Buckman Elementary School

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  • Looking Ahead:

    2022-23 Elementary School Lottery and Petition Information

    Lottery Application Dates:

    Start: February 16, 2022 at 8:00 AM

    End: March 28, 2022 at 5:00 PM

    Petitions for elementary school grades for the 2022-23 school year will not be accepted until Feb. 16, 2022.

    Dual Language Questions & Answers

    Past Lottery Slots

    Connect to Kinder Events

    K - 5 Explore Your Options

     

    Greetings Buckman Families!

     January 14, 2022

    Dear Buckman Families,

    Happy Friday! I hope and trust that you are all looking forward to enjoying our Martin Luther King, Jr. three-day weekend! We always appreciate your children, and an extra day of rest, relaxation and fun will do us all good. :)

    Despite the fact that our COVID-19 positive cases for post Winter Break remain under 10, we have still been very busy with “Contact Tracing.” To all the impacted families we have contacted, a HUGE thank you for sharing details that help us keep our entire community safe.  An equally HUGE appreciation to our wonderful Buckman Staff who have persevered through another challenging COVID week with fortitude and positivity.  Lisa Ditto and I rely heavily on the information staff and families share with us to complete contact tracing and you all have been awesome! We are one big amazing village, Thank you!

    To all the parents that were able to attend the Principal Coffee this morning, your questions enabled us to cover considerable ground regarding Covid Protocols and processes, safety, arts performances, and looking to the future. I have no crystal ball, but do feel extremely fortunate and honored to be named the permanent principal, and I look forward to serving Buckman into the future. Your diligence, support and care for our very deserving students makes this more than rewarding! Buckman Bears have tremendous heart and staying power, and this year especially, we need it all as we move forward.

    Third Grade students are excited and working hard on a Dance performance. The information we received yesterday from PPS, is that we can hold indoor performances at 50% capacity, provided that family members show proof of vaccination, and a negative test the day before the performance. This means that we will have two shows, so all parents that want to attend may do so. Thank you Hannah!

    Parent Lunch/Recess Volunteer ASK

    • If you have time, M-F to volunteer at lunch/recess (either indoors or outdoors) we would LOVE to have you!!

      • Laura Stevens is the volunteer coordinator and sends the sign-up out weekly.

    • PLEASE know that your presence and support make an enormous difference. Adults and students appreciate your relaxed and watchful eye. This week, students at all grade levels have had fun and been very respectful to staff and their peers aka:  Buckman Bears being their outstanding selves!

    Thank you for ALL that you do to support your students and our community! 

    Best, 

    Fred


    Important Upcoming Dates:

    • 1/17  No School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    • 1/20  Foundation Dines Out at Oma’s Hideaway
    • 1/28  No School, Teacher Planning Day
    • 2/8    PTA General Meeting

    FOUNDATION NEWS:

    With a new year comes a new Dines Out, and this month’s edition will be on Thursday, January 20 at Oma’s Hideaway (3131 SE Division St) from 4:30pm-9:00pm. Dine in or take food to go, and 10% of proceeds will support the Buckman Foundation. This popular restaurant gets busy quickly, so reservations are recommended. Learn more and check out the menu at https://omashideaway.com

    LIBRARY NEWS:

    PTA NEWS:

    • Thanks to everyone who turned out for Friday's Virtual Coffee Talk with our principals. We are fortunate to have Principal Locke and Vice Principal Ditto leading the way this school year.
    • Our Social Emotional Skills classrooms are seeking SNACKS! Pirates Booty, cheese and crackers, Cheez-Its, seaweed, Skinny Pop, applesauce packs, or similar yummy treats can be dropped off at the office with a note indicating its for SES. Thank you!
    • Ms. Rudnick continues to build her dream library full of books for all ages and skill levels! If you'd like to support her in this journey, the best way to do so is through her SchoolPay account. You can also check out her public wish list on Green Bean

    SUN NEWS:

    • Seeking coaches for Girls on the Run! The spring season of GOTR begins in March and we need coaches. Contact Katie for more information if you're interested. 
    • SUN needs snacks! Our winter term is underway and we are seeking donations of individually packaged snacks like applesauce pouches and granola bars for our after-school students. If you would like to donate any, you can coordinate with Katie or drop-off at the front office. 
    • FREE food box distribution event in Portland in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Food boxes available thanks to a partnership between Sunshine Division and Kaiser Permanente. First come first serve; no sign up necessary. 500 NE Multnomah St, 10am-3pm, Monday January 17th. 

     

    Parking Around Buckman

    Please be aware that the entire block on the south side of Pine St. from 16th to 18th is a Bus Zone. There is no parking anywhere on that block.

    Please be respectfull of our neighbors and do not park in driveways.

    If you have other peolpe picking up your child, make sure they are aware of the parking regulations.

     

    No School for Students on these Dates:

    Saturday, December 18 - Sunday, January 2, 2022: Winter Break

    Classes Resume: Monday January 3, 2022

     

     

    Here Is A Helpfull Guide to Your Student Health Questions 
     

     

    Buckman Information:

    School Hours:

    First Bell: 8:35

    Tardy Bell: 8:45

    All School Release Time: 3:00

    If your child arrives at school after the First Bell at 8:35, and their usual entry door is closed, please go to the front doors of the school on SE 16 and ring the doorbell to the left of the front doors. It will ring in the office, and the door will be unlocked for them to enter. If they enter after the Tardy Bell at 8:45, they will need to come to the office to sign in so that they are not marked absent for the day.

     

    Lunch Schedule

    1st Lunch: K and 2nd Grade - 10:55 - 11:10

    2nd Lunch: 1st and 4th Grade - 11:20 - 11:35

    3rd Lunch: 3rd and 5th Grade - 11:45 - 12:00

     

    School Meals:

    All students are able to receive free meals at school this year.

     


     

     ART SHOW AND SELL UPDATE

    TAKE NOTE: We’ve moved the date!! We now hope to host the Art Show & Sell on April 9th, 2022.  Please save the date! We will be doing a 1 day event this year. We will continue to evaluate PPS building and volunteer use policy allowing us to finalize plans. If Covid-19 impacts our ability to host a full show, we are making student art a priority with the hope of shifting student art sales off site. 

    To make the show a success we need volunteers!! See below for how you can help. 

    • Graphic Design/and or Marketing- Poster design and Social Media posts.  This can be one person or split between a team.  Tasks will be Jan-Feb.
    • Student Art- Gretchen Schnepper is signed up to help and will need 2-3 more volunteers.  This involves using a google doc survey to collect info, print price tags, and collect/set out student art. Tasks will be Late Feb, week of show, & after Spring Break to pay student artists.
    • Artist Liaison Shadow-  Michelle will be Artist Liaison/co-chair this year and is looking for someone to shadow her as her youngest is graduating Buckman soon.  It involves managing the professional artist applications, leading the layout/map making process and emailing out reminders.
    • House Manager- We move furniture in classrooms to run the show. This role involves taking/printing pictures in the building 2 weeks before the show allowing us to easily put the school back together. Also will help order/gather supplies needed prior to the show and carry a walkie talkie during the show to help problem solve   

    As we get final word on the PPS building and volunteer use policy we will post other volunteer roles that need filling (volunteer organizer, coffee maker, set up/take down leads, etc)

    Please get in touch if you are able to fill any of these roles!

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    The Buckman Year-End Ask is on! 

    Launched on Giving Tuesday (11/30), the Year-End Ask is the Buckman Foundation's annual fundraiser that seeks direct gifts from alumni, families, and members of the Buckman community. The Buckman Foundation aims to raise funds to support keeping Ms. Rudnick, our school media specialist, full-time, as well as bringing on a part-time reading interventionist in the 2021-2022 school year. Help support literacy at Buckman! 

    We only need 7 more donations, a gift of $5 or $10 goes a long way towards unlocking the sponsors pledge of $11,500. 

    Make a gift today at https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/yearendask2021/g/give and THANK YOU for supporting Buckman!

     

    LIBRARY NEWS:

    Get virtual access to all the books and resources over Winter Break!

    Multnomah County Library Connect - Students can now use their school ID as a public library card

     

    PTA NEWS:

    • Our next general PTA meeting is Tuesday, December 14th from 6-8pm. Hassan Dornayi, PPS Area Senior Director, will join us to follow up to questions from the last meeting and to provide an update on the principal search.

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84622508980?pwd=K09WNUZqTkN5S3FCZkFQUTgrOFJ5QT09

    Meeting ID: 846 2250 8980Passcode: 143031One tap mobile+16699006833,,84622508980#,,,,*143031# US (San Jose)+12532158782,,84622508980#,,,,*143031# US (Tacoma)
    • We have surpassed our winter teacher appreciation goal! Thank you to everyone who made a donation. Any additional donations (you can make through today!) or leftover funds will go toward our end of year appreciation event Room parents, PTA, and Foundation volunteers will be collecting winter break holiday notes, cards, chocolate or otherwise for teachers and staff. Our Buckman staff and teachers have been working so hard during a challenging year - let's shower them with a gift of holiday cheer! Please contact pta@buckmanelementary.org with suggestions for a local BIPOC owned restaurant we can consider ordering lunch from.

    SUN NEWS: 

     Sign up for winter SUN! General registration opens at 7am online here

    THANK YOU for all of your help with Season of Sharing. Yet again, we are able to give full boxes of items to each family who requested assistance this year. It is such a pleasure to work with this community. 

    Meet our new Family Resource Navigator! Her name is Diana Silva. Her position is new this year and essentially she is here as a  resource for the families of our students. She will split her time between Creston and Buckman, and has a budget to financially support families with bills, as well as having capacity to help families with applications, accessing other resources, etc. 

     

    Buckman Registration Information

    Welcome to Buckman!

    If you have a child to register at Buckman, you will find all registration information on the Portland Public School Enrollment and Transfer website. PPS Enrollment and Transfer.

     


      

    Buckman School Neighborhood Bus Route: #306

    If you are expecting to ride the bus, please let the office know. 

    Neighborhood Bus Stop Locations and Times

    AM Pick Up

    (1) NE 6TH AV @ NE CLACKAMAS ST [SE]         8:12 am

    (2) 1557 NE WEIDLER ST [S]                           8:16 am 

    (3) NE 19TH AV @ NE CLACKAMAS ST [NW]      8:17 am

    (4) NE 30TH AV @ NE OREGON ST [NW] 306     8:23 am

     

    PM Drop Off

    (1) NE 30TH AV @ NE OREGON ST [NW]           3:10 pm 

    (2) NE CLACKAMAS ST @ NE 19TH AV [NE]       3:16 pm 

    (3) 1557 NE WEIDLER ST [S]                           3:18 pm 

    (4) NE 6TH AV @ NE CLACKAMAS ST [NW]        3:23 pm

     

     


     
    Champions Child Care News
    Champions is offering Summer Camp at Buckman Elementary. 
    If you are interested in care or have additional questions, please contact Angie Raffaele at  503-915-7893.
    Please see attched link for more information.
     
     
      

     

  • Counseling

    Buckman Counseling Website:

Principal's
Message

  •  January 14, 2022

    Dear Buckman Families,

    Happy Friday! I hope and trust that you are all looking forward to enjoying our Martin Luther King, Jr. three-day weekend! We always appreciate your children, and an extra day of rest, relaxation and fun will do us all good. :)

    Despite the fact that our COVID-19 positive cases for post Winter Break remain under 10, we have still been very busy with “Contact Tracing.” To all the impacted families we have contacted, a HUGE thank you for sharing details that help us keep our entire community safe.  An equally HUGE appreciation to our wonderful Buckman Staff who have persevered through another challenging COVID week with fortitude and positivity.  Lisa Ditto and I rely heavily on the information staff and families share with us to complete contact tracing and you all have been awesome! We are one big amazing village, Thank you!

    To all the parents that were able to attend the Principal Coffee this morning, your questions enabled us to cover considerable ground regarding Covid Protocols and processes, safety, arts performances, and looking to the future. I have no crystal ball, but do feel extremely fortunate and honored to be named the permanent principal, and I look forward to serving Buckman into the future. Your diligence, support and care for our very deserving students makes this more than rewarding! Buckman Bears have tremendous heart and staying power, and this year especially, we need it all as we move forward.

    Third Grade students are excited and working hard on a Dance performance. The information we received yesterday from PPS, is that we can hold indoor performances at 50% capacity, provided that family members show proof of vaccination, and a negative test the day before the performance. This means that we will have two shows, so all parents that want to attend may do so. Thank you Hannah!

    Parent Lunch/Recess Volunteer ASK

    • If you have time, M-F to volunteer at lunch/recess (either indoors or outdoors) we would LOVE to have you!!

      • Laura Stevens is the volunteer coordinator and sends the sign-up out weekly.

    • PLEASE know that your presence and support make an enormous difference. Adults and students appreciate your relaxed and watchful eye. This week, students at all grade levels have had fun and been very respectful to staff and their peers aka:  Buckman Bears being their outstanding selves!

    Thank you for ALL that you do to support your students and our community! 

    Best, 

    Fred


    Important Upcoming Dates:

    • 1/17  No School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    • 1/20  Foundation Dines Out at Oma’s Hideaway
    • 1/28  No School, Teacher Planning Day
    • 2/8    PTA General Meeting

    FOUNDATION NEWS:

    With a new year comes a new Dines Out, and this month’s edition will be on Thursday, January 20 at Oma’s Hideaway (3131 SE Division St) from 4:30pm-9:00pm. Dine in or take food to go, and 10% of proceeds will support the Buckman Foundation. This popular restaurant gets busy quickly, so reservations are recommended. Learn more and check out the menu at https://omashideaway.com

    LIBRARY NEWS:

    PTA NEWS:

    • Thanks to everyone who turned out for Friday's Virtual Coffee Talk with our principals. We are fortunate to have Principal Locke and Vice Principal Ditto leading the way this school year.
    • Our Social Emotional Skills classrooms are seeking SNACKS! Pirates Booty, cheese and crackers, Cheez-Its, seaweed, Skinny Pop, applesauce packs, or similar yummy treats can be dropped off at the office with a note indicating its for SES. Thank you!
    • Ms. Rudnick continues to build her dream library full of books for all ages and skill levels! If you'd like to support her in this journey, the best way to do so is through her SchoolPay account. You can also check out her public wish list on Green Bean

    SUN NEWS:

    • Seeking coaches for Girls on the Run! The spring season of GOTR begins in March and we need coaches. Contact Katie for more information if you're interested. 
    • SUN needs snacks! Our winter term is underway and we are seeking donations of individually packaged snacks like applesauce pouches and granola bars for our after-school students. If you would like to donate any, you can coordinate with Katie or drop-off at the front office. 
    • FREE food box distribution event in Portland in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Food boxes available thanks to a partnership between Sunshine Division and Kaiser Permanente. First come first serve; no sign up necessary. 500 NE Multnomah St, 10am-3pm, Monday January 17th. 

     


    January 7, 2022

    Hello Buckman community!  

    After a well deserved Winter Holiday, it was wonderful to have your children back in school. Their energy, enthusiasm, and excitement reminds us of the great value of these critical elementary years of discovery and learning.  

     

    Although during the course of this week we did have some positive tests for COVID-19, we are pleased that we will continue with in person learning. If your child tested positive, we appreciate your full cooperation in having them quarantine for 10 days.   

    To continue to keep our community safe, and prevent the spread of COVID 19, here are a few important reminders: 

    • Wear a well-fitting mask
    • Stay home when sick 
    • Stay away from people who are sick
    • Maintain distance from people outside of your home
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes
    • Wash your hands with soap and water often

    Please call the school if you or your student is sick or if someone in your home tests positive for COVID-19. Thank you in advance for making sure the Office has your correct phone number.

    If you have health questions, contact our school nurse, your healthcare provider, your local health department, and/or look at the CDC website.

    Have a great weekend! 

    Most sincerely,

    Fred Locke, Principal


    Important Upcoming Dates:

    • 1/14  Principal Coffee Talk (Virtual) 9:00-9:45 am 
    • 1/17  No School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    • 1/20  Foundation Dines Out at Oma’s Hideaway
    • 1/28  No School, Teacher Planning Day
    • 2/8    PTA General Meeting

     

    PPS COVID TEST TO STAY INFORMATION:

    As part of our ongoing commitment to increase in-person learning for all students, we are pleased to announce that in partnership with OHA/ODE we will start the Test to Stay program the first week of January of 2022. 

    Benefits of Test to Stay: Given the lower level of COVID-19 in schools, students exposed at school will have the opportunity to stay in in-person learning and minimize the impact quarantine has had on their education. This is called a modified quarantine and requires students to continue to wear masks during any activity that does not require its use, for example band, athletics, etc., until day eight (8). Students must remain symptom free and will be provided two tests during their quarantine period. You can help expedite the process by signing and returning the consent form for the BinaxNOW rapid nasal swab test, unless you already did it this year. Forms are available in the front office of each school. 

    For students who were exposed outside of the school day (at home, extracurricular activities, etc), we will have available the Test to Return process. This process will allow students to return on Day 8 after an exposure with any negative antigen or pcr COVID-19 test performed between days 5-7.  

    As always, vaccinated students who do not have symptoms do not have to quarantine or Test to Stay. 5-Step Process for Parents and Families

    1st GRADE ART PERFORMANCE:

    Each year in December, the first-grade students put on a short performance for their families. Due to the pandemic and safety protocols, this year the performance took the form of a video and online gallery- put together by the Buckman Arts Teachers. Click this link to see their fabulous work: https://sites.google.com/pps.net/buckmanperformances-2021-2022/1st-grade

    FOUNDATION NEWS:

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the Buckman Foundation's 2021 Year-End Ask campaign. We collectively received 71 donations and are expecting $15,000 in gifts! We will receive the final tally mid-month, but we can say with confidence that we are repeatedly blown away and humbled by the generosity of the Buckman community. Thank you for supporting the students and staff at our school!


    With a new year comes a new Dines Out, and this month’s edition will be on Thursday, January 20 at Oma’s Hideaway (3131 SE Division St) from 4:30pm-9:00pm. Dine in or take food to go, and 10% of proceeds will support the Buckman Foundation. This popular restaurant gets busy quickly, so reservations are recommended. Learn more and check out the menu at https://omashideaway.com.

    LIBRARY NEWS:

    • Author visit with local Portland teacher and graphic novelist Aron Nels Steinke! Aron is the artistic talent and creative cartoonist behind the “Mr. Wolf’s Class” series, which is great for all ages. Visit our online order form*** at Green Bean books to back our local author and book store. https://greenbeanbookspdx.indielite.org/aron-nels-steinke... Book sales support our FREE  author visits and will close on February 4th in order to get the books to Buckman before the author visit on February 11th virtually streamed in the classroom at 10:30am. ***During the checkout process, under “calculate shipping” please choose the option “Pick up at Buckman Elementary - Author Visit Only: $0.00” - Thank you Buckman community and staff! https://www.mrwolfsclass.com/

    • Ms. Rudnick’s Read Alouds

    • January Reading Challenge for K-3/ BOOKFLIX for 4-5

    • Want to donate to our library? Here is our Green Bean Books Wish List

    PTA NEWS:

    • The next PTA General Membership meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 8th from 6-8pm. 
    • Join us for our next virtual coffee with our amazing Admin Team, and hear from our future newly hired permanent Principal.

    Principal Coffee Talk

    Friday, January 14 ⋅9:00 – 9:45am

    Join with Google Meet

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    Join by phone

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    January 3, 2022 

    Greetings and Happy New Year, 2022!!

    I hope and trust that you had a wonderful, festive Holiday with family and friends. As a staff, we are all very excited to see you back in school on Monday, January 3rd.   

    I celebrated the holiday season with family and friends in both Portland and Sister’s Oregon. In Sister’s I was able to cross-country ski amidst falling snow and it was magical! I hope that each of you were able to enjoy your own Holiday magic along with some good rest to gear up as we begin 2022. The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko has proven to be a fascinating read about the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon. Did you read a cool book you want to share?

    Looking forward to the new year, our staff are excited to see you again. They will review our Buckman Expectations so that school is a safe, fun, and vibrant place for all our students to learn and grow. They have created engaging lessons for you, and look forward to helping you finish Quarter 2 strong by doing your very best work! 

    In preparation for Monday and a full week of classes, I hope that all of you were able to relax, play, and rejuvenate. Learning is super fun, and also requires great focus and a commitment to complete your different class assignments and Specials to the best of your ability. 

    Students, thank you in advance for being extra good listeners, doers, and Buckman citizens as we begin 2022. We want each of you to enjoy your learning, and truly partner with your amazing teachers. As Buckman Bears we are one very special community, and we all need to  contribute to this positivity. A special Shout Out to ALL the parent volunteers who help us keep going strong. You are amazing, and make a huge difference! 

    Thank you for being awesome Buckman Bears, and we can’t wait to see you on Monday! Please remember to bring and wear your masks, so that everyone is safe at school. 

     

    Have a wonderful New Year’s weekend, and may 2022 be the best year ever! 

    With gratitude,

    Fred

     

     


    December 10, 2021

    Hello Buckman Community!

    With snow in the mountains, and a new chill in the air, Winter Break is coming.  Yesterday afternoon, I received some exciting news. Our Elementary Regional Superintendent Esther Omogbehin shared with us the following: 

    “Hello Team,

    CONGRATULATIONS! Your school was recognized by the first ever US News list of Best Schools as being one of the few great schools in Portland. This is a testament of the great work you do daily! Thank you! It is so great to see that your efforts are recognized well beyond the walls of PPS and Oregon. Keep up the good work!!!” 

    I echo Ms. Omogbehhin’s praise. Congratulations to staff, students, and parent/guardians, as this reflects your collective outstanding efforts. It is the consistency of strong instruction and engaged learning that critically contributes to this recognition. 

    I have appreciated the attention to making good choices at Lunch/Recess by many students. It makes such a difference when students choose to keep their hands to themselves, and talk through a conflict to reach a successful resolution. If students can do this themselves, great,  and if they need help, we are always willing to assist. 

    Thank you for your children, and have a wonderful weekend!

    Best,

    Fred


     

    Important Upcoming Dates:

    • 11/30-12/31 Foundation Year-End Ask
    • 12/14 PTA Meeting  6-7pm
    • 12/20-12/31 No School, Winter Holiday
    • 1/3/22 First Day of School

    Upcoming Safety Drill: December 13, 2021

    Buckman will be conducting a Lockdown: Locks, Lights, Out of Sight drill on December 13th. The day before and/or the morning of the drill, teachers will alert students and practice what actions to take when this alarm sounds. Teachers take care when doing this preparation to ensure it is done in an age appropriate manner and with sensitivity knowing that drills can be stressful for many students. Please take time to read the following information about the Lockdown: Locks, Lights, Out of Sight drill and talk it over with your student in a way that makes sense for your student/family. Thank you for your partnership in supporting students in learning/practicing this important safety protocol. For information from PPS Emergency Management regarding additional drills: English | Spanish. If you have questions, please contact the office. 

    • Lockdown 
    • Locks, Lights, Out of Sight 
    • Lockdown is activated when there is a threat inside the school  building. Creates a time barrier. 

