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    Leading up to the start of in-person instruction and hybrid learning, see the latest updates and resources at pps.net/reopen2021

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  • Looking Ahead:

    What will Buckman’s NEW schedule look like for LIVE instruction?

    • The AM schedule is 8:00 - 10:15 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

    • The PM schedule is 12:15 - 2:30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

    • When students are NOT in LIVE sessions they are doing asynchronous lessons and applied learning the other half of the day.

    • CDL cohorts will all begin at 8:45 online and have morning and afternoon small groups.

    • On Wednesdays, all students will have asynchronous lessons and applied learning time.

    Kindergarten and 1st Grade begin their new Hybrid In Person or CDL classes on Thursday, April 1, 2021.

    2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades begin their new Hybrid In Person or CDL classes on Monday, April 5, 2021.

     

    Buckman Arts, PE and Library Schedules:

    Dear Buckman Students and Families,

        Have you been wondering what's happening with Music, Art, Dance, P.E. and Library for the rest of the school year?  Don't worry, we will still be having our virtual specials classes like we have all year!  Check out the handy schedule attached to find your teacher, cohort, specials times, and meeting codes ( Note: some classes have NEW google meeting codes.  Also, specialist teachers will continue to post asynchronous lessons through Seesaw throughout the week).

    Here's to keeping the arts alive during hybrid and distance learning!

    Specialist schedule link here.

    Specialist schedule attachment: Specials-NEW SCHEDULE.pdf 

     

    Buckman School Neighborhood Bus Route: #306

    If you are expecting to ride the bus, please let the office know.

    AM Cohort Pick Up Times

    1 - NE Holladay St @ NE Grand Ave (SE)               7:36

    2 - NE 6th Ave @ NE Clackamas St (SE)                 7:39

    3 - 1557 NE Weidler St (S)                                 7:42

    4 - NE 19th Ave @ NE Clackamas St (NW)              7:43

    5 - NE 30th Ave @ NE Oregon St (NW)                  7:48

    6 - Buckman School Loading Zone @ SE Pine St     7:55

    AM Cohort Drop Off Times

    1 - Buckman School Loading Zone @ SE Pine St     10:20

    2 - NE 30th Ave @ NE Oregon St (NW)                  10:25

    3 - NE 19th Ave @ NE Clackamas St (NE)               10:30

    4 - 1557 NE Weidler St (S)                                 10:32

    5 – 10 N Weidler St (S)                                     10:38

    6 - NE 6th Ave @ NE Clackamas St (NW)               10:40

    7 - NE Holladay St @ NE Grand Ave (SE)               10:42

     

    PM Cohort Pick Up Times

    1 - NE Holladay St @ NE Grand Ave (SE)               11:50

    2 - NE 6th Ave @ NE Clackamas St (SE)                 11:53

    3 - 1557 NE Weidler St (S)                                 11:56

    4 - NE 19th Ave @ NE Clackamas St (NW)              11:58

    5 - NE 30th Ave @ NE Oregon St (NW)                  12:03

    6 - Buckman School Loading Zone @ SE Pine St     12:10

    PM Cohort Drop Off Times

    1 - Buckman School Loading Zone @ SE Pine St     2:35

    2 - NE 30th Ave @ NE Oregon St (NW)                  2:40

    3 - NE 19th Ave @ NE Clackamas St (NE)               2:45

    4 - 1557 NE Weidler St (S)                                 2:48

    5 – 10 N Weidler St (S)                                     2:54

    6 - NE 6th Ave @ NE Clackamas St (NW)               2:56

    7 - NE Holladay St @ NE Grand Ave (SE)               2:58

     

     

    Registration Information for the 2021-2022 School Year

     

    Connect to Kindergarten Events: 

    The following events are for Neighborhood and Lottery Applicant Families to explore Buckman with our Principal and some of our staff. 

    Dates for Buckman Google Meets Connect to Kindergarten Virtual Meetings: 

    May 19, 2021

    Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

    Location: https://meet.google.com/xme-jpas-ieg?hs=224

     

    June 16, 2021

    Time: 10:00am – 12:00

    Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

    Location: https://meet.google.com/zgb-thoy-hmz?hs=224

     

    For more information:

    Enrollment and Transfer Lottery Information

    Dual Language Questions & Answers

    Past Lottery Slots

    Please view our Buckman Kindergarten Information Video:

    https:// <div class="pps-iframe-container">drive.google.com/file/d/15kPLKsyvOEqVNDumjl7Lsk-OdK6I69bK/view?usp=sharing </div>

    Here is the Tour of Buckman video. 

     

    Buckman Neighborhood Enrollment:

    For more Enrollment Information, visit: https://www.pps.net/Page/2899 

     
     

     
    Champions Child Care News
    Champions is offering Winter Break Camp at Creston Elementary. We will follow all COVID protocols by OHA and CDC. This is a designated Oregon Essential Child Care site and is licensed. ERDC is accepted. We have tons of fun plans including canvas painting, arts and crafts, and science experiments, all while social distancing. We have limited pod sizes and are taking enrollments now on discoverchampions.com or by contacting Family Support at 1-800-246-2154 and they can help walk you through the process.
    If you are interested in care or have additional questions, please contact Stephanie Balke at sbalke@discoverchampions.com or call 503-915-3063.
    Please see attched link for more information.
     
     

     
    The Benson Wellness Center is OPEN!  
     
    Address: 546 NE 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232
    In Person Hours:  Tuesday & Thursday 1:00-4:00 p.m.
                              Wednesday 8:00-12:00 p.m.
    Virtual Hours:      Monday - Friday 8:00-5:00 p.m.
    Age of Student's being served:  7-18 y.o.
    Appointments are available for BOTH Mental Health & Physical Wellness
    Appointments for FLU & ALL Other Vaccinations are available
     
    To SCHEDULE an Appointment: 
    1.  Call OHSU Registrar and Register each person needing an appointment at 503-494-8505 (if you've not been seen there before)
    2.  Leave a Message for Reva at the Benson Wellness Center at 503-418-0409 with your call back information
    3.  Reva will call back and schedule an appointment, appointments are readily available
     
    Here is the PPS link regarding The Benson Wellness Center:  https://www.pps.net/Page/5953
     
     

     

    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  

     
     

     

    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!

     
     

    Notes from Principal Seidel:

    Friday, April 16, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    The sun was shining brightly on our school both in person and virtual this week! I had the pleasure of visiting 2nd grade CDL class this week when they were learning about identity in a series of Racial and Social Justice and inclusion lessons. When asked “What is identity?” Here were some delightful 2nd grade responses: Your face. What you like and don’t like. Your personality. Who you are. 

    What to do if you are late to school: If students arrive late to school and find that their class has already entered the building, please go to the front entrance to ring the doorbell. The office will let the student in and check them in before sending them to class. Thanks! Students begin entering the building at 8:00am/12:15pm. Pickup is 10:15am/2:30pm.

    No state testing this year for grades 3-5.

    Report cards are finished will be sent home next week.  If you have any questions about your child’s report card, I want to remind you that they were completed by your child’s original classroom teacher so any questions should be directed to those individuals.  Your child’s 4th quarter marks will be completed by their 4th quarter teacher. 

    COVID notifications: the district has had a few confirmed cases of COVID in several elementary schools. As of today, there have been none at Buckman. If there is a confirmed case within the Buckman population (staff or student), I will let the community know. Any folks who have been exposed and require a quarantine will be notified directly. The school and local health officials are making decisions out of an abundance of caution, keeping the safety and health of our students and families at the front.

    Lastly, I wanted to acknowledge that it has been another difficult week for the United States. The death and violence is too much. I think we can all agree that something needs to change.

    Sincerely,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 5/14 9am, 1:30pm fire drill
    • 5/19 6pm  virtual connect to kindergarten
    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day
    • 6/1 9:30am, 1:45pm fire drill
    • 6/10 5th grade promotion (details TBD) 
    • 6/11 last day of school

     


      

    FOUNDATION

    Round two of our Buckman Dines Out at Screen Door was a great success. Many thanks to the families who ordered food from this neighborhood favorite, and to Screen Door for their ongoing support of Buckman! Stay tuned for news about our next Dines Out event.

    The 2021 Buckman Auction will officially kick off on Friday, June 4th at 6pm. As the biggest fundraiser of the year, be sure to mark your calendars for this important online event! The auction bidding will also begin that evening and will continue through the next day. We’ll have more details coming soon!

    GREEN TEAM

    To Celebrate Earth Day (April 22, 2021) Green Team is hosting a recycling event April 19, 2021 - April 24, 2021 for:

    • Common household batteries (AAA,AA,B,C,D,9V)
    • Used athletic shoes 

    There are three opportunities to drop off recycling:

    • Send recycling with hybrid students April 19, 2021 - April 23, 2021. Recycling will be collected in bins located inside of the student entrance doors
    • On the upper playground during bookbag pickup April 21, 2021 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM 
    • Next to the Art Room on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM

    Batteries - Common household batteries AAA, AA, B, C, D, 9V

    • Please make sure batteries are not leaking
    • No button batteries
    • No laptop, cellphone, or other batteries 

    Athletic Shoes

    • Pairs of athletic shoes - athletic sneakers(running, jogging, basketball, training, sports), rubber soccer cleats, rubber baseball cleats
    • Any condition
    • Big kids size 3.5 and larger
    • No boots, heels, sandals, or dress shoes 

    The Green Team is partnering with Got Sneakers for this event. Through Got Sneakers each pair of athletic shoes will be evaluated to see if they can be resold or if they are at the end of their life and need to be recycled. The Green Team will receive between $0.25 (completely trashed sneakers) to $7.00 (like new brand name sneakers) for each pair of sneakers delivered to Got Sneakers. 

    If you are unsure if what you have can be recycled through this even please feel free to text a photo of what you have questions about to Korrin Weldon 503-706-5338

     


     

    LIBRARY

    • BUCKMAN STUDENTS WITH LIBRARY BOOKS! If you no longer are reading your Buckman library books in your BOOK BAGS, please return any school day to the front entrance (I need books for our Hybrid book bins!).  If you cannot get to Buckman to return your library books or book bags, email me drudnick@pps.net  and I will arrange a porch pick up at your convenience.
    • Book Bag Exchange Wednesdays 3-4:45pm or by emailing drudnick@pps.net  to arrange an alternate Wednesday time
    • Lunch Time Virtual Story Time with Ms. Rudnick: MTTHF 11:15-11:45, buckmanreads
    • April Reading Calendars

     


     

    PTA 

    Yearbook   Don’t be left out! Email a yearbook-style photo of your Buckman bear. You may also include pictures of them “at school’, or doing a pose in dance, music, or PE. You’re invited to include pictures of their artwork or quote about school. Email your submissions to yearbookbuckman@gmail.com be sure to include your children’s name, teacher, and grade. Due April 20th

    Classroom Assignments in Konstella  If your student has switched classrooms, be sure to update their class assignment in Konstella to ensure that you receive the appropriate class information. Doing so will also give you a chance to connect with other parents and families. To change classrooms: log in to your account, click on “Your Children”, select your child’s name, then click on the tab with the grade and teacher’s name, a drop-down menu will pop up for you to select the new classroom. 

    Scrip Sales  Get your Fred Meyer, Amazon, and Target scrip cards!  We’ll be on the upper playground on April 28 from 3-4:30 pm. Come by and pick up some scrip all while supporting Buckman. 

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

     


      

    SUN

    1. Register for 4th Quarter SUN clubs!  Below is the information and you can register your student here. They began this week but we are still welcoming new students anytime!

    Mondays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Art Club

    Join Ms Tabitha and other students to do some art together. There will be a directed art project your student can follow along with, or they can work on their own thing while sharing virtual space with peers. 

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, K-2nd grade: Still Life Drawing

    Think black and white is boring or lines are only for writing? Think again! Find out how much you can express with just a line or how much color you can make with just dots. Using different art styles and techniques, see how much art you can make with just a few supplies.

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Newspaper

    Fridays, 3pm-4pm, K-5th grade: Tae Kwon Do 

    2. Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230.  


    3. 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. 

     


     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    PPS Child Care

    For the most up to date information about child care programs located in schools, please visit the PPS Child Care website. Twenty-one elementary/K-5 schools are hosting child care programs operated by partner organizations. These organizations:

    • follow strict Health and Safety Guidelines from the Early Learning Division.
    • are fee-based with qualifying families receiving state subsidies. 
    • enroll students ages 5-12 before and after hybrid instruction and all-day for those students enrolled in distance learning. 

    Nutrition Services Information

    Are all meals free for all children?

    Yes!  We are operating a USDA child nutrition program that allows us to provide meals at no cost to all children ages 1-18 years.  There is no need to pay. 

    If I take meals for my child, does it take away from others?

    No.  We would love to provide every child with food.  There is no limit to our program - we are reimbursed for every meal we serve.  The more children participate in our program, the more we are able to do - work and pay for our team members, larger purchases and money to our local partners that we purchase from, and better pricing on food and supplies the larger the volume that we purchase.

    Why is there so much packaging?

    You may see more packaging during this time.  Since our services are so different than our usual cafeteria experience, we are tasked with ensuring food safety.  We will continue to use less when possible, but appreciate your patience during this transition until we can resume our sustainability efforts.  

    What types of foods can I expect?

    We will have some familiar foods included in the upcoming meals such as the bean and cheese burrito, yakisoba, tamales, etc.  We try to provide a variety of protein options throughout the weeks, that also meet the varying home situations such as refrigerator space and food storage for food safety.  We do try to purchase locally sourced foods when possible, such as the mini cheese pizza that families may have seen recently.  Everyone’s support in our meals supports our team's work, and the local economy. Families can reference our menus online for more information and help guide their students on which days they would like them to participate.  We may have a few substitutions along the way depending on availability.  

    Are you hiring?

    Yes!  We are in need of assistants to help support our services across the district.  Our job posting can be found on the district website, under Jobs.  

    Where to get meals? 

    CDL and hybrid students may pick up at Buckman from 10:15-10:30am, 2:30-2:45 on m/t/h/f. OR daily distribution at another site (Buckman is no longer a regular pickup site with the late afternoon hours). Those schools are listed here: 

    https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals 

    211info Child Care

    211info Child Care provides free, customized referrals to child care providers and strategies for finding quality child care in Oregon. For information and resources on finding quality child care, click here

    To speak with a Parent Educator about child care resources:

    CALL 211 or 1-866-698-6155
    TEXT keyword "children" or "ninos" to 898211 (TXT211)
    EMAIL children@211info.org
    HOURS Monday-Friday 7am-11pm; Saturday-Sunday 8am-8pm 

    Bilingual staff and interpreters are available to serve families in all languages. To search for child care providers online, click here; materials can also be downloaded here

    Free Online Theatre Games for Kids K-6 from Imago 

    Imago is offering families and schools FREE ONLINE THEATRE GAMES. Designed for K - 6 students, these 2 to 3-minute short videos are fun, exciting and easy, and give viewers a chance to learn mime, have fun and break up the day.

    To access the videos, you need to request the link; click here and we'll send the link to you with a password. 

    There are 15 videos that will be available beginning April 15, 2021. Sign up now! It's free. 

     
     
  • Counseling

    Buckman Counseling Website:

Principal's
Message

  • Friday, April 16, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    The sun was shining brightly on our school both in person and virtual this week! I had the pleasure of visiting 2nd grade CDL class this week when they were learning about identity in a series of Racial and Social Justice and inclusion lessons. When asked “What is identity?” Here were some delightful 2nd grade responses: Your face. What you like and don’t like. Your personality. Who you are. 

    What to do if you are late to school: If students arrive late to school and find that their class has already entered the building, please go to the front entrance to ring the doorbell. The office will let the student in and check them in before sending them to class. Thanks! Students begin entering the building at 8:00am/12:15pm. Pickup is 10:15am/2:30pm.

    No state testing this year for grades 3-5.

    Report cards are finished will be sent home next week.  If you have any questions about your child’s report card, I want to remind you that they were completed by your child’s original classroom teacher so any questions should be directed to those individuals.  Your child’s 4th quarter marks will be completed by their 4th quarter teacher. 

    COVID notifications: the district has had a few confirmed cases of COVID in several elementary schools. As of today, there have been none at Buckman. If there is a confirmed case within the Buckman population (staff or student), I will let the community know. Any folks who have been exposed and require a quarantine will be notified directly. The school and local health officials are making decisions out of an abundance of caution, keeping the safety and health of our students and families at the front.

    Lastly, I wanted to acknowledge that it has been another difficult week for the United States. The death and violence is too much. I think we can all agree that something needs to change.

    Sincerely,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 5/14 9am, 1:30pm fire drill
    • 5/19 6pm  virtual connect to kindergarten
    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day
    • 6/1 9:30am, 1:45pm fire drill
    • 6/10 5th grade promotion (details TBD) 
    • 6/11 last day of school

      

    FOUNDATION

    Round two of our Buckman Dines Out at Screen Door was a great success. Many thanks to the families who ordered food from this neighborhood favorite, and to Screen Door for their ongoing support of Buckman! Stay tuned for news about our next Dines Out event.

    The 2021 Buckman Auction will officially kick off on Friday, June 4th at 6pm. As the biggest fundraiser of the year, be sure to mark your calendars for this important online event! The auction bidding will also begin that evening and will continue through the next day. We’ll have more details coming soon!

     

    GREEN TEAM

    To Celebrate Earth Day (April 22, 2021) Green Team is hosting a recycling event April 19, 2021 - April 24, 2021 for:

    • Common household batteries (AAA,AA,B,C,D,9V)
    • Used athletic shoes 

    There are three opportunities to drop off recycling:

    • Send recycling with hybrid students April 19, 2021 - April 23, 2021. Recycling will be collected in bins located inside of the student entrance doors
    • On the upper playground during bookbag pickup April 21, 2021 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM 
    • Next to the Art Room on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM

    Batteries - Common household batteries AAA, AA, B, C, D, 9V

    • Please make sure batteries are not leaking
    • No button batteries
    • No laptop, cellphone, or other batteries 

    Athletic Shoes

    • Pairs of athletic shoes - athletic sneakers(running, jogging, basketball, training, sports), rubber soccer cleats, rubber baseball cleats
    • Any condition
    • Big kids size 3.5 and larger
    • No boots, heels, sandals, or dress shoes 

    The Green Team is partnering with Got Sneakers for this event. Through Got Sneakers each pair of athletic shoes will be evaluated to see if they can be resold or if they are at the end of their life and need to be recycled. The Green Team will receive between $0.25 (completely trashed sneakers) to $7.00 (like new brand name sneakers) for each pair of sneakers delivered to Got Sneakers. 

    If you are unsure if what you have can be recycled through this even please feel free to text a photo of what you have questions about to Korrin Weldon 503-706-5338

     

    LIBRARY

    • BUCKMAN STUDENTS WITH LIBRARY BOOKS! If you no longer are reading your Buckman library books in your BOOK BAGS, please return any school day to the front entrance (I need books for our Hybrid book bins!).  If you cannot get to Buckman to return your library books or book bags, email me drudnick@pps.net  and I will arrange a porch pick up at your convenience.
    • Book Bag Exchange Wednesdays 3-4:45pm or by emailing drudnick@pps.net  to arrange an alternate Wednesday time
    • Lunch Time Virtual Story Time with Ms. Rudnick: MTTHF 11:15-11:45, buckmanreads
    • April Reading Calendars

      

    PTA 

    Yearbook   Don’t be left out! Email a yearbook-style photo of your Buckman bear. You may also include pictures of them “at school’, or doing a pose in dance, music, or PE. You’re invited to include pictures of their artwork or quote about school. Email your submissions to yearbookbuckman@gmail.com be sure to include your children’s name, teacher, and grade. Due April 20th

    Classroom Assignments in Konstella  If your student has switched classrooms, be sure to update their class assignment in Konstella to ensure that you receive the appropriate class information. Doing so will also give you a chance to connect with other parents and families. To change classrooms: log in to your account, click on “Your Children”, select your child’s name, then click on the tab with the grade and teacher’s name, a drop-down menu will pop up for you to select the new classroom. 

    Scrip Sales  Get your Fred Meyer, Amazon, and Target scrip cards!  We’ll be on the upper playground on April 28 from 3-4:30 pm. Come by and pick up some scrip all while supporting Buckman. 

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

      

    SUN

    1. Register for 4th Quarter SUN clubs!  Below is the information and you can register your student here. They began this week but we are still welcoming new students anytime!

    Mondays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Art Club

    Join Ms Tabitha and other students to do some art together. There will be a directed art project your student can follow along with, or they can work on their own thing while sharing virtual space with peers. 

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, K-2nd grade: Still Life Drawing

    Think black and white is boring or lines are only for writing? Think again! Find out how much you can express with just a line or how much color you can make with just dots. Using different art styles and techniques, see how much art you can make with just a few supplies.

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Newspaper

    Fridays, 3pm-4pm, K-5th grade: Tae Kwon Do 

    2. Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230.  


    3. 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. 

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    PPS Child Care

    For the most up to date information about child care programs located in schools, please visit the PPS Child Care website. Twenty-one elementary/K-5 schools are hosting child care programs operated by partner organizations. These organizations:

    • follow strict Health and Safety Guidelines from the Early Learning Division.
    • are fee-based with qualifying families receiving state subsidies. 
    • enroll students ages 5-12 before and after hybrid instruction and all-day for those students enrolled in distance learning. 

    Nutrition Services Information

    Are all meals free for all children?

    Yes!  We are operating a USDA child nutrition program that allows us to provide meals at no cost to all children ages 1-18 years.  There is no need to pay. 

    If I take meals for my child, does it take away from others?

    No.  We would love to provide every child with food.  There is no limit to our program - we are reimbursed for every meal we serve.  The more children participate in our program, the more we are able to do - work and pay for our team members, larger purchases and money to our local partners that we purchase from, and better pricing on food and supplies the larger the volume that we purchase.

    Why is there so much packaging?

    You may see more packaging during this time.  Since our services are so different than our usual cafeteria experience, we are tasked with ensuring food safety.  We will continue to use less when possible, but appreciate your patience during this transition until we can resume our sustainability efforts.  

    What types of foods can I expect?

    We will have some familiar foods included in the upcoming meals such as the bean and cheese burrito, yakisoba, tamales, etc.  We try to provide a variety of protein options throughout the weeks, that also meet the varying home situations such as refrigerator space and food storage for food safety.  We do try to purchase locally sourced foods when possible, such as the mini cheese pizza that families may have seen recently.  Everyone’s support in our meals supports our team's work, and the local economy. Families can reference our menus online for more information and help guide their students on which days they would like them to participate.  We may have a few substitutions along the way depending on availability.  

