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  • Looking Ahead:

    Register your students for the 2020-2021 School Year 

    Student Registration Information  


     
     

    PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center Is Open 

    This fall, while schools are engaged in Comprehensive Distance Learning, PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center will be open starting Monday, September 14th for phone, video and in-person visits. Monday-Thursday  8:45 am-4:45 pm and Friday for phone and video appointments only. Call 503-988-3909 to make an appointment. 

    Any Multnomah County K-12 youth can visit the center and there are no out of pocket costs. We also can connect students and their families with community resources for food or help with medical insurance. 

    Student Health Centers at David Douglas & Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. Stay connected via Facebook and Instagram.

    Link to fliers in multiple languages: English   Spanish   Chinese   Russian   Somali   Vietnamese 

     

     

    Free COVID Testing Event  

     
     
     

     

    Buckman Videos to keep you informed: 

    Here is a video from our Principal, Teresa Seidel, with welcoming words and a brief tour! https://youtu.be/vkRR0jl3C4E 

    Back To School Information from our Principal, Teresa Seidel!

    What Will Buckman's Arts Program Look Like This Fall? Watch this video and find out!

     

     
     Buckman Distance Learning Log In Information:
     

    Buckman Counseling Website:

     

     
    Notes from Principal Seidel:

    Friday, September 25, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    The seasons have changed, rain is here, and folks are flooded with emails and communication. I hear the feedback, too many emails and too much information at once. I agree! Here are the (shortened, bulleted and bolded for easier reading) updates for this week:

    -Library pickup: The Buckman Library has been in full swing with the first week of book bag pick up. Over 200 book bags were checked out! Ms. Rudnick (Teacher-Librarian) and Ms. Katie (SUN director) felt like gift deliverers handing these treasures out to students that have been devouring new titles they didn't even know they liked. If you didn't get a bag this week, no fear! All families can pick up (and drop off) bags of books any Monday & Wednesday, 3-5pm on the upper playground.

    -Meals: M/W/F 3-5pm at Buckman, free for all kids ages 1-18 

    -Chromebooks/headphones/hotspots: We have Chromebooks and headphones for any student who needs it, but the district is waiting for another shipment of hotspots. If you need a hotspot, please call or email the front office (sbruner@pps.net) to get put on the list.  

    -Buckman Bites Lunch Bunch: Come join Mr. Rudolph for lunch!  Take this opportunity to enjoy the company of your classmates, as well as get to know Buckman’s Climate Specialist.  Together we will build relationships and strengthen our Buckman community.  Be prepared to be stumped by Mr. Rudolph’s riddles and laugh uncontrollably at his dad jokes.  Silly stories and kid jokes are highly encouraged. Meeting link: g.co/meet/buckmanbites

    When: 1st grade - Mondays 12:15-12:45 

                   2nd grade - Tuesdays 12:15-12:45

                   3rd grade - Wednesdays 12:15-12:45

                   4th grade - Thursdays 12:15-12:45

                   5th grade - Fridays 12:15-12:45


    -Family Equity Team: Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Do you want to be in community with other parents and caregivers of color at Buckman? Would you like to help influence what equitable practice looks like at Buckman? Join the Family Equity Team! Reach out to Katie (kolson@impactnw.org) or Teresa (tseidel@pps.net) to get connected. Join us online for a quick check-in with the Family Equity Team (FET) next Tuesday (9/29) at 6:40pm, before watching a livestream event with guest speaker Ijeoma Oluo, hosted by Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries.  

    Take care everyone, 

    Teresa Seidel

    Principal 

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Ongoing and as needed: Chromebook/hotspot/headphone Pickup (Call school office for Appointment)
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals
    • 10/10 District to decide on format of second quarter  
    • 10/12 8:30am, 6pm Buckman Community and joint PTA meeting Meeting
    • 10/12 5:30pm TAG family night Meeting 

     
    SUN NEWS

    Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Please complete this survey or reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230. You can also connect with someone from the student/family support team during meal distribution along Pine St. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 3 and 5pm. 

    Anti-Racist Movement at Buckman    Looking for ways to get involved in the anti-racist movement with Buckman? Join us online for a quick check-in with the Family Equity Team (FET) next Tuesday (9/29) at 6:40pm, before watching a livestream event with guest speaker Ijeoma Oluo, hosted by Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries. 
     
    Support SUN    Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 
     
     
     

    COUNSELOR NEWS

    Family Changes Group    Anne Mulligan-Brinson (school social worker), and Cara Vangorder-Lasof (school counseling intern) are forming a group for students who have divorced or separated parents, to build community, skills, and resiliency. The first set of groups will be October through November; if there is a large demand, we will have another round beginning January 2021. If you are interested please sign up here. 
    An information session will be held October 5th, 7-7:30 PM if you would like to learn more. Use the code BuckmanFamilyChanges on GoogleMeet.
     
    Questions? Email Anne at amulligabrinson@pps.net
     
     

     

    LIBRARY NEWS
     
    How can students READ during distance learning? (ebooks, Epic code, research links and more!)
     
    "Let's Get Reading" book bag pickup/return every Mon & Wed 3-5pm.
      • Students can submit questions in this FlipGrid
      • Please return bags of books when picking up new bags. Do not leave bags unattended at Buckman. Thank you!
      • New books are being added to bags every week! Consider a donation from our Amazon Wish List! Hardback “used” copies are always welcome! Many thanks in supporting our 21st century literacy library!  


     

    PTA NEWS

    Join Us and Become a Member!    Become an advocate for your student and our school. Membership is $12/person or $20/household. Sign up online!

    New Fundraising Opportunity   With an uncertain year ahead of us, we are offering a fall fundraising opportunity. It’s easy to sign up and 100% virtual. Check out this flyer for details. 
     
    Scrip    Scrip sales are now on Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Bottledrop bags and back to school packets will also be available for pick up at this time. 
     
    Website Help and Volunteers Needed!    Our school website, buckmanelementary.org, needs some TLC. Please email Amanda or Katie at pta@buckmanelementary.org if interested in helping us revamp and maintain this parent-run site.  We are also in need of room parents and individuals interested in joining next term’s PTA executive board. Email us for more information!
     

     
     
    FOUNDATION NEWS
     
    Apparel sales   
    Apparel and Scrip sales will now happen on the following Wednesdays during library book pick-ups: Oct 7th, Oct 21st, and Nov 18th from 3-5pm. You can find us on the upper playground. The new cotton face masks were a big hit at our first apparel sales of the year (adult and kid sizes - $10 each). 
     
    Dines-Out   
    Thank you Buckman for making the Screen Door Dines-Out a great success! They sold out of brisket!  We are hoping to schedule another Screen Door event in the spring, so stay posted. Our next Dines-Out is at Ankeny Tap and Table on October 14th from 4-8pm.  Take-out, or patio seating (street closed off in front of the restaurant with socially distanced tables) available. 
    We are working on filling our Dines-Out schedule for the school year; if you know of a restaurant that would be interested in hosting, please contact foundation@Buckmanelementary.org. 
     
     
     
      

    DISTRICT NEWS

    PPS SE Guiding Coalition    PPS school boundaries are being revised in SE Portland. Kellogg Middle School will be opening 2021 and K-8 schools will be reconfigured. The district will be rebalancing classroom sizes in Southeast. Parent Jeff Burns is representing Buckman School during PPS conversations and would love to hear your feedback and concerns. Contact via Konstella.

    Childcare Update    In addition to community childcare programs that are available citywide, seven partner organizations will offer licensed childcare in 11 PPS schools during Comprehensive Distance Learning. The programs will be phased in starting next week:
     Sept. 28:  Beach, Creston, King, Rigler
    Oct. 5:     Hayhurst, James John, MLC, Vestal, Winterhaven
    Oct. 12:   Irvington, Lent
    To register for childcare, click on the flyer below. Information below is included on the flyer. 
     
    Childcare programs:
    • Accept children ages 5 - 12. 
    • Enroll no more than 30-40 students per school. 
    • Set aside 50% of the slots for families qualifying for state subsidies. Low rates last for one year if subsidy is approved by Oct. 31, 2020. State subsidy application is hereEnroll PPS students and children of PPS employees regardless of which school children are enrolled in. Follow strict licensing guidelines including stable cohorts, face coverings, hand hygiene, routine cleaning and sanitation, parent drop-off/pick-up outside of the school building. 
     
    SUN site managers, coordinators and community agents have been trained to support families in accessing childcare, as well as trained in supporting students during distance learning.For more information, visit the PPS Child Care website.
     
     
    Covid Testing Event    Click here for more information on this event. 
     
     
    Student Health Center    This fall, while schools are engaged in Comprehensive Distance Learning, PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center will be open starting Monday, September 14th for phone, video and in-person visits. Monday-Thursday  8:45 am-4:45 pm and Friday for phone and video appointments only. Call 503-988-3909 to make an appointment.
     
     Any Multnomah County K-12 youth can visit the center and there are no out of pocket costs. We also can connect students and their families with community resources for food or help with medical insurance.
     
     
    Student Health Centers at David Douglas & Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. Stay connected via Facebook and Instagram.
     
     
    Link to fliers in multiple languages: English   Spanish   Chinese   Russian   Somali   Vietnamese 
     
     

     
     

Principal's
Message

  • Hello Buckman Bears

    Friday, September 25, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    The seasons have changed, rain is here, and folks are flooded with emails and communication. I hear the feedback, too many emails and too much information at once. I agree! Here are the (shortened, bulleted and bolded for easier reading) updates for this week:

    -Library pickup: The Buckman Library has been in full swing with the first week of book bag pick up. Over 200 book bags were checked out! Ms. Rudnick (Teacher-Librarian) and Ms. Katie (SUN director) felt like gift deliverers handing these treasures out to students that have been devouring new titles they didn't even know they liked. If you didn't get a bag this week, no fear! All families can pick up (and drop off) bags of books any Monday & Wednesday, 3-5pm on the upper playground.

    -Meals: M/W/F 3-5pm at Buckman, free for all kids ages 1-18 

    -Chromebooks/headphones/hotspots: We have Chromebooks and headphones for any student who needs it, but the district is waiting for another shipment of hotspots. If you need a hotspot, please call or email the front office (sbruner@pps.net) to get put on the list.  

    -Buckman Bites Lunch Bunch: Come join Mr. Rudolph for lunch!  Take this opportunity to enjoy the company of your classmates, as well as get to know Buckman’s Climate Specialist.  Together we will build relationships and strengthen our Buckman community.  Be prepared to be stumped by Mr. Rudolph’s riddles and laugh uncontrollably at his dad jokes.  Silly stories and kid jokes are highly encouraged. Meeting link: g.co/meet/buckmanbites

    When: 1st grade - Mondays 12:15-12:45 

                   2nd grade - Tuesdays 12:15-12:45

                   3rd grade - Wednesdays 12:15-12:45

                   4th grade - Thursdays 12:15-12:45

                   5th grade - Fridays 12:15-12:45


    -Family Equity Team: Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Do you want to be in community with other parents and caregivers of color at Buckman? Would you like to help influence what equitable practice looks like at Buckman? Join the Family Equity Team! Reach out to Katie (kolson@impactnw.org) or Teresa (tseidel@pps.net) to get connected. Join us online for a quick check-in with the Family Equity Team (FET) next Tuesday (9/29) at 6:40pm, before watching a livestream event with guest speaker Ijeoma Oluo, hosted by Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries.  

    Take care everyone, 

    Teresa Seidel

    Principal 

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Ongoing and as needed: Chromebook/hotspot/headphone Pickup (Call school office for Appointment)
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals
    • 10/10 District to decide on format of second quarter  
    • 10/12 8:30am, 6pm Buckman Community and joint PTA meeting Meeting
    • 10/12 5:30pm TAG family night Meeting  

    SUN NEWS

    Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Please complete this survey or reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230. You can also connect with someone from the student/family support team during meal distribution along Pine St. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 3 and 5pm. 

    Anti-Racist Movement at Buckman    Looking for ways to get involved in the anti-racist movement with Buckman? Join us online for a quick check-in with the Family Equity Team (FET) next Tuesday (9/29) at 6:40pm, before watching a livestream event with guest speaker Ijeoma Oluo, hosted by Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries. 

    Support SUN    Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 

    COUNSELOR NEWS

    Family Changes Group    Anne Mulligan-Brinson (school social worker), and Cara Vangorder-Lasof (school counseling intern) are forming a group for students who have divorced or separated parents, to build community, skills, and resiliency. The first set of groups will be October through November; if there is a large demand, we will have another round beginning January 2021. If you are interested please sign up here. 

    An information session will be held October 5th, 7-7:30 PM if you would like to learn more. Use the code BuckmanFamilyChanges on GoogleMeet.

    Questions? Email Anne at amulligabrinson@pps.net

    LIBRARY NEWS

    How can students READ during distance learning? (ebooks, Epic code, research links and more!)

    "Let's Get Reading" book bag pickup/return every Mon & Wed 3-5pm.

    • Students can submit questions in this FlipGrid
    • Please return bags of books when picking up new bags. Do not leave bags unattended at Buckman. Thank you!
    • New books are being added to bags every week! Consider a donation from our Amazon Wish List! Hardback “used” copies are always welcome! Many thanks in supporting our 21st century literacy library!    

    PTA NEWS

    Join Us and Become a Member!    Become an advocate for your student and our school. Membership is $12/person or $20/household. Sign up online

    New Fundraising Opportunity   With an uncertain year ahead of us, we are offering a fall fundraising opportunity. It’s easy to sign up and 100% virtual. Check out this flyer for details. 

    Scrip    Scrip sales are now on Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Bottledrop bags and back to school packets will also be available for pick up at this time. 

    Website Help and Volunteers Needed!    Our school website, buckmanelementary.org, needs some TLC. Please email Amanda or Katie at pta@buckmanelementary.org if interested in helping us revamp and maintain this parent-run site.  We are also in need of room parents and individuals interested in joining next term’s PTA executive board. Email us for more information! 

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Apparel sales    Apparel and Scrip sales will now happen on the following Wednesdays during library book pick-ups: Oct 7th, Oct 21st, and Nov 18th from 3-5pm. You can find us on the upper playground. The new cotton face masks were a big hit at our first apparel sales of the year (adult and kid sizes - $10 each). 

    Dines-Out    Thank you Buckman for making the Screen Door Dines-Out a great success! They sold out of brisket!  We are hoping to schedule another Screen Door event in the spring, so stay posted. Our next Dines-Out is at Ankeny Tap and Table on October 14th from 4-8pm.  Take-out, or patio seating (street closed off in front of the restaurant with socially distanced tables) available. 

    We are working on filling our Dines-Out schedule for the school year; if you know of a restaurant that would be interested in hosting, please contact foundation@Buckmanelementary.org

    DISTRICT NEWS

    PPS SE Guiding Coalition    PPS school boundaries are being revised in SE Portland. Kellogg Middle School will be opening 2021 and K-8 schools will be reconfigured. The district will be rebalancing classroom sizes in Southeast. Parent Jeff Burns is representing Buckman School during PPS conversations and would love to hear your feedback and concerns. Contact via Konstella.

    Childcare Update    In addition to community childcare programs that are available citywide, seven partner organizations will offer licensed childcare in 11 PPS schools during Comprehensive Distance Learning. The programs will be phased in starting next week:

    Sept. 28:  Beach, Creston, King, Rigler 
    Oct. 5:     Hayhurst, James John, MLC, Vestal, Winterhaven
    Oct. 12:   Irvington, Lent

    To register for childcare, click on the flyer below. Information below is included on the flyer. 
    English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaal  

    Childcare programs

    • Accept children ages 5 - 12. 
    • Enroll no more than 30-40 students per school. 
    • Set aside 50% of the slots for families qualifying for state subsidies. Low rates last for one year if subsidy is approved by Oct. 31, 2020. State subsidy application is here
    • Enroll PPS students and children of PPS employees regardless of which school children are enrolled in. 
    • Follow strict licensing guidelines including stable cohorts, face coverings, hand hygiene, routine cleaning and sanitation, parent drop-off/pick-up outside of the school building. 

    SUN site managers, coordinators and community agents have been trained to support families in accessing childcare, as well as trained in supporting students during distance learning.

    For more information, visit the PPS Child Care website

    Covid Testing Event    Click here for more information on this event.  

    Student Health Center    This fall, while schools are engaged in Comprehensive Distance Learning, PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center will be open starting Monday, September 14th for phone, video and in-person visits. Monday-Thursday  8:45 am-4:45 pm and Friday for phone and video appointments only. Call 503-988-3909 to make an appointment. 

    Any Multnomah County K-12 youth can visit the center and there are no out of pocket costs. We also can connect students and their families with community resources for food or help with medical insurance.  

    Student Health Centers at David Douglas & Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. Stay connected via Facebook and Instagram.

    Link to fliers in multiple languages: English   Spanish   Chinese   Russian   Somali   Vietnamese 


    Friday, September 18, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    September 15-October 15, is National Hispanic Heritage Month. If you would like to be a guest speaker in your child’s/children’s classrooms, we invite you to let your child’s teacher know you are interested in being a guest speaker. Check out these videos from OPB to learn more about unsung heroes and dive into Hispanic Heritage.

    Thanks to those who attended our first ever Virtual Open House. Here are the slides we used to talk about our programs at Buckman and the student rights and responsibility handbook. Also, huge shout out to PTA and Green Team for donations of supplies, books, headphones and time, getting supplies ready for our students.  

    Staffing update: We have been allocated another FTE for our 4th grade! The 4th grade team and I will be conducting interviews next week and I hope to announce our new hire soon. Also, our Therapeutic Intervention Coach position has been inactivated, and funds restored to our Foundation. Coach Alex was assigned here briefly, and then decided to take another position within the district. If we return to in person school, I will revisit opening that position back up.

    In a traditional school year, teachers use a variety of assessments to determine where students are at academically. We then use that data to form instructional groups and practices. While we are in digital learning, we will be using a tool that the district has been using in schools for several years now. It is called the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test. 

