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


    Coming Soon At Buckman!   


    December 10-14

    SUN Festival of Lights Camp: Dec 10-14
    Chorus Performance: Wed. Dec 12, 2:00-2:45
    Season of Sharing Deadline: Wed. Dec 12 
    1st Grade Informance: Thurs. Dec. 13, 6:00-7:00 
    Winter Break: No School, December 15-January 1
    Return to School: Wed. Jan. 2 

    Lost and Found

    Please check the Buckman Lost and Found for your student's items before the Winter Break. Remember, these are items that belong to Buckman Students. Please take only those items that belong to your family. 

    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. 

    Medical Guidelines 






    Foundation Update 


    Year-End Ask Campaign

    THANK YOU to the 24 families who have contributed to the Buckman Foundation’s Year End Ask campaign! We now need 51 more families to give ANY amount before December 31 to unlock the $8,500 promised as part of this year’s Challenge Match, requiring a total of 75 gifts AT ANY LEVEL. This means $5 could make all the difference! Consider making your gift online at www.allhandsraised.org/donate (be sure to select “Choose PPS School” under “Select Recipient” drop-down and then choose Buckman when prompted). Each gift gets us closer to our estimated $75,000-$85,000 needed to continue staffing the arts and literacy teams. Thank you for supporting Buckman!

    The Buckman Foundation wishes everyone a wonderful Winter Break! 


    Art Show And Sell

    Winter Break is a great time for students to work on items they want to sell at the show! All students (and alumni) can sell their work in the show on March 9 and 10. Students receive 70% of their sales and the other 30% goes to the PTA. Sign ups will be the first two weeks in February. Some ideas are note cards, shirts, fairy houses, puppets, cat toys, paintings, jewelry, decorations, magnets, etc. Sorry but NO food items, stress balls or slime can be sold. Contact Meredith Vorhees with any questions. mmvorhees@gmail.com

    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


    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? Super! Please forward any student pants (generic sweatpants/leggings 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 or at the link below. The medication authorization is needed for any medication you wish your child to take at school, including cough drops, but does not include homeopathic medication.

         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


    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  

    Extended Day Programs: Registration for Winter Term, Festival of Lights

    Lottery registration for Winter Term (January 7- March 22) has begun. Online registration is now open. We will be providing our Festival of Lights after school programming December 10-14. This program will run from 3-5:30. Sign up online or in the SUN office. We are also happy to announce that adult programming will be available after the New Year (more information to follow). 


    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.


    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. 


    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.


    Champions Information:

    • 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, thank you, thank you to the myriad of volunteers who contributed to our very special events last week: Movie Night, the Book Fair and a visit from children’s author/artist, Jan Brett. These types of events are memory-making for our students. We love them, but they require a tremendous amount of planning and cooperation. If you volunteered or attended, know that you have our gratitude for your time and care for our students. You are the best!

    We are also grateful for our community’s ongoing investment in our arts programming through Run for the Arts and the Foundation. Our Run for the Arts contributions have been coming in steadily for the last few weeks, and we have collected over $27,000 so far this year, which is astounding. Fifteen thousand of that will go directly to our 20 classrooms to purchase art supplies for special projects, or to bring in special resident artists to enhance students’ understanding of the arts and content in other areas. We have had glass artists, taiko drummers and comic book artists, and this year students are exploring different modes of storytelling through stop motion animation. We are purchasing an additional ten iPads to live in the art studio and give students better access for movie-making and creating. Last year we added a projector to the stage to allow for technology enhanced set design, this year we will be upgrading some of our aging sound equipment. And of course, the Buckman Chorus and after school dance options will continue, as always, supported by Run for the Arts funding.  

    Finally, check out the Buckman Facebook page to see the PTA-sponsored improvements to the upstairs student bathroom. It looks lovely and we have already noticed how much more pride students are taking in keeping the bathrooms clean from the PTA’s work in October on the first floor. By the end of the year every bathroom in Buckman might have its own unique personality. Thank you, Katie and volunteers, for supporting our climate work and Be You at Buckman!

    On behalf of all of our staff, Happy Holidays! We will see you again in the new year. Enjoy your break, everyone!


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