Buckman Elementary School

Buckman nurtures the whole child and strives for
academic excellence

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  • Buckman News

    Welcome to Our World  


    This Week At Buckman!

    January 22 - January 26, 2018
    Hosford Band Performance: Monday, January 22, 9:00am 

    Connect to Kindergarten

    Do you have, or know, a kindergartner coming to Buckman next year? You are invited to attend our Connect to Kindergarten informational meetings, coming soon.

    If you are interested in enrolling at Buckman, but are not a neighborhood family, you will need to register for the Lottery through PPS Enrollment and Transfer.

    If you are a Lottery Family with a sibling already enrolled in Buckman, you must still apply through the Lottery for your new kindergartner. 

    As a Lottery Family, you MUST attend one of the Connect to Kindergarten Meetings. Your attendance at one of these meetings is a mandatory part of your qualifying requirements for your acceptance into our school through the lottery system, as is completing a Lottery Application through the PPS Enrollment and Transfer Department. 

    Please call the school office if you have any questions.

    Connect To Kindergarten Dates:
    Thursday, February 8, 2018:       1:00 – 2:00pm    

              6:30 - 7:30pm

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018:       6:30 - 7:30pm

    Thursday, March 1, 2018:           6:30 - 7:30pm
    The Lottery application dates for this year are: 
    February 7, 2018 through March 2, 2018




    The Buckman Family Directory is Back!

    Families should be on the lookout for an email from Ms. Kosmala containing a PDF of the 2017-18 Buckman Directory! If you prefer to have a printed copy and do not have access to a printer, no worries - you can request a copy in the school office. Any questions about the directory can go to the PTA at pta@buckmanelementary.org.


    PTA Meeting & Earthquake Preparedness Presentation - Tuesday, February 6, 6pm, Cafetorium

    For our February PTA meeting, we are so excited to bring you a presentation on earthquake preparedness by Laura Hall, Team Leader for the Arbor Lodge / Kenton Neighborhood Emergency Team and co-chair of the group Parents4Preparedness. Laura manages the PortlandPrepares.org website and ​teaches disaster preparedness classes at Portland Community College​,​ Saturday Academy, and the Kenton Library​. She works for the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization - www.rdpo.org.

    Childcare will be provided onsite by the wonderful folks at SUN, and pizza will be available, courtesy of Blackbird Pizza!

    Year-End Ask Final Tally

    Thanks again to everyone who participated in the Year-End Ask campaign. This annual tradition is a big part of the Foundation’s fundraising efforts, and we are delighted to share that the final numbers show that 124 members of our community stepped forward to give $24,000 to our school! This puts us well on our way towards our goal of $90,000 to keep the arts alive at Buckman and we are so grateful to everyone who was a part of the campaign. 


    Grade Level Parties

    Now is a great time for grade-level parties. Have fun getting to know other parents in your child’s grade by organizing a community-building activity for the grown-ups, kids, or both while also raising some money for Buckman. Some ideas are: roller skating, bowling, pancake breakfast, spaghetti dinner, wine tasting, poker night, progressive dinner party, craft night, trivia night, etc. Email foundation@buckmanelementary.org with your idea or interest. There is lots of interest already so we may be able to pair you with other parents in your grade level. Another date to get in your calendar is the Auction Kickoff meeting happening on January 21 (time TBD). If you have been interested in getting involved in the auction, this is your chance! More details coming soon.

    Are You Working on Your Art for the Buckman Art Show & Sell?

    All Buckman students (and alumni) are invited to sell their work in the show. Students receive the same 70% of sales that professional artists receive. Look for sign-ups starting in February. Sorry, no food items, slime, or stress balls can be sold this year. Please contact Meredith Vorhees with any questions. mmvorhees@gmail.com

    Buckman Scrip Sales

    Tuesday mornings stop by the Scrip table and stock up on groceries (Fred Meyer, New Seasons, Whole Foods, Safeway) and other store gift cards with Buckman Scrip. A percentage of your purchase goes to Buckman PTA. For example, if you purchase a gift card for McMenamins for $50, $6 of that goes to our PTA! They give the school 12% of all purchases. Many retailers give between 6%-12%. If you can't make it in on Tuesday mornings, fill out an order sheet available in the office and you can leave it for us anytime along with payment. We can put your order together for you and call you when it is ready to be picked up from the office. If you have any questions, please email us at buckmanscrip@gmail.com.

    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



    Jump Rope for Heart

    Kids can join an exciting fundraising event where they learn heart healthy skills, have fun jumping rope and raising money for the American Heart Association.

    Jump Rope for Heart is an all school fundraiser for the American Heart Association.  The fundraiser will kickoff at the Feb 2nd assembly and last for three weeks.  The money raised helps children and infants in need of heart transplants and surgery. Part of the mission is to also educate children on heart health. We will be incorporating jump ropes into dance class for those three weeks as a fun way to approach cardiovascular fitness. The fundraising can all be done online, students will be bringing home packets of info on Feb 2nd. They can earn little prizes for earning certain amounts, the class with the most fundraising participation will earn a special "dance party" dance class, and the 5 students who earn the most money will get a silly string party. 


