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  • Looking Ahead:

    School Closed For The Remainder of the 2019-2020 School Year

    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.

    --Kitty O’Meara

    Hello Parents of Incoming Kindergarteners, 

    Register for Kindergarten Online!

    If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, please register for kindergarten! To register, go to pps.net/kinderenroll. The process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option, but paper options will be available soon. Children with IEPs need to register using a paper form. 

    Click here to access this blurb translated into the 5 supported languages

    Paper registration packets will be available in multiple languages at meal sites starting Wednesday, May 27th.

    Please email me with any questions you may have. 
    Here is a video from our Principal, Teresa Seidel, with welcoming words and a brief tour! 
     

    Karen Cathcart

    Buckman School Secretary

    kcathcar@pps.net

     

    PPS District page for all COVID 19 related resources.

     
     

    Buckman Supply List Opportunity

    Every year, School House Supplies offers our families the opportunity to purchase you classroom supplies through them. Attached in the poster with information.  School House Supplies
     

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

     

    A big thank you all for your incredible enthusiasm and support of our annual Buckman Auction. 2020’s auction was unlike anything we have ever seen. These funds help sustain Buckman’s comprehensive STEAM program by providing salaries for library and therapeutic intervention coach positions. My special thanks goes to every committee member, volunteer, sponsor, home-host and auction-item donor as well as purchaser. Your contributions of time, talent and treasure helped make this year's event an incredible success. In case you missed it, here’s the video for this year’s auction. Have those tissues nearby!

     

    The 5th grade class is taking their performance online! In celebration of their years of growth and artistic development at Buckman, the Arts Team and the 5th grade class will present The 5th Grade Showcase, a video performance highlighting each student's unique artistic abilities. Check out this trailer created entirely by 5th  grader, Daniel Gerber. The 5th Grade Showcase will be coming to a device near you in early June!

     

    In response to new guidance from the Oregon Department of Education, PPS students will now be receiving 4th quarter report cards. This is new and different than what we had originally planned on. The report card will be pared down, and families will have the opportunity to meet one on one with teachers to discuss any questions that come up. Speaking of the last days of school, the last day that teachers will be hosing whole-class meetings or posting assignments will be Thursday, June 4. The week of June 8, we will be celebrating the end of the year, in true Buckman fashion – with the arts! From 10-2, June 8, 9, and 10, we will have open drop in classes from all of our elective teachers. Ms. Jess and I will also host a class! Details to come, but mark your calendars and use the google meet code “Buckman art party” to get in. That week, teachers will be meeting one on one with students and families for a final goodbye those last three days of school. Please check messages from your teachers on how to sign up for those one on one times.

     

    I wanted you all to know that Lexia and Dreambox subscriptions will not expire until expire July 31, 2020. Also, I’m sorry if you had trouble last week with accessing the link to the student checkout survey. Here it is again - I have re-set the permissions so you shouldn’t have any trouble this time. 

     

    I hope you all enjoy the 4 day weekend. Memorial Day is in honor of veterans who died in service to our country, and this year, it seems to be even more meaningful than ever. 

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important Dates and Reminders

    May 25 - Memorial Day, no school

    June 4 - drive through promotion. 2pm - Nichenko, 2:30 - Clarkson 

    June 4 - last day for whole group meetings and assigning work

    June 8-10 - last week of school arts and electives activities, 10am-2pm “Buckman art party”

    June 11 - planning day for teachers

     

    FIELD DAY NEWS

    The end of the school year is approaching fast and one way to celebrate our transition to summer is FIELD DAY! Woohoo! This is one of my favorite days of the year and I couldn't let our year end without it. Please check out of the Virtual Field Day link (posted in your child's virtual classroom and below) to see how to compete in each event and how to submit your results. I would love to create a Virtual Field Day video to share with the entire Buckman family, please share videos and pictures of your students and family participating in the events. (Through SeeSaw, google classroom, or email)  I was lucky enough to have some special guests as competitors in a few of the events... be sure to check them out! 

    Field Day Link:

     

    AUCTION NEWS

    Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has participated in our online auction this year! As a reminder bidding ends at 7pm TONIGHT, however, if an item receives a bid within 3 minutes of closing time, bidding will extend for an additional 3 minutes for that item to allow for a counter offer. The bidding extensions will close at 7:15pm. 

    We know that these are challenging times and are so grateful to everyone who attended the kick-off party, bid on items, or pledged an outright donation during the event. Our initial goal of $40,000 was set as the minimum needed to maintain current staffing levels for the 2020-2021 school year. We’ll have a final tally next week of where our fundraising goals stand. With so much up in the air for our students; we’re grateful that we can continue to depend on the Buckman community to come together to support our kids and their teachers!

     

    GREEN TEAM NEWS

    Hi there from the Buckman Green Team! Do you ever wonder what Portland Public Schools is doing to help combat climate change? PPS has a sustainability team housed within the Facilities and Asset Management department. You can find out more about what they are doingor by subscribing to their newsletter here

    You can also see how Buckman's Energy use stacks up against other PPS facilities on the Energy Intensity Dashboard.

     

    Learn about recycling, calculate your carbon footprint, or take a nature walk with this list of sustainability activities for grade school children.

     

    PTA NEWS

    Yearbook    The 2019-2020 yearbook is now available! Order yours today, just go to https://buckman.picaboo.com for details. 

    SCRIP and Donations   Email Katie Barth or contact the PTA through Konstella for SCRIP purchases and/or to arrange a donation for families-in-need. 

     

    SUN NEWS

    Buckman Parent Support Group    SUN is now offering an online support group for parents/caregivers as we navigate this pandemic together. Join Katie, Jess, and other caregivers to discuss issues, challenges, and concerns that we are facing right now in this current crisis. Daytime and evening sessions available. Connect with Katie (503-858-0230) for more information. 

    Donations Welcome   If you are willing and able, please consider donating to Buckman SUN or buying SCRIP from Katie Barth to support our wonderful community!

    Virtual SUN Activity with Tabitha!   Join Buckman SUN on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a fun activity hosted by Tabitha Teo for any Buckman students. Please email Tabitha to receive the meeting code. See you there!   

    Additional Resources and Information   If you have been laid off or need extra resources due to COVID-19, please read the information below:

    -        SNAP benefits will be maximized for all EBT-card holders. This means that if you weren't already receiving the highest amount for your household, you will be moving forward. Also, Amazon Fresh and  Amazon Pantry accept SNAP benefits in OR and WA, see here for more information. 

    -        Apply for unemployment benefits. They have expanded their eligibility requirements for now, so if you have been denied in the past, you may be eligible now. Same goes for OHP (Oregon Health Plan—publicly funded health insurance).

    -        Landlords and energy companies are generally not evicting or disconnecting services due to nonpayment at this time. However, please communicate with them so they can provide additional assistance or payment plans.

    -        If you are experiencing heightened anxiety and/or depression symptoms, you are not alone. Call the Multnomah County Crisis Line (503-988-4888) or Lines for Life (800-273-8255) to talk to someone who can help. 

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her (503-858-0230) if you would like support finding resources or need assistance.

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    Have you been wondering about returning library and textbook items to your school? Not to worry!  We are following StayHome/StaySafe practices and are not calling for books to be returned at this time. As soon as we know when collection can occur, you’ll receive another notice.  

    If you have questions about any items, plan to contact your library staff when school resumes next Fall. Thank you in advance for keeping track of the PPS books you have in your care.  