    Are you hiring?

    Yes!  We are in need of assistants to help support our services across the district.  Our job posting can be found on the district website, under Jobs.  

    Where to get meals? 

    CDL and hybrid students may pick up at Buckman from 10:15-10:30am, 2:30-2:45 on m/t/h/f. OR daily distribution at another site (Buckman is no longer a regular pickup site with the late afternoon hours). Those schools are listed here: 

    https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals 

    211info Child Care

    211info Child Care provides free, customized referrals to child care providers and strategies for finding quality child care in Oregon. For information and resources on finding quality child care, click here

    To speak with a Parent Educator about child care resources:

    CALL 211 or 1-866-698-6155
    TEXT keyword "children" or "ninos" to 898211 (TXT211)
    EMAIL children@211info.org
    HOURS Monday-Friday 7am-11pm; Saturday-Sunday 8am-8pm 

    Bilingual staff and interpreters are available to serve families in all languages. To search for child care providers online, click here; materials can also be downloaded here

    Free Online Theatre Games for Kids K-6 from Imago 

    Imago is offering families and schools FREE ONLINE THEATRE GAMES. Designed for K - 6 students, these 2 to 3-minute short videos are fun, exciting and easy, and give viewers a chance to learn mime, have fun and break up the day.

    To access the videos, you need to request the link; click here and we'll send the link to you with a password. 

    There are 15 videos that will be available beginning April 15, 2021. Sign up now! It's free. 


    Friday, April 9, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Welcome to quarter 4. In some ways, it feels like we have just begun. Here are your weekly updates:

    Tag update: TAG Nominations from this year will be rolled over into the fall and testing will happen at the beginning of the school year. No additional paperwork will need to be done, all nominations from Fall 2020 will be honored in Fall 2021. Additionally, both 2nd and 3rd grade will be tested for TAG in Fall 2021 as the current 2nd graders did not get tested last fall.

    COVID symptom tracking: will happen when a student or staff member is absent due to illness. It is everyone's responsibility to keep our community safe and well, which includes staying home when you may be sick with an illness that may spread to someone else. Tracking symptoms will help us to keep everyone healthy.

    Report cards: will be sent home with hybrid students or mailed home for CDL students the week of April 19. Report cards will be completed by 1st semester teachers.

    The A Kids Books About series just released a new title, A Kids Book About Anti-Asian Hate. You can go to this LINK to download the book for FREE.

    Welcome to the 2nd grade team Sarah Davis! Sarah comes to us after student teaching at Abernethy in 3rd grade, working as an educational assistant at Laurelhurst in grades 2-4, and over a decade of work as a Chemist in the business field. Ms. Davis is joining Ms. Lee as a co-teacher in our 2nd grade CDL cohort.

    3-5 Map reports will be mailed home this week from the district.

    Specials classes: There were a few errors on the link that was sent out yesterday. Check out the updated schedule to find your teacher, cohort, specials times, and meeting codes (Note: some classes have NEW google meeting codes).

    Here's to keeping the arts alive during hybrid and distance learning!

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 4/22 Earth Day
    • 5/19 6pm virtual connect to kindergarten
    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day

     

    SUN

    1. Register for 4th Quarter SUN clubs! Below is the information and you can register your student here. They began this week but we are still welcoming new students anytime!

    Mondays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Art Club

    Join Ms Tabitha and other students to do some art together. There will be a directed art project your student can follow along with, or they can work on their own thing while sharing virtual space with peers. 

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, K-2nd grade: Still Life Drawing

    Think black and white is boring or lines are only for writing? Think again! Find out how much you can express with just a line or how much color you can make with just dots. Using different art styles and techniques, see how much art you can make with just a few supplies.

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Newspaper

    Fridays, 3pm-4pm, K-5th grade: Tae Kwon Do

    1. Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.orgor 503-858-0230.  

    2. 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. 

     

    FOUNDATION

    Buy one, give one! At this month's apparel sales (April 14 and April 28, 3-4:30 on the upper playground), for every Buckman tote purchased, a second will be donated towards staff appreciation week! Our goal is to give a tote to every staff member, so come out to grab yours to help contribute. Other Buckman gear, including beanies, hoodies, and masks, will also be available for purchase.

    The Buckman Auction team is curating grade-level baskets for this year’s event.
    This is a fun and easy way to get involved. Each grade has a different theme; check out the Sign-Up Genius (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f48acad28abfe3-buckman) for some of the items the team is hoping to collect to see how you can help out.

    Back by popular demand: Buckman Dines Out at Screen Door!
    On Tuesday April 13, from 11am until 8pm (or until food runs out!), order your pick-up or delivery and 10% of proceeds will benefit the Buckman Foundation! Enjoy traditional Southern cooking with Northwest food values at this popular Buckman favorite. Call 503-542-0880 to order or check out the menu at screendoorrestaurant.com.

     

    LIBRARY

    • Book Bag Exchange Wednesdays 3-5pm or by emailing drudnick@pps.net to arrange an alternate Wednesday time
    • Return all found library books (missing from returned book bags or checked out from previous school years) any school day to the front entrance (new book return!)
    • If you cannot get to Buckman to return your library books or book bags, email me and I will arrange a porch pick up at your convenience
    • Used book donations accepted through May during Book Bag Exchange Wednesdays
    • April Reading Calendars

     

    PTA

    Classroom Assignments in Konstella  If your student has switched classrooms, be sure to update their class assignment in Konstella to ensure that you receive the appropriate class information. Doing so will also give you a chance to connect with other parents and families. To change classrooms: log in to your account, click on “Your Children”, select your child’s name, then click on the tab with the grade and teacher’s name, a drop-down menu will pop up for you to select the new classroom.

    Scrip Sales  Get your Fred Meyer, Amazon, and Target scrip cards!  We’ll be on the upper playground on April 14 and April 28 from 3-4:30 pm. Come by, say hi, and get pick up some scrip all while supporting Buckman.

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Symptom Surveillance Video – Guidance for Parents and Students

    There is a new video on YouTube called “Return to School Process” that can be used to help parents/students understand the 5 layers of symptom surveillance to keep the school community safe. Click on one of the following links to view:

    ENGLISH:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbLhz0c_xtw&t=5s

    MANDARIN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR3OWPxpy0k

    RUSSIAN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NSVYDtfWZI

    SOMALI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDlYOlFsdNA

    SPANISH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO-3AzPiTMA

    VIETNAMESE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vryEiDYGOy0

     

    Summer Programming Opportunities

    Cognizart 360 Arts Camp 2021 (ages 6-12) - July 5-9 & July 12-16

    PSU Portland Summer Percussion Academy (ages 12-18) - July 19-21

    OSU Precollege Programs Summer Reading Skills Programs (ages 4 through 11th grade)

     

    211info Child Care

    211info Child Care provides free, customized referrals to child care providers and strategies for finding quality child care in Oregon. For information and resources on finding quality child care, click here.

    To speak with a Parent Educator about child care resources:

    CALL 211 or 1-866-698-6155
    TEXT keyword "children" or "ninos" to 898211 (TXT211)
    EMAIL children@211info.org
    HOURS Monday-Friday 7am-11pm; Saturday-Sunday 8am-8pm

    Bilingual staff and interpreters are available to serve families in all languages. 

    To search for child care providers online, click here; materials can also be downloaded here.

     

    Hybrid and Distance Learning Meal Services

    All school meals will continue to be free for all students in all schools, and no student ID or names are needed to receive meals. 

    - Once a student returns to hybrid in-person instruction, meals will be served at the end of each of the in-person sessions. Service Style may vary between schools depending on facility, dismissal schedule, etc. 

    - If a student is staying in distance learning -- or if their hybrid in-person learning has not begun -- they should visit any of our new meal distribution sites between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days to pick up meals. 

     

    New Open Community Meal Distribution Sites

    For the remainder of the year, grab-and-go meals will be available between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days for all children in the community (PPS students and children not enrolled at PPS) ages 1-18. The sites for curbside distribution:

    • Beaumont Middle School, 4043 NE Fremont St.
    • Franklin High School, 5405 SE Woodward St.
    • George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave.
    • Harriet Tubman Middle School, 2231 N Flint Ave.
    • Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Pl.
    • Ida B. Wells High School, 1151 SW Vermont St.
    • Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Ave.
    • Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave.
    • Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave.
    • Leodis V. McDaniel @ Marshall High School, 3905 SE 91st Ave.
    • Tabor Middle School, 5800 SE Ash St.
    • Ockley Green Middle School, 6031 N Montana Ave.
    • Robert Gray Middle School, 5505 SW 23rd Ave.
    • Roosevelt High School, 6941 N Central St.
    • Roseway Heights Middle School, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.

     

    Meals on Buses

    When students are dismissed from their in person learning, they will be offered school meals to take home with them.  If they are riding on the bus, there will be a green container for all school meals to be held while they are traveling to their home or bus stop. As the student leaves the bus, they will pick up their meal again from the green container.  Students with special diets or allergies will have their meals in labeled bags and may be stored in a separate container.  Please reference this Standard Operating Procedure for more information. 

     

    Free Online Theatre Games for Kids K-6 from Imago

    Imago is offering families and schools FREE ONLINE THEATRE GAMES. Designed for K - 6 students, these 2 to 3-minute short videos are fun, exciting and easy, and give viewers a chance to learn mime, have fun and break up the day.

    To access the videos, you need to request the link; click here and we'll send the link to you with a password.  

    There are 15 videos that will be available beginning April 15, 2021. Sign up now! It's free. 

     

     

    Friday, April 2, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    We welcomed our 1st and kindergarten students back this week! It was a day of sweet connection both in person and online with our CDL students. I popped into the 1st grade CDL classroom today and was delighted to hear all of the students practicing their small group assignments by being farm animals. In 1st grade hybrid, students practiced waiting in line for the bathroom, played hula hoop tag on the blacktop, and did some book shopping in their classroom libraries! 

    1st grade CDL: Welcome back Greg Clarkson, who will be co-teaching CDL in 1st grade with Ms. Agre. Due to a number of shifts to cohort assignments in 1st grade, we had enough students in CDL to hire another staff to help support our 1st graders. Mr. Clarkson is coming out of his recent retirement last year after teaching at Buckman for over 20 years! 

    Please share this hybrid video with your students: https://youtu.be/PRnwdLnhKN4

    Amazing work from the support team, Buckman Bear, and Mr. Schopmeyer, who edited and published the video in less than 24 hours.   

    Join a lunch Google Meet social time of your choice, open to ALL Buckman students.

    11:15-11:45 M/T/TH/F

    -BuckmanBites with Mr. Rudolph: jokes, games, chit chat social time divided by grade level.

    -BuckmanReads with Ms. Rudnick: Daily storytime for all ages welcome! Come once a week or four times a week!  

    Playgrounds closed 7:30-3:30: now that our school is open to students, our campus and playground is closed from 7:30-3:30 daily. Please help spread this message to other families and community members.  

    Wednesday was transgender day of visibility. The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of transgender and gender nonconforming people while raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done to achieve trans justice. If you want to learn more, click on the link above. 

    Monday, we will welcome back all students to CDL/hybrid school. Grades 2-5 hybrid, we will see you on the blacktop at 8am/12:15pm. Please bring a water bottle, mask (and maybe a backup mask), and that’s it! Dismissal is at 10:15am and 2:30pm. Students and families are asked to leave campus right after pick up to prevent congestion and to allow our staff enough time to prepare for the next cohort. Thank you for your help with this!

    Take care everyone, 

    Teresa

     

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 4/5 – k-5 hybrid open for all grade levels
    • 4/8     End of Quarter
    • 4/9   No School, Teacher planning day
    • 4/16, 10am Virtual Run for the arts 
    • 5/14 9am, 1:30pm fire drill
    • 5/19 6pm  virtual connect to kindergarten
    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day 

    Buckman Bites with Mr. Rudolph

    Buckman Bites continues!  New time, same old fun.  During these times of change, take this opportunity to connect with your classmates.  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.   Meet Code: buckmanbites

    What: Buckman Bites, a virtual lunchtime meetup for ALL Buckman students   

    Why:  For connections and smiles

    When: Kinder & 1st grade - Mondays 11:15-11:45 

    2nd grade - Tuesdays 11:15-11:45

    3rd grade - Wednesdays 11:15-11:45

    4th grade - Thursdays 11:15-11:45

    5th grade - Fridays 11:15-11:45

     Classroom Assignments in Konstella

    If your student has switched classrooms, be sure to update their class assignment in Konstella to ensure that you receive the appropriate class information. Doing so will also give you a chance to connect with other parents and families. To change classrooms: log in to your account, click on “Your Children”, select your child’s name, then click on the tab with the grade and teacher’s name, a drop-down menu will pop up for you to select the new classroom. 

    Run for the Arts Update

    Unfortunately, RFTA for the current school year has been cancelled. We hope to continue this Buckman tradition in Fall 2021. Until then, we are looking for two RFTA coordinators to take the helm. Please email pta@buckmanelementary.org. This is a great opportunity to get involved and raise money to support our arts program!

     

    SUN

    Girls on the Run registration is OPEN and runs through April 23rd. The team is open to 3rd-5th graders, and is available on a sliding scale payment system. Practices are at Buckman Field from 3:30-5pm Mondays and Thursdays from April 12-June 5. Complete the registration form here. We have found enough coaches at this point!

    Register for 4th Quarter SUN clubs! Below is the information and you can register your student here. SUN Clubs will run from April 5- May 27th. 

    Mondays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Famous Art and Artists

    In this art history club, we'll explore different famous pieces of artwork from around the world and learn about the people, culture, time periods, and places that each piece of art was made. We'll even make some art history of our own! 

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, K-2nd grade: Still Life Drawing

    Think black and white is boring or lines are only for writing? Think again! Find out how much you can express with just a line or how much color you can make with just dots. Using different art styles and techniques, see how much art you can make with just a few supplies. 

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Newspaper

    Fridays, 3pm-4pm, K-5th grade: Tae Kwon Do

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/oVQfOcy_e-ieHACD-JsGS7D6ZHj60bdToWdMApOZDSb_CLcIbDG4fvdpjmY_msuxLuTZeI45fCxzGB0xMdkscukj-UitLpWBQ5Gm-HD2kZ0KfkP1GD6yGypQ-6prFI4xpXC-xOE

    Volunteer with Brown Hope! Volunteers under the age of 18 are welcome with a guardian present. Brown Hope is a community solution for racial justice, creating connection with Black, Brown, and Indigenous leaders through the heart, mind, and voice to inspire our collective healing. Sign up here

    Resource Assistance and Support  New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230.  


    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. 

     

    FOUNDATION

    Back by popular demand: Buckman Dines Out at Screen Door! On Tuesday, April 13, from 11am until 8pm (or until food runs out!), order your pick-up or delivery and 10% of proceeds will benefit the Buckman Foundation! Enjoy traditional Southern cooking with Northwest food values at this popular Buckman favorite. Call 503-542-0880 to order or check out the menu at screendoorrestaurant.com.

    The 2021 Buckman Auction will officially kick off on Friday, June 4th at 6pm. As the biggest fundraiser of the year, be sure to mark your calendars for this important online event! The auction bidding will also begin at that time and continue through the next day. We’ll have more details coming soon!

     

    GREEN TEAM

    The Buckman Green Team is considering hosting an end-of-the-school year bike celebration (Bears on Bikes!!) the weekend of June 5th/6th. We are hoping to have fun, COVID-safe bike events, safety and maintenance stations, and a free raffle. 

    Please complete this short survey to help us gauge interest, potential participation, and volunteer availability by April 5th.

    Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey and help Buckman kiddos start the summer ready to roll.

     

    LIBRARY

    • Book Bag Exchange Wednesdays 3-5pm or by emailing drudnick@pps.net  to arrange an alternate Wednesday time
    • Return all found library books (missing from returned book bags or checked out from previous school years) any school day to the front entrance (new book return!)
    • If you cannot get to Buckman to return your library books, email me and I will arrange a porch pick up at your convenience
    • Used book donations accepted through May during Book Bag Exchange Wednesdays
    • Starting April 5th! M-F 11:15-11:45; Google Meet: BuckmanReads Lunch time Read Alouds with Ms. Rudnick & BuckmanBites with Mr. Rudolph
    • April Reading Calendars

    Additionally, 

    • If you have a copy of “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future” by Dav Pilkey, I highly recommend removing it from your home library, or using it as a learning resource in authors making apologies for microaggressions (Dav Pilkey’s apology letter). This book has passive racism against Asian people. You can read more here
    • In addition to Dav Pilkey’s above novel, many Dr. Seuss titles are under review to be removed from school libraries as Seuss Enterprises has halted production for similar reasons. If you have copies of these titles, consider doing the same:
      • Six by Seuss
      • And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
      • If I Ran the Zoo
      • McElligot's Pool
      • On Beyond Zebra!
      • Scrambled Eggs Super!
      • The Cat's Quizzer
    • I can collect your copies of Dav Pilkey’s novel and the specified Dr. Seuss books. 
    • Beverly Cleary died last week at the age of 104, just a few weeks before her 105th birthday. She was a monumental writer for early and middle grade fiction at a time when there were not many books for children that mirrored some children’s experiences in everyday life. OPB produced a documentary of her life. You can watch it here.

     

    PTA 

    Scrip Sales  Get your Fred Meyer, Amazon, and Target scrip cards!  We’ll be on the upper playground on select Wednesdays in April. Come by, say hi, and get pick up some scrip all while supporting Buckman. Stay tuned for dates on Konstella. 

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Childcare during Hybrid and CDL

    PPS Child Care website has a list of schools hosting child care programs during hybrid instruction. The website includes directions for translating the information. In addition, 211info offers child care referrals for all types of programs (including Boys and Girls Club and community centers) throughout Multnomah County. Parents can text, call or search for programs online.  

    Hybrid and Distance Learning Meal Services

    All school meals will continue to be free for all students in all schools, and no student ID or names are needed to receive meals. 

    Once a student returns to hybrid in-person instruction, meals will be served at the end of each of the in-person sessions. Service Style may vary between schools depending on facility, dismissal schedule, etc. 

    If a student is staying in distance learning -- or if their hybrid in-person learning has not begun -- they should visit any of our new meal distribution sites between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days to pick up meals.  

    New Open Community Meal Distribution Sites

    For the remainder of the year, grab-and-go meals will be available between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days for all children in the community (PPS students and children not enrolled at PPS) ages 1-18. The sites for curbside distribution:

    • Beaumont Middle School, 4043 NE Fremont St.
    • Franklin High School, 5405 SE Woodward St.
    • George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave.
    • Harriet Tubman Middle School, 2231 N Flint Ave.
    • Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Pl.
    • Ida B. Wells High School, 1151 SW Vermont St.
    • Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Ave.
    • Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave.
    • Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave.
    • Leodis V. McDaniel @ Marshall High School, 3905 SE 91st Ave.
    • Tabor Middle School, 5800 SE Ash St.
    • Ockley Green Middle School, 6031 N Montana Ave.
    • Robert Gray Middle School, 5505 SW 23rd Ave.
    • Roosevelt High School, 6941 N Central St.
    • Roseway Heights Middle School, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.

    Meals on Buses

    When students are dismissed from their in person learning, they will be offered school meals to take home with them.  If they are riding on the bus, there will be a green container for all school meals to be held while they are traveling to their home or bus stop. As the student leaves the bus, they will pick up their meal again from the green container.  Students with special diets or allergies will have their meals in labeled bags and may be stored in a separate container.  Please reference this Standard Operating Procedure for more information.  

    Free Online Theatre Games for Kids K-6 from Imago 

    Imago is offering families and schools FREE ONLINE THEATRE GAMES. Designed for K - 6 students, these 2 to 3-minute short videos are fun, exciting and easy, and give viewers a chance to learn mime, have fun and break up the day. 

    To access the videos, you need to request the link; click here and we'll send the link to you with a password. 

    There are 15 videos that will be available beginning April 15, 2021. Sign up now! It's free. 

     


     

    Friday, March 19, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    It was an emotional week at Buckman virtual school as about a third of our students said goodbye to their teachers today and yesterday. As we make the shift towards re-opening schools, we had to adjust the teachers and schedules for many children. In my own household, there were tears and feelings of loss as we learned that our CDL community will be changing. There is also excitement for many, anxiousness, happiness and all of the other emotions as well. When we return to school, whether it be virtual or hybrid, our staff will be starting off with building a new classroom community and welcoming everyone back with get to know you activities. We will be sharing resources as a staff on how to do this in the middle of a school year - a new experience for many of us. 

    Changes in Seesaw: With the reassignment of classes and cohorts, many of you will notice a change in Seesaw. Folks switching to a new cohort or teacher will similarly be switched to a new Seesaw class. If there is anything you want to keep now, be sure to download that before the switches happen on March 29. Linked here is a helpful guide that will show you how to do this 

    Virtual community meeting: On Tuesday, March 30 at 6pm, I’ll host a virtual meeting regarding all of the changes. Here is the google link to that meeting. Anne, our social worker will also be there to share some resources, tips, and tricks for parents and guardians to help students who are feeling distressed by the upcoming shift in school plans. Whether your student is remaining in CDL or shifting to returning for hybrid and in person learning, check out this PowerPoint for some helpful tips Click Here.  

    Virtual Assembly: Here it is, our ROARS video. Thanks to our special guest Buckman Bear for making this video super special. https://video.link/w/Gu3ac

    Champions childcare: Click here for information on Champions childcare.

    Finally, in a time of racial reckoning, I was crushed to hear of the shooting in Atlanta that killed 6 Asian-American women. The news shook me out of my hybrid-planning mind and immediately took me to the last memory I had with my friends before the country shut down last March. We went to my favorite Asian foot spa off of 82nd and Powell. My sister and I go together every time she comes to visit me and if I'm lucky enough, there isn't a line at Mei Sum, my favorite Chinese bakery across the street. If you would like to learn more at bystander intervention,the folks at Hollaback! have partnered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC to adapt our free bystander intervention training as well as offering a de-escalation training to meet this moment.” I hope you all give your loved ones and extra squeeze, whether it be in person or virtual tonight.

    Take care everyone, and I hope you all have a great spring break. 

    Warmly,

    Teresa 

    Important dates and reminders:

    3/22-3/26  No School, Spring Break

    3/29-4/2 – CDL instruction for all students (asynchronous work, no teacher meetings)

    3/30  6pm hybrid info session

    4/1 – first day of hybrid for AM cohorts in k-1

    4/2 – first day of hybrid for PM cohorts in k-1

    4/5 – k-5 hybrid open for all grade levels

    4/9   No School, Teacher planning day

    4/16  10am Virtual Run for the arts

     

    Buckman Bites with Mr. Rudolph

    Buckman Bites continues!  New time, same old fun.  During these times of change, take this opportunity to connect with your classmates.  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.   