    Students: 

    • Immediately move away from the threat 
    • Get to a safe area-classroom or away from the school  
    • Stay out of sight
    • Maintain silence 

    Teachers: 

    • Immediately bring students in to the classroom 
    • Lock the classroom door 
    • Cover interior windows, lights out 
    • Move away from sight 
    • Maintain silence 
    • Wait for First Responders to open the door 
    • Take attendance, account for students

     

     Last call for Lost & Found!

    • The lost and found pile keeps growing and growing and has taken over the front entryway, If your family is missing items, please visit the the Mountain of Lost Stuff.
    • Lunch boxes and smelly food containers are begging for the trash and will soon have their wishes granted.
    • Anything unclaimed by the Friday before Winter Break will be donated to the PTA Clothing Closet.

     

    ART SHOW AND SELL UPDATE

    TAKE NOTE: We’ve moved the date!! We now hope to host the Art Show & Sell on April 9th, 2022.  Please save the date! We will be doing a 1 day event this year. We will continue to evaluate PPS building and volunteer use policy allowing us to finalize plans. If Covid-19 impacts our ability to host a full show, we are making student art a priority with the hope of shifting student art sales off site. 

    To make the show a success we need volunteers!! See below for how you can help. 

    • Graphic Design/and or Marketing- Poster design and Social Media posts.  This can be one person or split between a team.  Tasks will be Jan-Feb.
    • Student Art- Gretchen Schnepper is signed up to help and will need 2-3 more volunteers.  This involves using a google doc survey to collect info, print price tags, and collect/set out student art. Tasks will be Late Feb, week of show, & after Spring Break to pay student artists.
    • Artist Liaison Shadow-  Michelle will be Artist Liaison/co-chair this year and is looking for someone to shadow her as her youngest is graduating Buckman soon.  It involves managing the professional artist applications, leading the layout/map making process and emailing out reminders.
    • House Manager- We move furniture in classrooms to run the show. This role involves taking/printing pictures in the building 2 weeks before the show allowing us to easily put the school back together. Also will help order/gather supplies needed prior to the show and carry a walkie talkie during the show to help problem solve   

    As we get final word on the PPS building and volunteer use policy we will post other volunteer roles that need filling (volunteer organizer, coffee maker, set up/take down leads, etc)

    Please get in touch if you are able to fill any of these roles!

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    The Buckman Year-End Ask is on! 

    Launched on Giving Tuesday (11/30), the Year-End Ask is the Buckman Foundation's annual fundraiser that seeks direct gifts from alumni, families, and members of the Buckman community. The Buckman Foundation aims to raise funds to support keeping Ms. Rudnick, our school media specialist, full-time, as well as bringing on a part-time reading interventionist in the 2021-2022 school year. Help support literacy at Buckman! 

    We only need 7 more donations, a gift of $5 or $10 goes a long way towards unlocking the sponsors pledge of $11,500. 

    Make a gift today at https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/yearendask2021/g/give and THANK YOU for supporting Buckman!

     

    LIBRARY NEWS:

    Get virtual access to all the books and resources over Winter Break!

    Multnomah County Library Connect - Students can now use their school ID as a public library card

     

    PTA NEWS:

    • Our next general PTA meeting is Tuesday, December 14th from 6-8pm. Hassan Dornayi, PPS Area Senior Director, will join us to follow up to questions from the last meeting and to provide an update on the principal search.

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84622508980?pwd=K09WNUZqTkN5S3FCZkFQUTgrOFJ5QT09

    Meeting ID: 846 2250 8980Passcode: 143031One tap mobile+16699006833,,84622508980#,,,,*143031# US (San Jose)+12532158782,,84622508980#,,,,*143031# US (Tacoma)
    • We have surpassed our winter teacher appreciation goal! Thank you to everyone who made a donation. Any additional donations (you can make through today!) or leftover funds will go toward our end of year appreciation event Room parents, PTA, and Foundation volunteers will be collecting winter break holiday notes, cards, chocolate or otherwise for teachers and staff. Our Buckman staff and teachers have been working so hard during a challenging year - let's shower them with a gift of holiday cheer! Please contact pta@buckmanelementary.org with suggestions for a local BIPOC owned restaurant we can consider ordering lunch from.

    SUN NEWS: 

     Sign up for winter SUN! General registration opens at 7am online here

    THANK YOU for all of your help with Season of Sharing. Yet again, we are able to give full boxes of items to each family who requested assistance this year. It is such a pleasure to work with this community. 

    Meet our new Family Resource Navigator! Her name is Diana Silva. Her position is new this year and essentially she is here as a  resource for the families of our students. She will split her time between Creston and Buckman, and has a budget to financially support families with bills, as well as having capacity to help families with applications, accessing other resources, etc. 

     

     

    December 3, 2021

    Hello Buckman Community!

    I hope this finds you well, and that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! I enjoyed having time to connect with my family. Teachers were thrilled to be able to conference with you about your child(s) progress. I am impressed that even with all the challenges that COVID presents, your students are actively engaged in their school work. It is great to have your children back in their classrooms and working hard. Their ownership, and consistency to produce their best work in all content areas is exciting to see. Asking questions, completing assignments, and checking their work before they hand it in are all Buckman Bear skills that we want them to enjoy and master as they progress. 

    Despite the cooler temperatures, the sunshine has been welcome for Lunch/Recess. With two weeks before Winter Break, spirits and energy are running high, and the listening,  cooperation, and problem solving that is developing as your children play is much appreciated. Their ability to problem solve minor situations is a great skill that we want all our students to get really good at. 

    A heartfelt thank you to all families that have contributed to the Buckman Foundation. These additional funds beyond what the district is able to give us are needed in order for your children to have the best educational experience possible. 

    Thank you for your children, it is great to have them back in class, and we look forward to two more strong weeks of learning!

    Sincerely,

    Fred


    Important Upcoming Dates:

    • 11/30-12/31 Foundation Year-End Ask
    • 12/20-12/31 No School, Winter Holiday
    • 1/3/22 First Day of School

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    The Buckman Year-End Ask is on! Launched on Giving Tuesday (11/30), the Year-End Ask is the Buckman Foundation's annual fundraiser that seeks direct gifts from alumni, families, and members of the Buckman community. The Buckman Foundation aims to raise funds to support keeping Ms. Rudnick, our school media specialist, full-time, as well as bringing on a part-time reading interventionist in the 2021-2022 school year. Help support literacy at Buckman! 

    A group of sponsors has pledged a total of $11,500 if we can meet our goal of receiving 50 gifts of ANY amount before December 31. A gift of $5 or $10 goes a long way towards unlocking the pledged donations, taking us all closer toward our long-term goal of funding these crucial positions at our school.

    Make a gift today at https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/yearendask2021/g/give and THANK YOU for supporting Buckman!

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

    Get virtual access to all the books and resources over Winter Break and beyond!

     

    PTA NEWS

    • Our next general PTA meeting is December 14th from 6-7pm. Hassan Dornayi, PPS Area Senior Director, will join us to follow up to questions from the last meeting and to provide an update on the principal search.
    • We are just a few hundred dollars away from our teacher appreciation goal! Help us give thanks to our wonderful teachers and staff with gift cards and lunch! Room parents, PTA, and Foundation volunteers will be collecting winter break holiday notes, cards, chocolate or otherwise for teachers and staff. Contact your room parent or drop off during Foundation apparel and Scrip sales (Monday, December 13th). For parents that want to give gifts, please provide a donation online by Friday, December 10th.  Our Buckman staff and teachers have been working so hard during a challenging year - let's shower them with a gift of holiday cheer! Please contact pta@buckmanelementary.org with suggestions for a local BIPOC owned restaurant we can consider ordering lunch from.
    • Grab your BLUE Bottle Drop bag and return your bottles and cans to benefit Buckman! Bags available from PTA dad Jeff, with orange backpack and skateboard on Mondays and Fridays at pickup and drop off.
    • Purchase SCRIP gift cards and support Buckman!  Did you know PTA has a variety of gift cards available for purchase? A percentage (4-15%) of each gift card sold goes back to Buckman. Grab for your regular shopping needs or gift to someone else. Gift card sales are cash (or check made out to "Buckman PTA Scrip"), available during Foundation Apparel sales. We have many, many gift cards in stock (Fred Meyer, Safeway, New Seasons, Wal-Mart to name a few!). Come take a look and grab those stocking stuffers.

     

    SUN NEWS 

    • The SUN Winter Term Course Catalog is here! Take a look and get excited for registration. Early bird registration (for families needing scholarships) has begun via hard/paper copy form, then general registration will open online at 7am on Dec 13. 
    • There are still some Season of Sharing items needing to be claimed! Look here to find an item request (or a few) that you'd like to fulfill. Items can be brought to the front office or to SUN after school. Please bring all donated items to Buckman as soon as possible.  If you don't see anything on the list yet, keep checking for new additions!

     


     

    November 26, 2021

    Hello Buckman community!  


    Time has flown by, and I am sure that you are all looking forward to Conferences and Thanksgiving. If you have not signed up for a conference, I strongly encourage you to do so, as it gives you a chance to get a good sense of the progress that your student is making. Every day, when I walk by or visit classrooms, I see students focused and working hard. As we move on toward the Holiday Season, it is so important that we make every day of learning count, social-emotional, academic and the arts! 

    At Lunch/Recess, I really enjoy the friendly waves and hellos from students. When occasional issues arise, most students are responsive to problem-solving in the moment and then returning to play. The unabashed tag, soccer and football, as well as quieter games and conversations are great to see. 

    Thank you for your wonderful children, and I wish I had their energy! I hope conferences go well. 

    Happy Thanksgiving!  

    Sincerely,

    Fred

    Important Upcoming Dates:

    • 11/14-11/25 Online Book Fair
    • 11/22-11/23 No School, Parent Conferences
    • 11/24-11/26 No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

    Parent-Teacher Conferences next week:

    We are excited to connect with all of you during parent-teacher conferences next week. Every chance we have to build community is valuable, but we find the need especially important this year.  If you have not signed up for conferences yet please contact your student's teacher to do so.

    "Lost & Found" items want to come home

    • The lost and found pile has grown like your child over summer break. If your family is missing items, please visit the the Mountain of Lost Stuff in the front entryway.   
    • Lunch boxes and smelly food containers are begging for the trash and will soon have their wishes granted.
    • Anything unclaimed by Winter Break will be donated to the PTA Clothing Closet.

    Upcoming Safety Drill: November 30, 2021

    Buckman will be conducting a Lockout: Secure the Perimeter drill on November 30th. The day before and/or the morning of the drill, teachers will alert students and practice what actions to take when this alarm sounds. Teachers take care when doing this preparation to ensure it is done in an age appropriate manner and with sensitivity knowing that drills can be stressful for many students. Please take time to read the following information about the Lockout: Secure the Perimeter drill and talk it over with your student in a way that makes sense for your student/family. Thank you for your partnership in supporting students in learning/practicing this important safety protocol. For information from PPS Emergency Management regarding additional drills: English | Spanish. If you have questions, please contact the office. 

    Lockout: Secure the Perimeter Procedures
    Lockout is activated when there is an unsafe situation outside the school building. Designated personnel are assigned to secure the exterior doors to the building.
    Student actions:
    Return and remain inside the school building
    Business as usual inside the classroom
    Teacher actions:
    Bring everyone indoors
    Ensure exterior doors are locked
    Increase situational awareness
    Take attendance
    Business as usual inside the classroom

    5th Grade Fundraiser for p:ear

    The 5th grade students are creating and selling cookbooks to create donation backpacks for p:ear.
    For more information and how to order:  Cookbooks for a Cause

    FOUNDATION NEWS

     

    Thank you for participating in our Buckman Dines out at Xico and to our Buckman parent Liz for hosting us.
    Save the Date for December dines out at Sparky's pizza, December 7th all locations.

    LIBRARY NEWS

    ONLINE BOOK FAIR 11/14-11/28 bit.ly/BuckmanBookFair2021

    Orders ship directly to your home. Free shipping on orders over $25! Don't have an order that meets $25? Join with another family to save on shipping! All proceeds from the fair benefit the library and school classrooms. Bonus: Teachers LOVE getting book donations from the book fair from their students for their classroom libraries!

    PTA NEWS

    • Help us appreciate our wonderful teachers and staff this holiday season! Room parents, PTA, and Foundation volunteers will be collecting winter break holiday notes, cards, and chocolate for teachers and staff. Contact your room parent or drop off during Foundation apparel and Scrip sales (Monday, December 13th). For parents that want to give gifts, please provide a donation online by Friday, December 10th. We distribute the funds equally to teachers and staff (link will ask you to sign in and then direct you to where you can make a secure donation). Our Buckman staff and teachers have been working so hard during a challenging year - let's shower them with a gift of holiday cheer!
    • We are only a few paid memberships to our goal of 75! While paying for a membership allows you to cast an official vote at PTA meetings, it does so much more! Memberships are only $9.50 and allow us to support our school in so many ways, while also supporting advocacy and policy efforts supporting children and schools across Oregon. Help us reach our goal and grab yours today!
    • Grab your BLUE Bottle Drop bag and return your bottles and cans to benefit Buckman! Buckman will receive a 20% MATCH for all funds raised from November 15th through the end of the month! You can find your closest location here. What an easy way to raise money for our beloved school!
    • Purchase SCRIP gift cards and support Buckman!  Did you know PTA has a variety of gift cards available for purchase? A percentage (4-15%) of each gift card sold goes back to Buckman. Grab for your regular shopping needs or gift to someone else. Gift card sales are cash only (or check made out to "Buckman PTA Scrip"), and will be sold on the upper playground on the following dates from 3:00 - 4:30:
      • Monday, December 13th

    We have many, many gift cards in stock (Fred Meyer, Safeway, New Seasons, Starbucks, to name a few!). Come take a look and grab those stocking stuffers!

    SUN NEWS

    • Want a holiday tree but aren't able to afford one yourself? The Giving Trees organization is delivering to families this season! You can request one here.   Each delivery is 100% volunteer-driven and will include a tree, a tree stand, lights, ornaments, and other holiday goodies.
    • Are you interested in getting yourself or your child a COVID vaccine but aren't sure where to go? Contact Katie for information on local clinics and pop-up events. 
    • The SUN Winter Term Course Catalog is here! Take a look and get excited for registration. Early bird registration (for families needing scholarships) begins via hard/paper copy form on Nov 29, then general registration will open online at 7am on Dec 13.        WINTER CATALOG
    • Season of Sharing wishlists are in! Look here to find an item request (or a few) that you'd like to fulfill. Items can be brought to the front office or to SUN after school. Please bring all donated items to Buckman no  later than December 6th. If you don't see anything on the list yet, keep checking for new additions!

    Friday, November 12, 2021

    Hello Buckman community!  

    Despite the continuing rain, I hope that you and your children are doing well and enjoying this teacher planning day. In recent classroom visits, I have seen students working hard practicing letter formation, doing IMath online, understanding contour and shading in Visual Art,  playing basic rhythms in Music, and I heard a fifth grade story that was impressive. 

    As we move toward Thanksgiving Holiday, it is exciting to know that  parents now have the option to get their students vaccinated. I appreciate that except when eating, our students are consistently wearing their masks which greatly contributes to the safety of our community--Thank you! 

    At today's "Coffee with the Principal," AP Lisa Ditto and I answered different questions.  If you have questions regarding the COVID testing process, please email Samantha at sbruner@pps.net.  As colder and rainier weather becomes more of our norm, we shared that we are able to have students eat indoors, but that weather permitting we will continue to have some students eat outdoors under the covered structure when possible. Unless the weather is particularly wet and/or cold, recess will continue to be outdoors. 

    If your child participated in MAP testing, results will be available soon.  

    I am proud of our entire community for making the most of learning during COVID-19,  and Ms. Ditto and I look forward to continuing to support you and your children.

    Have a great weekend!

    Fred


    Important Upcoming Dates:

    • 11/14-11/25 Online Book Fair
    • 11/15  TAG Meeting 5:30-6:15pm
    • 11/18  Picture Retakes
    • 11/18  Dines Out @ Xico
    • 11/22-11/23 No School, Parent Conferences
    • 11/24-11/26 No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

    TAG MEETING:

    You are invited to join us for a virtual overview of the PPS Talented and Gifted (TAG) process on November 15 from 5:30-6:15pm. [Buckman TAG Google Meet]   Ms. Betz, the Buckman TAG Coordinator, will be sharing information regarding how to nominate a student for testing.  She will also provide updates for folks with students who are currently qualified. The meeting will end with an open Q & A session. Please feel free to drop in at the time that best suits your needs. If you have student specific questions, please email Ms. Betz at mbetz@pps.net. Thank you!  

    TAG parent presentationMonday, November 15 · 5:30 – 6:15pmGoogle Meet joining infoVideo call link: https://meet.google.com/sjs-qksd-qnoOr dial: ‪(US) +1 929-333-4713‬ PIN: ‪584 250 072‬#More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/sjs-qksd-qno?pin=9381458576354

    Agenda:

    5:30-5:45 PM: info on nomination process for prospective TAG students
    5:45-6:00 PM: info on TAG services for currently qualified students
    6:00-6:15 PM: Open Q & A

     

    PICTURE RETAKES:                 

    Anyone that wants a retake picture and previously ordered on original day will need to bring their old packages that they ordered in to return to the photographers.

    If you had previously ordered pictures and took a picture on retake day, the original package that you ordered will automatically be remade using the new image that was taken.

    Commonly asked questions:

    Can I still order on retake day?

    • Yes, if you have not previously ordered you can still order. You can order directly by visiting dorianstudio.com and searching for your school’s name. Your online order can be placed before and up to four (4) days after picture day. You can also use an ordering envelope that you will need to bring to the photographer when you take your picture.

    What is a reason to go to retake picture day?  There are a few reasons for retake day:

    • Students that ordered pictures on the original day but are unsatisfied with their photo.
    • Students that enrolled after the original picture day.
    • Students that missed the previous picture day.

    Do I need to bring proof of my online order?

    • You do not! When online ordering you enter identifying information that will be traced to your image using things like: teacher, grade, first/last name.  DORIAN FLYER

     

    CHAMPIONS NEWS:

    Champions is Hiring

     

    LIBRARY NEWS:

    ONLINE BOOK FAIR 11/14-11/28 bit.ly/BuckmanBookFair2021 

    PTA NEWS

    • We are only 7 paid memberships to our goal of 75! While paying for a membership allows you to cast an official vote at PTA meetings, it does so much more! Memberships are only $9.50 and allow us to support our school in so many ways, while also supporting advocacy and policy efforts supporting children and schools across Oregon. Help us reach our goal and grab yours today!
    • Don't forget to sign up for Konstella! If you have not already signed up for Konstella, please do so now. Konstella is the primary platform used across Buckman to connect with other families, announce events, fundraising efforts, news, engagement opportunities and more. Just download the app to your phone (or head over to www.konstella.org), join using this link and add your children to their classrooms.
    • Grab your BLUE Bottle Drop bag and return your bottles and cans to benefit Buckman! Buckman will receive a 20% MATCH for all funds raised from November 15th through the end of the month! You can find your closest location here. What an easy way to raise money for our beloved school!
    • Purchase SCRIP gift cards and support Buckman!  Did you know PTA has a variety of gift cards available for purchase? A percentage (4-15%) of each gift card sold goes back to Buckman. Grab for your regular shopping needs or gift to someone else. Gift card sales are cash only (or check made out to "Buckman PTA Scrip"), and will be sold on the upper playground on the following dates from 3:00 - 4:30:
      • Monday, November 15th
      • Monday, December 13th

                  We have many, many gift cards in stock (Fred Meyer, Safeway, New Seasons, Starbucks, to name a few!). Come take a look and stock up for the holidays!

    • Charleston Wrap fundraiser is still underway for 3 MORE DAYS (November 15th)! Close to 40% of all proceeds go directly to our PTA, which helps to fund grants, classroom supplies, appreciation gifts and other programs to support staff, teachers and families. And there's much more than wrapping paper, so take a look and stock up - and don't forget to share with friends and family. 

    SUN NEWS

    • Host families needed! Contact Virginia Doss, Senior Regional Director at CIEE, if you're interested in learning more.
    • GOLDENBALL basketball registration is open! Contact Katie if you've got a team you'd like to register, or if you'd like to coach a team. Individual player registration forms can be found here or ask your teacher/Katie for a hard copy. The league is open to 3rd-5th grade players of all genders. Find more information at the Portland Parks and Rec website
    • Our Season of Sharing request form is live! Complete this form if you would like to request assistance with items needed for your family this winter. Please note that this is NOT a holiday drive. We honor all beliefs and want to ensure that all feel welcome to participate in this opportunity. The intention of the Season of Sharing is to support our community members during the winter season. Teachers also have hard copies if you'd prefer to fill one out on paper.
    • SUN is still gladly accepting donations of individual, pre-packaged snacks, as well as new or gently used girls and boys bottoms (especially sizes 6-8).

     


     

    Friday, November 5, 2021

    Hello Buckman community!  

    The blue sky, shining sun, and fall colors are helping me forget the wind and rain that left us all rather soggy yesterday. I hope this three day weekend will give you and your students a chance to slow down, enjoy your time together and get ready for a great second quarter! 

    This past week I was able to drop in on different classrooms. I enjoyed seeing your students learning new concepts, carefully forming letters, analyzing and constructing sentences, painting very cool pumpkins, and learning the basics of drums and xylophones.  We are all so fortunate to have wonderful arts classes enhance the very important academic work that your students are doing. 

    Respecting classmates, not joking at the expense of others, and especially keeping hands and feet to ourselves remains critically important learning that keeps our whole community safe. Taking ownership of our actions, making repairs when needed, and having a conversation with your children about what that looks like both in class, specials and lunch/recess would be very helpful and contribute to Buckman Bear pride!

    School is super cool, and our commitment to making positive contributions large and small will keep our community a wonderful place to learn. It takes a village so every child feels valued. 

    Have a great weekend!

    Fred 

     

    Important Upcoming Dates:

    • 11/11  No School, Veteran's Day
    • 11/12  No School, Teacher Planning
    • 11/14-11/25 Online Book Fair
    • 11/18  Picture Retakes
    • 11/18  Dines Out @ Xico
    • 11/22-11/23 No School, Parent Conferences
    • 11/24-11/26 No School, Thanksgiving Holiday

     

    LIBRARY NEWS

     

    SUN NEWS:  

    • Children's (ages 5-11) COVID-19 vaccinations now available! Look here for where you can get onePediatric clinics and pharmacies may also have COVID vaccination opportunities for families who are interested. 
    • Save the date to pick-up a thanksgiving food box! Sunshine Division will have emergency food boxes available and/or frozen turkey kit (which includes a turkey and all the fixin’s!) at each pantry location for in person pick-up only the Monday prior to Thanksgiving on a first-come, first-served basis. Available for in person pick-up, at our two food pantry locations: 
      • 687 N. Thompson St. Portland, OR 97227 (503)823-2102 
        • Monday through Friday: 9:30am - 11:00am and 12:30pm - 3:30pm Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm 
      • 12436 SE Stark St. Portland, OR 97233 (971)255-0834 
        • Tuesday through Friday 9:30am—11:00am and 12:30pm—3:30pm (Monday week of Thanksgiving will be open) Saturday: 9:00am—1pm
    • GOLDENBALL basketball registration is open! Contact Katie if you've got a team you'd like to register, or if you'd like to coach a team. Individual player registration forms can be found here or ask your teacher/Katie for a hard copy. The league is open to 3rd-5th grade players of all genders. 
    • Our Season of Sharing request form is live! Complete this form if you would like to request assistance with items needed for your family this winter. Please note that this is NOT a holiday drive. We honor all beliefs and want to ensure that all feel welcome to participate in this opportunity. The intention of the Season of Sharing is to support our community members during the winter season. Teachers also have hard copies if you'd prefer to fill one out on paper.
    • Buckman Choir is looking for an accompanist! If you think you might be interested, please contact buckmanchoir(at)gmail.com for more information. 
    • UN is still gladly accepting donations of individual, pre-packaged snacks, as well as new or gently used girls and boys bottoms (especially sizes 6-8).

