Buckman Elementary School

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  • Looking Ahead:

    Picture Day Update

    Hello Buckman families!
     
    Picture day was a huge success! Now that the photos have all been taken, watch your email inbox. In the next few weeks, you will receive an email from Sung Kokko Photo with a link and password to your child's personal gallery of two to five photo options. You can order packages, individual photo prints, or digital downloads right from that website. 
     
    If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to reach out to Sung at info@sungkokkophoto.com.
     
    Thank you!
     
     
    971-222-8488

     


     

    September 30, 2022 

    Dear Buckman Families,

    Although most leaves have not started to turn or fall, with cooler temperatures and sunshine, your children were bubbling with energy at Lunch/Recess and afternoon recess. Four-square, play structure, nature playground, tag, and soccer, were fun and well played. A Shout Out to our Health Assistant Ms. Amy, who adeptly attends to the sometimes scrapes and bruises. 

    Today, we also had a very successful Lock Down Drill. As Ms. Ditto and I checked in with each classroom, students were very quiet, calm, and safe before returning to their work. 

    In classrooms, i-Ready Math is comprehensive, challenging, and keeps students’ focused, thinking critically, and engaged. I love the attentiveness of the teacher Read Alouds and was pleased with the wonderful variety of choice books from science, classic children’s literature,  non-fiction, and fantasy that spark students' curiosity. With our first five-day week, teachers are diligently building learning stamina with fun and healthy breaks. 

    I love walking by an open door and seeing how students are intently listening to directions, engaging in the task, and problem-solving occasional conflicts with trusted adults. Active listening is huge, and, as your children engage, their confidence and skills will continue to blossom. 

    As we begin October, I am excited to see your children build on their learning thus far, and make meaningful connections with their teachers, peers, and content. I appreciate your guidance and support and thoroughly enjoy being part of the Buckman community.

    Have a great weekend!

    Best,

    Fred


    MOVE FOR THE ARTS:
    Friday, October 8th!

    Don't forget to get your MOVE FOR THE ARTS pledges! On Friday, October 7th, students will move and groove in any way they can to raise critical funds for our year-long arts programming and staffing. Our goal is $30,000, and we are currently at only 16% of our fundraising goal. So, check those backpacks for pledge forms and reach out to family and friends. Donations can be made online or via cash/check (made out to Buckman PTA).

    • Donation link if you are on Konstella: https://tinyurl.com/2cezd4zu 
    • Donation link for friends and family not on Konstella (2-step process: 1) they will be prompted to ask for approval first (we will approve asap!); 2) they will enter credit card info): https://tinyurl.com/msb8d42t
    • Volunteers are needed for Move for the Arts! We need volunteers to help this event run smoothly! If you have a flexible schedule on the morning of Friday, October 7th, please sign up for a volunteer shift. We also need a volunteer to shadow in the committee chair role who will also take the lead next year. Interested? Email pta@buckmanelementary.org

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    A heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to Screen Door and to everyone in the Buckman community who made our first Dines Out of the school year a success! The event raised $725 for the Buckman Foundation and gets us all another step closer to our annual goal. We hope that inspires everyone to book their reservations at Nostrana for our next Dines Out, happening on Wednesday, October 5th from 5pm - 9:30pm. Find out why this Italian restaurant is a popular spot and head to their website to book a table straight away!

    Thank you also to everyone who attended our Connect to Buckman event last night.  These informal gatherings are a great way to meet other members of the Buckman community and learn more about how to get involved in school activities and fundraising. Our next Connect to Buckman will be at Cooper’s Hall on October 27 at 6pm — we hope to see you there!


    LIBRARY NEWS


    PTA NEWS

    • Do you want to help in your classroom? Our amazing teachers need 1-2 volunteer Room Leads to serve as the point of contact for families and help support classroom activities. Please join the "Room Leads" committee in Konstella and sign yourself up - first come, first served (but there's always a job to help with!). We have 16 room leads so far, but many rooms remain empty. If you have schedule flexibility and want to help in person, this is the job for you! Questions? Reach out to your teacher or PTA.
    • PTA needs executive board members! We need new executive membership to assure our PTA lasts into the future, and that we have the ongoing capacity to fundraise for our critical arts programming that makes us a focus option school. We are currently looking for a President-Elect to shadow this year and take the reins next year, a Vice President of Equity, and a Secretary. Learn more about the roles and connect with us if you are interested!
    • Wondering just what PTA does? Come to our first meeting on October 11th from 6-8pm, and also head over to the Oregon PTA website to learn more and purchase a membership for just $12 ($9 + $2.50 membership fee). Oregon PTA requires schools to have a certain number of paid memberships in order to maintain benefits under Oregon PTA. You can also learn more about Buckman PTA and Foundation -- how they are alike and different -- at www.buckmanelementary.org  
    • Help generate passive funds for Buckman. Did you know you can designate Buckman as your organization of choice for the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program? Raise funds for Buckman just by doing your regular shopping! The same goes for AmazonSmile - easy passive income for our school. 
    • Pick up a blue BottleDrop bag for your empties and create easy passive funding for Buckman! Blue bags are available inside the front doors at the community bulletin board (across from the office). It's quick and easy, and all the money goes to Buckman!

    SUN NEWS

    • Register your student for SUN Day Camp on Friday, October 14th (teacher PD day)! Bats, Screeches, and Howls. $50/student for the day. 9am-4pm. Register here
    • SAVE THE DATE! OMSI Family Night, Thursday, Oct 19th at 6pm. All families are welcome - come see science in action! We will have a cafeteria full of tables with science equipment and challenges guaranteed to thrill youngsters, perplex adults and offer an unforgettable science experience.

    School Supplies

    • If it slipped your mind to support classroom school supplies please donate now.

    • Thank you to the families that have already donated money for classroom school supplies! 

    Teacher Link                     Teacher Link                 
    Ekelof - K Betz - 3
    Ingraham - K Christy - 3
    Molina - K Dewson - 3
    Danielson -1 Ayala - 4
    Miles - 1 Hansen - 4
    Page (Agre) -1 Walker - 4
    Lee - 2 Jensen - 5
    Roberts - 2 Kelly - 5
    Rockness - 2 Nicholl - 5
    DeGraw - (K-2) Lendo - (3-5)

    TAG INFO NIGHT

    Please join Ms. Ayala, our new TAG Facilitator, for a virtual TAG Night on October 20 from 6:00-7:00. The link for this event will be made available closer to the date. We will be discussing TAG (Talented and Gifted) services, referrals, and identification. We look forward to seeing you there!
    Looking for a job?

    PPS is hiring Paraeducators: Click here for more info

     

    Buckman Registration Information

    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 Information:

    School Hours:

    First Bell: 8:35 (All students enter at the front of the building.)

    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 1st Grade - 11:10 - 11:35

    2nd Lunch: 2nd and 3rd Grade - 11:40 - 12:00

    3rd Lunch: 4th and 5th Grade - 12:05 - 12:25

     


     

    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 respectful of our neighbors and do not park in driveways.

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

     

    Here Is A Helpful Guide to Your Student Health Questions 
     

     

    Buckman School Neighborhood Bus Route: #246

    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]         8:13 am

    (2) 1557 NE WEIDLER ST [S]                           8:17 am 

    (3) NE 19TH AV @ NE CLACKAMAS ST [NW]      8:18 am

    (4) NE 30TH AV @ NE OREGON ST [NW] 306     8:24 am

     

    PM Drop Off

    (1) NE 30TH AV @ NE OREGON ST [NW]           3:09 pm 

    (2) NE CLACKAMAS ST @ NE 19TH AV [NE]       3:15 pm 

    (3) 1557 NE WEIDLER ST [S]                           3:17 pm 

    (4) NE 6TH AV @ NE CLACKAMAS ST [NW]        3:21 pm

     


    Buckman SUN
     
    Buckman SUN Fall Term catalog out now!
     
    Hi Buckman families,
     
    I'm excited to share that the fall term catalog is out now! It is attached to this email, and you can also find information about after-school programming on our websiteGeneral registration will open online at 7am on September 12th, so mark your calendars and set your alarms now. If you are in need of financial assistance for your student to attend SUN, we will begin accepting early bird registration forms via email or paper copy on Tuesday. 
     
    Additionally, please join us for Community Care Day tomorrow (Saturday) anytime between 9am and 2pm. We will be cleaning up the grounds, putting new paint on the upper playground, etc., to make the campus ready to welcome students on Tuesday. I'll be there (perhaps with my cute puppy even!), please find me and say hi!
     
    In community,
    Katie
     
    Katie Olson
    SUN Community School Site Manager
    Buckman Elementary School
    P: (503) 858-0230 E: kolson@impactnw.org IMPACTNW.ORG 
     
     
     

     
    Champions Child Care News
     
    If you are interested in care or have additional questions, please contact Site Manager Chanel Bodden at  ch001370@discoverchampions.com.
     
     
  • Counseling

    Buckman Counseling Website:

Weekly Newsletter

  • September 30, 2022 

    Dear Buckman Families,

    Although most leaves have not started to turn or fall, with cooler temperatures and sunshine, your children were bubbling with energy at Lunch/Recess and afternoon recess. Four-square, play structure, nature playground, tag, and soccer, were fun and well played. A Shout Out to our Health Assistant Ms. Amy, who adeptly attends to the sometimes scrapes and bruises. 

    Today, we also had a very successful Lock Down Drill. As Ms. Ditto and I checked in with each classroom, students were very quiet, calm, and safe before returning to their work. 

    In classrooms, i-Ready Math is comprehensive, challenging, and keeps students’ focused, thinking critically, and engaged. I love the attentiveness of the teacher Read Alouds and was pleased with the wonderful variety of choice books from science, classic children’s literature,  non-fiction, and fantasy that spark students' curiosity. With our first five-day week, teachers are diligently building learning stamina with fun and healthy breaks. 

    I love walking by an open door and seeing how students are intently listening to directions, engaging in the task, and problem-solving occasional conflicts with trusted adults. Active listening is huge, and, as your children engage, their confidence and skills will continue to blossom. 

    As we begin October, I am excited to see your children build on their learning thus far, and make meaningful connections with their teachers, peers, and content. I appreciate your guidance and support and thoroughly enjoy being part of the Buckman community.

    Have a great weekend!

    Best,

    Fred


    MOVE FOR THE ARTS:
    Friday, October 8th!

    Don't forget to get your MOVE FOR THE ARTS pledges! On Friday, October 7th, students will move and groove in any way they can to raise critical funds for our year-long arts programming and staffing. Our goal is $30,000, and we are currently at only 16% of our fundraising goal. So, check those backpacks for pledge forms and reach out to family and friends. Donations can be made online or via cash/check (made out to Buckman PTA).

    • Donation link if you are on Konstella: https://tinyurl.com/2cezd4zu 
    • Donation link for friends and family not on Konstella (2-step process: 1) they will be prompted to ask for approval first (we will approve asap!); 2) they will enter credit card info): https://tinyurl.com/msb8d42t
    • Volunteers are needed for Move for the Arts! We need volunteers to help this event run smoothly! If you have a flexible schedule on the morning of Friday, October 7th, please sign up for a volunteer shift. We also need a volunteer to shadow in the committee chair role who will also take the lead next year. Interested? Email pta@buckmanelementary.org

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    A heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to Screen Door and to everyone in the Buckman community who made our first Dines Out of the school year a success! The event raised $725 for the Buckman Foundation and gets us all another step closer to our annual goal. We hope that inspires everyone to book their reservations at Nostrana for our next Dines Out, happening on Wednesday, October 5th from 5pm - 9:30pm. Find out why this Italian restaurant is a popular spot and head to their website to book a table straight away!

    Thank you also to everyone who attended our Connect to Buckman event last night.  These informal gatherings are a great way to meet other members of the Buckman community and learn more about how to get involved in school activities and fundraising. Our next Connect to Buckman will be at Cooper’s Hall on October 27 at 6pm — we hope to see you there!


    LIBRARY NEWS


    PTA NEWS

    • Do you want to help in your classroom? Our amazing teachers need 1-2 volunteer Room Leads to serve as the point of contact for families and help support classroom activities. Please join the "Room Leads" committee in Konstella and sign yourself up - first come, first served (but there's always a job to help with!). We have 16 room leads so far, but many rooms remain empty. If you have schedule flexibility and want to help in person, this is the job for you! Questions? Reach out to your teacher or PTA.
    • PTA needs executive board members! We need new executive membership to assure our PTA lasts into the future, and that we have the ongoing capacity to fundraise for our critical arts programming that makes us a focus option school. We are currently looking for a President-Elect to shadow this year and take the reins next year, a Vice President of Equity, and a Secretary. Learn more about the roles and connect with us if you are interested!
    • Wondering just what PTA does? Come to our first meeting on October 11th from 6-8pm, and also head over to the Oregon PTA website to learn more and purchase a membership for just $12 ($9 + $2.50 membership fee). Oregon PTA requires schools to have a certain number of paid memberships in order to maintain benefits under Oregon PTA. You can also learn more about Buckman PTA and Foundation -- how they are alike and different -- at www.buckmanelementary.org  
    • Help generate passive funds for Buckman. Did you know you can designate Buckman as your organization of choice for the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program? Raise funds for Buckman just by doing your regular shopping! The same goes for AmazonSmile - easy passive income for our school. 
    • Pick up a blue BottleDrop bag for your empties and create easy passive funding for Buckman! Blue bags are available inside the front doors at the community bulletin board (across from the office). It's quick and easy, and all the money goes to Buckman!

    SUN NEWS

    • Register your student for SUN Day Camp on Friday, October 14th (teacher PD day)! Bats, Screeches, and Howls. $50/student for the day. 9am-4pm. Register here
    • SAVE THE DATE! OMSI Family Night, Thursday, Oct 19th at 6pm. All families are welcome - come see science in action! We will have a cafeteria full of tables with science equipment and challenges guaranteed to thrill youngsters, perplex adults and offer an unforgettable science experience.

    School Supplies

    • If it slipped your mind to support classroom school supplies please donate now.

    • Thank you to the families that have already donated money for classroom school supplies! 

    Teacher Link                     Teacher Link                 
    Ekelof - K Betz - 3
    Ingraham - K Christy - 3
    Molina - K Dewson - 3
    Danielson -1 Ayala - 4
    Miles - 1 Hansen - 4
    Page (Agre) -1 Walker - 4
    Lee - 2 Jensen - 5
    Roberts - 2 Kelly - 5
    Rockness - 2 Nicholl - 5
    DeGraw - (K-2) Lendo - (3-5)

    TAG INFO NIGHT

    Please join Ms. Ayala, our new TAG Facilitator, for a virtual TAG Night on October 20 from 6:00-7:00. The link for this event will be made available closer to the date. We will be discussing TAG (Talented and Gifted) services, referrals, and identification. We look forward to seeing you there!
    Looking for a job?

    PPS is hiring Paraeducators: Click here for more info

     


    September 23, 2022

    Dear Buckman Families,

    I want to celebrate the fact that it is Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. A special thank you to ALL our Hispanic Buckman Families. Your students and their rich heritage and culture add immeasurably to our Buckman community. Thank you!

    As we appreciate all our Hispanic students and their culture, I want to also express the importance of showing kindness each and every day while at Buckman. At school, it is our kindness to each other that sets us apart, and helps us to build a positive Buckman Bear community around trust and learning. All students do their best when they feel safe, and acting kindly is essential learning that we must all practice to improve. This growth is exciting because it is up to us all, and we all benefit as we become more and more consistent.  

     

    When a student feels sad because they were harmed emotionally or physically on purpose or by accident, it hurts. On the flip side, when praised for their best work, and/or a great and supportive attitude, it is like the sun coming out and shining brightly on us all. Sunshine and kindness are catchable. As I learned from Ms. Ashley today, “reach up, grab the star and pull it down.” 

