Buckman Elementary School

Buckman nurtures the whole child and strives for
academic excellence

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

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  • Buckman News


    Coming Soon At Buckman!       


    February 4-8

    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
    Location: Cafeteria
    Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Location: Cafeteria
    Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
    Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Location: Cafeteria

    Lost and Found

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

    Address Corrections!

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

    Medical Guidelines 


    Immunization 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 nurse.





    Buckman Auction Update

    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 foundation@buckmanelementary.org if you’re interested in learning more and know someone you think would be good in this role.  


    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 right.  

    Questions? Email artshowandsell@gmail.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 (mmvorhees@gmail.com) with any questions. More details to follow. (Sorry but no food items or slime can be sold).


    29th Annual Buckman Art Show and Sell

    Art Show And Sell 2019

    March 9-10, 2019 

    For details please visit www.buckmanartshow.weebly.com


    Foundation Update 


    Click on the links below for more information! 


    Join The Buckman PTA! 


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


    Ways you can help: Funds For Buckman!

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

    Fund Opportunities



    Emergency Clothing Needed


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


    Medications at School


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

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

    Thank you for your help and understanding.


    Library News


    Library Book Returns and Fines

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

    1. Pay the fine in SchoolPay.

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

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


    SUN News  


    Extended Day Programs

    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.


    Political Asylym & 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 jsprings@impactnw.org


    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!  


    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 fet@gmail.com. The next Family Equity Team meeting is February 12 at 5:30pm in the dance studio.  


    Social Services

    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! 



    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. If you are interested, please contact Caitlyn at cwhitcomb@impactnw.org.  

    Donated Food

    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. rbeckmann@impactnw.org.


    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 Mentors

    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. 


    Tax Receipts

    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 rbeckmann@impactnw.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 Updates

    SUN emails out regular updates throughout the year. To be included in these important updates, please email wkyle@impactnw.org. SUN looks forward to keeping you in the loop! 

    SUN Payments

         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 bmorris@impactnw.org.


    Champions Information:

    • 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.


  • Greetings families!
    I can’t believe its February already, and we are less than a week away from the 100th day of school. Thank you to the many fabulous volunteers who came to make Harry Potter Day such a success. It was such a fun opportunity to celebrate reading and storytelling. And an absolutely lovely way to kick off the month. And thank you student planning teams; your contributions made it just that much better!

    You may have read about an incident at one of the district’s middle schools last week, where students brought dessert items to school and shared them with friends, only the desserts shared were laced with other substances. At Buckman we value kindness and cooperation, but we also have a rule discouraging students from sharing food. That was an extreme example of why students shouldn’t share food, but there are also concerns about allergies and adequacy. Please take a minute this week to remind your child that unless the food comes from the school kitchen or your kitchen, they should say thank you and no.

    The foyer is alive right now with an extra full Lost and Found. We had to move it to the very front to keep it from spreading into the bathrooms. If you haven’t scanned the piles for familiar items recently, now is a very good time to do so. Please, come collect your child’s things!


District News

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  • Board approves school calendar for 2019-20

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    The 2019-20 school year in Portland Public Schools will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 28, and end (barring weather makeup days) on Friday, June 5.

    That became official Tuesday night when the PPS Board of Education passed Resolution 5821, which approved Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero’s proposed 2019-20 school calendar. The calendar was presented to the Board at its Jan. 15 meeting, with public input invited in the period before Tuesday’s final Board vote.

  • PPS Pulse: February 12, 2019

    In this week's PPS Pulse: Deadline coming for students to be immunized; Jefferson students discuss Black History Month

  • PPS Families: Help us improve school culture and climate by taking Successful Schools Survey

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    If you are the parent or guardian of a Portland Public Schools student, ask yourself: How is the educational climate at the school? Portland Public Schools is looking for answers to this and other key questions from family members of PPS students as part of the Successful Schools Survey. Students in grades 5, 7 and 10 also are being surveyed, and school-based staff will participate starting Feb. 19.

  • Key date for immunizations is coming up

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    The recent outbreak of measles serves as a reminder about immunizations, with an important deadline coming up.

    Students in Portland Public Schools who have not gotten all of their required immunizations face a Wednesday, Feb. 20 deadline. That is the “exclusion date” set by the state for 2019, when any student who is not fully immunized may be barred from attending classes or district-provided child care.


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