    FOUNDATION NEWS: 

    • Save the Date for the November Dines Out at Xico on Nov. 18th - a Buckman family owned restaurant (and one of the best restaurants in Portland)!!   You can dine in or pre-order and pick up.  More Info Here 
    • Thank you for your participation in the Raffle for Buckman! We exceeded our goal and raised $5,620, thank you to our donor for matching $1K!

    PTA NEWS:

    • We are only 15 annual PTA memberships away from our goal! Oregon PTA memberships are only $9.50 and allow us to support our school in so many ways, while also providing a voice in support of children and schools across Oregon. Help us reach our goal and grab yours today!
    • Room parents will be reaching out to classroom parents/caregivers soon. Room parents will be using Konstella in order to build virtual family community and connection. If you have not already signed up for Konstella, please do so now. Konstella is the primary platform used across Buckman to announce events, fundraising efforts, news, engagement opportunities and more. Just download the app to your phone (or head over to www.konstella.org), join using this link and add your children to their classrooms.
    • Grab your BLUE Bottle Drop bag and return your bottles and cans to benefit Buckman! Buckman will receive a 20% MATCH for all funds raised from November 15th through the end of the month! You can find your closest location here. What an easy way to raise money for our beloved school!
    • Purchase SCRIP gift cards and support Buckman!  Did you know PTA has a variety of gift cards available for purchase? A percentage (4-15%) of each gift card sold goes back to Buckman. Grab for your regular shopping needs or gift to someone else. Gift card sales are cash only (or check made out to "Buckman PTA Scrip"), and will be sold on the upper playground on the following dates from 3:00 - 4:30:
      • Monday, November 15th
      • Monday, December 13th

    We have the following Gift Cards in Stock:

    • Fred Meyer
    • New Seasons
    • and more around the holidays...stay tuned!
    • Charleston Wrap fundraiser is still underway! Due to limited in person fundraising opportunities this year, purchasing your upcoming holiday (and all occasion!) wrapping paper is an easy and effective way to support Buckman. Close to 40% of all proceeds go directly to our PTA, which helps to fund grants, classroom supplies, appreciation gifts and other programs to support staff, teachers and families. And there's much more than wrapping paper, so take a look and stock up - and don't forget to share with friends and family.

     


    Friday, October 29, 2021

    Hello Buckman community!  

    As we end another busy week of learning, thank you for your children. Their vibrancy, enthusiasm and desire to learn are inspiring. I have also appreciated their honesty, and desire to make amends when needed. 

    As I get used to the Buckman lunch/recess, thank you to all the parent volunteers who help to make this happen each day. You are invaluable and your efforts huge. Along with staff, we are helping all students make good choices such that recess is fun and safe for all. Please remind your student(s) to keep their hands and feet to themselves. Along with appropriate social distancing, these help keep all students and staff safe. 

    Happy Halloween, and I wish you a safe and relaxing weekend!

    Fred 

    Foundation Raffle Ends tonight at Midnight!

    Don't miss your chance to buy raffle tickets to help the foundation!  You could win 3 nights at the Astoria House or 4 nights at June Lake Pines.  All funds raised will go towards staffing positions at Buckman.   Check out the catalog for more detail:   https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/raffle2021

    • On Friday, November 12, Portland Public Schools teachers will have a day to build their skills and knowledge, and students will get a four-day weekend. That comes after the PPS Board of Education, at its meeting Tuesday, voted to turn November 12 into a professional development day for teachers.
    • Parking Reminders:  During student drop-off and pickup please be mindful of where you park.  We have received a number of calls in the office from our Buckman  neighbors with concerns of parents parking over their driveways and in no parking zones during the drop-off and pick-up times.
      • Please observe the parking and traffic signs in front of the school.  The school bus zone is located on the Pine Street side of the building, which is posted “No Parking” during school hours.  The yellow zone by the crosswalk on Pine Street is not a pickup area and must be kept clear.  Double parking is not allowed in front of the building; you interrupt the traffic flow and this becomes a safety issue.  There is no unattended parking in front of the building between 7:00 & 9:00 am and then again between 2:00 & 4:00 pm. 
    • COVID-19 screening testing for students: Many of you have signed up your students to participate. Unfortunately, OHSU is experiencing delays because of disruptions in the supply chain. We are sending the linked messages on behalf of PPS.  COVID-19 Screening Testing Message
    • The Buckman Art Show and Sell is a long standing (30+ years) tradition of our school.  Every March we turn our school into a gallery and host about 100 local community artists. In addition to community artists, our own student artists and alumni sell their art work, donating 30% to the school and keeping the rest!  Continue reading: Art Show & Sell Update Letter 
    • Chromebook Returns: If you haven't already done so it's time to return the Chromebooks that were given to students for use during CDL and hybrid learning.  Please send the device with your student or return to the Buckman office.

     

    Library News:

     

    SUN NEWS:

    • Sign up for a thanksgiving food box! Sunshine Division will have emergency food boxes available and/or frozen turkey kit (which includes a turkey and all the fixin’s!) at each pantry location for in person pick-up only the Monday prior to Thanksgiving on a first-come, first-served basis. Available for in person pick-up, at our two food pantry locations: 
      • 687 N. Thompson St. Portland, OR 97227 (503)823-2102 
        • Monday through Friday: 9:30am - 11:00am and 12:30pm - 3:30pm Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm 
      • 12436 SE Stark St. Portland, OR 97233 (971)255-0834 
        • Tuesday through Friday 9:30am—11:00am and 12:30pm—3:30pm (Monday week of Thanksgiving will be open) Saturday: 9:00am—1pm
    • GOLDENBALL basketball registration is open! Contact Katie if you've got a team you'd like to register, or if you'd like to coach a team. Individual player registration forms can be found here or ask your teacher/Katie for a hard copy. The league is open to 3rd-5th grade players of all genders. 
    • Our Season of Sharing request form is live! Complete this form if you would like to request assistance with items needed for your family this winter. Please note that this is NOT a holiday drive. We honor all beliefs and want to ensure that all feel welcome to participate in this opportunity. The intention of the Season of Sharing is to support our community members during the winter season. Teachers also have hard copies if you'd prefer to fill one out on paper.
    • Buckman Choir is looking for an accompanist! If you think you might be interested, please contact buckmanchoir(at)gmail.com for more information. 

     

    PTA NEWS:

    • There's still time for a trip to the pumpkin patch at Kirchem Farm ! There's only a few days left to visit Historic Kirchem Farm, where 10% of your purchase will be donated to the PTA. All you have to do is mention you are a Buckman family. The Farm has also agreed to generously waive a $10 car fee if you mention Buckman! Enjoy free hay wagon rides, a kids play zone, a hay maze, face painting, music and more! Find the pumpkin of your dreams! Kirchem Farm is located at 19723 S Bakers Ferry Road in Oregon City.
    • Room parents will be reaching out to classroom parents/caregivers soon. Room parents will be using Konstella in order to build virtual family community and connection. If you have not already signed up for Konstella, please do so now. Konstella is the primary platform used across Buckman to announce events, fundraising efforts, news, engagement opportunities and more. Just download the app to your phone (or head over to www.konstella.org), join using this link and add your children to their classrooms.
    • Purchase SCRIP gift cards and support Buckman!  Did you know PTA has a variety of gift cards available for purchase? A percentage (4-15%) of each gift card sold goes back to Buckman. Grab for your regular shopping needs or gift to someone else. Gift card sales are cash only (or check made out to "Buckman PTA Scrip"), and will be sold on the upper playground on the following dates from 3:00 - 4:30:
      • Monday, November 15th
      • Monday, December 13th
    • We have the following Gift Cards in Stock:
      • Fred Meyer
      • New Seasons
      • and more around the holidays...stay tuned!
    • Charleston Wrap fundraiser is still underway! Due to limited in person fundraising opportunities this year, purchasing your upcoming holiday (and all occasion!) wrapping paper is an easy and effective way to support Buckman. Close to 40% of all proceeds go directly to our PTA, which helps to fund grants, classroom supplies, appreciation gifts and other programs to support staff, teachers and families. And there's much more than wrapping paper, so take a look and stock up - and don't forget to share with friends and family.
    • Grab your blue Bottle Drop bag and return your bottles and cans to benefit Buckman! Each Friday, blue Bottle Drop bags (they look like garbage bags) will be available to you to bring home. Bag up your bottles and cans and drop off - the refund will go directly to Buckman!
    • Help restock our library! Thousands of dollars in books were lost during in-person learning. We are collecting  Library Donations, or you may go to the online wishlist to buy books directly. Let's help Darcy Rudnick build back the beloved Buckman Library!

     


     

    Friday, October 22, 2021

    Hello Buckman community!  

    The weather is changing, and that means two things: 1, our lost and found is bursting with abandoned jackets and sweaters that need to be collected, and 2, It is time for the reminder about weather-appropriate clothes. We will roll out Lost and Found to the front of school on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons. It is especially helpful if you’ve labeled your child’s jacket, lunch box and backpack with your child’s name, since many students have items that look similar. And, with the weather changing it is more important than ever to wear closed-toe shoes for warmth and dryness. Even in drizzly weather Buckman students go outside. 

    And it is time for another frequent reminder about vehicle safety at drop off and pick up. Too often we, as drivers, make decisions that seem harmless for the sake of ease or comfort. However, some of these behaviors have big hidden consequences particularly when we are around children and youth.  The congestion on 16th and on Pine contributes greatly to the parking decisions being made, so I would like to remind you that we have adult monitoring around significant lengths of Pine and 16th, and parking on Stark and 18th. Especially while we have these awesome early fall days, these are great and safe options.

    Chromebook Returns:

    Next week we will start collecting the Chromebooks that were given to students to use during CDL and hybrid learning.  Please send the device with your student or return to the Buckman office.

     

    LIBRARY NEWS:

     

    SUN News:

    • Thank you for keeping the upper playground clear after school! Our after-school programs (SUN and Champions) really appreciate your help in keeping our students safe and healthy. 
    • Buckman Choir is looking for an accompanist! If you think you might be interested, please contact buckmanchoir(at)gmail.com for more information. 
    • Our Season of Sharing request form is live! Complete this form if you would like to request assistance with items needed for your family this winter. Please note that this is NOT a holiday drive. We honor all beliefs and want to ensure that all feel welcome to participate in this opportunity. The intention of the Season of Sharing is to support our community members during the winter season. Teachers also have hard copies if you'd prefer to fill one out on paper.
    • SUN is seeking donations for our upcycled art class! We are looking for sport bottle caps, shoe boxes, metallic-colored sharpies, and blu tack. If you have any to share, you can drop them off with the front office. Thank you!

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS:

    • Fall Raffle:   Our Fall raffle includes 2 getaways, Astoria house and June Lake Pines...tickets are $20, buy 5 get one free.  All proceeds go towards staffing positions at Buckman, check out the catalog for more detail:   https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/raffle2021

     

    PTA News

    • Celebrate Fall with Kirchem Farm all month long and support Buckman! This year, we have the unique opportunity to support a Buckman Family owned Heirloom Pumpkin Patch while also enjoying some family fun. Through the month of October Weekends if you go to Historic Kirchem Farm10% of your purchase will be donated to the PTA. All you have to do is mention you are a Buckman Family. The Farm has also agreed to generously waive a $10 car fee if you mention Buckman! Enjoy free hay wagon rides, a kids play zone, a hay maze, face painting, music and more! Find the pumpkin of your dreams! Kirchem Farm is located at 19723 S Bakers Ferry Road in Oregon City.
    • Have you considered supporting Buckman PTA through a paid membership? Search for Buckman and join today - membership is only $9.50 and supports school related activities all year long. You do NOT need to have a paid membership to participate in PTA meetings or events, but memberships do provide direct financial support and keep us in a position to continue supporting our school community as much as we can.
    • Purchase SCRIP gift cards and support Buckman!  Did you know PTA has a variety of gift cards available for purchase? A percentage (4-15%) of each gift card sold goes back to Buckman. Grab for your regular shopping needs or gift to someone else. Gift card sales are cash only (or check made out to "Buckman PTA Scrip"), and will be sold on the upper playground on the following dates from 3:00 - 4:30:
      • Monday, November 15th
      • Monday, December 13th
    • We have the following Gift Cards in Stock:
      • Fred Meyer
      • New Seasons
      • and more around the holidays...stay tuned!
    • Charleston Wrap is back! If you need wrapping paper for upcoming holidays and celebrations, look no further -- and support Buckman at the same time in just a few easy clicks! The paper is beautiful and unique, and a large portion of proceeds go directly back to Buckman PTA. There's much more than wrapping paper, so take a look and stock up - and don't forget to share with friends and family.
    • Grab your blue Bottle Drop bag and return your bottles and cans to benefit Buckman! Each Friday, blue Bottle Drop bags (they look like garbage bags) will be available to you to bring home. Bag up your bottles and cans and drop off - the refund will go directly to Buckman!
    • Help restock our library! Thousands of dollars in books were lost during in-person learning. We are collecting  Library Donations, or you may go to the online wishlist to buy books directly. Let's help Darcy Rudnick build back the beloved Buckman Library!
    • Remember to make your classroom supplies contribution. Just a friendly reminder that many classrooms are still in need of dollar contributions for school supplies. Life has been busy! If you have not yet donated to your child's class, you can still do so by clicking on your teacher's link below. If donating is a financial hardship, please contact Katie Olson at kolson@impactnw.org

     

     


     

    Friday, October 15, 2021

    Dear Buckman Parents and Families,   

    As Ms. Ditto and I round out our first week, we both feel very fortunate to be able to serve the vibrant and rich Buckman community. We both look forward to getting to know you as the year progresses. 

    Sincerely,

    Fred Locke 

    Student Lunches and Recess:

    Fall is upon us and the weather is constantly changing.  We are planning to have students eat lunch and have recess outside for as long as possible.  Please make sure that your student comes to school everyday with appropriate outerwear for the fluctuating weather.

    Curious about what is being served for hot lunch? Check out the menus here:  https://www.pps.net/nutrition 

    Library News:

     
    SUN NEWS:
    • Our Season of Sharing request form is live! Complete this form if you would like to request assistance with items needed for your family this winter. Please note that this is NOT a holiday drive. We honor all beliefs and want to ensure that all feel welcome to participate in this opportunity. The intention of the Season of Sharing is to support our community members during the winter season. Teachers also have hard copies if you'd prefer to fill one out on paper. 
    • Need more raincoats! Our clothing closet got wiped out due to all the earlier rain and we need more raincoats. If you've got an old raincoat your child's grown out of, consider donating to SUN! You can drop off gently used and washed raincoats at the front office. 
    • Save the dates - NEXT WEEKFamily Equity Team meeting at 5:30pm on October 19th for BIPOC families, followed by the Aligning Ourselves as a Community event at 6:15pm on October 19th, open to all families. 
    • Buckman Choir is looking for an accompanist! If you think you might be interested, please contact buckmanchoir@gmail.com for more information.
    • Volunteer with Buckman SUN! If you're looking for a way to volunteer with Buckman SUN, we could use extra hands to support outdoor snack and recess from 3-3:30 and 4:10-4:40 Mondays-Thursdays. If you're interested in helping out, email Tabitha at tteo@impactnw.org

    FOUNDATION NEWS:

    • Fall Raffle:   Our Fall raffle includes 2 getaways, Astoria house and June Lake Pines...tickets are $20, buy 5 get one free.  All proceeds go towards staffing positions at Buckman, check out the catalog for more detail:   https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/raffle2021
    • Apparel sale next Monday 10/18 upper playground 3-3:45, new beanies are in!
     
    PTA News:
    • Celebrate Fall with Kirchem Farm all month long and support Buckman! This year, we have the unique opportunity to support a Buckman Family owned Heirloom Pumpkin Patch while also enjoying some family fun. Through the month of October Weekends if you go to Historic Kirchem Farm10% of your purchase will be donated to the PTA. All you have to do is mention you are a Buckman Family. The Farm has also agreed to generously waive a $10 car fee if you mention Buckman! Enjoy free hay wagon rides, a kids play zone, a hay maze, face painting, music and more! Find the pumpkin of your dreams! October 16th is Buckman Family Day.  Come support Kirchem farm as they support the school! Kirchem Farm is located at 19723 S Bakers Ferry Road in Oregon City.
    • Have you considered supporting Buckman PTA through a paid membership? Search for Buckman and join today - membership is only $9.50 and supports school related activities all year long. You do NOT need to have a paid membership to participate in PTA meetings or events, but memberships do provide direct financial support and keep us in a position to continue supporting our school community as much as we can.
    • Purchase SCRIP gift cards and support Buckman!  Did you know PTA has a variety of gift cards available for purchase? A percentage (4-15%) of each gift card sold goes back to Buckman. Grab for your regular shopping needs or gift to someone else. Gift card sales are cash only (or check made out to "Buckman PTA Scrip"), and will be sold on the upper playground on the following dates from 3:00 - 4:30:
      • Monday, October 18th
      • Monday, November 15th
      • Monday, December 13th   
    • We have the following Gift Cards in Stock:
      • Fred Meyer
      • New Seasons
      • and more around the holidays...stay tuned!
    • Charleston Wrap is back! If you need wrapping paper for upcoming holidays and celebrations, look no further -- and support Buckman at the same time in just a few easy clicks! The paper is beautiful and unique, and a large portion of proceeds go directly back to Buckman PTA. There's much more than wrapping paper, so take a look and stock up - and don't forget to share with friends and family.
    • Help restock our library! Thousands of dollars in books were lost during in-person learning. We are collecting  Library Donations, or you may go to the online wishlist to buy books directly. Let's help Darcy Rudnick build back the beloved Buckman Library!
    • Remember to make your classroom supplies contribution. Just a friendly reminder that many classrooms are still in need of dollar contributions for school supplies. Life has been busy! If you have not yet donated to your child's class, you can still do so by clicking on your teacher's link below. If donating is a financial hardship, please contact Katie Olson at kolson@impactnw.org
    K-2 SES - Abrahams K- Dewson K- Ingraham K- Molina
    1st - Agre 1st - Danielson 1st - Miles  
    2nd - Lee 2nd - Roberts 2nd - Rockness  
    3-5 SES - Carabajal 3rd - Betz 3rd - Christy 3rd - Gifford
    4th - Ekelof 4th - Rudolph 4th - Walker  
    5th - Jensen 5th - Nichenko 5th - Nicholl  

     


    Friday, October 8, 2021

    Hello Buckman community!  

    Here are some quick updates and reminders for upcoming events as we head into our three-day weekend.

    Inservice Day: NO SCHOOL

    Tomorrow, Friday, October 8th is a statewide Inservice Day 

    Student Lunches:

    Fall is upon us and the weather is constantly changing.  We are planning to have students eat lunches outside for as long as possible.  Please make sure that your student comes to school everyday with appropriate outerwear for the weather.

    We are still in need of parent volunteers to help supervise during lunches and recess.  Please email Samantha http://sbruner@pps.net if you would like to sign up to help.

    Curious about what is being served for hot lunch? Check out the menus here:  https://www.pps.net/nutrition

    COVID-19 Testing:    Important Informational Letter 

    In our continued effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, Buckman will participate in a weekly COVID-19 Screening Testing Program. Screening testing provides early detection of COVID-19, even when individuals have no apparent COVID-19-like symptoms.  

    If you are interested in having your student(s) participate in this free weekly COVID-19 screening testing program, please be sure to return a signed copy of the opt-ins packet that were sent home with your student last week.  We anticipate that this testing will start by the end of October.

     

    Library News:

    Buckman Library Online Catalog

     
    SUN NEWS:

     

    • Volunteer with Buckman SUN! If you're looking for a way to volunteer with Buckman SUN, we could use extra hands to support outdoor snack and recess from 3-3:30 and 4:10-4:40 Mondays-Thursdays. If you're interested in helping out, email Tabitha at tteo@impactnw.org.
    • Need more raincoats! Our clothing closet got wiped out last week and we need more raincoats. If you've got an old raincoat your child's grown out of, consider donating to SUN! You can drop off gently used and washed raincoats at the front office. 
    • Save the datesFamily Equity Team meeting at 5:30pm on October 19th for BIPOC families, followed by the Aligning Ourselves as a Community event at 6:15pm on October 19th, open to all families. 
    • Buckman Choir is looking for an accompanist! If you think you might be interested, please contact buckmanchoir@gmail.com for more information. 

    FOUNDATION NEWS:

    Buckman Dines Out - Save the date! Next Wednesday, October 13th at Ankeny Tap & Table.  There's plenty of outdoor seating and to-go orders available.  20% of your tab directly benefits Buckman Foundation. Info Flyer Here 

    Fall Raffle:

    Our Fall raffle includes 2 getaways, Astoria house and June Lake Pines...tickets are $20, buy 5 get one free.  All proceeds go towards staffing positions at Buckman, check out the catalog for more detail:

    https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/raffle2021

    PTA NEWS:

    • Celebrate Fall with Kirchem Farm all month long and support Buckman! This year, we have the unique opportunity to support a Buckman Family owned Heirloom Pumpkin Patch while also enjoying some family fun. Through the month of October Weekends if you go to Historic Kirchem Farm10% of your purchase will be donated to the PTA. All you have to do is mention you are a Buckman Family. The Farm has also agreed to generously waive a $10 car fee if you mention Buckman! Enjoy free hay wagon rides, a kids play zone, a hay maze, face painting, music and more! Find the pumpkin of your dreams! October 16th is Buckman Family Day.  Come support Kirchem farm as they support the school! Kirchem Farm is located at 19723 S Bakers Ferry Road in Oregon City.
    • Have you considered supporting Buckman PTA through a paid membership? Search for Buckman and join today - membership is only $9.50 and supports school related activities all year long. You do NOT need to have a paid membership to participate in PTA meetings or events, but memberships do provide direct financial support and keep us in a position to continue supporting our school community as much as we can.
    • Join us at our first PTA meeting of the year from Tuesday, October 12th from 6-8pm and meet your new Buckman PTA. There are so many ways to get involved and roll up your sleeves. We are excited to meet you!
    • Purchase Scrip gift cards and support Buckman!  Did you know PTA has a variety of gift cards available for purchase? A percentage (4-15%) of each gift card sold goes back to Buckman. Grab for your regular shopping needs or gift to someone else. Gift card sales are cash only (or check made out to "Buckman PTA Scrip"), and will be sold on the upper playground on the following dates from 3:00pm - 4:30pm:
      • Monday, October 18th
      • Monday, November 15th
      • Monday, December 13th
    • We have the following Gift Cards in Stock:
      • Fred Meyer
      • New Seasons

              and more around the holidays...stay tuned!