    A huge THANK YOU to all the families that dined at the Screen Door last night to benefit the Buckman Foundation. All Foundation donations, large and small are much appreciated as it supports our arts focus staffing for the 2023-24 school year. My “to go” dinner was delicious! 

    Thank you in advance, for exploring how you can contribute positivity and kindness in your classroom, our school and our community.

    Ms. Ditto and the Buckman staff so appreciate you!
     

    Have a great three-day weekend!

    Best,

    Fred


    School Picture Day is Next Week!

    This year we have a wonderful new photographer coming in to take pictures of our students.  Please read her Introduction Letter Here: Sung Kokko Photography

    Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade pictures are the morning of Weds. the 28th

    3rd, 4th & 5th grade pictures are the morning of Thurs. the 29th

    The Photographer will send you order information with the proofs of the photos after Picture Day.


    Check out the Buckman Family Handbook Here!


    SUN NEWS

    • Register your student for SUN Day Camp on Friday October 14th (teacher PD day)! Bats, Screeches, and Howls. $50/student for the day. 9am-4pm. Register here
    • SUN School begins Monday, Sept 26. Check your active account to confirm your student's schedule.
    • SAVE THE DATE! OMSI Family Night, Thursday Oct 19th at 6pm. All families welcome - come see science in action! We will have a cafeteria full of tables with science equipment and challenges guaranteed to thrill youngsters, perplex adults and offer an unforgettable science experience.

    LIBRARY NEWS

    • Did your student finish the summer reading program? If they wear their Multnomah County Library Summer Reading T-shirt to the library on their library day in the month of September, they will get to pick out a free book!
    • Ms. Rudnick’s Read Alouds
    • K-5 Monthly Reading Challenge - click through the slideshow and fill out the form for a free book. 
    • K-3 Author Visit: Charise Harper! She will share about being an author/illustrator and teach a drawing activity to the students. Author visits are free to school provided by Green Bean Books in lieu of selling 30 signed copies of I Cannot Draw A Horse! Order here (consider an order for yourself, a teacher, or a copy to the Buckman Library) - under “calculate shipping cost” choose “pickup at Buckman Elementary”.

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Hi Buckman families! The Buckman Foundation has been busy preparing fun events and fundraisers for the 2022-2023 school year. For those new to our school, the Buckman Foundation raises money each year to fill the gaps between the allotted PPS budget and the staffing needed to best support our students. In recent years, funds raised have supported positions in the arts, literacy, and additional grade-level teachers.

    If you’re interested in learning more about the Buckman Foundation and ways to get involved, join us at Lolo Pass (rooftop) on Thursday September 29th from 6-7pm for Connect to Buckman! These informal evenings are open to everyone and a great way to get to know other Buckman families.  If you can’t make it, reach out any time by emailing foundation@buckmanelementary.org.


    PTA NEWS

    • MOVE FOR THE ARTS on Friday, October 7th! Students will move and groove in any way they can to raise critical funds for our year long arts programming. Our goal is $30,000, and if we raise $2,500 by September 30th, a Buckman parent's company will write a check for $10,000! WOW. So, check those backpacks for pledge forms and reach out to family and friends. Donations can be made online or via cash/check (made out to Buckman PTA). We also need a volunteer to shadow in the committee chair role who will also take the lead next year. Interested? Email pta@buckmanelementary.org
    --Donation link if you are on Konstella: https://tinyurl.com/2cezd4zu 
    --Donation link for friends and family not on Konstella (2-step process: 1) they will be prompted to ask for approval first (we will approve asap!); 2) they will enter credit card): https://tinyurl.com/msb8d42t
     
    • Do you want to help in your classroom? Our amazing teachers need 1-2 volunteer Room Leads to serve as the point of contact for families and help support classroom activities. Please join the "Room Leads" committee in Konstella and sign yourself up - first come, first served (but there's always a job to help with!). We have about 14 room leads so far, but many rooms remain empty. If you have schedule flexibility and want to help in-person, this is the job for you! Questions? Reach out to your teacher or PTA.
    • PTA needs executive board members! Ever wonder who is behind all the great events at Buckman? It's us, your PTA! (and also Buckman Foundation, SUN, staff, teachers, students and more...). We need new executive membership to assure our PTA lasts into the future, and that we have ongoing capacity to fundraise for our critical arts programming that makes us a focus option school. We are currently looking for a President Elect to shadow this year and take the reins next year, a Vice President of Equity, and a Secretary. Learn more about the roles and connect with us if you are interested!
    • Wondering just what PTA does? Come to our first meeting on October 11th from 6-8pm, and also head over to the Oregon PTA website to learn more and purchase a membership for just $12 ($9 + $2.50 membership fee). Oregon PTA requires schools to have a certain number of paid memberships in order to maintain benefits under Oregon PTA. You can also learn more about Buckman PTA and Foundation -- how they are alike, and different -- at www.buckmanelementary.org  
    • Help generate passive funds for Buckman. Did you know you can designate Buckman as your organization of choice for the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program? Raise funds for Buckman just by doing your regular shopping! The same goes for AmazonSmile - easy passive income for our school. 

    School Supplies

    • Thank you to the families that have already donated money for classroom school supplies! 

    • We are asking families to use SchoolPay to contribute toward classroom supplies.  

    • Click here for details to use SchoolPay

    Teacher Link                     Teacher Link                 
    Ekelof - K Betz - 3
    Ingraham - K Christy - 3
    Molina - K Dewson - 3
    Danielson -1 Ayala - 4
    Miles - 1 Hansen - 4
    Page (Agre) -1 Walker - 4
    Lee - 2 Jensen - 5
    Roberts - 2 Kelly - 5
    Rockness - 2 Nicholl - 5
    DeGraw - (K-2) Lendo - (3-5)

    After School Spanish Class

    If you're looking for a Friday after school opportunity for your student to learn Spanish there's one starting next week!

    Elementary Spanish @ Buckman

    Fridays for K-3rd
    Sept. 30th, 2022 - May 26th, 2023
    3:00 - 4:00 pm PST - REGISTER HERE!


    Looking for a job?

    PPS is hiring Paraeducators: Click here for more info

     


     

    September 16, 2022

    Dear Buckman Families,

     It was great to see you and have you all in the building for Back to School Night! Your children were great leaders, and our new Bingo Card format was a smashing success! I loved answering questions, and there were many compliments from parents and staff. Please thank Ms. Ditto, Ms. Jess, and Ms. Katie (our SUN Coordinator) who masterminded the entire evening! In two words, last night was Fun and Fabulous. Thank you all for a great Buckman community evening.

    As our first full week of school, lots of significant learning is underway. I appreciate the skills and stamina that your students are building and demonstrating. Following directions, raising hands to share,  walking quietly in straight and quiet lines, and working independently or with a neighbor to solve problems. 

    In visiting classes this afternoon, I was impressed by the following: Fourth graders writing “I Am” poems; First time Reading Buddies pairing First and Fourth graders. Two other  First grade classes were completing their i-Ready Math Diagnostic assessment, and students who finished were challenged with online math games. In Dance, Fifth graders were practicing standing jumps into a hula hoop, and one student made it all the way across the Gym in about 40 seconds. In Mr. S.’s Fifth grade Music class, students practiced a West African Ghanaian song “Bobo” that involved singing, rhythmic clapping and movement in a circle. Coordinating this all, especially as the tempo increased was quite challenging. His students were attentive and did a very good job. 

    Thank you for your children, and their enthusiasm for learning. Last night was special, and I look forward to more events when we can come together as a community. 

    Enjoy your weekend! 

    Best,

    Fred


    Check out the Buckman Family Handbook Here!

     


     

     LIBRARY NEWS

    Did your student finish the summer reading program? If they wear their Multnomah County Library Summer Reading T-shirt to the library on their library day in the month of September, they will get to pick out a free book!

    Ms. Rudnick’s Read Alouds

    K-5 Monthly Reading Challenge - click through the slideshow and fill out the form for a free book! 

    K-3 Author Visit: Charise Harper! She will share about being an author/illustrator and teach a drawing activity to the students. Author visits are free to school provided by Green Bean Books in lieu of selling 30 signed copies of I Cannot Draw A Horse! Order here (consider an order for yourself, a teacher, or a copy to the Buckman Library) - under “calculate shipping cost” choose “pickup at Buckman Elementary”.

     

    FOUNDATION NEWS

    Hi Buckman families! The Buckman Foundation has been busy preparing fun events and fundraisers for the 2022-2023 school year. For those new to our school, the Buckman Foundation raises money each year to fill the gaps between the allotted PPS budget and the staffing needed to best support our students. In recent years, funds raised have supported positions in the arts, literacy, and additional grade-level teachers.

    If you’re interested in learning more about the Buckman Foundation and ways to get involved, join us at Lolo Pass (rooftop) on Thursday September 29th from 6-7pm for Connect to Buckman! These informal evenings are open to everyone and a great way to get to know other Buckman families.  If you can’t make it, reach out any time by emailing foundation@buckmanelementary.org.

    Another date to add to your calendar is our first Dines Out of the school year on September 21, 5pm-9pm at the Screen Door! Dine-in or take-out at this neighborhood favorite, and 10% of the proceeds will go to Buckman!

     

    PTA NEWS

    • MOVE FOR THE ARTS on Friday, October 7th! Students will move and groove in any way they can to raise critical funds for our year long arts programming. Our goal is $30,000, and if we raise $2,500 by September 30th, a Buckman parent's company will write a check for $10,000! WOW. So, check those backpacks for pledge forms and reach out to family and friends. Donations can be made online or via cash/check (made out to Buckman PTA). We also need a volunteer to shadow in the committee chair role who will also take the lead next year. Interested? Email pta@buckmanelementary.org
    --Donation link if you are on Konstella: https://tinyurl.com/2cezd4zu 
    --Donation link for friends and family not on Konstella (2-step process: 1) they will be prompted to ask for approval first (we will approve asap!); 2) they will enter credit card): https://tinyurl.com/msb8d42t
     
    • Do you want to help in your classroom? Our amazing teachers need 1-2 volunteer Room Leads to serve as the point of contact for families and help support classroom activities. Please join the "Room Leads" committee in Konstella and sign yourself up - first come, first served (but there's always a job to help with!). We have about 14 room leads so far, but many rooms remain empty. If you have schedule flexibility and want to help in-person, this is the job for you! Questions? Reach out to your teacher or PTA.
    • PTA needs executive board members! Ever wonder who is behind all the great events at Buckman? It's us, your PTA! (and also Buckman Foundation, SUN, staff, teachers, students and more...). We need new executive membership to assure our PTA lasts into the future, and that we have ongoing capacity to fundraise for our critical arts programming that makes us a focus option school. We are currently looking for a President Elect to shadow this year and take the reins next year, a Vice President of Equity, and a Secretary. Learn more about the roles and connect with us if you are interested!
    • Wondering just what PTA does? Come to our first meeting on October 11th from 6-8pm, and also head over to the Oregon PTA website to learn more and purchase a membership for just $12 ($9 + $2.50 membership fee). Oregon PTA requires schools to have a certain number of paid memberships in order to maintain benefits under Oregon PTA. You can also learn more about Buckman PTA and Foundation -- how they are alike, and different -- at www.buckmanelementary.org  
    • Help generate passive funds for Buckman. Did you know you can designate Buckman as your organization of choice for the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program? Raise funds for Buckman just by doing your regular shopping! The same goes for AmazonSmile - easy passive income for our school. 

    School Supplies

    • Thank you to the families that have already donated money for classroom school supplies! 

    • We are asking families to use SchoolPay to contribute toward classroom supplies.  

    • Click here for details to use SchoolPay

    Teacher Link                     Teacher Link                 
    Ekelof - K Betz - 3
    Ingraham - K Christy - 3
    Molina - K Dewson - 3
    Danielson -1 Ayala - 4
    Miles - 1 Hansen - 4
    Page (Agre) -1 Walker - 4
    Lee - 2 Jensen - 5
    Roberts - 2 Kelly - 5
    Rockness - 2 Nicholl - 5
    DeGraw - (K-2) Lendo - (3-5)

    School Picture Day is Coming Up!

    This year we have a wonderful new photographer coming in to take pictures of our students.  Please read her Introduction Letter Here: Sung Kokko Photography 

     


     

    September 9, 2022

    Dear Buckman Families,

    I hope this finds you well.

    Despite the East winds with a bit of smoke in the air, we finished our first two weeks with lots of positivity. In visiting classrooms, I appreciated the attentiveness of your students as they revisited existing routines and/or learned and practiced new ones. Their enthusiasm and focus are refreshing, and I appreciate that they are listening carefully with occasional reminders. 

    Getting back into the swing of school takes time, and your students’ enthusiasm is contagious. We are all excited about the strong learning, art, and fun that we look forward to this year. Today was our first of regular Fire Drills and went smoothly. At the conclusion of our drill, Ms. Ditto suggested that older students let younger students go first, and this will become our preferred practice.  

    Be it walking to specials with voices off in straight lines, following Cafeteria protocols, taking turns asking questions, or working productively with a partner in class, your children are absorbing a lot of important information and demonstrating new skills. 

    Here are a few Drop Off and Pick Up helpful reminders:

    • When dropping off or picking up your child please park next to the curb.
    • Under no circumstances, do not double park, as this blocks traffic, and may cause other students to be late.
    •   If you park in front of the building, please drop your child off, and then leave to open up that spot for another family.

    Thank you in advance, as this ensures safety for all our students. 

    I was particularly pleased that 4th and 5th-grade classes have done their iReady Math Diagnostic test, which provides valuable information to your child’s teacher. Read-alouds, scribing letters, and sharing summer experiences have been great for building community. 

    Thank you to all who joined us for our monthly Coffee Chat this morning both in person and also online. Have a great weekend, and we look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night on Thursday, September 15.  

    Best,

    Fred


    Check out the Buckman Family Handbook Here!


    School Supplies

    • Thank you to the families that have already donated money for classroom school supplies! 

    • We are asking families to use SchoolPay to contribute toward classroom supplies.  

    • Click here for details to use SchoolPay

    Teacher Link                     Teacher Link                 
    Ekelof - K Betz - 3
    Ingraham - K Christy - 3
    Molina - K Dewson - 3
    Danielson -1 Ayala - 4
    Miles - 1 Hansen - 4
    Page (Agre) -1 Walker - 4
    Lee - 2 Jensen - 5
    Roberts - 2 Kelly - 5
    Rockness - 2 Nicholl - 5
    DeGraw - (K-2) Lendo - (3-5)

    School Picture Day is Coming Up!