    What: Buckman Bites, a virtual lunchtime meetup for ALL Buckman students  

    When: Kinder & 1st grade - Mondays 11:15-11:45 

    2nd grade - Tuesdays 11:15-11:45

    3rd grade - Wednesdays 11:15-11:45

    4th grade - Thursdays 11:15-11:45

    5th grade - Fridays 11:15-11:45

    Meet Code: buckmanbites

     

    SUN

    1. Join GirlStrength for virtual self-defense and empowerment classes! See info and dates below: To Register: Students/parents can email girlstrength.pb@portlandoregon.gov or fill out the WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM

    Tuesday, March 23rd (10-11:30): Self-Defense Basics

    Wednesday, March 24th (1-2:30): Self-Defense for LGBTQ+ Students

    Thursday, March 25th (2-3pm): All About Healthy Relationships 

    2. Girls on the Run registration is OPEN and runs through April 23rd. The team is open to 3rd-5th graders, and is available on a sliding scale payment system. Practices are at Buckman Field from 3:30-5pm Mondays and Thursdays from April 12-June 5. Complete the registration form here. We have found enough coaches at this point! 

    3. Register for 4th Quarter SUN clubs! Below is the information and you can register your student here. SUN Clubs will run from April 5- May 27th. 

    Mondays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Famous Art and Artists

    In this art history club, we'll explore different famous pieces of artwork from around the world and learn about the people, culture, time periods, and places that each piece of art was made. We'll even make some art history of our own!

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, K-2nd grade: Still Life Drawing

    Think black and white is boring or lines are only for writing? Think again! Find out how much you can express with just a line or how much color you can make with just dots. Using different art styles and techniques, see how much art you can make with just a few supplies.

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Newspaper 

    Fridays, 3pm-4pm, K-5th grade: Tae Kwon Do

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    4. Volunteer with Brown Hope! Volunteers under the age of 18 are welcome with a guardian present. Brown Hope is a community solution for racial justice, creating connection with Black, Brown, and Indigenous leaders through the heart, mind, and voice to inspire our collective healing. Sign up here

    5. Resource Assistance and Support  New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230.  


    6. 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. 

      

    FOUNDATION

    Our Dines Out raised close to $300!  Thank you Xico and everyone who showed their support for Buckman and this Buckman parent-owned local business.   Mark your calendar, they have offered to schedule another Dines Out for June 10th.

    Save the date for our virtual auction kickoff on June 3rd!  Be on the lookout for a sign-up genius to help create or purchase items for the grade-level baskets we are curating for the auction this year; more details in the sign-up. 

    Happy Spring Break!

      

    PTA

    National PTA Federal Advocacy   The National PTA met virtually this month with our Federal House Representatives, Senators, and staffers. Usually in person, online meetings this year let 800+ people attend nationally, nearly 3x normal attendance. The local PTA will continue to follow up with our elected officials to push the PTA “asks”, so expect to hear more from me. – jeff@organicmodern.com, Buckman PTA treasurer.

    This year’s asks:

    • Make meaningful, robust investments in education in the next COVID relief package. 
      • School support is in the latest Covid Bill and was officially approved during our meetings! The excitement in the ‘digital air’ was amazing to witness. Met with State Rep. Rob Nosse on Thursday, and he said the amount of educational funding is going to go along way this next year to fill gaps.
    • Increase funding for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers to $20 million. 
      • There are 13 centers nationally. None in Oregon. The centers are geared towards helping families navigate education options and create community between parents.
    • Include schools in any comprehensive infrastructure package.
      • Rebuilding/repair
    • Improve the federal school meal program through Child Nutrition Reauthorization.
      • Renew waivers so states can continue to provide meals and reinstitute nutrition guidelines.
    • Support policies which protect all students, including students from historically marginalized populations and communities.
      • This includes ending seclusion and holding as forms of punishment, which Oregon already does, but not all states.

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    March Meal Services

    Meal services will pause during the week of Spring Break, March 22-26 and resume Monday, March 29.

    Ready for Some Math Fun Connected to the Blazers?

    Check out this opportunity and share with interested families to get a free NBA Math Hoops game for home!!!

    Student Success at Home – Free Program through Friendly House

    Thanks to a generous grant from Oregon Health Authority, Friendly House is developing a pilot program to offer free support to students and families and improve their experience. Student Success at Home aims to alleviate and elevate by providing resources, technical and academic support, and social interaction so students can stay engaged and families can feel equipped and capable.

    You do not need to be enrolled with Friendly House After School to benefit from this program. Interested families can complete a one-time questionnaire at FriendlyHouseInc.org to help us understand your specific needs and tailor our support. If internet connectivity or other technical issues are a barrier to completing the form easily, call Chris at (503)935-5269 Ext 106.

     


    Friday, March12, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    I hope you have been able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine that came our way this week. Shout out to our Buckman Family Equity Team for hosting a lovely evening with Brown Hope. It left me inspired and called to action!

    All K-5 schools in PPS are currently in the planning stages so that Hybrid instruction can begin the week of March 29th. Every elementary school will follow this schedule on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays:

    • AM instruction (Hybrid) is 8:00 - 10:15
    • PM instruction (Hybrid) is 12:15 - 2:30
    • CDL instruction: 1st morning meeting at 8:45, small group schedules vary

    Wednesdays will be a combination of asynchronous and independent lessons and activities for all students.  More specific details about Wednesdays will be announced in the coming weeks.

    There are still a number of unknowns but we are getting closer to being ready to open our doors in a limited fashion. Whether your child will receive their instruction in a CDL or Hybrid Model, our goal is, as it always has been: to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment that meets each students’ academic and social-emotional needs. District Website: Hybrid Learning FAQ

    Each year in February, the second grade students prepare a multi-arts performance for their families and the Buckman community. Due to the pandemic and distance learning, this year the performance took the form of a video and photo gallery - put together by the Buckman Arts Teachers.

    3-5th grade families, MAP results will be mailed home to families at the end of quarter 3. 

    The concept of this year’s performance was African Inspiration: A Journey to Three Small Places within a Vast Continent. 2nd graders created movement, music, and visual art inspired by arts from various countries and tribes in Africa. You can view the performance videos and gallery of their work here.

    I want you to know how much I appreciate your willingness to continue to live in this space.  It can be terribly challenging when you are trying to plan, make important family decisions, and look out for your loved ones.  This year has been a true test of our perseverance and resilience as a community.  I am continually grateful for the ongoing support you show the staff as we navigate unchartered territory as a Buckman Community.

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up/drop off
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students
    • 3/8-3/14  Buckman Art Show and Sell *at home*
    • 3/14  Daylight savings begin, clocks move forward 1 hour
    • 3/22-3/26  No School, Spring Break
    • 4/8     End of Quarter
    • 4/9   No School, Teacher planning day
    • 4/16  10am Virtual Run for the arts

     

    BUCKMAN ART SHOW AND SELL *AT HOME* - Get your raffle tickets! 

    The week-long online raffle of local art ends March 14th. The 2021 art show includes a community art project, so don’t forget to display your student’s art or to check out the “drawing trees” on the north side of the school. Visit buckmanartshow.weebly.com for more information.

      

    SUN

    1. Join GirlStrength for virtual self-defense and empowerment classes! See info and dates below: To Register: Students/parents can email girlstrength.pb@portlandoregon.gov or fill out the WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM.

    Saturday, March 13th (10-11:30): Self-Defense Basics

    Tuesday, March 23rd (10-11:30): Self-Defense Basics

    Wednesday, March 24th (1-2:30): Self-Defense for LGBTQ+ Students

    Thursday, March 25th (2-3pm): All About Healthy Relationships

    2. Girls on the Run registration is OPEN and runs through April 23rd. The team is open to 3rd-5th graders, and is available on a sliding scale payment system. Practices are at Buckman Field from 3:30-5pm Mondays and Thursdays from April 12-June 5. Complete the registration form here

    3. New SUN clubs coming soon for 4th quarter! Keep an eye out for registration information next week. 

    4. Resource Assistance and Support  New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230.  
    5. 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. 

     

    FOUNDATION

    Many thanks to Buckman-owned Xico for supporting our school this week for the March edition of our Dines Out! We’d also like to thank the Buckman families who ordered from their delicious menu of handmade Mexican cuisine for this event. If you haven’t yet given Xico a try, be sure to check out all they have to offer on their website (https://www.xicopdx.com)!

    Spring apparel sales are ready to rock! Stop by the upper playground on March 31, April 14, or April 28 from 3:00-4:30pm to get all the Buckman gear you need. In addition to beanies, hoodies, masks, and shirts, we will have new Buckman canvas totes in stock soon! Stop by after spring break and grab what you need to show your Buckman pride.

     

    LIBRARY

    • March Reading and Activity Calendars
    • Are you spring cleaning? Has your Buckman student outgrown some titles and need more space on the bookshelf? The Buckman Library is now accepting GENTLY used book donations! We will be hosting a used book sale at the end of the school year. Location, date and times TBA. Donations accepted during Book Bag Exchanges on Mondays and Wednesdays 3-5pm on the upper playground. Please limit donations to 1-2 bags/boxes per family. 
    • K-2 Afterschool Stories with Friends. Longer read alouds, time to share and connect with special guests.
    • Do your students like Graphic Novels? Here is a list of some really great books that can lead to some important conversations. Social Justice Graphic Novels - also, as a parent, if you haven’t read a graphic novel, give it a try!

     

    PTA

    Scrip Sales  Get your scrip cards for various stores including Amazon, Target, and Fred Meyer, March 31 from 3-4:30pm on the upper playground. A portion of these sales goes back to Buckman. 

    We still need your membership! Can you help PTA reach our goal of 100 members or more? It’s easy to become a member; sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman. 

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    March Meal Services

    On Friday, March 19, all grab and go, curbside services and home meal deliveries will include 7 days worth of meals. Meal services will pause during the week of Spring Break, March 22-26 and resume Monday, March 29.

    K-5 Transfer Cycle & Explore Your Options Event

    From February 17-March 16, families can submit transfer requests to K-5 dual language immersion, focus option and alternative programs. 

    ACCESS Academy applications for grades 1-8 are available from February 17-April 16. 

    Applications are available at www.pps.net/schoolchoice

    Free Tax Prep Services

    Metropolitan Family Service/Cash Oregon is providing Free Tax Service. Click here for more information or visit this site: https://cashoregon.org/get-tax-help/mfs-cash-oregon-vita-site/

    Student Success at Home – Free Program through Friendly House

    Thanks to a generous grant from Oregon Health Authority, Friendly House is developing a pilot program to offer free support to students and families and improve their experience. Student Success at Home aims to alleviate and elevate by providing resources, technical and academic support, and social interaction so students can stay engaged and families can feel equipped and capable.

    You do not need to be enrolled with Friendly House After School to benefit from this program. Interested families can complete a one-time questionnaire at FriendlyHouseInc.org to help us understand your specific needs and tailor our support. If internet connectivity or other technical issues are a barrier to completing the form easily, call Chris at (503)935-5269 Ext 106.

     

     


    Friday, March 5, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    I hope you enjoyed the pre-spring sunny weather this week! In March we celebrate Women’s History Month. “i stand on the sacrifices of a million women before me thinking what can i do to make this mountain taller so the women after me can see farther” – rumi kaur

     

    TAG Update: TAG testing for students who were nominated in the fall is slated to happen in late spring after Hybrid instruction begins. All 2nd and 3rd graders will be tested next fall.

     

    Grades 3-5 MAP: The district will be sending out individual student MAP assessment results by the end of 3rd quarter.

    Along with many of you, I am still waiting for details on what hybrid instruction might look like for Buckman. The Governor just announced that she is mandating that all elementary schools open back up for some in person instruction the week of March 29th. Once the district has finalized negotiations with their labor partners, and the Governor details her expectations, I will be able to share more. In the meantime, the Buckman team and I have been busy collecting last minute hybrid interest surveys, scenario planning, and welcoming the first students back into Buckman this week with our Limited In Person Instruction. Here is the district website for all things hybrid.

     

    Hybrid information for Buckman: As I begin planning for forming hybrid cohorts, here are some things you can count on

    • I will prioritize children/siblings in the same household stay in the same cohort.
    • Efforts will be made to keep as many students with their current teacher as possible. Please know that no scenario that I am planning places 100% of students with their current teacher.
    • Requests for AM/PM assignments will not be accepted. Students will either be assigned an AM or PM section.
    • Requests to be with a specific peer, peer group, or teacher will not be accepted.
    • 43% of our families have indicated that they prefer to remain in comprehensive distance learning. For the remaining 57%, I understand that every student has a unique situation and that their hybrid assignment may not work. In those situations, CDL will hopefully remain an option.

    I will be at our PTA Meeting from 6-6:30 to repeat some of this information and take questions. I hope to see you there.

     

    This week is Classified appreciation week! Thank you to our amazing classified staff!

    • Sam – Principal’s secretary – everything we do, we do because Sam has made it possible. Nearly everything that I send out, Sam has touched in some way or another, including this newsletter
    • Karen – School secretary – she answers the phone, mails home mailers, does your attendance, pulls up report after report after report, and is back in the office M-F from 8-2 every day!
    • Scott, Patrick and Darren - they are the custodians who keep our school clean and sanitized.
    • Dixie, Heidi, Casey – they are the paraeducators in our K-2 SES room. They are some of the kindest, patient, talented and funniest staff members that we have. 
    • Angie, Niko, Alex – the are the paraeducators in in our 3-5 SES room, and they work with our students with calm, genuine care, so many home deliveries, and all around support!
    • Mr. Darby – he’s back in the game as our SES Therapeutic Intervention Coach and it’s like he never left. Rumor has it that Mr. Darby actually saw the Buckman Bear up to no good at school this week!
    • Julie & Kate – serving hundreds of meals to our family in grab and go kits weekly. Behind those masks we know you are both smiling!
    • Michelle & Kevin –  the rocks of our Special Education team, so creative, so engaging, and filling in so many gaps for our students! 

    Warmly,

    Teresa Seidel 

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up/drop off
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students
    • 3/8     6:00-7:30pm   Buckman PTA Meeting
    • 3/8     6:00-8:00 district connect to kindergarten virtual event
    • 3/8-3/14  Buckman Art Show and Sell *at home*
    • 3/9     5:30-7:00pm   Buckman FET Race Talks meeting, with guests Brown Hope
    • 3/14  Daylight savings begin, clocks move forward 1 hour
    • 3/22-3/26  No School, Spring Break
    • 4/8     End of Quarter
    • 4/9   No School, Teacher planning day
    • 4/16  10am Virtual Run for the arts

     

    BUCKMAN ART SHOW AND SELL *AT HOME* MARCH 8-14TH 

    Art Show & Sell 2021 starts Monday! This year we will have a week-long online raffle of local art. The raffle will be open all week! In addition, we will celebrate student art with a drawing tree… three trees on the north side of the school will have wire and clips along their trunks ready for art to be displayed. Get creative and display an original piece of art or just walk by and soak up some Buckman community magic! Smaller sized pieces will work best (3x5 or 5x7). Visit buckmanartshow.weebly.com for more information.

     

    SUN

    1. Save the date for Buckman FET Race Talks with guests Brown Hope, Tuesday, March 9!  The Buckman Family Equity Team invites all Buckman Elementary families and staff to attend an online presentation about Brown Hope on Tuesday, March 9th from 5:30-7pm. Brown Hope is a Portland non-profit community solution for racial justice.  The organization creates connections with Black, Brown, and Indigenous leaders through the heart, mind, and voice to inspire our collective healing.  Brown Hope's programs include Power Hour, Blackstreet Bakery, Equity and Beyond, and the Black Resilience Fund. Come learn more about the good work this organization is doing in our community and their program leaders! Join us here

    2. Girls on the Run registration is OPEN and runs through April 23rd. The team is open to 3rd-5th graders, and is available on a sliding scale payment system. Practices are at Buckman Field from 3:30-5pm Mondays and Thursdays from April 12-June 5. Complete the registration form here

    3. Educational Theatre in support of Kaiser Permanente's equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts invites you to join us for a free performance-based exploration of the beauty, unrest, and "two-ness" of the Black experience in America, expressed through the work of Black authors, poets, activists, artists, and leaders. The goal of this event is for communities to feel inspired and seen, wanting to learn more and do better. To be followed by a panel discussion. March 10, 3:30pm PST, ages 9+. Register here

    4. Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230.  


    5. 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.  

     

    FOUNDATION

    We’re delighted to share that the Foundation raised nearly $500 from our February Dines Out at Sparky’s pizza, and we hope to keep the momentum going for March. This month, we’re partnering with Buckman parent owned Xico (3715 SE Division St). Try out their amazing handmade Mexican cuisine; 10% of proceeds from orders and pre-orders made on March 10 from 4-6:30 pm will be donated to the Buckman Foundation. Thanks to Xico for your generous support!

     

    LIBRARY

    • March Reading and Activity Calendars
    • Are you spring cleaning? Has your Buckman student outgrown some titles and need more space on the bookshelf? The Buckman Library is now accepting GENTLY used book donations! We will be hosting a used book sale at the end of the school year. Location, date and times TBA. Donations accepted during Book Bag Exchanges on Mondays and Wednesdays 3-5pm on the upper playground. Please limit donations to 1-2 bags/boxes per family. 
    • This event takes place during spring break, however most webinar author visits are recorded and offered later. It might be something fun to do during spring break! Whether you like his humor or not, kids seem to glom on to his titles!
    • When DAV PILKEY was a kid, he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories. He spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books -- the very first adventures of Dog Man and Captain Underpants. In college, Dav met a teacher who encouraged him to illustrate and write.

     

    PTA

    Buckman Community/PTA Meeting   Join us Monday, March 8th, starting at 6pm. We’re combining forces with Principal Seidel again in a joint PTA/community meeting. The first 30 minutes will be dedicated to discussions about LIPI (limited in-person instruction) as well as to answer any additional questions you may have for Principal Seidel.

    Scrip Sales  Get your scrip in March on Wednesday, March 10 and March 31 from 3-4:30pm on the upper playground. A portion of sales goes back to Buckman! 

    Let’s Reach 100 Members! Currently, PTA membership at Buckman is hovering around 50 members. Can you help us get to 100 or more? It’s easy to become a member; sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman. 

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Explore Your School Options – March 8th, 6-8 PM

    See attached flyer for more details:

    Explore your options - English

    Explore your options - Spanish

    March Meal Services

    On Friday, March 19, all grab and go, curbside services and home meal deliveries will include 7 days worth of meals. Meal services will pause during the week of Spring Break, March 22-26 and resume Monday, March 29. 

    K-5 Transfer Cycle & Explore Your Options Event

    From February 17-March 16, families can submit transfer requests to K-5 dual language immersion, focus option and alternative programs. 

    ACCESS Academy applications for grades 1-8 are available from February 17-April 16. 

    Applications are available at www.pps.net/schoolchoice.

    Free Tax Prep Services

    Metropolitan Family Service/Cash Oregon is providing Free Tax Service. Click here for more information or visit this site: https://cashoregon.org/get-tax-help/mfs-cash-oregon-vita-site/.

    Student Success at Home – Free Program through Friendly House

    Thanks to a generous grant from Oregon Health Authority, Friendly House is developing a pilot program to offer free support to students and families and improve their experience. Student Success at Home aims to alleviate and elevate by providing resources, technical and academic support, and social interaction so students can stay engaged and families can feel equipped and capable. 

    You do not need to be enrolled with Friendly House After School to benefit from this program. Interested families can complete a one-time questionnaire at FriendlyHouseInc.org to help us understand your specific needs and tailor our support. If internet connectivity or other technical issues are a barrier to completing the form easily, call Chris at (503)935-5269 Ext 106.  

    The start of Phase 2 of the Enrollment Balancing process has been delayed until at least after April 15th.

    The Board of Education met on February 22 to discuss phase 2 of PPS’ enrollment and program balancing. Here is the “February 22, 2021 Work Session Agenda.” The focus of the 3-hour work session was to:

    • Identify the most critical issue(s) the School Board believes are the most important to address in the next 12-months on Enrollment and Program Balancing.
    • Identify the policies that require clarification, so that the PPS school district staff (and the Coalition) can effectively and clearly complete Phase 2 of its work.
    • Clarify what PPS believes to be the most important focus areas in the next 12-months.
    • Articulate the successes and opportunities they look to see executed as we plan student, family, school and community engagement on Enrollment and Program Balancing.

    District staff are continuing to engage with the Board to finalize the Phase 2 scope of work with a commitment to center the lived experiences of our students and their families, especially our communities of color.

    An update of the Phase 2 scope and schedule will be shared in April.

    A full archive of Southeast Guiding Coalition (SEGC) meeting notes, presentations, meeting videos and links are available on the PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing website.

     

     


     

    Friday, February 26, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears!

    Big shout out to the Family Equity Team, SUN school, and all of the families and staff who attended our Race Talks event this past week. As the facilitators of the event said loud and clear “Parents and guardians, you have the most important job out there”. This resonated so deeply with me, as I know that every single one of you reading this right now have worked so hard to make this past year work.  

    PPS is working to transition into a hybrid model beginning quarter 4. Click here for more details specific to PPS. I will also be hosting a hybrid info session from 6-6:30 at the beginning of the PTA meeting on Monday, March 8. While I won’t have all of the answers, I am looking forward to chatting with you and sharing some of Buckman’s preliminary plans for safely opening up our school. 

    Today is the last day of Black History Month, but we will continue to celebrate Black History every month! As author Nikki Grimes puts it, “Black history is American history. February is just the highlight reel”. Some of our teachers have introduced the students to Bellen Woodard, “the 9 year-old Founder of Bellen’s More than Peach™ Project & the World’s 1st Crayon Activist™. Since spring of 2019, Bellen has been the creative genius behind the start and expansion of The More than Peach Project—the vision and philanthropic effort she imagined to place multicultural crayons in the hands of all students.”. Click here to learn more about this student artist advocate. 

