3/16 - 4/28 - School Closed
And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
UPDATE: Add your reading (and listening) photos to this album! You might even spy some of your lovable Buckman staff reading their favorites too!
I wanted to reach out to share a few things. First and foremost, I would like to share my appreciation and deep gratitude for all of the Buckman community (staff and families) who have been supporting the SUN program and our families who need a little extra right now. I could not do this work without all of your help and I am immensely grateful for your thoughtfulness and consideration during this time of stress and uncertainty.
Secondly, I want to share the resource list I have put together, highlighting the most relevant supports for the Buckman community. Feel free to share it widely within your networks. I'm around and available for support in any way that someone can use - whether it's to process through this difficult time, to advocate for a community member, to deliver food and supplies, etc. I am here for you! Just email, call, or text.
Thirdly, I know folks may be wondering what spring term looks like for SUN. I'm wondering that too, but I'm looking into some ideas and will be in touch with y'all when I know more.
Thanks, as always, for your support, consideration, and patience. I'll leave you all with this as we begin this new week - I hope that we are able to find some space in this chaos to heal.
Below is a quick and easy guideline provided by PPS and Multnomah County Health Department regarding our sick policy. If you have questions, please call us at 503-916-6230
Exclusion Guidelines for Schools and Child Care Settings
Does the student have any of the following?
If you answered "Yes" to any of the above, then...
**For a cough lasting 2 weeks or longer, call your school nurse or student's health care provider.**
Hello Buckman Bears,
I hope you all are healthy and well. I hope it goes without saying that the health and happiness of you and your families is first and foremost. Below, I offer additional information with specifics on what school at home will look like beginning next week. I am using bullets for easier reading:
Nutritional sites: I went to a site this week and they handed out supplemental materials (also found on the student portal). They also handed out art bags, with a set of watercolors, rulers, a drawing notebook, and color pencils, along with lunch and breakfast for all children ages 1-18 in the home.
Access to devices: Right now, the district is prioritizing getting devices to 1) high schoolers, and 2) students in grades 4-12. They have closed off the link to request devices and will open it back up as they collect more devices from buildings and update and sanitize them for distribution.
Logging into the PPS student Portal:
Students usernames are first initial, last name, last four digits of their student ID.
IE: Stacey Willis with an ID of 123456 would be firstname.lastname@example.org
K-5 student default password is four characters, two-digit month and two-digit day of their birthdate (MMDD). Most of our k-2 students have not changed their passwords.
K-5 core academic instruction: By Monday, all of the teachers will have completed setup of their virtual classrooms and have shared with you how to log into those domains. We spent a buik of this week learning how to teach on a virtual platform. In addition, all teachers have been trained in how to use Google Meetups. Many of your teachers have already tested this out with your classes. It is amazing to see the faces of the students the very first time they all connect through meeting up online. The district is staying away from Zoom right now as there are security concerns with it.
K-2 will be using Seesaw. Once you log into clever, you will see a bunch of applications. Seesaw will be the one where teachers post activities, students can turn in work, and students can communicate with teachers through this app. For those using Konstella, please continue to do so, however know that we are requiring that all teachers use Seesaw as the main tool for assignments and communication.
3-5 will be using Google Classroom. All of the teachers, and especially those in upper elementary, were trained in digital citizenship this week as well. Now that we will be using online platforms to communicate, we need to all take a hand in teaching our children and students what is and what is not appropriate to post online.
K-5 arts and electives instruction: all the Buckman specialists will update this slideshow each week with creativity challenges to do at home. If your child is missing PE, Library, Arts, or Counseling lessons, this is your weekly one stop shop. The link will be in your child's Google Classroom or Seesaw account that teachers will be sharing next week with you. Be Creative at Home: Weekly Challenges from Buckman Specialists
Additional support: As always, if you need any assistance outside of the academic program, please let me know. As a school, and a SUN school, we are connected to resources that have been able to support many of our families.
Eviction Moratorium Update: How to postpone rent during the State of Emergency: 1. Write a letter to your landlord before rent is due stating that you have a loss of income or employment caused by COVID-19 and unable to pay rent. Be sure to save a copy of your correspondence. Include documentation to provide evidence that your loss of employment is related to the COVID-19 outbreak. - City of Portland, Oregon
From Ms. Jess: Hello, dear families! I miss greeting you and your children at the door every morning. I stand outside my door every day at 8:35 looking for you, but nary a one of you has shown up. This is my favorite place for advice and activities for parents right now. If you click to the "Weekly Themes" tab there are short things to do with your kids to help them cope with all the emotions of this strange new time we are living in. I will be scheduling one on one and small group meetings through Google Hangout Meet. If your child or your family would like to meet with me, send me an email or text my new school phone number: 503-482-8366.
As always, our deepest appreciation to medical professionals and other essential employees during this pandemic.
A message from Champions:
During this time of school closure, Champions is currently partnering with Rieke Elementary school and several other locations to provide child care for families who work in essential service roles during the Coronavirus crises. This includes, but is not limited to: health care workers, first responders, mental health specialists, grocery store employees etc. If you are unsure if you fall into the essential services category, please feel free to reach out and we’d be happy to talk with you!