    The MAP will be administered remotely to all of our K-5 students, in reading and math. Teachers will be given the month of October to administer the test, and they will mostly happen during Synchronous instruction times. The test takes 45-75 minutes to complete, and is designed to where students should get about 50% of the questions correct. Here is the parent guide to the MAP test. Please note how to disable popup blockers, as well as a video on how to set your student up for MAP testing (pro tip - start at minute 5 of the video if you want to see how to log on). Click here to run a diagnostic test to make sure your child’s device will work with the MAP assessment. 

    Thanks for hanging in there this week - it has been tough and I am sure many of you are ready for the weekend. Take care everyone.

    Warmly,

    Teresa 

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Ongoing and as needed 10am-2pm Chromebook Pickup (Call school office for Appointment)

    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals

    • 10/10 District to decide on format of second quarter  

    • 10/12 8:30am, 6pm Buckman Community Meeting  

     

    SUN NEWS

    Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Please complete this survey or reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230. You can also connect with someone from the student/family support team during meal distribution along Pine St every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 3 and 5pm. 

    Free online SUN Clubs    Buckman SUN will be offering free SUN clubs virtually this fall! We will host an online origami club for grades K-2 (Thursdays 3-4pm) and an online games club for grades 3-5 (Mondays 3-4pm), beginning September 21st. There will also be a low-cost Tae Kwon Do club on Friday afternoons. Register for all clubs here. This is a great space for students to have more creative and connection opportunities to enrich their learning.   

    Anti-Racist Movement at Buckman    Looking for ways to get involved in the anti-racist movement with Buckman? Keep an eye out for announcements to come about Race Forward events and a second round of the Me and White Supremacy book study. 

    Family Equity Team (FET)    Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Would you like to help influence what equitable practice looks like at Buckman? Join the Family Equity Team! Reach out to Katie to get connected. 

    Support SUN    Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 

     

    PTA NEWS

    Back to School Information and Packets   Check out the Back to School folder on Konstella (located in “Files and Links” under the “More” tab). There, you’ll find information about PTA, Foundation, SUN, and our parent groups (e.g., Family Equity Team and Green Team), as well as have access to Buckman’s Family Handbook. For those preferring hard copies, back-to-school packets will be available for pick up weekdays in front of the school or during Scrip sales. **Kindergarten families, we have special packets for you and your kindergartener! These will also be available for pick up or email Amanda at pta@buckmanelementary.org

    Membership:    You can now join Buckman PTA online! To sign up, go to: https://buckman.new.memberhub.store/store. 

    Konstella 411:   Don’t forget to update your student’s classroom in Konstella! Log into your account, go to “Your Children”, then “Change Classroom”. This is required to receive classroom-specific communications. If you’re not on Konstella, check out this link for how to join. 

    Scrip:    Scrip sales are every other Thursday afternoon from 4-6pm. Bottledrop bags and back to school packets will also be available for pick up at this time. 

    Race Talk:    Save the date to join a virtual event on September 29th with Ijeoma Oluo, author of “So You Want to Talk about Race”, hosted by FVRLibraries. Click here for more information. 

    Website Help and Volunteers Needed!    Our school website, buckmanelementary.org, needs some TLC. Please email Amanda or Katie at pta@buckmanelementary.org if interested in helping us revamp and maintain this parent-run site.  We are also in need of room parents and individuals interested in joining next term’s PTA executive board. Email us for more information!

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Dines Out:    Our first Buckman Dines Out of the 2020-2021 school year was postponed to Wednesday, September 23! Order pick-up or delivery from neighborhood favorite Screen Door, any time from 11 am to 8 pm that day and Screen Door will donate 10% of proceeds to the Buckman Foundation! Offer is available only until food runs out; pre-orders highly encouraged.

    Apparel Sales:    Show your Buckman pride in Buckman apparel during your next Google meeting! Buckman gear (including face masks!) will be available from 4-6 pm in front of the school (credit cards preferred). You can also pick up SCRIP cards to benefit the PTA (cash or check preferred).

     

    DISTRICT NEWS

    Student Health Center:    This fall, while schools are engaged in Comprehensive Distance Learning, PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center will be open starting Monday, September 14th for phone, video and in-person visits. Monday-Thursday  8:45 am-4:45 pm and Friday for phone and video appointments only. Call 503-988-3909 to make an appointment. 

    Any Multnomah County K-12 youth can visit the center and there are no out of pocket costs. We also can connect students and their families with community resources for food or help with medical insurance. 

    Student Health Centers at David Douglas & Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. Stay connected via Facebook and Instagram.

    Link to fliers in multiple languages: English   Spanish   Chinese   Russian   Somali   Vietnamese 

     


    Friday, September 11,2020

    Hello Buckman Community, 

    Before going into school details, appreciations and updates, I need to acknowledge that it is a dark day to recognize the anniversary of 9/11. The phrase “I can’t breathe” can mean so much to so many. When schools and our country shut down last spring, it was because people were getting sick and dying of coronavirus and could not breathe. When George Floyd was murdered by a knee to the neck, he whispered “I can’t breathe”. As we look to the sky and see our beautiful Oregon lands, home to indigenous tribes and nations, covered in dust smoke and fire, Mother Earth is telling us she can’t breathe. Our hearts go out to everyone impacted in the fires that are ripping across our state. May we all join together in supporting our friends, families and neighbors. 

    Now that we are transitioning out of our soft start, we will be working more closely with each student in live (synchronous) and not-live (asynchronous) sessions. As a teaching body, we believe in inclusion and a growth mindset. We welcome feedback from all stakeholders. On that note, if you have a concern within the classroom, I encourage your first stop to be with the classroom teacher. Thank you for extending our teachers this professional courtesy. As always, if you have any immediate or confidential concerns, please reach out to me.

    I hope you will all be able to join me in our virtual Open House Meeting on Monday. 9/14 8:30am or 6pm. You can join by phone with ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444 PIN: ‪378 754 780 8615#

    We will go over the Buckman arts programming, share some Comprehensive Distance Learning updates, and reveal our first ROARS assembly presented by our arts team. For those unable to attend, the presentation slides and assembly will be shared next week as well. Teachers will hold their own “Open House” evening events with families sometime in September.  

    Finally, I had the opportunity to visit all of the classrooms this week, and saw firsthand the Buckman Bear spirit in all of your children. I loved seeing the bright eyes of kindergarteners (and their parents and guardians!), the cool calm of fourth graders, the second graders shriek with surprise when they saw our hedgehog animal mascot, the first graders leaping not just with their legs but with their whole bodies during our storytime, and our fifth graders - old enough to do so much independently but still young enough to squeeze their stuffies tight during our read aloud. In the background of it all, we know you are there as the parents and caretakers of our children. We thank you for allowing us into your homes, and for sharing your children with us. Thank you for making the space for distance learning to happen in your family, and for working with us to figure it all out. And if you haven’t figured it all out, well, to be completely honest, I’m right there with you too. 

    Warmly,

    Teresa 

     

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Ongoing and as needed 10am-2pm Chromebook Pickup (Call school office for Appointment)
    • Mon/WedFri 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals
    • 9/14 First Quarter of School begins (comprehensive distance learning)
    • 9/14 8:30am, 6pm Buckman Open House Meeting 
    • 10/10 District to decide on format of second quarter  
    • 10/12 8:30am, 6pm Buckman Community Meeting  

    A MESSAGE FROM THE ARTS TEAM

    Dear Buckman Families,

    Greetings! We, the Buckman Art Specialists, would like to welcome you to the 2020-21 school year.  We are so looking forward to working with your student(s) in dance, music, and visual art! While it is certain to be a year unlike any other, our mission as art educators remains the same; To provide every student with high quality art instruction across the disciplines and to cultivate students’ curiosity and critical thinking skills. To allow ample opportunities for students to develop their own artistic voices through exploration and composition, and to provide historical and social context for our art forms all the while looking and working through a racial equity and social justice lens. 

    Traditionally at Buckman, the arts team collaborates to produce a performance for each grade level.  We are carefully considering what that may look like this year, factoring in the different instruction models that may occur such as hybrid and in person.   At this time, we believe that younger students would benefit from a greatly scaled back sharing experience rather than a traditional performance, with much more emphasis on process rather than product.  For 3rd through 5th grades, we will be creating showcases centered around activism and social justice, with performances delivered in either a home-recorded online format or live performance as conditions allow.  We will continue to update you regarding performances as the year unfolds.

    We have each created a short video to help introduce ourselves to your student(s) and to you.  We will be sharing this with our students at some point this fall, but feel free to watch it ahead of time, especially if you are new to Buckman.

    Hannah Downs (Dance) Introduction Video

    Eric Schopmeyer (Music) Introduction Video

    Nicole Penoncello (Visual Arts) Introduction Video 

    This year and always, your student(s) physical and mental health are extremely important to us.  Please feel free to email us at any time with any questions or concerns.  We will also be scheduling socially distanced, masked, outside visits with students who would benefit from face to face contact.  More information on that will follow, in the meantime, here’s to a happy and healthy start of the school year!

    Sincerely, 

    Hannah Downs (Dance) hdowns@pps.net

    Eric Schopmeyer (Music) eschopme@pps.net

    Nicole Pennencello (Visual Art) npenoncello@pps.netMs. Pen’s webpage

    A note about visual art materials from Ms. Pen:

    Dear Buckman families,  

    As we start the year remotely, I am excited to find creative ways to teach Visual Art to your students. As we did this past spring, we will continue to make art with things we have around in our homes. However, I hope to also teach your children drawing, painting, and sculpting skills, which will require hard materials. Each quarter I will provide a list of materials that your student will need. Should you need them, packets of these materials will be at Buckman Elementary for pick-up on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-5pm (next to meal pick-up on the north side of the building). If you already have these materials or prefer to purchase them yourselves, that works as well. 

    First Quarter Art Material List:

    • Watercolor paper or mixed media paper
    • Drawing paper or sketchbook (computer paper is fine)
    • Watercolor paint set and paint brush

    Lessons may also require basic materials like pencils, erasers, rulers, scissors, glue, tape, and something to color with (crayons, markers, or color pencils). These materials will also be available for pick-up on Mondays and Wednesdays.

    Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions.

    Sincerely, 

    Ms. Pen

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Buckman Dines Out – Wednesday, September 16th, all day! We are kicking off our first Dines Out at Screen Door.  Thank you to Buckman parents Sarah and Dan Grill for making this possible. Pre-Orders encouraged at screendoorrestaurant.com. Check out the website for more options, including dessert!  10% of proceeds benefit Buckman. 

    Apparel sales    We have postponed our Apparel Sales until next Thursday, September 17th from 4:30-6:30 pm in front of Buckman.  Cotton face masks are in and we have plenty of youth and adult sizes for $10.

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

     

    Days (Mon, Wed)

    Times

    Group

    Location

    9/21,  9/23

    3pm-5pm

    *meal services 3-5pm

    Group A (last name A-M)

    Back playground

    Dance Door

    9/28,  9/30

    3pm-5pm

    *meal services 3-5pm

    Group B (last name N-Z)

    Back playground

    Dance Door

    10/5,  10/7

    3pm-5pm

    *meal services 3-5pm

    Group A (last name A-M)

    Back playground

    Dance Door

    10/12,   10/14

    3pm-5pm

    *meal services 3-5pm

    Group B (last name N-Z)

    Back playground

    Dance Door

    10/19,   10/21

    3pm-5pm

    *meal services 3-5pm

    Group A (last name A-M)

    Back playground

    Dance Door

    10/26,  10/28

    3pm-5pm

    *meal services 3-5pm

    Group B (last name N-Z)

    Back playground

    Dance Door

     

     

    PE NEWS

    Hello Buckman Bears! I'm excited to see all of our students for LIVE PE sessions this year! Live PE lessons will take place on Tuesdays. Please check the schedule to see what time to log on. **You must use the meeting nickname: evolaclassmeeting or the link: g.co/meet/evolaclassmeeting  to access the PE sessions.  For more information click HERE or email Coach E at sevola@pps.net 

    Time (Tuesday)

    Grade Level

    11a-11:30a

    5th grade

    11:45a- 12:15p

    4th grade

    1:30p-2:00p

    3rd grade

    1:00p-1:30p

    2nd grade

    2:00p-2:30p

    1st grade

    2:30p-3:00p

    Kinder

     

    PTA NEWS

    Back to School Information and Packets   Check out the Back to School folder on Konstella (located in “Files and Links” under the “More” tab). There, you’ll find information about PTA, Foundation, SUN, our parent groups (e.g., Family Equity Team and Green Team), as well as have access to Buckman’s Family Handbook. For those preferring hard copies, back-to-school packets will be available for pick up weekdays in front of the school or during Scrip sales. **Kindergarten families, we have special packets for you and your kindergartener! These will also be available for pick up or email Amanda at pta@buckmanelementary.org

    Konstella 411   It’s time to update your student’s classroom in Konstella! Log into your account, go to “Your Children”, then “Change Classroom”. This is required to receive classroom-specific communications. You can also adjust your Konstella notification settings. Log into your account, go to “Account Settings”

     


    Friday, September 4, 2020 

    We made it through our first week of our soft start to distance learning. I am happy to report that we have several classes who recorded 100% attendance! This week, we will continue our soft start. If you need any help getting into your class meeting or your seesaw assignments, call the school or send me an email at tseidel@pps.net.

    I am excited to welcome our Kindergartners to class next week. Remember kinders, your class meetings will be at 9:30 for grades k-2, and 8:45 for 3-5, (NicknameClassMeeting). This week, we also have our art and PE classes added to the schedule. Your teacher will be including that information in their weekly communication. 

    September 14, our first day of Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) begins. Are you curious about the scope and sequence of learning that PPS students will be following this year? Families have now been given to an abbreviated version of Atlas, where they can look up unit plans by subject and grade level. Teachers will be sharing the weekly learning and meeting schedules with you early next week. 

    We will have free meal pickups Wednesday from 3-5pm. Come on by to pick up school supplies and free books as well! 

    Finally, we will post to Seesaw our first virtual, (pre-recorded) ROARS assembly. Make sure to check it out to see which grade level is our attendance winner from last week!

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Ongoing and as needed 10am-2pm Chromebook Pickup (Call school office for Appointment)
    • 9/2-9/11 (Soft Start) Comprehensive Distance Learning Orientation  
    • Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals
    • 9/7 Labor day, no school
    • 9/8  First Day of School for Kindergarten
    • 9/14 First Quarter of School begins (comprehensive distance learning)
    • 9/14 8:30am, 6pm Buckman Community Meeting 

    • 10/10 District to decide on format of second quarter  

    • 10/12 8:30am, 6pm Buckman Community Meeting  

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Looking for Buckman apparel? We'll be selling apparel -- including new Buckman Bear face masks for youth and adults for $10, I heart Buckman bandanas, and other goodies -- from 4-6pm in front of Buckman on the following dates: 

    Sept. 10th

    Sept. 24th

    Oct. 8th

    Oct. 22nd

    Nov. 19th 

    Stay tuned for Buckman Dines out info, coming soon.

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    - Return last year's Buckman library books M-F 8a-4p through 9/11 at the front entrance. (How can I tell what is a library book and what is not? Look for the "Buckman School Library" barcode on the front or back cover of the book. Also the spine label on the side of the book. Your own books probably do not have either!)

    - PPS "Let's Get Reading" book bag distribution starts 9/21. LGR Parent FAQs/Post Update

    - Buckman audio and eBooks: Destiny Discover → use the “Learning Links” to search on Sora or TumbleBooks

    - Ms. Rudnick's Epic! class code: czs3110 (now leveled by Fountas & Pinnell!)

    - Social Justice and Anti-racism: A Resource Guide for Educators and Families

     

    PE NEWS

    Hello Buckman Bears! I'm excited to see all of our students for LIVE PE sessions this year! Live PE lessons will take place on Tuesdays. Please check the schedule to see what time to log on. **You must use the meeting nickname: evolaclassmeeting or the link: g.co/meet/evolaclassmeeting  to access the PE sessions.  For more information click HERE or email Coach E at sevola@pps.net 

    Time (Tuesday)

    Grade Level

    11a-11:30a

    5th grade

    11:45a- 12:15p

    4th grade

    1:30p-2:00p

    3rd grade

    1:00p-1:30p

    2nd grade

    2:00p-2:30p

    1st grade

    2:30p-3:00p

    Kinder

     

     

    PTA NEWS

    Konstella 411   A new year and a new class means it is time to update your student’s classroom in Konstella. To do this, log into your account, go to “Your Children”, then “Change Classroom”. This is required to receive classroom-specific communications. You can also adjust your Konstella notification settings. Log into your account, go to “Account Settings” ="font-size:11pt;">). I am always available for any questions, concerns, or specific health needs your student may have, and to support you, your child, and whole family.

     

    BUCKMAN SCHOOL HEALTH 

    If your child has any medication that needs to be taken during the school day you can access the necessary form(s) at the same website link above. Forms are needed even if your student is able to carry and take their own medication. 

    Examples of medications include:

    • Emergency medications: epinephrine auto-injectors for severe allergies, like EpiPens®, albuterol inhalers for asthma, or glucagon for diabetes
    • Daily medications: methylphenidate, insulin, etc.
    • Over-the-counter medications: ibuprofen (Advil®), acetaminophen (Tylenol®), diphenhydramine (Benadryl®), etc.

    Note: All medications must be kept in their original container. Prescription medication must be in the pharmacy labeled container.

    I am honored to be able to care for your child and family this school year.  I look forward to providing excellent nursing expertise and encouraging science, compassion, and resilience as we face these challenging times. 

