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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  • Coming Soon At Buckman

    Coming up:

    1/27    Teacher planning day, no school
    1/31    Principal’s coffee, 8:45am
    2/3      Connect to Kindergarten (see below) 9am, 6pm
    2/14     2nd grade performance, 6:30 pm

     
     
     
    Connect To Kindergarten:  February 3: 9:00 am
                                               February 3: 6:00 pm
                                               February 24: 6:00 pm

    Connect To Kindergarten is an informational meeting for incoming Kindergarten Buckman neighborhood families, and is also a mandatory event for all families entering into the PPS Enrollment and Transfer Lottery Application system.

    Please check the PPS Enrollment and Transfer website for information regarding the Lottery application process. The Lottery opens on February 5 and closes on March 6. This is a firm end date. There are no exceptions. 

     

    Sick Policy:

    Below is a quick and easy guideline provided by PPS and Multnomah County Health Department regarding our sick policy. If you have questions, please call us at 503-916-6230

    Exclusion Guidelines for Schools and Child Care Settings

    Does the student have any of the following?

    • Diarrhea: At least 3 loose stools in 24 hours - OR - sudden onset of loose stools
    • Vomiting: At least one episode that is unexplained
    • Fever: A body temperature of at least 100.5
    • New Skin Rash, Sores or Wounds: Not previously diagnosed by a health care provider

    If you answered "Yes" to any of the above, then...

    • For Diarrhea or Vomiting
      Stay at Home --
      Until symptoms are gone for 24 hours.
      DO NOT handle any shared food until 72 hours after symptoms are gone.
    • For Fever
      Stay at Home --
      Until fever is below 100.5 for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of fever-reducing drugs.
      (for example, Tylenol@, acetaminophen, Advil@, Motrin@, ibuprofen, aspirin)
    • For Skin Rash, Sores or Wounds
      Stay at Home --
      If rash is increasing in size, or if new sores or wounds are developing day-to-day,
      ·OR· If rash, sores or wounds are draining and cannot be covered with a bandage.
      No contact sports until sores or wounds are healed or no longer draining.

    **For a cough lasting 2 weeks or longer, call your school nurse or student's health care provider.**

     
    Lice Alert:
    Please be aware that there is almost always some lice in the building. You should be checking your family members on a regular basis for live lice and nits. The School policy is to notify families if we discover lice on your student. 

    Students diagnosed with live head lice do not need to be sent home early from school; they can go home at the end of the day, be treated, and return to class after appropriate treatment has begun. Nits may persist after treatment, but successful treatment should kill crawling lice. Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    Author Visit: Peter Reynolds, March 12. Order forms for books will be available February 27.

    PTA NEWS

    Oregon Kids Read Petition   Still collecting signatures! Let Oregon state legislators know that you support this grassroots initiative asking them to reserve 2% of Student Success Act funds to be used toward literacy training in Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) for K-3 teachers and reading specialists. Take a look at the Oregon Kids Read website and consider signing the petition.

    Community Garden Cleanup    Help clean up in and around the community garden, Saturday, January 18 from 9 AM to 12 PM. Bring the kids! RSVP to Mikael.Brust@portlandoregon.gov or just show up.      

    Coffee Chat    Save the date for our next Coffee Chat on Friday, January 31! Coffee from Khora and Grand Central pastries provided.

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    - Gear up for your Buckman gear!  New Buckman sweatshirts are in, just in time for the cooler fall temps. Grab yours at Back-to-School Night, as well as Friday morning at drop-off!  And don’t forget to grab your Bella Organic corn maze tickets on Fridays at the SCRIP table! This year’s theme is equal rights for equal pay, as inspired by the USWNT.  Get your tickets in advance and Bella Organic Farm donates 50% of profits to the Buckman Foundation.  

     

    SUN NEWS

    Registration Changes    The add/drop window for SUN is ending soon! Please complete any registration changes in your Active account or contact Tabitha by January 24th.  

    Chorus    Chorus still has available slots during second hour (4:30-5:30 PM) on Tuesdays. If you wanted to participate in chorus and haven't signed up, now is your chance! David Foley is the new instructor - he is a Buckman parent, a sub for PPS, and a professional musician. Join other students to gather and sing! Contact Tabitha to sign up. 

