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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  • Coming Soon At Buckman

    Buckman Book Fair: December 9 - December 13,  8:00 - 6:00 in the Library

    Winter Break: December 21 - January 5. Return to school Monday, January 6, 2020. 

    Lice Alert:
    Please be aware that there is almost always some lice in the building. You should be checking your family members on a regualr basis for live lice and nits. The Portland Public School policy is to notify families if we discover lice on your student.  


    Mark your calendars! Buckman Library Book Fair week starts December 9th!

    • All purchases benefit our school.
    • Volunteers make a difference! Help our students find their next favorite book at our #ScholasticBookFair. Sign up here: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/buckman 
    • We’re now offering a new, cash-free payment option called eWallet, making it easier for kids to buy books! Set up your account today so your kiddo will be ready when they come to the fair! (For example, if you put $25 in your child's eWallet, they can spend up to that amount. You are only charged what they spend - so it's different than a gift card.) https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/buckman 



    PPS Clothing Center    Twice a year, Buckman is responsible for managing the PPS Clothing Center.  The Clothing Center supplies clothes, socks, and shoes for all PPS families in need.  Our first Clothing Center date of the 2019-2020 school year is December 2.  We still need a few more volunteers to man the center.  Check out Konstella for sign up opportunities:  Clothing Center Sign-Up 

    PTA General Meeting    Save the date for our next PTA meeting on December 10 from 6-7:15 pm. Our focus will be on the State of Education. Stay tuned for more details!



    Year-End Ask is on!    Today we officially launched our annual Year-End Ask for Buckman to raise money to fund our new Therapeutic Intervention Coach position again next year. 

    Good news: If 75 people give at any level before December 31, a group of Buckman families has pledged to give an additional $11,100 to Buckman! Click here [https://fundforpps.org/donate-index-impact] to get things started by making your gift today! Stay tuned for more information about the campaign after the Thanksgiving break, including a special push on Tuesday, December 3--Giving Tuesday.



    The Winter SUN catalog is almost ready! Early bird registration for SUN winter term is December 9th; general registration starts December 23rd.

    Season of Sharing tags will be up for conferences, please take one (or more!) to support our Buckman families this winter season.   



    - Gear up for your Buckman gear!  New Buckman sweatshirts are in, just in time for the cooler fall temps. Grab yours at Back-to-School Night, as well as Friday morning at drop-off!  And don’t forget to grab your Bella Organic corn maze tickets on Fridays at the SCRIP table! This year’s theme is equal rights for equal pay, as inspired by the USWNT.  Get your tickets in advance and Bella Organic Farm donates 50% of profits to the Buckman Foundation.  



    Seeking Donations    We are always looking for more ways to support families! This includes gift cards (Jiffy Lube, Target, Old Navy, etc.) as well as more supplies for stocking the food pantry.  
    Family Equity Team    The Family Equity Team (FET) is made up of parents of color who are working on closing the equity gap and creating a more culturally responsive learning environment. To subscribe to the FET listserv, please contact fet@gmail.com.
    Goldenball Basketball Signups    If your 3rd-5th grader is interested in playing for the Buckman teams, please see the registration form to sign up. Team signups are Monday, October 14th - Friday, November 22th. Games are January 11th - March 8th. We are still looking for coaches that would be interested in volunteering! 

    Season of Sharing    The Season of Sharing is a wonderful opportunity for Buckman families to connect as a community. Families that would benefit from extra support this winter season are encouraged to consider this opportunity. All families remain anonymous.  All you need to do is fill out the Season of Sharing form (available in English and Spanish), and return it to the SUN office in Room 114 or SUN mailbox in the main office no later than November 4th.



  • Hello Buckman Bears!

    A big thank you to the Arts Team and all of our teachers for putting on a fantastic Grandparents & Special Friends Day. It was a packed house and a great way to share through song, dance, video and visual arts what makes Buckman such a magical place to be.

    Correction on the date of our next PTA meeting. It is scheduled for Tuesday, December 10 from 6-8pm. See you there! 

    Now that our security upgrades have been completed, I wanted to let you know that the system will be up and active beginning Monday. This means that every visitor to the school will need to enter through the front doors. The video camera projects to the office staff who will buzz visitors in. On school days, the front door will be unlocked from 8:20-8:45. After that, anyone entering the building will need to get buzzed in and check into the office. The expectation is that students are in their seats, ready for learning by 8:45. We also have the expectation that all of our adult drivers refrain from parking in the bus/fire/front-of-school no parking zones. 

    The safety upgrades will have an impact on how students are picked up and dropped off for before/after care. Champions students will use the north door outside of the art room and use a doorbell to notify staff of pickup. SUN families will use a doorbell at the front of the school. 

    We have had some incidents before and after school hours on school property. We want to remind you that there is no supervision before or after school. Please make sure your child is supervised by an adult outside school hours to help ensure everyone’s safety. Thank you for your help with this.  

    Thank you to the Family Equity Team and SUN for hosting our movie viewing Local Color, a documentary on the history of racism in Oregon. If you’d like to watch it, you can stream the video here

    With diversity and acceptance being a large part of the Buckman culture and mental health being a national focus, The Families of Neurodiverse and Special Needs Children are here to advocate for and bring awareness to Buckman's neurodiverse population. What is Neurodiversity? Neurodiversity is the idea that neurological differences, such as Autism and ADHD, should be accepted and respected just as any other human variation. Fun fact: Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Tim Burton, and Jerry Seinfeld are a few names you might not know are on the Autism Spectrum.



    Important dates and reminders 

    • 12/9-12/13     Book Fair. 7:30-8:30am & 3-6pm
    • 12/10    PTA meeting, 6pm
    • 12/17    Family Equity Team, 5:30-7 potluck
    • 12/19    1st grade performance 6pm 
    • 12/23-1/3    Winter break, no school

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