• Looking Ahead:



    Registration and Lottery Information Event for the 2021-2022 School Year

    The information concerning the Lottery for the 2021-2022 School Year has changed. Please check this site, or the district Enrollment and Transfer site for new information.

    If you are a Buckman Neighborhood family, or are interested in entering Buckman through the Portland Public School Lottery Application system, we will be having a Google Meets Connect to Kindergarten Event that is not scheduled yet. Please look for that event date and time here.

    This is an information event for anyone interested in attending Buckman for grades K-5. This is a mandatory event for all Lottery Applicants. There will be limited openings for upper grades, but Buckman typically enrolls 25-30 Kindergarten students through the Lottery process.

    Please view our Buckman Kindergarten Information Video:

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    Lottery Applications:

    Start: February 17, 2021 at 8:00 AM       

    End: March 18, 2021 at 5:00 PM

    For more complete Lottery Information, visit:    https://www.pps.net/Page/2343

    For more Enrollment Information, visit: https://www.pps.net/Page/2899


    Register your students for the 2020-2021 School Year 

    Student Registration Information  

    Champions Child Care News
    Champions is offering Winter Break Camp at Creston Elementary. We will follow all COVID protocols by OHA and CDC. This is a designated Oregon Essential Child Care site and is licensed. ERDC is accepted. We have tons of fun plans including canvas painting, arts and crafts, and science experiments, all while social distancing. We have limited pod sizes and are taking enrollments now on discoverchampions.com or by contacting Family Support at 1-800-246-2154 and they can help walk you through the process. We will be open December 21st-23rd and December 28th-30th from 7:30-5:30pm for a $150 weekly cost. If you are interested in care or have additional questions, please contact Stephanie Balke at sbalke@discoverchampions.com or call 503-915-3063.
    Please see attched link for more information.

    The Benson Wellness Center is OPEN!  
    Address: 546 NE 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232
    In Person Hours:  Tuesday & Thursday 1:00-4:00 p.m.
                              Wednesday 8:00-12:00 p.m.
    Virtual Hours:      Monday - Friday 8:00-5:00 p.m.
    Age of Student's being served:  7-18 y.o.
    Appointments are available for BOTH Mental Health & Physical Wellness
    Appointments for FLU & ALL Other Vaccinations are available
    To SCHEDULE an Appointment: 
    1.  Call OHSU Registrar and Register each person needing an appointment at 503-494-8505 (if you've not been seen there before)
    2.  Leave a Message for Reva at the Benson Wellness Center at 503-418-0409 with your call back information
    3.  Reva will call back and schedule an appointment, appointments are readily available
    Here is the PPS link regarding The Benson Wellness Center:  https://www.pps.net/Page/5953

    PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center Is Open 

    This fall, while schools are engaged in Comprehensive Distance Learning, PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center will be open starting Monday, September 14th for phone, video and in-person visits. Monday-Thursday  8:45 am-4:45 pm and Friday for phone and video appointments only. Call 503-988-3909 to make an appointment. 

    Any Multnomah County K-12 youth can visit the center and there are no out of pocket costs. We also can connect students and their families with community resources for food or help with medical insurance. 

    Student Health Centers at David Douglas & Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. Stay connected via Facebook and Instagram.

    Link to fliers in multiple languages: English   Spanish   Chinese   Russian   Somali   Vietnamese 



    Free COVID Testing Event  



    Buckman Videos to keep you informed: 

    Here is a video from our Principal, Teresa Seidel, with welcoming words and a brief tour! https://youtu.be/vkRR0jl3C4E 

    Back To School Information from our Principal, Teresa Seidel!

    What Will Buckman's Arts Program Look Like This Fall? Watch this video and find out!



     Buckman Distance Learning Log In Information:


    Buckman Counseling Website:



    Notes from Principal Seidel:

    Hello Buckman Bears

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    I hope you all had a great week. Monday is a holiday celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. MLK day is a great opportunity to reflect on how we are serving all our students and families with honor and excellence.

    In February, all of PPS 3-8 grade students will take an online assessment in math. To learn more about this assessment, see the video: Parent Video

    I know there is a lot of talk about returning to school and what all those possibilities might look like.  Right now, with the uncertainty of the vaccine rollout and the increase in cases in Oregon, there hasn't been an official statement from PPS regarding our next concrete steps.  As always, administrators and teachers work together to support our community and our primary concern is to continue our commitment to CDL.  As we get more information and concrete next steps, I will work with the staff and community to make the Buckman plan. I appreciate that everyone wants answers, but please be patient as we await our guidance from district and state officials. I hope to be able to have a community conversation about this during our PTA meeting on Tuesday at 6pm.