We have increased safety measures in accordance with CDC guidelines by having OHSU personnel come in and train our custodial staff on increased sanitation methods, and Champions teams on modifying our group games and materials to be safe for the kids to use. We’ve been able to work with the school and utilize the classrooms to maintain a 1:9 ratio in a room, as well as roll out our educational curriculum throughout the day in a safe and engaging way. We also do temperature checks for every child and adult that comes through our programs.
Most importantly: we will make sure your kids have a great time, even with these new regulations in place.
If you are interesting in care at this time, the following are the locations in our area:
You may view the following map of all the available Champions/KinderCare Emergency Care Locations
You do not have to be a current Champions family, and there is no initial enrollment fee. We are also accepting DHS subsidy payments, and would be happy to talk with you if you feel that cost may be a barrier.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have! I look forward to hearing how I can support you during this critical time.
Area Manger, PPS Eastside
Hello Buckman Bears,
I have a few additional updates for everyone, and also some introductions to make!
We have finished the internal rounds of hiring for Buckman and I am thrilled to introduce to you the staff who will be joining us next year.
Alicia Nicholl has been teaching at Harrison Park, grades 3-5, for the past 12 years. She loves teaching 4th grade because “they’re young enough to be wowed by new things, and old enough to do cool projects with that curiosity”. Ms. Nicholl has worked on district committees writing curriculum for social students and science, and has also taught education classes at Concordia.
Sonya Jensen comes to us from Laurelhurst, and before that Vestal here in PPS. Her 11 years of teaching took her across the states, from Albuquerque to Chicago, we’re excited that she is staying in Portland. When I asked Ms. Jensen for 3 sentences to e-introduce herself to the community, she responded in prose with: Lover of trees. Crystals. And hearty soups. I also like books.
Welcome to Buckman Alicia and Sonya, we can’t wait to welcome you into our community. I also received notice that our .25 ESL position has been restored for the 2020-2021 school year.
Next week, the staff will return to work virtually, and most of that time will be dedicated to professional development. I know that some of you have heard from your teachers already, and by next week, all of you will have heard from them. The district will be distributing Chromebooks for folks who signed up (here’s the link again - it’s not too late!) at the high schools and district office. Families will receive personalized communication from the district directing the to specific pickup sites. 4th and 5th grade families will be directed for device pickup on Thursday, April 2 at one of 9 locations. K-3 devices will be distributed after next week.
PPS recognizes that not all students can rely solely on virtual learning, for a number of reasons. That is why PPS will continue to distribute learning packets and other resources to be picked up at the daily meal sites (https://www.pps.net/nutrition
I also want to preface that any instruction or distance learning that is to come will be secondary to our teachers connecting with the students. I understand that this is a tremendously stressful and scary time for many of us, and that our primary concern is the wellbeing and social-emotional health of all of our students. In my own household, we have experienced big, emotional, spontaneous tears - daily - from one of my children. I know she is feeling the stress of the coronavirus deep within her and like many of you, I just want to wrap her up in love and protect her from it all. My other child ...has learned how to make fart noises with his armpit.
Tenants in Multnomah County are eligible for a landlord rent/utilities deferral if they've lost income because of COVID-19, BUT THEY HAVE TO ASK BY APRIL 1 (or sooner if they pay sooner.) Please check out oregonrentersrights.org for more information.
Lastly, and most importantly, to the first responders, health-care employees, grocery store employees, and all essential personnel out there braving the front line to keep the rest of us safe, we thank you. You are holding this country together right now and we thank you.
Hello Buckman Bears,
I wanted to check in with everyone and give a few updates as many of you have been inquiring about the district’s plan for distance learning. I also want to remind everyone that the school and school grounds are closed. This means no playing on the play structure, no convening on the fields or playground. It is critically important for everyone to understand that the coronavirus continues to live on surfaces including playground equipment, athletic equipment, public seating areas and so much more. Until we receive information from our state and national health officials that we are no longer a community at risk of the spread of COVID, all PPS properties will remain closed.
The district has received over 5000 requests for Chromebooks. If your student needs a Chromebook to borrow, fill out the survey here. So far, all we know is that Chromebooks will be distributed at the high school campuses. I don’t have a projected timeline for that yet though.
Big shout out to Katie Olson, our SUN coordinator. She has been behind the scenes gathering food, books and resources for families in need, delivering food to dozens of our families throughout this time. If you or anyone you know of needs support, please let me know. We are here for you.
Regarding distance learning - the district is still working with the different employee groups to finalize plans. I am hopeful that we will have more guidance on what it will look like for all of us by the end of spring break. In the mean time, here is another resource that has been shared in the past https://www.
On a personal note, I want you to know how much the Buckman staff care for and miss your students. Also, for fun, here is a list of books that we have read, or are currently reading, in my household these past few weeks:
Geronimo Stilton (my third grader is obsessed with this series right now)
The One and Only Ivan
Wonder (we’re reading this aloud as a family in the morning)
Babymouse books. I have tried to push the Ling and Ting series on my daughter, but the pull of graphic novels is too strong.