    Warmly,

    Teresa

     

    • Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up/drop off

    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students

    • 3/3     6:00-7:00pm  Connect to Kindergarten Virtual Meeting  

    • 3/8     6:00-7:30pm   Buckman PTA Meeting

    • 3/8     6:00-8:00 district connect to kindergarten virtual event

    • 3/8-3/14  Buckman Art Show and Sell *at home*

    • 3/9     5:30-7:00pm   Race Talks meeting, with guests Brown Hope: 

    • 3/22-3/26  No School, Spring Break

    • 4/8     End of Quarter

    • 4/9   No School, Teacher planning day

     

     


     

    Friday, February 19, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    It was good to see many of you back online this week. I hope the rest of Portland (and the nation) is able to recover from the winter weather. There are two major updates in this week’s newsletter: 1) Buckman spirit week and 2) 4th quarter learning survey. Also, here is the monthly ROARS virtual assembly, featuring a very special Buckman visitor. 

    Buckman Spirit Week is next week 2/22/21 - 2/26/21!  What better way to celebrate the melting ice than wearing our clothes backwards and flexing our superpowers?  Let’s leap into spring while showing our Buckman pride!  

    • Monday, February 22nd - Creative background day

    Students can create a beautiful background for their synchronous classes.  Draw it, paint it, sketch it, sculpt it, so many possibilities!  Time to let that Buckman creativity shine. 

    • Tuesday, February 23rd - Superhero day

    Be a Buckman superhero and bring your powers to PE.  Get creative and invent a new hero, or dress as your favorite superhero.  All you need is a few household items and your imagination.

    • Wednesday, February 3rd - Hedgehog & school colors day

    Students can show their spirit by bringing hedgehog stuffies, making spikey headwear, and wearing Buckman gear

    • Thursday, February 25th - Backwards or mismatched clothes day

    Students can get silly by wearing their clothes backwards or by picking an outfit that clashes spectacularly!

    • Friday, February 5th - Pajama day

    Who says you need to get dressed for school?  Students will wrap up spirit week by wearing their most comfy pajamas to class. 

    Lastly, I appreciate all of the questions around the 4th quarter learning survey. Once I have our schools’ responses, I’ll be able to create a more detailed plan for Buckman. We still have 200 students to fill it out, so look for your individual, unique survey code sent from me to one parent/guardian’s email address on file. If you need the survey resent, or can’t find it, email me at tseidel@pps.net. At the March 8th PTA meeting (6pm, link here.), I will give an update on where we are with hybrid, and share some of our plans to keep Buckman Hybrid School as safe as possible. Please fill that survey out by this weekend! 

     

    Take care everyone,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders: 

    • Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up/drop off

    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students 

    • 2/24 5:30-7:30 Race Talks 

    • 3/3 6pm connect to kindergarten

     

    Next Week - RACE TALKS!

    Join PTA and the Family Equity Team for an evening hosted by RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism on February 24th from 5:30-7:30PM. This is a school-wide event intended for all Buckman families. Grab your dinner, your kids, and a virtual seat at the table to discuss race and recent occurrences in America. Use Zoom code: 837 8685 9810; password: 02242021. Hope to see you there!

     

    BIPOC Leadership Group for 3rd-5th Grade Students

    Alex Duran (Para Educator) and Jasmine Springs (Restorative Justice Specialist) are hosting a new leadership group for Buckman students 3rd- 5th grade.

    This group will be open to all students grades 3rd- 5th grade who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latino /a, Asian, or any other person of color.

    The group will meet Mondays 12:15-1:00pm starting Monday, February 22nd.

    The focus of the group is for BIPOC Students to engage with others who may share similar experiences around identity and learn about and celebrate our differences. The group will center student voice and student leadership and the first meeting will decide student goals for our weekly meetings.

    If your student fits the identity markers mentioned above they can log in to Google Meet Mondays at 12:15pm using the code: BuckmanBIPOC

    FYI - PPS Communication Pathways

    • Text messages: Sign up for School Messenger by texting YES to 68453

    • Alert pod on www.pps.net and all school websites

    • Twitter: @PPSConnect

    • Facebook

    • Phone: Auto-dialer calls in supported languages

     

    SUN

    1. Have you lost food because of the recent storm and power outages?  You may be able to get some of your SNAP dollars added back to your EBT card. Call 800-699-9075 or email SSP.StatewideWorkshare@dhsoha.state.or.us to request replacement benefits. For shelf-stable food boxes, reach out to Katie and she can deliver one to you.

    2. Join us for Race Talks next Wednesday, 2/24.  Join us for a school-wide dinner and virtual conversation hosted by RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism. February 24th from 5:30pm - 7:30pm, at this link. Bring your kids and dinner! Come meet other families as we all learn to talk about race and recent events in America. 

    Zoom ID: 837 8685 9810

    Password: 02242021

    3. Girls on the Run lottery registration is OPEN and runs through February 21st. The team is open to 3rd-5th graders, and is available on a sliding scale payment system. Ten participants will be randomly selected to fill the Buckman team on February 22nd.  All remaining spots will be open to the public on a first come first served basis until April 23rd. Practices are at Buckman Field from 3:30-5pm Mondays and Thursdays from April 12-June 5. Complete the application here

    4. SUN Hygiene Supply drive continues through February!  Thanks to all who have donated already. We are still collecting toilet paper, paper towels, soap, and other hygiene items every Monday and Wednesday at the upper playground from 3-5pm. 

    5. Resource Assistance and Support  New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230.  


    6. 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. 

     

    FOUNDATION

    Buckman Dines Out at Sparky’s has been moved to next Tuesday, February 23. Call in your order to ANY Sparky’s Pizza location and 10% of sales will go to the Buckman Foundation! Offer is valid for the entire day and is an easy way to support a local business and our school. 

    Buckman apparel sales will be on February 24 and March 10 from 3-4:30pm, head to the upper playground to grab your Buckman gear. Beanies, hoodies, masks, and more! Sport your Buckman goods knowing all proceeds benefit the Foundation!

      

    LIBRARY

    • Alan Gratz Author Visit Book Orders from Green Bean Books are now at Buckman. If you chose to have them delivered to Buckman, you can pick up during Book Bag Exchange times (M&W 3-5p).

    • February Reading Calendars

    • If you have not exchanged your Book Bags in 2021, now is the time! Open exchange times are M&W 3-5pm AND M&W 8-12 by appointment

      

    PTA

    Upcoming General Meeting   Save the date for our next general meeting Monday, March 8 at 6pm. We’re combining forces with Principal Seidel again in a joint PTA/community meeting. We’ll discuss PTA business and answer your questions. 

    Let’s Reach 100 Members! Currently, PTA membership at Buckman is hovering around 50 members. Can you help us get to 100 or more? It’s easy to become a member; sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman. 


     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    K-5 Transfer Cycle & Explore Your Options Event

    From February 17-March 16, families can submit transfer requests to K-5 dual language immersion, focus option and alternative programs. 

    ACCESS Academy applications for grades 1-8 are available from February 17-April 16. 

    Applications are available at www.pps.net/schoolchoice.

    Free Tax Prep Services

    Metropolitan Family Service/Cash Oregon is providing Free Tax Service. Click here for more information or visit this site: https://cashoregon.org/get-tax-help/mfs-cash-oregon-vita-site/.

    Student Success at Home – Free Program through Friendly House

    Thanks to a generous grant from Oregon Health Authority, Friendly House is developing a pilot program to offer free support to students and families and improve their experience. Student Success at Home aims to alleviate and elevate by providing resources, technical and academic support, and social interaction so students can stay engaged and families can feel equipped and capable.

    You do not need to be enrolled with Friendly House After School to benefit from this program. Interested families can complete a one-time questionnaire at FriendlyHouseInc.org to help us understand your specific needs and tailor our support. If internet connectivity or other technical issues are a barrier to completing the form easily, call Chris at (503)935-5269 Ext 106. 

     


     

    Friday, February 12, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    Today is the Lunar New Year, year of the Ox! Growing up, my large Chinese extended family and I gathered during this time every year and as a young person, I would be the fortunate recipient of many red envelopes filled with “good luck money”. As I got older, my family got wiser - the tradition in our family was that if you gathered before the new year, no lucky money was handed out, only after. Fortunately, we always celebrated with great food and family time. If you would like to learn more about Lunar New Year, click on this video  here

    BIPOC Leadership Group for 3rd-5th Grade Students

    • Alex Duran (Para Educator) and Jasmine Springs (Restorative Justice Specialist) are hosting a leadership group open to for Buckman students grades 3rd- 5th grade who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latino /a, Asian, or any other person of color.

    • The group will meet Mondays 12:15-1:00pm starting Monday, February 22nd using the code: BuckmanBIPOC

    • The focus of the group is for BIPOC Students to engage with others who may share similar experiences around identity and learn about and celebrate our differences. The group will center student voice and student leadership and the first meeting will decide student goals for weekly meetings.

    Are you new to Buckman this year? Do your kids miss the smell of the cafeteria? Are you curious about what the new playground looks like? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please click here for the Tour of Buckman video! 

    RACE TALKS Event: Join PTA and the Family Equity Team for an evening hosted by RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism on February 24th from 5:30-7:30PM. This is a school-wide event intended for all Buckman families. Grab your dinner, your kids, and a virtual seat at the table to discuss race and recent occurrences in America. Use Zoom code: 837 8685 9810; password: 02242021. 

    The district sent a message earlier this week about the plans to move towards hybrid instruction. If you missed that, the complete message can be found here. Most importantly, please be sure to fill out the email with the survey asking for your interest in participating in hybrid learning, or remaining in compressive distance learning. This survey is specific to each student and not transferable. 

    LIPI, Hybrid, CDL - what does it all mean? 

    LIPI = limited in person instruction. This varies campus to campus. Buckman has reached out to a small group of kindergarten families about this.

    Hybrid - this will be an optional model for all student, slated to begin April 12, the start of 4th quarter. If a family elects into this model, students will receive some of their learning in person and some online.

    CDL - comprehensive distance learning - this is what we are currently doing with all of your students. All instruction is online, some in live google meetings and some asynchronously through Seesaw assignments, Lexia, Dreambox, or other assignments. 

    I hope this helps to clear some things up. As the district moves more towards hybrid, I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated with this newsletter and updates and at PTA meetings (our next one is March 8, 6pm, link here.)

    Hope you all have a great long weekend, remember there is no school on Monday as it’s Presidents’ Day!

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders: 

    • Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up/drop off

    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students 

    • 2/10 10:30am 3-5 Author Visit with Alan Gratz

    • 2/15 No school, Presidents’ Day

    • 2/18 Connect to Kindergarten district event 6-8pm, zoom link here

    • 2/24 5:30-7:30 Race Talks 

    • 3/3 6pm connect to kindergarten, link here

    • 3/8 PTA Meeting, 6pm, link here.

      

    SUN

    Virtual programs for information about the COVID-19 vaccine   Multnomah County’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program is hosting the following events to support African-American/Black/African community members (click on the links for more information):

     Family Equity Team  Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Would you like to collaborate and be in a community with other parents and caregivers of color at Buckman? Join us for a Family Equity Team meeting on Tuesday, February 9th at 5:30pm. Zoom link here: https://pps-net.zoom.us/j/84107470268

    SUN Hygiene Supply drive continues through February!   Thanks to all who have donated already. We are still collecting toilet paper, paper towels, soap, and other hygiene items every Monday and Wednesday at the upper playground from 3-5pm. 

    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.   

    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

    Want to talk with your school counselor Ms. Jess? 

     Mondays and Wednesdays stop by the upper playground between 3 and 5. Look for the rainbow umbrella.

     Tuesday appointments with Ms. Jess & Ms Cara for students, parents, or families. Schedule here: https://calendly.com/msjessbuckman/check-in-with-counselor

    Thursday drop-in time with Ms. Jess at FirestoneClassMeeting 12-1pm

     *For other times, fill out this check-in sheet and Ms. Jess will email you: Check in with Ms Jess or Ms Cara

     

    FOUNDATION

    Buckman Dines Out at Sparky’s next Tuesday, February 16.  Call in your order to ANY Sparky’s Pizza location and 10% of sales will go to the Buckman Foundation! Offer is valid for the entire day and is an easy way to support a local business and our school. 

    Buckman Foundation’s apparel sales are back! On February 24 and March 10 from 3-4:30pm, head to the upper playground to grab your Buckman gear. Beanies, hoodies, masks, and more! Sport your Buckman goods knowing all proceeds benefit the Foundation!

      

    LIBRARY

    • WOW! Our author visit on Wednesday was incredible. If you would like to view it and/or order books from Green Bean, the link to the author visit/Order button is here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/176csk15 (side note: if you are a K-2

      parent, you might be interested in watching this too!)

    • February Reading Calendars

    • If you have not exchanged your Book Bags in 2021, now is the time! Open exchange times are M&W 3-5pm AND M&W 8-12 by appointment 

      

    PTA

    Let’s Reach 100 Members! Currently, PTA membership at Buckman is hovering around 50 members. Can you help us get to 100 or more? It’s easy to become a member; sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman. 

     
     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    February Meal Services

    Because Monday, February 15 is a holiday and the district is closed, there will be no meal services. Additional meals will be included in surrounding service days to make sure families still receive 7 days worth of meals. 

    Free Tax Prep Services

    Metropolitan Family Service/Cash Oregon is providing Free Tax Service. Click here for more information or visit this site: https://cashoregon.org/get-tax-help/mfs-cash-oregon-vita-site/. 

    Dreaming Justice Event

    Students, parents, and staff are invited to Oregon Episcopal School’s next Dreaming Justice event! On February 18, 4:30-5:30 PM, Renée Watson will be joining us for an author visit. Watson will read from her work and talk about growing up in Portland and how that influenced her writing. She will also answer questions from the audience. Please RSVP here.

    Student Success at Home – Free Program through Friendly House

    Thanks to a generous grant from Oregon Health Authority, Friendly House is developing a pilot program to offer free support to students and families and improve their experience. Student Success at Home aims to alleviate and elevate by providing resources, technical and academic support, and social interaction so students can stay engaged and families can feel equipped and capable.

    You do not need to be enrolled with Friendly House After School to benefit from this program. Interested families can complete a one-time questionnaire at FriendlyHouseInc.org to help us understand your specific needs and tailor our support. If internet connectivity or other technical issues are a barrier to completing the form easily, call Chris at (503)935-5269 Ext 106. 

     


     

    Friday, February 5, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    Multnomah county libraries are hosting a variety of online events for Black History month including: Clownin' Around with Nikki Brown Clown! Portland’s favorite clown is back with an online storytime that is a culturally creative blend of picture books infused with sounds and activities for all. This will be an interactive online experience and participation is encouraged!  All ages are welcome!  

    This week was national school counselors week. We are so lucky to have Ms. Jess holding our students, staff and school up with her positivity, thoughtfulness, leadership and compassion. As one staff member shared to Jess, “You love the kids with your whole heart. You hold all their stories and needs, and then serve them as the precious individuals they are.” Thank you Jess, and all school counselors, for being there for our students all of the time.

    Current Buckman Families: If you entered Buckman through the PPS Lottery, and have another child you want to attend Buckman, you MUST complete the Lottery process! Lottery will be open from Feb 17-March 16. Click here for more information and how to apply.  

    Take care everyone, 

    Teresa

     

    Important dates and reminders: 

    • Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up/drop off

    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students 

    • 2/10 10:30am 3-5 Author Visit with Alan Gratz

    • 2/15 No school, Presidents’ Day

    • 2/18 Connect to Kindergarten, time TBD 

    • 2/24 5:30-7:30 Race Talks 

    • 3/8 PTA Meeting, 6pm, link here.

     

    SUN

    Virtual programs for information about the COVID-19 vaccine   Multnomah County’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program is hosting the following events to support African-American/Black/African community members (click on the links for more information):

     Family Equity Team  Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Would you like to collaborate and be in a community with other parents and caregivers of color at Buckman? Join us for a Family Equity Team meeting on Tuesday, February 9th at 5:30pm. Zoom link here: https://pps-net.zoom.us/j/84107470268

    SUN Hygiene Supply drive continues through February!   Thanks to all who have donated already. We are still collecting toilet paper, paper towels, soap, and other hygiene items every Monday and Wednesday at the upper playground from 3-5pm. 

    Save the Date for Race Talks on February 24th from 5:30-7:30pm.   Open to all families, this is an opportunity to be in dialogue with other families about racial issues. 

    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.   

    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

    Want to talk with your school counselor Ms. Jess? 

    Mondays and Wednesdays stop by the upper playground between 3 and 5. Look for the rainbow umbrella. 

    Tuesday appointments with Ms. Jess & Ms Cara for students, parents, or families. Schedule here: https://calendly.com/msjessbuckman/check-in-with-counselor 

    Thursday drop-in time with Ms. Jess at FirestoneClassMeeting 12-1pm 

    *For other times, fill out this check-in sheet and Ms. Jess will email you: Check in with Ms Jess or Ms Cara

     

    FOUNDATION

    Dines Out   February is here, which means it’s time for another Buckman Dines Out. On Tuesday, February 16, call in your order to ANY Sparky’s Pizza location and 10% of sales will go to the Buckman Foundation! Offer is valid for the entire day and is an easy way to support a local business and our school. 

    Apparel Sales   Buckman Foundation’s apparel sales are back! On Wednesday February 10th and 24th from 3-4:30pm, head to the upper playground to grab your Buckman gear. Beanies, hoodies, masks, and more! Sport your Buckman goods knowing all proceeds benefit the Foundation!

     

    LIBRARY

    • Green Bean Books is providing a free author visit in lieu of selling 30 copies of any Alan Gratz novel. If you would like to purchase a copy of one of his books for our library or yourself, please see this order form. In the section “Calculate Shipping Cost” please choose “Pick up at Buckman Elementary - Author Visit Only $0.00”. Thank you for your support! (3-5th grade virtual author visit with author ALAN GRATZ is next week February 10th at 10:30am)

    • February Reading Calendars

     

    PTA

    Upcoming Race Talk   Save the date for an upcoming race talk on February 24th presented and facilitated by RACE TALKS PDX

    Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer Community Rewards   Shop through Amazon Smile and money automatically goes back to our school. It’s easy to sign up online, just select Buckman PTA as your charity. Money also goes back to Buckman with every Fred Meyer purchase when you use their community rewards program. Sign up online and search for Buckman Elementary PTA #94565. 

    Let’s Reach 100 Members! Currently, PTA membership at Buckman is hovering around 50 members. Can you help us get to 100 or more? It’s easy to become a member; sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman. 
     

    DISTRICT NEWS

    New K-5 Report Cards

    We are excited to share with you the new K-5 Report Card. The report card has been revised by a committee of teachers and parents with one of the main goals being to help families more easily understand how your students are doing as they progress through the elementary grades.  Click here to see the new report in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, and Chinese. A highlight of the new report card is that there is now only one marking system for grades (E/M/CM/N/NE) and the +,V,/,-- system is now only for characteristics of a successful learner 

    Teachers will be using this new report card for Quarter 2 reporting. And you will receive the report card via mail in early February. 

    Access to Kids Discover Magazine!

    All K-5 educators, students and support staff now have access to Kids Discover. All students and educators can access by utilizing the URL or credentials below: 

    PW Embedded URL: http://online.kidsdiscover.com/portlandps

    - or -

    URL: http://online.kidsdiscover.com

    UN: portlandps

    PW: portlandps 

    Participate in PPS’ Long-Range Facility Plan

    Portland Public Schools is currently developing a Long-Range Facility Plan that will align the District’s educational vision with future capital planning. This work is an opportunity to institute lasting change in our schools by re-envisioning teaching and learning environments. 

    If you are a PPS community member interested in participating in a dialogue session, please visit www.pps.net/lrfp to register or email longrangefacilityplan@pps.net with any questions.  

    Oregon Dyslexia Professional Network

    Decoding Dyslexia Oregon has shared a great opportunity for adults living with dyslexia. Regardless of where in the world you live, please accept our invitation to join us virtually at the Oregon Dyslexia Professional Network. ODPN is a live, monthly chat space for adults living with dyslexia to connect, learn from each other, and share resources. Build your network and connect with others to help further your goals whether that be as a student, employee, or a job seeker.

    Moderated by two individuals who have dyslexia, Jesse Rapport, and Jared Blank, we welcome you and hope you can join us by signing up HERE.  Interested, and want more information? Ask by emailing ODPN@orbida.org.

     

    Student Success at Home – Free Program through Friendly House

    Thanks to a generous grant from Oregon Health Authority, Friendly House is developing a pilot program to offer free support to students and families and improve their experience. Student Success at Home aims to alleviate and elevate by providing resources, technical and academic support, and social interaction so students can stay engaged and families can feel equipped and capable.

    You do not need to be enrolled with Friendly House After School to benefit from this program. Interested families can complete a one-time questionnaire at FriendlyHouseInc.org to help us understand your specific needs and tailor our support. If internet connectivity or other technical issues are a barrier to completing the form easily, call Chris at (503)935-5269 Ext 106. 

     


     

    Friday, January 29, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    I wanted to share my deepest gratitude for our staff now that we are closing in on an entire semester of Comprehensive Distance Learning. As I visited classrooms this week learning how to balance equations, using a rubric to write a convincing essay, and reflecting on how the author’s writing makes me feel and making art inspired by books, I was amazed at how our entire teaching staff has been able to pivot to an instructional model that was completely foreign to us all less than a year ago. Our commitment and focus is still on Comprehensive Distance Learning, but there are changes on the horizon. If you didn’t catch it, here is the most recent district communication including a comprehensive update on Vaccinations, Expanding In-Person Opportunities and Plans for Hybrid Instruction. 

    ROARS Assembly: Here is the ROARS assembly  video for last month.

    Limited In Person Instruction: Buckman is in wave 3 of 3 to open up our doors to students in a “Limited In Person Instruction” or LIPI model beginning as early as March 1. I want to reiterate that our primary focus is still remaining on Comprehensive Distance Learning, and that LIPI is a supplement to that. Here are the details that we have so far for Buckman:

    ·       LIPI will be offered to students who meet certain criteria based on academic or attendance data. Once a student has been identified the teacher will contact the family. Some students may be invited to participate in LIPI but decide not to, which is absolutely okay and up to the family to decide.

    ·       LIPI will first be offered to our youngest learners in kindergarten. Specifics of the program are changing and will therefore be shared with those invited once plans and participants are finalized. 

    ·       Lipi will be offered to the first students for a total of 4 hours a week (2 hours per day, in the afternoon). 

    ·       If the first round of LIPI is successful, we will open up LIPI to other grade levels based on need as outlined in our assessment and attendance data.

    ·       LIPI teachers are volunteering and may not be a child’s current classroom teacher.

    ·       Students who participate in LIPI must agree to wear masks appropriately, maintain physical distancing and wash hands regularly. 

    I want to emphasize that we will be starting small, with 12-16 students engaging in LIPI beginning  as early as March 1. The selection process will include using academic and attendance data and we are targeting students who have participated the least so far during CDL. 