    Take care everyone,


    Important dates and reminders: 

    · Mon/Wed 3-5pm - Library book bag pick up/drop off

    · Mon/Wed/Fri 3-4:30pm - Grab and Go meals for students 

    · 1/18  No School, MLK Holiday

    · 1/19 6pm  PTA Meeting

    · 1/28 End of 2nd Quarter

    · 1/29 No school, Teacher Planning Day

    · 2/1 First day of Black History Month

    · 2/8 Report cards mailed home

    · 2/10 10:30am 3-5 Author Visit with Alan Gratz

    · 2/15 No school, Presidents’ Day

    · 2/18 Connect to Kindergarten, time TBD




    WOW Buckman! We are thrilled to share with you that our Year-End Ask campaign raised an incredible $18,571! THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this campaign a success. We know this year has had its challenges, but we are reminded again and again of the strength of the Buckman community, and we are so grateful for your support! Funds raised through our Year-End Ask campaign will go towards staffing for the 2021-2022 school year.




    ·  3-5th grade virtual author visit with author ALAN GRATZ on February 10th at 10:30am at this Crowdcast link. If you would like to purchase a copy of one of his books for our library or yourself, please see this order form. Students are encouraged to ask the author questions through this FlipGrid.

    ·  Multnomah County Library: Digital magazines are now available from Libby, the same app where you get e-books and audiobooks from OverDrive. You’ll find more than 3,000 magazines in many languages — with no holds and unlimited checkouts.

    ·  COLOR YOUR EMOTIONS - A Kids Book About Emotions Coloring Contest!  




    PTA & Buckman Community Meeting   Stop by next Tuesday, January 19th at 6pm for a combined PTA/Buckman community meeting. The PTA and Principal Seidel will be available to answer questions and delve into various topics. Use the following meeting link to join: meet.google.com/rmm-etts-zyd

    Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer Community Rewards   Shop through Amazon Smile and money automatically goes back to our school. It’s easy to sign up online, just select Buckman PTA as your charity. Money also goes back to Buckman with every Fred Meyer purchase when you use their community rewards program. Sign up online and search for Buckman Elementary PTA #94565.

    Let’s Reach 100 Members! Currently, PTA membership at Buckman is hovering around 50 members. Can you help us get to 100 or more? It’s easy to become a member; sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school at the state and national level. Membership is $12/person or $20/household and helps support many of the programs, events, and school-related items that we fund at Buckman.




    Hygiene supply donations needed!   SUN is collecting donations of toilet paper, soap, paper towels, laundry detergent, kleenex, diapers/pull-ups, and cleaning supplies. Drop items off on Mondays and Wednesdays between 3 and 5pm at the upper playground, or contact Katie to arrange an alternate drop-off time or location. 

    New term of SUN clubs is coming!   Register your student here for virtual clubs running February 1 - March 19. See below for new club descriptions in addition to ongoing Newspaper and Tae Kwon Do clubs: 

    Monday, 3-4pm, grades 3-5, Reach for the Stars. Join us for a virtual trip through space as we learn about the planets in our solar system, stars, and galaxies. Who knows- maybe we'll even discover some alien life!

    Wednesday, 3-4pm, grades 1-5, Create Your Own Fairytale with Northwest Children's Theater (fee-based class). Our experienced Teaching Artists will create an engaging, interactive online class where students can make and perform their own fairy tale story! Based on the innovative online theater classes NWCT provided since the stay-at-home order, this class will provide your students an exciting way to connect with their school peers and have fun developing their drama skills all while being safe and socially distant! 

    Thursday, 3-4pm, grades K-2, Writing Art. With fun writing prompts and ideas, we'll read fun stories and write our own stories, poems, and do other writing activities. We'll also draw pictures and illustrations to match our stories. Theater Club with Northwest Children's Theater, Newspaper Club with Ms. Katie and Ms. Jess, and Tae Kwon Do! 

    Become a Girls on the Run Coach!   Buckman will soon have its very own Girls on the Run program, and we need one more coach to make it happen! Coaches will need to attend all practices, which will be on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30-5pm at Buckman field, from April 12-June 5. Practices will be socially distanced and can adjust to going virtually at any point depending on the current status of COVID-19. Contact Katie if you're interested in becoming a coach for the team!

