Coming Soon At Buckman!
Book Fair: Mon, Dec 3-Fri, Dec 7, before and after school
SUN Winter Registration: Begins Mon. Dec. 3
Movie Night: Wed. Dec. 5, 6-8:30pm Polar Express
SUN Festival of Lights Camp: Dec 10-14
Chorus Performance: Wed. Dec 12, 2:00-2:45
Season of Sharing Deadline: Wed. Dec 12
1st Grade Informance: Thurs. Dec. 13, 6:00-7:00
Winter Break: No School, December 15-January 1
Return to School: Wed. Jan. 2
Please make sure that your address and phone information is up to date so that you receive important calls and mailings from school.
PTA Board Openings!
PTA Board officers serve 2 year terms, and our current Board is on our last
year! This is your chance to have an impact and help shape so much of the
community building that happens at Buckman! Of course it's a commitment, but if
you have questions about what that commitment looks like for the various
positions, or any interest at all in possibly joining the Board in the future,
please reach out to us! We're happy to answer questions, no strings attached.
You can find us in the halls, on Konstella, or at PTA Meetings and Coffee
Chats. You can also reach our Co-Presidents at email@example.com.
If you do want to find us, just a reminder that the current board is:
Co-Presidents: Malena Slettom & Charmian Creagle
VP: Amanda Basom
Secretary: Patricia Patyrak
Treasurer: Andrea Manning
The Buckman Year End Ask campaign is in full swing! We are asking for
direct gifts to the Buckman Foundation to support staffing for our arts and
literacy teams; without the generous contributions of the Buckman community, we
would not be able to have the unique programming Buckman offers. Any amount
helps! A group of
Buckman families has pledged to contribute $8,500 if we can get 75 gifts AT ANY
LEVEL. This means $5 can make all the difference! Keep your eye
on the paintbrush in the main lobby as we climb towards our goal.
If you’ve been meaning to make a donation to the Buckman Year-End Ask campaign,
make it simple by stopping by the apparel booth on Movie Night. Cash, check,
and credit all accepted! You can also drop off a check in the Foundation
mailbox or give online at www.allhandsraised.org/donate (be sure to
click “Select a PPS School” under the “Select Recipient” heading and then
choose “Buckman” in the following drop-down menu).
Run For The Arts Update
are doing some winter cleaning and come across any Run for the Arts $$, please
turn it in to the office before next Wednesday, Dec 5. We'll do our final
count and see how much our school and community was able to raise for our Arts
Perfect Time to Buy Scrip
The Scrip Table is well stocked in groceries and local stores. Stock up for the
holidays! We have Amazon, Fred Meyer, New Seasons, Safeway, and Whole Foods in
stock as well as local favorites such as Pizzicato and Powell's. Each gift card
you purchase gives a percentage back to the Buckman PTA! Vendors give anywhere
between 4%-26% to our school when their gift cards are purchased through Scrip.
You can fill out an order form and leave it in the Scrip box in the main office
along with payment, or you can purchase Tuesday mornings during drop off. SCRIP ORDER FORM
Click on the links below for more information!
Ways you can help: Funds For Buckman!
Check here for ways you can help raise funds for Buckman.
Cleaning your closets to make room? Super! Please forward any student pants
(generic sweatpants/leggings work great) to the office for those occasional
Donations of new girls and boys underwear are also appreciated.
Thank you for your support.
Please contact the office
if your student will be receiving medications during school hours.
Medicine can only be given to students after families complete the
Authorization for Medication Administration by School Personnel
form, which you can pick up in the office or at the link below. The medication authorization is needed for any medication you wish your child to take at school, including cough drops, but does not include homeopathic medication.
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.
Jan Brett COMMUNITY author visit - everyone welcome
Saturday, Dec 8 5:00pm - 8:00pm - Auditorium
Books can be brought from home to sign and purchased at event.
Buckman Elementary School has been chosen to host Jan Brett, and
author/illustrator of over 30 iconic children's books. This is a community
event for all age levels. More details coming!
Jan Brett website
and Jan Brett book list
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.
