Buckman Elementary School

Buckman nurtures the whole child and strives for
academic excellence

320 SE 16th AvePortland, OR 97214Ph (503) 916-6230Fx (503) 916-2615

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  • Buckman News

    Welcome to Our World  


    This Week At Buckman!  


    May 21 - May 25

    Volunteer Appreciation: Tuesday, May 22, 3:00-4:00
    Site Council: Wednesday, May 23, 3:30
    Safety Patrol Picnic: Wednesday, May 23
    Fifth Grade Performance: Friday, May 25 1:30 and 6:30 

    Address Corrections!

    Please make sure that your address and phone information is up to date so that you receive important calls and mailings from school. 
    Report cards and 2018-19 Class Placement letters will be mailed home to the address we currently have for you.



    Final Auction Report

    Thank you to everyone who attended the auction, and especially to the amazing volunteers who made the event a tremendous success! We are delighted to share with the Buckman community that, combined with the Foundation’s fundraising efforts throughout the year, we expect to reach the $90,000 needed to retain current staffing levels and add a more permanent position for Andrea White, instructor of drama, at Buckman next year!

    Want to help give Buckman a little year end boost? 

    1. Share this video about Andrea's work with Buckman students with friends and family!
    2. Make a gift to the Foundation online.
    3. Share your interest in getting involved with next year's auction!

    End of Year Picnic! ​Friday, June ​8​, 6pm

    The end of the school year is in sight! Throw together a picnic dinner, grab a blanket, and head down to the Buckman playground to celebrate with friends! 

    Pétanque Auction Party


    Finding that all your balls are up in the air this time of the year?

    Sign up to spend the afternoon of June 9 playing Pétanque with your closest Buckman friends.  Pétanque is an entertaining game similar to Bocce and Boules.  The party is in being held at the Portland Pétanque Club's court in Westmoreland Park at 4pm.    Club members will give instruction first to be followed by a tournament held for bragging rights.  We'll play until we can play no longer.  Adult refreshments are provided and brewed by Buckman teacher-alum Zach Vestal. After all balls have been thrown, there will be a no-host after party at Zach's joint; Portland U-Brew and Pub.
    Cost is $20 per person. Sign up on the bulletin board in the school foyer, or by calling Samantha in the office.  This is an adult only event. 

     Alternative Energy SUN Mini-Class

    If your child enjoyed the KidWind and Solar Car exhibit at STEAM night, they’ll enjoy our Tuesday mini-class starting the first week in May (if there is sufficient enrollment). Six weeks, 3:30-4:30pm, for $50. Contact jhannan@impactnw.org. A discount will be provided for students already paying for chorus aftercare. Chorus ends first week of May, so if you need SUN on Tuesdays, please enroll ASAP. 

    SCRIP Sales

    Scrip will be for sale out in the front lobby every Tuesday morning during drop off- stop by and purchase gift cards with a percentage of your purchase going toward Buckman's PTA!

    We have lots of gift cards available for purchase such as, Powell's, McMenamins, Starbucks, Target, Amazon, and many more are available and in stock. We can also order cards for any of the other stores available as listed on our order forms available in the office. If you place an order we can have it ready for you later in the week after your order is submitted.

    We are also still taking donations for Buckman SUN families in need- we have Fred Meyer, Target, Safeway, etc available for donations towards those families. For questions please email buckmanscrip@gmail.com. Just stop by and see us Tuesday mornings!

    Stay Connected

    Stay in-the-know about Buckman happenings! There are lots of ways to get updates. We publish upcoming events weekly in this newsletter, as well as on our parent-run website www.buckmanelementary.org. Subscribe to the events calendar to sync with your calendar of choice. There are two Facebook options: one is the Buckman Elementary page and the other is a closed group for Buckman families. Lastly, you can sign up to receive text alerts by texting the number 810-10 with the message “Join k2d2d” or by signing up online here.


    Ways you can help: Funds For Buckman!

    Check here for ways you can help raise funds for Buckman. 