    Multnomah County Eviction Moratorium Extended   Multnomah County has extended the eviction moratorium until July 2, 2021. Tenants will have 6 months to pay back rent. If you owe rent, make sure you complete and submit a hardship declaration form to your landlord ASAP. More details here.  

    Family Equity Team  Are you a parent or caregiver of color? Do you want to be in community with other parents and caregivers of color at Buckman? Would you like to help influence what equitable practice looks like at Buckman? Join the Family Equity Team! Reach out to Katie (kolson@impactnw.org) or Teresa (tseidel@pps.net) to get connected. 

    The Buckman Newspaper is back!   Find published content by third, fourth, and fifth grade SUN students here. Check back weekly to see the latest!  

    Resource Assistance and Support    New to Buckman or seeking basic resource support? Buckman SUN can help! Please complete this survey or reach out to Katie, Buckman SUN Site Manager, at kolson@impactnw.org or 503-858-0230.  

    Support SUN    Wondering how you can help support the SUN program and Buckman families? Buckman SUN is always seeking donations to assist our families in need. You can make donations here (be sure to write "Buckman SUN" in the special program of support field), or purchase Scrip from PTA. 




    January Meal Services

    Due to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day falling on a meal service day, the Nutrition Services department will be providing extra meals on Friday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 20 in order to continue to cover meals for all 7 days. On Friday, January 29 (a teacher planning day), meal services will continue as scheduled.

    For PPS families not near a meal pickup location or who need assistance accessing meals and would like to request home meal delivery, please contact nutritionservices@pps.net with:

    • Family name
    • Address (where meals should be delivered)
    • Contact phone number
    • Number of children in the household
    • School(s) attended

    Requests submitted by end of day Monday, will begin receiving meal deliveries on the following Monday. For cancellations, changes or updates, please contact nutritionservices@pps.net. Please feel free to visit our website or contact us at nutritionservices@pps.net with any questions.

    Food and Nutrition Benefits through Federal Relief

    The federal economic relief package passed late last month included a temporary increase of approximately 15% in SNAP benefits. These benefits are planned to be distributed this month in Oregon. To see the details please read this news release.

    SNAP Emergency Allotments will continue for January as well, meaning families will still receive their maximum household allotment of SNAP benefits. Please see these FAQs for more information.

    Information from the Multnomah County Library:

    • Sign up for our Family Newsletter in English or  Spanish.
    • We also have online content, like Storytimes in multiple languages for younger kids, and our Books We Love series for older ones in English and Spanish.
    • We are trying to offer lots of online events, and have lots more coming for school-aged kids soon, like a weekly Tween Club that will have a Graphic Novel Book Group, Minecraft Challenges, D&D and Science!
    • Just a reminder that we have services including curbside service, as well as lots of ebooks.

    Student Success at Home – Free Program through Friendly House

    Thanks to a generous grant from Oregon Health Authority, Friendly House is developing a pilot program to offer free support to students and families and improve their experience. Student Success at Home aims to alleviate and elevate by providing resources, technical and academic support, and social interaction so students can stay engaged and families can feel equipped and capable.

    You do not need to be enrolled with Friendly House After School to benefit from this program. Interested families can complete a one-time questionnaire at FriendlyHouseInc.org to help us understand your specific needs and tailor our support. If internet connectivity or other technical issues are a barrier to completing the form easily, call Chris at (503)935-5269 Ext 106. 

    Bridge Over Troubled Water: A Tribute to the Life & Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

    Monday, January 18, 2021, 12-5 p.m.

    Worlds Arts Foundation Inc. presents this retrospective program that draws from the organization's legacy hosting a community event honoring Dr. King's work. Their events have connected local performing artists and community leaders to underserved communities of color since 1978. This year's program film features performing artists, activists, public officials, businesses, choirs, and youth who have participated in this event over the years. Through a combination of archival footage and contemporary interviews, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" draws inspiration from Dr. King's mission to ensure peace, social justice, civil rights, and human dignity for all.

    Streaming on: www.worldartsfoundation.org, Open Signal, KBOO 90.7 FM, XRAY 107.1 FM, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch.

    K-12 Educator Opportunity: “Picture a Scientist” Discussion  

    The Science Leadership Network, hosted by the Multnomah Education Service District (MESD), is offering a free viewing opportunity and synchronous discussion of the documentary "Picture a Scientist" on Feb. 22 from 3-4 pm. Click here for more information and to register.






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