     

    COUNSELOR NEWS

    In case you haven't heard the big news from the school counseling program, watch my latest video to find out about next year's attendance animal. In Covid distance learning times, I'm using the llamas and the anticipation about next year's animal to bring lightness to our community. We all want something positive to unite around, and it might as well be an adorable animal. Please send drawings to Ms. Jess! 

    This video: Mental Health Matters is from the PPS department of student services and contains resources for caring for our mental health during this time. I am here to offer referrals for counseling, for a family or student check-in, and on Tuesdays at the Parent Support Group with Katie from SUN. 

     

    OTHER NEWS

    Register for Kindergarten Online!

    If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, please register for kindergarten! To register, go to pps.net/kinderenroll. The process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option, but paper options will be available soon. Children with IEPs need to register using a paper form. 

    Click here to access this blurb translated into the 5 supported languages

    Paper registration packets will be available in multiple languages at meal sites starting Wednesday, May 27th.


    Coming soon: The Early Learner Programs team is developing a family-centered kindergarten transition plan. We know families are worried about the start to school, especially kinders. We’re planning on a slower, more family-friendly approach this year. Early registration will ensure that families stay in the loop on updated plans for the start of school.

    • Households who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Association Program (SNAP), which offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families, will have benefits automatically deposited to their existing EBT accounts. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.  
    • Households who currently qualify for free or reduced-price meals or attend a CEP school will receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail along with instructions on how to activate or refuse benefits. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.
    • Households financially impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for SNAP. See the program’s website to learn more.
    • Families who have experienced income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online at pps.net/nutrition.

     

     

    Food Assistance

    As our community deals with fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to make Portland Public Schools families aware of a state benefit to help pay for food. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, or P-EBT, is available to help families offset the cost of meals that would have been consumed at school. It is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services.

    The P-EBT benefit is available to families with a student who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals and any student enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. For those families:

    For families not currently eligible and seeking benefits:

    For assistance with submitting a meal application, please contact the PPS Meal Benefits Office: mealbenefits@pps.net or 503-916-3402.

    For Pandemic-EBT questions, please contact the Oregon Department of Human Services.

     


     
     

     
     

Principal's
Message

  • Thursday, May 21, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    A big thank you all for your incredible enthusiasm and support of our annual Buckman Auction. 2020’s auction was unlike anything we have ever seen. These funds help sustain Buckman’s comprehensive STEAM program by providing salaries for library and therapeutic intervention coach positions. My special thanks goes to every committee member, volunteer, sponsor, home-host and auction-item donor as well as purchaser. Your contributions of time, talent and treasure helped make this year's event an incredible success. In case you missed it, here’s the video for this year’s auction. Have those tissues nearby! 

    The 5th grade class is taking their performance online! In celebration of their years of growth and artistic development at Buckman, the Arts Team and the 5th grade class will present The 5th Grade Showcase, a video performance highlighting each student's unique artistic abilities. Check out this trailer created entirely by 5th  grader, Daniel Gerber. The 5th Grade Showcase will be coming to a device near you in early June!

    In response to new guidance from the Oregon Department of Education, PPS students will now be receiving 4th quarter report cards. This is new and different than what we had originally planned on. The report card will be pared down, and families will have the opportunity to meet one on one with teachers to discuss any questions that come up. Speaking of the last days of school, the last day that teachers will be hosing whole-class meetings or posting assignments will be Thursday, June 4. The week of June 8, we will be celebrating the end of the year, in true Buckman fashion – with the arts! From 10-2, June 8, 9, and 10, we will have open drop in classes from all of our elective teachers. Ms. Jess and I will also host a class! Details to come, but mark your calendars and use the google meet code “Buckman art party” to get in. That week, teachers will be meeting one on one with students and families for a final goodbye those last three days of school. Please check messages from your teachers on how to sign up for those one on one times.

    I wanted you all to know that Lexia and Dreambox subscriptions will not expire until expire July 31, 2020. Also, I’m sorry if you had trouble last week with accessing the link to the student checkout survey. Here it is again - I have re-set the permissions so you shouldn’t have any trouble this time. 

    I hope you all enjoy the 4 day weekend. Memorial Day is in honor of veterans who died in service to our country, and this year, it seems to be even more meaningful than ever.

    Warmly,

    Teresa

     

    Important Dates and Reminders

    May 25 - Memorial Day, no school

    June 4 - drive through promotion. 2pm - Nichenko, 2:30 - Clarkson 

    June 4 - last day for whole group meetings and assigning work

    June 8-10 - last week of school arts and electives activities, 10am-2pm “Buckman art party”

    June 11 - planning day for teachers

     

    FIELD DAY NEWS

    The end of the school year is approaching fast and one way to celebrate our transition to summer is FIELD DAY! Woohoo! This is one of my favorite days of the year and I couldn't let our year end without it. Please check out of the Virtual Field Day link (posted in your child's virtual classroom and below) to see how to compete in each event and how to submit your results. I would love to create a Virtual Field Day video to share with the entire Buckman family, please share videos and pictures of your students and family participating in the events. (Through SeeSaw, google classroom, or email)  I was lucky enough to have some special guests as competitors in a few of the events... be sure to check them out! 

    Field Day Link:

     

    AUCTION NEWS

    Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has participated in our online auction this year! As a reminder bidding ends at 7pm TONIGHT, however, if an item receives a bid within 3 minutes of closing time, bidding will extend for an additional 3 minutes for that item to allow for a counter offer. The bidding extensions will close at 7:15pm. 

     

    We know that these are challenging times and are so grateful to everyone who attended the kick-off party, bid on items, or pledged an outright donation during the event. Our initial goal of $40,000 was set as the minimum needed to maintain current staffing levels for the 2020-2021 school year. We’ll have a final tally next week of where our fundraising goals stand. With so much up in the air for our students; we’re grateful that we can continue to depend on the Buckman community to come together to support our kids and their teachers!

     

    GREEN TEAM NEWS

    Hi there from the Buckman Green Team! Do you ever wonder what Portland Public Schools is doing to help combat climate change? PPS has a sustainability team housed within the Facilities and Asset Management department. You can find out more about what they are doingor by subscribing to their newsletter here


    You can also see how Buckman's Energy use stacks up against other PPS facilities on the Energy Intensity Dashboard.

    Learn about recycling, calculate your carbon footprint, or take a nature walk with this list of sustainability activities for grade school children.

     

    PTA NEWS

    Yearbook    The 2019-2020 yearbook is now available! Order yours today, just go to https://buckman.picaboo.com for details.

    SCRIP and Donations   Email Katie Barth or contact the PTA through Konstella for SCRIP purchases and/or to arrange a donation for families-in-need.

     

    SUN NEWS

    Buckman Parent Support Group    SUN is now offering an online support group for parents/caregivers as we navigate this pandemic together. Join Katie, Jess, and other caregivers to discuss issues, challenges, and concerns that we are facing right now in this current crisis. Daytime and evening sessions available. Connect with Katie (503-858-0230) for more information.

    Donations Welcome   If you are willing and able, please consider donating to Buckman SUN or buying SCRIP from Katie Barth to support our wonderful community!

    Virtual SUN Activity with Tabitha!   Join Buckman SUN on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a fun activity hosted by Tabitha Teo for any Buckman students. Please email Tabitha to receive the meeting code. See you there!  

    Additional Resources and Information   If you have been laid off or need extra resources due to COVID-19, please read the information below:

    -        SNAP benefits will be maximized for all EBT-card holders. This means that if you weren't already receiving the highest amount for your household, you will be moving forward. Also, Amazon Fresh and  Amazon Pantry accept SNAP benefits in OR and WA, see here for more information. 