    This year we have a wonderful new photographer coming in to take pictures of our students.  Please read her Introduction Letter Here: Sung Kokko Photography 


    LIBRARY NEWS


    PTA NEWS

    • PTA needs executive board members! Ever wonder who is behind all the great events at Buckman? It's us, your PTA! (and also Buckman Foundation, SUN, staff, teachers, students, and more...). We need new executive membership to assure our PTA lasts into the future, and that we have the ongoing capacity to fundraise for our critical arts programming that makes us a focus option school. We are currently looking for a President-Elect to shadow this year and take the reins next year, a Vice President of Equity, and a Secretary. Learn more about the roles and connect with us if you are interested!
    • Are you new to Buckman? If so, be sure to join Konstella - a primary way for families, teachers and staff to connect with each other and share important information. Joining is quick and easy - just click on "Find Your School", search for "Buckman" and answer a few questions. PTA admin will receive and approve your request to join within a few days, but usually sooner. We realize there are many communication methods at our school (this newsletter, Konstella, Facebook, Remind, ParentVue), but encourage participation in Konstella, as it's the easiest way to sign up for school events and fundraisers and to connect with others in your child's classroom.
    • Do you want to help in your classroom? Speaking of classrooms, our amazing teachers need 1-2 volunteer Room Leads to serve as the point of contact for families and help support classroom activities. Please join the "Room Leads" committee in Konstella and sign yourself up - first come, first served (but there's always a job to help with!).
    • Wondering just what PTA does? Come to our first meeting on October 11th from 6-8 pm, or head over to the Oregon PTA website to learn more and purchase a membership for just $12. Oregon PTA requires schools to have a certain number of paid memberships in order to maintain membership and benefits under Oregon PTA. You can also learn more about Buckman PTA and Foundation -- how they are alike and different -- at www.buckmanelementary.org  
    • Help generate passive funds for Buckman. Did you know you can designate Buckman as your organization of choice for the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program? Raise passive funds for Buckman simply by grocery shopping! The same goes for AmazonSmile - easy passive income for our school. 
    • SAVE THE DATE for our first big fundraiser, MOVE FOR THE ARTS on Friday, October 7th! Students will move and groove in any way they can to raise critical funds for our year-long arts programming. More details on how to sign up to volunteer, sponsor students and donate to the event coming soon! We also need a volunteer to shadow in the committee chair role who will also take the lead next year. Interested? Email pta@buckmanelementary.org.

    SUN NEWS

    SUN general registration opens on Monday at 7 am! Set your alarms now because classes fill up quickly.

     


     

    June 10, 2022

    Hello Buckman Community,

    We made it, summer break is here! A year of many challenges, thank you for your students and for all your support.

    Friday, all three of our rousing Kinder performances concluded. With songs, dance, and Kinder Promotion certificates, students received a standing ovation and were super cute! To Ms. I, Ms. Molina, and Ms. Dewson, Mr. S, Ms. Hannah, Ms. Penn and Ms. Root, your students were fabulous! Thank you for starting them off on their Buckman learning and arts journey in such fine fashion. Congratulations!

    Thursday’s Fifth grade Promotion was wonderful! Ms. Jensen, Ms. Nicholl, and Ms, Nichenko presented their classes as the “World's Best Ever 5th grade,” and they were ALL outstanding! Each teacher described their students in realistic superlative terms, and then presented them with their  Promotion Certificates. Crossing Guard, and Affinity groups were recognized, and I was impressed with all. As a class, their resilience, learning, performing, and caring throughout the year for each other and their teachers made for many special moments. In her closing remarks, Ms. Ditto recognized Ms. Nichenko for her many years of service at Buckman and PPS, and wished her well.

    Ms. Nichenko, thank you, and we wish you all the Very Best in your well-deserved retirement, congratulations!  As Buckman Bear Fifth graders we will miss you. I am also quite assured that you will enjoy middle school and that you are well prepared. We wish you all the very best as you continue to learn, and mature, and hope you continue to be creative and make art. Fifth graders, congratulations! 

    Equally, we are very proud of our First - Fourth graders who have also persevered, done excellent work and learned as their best selves. Parents, please join me in thanking our entire teacher and support staff for making this year one to remember. Parents and Staff, Brava, Bravo, you’re the BEST! 

    Finally, Buckman PTA, Buckman Foundation, and Lunch Volunteers, Thank you, Thank you, you are all outstanding! From the Buckman Art Show & Sell, the 100 year Anniversary Auction, apparel sales, staff appreciation, Fun for the Arts and so many more volunteer hours of support, we are so grateful. Quite literally, you make our Buckman School community possible!

    Have a wonderful summer, be safe, and students keep reading for enjoyment! 

    Best,

    Fred 


     Important Upcoming Dates:

    • 06/11-08/29  - Summer Break
    • 08/30 - First Day of school for 1st - 5th grade
    • 09/06 - First Day of Kindergarten

     Lost and Found items want to come home!

    Did your kids home home without their coat, lunchbox, or other special items?  You get one last chance to claim these items. We will allow parents to come look through Lost and Found Monday & Tuesday next week.  After Tuesday all items will be donated to charity.


    Do you have an incoming Kindergartner to Buckman next School Year?  If so please register now! For more info: Buckman Kindergarten FAQs


    NEW Permanent Student Art Installed in the 3rd Grade hallway
    With the support of local artist and parent Beth Buncdy, all three third grade classes created laser paper cut art that was permanently installed above the lockers in the 3rd grade hallway. In connection to their Social Studies unit on Portland History, each student chose an iconic place in Portland to make a drawing of, which Beth turned into laser paper cuts. 
    Thanks to Beth for all of her hard work on this project and thank you to the Regional Arts and Culture Council for supporting this project with a Make-Learn-Build-Grant!

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     PTA News

    • From the Buckman PTA Executive Board to all of you, HAPPY SUMMER VACATION! Wherever and whatever your summer brings you, we wish you a fantastic time - see you next year!
    • Join the PTA Executive Board! We are STILL in need of a Secretary, Equity Team Vice President, and a President-Elect as we head into the next school year. Here is an overview of board positions to give you an idea of what you would be signing up for. Time commitment ranges anywhere from 8-20 hours/mo. Please email pta@buckmanelementary.org if you are interested in stepping up. 
     

     Library News

    • MCL Summer Reading Program information (slideshow with live links!)
    • All PPS students are automatically enrolled at the public library through Library Connect (see the last slide of the slideshow)

    If you cannot find an overdue book or it was damaged please email me at drudnick@pps.net) so we can mark it as “lost." Lost books come with a fine as to replace the book. If you have a fine for a lost or damaged book you have a couple of 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.

    *If you are a parent of a graduating 5th grader, these fines carry over to middle school/high school. It’s best if we try to take care of it before moving schools. Thanks!

     

     June 3, 2022

    Hello Buckman Community,

    I hope you are well, and today was a special Friday! Two wonderful students Tilly (5th) and Bea (3rd) were Principals for the Day, and our Portland Public Schools Superintendent, Guadalupe Guerrero visited Buckman this morning. 

    Tilly and Bea were great and super helpful principals. This morning we counted and organized for each classroom, a COVID 19 Test Kit for each student to take home today. Test Kits were bagged, labeled and delivered to all classrooms with each principal taking a floor. They were efficient, hard working and this was a huge help! When Superintendent Guerrero arrived, they both enjoyed meeting him. 

    It was a pleasure to have Superintendent Guerrero visit today. We dropped in to a number of classrooms, heard music students play xylophones and sing, watched the coveted Ms. Hannah’s “Dance Party,” we did not disturb students that were testing, and dropped in on reading time in a third grade class. Superintendent Guerrero asked what students liked most about Buckman and a number of students responded that it was a friendly, helpful, and fun place to learn. Third graders almost all raised their hands when asked if they liked to do math, and even more hands went up regarding students that liked reading and writing. At Recess, his supervision was helpful, and he shared that he enjoyed his visit and appreciated our arts focus/neighborhood Buckman community. 

    Our last five days will be packed with end of year celebratory events. I am particularly looking forward to Field Day on Tuesday, Thursday’s Fifth grade Promotion, and our Kinder Performance on Friday, June 10th. We are all looking forward to a summer break, and especially to honor our Fifth graders as they are promoted to middle school.  
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Best,

    Fred

     

    Important Upcoming Dates:

    • 6/6 - Used Book Sale 3pm-4:30pm
    • 6/7 - Field Day 
    • 5/9 - 5th Grade Promotion
    • 6/10 - Kinder Performances 
    • 6/10 - 2pm-2:45pm End of School Celebration
    • 6/11-8/29  - Summer Break

     Lost and 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.

    The Lost & Found will also be outside during the Used Book sale on Monday 3pm-4:30pm - Come and check it all out!

    Anything unclaimed by the last day of school will be donated to charity.


    All Student Chromebooks should be returned to the school.

    If your student is keeping their Chromebook over the summer they need to return a parent/guardian signed permission slip to check it out. 

    English Permission Slip      Spanish Permission Slip 


    Buckman Last Day Celebration

    Families are welcome to join their students on the lower field to celebrate the end of the school year. Family members will check in at one of the four entrances to the lower playground and receive a sticker/tag. Each classroom will have a flag to identify their space so families can easily find their student. Popsicles will be provided. Parents wishing to take their student home early, will check their student out with the classroom teacher. At 2:45, teachers/remaining students will begin to make their way back to the classroom with remaining students to prepare for dismissal. Please watch for communication from your student's teacher regarding details. Some teachers may be adjusting the timing due to classroom events.

    Do you have an incoming Kindergartner to Buckman next School Year?  If so please register now! For more info: Buckman Kindergarten FAQs


    Thank you to Chihiro, Jeffrey, and Minori Aldrich for their work on beautifying the nature play area with trees and plants. They have also been instrumental in working on getting the Buckman campus certified as a Backyard Habitat. Thank you!


     

    Foundation News

    What a year! After a triumphant return to in-person learning, our students roared through the year like fierce Buckman Bears. With your support, we have secured critical staffing for next year, even in the uncertainty of PPS cuts and shortages. We truly couldn’t do it without you, our Buckman community. You know how to show up for our kids at this critical time. THANK YOU!

    We’d like to welcome anyone interested in getting involved with the Buckman Foundation for the 2022-2023 school year to our roof top meeting at Lolo Pass (1616 NE Burnside) on Sunday, June 5, at 4pm. We’ll do an auction wrap-up and dip our toes into planning for next year! If you have any questions, please reach out to foundation@buckmanelementary.org. Hope to see you there!


     PTA News

    • Miss the free shipping/pick up yearbook order deadline? You can still order ($22 soft cover, $32 hard cover) and pay for shipping to your home address: https://store.shopyearbook.com/21-22-yearbook-buckman 
    • Join the PTA Executive Board! We are in need of a Secretary, Equity Team Vice President, and a President-Elect as we head into the next school year. Here is an overview of board positions to give you an idea of what you would be signing up for. Time commitment ranges anywhere from 8-24 hours/mo. Please email pta@buckmanelementary.org if you are interested in stepping up.
     

     Library News

    • Pop-Up Used Book Sale! Upper Playground Monday, June 6th, 3-4:30 pm, All books 25 cents!
    • MCL Summer Reading Program information (slideshow with live links!)
    • All PPS students are automatically enrolled at the public library through Library Connect (see the last slide of the slideshow)

    This week all library books were due. Please return them as soon as possible. 

    If you cannot find an overdue book or it was damaged please stop in the library (or email me at drudnick@pps.net) so we can mark it as “lost." Lost books come with a fine as to replace the book. If you have a fine for a lost or damaged book you have a couple of 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.

    *If you are a parent of a graduating 5th grader, these fines carry over to middle school/high school. It’s best if we try to take care of it before moving schools. Thanks!


     SUN News

    • There are still spots available in our summer camps! We have increased the class capacities so more students can join. We'd love to have you! Register for one or more weeks here
    • If you have an incoming kindergartner joining us at Buckman this fall, please contact Katie for information about our pilot EKT (Early Kindergarten Transition) program, running this summer.
    • Join us for our third annual summer anti-racist book study! If you're interested in participating in a family book study this summer, please sign up here. We will have more detailed information to come soon.

     


    May 27, 2022

    Hello Buckman Community,

    As Memorial Day weekend is upon us, I hope this finds you well. Enjoy!  

    Fifth Graders, you were all AWESOME last night, congratulations! In three groups, all Buckman students saw the Fifth grade performance yesterday afternoon and it was fabulous! There were many great moments of this entirely unique three-class original performance. Fifth graders wrote and performed the script, the music, the videos and made the sets. The story line was intriguing, and with a great mix of drama, laughs, acting, dancing, and singing you touched our minds and hearts. Special Thanks to our amazing 5th grade teachers, Ms. Nichenko, Ms. Nicholl, Ms. Jensen, Ms. Carabajal and our arts staff, Ms. Hannah, Ms. Penn, Mr. Schopmeyer, and Drama teacher Andrea White! Such talent and wonderful work guiding and rehearsing our students. Brava, Bravo ALL!!!  

    In other school news, our Buckman Bears continue to be busy. Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders are completing or have completed their required OSAS state assessments, and we appreciate their best efforts. I am looking forward to Field Day on 6/7,  Fifth grade Promotion on 6/9, Kinder performance on 6/10, and our last day school Picnic on Friday, June 10th. 

    As we get closer to the end of the 2021-22 school year, please know that we all feel very fortunate to work and support your students each and every day. Thank you for all your parental involvement and support. It takes a village, and here’s to two great last weeks of focused and fun learning. 

    Be Well, and Be Safe!

    Best,

    Fred


     Important Upcoming Dates:

    • 5/30 - Memorial Day Holiday
    • 6/3 -  Chromebooks or permission slips due to keep devices over the summer for rising 4/5th graders
    • 6/6 - Used Book Sale 3-4:30pm
    • 6/7 - Field Day
    • 5/9 - 5th Grade Promotion
    • 6/10 - 2pm-3pm School Picnic
    • 6/11-8/29  - Summer Break

     Field Day - June 7th

    We are looking for parent volunteers to help out with our upcoming field day. 

    There are many fun activities to choose from.

     K-2 shifts are from 9:15 am to 10:45 am

     3-5 Shifts from 12:45-2:15pm

     Signup here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4fa8a729a2f85-field

    Ages: 5-11 Dates: 2021/2022 School Year (Dates subject to change according to school district's schedule) Hours: 6:30 AM to bell and school dismissal to 6:00 PM Champions provides busy, working families like yours the flexibility to extend the learning day before and after school for school-age children ages 5 to 12 years.  www.discoverchampions.com 

     Lost and 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.

    Lunch boxes and smelly food containers are begging for the trash and will soon have their wishes granted.

    Anything unclaimed by the last day of school will be donated to charity.


     

     

     Foundation News

    Buckman! The annual auction was a roaring success! Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and our community, we raised over $48,000 at the event. Funds raised will go towards staffing three critical positions at Buckman: a media specialist (Ms. Rudnick), dance teacher (Ms. Hannah), and a third 4th-grade teacher. We are so grateful to everyone who attended, shared, donated to, and bid at the event and online.  Plans are already in the works for next year. Mark your calendars for next year's 80’s edition at The Redd on Salmon on May 13, 2023!

     


     PTA News

    • Miss the free shipping/pick up yearbook order deadline? You can still order ($22 soft cover, $32 hard cover) and pay for shipping to your home address: https://store.shopyearbook.com/21-22-yearbook-buckman 
    • We have an adopted PTA budget for next year! Thanks to everyone who joined us at our budget meeting on Tuesday, May 24th.
    • Join the PTA Executive Board! We are in need of a Secretary, Equity Team Vice President, and a President-Elect as we head into the next school year. Here is an overview of board positions to give you an idea of what you would be signing up for. Time commitment ranges anywhere from 8-24 hours/mo. Please email pta@buckmanelementary.org if you are interested in stepping up.
     

     Library News

    • Pop-Up Used Book Sale! Upper Playground Monday, June 6th 3-4:30pm, All books 25 cents!
    • ALL BUCKMAN LIBRARY BOOKS DUE (staff and students) FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd (Places books hide!)
    • MCL Summer Reading Program information (slideshow with live links!) - all students will get this information in library next week.

     


     SUN News

    • There are still spots available in our summer camps! We have increased the class capacities so more students can join. We'd love to have you! Register for one or more weeks here
    • If you have an incoming kindergartner joining us at Buckman this fall, please contact Katie for information about our pilot EKT (Early Kindergarten Transition) program, running this summer
    • We need sturdy backpacks for our food backpack program! If you have gently used backpacks that you are no longer using, please consider donating to SUN to help get food out to families.