    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


    Poster Framing Project

    The library recently came upon years of past Buckman Art Show and Sell posters. Most of the posters are framed and hanging from the ceiling in the hallway between the library doors. We are looking for a volunteer that could potentially make wood frames from scrap wood (no glass needed) and hang the rest of the posters before the Buckman Art Show and Sell. If this is something that interests you, please stop in the library for more details

    4th & 5th Graders Oregon Reader’s Choice Awards

    Upper Elementary ORCA’s have been introduced to all 4th & 5th graders. Out of the 8 nominated books, if students read 2 (or listen) they can vote with the rest of Oregon's 4th & 5th graders before spring break. If they read all 8 and complete the form by April 1, they will be invited to a special party in the library! Our library has 4 copies of each title and will be checked out to students as their name gets pulled from a hat. More titles and audio books are available at MCL.

    Volunteers Needed!

    Volunteers are the most important resource a school community can have. Volunteers that assist in daily routines (checking in books, checking out books, shelving, repairing or other special projects) are essential to the one-to-one time the Library Media Specialist can have with individual students. For those daily routine jobs (we handle 1,500 - 2,000 books a month!), we hope to have a weekly or bi-weekly commitment to keep the library running smoothly. Thank you for understanding that consistency in volunteering is greatly appreciated to help create routines and expectations with students, other volunteers and the staff.

    If a weekly (or bi-weekly) time or day works for you, please sign up HERE. Thank you for being part of this amazing community of learners (and readers!) 


    SUN News



    New SUN Extended Day Coordinator

    With Brittany leaving to focus on school, we are excited to announce a new extended day coordinator, Whitney Kyle. Whitney has extensive administrative support experience and has worked in schools as well. Please welcome her and be patient as she is learning a complex job requiring juggling genius! Whitney's email is wkyle@impactnw.org if you have questions related to after-school SUN.


    Volunteers Needed

    Buckman SUN school is looking for volunteers and tutors for winter term. Classes begin Monday, January 8, every weekday from 3:00-5:30pm. 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!

    Help instructors with after school classes, tutor students, or provide inclusionary support. The SUN program is an ideal way to gain experience for your degree, or just to help out kids in your community. Many volunteers end up becoming paid staff.   Contact Joe Hannan at jhannan@impactnw.org or call 503.858.0230. 

    Winter Adult Classes-Zumba, Tuesdays at 6:30pm and Free Yoga Fridays

    Restarting in January, SUN offers an adult Zumba class on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm and Free Yoga on Fridays starting at 6pm, both are in the Dance Studio. Cost for Zumba is $5/class or 5 classes for $20. Please join us for these fun adult classes! Adult registration forms are in the SUN kiosk.

    Searching for Family Dance Band

    SUN is looking for a dance band who can play salsa or other world music for our family dance at the beginning of the year. The budget is a tight $300 for the 1.5 hour early evening time slot, but if you know a group that might be willing, please contact Diane at dmeisenhelter@impactnw.org.

    Continued Help Needed for Buckman Family

    The Buckman family we have been supporting through our use of meal train continues to identify a need for support so the calendar has been updated. Please sign up here to provide a meal. Please be aware of life threatening allergies to nuts, fish, seafood, soybeans, grapefruit, pork, jalapenos, black pepper, and limited eggs (2 per month). Please low grease, non-spicy, easily digestible foods. In addition to meals, they are also interested in cheese, yogurt, butter, eggs, bread, milk, cereal, oatmeal.

    Thank you for your continuous support. Our Buckman community is so strong!
    If you have any questions please email me at kchudler@impactnw.org or call the SUN phone 503-858-0230

    Family Leadership Team

    Parents of students of color, ELL parents, and parents of students with special needs or abilities have been meeting monthly to address school equity issues. If you would like to be on the FLT mailing list, please contact Diane Meisenhelter at SUN, dmeisenhelter@impactnw.org.


    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.







  • Greetings families!
    I was so pleased to see so many families at our Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Friday. Thank you to our very special guests, in particular Ms. Chisao Hata, for celebrating with us, and a proud thank you to our Buckman Chorus and dancers. Another thank you to our Arts Team, Ms. Penoncello, Ms. Downs, Ms. White and Mr. Schopmeyer for coordinating a performance experience that both opened doors and lifted hearts. Great work, everyone!

    Just recently I was reading about how hard the flu season has been this year in Oregon, and we know it is true because we have had a lot of fevers here at school. In particular, we are seeing a lot of students who are sick for a few days, and then wind up going home again on their first day back at school because the fever everyone thought was gone creeps right back up again. Of course we want your child here at school every day that they are well enough to attend, but most doctors will say a student should stay home until they have been fever-free for a full 24 hours.  

    That being said, attendance is a focus for Buckman this year, which can be a hard push-pull during the sick season. Fever? Vomiting? Stay home! But don’t make it a habit because missing even small amounts of school consistently can be a problem. National studies on student achievement show that missing just two days of school per month in kindergarten and first grade can result in significantly lower test scores, grades and opportunities in high school for up to 80% of students with poor attendance. Students who are frequently or consistently absent are simply at a disadvantage because they miss the initial instruction. It is like missing the critical plot twist in the movie, someone can catch you up, but the experience is never the same.


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