    Fund Opportunities



    Field Day, June 1, Help Needed!

    Buckman Field Day will take place this year on Friday, June 1. We need many volunteers to make this work! Set up generally begins around 11 AM and the event starts promptly after the last recess at 1pm. This will require some volunteers to quickly set up the lower playground in about 15 minutes! Volunteers are needed to help with each game or field event, set-up, and clean-up. If you're able to stay for both sessions, please do. We also need volunteers to hand out popsicles at the end of the day. The event ends at 2:55 PM.



    Free Yoga Fridays

    Start your weekend off right by relaxing, stretching, and letting go of the cares of the week. SUN, in conjunction with Meet-Up offers Free Yoga on Fridays starting at 6pm in the Dance Studio or Room 214.  Adult registration forms are in the SUN kiosk and there is no better price than free!


    Emergency Clothing Needed


        Cleaning your closets to make room? Super! Please forward any student pants (generic sweatpants work great) to the office for those occasional wardrobe malfunctions.
    Donations of new girls and boys underwear are also appreciated. Thank you for your support.


    Medications at School


        Please contact the office if your student will be receiving medications during school hours. Medicine can only be given to students after families complete the Authorization for Medication Administration by School Personnel form, which you can pick up in the office.

         Please personally bring in the medications (in their original packaging) and a completed form. Over the counter medications must be Children's dose unless you have doctors orders with adult dose directions. Please note students are not allowed to transport any medications to school themselves.

    Thank you for your help and understanding.


    Library News



    Library Book Returns and Fines

    Are you getting email and paper notices about overdue library books or fines for lost books? If you cannot find an overdue book, please stop in the library so we can mark it as “lost”. Lost books come with a fine to replace the book. If you have a fine for a lost book you have three options:

    1. Pay the fine in SchoolPay.

    2. Replace the book with a hardcover. Don’t forget to use smile.amazon.com to support the Buckman community. Often there are inexpensive used books in excellent condition that cost less than the school fine.

    3. Donate 3-5 HIGH INTEREST books in replacement of a lost library book. 


    Scrap Wood?

    If you have access to cutting wood and tools to do so, the library is looking for about 40-50 pieces of wood cut to these dimensions (34”x5”x3/4-1”) planks. The library has a template if needed. These planks help in keeping the books to the front of the shelves for better access.

    SUN News


    Last Week to Register for Discounted Buckman Summer SUN

    Summer registration booklets are available in the SUN kiosk or SUN office and you can register anytime for our camps and delay payment until the first day of the camp if needed. If you register before June 1 for SUN (not partner) summer camps you will receive a discount as it helps us plan for staffing numbers. It is also a good idea to reserve space in summer camps before we advertise to the general public outside of Buckman. Summer registration is live both on paper in the SUN office or kiosk and via eventbrite here. If you register online for the Arts Intensive, payment will be made first day of class directly to the teachers. Contact Joe at jhannan@impactnw.org if you need help registering. 

    Buckman SUN is offered from 9am-4:30, before and after care can be pre-arranged for an additional cost:

    Staying Fit, June 11-12, $35/day.

    Savvy Scientists, June 25-29, $160/week or $35/day

    Drama camp presents Robin Hood!, July 9-26, $160/week

    Summer School: July 30- Aug 3, Don’t be a BigFoot (reducing our ecological footprint),$160/week

    We also have numerous partner camps through Motion Magic and the Annual Art Intensive (grades 4-8) at Buckman. Pick up Summer SUN schedules in the SUN kiosk or SUN office. 


    New Addition to SUN Summer Schedule

    On June 11-12, we will hold a two day Staying Fit Camp on healthy eating and exercise as well as other ways of taking good care of one’s body. The camp will be $35/day and can be written in on the summer registration form. Early and late care will be available for extra cost if prearranged. 

    Help with Scrip or Gift Cards for Buckman Families in Need

    Families often have needs for food on the weekends and the summer when school food programs are not available. Help share by buying scrip or gift cards as PTA and SUN try to tackle food security issues at Buckman. Cards can be donated in SUN or PTA mailboxes.