     

     

     

    May 6, 2022

     

    April 29, 2022

    Hello Buckman Community,

    One of our wonderful second grade classrooms informed me today that the countdown to our summer holiday magic number is 30 days. With much learning in classrooms, and the very exciting fourth grade performances underway, I am very pleased to share this important Buckman news!

    Our fourth graders, in Ms. Walker’s, Mr. Rudolph’s, and Ms. Ekelof’s classes have been working very hard on their performances. Honoring American composer Sun Ra, with expertise and support from Ms. Penn, Ms. Hannah, Mr. S, and performance Director, Andrea White, students have put together a totally fun, informative, colorful and compelling show. The narration, acting, music and dancing were excellent! With each class performing this afternoon, and this evening for their parents. To all fourth graders, their amazing teachers, and our fabulous arts staff, Congratulations!!!!!!

    On Saturday, May 14, from 6:00-9:00pm PLEASE come and support our Buckman 100th Anniversary Auction! Not only is this a chance to get together as a community, it is a critical fundraiser for our Buckman Foundation so that we can keep our Arts program alive and well. As the district is not able to fully fund our incredible and comprehensive arts program, it is up to each of us to contribute at a level that is comfortable. If you can help, thank you in advance. For more information please visit our website: BUCKMANAUCTION.ORG

    You may purchase Auction tickets through this Sunday, May 1st, or make a direct contribution to our Buckman Foundation to support staffing for our 2022-23 school year. 

     Thank you for your wonderful children and your support.
     Best,

    Fred

     

      Important Upcoming Dates:

    • 5/1 - Last Day to buy Auction Tickets!
    • 5/1 - Hosford Husky Hustle
    • 5/5 - Successful Schools Survey Meeting (virtual)
    • 5/10 - PTA Meeting (virtual)
    • 5/12 - Connect to Kindergarten (virtual)
    • 5/14 - Buckman Auction
    • 5/19 - PTA Race Talks Event

    Foundation News

    Buckman Auction 2022!

    When: Saturday, May 14, 6-9pm
    Where: The Loft at 8th Avenue :: 2010 SE 8th Ave
    Why: FOR BUCKMAN!
    How: Get your tickets before this Sunday, May 1st

    Our first in-person Buckman Auction in TWO YEARS is just around the corner! We’re marking Buckman’s centennial by roaring back to the 20’s with dinner, drinks, live music, fantastic auction items, and more. Come out to support our school and celebrate all things Buckman!

    We take safety seriously: all guests must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for entry. Our gorgeous venue has huge sliding doors that lead to an open deck, creating an indoor-outdoor setting.

    Tickets are $75 per person, and include:
    • Dinner
    • Dessert
    • Open bar
    • Music
    • Live auction
    • Entertainment
    This week is your final chance to grab your tickets to this amazing event. Together, we aim to raise funds to support three critical full-time positions: Ms. Rudnick, Ms. Hannah, and a third 4th grade teacher. Join the fun on May 14th to show your support and enjoy a fantastic evening with the entire Buckman community!

    Do you have an incoming Kindergartner to Buckman next School Year?  If so please register now! For more info: Buckman Kindergarten FAQs


     Have an incoming 9th-Grader to Cleveland High School?

    The Cleveland High School PTA is delighted to host a Meet & Greet on Monday May 16, 7-8 pm at the school – starring Principal Jo Ann Wadkins!    

    This will be a fun evening where parents and guardians can mix and mingle.  There will be a brief panel presentation and also ample opportunity to learn more about what our PTA does and the many ways to get involved.  We have several openings at the board level in need of volunteers, as well as many other roles!

    There is a flyer attached and you can find the event on the CHS PTA website here

    Questions or want more info now about the CHS PTA?  Please email our Volunteer Coordinator – thank you!

     


    Hosford Husky Hustle: Registration Open

    Calling all rising 6th graders and their families to join us for the Hosford Husky Hustle. Want to check out the school grounds? Meet some of the Hosford team? Hear the band play? Meet the Husky? 

    The website is live and we are ready to sign you up. 

    Raffle, prizes for the fastest kids, a visit from the Husky, and a performance from the 7th-grade band!! It’s going to be a beautiful morning and we are so excited to be together. Join us for a morning run (or walk)!!

    Check out the website to register, buy some raffle tickets, and review the FAQ (Covid? Dogs? Strollers? Answers provided in the FAQ).

    Sunday, May 1The race starts at 10:00, check-in starts at 9:00

    Want to join the fun but don’t feel like running? We need you! The Hustle needs a few volunteers to help us pull this event together. Want to sit in the shade with your friends and help people stay on course? We have a slot for you. Want to set up the course on the day before with some fantastic chalk art? We have a slot for you? Want to be the one to see who crosses the finish line first? We have a slot for you too!! 

    Check out the volunteer slots!

    See you out there!!!


     PTA News
    • Take the PTA Family Survey! The PTA Executive Board seeks to learn more about the equity and social justice experience and needs of Buckman families in order to better serve our school community. We have developed this short survey to assess these needs and ask for your participation. We will close the survey on April 30th and plan to have it analyzed by May 6th in order to share the findings at our general PTA meeting on May 10th.
      Answers are anonymous, and a paper version is also available at the SUN office. Don't delay and take it today!
    • Buckman Successful Schools Survey discussion rescheduled for May 2nd! Join us as we review 2019/2020 survey results. This meeting has been changed to Google Meet to allow for more families to join.
    JOIN WITH GOOGLE MEET:
     
    Join by phone(US) +1 316-512-3428 (PIN: 961487267)
     
    • Our next PTA meeting will be May 10th. We will share the budget for next school year (based on your feedback from the survey above!). Adoption of the budget will happen at a meeting on May 24th after a weeklong feedback period following the May 10th meeting. More to come.
    • Race Talks Round 2! Join us for this important in-person continued discussion on equity and inclusion at Buckman on Thursday, May 19th from 6:00 - 7:30 in the Buckman Cafetorium. This will be a continued conversation for our first meeting at the end of February.
    • Join the PTA Executive Board! We are in need of a Secretary, Equity Team Vice President, and a President-Elect as we head into the next school year. Please email pta@buckmanelementary.org if you are interested in stepping up.
     

     Library News

     Are you spring cleaning?  Donate gently used books to Ms. Rudnick for our Pop-Up Sale in June

     


     SUN News

    1. Join us tomorrow (Saturday 4/30) at Franklin HS for a resource fair! April 30th, 10am-1pm. Free food, Fred Meyer gift cards, hygiene and food boxes, and more!

    2. Check out our new website! Find info about Buckman SUN, including schedules and student artwork here.
     
    3. Buckman SUN Summer Camp registration is open now and there are still spots available! Available to all rising 1st-6th graders. Register your student here and contact Katie with any questions. All camps will be held on-site at Buckman and will run from 9am-4pm Monday-Friday, with the option of after-care available until 5pm for an extra fee.
    • July 11-15: The Art and Science of Color 
    • July 18-22:  DIY Science Discovery Camp 
    • July 25-29: Grace in Motion presents Summer Circus Camp, Session 1
    • Aug 1-5: Grace in Motion presents Summer Circus Camp, Session 2

     

    April 22, 2022

     

     

    April 15, 2022

    Hello Buckman Community,

    Monday was snow, yesterday some serious hail, and today a mixture of clouds, blue sky, and beautiful sunshine. As it is April, maybe this is mother nature’s way of asking us to pay attention to climate change. Not sure, but definitely full marks for creativity!

    A HUGE BUCKMAN SHOUT OUT to Michelle Cacka, Nicole Simmons and the entire team who were responsible for our Buckman Arts Show and Sell! Major Kudos to all the artists for sharing their fabulous work, and equally so for our student artists; so proud of all of you, and great to renew this wonderful Buckman tradition. 

    As we begin quarter four, there are performances and important events to look forward to. I hope to see you there as collectively we support and celebrate your children’s learning and artistry. Reading at home, and/or doing any assigned homework or projects is critical as we all work to finish the 2021-22 school year strong.
    Have a great weekend! 

    Best wishes,

    Fred

    Important Upcoming Dates:

    • TBA              Successful Schools Survey Meeting 
    • 5/14              Buckman Auction

    The Art Show & Sell 2022 was a success!

    It felt so good to be in the school together building up our community while supporting the arts education we all value! Initial numbers show student artists selling $7,000 worth of art!! Whoa! The kids keep 70% and PTA gets 30% of that. In total, the show made roughly $11,000 for the Buckman PTA in one day! 
     
    Thank you for coming and a special thank you to our volunteers - couldn’t have happened without you! If you loved the show and want to help out next year, please fill out this survey. We have several committee positions open and we’d love to work with you!! Questions? Email Nicole.p.simmons@gmail.com
     
    SAVE THE DATE! Art Show & Sell 2023 is set for March 11th

    Hosford Husky Hustle: Registration Open

    Calling all rising 6th graders and their families to join us for the Hosford Husky Hustle. Want to check out the school grounds? Meet some of the Hosford team? Hear the band play? Meet the Husky? 

    The website is live and we are ready to sign you up. 

    Raffle, prizes for the fastest kids, a visit from the Husky, and a performance from the 7th-grade band!! It’s going to be a beautiful morning and we are so excited to be together. Join us for a morning run (or walk)!!

    Check out the website to register, buy some raffle tickets, and review the FAQ (Covid? Dogs? Strollers? Answers provided in the FAQ).

    Sunday, May 1The race starts at 10:00, check-in starts at 9:00

    Want to join the fun but don’t feel like running? We need you! The Hustle needs a few volunteers to help us pull this event together. Want to sit in the shade with your friends and help people stay on course? We have a slot for you. Want to set up the course on the day before with some fantastic chalk art? We have a slot for you? Want to be the one to see who crosses the finish line first? We have a slot for you too!! 

    Check out the volunteer slots!

    See you out there!!!


    Foundation News

    Buy your tickets today for Buckman's Annual Auction

    May 14th at the Loft at 8th 6-9pm

    2010 SE 8th Ave. 97214

    20's attire strongly encouraged!

    $75/adult for our live event which includes dinner, open bar, music/entertainment, live auction, Golden Ticket raffle and special appeal/paddle raise.

    Silent auction and classroom projects will remain online for all to participate. 

    Proceeds will benefit Buckman staffing for 2023!

    Thank you for all the support!

    buckmanauction.org 

     


     PTA News

    • Take the PTA Family Survey! The PTA Executive Board seeks to learn more about the equity and social justice experience and needs of Buckman families in order to better serve our school community. We have developed this short survey to assess these needs and ask for your participation. We will close the survey on April 30th and plan to have it analyzed by May 6th in order to share the findings at our general PTA meeting on May 10th.
      Answers are anonymous, and a paper version is also available at the SUN office. 
    • Our next PTA meeting will be May 10th. We will share the budget for next school year (based on your feedback from the survey above!). Adoption of the budget will happen at a meeting on May 24th after a weeklong feedback period following the May 10th meeting. More to come.
    • Join the PTA Executive Board! We are in need of a Secretary, Equity Team Vice President, and a President-Elect as we head into the next school year. Please email pta@buckmanelementary.org if you are interested in stepping up.
     

     Library News

    New Program from MultCo Lib: 6 month Chromebook and Hotspot lending application

    • Please fill out this form to connect a community member with the library’s Tech Lending program. Community members can check out a Chromebook (laptop) and/or hotspot (internet access) for up to 6 months, and will not be charged for late, lost, or damaged items. Following the library’s priorities, we are first loaning Chromebooks and hotspots to community members most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The information for each question should be about the person who wants to check out a Chromebook or hotspot. If you have questions, please contact the Library’s Tech Lending team: techlending@multcolib.org. We will aim to contact you within the next 72 hours to follow up regarding your request.
    • ​​​​​​​Summer Reading Skills Programs through OSU for Elementary Students
    • Ms. Rudnick’s Read Alouds
    • April Reading Challenge for K-3
    • Green Bean Books Wish List  - New social stories added to lend to classrooms.

     


     SUN News

    Join us at Franklin HS for a resource fair! April 30th, 10am-1pm. Free food, Fred Meyer gift cards, hygiene and food boxes, and more!

    Check out our new website! Find info about Buckman SUN, including schedules and student artwork here.
     
    Buckman SUN Summer Camp registration is open now! Available to all rising 1st-6th graders. Register your student here and contact Katie with any questions. All camps will be held on-site at Buckman and will run from 9am-4pm Monday-Friday, with the option of after-care available until 5pm for an extra fee.
    • July 11-15: The Art and Science of Color 
    • July 18-22:  DIY Science Discovery Camp 
    • July 25-29: Grace in Motion presents Summer Circus Camp, Session 1
    • Aug 1-5: Grace in Motion presents Summer Circus Camp, Session 2
    We are seeking reusable bags with handles for SUN programming and food bags for families. If you have any to donate, please turn them in to the front office or coordinate with Katie. 
     
    We need snacks for program! Donations of applesauce pouches, granola bars, goldfish, etc. are all appreciated. 
     
    If you are interested in helping to coordinate more Race Talks events for the Buckman community, please let Katie know! We are hoping to get more events going but need community support. 

     

    April 8, 2022

    Hello Buckman Community,

    I hope you are well, and despite a multi-day forecast of April showers, your children enjoyed the sunshine and warmer climes at recess yesterday. It is hard to believe, but congratulations to you and your children for successfully completing three quarters of our 2021-2022 school year. 

    Today, teachers have the day to complete their third quarter assessment of your students’ progress. In approximately a week, your student(s) will bring home their Report Card. Although COVID has at times made attendance hard, we love having your children at school and learning each and every day. 

    As we turn to the final quarter, I am excited about the upcoming 4th and 5th grade performances, and watching your children push hard to finish their year of learning with a flourish! We love their art, and we are proud of their academic progress/ We look forward to partnering with you as we support your children to consistently do their best work on all fronts! 

    EXTRA, EXTRA!!! 

    This Saturday, April 9, we sincerely hope that you will join us for our fabulous PTA sponsored Buckman Art Show and Sell from 10:00am-5:00pm! With 90 artists, there will be something for everyone, and this is a wonderful opportunity to support local artists and Buckman at the same time.

    Enjoy your three day weekend!

    Fred 

     Important Upcoming Dates:

    • 4/9                Buckman Art Show & Sell
    • 4/12              PTA Meeting 6-7pm
    • 4/14              Class Group Portrait Day
    • 4/14              Successful Schools Survey Meeting 6:00–7:30pm Cafetorium
    • 5/14              Buckman Auction

    BUCKMAN ART SHOW & SELL TOMORROW!

    Saturday 10am-5pm

    The Buckman Art Show and Sell is a long standing (30+ years) tradition of our school.  Every spring 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! 

    We are still looking to fill volunteer slots. Check out the sign-up genius here.

    • Set-up and take down help would be amazing as we turn our school into an art gallery and back to a school again!
    • Keep in mind this is a PTA event not a PPS event so the usual PPS volunteer approval process is not necessary to obtain. Please do come vaccinated or have a negative covid test within 72 hours of the event. 
    LOST & FOUND
    The sun is out and the layers are coming off!  Please visit the Lost and Found this Saturday when you volunteer for or visit the Buckman Art Show and Sell.  The racks and bins will be tucked behind the Volunteer Check-in table because we don't want it to be in the way of the lovely art show. However, please take a moment to visit it discreetly and find some treasures that your kids have left behind. There are MANY coats, sweatshirts, hats, backpacks, lunch boxes, books, etc. Please tidy it up as you look-- it is a mountain of clothing. 