    • Charleston Wrap is back! If you need wrapping paper for upcoming holidays and celebrations, look no further -- and support Buckman at the same time in just a few easy clicks! The paper is beautiful and unique, and a large portion of proceeds go directly back to Buckman PTA. There's much more than wrapping paper, so take a look and stock up - and don't forget to share with friends and family.

    Friday, October 1, 2021

    We are finishing up our first month of school and we have already seen many changes around here at Buckman.  Thank you to our community for your big-hearted show of support for our staff.   

    Picture Day:

    Our picture day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 6th.  Picture day forms were sent home with students 2 weeks ago.  If you did not receive the order forms please reach out to your child's teacher.  More information from Dorian Here 

    Fall Raffle:

    Our Fall raffle includes 2 getaways, Astoria house and June Lake Pines...tickets are $20, buy 5 get one free.  All proceeds go towards staffing positions at Buckman, check out the catalog for more detail:

    https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/raffle2021

    Inservice Day:

    Friday, October 8th is a statewide Inservice Day 

    COVID-19 Testing:    Important Informational Letter 

    In our continued effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, Buckman will participate in a weekly COVID-19 Screening Testing Program. Screening testing provides early detection of COVID-19, even when individuals have no apparent COVID-19-like symptoms.  

     If you are interested in having your student(s) participate in this free weekly COVID-19 screening testing program, please be sure to return a signed copy of the opt-ins packet coming home with your student tomorrow.

    Library News:

    SUN News:

    • Thank you for keeping the upper playground clear after school! Our after-school programs (SUN and Champions) really appreciate your help in keeping our students safe and healthy. 
    • Join the first Family Equity Team meeting of the year on October 19th at 5:30! It will be a virtual BIPOC-only family event where we can gather and hold community, check in with folks and gather ideas for what they'd like to see happening for the rest of the year. Join the meeting here
    • Save the date for a community conversation with our family leadership groups and staff to talk about aligning our work as a community with these social justice standards. October 19th at 6:15pm. All families are welcome.
    • SUN is seeking donations for our upcycled art class! We are looking for sport bottle caps, shoe boxes, metallic-colored sharpies, and blu tack. If you have any to share, you can drop them off with the front office. Thank you!

    ​​​​​​​PTA News:

    • Have you considered supporting Buckman PTA through a paid membership? Search for Buckman and join today - membership is only $9.50 and supports school related activities all year long. You do NOT need to have a paid membership to participate in PTA meetings or events, but memberships do provide direct financial support and keep us in a position to continue supporting our school community as much as we can.
    • Join us at our first PTA meeting of the year from Tuesday, October 12th from 6-8pm and meet your new Buckman PTA. There are so many ways to get involved and roll up your sleeves. We are excited to meet you!
    • Purchase Scrip gift cards and support Buckman!  Did you know PTA has a variety of gift cards available for purchase? A percentage (4-15%) of each gift card sold goes back to Buckman. Grab for your regular shopping needs or gift to someone else. Gift card sales are cash only (or check made out to "Buckman PTA Scrip"), and will be sold on the upper playground on the following dates from 3:00 - 4:30:
      • Monday, October 18th
      • Monday, November 15th
      • Monday, December 13th

               We have the following gift cards in stock:

                --Fred Meyer            --New Seasons            --Starbucks            --Safeway            --Washman            --and more around the holidays!
    • We need a Room Parent for Miles, Nicholl and Lee!  If you are interested in stepping up to support any of these classrooms, please email pta@buckmanelementary.org. We will be hosting monthly Room Parent virtual meetings as a way to connect and engage with others, and share messaging and information with classroom families. Day and time of calls is TBD and will be short and sweet. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm! 
    • Charleston Wrap is back! If you need wrapping paper for upcoming holidays and celebrations, look no further -- and support Buckman at the same time in just a few easy clicks! The paper is beautiful and unique, and a large portion of proceeds go directly back to Buckman PTA. There's much more than wrapping paper, so take a look and stock up - and don't forget to share with friends and family.

     

    Opportunities for our young athletes: 

    A message from Cleveland Warrior Athletics 

     

    Professionals with Dyslexia Meeting

    Your PTA treasurer is dyslexic and wants to invite like-minded parents, professionals, and educators to a monthly ADHD and/or Dyslexia online meeting with other folks in Oregon where we talk about life after school and life in the working world as an adult with ADHD and/or Dyslexia. Conversation is casual and uplifting and revolves around learning tools, work arounds, reading programs and spell check, our unique abilities, graduate school, squirrels, projects we’re working on, and ambitions. Tuesday October 5, 2021 at 7pm. https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87619572263



     

    Friday, September 24 , 2021

    Hello Buckman community!  

    Here's your weekly news update.

    Library News:

     

    Sun News:

     

    • SUN after-school classes start Monday! Check your active account for information about picking up your student and to confirm what classes they are enrolled in. Contact Katie with any questions. 
    • Sign up for chess! There's still plenty of room. More info and sign up here
    • Save the date for a community conversation with our family leadership groups and staff to talk about aligning our work as a community with these social justice standards. October 19th at 6:15pm. All families are welcome. 
    • SUN is always seeking donations! We are currently asking for individual pre-packaged snacks for our students attending after-school programming. If you'd like to make a financial donation, you can make one here (note "Buckman SUN" in the "special program of support" field). 

     

    PTA News:

    • The SUN program continues to have a need for pre-packaged snacks. Please connect with Katie Olson to coordinate drop off: kolson@impactnw.org.
    • Have you considered supporting Buckman PTA through a paid membership? Search for Buckman and join today - membership is only $9.50 and supports school related activities all year long. Please note, that you don't need to have a paid membership to participate in PTA meetings or events, but memberships do provide direct financial support and keep us in a position to continue supporting our school community as much as we can. Plus, your school PTA rocks!
    • Join us at our first PTA meeting of the year from Wednesday, October 12th from 6-8pm and meet your new Buckman PTA. There are so many ways to get involved and roll up your sleeves. We are excited to meet you!
    • Purchase Scrip gift cards and support Buckman!  Did you know PTA has a variety of gift cards available for purchase (cash only)? A percentage (4-15%) of each gift card sold goes back to Buckman. Gift cards are a great way to complete your shopping, and they make great gifts. Shop at Fred Meyer? Grab regular drinks at Starbucks? Purchase gift cards with us and use to fund those routine sales! In person gift card sales are cash only. We will be selling Scrip on the upper playground blacktop on the following dates from 3:00 - 4:30:
      • Monday, September 20th (8:30 AM only)
      • Monday, October 18th
      • Monday, November 15th
      • Monday, December 13th
    • Who wants to coordinate the yearbook and take pictures? The PTA is looking for both a yearbook coordinator AND photographers. If taking photos and/or design is your jam, please reach out to Jeff Burns at jeff@organicmodern.com

    • Calling all Room Parents! So far, we only have room parents secured for Danielson, Betz, Ingraham, Rockness and Ashley. If you are interested in supporting teachers and helping lead your child's classroom (there can be more than one per class!), please email pta@buckmanelementary.org. We will be hosting quick 15 minute monthly Room Parent virtual meetings as a way to connect and engage with others, and share messaging and information with classroom families. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm! 
    • Charleston Wrap is back! If you need wrapping paper or other gifts for upcoming holidays and celebrations, look no further -- and support Buckman at the same time in just a few easy clicks! The paper is beautiful and unique, and a large portion of proceeds go directly back to Buckman PTA. There's much more than wrapping paper, so take a look and stock up - and don't forget to share with friends and family.
    • Many classrooms are still in need of contributions for school supplies. If you have not yet donated to your child's class, you can still do so by clicking on your teacher's link below. If donating is a financial hardship, please contact Katie Olson at kolson@impactnw.org
    K-2 SES - Abrahams K- Dewson K- Ingraham K- Molina
    1st - Agre 1st - Danielson 1st - Miles  
    2nd - Lee 2nd - Roberts 2nd - Rockness  
    3-5 SES - Carabajal 3rd - Betz 3rd - Christy 3rd - Gifford
    4th - Ekelof 4th - Rudolph 4th - Walker  
    5th - Jensen 5th - Nichenko 5th - Nicholl  

     

    All Things Buckman:

    Be You At Buckman      About Buckman PTA       Family Equity Team   COVID-19 General Consent Form

    About Buckman Foundation      Buckman Green Team      Konstella     PTA Fundraising 

    SchoolPay      Buckman Scrip Program      About the SUN Program      SUN Supports & Resources 

     


    Friday, Spetember 17, 2021

    Hello Buckman community!  

    It was great to connect with you at Back to School Night this past Tuesday.  If you did not see your teachers slideshow or recording, please reach out to them to get the information. As we are getting more and more into the routines of school, students are settling into the “new normal”.   It has been wonderful to continue to connect with students in the hall and out at recess.  

    Here are a few updates for this week:

    Picture Day Is October 6!

    Your students should have come home with packets to order pictures.  Our picture day is scheduled for October 6th.  If you did not receive the picture forms, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

    COVID Reporting

    There has been a lot of interest in how we will report COVID cases here at Buckman.  My response is always that we will follow the guidance provided by our health officials and PPS team.  We did receive news that there is a new tracker to see cases reported by schools.  You can find the information here.

    Playground

    SUN classes are starting next Monday the 20th.  Due to the increased activity on the upper playground please leave after picking up your students after school.  The upper playground will be closed till 5:30pm.   The lower playground and field  will still be available for play.  Thank you for your understanding and keeping our kids safe.

    Library News

    SUN News

    • SUN after-school classes start Monday! Check your active account for information about picking up your student and to confirm what classes they are enrolled in. Contact Katie with any questions. 
    • Sign up for chess! There's still plenty of room. More info and sign up here
    • Save the date for a community conversation with our family leadership groups and staff to talk about aligning our work as a community with these social justice standards. October 19th at 6:15pm. All families are welcome. 
    • SUN is always seeking donations! We are currently asking for individual pre-packaged snacks for our students attending after-school programming. If you'd like to make a financial donation, you can make one here (note "Buckman SUN" in the "special program of support" field). 

    PTA News

    • The SUN program is collecting items for Buckman families:
      • pre-packaged snacks
      • at home covid testing kits
      • copy paper
      • cloth masks for kids
      • new socks and underwear (especially boys)

    If you have any of the following, connect with Katie Olson to coordinate dropoff: kolson@impactnw.org.

    • Have you considered supporting Buckman PTA through a paid membership? Search for Buckman and join today - membership is only $9.50 and supports school related activities all year long. Please note, that you don't need to have a paid membership to participate in PTA meetings or events, but memberships do provide direct financial support and keep us in a position to continue supporting our school community as much as we can.
    • Join us at our first PTA meeting of the year from Wednesday, October 12th from 6-8pm and meet your new Buckman PTA. There are so many ways to get involved and roll up your sleeves. We are excited to meet you!
    • Purchase Scrip gift cards and support Buckman!  Did you know PTA has a variety of gift cards available for purchase (cash only)? A percentage (4-15%) of each gift card sold goes back to Buckman. Gift cards are a great way to complete your shopping, and they make great gifts. Shop at Fred Meyer? Grab regular drinks at Starbucks? Purchase gift cards with us and use to fund those routine sales! In person gift card sales are cash only. We will be selling Scrip on the upper playground blacktop on the following dates from 3:00 - 4:30:
      • Monday, October 18th
      • Monday, November 15th
      • Monday, December 13th
    • Who wants to coordinate the yearbook and take pictures? The PTA is looking for both a yearbook coordinator AND photographers. If taking photos and/or design is your jam, please reach out to Jeff Burns at jeff@organicmodern.com

    • Calling all Room Parents! If you are interested in supporting teachers and helping lead your child's classroom (there can be more than one per class!), please reach out to your teacher or email pta@buckmanelementary.org. We will be hosting monthly Room Parent virtual meetings as a way to connect and engage with others, and share messaging and information with classroom families. Day and time of calls is TBD and will be short and sweet. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm! 
    • Charleston Wrap is back! If you need wrapping paper for upcoming holidays and celebrations, look no further -- and support Buckman at the same time in just a few easy clicks! The paper is beautiful and unique, and a large portion of proceeds go directly back to Buckman PTA. There's much more than wrapping paper, so take a look and stock up - and don't forget to share with friends and family.

    In Community with Kindness, 

    Jeff Wilebski

     


    Friday, September 10, 2021

    Hello Buckman community!  

    We are coming to the end of our second week and it is lovely to see all of the learning and collaboration happening here at school.  Here are a few updates as we head toward this weekend!  

    Back to School Night has quickly come up on our calendar. We will be meeting this Tuesday, September 14th from 6:00PM-7:30PM.  PPS has asked that all BTSN activities be done virtually.  We will be meeting as a whole school to hear from Ms. Jess, Katie, and me at the beginning of the meeting and then heading to individual virtual meets with classroom teachers before ending our night with our specialist teachers. Here is the main meeting link: meet.google.com/yer-owaf-dwu

    COVID testing-

    We have been waiting on guidance from our health officials and PPS regarding sending home test kits for families who have opted in to the program.  We do not have any more information at this point but wanted to ensure you had access to the form to give consent if you are interested.  Once we have more information we will pass it along to you! Here is the link to the consent form and you can also message the office and have one sent home with your child if you are unable to print one.

    In Community with Kindness, 

    Jeff Wilebski

     

    Buckman Foundation

    Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!  Please join us on Spetember 15th for the first Buckman Dines out at the Screen Door Restaurant on East Burnside. More info here 

     

    Library News

     

    PTA News

    The SUN program is collecting items for Buckman families:

    • pre-packaged snacks
    • at home covid testing kits
    • copy paper
    • cloth masks for kids
    • new socks and underwear (especially boys)

    If you have any of the following, you can drop off next Monday, September 13th from 3:00-4:00 at the Scrip table on the blacktop. You can also connect with Katie Olson to coordinate drop off: kolson@impactnw.org.

    • Have you considered supporting Buckman PTA through a paid membership? Search for Buckman and join today - membership is only $9.50 and supports school related activities all year long.
    • Join us at our first PTA meeting of the year from 6:00 - 8:00pm on Wednesday, October 12th and meet your new Buckman PTA. We are excited to meet you!
    • We will be selling gift cards through Scrip throughout the year. A percentage (4-15%) of each gift card sold goes back to Buckman. Gift cards are a great way to complete your routine shopping, and they make great gifts. In person gift card sales are cash only. We will be selling Scrip on the upper playground blacktop on the following dates from 3:00 - 4:00:
      • Monday, September 13th
      • Monday, October 18th
      • Monday, November 15th
      • Monday, December 13th

    SUN UPDATES

    • SUN after-school classes start September 20th! Look for an email next week with information about how your student will get from school to SUN, what to send them with, etc. 
    • Girls on the Run starts September 13th. You should have already received an email from Coach Lisa with more details. 
    • Sign up for chess! There's still plenty of room. More info and sign up here
    • Save the date for a community conversation with our family leadership groups and staff to talk about aligning our work as a community with these social justice standards. October 19th at 6:15pm. All families are welcome. 

     


     

     

    Friday, September 3, 2021

    Hello Buckman families! 

    We are off and running!  We welcomed back all of our first through fifth grade students and it is so nice to have the energy in the building.  Students are so remarkably resilient and they show us time and time again how they can overcome the changes we are forced to endure and still get into learning!  Thank you to all of the families who are supporting your students in this effort. A huge shout out goes to our EDUCATORS for putting in so much work to welcome students back to the safest environment possible.

    Lunch 

    For anyone who may have missed our previous communication regarding not being able to use our inside tables for lunch outside we want to make sure you are aware of our current situation and plan moving forward. We are currently eating outside and under the covered area.  Students are eating picnic style on the ground for now.  We have small stools arriving soon that should allow us to elevate off of the ground (hopefully before it rains).  PPS has mandated that we eat outside for the first six weeks of school. This is another example of our students being amazing and going with the flow.  

    **As we wait on our stools to arrive, if you want to send a small blanket or towel for your child to sit on we welcome that. Some students have already been bringing them in and it makes for a more comfortable experience. Thank you to all of our essential volunteers who are here to help make lunch run smoothly!  We could not do this without you here. We will continue to adjust our plan as PPS guidance changes.  Thank you for your patience and understanding! 

    Next week as students arrive they can get breakfast from 8:20-8:35 and when the first bell rings, students will walk into the building through their assigned doors. 2nd-5th grade teachers will NOT be meeting students outside.  Kindergarten and 1st grade students will enter through their assigned front doors.   

    Library updates

    School Supplies

    COVID Testing

    If you want to provide consent for Covid-19 testing, fill out and have your student return to the school office or their teacher.  COVID-19 General Consent Form

    Please remember there is no parking in the bus zone on SE Pine St. or out front of the school

    Back to school night is September 14th and will be a virtual event.  Look for meeting codes in Community News next week! 

    Notes for next week

    • No school Monday September 6th (Labor Day)
    • No principal coffee Friday September 10th (we will be scheduling a third COVID update before the end of the month)

    In Community with Kindness, 

    Jeff Wilebski


    Wednesday September 1, 2021

    Hello Buckman community!  

    Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!  Our theme this year is “In Community with Kindness”  We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces (behind our masks of course).

    School starts tomorrow!  If your child is in 2nd-5th grade they start tomorrow morning.  We will have grab and go breakfast at 8:20.  The first bell will ring at 8:35 and school starts at 8:45.  If you are not sure where your child will meet their teacher, please take them to the blacktop (upper playground) and we will help you find your way!  We are looking forward to seeing all students soon! 

    Water Bottles

    • Please be sure to send your child to school with a full water bottle.  

    Lunch process update

    • We learned this week that we are not allowed to bring our tables outside for lunch.  As an alternative, we have ordered small stools for students to use to sit on while they eat.  We are anticipating the arrival of our stools and will be hosting outdoor lunch on the blacktop playground.  Students will sit on the ground for the time being.  Fortunately we will have wonderful weather for the next two weeks.  If you are scheduled to volunteer we would still love your help with encouraging distancing and safety!  

    COVID Townhall

    • We hosted another COVID protocol update today from 2:00-2:30.  I will schedule another in the coming weeks to problem solve and update everyone on any new details that come to our attention.

    SUN Update:

    • General registration for SUN after-school classes opens at 7am on September 7th! Link to registration is here. The term will run from September 20-December 10. Check Konstella for the course catalog. 

    School Supplies

    Finally,  I want to thank all of the community members and staff here at Buckman for making my first few weeks a joy.  It is an interesting time to enter a new school and community and I have felt so much support and encouragement!  It takes a Community to navigate during an ever-changing time and I look forward to providing everyone with as much detail as possible as we learn and practice teaching and learning in our new experience. 

    In Community with Kindness, 

    Jeff Wilebski


     

    Friday, June 11, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    We did it, we made it through another school year, and despite everything, it was an absolute pleasure and privilege to do it alongside all of you. I am excited and plan on welcoming all of the students back in person in the fall. 

    Special thanks to our PTA and foundation, who went above and beyond to provide whatever was necessary to add to our students’ school experience. To Colby, Jenna and many other, 5th (now 6th!) grade parent volunteers who helped put on another amazing promotion ceremony, to Amanda, Leah, and many other auction volunteers  for another fun auction, we simply couldn’t do any of this without you. 

    The hybrid and virtual learning experiences could not occur without the endless energy, skills and devotion of the Buckman staff. The list of thank yous is long, but especially to the amazing and legendary Joanne Godfrey. For 28 years, you have been an icon at Buckman and you will always be a part of the Buckman family, even in your retirement. Thank you to Mr. Clarkson, Ms. Davis, Ms. Kaeleen Kirkpatrick, Mr. Laurence and Ms. Crispen for joining us this year and filling such important roles in our community. We would not have been able to do this hard work without you. To our amazing staff: your dedication and passion for teaching our students was consistent throughout this entire year. No matter our age, or amount of experience in education, this past year was new to all of us and every single one of our teachers stepped up and rose to the occasion.

    And finally, to our Buckman Bears: students, you are the reason why we do what we do. You have worked so hard this year and I am so proud of each and every one of you. I am grateful for your laughter, your smiles, your encouragement of one another, your patience and your amazing talents. I love that you allow us, your teachers, to learn alongside you. You have made me the happiest, proudest, most humbled, and most warm-fuzziest principal ever. As we consider our theme for next year “in community” I want you to know that in all of schools I have worked at, I have never felt a community like this.  

    I wish you a delightful summer filled with wonder, love, and laughter.  

    In  gratitude,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 6/11 last day of school
    • 6/14 (week of) report cards and teacher placements mailed home

    2021 school year dates:

    • 8/23, 24, 25, 11am: kindergarten picnics
    • 8/30-31: 1st grade family meet and greets
    • 9/2, 8:45am: 1st day of school for grades 2-5
    • 9/6: no school, Labor Day
    • 9/3: 1st day of school for 1st grade
    • 9/3 OR 9/7: first day of school for kindergarten (schedule will be sent out in August)
    • 9/14, 6pm: back to school event

     

    ART

    5th Grade Virtual Showcase  In celebration of their years of growth and artistic development at Buckman, the Arts Team and the 5th grade class present The 5th Grade Showcase, a video performance and online gallery highlighting each student's unique artistic abilities. Click this link to view their work. 

    4th Grade Virtual Performance   This year´s 4th grade performance took the form of 3 videos and an online gallery. Click this link to view their work. 

    PPS Special Virtual Student Exhibition   Congratulations to 5th grader, Lucas Tyler, whose artwork titled Mountains under Sky was included in the PPS Special Virtual Student Exhibition which can be viewed here. 

    Portland Art Museum Postcard Installation   Congratulations to 5th and 4th grade students, Cleo, Indra, Una, Greta H, Olivia, Naomi, Teegan, Brooks, Julia, and Elliana, whose artworks are on display in the Portland Art Museum gift shop. Click here to see the Virtual Display of the show, or see it in person June 1-30th. 

     

    FOUNDATION

    Thank you to everyone who attended the Buckman Auction kickoff; it was wonderful to gather as a community as we close out the 2020-2021 school year. Thanks to everyone who participated in the event by bidding, gifting, or sponsoring; we are delighted to share that we have exceeded our goal! Once again, we have collectively proven that the Buckman community is strong and we are collectively committed to keeping the Buckman magic alive.

    From the Buckman Foundation, we’d like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone in our Buckman family for an incredible school year in challenging times. THANK YOU!!!

     

    LIBRARY

     

    PTA

    As we say goodbye to another year, we want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve the Buckman community. Many of our priorities, events, and fundraisers could not have happened without your support. We hope that we can continue to come together to support the goals and objectives of the new board to ensure that all Buckman students are able to flourish and shine. 

