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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    This Week At Buckman!  


    October 15-19

    Dines Out: Tues, October 16. Nostrana, (Reservations recommended)
    Movie Night: Tues. October 16. 6:00 
    Great Shakeout!: Thurs, October 18
    Principal Coffee: Fri. October 19, 8:45-9:30 

    October 22-28

    Bowl-A-Ween: Sunday, October 28, 11:00-1:00 

    October 29-November 2

    Teacher Planning Day: Monday, Oct. 29. No school for students.
    Run For The Arts Donations Due: Tues. Oct 30. 

    Address Corrections!

    Please make sure that your address and phone information is up to date so that you receive important calls and mailings from school. 



    Foundation Update 


    PTA Board Openings!

    PTA Board officers serve 2 year terms, and our current Board is on our last year! This is your chance to have an impact and help shape so much of the community building that happens at Buckman! Of course it's a commitment, but if you have questions about what that commitment looks like for the various positions, or any interest at all in possibly joining the Board in the future, please reach out to us! We're happy to answer questions, no strings attached. You can find us in the halls, on Konstella, or at PTA Meetings and Coffee Chats. You can also reach our Co-Presidents at pta@buckmanelementary.org. If you do want to find us, just a reminder that the current board is: 

    Co-Presidents: Malena Slettom & Charmian Creagle
    VP: Amanda Basom
    Secretary: Patricia Patyrak
    Treasurer: Andrea Manning 

    Dines Out

    Thanks to all who attended the Foundation’s Movie Night and Dines Out events on Tuesday! We’re still crunching the final numbers but are so amazed by how our amazing community shows up to support the arts and literacy at Buckman! Our next Dines Out will be at Buckman-managed Blackheart on November 7 from 5-8pm! Blackheart is generously donating 20% of sales to the Foundation! Breakfast is available all day, or try one of their signature drinks; minors welcome until 8pm.  

    Click on the links below for more information! 


    Join The Buckman PTA! 
    Connect With the Buckman Community. Sign up on Konstella! 
    Buckman Earthquake Supply Drive
    Buckman Emergency Preparedness Kits
    Corn Maze Fundraiser
    Bowl-A-Ween, October 28  
    SCRIP Sales  
    Chinook Book Sales


    Ways you can help: Funds For Buckman!

    Check here for ways you can help raise funds for Buckman. 

    Fund Opportunities



    Run for the Arts

    Buckman students were amazing participants at Thursday’s Run for the Arts! 

    Sponsor forms have been returned to your student. This is the collection period, which means its time to alert your sponsors of the laps run and donations due! Donations are due by October 30.  

    Please be sure to ask donors to make checks to Young Audiences or Run for the Arts. No cash please. 

    If you signed your student up for an online fundraising page, please enter the # of laps completed. Online donations are a convenient way to make a donation! 

    Reminder, the Run for the Arts t-shirt is for students who earned 30 points or more. Each t-shirt costs $9 and comes directly out of funds raised for Buckman. If your student earned a t-shirt but would rather donate the t-shirt cost to Buckman, please note this on your sponsor form. You can also pay $9 to offset the t-shirt cost. If you would like to pay for the t-shirt, please note this on your sponsor form and check. Thank you!

    If you have any questions, please contact Leah Christensen at leah.barkhurst@gmail.com.


    Emergency Clothing Needed


        Cleaning your closets to make room? Super! Please forward any student pants (generic sweatpants work great) to the office for those occasional wardrobe malfunctions.
    Donations of new girls and boys underwear are also appreciated. Thank you for your support.


    Medications at School


        Please contact the office if your student will be receiving medications during school hours. Medicine can only be given to students after families complete the Authorization for Medication Administration by School Personnel form, which you can pick up in the office.

         Please personally bring in the medications (in their original packaging) and a completed form. Over the counter medications must be Children's dose unless you have doctors orders with adult dose directions. Please note students are not allowed to transport any medications to school themselves.

    Thank you for your help and understanding.


    Library News



    Laurie Keller author visit for K-2 - New book POTATO PANTS!