    FREE/REDUCED PRICE MEAL APPLICATIONS & ELIGIBILITY FOR  FAMILIES

    Did you know if families are eligible for free or reduced price meals, they may also receive other extended benefits, fee reductions or waivers? Even though all students may eat school meals at no cost this school year, students enrolled in a school NOT listed as a CEP site may be eligible for meal benefits. Students enrolled at any of the schools listed as a CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) site, do not need to apply for meal benefits. While the meal benefits application may mean eligibility for meal services and is processed through the Nutrition Services department, it can also mean further support or savings beyond food and nutrition. The current school year eligibility expires June 30, yet families receive a 30 day carry over into the new school year. The 30 days allow families time to submit a new application for the 2022-23 school year without incurring meal charges.

    Families may be eligible for benefits through these options -

    Directly certified through SNAP

    Directly certified and identified through foster, migrant or McKinney Vento liaisons

    By completing a meal benefit application based on income

    To submit an online meal application, click here or visit https://www.pps.net/Page/2464

    Proof of eligibility can be provided to families directly. Such requests should be emailed to mealbenefits@pps.net


    A note about Arts Grades on Report Cards

    The new PPS report card format divides arts grades up into only two sections. "Visual Arts" and "Performance Arts" classes.  This of course does not account for schools like Buckman that are fortunate enough to have more than one performing arts class.  Thus, on your student's report card Music and Dance grades will both appear in the Performing Arts section, splitting the tow sub-categories.  Creates and Refines..." will show the Dance grade.  "Responds, Relates...." will show the Music grade. We apologize for any confusion this may cause.  


    Successful School Survey Meeting

    Join the Buckman admin team April 14, 2022 from 6:00–7:30pm in the cafetorium for a Q & A/discussion regarding the Successful Schools Survey and how the data is being utilized for school improvement planning. Look for communication from the PTA to submit questions in advance. Results from 2021-22 survey have not been released so data explored will be from previous years. Childcare will be provided. 


     

     

    Foundation News

    Buy your tickets today for Buckman's Annual Auction

    May 14th at the Loft at 8th 6-9pm

    2010 SE 8th Ave. 97214

    20's attire strongly encouraged!

    $75/adult for our live event which includes dinner, open bar, music/entertainment, live auction, Golden Ticket raffle and special appeal/paddle raise.

    Silent auction and classroom projects will remain online for all to participate. 

    Proceeds will benefit Buckman staffing for 2023!

    Thank you for all the support!

    buckmanauction.org 

     


     PTA News

    • Join the next PTA General Membership meeting on April 12. We will discuss next steps for both the Successful Schools Survey and Race Talks.
    Buckman PTA Main Meeting
    Apr 12, 2022 06:00 PM
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82920076748?pwd=TEVEOEV5dVZaL2pzWExMSDZGbTBMZz09
    Meeting ID: 829 2007 6748
    Passcode: 4321
    One tap mobile
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    +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
    • Join our principals and the PTA for a follow up discussion on the Buckman results from the 2019/2020 PPS Successful Schools Survey.  Please use this form to submit any questions you have about the results, and they will be addressed during the meeting.

      (Note: You can view the most recent results here. The 2021/22 results have not yet been published.)

      Thursday, April 14th   

      6:00pm - 7:00pm in person @ Buckman Cafetorium

      Childcare and food provided!

    • Join the Hosford Husky Hustle! Rising 6th graders attending Hosford Middle School are invited to participate in a 5k run/walk on Sunday, May 1st at 10:00am. Come get to know your new school community! Questions? email hosfordhotsheet@gmail.com
     

     Library News

    • New Program from MultCo Lib: 6 month Chromebook and Hotspot lending application

      • Please fill out this form to connect a community member with the library’s Tech Lending program. Community members can check out a Chromebook (laptop) and/or hotspot (internet access) for up to 6 months, and will not be charged for late, lost, or damaged items. Following the library’s priorities, we are first loaning Chromebooks and hotspots to community members most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The information for each question should be about the person who wants to check out a Chromebook or hotspot. If you have questions, please contact the Library’s Tech Lending team: techlending@multcolib.org. We will aim to contact you within the next 72 hours to follow up regarding your request.

    • Summer Reading Skills Programs through OSU for Elementary Students

    • Ms. Rudnick’s Read Alouds

    • April Reading Challenge for K-3

    • Green Bean Books Wish List  - New social stories added to lend to classrooms

     


    SUN News

    SUN Spring Term starts this Monday, April 11th! We're excited to have your kids join us. The term goes through May 27th. 

     
    Buckman SUN Summer Camp registration is open now! Available to all rising 1st-6th graders. Register your student here and contact Katie with any questions. All camps will be held on-site at Buckman and will run from 9am-4pm Monday-Friday, with the option of after-care available until 5pm for an extra fee.
    • July 11-15: The Art and Science of Color 
    • July 18-22:  DIY Science Discovery Camp 
    • July 25-29: Grace in Motion presents Summer Circus Camp, Session 1
    • Aug 1-5: Grace in Motion presents Summer Circus Camp, Session 2
    We are seeking reusable bags with handles for SUN programming and food bags for families. If you have any to donate, please turn them in to the front office or coordinate with Katie. 
     
    We need snacks for program! Donations of applesauce pouches, granola bars, goldfish, etc. are all appreciated. 
     
    If you are interested in helping to coordinate more Race Talks events for the Buckman community, please let Katie know! We are hoping to get more events going but need community support. 

     

    April 1, 2022

    Hello Buckman Community

    Daffodils are in full bloom and reminding us that Spring is definitely in the air. I will take it! I hope your Spring Break was rejuvenating and that you enjoyed some great family time. I enjoyed watching my granddaughter compete in a Northwest Regional Taekwondo competition. We are very happy to have your children back with us, and we are looking forward to finishing Quarter 3 strong. 

    As we finish out the year, I wanted to share a couple of important safety reminders. To help make  morning Drop Off and afternoon Pick Up go smoothly, if you can please pull over and not double park that would be most appreciated. Also be aware that some children have to cross the street so please be extra vigilant. 

    Another important reminder: We love your dogs, and please make sure they are on a leash for everyone’s well being.

    Extra, Extra!!!!! We are super excited to host the Buckman Show and Sell next Saturday from 10:00 - 5:00pm. Please mark your calendars, and we will see you there! As well as a great arts celebration, this is a very important Buckman PTA fundraiser. 

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

    Fred

    Important Upcoming Dates:

    • 4/9                Buckman Art Show & Sell
    • 4/14              Class Group Portrait Day
    • 5/14              Buckman Auction

    ​​​​​


    Art Show & Sell is next weekend! APRIL 9TH 10am to 5pm!!

    • Find FAQ for families here
    • WE NEED YOUR HELP - sign up to volunteer here. Every few hours helps! We are especially looking for help with set up and clean up. 
    • Student art drop off is 4/6 and 4/7 before school, as well as 4/8 11am-12pm. Be sure to tag all art well and provide displays,  if possible! 
     

    Foundation News

    Buy your tickets today for Buckman's Annual Auction

    May 14th at the Loft at 8th 6-9pm

    2010 SE 8th Ave. 97214

    20's attire strongly encouraged!

    $75/adult for our live event which includes dinner, open bar, music/entertainment, live auction, Golden Ticket raffle and special appeal/paddle raise.

    Silent auction and classroom projects will remain online for all to participate. 

    Proceeds will benefit Buckman staffing for 2023!

    Thank you for all the support!

    buckmanauction.org 

     


     PTA News

    • Join the next PTA General Membership meeting on April 12. We will discuss next steps for both the Successful Schools Survey and Race Talks.
     Buckman PTA Main Meeting
    Apr 12, 2022 06:00 PM
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82920076748?pwd=TEVEOEV5dVZaL2pzWExMSDZGbTBMZz09
    Meeting ID: 829 2007 6748
    Passcode: 4321
    One tap mobile
    +16699006833,,82920076748#,,,,*4321# US (San Jose)
    +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
     
    • Join the Hosford Husky Hustle! Rising 6th graders attending Hosford Middle School are invited to participate in a 5k run/walk on Sunday, May 1st at 10:00am. Come get to know your new school community! Questions? email hosfordhotsheet@gmail.com
     

     Library News

     


    SUN News

    Buckman SUN Summer Camp registration is open now! Available to all rising 1st-6th graders. Register your student here and contact Katie with any questions. All camps will be held on-site at Buckman and will run from 9am-4pm Monday-Friday, with the option of after-care available until 5pm for an extra fee.

    • July 11-15: DIY Science Discovery Camp 
    • July 18-22:  The Art and Science of Color
    • July 25-29: Grace in Motion presents Summer Circus Camp, Session 1
    • Aug 1-5: Grace in Motion presents Summer Circus Camp, Session 2
    We are seeking reusable bags with handles for SUN programming and food bags for families. If you have any to donate, please turn them in to the front office or coordinate with Katie. 
    If you are interested in helping to coordinate more Race Talks events for the Buckman community, please let Katie know! We are hoping to get more events going but need community support. 
     

    March 18, 2022

    Hello Buckman Community,

    Spring Break is here, and we hope that you are able to rest, relax, and have some much deserved family time. Since returning to school in January, at each grade level, your children have experienced many important learning opportunities. Last night our Third Grade students took center stage in their production of Vanport, and it was fabulous!

    With a school performance for Kindergarten students and third grade parents at 1:30pm and a 6:00pm show for third grade parents and relatives, Vanport was a huge success! Written, produced and directed by Andrea White, our students shared the Vanport story in accurate historical detail through film, song and dance. This multi-media approach, designed not knowing if an in-person show was possible, was super effective and fun.  The actors drew you in to the incredible success of Vanport as a ship building hub for WWII, and equally shared the intense and tragic devastation of the Vanport flood. In the front hallway, Visual Art teacher Nicole Penocello had great student artwork on display, and almost sold out of student Vanport postcards. Our Buckman Foundation raised funds for staffing through selling apparel–so it was a wonderful night all the way around!

    Please help me congratulate our amazing Third Grade Teaching Team and arts staff: Melanie Betts, Ross Christy, and Chris Gifford, Director Andrea White, and our Arts staff, Nicole Penocello, Hannah Downs, and Eric Schopmeyer and their talented and wonderful students!  Their polished performances, after many hours of rehearsal and preparation, paid off in a superlatively entertaining show! Brava, Bravo, and congratulations ALL!!! 

    As my first Buckman performance experience it was great, and I can’t wait to see the fourth and fifth graders in action in April and May. 

    As a reminder, if you are having your children play after school on the downstairs playground and have a dog with you, please remember to have them on-leash and to clean up after your dog. Thank you in advance, that helps us all.

    Thank you for your children, and have a wonderful and safe Spring Break!

    Best,

    Fred

     

    Important Upcoming Dates:

     

    Buckman's 32nd Art Show & Sell 2022!

    The Art Show & Sell is ON and in person! APRIL 9, 2022, 10 am - 5 pm. Please join us for this event featuring community artists and craftspeople, as well as our own student artists! For families who are new or need a refresher on what the show is and how it works click here: Buckman Art Show and Sell FAQ.pdf

    We need your help!

    The Art Show & Sell is a 100% volunteer run event! We hope you will donate a few hours of your time to strengthen our community and help fund the arts education that is vital to Buckman. Sign up to help HERE. Contact Nicole Simmons with any questions. nicole.p.simmons@gmail.com

    Student Artist Sign-up!

    All students (and alumni) are invited to sell their arts and crafts at Art Show & Sell! This is a fun and creative way to make money AND raise money for our school! Students keep 70% of their sales and 30% goes to Buckman.
    • Students who want to sell items must sign up to get an artist number. Sign up at this link. 
    • There is no limit to how many students can sign up. If your student is not sure if they want to sell anything, it’s better to go ahead and sign up just in case! Forgot if you signed up?  It’s ok to sign up again. The deadline to sign up and get a student artist number is TODAY March 18th.  
    • Remember: students do not stay with their items at the event.
    • All items to be sold will be collected before school Wednesday, April 6th and Thursday, April 7th OR Friday April 8th 11am-12pm.
    • Unfortunately we are not able to sell food, slime liquid or stress balls. Please contact Korrin Weldon with any questions. korrinweldon@gmail.com

     

    Neurodiverse Families at Buckman 

    With diversity, inclusion and equity being a large part of the Buckman culture and mental health being a national focus, the Families of Neurodiverse and Dis/abilities Students of Buckman, are here to connect, advocate for and bring awareness to Buckman's neurodiverse population. We want to outreach and connect with other Buckman families. What is Neurodiversity? Neurodiversity views neurological differences, such as Autism and ADHD, as differences that should be accepted, respected, and supported. 
     
    This Buckman family led group is outreaching to other families/guardians to please connect. With spring break coming up many families are staying local and we are trying to set up a spring break meet and greet that week (either in person and/ or virtual). Even if you cannot connect during this first spring break meet up, please outreach and connect. 
     
    If interested in learning more & connecting, please contact: Buckman Parent - Elizabeth | Liz.Mom@gmail.com | 503.724.2185  Thank you!

    Foundation News

    Calling all performers in the Buckman parent/guardian community, adults only. We are in need of a group of dancers for a surprise flash mob (details are revealed later). If you think you are open to stepping out of your comfort zone and joining a fun adventure please email for more information:

    Erin Donne (2nd/4th grade mom)
     
    Meeting times outside at Erins house in SE Portland
    Wed. March 30th @4pm
    Sunday April 10th @4pm
    Sunday May 1st @4pm
    Wed. May 11th@4pm

     

    PTA News

    • Thanks to everyone who attended last week's Virtual Coffee Chat with our principals. The meeting was recorded for those who missed, and we will be sharing a link soon.
    • Our next general membership meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 12th from 6-8pm. Agenda and meeting link will be shared closer to the meeting.
    • Have a happy, safe and fun filled Spring Break!
     Library News

     

    SUN News

    • SUN Summer Camps will be running July 11-August 5th at Buckman. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!
    • General registration has opened for SUN Spring Term! Many classes are already on a waitlist, but there are still openings in a few classes. 
    • We are seeking reusable bags with handles for SUN programming and food bags for families. If you have any to donate, please turn them in to the front office or coordinate with Katie. 
    • If you are interested in helping to coordinate more Race Talks events for the Buckman community, please let Katie know! We are hoping to get more events going but need community support. 

     

    March 11, 2022

    Hello Buckman Community,

    I hope you are well. The warmer afternoons with sun at recess have been lovely. Spring is emerging. 

     As Spring Break approaches, students and teachers have been working diligently in their classrooms. First graders have been making online books with drawings and accompanying text.  The “Dragon” book from one of Ms. Danielson’s students was fun and informative, and after school Ms. Ashley showed us a number of created books from her students.  

    Masks have been optional outside this week, and that has gone very smoothly. Starting Monday, masks will be optional both indoors and out, and we hope and expect that respecting individual choice will continue in line with our ROARS values. Thank you in advance as we move forward. 

    Our Third graders have been rehearsing on stage with Ms. Hannah and Mr. Schopmeyer. Their performance is coming together, and we are so proud of them. Third grade families will receive performance information.  

    Have a great weekend!

    Fred 

    Important Upcoming Dates:

    • 3/14              Fun for the Arts Pledge forms and monies due
    • 3/17              3rd Grade Performance of Vanport
    • 3/21-3/25      SPRING BREAK!
    • 4/9                Buckman Art Show & Sell
    • 5/14              Buckman Auction


    Champions Spring Break Camp: This is an AMAZING opportunity for any Buckman families to come and see what Champions is all about with our enrichment curriculum and junior counselors.

    More Info Here: CHP Spring Break-Summer Preview Flyer.pdf 

    Spring Break Week at a Glance_Champions.pdf 


    Buckman's 32nd Art Show & Sell 2022!