     

    Black History Month: In February, we celebrate Black History month. This is an important time to dig deeper into history and deepen our discussions with each other and our students about how race and racism plays out in our everyday lives. I want to acknowledge not only those who have made history (Ruby Bridges, Bessie Coleman and Elijuah Cummings come to mind), but also recognize all of the recent and current black Americans who are contributors and heroes in our lives (Amanda Gorman & Vice President Kamala Harris). In class, examples of Black Excellence will be shared not just in the month of February, but every month. We invite you to explore some ways to celebrate the many contributions of African Americans and to talk about racial injustice both in the past and today. Here is a resource from National Geographic to explore.

     

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders: 

    · Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up/drop off

    · Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students 

    · 2/1 First day of Black History Month

    · 2/8 Report cards mailed home

    · 2/10 10:30am 3-5 Author Visit with Alan Gratz

    · 2/15 No school, Presidents’ Day

    · 2/18 6pmConnect to Kindergarten

    · 2/24 5:30-7:30 Race Talks 

    · 3/8 PTA Meeting, 6pm, link here.

      

    FOUNDATION

    Dines Out   February is around the corner, which means it’s time for another Buckman Dines Out. On Tuesday, February 16, call in your order to ANY Sparky’s Pizza location and 10% of sales will go to the Buckman Foundation! Offer is valid for the entire day and is an easy way to support a local business and our school. 

    Apparel Sales   After a short break, Buckman Foundation’s apparel sales are back! On Wednesday February 10 from 3-4:30pm, head to the upper playground to grab your Buckman gear. Beanies, hoodies, masks, and more! Sport your Buckman goods knowing all proceeds benefit the Foundation!

     

    LIBRARY

     

    PTA

    Upcoming Race Talk   Save the date for an upcoming race talk on February 24th presented and facilitated by RACE TALKS PDX. More details coming soon! 

    Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer Community Rewards   Shop through Amazon Smile and money automatically goes back to our school. It’s easy to sign up online, just select Buckman PTA as your charity. Money also goes back to Buckman with every Fred Meyer purchase when you use their community rewards program. Sign up online and search for Buckman Elementary PTA #94565.

    Let’s Reach 100 Members! Currently, PTA membership at Buckman is hovering around 50 members. Can you help us get to 100 or more? It’s easy to become a member; sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

     

    SUN

    Hygiene supply donations needed!   SUN is collecting donations of toilet paper, soap, paper towels, laundry detergent, kleenex, diapers/pull-ups, and cleaning supplies. Drop items off on Mondays and Wednesdays between 3 and 5pm at the upper playground, or contact Katie to arrange an alternate drop-off time or location. 

    New term of SUN clubs is coming!   Register your student here for virtual clubs running February 1 - March 19. See below for new club descriptions in addition to ongoing Newspaper and Tae Kwon Do clubs: 

    Monday, 3-4pm, grades 3-5, Reach for the Stars. Join us for a virtual trip through space as we learn about the planets in our solar system, stars, and galaxies. Who knows- maybe we'll even discover some alien life!

    Wednesday, 3-4pm, grades 1-5, Create Your Own Fairytale with Northwest Children's Theater (fee-based class). Our experienced Teaching Artists will create an engaging, interactive online class where students can make and perform their own fairy tale story! Based on the innovative online theater classes NWCT provided since the stay-at-home order, this class will provide your students an exciting way to connect with their school peers and have fun developing their drama skills all while being safe and socially distant!

    Thursday, 3-4pm, grades K-2, Writing Art. With fun writing prompts and ideas, we'll read fun stories and write our own stories, poems, and do other writing activities. We'll also draw pictures and illustrations to match our stories. Theater Club with Northwest Children's Theater, Newspaper Club with Ms. Katie and Ms. Jess, and Tae Kwon Do! 

    Become a Girls on the Run Coach!   Buckman will soon have its very own Girls on the Run program, and we need one more coach to make it happen! Coaches will need to attend all practices, which will be on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30-5pm at Buckman field, from April 12-June 5. Practices will be socially distanced and can adjust to going virtually at any point depending on the current status of COVID-19. Contact Katie if you're interested in becoming a coach for the team!

    Multnomah County Eviction Moratorium Extended   Multnomah County has extended the eviction moratorium until July 2, 2021. Tenants will have 6 months to pay back rent. If you owe rent, make sure you complete and submit a hardship declaration form to your landlord ASAP. More details here.  

    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. 

    The Buckman Newspaper is back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest!   

    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.   

    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. 

      

    DISTRICT NEWS

    New K-5 Report Cards

    We are excited to share with you the new K-5 Report Card. The report card has been revised by a committee of teachers and parents with one of the main goals being to help families more easily understand how your students are doing as they progress through the elementary grades.  Click here to see the new report in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, and Chinese. A highlight of the new report card is that there is now only one marking system for grades (E/M/CM/N/NE) and the +,V,/,-- system is now only for characteristics of a successful learner 

    Teachers will be using this new report card for Quarter 2 reporting. And you will receive the report card via mail in early February. 

    Access to Kids Discover Magazine!

    All K-5 educators, students and support staff now have access to Kids Discover. All students and educators can access by utilizing the URL or credentials below:

    PW Embedded URLhttp://online.kidsdiscover.com/portlandps

    - or -

    URLhttp://online.kidsdiscover.com

    UN: portlandps

    PW: portlandps 

    Participate in PPS’ Long-Range Facility Plan

    Portland Public Schools is currently developing a Long-Range Facility Plan that will align the District’s educational vision with future capital planning. This work is an opportunity to institute lasting change in our schools by re-envisioning teaching and learning environments.

    If you are a PPS community member interested in participating in a dialogue session, please visit www.pps.net/lrfp to register or email longrangefacilityplan@pps.net with any questions. 

    Oregon Dyslexia Professional Network

    Decoding Dyslexia Oregon has shared a great opportunity for adults living with dyslexia. Regardless of where in the world you live, please accept our invitation to join us virtually at the Oregon Dyslexia Professional Network. ODPN is a live, monthly chat space for adults living with dyslexia to connect, learn from each other, and share resources. Build your network and connect with others to help further your goals whether that be as a student, employee, or a job seeker.

    Moderated by two individuals who have dyslexia, Jesse Rapport, and Jared Blank, we welcome you and hope you can join us by signing up HERE.  Interested, and want more information? Ask by emailing ODPN@orbida.org.

    Student Success at Home – Free Program through Friendly House

    Thanks to a generous grant from Oregon Health Authority, Friendly House is developing a pilot program to offer free support to students and families and improve their experience. Student Success at Home aims to alleviate and elevate by providing resources, technical and academic support, and social interaction so students can stay engaged and families can feel equipped and capable. 

    You do not need to be enrolled with Friendly House After School to benefit from this program. Interested families can complete a one-time questionnaire at FriendlyHouseInc.org to help us understand your specific needs and tailor our support. If internet connectivity or other technical issues are a barrier to completing the form easily, call Chris at (503)935-5269 Ext 106. 

     K-12 Educator Opportunity: “Picture a Scientist” Discussion  

    The Science Leadership Network, hosted by the Multnomah Education Service District (MESD), is offering a free viewing opportunity and synchronous discussion of the documentary "Picture a Scientist" on Feb. 22 from 3-4 pm. Click here for more information and to register.

     


     

    Friday, January 22, 2021

    For there was always light.

    If only we're brave enough to see it.

    If only we're brave enough to be it. - Amanda Gordon

     

    Hello Buckman Bears,  

    We welcomed a new president to lead our nation this week. If you didn’t have a chance to watch the inauguration, it’s not too late! Here is a version of the events geared towards students, filled with facts, warmth, respect and diversity. Forward to moment 2:19 to meet Amanda Gordon, the first Youth Poet Laureate of the United States. 

    This year PPS has revised its report card format. Along with many other changes, they have consolidated all performing arts (music, dance, theater) grades into a single category labeled "Performing Arts." This change seems to overlook Buckman and the few other schools that have more than one performing arts class. Students at Buckman will be graded in both music and dance so we created the following work-around:  

    Under the "Performing Arts" heading on the report card there are two lines with different grading criteria. The first, beginning with "Creates and refines..." will be where the dance grade is entered. The second, beginning with "Responds and Relates..." will be where the music grade is entered. The descriptions in both boxes taken together is essentially the criteria we will be using to grade both subjects.

    We apologize for the confusion.  Hopefully this issue will be resolved for future report cards. NOTE: Visual art has its own category on the report card so it will be graded separately. 

    Take care everyone,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders: 

    · Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up/drop off

    · Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students 

    · 1/28 End of 2nd Quarter

    · 1/29 No school, Teacher Planning Day

    · 2/1 First day of Black History Month

    · 2/10 10:30am 3-5 Author Visit with Alan Gratz

    · 2/15 No school, Presidents’ Day

    2/18 Connect to Kindergarten, time TBD

      


     

    FOUNDATION

    THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the Year-End Ask campaign a success. We know this year has had its challenges, but we are reminded again and again of the strength of the Buckman community, and we are so grateful for your support! Funds raised through our Year-End Ask campaign will go towards staffing for the 2021-2022 school year.

     


      

    LIBRARY

     


     

    PTA

    Upcoming Race Talk   Save the date for an upcoming race talk on February 24th presented and facilitated by RACE TALKS PDXMore details coming soon!

    Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer Community Rewards   Shop through Amazon Smile and money automatically goes back to our school. It’s easy to sign up online, just select Buckman PTA as your charity. Money also goes back to Buckman with every Fred Meyer purchase when you use their community rewards program. Sign up online and search for Buckman Elementary PTA #94565. 

    Let’s Reach 100 Members! Currently, PTA membership at Buckman is hovering around 50 members. Can you help us get to 100 or more? It’s easy to become a member; sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

     


     

    SUN

    Hygiene supply donations needed!   SUN is collecting donations of toilet paper, soap, paper towels, laundry detergent, kleenex, diapers/pull-ups, and cleaning supplies. Drop items off on Mondays and Wednesdays between 3 and 5pm at the upper playground, or contact Katie to arrange an alternate drop-off time or location. 

    New term of SUN clubs is coming!   Register your student here for virtual clubs running February 1 - March 19. See below for new club descriptions in addition to ongoing Newspaper and Tae Kwon Do clubs: 

    Monday, 3-4pm, grades 3-5, Reach for the Stars. Join us for a virtual trip through space as we learn about the planets in our solar system, stars, and galaxies. Who knows- maybe we'll even discover some alien life! 

    Wednesday, 3-4pm, grades 1-5, Create Your Own Fairytale with Northwest Children's Theater (fee-based class). Our experienced Teaching Artists will create an engaging, interactive online class where students can make and perform their own fairy tale story! Based on the innovative online theater classes NWCT provided since the stay-at-home order, this class will provide your students an exciting way to connect with their school peers and have fun developing their drama skills all while being safe and socially distant!

    Thursday, 3-4pm, grades K-2, Writing Art. With fun writing prompts and ideas, we'll read fun stories and write our own stories, poems, and do other writing activities. We'll also draw pictures and illustrations to match our stories. Theater Club with Northwest Children's Theater, Newspaper Club with Ms. Katie and Ms. Jess, and Tae Kwon Do! 

    Become a Girls on the Run Coach!   Buckman will soon have its very own Girls on the Run program, and we need one more coach to make it happen! Coaches will need to attend all practices, which will be on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30-5pm at Buckman field, from April 12-June 5. Practices will be socially distanced and can adjust to going virtually at any point depending on the current status of COVID-19. Contact Katie if you're interested in becoming a coach for the team! 

    Multnomah County Eviction Moratorium Extended   Multnomah County has extended the eviction moratorium until July 2, 2021. Tenants will have 6 months to pay back rent. If you owe rent, make sure you complete and submit a hardship declaration form to your landlord ASAP. More details here

    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. 

    The Buckman Newspaper is back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest!  

    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.  

    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. 

     


     

    DISTRICT NEWS

    PPS Parent Workshop - Racism in Oregon History

    The Humanities Department is offering a virtual workshop in collaboration with the Oregon Historical Society on Jan. 27, 2021 designed to help parents understand how both racism and justice are at the heart of Oregon’s history and are crucial to our ability to build a better future. For more information including a flyer and the registration, click here.

    January Meal Services

    On Friday, January 29 (a teacher planning day), meal services will continue as scheduled.

    For PPS families not near a meal pickup location or who need assistance accessing meals and would like to request home meal delivery, please contact nutritionservices@pps.net with:

    • Family name
    • Address (where meals should be delivered)
    • Contact phone number
    • Number of children in the household
    • School(s) attended

    Requests submitted by end of day Monday, will begin receiving meal deliveries on the following Monday. For cancellations, changes or updates, please contact nutritionservices@pps.net. Please feel free to visit our website or contact us at nutritionservices@pps.net with any questions.

    Food and Nutrition Benefits through Federal Relief

    The federal economic relief package passed late last month included a temporary increase of approximately 15% in SNAP benefits. These benefits are planned to be distributed this month in Oregon. To see the details please read this news release.

    SNAP Emergency Allotments will continue for January as well, meaning families will still receive their maximum household allotment of SNAP benefits. Please see these FAQs for more information. 

    Information from the Multnomah County Library:

    • Sign up for our Family Newsletter in English or  Spanish.
    • We also have online content, like Storytimes in multiple languages for younger kids, and our Books We Love series for older ones in English and Spanish.
    • We are trying to offer lots of online events, and have lots more coming for school-aged kids soon, like a weekly Tween Club that will have a Graphic Novel Book Group, Minecraft Challenges, D&D and Science!
    • Just a reminder that we have services including curbside service, as well as lots of ebooks.

    Student Success at Home – Free Program through Friendly House

    Thanks to a generous grant from Oregon Health Authority, Friendly House is developing a pilot program to offer free support to students and families and improve their experience. Student Success at Home aims to alleviate and elevate by providing resources, technical and academic support, and social interaction so students can stay engaged and families can feel equipped and capable. 

    You do not need to be enrolled with Friendly House After School to benefit from this program. Interested families can complete a one-time questionnaire at FriendlyHouseInc.org to help us understand your specific needs and tailor our support. If internet connectivity or other technical issues are a barrier to completing the form easily, call Chris at (503)935-5269 Ext 106. 

     K-12 Educator Opportunity: “Picture a Scientist” Discussion  

    The Science Leadership Network, hosted by the Multnomah Education Service District (MESD), is offering a free viewing opportunity and synchronous discussion of the documentary "Picture a Scientist" on Feb. 22 from 3-4 pm. Click here for more information and to register.

     

     


    Friday, January 15, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    I hope you all had a great week. Monday is a holiday celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. MLK day is a great opportunity to reflect on how we are serving all our students and families with honor and excellence.

    In February, all of PPS 3-8 grade students will take an online assessment in math. To learn more about this assessment, see the video: Parent Video

    I know there is a lot of talk about returning to school and what all those possibilities might look like.  Right now, with the uncertainty of the vaccine rollout and the increase in cases in Oregon, there hasn't been an official statement from PPS regarding our next concrete steps.  As always, administrators and teachers work together to support our community and our primary concern is to continue our commitment to CDL.  As we get more information and concrete next steps, I will work with the staff and community to make the Buckman plan. I appreciate that everyone wants answers, but please be patient as we await our guidance from district and state officials. I hope to be able to have a community conversation about this during our PTA meeting on Tuesday at 6pm.

    Take care everyone,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders: 

    · Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up/drop off

    · Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students 

    · 1/18  No School, MLK Holiday

    · 1/19 6pm  PTA Meeting

    · 1/28 End of 2nd Quarter

    · 1/29 No school, Teacher Planning Day

    · 2/1 First day of Black History Month

    · 2/8 Report cards mailed home

    · 2/10 10:30am 3-5 Author Visit with Alan Gratz

    · 2/15 No school, Presidents’ Day

    · 2/18 Connect to Kindergarten, time TBD

     


     

    FOUNDATION

    WOW Buckman! We are thrilled to share with you that our Year-End Ask campaign raised an incredible $18,571! THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this campaign a success. We know this year has had its challenges, but we are reminded again and again of the strength of the Buckman community, and we are so grateful for your support! Funds raised through our Year-End Ask campaign will go towards staffing for the 2021-2022 school year.

     


     

    LIBRARY

    ·  3-5th grade virtual author visit with author ALAN GRATZ on February 10th at 10:30am at this Crowdcast link. If you would like to purchase a copy of one of his books for our library or yourself, please see this order form. Students are encouraged to ask the author questions through this FlipGrid.

    ·  Multnomah County Library: Digital magazines are now available from Libby, the same app where you get e-books and audiobooks from OverDrive. You’ll find more than 3,000 magazines in many languages — with no holds and unlimited checkouts.

    ·  COLOR YOUR EMOTIONS - A Kids Book About Emotions Coloring Contest!  

     


     

    PTA

    PTA & Buckman Community Meeting   Stop by next Tuesday, January 19th at 6pm for a combined PTA/Buckman community meeting. The PTA and Principal Seidel will be available to answer questions and delve into various topics. Use the following meeting link to join: meet.google.com/rmm-etts-zyd

    Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer Community Rewards   Shop through Amazon Smile and money automatically goes back to our school. It’s easy to sign up online, just select Buckman PTA as your charity. Money also goes back to Buckman with every Fred Meyer purchase when you use their community rewards program. Sign up online and search for Buckman Elementary PTA #94565.

    Let’s Reach 100 Members! Currently, PTA membership at Buckman is hovering around 50 members. Can you help us get to 100 or more? It’s easy to become a member; sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

     


     

    SUN

    Hygiene supply donations needed!   SUN is collecting donations of toilet paper, soap, paper towels, laundry detergent, kleenex, diapers/pull-ups, and cleaning supplies. Drop items off on Mondays and Wednesdays between 3 and 5pm at the upper playground, or contact Katie to arrange an alternate drop-off time or location. 

    New term of SUN clubs is coming!   Register your student here for virtual clubs running February 1 - March 19. See below for new club descriptions in addition to ongoing Newspaper and Tae Kwon Do clubs: 

    Monday, 3-4pm, grades 3-5, Reach for the Stars. Join us for a virtual trip through space as we learn about the planets in our solar system, stars, and galaxies. Who knows- maybe we'll even discover some alien life!

    Wednesday, 3-4pm, grades 1-5, Create Your Own Fairytale with Northwest Children's Theater (fee-based class). Our experienced Teaching Artists will create an engaging, interactive online class where students can make and perform their own fairy tale story! Based on the innovative online theater classes NWCT provided since the stay-at-home order, this class will provide your students an exciting way to connect with their school peers and have fun developing their drama skills all while being safe and socially distant! 

    Thursday, 3-4pm, grades K-2, Writing Art. With fun writing prompts and ideas, we'll read fun stories and write our own stories, poems, and do other writing activities. We'll also draw pictures and illustrations to match our stories. Theater Club with Northwest Children's Theater, Newspaper Club with Ms. Katie and Ms. Jess, and Tae Kwon Do! 

    Become a Girls on the Run Coach!   Buckman will soon have its very own Girls on the Run program, and we need one more coach to make it happen! Coaches will need to attend all practices, which will be on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30-5pm at Buckman field, from April 12-June 5. Practices will be socially distanced and can adjust to going virtually at any point depending on the current status of COVID-19. Contact Katie if you're interested in becoming a coach for the team!

    Multnomah County Eviction Moratorium Extended   Multnomah County has extended the eviction moratorium until July 2, 2021. Tenants will have 6 months to pay back rent. If you owe rent, make sure you complete and submit a hardship declaration form to your landlord ASAP. More details here.  

    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. 

    The Buckman Newspaper is back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest!  

    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.  

    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. 


      

    DISTRICT NEWS

    January Meal Services

    Due to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day falling on a meal service day, the Nutrition Services department will be providing extra meals on Friday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 20 in order to continue to cover meals for all 7 days. On Friday, January 29 (a teacher planning day), meal services will continue as scheduled.

    For PPS families not near a meal pickup location or who need assistance accessing meals and would like to request home meal delivery, please contact nutritionservices@pps.net with:

    • Family name
    • Address (where meals should be delivered)
    • Contact phone number
    • Number of children in the household
    • School(s) attended

    Requests submitted by end of day Monday, will begin receiving meal deliveries on the following Monday. For cancellations, changes or updates, please contact nutritionservices@pps.net. Please feel free to visit our website or contact us at nutritionservices@pps.net with any questions.

    Food and Nutrition Benefits through Federal Relief

    The federal economic relief package passed late last month included a temporary increase of approximately 15% in SNAP benefits. These benefits are planned to be distributed this month in Oregon. To see the details please read this news release.

    SNAP Emergency Allotments will continue for January as well, meaning families will still receive their maximum household allotment of SNAP benefits. Please see these FAQs for more information.

    Information from the Multnomah County Library:

    • Sign up for our Family Newsletter in English or  Spanish.
    • We also have online content, like Storytimes in multiple languages for younger kids, and our Books We Love series for older ones in English and Spanish.
    • We are trying to offer lots of online events, and have lots more coming for school-aged kids soon, like a weekly Tween Club that will have a Graphic Novel Book Group, Minecraft Challenges, D&D and Science!
    • Just a reminder that we have services including curbside service, as well as lots of ebooks.

    Student Success at Home – Free Program through Friendly House

    Thanks to a generous grant from Oregon Health Authority, Friendly House is developing a pilot program to offer free support to students and families and improve their experience. Student Success at Home aims to alleviate and elevate by providing resources, technical and academic support, and social interaction so students can stay engaged and families can feel equipped and capable.

    You do not need to be enrolled with Friendly House After School to benefit from this program. Interested families can complete a one-time questionnaire at FriendlyHouseInc.org to help us understand your specific needs and tailor our support. If internet connectivity or other technical issues are a barrier to completing the form easily, call Chris at (503)935-5269 Ext 106. 

    Bridge Over Troubled Water: A Tribute to the Life & Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

    Monday, January 18, 2021, 12-5 p.m.

    Worlds Arts Foundation Inc. presents this retrospective program that draws from the organization's legacy hosting a community event honoring Dr. King's work. Their events have connected local performing artists and community leaders to underserved communities of color since 1978. This year's program film features performing artists, activists, public officials, businesses, choirs, and youth who have participated in this event over the years. Through a combination of archival footage and contemporary interviews, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" draws inspiration from Dr. King's mission to ensure peace, social justice, civil rights, and human dignity for all.

    Streaming on: www.worldartsfoundation.org, Open Signal, KBOO 90.7 FM, XRAY 107.1 FM, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch.