    Monday, Oct 8 9:15am - 10:15am - Cafetorium

    Order forms due September 21 in the library

    Find the order form and more info here


    Jan Brett COMMUNITY author visit - everyone welcome

    Saturday, Dec 8 5:00pm - 8:00pm - Auditorium
    Books can be brought from home to sign and purchased at event

    Buckman Elementary School has been chosen to host Jan Brett, and author/illustrator of over 30 iconic children's books. This is a community event for all age levels. More details coming!

    Jan Brett website and Jan Brett book list 

    Library Book Returns and Fines

    Are you getting email and paper notices about overdue library books or fines for lost books? If you cannot find an overdue book, please stop in the library so we can mark it as “lost”. Lost books come with a fine to replace the book. If you have a fine for a lost book you have three options:

    1. Pay the fine in SchoolPay.

    2. Replace the book with a hardcover. Don’t forget to use smile.amazon.com to support the Buckman community. Often there are inexpensive used books in excellent condition that cost less than the school fine.

    3. Donate 3-5 HIGH INTEREST books in replacement of a lost library book. 


    SUN News  


    "Hi" From the New SUN Admin!

    As many of you know, Diane Meisenhelter retired on Tuesday September 25. Becca, the new SUN Manager, and Caitlyn, the new Extended Day Coordinator are so excited to work with your kiddos! Thank you parents and caregivers for your patience during this time of transition. Caitlyn can be reached at cwhitcomb@impactnw.org and Becca at rbeckmann@impactnw.org. Caitlyn deals more with class schedules, students absent from SUN, and after-school details. Becca is looking at the SUN program overall, which involves behavior management, curriculum needs, community partners, resourcing/ social services, concerns about staff and other big picture issues. Please stop by the SUN office (Room 108) and say hi!


    Donated Food

    We have a wonderful partnership with the Oregon Food Bank and get food donated. Baskets of food items are placed outside of the Cafetorium door to serve as a take-as-you-need. Please help yourselves! With that, we are happy to provide weekly food bags for families who would benefit from this support. Please contact Becca if you would like to learn more about this service. rbeckmann@impactnw.org.


    Behavior Policy

    Behavior policies have been sent out this week. Please review this information with your child/ren to be signed and returned to SUN by next Monday (10/15). We have seen some challenging behaviors that we would like to address as a community. Thank you for your support with this!

    Schools’ Out Days

    We are unable to provide programming during the upcoming teacher in-service days on October 12 and 29. The building will be closed for custodial training and SUN staff will be participating in a retreat. We will focus on mindfulness and self-care as well as provide information on trauma-informed care as well as cultural and equitable responsiveness in the classroom. Thank you for your understanding!


    Basketball Sign Ups have Begun (grades 3-5)!

    Basketball registration forms have been placed in the SUN kiosk outside the school office. We will only have grade level teams where we have enough registered student players. Registration forms can be sent back to the SUN office.

    COACHES NEEDED! A big thank you to those who have reached out regarding volunteering. So far we have 5 coaches who have contacted Becca about coaching this year. Just as a reminder, parents/caregivers/friends can do more than coach! There will be a need to support the coach and help manage the children. So any interest in volunteering is greatly appreciated and needed.

    Time commitment: Coaches usually have one practice per week (not as frequent in November and early December). Practices will become consistent January-March. There are also game commitments on Saturdays for an hour. If you would be willing to coach or volunteer, or if you know someone who would be willing to coach, please contact Becca at rbeckmann@impactnw.org

    Season of Sharing

    Given that many of our community partners want wish lists by November, the month of October is when we ask families to create wish lists. This is an opportunity for families who would benefit from some extra support during the winter season (includes winter clothing or small gifts and books). The Season of Sharing forms are outside the school office on the SUN kiosk.

    Social Service Needs

    If your child is in need of supplies to complete homework, please contact us in Room 108 by calling 503-858-0230 to schedule a pick-up time. We are also available to refer families to social service resources (attendance concerns, utility assistance, certain housing needs, weekly food baskets, etc.) or troubleshoot any potential barriers to school success. 

    Cultural Liaisons Needed

    Cultural liaisons assist our English Language Learning (ELL) families by calling them once a week and keeping them abreast of Wednesday envelope communications as well as conveying back to the school any concerns or questions they might have. It usually is a task that takes less than 10-20 minutes each week. If you speak both English and another language and would be willing to help our ELL families stay in the loop about what is happening at school, please contact Becca for more information. 

