Coming Soon At Buckman!
Connect To Kindergarten: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 6:00-7:00
This is a mandatory meeting for all families in all grades who are applying to Buckman through the PPS Lottery, as well as an information event for new Buckman Neighborhood Families.
This Event was cancelled due to snow. Please check below for the next three event dates.
PPS Lottery Applications Opens: Friday, Feb. 8.
Connect To Kindergarten
For Neighborhood and Lottery Applicants
This event is open to all new kindergarten families who have children who live in the Buckman School neighborhood, and will be five years old by September 1, 2019.
This is also the mandatory event for all grades planning on entering Buckman through the PPS Enrollment and Transfer Lottery Application process.
Please be aware that if you are a current Buckman family who entered through the Lottery, your new kindergartener must also enter through the Lottery. You will need to attend one of the Connect to Kindergarten events and complete a Lottery application.
The Lottery application process will open on February 8 and close on March 8. Please check with the Enrollment and Transfer Department for specifics on this process.
Buckman Connect To Kindergarten Dates for 2019:
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Lost and Found
Please check the Buckman Lost and Found for your student's items. Remember, these are items that belong to Buckman Students. Please take only those items that belong to your family.
Please make sure that your address and phone information is up to date so that you receive important calls and mailings from school.
Exclusion Day, February 20
Exclusion day for state required immunizations is Wednesday, February 20, 2019.
Students who are not current will not be able to attend school until their
records are complete. Letters will be mailed the first week of February to
parents whose children are incomplete and will be excluded if not updated by
February 20, 2019. Please arrange for your child to receive needed
immunizations so that they can remain in school. If you need assistance in
locating a health care provider or clinic site, please contact your school
REMINDER! The Buckman Auction date has changed. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 18, 2019.
We will again host the event at the Hinson. More updates coming soon.
PTA Coffee Chat
with Ms. Kosmala - Friday, February 15, 8:45-9:30am, Buckman Library
PTA coffee chats are our opportunity to ask questions and learn more about all
things Buckman. Ms. Kosmala will be on hand to answer questions, and we will
wrap up promptly by 9:30. Hope you can make it!
Dines Out, February 20, Dick's Kitchen
Our February Dines Out at Dick’s Kitchen is only two weeks away! Head to Dick’s
Kitchen (3312 SE Belmont St) any time from 11-9pm on February 20 and they will
generously donate 10% of proceeds to the Buckman Foundation. Find our why this
delicious restaurant is a neighborhood favorite!
New Chair of Buckman Foundation Needed
The current Chair of the Buckman Foundation will be stepping down at the end of
the school year and we’re looking for someone with leadership and organization
skills to learn the ins and outs this year so they can take the helm (with
continued support from the past Chair) next year. Responsibilities include working
with the Foundation leadership team and school principal to establish
fundraising goals, recruiting and supporting the parent volunteers who
coordinate Foundation fundraisers including apparel sales, Bowl-A-Ween, Movie
Nights, and the Auction, publicizing events and communicating the impact of the
funds raised, and overseeing expenditures and the Foundation’s budget (with the
Treasurer). Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re
interested in learning more and know someone you think would be good in this
Art Show & Sell
Committee Meeting, February 13
You are invited to the last Art Show committee meeting before the 29th annual
Buckman Art Show and Sell! The committee is the team that turns the school into
an art gallery March 9-10 to host 120 local artists, food trucks and art
activities to raise money for the Buckman PTA. If you are on the committee, or
interested in helping in the future please join us on Wednesday, February 13 at
Caldera Pub, 6031 SE Stark St. We have the room starting at 7pm, but will get
the meeting going around 7:15pm. Minors are welcome and we have the room until
9pm. When you step into Caldera the stairs for the room are immediately at your
Questions? Email email@example.com.
Student Sign Ups for Art Show & Sell Now Open, Deadline February 15
It's time to SIGN YOUR STUDENTS UP to sell items at the Art
Show And Sell. If you think your student might want to sell something, please
sign them up. It's ok if they sign up and then decide not to sell anything. It
only takes one minute. The DEADLINE to sign up is FEBRUARY 15. Please email
Meredith Vorhees (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. More
details to follow. (Sorry but no food items or slime can be sold).
Click on the links below for more information!
Ways you can help: Funds For Buckman!
Check here for ways you can help raise funds for Buckman.
Cleaning your closets to make room? Super! Please forward any student pants
(generic sweatpants/leggings work great) to the office for those occasional
Donations of new girls and boys underwear are also appreciated.
Thank you for your support.
Please contact the office
if your student will be receiving medications during school hours.
Medicine can only be given to students after families complete the
Authorization for Medication Administration by School Personnel
form, which you can pick up in the office or at the link below. The medication authorization is needed for any medication you wish your child to take at school, including cough drops, but does not include homeopathic medication.
Please personally bring in the medications (in their original
packaging) and a completed form. Over the counter medications must be Children's dose unless you have doctors orders with adult dose directions. Please note students are not allowed
to transport any medications to school themselves.
Thank you for your help and understanding.