    With that, we welcome our new board members: Caryn Jones and Shannon Berke (Co-presidents); Aron Goffin (VP-Communications); Maralea Lutino (VP-Equity and Inclusion); Jeff Burns and Leanne Holm (Treasurer and Treasurer-elect, respectively); and Emily Sokolski (Secretary). We wish them all the best in their new endeavor.  

    Have a great summer and congrats to all the 5th graders!

     

    SUN

    • Oregon host families needed for CIEE exchange students for the 2021-2022 school year! Families come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re ready to open your heart and share your home, chances are you’ve got what it takes to host an international student. Connect your family with the world! Contact Virginia Doss at vdoss@ciee.org or 1-207-749-7679 if you're interested. 
    • Support local BIPOC farmers by visiting the Come Thru Market at The Redd on Salmon (832 SE Salmon) on the first and third Mondays of the month from 12-4pm. Come Thru Market is an incubator market centering Black and Indigenous Farmers and Makers. We support BIPOC growers in taking their small business dreams to the farmers market environment. 
    • Buckman SUN is HIRING for part-time summer instructors (July 19-August 6)! Contact Katie for more information or if you (or someone you know) might be interested.
    • Sign up for our summer anti-racist study group to learn and grow in space with other Buckman families! 
    • Are you struggling to afford internet service right now? There is a new program out to help that provides a monthly discount for broadband service! Contact Katie for more information or assistance applying.
    • Has your student painted their rock for the community art project yet? If not, please paint one at home or come by the school to paint one or pick up supplies. Contact Katie with questions.
    • Do you need clothing support or energy assistance? Katie has new resources available, let her or your student's teacher know that you could use some help!
    • Are you looking to get a COVID vaccine and would like assistance? Contact Katie to get signed up or to find locations with availability.

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    PPS Meals: How to Access Meals Starting June 21

    It has been a pleasure to serve our students meals this school year.  While the school year is ending, we will be providing opportunities for all families across the city to access meals during the summer.  We are planning to support many in-person programs across the district, however, we will also be providing grab and go meals at various schools and parks throughout the summer.   

    New Meal Distribution Sites for Summer

    From June 21 through August 20, grab-and-go breakfasts + lunches will be available between 3 and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for all children in the community (PPS students and children not enrolled at PPS) ages 1-18. The district will be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of the holiday.

    The sites for curbside distribution:

    • Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary, 620 N Fremont St.
    • Bridger K-9 School, 7910 SE Market St.
    • Faubion PK-8 School, 2930 NE Dekum St.
    • Franklin High School, 5405 SE Woodward St.
    • George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave.
    • Grant High School, 2245 NE 36th Ave.
    • Grout Elementary, 3119 SE Holgate Blvd.
    • Ida B. Wells High School, 1151 SW Vermont St. 
    • Kelly Elementary, 9030 SE Cooper St.
    • Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave.
    • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary, 4906 NE 6th Ave.
    • Roosevelt High School, 6941 N Central St. 
    • Roseway Heights Middle School, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.
    • Sitton Elementary, 9930 N Smith St.
    • Woodmere Elementary, 7900 SE Duke St.

    Also, in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation, daily free meals (breakfast + lunch) and activities will be offered throughout the city in the following parks June 21-August 20:

     

    Alberta Park

    NE 19th Ave. and NE Jarrett St.

    noon-1 p.m.

    Columbia Park

    N Woolsey Ave. and N Winchell St.

    12:30-1:30 p.m.

    Cully Park

    5810 NE 72nd Ave.

    noon-1 p.m.

    Essex Park

    SE 76th Ave. and Center St.

    12:30-1:30 p.m.

    Harrison Park

    SE 84th Ave. and Harrison St.

    12:30-1:30 p.m.

    Holly Farm Park

    10819 SW Capitol Hwy.

    noon-1 p.m.

    Irving Park

    875 NE Fremont St.

    noon-1 p.m.

    Kenton Park

    N Delaware Ave. and N Kilpatrick St.

    noon-1 p.m.

    Khunamokwst Park

    5200 NE Alberta St.

    12:30-1:30 p.m.

    Lents Park

    SE 92nd Ave. and SE Steele St.

    noon-1 p.m.

    McCoy Park

    N Newman Ave. and N Newark St.

    noon-1 p.m.

    Montavilla Park

    NE 82nd Ave. and NE Glisan St.

    noon-1 p.m.

    Mt. Scott Park

    SE 72nd Ave. and SE Ramona St.

    noon-1 p.m.

    Peninsula Park

    700 N Rosa Parks Way

    noon-1 p.m.

    Raymond Park

    SE 118th Ave. and SE Liebe St.

    noon-1 p.m.

    St. Johns Park

    8427 N Central St.

    12:30-1:30 p.m.

    Stephens Creek Crossing

    6715 SW 26th Ave.

    12:30-1:30 p.m.

    Verdell B. Rutherford

    1599 SE 167th Ave.

    12:30-1:30 p.m.

    Wilkes Park

    NE Sandy Blvd. and NE 154th Ave.

    noon-1 p.m.

     

    Portland Parks and Rec Summer Camps

    Registration for the first half of summer opens May 24th. Click here for locations, pricing, and registration information.

    Saturday Academy Summer Camps and Classes (Grades 2-12)

    To find out more, check out this flyer or go to their website at saturdayacademy.org.

     

    Buckman Champions
    Champions is being offered at Buckman this summer! Click here for more details.

     


    Friday, June 4, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,


    June is PRIDE month. We honor the LGBTQIA2S+ community and individuals all year long and especially in June! How lucky we are to work at Buckman where we have student and family QSA groups. When we walk through the front entry, the first thing we see is a beautiful rainbow, which says to everyone “hello, you are welcomed and celebrated here”.  If you’re interested, check out this podcast episode of Hidden Brain, which discusses the transformation of public attitude over LGBTQ+ issues and rights, and how we can use those lessons towards advocacy for other underserved groups looking for change. 

    Online subscriptions: Good news, your students can continue to work on Dreambox, Lexia, and other district applications this summer using their clever accounts!

    Auction news: I hope many of you can make it to our online auction, launching tonight at 6pm! Every dollar raised goes towards staffing to keep our library open full time, hire a theater teacher for in person instruction, and educational assistants to support literacy. Please join us here for the kickoff party at 6pm and click here to check out the auction catalogue.

    K-2 SES teacher hire: I am so excited to introduce you to Brianne Abrahams to our staff as our K-2 SES teacher. For the last 5 years Brianne has been a teacher at Serendipity Center, a private nonprofit school that supports students with complex needs that have been unsuccessful at other school placements. She is passionate about helping students that face challenges become successful learners! Her classroom is filled with hands-on projects, silly dances, and laughter. Outside of school, Brianne is a cat mom, radio dj, musician, and hiker. Welcome Brianne! 

    Teacher spotlight: Huge shout out to Eric, for editing and producing all of our ROARS videos this year. These videos have sparked so much joy this year, and they take hours of work for Eric to put together. We even have one very special kindergartener who proudly boasts “I watch every single ROARS video every single day”. Eric, huge kudos and on behalf of the entire Buckman community, thank you for all of your hard work this year. And with that, here is our final ROARS video for the year.

    And finally, a note of solemnity. We mourn for the 215 children found buried on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. It was a devastating discovery and as someone who works in a school with the delight of being around children every day, the news of the 215 Indigenous children found is sad and true. If you feel compelled to join me this summer in reading, I invite you to dive into an Indiginous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People, by Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza. It is difficult, and essential, for us to learn. This will be our collective read for the Buckman community anti-racist study group. If interested, sign up here.

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 6/4 6pm, Buckman Virtual Auction
    • 6/10 3:30pm Nichenko, 3:50 Nicholl, 4:10 Jensen, 5th grade drive/walk/bike through promotion 
    • 6/11 last day of school
    • 6/14 (week of) report cards and teacher placements mailed home

    2021 school year dates:

    • 8/23, 24, 25, 11am: kindergarten picnics
    • 8/30-31: 1st grade family meet and greets
    • 9/2, 8:45am: 1st day of school for grades 2-5
    • 9/6: no school, Labor Day
    • 9/3: 1st day of school for 1st grade
    • 9/3 OR 9/7: first day of school for kindergarten (schedule will be sent out in August)
    • 9/14, 6pm: back to school event

    AUCTION TIME!  Are you ready for auction weekend? Register for FREE in advance (http://buckmanauction.org) so you are ready for bidding when it opens shortly after the kickoff this evening. If you register before 5pm, pick up a complimentary 20oz beer from our delightful sponsor West Coast Grocery Co.  Together, we’ll virtually raise a glass (or can) to Buckman at the kickoff party on Google Meet, TONIGHT at 6pm (https://meet.google.com/rrj-kbwe-quc?authuser=0)!

    There’s still some time to grab a Golden Ticket to enter into the raffle for one of the amazing getaways up for bid in this year’s auction. Golden Tickets are $50 each, sales end today at 5pm! The winner must be at the kickoff party to claim their prize.

    And remember: you will have just over 24 hours to get your bids in for the fabulous items in this year’s auction. Bidding will officially close at 9pm on Saturday, June 5. THANK YOU for supporting Buckman! 

    YEARBOOKS ARE HERE!  Pick up preordered yearbooks next Wednesday (6/9) on the upper playground between 3:00-4:45pm. Yearbooks for 5th graders will be handed out during 5th grade promotion. 

     You can still order yours at https://store.shopyearbook.com/buckman (direct shipping). Electronic copies are FREE! $19 softcover, $28 hardcover. 

      

    LIBRARY

     

    SUN

    • Oregon host families needed for CIEE exchange students for the 2021-2022 school year! Families come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re ready to open your heart and share your home, chances are you’ve got what it takes to host an international student. Connect your family with the world! Contact Virginia Doss at vdoss@ciee.org or 1-207-749-7679 if you're interested. 
    • Support local BIPOC farmers by visiting the Come Thru Market at The Redd on Salmon (832 SE Salmon) on the first and third Mondays of the month from 12-4pm. Come Thru Market is an incubator market centering Black and Indigenous Farmers and Makers. We support BIPOC growers in taking their small business dreams to the farmers market environment. 
    • Buckman SUN is HIRING for part-time summer instructors (July 19-August 6)! Contact Katie for more information or if you (or someone you know) might be interested.
    • Sign up for our summer anti-racist study group to learn and grow in space with other Buckman families! 
    • Are you struggling to afford internet service right now? There is a new program out to help that provides a monthly discount for broadband service! Contact Katie for more information or assistance applying.
    • Has your student painted their rock for the community art project yet? If not, please paint one at home or come by the school to paint one or pick up supplies. Contact Katie with questions.
    • Do you need clothing support or energy assistance? Katie has new resources available, let her or your student's teacher know that you could use some help!
    • Are you looking to get a COVID vaccine and would like assistance? Contact Katie to get signed up or to find locations with availability.

      

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Portland Parks and Rec Summer Camps

    Registration for the first half of summer opens May 24th. Click here for locations, pricing, and registration information. 

    Saturday Academy Summer Camps and Classes (Grades 2-12)

    To find out more, check out this flyer or go to their website at saturdayacademy.org.

    Buckman Champions
    Champions is being offered at Buckman this summer! Click here for more details.

     


    Friday, May 28, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    This week marked the 1 year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, and ensuing renewed support for the Black Lives Matter movement.  If you would like to continue your own growth towards racial justice, please consider joining the Buckman Anti-racist Family Learning Group. To sign up and for more details, please see this survey link

     

    LAST DAY OF SPECIALS: Monday, June 7th. Our fabulous specialists will be helping to facilitate Field Day during the last week of school, so there will be no online synchronous specials classes (including the Arts, PE, BuckmanBites and BuckmanReads) after Mon. June 7th. 

     

    Field day: Coach E is organizing in person and virtual field day events for the last week of school. Virtual field day will be posted on SeeSaw. In person field day schedule will be:

    June 8 - K-2 hybrid field day

    June 9 - CDL field day (Last names A-L come from 11am-12pm, last names M-Z come from 1pm-2pm).

    June 10 - 3-5 hybrid field day

    For more information, see the flyer.

    Class placements: We decided this year to try to keep our original cohort of students together so that as we head into a new school year, students will be able to look forward to reuniting with their original CDL cohort from this year. Class placement notifications will be mailed out with report cards at the end of this school year. If you know you will not be attending Buckman next year, please let us know by emailing our school secretary Karen, at kcathcar@pps.net 

    Fall 2021: The superintendent announced earlier this month that he is planning on a full reopening of schools in the fall. We are excited to welcome everyone back in person with a full daily schedule from 8:45-3:00 and Champions offering extended day as well! More details will come in August about entry/exit routines, SUN enrichment offerings, and the soft start schedule for grades K-1.

    School Supplies: We will not be sending out school supply lists for this year. Instead, we will be asking families for a cash donation at the beginning of the year so that teachers can buy school supplies in bulk and also purchase exactly what they will be using in class. Any additional funds required for supplies will be offset by a donation from the PTA. 

    Read Aloud: We near the end of AAPI heritage month and I wanted to share this read aloud of "Eyes That Kiss in the Corners" that Ms. Rudnick helped me to record for all your Buckman Bears. Video Link 

    I hope you all enjoy the 3 day weekend. Memorial Day is in honor of veterans who died in service to our country. Thank you so much to all that you have given and sacrificed. 

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day
    • 6/1 9:30am, 1:45pm fire drill
    • 6/4 6pm, Buckman Virtual Auction
    • 6/10 3:30pm, 5th grade promotion 
    • 6/11 last day of school

     

    YEARBOOKS ARE HERE! Order yours now at https://store.shopyearbook.com/buckman.

    Electronic copies are FREE! $19 softcover, $28 hardcover. All 5th graders will receive a free yearbook. 

    Pre-orders will be sent in bulk for pick up at the school to save on shipping costs. Orders will be available for direct shipment after the school year at an additional expense.

    A huge shoutout to Sean Doran for editing and putting this book together, as well as to Darcy Rudnick for the additional photography. Thank you for making it possible this year!

     

    FOUNDATION

    The Buckman Auction is right around the corner! In this wild year, we’re taking the party back online! The Buckman Foundation bridges the gap between the funding allotted by PPS and what our community needs to maintain staffing to support the excellent programming at our school. As the biggest fundraiser of the year, the Buckman Auction is a fun way to show your support for our community!

    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

    The Buckman Auction catalog is online NOW, so visit buckmanauction.org to check it out! Join us with our very own Ms. Seidel and Ms. Rudnick for the Virtual Kickoff via Google Meet @6pm on Friday, June 4th, bidding will officially begin at 6:30pm following the kickoff and will end on Saturday, June 5 at 9pm, just over 24 hours!


    Register in advance at the link: https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/auction2021/?_ga=2.214400991.93929400.1620668254-1184676446.1620247309. (Credit card required). After you have signed up, grab a complimentary beer from our delightful sponsors at West Coast Grocery and save it for the auction toast at the Google Meet auction kickoff!

    Golden Tickets sales are open, $50 per ticket. The winner of the Golden Ticket raffle will win the getaway package of their choosing. Winner must be at the Kickoff to select package. More details are available on the Golden Ticket page (https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/auction2021/catalog?id=97). Golden Ticket sales will close on June 4 at 5pm, one hour before the auction kickoff begins!


    We’ll have more details over the coming days, but mark your calendars, sign up, and grab your beer now so you are ready to rock starting June 4!

     

    LIBRARY

     

    PTA 

    Volunteers still needed for next year! Consider volunteering for one of the following positions to ensure we can continue many of our Buckman traditions and to keep our practices equitable:

    • VP of Equity and Inclusion on the Buckman PTA board (to work alongside the wonderful Maralea Lutino)
    • Yearbook Coordinator
    • Room Parent Coordinator

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

     

    SUN

    • Parks and Rec summer camp registration opens May 24th for activities happening 6/21-7/25! Pay what you can pricing, outdoor activities, Monday - Thursday. Camps offered June 21st - August 29th. Find more information and the link to register here
    • Buckman SUN is HIRING for part-time summer instructors (July 19-August 6)! Contact Katie for more information or if you (or someone you know) might be interested. 
    • FREE soccer lessons for girls! Every Monday at 8:15pm at Eastside Timbers Complex (4710 SE 174th Ave) through Street Soccer USA - Portland. Open to girls all ages and skill levels. To sign up, email Coach Abbey at alportis@gmail.com
    • Are you struggling to afford internet service right now? There is a new program that provides a monthly discount for broadband service! Contact Katie for more information or assistance applying. 
    • Has your student painted their rock for the community art project yet? If not, please paint one at home or come by the school to paint one or pick up supplies. Contact Katie with questions. 
    • Do you need clothing support or energy assistance? Katie has new resources available, let her or your student's teacher know that you could use some help!
    • Are you looking for help getting vaccinated from COVID-19? Contact Katie to get signed up or to find locations with availability.
    • Join our online SUN clubs! Every Monday at 3pm for 3-5th graders and every Thursday at 3pm for K-2nd graders. Code is BuckmanSUNRoom. 

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Registration for the first half of summer opens May 24th. Click here for locations, pricing, and registration information. 

    Saturday Academy Summer Camps and Classes (Grades 2-12)

    To find out more, check out this flyer or go to their website at saturdayacademy.org.

     
    Buckman Champions
    Champions is being offered at Buckman this summer! Click here for more details.

    PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing Update

    In February, the Board approved Resolution 6236, which completed Phase 1 of the process

     

    PPS staff is proposing a narrowed scope for Phase 2 that focuses on three areas:

    • Converting Harrison Park (currently a K-8) into a 6-8 middle school
    • Re-locating Harrison Park K-5 students 
    • Increasing enrollment at Lane Middle School

     

    The proposed timeline includes a few meetings between May and August for the Southeast Guiding Coalition to orient new members, review new data and learn about school programs and services. The proposed timeline also offers meeting time between September and November to test scenarios and listen to stakeholder feedback at open houses and other events.  

    The Southeast Guiding Coalition’s recommendation is due to the Deputy Superintendent by the end of December, with Board consideration beginning in January 2022. Implementation of Board-approved changes will begin in Fall 2022. 

    For more information about the Enrollment and Balancing process, please visit https://www.pps.net/enrollmentbalancing. To access the board materials about the Phase 2 proposed scope of work and a list of included schools, visit https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/915.

    Student Groups for BIPOC Students

    New student groups are now up and running with Brown Girl Rise, Adulting IRL, and Coalition of Black men. Groups will begin next week on April 29th and 30th, and will continue every Thursday for ages 8-12, and Fridays for ages 13-18 from 4pm-5pm, virtually.

     

    Check out their flyer and FAQ for more information. Signups are available here: https://tinyurl.com/BIPOCvibe

     


    Friday, May 21, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Here are your weekly updates! If you are planning on leaving the district, please make sure to return all PPS issued materials and devices (Chromebooks, hotspots, library books) to school by June 15.

    Take care everyone,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day
    • 6/1 9:30am, 1:45pm fire drill
    • 6/4 6pm, Buckman Virtual Auction
    • 6/10 3:30pm, 5th grade promotion 
    • 6/11 last day of school

    YEARBOOKS ARE HERE! Order yours now at https://store.shopyearbook.com/buckman.

    Electronic copies are FREE! $19 softcover, $28 hardcover. All 5th graders will receive a free yearbook. 

    Pre-orders will be sent in bulk for pick up at the school to save on shipping costs. Orders will be available for direct shipment after the school year at an additional expense. 

    A huge shoutout to Sean Doran for editing and putting this book together, as well as to Darcy Rudnick for the additional photography. Thank you for making it possible this year! 

     

    FOUNDATION

    The Buckman Auction is right around the corner! In this wild year, we’re taking the party back online! The Buckman Foundation bridges the gap between the funding allotted by PPS and what our community needs to maintain staffing to support the excellent programming at our school. As the biggest fundraiser of the year, the Buckman Auction is a fun way to show your support for our community!

    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

    The Buckman Auction catalog is online NOW, so visit buckmanauction.org to check it out! Join us with our very own Ms. Seidel and Ms. Rudnick for the Virtual Kickoff via Google Meet @6pm on Friday, June 4th, bidding will officially begin at 6:30pm following the kickoff and will end on Saturday, June 5 at 9pm, just over 24 hours!


    Register in advance at the link: https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/auction2021/?_ga=2.214400991.93929400.1620668254-1184676446.1620247309. (Credit card required). After you have signed up, grab a complimentary beer from our delightful sponsors at West Coast Grocery and save it for the auction toast at the Google Meet auction kickoff!

    Golden Tickets sales are open, $50 per ticket. The winner of the Golden Ticket raffle will win the getaway package of their choosing. Winner must be at the Kickoff to select package. More details are available on the Golden Ticket page (https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/auction2021/catalog?id=97). Golden Ticket sales will close on June 4 at 5pm, one hour before the auction kickoff begins!


    We’ll have more details over the coming days, but mark your calendars, sign up, and grab your beer now so you are ready to rock starting June 4!

     

    LIBRARY

     

    PTA 

    Volunteers still needed for next year! Consider volunteering for one of the following positions to ensure we can continue many of our Buckman traditions and to keep our practices equitable:

    • VP of Equity and Inclusion on the Buckman PTA board (to work alongside the wonderful Maralea Lutino)
    • Yearbook Coordinator
    • Room Parent Coordinator

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

      

    SUN

    • Parks and Rec summer camp registration opens May 24th for activities happening 6/21-7/25! Pay what you can pricing, outdoor activities, Monday - Thursday. Camps offered June 21st - August 29th. Find more information and the link to register here
    • Buckman SUN is HIRING for part-time summer instructors (July 19-August 6)! Contact Katie for more information or if you (or someone you know) might be interested. 
    • FREE soccer lessons for girls! Every Monday at 8:15pm at Eastside Timbers Complex (4710 SE 174th Ave) through Street Soccer USA - Portland. Open to girls all ages and skill levels. To sign up, email Coach Abbey at alportis@gmail.com
    • Are you struggling to afford internet service right now? There is a new program that provides a monthly discount for broadband service! Contact Katie for more information or assistance applying. 
    • Has your student painted their rock for the community art project yet? If not, please paint one at home or come by the school to paint one or pick up supplies. Contact Katie with questions. 
    • Do you need clothing support or energy assistance? Katie has new resources available, let her or your student's teacher know that you could use some help!
    • Are you looking for help getting vaccinated from COVID-19? Contact Katie to get signed up or to find locations with availability.
    • Join our online SUN clubs! Every Monday at 3pm for 3-5th graders and every Thursday at 3pm for K-2nd graders. Code is BuckmanSUNRoom. 
     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Portland Parks and Rec Summer Camps

    Registration for the first half of summer opens May 24th. Click here for locations, pricing, and registration information.

    Saturday Academy Summer Camps and Classes (Grades 2-12)

    To find out more, check out this flyer or go to their website at saturdayacademy.org.

    Buckman Champions
    Champions is being offered at Buckman this summer! Click here for more details. 

    PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing Update

    In February, the Board approved Resolution 6236, which completed Phase 1 of the process

    PPS staff is proposing a narrowed scope for Phase 2 that focuses on three areas:

    • Converting Harrison Park (currently a K-8) into a 6-8 middle school
    • Re-locating Harrison Park K-5 students 
    • Increasing enrollment at Lane Middle School

    The proposed timeline includes a few meetings between May and August for the Southeast Guiding Coalition to orient new members, review new data and learn about school programs and services. The proposed timeline also offers meeting time between September and November to test scenarios and listen to stakeholder feedback at open houses and other events.   

    The Southeast Guiding Coalition’s recommendation is due to the Deputy Superintendent by the end of December, with Board consideration beginning in January 2022. Implementation of Board-approved changes will begin in Fall 2022.  

    For more information about the Enrollment and Balancing process, please visit https://www.pps.net/enrollmentbalancing. To access the board materials about the Phase 2 proposed scope of work and a list of included schools, visit https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/915

    Student Groups for BIPOC Students

    New student groups are now up and running with Brown Girl Rise, Adulting IRL, and Coalition of Black men. Groups will begin next week on April 29th and 30th, and will continue every Thursday for ages 8-12, and Fridays for ages 13-18 from 4pm-5pm, virtually.

    Check out their flyer and FAQ for more information. Signups are available here: https://tinyurl.com/BIPOCvibe

     


     

    Friday, May 14, 2021

     Hello Buckman Bears,

    It was so good to see some of you at the PTA meeting this week. Huge thank you to the current board (Katie, Amanda, Jeff, Maralea, Marina, Lene) for holding this school up with support this entire year. I am pleased to share the new PTA board, with some returning and some new members: Co-presidents:

    Caryn Jones (caryn.c.jones@gmail.com) & Shannon Berke (featherhearttrading@gmail.com) are the PTA presidents for next year, along with the rest of the PTA board: Aron Goffin, Maralea Lutino, Emily Sokolski, Jeff Burns and Leanne Holm. Feel free to reach out to any of them if you want to learn more about the Buckman PTA and how to get involved!

    Kindergarten: If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st, 2021 I invite you to join us on Wednesday, May 19th at 6:00 pm.  A meeting link can also be found on our school website.  Please share this news widely with incoming kindergarten families as registration is directly tied to staffing.

    Shout out to Buckman parent Tony Pitone, for sharing this video titled “Awakening” directed by Peilin Chou. From Tony: “This is a piece that she recently did highlighting the impact Asian Americans have in the arts. She was moved to do this by all the recent hate against Asian Americans. I find it to be right in line with the message Buckman teaches.” 

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month which aims to increase the conversation and decrease stigma around mental health. It is just as important as our physical health, and nearly 50% of children will have had a diagnosable mental illness at some point before they are 18. Check out these resources around the awareness month, why it's important, and supports. 

    If you are interested in finding mental health support for you or your children and would like some assistance, please feel free to contact Anne Mulligan-Brinson, School Social Worker, at 503-729-2642 (voice or text) or amulliganbrinson@pps.net.

    Take care everyone,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 5/17 fire drill
    • 5/19 6pm  virtual connect to kindergarten
    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day
    • 6/1 9:30am, 1:45pm fire drill
    • 6/4 6pm, Buckman Virtual Auction
    • 6/10 3:30pm, 5th grade promotion 
    • 6/11 last day of school

    FOUNDATION

    Head over to neighborhood favorite West Coast Grocery Co (1403 SE Stark St) on Thursday, May 20 from 3:00-8:00pm for this month’s Dines Out! Canned beer and growler refills are available at the Beer Window, as well as delicious burgers, chicken sandwiches and more! For every purchase, West Coast Grocery Co will generously donate 15% of proceeds to the Buckman Foundation. Good eats for a good cause!

     

    LIBRARY

     

    PTA 

    Can you imagine a year without yearbooks? Or a school year without visiting artists and performances funded by Run for the Arts? Us either! Consider volunteering for one of the following positions to ensure we can continue these traditions and to keep our practices at Buckman equitable:

    • VP of Equity and Inclusion on the Buckman PTA board (to work alongside the wonderful Maralea Lutino)
    • Run for the Arts Coordinator (2)
    • Yearbook Coordinator
    • Room Parent Coordinator

    Email Amanda at pta@buckmanelementary.org if you are interested.  

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

      

    SUN

    • FREE soccer lessons for girls! Every Monday at 8:15pm at Eastside Timbers Complex (4710 SE 174th Ave) through Street Soccer USA - Portland. Open to girls all ages and skill levels. To sign up, email Coach Abbey at alportis@gmail.com
    • Are you struggling to afford internet service right now? There is a new program out to help that provides a monthly discount for broadband service! Contact Katie for more information or assistance applying. 
    • Has your student painted their rock for the community art project yet? If not, please paint one at home or come by the school to paint one or pick up supplies. Contact Katie with questions. 
    • Do you need clothing support or energy assistance? Katie has new resources available, let her or your student's teacher know that you could use some help!
    • Are you looking for help getting vaccinated from COVID-19? Contact Katie to get signed up or to find locations with availability.
    • Join our online SUN clubs! Every Monday at 3pm for 3-5th graders and every Thursday at 3pm for K-2nd graders. Code is BuckmanSUNRoom. 

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Saturday Academy Summer Camps and Classes

    To find out more, check out this flyer or go to their website at saturdayacademy.org.

    Buckman Champions

    Champions is being offered at Buckman this summer! Click here for more details.

    PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing Update

    In February, the Board approved Resolution 6236, which completed Phase 1 of the process.  

    PPS staff is proposing a narrowed scope for Phase 2 that focuses on three areas:

    • Converting Harrison Park (currently a K-8) into a 6-8 middle school
    • Re-locating Harrison Park K-5 students 
    • Increasing enrollment at Lane Middle School 

    The proposed timeline includes a few meetings between May and August for the Southeast Guiding Coalition to orient new members, review new data and learn about school programs and services. The proposed timeline also offers meeting time between September and November to test scenarios and listen to stakeholder feedback at open houses and other events.  

    The Southeast Guiding Coalition’s recommendation is due to the Deputy Superintendent by the end of December, with Board consideration beginning in January 2022. Implementation of Board-approved changes will begin in Fall 2022. 

    For more information about the Enrollment and Balancing process, please visit https://www.pps.net/enrollmentbalancing. To access the board materials about the Phase 2 proposed scope of work and a list of included schools, visit https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/915.

    Student Groups for BIPOC Students

    New student groups are now up and running with Brown Girl Rise, Adulting IRL, and Coalition of Black men. Groups will begin next week on April 29th and 30th, and will continue every Thursday for ages 8-12, and Fridays for ages 13-18 from 4pm-5pm, virtually. 

    Check out their flyer and FAQ for more information. Signups are available here: https://tinyurl.com/BIPOCvibe


    Friday, May 7, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Wow, what a week of cards, treats, coffee, lunches, flowers, notes, smiles, virtual high fives and appreciation we have all felt. Thank you for all of the appreciation you have shown the Buckman staff this week. It meant the world to us all. 

    Calendars for the rest of this year and next: PPS Academic Calendar for school year 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Kindergarten and 1st grade will have unique schedules for the first days of school in the fall that will be shared separately.

    Here it is! The ROARS video all of your students will be talking about: https://youtu.be/1WRnHZ5VF20

    Staffing update: In kindergarten, Ms. Godfrey is retiring after 36 years of teaching and 28 years at Buckman. We are so happy for her - if you have any words or stories that you would like to share involving Ms. Godfrey, please feel free to send them my way! We will celebrate her properly at the end of the year. In her place, Ms. Ingraham will be joining the kindergarten team. This leaves us with an opening in our k-2 Social Emotional Skills classroom. I am recruiting for this essential Special Education position and if you know of any amazing educators who are licensed to teach SpEd, please send them my way!

    The other news we have to share is that Ms. Crispen, our temporary 4th grade teacher this year, her position has been cut for next year. We thank Ms. Crispen for jumping in head first in October and hope to see her again soon! This leaves us with 2 teachers teaching 4th grade. I have appealed to the district for additional funding to give us a 3rd teacher in 4th grade. That decision is pending and I will be in touch with families if there are any changes with that. 

     

    Hope to see you at the PTA meeting Monday Evening at 6pm. Here is the virtual meeting info: 

    PTA meeting Video call link: https://meet.google.com/nhj-pevw-zmg

    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 617-675-4444 PIN: ‪752 643 720 5486#

     

    Take care everyone,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 5/10 6pm, PTA meeting
    • 5/14 9am, 1:30pm fire drill
    • 5/19 6pm  virtual connect to kindergarten
    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day
    • 6/1 9:30am, 1:45pm fire drill
    • 6/4 6pm, Buckman Virtual Auction
    • 6/10 3:30pm, 5th grade promotion 
    • 6/11 last day of school

     

    FOUNDATION

    Head over to neighborhood favorite West Coast Grocery Co (1403 SE Stark St) on Thursday, May 20 from 3:00-8:00pm for this month’s Dines Out! Canned beer and growler refills are available at the Beer Window, as well as delicious burgers, chicken sandwiches and more! For every purchase, West Coast Grocery Co will generously donate 15% of proceeds to the Buckman Foundation. Good eats for a good cause!

    Get it before it’s gone. Our last three apparel sales of the school year will be on May 12, May 26, and June 9 from 3:00pm-4:45pm on the upper playground. This is your last opportunity to stock up on Buckman tees, totes, and other gear. Mark your calendar so you don’t miss out!

      

    LIBRARY

     

    PTA 

    Thank you to all who contributed to staff appreciation week! We were able to show Buckman staff some love throughout the week with treats, lunch, gift cards, and totes. This could not have happened without your generosity! 

    PTA General Meeting May 10th at 6pm  Join us for our last PTA meeting of the school year!

    We’ll discuss next year’s budget, introduce you to Buckman PTA’s incoming board members for 2021-2023, and answer any questions you may have. Use the following link to join: meet.google.com/nhj-pevw-zmg 

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

     

    SUN

    Has your student painted their rock for the community art project yet? If not, come get supplies at school or contact Katie to arrange a time to paint it on site! We are aiming to have them all painted and returned by May 12.

    Do you need clothing support or energy assistance? Katie has new resources available, let her or your student's teacher know that you could use some help!

    Are you looking for help getting vaccinated from COVID-19? Contact Katie to get signed up or to find locations with availability. 

    Join our online SUN clubs! Every Monday at 3pm for 3-5th graders and every Thursday at 3pm for K-2nd graders. Code is BuckmanSUNRoom. 

      

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Oregon STEAM Week, May 8th - May 16th
    STEAM week is a state-wide movement to raise awareness, celebrate and engage in activities involving Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.  Buckman students will receive STEAM activities posted in Seesaw throughout the week.  Click here for more information about Oregon STEAM Week 

    Student Groups for BIPOC Students

    New student groups are now up and running with Brown Girl Rise, Adulting IRL, and Coalition of Black men. Groups will begin next week on April 29th and 30th, and will continue every Thursday for ages 8-12, and Fridays for ages 13-18 from 4pm-5pm, virtually.

    Check out their flyer and FAQ for more information. Signups are available here: https://tinyurl.com/BIPOCvibe

     


    Friday, April 30, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Check out this awesome resource – I especially appreciated the video on Culture & Identity. And finally, on the last day of April poetry month, I hope you check out these three poems by H.Melt #transandgenderqueerpoetry

    A few hybrid reminders: there is NO parking on Pine street – that entire block is reserved for the bus loading zone. Also, please remember to bring reusable water bottles as drinking fountains are turned off for the rest of the year. Unfortunately we have distributed over 500 plastic water bottles already. 

    Each year in March, the third grade students prepare a multi-arts performance for their families and the Buckman community. Due to the pandemic and distance learning, this year the performance took the form of a video and online gallery- put together by the Buckman Arts Teachers. The concept of this year's performance integrates learning that Buckman third grade students have been doing in all three arts disciplines, as well as in their regular classroom centering around the themes of Portland history and jazz.

    You can view the performance videos and gallery of their work at: https://sites.google.com/pps.net/buckman-performances/3rd-grade 

    Lastly, 5th grade families please mark your calendars for our drive through promotion ceremony: June 10, 3:30. More details to follow.

    Take care everyone,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 5/3-5/7 Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week
    • 5/10 6pm, PTA meeting
    • 5/14 9am, 1:30pm fire drill
    • 5/19 6pm  virtual connect to kindergarten
    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day
    • 6/1 9:30am, 1:45pm fire drill
    • 6/4 6pm, Buckman Virtual Auction
    • 6/10 3:30pm, 5th grade promotion 
    • 6/11 last day of school
     

    STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK IS NEXT WEEK!  Let’s show the awesome Buckman staff just how much we appreciate them. Send notes, pictures, and thank you cards to your student’s teacher. Don’t forget all the other amazing folks who contribute to our school, such as the arts teachers, librarian, school counselor and social worker, office staff, custodians and nutrition service workers, assistants, student teachers, and our steadfast leader, Principal Seidel!

    LAST CALL FOR YEARBOOK PHOTOS  We need those selfie-type photos for the yearbook! Email submissions to yearbookbuckman@gmail.com, making sure to include your student’s name and grade. If you have already submitted photos, no need to send again. Assembly will start next week, so now is your chance to ensure your student is included in Buckman’s 2020-2021 yearbook!

     

    FOUNDATION

    The 2021 Buckman Auction will officially kick off on Friday, June 4th at 6pm!  

    The auction team is curating grade-level baskets for this year’s event. This is a fun and easy way to get involved. Each grade has a different theme; check out the Sign-Up Genius (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f48acad28abfe3-buckman) for some of the items the team is hoping to collect to see how you can help out. *Only one week left to sign up!*

      

    LIBRARY

    • ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS HERITAGE MONTH!
    • BUCKMAN STUDENTS WITH LIBRARY BOOKS! If you no longer are reading your Buckman library books in your BOOK BAGS, please return any school day to the front entrance (I need books for our Hybrid book bins!).  If you cannot get to Buckman to return your library books or book bags, email me drudnick@pps.net  and I will arrange a porch pick up at your convenience.
    • Book Bag Exchange Wednesdays 3-4:30pm (new ending time) or by emailing drudnick@pps.net  to arrange an alternate Wednesday time
    • Lunch Time Story Time with Ms. Rudnick: M/T/TH/F 11:15-11:45, buckmanreads

     

    PTA 

    Buckman Fundraiser at Livingscape – just a couple days left!  Shop all your plant and gardening needs at Livingscape, mention you are from Buckman and our school will receive 10% of your sale. Click here for location details.

    New Group!  From Jeff, PTA Treasurer: Your PTA treasurer has dyslexia and ADHD and wants to invite parents in common interest to a monthly Professional Dyslexia Network Meeting on Tuesday, May 4th at 7:00 pm.  May the Fourth be with us! It’s geared for parents and professional adults. Conversation is personal, funny, and tearful. Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/91416257374. Drop an email to jeff@organicmodern.com if you have interest or questions.

    PTA General Meeting May 10th at 6pm  Save the date for our last PTA meeting of the school year. We’ll discuss next year’s budget and introduce you to Buckman PTA’s prospective board members for 2021-2023.  

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

      

    SUN

    Has your student painted their rock for the community art project yet? If not, come get supplies at school or contact Katie to arrange a time to paint it on site! We are aiming to have them all painted and returned by May 7.

    Do you need clothing support or energy assistance? Katie has new resources available, let her or your student's teacher know that you could use some help!

    Are you looking for help getting vaccinated from COVID-19? Contact Katie to get signed up or to find locations with availability.

    Join our online SUN clubs! Every Monday at 3pm for 3-5th graders and every Thursday at 3pm for K-2nd graders. Code is BuckmanSUNRoom. 

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Oregon STEAM Week, May 8th - May 16th
    STEAM week is a state-wide movement to raise awareness, celebrate and engage in activities involving Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.  Buckman students will receive STEAM activities posted in Seesaw throughout the week.  Click here for more information about Oregon STEAM Week

    Student Groups for BIPOC Students

    New student groups are now up and running with Brown Girl Rise, Adulting IRL, and Coalition of Black men. Groups will begin next week on April 29th and 30th, and will continue every Thursday for ages 8-12, and Fridays for ages 13-18 from 4pm-5pm, virtually. 

    Check out their flyer and FAQ for more information. Signups are available here: https://tinyurl.com/BIPOCvibe 

    PPS Child Care

    For the most up to date information about child care programs located in schools, please visit the PPS Child Care website. Twenty-one elementary/K-5 schools are hosting child care programs operated by partner organizations. These organizations:

    • follow strict Health and Safety Guidelines from the Early Learning Division.
    • are fee-based with qualifying families receiving state subsidies. 
    • enroll students ages 5-12 before and after hybrid instruction and all-day for those students enrolled in distance learning. 

    Nutrition Services Information

    Are all meals free for all children?

    Yes!  We are operating a USDA child nutrition program that allows us to provide meals at no cost to all children ages 1-18 years.  There is no need to pay.

    If I take meals for my child, does it take away from others?

    No.  We would love to provide every child with food.  There is no limit to our program - we are reimbursed for every meal we serve.  The more children participate in our program, the more we are able to do - work and pay for our team members, larger purchases and money to our local partners that we purchase from, and better pricing on food and supplies the larger the volume that we purchase.

    Why is there so much packaging?

    You may see more packaging during this time.  Since our services are so different than our usual cafeteria experience, we are tasked with ensuring food safety.  We will continue to use less when possible, but appreciate your patience during this transition until we can resume our sustainability efforts. 

    What types of foods can I expect?

    We will have some familiar foods included in the upcoming meals such as the bean and cheese burrito, yakisoba, tamales, etc.  We try to provide a variety of protein options throughout the weeks, that also meet the varying home situations such as refrigerator space and food storage for food safety.  We do try to purchase locally sourced foods when possible, such as the mini cheese pizza that families may have seen recently.  Everyone’s support in our meals supports our team's work, and the local economy. Families can reference our menus online for more information and help guide their students on which days they would like them to participate.  We may have a few substitutions along the way depending on availability.  

    Are you hiring?

    Yes!  We are in need of assistants to help support our services across the district.  Our job posting can be found on the district website, under Jobs

    Where to get meals? 

    CDL and hybrid students may pick up at Buckman from 10:15-10:30am, 2:30-2:45 on m/t/h/f. OR daily distribution at another site (Buckman is no longer a regular pickup site with the late afternoon hours). Those schools are listed here: 

    https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals

     


    Friday, April 23, 2021 

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Thank you to all of you for being respectful of our school rules and keeping the playground empty from 7:30-3:30 M-F. COVID cases are on the rise in Oregon. Please send your hybrid students to school with well-fitting masks. If your students experience any primary symptoms, they must remain at home and families must notify the office immediately. We will send that information to our nurse who will follow up with the family. Here are the primary COVID-19 symptoms: cough, fever of 100.4 or higher, chills, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell. If your student has been in close contact with a positive COVID case they must stay at home and, the office must be notified as well. We appreciate everyone’s combined effort in keeping our community safe!

    We are one week away from staff appreciation week (May 3-7). Please show your Buckman teachers and staff some love by sending them notes, emails, cards, poems, or anything else you can think of to show your appreciation to the staff of Buckman. Students can mail cards to school at 320 SE 16th Avenue, Portland OR, 97214. Please put the name of your teacher on the front of the card and we’ll make sure they receive it the first week of May! 

    This was a week that featured lessons in racial and climate justice. As President Biden said this week, it’s not enough and we can’t stop here. Also, tomorrow is your final chance to drop off old batteries and sneakers for recycling. The Buckman Green Team will be on the school blacktop from 10-1 Saturday. 

    Take care everyone,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 5/3-5/7 Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week
    • 5/10 6pm, PTA meeting
    • 5/14 9am, 1:30pm fire drill
    • 5/19 6pm  virtual connect to kindergarten
    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day
    • 6/1 9:30am, 1:45pm fire drill
    • 6/4 6pm, Buckman Virtual Auction
    • 6/10 5th grade promotion (details TBD) 
    • 6/11 last day of school
    •  

    FOUNDATION

    The 2021 Buckman Auction will officially kick off on Friday, June 4th at 6pm!  The auction team is curating grade-level baskets for this year’s event. This is a fun and easy way to get involved. Each grade has a different theme; check out the Sign-Up Genius (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f48acad28abfe3-buckman) for some of the items the team is hoping to collect to see how you can help out.

    Buy one, give one! Stop by next week’s apparel sales (April 28, 3-4:30 on the upper playground). For every Buckman tote purchased, a second will be donated towards staff appreciation week (May 3rd-7th)! Our goal is to give a tote to every staff member, come out to grab yours to help contribute.

     

    GREEN TEAM

    To Celebrate Earth Day (April 22, 2021) Green Team is hosting a recycling event April 19, 2021 - April 24, 2021 for:

    • Common household batteries (AAA,AA,B,C,D,9V)
    • Used athletic shoes

    One last chance to drop off recycling THIS Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM (next to the Art Room)

    Batteries - Common household batteries AAA, AA, B, C, D, 9V

    • Please make sure batteries are not leaking
    • No button batteries
    • No laptop, cellphone, or other batteries 

    Athletic Shoes

    • Pairs of athletic shoes - athletic sneakers(running, jogging, basketball, training, sports), rubber soccer cleats, rubber baseball cleats
    • Any condition
    • Big kids size 3.5 and larger
    • No boots, heels, sandals, or dress shoes

    The Green Team is partnering with Got Sneakers for this event. Through Got Sneakers each pair of athletic shoes will be evaluated to see if they can be resold or if they are at the end of their life and need to be recycled. The Green Team will receive between $0.25 (completely trashed sneakers) to $7.00 (like new brand name sneakers) for each pair of sneakers delivered to Got Sneakers. 

    If you are unsure if what you have can be recycled through this even please feel free to text a photo of what you have questions about to Korrin Weldon 503-706-5338

     

    LIBRARY

    • BUCKMAN STUDENTS WITH LIBRARY BOOKS! If you no longer are reading your Buckman library books in your BOOK BAGS, please return any school day to the front entrance (I need books for our Hybrid book bins!).  If you cannot get to Buckman to return your library books or book bags, email me drudnick@pps.net  and I will arrange a porch pick up at your convenience.
    • Book Bag Exchange Wednesdays 3-4:30pm (new ending time!) or by emailing drudnick@pps.net  to arrange an alternate Wednesday time.
    • Lunch Time Virtual Story Time with Ms. Rudnick: MTTHF 11:15-11:45, buckmanreads
    • April Reading Calendars

      

    PTA 

    Buckman Fundraiser at Livingscape now through May 1st!  Shop all your plant and gardening needs at Livingscape, mention you are from Buckman and our school will receive 10% of your sale. Click here for location details.

    PTA General Meeting May 10th at 6pm  Save the date for our last PTA meeting of the school year. We’ll discuss next year’s budget and introduce you to Buckman PTA’s prospective board members for 2021-2023. 

    Classroom Assignments in Konstella  If your student has switched classrooms, be sure to update their class assignment in Konstella to ensure that you receive the appropriate class information. Doing so will also give you a chance to connect with other parents and families. To change classrooms: log in to your account, click on “Your Children”, select your child’s name, then click on the tab with the grade and teacher’s name, a drop-down menu will pop up for you to select the new classroom. 

