during open hours 11am-10pm and Spitz will donate 20% of sales to the Foundation. Sample their mediterranean street food, enjoy a tasty sangria, or grab something for younger patrons off the kids’ menu. They even have a “not unhappy hour” from 3-7pm for special deals. Well worth the trek for great eats and a great cause!


    PTA Grants to Benefit Buckman

    The PTA sets aside a limited amount of money each year to fund projects brought forward by teachers, staff and others that will benefit the entire school. Proposals can be submitted here, and will be reviewed and voted on after the submission window closes. The current deadline for submission of grant proposals is April 5.   

    PTA Coffee Chat with Ms. Kosmala - Friday, March 15, 8:45-9:30am, Buckman Library

    PTA coffee chats are our 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!


    New Chair of Buckman Foundation Needed

    The current Chair of the Buckman Foundation will be stepping down at the end of the school year and we’re looking for someone with leadership and organization skills to learn the ins and outs this year so they can take the helm (with continued support from the past Chair) next year. Responsibilities include working with the Foundation leadership team and school principal to establish fundraising goals, recruiting and supporting the parent volunteers who coordinate Foundation fundraisers including apparel sales, Bowl-A-Ween, Movie Nights, and the Auction, publicizing events and communicating the impact of the funds raised, and overseeing expenditures and the Foundation’s budget (with the Treasurer). Email foundation@buckmanelementary.org if you’re interested in learning more and know someone you think would be good in this role.  


    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



    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

    If you would like tax information, please contact Caitlyn as soon as possible. She can be reached at cwhitcomb@impactnw.org. As a reminder, we have eliminated the second hour class on Fridays and end at 4:30 pm. Extended care is available until 5pm for $12 per day.  

    Please be aware of the following NO SUN dates for this term:

    • Spring Break 

    Summer Planning, Camp Dates

    The summer calendar is here. Below are the camps and dates. Note: The first week of Motion Magic is contingent on the district not adding extra days of school due to snow days. If this is the case, you will be refunded. If you have any questions, please contact Becca at rbeckmann@impactnw.org. Contact Morgan at morgan@motionmagic.net for Motion Magic registration information. Arts and SUN camps registration information will be available soon.

    June 10-July 5 (No Camps on July 4th): Motion Magic Camps

    June 17-July 5 (No Camps on July 4th): Arts Camp

    July 8-26: SUN Camp


    SUN Yoga

    We are excited to announce Buckman SUN community yoga classes begin this week! Classes will be held in the dance studio. Restorative yoga with Galen will be every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 5:30-6:30pm and flow classes with Becca will be every Friday from 4:45-5:45pm. They are free of cost and open to the community. Please wear clothing that is comfortable and moves with you. Bring a mat or towel and water bottle if you would like (and any additional props if you so choose). If you do not own a yoga mat and are interested in using a SUN mat, please contact Becca. Registration forms are available in the SUN Kiosk and on Konstella.

    Food Pantry

    This support allows parents/caregivers to choose appropriate foods for their family’s needs once a week. If you are interested in signing up to access our food pantry, please contact Becca (email listed above).


    Weekly Food Drive

    Starting this week (February 25-March 2), we will be coordinating a Buckman weekly food drive. Each week, a designated class will be assigned various categories of pantry items to donate to the SUN Food Pantry. *We need classroom parents/caregivers to volunteer to help coordinate. Please contact Becca if you are interested in helping out. More information and volunteer signups will be found on Konstella.

    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.  


    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:

    • Hires a full-time site director, and pays 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!
    It is amazing to think that we are closing in on the end of the 2nd trimester, but the weather is warming up and the allergies are showing up so there is plenty of evidence that it is finally spring!  We’ve noticed a lot of students out for illness over the last few weeks, so we are very happy to have a little time to do a deeper cleaning of the school while staff and students are enjoying a little break.

    Allergies can make students tired, sniffly, sneezy and wheezy, but they are different from sickness. If your child has a fever and any or all of those symptoms, definitely stay home. By district policy, we even prefer you wait 24 hours from the point the fever breaks before returning your child to school. Sometimes it is tempting to send your child back early, every working parent has been there, but we’ve had a few students come back and then go right back home again. School is work, and the fatigue of a full school day just drains what reserves your student has after an illness.

    If your child doesn’t have a fever, but you think they might need medicine, please do not send pills, liquids or drops to school with your child, not even a cough drop. We keep any medication a student might need in the office to prevent accidental overdosing or sharing of medicines. When your child has a medicine they need in the office, just let your teacher know how you want them to have access; on demand, at certain times of the day, etc. All medication needs to be brought to the office by an adult, and in it's original container. You will need to complete the form found at this link: Medication Authorization

    Another fun fact is that a number of students have come to the office with lice, or suspicions of lice. There is a complete MESD bulletin available in the office and online, but district policy around lice has changed in the last year, so here’s what you need to know:

    1. There used to be notifications to classrooms when a student had lice, and then they were sent home. Neither is current district policy or procedure, so if your child is scratching a lot-check!
    2. Head to head contact is the most common way lice are spread, think sleepover.
    3. Over the counter treatments are effective, some home remedies are sworn by, but you MUST comb or pick out the lice and nits for any of them to work effectively.
    4. Stuffies and bedding can be washed or bagged (for 48 hours to kill live lice and another 10 days for hatching nits).
    5. Continue to check your child’s head for the next week once you’ve treated, and treat again after 7-10 days or as recommended.
    6. More information at: Lice Treatment

    Have a fabulous break, everyone, and see you in April!

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