    -        Apply for unemployment benefits. They have expanded their eligibility requirements for now, so if you have been denied in the past, you may be eligible now. Same goes for OHP (Oregon Health Plan—publicly funded health insurance).

    -        Landlords and energy companies are generally not evicting or disconnecting services due to nonpayment at this time. However, please communicate with them so they can provide additional assistance or payment plans.

    -        If you are experiencing heightened anxiety and/or depression symptoms, you are not alone. Call the Multnomah County Crisis Line (503-988-4888) or Lines for Life (800-273-8255) to talk to someone who can help. 

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her (503-858-0230) if you would like support finding resources or need assistance.

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    Have you been wondering about returning library and textbook items to your school? Not to worry!  We are following StayHome/StaySafe practices and are not calling for books to be returned at this time. As soon as we know when collection can occur, you’ll receive another notice.  

    If you have questions about any items, plan to contact your library staff when school resumes next Fall. Thank you in advance for keeping track of the PPS books you have in your care.  

     

    COUNSELOR NEWS

    In case you haven't heard the big news from the school counseling program, watch my latest video to find out about next year's attendance animal. In Covid distance learning times, I'm using the llamas and the anticipation about next year's animal to bring lightness to our community. We all want something positive to unite around, and it might as well be an adorable animal. Please send drawings to Ms. Jess!

    This video: Mental Health Matters is from the PPS department of student services and contains resources for caring for our mental health during this time. I am here to offer referrals for counseling, for a family or student check-in, and on Tuesdays at the Parent Support Group with Katie from SUN. 

     

    OTHER NEWS

    Register for Kindergarten Online!

    If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, please register for kindergarten! To register, go to pps.net/kinderenroll. The process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option, but paper options will be available soon. You don’t need to register if your child attends a PPS Head Start or Pre-Kindergarten program. Children with IEPs need to register using a paper form. 

    Click here to access this blurb translated into the 5 supported languages

    Paper registration packets will be available in multiple languages at meal sites starting Wednesday, May 27th.


    Coming soon: The Early Learner Programs team is developing a family-centered kindergarten transition plan. We know families are worried about the start to school, especially kinders. We’re planning on a slower, more family-friendly approach this year. Early registration will ensure that families stay in the loop on updated plans for the start of school.

     

    Food Assistance

    As our community deals with fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to make Portland Public Schools families aware of a state benefit to help pay for food. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, or P-EBT, is available to help families offset the cost of meals that would have been consumed at school. It is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services.

     

    The P-EBT benefit is available to families with a student who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals and any student enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. For those families:

    • Households who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Association Program (SNAP), which offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families, will have benefits automatically deposited to their existing EBT accounts. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.  
    • Households who currently qualify for free or reduced-price meals or attend a CEP school will receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail along with instructions on how to activate or refuse benefits. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.

     

    For families not currently eligible and seeking benefits:

    • Households financially impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for SNAP. See the program’s website to learn more.
    • Families who have experienced income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online at pps.net/nutrition.

    For assistance with submitting a meal application, please contact the PPS Meal Benefits Office: mealbenefits@pps.net or 503-916-3402.

    For Pandemic-EBT questions, please contact the Oregon Department of Human Services.

     

    Thursday, May 14, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    It’s May, and that means flowers are in bloom AND it’s Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Here is a list of a few notable Asian Americans who have made a difference, along with the teacher’s guide on discussing it since, well...

    I can’t wait to see everyone at the auction tomorrow night!

    To get into the meet, go to this link, or meet.google.com/wvb-aojy-vaf to join us at 6:30 on Friday. We are partners in your child’s education, now more than ever. This auction will be a time of celebration, community, and connection and I hope to see you all there.

    This week, Aimee Stephens, transgender rights activist, passed away and it reminded me that amid this battle with coronavirus, there are many among us who are still fighting other battles as well. Aimee was fired from her job in 2013 after coming out to her boss as being transgender. It is expected that the Supreme Court will decide on her case in a mere few weeks. We can all learn from Aimee Stephens, and teach our children that there are always brave people to carve the paths that we walk on.

    Not too late to submit the survey on picking up student belongings. If you do not have any items (books, school supplies, art work and portfolio) that you plan on retrieving, please fill this quick survey out so we can help with the clean up of the school. 

    Take care everyone. 

    Teresa

    Important Dates and Reminders:

    May 15 - 6:30pm, auction  

    May 25 - Memorial Day, no school

    June 4 - drive through 5th grade promotion. 2pm - Nichenko, 2:30 - Clarkson 

    June 10 - last day of school for students

    June 11 - planning day for teachers

     

     

    AUCTION NEWS

    The Buckman Auction is going digital throughout the week of May 15-21, and the online kick-off party is happening TOMORROW, May 15 at 6:30pm! Register to bid on amazing items as part of our biggest fundraiser of the year. We know times are uncertain; we appreciate your support of Buckman staff and students!

    A few things to know:

    • Online bidding begins at 6pm on Friday, May 15th and ends at 7pm on Thursday, May 21.
    • After you register, head over to West Coast Grocery to pick up a free 16 oz. beer of your choice (available for curbside pick up until May 15th) so you are ready to raise your WCG can during our big toast at the Kick Off Party.
    • Join us for a Kick Off Party from 6:30-7pm on Friday, May 15th. Join via the Google Meet link here.
    • One Golden Ticket winner will be chosen at random during the Kick Off Party. Winner can choose from June Lake Pines, Astoria House, or the Camping in Style packages.
    • Bid on ANY item during the online auction (May 15-21) to be entered to win a fabulous Blueberry Yuzu Gin & Tonic cocktail kit graciously donated by Aria Gin! This handcrafted kit contains everything you need to make 16 amazing drinks.

     

    PTA NEWS

    Yearbook    The 2019-2020 yearbook is now available! Go to https://buckman.picaboo.com for more details. Hardcovers are $28 and softcovers are $18; eYearbooks are free! You can also personalize four yearbook pages for an additional fee. An enormous THANKS to all the parents and teachers for supplying the content. Even though it has been an abbreviated year, this book feels more special because we can’t be together during this time.

     PTA General Meeting    Thank you to all who attended.  We passed our budget! See you at our next meeting in the fall.

    SCRIP and Donations   Email Katie Barth or contact the PTA through Konstella for SCRIP purchases and/or to arrange a donation for families-in-need.

     

    SUN NEWS

    Buckman Parent Support Group    SUN is now offering an online support group for parents/caregivers as we navigate this pandemic together. This group is intended to be an informal, welcoming group which provides an opportunity for dialogue and peer support. Join Katie, Jess, and other caregivers to discuss issues, challenges, and concerns that we are facing right now in this current crisis. Daytime and evening sessions available. Connect with Katie for more information - kolson@impactnw.org or  503-858-0230. 

    Donations Welcome   If you are willing and able, please consider donating to Buckman SUN or buying SCRIP from Katie Barth to support our wonderful community!

    Virtual SUN Activity with Tabitha!   Join Buckman SUN on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a fun activity hosted by Tabitha Teo for any Buckman students. Please email Tabitha at tteo@impactnw.org to receive the meeting code. See you there!  