    Sincerely,  

    Nurse Shannon

     

    SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER

    Hello Buckman families! Ms. Anne here, the new school social worker. I am thrilled to be joining the Buckman community this year despite the strange circumstances. I will be working with students and families one on one who may need extra help with behavior or mental health support. That might be via google meet or socially distanced outside your home, at the park, or at the school’s playground! Check out my virtual office here and feel free to reach out if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you all! 

    Anne Mulligan-Brinson, MSW, LSSW

    amulliganbrinson@pps.net

     

    OTHER NEWS

    Kindergarten Questions    PPS is receiving questions from Kindergarten families at this email address: kindergarten@pps.net. They will be keeping an updated FAQ in response to these questions on the Early Learner Department website.

     

    NUTRITION SERVICES   

    Starting September 2nd, the Nutrition Services department plans to have 36 schools operating with grab and go meal services, and an additional 2 sites, Ockley Green and Lane Middle Schools starting September 14.  Each site will serve 3-5pm outside for walk up or drive thru on Mondays and Wednesdays. We hope that minimizing the meal pick up days will be less of a burden for families as opposed to asking them to come every day. On Monday, we will provide two breakfasts and two lunches for each PPS student. On Wednesday, we will provide three breakfasts and 3 lunches to each student.  Each of the 38 sites are eligible for free meals to all students who are enrolled or visit the school. Due to USDA regulations, we are unable to continue meal services for non-PPS enrolled children such as non-school aged siblings.

    For families who are not enrolled in one of the 38 schools, or unable to get to the school to pick up food, we will offer meal deliveries to family homes. Deliveries are made possible by the transportation department. We will stand up 5 other schools for production of these meals. Meal delivery schedules are still being determined and will depend on the demand for the service. School meals will be free to those enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school, or for students who are eligible for free or reduced priced meals. If a family is not eligible for free meals, each breakfast will cost $1.50 and each lunch will cost $2.90. There is no delivery fee. Payments can be made online - SchoolCafe.com or checks can be mailed to PPS Nutrition Services at 501 N Dixon Street, Portland, Oregon 97227.

    To sign up for home meal delivery, please click on the link here: https://ppsk12.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cViQzD1l1yJMAiV 

    Families must reapply for meal benefits (free and reduced eligibility) every year. Meal applications are not needed if students attend a CEP school. New this year!  Eligibility for free meals has been expanded through the state of Oregon - please check to see if you may be eligible

    Eligibility for free/reduced price school meals may also help families with other fee reductions or waivers such as -

    -Science lab fees

    -College application fees

    -Summer school fees

    -Comcast or other cable/internet services

    -Field trips

    -Supplemental food and nutrition benefits (when available)

     
     
    SUN
    1. New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Please complete this survey or reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230. 
     
    2. Looking for ways to get involved in the anti-racist movement with Buckman? Keep an eye out for announcements to come about Race Forward events and a second round of the Me and White Supremacy book study. Are you wondering how to support your student's anti-racism learning, or even your own? Find a list of great resources here
     
    3. Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Would you like to help influence what equitable practice looks like at Buckman? Join the Family Equity Team! Reach out to Katie to get connected. 
     
    4. Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase scrip from Katie Barth.
     
     
     
    Tabitha Teo, she/her pronouns
    Buckman SUN Extended Day Coordinator 
     
    SUN: Tabitha Teo  
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Katie Olson, she/they pronouns   
    Buckman SUN Community School Site Manager  
    503-858-0230
    *hablo español

     

    Friday, August 21, 2020

    Dear Buckman Bears, 

    Thanks for all who could attend the Buckman School Community Conversation last night. Here is the presentation that was shared for those of you who weren’t able to make it. Those who were there last night saw my first epic fail with technology (and yes, please tell all of your children about it because failure offers opportunity for growth!). We plan on holding monthly virtual meetings to keep communication open and to offer families an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback, and I have figured out how to use Padlet properly now. We may schedule additional meetings as needed. 

    Staffing changes for 2020-2021: In 4th grade, we were reduced to 2 teachers. Mr. Rudolph, who taught 4th grade last year will now serve as a School Climate Specialist, supporting all families and teachers with distance learning. All other grade level teachers remain the same, with the exception of 5th grade, where we have hired Sonya Jensen and Alicia Nicholl to join Linda Nichenko. Our Therapeutic Intervention Coach will be Mr. Raheem Alexzander. Due to layoffs and seniority, Mr. Darby’s spot in the district was not protected. We thank Mr. Darby for all that he has done for Buckman and hope to see him back on the staff soon! We also welcome Anne Mulligan-Brinson as our half time Social Worker. 

    Chromebooks/Hot Spots: If your child needs a Chromebook or hotspot, please email Karen Cathcart, our school secretary, at kcathcar@pps.net. If you are preparing your own at home learning space, Buckman recommends having pencils, a writing notebook, a pair of scissors, a ruler, markers/crayons/color pencils, post it notes, index cards, and construction paper at hand. Headphones will be nice for class meetings. Your teachers will also be providing material lists that are specific to their classrooms. The school also has supplies and materials ready to distribute to families. Please email kcathcar@pps.net if you would like some school supplies as well! 

    I know there is a lot of information coming at you - sometimes all at once and sometimes not enough. Please don’t hesitate to email me directly with any of your questions or needs (tseidel@pps.net). Thank you all so much for your patience, kindness, empathy and care towards one another. Although we cannot be there in person, each and every one of your children are in our hearts.  

    Warmly,

    Teresa Seidel

    Principal, Buckman

     

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 8/24-8/28, 10am-2pm Chromebook Pickup (Call school office for Appointment)

    • 8/27, 6-7pm Kindergarten Virtual Meeting  

    • 9/2-9/11 (Soft Start) Comprehensive Distance Learning Orientation  

    • 9/2  First Day of school for 1st-5th grade

    • 9/2 - 11/14 Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals

    • 9/8  First Day of School for Kindergarten

    • 9/14 First Quarter of School begins (Comprehensive Distance Learning)

    • 9/14 8:30am, 6pm Buckman Community Meeting 

    • 10/10 District to decide on format of second quarter  

    • 10/12 8:30am, 6pm Buckman Community Meeting

       

    School Counselor News:

    As we countdown to September 2nd, I am so looking forward to seeing all of your children on a screen, a porch, or meal pick-up at school! This summer I've been practicing hugging myself, as hugging Buckman students is one of the best parts of my job that is currently on Covid hold.  

    Next week with staff, we will be framing our year to be emotionally connected, while physically distant. We will work to balance our on-screen education with an understanding of digital wellness and how to continually regulate our challenging emotions. We will be in our homes, but connected to our world, working to shape Buckman into an anti-racist school, building on the increased national awareness of the enduring and pervasive systemic racism of our society.If you'd like to take a peek at one of the documents guiding our work this year, these are the Social Justice Standards from Teaching Tolerance.  Welcome to the Year of the Hedgehog- may we infuse delight and meet the creative challenge of deepening our sense of community and belonging from a distance.

     

    Notes from the district: 

    “Remind” App: Portland Public Schools is continuing the partnership with Remind to support connection needs. The Remind email is not phishing and it's free to use the web version or mobile app. Resources for families are available on the Remind App for Students and Parents page.

    Virtual Orientations for Parents & Families: Virtual orientations for parents and families will be offered by the central office prior to the start of school. Orientations will include information about accessing learning platforms such as Canvas, Seesaw, and Google Meet and will be offered in multiple languages. More information to come.

    Soft Start Opening Portland Public Schools will have a “Soft Start” Opening of School from September 2-11 for students in grades 1-5. Kindergarten Students will start on Tuesday, September 8th. The soft start is intended to provide educators, families and students with an opportunity to develop relationships, learn more about the distance learning platforms/tools, and build a virtual classroom culture

    Attendance will be recorded daily

    Social-emotional learning activity will be included each day

    Students practice lessons in Seesaw (all K-5 students will be using Seesaw this year, no more google classroom for elementary students).

     

    2020-21 MEAL BENEFITS AND ACCOUNT INFORMATION

    To Families Using SchoolCafé to Submit a Free and Reduced-price Meal Application:

    • Families can now submit a new meal application for the 2020-21 school year. 

    • Families who do not meet the 2020-21 Federal Income Guideline may qualify using the 2020-21 Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines. Please go to the PPS Nutrition Services website https://www.pps.net/Page/2464 for more information.

    2020-21 Free & Reduced-Price Meal Benefits - Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines

    The State of Oregon has increased the income guidelines for free meal eligibility in the 2020-21 school year from 185% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to 300% of FPL. This means more families may qualify for free meals using the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines instead of the Federal Reduced Income Guidelines. For additional meal benefits information including how to submit a meal application, please refer families to the PPS Nutrition Services website at www.pps.net/nutrition.

    To Families Who Use SchoolCafé to Pay for School Meals:

    • Due to the high volume of refund requests last school year, the autopay setting was disabled. Sign into your SchoolCafe account to either:

      • Delete your autopay settings to discontinue payments, or

      • Update your autopay expiration date to continue payments

    • If you set up alert notifications and requested a refund, the alert was deleted. If you would like to continue receiving balance alerts, please set up a new one.

    • If there was a credit balance on the student meal account at the end of the school year, it automatically rolled over to the 2020-21 school year for the student(s) to use. If you would like to request a refund or to donate to a student in need, please submit your request via SchoolCafe or email nssupport@pps.net

    • If the account had an outstanding/owing balance at the end of the school year, it automatically rolled over to the 2020-21 school year. Families have the following payment options:

    • Send a check to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St, Portland, OR 97227.

    • Submit an online payment via SchoolCafé. NOTE: There is a 5% fee and a minimum payment of $15 per transaction.

    NOTE: If the total amount cannot be paid in full, payments can be made in installments. Families will continue to receive notifications until the balance is paid off.

    For general account related questions, please call PPS Nutrition Services at 503.916.3247 or email nssupport@pps.net

    If your student no longer attends Portland Public Schools or you no longer want to use SchoolCafé, you can deactivate your SchoolCafé account anytime by logging in and selecting ‘Deactivate My Account’ under My Profile. To request PPS Nutrition Services disable the account, please send an email to nssupport@pps.net.

     

    Friday, August 14, 2020

    Dear Buckman Families,

    I would like to officially welcome you to the 2020-21 Buckman Arts Focus school year. Many of you have already heard about the District’s decision that all students will be participating in online learning at least throughout the entire first quarter.  I’m sure this decision brings up many emotions for our families, students and staff as we look ahead to beginning the year together, yet physically apart.  You can find Superintendent Guerrero’s message to the community and other updates about this fall here:  www.pps.net/fall2020.  

    The school year officially begins September 2nd for 1st-5th graders and September 8th for kindergarteners. We will be in touch before then to make sure everyone has what they need for distance learning. Be on the lookout for regular weekly email updates from me. All of these communications will also be posted to our school website at https://www.pps.net/buckman. Please know that my (virtual) door is always open and that I am always available through school email.

    As partners in your student’s education, it is important for us to gather together as a school community and discuss what online learning will look like this fall. I want to use this time to listen and support your concerns.  I also want to have the opportunity to share with you the most up to date information we have from the District. Please save the date for Thursday, August 20, 6pm. Link to the virtual meeting here (https://meet.google.com/jsd-zbjk-eco or call 321-586-2458 PIN: 939 117 234#)

    We have finalized teacher assignments and yours will be coming in the mail. 

    Many factors, including parent input, have been considered in the creation of class lists. The Buckman staff takes this responsibility very seriously and has spent many hours collaborating to ensure that each classroom supports the social and academic needs of students and reflects a diversity of gender, race, academic skill, and learning styles. We hope that in sending these placements prior to the beginning of the year, families have time to plan for the unprecedented beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. It is understandable that families want to create connections and share resources.  Given the level of effort and time staff have put into creating these lists, and the inequity behind prioritizing families with the resources and connections to form learning pods and potentially excluding others, I am sure you will understand why changes will not be made.   

    Knowing that the 2020-21 school year will be online until at least November, we understand there are concerns about computers and internet access. We want you to know that PPS is committed to helping families of students that need to borrow a computer and/or internet access. Please let me know by the end of the week if you need to borrow a computer, a mobile hotspot, or need a Comcast Internet Essentials subscription paid for by The Fund for PPS.

    A few key dates to mark on your calendars:

    August 24-28 Window for new families to pick up devices at school. Please call the school (503-916-6230) to arrange for a time to pick up a device and/or hotspot for your child(ren). The devices will be checked out. 

    September 2nd - 11th Comprehensive Distance Learning Orientation

    • Focused on student supports

    • Teacher-Student connection and building relationships

    • Technology platform orientation

    September 14th - First Quarter of School begins (comprehensive distance learning)

    By October 10th District to decide what second quarter of school will look like (in school building, hybrid or online)

    November 5th - End of the grading period

    Having all of our students participating in online learning will create new challenges and have a  significant impact on our learning community.  I believe in the Buckman Community and know when we come together for our students, whether it be physically or virtually, we can help to support their academic and social emotional growth.  Together, We can do hard things.  I am honored to be doing them alongside all of you.   

    With gratitude,

    Teresa Seidel

    Buckman Principal

     

     

    PTA NEWS

    Buckman families, we want to thank you for welcoming us as your new PTA board this year, as well as for providing immeasurable support to us, the teachers, and staff. It takes a village to do this work and there are so many of you who have put in a lot of volunteer hours and tangible donations. We are grateful to be a part of this community. 

    We wish you all a wonderful summer. Stay healthy, stay strong, stay committed; persist! 

    Bottledrop Bags   Need a bag? Contact Amanda for a bag drop off or send a Konstella message to Buckman PTA. 

    Amazon Smile   You can now support Buckman PTA through the Amazon shopping app on your iOS and Android phones! It’s simple – just open the app, go to the main menu and tap “Settings”, then tap “AmazonSmile” and follow the instructions to complete the process. A percentage of your purchase goes directly to Buckman. 

    Fred Meyer Rewards   While you’re shopping at Fred Meyer this summer, don’t forget to list Buckman as your charitable recipient. Sign up online and search for Buckman Elementary PTA #94565.

    SUN Donations   This summer, please send donation checks directly to Katie Olson at Impact Northwest, PO Box 33530, Portland, Oregon 97292—or donate online on Impact NW’s website. Be sure include “For Buckman Elementary” on the check memo line (or in the information box) so donations go to Buckman families in need.

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Thanks again for the incredible show of support from the members of the Buckman community at our first-ever online auction! We are delighted to share that not only did we exceed our goal of $40,000, but we ultimately reached an astounding $50,000! THANK YOU for supporting arts and literacy education at Buckman! In these turbulent times, we are so grateful to feel the strength and determination of our community to ensure solid staffing for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Thank you to the Buckman community for your support in this challenging 2019-2020 school year. Wishing you all a wonderful summer!

     

    SUN NEWS

    Summer SUN!   Wondering how to keep your children engaged over the summer when schools are closed? Buckman SUN is going virtual! This is still new for all of us, but we're excited to play games, learn some sweet dance moves, draw, and connect together online. 

    We invite students to join us for SUNrise camps with themes that change every week from 10-11am Monday-Thursday, and for afternoon "Snack & Stretch & Sketch" sessions, from 1:30-2:30pm Monday-Thursdays. We will also continue the "Try Try Try" and the relaxation drawing groups that have already been going. Everything will begin (or pick back up) June 15th and are open to "almost" 1st-5th graders. More details to come soon, but mark your calendars now! We look forward to seeing you (online) soon. Email Katie with any questions.  

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you over the summer with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her (503-858-0230) if you would like support finding resources or need assistance.  


    LIBRARY NEWS

    The Multnomah County Library Summer Reading Program is up and running! All PPS students are registered. Please see this slideshow for more information! (Also posted in SeeSaw and Google Classroom this past Monday, June 1st.)

     

    DISTRICT NEWS – SUMMER UPDATES

    Click here for Multnomah County Health Center summer information.

     

    SUMMER CHILD CARE PROGRAMS

    Due to COVID-19 state guidance for licensed childcare programs and health concerns, PPS will not be hosting summer childcare programs in our buildings. The exception is the Emergency Child Care program at Capitol Hill operated by Champions. Families can access the latest information about available child care slots by contacting 211info or visiting the PPS COVID resources page, and selecting the child care tab. 

     

    SUMMER MEALS FOR PPS STUDENTS

    Nutrition Services will be extending current meal services into the summer, June 11th through August 21st at all locations except Rigler and Harrison Park due to extensive construction projects.  Faubion will start Monday, June 15.  

    Breakfast and lunch will continue to be free for all PPS students and all children in the community ages 1-18 years, Monday through Thursday from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Meals for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are provided on Thursdays. Children do not need to be present to pick up the meals.  

    Pantry services in partnership with Oregon Food Bank and SUN will also continue into the summer, along with the food boxes with Pacific Coast Fruit Company. 

    PPS also is partnering again with Portland Parks & Recreation to provide meals at 13 additional parks throughout the city starting June 22. See PPS and Parks meal sites and times

     

    IMAGINE, EXPLORE & CREATE: SUMMER FUN FOR K-5 STUDENTS

    3 weeks of fun for current K-5th grade students!

    • Students will EXPLORE, IMAGINE and CREATE an awesome project of your choice each week 

    • Create with items from in and around their home

    • Submit a photo or video of their weekly project to be showcased on our PPS summer gallery website 

    Photo or video project entries qualify students for a RAFFLE with great prizes...books, restaurant, take-out gift cards, OMSI family passes and more! 

    For more information & to register visit, bit.ly/PPS_Summer_2020

     

    OTHER NEWS

    Register for Kindergarten Online!
    If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, please register for kindergarten! To register, go to pps.net/kinderenroll. The process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option, but paper options will be available soon. You don’t need to register if your child attends a PPS Head Start or Pre-Kindergarten program. Children with IEPs need to register using a paper form. 

    Click here to access this information translated into the 5 supported languages. 

    Paper registration packets will be available in multiple languages at meal sites starting Wednesday, May 27th.


