Buckman Elementary School

Buckman nurtures the whole child and strives for
academic excellence

320 SE 16th AvePortland, OR 97214Ph (503) 916-6230Fx (503) 916-2615

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    April 15-19

    Teacher Appreciation Week: April 15-19
    Vision and Hearing Health Screening: K, 1st and 3rd Grades-Wed, April 17. Volunteers Needed.
    Class Picture Day: Friday, April 19
    PTA Coffee: Friday, April 19, 8:45am-9:30am  

    End Of The School Year Change:

    The last day of school is now June 12, due to snow days and a teacher "Day of Action". Please read the link below to see more information about the added days. 

    Lost and Found

    Please check the Buckman Lost and Found for your student's items. Remember, these are items that belong to Buckman Students. Please take only those items that belong to your family. 

    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 





    PTA General Meeting, Tuesday, April 30, 6pm, Cafetorium

    Join us for our last regularly scheduled PTA meeting of the year on Tuesday, April 30 at 6pm in the cafetorium. We'll have pizza and child care beginning at 6:00, and the meeting will get underway as soon folks are settled, hopefully around 6:15.


    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!  


    Auction Tickets on Sale Now

    Don’t forget to grab your spot asap for Buckman’s “Wild at Art” Auction while still at the Early Bird price! Tickets will sell out! Tickets are $45/person, with the option to add childcare and/or unlimited drink bracelets for an additional $15 each. We’d like to acknowledge our Gold Sponsors of this year’s auction: Reconstructed Wellness and Screen Door. Thank you for supporting Buckman!


    Movie Night, April 24

    Be sure to mark your calendar’s for the Foundation’s next Movie Night on April 24! Drop your kid(s) off in the Buckman cafetorium at 6pm for a screening of “Incredibles 2”. Suggested donation at the door is $10 (nobody will be turned away!) and pizza is available for $1/slice. Movie Night ends at 8:30pm, please plan for pick-up accordingly. As always, we need volunteers to make Movie Night a success! Sign up via the Konstella volunteer form.

    Yearbook Photos Needed

    Parents it's time to start thinking about sending in those photos of the precious memories of this school year. Please email all your photos to yearbookbuckman@gmail.com. In the title of the email please indicate the grade level and event. All photos are due by April 15!

    Nominations are Open for the Buckman PTA Board!

    Buckman PTA Board members are nearing the end of our 2 year term. That means opportunities are opening up for other parents to step in and lead this important part of the Buckman community. Serving on the PTA Board is a chance to truly have an impact on our school, and you won't be doing it alone. If you've never held a position like this before, that's okay! Our current Board learned the ropes together and we expect the next Board will as well. If you'd like to serve on the Board, or if you'd simply like more information about what's entailed in holding one of these positions, feel free to reach out to us in person or on Konstella, or send an email to pta@buckmanelementary.org. If you do want to find us, just a reminder that the current board is: 

    Co-Presidents: Malena Slettom & Charmian Creagle
    VP: Amanda Basom
    Secretary: Patricia Patyrak
    Treasurer: Andrea Manning

    We've also put together a general outline describing the time commitment and what exactly we do. Check it out here!


    New Chair of Buckman Foundation Needed

    The current Chair of the Buckman Foundation will be stepping down at the end of the school year and we’re looking for someone with leadership and organization skills to learn the ins and outs this year so they can take the helm (with continued support from the past Chair) next year. Responsibilities include working with the Foundation leadership team and school principal to establish fundraising goals, recruiting and supporting the parent volunteers who coordinate Foundation fundraisers including apparel sales, Bowl-A-Ween, Movie Nights, and the Auction, publicizing events and communicating the impact of the funds raised, and overseeing expenditures and the Foundation’s budget (with the Treasurer). Email foundation@buckmanelementary.org if you’re interested in learning more and know someone you think would be good in this role.  


    Foundation Update 


    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  


    Family Equity Team

    The Family Equity Team is made up of parents of color who are working on closing the equity gap and create a more culturally responsive learning environment. To subscribe to the FET listserv, please contact fet@gmail.com. The next FET meeting meets in the dance studio every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 5:30-7pm.


    Extended Day Programs

    Spring Term has begun. We will be in session from April 1 until June 7. Please note, we will not be adding days to programming with the extension of the school year. If you signed up for Motion Magic camp you will be refunded. April 12 is the deadline to get a refund should you add, change or drop classes. A reminder that we end promptly at 4:30pm on Fridays.

