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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  • Buckman News

    Welcome to Our World  


    Two Hour Late Opening Oct 18th!

    Wednesday, October 18th is a two hour late opening. School begins at 10:35. 

    Corn Maze Fundraiser - Buy Tickets Now!

    Get your Bella Organics Corn Maze tickets by stopping by the SCRIP table on Tuesday mornings or dropping a check (made out to Buckman Foundation) in the Foundation mailbox. We’ll get the tickets to you within a day or two. This is great fundraiser as Bella Organics is donating 50% of all ticket sales to the Foundation! Adults are $8 and kids are $6, so let us know how many you need of each!


    Foundation Pub Night, October 10

    Curious about the Foundation and some of the ways to get involved? Head on out to our first Pub Night on October 10 at Rogue Eastside Distillery (928 SE 9th Ave.) at 7pm. We’ll chat about fundraising efforts and volunteer opportunities over beers and other delights. Look for the Buckman Foundation sign on our table!


    No School October 13!


    PTA Meeting/State of the School, October 18

    We hope you can make it to the first PTA meeting of the year on Wednesday, October 18 at 6pm in the cafetorium. Ms. Kosmala will be joining us to share the "State of the School" and it's a great chance to meet and catch up with other parents, to learn what's happening in the Buckman community, and to share your own thoughts and questions! We'll have pizza, and child care will be provided. You don't have to be a PTA member to attend!

    Bowl-A-Ween, October 29

    And don’t forget that our annual Bowl-A-Ween fundraising spooktacular is coming up on October 29 at Grand Central Bowl. This is a festive annual event that brings together the Buckman community for bowling, games, and fun to support the Foundation! 


    Dance Ensemble!

    Dance Ensemble is an opportunity for 3rd through 5th grade students to learn contemporary choreography and perform at Buckman and in the community.  Students should have a real desire to grow as dancers and performers.  

    We will meet on Wednesdays from 3:25-4:25.  Our first meeting will be November 1st, students must complete and return registration forms no later than October 30th.
    The registration forms will be in the office. The class will be limited in number and registration will be first come first serve.

    Stay Connected

    Stay in-the-know about Buckman happenings! There are lots of ways to get updates. We publish upcoming events weekly in this newsletter, as well as on our parent-run website www.buckmanelementary.org. Subscribe to the events calendar to sync with your calendar of choice. There are two Facebook options: one is the Buckman Elementary page and the other is a closed group for Buckman families. Lastly, you can sign up to receive text alerts by texting the number 810-10 with the message “Join k2d2d” or by signing up online here.


    PTA Coffee Chat with Ms. Kosmala, Friday, October 20, 8:45am.

    Join us after drop-off on Friday, October 20, for a coffee chat with our principal, Ms. Kosmala. Principal Coffee Chats offer a wonderful chance to ask questions and hear what is going on around school. Last year we discussed everything from tire swings to staffing and budget shortfalls. We hope to see many of you there!


    Ways you can help: Funds For Buckman!

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

    Fund Opportunities



    Emergency Clothing Needed


        Cleaning your closets to make room for back-to-school clothes? 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 is also located 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


    Welcome Back!

    The library is excited for a new school year. As a reminder, students can check out as many books as their grade level (i.e., 3rd grade = 3 books). Library is once a week for every class but books are checked out for two weeks. If a student forgets their book, no worries, I like to talk to each student and know that everyone has different circumstances. We talk a lot about how the best place for our library books is our backpack, no matter our location. If any concerns arise, feel free to stop in, call or email

    Volunteers Needed!

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

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

    Banned Books Week

    Banned Books Week is an annual awareness campaign promoted by the American Library Association and Amnesty International, that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals. We have a variety of challenged books in our library, come see the display!


    SUN News


    Welcome Back from SUN!

    Buckman SUN provides enriching after-school classes for your child every fall, winter, and spring. All day camps are offered during non-school days, and over the summer! Sign up now to join camps on non-school days and late day openings by going online here. Half-off scholarships are available for families eligible for free or reduced lunch. Contact Brittany in the SUN office, Room 108 or at bmorris@impactnw.org. If families need further scholarships, there is a scholarship form in the SUN office that can be filled out and submitted along with proof of income.

    Open SUN Classes

    Family Equity Team Potluck

    Low Cost Bikes for Low Income Children

    Seeking Basketball Coaches and Student Registration


    SUN Childcare for School's Out Day, October 13

    When there is no school on October 13, SUN will be holding a PLAY IN A DAY camp for all grades from 9am-4:30 pm (before and after care available upon request). Cost is $35/child, payable to ImpactNW. Registration forms are in the SUN kiosk by the school office or in the SUN office (Rm. 108). Look for the Fall 2017 Extra Activities Form.  

    New Support Through SUN

    SUN is excited to report that we have a new behavioral intern, Rich Castillo who will be working to build social skills with students through much of the year. In addition, we are looking for an intern to work with Connect2Complete on school equity issues. We are particularly trying to do outreach to students of color who are college age or older. The Connect2Complete intern will work closely with our Family Leadership Team.

    Family Leadership Team

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

    Storytelling Night

    This fall, our family literacy night will center around storytelling. If you would be interested in working with us on this event or know of valuable resources, please contact Diane at dmeisenhelter@impactnw.org.


    SUN Feedback

    Please complete SUN parent surveys this week so that we can improve the program and better serve your needs.  

    SUN Payments

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







  • Greetings families!

    Happy October! One month down and we are ready to really dig in. You might have seen the folks in the hallway selling all kinds of goodies to support our school? This year we got hooked up with a corn maze! Thank you awesome PTA volunteers!

    So as we moved into fall and the weather started changing, I began noticing the very wide variety of shoes that students are wearing to school these days. We have many kiddos who are wearing sneakers and slip-ons, and a few days last week I saw some very Oregonian rain boots. But I am also seeing many sandals and even some flip flops. Now, PPS does not have a very restrictive dress code-basically anything that isn’t offensive, disruptive or unsafe is allowed. But that still allows for a lot of gray area, so here are some general things to consider:
        - Offensive: This is a pretty subjective term, but there are some policy restrictions, like drug and/or alcohol promotion; and some common sense restrictions like profanity and/or age-inappropriate images (think about what is okay for the youngest among us).
        - Disruptive: If a student’s clothing or accessories are being used as a toy, if the focus is on clothing or accessories instead of learning, and/or if clothing or accessories are leading to conflict between students, we will ask that specific items stay home.
        - Unsafe: Things that can be used to hurt someone else-for example it used to be a “thing” to chain your wallet to your body and that chain would be an example of an accessory that could be used unsafely depending on length and weight. Flip flops are another clothing item that tend to be injury inducing in a school. Feet get stepped on, they fall off at inopportune times and students trip over them a lot. Please remember that students are outside twice a day and three times a day sometimes when they have walk/run or PE. Flip flops just aren’t a great choice for any of those activities, so if you have another option, we would sure prefer you use shoes with a back that stay securely on your child’s feet.

    A reminder to our families who pick up in the back that school is in session until 3pm. That means that even though the playground looks ready for pickup, we will have at least one end-of-the-day fire drill this year and some classes will flex afternoon recess and/or PE up until the 3pm bell. Kids and adults are happy to see you at the end of the day, but we do have to keep the blacktop clear until the bell rings. 


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