Online Winter Registration begins 12/4 at
2pm. Use the link below to go "shopping" for classes. Once you
are ready to check out, the site will prompt you to enter an email
address and password. You will then be able to complete you student's
registration information. If you have questions please contact Becca at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please come to our Parent Information Night that
evening (6-7pm) if you have questions and/or want to hear more about SUN
The course catalog is attached. Happy
Season of Sharing
The Season of Sharing is officially up and running! Please take a look at the
mitten board on your way in and out of the building. If you are interested in
donating, please take a mitten and return your gifts to the main office or SUN
office unwrapped by December 10. Remember to hold on to your mitten to return
with the items you donate. We are happily accepting gift wrapping donations, as
well. It is also not too late to sign up to participate in this program! Please
submit a Season of Sharing sign up form (SUN kiosk) to Becca or place it in the
Extended Day Programs: Registration for Winter Term, Festival of Lights
It is hard to believe that SUN's Fall Term is almost over (Last day is December
7). Lottery registration for Winter Term (January 7- March 22) will begin
November 26 and general registration will begin on December 3. We will go live
with new online registration on 12/4. Information regarding the Festival
of Lights winter break programming to be announced via Konstella and School Messenger. We
appreciate your patience as we confirm and finalize details.
We are also happy to announce that adult programming will be available after
the New Year (more information to follow).
We have a wonderful partnership with the Oregon Food Bank and get food donated.
Baskets of food items are placed outside of the Cafetorium door to serve as a
take-as-you-need. Please help yourselves! With that, we are happy to provide
weekly food bags for families who would benefit from this support. Please
contact Becca if you would like to learn more about this service. email@example.com.
Behavior policies have been sent out this week. Please review this information
with your child/ren to be signed and returned to SUN by next Monday (10/15). We
have seen some challenging behaviors that we would like to address as a community.
Thank you for your support with this!
If your child is in need of supplies to complete homework, please contact us in
Room 108 by calling 503-858-0230 to schedule a pick-up time. We are also
available to refer families to social service resources (attendance concerns,
utility assistance, certain housing needs, weekly food baskets, etc.) or
troubleshoot any potential barriers to school success.
Cultural Liaisons Needed
Cultural liaisons assist our English Language Learning (ELL) families by
calling them once a week and keeping them abreast of Wednesday envelope
communications as well as conveying back to the school any concerns or
questions they might have. It usually is a task that takes less than 10-20
minutes each week. If you speak both English and another language and would be
willing to help our ELL families stay in the loop about what is happening at
school, please contact Becca for more information.
Seeking Tutors and
SUN provides both mentoring and tutoring programs after school and always needs
responsible adult involvement. Tutors work one on one for an hour a week with
students needing additional academic support. Mentors make a year-long
commitment to meet with a child once a week after school to listen, play games,
do craft projects, and give the student focused attention. If you are able to
help us advertise for these critical volunteers in your extended network
(friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, church or temple, or other
organizations) please let us know as soon as possible. Contact Jasmine in the
SUN office at (503)858-0230. Thanks!
Native Plant/ Garden Team
We are looking for a few parents who would be willing to help out with our
educational gardens here at Buckman. Sometimes there is a little maintenance,
planning, or watering that needs to be done and we’d like to have a small team
of occasional helpers who we could call on for help with the tasks being done
at your convenience. We have a native plant garden and a SUN garden plot, but
in general this is not a large time commitment (maybe 6-8 hours annually). If
you are interested, please contact SUN at (503)858-0230.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 emails out regular updates throughout the year. To be included in these
important updates, please email email@example.com
. SUN looks forward to keeping
you in the loop!
Please remember to submit your mid-month payments for SUN classes. Many parents
have outstanding payments and our payroll is dependent on these funds. If you
need to know your balance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For the 2018-19 school year, Buckman Elementary School will have a new child care provider – Champions. Champions will provide high-quality before- and after-school child care services. This is a known and well-regarded organization, providing child care in schools in the Portland area and across the country.
We know this is a change for families whose children have been enrolled with Vermont Hills, and the decision to change providers was not made lightly. Vermont Hills has had a number of licensing violations and related quality concerns and, as a result, PPS felt it was important to partner with a different child care provider.
Champions will hold spaces for families who are currently registered with Vermont Hills for the 2018-19 school year. If your child or children are on a wait list, Champions will preserve the wait list order.
Champions will also:
- Hire a full-time site director, and pay a living wage. This will reduce staff turn-over.
- Charge families comparable rates to Vermont Hills and waive registration fees this year since many of you have already paid fees to Vermont Hills.
- Provide flexible weekly scheduling and online registration.
- Provide field coaches to train staff and ensure high-quality programming.
- Invest in new furniture, curriculum and materials for an enriched program.
To register for Champions, please go to the Buckman registration page, and don't forget to enter the free registration code: FREEREG1819.