Returns and Fines
Are you getting email and paper notices about overdue library books or fines
for lost books? If you cannot find an overdue book, please stop in the library
so we can mark it as “lost”. Lost books come with a fine to replace the book.
If you have a fine for a lost book you have three options:
1. Pay the fine in SchoolPay.
2. Replace the book with a hardcover. Don’t forget to use smile.amazon.com to support the Buckman
community. Often there are inexpensive used books in excellent condition that
cost less than the school fine.
3. Donate 3-5 HIGH INTEREST books in replacement of a lost library book.
We are no longer able to accept new students. The program is at capacity and we
do not currently have the staffing to accommodate. Should anything change, an
announcement will be made. We apologize for the inconvenience.
As a reminder, we have eliminated the second hour class on Fridays and end at
4:30pm. Extended care is available until 5pm for $12 per day.
Please be aware of the following dates:
No Programs: 2/18,
Spring Break, 4/8, 5/27
*We are working with several yoga studios in town to get old yoga mats donated
for our upcoming yoga and mindfulness classes. If you have mats that you can
donate, please bring them to the SUN office.
& Immigration Awareness Night, THIS Friday
Save the date! Jasmine Springs, Student Engagement and Equity Specialist, will
be facilitating a Political Asylum and Immigration Awareness night. This event
will be THIS Friday
January 25 from 5-7pm. For more information, contact Jasmine at
Family Dance Night
Come enjoy an evening of movement and fun on February 8 from 6:30-8pm. We are so
excited to announce that our very own Buckman parents will be DJ'ing this
event. You'll have the chance to dance to your favorite hip hop classics, get
down to funk, and some smooth R&B. Our amazing DJ's will be spinning actual
vinyl and we'll offer some fresh choreographed dance moves. Bring the whole
Family Equity Team
The family equity team is made up of parents of color who are working on
closing the equity gap and creating a more culturally responsive learning
environment. To subscribe to the FET listserv, please contact email@example.com.
The next Family Equity Team meeting is February
12 at 5:30pm in the dance studio.
If your child is in need of supplies to complete homework, please contact us in
Room 108 by calling 503-858-0230 to schedule a pick-up time. We are also
available to refer families to social service resources (attendance concerns,
utility assistance, certain housing needs, weekly food baskets, etc.) or
troubleshoot any potential barriers to school success. Our clothing closet is
full! If your student or other children at home may need some more clothes,
please also contact us. We have tons of extra winter coats available!
We are looking for a few parents who would be willing to help out with our educational
gardens here at Buckman. If you are interested, please contact Caitlyn at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a wonderful partnership with the Oregon Food Bank and get food donated.
Baskets of food items are placed outside of the Cafetorium door to serve as a
take-as-you-need. Please help yourselves! With that, we are happy to provide
weekly food bags for families who would benefit from this support. Please
contact Becca if you would like to learn more about this service. email@example.com.
Cultural Liaisons Needed
Cultural liaisons assist our English Language Learning (ELL) families by
calling them once a week and keeping them abreast of Wednesday envelope
communications as well as conveying back to the school any concerns or
questions they might have. It usually is a task that takes less than 10-20
minutes each week. If you speak both English and another language and would be
willing to help our ELL families stay in the loop about what is happening at
school, please contact Becca for more information.
Seeking Tutors and
SUN provides both mentoring and tutoring programs after school and always needs
responsible adult involvement. Tutors work one on one for an hour a week with
students needing additional academic support. Mentors make a year-long
commitment to meet with a child once a week after school to listen, play games,
do craft projects, and give the student focused attention. If you are able to
help us advertise for these critical volunteers in your extended network
(friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, church or temple, or other
organizations) please let us know as soon as possible. Contact Jasmine in the
SUN office at (503)858-0230. Thanks!
Native Plant/ Garden Team
We are looking for a few parents who would be willing to help out with our
educational gardens here at Buckman. Sometimes there is a little maintenance,
planning, or watering that needs to be done and we’d like to have a small team
of occasional helpers who we could call on for help with the tasks being done
at your convenience. We have a native plant garden and a SUN garden plot, but
in general this is not a large time commitment (maybe 6-8 hours annually). If
you are interested, please contact SUN at (503)858-0230.
If you need receipts from SUN for taxes, now is the time to begin requesting
the receipts. If you enrolled through Eventbrite you should already have
receipts. Otherwise, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org pasting and know that it will
take us a couple of weeks to process your request. Better to ask now than at
the last minute in April.
SUN emails out regular updates throughout the year. To be included in these
important updates, please email email@example.com
. SUN looks forward to keeping
you in the loop!
Please remember to submit your mid-month payments for SUN classes. Many parents
have outstanding payments and our payroll is dependent on these funds. If you
need to know your balance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hire a full-time site director, and pay a living wage. This will reduce staff turn-over.
- Charge families comparable rates to Vermont Hills and waive registration fees this year since many of you have already paid fees to Vermont Hills.
- Provide flexible weekly scheduling and online registration.
- Provide field coaches to train staff and ensure high-quality programming.
- Invest in new furniture, curriculum and materials for an enriched program.
To register for Champions, please go to the Buckman registration page, and don't forget to enter the free registration code: FREEREG1819.