Buckman Elementary School

Buckman nurtures the whole child and strives for
academic excellence

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

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  • Coming Soon At Buckman

    Dines Out:  Tuesday, October 1, 5:00 - 10:00. Nostrana (1401 SE Morrison St). Join us for Buckman Dines Out at Nostrana. 10% of sales from 5-10pm benefits Buckman. Reservations are highly recommended, 503-234-2427 

    Run For The Arts: Pledges Due October 4 
    Run For The Arts: October 10 
    School Closed for Inservice: October 11 



    Run For The Arts 
     Run for the Arts was a huge success on Thursday!  We loved seeing all the kids and staff running and walking for the arts and so many families coming to cheer and volunteer.  Thanks for making the Run day so great!

    Now it is time to go collect those funds.  Please make sure you do the following:

    1. Log your # of laps on your online account (if you made one).  

    2.  Start calling and visiting with your in-person sponsors and collect your $$.  

    3.  Make checks payable to Young Audiences.  

    4. Return all funds to classroom teachers or the office by October 28th.  Please clearly label the funds with the student's name and teacher's name.  That way volunteers can log your funds correctly.

    5. T-shirts:  If your student earned a t-shirt, please consider donating $9 to pay for the shirt, if you can.  That way they don't come out of the Run for the Arts proceeds!


    - Our first PTA General Meeting is Tuesday, October 15 at 6pm.  Food and childcare will be provided.  Stop by, grab a slice of pizza, and learn more about Buckman PTA and Buckman Elementary.  Members and non-members are welcome!



    - Gear up for your Buckman gear!  New Buckman sweatshirts are in, just in time for the cooler fall temps. Grab yours at Back-to-School Night, as well as Friday morning at drop-off!  And don’t forget to grab your Bella Organic corn maze tickets on Fridays at the SCRIP table! This year’s theme is equal rights for equal pay, as inspired by the USWNT.  Get your tickets in advance and Bella Organic Farm donates 50% of profits to the Buckman Foundation.  

    - We’d also like to remind you that Bowl-A-Ween is right around the corner on October 27 from 11am-1pm at Grand Central Bowl! This is a fun event where all lanes are reserved for Buckman families! Sliding scale admission (Adults $15-$20 and kids $5-$10) with shoe rental included. All proceedsbenefit the Buckman Foundation; costumes encouraged! We still need a few volunteers to make it happen. See open opportunities by checking out the volunteer sign-up on Konstella (https://www.konstella.com/app/school/5b6bc873e4b0ff7bb30cfb73/signups/5d7bc8d2e4b0d8988cf9c433).


    - Extended Day Programs    A reminder that the add/drop/change deadline is on Friday, September 27.  After that, we will not be able to make changes to schedules or offer a refund. We sincerely appreciate families honoring our early pick up policy.  It has made classes run much more smoothly!  Please also note our Late Pick Up policy:  We will make every effort to ensure that all students are under appropriate supervision until they return to you at the end of their school day; however, please be advised that Impact NW SUN School staff cannot provide supervision past dismissal time as this will extend past our staff’s scheduled working hours.

    - Food Drive    Each week, a different class will collect food from their assigned category.  Donated items will go towards the SUN Food Pantry to support families. Next week, September 30-October 4: 

    • Class - Rudolph
    • Last Names A-M:  Non-food items such as toilet paper, paper towels, toothbrushes, soap, batteries etc.
    • Last Names N-Z:  Spices (salt, pepper etc.) and cooking oils (canola, olive, avocado, etc.)

    - Seeking Donations    We are always looking for more ways to support families!  This includes the following: gift cards (Jiffy Lube, Target, Old Navy etc.) as well as more supplies for stocking the food pantry.   

    - Family Equity Team    The Family Equity Team (FET) is made up of parents of color who are working on closing the equity gap and creating a more culturally responsive learning environment.  If you have been a part of this team in the past or are interested in joining, please take a moment to complete this survey so that we can determine the most appropriate next steps. To subscribe to the FET listserv, please contact fet@gmail.com. 

    - Winter Drive    It is hard to believe that the winter season is right around the corner!  Impact NW is already getting ready to support families during the winter season.  If your family would benefit from support that time of year (such as gift cards and other gifts), please reach out to Becca at rbeckmann@impactnw.org.



  • Hello Buckman Bears!

    Huge shout out to Leah Christensen & Karen Gerber, and all of the other volunteers to putting on our first BIG event of the year – Run 4 the Arts! I was so touched seeing the teachers coaching the kids, kids holding hands, kids encouraging one another, and so many volunteers here to support our students and our Arts program. This is what makes Buckman shine – our community and our love for the Arts. Thanking everyone in advance for the funds raised to keep our arts program strong.


    International Pronouns Day, October 16. If you or your student would like to share your pronouns with me, please do! Mine are she/her. October is ADHD Awareness Month. Learn more here. If you haven’t already read the book “Just Ask” by Sonya Sotomayor, this is my second and final plug for it. ADHD is highlighted in it, along with many other things that make us unique and special.

    Communicating with your teacher: I just love being at Buckman!! I love getting to know the students, staff and families. On that note, if you have a concern within the classroom, I encourage your first stop to be with the classroom teacher. Thank you for extending our teachers this professional courtesy. As always, if you have any immediate or confidential concerns, please reach out to me.

    School modernization is happening now at Buckman! The school modernization bond (thank you voters!) collected funds for huge projects, such as re-building Grant and Franklin High School. It also included smaller projects, such as the security upgrades happening right now at Buckman. If you have been in the building, you likely have seen the number of workers busy installing a speaker system in our common areas. The students and staff have been incredibly flexible with working around the loud noises. This phase of work is expected to wrap up by next week.

    With the passing of the Student Success Act, PPS will be in a position of having additional funds to support students. I am hopeful that for Buckman, that means additional resources to support the arts, literacy, attendance (Buckman has some of the lowest attendance rates for elementary schools) academic interventions, behavior coaches, and perhaps even an assistant principal (I like to dream big!). There are 4 community budget input sessions this month and we want their feedback. Please consider attending one of our four public meetings, or use our online feedback survey.

    The meetings will be held: 

    • Thursday, October 17 at 6 p.m., Lent K-8 School (5105 SE 97th Ave.)
    • Saturday, October 19 at 9 a.m., Faubion PK-8 School (2930 NE Dekum St.)
    • Tuesday, October 22 at 6 p.m., Roosevelt High School (6941 N. Central St.)
    • Thursday, October 24 at 6 p.m., Benson Polytechnic High School (546 NE 12th Ave.)

    I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.



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