    K-12 Educator Opportunity: “Picture a Scientist” Discussion  

    The Science Leadership Network, hosted by the Multnomah Education Service District (MESD), is offering a free viewing opportunity and synchronous discussion of the documentary "Picture a Scientist" on Feb. 22 from 3-4 pm. Click here for more information and to register.


    Friday, January 8, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Like many of you, I am saddened by what happened at our Nation’s capital on Wednesday. It was a disgrace to our democracy and upsetting on so many levels. I am humbled by all of the Buckman staff and students who used the following days as a teaching/listening/educating/comforting in our classrooms. Thank you for the courageous conversations. 

    If like me, you are looking for ways to talk to your own children about the breach at the capitol, please check out this article. The author reminds me that despite it all, at least we have the children. Some of your students also watched this in class: A read aloud on youtube: The Breaking News

    Attention all K-2 SpEd and ELD students - Buckman has received a shipment of brand new Acer touchscreen chromebooks. Here are the instructions on how to pick yours up. Please note, only 1 device may be issued per student so if you currently have a PPS device, it must be brought in for exchange of a new one.

    ·       Who: Families of k-2, SpEd and ELD students

    ·       Where: the front main entrance of Buckman (320 NE 16th Ave)

    ·       When: Monday and Wednesday, January 11th or 13th from noon-4:30pm

    ·       What: Bring your old PPS issued chromebook AND charger to exchange for a new touchscreen chromebook.

          Option: you can email brudolph@pps.net to set up an appointment if the times above don’t work for you

    COVID-19 reporting: PPS has a new protocol requiring that a school building administrator and/ or school nurse track and document any student or family cases of COVID-19 to ensure that precautionary steps can be taken to reduce the spread of communicable disease. All reports will remain confidential.

    Welcome back Mr. Darby! PPS has restored the Therapeutic Intervention Coach positions to all SES (Social Emotional Skills) classrooms. We have two such incredible classrooms and are thrilled that former staffer, current Buckman parent, will be supporting those classrooms. If you see him in Seesaw or in your google meets, please give him a big Buckman wave! 

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders: 

    ·       Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up/drop off

    ·       Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students 

    ·       1/14 6pm: Race Talks: Code Switching. Click here for the zoom meeting link.  

    ·       1/18  No School, MLK Holiday

    ·       1/19 6-7:30 pm PTA meeting, Buckman principal chat: google meet link here

    ·       1/28 End of 2nd Quarter

    • 1/29 No school, Teacher Planning Day

     

    Closed Captions:  Did you know nearly all students who use closed captions find them at least moderately helpful for learning. Specific ways in which closed captions can aid learning during CDL include comprehension, accuracy, engagement, and retention.  Students, staff and families who are deaf or hard of hearing often rely significantly on closed captioning to access content. Here is a guide on adding captions to your Zoom meetings and events.  Google meets also allows captions to be turned on by simply hitting "Turn on Captions" at the bottom of your meeting screen.  


     

    FOUNDATION

    Happy New Year from the Buckman Foundation! We hope you had a restful and delightful break. Our Year-End Ask Campaign concluded on December 31st. We’re still crunching the final numbers and can’t wait to share them with you next week. What we already know is that this campaign exceeded our expectations; within the first two weeks, we had smashed our campaign goal of 50 donors! We can’t thank our community enough for continuing to support Buckman staff and students!

     


     

    GREEN TEAM

    The Green Team is still collecting nonworking strings of holiday lights and #6 styrofoam THROUGH JANUARY 13th. This is a terrific opportunity to clean out those non-working light strings and your hard-to-recycle styrofoam collection, help Buckman, and support a cleaner environment —a triple win! 

     

    How do you know if it is #6 Styrofoam?

    ·  If it is stamped with a 6 in a recycling triangle (items marked #4 or #7 can’t be recycled at this time)

    ·  If it is white and when you break it those annoying little balls get everywhere

    ·  IT IS NOT #6 Styrofoam if it pops back into shape when you squeeze it. 

     

    Drop off at Buckman, Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00 - 5:00pm on the upper playground during book bag distribution. (All dates are dependent on book bag distribution and COVID restrictions.) Please wear masks and maintain 6 feet distance during drop offs

     


     

    LIBRARY

    ·  Book eFair Order Pick Up during Book Bag exchange times (M&W 3-5pm, doors on upper playground)

    ·  January Reading Calendars

    ·  3-5th grade virtual author visit with NYT bestselling author ALAN GRATZ. Known for his riveting-chapter-cliff-hangers-cannot-put-down historical fiction for middle grade, Gratz is releasing his newest novel Ground Zero in early February. The visit will be on February 10th at 10:30am at this Crowdcast link.

     

    His impactful novel Refugee is an Oregon Battle of the Books title this year, and available on EPIC as an audio book (Ms. Rudnick's class code is czs3110). 

     

    As always, our quality authors are brought to us by Green Bean Books at no charge in exchange for supporting a local independent teacher supported bookstore. If you would like to purchase a copy for our library or yourself, please see this order form

     

    Students are encouraged to ask the author questions through this FlipGrid.

     


     

    PTA

    PTA & Buckman Community Meeting   Join us Tuesday, January 19th at 6pm for a combined PTA/Buckman community meeting. We will take care of PTA business, then discuss SE redistricting and online special education with Ms. Seidel. We will also be present to answer any of your questions. Use the following meeting link: meet.google.com/rmm-etts-zyd

    Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer Community Rewards   Shop through Amazon Smile and money automatically goes back to our school. It’s easy to sign up online, just select Buckman PTA as your charity. Money also goes back to Buckman with every Fred Meyer purchase when you use their community rewards program. Sign up online and search for Buckman Elementary PTA #94565.

    Not a Member Yet? It’s easy; just sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school. Membership is $12/person or $20/household.

     


     

    SUN

    Race Talks: Please join us at our next Race Talks on Thursday, January 14th at 6pm. We invite families to engage in a dialogue about code switching, hosted by our very own Family Equity Team. Click HERE for the Zoom link to join. **All Buckman families are welcome to attend.** 

    SUN clubs are back  SUN clubs have returned! We are looking forward to virtually seeing your students after school this week! Quarter 3 registration will open soon - keep your eyes out for an announcement! 

    Multnomah County Eviction Moratorium Extended   Has your family lost wages due to the pandemic? Have you had trouble paying rent? Please check out the Multnomah County COVID-19 Rent Relief Fund Program here: https://www.211info.org/multco-rent 

    New Statewide Eviction Moratorium

    There is a new statewide eviction moratorium that will last until June 30, 2021. This means that, with limited exceptions, landlords cannot evict renters for nonpayment or without cause until July of 2021. But you must take action now if you want to take advantage of future rent relief that your landlord can access. Please turn in the Tenant's Declaration to your Landlord under HB 4401 (Unable to pay rent due to Coronavirus factors) right away!

    For a copy of the declaration to sign and send to your landlord, click here: oregonlawhelp.org

    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.  

    The Buckman Newspaper is back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest!   

    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.   

    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. 

     


     

    DISTRICT NEWS

    Student Success at Home – Free Program through Friendly House

    Thanks to a generous grant from Oregon Health Authority, Friendly House is developing a pilot program to offer free support to students and families and improve their experience. Student Success at Home aims to alleviate and elevate by providing resources, technical and academic support, and social interaction so students can stay engaged and families can feel equipped and capable.

    You do not need to be enrolled with Friendly House After School to benefit from this program. Interested families can complete a one-time questionnaire at FriendlyHouseInc.org to help us understand your specific needs and tailor our support. If internet connectivity or other technical issues are a barrier to completing the form easily, call Chris at (503)935-5269 Ext 106.  

    Bridge Over Troubled Water: A Tribute to the Life & Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

    Monday, January 18, 2021, 12-5 p.m.

    Worlds Arts Foundation Inc. presents this retrospective program that draws from the organization's legacy hosting a community event honoring Dr. King's work. Their events have connected local performing artists and community leaders to underserved communities of color since 1978. This year's program film features performing artists, activists, public officials, businesses, choirs, and youth who have participated in this event over the years. Through a combination of archival footage and contemporary interviews, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" draws inspiration from Dr. King's mission to ensure peace, social justice, civil rights, and human dignity for all.

    Streaming on: www.worldartsfoundation.org, Open Signal, KBOO 90.7 FM, XRAY 107.1 FM, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch.

     K-12 Educator Opportunity: “Picture a Scientist” Discussion  

    The Science Leadership Network, hosted by the Multnomah Education Service District (MESD), is offering a free viewing opportunity and synchronous discussion of the documentary "Picture a Scientist" on Feb. 22 from 3-4 pm. Click here for more information and to register.

     


    Decmeber 17, 2020

    Dear Families,

    Each year in December, the first-grade students put on a short performance for their families. Due to the pandemic and distance learning, this year the performance took the form of a video and online gallery- put together by the Buckman Arts Teachers. 

    The theme of this year's performance was Community and Unity. In Music, the students learned the song, “This Little Light of Mine” a gospel song that came to be an anthem of the civil rights movement. People sang this song and other spirituals as a way of expressing unity as they fought for equal rights and freedom for everyone. In Dance, they learned choreography to the song, and in Visual Arts, they created portraits inspired by Caroline Mims Lawrence, a visual artist known for her role in the Chicago Black Arts Movement. 

    Link to 1st Grade Performance Video: https://video.link/w/rM2Ab

    Link to 1st Grade Gallery: https://tinyurl.com/ybeoaxef

    Links to individual class dance Videos: Danielson, Miles, Agre

    This is a great time for a reminder that the Specials classes (Music, Dance, Visual Arts, Library, and PE) are a part of core curriculum and we are encouraging all students and families to engage in the Specials courses. Buckman is the ONLY PPS arts integrated elementary school and we are so fortunate to have all of these Specialist classes and incredible teachers! Benefits to specialist assignments: Creativity! Hands on! Problem solving! Off screen activities! Body movement and expression! Art! Log into class to check it out.

    Arts, PE and Library Seesaw assignments will remain open during winter break, perfect winter activities while we stay at home. For students who do not participate in live or Seesaw Specialist classes, the Quarter 2 report cards will reflect a mark of “No Evidence”.  

    From the entire Buckman family to yours, we hope you all have a fantastic winter break. We will see you all back in 2021, with devices, batteries and hopeful hearts fully charged.

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders: 

    ·      Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up/drop off

    ·      Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students 

    ·      12/21-1/1   Winter Break

    ·      1/4 First day back from winter break

    ·      1/18  No School, MLK Holiday

    ·      1/28 End of 2nd Quarter

    • 1/29 No school, Teacher Planning Day

     

    FOUNDATION

    WOW, BUCKMAN! We launched our Year-End Ask Campaign on Giving Tuesday (December 1), asking at least 50 members of the Buckman community to make a gift of ANY amount to unlock the $13,350 collectively promised by Year-End Ask sponsors. Within seven days, we met our goal of 50 donations, setting a record for Buckman! Incredible!  

    All donations go toward maintaining our staffing next year, and more specifically toward preserving our Librarian/Media Specialist, Darcy Rudnick, full-time.  Please consider continuing this amazing momentum by making your gift today or any time before December 31.

    THANK YOU to everyone; it’s so inspiring to see our community’s continual support of our school, staff, and students.

     

    GREEN TEAM

    The Green Team is hosting a recycling event for broken holiday light strings and #6 styrofoam. This is a terrific opportunity to clean out those non-working light strings and your hard-to-recycle styrofoam collection, help Buckman, and support a cleaner environment —a triple win! Here are the details:

    Drop off at Buckman, Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00 - 5:00pm on the upper playground during book bag distribution through January 13, 2021:

    • All dates are dependent on book bag distribution and COVID restrictions.

    Neighborhood Porch Drop Off Locations:

    • SE Location: Erin Severe 3623 SE 9th, Portland, OR 97202
    • NE Location: Korrin Weldon 3229 NE 66th Ave, Portland, OR 97213
    • If you are interested in hosting a porch drop off location email buckmangreenteam@gmail.com 

    COVID precautions:

    • Please wear masks and maintain 6 feet distance during drop offs
    • If you have a large (e.g., a carload) of recyclables, please email buckmangreenteam@gmail.com to arrange for pickup

      

    HEALTH CENTER

    Happy Winter Break to All Families!   Warm greetings from your School Nurse Shannon!  As we all roll into the Winter Break, and with so much COVID-19 information coming at us all, I wanted to remind everyone about WINTER SAFETY as well.  There are many seasonal and holiday accidents that cause us harm as well.  So, as you all go out to enjoy the season, please stay safe!  Here is a link to the Tom Sargent Safety Center with safety information for the season, including information such as sledding safety, signs of frostbite, and holiday decoration safety.  

    Have a wonderful and relaxing Winter Break!

     

    LIBRARY

    • I am thankful for a community of caring and the overwhelming support for keeping the library open full time. I’m grateful for my position in supporting the whole school community and am overjoyed with the year-end ask campaign. Thank you Buckman. I love you! ~Ms. Rudnick
    • KEEP YOUR STUDENTS READING (listening to books, or read to them) EVERYDAY. This week’s library Seesaw activity has a reading calendar for the winter break. Check it out!  Reading for fun, improves students test scores!
    • Look for coming updates on Book eFair pick up times in January.

     

    PTA

    We wish you all a wonderful winter break and thank you for supporting the PTA and our community.

    We ask one more thing of you – please read the message below and contact our congressional members, urging them to fund our schools. We cannot accomplish this without our collective voices demanding what is in the best interests of our students and teachers; thank you!

    An Urgent Message from Oregon PTA Regarding Federal Funding:  We are supporting the National PTA Call to Action!  It is imperative that Congress acts now to come to an agreement on a COVID relief package. Despite the record-breaking numbers for new COVID-19 cases each day, public schools continue to do the hard work to deliver education in virtual and in‐person settings. There are numerous critical needs that children, families, educators and public schools are facing which must be addressed in the next COVID relief package. National PTA continues to ask Congress to address five key areas 1) funding to reopen schools safely, 2) increased support for Title I and IDEA, 3) dedicated funding for remote learning, 4) more resources for family engagement in education, and 5) increased funding for child nutrition programs.
     
    Public schools need resources now!  Please contact your Members of Congress today and ask them to provide the critical funding needed to reopen schools. Click the link below to log in and send your message:

    https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/vdjeYngewepnTv7IatVwxQ

    Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer Community Rewards   Shop through Amazon Smile and money automatically goes back to our school. It’s easy to sign up online, just select Buckman PTA as your charity. Money also goes back to Buckman with every Fred Meyer purchase when you use their community rewards program. Sign up online and search for Buckman Elementary PTA #94565.

     

    SUN

    SUN Clubs on Break   SUN clubs are taking a break with school! We’ll be back when school resumes January 4th

    SUN Staff Available over Break   If you have basic resource needs or want to talk to someone about supporting your student while school is closed, please reach out to Katie by email, phone, or text (503-858-0230). 

    Multnomah County Eviction Moratorium Extended   Multnomah County has extended the eviction moratorium until July 2, 2021. Tenants will have 6 months to pay back rent. More details can be found here

    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. 

    The Buckman Newspaper is back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest!  

    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.  

    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. 

      

    DISTRICT NEWS

    Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group   If your Black student is interested in joining an affinity space for Black students to process and unpack the trauma and grief that they or you may be dealing with as a result of police brutality; opposition to the BLM movement; seeing fellow Black people lose their lives without consequence; follow this link for more information about the Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group. The facilitators are skilled in working with groups and are knowledgeable in the areas of trauma, grief, coping skills, and celebrating Black joy. You may also contact one of the facilitators for additional information: Maurice Phillips (mphilli1@pps.net) or Jonicia Shelton (jshelton@pps.net).

    Childcare Openings at Winterhaven   Art4Life, a PPS childcare contractor, has childcare openings available at Winterhaven! PPS staff are welcome to enroll their children as well, even if their children do not attend PPS.

    Families may be eligible for financial support courtesy of the Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) benefit that has increased income limits to 250% of the poverty rate. (*Eligible families must be employed to receive benefits. Refer to this link to access more information.)

    For more information, check out the PPS Child Care website to locate the child care flyer and the ‘Family and Navigator Resources’ tab or contact PPS’s child care team at childcareservices@pps.net.

    Families who are in need of a representative to assist in the process should view the following: Release of Information.

    December Meal Service    Nutrition Services will be providing extra meals each service day to help keep our students with access to food as we head into the winter break. On Friday, December 18, we will provide each child with a food box that will contain enough food for 7 days. We will not be serving or delivering meals on Monday, Dec 21 through Friday, January 1. Meal services will resume Monday, January 4.

    Oregon Health Plan Insurance Information   Click here to learn more.

     


    Friday, December 11, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Due to the PPS reopening meeting being scheduled at the same time, our Buckman PTA/Community meeting has been rescheduled for January. Date TBD. PPS meeting info below:

    Schools, COVID and Shared Understandings
    Virtual Panel Discussion
    Monday, December 14
    6:00-8:00 p.m.

    PPS YouTube channel

    5th Graders in Mrs. Jensen's class created cookbooks with family favorite recipes, and are selling them to raise money for NAYA (Native American Youth and Family Center) as part of their Land Back unit.  Click HERE for details/order form. 

    Wishing a happy second night of Hanukkah to all who celebrate. No matter what we celebrate or what we do not, I hope we can all appreciate a little more light in this world. 

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders: 

    · Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up/drop off

    · Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students 

    · Buckman Bites Theme: Rose, thorn, and bud

    · 12/16 3-5pm  Apparel Sales

    · 12/17 9am-5pm Book fair order pick up

    · 12/14 8:30am, 7pm:  Buckman PTA & Community Meeting google meeting code: BuckmanCommunityMeeting

    · 12/21-1/1   Winter Break

    · 1/4 First day back from winter break

    · 1/18  No School, MLK Holiday

    · 1/28 End of 2nd Quarter

    · 1/29 No school, Teacher Planning Day

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    WOW, BUCKMAN! We launched our Year-End Ask Campaign on Giving Tuesday (December 1), asking at least 50 members of the Buckman community to make a gift of ANY amount to unlock the $13,350 collectively promised by Year-End Ask sponsors. Within seven days, we met our goal of 50 donations, setting a record for Buckman! Incredible!  

    All donations go toward maintaining our staffing next year, and more specifically toward preserving our Librarian/Media Specialist, Darcy Rudnick, full-time.  Please consider continuing this amazing momentum by making your gift today or any time before December 31.

    THANK YOU to everyone; it’s so inspiring to see our community’s continual support of our school, staff, and students.

    GREEN TEAM NEWS

    The Green Team is hosting a recycling event for broken holiday light strings and #6 styrofoam. This is a terrific opportunity to clean out those non-working light strings and your hard-to-recycle styrofoam collection, help Buckman, and support a cleaner environment —a triple win! Here are the details:

    Drop off at Buckman, Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00 - 5:00pm on the upper playground during book bag distribution through January 13, 2021:

    • All dates are dependent on book bag distribution and COVID restrictions.

    Neighborhood Porch Drop Off Locations:

    • SE Location: Erin Severe 3623 SE 9th, Portland, OR 97202
    • NE Location: Korrin Weldon 3229 NE 66th Ave, Portland, OR 97213
    • If you are interested in hosting a porch drop off location email buckmangreenteam@gmail.com 

    COVID precautions:

    • Please wear masks and maintain 6 feet distance during drop offs
    • If you have a large (e.g., a carload) of recyclables, please email buckmangreenteam@gmail.com to arrange for pickup 

    LIBRARY NEWS

    PTA NEWS

    PTA General Meeting    Our combined PTA/Buckman community meeting scheduled for December 14th has been postponed due to an overlap with the PPS’s virtual panel discussion that same night. We will pick back up in early January to take care of PTA business and discuss SE redistricting and online special education with Ms. Seidel. We will also be present to answer any of your questions. Stay tuned!

    Scrip Sales   Pick up scrip cards next week! They’re just like using a gift card except Buckman gets a portion of the proceeds. Stop by the upper playground on Wednesday, December 16th and Thursday, December 17th from 3-5pm or contact Allysa Davis at scrip@buckmanelementary.org to get your Scrip cards.

    Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer Community Rewards    Got a lot of shopping on the horizon? Shop through Amazon Smile and money automatically goes back to our school. It’s easy to sign up online, just select Buckman PTA as your charity.

    Money also goes back to Buckman with every Fred Meyer purchase when you use their community rewards program. Sign up online and search for Buckman Elementary PTA #94565.

    SUN NEWS

    Holiday Food Boxes   Available through All Saints St. Vincent De Paul. Call this number to request one: 971-319-1471. All boxes will be delivered on December 19th

    Season of Sharing   Thanks everyone for your gift contributions! We are able to support 24 families with almost every single request this season, and that feels so good! 

    Tree Giveaway in Corbett: For anyone who is interested, we found a unique opportunity to pick a tree, for free, from a u-pick farm in Corbett/Troutdale on Saturday, December 12th from 10:00am-2:00pm. Check out this flyer for more details! It could be a fun, family excursion. Farmers will be there with saws, twine and whatever you need to leave with a beautiful tree. También se hablan espanol. Directions are on the flyer. Email Katie if you have any questions. 

    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. 

    The Buckman Newspaper is back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest!  

    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.  

    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. 

     

    DISTRICT NEWS

    December Meal Service    The Nutrition Services department will be providing extra meals each service day to help keep our students with access to food as we head into the winter break. Each service day through December 16, we will be providing 3 days worth of meals for each child. On Friday, December 18, we will provide each child with a food box that will contain enough food for 7 days. We will not be serving or delivering meals on Monday, Dec 21 through Friday, January 1. Meal services will resume Monday, January 4.

    Oregon Health Plan Insurance Information   Click here to learn more. 

    Middle/High School Transfer Deadline Extended to 12/18

    Based on feedback from school leaders and counselors, we are extending the deadline for families to middle and high school transfer requests. This includes submission of dual assignment choices for all 8th grade students living in the Jefferson cluster. 

    We are committed to providing results in mid-January. Lottery and dual assignment applications are available at http://www.pps.net/schoolchoice , or contact your school counselor. 

     


    Friday, December 4, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears!

    Huge shout out to Darcy Rudnick, our media specialist librarian extraordinaire, for putting on our first virtual Book Fair. Thank you to all of the supporters as well – every dollar raised will go back to our students’ literary experiences here at Buckman. Speaking of extraordinary teacher-librarians, the Buckman foundation is raising funds in their year end ask to keep Ms. Rudnick at full time next year. For more details on that, please see below.

     We apologize for scheduling our Family Equity Team meeting on December 10, the first night of Hanukkah. I’ll send a message out later with the rescheduled date.