    Coming soon: The Early Learner Programs team is developing a family-centered kindergarten transition plan. We know families are worried about the start to school, especially kinders. We’re planning on a slower, more family-friendly approach this year. Early registration will ensure that families stay in the loop on updated plans for the start of school.

     

    Food Assistance

    As our community deals with fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to make Portland Public Schools families aware of a state benefit to help pay for food. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, or P-EBT, is available to help families offset the cost of meals that would have been consumed at school. It is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services.

    The P-EBT benefit is available to families with a student who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals and any student enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. For those families:

    • Households who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Association Program (SNAP), which offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families, will have benefits automatically deposited to their existing EBT accounts. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.  

    • Households who currently qualify for free or reduced-price meals or attend a CEP school will receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail along with instructions on how to activate or refuse benefits. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.

     

    For families not currently eligible and seeking benefits:

    • Households financially impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for SNAP. See the program’s website to learn more.

    • Families who have experienced income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online at pps.net/nutrition.

    For assistance with submitting a meal application, please contact the PPS Meal Benefits Office: mealbenefits@pps.net or 503-916-3402. 

    For Pandemic-EBT questions, please contact the Oregon Department of Human Services.

    K-8 Growth and Development Instruction for Spring 2020 

    From Jenny Withycombe, Program Administrator, Health and Physical Education 

    PPS decided not to teach growth and development (comprehensive sexuality education) and/or violence prevention (Erin’s Law) in grades K-8 via Home-Based Distance Learning during the spring of 2020 because of a variety of reasons and challenges.  

    PPS teachers, administrators, counselors, and social workers continue to support students’ safety and are prepared to identify, prevent and intervene if a child or family needs support. In remote learning environments, it may be more difficult to assess safety and detect signs of child abuse. Educators and school personnel are still mandated reporters and the PPS Office of Student Success and Health provides guidance on what to do if a district employee suspects child abuse and/or neglect.

    Like ODE, PPS recognizes the fundamental role that parents, caregivers, and families play in preventing violence and abuse. Distance learning provides a window for dialogue between students and families around: naming important values, identifying emotions, sharing about health and safety, and exploring sexuality-related topics.  ODE has published a guide on Family Engagement during Distance Learning for All that will help to maximize the strengths of the students, families, and learning environments, while also acknowledging the real challenges given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in Oregon.  Families who would like to provide Comprehensive Sexuality Education and/or Violence Prevention lessons at home can access the curricula used in PPS - Rights, Respect, Responsibility (3Rs), developed by Advocates for Youth as well as Fight! Child Abuse developed by the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation.  Please also feel free to check out these resources for parents and caregivers posted by ODE:

     

    Portland Public Schools is looking ahead, and will be working with the Oregon Department of Education on how to best support students during the 2020-2021 school year. 

     

    Thursday, June 4, 2020

    Dear Buckman Bears,

    Buckle down everyone, this newsletter is a long one!

    This week, many of our final class meetings were touched with emotions and questions as teachers and students discussed the tragic events that have again uncovered the racist underbelly of the United States. I want to thank all of the students and families who came to our virtual Buckman Race Forward event. We had over 80 students and family attend! If you missed, it’s not too late! Here is a copy of the slides we used to start the conversation. From the PPS library department, here is a list of Resources and Books on Racism. Multnomah County Library is offering UNIVERSAL ACCESS to the book, Me and white supremacy in both ebook and audiobook formats. Direct links to both below. 

    Ebook version

    Audiobook version

    Link to instant library card app to Multco's digital collection

     

    Thank you so much to Caryn Jones, Elizabeth Lavenue, Jenna Ostrand, Karen Gerber, our 5th grade families who made our sweet promotion ceremony happen. 5th graders, we are so proud of you and will miss you dearly. Best of luck in middle school. And to Mr. Clarkson, congratulations on 35 years of teaching, with 22 of those serving the students and families of Buckman.

    While this marks the final week of school, there are still many unanswered questions about next school year, one of them being our staffing. The district is working with individual schools on staffing based on the state budget for the biennium and is facing a (roughly) $36 million dollar shortfall. The bottom line is that every school will feel cuts for the fall, and for years to come. We also do not know what school will look like in the fall. There are three different scenarios we are working under for the fall: 1) All virtual learning, 2)Back in school, or 3)A hybrid of scenarios 1 and 2. I will keep families updated as I learn more as well. Families will receive class placement notifications in August before school begins.

     

    IMPORTANT: Information on picking up student belongings from school.

    Due to county health guidelines, we are not able to have students return to clean out their own lockers so staff will be opening student lockers, bagging and labeling items and they will be available for pick up next week. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to return items stored in lockers in the safest most efficient way we can, and rest assured that gloves and face coverings were used when these items were packed.  

    While we miss our students tremendously, this pick up of belongings needs to be as “contactless” as possible so will take place outside the building and will follow social distancing guidelines. 

    Hours and location of pickup:

    • Back of the school on the BLACKTOP
    • Pickup hours will be 9am-3pm
    • K-1 pick up on June 10
    • 2-4 pick up on June 11
    • We will have space to return all library books
    • Our plan follows county health guidelines, and we will maintain physical distancing orders, keeping our students, staff, and families safe. Please be sure to practice physical distancing procedures when picking up.

    Because all of our students shared lockers, please check your bags to make sure items weren’t inadvertently placed in there. We will also put the lost and found outside as well. At the end of the day June 11, all unclaimed items will be set aside for donation or the trash. Please contact the school if you need to arrange another day/time to pick up your items.

    Thank you,

    Teresa

     

    Please join Ms. Seidel and other Buckman families for a Kid’s March to show support for the memory of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter.  Families are encouraged to make signs and meet in front of Buckman at 3pm on Sunday, June 7th.  Please wear masks, we will be practicing social distancing and marching around the school area for about 1 hour.  Please see the Buckman Elementary Community Facebook page for other questions regarding this event.

     

    A WEEK OF ACTION IN DEFENSE OF BLACK LIVES

    The Movement For Black Lives, and organizers mobilizing across the country, organized a week of action June 1st to 7th in defense of Black lives. This is an opportunity to uplift and fight alongside those turning up in the streets and online. Each day of the week of action represents one of our [The Movement for Black Lives] demands.

    Thursday: Community Control

    Friday: End the War on Black People

    Saturday: Make Meaning from Crisis

    PICA condemns the violent, racist, and militaristic methodologies of police departments across the United States and specifically in Portland, Oregon, as well as the move to increase funding for inherently violent policing in our city when it is rather a time to defund. We will actively work to dissolve our own connections to these systems. We challenge our city, state, and national government, our partner organizations, our audiences, our donors and funders, and our own organization to do better. We urge you to donate, read, post, petition, protest, and take a form of action. We are asking our white and non-Black audiences, artists, donors, partner organizations, and ourselves to find ways to show up and actively engage in solidarity and support of the Black community. 

    The information below is time-sensitive and based on the demands put forward by The Movement For Black Lives. If you have additional resources and links please let us know. This will be an ongoing and evolving process. 

    DONATE

    • PDX Protest Bail Fund is a fundraiser to cover bail and other legal expenses for protesters arrested in Portland, Oregon in connection to protests against George Floyd's murder by Minneapolis police, along with general police brutality.
    • Don't Shoot PDX, a community non-profit working to increase civic participation and social change in Portland, Oregon.
    • Communities United Against Police BrutalityTM is a Twin-Cities based organization that was created to deal with police brutality on an ongoing basis.
    • Reclaim the Block organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety.

     

    PETITIONS

    • Care Not Cops Campaign PDX, a grassroots campaign in PDX to challenge policing and shift our reliance and resources to self-determined community care, has put together a list including petitions to defund Minneapolis Police Department, auto-fill email forms for Multnomah County Commissioner, Demands for Multnomah County Budget Process, and more.
    • Color of Change Petition: Demand the officers who killed George Floyd are charged with murder.
       

    TEXT OR CALL

    • Call your Senators and Representatives. Visit Indivisible Oregon's website for phone numbers and sample scripts for direct outreach to: Wyden, Merkley, Blumenauer, Bonamici, DeFazio, and Schrader.
    • Get in contact with the District Attorney and Minneapolis Mayor. Leave a message for them DEMANDING that 4 officers including Derek Chauvin (Badge #1087) and Tou Thao (Badge #7162) be arrested for the Murder of George Floyd.
    • Call or E-mail the Louisville Mayor’s office and demand that the officers involved in Breonna Taylor's murder be charged.

    READING

    In this moment, we need as many people in action as possible. This is not just about George Floyd; it’s about Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and the centuries of violence against Black people and communities of color by the police. It is about what happened in Central Park and a throughline to Trump and white supremacy. This is an opportunity for us to change the conversation. We are asking for something simple that everyone can do, show up at your police headquarters or city hall with a sign that says #endwhitesilence. One person can do this or hundreds can.

     

    PTA NEWS

    A few words…

    In this time of reckoning with racial inequality and injustice, we reflect on what our community can do and needs to do to support our families of color. We know there is much work to be done in this regard, and we recognize our responsibility in being part of the solution as advocates and allies. We want families of color to feel welcome, safe, seen, heard, and appreciated. We stand together with you.  

    Finally, congratulations to all our graduating 5th graders! We wish you the best as you transition to middle school and hope that you continue to persist in maintaining the values of a Buckman Bear; but, most of all, Be Brave, Be Proud, and always BE YOU! We say thank you to all our outgoing families for making our community so exceptional. You are forever Buckman Bears and you will be missed.

    SUN Donations  This summer, please send donation checks directly to Katie Olson at Impact Northwest, PO Box 33530, Portland, Oregon 97292—or donate online on Impact NW’s website. Be sure include “For Buckman Elementary” on the check memo line (or in the information box) so donations go to Buckman families in need.

    Yearbook   The 2019-2020 yearbook is now available! Please go to https://buckman.picaboo.com for details. Hardcovers are $28 and softcovers are $18. eYearbooks are free! You can also personalize four pages of the book for an additional fee. An enormous THANKS to all the parents and teachers for supplying the content.

     

    AUCTION NEWS

    Thanks again for the incredible show of support from the members of the Buckman community at our first-ever online auction! We are delighted to share that not only did we exceed our goal of $40,000, but we ultimately reached an astounding $50,000! THANK YOU for supporting arts and literacy education at Buckman! In these turbulent times, we are so grateful to feel the strength and determination of our community to ensure solid staffing for the 2020-2021 school year.

     

    SUN NEWS

    Kid/Youth Focused March for Black Lives - TONIGHT at Creston 6pm

    This march is a family friendly, kid focused march, allowing our children the opportunity to support our Black community, voice our opposition to the violence and racism Black people experience, and raise visibility to this issue both in our own families as well as the world at large. 

    DETAILS: 

    Meet at the US Postal Service on 5010 SE Foster at 6:15pm and we will march one mile to Dutch Brothers on Foster and SE 67th. We will be joining an already established neighborhood family protest that has been meeting there the past few nights at 7pm. Wear masks. Bring signs. Stay six feet apart from other families. 

    We will offer sign making materials from 6-6:15pm in the parking lot of the USPS, courtesy of SUN. If anyone has a megaphone or portable microphone/speaker, please let me know. Any questions, suggestions, comments - we’re open to them!

     

    Summer SUN!   Wondering how to keep your children engaged over the summer when schools are closed? Buckman SUN is going virtual! This is still new for all of us, but we're excited to play games, learn some sweet dance moves, draw, and connect together online. 

    We invite students to join us for SUNrise camps with themes that change every week from 10-11am Monday-Thursday, and for afternoon "Snack & Stretch & Sketch" sessions, from 1:30-2:30pm Monday-Thursdays. We will also continue the "Try Try Try" and the relaxation drawing groups that have already been going. Everything will begin (or pick back up) June 15th and are open to "almost" 1st-5th graders. More details to come soon, but mark your calendars now! We look forward to seeing you (online) soon. Email Katie with any questions. 

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you over the summer with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her (503-858-0230) if you would like support finding resources or need assistance.  


    LIBRARY NEWS

    The Multnomah County Library Summer Reading Program is up and running! All PPS students are registered. Please see this slideshow for more information! (Also posted in SeeSaw and Google Classroom this past Monday, June 1st.)

     

    DISTRICT NEWS – SUMMER UPDATES

    Click here for Multnomah County Health Center summer information.

     

    SUMMER CHILD CARE PROGRAMS

    Due to COVID-19 state guidance for licensed childcare programs and health concerns, PPS will not be hosting summer childcare programs in our buildings. The exception is the Emergency Child Care program at Capitol Hill operated by Champions. Families can access the latest information about available child care slots by contacting 211info or visiting the PPS COVID resources page, and selecting the child care tab. 

     

    SUMMER MEALS FOR PPS STUDENTS

    The Nutrition Services department will be extending current meal services into the summer, June 11th through August 21st at all locations except Rigler and Harrison Park due to extensive construction projects.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided to any PPS student and any children in the community ages 1-18, Monday through Thursday. Meals for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are provided on Thursdays. Children do not need to be present to pick up the meals.  

     

    Meals will be available for pickup outside the school from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the locations below. 

    • Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary - 620 N Fremont Ave
    • César Chávez Elementary - 5103 N Willis Blvd
    • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary - 4906 NE 6th Ave
    • Franklin High School - 5405 SE Woodward St
    • George Middle School - 10000 N Burr Ave
    • Grout Elementary - 3119 SE Holgate Blvd
    • Lent School - 5105 SE 97th Ave
    • Madison at Marshall - 3905 SE 91st Ave
    • Markham Elementary - 10531 SW Capitol Hwy
    • Rosa Parks Elementary - 8960 N Woolsey Ave
    • Scott Elementary - 6700 NE Prescott St
    • Sitton Elementary - 9930 N Smith St
    • Woodmere Elementary - 7900 SE Duke St

     

    As in years past, the Nutrition Services department will partner with Portland Parks and Recreation to provide meals at 13 additional parks throughout the city starting June 22.   More information will be provided later about services times.  

     

    The park locations are listed below:

    Park Name

    ADDRESS

    Kenton Park

    N Delaware Avenue and N Kilpatrick Street

    Peninsula Park

    700 N Rosa Parks Way

    St Johns Park

    8427 N Central Street

    Columbia Park

    N Woolsey Avenue and N Winchell Street

    Alberta Park

    NE 19th Avenue and NE Jarrett Street

    Cully Park

    5810 NE 72nd Avenue

    Irving Park

    875 NE Fremont Street

    Khunamokwst Park

    5200 NE Alberta Street

    Montavilla Park

    NE 82nd Avenue and Glisan Street

    Essex Park

    SE 76th Avenue and Center Street

    Harrison Park

    SE 84th Avenue and Harrison Street

    Lents Park

    SE 92nd Avenue and SE Steele Street

    Mt Scott Park

    SE 72nd Avenue and SE Ramona Street

     

    IMAGINE, EXPLORE & CREATE: SUMMER FUN FOR K-5 STUDENTS

    3 weeks of fun for current K-5th grade students!

    • Students will EXPLORE, IMAGINE and CREATE an awesome project of your choice each week 
    • Create with items from in and around their home
    • Submit a photo or video of their weekly project to be showcased on our PPS summer gallery website 

    Photo or video project entries qualify students for a RAFFLE with great prizes...

     *Books  *Restaurant Take-Out Gift Cards   *OMSI Family Passes & more! 

    For more information & to register visit, bit.ly/PPS_Summer_2020

     

    OTHER NEWS

    Register for Kindergarten Online!
    If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, please register for kindergarten! To register, go to pps.net/kinderenroll. The process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option, but paper options will be available soon. Children with IEPs need to register using a paper form. 

    Click here to access this information translated into the 5 supported languages.

    Paper registration packets will be available in multiple languages at meal sites starting Wednesday, May 27th.
    Coming soon: The Early Learner Programs team is developing a family-centered kindergarten transition plan. We know families are worried about the start to school, especially kinders. We’re planning on a slower, more family-friendly approach this year. Early registration will ensure that families stay in the loop on updated plans for the start of school.

     

    Food Assistance

    As our community deals with fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to make Portland Public Schools families aware of a state benefit to help pay for food. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, or P-EBT, is available to help families offset the cost of meals that would have been consumed at school. It is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services.

    The P-EBT benefit is available to families with a student who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals and any student enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. For those families:

    • Households who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Association Program (SNAP), which offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families, will have benefits automatically deposited to their existing EBT accounts. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.  
    • Households who currently qualify for free or reduced-price meals or attend a CEP school will receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail along with instructions on how to activate or refuse benefits. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.

    For families not currently eligible and seeking benefits:

    • Households financially impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for SNAP. See the program’s website to learn more.
    • Families who have experienced income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online at pps.net/nutrition.

    For assistance with submitting a meal application, please contact the PPS Meal Benefits Office: mealbenefits@pps.net or 503-916-3402. 

    For Pandemic-EBT questions, please contact the Oregon Department of Human Services.

     

    K-8 Growth and Development Instruction for Spring 2020

    From Jenny Withycombe, Program Administrator, Health and Physical Education 

    PPS decided not to teach growth and development (comprehensive sexuality education) and/or violence prevention (Erin’s Law) in grades K-8 via Home-Based Distance Learning during the spring of 2020 because of a variety of reasons and challenges.   

    PPS teachers, administrators, counselors, and social workers continue to support students’ safety and are prepared to identify, prevent and intervene if a child or family needs support. In remote learning environments, it may be more difficult to assess safety and detect signs of child abuse. Educators and school personnel are still mandated reporters and the PPS Office of Student Success and Health provides guidance on what to do if a district employee suspects child abuse and/or neglect.

