Buckman Elementary School

Buckman nurtures the whole child and strives for
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  • Champions will be new child care provider for Buckman

    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.
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    Welcome to Our World  


     

    This Week At Buckman!  

     

    August 23 

    Kindergarten Welcome Picnic: 5:00-7:30 
     
     

    August 27 - August 31

    First Day of School for 1st-5th grade: Monday, August 27, 8:35-3:00
    Kindergarten Assessment Days: Mon-Wed. Aug. 27-29
    First Full Day of School for Kindergarten: Thurs. Aug 30, 8:35-3:00 
     
     

    September 4-7

    Labor Day, School Closed: Monday, September 3 
    Back To School Picnic: Friday, September 7   6:00-8:00 
     
     

    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.
     
     

    Buckman School Supply Lists 

     This link, Buckman School Supply List will bring you to the Buckman School supply list for all classes for the 2018-19 school year.
     
     
     
     

    PTA/Foundation 

     
         

    Thank You


    The Buckman Foundation thanks the entire community for their incredible support of the arts and literacy at Buckman this year. Thanks to you, we will continue to maintain our staffing in the fall at this year’s levels, and we will expand our program to include a stronger focus on dramatic arts. We wish Buckman students, parents, teachers, and friends a wonderful summer!
       

     
     
     

    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!
     
      

    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
          
     
     
     

    News/Events 

     


    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

       

    SUN Camps

    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. 

     

    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.
     
     
     
     

    Champions

    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.


     


     

     
     
     
     


     



     


     

Principal's
Message

  • Greetings families!
     
    As this school year comes to a close, I just wanted to say thank you. It is such an honor that you share your children with us and put your confidence in our program. Your commitment, care, and enthusiasm makes such a big difference in how your children embrace learning and school. Please know you are recognized and appreciated!

    Have a safe, happy, and love-filled summer!

    Susan

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