    Did you know that yesterday, December 3, was International Day of Persons with Disabilities? Some quotes from the Ability Foundation that a friend of mine shared with me that resonated with our values of inclusion, diversity, and equity at Buckman:

    “Work with me not on me. Do with me not for me”

    “Know me: by my name, strengths, abilities, hopes & dreams – not by my diagnosis”

    “Your words, attitudes and actions impact my life more than my disability”

    To all of the students and families of Buckman, we recognize and celebrate you and all of your abilities.

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Mon/Wed (8am-noon by appointment, 3pm-5pm on blacktop) 
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students 
    • Now - 12/9 Season of Sharing 
    • 12/16 3-5pm  Apparel Sales
    • 12/11 5pm  Middle School Lottery Applications Due
    • 12/14 8:30am, 7pm:  Buckman PTA & Community Meeting google meeting code: BuckmanCommunityMeeting
    • 12/21-1/1   Winter Break

     

    CHAMPIONS NEWS

    Champions is offering Winter Break Camp at Creston Elementary. We will follow all COVID protocols by OHA and CDC. This is a designated Oregon Essential Child Care site and is licensed. ERDC is accepted. We have tons of fun plans including canvas painting, arts and crafts, and science experiments, all while social distancing. We have limited pod sizes and are taking enrollments now on discoverchampions.com or by contacting Family Support at 1-800-246-2154. They can help walk you through the process. We will be open December 21st-23rd and December 28th-30th from 7:30-5:30pm for a $150 weekly cost. If you are interested or have additional questions, email Stephanie Balke or call 503-915-3063. 

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Buckman Year End Ask Is On!  We've been so grateful for our librarian /media specialist, Ms. Rudnick.  Help us keep her full time next year.

    Principal Seidel, Buckman staff, students, and parents all agree: Ms. Rudnick is a treasure! And so, the Buckman Foundation’s top priority this year is raising enough money to cover the difference between the .75 of her position covered by PPS and the amount we’ll need to keep her at full time next year, 2021-22.
    If 50 people give at any level before December 31, a group of Buckman families have pledged to donate $13,350 to this campaign! Click here to give!

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    Students, Families & STAFF!  Do you still have library books at home from last school year (not book bags)? Maybe you weren’t able to return them at the beginning of this year?  Well, we NEED them!  With next semester coming up after the holidays, we need to make sure we have enough library books to keep our collections strong.  Please check your shelves, under the bed, behind the couch, everywhere! for books to return to the library.  

    Bring them to the book drop box at the front door of Buckman (photo),  Mon-Fri 8am-1pm.  Or bring them to our Book Bag exchange days (M&W; 3-5pm; upper playground - photo). Contact me at drudnick@pps.net  if you have any questions.  Help me keep our library materials available for us all to use and enjoy.  

    Thanks, Ms. Rudnick and PPS Campaign to Collect Books

    • Book Bags Exchange @ upper playground: M&W 8am-12pm by appointment only; M&W 3-5pm drop in
    • Book eFair Order Pick-up: M-F; 12/14-12/18; 2-5pm @ upper playground
      • *Monday & Wednesday will coincide with library Book Bag exchange (will open at 2pm instead of 3pm for these two days)
      • **Tuesday, Thursday & Friday - no Book Bag exchange (no exceptions) 
    • December Reading Calendars
    • Buckman Library’s Green Bean Books Wish List  

     

    PTA NEWS

    Scrip Sales   In-person scrip sales are back! We have a variety of gift cards to most major grocery stores in the area, as well as Amazon and Target cards. It’s just like using a gift card except Buckman gets a portion of the proceeds. Stop by the upper playground on December 9th (3-5pm) or contact Allysa Davis at scrip@buckmanelementary.org to get your Scrip cards.

    Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer Community Rewards    Got a lot of shopping on the horizon? Shop through Amazon Smile and money automatically goes back to our school. It’s easy to sign up online, just select Buckman PTA as your charity.

    Money also goes back to Buckman with every Fred Meyer purchase when you use their community rewards program. Sign up online and search for Buckman Elementary PTA #94565.

    PTA General Meeting    Join us December 14th at 6:30pm for our quarterly meeting. Details coming soon!

     

    SUN NEWS

    Season of Sharing   Sign up for a tag (or more) here. You can drop off items at Buckman on December 7th and December 9th from 3-4:30pm. Contact Katie at kolson@impactnw.org if you need to arrange an alternative time for drop-off or pick-up. 

     We are also collecting the following donations by grade level:

    • Kindergarten- (non-holiday) wrapping paper, tape, and ribbon
    • 1st grade- hats and gloves (kids 3-13 yrs)
    • 2nd grade- socks (kids 3-13 yrs)
    • 3rd grade- boys underwear S, M, L and XL; shampoo, conditioner, and soap
    • 4th grade- girls underwear S, M, L, and XL; toothpaste, toothbrushes
    • 5th grade- toilet paper, paper towels, canned and non-perishable food

    The Oregon Cares Fund has been organized by the leaders of Oregon’s Black community. Now, more than ever, it is critical that the Federal dollars from the CARES Act serve to honor and protect those individuals, families, business owners, and non-profit leaders who are what make Oregon great. We will be serving tens of thousands of Oregonians in a short period of time. It’s our goal to answer your questions with a high level of customer service. If your questions aren’t answered here, please click our Application Help form.

    Family Equity Team    Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Do you want to be in a 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.

    The Buckman Newspaper is back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest! 

    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. 

    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.  

    WORKSHOPS

    Parenting Workshop   Big Village and Volunteers of America are offering a free workshop on “parenting through the holidays during a pandemic” on Thursday, December 10th  from 6:00-7:30pm. It will include brief presentations, resources, and strategies, and break out groups for parents to connect and share with other parents. Contact Mary Krogh at 503-577-6104 if you have questions. 

    Early Reading Skills Workshop   The Humanities Department is offering a virtual workshop in collaboration with Read by 4th, Drexel University School of Education, and AIM Institute designed to help parents grow their grade K-3 students into strong readers. 

    Sessions will be offered in both Spanish and English with translation available during the English session. Sessions will be recorded. 

    • Friday, December 11, 2020 (4:00 pm-6:00 pm) - English with translation
    • Saturday, December 12, 2020 (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) – Spanish

    Click here to register, or check out these links for information in English or Spanish

     


    Hello Buckman Bears

    Friday, November 20, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears!


    Whew, what a week! This was the only full 5-day week of school for students in November, and there sure was a lot of learning happening. I had a chance to see 4th graders explore different strategies for multiplying multi digit numbers, second graders play games against their teachers called “comparing big numbers”, 2nd graders also taught me about the “R controlled vowel” in spelling, and our 3-5 SES classroom worked on all of the steps to the writing process. If you are interested in learning more about early literacy, please see below for details on a Parenting Workshop for Reading. I am so proud of this incredible staff who are working so hard to make distance learning work for the students. I am equally proud of your children for showing up every day and doing their best.  

    To access parent teacher conferences, use your google meets classroom code. Parents will need to sign in under their student account to join the google meet for conferences. 

    As we head into Fall break and the week of Thanksgiving, I want to give recognition to the Indigenous lands that we reside on. Our students know that the story of Thanksgiving can be told from many perspectives and it’s important that we acknowledge the harm done to the people, Wampanoag Tribes and many more, who were here before Mayflower, before the pilgrims. And yet, this coming week gives me pause to be thankful for our amazing Buckman staff and community. Every week I get to visit classrooms and see the students and teachers rise to the challenge of distance learning more and more. I hope that this next week offers rest, restoration, and connection for you and your loved ones.

    “We are thankful for the clouds, rain, and snow that feed the springs, rivers, and our people.”  John Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo), 2002

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bags- on pause until after fall break
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students (no meals week next week)
    • 11/12-11/24 Parent Teacher Conferences
    • 11/21-11/29 BOOK eFAIR 
    • 11/25-11/27 Fall Break-no school
    • 11/17 - 12/9 Season of Sharing 
    • 12/2 & 12/16 3-5pm  Apparel Sales
    • 12/10 6-7pm  Family Equity Team Meeting
    • 12/11 5pm  Middle School Lottery Applications Due
    • 12/14 8:30am, 7pm:  Buckman Community Meeting google meeting code: BuckmanCommunityMeeting
    • 12/21-1/1   Winter Break

     

    CHAMPIONS NEWS

    Your Champions program is here and ready to play a supporting role in your child’s school day! Program is available from 7:30-5:30pm Monday-Friday for only $250/week. Interested in enrolling your child? Sign up here

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    ·       The BOOK eFAIR  starts tomorrow! 11/21! Some teachers have made wish lists for their classroom!

    ·       Our library has switched to a local independent bookstore for our Wish List. Green Bean Books has been a supporter of school libraries and responsible for bringing some of the best authors for visits to our school. Consider a book donation from Buckman Library’s Green Bean Books Wish List!   

     

    PTA NEWS

    Thank you, Buckman! We raised more than $2600 through the Charleston Wrap Fundraiser. These funds will be put toward things like PTA-sponsored grants for teachers and staff, as well as academic materials for our students next year. We appreciate all the support!

    Scrip Sales   In-person Scrip sales have been paused for the rest of November due to new state restrictions, but we are offering no-contact delivery! We have a variety of gift cards to most of the major grocery stores in the area that we can deliver to your house just in time for Thanksgiving shopping. Using SCRIP is just like using a gift card to do your grocery shopping except Buckman gets a portion of the proceeds. It is an easy way to support our school! 

    If you’re thinking of getting a jumpstart on your holiday shopping, you can order holiday gift cards from us as well. Please contact Allysa Davis at scrip@buckmanelementary.org.

     

    PTA Membership    Become an advocate for your student and our school. Membership is $12/person or $20/household. Sign up online to join or renew your annual membership! 

     

    SUN NEWS

    Season of Sharing Mittens are up!  Sign up for a tag (or more) here. You can drop off items at Buckman November 30th, December 2nd, December 7th, and  December 9th from 3-4:30pm. Contact Katie at kolson@impactnw.org if you need to arrange an alternative time for drop-off or pick-up.  

    SUN Winter Term   New SUN clubs are coming for November 30-January 28th. Registration is open now; complete this form to sign your student up. 

    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. The next meeting will be held on December 10th.  

    The Buckman Newspaper is back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest! 

    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. 

    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. 

     

    TAG NEWS

    TAG nominations are now available! Please email your teacher to request a nomination, or email our TAG facilitator Melanie Betz at mbetz@pps.net with your student's name, student ID number and parent email addresses. 

    TAG services are being provided during distance learning! Teachers are meeting student needs by meeting their rate and level through differentiated assignments, flexible grouping, and independent projects.

    Look forward to the spelling bee and science fair after winter break!

     

    OTHER NEWS

    Parent Workshop on Early Reading Skills   The Humanities Department is offering a virtual workshop in collaboration with Read by 4th, Drexel University School of Education, and AIM Institute designed to help parents grow their grade K-3 students into strong readers. 

    Sessions will be offered in both Spanish and English with translation available during the English session. Sessions will be recorded. 

    • Friday, December 11, 2020 (4:00 pm-6:00 pm) - English with translation
    • Saturday, December 12, 2020 (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) – Spanish

    Click here to register, or check out these links for information in English or Spanish


    Rebel Wise - Student Workshop Opportunity   Rebel Wise are a local Hip-Hop collaborative who are currently offering student workshops that combine music videos with interviews of indigenous Elder teachings, lead talking circles, and guide students through a creative undertaking. Click here to learn more.

     


    Friday, November 13, 2020

    Hello  Buckman Bears,

    Shout out to the Parent Equity team for hosting another thoughtful Race Talks this week. Our Race Talk events are open to all families, and formatted in a manner that encourages reflections, dialogue, and community. In case you missed it this week, here are the videos that we watched to guide our conversation. 

    Also, as a reminder, library book bag distribution will be on pause until after Fall break, and there will be no meal pickup service the week of November 23.

    Take care everyone,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bags- on pause until after fall break

    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students (no meals week of November 23)

    • 11/12-11/24 Parent Teacher Conferences

    • 11/21-11/29 BOOK eFAIR 

    • 11/25-11/27 Fall Break-no school

    • 11/17 - 12/9 Season of Sharing 

    • 12/2 & 12/16 3-5pm  Apparel Sales

    • 12/10 6-7pm  Family Equity Team Meeting

    • 12/11 5pm  Middle School Lottery Applications Due

    • 12/14 8:30am, 7pm:  Buckman Community Meeting google meeting code: BuckmanCommunityMeeting

    • 12/21-1/1   Winter Break

     

    CHAMPIONS NEWS

    Your Champions program is here and ready to play a supporting role in your child’s school day! Along with offering distance learning support, we will be incorporating multiple group class meetings to re-introduce our learning community and be providing our Champions project-based units that will incorporate academic skills and social emotional learning. Program is available from 7:30-5:30pm Monday-Friday for only $250/week. Interested in enrolling your child? Sign up here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/e9c1f402768548329e2aab25cfa1dff4

    We here at Champions look forward to providing you and your family support.

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Thanks to everyone who made it out to Por Que No for November’s Dines Out! While we’re still crunching the numbers, we know these fundraisers add up, and we are so grateful to the support of our neighborhood restaurants!

    Buckman apparel has been in high demand but we are pausing sales until December 2, so be sure to mark the date! Stop by 3-5pm on the upper playground to get your Buckman-themed hoodies, hats, masks, and more. Show your Buckman pride this holiday season!

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    Last week I sent a note from PPS Campaign to Collect Books. This is for books that were checked out during the 2019/2020 school year. Please do not return book bags in the collection bin. Thank you!

     

    • Book Bags are closed until 11/29. We hope to start up again 11/30. 

    • Mark your calendars: BOOK eFAIR dates 11/21-11/29 (You can start by making your own wish list!) Teachers are currently making wish lists too! (left hand menu “View Wish Lists”)

    • Our library has switched to a local independent bookstore for our Wish List (from Amazon). Green Bean Books has been a supporter of school libraries and responsible for bringing some of the best authors for visits to our school. Consider a book donation from Buckman Library’s Green Bean Books Wish List!   

     

    PTA NEWS

    Scrip Sales  - In-person Scrip sales have been paused for the rest of November due to new state restrictions. Stay tuned for future dates. 

    Charleston Wrap Fundraiser – Final Days!   This fundraiser ends November 18th. Forty percent of sales goes back to Buckman. We’ve raised $2200 so far! 

    To register, go to charlestonwrapstore.com and complete the Register Participant form using Buckman's organization ID: 20270. Call 1-866-395-2926 if you have trouble registering.

    PTA Membership    Become an advocate for your student and our school. Membership is $12/person or $20/household. Sign up online to join or renew your annual membership! 

    Did you know PTA funds are used toward things like playground maintenance, academic materials, teacher grants, and staff appreciation? Get to know your PTA and what we do!

     

    SUN NEWS

    Season of Sharing   Requests are in! Look for an announcement next week on Konstella and from your teachers about how to fulfill item requests ("mittens") this year. 

    SUN Winter Term   New SUN clubs are coming for November 30-January 28th. Registration is open now, complete this form to sign your student up. 

    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.

    The Buckman Newspaper is Back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest! 

    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. 

    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. 

     

    TAG NEWS

    TAG nominations are now available! Please email your teacher to request a nomination, or email our TAG facilitator Melanie Betz at mbetz@pps.net with your student's name, student ID number and parent email addresses. 

    TAG services are being provided during distance learning! Teachers are meeting student needs by meeting their rate and level through differentiated assignments, flexible grouping, and independent projects.

    Look forward to the spelling bee and science fair after winter break!

     

    DISTRICT NEWS

    November Meal Service   We will not be serving or delivering meals the week of November 23. More updates about our services in December will be provided later. Home meal delivery sign ups will remain open this week. Visit our website or contact us at nutritionservices@pps.net with any questions.

     

    OTHER NEWS

    School Vaccination Requirements and Reminders    Immunizations are an important part of keeping our kids and community safe from certain diseases. That is why vaccines are required for school. Click here to see what immunizations are required for your child’s grade. Fall is a great time to catch-up on vaccines and get your yearly flu shots. Students need to be up-to-date on vaccines or give the school documentation of an exemption by early January, so that your child is not at risk of being excluded from school. Exclusion day is February 17, 2021.

    Free Flu Shots   Legacy Health is offering free flu shots in November. Click here for more information. 

     


    Hello Buckman Bears

    Friday, November 6, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,  

    This week was an important reminder of the necessity of holding space for our kids and looking for the helpers in our community. We touched on how we hold respect as a core value and in that unity, we become closer as a Buckman family. If you would like to connect as a Buckman family, please join me on Monday at our next community meeting. 

    Monthly Buckman Community Meeting: On Monday, we will have our November Buckman community chat times (8:30am, 7pm, google meet code: BuckmanCommunityMeeting). I hope to answer any questions folks may have around distance learning, parent teacher conferences, and also want to hold space for folks to connect on parenting post-election. I also want to say a huge thank you to Portland voters for approving the school bond renewal!   

    Parent teacher conferences: No school week of November 23 as teachers will be holding conferences 23 and 24, and the rest of the week is off for Fall Break. 

    Native American Heritage Month:  November is Native American Heritage Month. It’s a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. As I have spent many hours this week looking at a blue and red map of the United States, I humbly acknowledge that I am on stolen land.  It’s a good reminder to remember the counter-narratives of the history of the first Thanksgiving story and other ways that we can offer or present authentic Native stories and perspectives.  

    Buckman Bites lunchtimes: Is your student looking for more social time with friends? Reminder that we have grade level lunches offered Monday- Friday at google meets code “BuckmanBites”. Monday = 1st grade, Tuesday = 2nd grade, Wednesday = 3rd grade, Thursday = 4th grade, and Friday = 5th grade. Fun fact, in the Chinese language, this is how we refer to the days of the week, as “day #1, day #2, etc. In Chinese, Sunday is referred to as the “big day”. I hope you all enjoy your “big day” this weekend as well.  

    Quarter 2 arts schedule changes for 1st and 3rd grades: We are shifting our visual-art/dance/music times to allow for slightly longer art sessions. 1st grade will have arts classes beginning at 1:45 on Monday and Wednesday and 3rd grade arts classes will begin at 2pm. 

    Race Talks presented to you by the Family Equity Team:  Please join us at our next Race Talks on Tuesday Nov. 10th from 6-7:30. We invite families to view and discuss Hyphen-Nation.  Hyphen Nation is a series of mini-films about race produced by The New York Times:  What makes someone American? How do you define American identity? When do you feel most American? Or least? Nine American citizens describe their struggle to belong in a nation that both embraces and rejects them. Click HERE for the Zoom link to join.

    Lastly, there is no school on Wednesday in honor of Veterans day. Veterans Day means freedom, sacrifice, and honor for those who served in the military. We give thanks and honor to those who have served. 

    Warmly,

    Teresa

     

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Buckman bites: theme for next week will be “ Student Led Art”
    • Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up/drop off (closed 11/11, 11/23 & 11/25)
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students 
    • 11/9  5:30pm ESL family night: join using code SpectorClassMeeting
    • 11/9  8:30am, 7pm: Buckman Community Meeting, google meeting code: BuckmanCommunityMeeting
    • 11/10 6:00pm: Race talks. Zoom meeting link here
    • 11/11 Veteran’s Day - no school 
    • 11/11 4pm-9pm- Dines Out @ Por Que No
    • 11/12-11/24 Parent Teacher Conferences
    • 11/21-11/29 BOOK eFAIR 
    • 11/25-11/27 Fall Break-no school

    COUNSELING NEWS

    3rd-5th graders are invited to join a leadership group! See the attached schedule and description of each group. 

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the Halloween raffle, and congrats to our two winners! The raffle reached our goal of raising $5,000 for the Buckman Foundation! We are always amazed to see the support of the Buckman community. 

    Apparel Sales   New apparel is in; time to celebrate Buckman in style! Come grab your hoodies, tees, beanies, hats, face masks, and stickers; sales will be available November 18, December 2, and December 16 from 3-5pm on the upper playground.

    Dines Out    Remember to get this month’s Dines Out on your schedule! Stop by Por Que No (4635 SE Hawthorne) on Wednesday, November 11, from 4-9pm; kids menu and meal kits are available for take-out! Whatever you grab, 10% of proceeds will go towards the Buckman Foundation.

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    Students & Families!  

    Do you still have library books at home from last year? Maybe you weren’t able to return them at the beginning of this year?  Well, we NEED them!  With next semester coming up after the holidays, we need to make sure we have enough library books to keep our collections strong.  

    Please check your shelves, under the bed, behind the couch, everywhere! for books to return to the library.  

    Bring them to the book drop box at the front door of Buckman (photo),  Monday-Friday 8AM-1 PM.  Or bring them to our Book Bag exchange days (M&W; 3-5pm; upper playground - photo). Contact me at drudnick@pps.net  if you have any questions.  Help me keep our library materials available for us all to use and enjoy. 

    Thanks, Ms. Rudnick and PPS Campaign to Collect Books

    • November Reading Calendar (Epic code: czs3110)
    • Mark your calendars: BOOK eFAIR dates 11/21-11/29 (You can start by making your own wish list!) Teachers are currently making wish lists too! (left hand menu “View Wish Lists”)
    • Our library has switched to a local independent bookstore for our Wish List (from Amazon). Green Bean Books has been a supporter of school libraries and responsible for bringing some of the best authors for visits to our school. Consider a book donation from Buckman Library’s Green Bean Books Wish List!   

     

    PTA NEWS

    Last chance for the Charleston Wrap Fundraiser!   This fundraiser ends November 16th. If you haven’t already, check out charlestonwrapstore.com. Forty percent of sales goes back to Buckman. We’ve raised nearly $2100 so far! It’s all-virtual and has minimal impact on time for our families.  (Participation is completely voluntary.)

    To register for the fundraiser,and complete the Start Here: Register Participant form. Buckman's organization ID is: 20270. Trouble registering? Call 1-866-395-2926 and someone can assist you and/or complete the registration for you.

    Other Ways to Fundraise: did you know you can help raise for PTA without any additional purchases required? Find out how ordinary purchases at Fred Meyer and Amazon can support the PTA. 

     

    PTA Membership    Become an advocate for your student and our school. Membership is $12/person or $20/household. Sign up online to join or renew your annual membership!

     

    SUN NEWS

    Season of Sharing Requests   Wishlist forms are here! Get one through your student's teacher or complete one online hereForms are due back by November 13th

    SUN Winter Term   New SUN clubs are coming for November 30-January 28th. Registration opens next week. 

    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.

    The Buckman Newspaper is Back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest! 

    Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Complete this survey or reach out to Katie Olson, 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 book distribution at the upper playground every Monday & Wednesday from 3-5pm.

    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. 

     

    DISTRICT NEWS

    Childcare Update Six partner organizations are currently offering full-day licensed childcare programming in 10 PPS schools: Beach, Creston, Hayhurst, James John, King, Lent, MLC, Rigler, Vestal, and Winterhaven. These programs enroll PPS students and children of PPS employees regardless of which school children attend. Most programs still have space available. 

    Childcare programs: 

    • Accept children ages 5 - 12. 
    • Enroll no more than 30 students per school. 
    • Support children in distance learning while also providing enrichment, breaks and meals. 
    • Set aside slots for low-income, full-time working families qualifying for state subsidies. Low cost child care rates last for one year if subsidy is approved by Dec. 31, 2020. More information including the subsidy application is posted on the PPS Child Care website
    • Follow strict safety guidelines including stable cohorts, face coverings, and hand hygiene. 

    While the Employee Related Day Care (ERDC) state subsidy is generous to full-time working families, understanding these restrictive eligibility requirements can be challenging. We will soon be posting detailed information about child care subsidies to share with your staff who are supporting families. In the meantime, contact the childcare provider organization. 

    The Benson Wellness Center is OPEN!    The Benson Wellness Center, located at 546 NE 12th Ave., is now open for in-person (T & Th 1-4pm, W 8-12pm) and virtual visits (M-F 8-5pm) for students aged 7-18. Appointments are available for BOTH mental health and physical wellness, as well as for flu and all other vaccinations. 

    To SCHEDULE an appointment:

    1. Call OHSU Registrar and register each person needing an appointment at 503-494-8505 (if you've not been seen there before)
    2. Leave a Message for Reva at the Benson Wellness Center at 503-418-0409 with your call back information
    3. Reva will call back and schedule an appointment, appointments are readily available

    Student Health Centers at Roosevelt, David Douglas, and Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. 

    Updates to Meal Service as Weather Changes, Distance Learning Continues    PPS will be pausing meal services at Clarendon, Sacajawea and Harriet Tubman Middle School due to low participation starting November 1st. To see the full list of meal sites, please visit the Nutrition Sites During Distance Learning website

    Starting November 2, our grab-and-go curbside serving locations will be open from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  

    Finally, PPS is re-opening access to home meal deliveries for PPS families that are not near a meal site or need assistance accessing meals. To request meal delivery service, please complete the request form

     

    OTHER NEWS

    School Vaccination Requirements and Reminders    Immunizations are an important part of keeping our kids and community safe from certain diseases. That is why vaccines are required for school. Click here to see what immunizations are required for your child’s grade. Fall is a great time to catch-up on vaccines and get your yearly flu shots. Students need to be up-to-date on vaccines or give the school documentation of an exemption by early January, so that your child is not at risk of being excluded from school. Exclusion day is February 17, 2021.

    Free Flu Shots   Legacy Health is offering free flu shots in November. Click here for more information. 

     


    Friday, October 30, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    One more hour this Sunday, I hope you all enjoy it!

    Conferences: PPS elementary students will receive a report card 3 times per year. In lieu of quarter 1 report cards, families will receive a quarter one summary report to be shared during parent teacher conferences. For all families who can’t make it to conferences, please work with your teacher to schedule a phone conference, and we will send the quarter 1 summary notes home in December. 

    To respect the time of our teachers and to ensure we are offering enough time slots for every single student, families are asked to sign up for one conference slot per student. If this does not work for your family, please reach out to your teacher before signing up for an additional slot. Teachers will be sending out conference sign up links on Wednesday, November 4. Conferences will mostly be held on November 23 and 24. Some teachers will hold conferences during other times to accommodate for family schedules.  

    Work around the building: The district has started work in and around the building to prepare for possibilities of hybrid or in person learning. You will soon notice dots being painted outside of the building to help with physical distancing efforts. Again, the district will remain in Comprehensive Distance Learning until January 28.  

    Buckman’s Site Council: The purpose of our Buckman Site Council is to address school improvement plans and staff development. The team is composed of teachers, classified staff, administrator, parent/guardians and community members. The team works towards our school’s continuous improvement plans (SCIP Plan) which includes our school’s academic and school climate/culture goals. Please let me know if you would like to be a part of this team. We meet 4-6 times per year at 8am. 

    Teaching during an election year: You may have noticed some classrooms engaging in lessons and conversations around the upcoming election. Next week, as a community, we must be prepared to hold space, no matter what the outcome is. As a staff, we know that students may have questions and that many of you are discussing family values and beliefs at home. “As educators, we have an important responsibility to prepare our students with an understanding of the civic participation necessary for our democracy to thrive.” – Superintendent Guerrero

     To note:

    • All PPS buildings will close at 4pm on Tuesday. This is in anticipation for any potential election day/evening protests or gatherings.
    • All staff have been trained in the difference between Hate Speech (prohibited), Political Speech (not allowed), and speaking on topics of Racial Equity and Social Justice (encouraged). 

    Take care everyone, 

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    •        Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up and drop off
    •        Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students
    •        11/6 Grading Day - no school 
    •        11/9  5:30pm ESL family night: join using code Spectorclassmeeting
    •        11/9  8:30am, 7pm: Buckman Community Meeting, google meeting code: BuckmanCommunityMeeting
    •        11/11 Veteran’s Day - no school
    •        11/12-11/24 Parent Teacher Conferences
    •       11/25-11/27 Thanksgiving Break-no school

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Online Raffle    TODAY (October 30) will be the last chance to purchase raffle tickets for the Astoria House and Scamp Trailer giveaway! Tickets are $20 each; all funds raised will go towards staffing positions at Buckman for the 2021-2022 school year. Buy 5 tickets, get one free! BONUS: get one free entry by sharing your family’s fall or Halloween art! Share your entry in the Buckman Community Facebook group (request to join, if you haven’t already!) or send an email with an attached photo to foundation@buckmanelementary.org.

    Dines Out   This month's Dines Out will be at Por Que No (4635 SE Hawthorne) on Wednesday, November 11, from 4-9pm. Stop by this friendly neighborhood taqueria; kids menu and meal kits are available for take-out! Whatever you grab, 10% of proceeds will go towards the Buckman Foundation.


    LIBRARY NEWS

    ·       Book Bag exchange Mondays & Wednesdays 3pm-5pm (Closed 11/23 &11/25)

    ·       Mark your calendars: BOOK eFAIR dates 11/21-11/29 (You can start by making your own wish list!)

    o   Teachers are currently making wish lists too! (left hand menu “View Wish Lists”)

    o   Consider a donation from our Amazon Wish List! Hardback used copies are always welcome!   

     

    PTA NEWS

    Thank you, Buckman Community!   Your generosity at our donation drop-off event resulted in FOUR extra-large boxes full of coats, shoes, and other clothing items. Woot, woot!

    We will continue to collect the following (look for the donation box on the Book Bag dates):

    • Packaged underwear and socks (various youth sizes)
    • Toiletries (e.g., shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.)
    • Toilet paper and paper towels

    Fundraising Updates   The Charleston Wrap Fundraiser is still going on, but will end November 16th. Forty percent of sales goes back to Buckman. We’ve raised nearly $2100 so far! It’s all-virtual and has minimal impact on time for our families.  (Participation is completely voluntary.)

    To register for the fundraiser, go to www. charlestonwrapstore.com and complete the Start Here: Register Participant form. Buckman's organization ID is: 20270. Trouble registering? Call 1-866-395-2926 and someone can assist you and/or complete the registration for you. 

    Other Ways to Fundraise: did you know you can help raise for PTA without any additional purchases required? Find out how ordinary purchases at Fred Meyer and Amazon can support the PTA.

    PTA Membership    Become an advocate for your student and our school. Membership is $12/person or $20/household. Sign up online to join or renew your annual membership!


    SUN NEWS

    Season of Sharing Requests   Wishlist forms are here! Get one through your student's teacher or complete one online here.  

    Thanksgiving Food Boxes   Sign up for one from Sunshine Division here

    SUN Winter Term   New SUN clubs are coming for November 30-January 28th. Registration opens next week.  

    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.

    The Buckman Newspaper is Back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest! 

    Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Complete this survey or reach out to Katie Olson, 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 book distribution at the upper playground every Monday & Wednesday from 3-5pm. 

    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. 


    DISTRICT NEWS

    Champions Childcare Still Available!   Champions, a PPS childcare contractor, has several open spots in their programs at Lent and Creston Elementary Schools.   Welcome to Champions.M4V

    Families may be eligible for childcare benefits covered by Employment Related Day Care (ERDC): ERDC has raised the income limits to 250% of the poverty rate to allow many more families who usually wouldn’t meet eligibility. For qualifying families, ERDC covers most or all childcare costs. Qualifying families must be working and make less than 250% of the poverty rate. Click here for more details or to access this information in other languages. 

    You can also email Sierra Warren or the child care team at childcareservices@pps.net with any general childcare questions.

    The Benson Wellness Center is OPEN!    The Benson Wellness Center, located at 546 NE 12th Ave., is now open for in-person (T & Th 1-4pm, W 8-12pm) and virtual visits (M-F 8-5pm) for students aged 7-18. Appointments are available for BOTH mental health and physical wellness, as well as for flu and all other vaccinations. 

    To SCHEDULE an appointment:

    1. Call OHSU Registrar and register each person needing an appointment at 503-494-8505 (if you've not been seen there before)
    2. Leave a Message for Reva at the Benson Wellness Center at 503-418-0409 with your call back information
    3. Reva will call back and schedule an appointment, appointments are readily available

    Student Health Centers at Roosevelt, David Douglas, and Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers.

    Updates to Meal Service as Weather Changes, Distance Learning Continues    PPS will be pausing meal services at Clarendon, Sacajawea and Harriet Tubman Middle School due to low participation starting November 1st. To see the full list of meal sites, please visit the Nutrition Sites During Distance Learning website.  

    Starting November 2, our grab-and-go curbside serving locations will be open from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

    Finally, PPS is re-opening access to home meal deliveries for PPS families that are not near a meal site or need assistance accessing meals. To request meal delivery service, please complete the request form.


    OTHER NEWS

    School Vaccination Requirements and Reminders    Immunizations are an important part of keeping our kids and community safe from certain diseases. That is why vaccines are required for school. Click here to see what immunizations are required for your child’s grade. Fall is a great time to catch-up on vaccines and get your yearly flu shots. Students need to be up-to-date on vaccines or give the school documentation of an exemption by early January, so that your child is not at risk of being excluded from school. Exclusion day is February 17, 2021.

    Free Flu Shots   Legacy Health is offering free flu shots in November. Click here for more information.



    Friday, October 23, 2020

    Shout out to the small but mighty Family Equity Team for hosting our first gathering this week. If you are a parent of a student of color and would like to join this group, please let me know and I can put you in touch with our amazing facilitators!

    Usually this week, we are sharing photos and videos of Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day at school. I want to send a quick hello and “we miss you this year” to all of our extended community out there!

    Hope everyone has a great weekend. 

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up and drop off
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students
    • 11/1 Daylight savings ends 
    • 11/6 Grading Day - no school 
    • 11/9  5:30pm ESL family night: join using code BuckmanESL
    • 11/9  8:30am, 7pm: Buckman Community Meeting, google meeting code: BuckmanCommunityMeeting

    11/11 Veteran’s Day - no school

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Online Raffle    ’Tis the season for a spooky Halloween raffle! In lieu of our traditional Bowl-A-Ween event, we’re hosting an online raffle to raise funds for the Buckman Foundation. Enter for a chance to win a Fall getaway of your choice: three nights at the Astoria House or a camping-in-style adventure in the Scamp Trailer. Tickets are $20 each; all funds raised will go towards staffing positions at Buckman for the 2021-2022 school year. Buy 5 tickets, get one free! BONUS: get one free entry by sharing your family’s Fall or Halloween art! Share your entry in the Buckman Community Facebook group (request to join, if you haven’t already) or send an email with an attached photo to foundation@buckmanelementary.org. Carved pumpkins, drawings, paintings, a Halloween rap… it’s all fair game! Click here (https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/raffle) to purchase raffle tickets any time until midnight on October 30th; one randomly selected winner for each getaway will be announced and contacted at 10am on October 31st!

    LIBRARY NEWS

     

    PTA NEWS

    Donation Drop Off This Saturday!   We're rallying our community one last time for the PTA/SUN Clothing Drive. Drive by the school (near the upper playground entrance) this Saturday, from 9-11 AM, and drop off any gently used clothing, shoes, and other donations. You don't even have to get out of your car! We'll meet you (masked and gloved), take your donation, and send you off with a Delicious Donut. 

    We are in significant need of the following:

    • Packaged underwear and socks (various youth sizes)
    • Toiletries
    • Paper products (e.g., toilet paper and paper towels)
    • Gently used coats, rain boats, and other cold weather clothing items (various youth and adult sizes)

    FYI - Fred Meyer currently has a "buy one get one half off" sale on socks and underwear.  

    Charleston Wrap Fundraiser We have officially started our Fall Fundraiser with Charleston Wrap.  Charleston Wrap gives 40% of sales back to Buckman! It’s all virtual and has minimal impact on time for our families.  As with all Buckman fundraisers, participation is completely voluntary

    To register for the fundraiser, go to www. charlestonwrapstore.com and complete the Start Here: Register Participant form. Buckman's organization ID is: 20270. 

    If you are having trouble registering, please call 1-866-395-2926 and someone can assist you and/or complete the registration for you.

    Other Ways to Fundraise  Did you know you can help raise for PTA without any additional purchases required? Find out how ordinary purchases at Fred Meyer and Amazon can support the PTA. 

    PTA Membership    Become an advocate for your student and our school. Membership is $12/person or $20/household. Sign up online to join or renew your annual membership! 

     

    SUN NEWS

    SUN Winter Term    The fall term is wrapping up and we will be doing a short winter term. Keep an eye out for new club registration starting soon!

    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.

    The Buckman Newspaper is back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest! 

    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 book distribution at the upper playground every Monday and Wednesday between 3 and 5pm.

    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. 

     

    DISTRICT NEWS

    Updates to Meal Service as Weather Changes, Distance Learning Continues    With the announcement that Portland Public Schools is extending Comprehensive Distance Learning through at least January 28, we want to make you aware of upcoming updates to our meal service as we adjust to the coming colder weather and shorter days.

    We will be pausing services at Clarendon, Sacajawea and Harriet Tubman Middle School due to low participation. The last day of service at these three locations will be Friday, October 30. Families who have been visiting these sites are encouraged to visit one of the other PPS meal sites close by or request home meal delivery. 

    Starting November 2, our grab-and-go curbside serving locations will be open from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Some schools might shift their serving location on campus to help keep employees dry and visible. To see the full list of meal sites, please visit the Nutrition Sites During Distance Learning website

    Finally, we are re-opening access to home meal deliveries, a service for PPS families that are not near a meal site or need assistance accessing meals. To request meal delivery service, please complete the request form. We continue to assess the capacity of both the Nutrition Services and Transportation departments and will keep you apprised of any updates we make to our services.

    If you have any questions about our meal service, please contact us at nutritionservices@pps.net. English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali

    Pandemic EBT Update for Families    The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) was approved to provide additional Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to eligible students enrolled from July 1 - September 22. Similar to the spring, benefits are provided to children who receive free or reduced price school meals through the National School Lunch Program that are not attending school in-person.

    Every child who is eligible will receive at least $100 and some will receive more benefits based on when school began. The initial $100 benefits were distributed on September 28th. If a child qualifies for any additional benefits beyond $100, this will be provided through a second deposit. Eligible students who receive Oregon SNAP benefits, or who received an Oregon EBT card in the mail with P-EBT benefits in the past, received these September P-EBT benefits on their existing Oregon EBT card. For lost EBT cards, families can request a new one by calling a local ODHS office or calling the EBT replacement line 1-855-328-6715.

    If eligible families did not receive P-EBT benefits, they can send an email to the PPS Meal Benefits Office at mealbenefits@pps.net with the following information: Student name, school name, and parent contact information (address, phone). Once the student is verified as eligible an email will be sent to the P-EBT email address (ebt.schoolmeals@dhsoha.state.or.us) on the behalf of the family for follow up.

    Middle/High School Transfer Cycle    Here are the dates for the upcoming Middle/High School Transfer Cycle. More details to follow.  

    Thursday November 12:  Middle and High School transfer and dual assignment applications available.  Current 5th & 8th grade students will receive letters home that week containing their forecast school and transfer options.

    Friday, December 11: Application deadline.  
    Mid-January:  Run lottery, notify families of results
    Early February: Final transfer results loaded into Synergy. 

    Information about virtual open houses and other updates will be available soon.

    Meal Applications    While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites through December, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.

    • To ensure eligible students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals continue to receive meals at no cost for the entire school year (past December)
    • Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits.  
    • Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet and health coverage.

    Families have the following options to submit a meal application:

    1. Online at www.schoolcafe.com/pps.
    2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application (https://www.pps.net/Page/2464) to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.
    3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.net or call 503.916.3402.

    Families do not need to submit a meal application if any of the following apply:

    •  A meal application has been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.
    • The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.
    • All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online: https://www.pps.net/Page/2088) where students eat meals at no cost.
    • The household does not meet the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines

    For meal benefits related questions, please call 503.916.3402 or email mealbenefits@pps.net

    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, October 16, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Community Meeting: If you missed our community meeting, here are the slides that our Social Worker, Anne Mulligan-Brinson, presented on Parenting During Covid. Here is the TAG Presentation from that day as well. Our next community meeting will be Monday, November 9 at 8:30am and 7pm, and the theme will be “Family Fun with SUN!”.

    Family Equity Team: Attention all parents of students of color - we hope you can join us for a Family Equity Team meeting this Tuesday, October 20, from 6-7pm at google meets code: BuckmanFET. We hope to see many of you there to connect with one another! 

    Seesaw updates: Is Seesaw proving to be overwhelming? Watch this video on how to view assignments in a calendar view, as well as other new tips and pointers from Seesaw!

    PPS Academic Calendar for school year 2020-2021Academic Calendar 2020-21

    Have a great weekend everyone!

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up and drop off
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-5pm - Grab and Go meals for students
    • 11/1 Daylight savings ends 
    • 11/6 Grading Day - no school 
    • 11/9  5:30pm ESL family night: join using code BuckmanESL
    • 11/9  8:30am, 7pm: Buckman Community Meeting, google meeting code: BuckmanCommunityMeeting
    • 11/11 Veteran’s Day - no school

     

    CHAMPIONS NEWS

    Join us for a Champions Virtual Open House this month!

    Champions is providing an Extended Learning Program at select PPS schools and in the surrounding Portland area to help kids stay on track with our distance learning curriculum! They are currently taking enrollments at Creston and Lent Schools. Families can visit www.DiscoverChampions.com, call Family Support at 800-246-2154 or contact Champions Area Manager, Sherri Burks at 503-701-3488 or SBurks@DiscoverChampions.com. 

    Champions’ programs for students are so much more than basic supervision while you work. I encourage you to attend one of their upcoming Virtual Open Houses to learn all that they’re doing to provide a health and safety conscious program along with space for your child to focus on their schoolwork, including a supportive environment to complete all their assignments and participate in Champions fun.

    Champions Virtual Open House

    Wednesday, Oct 14 – 7pm

    Thursday, Oct 15 – 9am

    Tuesday, Oct 20 – 5:30pm

    At this event, you’ll have a chance to meet the staff and teachers and learn how Champions is making health and safety a top priority. Additional information will be shared on the latest in state subsidy and ERDC support, allowing more families to attend their programs at virtually little to no cost.

    If you’d like to attend, please fill out THIS_LINK and a meeting link will be provided. Thank you and stay well!

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Online Raffle    ’Tis the season for a spooky Halloween raffle! In lieu of our traditional Bowl-A-Ween event, we’re hosting an online raffle to raise funds for the Buckman Foundation. Enter for a chance to win a Fall getaway of your choice: three nights at the Astoria House or a camping-in-style adventure in the Scamp Trailer. Tickets are $20 each; all funds raised will go towards staffing positions at Buckman for the 2021-2022 school year. Buy 5 tickets, get one free! BONUS: get one free entry by sharing your family’s Fall or Halloween art! Share your entry in the Buckman Community Facebook group (request to join, if you haven’t already) or send an email with an attached photo to foundation@buckmanelementary.org. Carved pumpkins, drawings, paintings, a Halloween rap… it’s all fair game! Click here (https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/raffle) to purchase raffle tickets any time until midnight on October 30th; one randomly selected winner for each getaway will be announced and contacted at 10am on October 31st!

    Dines Out    Thanks to all who came out to Ankeny Tap + Table for the October edition of Dines Out! We are so grateful to community businesses who continue to support Buckman, and to those of you who make it out to support our local restaurants. Stay tuned for details of the next Dines Out coming soon!

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

     

    PTA NEWS

    Our Fall Clothing Drive is Underway!    We are accepting the following donations:

    • Gently-used (i.e., no stains or holes) or new fall/winter clothing, rain coats, and winter coats
    • Gently-used or new sneakers/shoes
    • Packaged underwear and socks
    • Toiletries
    • Toilet paper and paper towels
    • Grocery store gift cards

    Drop off locations and times:

    - School entrance (school hours only)

    - Upper playground on Mondays and Wednesday during Book Bag distribution

    - Amanda's house at 114 SE 17th Ave.

    - Katie's house at 3324 NE Klickitat Ave. 

    Charleston Wrap Fundraiser We have officially started our Fall Fundraiser with Charleston Wrap.  Charleston Wrap gives 40% of sales back to Buckman! It’s all virtual and has minimal impact on time for our families.  As with all Buckman fundraisers, participation is completely voluntary.

    To register for the fundraiser, go to www. charlestonwrapstore.com and complete the Start Here: Register Participant form. Buckman's organization ID is: 20270.

    If you are having trouble registering, please call 1-866-395-2926 and someone can assist you and/or complete the registration for you.

    Other Ways to Fundraise  Did you know you can help raise for PTA without any additional purchases required? Find out how ordinary purchases at Fred Meyer and Amazon can support the PTA. 

    PTA Membership    Become an advocate for your student and our school. Membership is $12/person or $20/household. Sign up online to join or renew your annual membership!

     

    SUN NEWS

    Family Equity Team meeting on October 20th at 6pm   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 in their first meeting of the school year at 6pm on October 20th. Reach out to Katie (kolson@impactnw.org) or Teresa (tseidel@pps.net) to get connected, and join the meeting by typing the code "BuckmanFET" at meet.google.com

    The Buckman Newspaper is back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students