    Additional Resources and Information   If you have been laid off or need extra resources due to COVID-19, here are some new updates for you:

    • SNAP benefits will be maximized for all EBT-card holders. This means that if you weren't already receiving the highest amount for your household, you will moving forward. Also, Amazon Fresh and  Amazon Pantry accept SNAP benefits in OR and WA, see here for more information. 
    • Apply for unemployment benefits. They have expanded their eligibility requirements for now, so if you have been denied in the past, you may be eligible now. Same goes for OHP (Oregon Health Plan - publicly funded health insurance).
    • Landlords and energy companies are generally not evicting or disconnecting services due to nonpayment at this time. However, please be in communication with them so they can help with more assistance or payment plans to support you.
    • If you are experiencing heightened anxiety and/or depression symptoms right now, know that you are not alone. Call the Multnomah County Crisis Line (503-988-4888) or Lines for Life (800-273-8255) to talk to someone who can help. 

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230 if you would like support with navigating or finding resources or assistance with anything.

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    Have you been wondering about returning library and textbook items to your school? Not to worry!  We are following StayHome/StaySafe practices and are not calling for books to be returned at this time. As soon as we know when collection can occur, you’ll receive another notice.  

    If you have questions about any items, plan to contact your library staff when school resumes next Fall. Thank you in advance for keeping track of the PPS books you have in your care.  

    Be well and be safe,

    Darcy Rudnick, LMS

     

    COUNSELOR NEWS

    In case you haven't heard the big news from the school counseling program, watch  my latest video  to find out about next year's attendance animal. In Covid distance learning times, I'm using the llamas and the anticipation about next year's animal to bring lightness to our community. We all want something positive to unite around, and it might as well be an adorable animal. Please send drawings to Ms. Jess!

    This video: Mental Health Matters is from the PPS department of student services and contains resources for caring for our mental health during this time. I am here to offer referrals for counseling, for a family or student check-in, and on Tuesdays at the Parent Support Group with Katie from SUN. 

     

    OTHER NEWS

    Online Kindergarten Registration
    If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, please register for kindergarten! To register, go to pps.net/kinderenroll. The process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option, but paper options will be available soon. 

    Food Assistance

    As our community deals with fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to make Portland Public Schools families aware of a state benefit to help pay for food. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, or P-EBT, is available to help families offset the cost of meals that would have been consumed at school. It is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services. 

    The P-EBT benefit is available to families with a student who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals and any student enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. For those families:

    • Households who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Association Program (SNAP), which offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families, will have benefits automatically deposited to their existing EBT accounts. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.  
    • Households who currently qualify for free or reduced-price meals or attend a CEP school will receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail along with instructions on how to activate or refuse benefits. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.

    For families not currently eligible and seeking benefits:

    • Households financially impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for SNAP. See the program’s website to learn more.
    • Families who have experienced income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online at pps.net/nutrition.

    For assistance with submitting a meal application, please contact the PPS Meal Benefits Office: mealbenefits@pps.net or 503-916-3402.

    For Pandemic-EBT questions, please contact the Oregon Department of Human Services.

     

    Run for the Arts Annual Student Design Contest

    Over the last 40 years, Young Audiences Run for the Arts has helped schools raise nearly $18 million dollars for arts education and has become an established Northwest tradition.

    One of the most exciting parts of this program is the yearly student-designed t-shirt, poster, and other printed materials! Please help us continue this wonderful creative tradition by encouraging your students to submit a design to our Run for the Arts Design Contest, and they could win:

    • $350 cash prize
    • Their design featured on Run for the Arts t-shirts, posters and publications
    • Meet with a professional graphic designer
    • Tour the shirt printing facility

    You can learn more about the contest and download printable entry forms on our website.

     

    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    I have really enjoyed popping into virtual classrooms. It is so endearing to see a kindergartener lying sideways, cereal mid-way to his mouth, pause when his teacher asks him a reflective question. I love seeing our creative teachers find new and bizarre ways to engage their students virtually (I have seen superhero masks, markers on faces, and 80s inspired hair-dos, to name a few). I always get a warm fuzzie when your family pets make their way onto the screens, but most of all, I have loved seeing your children and their beautiful smiles engaging with their classmates and teachers in this new way. We know that behind every student, there is a loving adult helping to make this happen. Thank you all so much. 

    I am sending the weekly news out on Thursdays now, as the school district is closed on Fridays. All staff have been directed to turn their email and work off on Fridays.  If you want to learn more about how that came to be, I invite you to our PTA meeting on Monday at 7pm. Use the google meet code “buckmanpta”. 

    5th grade students and families - I have invited my friend, and the principal of Hosford, Caitlin Klenz, to join us for an informal q & a right before the PTA meeting at 6:30. Use the same code to get in, and Caitlin and I (I taught 6-8 math for 9 years!) will be there to answer all things middle school!

    Right now, I still don’t have word from the district on when families will be allowed back into the building to clear out their belongings. If you do not have any items (books, school supplies, art work and portfolio) that you plan on retrieving, please fill this quick survey out so we can help with the clean up of the school. 

    Thank you so much everyone!

    Warmly,

    Teresa

     

    Important Dates and Reminders :

    May 15 - 6:30pm, auction 

    May 25 - Memorial Day, no school

    June 4 - drive through 5th grade promotion. 2pm - Nichenko, 2:30 - Clarkson 

    June 10 - last day of school for students

    June 11 - planning day for teachers

     

    AUCTION NEWS

    The Buckman Auction is getting creative this year and is taking the party online—now a week-long event May 15-21! Join Principal Seidel and the Buckman community for a Zoom kickoff party on May 15 from 6:30-7pm. Signup to participate in the auction is FREE (but a credit card is required for bidding) and open to anyone! Share the link wildly, invite all friends and family who want to support Buckman this year. Bidding opens at 6pm on May 15 and closes promptly at 9pm on May 21st!

    Lots of cool things you can expect Auction week:

    • Our platinum sponsor, West Coast Grocery, is offering a complimentary 16oz beer to anyone who signs up by May 15; curbside pickup available! Together, we’ll toast to WCG and Buckman at the kickoff party!

    • Buy a $50 Golden Ticket and you will be entered to win YOUR CHOICE of one of these three getaways: Camping in Style, Astoria House, or June Lake Pines! Winner will be announced at the kickoff party.

    • Throughout the week, bidding will be open and you will receive notifications if you have been outbid. It’s easy! Vacations, staycations, staff art, gift cards and awesome packages — there is something for everyone! Check out the catalog ahead of time so you can get your bidding sorted out in advance.

    We need to raise an additional $40,000 to keep staffing levels the same next year as this year. We want to acknowledge that the burdens of these challenging times are not falling equally in our community. We hope that those who can will bid and give generously, and we invite all families to join us in the kickoff party celebration regardless of your ability to contribute financially. We are all in this together!

     

    COUNSELOR NEWS

    It was so wonderful to see some of you passing by school during the pandemic parade last week! If you missed Caesar the No Drama Llama, have no fear: he will return next year for hugs! 

    3rd-5th graders are invited to a (virtual) Relaxation Group on Thursdays @ 11am-noon on google meets. This is not a social group, but rather a guided relaxation time using drawing and writing. Nickname is relax345

    A few more links for you to bring calm at home:

    Relax and Draw with Ms. Jess

    https://bit.ly/calmhunt

    https://bit.ly/calmbingo

    Calming Room  

    Also, be sure to check out the first edition of the 4th Grade Times, a digital newspaper, and brainchild of 4th graders Cedar, Violet, Ava, Rhythm, and Luna! They are looking for kids (and adults) who want to be interviewed, cool places in Portland to go on walks (that are open), and easy recipes for cooking in quarantine.

     

    PTA NEWS

    PTA General Meeting    Join us for our general meeting next Monday, May 11, at 7pm. We'll discuss next year's budget, hear more about the auction, and answer any questions you may have. Log on to Google Meet using your student's account and type the meeting code buckmanpta.