    Like ODE, PPS recognizes the fundamental role that parents, caregivers, and families play in preventing violence and abuse. Distance learning provides a window for dialogue between students and families around: naming important values, identifying emotions, sharing about health and safety, and exploring sexuality-related topics.  ODE has published a guide on Family Engagement during Distance Learning for All that will help to maximize the strengths of the students, families, and learning environments, while also acknowledging the real challenges given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in Oregon.  Families who would like to provide Comprehensive Sexuality Education and/or Violence Prevention lessons at home can access the curricula used in PPS - Rights, Respect, Responsibility (3Rs), developed by Advocates for Youth as well as Fight! Child Abuse developed by the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation.  Please also feel free to check out these resources for parents and caregivers posted by ODE: 

    Portland Public Schools is looking ahead, and will be working with the Oregon Department of Education on how to best support students during the 2020-2021 school year. 

     

     

    Thursday, May 28, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    Can you believe that next week, we turn our calendars to the month of June? My youngest child will celebrate his birthday in June. Despite all of the struggles that we have had during the shutdown, picture the brightness of a childing jumping up and down at the thought of cake. If you want to celebrate with us, join me the last week of school (June 8-10) at google meet code “BuckmanArtParty” and we will make cake together. We will also sing, dance, read, and kick this coronavirus school year to the curb!

    As I mentioned last week, families will receive end of year report cards. 

    This report is for the following dates:

    • March 16 - April 10  Supplemental learning due to COVID-19 (not including spring break) 
    • April 13 - June 11, Distance learning due to COVID-19

    This report gives one mark reflecting student participation in distance learning: 

    • Evidence of Participation 

              OR

    • No Evidence of Participation.

    In the 4th quarter of 2019-20 school year, Portland Public Schools converted to distance learning to reduce the spread of COVID-19 virus during the global pandemic. The teachers and administrators of PPS recognize that not all families had the same access to distance learning opportunities. Applying an equity lens, this 4th quarter report card was developed by acknowledging that students were working in circumstances beyond their control.

    Distance learning prioritized care, connection, and continuity of learning for all students. Teachers focused on maintaining connections with students, delivering innovative instruction, and ensuring that all learners had the opportunity to succeed and were not penalized by the extended school closure. Distance learning marks will not adversely affect student placement in the 2020-21 school year

    Take care everyone.

     Warmly,

    Teresa

     

    Important Dates and Reminders

    June 3 - 10am, coffee chat, use code “principalcoffeechat”

    June 4 - drive through promotion. 2pm - Nichenko, 2:30 - Clarkson 

    June 4 - last day for whole group meetings and assigning work

    June 8-10 - last week of school arts and electives activities, 10am-2pm “Buckman art party”

    June 11 - planning day for teachers

     

    AUCTION NEWS

    Thanks again for the phenomenal outpouring of support from the Buckman community in our first-ever online auction and paddle raise! We are thrilled to announce that we raised $48,400(including sponsorships), which will allow us to maintain current staffing levels for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Donations can still be made on our school auction website until June 30th.

     

    PTA NEWS

    Virtual Coffee Chat    Join us Wednesday, June 4th at 10 AM for our final coffee chat of the year with Principal Seidel. Log on to Google Meet using your student’s account and type in the code principalcoffeechat.

    Yearbook   The 2019-2020 yearbook is now available! Please go to https://buckman.picaboo.com for details. Hardcovers are $28 and softcovers are $18. eYearbooks are free! You can also personalize four pages of the book for an additional fee. An enormous THANKS to all the parents and teachers for supplying the content.

    SCRIP    Buy your SCRIP for the summer and help Buckman and the PTA.  We have the following items still available:

    Fred Meyer $25 and $50    //    New Seasons $50 and $100

    Safeway $25, $50 and $100    //    Amazon $100

    Burgerville $10    //    Chipotle $10

    Cinemark $25    //    Chili's $25

    Papa Murphy $10    //    Panera $10 and $25

    McMenamins $25    //    Regal $10

    Shell/76 $25    //    Starbucks $25

    Target $25, $50, $100    //    Washman $30

    Please reach out to Katie Barth at katiejabara@yahoo.com or 503-502-6517 to arrange a no-contact drop off.

     

    SUN NEWS

    Summer SUN!   Wondering how to keep your children engaged over the summer when schools are closed? Buckman SUN is going virtual! We didn't feel comfortable hosting physical camps with social distancing guidelines still in place, but we're excited to do online camps with Buckman students this summer.  

    Join us for SUNrise camps with themes that change every week from 9-10am Monday-Thursday, and for afternoon "Snack & Stretch & Sketch" sessions, from 1-2pm Monday-Thursdays. Both will begin June 15th. More details and information to come!

    Buckman Parent Support Group    SUN is now offering an online support group for parents/caregivers as we navigate this pandemic together. Join Katie, Jess, and other caregivers to discuss issues, challenges, and concerns that we are facing right now in this current crisis. Daytime and evening sessions available. Connect with Katie (503-858-0230) for more information.

    Donations Welcome   If you are willing and able, please consider donating to Buckman SUN or buying SCRIP from Katie Barth to support our wonderful community!

    Virtual SUN Activity with Tabitha!   Join Buckman SUN on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a fun activity hosted by Tabitha Teo for any Buckman students. Please email Tabitha to receive the meeting code. See you there!  

    Additional Resources and Information   If you have been laid off or need extra resources due to COVID-19, please read the information below:

    -    SNAP benefits will be maximized for all EBT-card holders. This means that if you weren't already receiving the highest amount for your household, you will be moving forward. Also, Amazon Fresh and  Amazon Pantry accept SNAP benefits in OR and WA, see here for more information. 

    -    Apply for unemployment benefits. They have expanded their eligibility requirements for now, so if you have been denied in the past, you may be eligible now. Same goes for OHP (Oregon Health Plan—publicly funded health insurance).

    -    Landlords and energy companies are generally not evicting or disconnecting services due to nonpayment at this time. However, please communicate with them so they can provide additional assistance or payment plans.

    -    If you are experiencing heightened anxiety and/or depression symptoms, you are not alone. Call the Multnomah County Crisis Line (503-988-4888) or Lines for Life (800-273-8255) to talk to someone who can help. 

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her (503-858-0230) if you would like support finding resources or need assistance.


    FIELD DAY NEWS

    The end of the school year is approaching fast and one way to celebrate our transition to summer is FIELD DAY! Woohoo! This is one of my favorite days of the year and I couldn't let our year end without it. Check out of the Virtual Field Day Link (also posted in your child's virtual classroom) to see how to compete in each event and how to submit your results. I would love to create a Virtual Field Day video to share with the entire Buckman family, please share videos and pictures of your students and family participating in the events through SeeSaw, Google classroom, or email. I was lucky enough to have some special guests as competitors in a few of the events... be sure to check them out!

     

    OTHER NEWS

    K-8 Growth and Development Instruction for Spring 2020

    From Jenny Withycombe, Program Administrator, Health and Physical Education 

    PPS decided not to teach growth and development (comprehensive sexuality education) and/or violence prevention (Erin’s Law) in grades K-8 via Home-Based Distance Learning during the spring of 2020 because of a variety of reasons and challenges.   

    PPS teachers, administrators, counselors, and social workers continue to support students’ safety and are prepared to identify, prevent and intervene if a child or family needs support. In remote learning environments, it may be more difficult to assess safety and detect signs of child abuse. Educators and school personnel are still mandated reporters and the PPS Office of Student Success and Health provides guidance on what to do if a district employee suspects child abuse and/or neglect

    Like ODE, PPS recognizes the fundamental role that parents, caregivers, and families play in preventing violence and abuse. Distance learning provides a window for dialogue between students and families around: naming important values, identifying emotions, sharing about health and safety, and exploring sexuality-related topics.  ODE has published a guide on Family Engagement during Distance Learning for All that will help to maximize the strengths of the students, families, and learning environments, while also acknowledging the real challenges given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in Oregon.  Families who would like to provide Comprehensive Sexuality Education and/or Violence Prevention lessons at home can access the curricula used in PPS - Rights, Respect, Responsibility (3Rs), developed by Advocates for Youth as well as Fight! Child Abuse developed by the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation.  Please also feel free to check out these resources for parents and caregivers posted by ODE:

    Portland Public Schools is looking ahead, and will be working with the Oregon Department of Education on how to best support students during the 2020-2021 school year. 

     

    Register for Kindergarten Online!
    If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, please register for kindergarten! To register, go to pps.net/kinderenroll. The process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option, but paper options will be available soon. Children with IEPs need to register using a paper form. 

    Click here to access this information translated into the 5 supported languages.

    Paper registration packets will be available in multiple languages at meal sites starting Wednesday, May 27th.


    Coming soon: The Early Learner Programs team is developing a family-centered kindergarten transition plan. We know families are worried about the start to school, especially kinders. We’re planning on a slower, more family-friendly approach this year. Early registration will ensure that families stay in the loop on updated plans for the start of school. 

    Food Assistance

    As our community deals with fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to make Portland Public Schools families aware of a state benefit to help pay for food. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, or P-EBT, is available to help families offset the cost of meals that would have been consumed at school. It is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services. 

    The P-EBT benefit is available to families with a student who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals and any student enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. For those families:

    • Households who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Association Program (SNAP), which offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families, will have benefits automatically deposited to their existing EBT accounts. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.  
    • Households who currently qualify for free or reduced-price meals or attend a CEP school will receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail along with instructions on how to activate or refuse benefits. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.

    For families not currently eligible and seeking benefits:

    • Households financially impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for SNAP. See the program’s website to learn more.
    • Families who have experienced income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online at pps.net/nutrition.

    For assistance with submitting a meal application, please contact the PPS Meal Benefits Office: mealbenefits@pps.net or 503-916-3402.

    For Pandemic-EBT questions, please contact the Oregon Department of Human Services.

     

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    A big thank you all for your incredible enthusiasm and support of our annual Buckman Auction. 2020’s auction was unlike anything we have ever seen. These funds help sustain Buckman’s comprehensive STEAM program by providing salaries for library and therapeutic intervention coach positions. My special thanks goes to every committee member, volunteer, sponsor, home-host and auction-item donor as well as purchaser. Your contributions of time, talent and treasure helped make this year's event an incredible success. In case you missed it, here’s the video for this year’s auction. Have those tissues nearby! 

    The 5th grade class is taking their performance online! In celebration of their years of growth and artistic development at Buckman, the Arts Team and the 5th grade class will present The 5th Grade Showcase, a video performance highlighting each student's unique artistic abilities. Check out this trailer created entirely by 5th  grader, Daniel Gerber. The 5th Grade Showcase will be coming to a device near you in early June!

    In response to new guidance from the Oregon Department of Education, PPS students will now be receiving 4th quarter report cards. This is new and different than what we had originally planned on. The report card will be pared down, and families will have the opportunity to meet one on one with teachers to discuss any questions that come up. Speaking of the last days of school, the last day that teachers will be hosing whole-class meetings or posting assignments will be Thursday, June 4. The week of June 8, we will be celebrating the end of the year, in true Buckman fashion – with the arts! From 10-2, June 8, 9, and 10, we will have open drop in classes from all of our elective teachers. Ms. Jess and I will also host a class! Details to come, but mark your calendars and use the google meet code “Buckman art party” to get in. That week, teachers will be meeting one on one with students and families for a final goodbye those last three days of school. Please check messages from your teachers on how to sign up for those one on one times.

    I wanted you all to know that Lexia and Dreambox subscriptions will not expire until expire July 31, 2020. Also, I’m sorry if you had trouble last week with accessing the link to the student checkout survey. Here it is again - I have re-set the permissions so you shouldn’t have any trouble this time. 

    I hope you all enjoy the 4 day weekend. Memorial Day is in honor of veterans who died in service to our country, and this year, it seems to be even more meaningful than ever.

    Warmly,

    Teresa

     

    Important Dates and Reminders

    May 25 - Memorial Day, no school

    June 4 - drive through promotion. 2pm - Nichenko, 2:30 - Clarkson 

    June 4 - last day for whole group meetings and assigning work

    June 8-10 - last week of school arts and electives activities, 10am-2pm “Buckman art party”

    June 11 - planning day for teachers

     

    FIELD DAY NEWS

    The end of the school year is approaching fast and one way to celebrate our transition to summer is FIELD DAY! Woohoo! This is one of my favorite days of the year and I couldn't let our year end without it. Please check out of the Virtual Field Day link (posted in your child's virtual classroom and below) to see how to compete in each event and how to submit your results. I would love to create a Virtual Field Day video to share with the entire Buckman family, please share videos and pictures of your students and family participating in the events. (Through SeeSaw, google classroom, or email)  I was lucky enough to have some special guests as competitors in a few of the events... be sure to check them out! 

    Field Day Link:

     

    AUCTION NEWS

    Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has participated in our online auction this year! As a reminder bidding ends at 7pm TONIGHT, however, if an item receives a bid within 3 minutes of closing time, bidding will extend for an additional 3 minutes for that item to allow for a counter offer. The bidding extensions will close at 7:15pm. 

     

    We know that these are challenging times and are so grateful to everyone who attended the kick-off party, bid on items, or pledged an outright donation during the event. Our initial goal of $40,000 was set as the minimum needed to maintain current staffing levels for the 2020-2021 school year. We’ll have a final tally next week of where our fundraising goals stand. With so much up in the air for our students; we’re grateful that we can continue to depend on the Buckman community to come together to support our kids and their teachers!

     

    GREEN TEAM NEWS

    Hi there from the Buckman Green Team! Do you ever wonder what Portland Public Schools is doing to help combat climate change? PPS has a sustainability team housed within the Facilities and Asset Management department. You can find out more about what they are doingor by subscribing to their newsletter here


    You can also see how Buckman's Energy use stacks up against other PPS facilities on the Energy Intensity Dashboard.

    Learn about recycling, calculate your carbon footprint, or take a nature walk with this list of sustainability activities for grade school children.

     

    PTA NEWS

    Yearbook    The 2019-2020 yearbook is now available! Order yours today, just go to https://buckman.picaboo.com for details.

    SCRIP and Donations   Email Katie Barth or contact the PTA through Konstella for SCRIP purchases and/or to arrange a donation for families-in-need.

     

    SUN NEWS

    Buckman Parent Support Group    SUN is now offering an online support group for parents/caregivers as we navigate this pandemic together. Join Katie, Jess, and other caregivers to discuss issues, challenges, and concerns that we are facing right now in this current crisis. Daytime and evening sessions available. Connect with Katie (503-858-0230) for more information.

    Donations Welcome   If you are willing and able, please consider donating to Buckman SUN or buying SCRIP from Katie Barth to support our wonderful community!

    Virtual SUN Activity with Tabitha!   Join Buckman SUN on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a fun activity hosted by Tabitha Teo for any Buckman students. Please email Tabitha to receive the meeting code. See you there!  

    Additional Resources and Information   If you have been laid off or need extra resources due to COVID-19, please read the information below:

    -        SNAP benefits will be maximized for all EBT-card holders. This means that if you weren't already receiving the highest amount for your household, you will be moving forward. Also, Amazon Fresh and  Amazon Pantry accept SNAP benefits in OR and WA, see here for more information. 

    -        Apply for unemployment benefits. They have expanded their eligibility requirements for now, so if you have been denied in the past, you may be eligible now. Same goes for OHP (Oregon Health Plan—publicly funded health insurance).

    -        Landlords and energy companies are generally not evicting or disconnecting services due to nonpayment at this time. However, please communicate with them so they can provide additional assistance or payment plans.

    -        If you are experiencing heightened anxiety and/or depression symptoms, you are not alone. Call the Multnomah County Crisis Line (503-988-4888) or Lines for Life (800-273-8255) to talk to someone who can help. 

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her (503-858-0230) if you would like support finding resources or need assistance.

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    Have you been wondering about returning library and textbook items to your school? Not to worry!  We are following StayHome/StaySafe practices and are not calling for books to be returned at this time. As soon as we know when collection can occur, you’ll receive another notice.  

    If you have questions about any items, plan to contact your library staff when school resumes next Fall. Thank you in advance for keeping track of the PPS books you have in your care.  

     

    COUNSELOR NEWS

    In case you haven't heard the big news from the school counseling program, watch my latest video to find out about next year's attendance animal. In Covid distance learning times, I'm using the llamas and the anticipation about next year's animal to bring lightness to our community. We all want something positive to unite around, and it might as well be an adorable animal. Please send drawings to Ms. Jess!

    This video: Mental Health Matters is from the PPS department of student services and contains resources for caring for our mental health during this time. I am here to offer referrals for counseling, for a family or student check-in, and on Tuesdays at the Parent Support Group with Katie from SUN. 

     

    OTHER NEWS

    Register for Kindergarten Online!

    If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, please register for kindergarten! To register, go to pps.net/kinderenroll. The process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option, but paper options will be available soon. You don’t need to register if your child attends a PPS Head Start or Pre-Kindergarten program. Children with IEPs need to register using a paper form. 

    Click here to access this blurb translated into the 5 supported languages

    Paper registration packets will be available in multiple languages at meal sites starting Wednesday, May 27th.


    Coming soon: The Early Learner Programs team is developing a family-centered kindergarten transition plan. We know families are worried about the start to school, especially kinders. We’re planning on a slower, more family-friendly approach this year. Early registration will ensure that families stay in the loop on updated plans for the start of school.

     

    Food Assistance

    As our community deals with fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to make Portland Public Schools families aware of a state benefit to help pay for food. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, or P-EBT, is available to help families offset the cost of meals that would have been consumed at school. It is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services.

     

    The P-EBT benefit is available to families with a student who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals and any student enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. For those families:

    • Households who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Association Program (SNAP), which offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families, will have benefits automatically deposited to their existing EBT accounts. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.  
    • Households who currently qualify for free or reduced-price meals or attend a CEP school will receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail along with instructions on how to activate or refuse benefits. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.

     

    For families not currently eligible and seeking benefits:

    • Households financially impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for SNAP. See the program’s website to learn more.
    • Families who have experienced income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online at pps.net/nutrition.

    For assistance with submitting a meal application, please contact the PPS Meal Benefits Office: mealbenefits@pps.net or 503-916-3402.