    The Art Show & Sell is ON and in person! APRIL 9, 2022, 10 am - 5 pm. Please join us for this event featuring community artists and craftspeople, as well as our own student artists! For families who are new or need a refresher on what the show is and how it works click here: Buckman Art Show and Sell FAQ.pdf

    We need your help!

    The Art Show & Sell is a 100% volunteer run event! We hope you will donate a few hours of your time to strengthen our community and help fund the arts education that is vital to Buckman. Sign up to help HERE. Contact Nicole Simmons with any questions. nicole.p.simmons@gmail.com

    Student Artist Sign-up!

    All students (and alumni) are invited to sell their arts and crafts at Art Show & Sell! This is a fun and creative way to make money AND raise money for our school! Students keep 70% of their sales and 30% goes to Buckman.
    • Students who want to sell items must sign up to get an artist number. Sign up at this link. 
    • There is no limit to how many students can sign up. If your student is not sure if they want to sell anything, it’s better to go ahead and sign up just in case! Forgot if you signed up?  It’s ok to sign up again. The deadline to sign up and get a student artist number is March 18th.  
    • Remember: students do not stay with their items at the event.
    • All items to be sold will be collected before school Wednesday, April 6th and Thursday, April 7th OR Friday April 8th 11am-12pm.
    • Unfortunately we are not able to sell food, slime liquid or stress balls. Please contact Korrin Weldon with any questions. korrinweldon@gmail.com

    Buckman’s NeuroDiverse Families Group is starting up again with the purpose of outreach and to connect families together. For more info see our attached message:

    Neurodiverse Families at Buckman 


    Fun for the Arts:

     
    Thanks for your participation in the Fun for the Arts
    dance-a-thon! We’re grateful for our community’s
    support in bringing creativity in our classrooms!
    REMINDER: any donations not collected through
    the online donation system, such as checks and
    cash, need to be sent into school by March 14th.
    Your child can turn these cash/check donations into
    their teacher or main office. We will also be
    collecting these cash/check donations before school
    the morning of March 14th at a table setup in front of
    the school.
     Foundation News

    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.

    • Save the date! The Buckman Auction, our biggest fundraising event, will be live and in person on May 14th @ the Loft at 8th. The theme is ROAR back to the ‘20s in celebration of Buckman’s 100th year, '20s themed attire is strongly encouraged.  Tickets sales will begin in mid March, look for a flyer in your kiddos backpack right before spring break with more details.

    • This year we will continue to have all silent auction items available to bid on through our online auction site so that everyone, no matter where you are, can participate.  We are also bringing back classroom projects for online bidding as well.  Check in with your teacher if they need help with this special project. 
    • We are in the throngs of procurement for the auction and already have some really amazing sponsors and packages donated, but  if you have a business or know someone who has a business that would consider becoming a sponsor or would like to donate in kind, please email  auction@buckmanelementay.org

    Library News

    • If you missed the author visit on Tuesday, check it out! It was student led with amazing, pertinent and intellectual questions!
    • Snow Day by Aron Nels Steinke is scheduled for delivery the second week of April if you ordered.
    • Read Across America celebration the first week of March! Or celebrate all month long with what it means when we say the United States is a nation of immigrants.
    • Ms. Rudnick’s Read Alouds
    • March Reading Challenge for K-3/Genre Challenge for 4-5
    • Buckman Library’s Green Bean Books Wish List
     

    SUN News

    • SUN Summer Camps will be running July 11-August 5th at Buckman. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!
    • General registration has opened for SUN Spring Term! Many classes are already on a waitlist, but there are still openings in a few classes. 
    • We are seeking reusable bags with handles for SUN programming and food bags for families. If you have any to donate, please turn them in to the front office or coordinate with Katie. 
    • If you are interested in helping to coordinate more Race Talks events for the Buckman community, please let Katie know! We are hoping to get more events going but need community support. 

     

    March 4, 2022

    Hello Buckman Community,

    I hope you are well, and I imagine that we are all looking forward to a couple of days of sunshine!

    At Buckman, we try to make learning fun, and today was extra special! Today was our FUN  for the ARTS day and our students did not miss a beat! 

    Starting with our amazing Kindergartners, and moving up, all classes danced their hearts out under the covered area on the upper playground. The Dance Master gave explicit instructions to all, and staff and kids showed off their moves, some to songs they had chosen. Bottom line, it is a very important annual fundraiser, so a huge Thank You to all who danced and to those that contributed!  

    On a very different note, outdoor mask wearing is now optional, and I appreciate that many students are choosing to still wear theirs. If asked, I say I am wearing mine as it is safer. On Monday, March 14, 2021, PPS has stated mask wearing will be optional both inside and outside. Please make a choice that feels right for your child and family. 

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Best,

    Fred  

    Important Upcoming Dates:
    • 3/9                Dines out at Screen Door - Eastside
    • 3/11              Principal Coffee Talk (Virtual) 9:00-9:45am - link below
    • 3/14              Fun for the Arts Pledge forms and monies due
    • 3/21-3/25      SPRING BREAK!
    • 4/9                Buckman Art Show & Sell

    2022 Successful Schools Survey:

    We want to hear your thoughts. When you take the survey, you help us understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our schools.

    Take the survey today! You can complete the survey from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It should only take 15-20 minutes of your time. Select the school your child attends and answer the questions for that school. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. If you need help taking the survey please contact your teacher or principal. 

     Successful Schools Flyer - English               Successful Schools Flyer - Spanish 

    Champions Spring Break Camp: This is an AMAZING opportunity for any Buckman families to come and see what Champions is all about with our enrichment curriculum and junior counselors.

    More Info Here: CHP Spring Break-Summer Preview Flyer.pdf                                                                           Spring Break Week at a Glance_Champions.pdf 

    Buckman's 32nd Art Show & Sell 2022!

    The Art Show & Sell is ON and in person! APRIL 9, 2022, 10 am - 5 pm. Please join us for this event featuring community artists and craftspeople, as well as our own student artists! For families who are new or need a refresher on what the show is and how it works click here: Buckman Art Show and Sell FAQ.pdf

    We need your help!

    The Art Show & Sell is a 100% volunteer run event! We hope you will donate a few hours of your time to strengthen our community and help fund the arts education that is vital to Buckman. Sign up to help HERE. Contact Nicole Simmons with any questions. nicole.p.simmons@gmail.com

    Student Artist Sign-up!

    All students (and alumni) are invited to sell their arts and crafts at Art Show & Sell! This is a fun and creative way to make money AND raise money for our school! Students keep 70% of their sales and 30% goes to Buckman.
    • Students who want to sell items must sign up to get an artist number. Sign up at this link. 
    • There is no limit to how many students can sign up. If your student is not sure if they want to sell anything, it’s better to go ahead and sign up just in case! Forgot if you signed up?  It’s ok to sign up again. The deadline to sign up and get a student artist number is March 18th.  
    • Remember: students do not stay with their items at the event.
    • All items to be sold will be collected before school Wednesday, April 6th and Thursday, April 7th OR Friday April 8th 11am-12pm.
    • Unfortunately we are not able to sell food, slime liquid or stress balls. Please contact Korrin Weldon with any questions. korrinweldon@gmail.com

     Fun for the Arts:

    Thanks to everyone who participated in the Fun for the Arts dance-a-thon!  We’re grateful for our community’s support in bringing creativity in our classrooms! Any donations not collected through the online donation system, such as checks and cash, need to be brought to school and turned in by March 14th.

     Foundation News
    • Join us March 9th for Buckman Dines out at Screen Door.  10% of proceeds benefit Buckman Foundation. Grab some chicken and waffles after school drop-off, family meals for dinner and more! Dine in or take out. Screen Door is now taking reservations! Brunch 9am-2:30pm Dinner 5-9pm screendoorrestaurant.com

    • Save the date! The Buckman Auction, our biggest fundraising event, will be live and in person on May 14th @ the Loft at 8th. The theme is ROAR back to the ‘20s in celebration of Buckman’s 100th year, '20s themed attire is strongly encouraged.  Tickets sales will begin in mid March, look for a flyer in your kiddos backpack right before spring break with more details.

    • This year we will continue to have all silent auction items available to bid on through our online auction site so that everyone, no matter where you are, can participate.  We are also bringing back classroom projects for online bidding as well.  Check in with your teacher if they need help with this special project. 
    • We are in the throngs of procurement for the auction and already have some really amazing sponsors and packages donated, but  if you have a business or know someone who has a business that would consider becoming a sponsor or would like to donate in kind, please email  auction@buckmanelementay.org

    Library News

    Read Across America celebration the first week of March! Or celebrate all month long with what it means when we say the United States is a nation of immigrants. 

    Upcoming! K-3 Author Visit - Gracey Zhang (rescheduled from the fall)

    Ms. Rudnick’s Read Alouds

    March Reading Challenge for K-3/Genre Challenge for 4-5

    Buckman Library's Green Bean Books Wish List

    PTA News

    Join us for the next virtual "Coffee Chat with Our Principals" on Friday, March 11th from 9:00am – 9:45am

    Google Meet joining info
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 319-449-2690‬ PIN: ‪356 324 315‬#

    SUN News

    The SUN spring term catalog is out! General registration will open on Thursday, Mar 10, at 7am here. Set your alarms! The term will run from April 11 - May 27. 

    We are seeking reusable bags with handles for SUN programming. If you have any to donate, please turn them in to the front office or coordinate with Katie. 
     
    If you are interested in helping to coordinate more Race Talks events for the Buckman community, please let Katie know! We are hoping to get more events going but need community support.

     


    February 25, 2022

    Hello Buckman Families,  

    I hope this finds you well, and I apologize for the delayed communication. This morning I had the privilege of attending the last Buckman Bears Basketball game against the Alameda Eagles. This was a classic defensive battle, and despite our loss, I was very proud of the effort and skill our players demonstrated today and over the course of the season. In every game our team showed heart, a commitment to learning the game, and made outstanding improvements in all aspects of their very competitive play. Congratulations to the players and the coaching staff for an excellent season! 

    On a different note, your children continue to learn, and engage in the importance of Black History past and present. As our students celebrate Black History and culture, we want them to  know that Black History is how we have gotten to this point, it is our present, and it is how we collectively shape the future. 

    Utilizing materials created by LGBTQ+ Program Manager, Britt Bierberich, as a launching point, student leaders and our amazing Counselor Ms. Jess, over two days, shared biographies of outstanding Northwest Queer Black individuals whose many contributions have led to significant recognition and change. It was a celebration and learning opportunity that provided windows and mirrors for students and supported our critical goal of creating and celebrating our inclusive Buckman community. Thank you Ms. Jess, teachers, students and all who supported this excellent learning opportunity!  

    To close Black History Month, on Monday, 2/28, please join us for RACE TALKS: 

    Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism  from 6:00-8:00pm. Race Talks will be facilitated by Shaina Pomerantz, and we appreciate this opportunity. Please see the details below. 

    With Fun for the Arts, and much more, please read on!  

    Thank you for your wonderful children!

    Enjoy your weekend.

    Best,

    Fred

     

    Important Upcoming Dates:

    • 2/28            Race Talks Family Event 6:00pm-8:00pm
    • 3/4              Fun for the Arts Dance-A-Thon
    • 3/9              Dines out at Screen Door - Eastside
    • 3/21-3/25    SPRING BREAK!
    • 4/9              Buckman Art Show & Sell

    BUCKMAN RACE TALKS:

     

    Buckman Elementary School works hard to create an inclusive environment that celebrates the potential   in all its students. Part of that work is helping our community learn how to have constructive   conversations about race and equity. February is Black History month and the Buckman PTA is excited to   have Race Talks again in 2022 to facilitate an evening of conversation with school families, students and   staff.  

     Join the PTA Equity & Inclusion committee and Buckman Community in an engaging and interactive   discussion forum on race and racism. Bring your own dinner and join the conversation as we continue to   work toward building a culture of safety and belonging in our community.

      Zoom Info:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84266315358?pwd=MW1UeGhZMEFoaDdJZjZWU2dFKzFZZz09  Meeting ID: 842 6631 5358  Password: 02282022

    FUN FOR THE ARTS:

      

      Get those pledges! Now through March 3rd

     Did you know you can support essential arts learning at Buckman Elementary by dancing!? We are 1 week out   from the event, how are your pledges going? Get started by signing up to participate in this year’s Fun for the   Arts Dance-a-thon Collect pledges from your family, friends and neighbors, then show up to school ready to dance on March 4, 2022. Let’s have FUN together while making sure we  can provide essential arts learning for every student in our community!


    2nd Grade Art Performance:

    Each year in February, the second-grade students put on a performance for their families and schoolmates.  Due to the pandemic and safety protocols, this year the performance took the form of videos and an online gallery put together by Buckman Arts Teachers.  Click this link to see their fabulous work:  https://sites.google.com/pps.net/buckmanperformances-2021-2022/2nd-grade


    Buckman's 32nd Art Show & Sell 2022!

    The Art Show & Sell is ON and in person! APRIL 9, 2022, 10 am - 5 pm. Please join us for this event featuring community artists and craftspeople, as well as our own student artists! For families who are new or need a refresher on what the show is and how it works click here: Buckman Art Show and Sell FAQ.pdf

    We need your help!

    The Art Show & Sell is a 100% volunteer run event! We hope you will donate a few hours of your time to strengthen our community and help fund the arts education that is vital to Buckman. Sign up to help HERE. Contact Nicole Simmons with any questions. nicole.p.simmons@gmail.com

    Student Artist Sign-up!

    All students (and alumni) are invited to sell their arts and crafts at Art Show & Sell! This is a fun and creative way to make money AND raise money for our school! Students keep 70% of their sales and 30% goes to Buckman.
    • Students who want to sell items must sign up to get an artist number. Sign up at this link. 
    • There is no limit to how many students can sign up. If your student is not sure if they want to sell anything, it’s better to go ahead and sign up just in case! Forgot if you signed up?  It’s ok to sign up again. The deadline to sign up and get a student artist number is March 18th.  
    • Remember: students do not stay with their items at the event.
    • All items to be sold will be collected before school Wednesday, April 6th and Thursday, April 7th OR Friday April 8th 11am-12pm.
    • Unfortunately we are not able to sell food, slime liquid or stress balls. Please contact Korrin Weldon with any questions. korrinweldon@gmail.com

    2022 Successful Schools Survey:

    We want to hear your thoughts. When you take the survey, you help us understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our schools.

    Take the survey today! You can complete the survey from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It should only take 15-20 minutes of your time. Select the school your child attends and answer the questions for that school. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. If you need help taking the survey please contact your teacher or principal. surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily

    FOUNDATION NEWS:

    • Join us March 9th for Buckman Dines out at Screen Door.  10% of proceeds benefit Buckman Foundation. Grab some chicken and waffles after school drop-off, family meals for dinner and more! Dine in or take out. Screen Door is now taking reservations! Brunch 9am-2:30pm Dinner 5-9pm screendoorrestaurant.com

    • Save the date! The Buckman Auction, our biggest fundraising event, will be live and in person on May 14th @ the Loft at 8th. The theme is ROAR back to the ‘20s in celebration of Buckman’s 100th year, '20s themed attire is strongly encouraged.  Tickets sales will begin in mid March, look for a flyer in your kiddos backpack right before spring break with more details.

    • This year we will continue to have all silent auction items available to bid on through our online auction site so that everyone, no matter where you are, can participate.  We are also bringing back classroom projects for online bidding as well.  Check in with your teacher if they need help with this special project. 
    • We are in the throngs of procurement for the auction and already have some really amazing sponsors and packages donated, but  if you have a business or know someone who has a business that would consider becoming a sponsor or would like to donate in kind, please email auction@buckmanelementary.org

    We look forward to a great night with you all!

