Two Hour Late Opening Oct 18th!
Wednesday, October 18th is a two hour late opening. School begins at 10:35.
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!
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
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
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
The registration forms will be in the office. The class will be limited in number and registration will be first come first serve.
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.
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
Donations of new girls and boys underwear are also appreciated.
Thank you for your support.
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.
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 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
books, and highlights persecuted
individuals. We have a variety of challenged books in our library, come see the
Welcome Back from
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 email@example.com. 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
Please complete SUN parent surveys
this week so that we can
improve the program and better serve your needs.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org