    For Pandemic-EBT questions, please contact the Oregon Department of Human Services.

     

    Thursday, May 14, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    It’s May, and that means flowers are in bloom AND it’s Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Here is a list of a few notable Asian Americans who have made a difference, along with the teacher’s guide on discussing it since, well...

    I can’t wait to see everyone at the auction tomorrow night!

    To get into the meet, go to this link, or meet.google.com/wvb-aojy-vaf to join us at 6:30 on Friday. We are partners in your child’s education, now more than ever. This auction will be a time of celebration, community, and connection and I hope to see you all there.

    This week, Aimee Stephens, transgender rights activist, passed away and it reminded me that amid this battle with coronavirus, there are many among us who are still fighting other battles as well. Aimee was fired from her job in 2013 after coming out to her boss as being transgender. It is expected that the Supreme Court will decide on her case in a mere few weeks. We can all learn from Aimee Stephens, and teach our children that there are always brave people to carve the paths that we walk on.

    Not too late to submit the survey on picking up student belongings. If you do not have any items (books, school supplies, art work and portfolio) that you plan on retrieving, please fill this quick survey out so we can help with the clean up of the school. 

    Take care everyone. 

    Teresa

    Important Dates and Reminders:

    May 15 - 6:30pm, auction  

    May 25 - Memorial Day, no school

    June 4 - drive through 5th grade promotion. 2pm - Nichenko, 2:30 - Clarkson 

    June 10 - last day of school for students

    June 11 - planning day for teachers

     

     

    AUCTION NEWS

    The Buckman Auction is going digital throughout the week of May 15-21, and the online kick-off party is happening TOMORROW, May 15 at 6:30pm! Register to bid on amazing items as part of our biggest fundraiser of the year. We know times are uncertain; we appreciate your support of Buckman staff and students!

    A few things to know:

    • Online bidding begins at 6pm on Friday, May 15th and ends at 7pm on Thursday, May 21.
    • After you register, head over to West Coast Grocery to pick up a free 16 oz. beer of your choice (available for curbside pick up until May 15th) so you are ready to raise your WCG can during our big toast at the Kick Off Party.
    • Join us for a Kick Off Party from 6:30-7pm on Friday, May 15th. Join via the Google Meet link here.
    • One Golden Ticket winner will be chosen at random during the Kick Off Party. Winner can choose from June Lake Pines, Astoria House, or the Camping in Style packages.
    • Bid on ANY item during the online auction (May 15-21) to be entered to win a fabulous Blueberry Yuzu Gin & Tonic cocktail kit graciously donated by Aria Gin! This handcrafted kit contains everything you need to make 16 amazing drinks.

     

    PTA NEWS

    Yearbook    The 2019-2020 yearbook is now available! Go to https://buckman.picaboo.com for more details. Hardcovers are $28 and softcovers are $18; eYearbooks are free! You can also personalize four yearbook pages for an additional fee. An enormous THANKS to all the parents and teachers for supplying the content. Even though it has been an abbreviated year, this book feels more special because we can’t be together during this time.

     PTA General Meeting    Thank you to all who attended.  We passed our budget! See you at our next meeting in the fall.

    SCRIP and Donations   Email Katie Barth or contact the PTA through Konstella for SCRIP purchases and/or to arrange a donation for families-in-need.

     

    SUN NEWS

    Buckman Parent Support Group    SUN is now offering an online support group for parents/caregivers as we navigate this pandemic together. This group is intended to be an informal, welcoming group which provides an opportunity for dialogue and peer support. Join Katie, Jess, and other caregivers to discuss issues, challenges, and concerns that we are facing right now in this current crisis. Daytime and evening sessions available. Connect with Katie for more information - kolson@impactnw.org or  503-858-0230. 

    Donations Welcome   If you are willing and able, please consider donating to Buckman SUN or buying SCRIP from Katie Barth to support our wonderful community!

    Virtual SUN Activity with Tabitha!   Join Buckman SUN on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a fun activity hosted by Tabitha Teo for any Buckman students. Please email Tabitha at tteo@impactnw.org to receive the meeting code. See you there!  

    Additional Resources and Information   If you have been laid off or need extra resources due to COVID-19, here are some new updates for you:

    • SNAP benefits will be maximized for all EBT-card holders. This means that if you weren't already receiving the highest amount for your household, you will moving forward. Also, Amazon Fresh and  Amazon Pantry accept SNAP benefits in OR and WA, see here for more information. 
    • Apply for unemployment benefits. They have expanded their eligibility requirements for now, so if you have been denied in the past, you may be eligible now. Same goes for OHP (Oregon Health Plan - publicly funded health insurance).
    • Landlords and energy companies are generally not evicting or disconnecting services due to nonpayment at this time. However, please be in communication with them so they can help with more assistance or payment plans to support you.
    • If you are experiencing heightened anxiety and/or depression symptoms right now, know that you are not alone. Call the Multnomah County Crisis Line (503-988-4888) or Lines for Life (800-273-8255) to talk to someone who can help. 

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230 if you would like support with navigating or finding resources or assistance with anything.

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    Have you been wondering about returning library and textbook items to your school? Not to worry!  We are following StayHome/StaySafe practices and are not calling for books to be returned at this time. As soon as we know when collection can occur, you’ll receive another notice.  

    If you have questions about any items, plan to contact your library staff when school resumes next Fall. Thank you in advance for keeping track of the PPS books you have in your care.  

    Be well and be safe,

    Darcy Rudnick, LMS

     

    COUNSELOR NEWS

    In case you haven't heard the big news from the school counseling program, watch  my latest video  to find out about next year's attendance animal. In Covid distance learning times, I'm using the llamas and the anticipation about next year's animal to bring lightness to our community. We all want something positive to unite around, and it might as well be an adorable animal. Please send drawings to Ms. Jess!

    This video: Mental Health Matters is from the PPS department of student services and contains resources for caring for our mental health during this time. I am here to offer referrals for counseling, for a family or student check-in, and on Tuesdays at the Parent Support Group with Katie from SUN. 

     

    OTHER NEWS

    Online Kindergarten Registration
    If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, please register for kindergarten! To register, go to pps.net/kinderenroll. The process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option, but paper options will be available soon. 

    Food Assistance

    As our community deals with fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to make Portland Public Schools families aware of a state benefit to help pay for food. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, or P-EBT, is available to help families offset the cost of meals that would have been consumed at school. It is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services. 

    The P-EBT benefit is available to families with a student who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals and any student enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. For those families:

    • Households who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Association Program (SNAP), which offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families, will have benefits automatically deposited to their existing EBT accounts. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.  
    • Households who currently qualify for free or reduced-price meals or attend a CEP school will receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail along with instructions on how to activate or refuse benefits. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.

    For families not currently eligible and seeking benefits:

    • Households financially impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for SNAP. See the program’s website to learn more.
    • Families who have experienced income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online at pps.net/nutrition.

    For assistance with submitting a meal application, please contact the PPS Meal Benefits Office: mealbenefits@pps.net or 503-916-3402.

    For Pandemic-EBT questions, please contact the Oregon Department of Human Services.

     

    Run for the Arts Annual Student Design Contest

    Over the last 40 years, Young Audiences Run for the Arts has helped schools raise nearly $18 million dollars for arts education and has become an established Northwest tradition.

    One of the most exciting parts of this program is the yearly student-designed t-shirt, poster, and other printed materials! Please help us continue this wonderful creative tradition by encouraging your students to submit a design to our Run for the Arts Design Contest, and they could win:

    • $350 cash prize
    • Their design featured on Run for the Arts t-shirts, posters and publications
    • Meet with a professional graphic designer
    • Tour the shirt printing facility

    You can learn more about the contest and download printable entry forms on our website.

     

    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    I have really enjoyed popping into virtual classrooms. It is so endearing to see a kindergartener lying sideways, cereal mid-way to his mouth, pause when his teacher asks him a reflective question. I love seeing our creative teachers find new and bizarre ways to engage their students virtually (I have seen superhero masks, markers on faces, and 80s inspired hair-dos, to name a few). I always get a warm fuzzie when your family pets make their way onto the screens, but most of all, I have loved seeing your children and their beautiful smiles engaging with their classmates and teachers in this new way. We know that behind every student, there is a loving adult helping to make this happen. Thank you all so much. 

    I am sending the weekly news out on Thursdays now, as the school district is closed on Fridays. All staff have been directed to turn their email and work off on Fridays.  If you want to learn more about how that came to be, I invite you to our PTA meeting on Monday at 7pm. Use the google meet code “buckmanpta”. 

    5th grade students and families - I have invited my friend, and the principal of Hosford, Caitlin Klenz, to join us for an informal q & a right before the PTA meeting at 6:30. Use the same code to get in, and Caitlin and I (I taught 6-8 math for 9 years!) will be there to answer all things middle school!

    Right now, I still don’t have word from the district on when families will be allowed back into the building to clear out their belongings. If you do not have any items (books, school supplies, art work and portfolio) that you plan on retrieving, please fill this quick survey out so we can help with the clean up of the school. 

    Thank you so much everyone!

    Warmly,

    Teresa

     

    Important Dates and Reminders :

    May 15 - 6:30pm, auction 

    May 25 - Memorial Day, no school

    June 4 - drive through 5th grade promotion. 2pm - Nichenko, 2:30 - Clarkson 

    June 10 - last day of school for students

    June 11 - planning day for teachers

     

    AUCTION NEWS

    The Buckman Auction is getting creative this year and is taking the party online—now a week-long event May 15-21! Join Principal Seidel and the Buckman community for a Zoom kickoff party on May 15 from 6:30-7pm. Signup to participate in the auction is FREE (but a credit card is required for bidding) and open to anyone! Share the link wildly, invite all friends and family who want to support Buckman this year. Bidding opens at 6pm on May 15 and closes promptly at 9pm on May 21st!

    Lots of cool things you can expect Auction week:

    • Our platinum sponsor, West Coast Grocery, is offering a complimentary 16oz beer to anyone who signs up by May 15; curbside pickup available! Together, we’ll toast to WCG and Buckman at the kickoff party!

    • Buy a $50 Golden Ticket and you will be entered to win YOUR CHOICE of one of these three getaways: Camping in Style, Astoria House, or June Lake Pines! Winner will be announced at the kickoff party.

    • Throughout the week, bidding will be open and you will receive notifications if you have been outbid. It’s easy! Vacations, staycations, staff art, gift cards and awesome packages — there is something for everyone! Check out the catalog ahead of time so you can get your bidding sorted out in advance.

    We need to raise an additional $40,000 to keep staffing levels the same next year as this year. We want to acknowledge that the burdens of these challenging times are not falling equally in our community. We hope that those who can will bid and give generously, and we invite all families to join us in the kickoff party celebration regardless of your ability to contribute financially. We are all in this together!

     

    COUNSELOR NEWS

    It was so wonderful to see some of you passing by school during the pandemic parade last week! If you missed Caesar the No Drama Llama, have no fear: he will return next year for hugs! 

    3rd-5th graders are invited to a (virtual) Relaxation Group on Thursdays @ 11am-noon on google meets. This is not a social group, but rather a guided relaxation time using drawing and writing. Nickname is relax345

    A few more links for you to bring calm at home:

    Relax and Draw with Ms. Jess

    https://bit.ly/calmhunt

    https://bit.ly/calmbingo

    Calming Room  

    Also, be sure to check out the first edition of the 4th Grade Times, a digital newspaper, and brainchild of 4th graders Cedar, Violet, Ava, Rhythm, and Luna! They are looking for kids (and adults) who want to be interviewed, cool places in Portland to go on walks (that are open), and easy recipes for cooking in quarantine.

     

    PTA NEWS

    PTA General Meeting    Join us for our general meeting next Monday, May 11, at 7pm. We'll discuss next year's budget, hear more about the auction, and answer any questions you may have. Log on to Google Meet using your student's account and type the meeting code buckmanpta.

    Virtual Coffee Chat with Principal Seidel   Thank you to all who attended our first virtual coffee chat! Stay tuned for our final coffee chat of the school year happening in June.

    SCRIP and Donations   Email Katie Barth or contact the PTA through Konstella for SCRIP purchases and/or to arrange a donation for families-in-need.

     

    SUN NEWS

    Buckman Parent Support Group    SUN is now offering an online support group for parents/caregivers as we navigate this pandemic together. This group is intended to be an informal, welcoming group which provides an opportunity for dialogue and peer support. Join Katie, Jess, and other caregivers to discuss issues, challenges, and concerns that we are facing right now in this current crisis. Daytime and evening sessions available. Connect with Katie for more information - kolson@impactnw.org or  503-858-0230. 

    Donations Welcome   If you are willing and able, please consider donating to Buckman SUN or buying SCRIP from Katie Barth to support our wonderful community!

    Virtual SUN Activity with Tabitha!   Join Buckman SUN on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a fun activity hosted by Tabitha Teo for any Buckman students. Please email Tabitha at tteo@impactnw.org to receive the meeting code. See you there!  

    Additional Resources and Information   If you have been laid off or need extra resources due to COVID-19, here are some new updates for you:

    • SNAP benefits will be maximized for all EBT-card holders. This means that if you weren't already receiving the highest amount for your household, you will moving forward. Also, Amazon Fresh and  Amazon Pantry accept SNAP benefits in OR and WA, see here for more information. 

    • Apply for unemployment benefits. They have expanded their eligibility requirements for now, so if you have been denied in the past, you may be eligible now. Same goes for OHP (Oregon Health Plan - publicly funded health insurance).

    • Landlords and energy companies are generally not evicting or disconnecting services due to nonpayment at this time. However, please be in communication with them so they can help with more assistance or payment plans to support you.

    • If you are experiencing heightened anxiety and/or depression symptoms right now, know that you are not alone. Call the Multnomah County Crisis Line (503-988-4888) or Lines for Life (800-273-8255) to talk to someone who can help. 

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230 if you would like support with navigating or finding resources or assistance with anything.

     

    OTHER NEWS

    Run for the Arts Annual Student Design Contest

    Over the last 40 years, Young Audiences Run for the Arts has helped schools raise nearly $18 million dollars for arts education and has become an established Northwest tradition. 

    One of the most exciting parts of this program is the yearly student-designed t-shirt, poster, and other printed materials! Please help us continue this wonderful creative tradition by encouraging your students to submit a design to our Run for the Arts Design Contest, and they could win:

    • $350 cash prize

    • Their design featured on Run for the Arts t-shirts, posters and publications

    • Meet with a professional graphic designer

    • Tour the shirt printing facility

    You can learn more about the contest and download printable entry forms on our website.

     

    Friday, May 1, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    So good to see all of you at the Buckman parade today. My heart was full of emotion that I didn’t realize was building up in there. If you couldn’t make it, know that we felt you in spirit, and that together, we will get through these trying times. Shout out to Jess, for inviting our special guest, Cesar the no-drama-llama!

    Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and I invite all of you to join me in saying THANK YOU to our incredible teaching staff. I haven’t personally assigned any homework yet this year, but if there is ever a time to express some gratitude for our teachers, next week is the time to do it. They are working hard, none of us were trained for this, and they are stepping it up every single day. If you want to mail a card or letter to your teacher next week, I will make sure it gets to them! Send it to Buckman at 320 SE 16th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214.

    During the week of May 4, students who have items in their classroom or locker that are essential to support their home-based distance learning (such as textbooks or musical instruments) or their health (such as epi-pens, inhalers, or other medical supplies) may work with school administrators to retrieve such items. 

    I will be in the building on Monday and can arrange for contactless delivery of essential items for your student. This includes medicine or any academic items that is needed for online studies. Send me an email on what you want me to retrieve, I will get it and set it in the front of the school for you to pick up that day. For the safety of our students and our staff, please only contact Teresa if an item is essential for your family.  

     

    And just like that, we welcome the month of May. May you all have a lovely weekend.


    Warmly,

    Teresa

     

     

    AUCTION NEWS

    The Buckman Auction is going digital! We’re getting creative with our auction this year, now scheduled as a week-long online event launching May 15th and culminating with a school-wide virtual gathering for the final hour of the auction on May 21st. With online bidding from your own home, this year's events will raise critical funds needed to support our school and students.

     

    The event will kick off with Zoom parties on May 15 so you can learn about virtual and traditional auction items and packages, including lots of great activities with teachers, and learn the ins-and-outs of the bidding process. We’re looking for kick off party hosts in every grade! If you are interested in being a Zoom host, please contact the team at auction@buckmanelementary.org!

     

    To bid at the auction, you need to register with an email and credit card, but registration is easy and FREE! Plus, our amazing auction sponsor West Coast Grocery is offering a free 16 oz. beer of your choice to every registrant, with curbside pick up available from May 11-15th. SIGN UP NOW!

    We are trying to raise an additional $40,000 to keep staffing levels the same next year as this year. We believe we can do this, but we want to acknowledge that  the burdens of these challenging times are not falling equally in our community. We hope those who can, will bid and give generously, and we invite all families to join us at the kickoff parties and culminating celebration regardless of your ability to contribute financially.

     

    PTA NEWS

    PTA General Meeting    Join us for our general meeting on Monday, May 11th at 7pm. We'll discuss next year's budget, hear more about the auction, and answer any questions you may have. Log on to Google Meet using your student's account and type the meeting code buckmanpta.

