Buckman Elementary School

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  • Buckman News


    Coming Soon At Buckman!          

    June 24-August 9: Office Closed for Summer 


    2019-2020 New Kindergarten Families, Register NOW! 

    It's time to register your new kindergarteners! 
    If you are a Buckman neighborhood family, and have a kindergarten age child, (five years old by 9/1/2019), or have secured a spot through the PPS Lottery, come to the Buckman Office to pick up a registration packet.

    You are not registered at Buckman until all of the registration materials are returned to the Buckman office.

    You should complete this process as soon as possible so that your child is included in the teacher assignment process. 

    You can pick up a registration packet in the Buckman office, but you  must do that soon. The office will be open between 9am and 3pm until the Wednesday, June 19. 

    You must have your completed packet back to the office by Wednesday, June 19 at 3pm so that they can be processed. If you have not registered at Buckman by then, you can register at the PPS District Office at 501 N. Dixon St, Portland, OR 97227

    The packet includes/requires:

    • Student Verification Form (Registration Form)
    • Birth Certificate or Passport
    • Completed Immunization Records Form
    • Proof of Address – 2 (two) pieces
      Two original documents as proof of residency are required for registration.
      These documents must be dated within the last 30 days and reflect the home address of the student. Acceptable documentation would include:
      Financial Documents – bank statements, credit card bill, pay stub
      Utility Bills – phone, electric, natural gas, water
      Government Documents – social security, unemployment insurance, WIC, Oregon Health Plan
      Insurance – home, rental, health or car
      Real Estate Documents – mortgage, rental, lease agreement
      Note: A driver’s license is not acceptable proof of residency.
    • Statement of Understanding

    Time to think about Class Supply Lists for the 2019-2020 School Year! 

    School House Supply offers an opportunity to our Buckman families to order Class Supplies through them. They deliver the order to Buckman before school begins in August. They have generated a generic list for each grade based on the more complete lists you will receive with your class assignment in August. Check their website here if you're interested. Please note that they have a deadline for the opportunity to order. 

    Address Corrections!

    Please make sure that your address and phone information is up to date so that you receive important calls and mailings from school. 

    Medical Guidelines 





    Great News for the Playground! 

    The Playground Committee is thrilled to announce that we raised $30K to receive the full $30K matching donation announced in the Fall! That leaves us with just $35K to reach our $95K goal. The $60K that we have covers the cost of the boring stuff (planning, permits, excavation, drainage, engineering, contractor's fees, etc.) plus non-toxic, accessible turf. This last push will pay for the fun stuff--logs, boulders, willow huts, trees, a stage, etc. 

    How can you help? You and your kids can join us on May 4 from 10 am-noon to go door-to-door to invite Buckman neighbors to support the playground. It’s a great way to get to know our Buckman neighbors and inform them about the importance of our project. Look for the Konstella sign up to RSVP.  

    Can’t join us on May 4th? Pick up flyers in the office to share with neighbors or friends who might be interested in supporting nature-play at Buckman!   


    Foundation Update 


    Foundation Leadership Positions

    We're excited to announce that Amanda Carmichael will be stepping into the role of Foundation Chair next year. Amanda has been involved with just about everything Foundation and PTA during her two years at Buckman and we couldn't be more thrilled to have her at the helm of the Foundation next year! 

    Shelise Hackin will be continuing in her role as Foundation Treasurer, current Chair Lauren Creany will be continuing to support the work of the Foundation team, and the Auction Co-Chairs Ally Parzych and Malia Sajko have signed on for another year with the support of a veteran auction team. 

    While many key Foundation and Auction volunteer positions are filled, many opportunities still exist. Keep your eye out for the volunteer sign up board or email foundation@buckmanelementary.org to get involved.

    Click on the links below for more information! 


    Join The Buckman PTA! 


    Connect With the Buckman Community. Sign up on Konstella!
    Buckman Earthquake Supply Drive


    Ways you can help: Funds For Buckman!

    Check here for ways you can help raise funds for Buckman. 

    Fund Opportunities



    Emergency Clothing Needed


        Cleaning your closets to make room? Super! Please forward any student pants (generic sweatpants/leggings work great) to the office for those occasional wardrobe malfunctions.
    Donations of new girls and boys underwear are also appreciated. Thank you for your support.


    Medications at School


        Please contact the office if your student will be receiving medications during school hours. Medicine can only be given to students after families complete the Authorization for Medication Administration by School Personnel form, which you can pick up in the office or at the link below. The medication authorization is needed for any medication you wish your child to take at school, including cough drops, but does not include homeopathic medication.

         Please personally bring in the medications (in their original packaging) and a completed form. Over the counter medications must be Children's dose unless you have doctors orders with adult dose directions. Please note students are not allowed to transport any medications to school themselves.

    Thank you for your help and understanding.