Long Walk to Freedom (Nelson Mandela’s autobiography)
Stay safe everyone. I’ll be in touch again once I learn more about the district’s plans.
Good Evening Everyone,
It feels like so long since I have seen your students, and yet it has only been a few days of what will now be a long break from school. The Governor announced this afternoon that all Oregon schools will be closed until April 28. I have big feelings, as I’m sure you do too, and want to extend a virtual hug to every single one of you and your families.
Some of you have been exploring online resources, and I wanted to share a few of my recent favorites.
Here are some resources that I hope you find useful:
Art: Mo Willems has been doing a daily lunch doodle, available on youtube. Here is a link to the first one, which is 22 minutes long.
Reading: Tired of reading to your kids? Check this link out, which doesn’t require a login and is free. Books are sorted by grade level.
General: I set up a school account for https://www.brainpop.com/ Username: buckman, Password: bears1234 Hundreds of videos, all about 4 minutes long, on a variety of subjects. Also check out brainpop jr. which is geared towards lower elementary k-3.
Math: www.khanacademy.org is excellent. You will need to create your own username and password, but the great thing about this website is that it will take students on a progression of skills.
There is so much on the web, but the most important link that we all need, is that of one another. I support everyone in their own family decisions, whether it is to structure the day with academics, or to take it in a different direction with art, music, play, reading and relaxation. I will keep everyone updated as we move on.
Comcast is offering free internet for 60 months to low-income families. Sign up here.
Help our Portland Public Schools respond to the needs of students, families, and school communities during this unprecedented school closure. While public dollars are currently covering the cost of maintaining basic nutrition services at a number of school sites, we know that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt more broadly across our school communities. Please consider making a donation at: https://fundforpps.org/
Buckman is a caring community and during this time while we are following the guidelines of "social distancing", it's also important to continue to stay connected with family and friends via phone or online modes of communications. Tell your kids that their Buckman teachers and staff all miss them, and are thinking of them often. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly if you need anything.
Hello Buckman Bears,
A few updates, resources, and report from today.
Following the guidance from Governor Brown regarding social distancing, and in order to minimize potential opportunities for coronavirus to spread, we have decided to proactively begin suspending events that bring large groups of students, adults, and community members together.
Effective immediately, volunteering and visiting at Buckman is suspended for the next 30 days.
While we love our volunteers and visitors, we ask that you refrain from coming to the school.
How to talk to your kids about the Coronavirus:
As we all struggle to make sense of the Coronavirus, our kids are too. Here
are some tips about how to talk with them about it. Managing disappointment with cancelled events is also a common challenge right now. Please reach out if your child would like to check in with Ms. Jess. Kids can always write her a note and slip it under her door.
Assemblies, evening events, meetings:
The district has ordered that all evening events be cancelled until April 10th.
Regarding the 3rd grade performance on March 19, our current plan is to continue with performance prep and do the full performance on Thursday, March 19th at 1:30 and livestream/record this performance to share with families and classrooms. We will not have a 6:30 performance at all. I will keep everyone updated as we move towards that date.
We have set up additional handwashing stations and hand sanitizing stations for students to use in the cafeteria. We have six classes (roughly 160 students) in the cafeteria at a time. They are also getting daily reminders to wash hands from teachers in the classrooms.
Supporting Our Buckman Families:
We have some families who may need additional support should anything for the future change. Please consider donating non-perishable foods, toiletries, and other home goods to our SUN pantry. Script cards can also be purchased and donated to the SUN community school to distribute to families in need.
The safety, health, and well-being of our students and staff is our highest priority. We will continue to work in close partnership with public health authorities to minimize both the spread of coronavirus and disruption to schools and students.
Thank you for helping keep our community safe and healthy.
Dear PPS Parents and Guardians,
We know this is a time of transition as we move from school buildings to home-based distance learning for the duration of this closure. In order to continue to work in similar ways with our students as we did in our buildings, principals, teachers and counselors will need to be able to communicate with you and your students while maintaining safety and privacy for all. Because of this situation, we are partnering with Remind to provide a simple platform for all of us to engage together.
The disruption to daily life during the coronavirus crisis has hit all corners of society. For students, it has meant not being able to attend school. Staff in the PPS Student Success and Health department have gathered tips to help you help your student cope:
Hello everyone, I hope that you are all staying positive and in good health.
I wanted to send a quick message to our students, families, and to our entire dedicated PPS team, to give you an update on what we’ve been up to since Governor Kate Brown announced schools would be closed across the state of Oregon.
Dear PPS families,
Any PPS high school student that is in need of a device can now go to any of the nine distribution sites this Thursday or Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to receive a chromebook. Even if you did not already fill out a device loan survey, you may still pick up a device at:
6:00 PM District Board Meeting (virtual)
6:00 PM District Board Meeting (virtual)
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
6:00 PM District Board Meeting