    Virtual Coffee Chat with Principal Seidel   Thank you to all who attended our first virtual coffee chat! Stay tuned for our final coffee chat of the school year happening in June.

    SCRIP and Donations   Email Katie Barth or contact the PTA through Konstella for SCRIP purchases and/or to arrange a donation for families-in-need.

     

    SUN NEWS

    Buckman Parent Support Group    SUN is now offering an online support group for parents/caregivers as we navigate this pandemic together. This group is intended to be an informal, welcoming group which provides an opportunity for dialogue and peer support. Join Katie, Jess, and other caregivers to discuss issues, challenges, and concerns that we are facing right now in this current crisis. Daytime and evening sessions available. Connect with Katie for more information - kolson@impactnw.org or  503-858-0230. 

    Donations Welcome   If you are willing and able, please consider donating to Buckman SUN or buying SCRIP from Katie Barth to support our wonderful community!

    Virtual SUN Activity with Tabitha!   Join Buckman SUN on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a fun activity hosted by Tabitha Teo for any Buckman students. Please email Tabitha at tteo@impactnw.org to receive the meeting code. See you there!  

    Additional Resources and Information   If you have been laid off or need extra resources due to COVID-19, here are some new updates for you:

    • SNAP benefits will be maximized for all EBT-card holders. This means that if you weren't already receiving the highest amount for your household, you will moving forward. Also, Amazon Fresh and  Amazon Pantry accept SNAP benefits in OR and WA, see here for more information. 

    • Apply for unemployment benefits. They have expanded their eligibility requirements for now, so if you have been denied in the past, you may be eligible now. Same goes for OHP (Oregon Health Plan - publicly funded health insurance).

    • Landlords and energy companies are generally not evicting or disconnecting services due to nonpayment at this time. However, please be in communication with them so they can help with more assistance or payment plans to support you.

    • If you are experiencing heightened anxiety and/or depression symptoms right now, know that you are not alone. Call the Multnomah County Crisis Line (503-988-4888) or Lines for Life (800-273-8255) to talk to someone who can help. 

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230 if you would like support with navigating or finding resources or assistance with anything.

     

    OTHER NEWS

    Run for the Arts Annual Student Design Contest

    Over the last 40 years, Young Audiences Run for the Arts has helped schools raise nearly $18 million dollars for arts education and has become an established Northwest tradition. 

    One of the most exciting parts of this program is the yearly student-designed t-shirt, poster, and other printed materials! Please help us continue this wonderful creative tradition by encouraging your students to submit a design to our Run for the Arts Design Contest, and they could win:

    • $350 cash prize

    • Their design featured on Run for the Arts t-shirts, posters and publications

    • Meet with a professional graphic designer

    • Tour the shirt printing facility

    You can learn more about the contest and download printable entry forms on our website.

     

    Friday, May 1, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    So good to see all of you at the Buckman parade today. My heart was full of emotion that I didn’t realize was building up in there. If you couldn’t make it, know that we felt you in spirit, and that together, we will get through these trying times. Shout out to Jess, for inviting our special guest, Cesar the no-drama-llama!

    Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and I invite all of you to join me in saying THANK YOU to our incredible teaching staff. I haven’t personally assigned any homework yet this year, but if there is ever a time to express some gratitude for our teachers, next week is the time to do it. They are working hard, none of us were trained for this, and they are stepping it up every single day. If you want to mail a card or letter to your teacher next week, I will make sure it gets to them! Send it to Buckman at 320 SE 16th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214.

    During the week of May 4, students who have items in their classroom or locker that are essential to support their home-based distance learning (such as textbooks or musical instruments) or their health (such as epi-pens, inhalers, or other medical supplies) may work with school administrators to retrieve such items. 

    I will be in the building on Monday and can arrange for contactless delivery of essential items for your student. This includes medicine or any academic items that is needed for online studies. Send me an email on what you want me to retrieve, I will get it and set it in the front of the school for you to pick up that day. For the safety of our students and our staff, please only contact Teresa if an item is essential for your family.  

     

    And just like that, we welcome the month of May. May you all have a lovely weekend.


    Warmly,

    Teresa

     

     

    AUCTION NEWS

    The Buckman Auction is going digital! We’re getting creative with our auction this year, now scheduled as a week-long online event launching May 15th and culminating with a school-wide virtual gathering for the final hour of the auction on May 21st. With online bidding from your own home, this year's events will raise critical funds needed to support our school and students.

     

    The event will kick off with Zoom parties on May 15 so you can learn about virtual and traditional auction items and packages, including lots of great activities with teachers, and learn the ins-and-outs of the bidding process. We’re looking for kick off party hosts in every grade! If you are interested in being a Zoom host, please contact the team at auction@buckmanelementary.org!

     

    To bid at the auction, you need to register with an email and credit card, but registration is easy and FREE! Plus, our amazing auction sponsor West Coast Grocery is offering a free 16 oz. beer of your choice to every registrant, with curbside pick up available from May 11-15th. SIGN UP NOW!

    We are trying to raise an additional $40,000 to keep staffing levels the same next year as this year. We believe we can do this, but we want to acknowledge that  the burdens of these challenging times are not falling equally in our community. We hope those who can, will bid and give generously, and we invite all families to join us at the kickoff parties and culminating celebration regardless of your ability to contribute financially.

     

    PTA NEWS

    PTA General Meeting    Join us for our general meeting on Monday, May 11th at 7pm. We'll discuss next year's budget, hear more about the auction, and answer any questions you may have. Log on to Google Meet using your student's account and type the meeting code buckmanpta.

     

    SCRIP and Donations   SCRIP sales and donation collections are still happening! Please email Katie Barth or contact the PTA through Konstella for SCRIP purchases. Donations can be made via Venmo to @katiejoybarth). Scrip cards in stock: Fred Meyer, New Seasons, Safeway, Amazon, Target, Burgerville, Chipotle, Chili's, Panera, Pastini, Starbucks, and Washman  

     

    Call for Pictures for 2019-2020 Yearbook   We need pictures! If you have photos from this school year, please send them to yearbookbuckman@gmail.com. You can even send pictures of the educating happening at home! Just note these few requirements:

    - Higher resolution photos, please

    - Include the grade level of the kids in the picture (kids’ and teacher’s names are also helpful)

    - Consider the “distance” of the subject (the closer, the better—just think how it would look as a 3”x3” print)

     

    SUN NEWS

    Buckman Parent Support Group    SUN is now offering an online support group for parents/caregivers as we navigate this pandemic together. This group is intended to be an informal, welcoming group which provides an opportunity for dialogue and peer support. Join Katie, Jess, and other caregivers to discuss issues, challenges, and concerns that we are facing right now in this current crisis. Daytime and evening sessions available. Connect with Katie for more information - kolson@impactnw.org or  503-858-0230. 

     

    Donations Welcome   If you are willing and able, please consider donating to Buckman SUN or buying SCRIP from Katie Barth to support our wonderful community!

     

    Virtual SUN Activity with Tabitha!   Join Buckman SUN on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30pm for a fun activity hosted by Tabitha Teo for any Buckman students. Please email Tabitha at tteo@impactnw.org to receive the meeting code. See you there!  