     

    SCRIP and Donations   SCRIP sales and donation collections are still happening! Please email Katie Barth or contact the PTA through Konstella for SCRIP purchases. Donations can be made via Venmo to @katiejoybarth). Scrip cards in stock: Fred Meyer, New Seasons, Safeway, Amazon, Target, Burgerville, Chipotle, Chili's, Panera, Pastini, Starbucks, and Washman  

     

    Call for Pictures for 2019-2020 Yearbook   We need pictures! If you have photos from this school year, please send them to yearbookbuckman@gmail.com. You can even send pictures of the educating happening at home! Just note these few requirements:

    - Higher resolution photos, please

    - Include the grade level of the kids in the picture (kids’ and teacher’s names are also helpful)

    - Consider the “distance” of the subject (the closer, the better—just think how it would look as a 3”x3” print)

     

    SUN NEWS

    Buckman Parent Support Group    SUN is now offering an online support group for parents/caregivers as we navigate this pandemic together. This group is intended to be an informal, welcoming group which provides an opportunity for dialogue and peer support. Join Katie, Jess, and other caregivers to discuss issues, challenges, and concerns that we are facing right now in this current crisis. Daytime and evening sessions available. Connect with Katie for more information - kolson@impactnw.org or  503-858-0230. 

     

    Donations Welcome   If you are willing and able, please consider donating to Buckman SUN or buying SCRIP from Katie Barth to support our wonderful community!

     

    Virtual SUN Activity with Tabitha!   Join Buckman SUN on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30pm for a fun activity hosted by Tabitha Teo for any Buckman students. Please email Tabitha at tteo@impactnw.org to receive the meeting code. See you there!  

     

    Additional Resources and Information   If you have been laid off or need extra resources due to COVID-19, here are some new updates for you:

    • SNAP benefits will be maximized for all EBT-card holders. This means that if you weren't already receiving the highest amount for your household, you will moving forward. Also, Amazon Fresh and  Amazon Pantry accept SNAP benefits in OR and WA, see here for more information. 
    • Apply for unemployment benefits. They have expanded their eligibility requirements for now, so if you have been denied in the past, you may be eligible now. Same goes for OHP (Oregon Health Plan - publicly funded health insurance).
    • Landlords and energy companies are generally not evicting or disconnecting services due to nonpayment at this time. However, please be in communication with them so they can help with more assistance or payment plans to support you.
    • If you are experiencing heightened anxiety and/or depression symptoms right now, know that you are not alone. Call the Multnomah County Crisis Line (503-988-4888) or Lines for Life (800-273-8255) to talk to someone who can help. 

     

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230 if you would like support with navigating or finding resources or assistance with anything.

     

    NEWS FOR INCOMING KINDERGARTEN FAMILIES

    While the current school closures include Buckman's office, lots of work continues to happen behind the scenes, from our homes, in a different capacity. I am able to complete some registrations from home and will continue to work on registering your incoming students during this time. The district’s move to online registration this year could not have come at a better time - as I'll be relying on this tool significantly during this school closure. 

     

    We are asking parents to complete the online registration (https://www.pps.net/Page/14787). Completing everything online will be the fastest way to register your child. If you were not able to submit Immunization Records & Birth Certificate online, you can email these two proofs to kcathcar@pps.net. Here are instructions on how to convert photos to a PDF from your phone/ipad.

     

    Student Registration Checklist:

    You will need the following to complete your child's registration:

    •       Birth Certificate or Passport
    •       Immunization Records
    •       Proof of Address (2 documents required) 

                       Examples include utility bill, cell phone bill, rental agreement, bank statement, insurance statement, or mortgage closing papers. 

                       All must be recent and have the parent or guardian’s name listed

    •       Vision & Dental Screening Form- for any child age 7 or younger
    •       Completed Registration Form - online at the Portland Public School website pps.net/enroll

     

    Questions and Answers:

    1. I have completed all the steps required for registration, but I have not received a confirmation that my child's registration has been accepted/complete. Is there something else I need to do at this point?
    2. At this point, I have a number of registrations pending. I will be notifying families as needed concerning missing documents.

     

    1. We have missed the online registration deadline of March 20th, can we still register our child?
    2. Yes, please complete the online registration as soon as possible (https://www.pps.net/Page/14787). 

     

    1. When do we find out who my child's Teacher is?
    2. Currently, the plan is for you to receive information in August with a scheduled time for your child’s Kindergarten Assessment. The half hour assessments will be held on September 2nd and 3rd. (These dates could change.) You will receive your child’s teacher assignment after the assessments are complete, and full day classes for Kindergarten will begin on Monday, September 8.

     

    Thanks for your patience. Please email me with additional questions you may have.

    Karen Cathcart - Buckman School Secretary

     

     

    Has your student been missing the school lunches? Here are some recipes from Chef Julie who runs the Buckman lunchroom:

    Heritage family foods - teriyaki sauce and most of our sauces.

    Roadrunner is the name of our pizza maker.  Quite a few local stores carry it, but not sure if they carry the whole wheat pizza

    Truit - 3 bean vegetarian chili

    Trident - fish sticks

    Tiny foods - mozzarella bread sticks

    Teinda de lion -  tamales 

     

    Seasoned Pinto Beans

    3 cans of pinto beans, drained

    ¼ tsp.chili powder

    ½ cup of mild salsa

    1 toe of garlic chopped

    1 tsp cumin

    Combine all ingredients. Preheat oven to 350. Cook for about ½ hr. or until heated to 165. Serve over brown rice. Tortilla chips on side. You can add more spice if you would like.

     

    Garbanzo Bean Salad

    2 cans of drained garbanzo beans

    1 clove of garlic, chopped

    10 grape tomatoes halved

    6 leaves of basil chopped

    1 TBS of apple cider or seasoned vinegar

    1 TBS of oil

    salt and pepper to taste

    Combine and serve. You might want more vinegar and oil. We serve this without basil and tomatoes if not in season. 

     

    Friday, April 24, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    I hope everyone is doing well! I have a few events that I’m excited to share with you all, both happening on the same day. Next Friday, May 1, from 10-11am, I invite all of you to join me in a google meet, for our first digital principal coffee chat! We will check in on how everyone is doing, I’ll give an update on where we are heading, and we will provide families to connect with one another. To get into the meeting, you will need to be logged into your student’s account and go to meets, and type in principalcoffeechat. Hope to see you all then! 

     

    Secondly, we know that many of your students have been missing school, and missing their teachers. We have missed them too! Next Friday, from 3-4, the Buckman staff will be parked around the building waving and saying hello to all who pass by. We invite you to drive/bike/walk/scoot past the school to give a shout and smile. 

     

    Lastly, as we head in to the end of the school year, I will be working with the staff on making class placements for next year. Our school’s goal is to have students in heterogeneous and well-balanced classrooms while upholding an equitable process for all of our students to arrive at our goal. We work collaboratively to consider various data and criteria (both quantitative and qualitative) to inform our decisions. We use information from the current homeroom, specials teachers, special education teachers, counselors, and admin about each students’ progress, skill levels, special needs, social-emotional characteristics, and learning styles to determine the appropriate placement. If you would like to share some information about your student that would be helpful for us to consider, please email Sam, at sbruner@pps.net, for a copy of the Student Learning Profile form in the office and email it back to her by May 10th. 

     

    I have truly loved getting a sneak peak into all of the digital learning going on. One of my favorite questions that a teacher posed to her students this week was “if you could have one superpower, what would it be?”. Wouldn’t you know it, one of her students selected to have the superpower of pausing time. Maybe this is indeed our time - time to pause, reflect, learn, love and grow. It is a time for unrelenting tenderness and immeasurable patience. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

     

    Warmly,

    Teresa

     

    AUCTION NEWS

    We’re taking the Buckman Auction online! While we can’t meet in person, we can still support the people who are a critical part of our school: the staff who make Buckman Buckman! We’re getting creative with our auction this year, now scheduled as a week-long online event launching May 15th and culminating with a school-wide virtual gathering for the final hour of the auction on May 21st. 


     

    We’ll be launching the auction with Zoom kick off parties on May 15 where you can learn about virtual and traditional auction items and packages, including lots of great activities with teachers, and learn the ins and outs of the bidding process while connecting with other parents. We’re looking for kick off party hosts in every grade, or even every class. If you are interested in being a Zoom host, please reach out to the team at auction@buckmanelementary.org!

     

    You do need to sign up and register a credit card in order to bid in the auction, but registration is easy and free! And better yet, our amazing auction sponsor West Coast Grocery is offering a free 16 oz. beer of your choice to every registrant, pick up from May 11-15th. 

     

    Head to buckmanelementary.org to click the link to register today!

     

    Teresa has crunched the numbers and we need to raise an additional $40,000 to keep staffing levels the same next year as this year. We believe we can do this, but we want to acknowledge that we understand that the burdens of these challenging times are not falling equally in our community. We hope those who can, will bid and give generously, and we invite all families to join us at the kickoff parties and culminating celebration regardless of your ability to contribute.

     

    COUNSELOR NEWS

    Here is an activity to help students (and adults) think about 6 elements of daily self-care. The last part of the video asks you to send me ideas for next year's animal of the year! You can post photos of your child with their SCLOMP paper or any other counseling activities here: Photos for Ms. Jess

     

    SCLOMP for Self-Care!    Get a paper and a pen and write the ways you SCLOMP. That means the ways you take care of your body, heart, and mind by getting enough Sleep, Connection, Learning, Outside time, Movement, and Planning for good things in the future.

     

    PTA NEWS

    PTA General Meeting    Our April general meeting was postponed, but we are working on setting a date for a virtual meeting in May. Stay tuned!

     

    Virtual Coffee Chat with Principal Seidel    In an effort to keep our community connected, we have asked Principal Seidel if she would host a virtual coffee chat. Before we proceed, we want to gauge your interest in attending a coffee chat; we also want to know what you would like to discuss. Please email us at pta@buckmanelementary.org (or message us via Konstella) stating your interest and noting any topics/issues you’d like to have addressed.

     

    SCRIP and Donations   SCRIP sales and donation collections are still happening! Please email Katie Barth or contact the PTA through Konstella for SCRIP purchases. Donations can be made via Venmo to @katiejoybarth). Scrip cards in stock: Fred Meyer, New Seasons, Safeway, Amazon, Target, Burgerville, Chipotle, Chili's, Panera, Pastini, Starbucks, and Washman  

     

    Call for Pictures for 2019-2020 Yearbook   We need pictures! If you have photos from this school year, please send them to yearbookbuckman@gmail.com. You can even send pictures of the educating happening at home! Just note these few requirements:

    - Higher resolution photos, please

    - Include the grade level of the kids in the picture (kids’ and teacher’s names are also helpful)

    - Consider the “distance” of the subject (the closer, the better—just think how it would look as a 3”x3” print)

     

    SUN NEWS

    Buckman Parent Support Group    SUN is now offering an online support group for parents/caregivers as we navigate this pandemic together. This group is intended to be an informal, welcoming group which provides an opportunity for dialogue and peer support. Join Katie, Jess, and other caregivers to discuss issues, challenges, and concerns that we are facing right now in this current crisis. Daytime and evening sessions available. Connect with Katie for more information - kolson@impactnw.org or  503-858-0230. 

     

    Donations Welcome   If you are willing and able, please consider donating to Buckman SUN or buying SCRIP from Katie Barth to support our wonderful community!

     

    Virtual SUN Activity with Tabitha!   Join Buckman SUN Tuesday, April 28th and Thursday, April 30th at 3:30pm for a fun activity hosted by Tabitha Teo for any Buckman students. Please email Tabitha at tteo@impactnw.org to receive the meeting code. See you there!  

     

    Additional Resources and Information   If you have been laid off or need extra resources due to COVID-19, here are some new updates for you:

    • SNAP benefits will be maximized for all EBT-card holders. This means that if you weren't already receiving the highest amount for your household, you will movingforward. Also, Amazon Fresh and  Amazon Pantry accept SNAP benefits in OR and WA, see herefor more information. 
    • Apply for unemployment benefits.They have expanded their eligibility requirements for now, so if you have been denied in the past, you may be eligible now. Same goes for OHP(Oregon Health Plan - publicly funded health insurance).
    • Landlords and energy companies are generally not evicting or disconnecting services due to nonpayment at this time. However, please be in communication with them so they can help with more assistance or payment plans to support you.
    • If you are experiencing heightened anxiety and/or depression symptoms right now, know that you are not alone. Call the Multnomah County Crisis Line (503-988-4888) or Lines for Life (800-273-8255) to talk to someone who can help. 

     

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230 if you would like support with navigating or finding resources or assistance with anything.

     

    MOBILE DENTAL CLINICS

    Governor Brown has specially opened up emergency mobile dental clinics to help people while dental clinics are closed. Click here for more information.

     

    Friday, April 17, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Hope you are all well and healthy, and are settling into some sort of routine with virtual schooling. Some families are getting onto the Seesaw (k-2) or Google Classroom (3-5) platforms daily. This is helpful if you are able to make that work for your family. I am including some short videos with directions on how to get into the virtual learning spaces. We have learned that Chrome is the best browser for all things school related, and also to make sure students are logged into their Google accounts (instructions in the videos). Additionally, you can always email me if you want one on one support with this. 

    Getting into seesaw: video

    Getting into google meets: video

    Getting into google classroom by way of clever: video 

    Looking towards the end of the year, we are in search of a few volunteers to run 5th grade promotion. Please email me tseidel@pps.net if you are interested. 

    Beginning mid-May, the staff and I will begin looking at making class lists for next year. I will be sending information next week about that process and how families may share their input. And finally, to end your week on a note of laughter, here are the jokes of the week. Tell your kids to keep them coming - and if they send a video, I may include it in the newsletter too! 

    Take care everyone,

    Teresa 

    Notes from others: 

    COUNSELING NEWS

    It has been wonderful to see some of your students in the class meetings I've been starting to pop in to visit. The level of patience shown by teachers, parents, and kids is really amazing. If you need help getting on to a class meeting, Google Classroom, or Seesaw, I am here to help! Sometimes just having a voice on the other end of the phone as you click all the links makes it more doable. Of course we can each figure it out one way or another on our own, but it's so much easier and sweeter with someone else. If your child is struggling, I'm here for that too. Here's this week's lesson, if you'd like to take a peek and build a calming space out of random household objects.

    Make your own Australia with Ms. Jess 

    Warmly,

    Ms. Jess

    Email: jfirest1@pps.net

    Text or Call: 503-482-8366

     

    DISTRICT DEVICE DISTRIBUTION UPDATE

    • When: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Where: PPS district office (501 N. Dixon St). Please go to the lower level parking lot, which has an entrance on N. Larrabee Ave. 
    • Please bring: Your student’s school ID or ID number. If you are exchanging a device, please bring the device and charger with you. 
    • Please be aware: We are asking everyone to use recommended social distancing practices, keeping 6 feet of space between groups and wearing a facemask or face covering, if possible.

    PTA NEWS

    SCRIP and Donations:   We are still selling SCRIP and collecting donations to support our families-in-need. Please email Katie Barth or contact the PTA through Konstella for SCRIP purchases. Donations can be made via Venmo to @katiejoybarth.

    Scrip cards in stock: Fred Meyer, New Seasons, Safeway, Amazon, Target, Burgerville, Chipotle, Chili's, Panera, Pastini, Starbucks, and Washman  

    Call for Pictures for 2019-2020 Yearbook:   Our awesome parent volunteer, Sean Doran, has graciously offered to put together the 2019-2020 yearbook. If you have photos from this school year, please send them to yearbookbuckman@gmail.com. You can even send pictures of the educating happening at home! Just note these few requirements:

    -  Higher resolution photos, please

    -  Include the grade level of the kids in the picture (kids’ and teacher’s names are also helpful)

    -  Consider the “distance” of the subject (the closer, the better—just think how it would look as a 3”x 3” print)

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    We’re taking the Buckman Auction online! While we can’t meet in person, we can still support the people who are a critical part of our school: the staff who make Buckman Buckman! We’re getting creative with our auction this year, now tentatively scheduled as a week-long online event May 15th-21st. Stay tuned for more details! We’ll be hosting Zoom kickoff parties so we can gather virtually to celebrate — if you are interested in being a Zoom host, please reach out to the team at auction@buckmanelementary.org!

     

    SUN NEWS

    Donations Welcome:   If you are willing and able, please consider donating to Buckman SUN or buying SCRIP from Katie Barth to support our wonderful community!

     

    Virtual SUN Activity with Tabitha!:   Join Buckman SUN Tuesday, April 21st at 3:30pm for a fun activity for any K-2 Buckman students hosted by Tabitha Teo. We'll be doing a speed drawing challenge! All you need is paper (any kind of paper) and a pencil, crayon, or any other kind of writing tool. We'll have another speed drawing session for 3rd-5th graders on Thursday, April 23rd, also at 3:30pm. If you are interested in having your student participate, please email Tabitha at tteo@impactnw.org to receive the meeting code. See you there!

     

    Additional Resources and Information:   If you have been laid off or need extra resources due to COVID-19, here are some new updates for you:

    • SNAP benefits will be maximized for all EBT-card holders. This means that if you weren't already receiving the highest amount for your household, you will moving forward. Also, Amazon Fresh and  Amazon Pantry accept SNAP benefits in OR and WA, see here for more information. 
    • Apply for unemployment benefits. They have expanded their eligibility requirements for now, so if you have been denied in the past, you may be eligible now. Same goes for OHP (Oregon Health Plan - publicly funded health insurance).
    • Landlords and energy companies are generally not evicting or disconnecting services due to nonpayment at this time. However, please be in communication with them so they can help with more assistance or payment plans to support you.
    • If you are experiencing heightened anxiety and/or depression symptoms right now, know that you are not alone. Call the Multnomah County Crisis Line (503-988-4888) or Lines for Life (800-273-8255) to talk to someone who can help. 
       

    Support Services and Assistance:   Katie is available to support you with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230 if you would like support with navigating or finding resources or assistance with anything.

     

    STUDENT EMAIL NEWS

    In order to help facilitate communications between our teachers and students, PPS has enabled a PPS specific email for students in grades 4-8. These email accounts have protections enabled and will only allow students to send and receive email from PPS email accounts. This includes students and staff at PPS.

    Students can now access their email by going to mail.google.com and signing in with their PPS student username (studentusername@student.pps.net) and password.
     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    UPDATE: Add your reading (and listening) photos to this album! You might even spy some of your lovable Buckman staff reading their favorites too!