    Seeking Tutors and Mentors

    SUN provides both mentoring and tutoring programs after school and always needs responsible adult involvement. Tutors work one on one for an hour a week with students needing additional academic support. Mentors make a year-long commitment to meet with a child once a week after school to listen, play games, do craft projects, and give the student focused attention. If you are able to help us advertise for these critical volunteers in your extended network (friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, church or temple, or other organizations) please let us know as soon as possible. Contact Jasmine in the SUN office at (503)858-0230. Thanks!

    Native Plant/ Garden Team

    We are looking for a few parents who would be willing to help out with our educational gardens here at Buckman. Sometimes there is a little maintenance, planning, or watering that needs to be done and we’d like to have a small team of occasional helpers who we could call on for help with the tasks being done at your convenience. We have a native plant garden and a SUN garden plot, but in general this is not a large time commitment (maybe 6-8 hours annually). If you are interested, please contact SUN at (503)858-0230. 



    Volunteers Needed

    Buckman SUN school is looking for volunteers and tutors for summer camps. Even one hour a week of volunteering makes a huge difference in kid's lives! High school students needing Honor Society or community service credits are welcome! 

    Tax Receipts

    If you need receipts from SUN for taxes, now is the time to begin requesting the receipts. If you enrolled through Eventbrite you should already have receipts. Otherwise, send an email to jhannan@impactnw.org and know that it will take us a couple of weeks to process your request. Better to ask now than at the last minute in April.


    SUN Updates

    SUN emails out regular updates throughout the year. To be included in these important updates, please email wkyle@impactnw.org. SUN looks forward to keeping you in the loop! 

    SUN Payments

         Please remember to submit your mid-month payments for SUN classes. Many parents have outstanding payments and our payroll is dependent on these funds. If you need to know your balance, contact bmorris@impactnw.org.


    For the 2018-19 school year, Buckman Elementary School will have a new child care provider – Champions. Champions will provide high-quality before- and after-school child care services. This is a known and well-regarded organization, providing child care in schools in the Portland area and across the country. 
    We know this is a change for families whose children have been enrolled with Vermont Hills, and the decision to change providers was not made lightly. Vermont Hills has had a number of licensing violations and related quality concerns and, as a result, PPS felt it was important to partner with a different child care provider.

    Champions will hold spaces for families who are currently registered with Vermont Hills for the 2018-19 school year.  If your child or children are on a wait list, Champions will preserve the wait list order.

    Champions will also:

    • Hire a full-time site director, and pay a living wage. This will reduce staff turn-over.
    • Charge families comparable rates to Vermont Hills and waive registration fees this year since many of you have already paid fees to Vermont Hills. 
    • Provide flexible weekly scheduling and online registration.
    • Provide field coaches to train staff and ensure high-quality programming.
    • Invest in new furniture, curriculum and materials for an enriched program.

    To register for Champions, please go to the Buckman registration page, and don't forget to enter the free registration code: FREEREG1819.








  • Greetings families!
    Thank you for an absolutely awesome turnout for Run for the Arts. Our day was perfect, the kids did such a fantastic job of staying on course and staying safe, and of course, our volunteers did an exceptional job of keeping track of laps and teams. And, a huge shout out and thank you to Leah for her seamless coordination of a TON of moving parts and people. Run for the Arts completely lived up to The Best Day of the Year status!

    This week we are moving literally tons of book into Buckman classrooms. We just had over 2,000 picture and chapter books delivered to support the new reading curriculum. This year our teachers are going to begin teaching using a workshop model-many of your students are already deeply into it. The theory behind a workshop model is that in order to get better at something, a person needs to practice it. Just like a person who wants to be good at soccer needs to play a ton of soccer, and a person who wants to be good at an instrument needs to play that instrument for hours, if we want our students to be strong readers they need to read a lot. 

    Many of our students already do read a lot, in fact they devour books. But reading for fun is a little different than the reading students are doing in workshop. Each day, the teacher gives students an idea or a tip on what good readers do to become better readers. Students use their independent reading time to practice those tips and strategies, keeping track of when and how they use them. We need those big libraries in the classroom because students get to “shop” for the topics, authors and genres that are of interest to them, and are encouraged and expected to read multiple books a week, with the guidance and support of their teacher. Ask your child about their book choices this week!


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