     

    Additional Resources and Information   If you have been laid off or need extra resources due to COVID-19, here are some new updates for you:

    • SNAP benefits will be maximized for all EBT-card holders. This means that if you weren't already receiving the highest amount for your household, you will moving forward. Also, Amazon Fresh and  Amazon Pantry accept SNAP benefits in OR and WA, see here for more information. 
    • Apply for unemployment benefits. They have expanded their eligibility requirements for now, so if you have been denied in the past, you may be eligible now. Same goes for OHP (Oregon Health Plan - publicly funded health insurance).
    • Landlords and energy companies are generally not evicting or disconnecting services due to nonpayment at this time. However, please be in communication with them so they can help with more assistance or payment plans to support you.
    • If you are experiencing heightened anxiety and/or depression symptoms right now, know that you are not alone. Call the Multnomah County Crisis Line (503-988-4888) or Lines for Life (800-273-8255) to talk to someone who can help. 

     

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230 if you would like support with navigating or finding resources or assistance with anything.

     

    NEWS FOR INCOMING KINDERGARTEN FAMILIES

    While the current school closures include Buckman's office, lots of work continues to happen behind the scenes, from our homes, in a different capacity. I am able to complete some registrations from home and will continue to work on registering your incoming students during this time. The district’s move to online registration this year could not have come at a better time - as I'll be relying on this tool significantly during this school closure. 

     

    We are asking parents to complete the online registration (https://www.pps.net/Page/14787). Completing everything online will be the fastest way to register your child. If you were not able to submit Immunization Records & Birth Certificate online, you can email these two proofs to kcathcar@pps.net. Here are instructions on how to convert photos to a PDF from your phone/ipad.

     

    Student Registration Checklist:

    You will need the following to complete your child's registration:

    •       Birth Certificate or Passport
    •       Immunization Records
    •       Proof of Address (2 documents required) 

                       Examples include utility bill, cell phone bill, rental agreement, bank statement, insurance statement, or mortgage closing papers. 

                       All must be recent and have the parent or guardian’s name listed

    •       Vision & Dental Screening Form- for any child age 7 or younger
    •       Completed Registration Form - online at the Portland Public School website pps.net/enroll

     

    Questions and Answers:

    1. I have completed all the steps required for registration, but I have not received a confirmation that my child's registration has been accepted/complete. Is there something else I need to do at this point?
    2. At this point, I have a number of registrations pending. I will be notifying families as needed concerning missing documents.

     

    1. We have missed the online registration deadline of March 20th, can we still register our child?
    2. Yes, please complete the online registration as soon as possible (https://www.pps.net/Page/14787). 

     

    1. When do we find out who my child's Teacher is?
    2. Currently, the plan is for you to receive information in August with a scheduled time for your child’s Kindergarten Assessment. The half hour assessments will be held on September 2nd and 3rd. (These dates could change.) You will receive your child’s teacher assignment after the assessments are complete, and full day classes for Kindergarten will begin on Monday, September 8.

     

    Thanks for your patience. Please email me with additional questions you may have.

    Karen Cathcart - Buckman School Secretary

     

     

    Has your student been missing the school lunches? Here are some recipes from Chef Julie who runs the Buckman lunchroom:

    Heritage family foods - teriyaki sauce and most of our sauces.

    Roadrunner is the name of our pizza maker.  Quite a few local stores carry it, but not sure if they carry the whole wheat pizza

    Truit - 3 bean vegetarian chili

    Trident - fish sticks

    Tiny foods - mozzarella bread sticks

    Teinda de lion -  tamales 

     

    Seasoned Pinto Beans

    3 cans of pinto beans, drained

    ¼ tsp.chili powder

    ½ cup of mild salsa

    1 toe of garlic chopped

    1 tsp cumin

    Combine all ingredients. Preheat oven to 350. Cook for about ½ hr. or until heated to 165. Serve over brown rice. Tortilla chips on side. You can add more spice if you would like.

     

    Garbanzo Bean Salad

    2 cans of drained garbanzo beans

    1 clove of garlic, chopped

    10 grape tomatoes halved

    6 leaves of basil chopped

    1 TBS of apple cider or seasoned vinegar

    1 TBS of oil

    salt and pepper to taste

    Combine and serve. You might want more vinegar and oil. We serve this without basil and tomatoes if not in season. 

     

    Friday, April 24, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    I hope everyone is doing well! I have a few events that I’m excited to share with you all, both happening on the same day. Next Friday, May 1, from 10-11am, I invite all of you to join me in a google meet, for our first digital principal coffee chat! We will check in on how everyone is doing, I’ll give an update on where we are heading, and we will provide families to connect with one another. To get into the meeting, you will need to be logged into your student’s account and go to meets, and type in principalcoffeechat. Hope to see you all then! 

     

    Secondly, we know that many of your students have been missing school, and missing their teachers. We have missed them too! Next Friday, from 3-4, the Buckman staff will be parked around the building waving and saying hello to all who pass by. We invite you to drive/bike/walk/scoot past the school to give a shout and smile. 

     

    Lastly, as we head in to the end of the school year, I will be working with the staff on making class placements for next year. Our school’s goal is to have students in heterogeneous and well-balanced classrooms while upholding an equitable process for all of our students to arrive at our goal. We work collaboratively to consider various data and criteria (both quantitative and qualitative) to inform our decisions. We use information from the current homeroom, specials teachers, special education teachers, counselors, and admin about each students’ progress, skill levels, special needs, social-emotional characteristics, and learning styles to determine the appropriate placement. If you would like to share some information about your student that would be helpful for us to consider, please email Sam, at sbruner@pps.net, for a copy of the Student Learning Profile form in the office and email it back to her by May 10th. 

     

    I have truly loved getting a sneak peak into all of the digital learning going on. One of my favorite questions that a teacher posed to her students this week was “if you could have one superpower, what would it be?”. Wouldn’t you know it, one of her students selected to have the superpower of pausing time. Maybe this is indeed our time - time to pause, reflect, learn, love and grow. It is a time for unrelenting tenderness and immeasurable patience. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

     

    Warmly,

    Teresa

     

    AUCTION NEWS

    We’re taking the Buckman Auction online! While we can’t meet in person, we can still support the people who are a critical part of our school: the staff who make Buckman Buckman! We’re getting creative with our auction this year, now scheduled as a week-long online event launching May 15th and culminating with a school-wide virtual gathering for the final hour of the auction on May 21st. 


     

    We’ll be launching the auction with Zoom kick off parties on May 15 where you can learn about virtual and traditional auction items and packages, including lots of great activities with teachers, and learn the ins and outs of the bidding process while connecting with other parents. We’re looking for kick off party hosts in every grade, or even every class. If you are interested in being a Zoom host, please reach out to the team at auction@buckmanelementary.org!

     

    You do need to sign up and register a credit card in order to bid in the auction, but registration is easy and free! And better yet, our amazing auction sponsor West Coast Grocery is offering a free 16 oz. beer of your choice to every registrant, pick up from May 11-15th. 

     

    Head to buckmanelementary.org to click the link to register today!

     

    Teresa has crunched the numbers and we need to raise an additional $40,000 to keep staffing levels the same next year as this year. We believe we can do this, but we want to acknowledge that we understand that the burdens of these challenging times are not falling equally in our community. We hope those who can, will bid and give generously, and we invite all families to join us at the kickoff parties and culminating celebration regardless of your ability to contribute.

     

    COUNSELOR NEWS

    Here is an activity to help students (and adults) think about 6 elements of daily self-care. The last part of the video asks you to send me ideas for next year's animal of the year! You can post photos of your child with their SCLOMP paper or any other counseling activities here: Photos for Ms. Jess

     

    SCLOMP for Self-Care!    Get a paper and a pen and write the ways you SCLOMP. That means the ways you take care of your body, heart, and mind by getting enough Sleep, Connection, Learning, Outside time, Movement, and Planning for good things in the future.