    Volunteers Needed

    Buckman SUN school is looking for volunteers and tutors for summer camps. Even one hour a week of volunteering makes a huge difference in kid's lives! High school students needing Honor Society or community service credits are welcome! 

    Tax Receipts

    If you need receipts from SUN for taxes, now is the time to begin requesting the receipts. If you enrolled through Eventbrite you should already have receipts. Otherwise, send an email to jhannan@impactnw.org and know that it will take us a couple of weeks to process your request. Better to ask now than at the last minute in April.


    SUN Updates

    SUN emails out regular updates throughout the year. To be included in these important updates, please email wkyle@impactnw.org. SUN looks forward to keeping you in the loop! 

    SUN Payments

         Please remember to submit your mid-month payments for SUN classes. Many parents have outstanding payments and our payroll is dependent on these funds. If you need to know your balance, contact bmorris@impactnw.org.

    Vermont Hills News


    Vermont Hills Family Life Center at Buckman

    Vermont Hills Family Life Center is a nonprofit organization that provides quality childcare at Buckman before and after school hours, in addition to all-day camps during school breaks. The Center is dedicated to enriching the lives of children through an emotionally and physically secure environment that promotes self-esteem through positive role models and a well-defined curriculum. Vermont Hills respects each child's unique ability to experience fun, wonder and challenge, and prioritize the accommodation of every individual at his or her developmental stage.


    Vermont Hills emphasizes opportunities for staff growth and places a high value on open communication, teamwork, and professionalism. Please don't hesitate to contact Vermont Hills with any questions at www.vhflc.org, (503) 452-8633, or by emailing the regional supervisor evanc@vhflc.org. We are now accepting registrations for summer camp and the 2018-19 school year program.


    This summer, we are offering a new challenge camp on the east side of Portland for students entering 5th-8th grades. This high-energy experience features daily field trips led by some of our most seasoned staff, and it will be conveniently based out of the same location as our elementary age camp.

    Vermont Hills Main Office – 503-452-8633

    Vermont Hills Buckman Office - 503-477-2630

    It is very important that you call Vermont Hills if your child is ill or absent from this program. In order to avoid many calls in an attempt to track down your child in the event of an absence, it is imperative that you notify Vermont Hills on the day she/he is out. Please call Vermont Hills' Main Office (503-452-8633) at any time before school dismissal, and they will forward the information to your child’s teacher. 








  • Greetings families!
    The year is wrapping up, the last grade-level performance is happening this week, and students (and teachers!) are anxious for summer to start. But, if you are already thinking about next year, it is not too late to send a letter into the office with any particular requests you have for classrooms for next year. Unlike past years, we will not be sending classroom assignments out with report cards in June. We really do have a lot of movement over the course of the summer so please be looking for those letters in the beginning of August for the 2018-19 school year.

    We are pleased to announce that Mr. Ross Christy will be joining our 5th grade team for next year. He comes to us with 9 years of experience teaching at Arleta K-8, and has a background in painting in addition to his teaching credentials. He is eager to join us, and yesterday he dropped in at the end of the day to check out a Buckman 5th grade rehearsal and meet the 5th grade and arts teams. We are super excited that Mr. Christy will be joining us at Buckman, and if there is an opportunity to say hello this spring, I will be sure to let you know!

    Finally, the 2018-19 school calendar is up on the district website. No kidding, students in grades 1-5 have a whole week of school in August, starting on August 27. It is hard to get used to that schedule, but attendance in that first week of school is really, really important. That entire week teachers will be teaching the rules and norms for behavior at Buckman, and setting up routines for instruction in their classrooms. Students who aren’t there in this first week often find the transition back to school just that much harder, sometimes with tears and frustration. The first week is an important relationship-building week with your child’s new classroom teacher, so if you have the flexibility, definitely plan that last family vacation just a little earlier in August. 


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