    Summer Planning

    The summer calendar is here. Below are the camps and dates. If you have any questions, please contact Becca at rbeckmann@impactnw.org. Contact Morgan at morgan@motionmagic.net for Motion Magic registration information. To register for Arts camp please contact Greg Clarkson at gclarkso@pps.net.    

    June 10-July 5, 9am-4pm (No Camps on July 4th): Motion Magic Camps, $175 per week or $35 a day

    June 17-July 5 9am-4:30pm (No Camps on July 4th): Art Intensive Camp, $750 for all three weeks

    July 8-26 9am-4pm: SUN Camp, $175 per week or $35 a day

    *SUN Camp Registration will begin shortly. More information to follow.

    SUN Yoga

    We are in full motion will SUN Yoga classes! Classes are held in the dance studio. Restorative yoga with Galen will be every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 5:30-6:30pm and flow classes with Becca will be every Friday from 4:45-5:45pm. They are free of cost and open to the community. Please wear clothing that is comfortable and moves with you. Bring a mat or towel and water bottle if you would like (and any additional props if you so choose). If you do not own a yoga mat and are interested in using a SUN mat, please contact Becca. 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 (email listed above).

    Weekly Food Drive

    Each week, a designated class will be assigned various categories of pantry items to donate to the SUN Food Pantry.  More information will be found on Konstella. Below are the following classes for the month of April.

    April 1-5 - Ekelof

    Grains (rice, whole wheat bread, quinoa etc.) - Last Names A-M

    Canned Soup - Last Names N-Z

    April 8-12 - Betz

    Pasta - Last Names A-M

    Canned Meat (Tuna, Chicken, Salmon etc.) - Last Names N-Z

    April 15-19 - Gifford

    Peanut/Almond/Cashew Butters - Last Names A-M

    Cereal - Last Names N-Z

    April 22-26 - Scott

    Non-food items (toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, deodorant) - Last Names A-M

    Spices (salt, pepper etc.) Cooking oils (canola, olive, avocado etc.) - Last Names N-Z

    April 29- May 3 - Roberts

    Boxed/Bagged snacks (fruit chews, granola, cereal bars, trail mix etc.) - Last Names A-M

    Canned fruits and vegetables - Last Names N-Z



    Champions Open House

    On Friday April 26 from 5-6pm, during Champions program, we will be having a Champions Open House. We want this to be available for anyone who would like to come learn about the program, meet our teachers, and do fun activities with their families and other Champions kids.


  • Greetings families!
    What a great night last week for STEAM Night! I saw engineers, real-time graphing and some amazing women in science. Thank you to Becca and the whole SUN team for creating such an awesome event! And, as always, thank you to the families who came out and made it so great. We really appreciate you!

    This week I had the pleasure of stepping into a Race Forward facilitator’s meeting at Buckman. Not sure what this is? Race Forward are student to student conversations about race, started 3 years ago at Grant High School. We were so impressed with the model and the idea, we decided to adopt it. Now, we know our students aren’t high school students, but they are capable and fully committed. With support from Grant High School, our amazing AmeriCorps volunteer Jasmine, and Ms. Jess, this powerful group of 5th grade social justice reformers were pouring through our actual racial incident data, making notes on what types of incidents are being documented, and how many times they happen. This Friday we travel to Grant High School to see their final Race Forward event for this school year. Then, next month, our fifth grade facilitators will (with continued adult support, of course) run their own Race Forward event in our second floor classrooms. The intensity and depth of student thinking today was inspiring, and I couldn’t be prouder of Buckman students and staff.

    Which leads me to another very important event coming up tonight at 6:30. Tonight, in the dance studio, is our first Parenting Forward. If you saw Be You at Buckman, and felt the nudge to do more, than this event is for you. And if you saw Be You at Buckman and were mildly alarmed, this event is for you too. Be You at Buckman is the work of all of us, and for those of us who are White parents, this is especially critical work. As White parents, we often don’t think about talking to our children about race, or we decide to wait until they are older, or we figure they will “get it” because we are careful about teaching our kiddos kindness and respect. But, the kicker is that kids already know that some people look different than they do, and they want and need us to talk about it. Learn how tonight at 6:30 at Buckman.


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