    Library News


    Library Book Returns and Fines

    Are you getting email and paper notices about overdue library books or fines for lost books? If you cannot find an overdue book, please stop in the library so we can mark it as “lost”. Lost books come with a fine to replace the book. If you have a fine for a lost book you have three options:

    1. Pay the fine in SchoolPay.

    2. Replace the book with a hardcover. Don’t forget to use smile.amazon.com to support the Buckman community. Often there are inexpensive used books in excellent condition that cost less than the school fine.

    3. Donate 3-5 HIGH INTEREST books in replacement of a lost library book. 


    SUN News  


    Good Luck and See You Soon

    Buckman SUN is saying good-bye to some incredibly valuable members of our team. Caitlyn Whitcomb, the Extended Day Coordinator, will be moving on. Caitlyn is an incredibly hard and diligent worker. She brought her honesty, intelligence and sincere dedication to providing a safe space for kiddos to the Extended Day program. Caitlyn’s insight allowed us to create smoother systems to help us better operate the SUN program. Buckman SUN has been so lucky to have her as the Extended Day Coordinator this year. Jasmine Springs, the Student Engagement and Equity Specialist, will be completing her AmeriCorps Member volunteer hours at the end of June. Jasmine has brought so much warmth and light to Buckman and has worked so hard this year on a variety of projects. To name a few: she coordinated the incredibly successful Political Asylum and Immigration Awareness Night back in January, beautified the school with some awesome volunteers for a Buckman Earth Day Clean Up, co-facilitated Race Forward with Miss Jess, provided interventions to improve school attendance and most importantly, cultivated powerful relationships with Buckman students. Please help us express our gratitude for these two outstanding individuals!

    Agency Survey for Impact NW/SUN Services

    How do you feel about SUN and the services we as a community school are able to provide? Impact NW wants to know! Client Participant Surveys can be accessed using this link and are available at the SUN Kiosk in English, Spanish and Russian (envelopes are provided so that you can seal your survey ). These surveys are anonymous and confidential. For paper versions, please return to SUN either in person or to room 108 or in our mailbox. Thank you for your time and feedback!

    Summer Camps

    SUN Camp Registration is still available! Registration will be completed on Active Network, the SUN online registration platform. More information is available on Konstella, but here is alink to access online registration. Registration information is also available at the SUN Kiosk.

    Backpacks Needed

    SUN is able to provide families with weekend food backpacks through our amazing food pantry program. We are in need of backpacks! Please drop off unwanted and/or gently used backpacks to room 108.

    Changes for Next Year

    We understand that change is never easy. We appreciate everyone’s patience this year as the SUN program has focused on making intentional changes in order to better serve our community! After careful consideration, we have made the decision to not enroll Kindergartners into SUN Extended Day Programs until the spring term of the academic school year. Attending SUN programs makes the days that much longer. Students come to programs hungry, tired and ready to get some much needed R&R! We’ve found that due to those factors, along with the various transitions and many expectations, SUN programs have not felt safe or supportive for our Kindergartners. Safety is our number one priority and we feel that by the time spring term rolls around, kinders will be much more set up for success. If you have questions, comments and/or concerns, please reach out to Becca.

    Happening In Our Community…

    Join the Urban League (10 N Russell St) on June 1 from 11am-3pm to kick off summer at their resource fair! 

    The Urban League of Portland is one of the oldest African American service, civil rights and advocacy organizations in the area. The Urban League of Portland’s mission is to empower African Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life. Their programs include a distinctive blend of direct services, organizing, outreach, and advocacy. They offer workforce services, community health services, summer youth programming, senior services, meaningful civic engagement opportunities, and powerful advocacy.

    Buckman SUN Community Gardening Programming Survey

    Are you interested in gardening? SUN wants to hear from you! Please complete this brief survey to help us plan our community gardening efforts.


    SUN Yoga

    We are in full motion will SUN Yoga classes! Classes are held in the dance studio every Friday from 4:45-5:45pm. Registration forms are available in the SUN Kiosk and on Konstella. 

    Food Pantry

    This support allows parents/caregivers to choose appropriate foods for their family’s needs once a week. If you are interested in signing up to access our food pantry, please contact Becca.



  • Greetings families!
    School is now out for the summer, but while teachers and students are enjoying a well-deserved break, there will be some changes coming to Buckman.

    Student safety and the security of the Buckman building has been a hot topic of communication this year. Our school is close to the top of the list for safety upgrades because of the lack of visibility from the office and general concerns about perimeter safety. It is still early on in the process, but before next December we expect to get more cameras inside and outside the building, a public address system that will be audible from more areas of the building, and improved means for securing the building during the day and after school. As with most change, there might be some ripples out into other areas. For example, there might be new drop off and pick up procedures in the fall or early into the school year as a result. As the scope of the project becomes clearer, we will let you know what that will look like and what is expected.

    There are changes coming to student technology as well. On June 19, apps4pps.net changes to student.pps.net. This might not be your child, and this is okay, but students wishing to log into their PPS Google account away from school and during the summer will need to use a new domain name, student.pps.net, starting June 19. For example, if your child wanted to share their research project with family while they are visiting, and their username is ksmith1234@apps4pps.net, their NEW username would be ksmith1234@student.pps.net. And of course, that is true into next year as well.


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