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

    Welcome to Our World  



    New Bus Schedule and Stops

    Bus Riders (K-3) need Bus Passes! 

    Please check the new Bus Schedule for new stop locations, and times. Student must be at the stop 5 minutes before their scheduled pick up time. Pick up a bus ID card in the office. All student in grades K - 3 must have bus passes that can be picked up in the office.


    Picture Day is Monday, September 18, 2017!

    Get those smiles ready! Picture Day is almost here.   
    If you still need an order form, please pick one up in the office. 



    Stay Connected

    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.

    PTA Coffee Chat with Ms. Kosmala, Friday, September 15, 8:45am.

    Join us after drop-off on Friday, September 15 for a coffee chat with our principal, Ms. Kosmala. Principal Coffee Chats offer a wonderful chance to ask questions and hear what is going on around school. Last year we discussed everything from tire swings to staffing and budget shortfalls. We hope to see many of you there!


    Dines Out, September 21

    Our first Dines Out of 2017 is scheduled for September 21, 4-8pm at Chipotle (910 SE 10th Ave location). Note: you will need to bring in this flyer for Buckman to receive a generous 50% contribution to the Foundation! Flyers will also be available in the front office and near the front doors.


    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 for back-to-school clothes? Super! Please forward any student pants (generic sweatpants 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 is also located 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.


    Library News


    Welcome Back!

    The library is excited for a new school year. As a reminder, students can check out as many books as their grade level (i.e., 3rd grade = 3 books). Library is once a week for every class but books are checked out for two weeks. If a student forgets their book, no worries, I like to talk to each student and know that everyone has different circumstances. We talk a lot about how the best place for our library books is our backpack, no matter our location. If any concerns arise, feel free to stop in, call or email

    Author Visit - Grades 1, 2 & 3

    Aaron Reynolds is a New York Times Best Selling Author and has written many highly acclaimed books for kids including President Squid, Nerdy Birdy, Creepy Carrots!, Carnivores, and Joey Fly Private Eye graphic novel series. 
    He will be visiting the Buckman cafetorium on Monday, September 18 at 1:30pm for grades 1, 2 & 3
    Order forms went out the first week of school and are due to the library by Friday, September 8.

    Volunteers Needed!

    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!) 

    Lost Library Books?

    If your child has received a notice from the library for a lost book, you have three options... 

    1. Pay the fee for the lost book - Please use School Pay on the Buckman Website

    2. Replace the book (typically we like hardbacks) - often this is the more inexpensive option. Amazon is a good place to look. Remember to use smile.amazon.com, this supports the Buckman PTA

    3. Bring in 3-5 new or gently used books (K-5) as a donation to our library 


    SUN News


    Welcome Back from SUN!

    Buckman SUN provides enriching after-school classes for your child every fall, winter, and spring. All day camps are offered during non-school days, and over the summer! Sign up now to join camps during the first two weeks of school, non-school days and late day openings by going online here. The first day of SUN’s full fall programming is Monday September 11. Register online here. Half-off scholarships are available for families eligible for free or reduced lunch. Contact Brittany in the SUN office, Room 108 or at bmorris@impactnw.org. If families need further scholarships, there is a scholarship form in the SUN office that can be filled out and submitted along with proof of income.

    New Support Through SUN

    SUN is excited to report that we have a new behavioral intern, Rich Castillo who will be working to build social skills with students through much of the year. In addition, we are looking for an intern to work with Connect2Complete on school equity issues. We are particularly trying to do outreach to students of color who are college age or older. The Connect2Complete intern will work closely with our Family Leadership Team.

    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, dmeisenhelter@impactnw.org.


    Our family literacy night in November will focus on Storytelling. If you are interested in working with Buckman and SUN staff to plan this event, please contact dmeisenhelter@impactnw.org.

    School Supplies and Other Family Supports

    If your family needs free school supplies or other types of support, please drop by the SUN office in Room 108 or contact Brittany at bmorris@impactnw.org.  

    SUN Fall Registration

    Please check here for Fall SUN Registration Information.
    If you have additional questions, please call the SUN office at 503-858-0230. 

    SUN Feedback

    Please complete SUN parent surveys this week so that we can improve the program and better serve your needs.  

    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.







  • Greetings families!

    What an absolutely awesome first week of school! Students have been getting to know and be known by their new teachers, brushing up on their ROARS, and we even practiced our first fire drill of the year. It was so great to see everyone, the kiddos have remembered so much over the summer, and there is a LOT of excitement about this school year.

    We spend a lot of time at the beginning of the year teaching and practicing how to “do school.” As many the parent who has thrown a child’s birthday party in their home can tell you, organizing larger groups of children to play a game or move from one location to another can take a lot of energy. In school, the hard work should be mastering a new idea, technique or skill, but like the birthday party we also want everyone to be safe, feel included and get through the plan for the day. We use many of the same rules and expectations across classrooms and spaces in the building, so that it takes less energy for students to remember how to “do school” the Buckman way. The Buckman ROARS, our values and expectations for all students at Buckman, are part of our school climate plan. That plan is linked to the official Buckman Elementary School website

    The pace at Buckman is fast, and the first event of the year is already right in front of us: the Back to School picnic! Keep your Friday night open, families and guests, because the Back to School picnic is a great way to reconnect to families you haven’t seen in a while or to meet some of our brand new families. We have new faces from Washington, Texas, New England, and Brazil in addition to neighborhoods right here in Portland. And you just never know when you might find that a new classmate is also a new neighbor!


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