The Buckman School Office will be closed until August 11.
If you need to register your child before then, you can do so at the District Office at 501 N. Dixon St.
To register your student you will need:
- Completed Registration Form
- Birth Certificate or Passport
- Immunization Records
- Two Proofs of Address
Back To School Dates
Friday, August 11, 8:00 am:
Buckman School Office re-opens
Saturday, August 26, 9 am:
Community Care Day
Wednesday, August 30, 8:35 am:
First day of school for 1st-5th graders
Wednesday, August 30, 5-7 pm:
Monday, September 4:
Labor Day Holiday
Tuesday, September 5:
First day of school for kindergarten
Friday, September 8, 6-8 pm:
Back to School Picnic
Foundation End of
the Year Report
Thanks to the extraordinary support of the Buckman community, we have raised
more than $130,000 through the Foundation this year! As a result, we will be
able to retain nearly the same staffing at Buckman next year--including our
three-person arts team--as we had this year.
Considering that we were facing deep deep cuts to staffing just a few weeks
ago, this exceeds our wildest hopes. It helped that PPS revised their budget in
late May and sent Buckman supplemental funding to cover one additional part-time
position. Between this extra funding, help from the PTA, and the funds raised
through the Foundation, Buckman will have:
- 18 classroom teachers (3
classes at each grade level)
- 3 Full-time arts teachers
(visual arts, dance, and drama/music)
- 1 Full-time media specialist
(better known as our librarian)
- and increased support in
literacy and office staff
Many people don't know that the money we raised this year doesn't just impact
Buckman. Of the $130,000 raised, approximately $96,000 stays at Buckman and about
$36,000 will be distributed to other Portland schools with high levels of need.
All money raised through PPS local school foundations go through this equity
We want to close by thanking all of the volunteers and donors who contributed
in ways both large and small to our efforts. When we started to count up how
many people volunteered with the Foundation in one way or another this year, we
quickly got above 100. Add in all of the people who donated or helped with an
auction project, dropped their children off for a Movie Night, ate at a Dines
Out restaurant, or purchased a Buckman tee-shirt — it’s clear that we were able
to accomplish so much because everyone is pitching in where and how they
So to everyone at Buckman, thank you for your support!
From your Foundation leadership:
Fran Kappes, Immediate Past Chair
Diane Zipper, Past Chair
Lauren Creany, Incoming Chair and Former Treasurer
Lee Ann Moyer, Communications
Jo Salicos-Murphy, Treasurer
Sue Slagle, Chair Mentee
Jeff & Jenny Burns, Former Auction Chairs
Katie Barth, Incoming Auction Chair
Shave and a Haircut… for the Foundation
If you’re looking to get stylish at the start of the New Year, consider Rooks Barbershop!
Mention you are from Buckman and Rooks will generously donate 20% of your total
to the Foundation. Stop by http://www.rooksbarbershop.com/
to book an appointment and check out different locations. The offer is valid
until the end of the school year; they do kids cuts, too!
Money for Nothing
Please take a moment to sign up for these great (free) ways to raise funds for
Buckman - and encourage friends, neighbors and grandparents too.
Fred Meyer Community Rewards — This raised
over $1200 for Buckman last year (imagine how many library books that bought!).
It only takes a minute to sign up and give Buckman PTA a portion of Fred
Meyer’s charitable giving dollars. If you have a Rewards card, you still get to
keep all of your household rewards and fuel points as usual.
AmazonSmile — This raised almost $200 for Buckman last year. If you choose Buckman PTA as your charity of choice,
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to
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
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 is also located in the office.
Please personally bring in the medications (with the original
packaging) and 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.
After two decades of being your Buckman Dance teacher and member on the Arts
Team at Buckman, it is now time to “Move On.” As an artist, having
Buckman as my home has been an immense gift. I reflect on the first
letter I wrote to introduce myself to Buckman, where I found excitement and
challenges in building an arts program within a public education system.
Buckman became an environment where I could create with many more young people
while I continued development of a progressive modern dance curriculum, and
where I could continue to design original arts programs that address social
issues through the arts. This home supported my creative work as an artist in
this city and beyond.
I have been so proud to work with fellow artists, Michael Simmons, Eric
Schopmeyer and Regina Pirrucello, to build the Buckman Arts Curriculum and
Performance Continuum. The groundwork has been laid with many other classroom
educators and arts specialists who shaped this unique and very special program.
It has been a collaboration that I will always cherish.
Thank you all for continuing to support Buckman as it grows out of the roots
that have been planted by so many. It has been my honor to serve your families,
and it has been a joy to build a relationship with your children over the six
years many of them are here. I look forward to my relationship with Buckman
taking on new form, but not disappearing altogether. Buckman is part of
who I have become as an artist, a parent and an arts educator. It has been a
beautiful and exhilarating ride.
What my good friend always says………what’s past is prologue. And so it
Chisao Hata firstname.lastname@example.org
Lost Library Books?
If your child has received a notice from the library for a lost book, you have
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
3. Bring in 3-5 new or gently used books (K-5) as a donation to our
Multnomah County Library Summer Reading program
- June 16-August 31 - Game boards will be distributed next week during library.
Big Kids Story Club
- Belmont Library - For
first-third graders, this program features longer books and activities as well
as sharing cool books available to check out.
Summer Reading Volunteers
- for upcoming 6th
SUN needs volunteers to help with spring term classes and tutoring as well as
summer camps. Help us spread the word! Responsible high school students can get
community service credit. Please tell your family and friends or post in your
church or organizational newsletters. Contact Joe our volunteer coordinator at email@example.com
or by calling 503-858-0230.
Register for Summer
SUN or Oregon Zoo Camp
Buckman Summer Camps Registration is now available online. If scholarships are needed, email Brittany directly
as soon as possible.
Impact NW camps are around $150/week but community partner camps can vary
-June 19-23 Arts 'N Culture Camp
-June 26-July 14 Art Intensive Camp($550 for two weeks)
-June 26-June 30 Motion Magic Circus Camp($175)
-July 3-July 7 Water Wild camp
-July 10-July 21 Munchkin Madness Drama Camp
-July 24-28 (Jumpstart summer school) Oregon Rocks Geology Camp
-July 31-August 4 Motion Magic Elves, Wizards, and Fairies camp($175 or
Oregon Zoo Camp Scholarship Forms (must be submitted through SUN)
Drop by the SUN office to request tuition assistance for Oregon Zoo's Summer
Camps. Application forms available through SUN.
Register for Motion
Magic Camp Last Week of School and Play in a Day-June 16
The last day of SUN is June 9. There will be a Motion Magic camp June 12-15
during after-school hours. Please register here. Friday, June 16 there is no school so SUN
will be hosting an all day camp called Play in a Day for $40! It's a great
script with humor, bad guys, and a strong heroine. The play will be presented
at the end of the day. The camp goes from 9-4:30pm but early care is available.
Please complete SUN parent surveys
this week so that we can
improve the program and better serve your needs.
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