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/oMMW6sq4kUR4hmXT9 

     
     
     

    Friday, April 10, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Welcome to our new normal everyone. This is such a strange, confusing and emotional time. Remember to be patient with yourself, your children, and try to take this one day at a time. This week was our soft to our distance learning and thank you to all of you for helping troubleshoot virtual schooling. We also found out that we will not be returning to Buckman for the remainder of the school year and the rest of the year will be taught through distance learning. Some of you have asked about retrieving your belongings from the school. I will let families know when that happens. For now, the school is still closed. 

    The district will resume Chromebook distribution on Monday from 9-4 at Franklin, Jefferson, Roosevelt High Schools, and the district office. On Thursday, they ran out of devices and lines were long. The district is taking this weekend to regroup, and have more devices ready by Monday. 

    We are now back up and running in our virtual front offices. If you or someone you know will have an incoming kindergartener to Buckman next year, please encourage them to enroll. Email our School Secretary, Karen,at  kcathcar@pps.net for enrollment questions.

    Here are the arts and enrichment activities from last week. The only slide that has changed is the last one - I received new jokes of the week to share with everyone! Remember, all of this is optional! I did enjoy seeing the obstacle courses that some of you built last week though! Next week, our arts and elective teachers will begin embedding new material into Seesaw and Google Classrooms. 

    I am proud to share that my armpit farting child took a moment of rest with me earlier today. We were sitting outside in the sunshine, eating lunch together and he stopped eating for a minute. His whole body was still, and he was so...quiet. I asked him what he was thinking and his reply “the sun just feels so good”. I wish you all a lovely weekend, and take some time to pause, reflect, and enjoy the company of your loved ones while under the warmth of the sun.

    Warmly,

    Teresa

     

    PTA NEWS

    We miss Buckman and we miss you! Although the school closure has been extended to the end of the school year, we are working on ways to ensure our community stays connected (and doing it in such a way without creating additional overwhelm.) For now, we will post Principal Seidel’s emails on Konstella for easy reference; our closed-community Facebook group is still open; we are always available via email at pta@buckmanelementary.org; and, we will continue to sell SCRIP and support our families-in-need by collecting donations and purchasing grocery cards for SUN (email Katie Barth or Venmo @katiejoybarth).

     

    Call for Pictures for 2019-2020 Yearbook   Our awesome parent volunteer, Sean Doran, has graciously offered to put together the 2019-2020 yearbook. If you have photos from this school year, please send them to yearbookbuckman@gmail.com. You can even send pictures of the educating happening at home! Just note these few requirements:

     

    -          Higher resolution photos, please

    -          Include the grade level of the kids in the picture (kids’ and teacher’s names are also helpful)

    -          Consider the “distance” of the subject (the closer up, the better—just think how it would look as a 3”x3” print)

     

    SUN NEWS

    Buckman SUN would like to thank everyone from the community who has donated books, art supplies, food, or gift cards over the last few weeks. It has made a huge difference for a lot of families as we navigate this new reality. Family needs will continue, and will likely even increase as time goes on, so if you are willing and able, please consider donating to Buckman SUN or buying Scrip from Katie Barth to support our wonderful community!

     

    Virtual SUN Activity with Tabitha!   Join Buckman SUN Tuesday, April 14th at 3:30 for a fun activity for any K-2 Buckman students hosted by Tabitha Teo. We'll be doing a “New Show and Tell”. Students should plan to share with everyone something new to you - a book, joke, new stuffie, or a new fact you've learned. What you share DOES NOT have to be a thing. Share a new song you've heard or a new dance move! What you share just has to be new to you. We'll have another "New Show and Tell" session for 3rd-5th graders on Thursday, April 16th, also at 3:30. If you are interested in having your student participate, please email Tabitha at tteo@impactnw.org to receive the meeting code. 

     

    Additional Resources and Information   If you have been laid off or need extra resources due to COVID-19, here are some new updates for you:

    • SNAP benefits will be maximized for all EBT-card holders. This means that if you weren't already receiving the highest amount for your household, you will moving forward. Also, Amazon Fresh and  Amazon Pantry accept SNAP benefits in OR and WA, see here for more information. 

    • Apply for unemployment benefits. They have expanded their eligibility requirements for now, so if you have been denied in the past, you may be eligible now. Same goes for OHP (Oregon Health Plan - publicly funded health insurance).

    • Landlords and energy companies are generally not evicting or disconnecting services due to nonpayment at this time. However, please be in communication with them so they can help with more assistance or payment plans to support you.

    • If you are experiencing heightened anxiety and/or depression symptoms right now, know that you are not alone. Call the Multnomah County Crisis Line (503-988-4888) or Lines for Life (800-273-8255) to talk to someone who can help. 

     

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230 if you would like support with navigating or finding resources or assistance with anything.

     

    SUN Refunds    Buckman SUN Spring term refunds are in the works! Katie is working with Active to resolve issues related to refunds but will be in touch with all families as soon as they've been fixed. Thanks to everyone for your patience on this front!

     

    Friday, April 3, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    I hope you all are healthy and well. I hope it goes without saying that the health and happiness of you and your families is first and foremost. Below, I offer additional information with specifics on what school at home will look like beginning next week. I am using bullets for easier reading:

    • Nutritional sites: I went to a site this week and they handed out supplemental materials (also found on the student portal). They also handed out art bags, with a set of watercolors, rulers, a drawing notebook, and color pencils, along with lunch and breakfast for all children ages 1-18 in the home.

    • Access to devices: Right now, the district is prioritizing getting devices to 1) high schoolers, and 2) students in grades 4-12. They have closed off the link to request devices and will open it back up as they collect more devices from buildings and update and sanitize them for distribution. 

    • Logging into the PPS student Portal

      • Students usernames are first initial, last name, last four digits of their student ID.

      • IE: Stacey Willis with an ID of 123456 would be swillis3456@student.pps.net

      • K-5 student default password is four characters, two-digit month and two-digit day of their birthdate (MMDD). Most of our k-2 students have not changed their passwords.

    • K-5 core academic instruction: By Monday, all of the teachers will have completed setup of their virtual classrooms and have shared with you how to log into those domains. We spent a buik of this week learning how to teach on a virtual platform. In addition, all teachers have been trained in how to use Google Meetups. Many of your teachers have already tested this out with your classes. It is amazing to see the faces of the students the very first time they all connect through meeting up online. The district is staying away from Zoom right now as there are security concerns with it. 

      • K-2 will be using Seesaw. Once you log into clever, you will see a bunch of applications. Seesaw will be the one where teachers post activities, students can turn in work, and students can communicate with teachers through this app. For those using Konstella, please continue to do so, however know that we are requiring that all teachers use Seesaw as the main tool for assignments and communication.

      • 3-5 will be using Google Classroom. All of the teachers, and especially those in upper elementary, were trained in digital citizenship this week as well. Now that we will be using online platforms to communicate, we need to all take a hand in teaching our children and students what is and what is not appropriate to post online. 

    • K-5 arts and electives instruction: all the Buckman specialists will update this slideshow each week with creativity challenges to do at home. If your child is missing PE, Library, Arts, or Counseling lessons, this is your weekly one stop shop. The link will be in your child's Google Classroom or Seesaw account that teachers will be sharing next week with you. Be Creative at Home: Weekly Challenges from Buckman Specialists

    • Additional support: As always, if you need any assistance outside of the academic program, please let me know. As a school, and a SUN school, we are connected to resources that have been able to support many of our families. 

      • Eviction Moratorium Update: How to postpone rent during the State of Emergency: 1. Write a letter to your landlord before rent is due stating that you have a loss of income or employment caused by COVID-19 and unable to pay rent. Be sure to save a copy of your correspondence. Include documentation to provide evidence that your loss of employment is related to the COVID-19 outbreak. - City of Portland, Oregon 

    • From Ms. Jess: Hello, dear families! I miss greeting you and your children at the door every morning. I stand outside my door every day at 8:35 looking for you, but nary a one of you has shown up. This is my favorite place for advice and activities for parents right now. If you click to the "Weekly Themes" tab there are short things to do with your kids to help them cope with all the emotions of this strange new time we are living in. I will be scheduling one on one and small group meetings through Google Hangout Meet. If your child or your family would like to meet with me, send me an email or text my new school phone number: 503-482-8366.

    As always, our deepest appreciation to medical professionals and other essential employees during this pandemic.

    Warmly,

    Teresa

     

    A message from Champions:

    Hello Families 

    During this time of school closure, Champions is currently partnering with Rieke Elementary school and several other locations to provide child care for families who work in essential service roles during the Coronavirus crises. This includes, but is not limited to: health care workers, first responders, mental health specialists, grocery store employees etc. If you are unsure if you fall into the essential services category, please feel free to reach out and we’d be happy to talk with you! 

    We have increased safety measures in accordance with CDC guidelines by having OHSU personnel come in and train our custodial staff on increased sanitation methods, and Champions teams on modifying our group games and materials to be safe for the kids to use. We’ve been able to work with the school and utilize the classrooms to maintain a 1:9 ratio in a room, as well as roll out our educational curriculum throughout the day in a safe and engaging way. We also do temperature checks for every child and adult that comes through our programs. 

    Most importantly: we will make sure your kids have a great time, even with these new regulations in place. 

    If you are interesting in care at this time, the following are the locations in our area:

     You do not have to be a current Champions family, and there is no initial enrollment fee. We are also accepting DHS subsidy payments, and would be happy to talk with you if you feel that cost may be a barrier.

    Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have! I look forward to hearing how I can support you during this critical time.

    Sherri Burks

    Area Manger, PPS Eastside

    SBurks@DiscoverChampions.com

    (503) 701-3488

     

    Sunday, 3-29-20

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    I have a few additional updates for everyone, and also some introductions to make! 

    We have finished the internal rounds of hiring for Buckman and I am thrilled to introduce to you the staff who will be joining us next year.

    Alicia Nicholl has been teaching at Harrison Park, grades 3-5, for the past 12 years. She loves teaching 4th grade because “they’re young enough to be wowed by new things, and old enough to do cool projects with that curiosity”. Ms. Nicholl has worked on district committees writing curriculum for social students and science, and has also taught education classes at Concordia.  

    Sonya Jensen comes to us from Laurelhurst, and before that Vestal here in PPS. Her 11 years of teaching took her across the states, from Albuquerque to Chicago, we’re excited that she is staying in Portland. When I asked Ms. Jensen for 3 sentences to e-introduce herself to the community, she responded in prose with: Lover of trees. Crystals. And hearty soups. I also like books.  

    Welcome to Buckman Alicia and Sonya, we can’t wait to welcome you into our community. I also received notice that our .25 ESL position has been restored for the 2020-2021 school year. 

    Next week, the staff will return to work virtually, and most of that time will be dedicated to professional development. I know that some of you have heard from your teachers already, and by next week, all of you will have heard from them. The district will be distributing Chromebooks for folks who signed up (here’s the link again - it’s not too late!) at the high schools and district office. Families will receive personalized communication from the district directing the to specific pickup sites. 4th and 5th grade families will be directed for device pickup on Thursday, April 2 at one of 9 locations. K-3 devices will be distributed after next week.  

    PPS recognizes that not all students can rely solely on virtual learning, for a number of reasons. That is why PPS will continue to distribute learning packets and other resources to be picked up at the daily meal sites (https://www.pps.net/nutrition).

    I also want to preface that any instruction or distance learning that is to come will be secondary to our teachers connecting with the students. I understand that this is a tremendously stressful and scary time for many of us, and that our primary concern is the wellbeing and social-emotional health of all of our students. In my own household, we have experienced big, emotional, spontaneous tears - daily - from one of my children. I know she is feeling the stress of the coronavirus deep within her and like many of you, I just want to wrap her up in love and protect her from it all. My other child ...has learned how to make fart noises with his armpit. 

    Tenants in Multnomah County are eligible for a landlord rent/utilities deferral if they've lost income because of COVID-19, BUT THEY HAVE TO ASK BY APRIL 1 (or sooner if they pay sooner.) Please check out oregonrentersrights.org for more information.  

    Lastly, and most importantly, to the first responders, health-care employees, grocery store employees, and all essential personnel out there braving the front line to keep the rest of us safe, we thank you. You are holding this country together right now and we thank you.

    Warmly,

    Teresa 

     

    Coronavirus 3

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    I wanted to check in with everyone and give a few updates as many of you have been inquiring about the district’s plan for distance learning. I also want to remind everyone that the school and school grounds are closed. This means no playing on the play structure, no convening on the fields or playground. It is critically important for everyone to understand that the coronavirus continues to live on surfaces including playground equipment, athletic equipment, public seating areas and so much more. Until we receive information from our state and national health officials that we are no longer a community at risk of the spread of COVID, all PPS properties will remain closed.

    The district has received over 5000 requests for Chromebooks. If your student needs a Chromebook to borrow, fill out the survey here. So far, all we know is that Chromebooks will be distributed at the high school campuses. I don’t have a projected timeline for that yet though.

    Big shout out to Katie Olson, our SUN coordinator. She has been behind the scenes gathering food, books and resources for families in need, delivering food to dozens of our families throughout this time. If you or anyone you know of needs support, please let me know. We are here for you. 

    Regarding distance learning - the district is still working with the different employee groups to finalize plans. I am hopeful that we will have more guidance on what it will look like for all of us by the end of spring break. In the mean time, here is another resource that has been shared in the past https://www.mathlearningcenter.org/resources/apps. You can download the apps and there are also printables that correlate with what the students do in math.

    On a personal note, I want you to know how much the Buckman staff care for and miss your students. Also, for fun, here is a list of books that we have read, or are currently reading, in my household these past few weeks:

    Geronimo Stilton (my third grader is obsessed with this series right now)

    The One and Only Ivan 

    Wonder (we’re reading this aloud as a family in the morning)

    Babymouse books. I have tried to push the Ling and Ting series on my daughter, but the pull of graphic novels is too strong.

    Long Walk to Freedom (Nelson Mandela’s autobiography) 

    Stay safe everyone. I’ll be in touch again once I learn more about the district’s plans.

    Sincerely,

    Teresa

     

    Coronavirus 2

    Good Evening Everyone,

    It feels like so long since I have seen your students, and yet it has only been a few days of what will now be a long break from school. The Governor announced this afternoon that all Oregon schools will be closed until April 28. I have big feelings, as I’m sure you do too, and want to extend a virtual hug to every single one of you and your families. 

    Some of you have been exploring online resources, and I wanted to share a few of my recent favorites. 

    Here are some resources that I hope you find useful:

    Art: Mo Willems has been doing a daily lunch doodle, available on youtube. Here is a link to the first one, which is 22 minutes long. 

    Reading: Tired of reading to your kids? Check this link out, which doesn’t require a login and is free. Books are sorted by grade level. 

    General: I set up a school account for https://www.brainpop.com/ Username: buckman, Password: bears1234 Hundreds of videos, all about 4 minutes long, on a variety of subjects. Also check out brainpop jr. which is geared towards lower elementary k-3.

    Math: www.khanacademy.org is excellent. You will need to create your own username and password, but the great thing about this website is that it will take students on a progression of skills. 

    There is so much on the web, but the most important link that we all need, is that of one another. I support everyone in their own family decisions, whether it is to structure the day with academics, or to take it in a different direction with art, music, play, reading and relaxation. I will keep everyone updated as we move on.

    Comcast is offering free internet for 60 months to low-income families. Sign up here.

    Help our Portland Public Schools respond to the needs of students, families, and school communities during this unprecedented school closure. While public dollars are currently covering the cost of maintaining basic nutrition services at a number of school sites, we know that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt more broadly across our school communities. Please consider making a donation at: https://fundforpps.org/cv19relief

    Buckman is a caring community and during this time while we are following the guidelines of "social distancing", it's also important to continue to stay connected with family and friends via phone or online modes of communications. Tell your kids that their Buckman teachers and staff all miss them, and are thinking of them often. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly if you need anything. 

    Sincerely,

    Teresa 

     

    Coronavirus

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    A few updates, resources, and report from today.

    Volunteering:

    Following the guidance from Governor Brown regarding social distancing, and in order to minimize potential opportunities for coronavirus to spread, we have decided to proactively begin suspending events that bring large groups of students, adults, and community members together.

    Effective immediately, volunteering and visiting at Buckman is suspended for the next 30 days.

    While we love our volunteers and visitors, we ask that you refrain from coming to the school.

    How to talk to your kids about the Coronavirus:

    As we all struggle to make sense of the Coronavirus, our kids are too. Here

     are some tips about how to talk with them about it. Managing disappointment with cancelled events is also a common challenge right now. Please reach out if your child would like to check in with Ms. Jess. Kids can always write her a note and slip it under her door. 

    Assemblies, evening events, meetings:

    The district has ordered that all evening events be cancelled until April 10th.

    Regarding the 3rd grade performance on March 19, our current plan is to continue with performance prep and do the full performance on Thursday, March 19th at 1:30 and livestream/record this performance to share with families and classrooms. We will not have a 6:30 performance at all. I will keep everyone updated as we move towards that date.

    Lunchtime, handwashing:

    We have set up additional handwashing stations and hand sanitizing stations for students to use in the cafeteria. We have six classes (roughly 160 students) in the cafeteria at a time. They are also getting daily reminders to wash hands from teachers in the classrooms. 

    Supporting Our Buckman Families:

    We have some families who may need additional support should anything for the future change. Please consider donating non-perishable foods, toiletries, and other home goods to our SUN pantry. Script cards can also be purchased and donated to the SUN community school to distribute to families in need.

    The safety, health, and well-being of our students and staff is our highest priority. We will continue to work in close partnership with public health authorities to minimize both the spread of coronavirus and disruption to schools and students. 

    Thank you for helping keep our community safe and healthy.

    Sincerely,

    Teresa Seidel

    Principal

     

     

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