    Motion Magic    Motion Magic still has available slots on both Mondays and Tuesdays! Contact morgan@motionmagic.net for more information or contact Tabitha to sign up.

     
     

Principal's
Message

  • Hello Buckman Bears,

    If you did not receive a message from the district about the two hour delay today, make sure you have signed up with School Messenger: You can get text alerts and auto-dialer calls on your cell phone with important news and updates. Text “Yes” or “Y” to 68453. 

    Our students have been busy learning about and celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. From reading books, classroom discussions, writing poems, and reflecting on his life of service. Weave POETRY in every month, not just April: Check out this incredible book, inspired by the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. Here is a brief video describing the making of the book, written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney.

    I hope you enjoyed the three day long weekend. MLK day is a great opportunity to reflect on how we are serving all our students and families with honor and excellence. In the words of Coretta Scott King, “The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.” This day is a great day to consider how everyday, our actions have an impact on the world we want to see for our students. Everything we do, every interaction we have, every choice we make (or don’t make), matters. 

    Sincerely,

    Teresa

     

    Important dates and reminders: 

    ·       1/20    MLK Holiday, no school

    ·       1/27    Teacher planning day, no school

    ·       1/31    Principal’s coffee, 8:45am

    ·       2/3      Connect to Kindergarten (for incoming kindergarten families) 9am, 6pm

    ·       2/14    2nd grade performance, 6:30 pm

     

    News from others:

     

    PTA NEWS

    Oregon Kids Read Petition   Still collecting signatures! Let Oregon state legislators know that you support this grassroots initiative asking them to reserve 2% of Student Success Act funds to be used toward literacy training in Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) for K-3 teachers and reading specialists. Take a look at the Oregon Kids Read website and consider signing the petition.

      

    Community Garden Cleanup    Help clean up in and around the community garden, Saturday, January 18 from 9 AM to 12 PM. Bring the kids! RSVP to Mikael.Brust@portlandoregon.gov or just show up.     

     

    Coffee Chat    Save the date for our next Coffee Chat on Friday, January 31! Coffee from Khora and Grand Central pastries provided.

     

    SUN NEWS

    Please note there is no SUN (or school) this coming Monday, January 20, to allow everyone to celebrate and remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

     

    Registration Changes    The add/drop window for SUN is ending soon! Please complete any registration changes in your Active account or contact Tabitha by January 24th. 

     

    Chorus    Chorus still has available slots during second hour (4:30-5:30 PM) on Tuesdays. If you wanted to participate in chorus and haven't signed up, now is your chance! David Foley is the new instructor - he is a Buckman parent, a sub for PPS, and a professional musician. Join other students to gather and sing! Contact Tabitha to sign up.

     

    Motion Magic    Motion Magic still has available slots on both Mondays and Tuesdays! Contact morgan@motionmagic.net for more information or contact Tabitha to sign up.

     

    OTHER NEWS

    Screening of "Screenagers, Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience"

     

    You’re invited to a free and open event hosted by the Cleveland Wellness Team, CHS PTA and Sellwood MS PTA:

     

    Please come to the Cleveland Auditorium on Wednesday, January 22, 7-9 PM for a screening of the film "Screenagers, Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience". This film is a sequel to the film "Screenagers".   Parents and students are invited to attend and we hope it will lead to healthy conversations about the role of screen-use and its impact on mental health and stress resilience as well as provide concrete tools to support young people in healthy use of technology.

     

    Here is a link to the film's trailer:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecDraB2YExA

     

    We will also have a special guest, Dr. Ajit Jetmelani, who will introduce the film and host a discussion afterwards along with one of our Cleveland student representatives.  

     

    SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY

    What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “successful schools?” We believe that successful schools are safe, healthy and welcoming learning spaces that are inclusive for all students. But we want to hear your thoughts.

    In 2019-20, Portland Public Schools is again partnering with Panorama Education to gather information students and families that will help us improve student experiences across the district. We will survey students in grades 4, 5, 7-10 on their experiences in their classrooms and schools, and families about their perception of the school their child attends.

    The survey will cover topics on sense of belonging, school safety, school climate, barriers to family engagement, as well as how students are thinking and feeling about diversity, equity, and inclusion in school. 

    The current launch date is set for January 27th, the student window is scheduled to be open until February 14th and the family survey until February 28th. Stay tuned for further information!

    Please be honest and thoughtful, we value your feedback!

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