    LIBRARY NEWS:

    • Read Across America celebration the first week of March! Or celebrate all month long with what it means when we say the United States is a nation of immigrants. 
    • Upcoming! K-3 Author Visit - Gracey Zhang (rescheduled from the fall)
      • Tuesday, March 8th at 1:15pm
      • Author Questions FlipGrid
      • 15 of 30 copies sold so far! Thank you Buckman community and staff!  Book sales support our FREE  author visits and will close on February 25th in order to get the books (signed by the author!) to Buckman before the author visit on Tuesday, March 8th  virtually streamed in the classroom at 1:15pm. ***During the checkout process, under “calculate shipping” please choose the option “Pick up at Buckman Elementary - Author Visit Only: $0.00”
    • Ms. Rudnick’s Read Alouds
    • February March too!) Reading Challenge for K-3/Genre Challenge for 4-5
    • New Books Added! Here is our Green Bean Books Wish List

    PTA NEWS:

    • Join our Equity & Inclusion in closing out Black History Month with our 2022 Race Talks series coming up on February 28th from 6-8. More info coming soon.
    • Fun For the Arts is coming up March 4th. Formerly known as Run for the Arts, this event is designed to be inclusive of all ages and physical abilities through dance and movement.  Get those pledges and help raise money to fund special arts programs at Buckman.
    • The Buckman Art Show & Sell is happening on April 9th from 10am - 5pm. Be sure to share the application with artist friends and help make the PTA's biggest fundraiser of the year a success

    SUN NEWS:

    • The SUN Spring Catalog is OUT (attached below) and early bird registration has begun. If you are a family who needs financial assistance for your student to participate in SUN, please complete and return the SUN registration form to Buckman by Tuesday, March 3rd. General registration will open on March 10th at 7am online, so set your alarms! 
    • SUN needs snacks! We provide snacks both for students after school and for students who need more to eat during the day. Individually packaged granola bars, applesauce pouches, etc. are especially appreciated. 
    • SUN and the PTA have created an interest form for families to complete if they are interested in carpooling or sharing child care resources. Find it HERE!

    SUN SPRING 2022 CLASS CATALOG.pdf 

     


    February 18, 2022

    Hello Buckman Community!  

    Today reminded me that Spring is coming. In anticipation of a three day weekend, students were engaged and working hard. In Music with Mr. Schopmeyer, third grade students were singing and rehearsing Vanport.  I was impressed with their focus, and can’t wait to see their performance. 

    In fifth grade, Ms. Nichenko’s students were writing rhyming couplets in teams, Ms. Nichols’ students were working on four different ways to represent a fraction, and Ms. Jensen’s students were also working on math. They were finding the mode, range, minimum, median and the mean. I was impressed with their focus, and their understanding. 

    In Ms. Betz’s third grade class, I was invited to watch their Museum Gallery. They decorated their room to have curtains and a stage, and all their chairs were arranged so that they could be a respectful audience for their classmates. While each student presented, they all agreed to be attentive, not talk, and have a quiet body. They were awesome!  I also liked that they discussed that if a friend needs to restart their presentation that they would give a thumbs up, or positively nod with encouragement. 

    Presentations started with J.R.R. Tolkien, Stan Lee, Annie Oakley, with many more to come.  Student research was accurate, informative, and very well written. At the conclusion of each presentation students applauded and gave compliments, asked questions and made connections. Thank you Ms. Betts and students, great work! 

    As an important reminder, please do not park in front of our neighbor’s driveways. We have had complaints, and it is critical that we do our part. Thank you in advance, for modeling kindness. 

    We appreciate your children, and their inquisitive spirits. Have a great President’s Day long weekend!

    Be well,

    Fred 


    Important Upcoming Dates:

    • 2/21       No School, President's Day
    • 2/28       Race Talks Family Event 
    • 3/4         Fun for the Arts Dance-A-Thon
    • 3/9         Dines out at Screen Door - Eastside

    FUN FOR THE ARTS: 

      

      Get those pledges! Now through March 3rd

    Did you know you can support essential arts learning at Buckman Elementary by dancing!? We are 2 weeks out from the event, how are your pledges going? Get started by signing up to participate in this year’s Fun for the Arts Dance-a-thon Collect pledges from your family, friends and neighbors, then show up to school ready to dance on March 4, 2022. Let’s have FUN together while making sure we can provide essential arts learning for every student in our community!


    Successful Schools Survey:

    What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “successful schools?” We believe that successful schools are safe, healthy and welcoming learning spaces that are inclusive for all students. But we want to hear your thoughts.

    We are excited to announce the 2022 Successful Schools Family Survey. When you take the survey, you help us understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our schools. The survey launched this week and will be available for the next four weeks.

    Take the survey today! You can complete the survey from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It should only take 15-20 minutes of your time. Select the school your child attends and answer the questions for that school. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. If you need help taking the survey please contact your teacher or principal.

    Thank you for being part of the PPS family!

    surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily


    For Lottery Families with siblings wishing to enter Buckman for the 2022-23 School Year

    If you have another child you want to be enrolled at Buckman, you MUST fill out a Lottery application. Your new student will not automatically be considered for enrollment without the completed Lottery process.  For more information: https://www.pps.net/Page/2343

    Lottery Application Dates:

    Start: February 16, 2022 at 8:00 AM       End: March 28, 2022 at 5:00 PM

     


    BUCKMAN RACE TALKS:

    Buckman Elementary School works hard to create an inclusive environment that celebrates the potential in all its students. Part of that work is helping our community learn how to have constructive conversations about race and equity. February is Black History month and the Buckman PTA is excited to have Race Talks again in 2022 to facilitate an evening of conversation with school families, students and staff.  

    The Race Talks conversation will be held virtually on Tuesday, Feb. 28th from 6-8 pm.  Please put this event on your calendar.  More details to come out soon!


    FOUNDATION NEWS:

    Thank you for participating in the February Dines out at Por Que No, we made $500 for Buckman!

    Join us March 9th for Buckman Dines out at Screen Door.  10% of proceeds benefit Buckman Foundation.  

    Grab some chicken and waffles after school drop-off, family meals for dinner and more! Dine in or take out. 

    Screen Door is now taking reservations! 

    Brunch 9am-2:30pm Dinner 5-9pm screendoorrestaurant.com

     

    LIBRARY NEWS:

    • Read Across America celebration the first week of March! Or celebrate all month long with what it means when we say the United States is a nation of immigrants. 
    • Upcoming! K-3 Author Visit - Gracey Zhang (rescheduled from the fall)
      • Tuesday, March 8th at 1:15pm
      • Author Questions FlipGrid
      • 15 of 30 copies sold so far! Thank you Buckman community and staff!  Book sales support our FREE  author visits and will close on February 25th in order to get the books (signed by the author!) to Buckman before the author visit on Tuesday, March 8th  virtually streamed in the classroom at 1:15pm. ***During the checkout process, under “calculate shipping” please choose the option “Pick up at Buckman Elementary - Author Visit Only: $0.00”
    • Ms. Rudnick’s Read Alouds
    • February March too!) Reading Challenge for K-3/Genre Challenge for 4-5
    • New Books Added! Here is our Green Bean Books Wish List

    PTA NEWS:

    • Help bring Buckman Race Talks back to Buckman! PTA has the opportunity to bring this event back for families, teachers and students on February 28th as we close out Black History Month. Help us raise the last bit of money needed to continue building an inclusive school environment by donating at: https://gofund.me/8b590d72
    • Join the "Buckman Bear Club"! The pandemic has made community connection challenging, and we recognize a need for community building and sharing. The PTA is looking for parent volunteers to help organize monthly outdoor meet ups. Activity ideas are endless, but might include picnics, park play, city hikes, neighborhood walks, crafts and more. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more, please email pta@buckmanelementary.org with "Bear Club" as the subject. We would like to gauge initial interest and will aid in further organization if the response is enthusiastic.
    • Help fulfill Ms. Rudnick's library wishlist! Buckman students LOVE the library, and are always excited about new books! Families can help stock the library with new books by purchasing books on her Green Bean list, or to donate to her library fund on School Pay. Supporting our library is always a great way to support our school and students!
    • Fun For the Arts is coming up March 4th. Formerly known as Run for the Arts, this event is designed to be inclusive of all ages and physical abilities through dance and movement. This event will raise money to fund special arts programs at Buckman. More information should be coming home with kiddos on Friday!

    SUN NEWS:

    • SUN and the PTA are working on an interest form for families to fill out if they want to share carpooling or childcare with each other. Keep an eye out next week for it!
    • SUN needs snacks! We provide snacks both for students after school and for students who need more to eat during the day. Individually packaged granola bars, applesauce pouches, etc. are especially appreciated.
    • Spring SUN will NOT be serving Kinders, as has previously been communicated. This decision was made in collaboration with the Buckman administration. The spring course catalog will be coming out in a couple of weeks - keep your eyes peeled for it!
    • Check out BEAR News episodes here! The panda investigation continues...  Looking for something for your kiddo to do this coming Monday? AKA Science (with Impact NW) will provide a fun, engaging STEM/STEAM-focused camp that reaches students in grades 1-5. 
      • Topics covered: AKA Science camp activities will explore topics such as biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, nature art, outdoor/environmental education, nature-focused games and outdoor play! 
        • Time & Location: Our day-camps run from 9AM-3PM  at our Brentwood-Darlington Community Center in SE Portland.
        • Class size & cost: We have a maximum of 12 students per camp (minimum of 5 students) and the cost of $75/student. 
        • Teacher: Camps will be taught by our seasoned educator and program coordinator, Daniel Brown, plus 1 volunteer assistant
        • Date: The first camp coming up will be on Monday, February 21st
        • How to register:  https://forms.gle/wHS8F2YgjBHmbHgp7
        • SAVE THE DATE for virtual Race Talks! February 28th from 6-8pm.

    LOST AND FOUND:  Once again it has exploded out of control!  Please remind your student(s) to look for their belongings.

       

     We have quite a collection of glasses here in the office!  

    If any of these look familiar please come see us.

     


    February 11, 2022

    Hello Buckman Families,  

    After a week of dry weather, and this morning's gleaming sun, I am smiling! This past week was Counselor Appreciation week, so please join me in giving our fabulous Ms. Jess our thanks and congratulations for EVERYTHING that she does for us. Thank you!!!!!

    Yesterday, author Aron Nels Steinke did a wonderful virtual visit sponsored by our Media Specialist Darcy Rudnick. Mr. Steinke was a fifth grade student teacher at Buckman about eleven years ago, and now teaches and publishes wonderful creative and fun graphic novels. He always wanted to read but struggled to find books he could and wanted to read so he made his own. In the following virtual author talk, he shares how he loved to draw, and how he became a “big reader.” In our Library, Ms. Darcy has copies of all his books, and his latest book “Snow Day,” will come out on April 5th. After learning about how he became an author of graphic novels, he modeled and had students draw Mr. Wolf from his series Mr. Wolf’s Class. 

    I strongly encourage you to watch this fascinating virtual author visit as he describes his process from ideas, sketches, text, to editing and publishing a book. Congratulations to Buckman students for asking Mr. Steinke great questions after everyone got to draw Mr. Wolf. Here is the link: Aron Nels Steinke author visit recording

    Thank you Ms. Darcy for making this inspiring author visit possible!!!

    Good news is that COVID 19 and Omicron cases are starting to decline. AND, Thank you students for continuing to diligently wear your masks at all times unless you are eating. Masking up protects all of us, and will continue to be critical to ensure the safety of all students and staff. Thank you for making sure your mask fits snugly over your nose and mouth. 

    I am also asking that we all continue to practice kindness. Using kind words, being safe with our bodies, and respecting the belongings of others is part of our Buckman ROARS culture. ROARS = Respect, Ownership, Attitude, Responsibility, Safety. By choosing ROARS our community is safe and we reinforce the Buckman Bear way! Put-downs, occasional swearing, pretend fighting or hitting don’t fit. We all work together to create and keep Buckman a healthy, fun, and safe place to learn and work. 

     

    Have a great weekend, & 

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Warmly,

    Fred


    Important Upcoming Dates:

    • 2/16       Elementary Schools Lottery Opens
    • 2/21       No School, President's Day
    • 3/4         Fun for the Arts Dance-A-Thon

    FUN FOR THE ARTS is coming up on March 4th! 

    Formerly known as Run for the Arts, this event is designed to be inclusive of all ages and physical abilities through dance and movement.

    • Fun for the Arts raises money to fund special arts programs at Buckman.  REGISTER HERE TODAY!
    • If you know of a business that would like to donate please reach out to Maura Jansen or Anna Bennett via Konstella.
    • Check out this dance focused read aloud by Ms. Rudnick! Everyone can dance! I Will Dance

    FOUNDATION NEWS:

    Save the date! The Buckman Auction, our biggest fundraising event, will be live and in person on May 14th @ the Loft at 8th. The theme is ROAR back to the ‘20s in celebration of Buckman’s 100th year, '20s themed attire is strongly encouraged.  Tickets sales will begin in mid March, look for a flyer in your kiddos backpack right before spring break with more details.

    • This year we will continue to have all silent auction items available to bid on through our online auction site so that everyone, no matter where you are, can participate.  We are also bringing back classroom projects for online bidding as well. Check in with your teacher if they need help with this special project.
    • We are in the throngs of procurement for the auction and already have some really amazing sponsors and packages donated, but if you have a business or know someone who has a business that would consider becoming a sponsor or would like to donate in kind, please email auction@buckmanelementary.org

    LIBRARY NEWS:

    • Aron Nels Steinke author visit was today and it was great! If you have ordered “Snowy Day” (#5) it is somewhere on a barge in California. The shipping crisis has put the delivery date at the beginning of April. Sorry for the delay!
    • Upcoming! K-3 Author Visit - Gracey Zhang (rescheduled from the fall)
      • Tuesday, March 8th at 1:15pm streamed virtually through classrooms (Ask the author a question through FlipGrid!)
      • 18 of 30 copies sold so far! Book sales support our FREE  author visits and will close on February 4th in order to get the books (signed by the author!) to Buckman before the author visit on Tuesday, March 8th  virtually streamed in the classroom at 1:15pm. ***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!
    • Ms. Rudnick’s Read Alouds
    • February Reading Challenge for K-3/Genre Challenge for 4-5

     

    PTA NEWS:

    • Complete the PPS Successful Schools Survey. The survey will be sent out to families on Monday, February 14th, and is an important way to collect valuable input related to school climate, engagement and safety at Buckman.
    • Help bring Buckman Race Talks back to Buckman! PTA has the opportunity to bring this event back for families, teachers and students on February 28th as we close out Black History Month. Help us raise the last bit of money needed to continue building an inclusive school environment by donating at: https://gofund.me/8b590d72
    • Join the "Buckman Bear Club"! The pandemic has made community connection challenging, and we recognize a need for community building and sharing. The PTA is looking for parent volunteers to help organize monthly outdoor meet ups. Activity ideas are endless, but might include picnics, park play, city hikes, neighborhood walks, crafts and more. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more, please email pta@buckmanelementary.org with "Bear Club" as the subject. We would like to gauge initial interest and will aid in further organization if the response is enthusiastic.
    • Help fulfill Ms. Rudnick's library wishlist! Buckman students LOVE the library, and are always excited about new books! Families can help stock the library with new books by purchasing books on her Green Bean list, or to donate to her library fund on School Pay. Supporting our library is always a great way to support our school and students!
    • Fun For the Arts is coming up March 4th. Formerly known as Run for the Arts, this event is designed to be inclusive of all ages and physical abilities through dance and movement. This event will raise money to fund special arts programs at Buckman. More information should be coming home with kiddos on Friday!