    Scrip Sales  Get your Fred Meyer, Amazon, and Target scrip cards!  We’ll be on the upper playground on April 28 from 3-4:30 pm. Come by and pick up some scrip all while supporting Buckman. 

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

     

    SUN

    1. It's not too early to apply for Head Start for next school year! The application can be found here, for all families within PPS boundaries. Head Start serves 760 low-income three- and four-year-old children and their families. Contact Katie for help with the application process. 

    2. We have begun our community art project to celebrate staying together in spirit over the last year, even while we had to stay physically apart. If your student is not able to paint a rock during their class' designated time, reach out to Katie to make alternative arrangements.  

    3. Resource Assistance and Support   New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230.  

    4. Support SUN   Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Student Groups for BIPOC Students

    New student groups are now up and running with Brown Girl Rise, Adulting IRL, and Coalition of Black men. Groups will begin next week on April 29th and 30th, and will continue every Thursday for ages 8-12, and Fridays for ages 13-18 from 4pm-5pm, virtually. 

    Check out their flyer and FAQ for more information. Signups are available here: https://tinyurl.com/BIPOCvibe

    PPS Child Care

    For the most up to date information about child care programs located in schools, please visit the PPS Child Care website. Twenty-one elementary/K-5 schools are hosting child care programs operated by partner organizations. These organizations:

    • follow strict Health and Safety Guidelines from the Early Learning Division.
    • are fee-based with qualifying families receiving state subsidies. 
    • enroll students ages 5-12 before and after hybrid instruction and all-day for those students enrolled in distance learning. 

    Nutrition Services Information

    Are all meals free for all children?

    Yes!  We are operating a USDA child nutrition program that allows us to provide meals at no cost to all children ages 1-18 years.  There is no need to pay.

    If I take meals for my child, does it take away from others?

    No.  We would love to provide every child with food.  There is no limit to our program - we are reimbursed for every meal we serve.  The more children participate in our program, the more we are able to do - work and pay for our team members, larger purchases and money to our local partners that we purchase from, and better pricing on food and supplies the larger the volume that we purchase. 

    Why is there so much packaging?

    You may see more packaging during this time.  Since our services are so different than our usual cafeteria experience, we are tasked with ensuring food safety.  We will continue to use less when possible, but appreciate your patience during this transition until we can resume our sustainability efforts.  

    What types of foods can I expect?

    We will have some familiar foods included in the upcoming meals such as the bean and cheese burrito, yakisoba, tamales, etc.  We try to provide a variety of protein options throughout the weeks, that also meet the varying home situations such as refrigerator space and food storage for food safety.  We do try to purchase locally sourced foods when possible, such as the mini cheese pizza that families may have seen recently.  Everyone’s support in our meals supports our team's work, and the local economy. Families can reference our menus online for more information and help guide their students on which days they would like them to participate.  We may have a few substitutions along the way depending on availability. 

     Are you hiring?

    Yes!  We are in need of assistants to help support our services across the district.  Our job posting can be found on the district website, under Jobs.  

    Where to get meals? 

    CDL and hybrid students may pick up at Buckman from 10:15-10:30am, 2:30-2:45 on m/t/h/f. OR daily distribution at another site (Buckman is no longer a regular pickup site with the late afternoon hours). Those schools are listed here: 

    https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals

     


    Friday, April 16, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    The sun was shining brightly on our school both in person and virtual this week! I had the pleasure of visiting 2nd grade CDL class this week when they were learning about identity in a series of Racial and Social Justice and inclusion lessons. When asked “What is identity?” Here were some delightful 2nd grade responses: Your face. What you like and don’t like. Your personality. Who you are. 

    What to do if you are late to school: If students arrive late to school and find that their class has already entered the building, please go to the front entrance to ring the doorbell. The office will let the student in and check them in before sending them to class. Thanks! Students begin entering the building at 8:00am/12:15pm. Pickup is 10:15am/2:30pm.

    No state testing this year for grades 3-5.

    Report cards are finished will be sent home next week.  If you have any questions about your child’s report card, I want to remind you that they were completed by your child’s original classroom teacher so any questions should be directed to those individuals.  Your child’s 4th quarter marks will be completed by their 4th quarter teacher. 

    COVID notifications: the district has had a few confirmed cases of COVID in several elementary schools. As of today, there have been none at Buckman. If there is a confirmed case within the Buckman population (staff or student), I will let the community know. Any folks who have been exposed and require a quarantine will be notified directly. The school and local health officials are making decisions out of an abundance of caution, keeping the safety and health of our students and families at the front.

    Lastly, I wanted to acknowledge that it has been another difficult week for the United States. The death and violence is too much. I think we can all agree that something needs to change.

    Sincerely,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 5/14 9am, 1:30pm fire drill
    • 5/19 6pm  virtual connect to kindergarten
    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day
    • 6/1 9:30am, 1:45pm fire drill
    • 6/10 5th grade promotion (details TBD) 
    • 6/11 last day of school

      

    FOUNDATION

    Round two of our Buckman Dines Out at Screen Door was a great success. Many thanks to the families who ordered food from this neighborhood favorite, and to Screen Door for their ongoing support of Buckman! Stay tuned for news about our next Dines Out event.

    The 2021 Buckman Auction will officially kick off on Friday, June 4th at 6pm. As the biggest fundraiser of the year, be sure to mark your calendars for this important online event! The auction bidding will also begin that evening and will continue through the next day. We’ll have more details coming soon!

     

    GREEN TEAM

    To Celebrate Earth Day (April 22, 2021) Green Team is hosting a recycling event April 19, 2021 - April 24, 2021 for:

    • Common household batteries (AAA,AA,B,C,D,9V)
    • Used athletic shoes 

    There are three opportunities to drop off recycling:

    • Send recycling with hybrid students April 19, 2021 - April 23, 2021. Recycling will be collected in bins located inside of the student entrance doors
    • On the upper playground during bookbag pickup April 21, 2021 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM 
    • Next to the Art Room on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM

    Batteries - Common household batteries AAA, AA, B, C, D, 9V

    • Please make sure batteries are not leaking
    • No button batteries
    • No laptop, cellphone, or other batteries 

    Athletic Shoes

    • Pairs of athletic shoes - athletic sneakers(running, jogging, basketball, training, sports), rubber soccer cleats, rubber baseball cleats
    • Any condition
    • Big kids size 3.5 and larger
    • No boots, heels, sandals, or dress shoes 

    The Green Team is partnering with Got Sneakers for this event. Through Got Sneakers each pair of athletic shoes will be evaluated to see if they can be resold or if they are at the end of their life and need to be recycled. The Green Team will receive between $0.25 (completely trashed sneakers) to $7.00 (like new brand name sneakers) for each pair of sneakers delivered to Got Sneakers. 

    If you are unsure if what you have can be recycled through this even please feel free to text a photo of what you have questions about to Korrin Weldon 503-706-5338

     

    LIBRARY

    • BUCKMAN STUDENTS WITH LIBRARY BOOKS! If you no longer are reading your Buckman library books in your BOOK BAGS, please return any school day to the front entrance (I need books for our Hybrid book bins!).  If you cannot get to Buckman to return your library books or book bags, email me drudnick@pps.net  and I will arrange a porch pick up at your convenience.
    • Book Bag Exchange Wednesdays 3-4:45pm or by emailing drudnick@pps.net  to arrange an alternate Wednesday time
    • Lunch Time Virtual Story Time with Ms. Rudnick: MTTHF 11:15-11:45, buckmanreads
    • April Reading Calendars

      

    PTA 

    Yearbook   Don’t be left out! Email a yearbook-style photo of your Buckman bear. You may also include pictures of them “at school’, or doing a pose in dance, music, or PE. You’re invited to include pictures of their artwork or quote about school. Email your submissions to yearbookbuckman@gmail.com be sure to include your children’s name, teacher, and grade. Due April 20th

    Classroom Assignments in Konstella  If your student has switched classrooms, be sure to update their class assignment in Konstella to ensure that you receive the appropriate class information. Doing so will also give you a chance to connect with other parents and families. To change classrooms: log in to your account, click on “Your Children”, select your child’s name, then click on the tab with the grade and teacher’s name, a drop-down menu will pop up for you to select the new classroom. 

    Scrip Sales  Get your Fred Meyer, Amazon, and Target scrip cards!  We’ll be on the upper playground on April 28 from 3-4:30 pm. Come by and pick up some scrip all while supporting Buckman. 

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

      

    SUN

    1. Register for 4th Quarter SUN clubs!  Below is the information and you can register your student here. They began this week but we are still welcoming new students anytime!

    Mondays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Art Club

    Join Ms Tabitha and other students to do some art together. There will be a directed art project your student can follow along with, or they can work on their own thing while sharing virtual space with peers. 

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, K-2nd grade: Still Life Drawing

    Think black and white is boring or lines are only for writing? Think again! Find out how much you can express with just a line or how much color you can make with just dots. Using different art styles and techniques, see how much art you can make with just a few supplies.

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Newspaper

    Fridays, 3pm-4pm, K-5th grade: Tae Kwon Do 

    2. Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230.  


    3. Support SUN    Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    PPS Child Care

    For the most up to date information about child care programs located in schools, please visit the PPS Child Care website. Twenty-one elementary/K-5 schools are hosting child care programs operated by partner organizations. These organizations:

    • follow strict Health and Safety Guidelines from the Early Learning Division.
    • are fee-based with qualifying families receiving state subsidies. 
    • enroll students ages 5-12 before and after hybrid instruction and all-day for those students enrolled in distance learning. 

    Nutrition Services Information

    Are all meals free for all children?

    Yes!  We are operating a USDA child nutrition program that allows us to provide meals at no cost to all children ages 1-18 years.  There is no need to pay. 

    If I take meals for my child, does it take away from others?

    No.  We would love to provide every child with food.  There is no limit to our program - we are reimbursed for every meal we serve.  The more children participate in our program, the more we are able to do - work and pay for our team members, larger purchases and money to our local partners that we purchase from, and better pricing on food and supplies the larger the volume that we purchase.

    Why is there so much packaging?

    You may see more packaging during this time.  Since our services are so different than our usual cafeteria experience, we are tasked with ensuring food safety.  We will continue to use less when possible, but appreciate your patience during this transition until we can resume our sustainability efforts.  

    What types of foods can I expect?

    We will have some familiar foods included in the upcoming meals such as the bean and cheese burrito, yakisoba, tamales, etc.  We try to provide a variety of protein options throughout the weeks, that also meet the varying home situations such as refrigerator space and food storage for food safety.  We do try to purchase locally sourced foods when possible, such as the mini cheese pizza that families may have seen recently.  Everyone’s support in our meals supports our team's work, and the local economy. Families can reference our menus online for more information and help guide their students on which days they would like them to participate.  We may have a few substitutions along the way depending on availability.  

    Are you hiring?

    Yes!  We are in need of assistants to help support our services across the district.  Our job posting can be found on the district website, under Jobs.  

    Where to get meals? 

    CDL and hybrid students may pick up at Buckman from 10:15-10:30am, 2:30-2:45 on m/t/h/f. OR daily distribution at another site (Buckman is no longer a regular pickup site with the late afternoon hours). Those schools are listed here: 

    https://www.pps.net/fall2020meals 

    211info Child Care

    211info Child Care provides free, customized referrals to child care providers and strategies for finding quality child care in Oregon. For information and resources on finding quality child care, click here

    To speak with a Parent Educator about child care resources:

    CALL 211 or 1-866-698-6155
    TEXT keyword "children" or "ninos" to 898211 (TXT211)
    EMAIL children@211info.org
    HOURS Monday-Friday 7am-11pm; Saturday-Sunday 8am-8pm 

    Bilingual staff and interpreters are available to serve families in all languages. To search for child care providers online, click here; materials can also be downloaded here

    Free Online Theatre Games for Kids K-6 from Imago 

    Imago is offering families and schools FREE ONLINE THEATRE GAMES. Designed for K - 6 students, these 2 to 3-minute short videos are fun, exciting and easy, and give viewers a chance to learn mime, have fun and break up the day.

    To access the videos, you need to request the link; click here and we'll send the link to you with a password. 

    There are 15 videos that will be available beginning April 15, 2021. Sign up now! It's free. 


    Friday, April 9, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Welcome to quarter 4. In some ways, it feels like we have just begun. Here are your weekly updates:

    Tag update: TAG Nominations from this year will be rolled over into the fall and testing will happen at the beginning of the school year. No additional paperwork will need to be done, all nominations from Fall 2020 will be honored in Fall 2021. Additionally, both 2nd and 3rd grade will be tested for TAG in Fall 2021 as the current 2nd graders did not get tested last fall.

    COVID symptom tracking: will happen when a student or staff member is absent due to illness. It is everyone's responsibility to keep our community safe and well, which includes staying home when you may be sick with an illness that may spread to someone else. Tracking symptoms will help us to keep everyone healthy.

    Report cards: will be sent home with hybrid students or mailed home for CDL students the week of April 19. Report cards will be completed by 1st semester teachers.

    The A Kids Books About series just released a new title, A Kids Book About Anti-Asian Hate. You can go to this LINK to download the book for FREE.

    Welcome to the 2nd grade team Sarah Davis! Sarah comes to us after student teaching at Abernethy in 3rd grade, working as an educational assistant at Laurelhurst in grades 2-4, and over a decade of work as a Chemist in the business field. Ms. Davis is joining Ms. Lee as a co-teacher in our 2nd grade CDL cohort.

    3-5 Map reports will be mailed home this week from the district.

    Specials classes: There were a few errors on the link that was sent out yesterday. Check out the updated schedule to find your teacher, cohort, specials times, and meeting codes (Note: some classes have NEW google meeting codes).

    Here's to keeping the arts alive during hybrid and distance learning!

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 4/22 Earth Day
    • 5/19 6pm virtual connect to kindergarten
    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day

     

    SUN

    1. Register for 4th Quarter SUN clubs! Below is the information and you can register your student here. They began this week but we are still welcoming new students anytime!

    Mondays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Art Club

    Join Ms Tabitha and other students to do some art together. There will be a directed art project your student can follow along with, or they can work on their own thing while sharing virtual space with peers. 

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, K-2nd grade: Still Life Drawing

    Think black and white is boring or lines are only for writing? Think again! Find out how much you can express with just a line or how much color you can make with just dots. Using different art styles and techniques, see how much art you can make with just a few supplies.

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Newspaper

    Fridays, 3pm-4pm, K-5th grade: Tae Kwon Do

    1. Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.orgor 503-858-0230.  

    2. Support SUN  Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 

     

    FOUNDATION

    Buy one, give one! At this month's apparel sales (April 14 and April 28, 3-4:30 on the upper playground), for every Buckman tote purchased, a second will be donated towards staff appreciation week! Our goal is to give a tote to every staff member, so come out to grab yours to help contribute. Other Buckman gear, including beanies, hoodies, and masks, will also be available for purchase.

    The Buckman Auction team is curating grade-level baskets for this year’s event.
    This is a fun and easy way to get involved. Each grade has a different theme; check out the Sign-Up Genius (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f48acad28abfe3-buckman) for some of the items the team is hoping to collect to see how you can help out.

    Back by popular demand: Buckman Dines Out at Screen Door!
    On Tuesday April 13, from 11am until 8pm (or until food runs out!), order your pick-up or delivery and 10% of proceeds will benefit the Buckman Foundation! Enjoy traditional Southern cooking with Northwest food values at this popular Buckman favorite. Call 503-542-0880 to order or check out the menu at screendoorrestaurant.com.

     

    LIBRARY

    • Book Bag Exchange Wednesdays 3-5pm or by emailing drudnick@pps.net to arrange an alternate Wednesday time
    • Return all found library books (missing from returned book bags or checked out from previous school years) any school day to the front entrance (new book return!)
    • If you cannot get to Buckman to return your library books or book bags, email me and I will arrange a porch pick up at your convenience
    • Used book donations accepted through May during Book Bag Exchange Wednesdays
    • April Reading Calendars

     

    PTA

    Classroom Assignments in Konstella  If your student has switched classrooms, be sure to update their class assignment in Konstella to ensure that you receive the appropriate class information. Doing so will also give you a chance to connect with other parents and families. To change classrooms: log in to your account, click on “Your Children”, select your child’s name, then click on the tab with the grade and teacher’s name, a drop-down menu will pop up for you to select the new classroom.

    Scrip Sales  Get your Fred Meyer, Amazon, and Target scrip cards!  We’ll be on the upper playground on April 14 and April 28 from 3-4:30 pm. Come by, say hi, and get pick up some scrip all while supporting Buckman.

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Symptom Surveillance Video – Guidance for Parents and Students

    There is a new video on YouTube called “Return to School Process” that can be used to help parents/students understand the 5 layers of symptom surveillance to keep the school community safe. Click on one of the following links to view:

    ENGLISH:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbLhz0c_xtw&t=5s

    MANDARIN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR3OWPxpy0k

    RUSSIAN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NSVYDtfWZI

    SOMALI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDlYOlFsdNA

    SPANISH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO-3AzPiTMA

    VIETNAMESE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vryEiDYGOy0

     

    Summer Programming Opportunities

    Cognizart 360 Arts Camp 2021 (ages 6-12) - July 5-9 & July 12-16

    PSU Portland Summer Percussion Academy (ages 12-18) - July 19-21

    OSU Precollege Programs Summer Reading Skills Programs (ages 4 through 11th grade)

     

    211info Child Care

    211info Child Care provides free, customized referrals to child care providers and strategies for finding quality child care in Oregon. For information and resources on finding quality child care, click here.

    To speak with a Parent Educator about child care resources:

    CALL 211 or 1-866-698-6155
    TEXT keyword "children" or "ninos" to 898211 (TXT211)
    EMAIL children@211info.org
    HOURS Monday-Friday 7am-11pm; Saturday-Sunday 8am-8pm

    Bilingual staff and interpreters are available to serve families in all languages. 

    To search for child care providers online, click here; materials can also be downloaded here.

     

    Hybrid and Distance Learning Meal Services

    All school meals will continue to be free for all students in all schools, and no student ID or names are needed to receive meals. 

    - Once a student returns to hybrid in-person instruction, meals will be served at the end of each of the in-person sessions. Service Style may vary between schools depending on facility, dismissal schedule, etc. 

    - If a student is staying in distance learning -- or if their hybrid in-person learning has not begun -- they should visit any of our new meal distribution sites between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days to pick up meals. 

     

    New Open Community Meal Distribution Sites

    For the remainder of the year, grab-and-go meals will be available between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days for all children in the community (PPS students and children not enrolled at PPS) ages 1-18. The sites for curbside distribution:

    • Beaumont Middle School, 4043 NE Fremont St.
    • Franklin High School, 5405 SE Woodward St.
    • George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave.
    • Harriet Tubman Middle School, 2231 N Flint Ave.
    • Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Pl.
    • Ida B. Wells High School, 1151 SW Vermont St.
    • Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Ave.
    • Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave.
    • Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave.
    • Leodis V. McDaniel @ Marshall High School, 3905 SE 91st Ave.
    • Tabor Middle School, 5800 SE Ash St.
    • Ockley Green Middle School, 6031 N Montana Ave.
    • Robert Gray Middle School, 5505 SW 23rd Ave.
    • Roosevelt High School, 6941 N Central St.
    • Roseway Heights Middle School, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.

     

    Meals on Buses

    When students are dismissed from their in person learning, they will be offered school meals to take home with them.  If they are riding on the bus, there will be a green container for all school meals to be held while they are traveling to their home or bus stop. As the student leaves the bus, they will pick up their meal again from the green container.  Students with special diets or allergies will have their meals in labeled bags and may be stored in a separate container.  Please reference this Standard Operating Procedure for more information. 

     

    Free Online Theatre Games for Kids K-6 from Imago

    Imago is offering families and schools FREE ONLINE THEATRE GAMES. Designed for K - 6 students, these 2 to 3-minute short videos are fun, exciting and easy, and give viewers a chance to learn mime, have fun and break up the day.

    To access the videos, you need to request the link; click here and we'll send the link to you with a password.  

    There are 15 videos that will be available beginning April 15, 2021. Sign up now! It's free. 

     

     

    Friday, April 2, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    We welcomed our 1st and kindergarten students back this week! It was a day of sweet connection both in person and online with our CDL students. I popped into the 1st grade CDL classroom today and was delighted to hear all of the students practicing their small group assignments by being farm animals. In 1st grade hybrid, students practiced waiting in line for the bathroom, played hula hoop tag on the blacktop, and did some book shopping in their classroom libraries! 

    1st grade CDL: Welcome back Greg Clarkson, who will be co-teaching CDL in 1st grade with Ms. Agre. Due to a number of shifts to cohort assignments in 1st grade, we had enough students in CDL to hire another staff to help support our 1st graders. Mr. Clarkson is coming out of his recent retirement last year after teaching at Buckman for over 20 years! 

    Please share this hybrid video with your students: https://youtu.be/PRnwdLnhKN4

    Amazing work from the support team, Buckman Bear, and Mr. Schopmeyer, who edited and published the video in less than 24 hours.   

    Join a lunch Google Meet social time of your choice, open to ALL Buckman students.

    11:15-11:45 M/T/TH/F

    -BuckmanBites with Mr. Rudolph: jokes, games, chit chat social time divided by grade level.

    -BuckmanReads with Ms. Rudnick: Daily storytime for all ages welcome! Come once a week or four times a week!  

    Playgrounds closed 7:30-3:30: now that our school is open to students, our campus and playground is closed from 7:30-3:30 daily. Please help spread this message to other families and community members.  

    Wednesday was transgender day of visibility. The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of transgender and gender nonconforming people while raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done to achieve trans justice. If you want to learn more, click on the link above. 

    Monday, we will welcome back all students to CDL/hybrid school. Grades 2-5 hybrid, we will see you on the blacktop at 8am/12:15pm. Please bring a water bottle, mask (and maybe a backup mask), and that’s it! Dismissal is at 10:15am and 2:30pm. Students and families are asked to leave campus right after pick up to prevent congestion and to allow our staff enough time to prepare for the next cohort. Thank you for your help with this!

    Take care everyone, 

    Teresa

     

    Important dates and reminders:

    • 4/5 – k-5 hybrid open for all grade levels
    • 4/8     End of Quarter
    • 4/9   No School, Teacher planning day
    • 4/16, 10am Virtual Run for the arts 
    • 5/14 9am, 1:30pm fire drill
    • 5/19 6pm  virtual connect to kindergarten
    • 5/31 No School, Memorial Day 

    Buckman Bites with Mr. Rudolph

    Buckman Bites continues!  New time, same old fun.  During these times of change, take this opportunity to connect with your classmates.  Together we will build relationships and strengthen our Buckman community.  Be prepared to be stumped by Mr. Rudolph’s riddles and laugh uncontrollably at his dad jokes.  Silly stories and kid jokes are highly encouraged.   Meet Code: buckmanbites

    What: Buckman Bites, a virtual lunchtime meetup for ALL Buckman students   

    Why:  For connections and smiles

    When: Kinder & 1st grade - Mondays 11:15-11:45 

    2nd grade - Tuesdays 11:15-11:45

    3rd grade - Wednesdays 11:15-11:45

    4th grade - Thursdays 11:15-11:45

    5th grade - Fridays 11:15-11:45

     Classroom Assignments in Konstella

    If your student has switched classrooms, be sure to update their class assignment in Konstella to ensure that you receive the appropriate class information. Doing so will also give you a chance to connect with other parents and families. To change classrooms: log in to your account, click on “Your Children”, select your child’s name, then click on the tab with the grade and teacher’s name, a drop-down menu will pop up for you to select the new classroom. 