     

    PTA NEWS

    PTA General Meeting    Our April general meeting was postponed, but we are working on setting a date for a virtual meeting in May. Stay tuned!

     

    Virtual Coffee Chat with Principal Seidel    In an effort to keep our community connected, we have asked Principal Seidel if she would host a virtual coffee chat. Before we proceed, we want to gauge your interest in attending a coffee chat; we also want to know what you would like to discuss. Please email us at pta@buckmanelementary.org (or message us via Konstella) stating your interest and noting any topics/issues you’d like to have addressed.

     

    SCRIP and Donations   SCRIP sales and donation collections are still happening! Please email Katie Barth or contact the PTA through Konstella for SCRIP purchases. Donations can be made via Venmo to @katiejoybarth). Scrip cards in stock: Fred Meyer, New Seasons, Safeway, Amazon, Target, Burgerville, Chipotle, Chili's, Panera, Pastini, Starbucks, and Washman  

     

    Call for Pictures for 2019-2020 Yearbook   We need pictures! If you have photos from this school year, please send them to yearbookbuckman@gmail.com. You can even send pictures of the educating happening at home! Just note these few requirements:

    - Higher resolution photos, please

    - Include the grade level of the kids in the picture (kids’ and teacher’s names are also helpful)

    - Consider the “distance” of the subject (the closer, the better—just think how it would look as a 3”x3” print)

     

    SUN NEWS

    Buckman Parent Support Group    SUN is now offering an online support group for parents/caregivers as we navigate this pandemic together. This group is intended to be an informal, welcoming group which provides an opportunity for dialogue and peer support. Join Katie, Jess, and other caregivers to discuss issues, challenges, and concerns that we are facing right now in this current crisis. Daytime and evening sessions available. Connect with Katie for more information - kolson@impactnw.org or  503-858-0230. 

     

    Donations Welcome   If you are willing and able, please consider donating to Buckman SUN or buying SCRIP from Katie Barth to support our wonderful community!

     

    Virtual SUN Activity with Tabitha!   Join Buckman SUN Tuesday, April 28th and Thursday, April 30th at 3:30pm for a fun activity hosted by Tabitha Teo for any Buckman students. Please email Tabitha at tteo@impactnw.org to receive the meeting code. See you there!  

     

    Additional Resources and Information   If you have been laid off or need extra resources due to COVID-19, here are some new updates for you:

    • SNAP benefits will be maximized for all EBT-card holders. This means that if you weren't already receiving the highest amount for your household, you will movingforward. Also, Amazon Fresh and  Amazon Pantry accept SNAP benefits in OR and WA, see herefor more information. 
    • Apply for unemployment benefits.They have expanded their eligibility requirements for now, so if you have been denied in the past, you may be eligible now. Same goes for OHP(Oregon Health Plan - publicly funded health insurance).
    • Landlords and energy companies are generally not evicting or disconnecting services due to nonpayment at this time. However, please be in communication with them so they can help with more assistance or payment plans to support you.
    • If you are experiencing heightened anxiety and/or depression symptoms right now, know that you are not alone. Call the Multnomah County Crisis Line (503-988-4888) or Lines for Life (800-273-8255) to talk to someone who can help. 

     

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230 if you would like support with navigating or finding resources or assistance with anything.

     

    MOBILE DENTAL CLINICS

    Governor Brown has specially opened up emergency mobile dental clinics to help people while dental clinics are closed. Click here for more information.

     

    Friday, April 17, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Hope you are all well and healthy, and are settling into some sort of routine with virtual schooling. Some families are getting onto the Seesaw (k-2) or Google Classroom (3-5) platforms daily. This is helpful if you are able to make that work for your family. I am including some short videos with directions on how to get into the virtual learning spaces. We have learned that Chrome is the best browser for all things school related, and also to make sure students are logged into their Google accounts (instructions in the videos). Additionally, you can always email me if you want one on one support with this. 

    Getting into seesaw: video

    Getting into google meets: video

    Getting into google classroom by way of clever: video 

    Looking towards the end of the year, we are in search of a few volunteers to run 5th grade promotion. Please email me tseidel@pps.net if you are interested. 

    Beginning mid-May, the staff and I will begin looking at making class lists for next year. I will be sending information next week about that process and how families may share their input. And finally, to end your week on a note of laughter, here are the jokes of the week. Tell your kids to keep them coming - and if they send a video, I may include it in the newsletter too! 

    Take care everyone,

    Teresa 

    Notes from others: 

    COUNSELING NEWS

    It has been wonderful to see some of your students in the class meetings I've been starting to pop in to visit. The level of patience shown by teachers, parents, and kids is really amazing. If you need help getting on to a class meeting, Google Classroom, or Seesaw, I am here to help! Sometimes just having a voice on the other end of the phone as you click all the links makes it more doable. Of course we can each figure it out one way or another on our own, but it's so much easier and sweeter with someone else. If your child is struggling, I'm here for that too. Here's this week's lesson, if you'd like to take a peek and build a calming space out of random household objects.

    Make your own Australia with Ms. Jess 

    Warmly,

    Ms. Jess

    Email: jfirest1@pps.net

    Text or Call: 503-482-8366

     

    DISTRICT DEVICE DISTRIBUTION UPDATE

    • When: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Where: PPS district office (501 N. Dixon St). Please go to the lower level parking lot, which has an entrance on N. Larrabee Ave. 
    • Please bring: Your student’s school ID or ID number. If you are exchanging a device, please bring the device and charger with you. 
    • Please be aware: We are asking everyone to use recommended social distancing practices, keeping 6 feet of space between groups and wearing a facemask or face covering, if possible.

    PTA NEWS

    SCRIP and Donations:   We are still selling SCRIP and collecting donations to support our families-in-need. Please email Katie Barth or contact the PTA through Konstella for SCRIP purchases. Donations can be made via Venmo to @katiejoybarth.

    Scrip cards in stock: Fred Meyer, New Seasons, Safeway, Amazon, Target, Burgerville, Chipotle, Chili's, Panera, Pastini, Starbucks, and Washman  

    Call for Pictures for 2019-2020 Yearbook:   Our awesome parent volunteer, Sean Doran, has graciously offered to put together the 2019-2020 yearbook. If you have photos from this school year, please send them to yearbookbuckman@gmail.com. You can even send pictures of the educating happening at home! Just note these few requirements:

    -  Higher resolution photos, please

    -  Include the grade level of the kids in the picture (kids’ and teacher’s names are also helpful)

    -  Consider the “distance” of the subject (the closer, the better—just think how it would look as a 3”x 3” print)

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    We’re taking the Buckman Auction online! While we can’t meet in person, we can still support the people who are a critical part of our school: the staff who make Buckman Buckman! We’re getting creative with our auction this year, now tentatively scheduled as a week-long online event May 15th-21st. Stay tuned for more details! We’ll be hosting Zoom kickoff parties so we can gather virtually to celebrate — if you are interested in being a Zoom host, please reach out to the team at auction@buckmanelementary.org!

     

    SUN NEWS

    Donations Welcome:   If you are willing and able, please consider donating to Buckman SUN or buying SCRIP from Katie Barth to support our wonderful community!

     

    Virtual SUN Activity with Tabitha!:   Join Buckman SUN Tuesday, April 21st at 3:30pm for a fun activity for any K-2 Buckman students hosted by Tabitha Teo. We'll be doing a speed drawing challenge! All you need is paper (any kind of paper) and a pencil, crayon, or any other kind of writing tool. We'll have another speed drawing session for 3rd-5th graders on Thursday, April 23rd, also at 3:30pm. If you are interested in having your student participate, please email Tabitha at tteo@impactnw.org to receive the meeting code. See you there!