    SUN NEWS:

    • SUN and the PTA are working on an interest form for families to fill out if they want to share carpooling or childcare with each other. Keep an eye out next week for it!
    • SUN needs snacks! We provide snacks both for students after school and for students who need more to eat during the day. Individually packaged granola bars, applesauce pouches, etc. are especially appreciated. 
    • Spring SUN will NOT be serving kinders, as has previously been communicated. This decision was made in collaboration with the Buckman administration. The spring course catalog will be coming out in a couple of weeks - keep your eyes peeled for it!Check out BEAR News episodes here! The panda investigation continues... 
    • Looking for something for your kiddo to do on February 21st? AKA Science (with Impact NW) will provide a fun, engaging STEM/STEAM-focused camp that reaches students in grades 1-5. 
      • Topics covered: AKA Science camp activities will explore topics such as biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, nature art, outdoor/environmental education, nature-focused games and outdoor play! 
      • Time & Location: Our day-camps run from 9AM-3PM  at our Brentwood-Darlington Community Center in SE Portland. 
      • Class size & cost: We have a maximum of 12 students per camp (minimum of 5 students) and the cost of $75/student. 
      • Teacher: Camps will be taught by our seasoned educator and program coordinator, Daniel Brown, plus 1 volunteer assistant
      • Date: The first camp coming up will be on Monday, February 21st
      • How to register: https://forms.gle/wHS8F2YgjBHmbHgp7

    Opportunities for our young athletes: 

    • Anyone interested in playing baseball and softball this spring, please see the attached flier on how and where to sign up your child for the Spring 2022!!    Cleveland HS Cluster.pdf

     

     


    February 4, 2022

    Welcome to February. We just concluded Spirit Week, and I completely appreciated and enjoyed all the characters, colors, and costumes shared. Especially this month, we focus on celebrating and understanding our important Black History! Our teachers have explicitly planned lessons to deepen our understanding of the compelling and lasting contributions of Black Americans to our culture past and present. 

    Do you know Crispus Attucks? As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr said, ...he was a black seaman and the first American to shed blood in the revolution that freed his country from British oppression. Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights activist in the 1960s and 70s, who was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993. Haben Girma, is the first deafblind person to attend and graduate from Harvard Law School. Haben advocates and fights for the rights of disabled Americans. In 2013, President Obama recognized her as a “Champion of Change.”  

    Unfortunately, we continue to have some positive COVID 19 cases. Thank you students for responsibly wearing your masks to ensure everyone’s safety. We have a strong schoolwide culture around safe mask wearing, and it keeps all of us safe as we persevere through and weather the continuing COVID 19 and Omicron outbreak. Your vigilance is huge, and we will move beyond this. 

    With the Winter Olympics beginning, it is a chance to enjoy our global worldliness. As I watched the Ice Dancing last night, I was thrilled to be working with students and staff who value the arts as essential core learning. I am particularly proud of our Oregon athletes that will be competing and representing Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.  

    Parents, we love your children, and appreciate their commitment to learning and being safe at school every day. They are special, and a joy!

    Have a great weekend! 

    Fred 

    Important Upcoming Dates:
    • 2/4         Report Cards go home with students
    • 2/8         PTA General Meeting 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    • 2/9         Dines Out at ¿Por Qué No?
    • 3/4         Fun for the Arts Dance-A-Thon

        FUN FOR THE ARTS is coming up on March 4th. Formerly known as Run for the Arts, this event is designed to be inclusive of all ages and        physical abilities through dance and movement. This event will raise money to fund special arts programs at Buckman. 

         More info here!

     

     FOUNDATION NEWS:

    • Buckman, we did it! Our Year-End Ask campaign was a huge success, and exceeded our expectations thanks to the generosity of over 90 donations. We promised you numbers, and we are happy to report that we received a total of $16,644. Those funds — donated directly to the Buckman Foundation by families, staff, and local businesses — will go towards meeting the critical staffing needs at our school next year. THANK YOU to all who participated! We love our Buckman community!
    • Another great way to support the Buckman Foundation is by eating delicious food! That’s right! Head to the Hawthorne location of ¿Por Qué No? on Feb 9 (4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd) for our February Dines Out. Grab some tasty tacos and other delights for you and your family, and 10% of your purchase will go straight to the Buckman Foundation. Dine-in (outdoor, heated patio) or take-out — take your pick! Open 11am-10pmhttps://porquenotacos.square.site

     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. (Ask the author a question through FlipGrid!)
      • Book sales support our FREE  author visits and will close on February 4th in order to get the books (signed by the author!) to Buckman before the author visit on February 11th virtually streamed in the classroom at 10:30 am. ***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! 
    • Upcoming! K-3 Author Visit - Gracey Zhang (rescheduled from the fall - order Lala’s Words)
      • Tuesday, March 8th at 1:15 pm streamed virtually through classrooms (Ask the author a question through FlipGrid!)
      • Book sales support our FREE  author visits and will close on February 4th in order to get the books (signed by the author!) to Buckman before the author visit on Tuesday, March 8th  virtually streamed in the classroom at 1:15pm. ***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! 
    • Ms. Rudnick’s Read Alouds
    • February Reading Challenge for K-3/Genre Challenge for 4-5
    • New Books Added! Here is our Green Bean Books Wish List

    PTA NEWS:

    • The next PTA general membership meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 8th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82028267426?pwd=YURndUtEOXYybHVHb2xqaGUwdkdSdz09
    Meeting ID: 820 2826 7426
    Passcode: 1234

    • Join the "Buckman Bear Club"! The pandemic has made community connection challenging and we recognize a need for community building and sharing. The PTA is looking for parent volunteers to help organize monthly outdoor meet-ups. Activity ideas are endless but might include picnics, park play, city hikes, neighborhood walks, crafts, and more. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more, please email pta@buckmanelementary.org with "Bear Club" as the subject. We would like to gauge initial interest and will aid in the further organization if the response is enthusiastic.
    • Help fulfill Ms. Rudnick's library wishlist! Buckman students LOVE the library, and are always excited about new books! Families can help stock the library with new books by purchasing books on her Green Bean list or donating to her library fund on School Pay. Supporting our library is always a great way to support our school and students!

    SUN  NEWS:

    • Seeking coaches for Girls on the Run! The spring season of GOTR begins in March and we still need coaches! Practices will be at Buckman on Mondays and Thursdays right after school. Contact Katie for more information if you're interested. 
    • Are you hoping to catch up on BEAR News? Find all episodes here! You'll need your student to log into their PPS account. Ask them to tell you all about the Buckman Panda mystery and the most recent clues they've found!
    • SUN is seeking donations of glue sticks and watercolor paper, as well as more snacks! If you have any to drop off, you can connect with Katie or leave them with the front office. 
    • Have you received any SUN services (after-school program, connecting with resources, participating in SUN-sponsored events, etc.) this year? If so, please complete this survey (and answer "Children, Youth and Families" in the "Department" field) to help us improve! Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated. 

    January 28, 2022

    Hello, Buckman community!  

    Time flies, and we are halfway through the school year. Students and parents/guardians, congratulations! We also look forward to much more art-infused learning at every grade level for the second half of the year. With COVID-19 and the Omicron variant still very much in our midst, thank you all for diligently wearing your masks. It is so important as we work together to help keep all students and staff safe.  

    Parents and students, please help me give a SHOUT OUT to our teachers and staff. They are awesome, they love working with you, and strong learning is very much a shared endeavor. In a fourth-grade class yesterday, it was great to see students explaining their math problem-solving. Today, two former students dropped by to see one of their former teachers who had taught them to be outstanding writers. I am thrilled that at Buckman we pride ourselves on being strong academic students and artists. 

    Another special SHOUT OUT to parent Jeff Burns, who arranged for the lower playground to receive new Bark Chips!!! The new bark chips are wonderful, and along with the sunshine this week it made the lower playground Recess a joy! Next Friday, we will do the same on the upper playground Nature section.  

    Students, your enthusiasm at Recess is great and as a reminder, PLEASE, please lose the screaming. Especially during COVID to scream in anyone’s face, is unnecessary and unsafe. Thank you in advance, and know that we are happy to remind you if you forget. 

    Enjoy your four-day weekend, and we can’t wait to see you on Tuesday as we start Quarter 3!  

    Be well, Be safe, 

    Sincerely,

    Fred

    Important Upcoming Dates:

    • 1/31       No School, Teacher Planning Day
    • 2/1         First day of Black History Month
    • 2/1-2/4  Buckman Spirit Week
    • 2/4         Report Cards go home with students
    • 2/8         PTA General Meeting 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    • 2/9         Dines Out at ¿Por Qué No?

    A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR PTA for the refresh of bark chips on the lower playground!

            


     

    PLEASE READ: Updated COVID-19 Information for Families

     

    Next Week is BUCKMAN SPIRIT WEEK!

    Our fabulous Fifth-Graders have planned a fun-filled spirit week for our Buckman Bears!  

    Tuesday: Pajama/Cozy Day
    Wednesday: Character Day - dress up as your favorite character
    Thursday:  Monochrome Day - dress up in one color
    Friday: Rainbow Day - dress in rainbow colors

    FOUNDATION NEWS:

    Remember to get next month's Dines Out on your schedule!  Stop by ¿Por Qué No? (4635 SE Hawthorne) on Wednesday, February 9, from 11 am-10 pm; outdoor dining or take-out! Whatever you grab, 10% of proceeds will go towards the Buckman Foundation.

    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. (Ask the author a question through FlipGrid!)
      • Book sales support our FREE  author visits and will close on February 4th in order to get the books (signed by the author!) to Buckman before the author visit on February 11th virtually streamed in the classroom at 10:30 am. ***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! 
    • Upcoming! K-3 Author Visit - Gracey Zhang (rescheduled from the fall - order Lala’s Words)
      • Tuesday, March 8th at 1:15 pm streamed virtually through classrooms (Ask the author a question through FlipGrid!)
      • Book sales support our FREE  author visits and will close on February 4th in order to get the books (signed by the author!) to Buckman before the author visit on Tuesday, March 8th  virtually streamed in the classroom at 1:15pm. ***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! 
    • Ms. Rudnick’s Read Alouds
    • February Reading Challenge for K-3/Genre Challenge for 4-5

    PTA NEWS:

    • The next PTA general membership meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 8th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82028267426?pwd=YURndUtEOXYybHVHb2xqaGUwdkdSdz09
    Meeting ID: 820 2826 7426
    Passcode: 1234

    • Join the "Buckman Bear Club"! The pandemic has made community connection challenging and we recognize a need for community building and sharing. The PTA is looking for parent volunteers to help organize monthly outdoor meet-ups. Activity ideas are endless but might include picnics, park play, city hikes, neighborhood walks, crafts, and more. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more, please email pta@buckmanelementary.org with "Bear Club" as the subject. We would like to gauge initial interest and will aid in the further organization if the response is enthusiastic.
    • Help fulfill Ms. Rudnick's library wishlist! Buckman students LOVE the library, and are always excited about new books! Families can help stock the library with new books by purchasing books on her Green Bean list or donating to her library fund on School Pay. Supporting our library is always a great way to support our school and students!
    • Fun For the Arts is coming up on March 4th. Formerly known as Run for the Arts, this event is designed to be inclusive of all ages and physical abilities through dance and movement. This event will raise money to fund special arts programs at Buckman. More to come!

    SUN NEWS:

    • Seeking coaches for Girls on the Run!   The spring season of GOTR begins in March and we need coaches! Practices will be on Mondays and Thursdays right after school. Contact Katie for more information if you're interested.
    • Reminder: NO SUN on Jan 28 or 31!
    • Have you received any SUN services (after-school program, connecting with resources, participating in SUN-sponsored events, etc.) this year? If so, please complete this survey (and answer "Children, Youth and Families" in the "Department" field) to help us improve! Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated.

     


    January 21, 2022

    Hello Buckman community!  

    Although COVID 19 still impacts our lives, I am thankful and pleased that almost all of our students do a great job wearing their masks, and maintaining distance from their friends when reminded to keep safe. As we weather the omicron variant, this is huge! Well done Buckman students and staff! 

    Today, I was able to visit 5th grade classrooms and see them hard at work. Ms. Nicholl’s class were doing group presentations on Native Americans, and their Diarama’s, showing different aspects of Native life, were artistic, informative, and detailed.  Ms. Nichenko’s students were finishing up testing, and Ms. Jensen’s students are reading a book series on sports, and Stamped by Ibram X. Kendi who also wrote the NY Times bestseller How To Be an Antiracist. 

    In the past week we have welcomed new students and I appreciate all the support that students and staff are giving them to make them feel at home. The positive Buckman Bear culture is alive and well, and thank you parents for all the support you give your kids. 

    Given the variable and often wet and muddy weather that we are having, please consider ensuring that your students have a warm jacket or raincoat if possible. We have a number of coats in the SUN Center, and also in the Lost and Found if you need one. Please call us at 503.916.6230 and we are happy to assist. 1/21/2022

    Have a great weekend, Be Safe and Well!

    Best,

    Fred

    Important Upcoming Dates:

    • 1/28       No School, Teacher Planning Day
    • 1/31       No School, Teacher Planning Day
    • 2/1-2/4  Buckman Spirit Week
    • 2/8         PTA General Meeting
    • 2/9         Dines Out at ¿Por Qué No?

     

    COVID-19 UPDATES:

    The Postal Service is delivering one shipment of 4 COVID tests per residential address. Enter your name, address and email at www.usps.com/covidtest to request a shipment. It is live now.

    For Families participating in OHSU Screening Testing:  Students should not test if they have tested positive in last 90 days

    With the omicron variant surging, we are seeing more students testing positive for COVID. Those students who test positive should not participate in our program for 90 days after receiving their results, as they will continue to test positive during this time period. These repeat positive tests consume testing supplies and staff time, and distract us from helping students who are healthy or are just being diagnosed with COVID for the first time. Students with a positive result do not need to opt-out of the program, but they do need to pause their participation until the 90-day period has ended.

    FOUNDATION NEWS:

    • Thank you for participating in our Dines out at Oma’s Hideaway, the event made $597.55 for Buckman! 
    • Save the date for our next Dines Out event at ¿Por Qué No? on Feb. 9th.

    LIBRARY NEWS:

    PTA NEWS: 

    • Join the "Buckman Bear Club"! The pandemic has made community connection challenging, and we recognize a need for community building and sharing. The PTA is looking for parent volunteers to help organize monthly outdoor meet up. Activity ideas are endless, but might include picnics, park play, city hikes, neighborhood walks, crafts and more. If you are interested in volunteering or learning more, please email pta@buckmanelementary.org with "Bear Club" as the subject. We would like to gauge initial interest and will aid in further organization if the response is enthusiastic.
    • Help fulfill Ms. Rudnick's library wishlist! Buckman students LOVE the library, and are always excited about new books! Families can help stock the library with new books by purchasing books on her Green Bean list, or to donate to her library fund on School Pay. Supporting our library is always a great way to support our school and students!
    • Fun For the Arts is coming up March 4th. Formerly known as Run for the Arts, this event is designed to be inclusive of all ages and physical abilities through dance and movement. This event will raise money to fund special arts programs at Buckman. More to come!
    • The next PTA general membership meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 6th from 6:00 - 8:00. Agenda to come.

    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. 
    • Update: NO SUN on Jan 31, due to the recent school board decision to make that day a school-staff collaboration and planning day, with no classes for students.
    • Have you received any SUN services (after-school program, connecting with resources, participating in SUN-sponsored events, etc.) this year? If so, please complete this survey (and answer "Children, Youth and Families" in the "Department" field) to help us improve! Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated. 

    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!

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