    Run for the Arts Update

    Unfortunately, RFTA for the current school year has been cancelled. We hope to continue this Buckman tradition in Fall 2021. Until then, we are looking for two RFTA coordinators to take the helm. Please email pta@buckmanelementary.org. This is a great opportunity to get involved and raise money to support our arts program!

     

    SUN

    Girls on the Run registration is OPEN and runs through April 23rd. The team is open to 3rd-5th graders, and is available on a sliding scale payment system. Practices are at Buckman Field from 3:30-5pm Mondays and Thursdays from April 12-June 5. Complete the registration form here. We have found enough coaches at this point!

    Register for 4th Quarter SUN clubs! Below is the information and you can register your student here. SUN Clubs will run from April 5- May 27th. 

    Mondays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Famous Art and Artists

    In this art history club, we'll explore different famous pieces of artwork from around the world and learn about the people, culture, time periods, and places that each piece of art was made. We'll even make some art history of our own! 

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, K-2nd grade: Still Life Drawing

    Think black and white is boring or lines are only for writing? Think again! Find out how much you can express with just a line or how much color you can make with just dots. Using different art styles and techniques, see how much art you can make with just a few supplies. 

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Newspaper

    Fridays, 3pm-4pm, K-5th grade: Tae Kwon Do

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/oVQfOcy_e-ieHACD-JsGS7D6ZHj60bdToWdMApOZDSb_CLcIbDG4fvdpjmY_msuxLuTZeI45fCxzGB0xMdkscukj-UitLpWBQ5Gm-HD2kZ0KfkP1GD6yGypQ-6prFI4xpXC-xOE

    Volunteer with Brown Hope! Volunteers under the age of 18 are welcome with a guardian present. Brown Hope is a community solution for racial justice, creating connection with Black, Brown, and Indigenous leaders through the heart, mind, and voice to inspire our collective healing. Sign up here

    Resource Assistance and Support  New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230.  


    Support SUN   Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 

     

    FOUNDATION

    Back by popular demand: Buckman Dines Out at Screen Door! On Tuesday, April 13, from 11am until 8pm (or until food runs out!), order your pick-up or delivery and 10% of proceeds will benefit the Buckman Foundation! Enjoy traditional Southern cooking with Northwest food values at this popular Buckman favorite. Call 503-542-0880 to order or check out the menu at screendoorrestaurant.com.

    The 2021 Buckman Auction will officially kick off on Friday, June 4th at 6pm. As the biggest fundraiser of the year, be sure to mark your calendars for this important online event! The auction bidding will also begin at that time and continue through the next day. We’ll have more details coming soon!

     

    GREEN TEAM

    The Buckman Green Team is considering hosting an end-of-the-school year bike celebration (Bears on Bikes!!) the weekend of June 5th/6th. We are hoping to have fun, COVID-safe bike events, safety and maintenance stations, and a free raffle. 

    Please complete this short survey to help us gauge interest, potential participation, and volunteer availability by April 5th.

    Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey and help Buckman kiddos start the summer ready to roll.

     

    LIBRARY

    • Book Bag Exchange Wednesdays 3-5pm or by emailing drudnick@pps.net  to arrange an alternate Wednesday time
    • Return all found library books (missing from returned book bags or checked out from previous school years) any school day to the front entrance (new book return!)
    • If you cannot get to Buckman to return your library books, email me and I will arrange a porch pick up at your convenience
    • Used book donations accepted through May during Book Bag Exchange Wednesdays
    • Starting April 5th! M-F 11:15-11:45; Google Meet: BuckmanReads Lunch time Read Alouds with Ms. Rudnick & BuckmanBites with Mr. Rudolph
    • April Reading Calendars

    Additionally, 

    • If you have a copy of “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future” by Dav Pilkey, I highly recommend removing it from your home library, or using it as a learning resource in authors making apologies for microaggressions (Dav Pilkey’s apology letter). This book has passive racism against Asian people. You can read more here
    • In addition to Dav Pilkey’s above novel, many Dr. Seuss titles are under review to be removed from school libraries as Seuss Enterprises has halted production for similar reasons. If you have copies of these titles, consider doing the same:
      • Six by Seuss
      • And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
      • If I Ran the Zoo
      • McElligot's Pool
      • On Beyond Zebra!
      • Scrambled Eggs Super!
      • The Cat's Quizzer
    • I can collect your copies of Dav Pilkey’s novel and the specified Dr. Seuss books. 
    • Beverly Cleary died last week at the age of 104, just a few weeks before her 105th birthday. She was a monumental writer for early and middle grade fiction at a time when there were not many books for children that mirrored some children’s experiences in everyday life. OPB produced a documentary of her life. You can watch it here.

     

    PTA 

    Scrip Sales  Get your Fred Meyer, Amazon, and Target scrip cards!  We’ll be on the upper playground on select Wednesdays in April. Come by, say hi, and get pick up some scrip all while supporting Buckman. Stay tuned for dates on Konstella. 

    PTA Membership   Sign up online to become a member. Your membership strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    Childcare during Hybrid and CDL

    PPS Child Care website has a list of schools hosting child care programs during hybrid instruction. The website includes directions for translating the information. In addition, 211info offers child care referrals for all types of programs (including Boys and Girls Club and community centers) throughout Multnomah County. Parents can text, call or search for programs online.  

    Hybrid and Distance Learning Meal Services

    All school meals will continue to be free for all students in all schools, and no student ID or names are needed to receive meals. 

    Once a student returns to hybrid in-person instruction, meals will be served at the end of each of the in-person sessions. Service Style may vary between schools depending on facility, dismissal schedule, etc. 

    If a student is staying in distance learning -- or if their hybrid in-person learning has not begun -- they should visit any of our new meal distribution sites between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days to pick up meals.  

    New Open Community Meal Distribution Sites

    For the remainder of the year, grab-and-go meals will be available between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days for all children in the community (PPS students and children not enrolled at PPS) ages 1-18. The sites for curbside distribution:

    • Beaumont Middle School, 4043 NE Fremont St.
    • Franklin High School, 5405 SE Woodward St.
    • George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave.
    • Harriet Tubman Middle School, 2231 N Flint Ave.
    • Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Pl.
    • Ida B. Wells High School, 1151 SW Vermont St.
    • Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Ave.
    • Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave.
    • Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave.
    • Leodis V. McDaniel @ Marshall High School, 3905 SE 91st Ave.
    • Tabor Middle School, 5800 SE Ash St.
    • Ockley Green Middle School, 6031 N Montana Ave.
    • Robert Gray Middle School, 5505 SW 23rd Ave.
    • Roosevelt High School, 6941 N Central St.
    • Roseway Heights Middle School, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.

    Meals on Buses

    When students are dismissed from their in person learning, they will be offered school meals to take home with them.  If they are riding on the bus, there will be a green container for all school meals to be held while they are traveling to their home or bus stop. As the student leaves the bus, they will pick up their meal again from the green container.  Students with special diets or allergies will have their meals in labeled bags and may be stored in a separate container.  Please reference this Standard Operating Procedure for more information.  

    Free Online Theatre Games for Kids K-6 from Imago 

    Imago is offering families and schools FREE ONLINE THEATRE GAMES. Designed for K - 6 students, these 2 to 3-minute short videos are fun, exciting and easy, and give viewers a chance to learn mime, have fun and break up the day. 

    To access the videos, you need to request the link; click here and we'll send the link to you with a password. 

    There are 15 videos that will be available beginning April 15, 2021. Sign up now! It's free. 

     


     

    Friday, March 19, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    It was an emotional week at Buckman virtual school as about a third of our students said goodbye to their teachers today and yesterday. As we make the shift towards re-opening schools, we had to adjust the teachers and schedules for many children. In my own household, there were tears and feelings of loss as we learned that our CDL community will be changing. There is also excitement for many, anxiousness, happiness and all of the other emotions as well. When we return to school, whether it be virtual or hybrid, our staff will be starting off with building a new classroom community and welcoming everyone back with get to know you activities. We will be sharing resources as a staff on how to do this in the middle of a school year - a new experience for many of us. 

    Changes in Seesaw: With the reassignment of classes and cohorts, many of you will notice a change in Seesaw. Folks switching to a new cohort or teacher will similarly be switched to a new Seesaw class. If there is anything you want to keep now, be sure to download that before the switches happen on March 29. Linked here is a helpful guide that will show you how to do this 

    Virtual community meeting: On Tuesday, March 30 at 6pm, I’ll host a virtual meeting regarding all of the changes. Here is the google link to that meeting. Anne, our social worker will also be there to share some resources, tips, and tricks for parents and guardians to help students who are feeling distressed by the upcoming shift in school plans. Whether your student is remaining in CDL or shifting to returning for hybrid and in person learning, check out this PowerPoint for some helpful tips Click Here.  

    Virtual Assembly: Here it is, our ROARS video. Thanks to our special guest Buckman Bear for making this video super special. https://video.link/w/Gu3ac

    Champions childcare: Click here for information on Champions childcare.

    Finally, in a time of racial reckoning, I was crushed to hear of the shooting in Atlanta that killed 6 Asian-American women. The news shook me out of my hybrid-planning mind and immediately took me to the last memory I had with my friends before the country shut down last March. We went to my favorite Asian foot spa off of 82nd and Powell. My sister and I go together every time she comes to visit me and if I'm lucky enough, there isn't a line at Mei Sum, my favorite Chinese bakery across the street. If you would like to learn more at bystander intervention,the folks at Hollaback! have partnered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC to adapt our free bystander intervention training as well as offering a de-escalation training to meet this moment.” I hope you all give your loved ones and extra squeeze, whether it be in person or virtual tonight.

    Take care everyone, and I hope you all have a great spring break. 

    Warmly,

    Teresa 

    Important dates and reminders:

    3/22-3/26  No School, Spring Break

    3/29-4/2 – CDL instruction for all students (asynchronous work, no teacher meetings)

    3/30  6pm hybrid info session

    4/1 – first day of hybrid for AM cohorts in k-1

    4/2 – first day of hybrid for PM cohorts in k-1

    4/5 – k-5 hybrid open for all grade levels

    4/9   No School, Teacher planning day

    4/16  10am Virtual Run for the arts

     

    Buckman Bites with Mr. Rudolph

    Buckman Bites continues!  New time, same old fun.  During these times of change, take this opportunity to connect with your classmates.  Together we will build relationships and strengthen our Buckman community.  Be prepared to be stumped by Mr. Rudolph’s riddles and laugh uncontrollably at his dad jokes.  Silly stories and kid jokes are highly encouraged.   

    What: Buckman Bites, a virtual lunchtime meetup for ALL Buckman students  

    When: Kinder & 1st grade - Mondays 11:15-11:45 

    2nd grade - Tuesdays 11:15-11:45

    3rd grade - Wednesdays 11:15-11:45

    4th grade - Thursdays 11:15-11:45

    5th grade - Fridays 11:15-11:45

    Meet Code: buckmanbites

     

    SUN

    1. Join GirlStrength for virtual self-defense and empowerment classes! See info and dates below: To Register: Students/parents can email girlstrength.pb@portlandoregon.gov or fill out the WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM

    Tuesday, March 23rd (10-11:30): Self-Defense Basics

    Wednesday, March 24th (1-2:30): Self-Defense for LGBTQ+ Students

    Thursday, March 25th (2-3pm): All About Healthy Relationships 

    2. Girls on the Run registration is OPEN and runs through April 23rd. The team is open to 3rd-5th graders, and is available on a sliding scale payment system. Practices are at Buckman Field from 3:30-5pm Mondays and Thursdays from April 12-June 5. Complete the registration form here. We have found enough coaches at this point! 

    3. Register for 4th Quarter SUN clubs! Below is the information and you can register your student here. SUN Clubs will run from April 5- May 27th. 

    Mondays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Famous Art and Artists

    In this art history club, we'll explore different famous pieces of artwork from around the world and learn about the people, culture, time periods, and places that each piece of art was made. We'll even make some art history of our own!

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, K-2nd grade: Still Life Drawing

    Think black and white is boring or lines are only for writing? Think again! Find out how much you can express with just a line or how much color you can make with just dots. Using different art styles and techniques, see how much art you can make with just a few supplies.

    Thursdays, 3pm-4pm, 3rd-5th grade: Newspaper 

    Fridays, 3pm-4pm, K-5th grade: Tae Kwon Do

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/2nlDyFwMjBUNeOCKM_jnkHOy9tImI-C7p3WPe-gLId6UiWBejzuY61HtiNukbCjqq62Bcs_CIgQSgN24h7G4QKDerpCw65sDC8eP4MEE2t7dBq_JHCXgSXRYOSiUhUVt4nE1lbs

    4. Volunteer with Brown Hope! Volunteers under the age of 18 are welcome with a guardian present. Brown Hope is a community solution for racial justice, creating connection with Black, Brown, and Indigenous leaders through the heart, mind, and voice to inspire our collective healing. Sign up here

    5. Resource Assistance and Support  New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230.  


    6. Support SUN   Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 

      

    FOUNDATION

    Our Dines Out raised close to $300!  Thank you Xico and everyone who showed their support for Buckman and this Buckman parent-owned local business.   Mark your calendar, they have offered to schedule another Dines Out for June 10th.

    Save the date for our virtual auction kickoff on June 3rd!  Be on the lookout for a sign-up genius to help create or purchase items for the grade-level baskets we are curating for the auction this year; more details in the sign-up. 

    Happy Spring Break!

      

    PTA

    National PTA Federal Advocacy   The National PTA met virtually this month with our Federal House Representatives, Senators, and staffers. Usually in person, online meetings this year let 800+ people attend nationally, nearly 3x normal attendance. The local PTA will continue to follow up with our elected officials to push the PTA “asks”, so expect to hear more from me. – jeff@organicmodern.com, Buckman PTA treasurer.

    This year’s asks:

    • Make meaningful, robust investments in education in the next COVID relief package. 
      • School support is in the latest Covid Bill and was officially approved during our meetings! The excitement in the ‘digital air’ was amazing to witness. Met with State Rep. Rob Nosse on Thursday, and he said the amount of educational funding is going to go along way this next year to fill gaps.
    • Increase funding for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers to $20 million. 
      • There are 13 centers nationally. None in Oregon. The centers are geared towards helping families navigate education options and create community between parents.
    • Include schools in any comprehensive infrastructure package.
      • Rebuilding/repair
    • Improve the federal school meal program through Child Nutrition Reauthorization.
      • Renew waivers so states can continue to provide meals and reinstitute nutrition guidelines.
    • Support policies which protect all students, including students from historically marginalized populations and communities.
      • This includes ending seclusion and holding as forms of punishment, which Oregon already does, but not all states.

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    March Meal Services

    Meal services will pause during the week of Spring Break, March 22-26 and resume Monday, March 29.

    Ready for Some Math Fun Connected to the Blazers?

    Check out this opportunity and share with interested families to get a free NBA Math Hoops game for home!!!

    Student Success at Home – Free Program through Friendly House

    Thanks to a generous grant from Oregon Health Authority, Friendly House is developing a pilot program to offer free support to students and families and improve their experience. Student Success at Home aims to alleviate and elevate by providing resources, technical and academic support, and social interaction so students can stay engaged and families can feel equipped and capable.

    You do not need to be enrolled with Friendly House After School to benefit from this program. Interested families can complete a one-time questionnaire at FriendlyHouseInc.org to help us understand your specific needs and tailor our support. If internet connectivity or other technical issues are a barrier to completing the form easily, call Chris at (503)935-5269 Ext 106.

     


    Friday, March12, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    I hope you have been able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine that came our way this week. Shout out to our Buckman Family Equity Team for hosting a lovely evening with Brown Hope. It left me inspired and called to action!

    All K-5 schools in PPS are currently in the planning stages so that Hybrid instruction can begin the week of March 29th. Every elementary school will follow this schedule on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays:

    • AM instruction (Hybrid) is 8:00 - 10:15
    • PM instruction (Hybrid) is 12:15 - 2:30
    • CDL instruction: 1st morning meeting at 8:45, small group schedules vary

    Wednesdays will be a combination of asynchronous and independent lessons and activities for all students.  More specific details about Wednesdays will be announced in the coming weeks.

    There are still a number of unknowns but we are getting closer to being ready to open our doors in a limited fashion. Whether your child will receive their instruction in a CDL or Hybrid Model, our goal is, as it always has been: to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment that meets each students’ academic and social-emotional needs. District Website: Hybrid Learning FAQ

    Each year in February, the second grade students prepare a multi-arts performance for their families and the Buckman community. Due to the pandemic and distance learning, this year the performance took the form of a video and photo gallery - put together by the Buckman Arts Teachers.

    3-5th grade families, MAP results will be mailed home to families at the end of quarter 3. 

    The concept of this year’s performance was African Inspiration: A Journey to Three Small Places within a Vast Continent. 2nd graders created movement, music, and visual art inspired by arts from various countries and tribes in Africa. You can view the performance videos and gallery of their work here.

    I want you to know how much I appreciate your willingness to continue to live in this space.  It can be terribly challenging when you are trying to plan, make important family decisions, and look out for your loved ones.  This year has been a true test of our perseverance and resilience as a community.  I am continually grateful for the ongoing support you show the staff as we navigate unchartered territory as a Buckman Community.

    Warmly,

    Teresa

    Important dates and reminders:

    • Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up/drop off
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students
    • 3/8-3/14  Buckman Art Show and Sell *at home*
    • 3/14  Daylight savings begin, clocks move forward 1 hour
    • 3/22-3/26  No School, Spring Break
    • 4/8     End of Quarter
    • 4/9   No School, Teacher planning day
    • 4/16  10am Virtual Run for the arts

     

    BUCKMAN ART SHOW AND SELL *AT HOME* - Get your raffle tickets! 

    The week-long online raffle of local art ends March 14th. The 2021 art show includes a community art project, so don’t forget to display your student’s art or to check out the “drawing trees” on the north side of the school. Visit buckmanartshow.weebly.com for more information.

      

    SUN

    1. Join GirlStrength for virtual self-defense and empowerment classes! See info and dates below: To Register: Students/parents can email girlstrength.pb@portlandoregon.gov or fill out the WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM.

    Saturday, March 13th (10-11:30): Self-Defense Basics

    Tuesday, March 23rd (10-11:30): Self-Defense Basics

    Wednesday, March 24th (1-2:30): Self-Defense for LGBTQ+ Students

    Thursday, March 25th (2-3pm): All About Healthy Relationships

    2. Girls on the Run registration is OPEN and runs through April 23rd. The team is open to 3rd-5th graders, and is available on a sliding scale payment system. Practices are at Buckman Field from 3:30-5pm Mondays and Thursdays from April 12-June 5. Complete the registration form here

    3. New SUN clubs coming soon for 4th quarter! Keep an eye out for registration information next week. 

    4. Resource Assistance and Support  New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230.  
    5. Support SUN   Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 

     

    FOUNDATION

    Many thanks to Buckman-owned Xico for supporting our school this week for the March edition of our Dines Out! We’d also like to thank the Buckman families who ordered from their delicious menu of handmade Mexican cuisine for this event. If you haven’t yet given Xico a try, be sure to check out all they have to offer on their website (https://www.xicopdx.com)!

    Spring apparel sales are ready to rock! Stop by the upper playground on March 31, April 14, or April 28 from 3:00-4:30pm to get all the Buckman gear you need. In addition to beanies, hoodies, masks, and shirts, we will have new Buckman canvas totes in stock soon! Stop by after spring break and grab what you need to show your Buckman pride.

     

    LIBRARY

    • March Reading and Activity Calendars
    • Are you spring cleaning? Has your Buckman student outgrown some titles and need more space on the bookshelf? The Buckman Library is now accepting GENTLY used book donations! We will be hosting a used book sale at the end of the school year. Location, date and times TBA. Donations accepted during Book Bag Exchanges on Mondays and Wednesdays 3-5pm on the upper playground. Please limit donations to 1-2 bags/boxes per family. 
    • K-2 Afterschool Stories with Friends. Longer read alouds, time to share and connect with special guests.
    • Do your students like Graphic Novels? Here is a list of some really great books that can lead to some important conversations. Social Justice Graphic Novels - also, as a parent, if you haven’t read a graphic novel, give it a try!

     

    PTA

    Scrip Sales  Get your scrip cards for various stores including Amazon, Target, and Fred Meyer, March 31 from 3-4:30pm on the upper playground. A portion of these sales goes back to Buckman. 

    We still need your membership! Can you help PTA reach our goal of 100 members or more? It’s easy to become a member; sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman. 

     

    DISTRICT & OTHER NEWS

    March Meal Services

    On Friday, March 19, all grab and go, curbside services and home meal deliveries will include 7 days worth of meals. Meal services will pause during the week of Spring Break, March 22-26 and resume Monday, March 29.

    K-5 Transfer Cycle & Explore Your Options Event

    From February 17-March 16, families can submit transfer requests to K-5 dual language immersion, focus option and alternative programs. 

    ACCESS Academy applications for grades 1-8 are available from February 17-April 16. 

    Applications are available at www.pps.net/schoolchoice

    Free Tax Prep Services

    Metropolitan Family Service/Cash Oregon is providing Free Tax Service. Click here for more information or visit this site: https://cashoregon.org/get-tax-help/mfs-cash-oregon-vita-site/

    Student Success at Home – Free Program through Friendly House

    Thanks to a generous grant from Oregon Health Authority, Friendly House is developing a pilot program to offer free support to students and families and improve their experience. Student Success at Home aims to alleviate and elevate by providing resources, technical and academic support, and social interaction so students can stay engaged and families can feel equipped and capable.

    You do not need to be enrolled with Friendly House After School to benefit from this program. Interested families can complete a one-time questionnaire at FriendlyHouseInc.org to help us understand your specific needs and tailor our support. If internet connectivity or other technical issues are a barrier to completing the form easily, call Chris at (503)935-5269 Ext 106.

     

     


    Friday, March 5, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears, 

    I hope you enjoyed the pre-spring sunny weather this week! In March we celebrate Women’s History Month. “i stand on the sacrifices of a million women before me thinking what can i do to make this mountain taller so the women after me can see farther” – rumi kaur

     

    TAG Update: TAG testing for students who were nominated in the fall is slated to happen in late spring after Hybrid instruction begins. All 2nd and 3rd graders will be tested next fall.

     

    Grades 3-5 MAP: The district will be sending out individual student MAP assessment results by the end of 3rd quarter.

    Along with many of you, I am still waiting for details on what hybrid instruction might look like for Buckman. The Governor just announced that she is mandating that all elementary schools open back up for some