     

    Additional Resources and Information:   If you have been laid off or need extra resources due to COVID-19, here are some new updates for you:

    • SNAP benefits will be maximized for all EBT-card holders. This means that if you weren't already receiving the highest amount for your household, you will moving forward. Also, Amazon Fresh and  Amazon Pantry accept SNAP benefits in OR and WA, see here for more information. 
    • Apply for unemployment benefits. They have expanded their eligibility requirements for now, so if you have been denied in the past, you may be eligible now. Same goes for OHP (Oregon Health Plan - publicly funded health insurance).
    • Landlords and energy companies are generally not evicting or disconnecting services due to nonpayment at this time. However, please be in communication with them so they can help with more assistance or payment plans to support you.
    • If you are experiencing heightened anxiety and/or depression symptoms right now, know that you are not alone. Call the Multnomah County Crisis Line (503-988-4888) or Lines for Life (800-273-8255) to talk to someone who can help. 
       

    Support Services and Assistance:   Katie is available to support you with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230 if you would like support with navigating or finding resources or assistance with anything.

     

    STUDENT EMAIL NEWS

    In order to help facilitate communications between our teachers and students, PPS has enabled a PPS specific email for students in grades 4-8. These email accounts have protections enabled and will only allow students to send and receive email from PPS email accounts. This includes students and staff at PPS.

    Students can now access their email by going to mail.google.com and signing in with their PPS student username (studentusername@student.pps.net) and password.
     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    UPDATE: Add your reading (and listening) photos to this album! You might even spy some of your lovable Buckman staff reading their favorites too!

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/oMMW6sq4kUR4hmXT9 

     
     
     

    Friday, April 10, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Welcome to our new normal everyone. This is such a strange, confusing and emotional time. Remember to be patient with yourself, your children, and try to take this one day at a time. This week was our soft to our distance learning and thank you to all of you for helping troubleshoot virtual schooling. We also found out that we will not be returning to Buckman for the remainder of the school year and the rest of the year will be taught through distance learning. Some of you have asked about retrieving your belongings from the school. I will let families know when that happens. For now, the school is still closed. 

    The district will resume Chromebook distribution on Monday from 9-4 at Franklin, Jefferson, Roosevelt High Schools, and the district office. On Thursday, they ran out of devices and lines were long. The district is taking this weekend to regroup, and have more devices ready by Monday. 

    We are now back up and running in our virtual front offices. If you or someone you know will have an incoming kindergartener to Buckman next year, please encourage them to enroll. Email our School Secretary, Karen,at  kcathcar@pps.net for enrollment questions.

    Here are the arts and enrichment activities from last week. The only slide that has changed is the last one - I received new jokes of the week to share with everyone! Remember, all of this is optional! I did enjoy seeing the obstacle courses that some of you built last week though! Next week, our arts and elective teachers will begin embedding new material into Seesaw and Google Classrooms. 

    I am proud to share that my armpit farting child took a moment of rest with me earlier today. We were sitting outside in the sunshine, eating lunch together and he stopped eating for a minute. His whole body was still, and he was so...quiet. I asked him what he was thinking and his reply “the sun just feels so good”. I wish you all a lovely weekend, and take some time to pause, reflect, and enjoy the company of your loved ones while under the warmth of the sun.

    Warmly,

    Teresa

     

    PTA NEWS

    We miss Buckman and we miss you! Although the school closure has been extended to the end of the school year, we are working on ways to ensure our community stays connected (and doing it in such a way without creating additional overwhelm.) For now, we will post Principal Seidel’s emails on Konstella for easy reference; our closed-community Facebook group is still open; we are always available via email at pta@buckmanelementary.org; and, we will continue to sell SCRIP and support our families-in-need by collecting donations and purchasing grocery cards for SUN (email Katie Barth or Venmo @katiejoybarth).

     

    Call for Pictures for 2019-2020 Yearbook   Our awesome parent volunteer, Sean Doran, has graciously offered to put together the 2019-2020 yearbook. If you have photos from this school year, please send them to yearbookbuckman@gmail.com. You can even send pictures of the educating happening at home! Just note these few requirements:

     

    -          Higher resolution photos, please

    -          Include the grade level of the kids in the picture (kids’ and teacher’s names are also helpful)

    -          Consider the “distance” of the subject (the closer up, the better—just think how it would look as a 3”x3” print)

     

    SUN NEWS

    Buckman SUN would like to thank everyone from the community who has donated books, art supplies, food, or gift cards over the last few weeks. It has made a huge difference for a lot of families as we navigate this new reality. Family needs will continue, and will likely even increase as time goes on, so if you are willing and able, please consider donating to Buckman SUN or buying Scrip from Katie Barth to support our wonderful community!

     

    Virtual SUN Activity with Tabitha!   Join Buckman SUN Tuesday, April 14th at 3:30 for a fun activity for any K-2 Buckman students hosted by Tabitha Teo. We'll be doing a “New Show and Tell”. Students should plan to share with everyone something new to you - a book, joke, new stuffie, or a new fact you've learned. What you share DOES NOT have to be a thing. Share a new song you've heard or a new dance move! What you share just has to be new to you. We'll have another "New Show and Tell" session for 3rd-5th graders on Thursday, April 16th, also at 3:30. If you are interested in having your student participate, please email Tabitha at tteo@impactnw.org to receive the meeting code. 

     

    Additional Resources and Information   If you have been laid off or need extra resources due to COVID-19, here are some new updates for you:

    • SNAP benefits will be maximized for all EBT-card holders. This means that if you weren't already receiving the highest amount for your household, you will moving forward. Also, Amazon Fresh and  Amazon Pantry accept SNAP benefits in OR and WA, see here for more information. 

    • Apply for unemployment benefits. They have expanded their eligibility requirements for now, so if you have been denied in the past, you may be eligible now. Same goes for OHP (Oregon Health Plan - publicly funded health insurance).

    • Landlords and energy companies are generally not evicting or disconnecting services due to nonpayment at this time. However, please be in communication with them so they can help with more assistance or payment plans to support you.

    • If you are experiencing heightened anxiety and/or depression symptoms right now, know that you are not alone. Call the Multnomah County Crisis Line (503-988-4888) or Lines for Life (800-273-8255) to talk to someone who can help. 

     

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230 if you would like support with navigating or finding resources or assistance with anything.

     

    SUN Refunds    Buckman SUN Spring term refunds are in the works! Katie is working with Active to resolve issues related to refunds but will be in touch with all families as soon as they've been fixed. Thanks to everyone for your patience on this front!

     

    Friday, April 3, 2020

    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 swillis3456@student.pps.net

      • 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.

    Warmly,

    Teresa

     

    A message from Champions:

    Hello Families 

    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 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.

    Sherri Burks

    Area Manger, PPS Eastside

    SBurks@DiscoverChampions.com

    (503) 701-3488

     

    Sunday, 3-29-20

    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.

    Warmly,

    Teresa 

     

    Coronavirus 3

    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.mathlearningcenter.org/resources/apps. You can download the apps and there are also printables that correlate with what the students do in math.

    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.

    Sincerely,

    Teresa

     

    Coronavirus 2

    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/cv19relief

    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. 

    Sincerely,

    Teresa 

     

    Coronavirus

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    A few updates, resources, and report from today.

    Volunteering:

    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.

    Lunchtime, handwashing:

    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.

    Sincerely,

    Teresa Seidel

    Principal

     

     

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