• Looking Ahead:

    Register your students for the 2020-2021 School Year 

    Instructions for PPS Enrollment Online:

    1. Gather the following documents for your child:
    1. Birth Certificate or Passport - used for birthdate verification
    1. Proof of Address, Two Documents - Examples include utility bill, cell phone bill, rental agreement, bank statement insurance statement, or mortgage closing papers. All must be recent and have the parent or guardian’s name listed.
    1. Complete the following form for your child:
    1. Oregon Certification of Immunization
    1. Create an Online Registration account and submit your registration:
    1. Go to Online Registration site
    1. Click Activate Account/Reset Password
    1. Click Create a New Account
    1. Read the Privacy Statement and if you agree, click I Accept
    1. Enter your account information and click Continue to Step 3
    1. Refer to the confirmation email you should have received and follow the next steps

    If you have technical difficulites, accessing Online Registration, please email support@pps.net.


    Here is a video from our Principal, Teresa Seidel, with welcoming words and a brief tour! 



    PPS District page for all COVID 19 related resources.



    Buckman Supply List Opportunity

    Every year, School House Supplies offers our families the opportunity to purchase you classroom supplies through them. Attached in the poster with information.  School House Supplies


    Hello Buckman Bears

    Thursday, June 11, 2020

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    We did it, we made it through another school year, and despite everything, it was an absolute pleasure and privilege to do it alongside all of you. If you didn’t come by this week to pick up your student belongings, we will have one final pickup time on Monday from 3-6pm.

    June is Pride month, and check out this article to read more about how LGBTQ communities are elevating black voices. 

    Staffing update: I have received our initial staffing for 20-21, and as expected, we will be facing some cuts next year. The district did not make these cuts lightly and did their best to preserve programs in the most underserved communities. I will update the community later in the summer once I have our final numbers.

    Special thanks to our PTA and foundation, who went above and beyond to provide whatever was necessary to add to our students’ school experience. We simply couldn’t do any of this without you. 

    The school and virtual learning experiences could not occur without the endless energy, skills and devotion of the Buckman staff. Thanks and bravo  to an incredible group of professionals. I could not ask for a more committed and compassionate group of educators. You’re the best! 

    A final word to our students: Thank you for all your hard work throughout the school year. I am so proud of you for all your accomplishments and how you flexed, adjusted, and taught us how to move towards distance learning. I am grateful for your joy, insights and amazing talents. I love that we learn from you and that you make us better at what we do :) 

    To the families and staff leaving our school, we want to wish you the best in your new communities. And to everyone else, I wish you a delightful summer filled with wonder, love, and laughter. 

    With gratitude, 




    Last call, if you are interested in joining the summer book club for parents using the book Me and White Supremacy written by Layla Saad,  please sign-up hereMultnomah County library is currently offering both the audio and e-book version of this book, as well as other anti-racists books. 



    Buckman families, we want to thank you for welcoming us as your new PTA board this year, as well as for providing immeasurable support to us, the teachers, and staff. It takes a village to do this work and there are so many of you who have put in a lot of volunteer hours and tangible donations. We are grateful to be a part of this community. 

    We wish you all a wonderful summer. Stay healthy, stay strong, stay committed; persist! 

    Bottledrop Bags   Need a bag? Contact Amanda for a bag drop off or send a Konstella message to Buckman PTA. 

    Amazon Smile   You can now support Buckman PTA through the Amazon shopping app on your iOS and Android phones! It’s simple – just open the app, go to the main menu and tap “Settings”, then tap “AmazonSmile” and follow the instructions to complete the process. A percentage of your purchase goes directly to Buckman. 

    Fred Meyer Rewards   While you’re shopping at Fred Meyer this summer, don’t forget to list Buckman as your charitable recipient. Sign up online and search for Buckman Elementary PTA #94565.

    SUN Donations   This summer, please send donation checks directly to Katie Olson at Impact Northwest, PO Box 33530, Portland, Oregon 97292—or donate online on Impact NW’s website. Be sure include “For Buckman Elementary” on the check memo line (or in the information box) so donations go to Buckman families in need.



    Thanks again for the incredible show of support from the members of the Buckman community at our first-ever online auction! We are delighted to share that not only did we exceed our goal of $40,000, but we ultimately reached an astounding $50,000! THANK YOU for supporting arts and literacy education at Buckman! In these turbulent times, we are so grateful to feel the strength and determination of our community to ensure solid staffing for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Thank you to the Buckman community for your support in this challenging 2019-2020 school year. Wishing you all a wonderful summer!



    Summer SUN!   Wondering how to keep your children engaged over the summer when schools are closed? Buckman SUN is going virtual! This is still new for all of us, but we're excited to play games, learn some sweet dance moves, draw, and connect together online. 

    We invite students to join us for SUNrise camps with themes that change every week from 10-11am Monday-Thursday, and for afternoon "Snack & Stretch & Sketch" sessions, from 1:30-2:30pm Monday-Thursdays. We will also continue the "Try Try Try" and the relaxation drawing groups that have already been going. Everything will begin (or pick back up) June 15th and are open to "almost" 1st-5th graders. More details to come soon, but mark your calendars now! We look forward to seeing you (online) soon. Email Katie with any questions.  

    Support Services and Assistance   Katie is available to support you over the summer with resources related to basic needs, including rent deferment, energy assistance, physical/mental health, and food security, as well as books and art supplies. Please reach out directly to her (503-858-0230) if you would like support finding resources or need assistance.  



    The Multnomah County Library Summer Reading Program is up and running! All PPS students are registered. Please see this slideshow for more information! (Also posted in SeeSaw and Google Classroom this past Monday, June 1st.)



    Click here for Multnomah County Health Center summer information.



    Due to COVID-19 state guidance for licensed childcare programs and health concerns, PPS will not be hosting summer childcare programs in our buildings. The exception is the Emergency Child Care program at Capitol Hill operated by Champions. Families can access the latest information about available child care slots by contacting 211info or visiting the PPS COVID resources page, and selecting the child care tab. 



    Nutrition Services will be extending current meal services into the summer, June 11th through August 21st at all locations except Rigler and Harrison Park due to extensive construction projects.  Faubion will start Monday, June 15.  

    Breakfast and lunch will continue to be free for all PPS students and all children in the community ages 1-18 years, Monday through Thursday from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Meals for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are provided on Thursdays. Children do not need to be present to pick up the meals.  

    Pantry services in partnership with Oregon Food Bank and SUN will also continue into the summer, along with the food boxes with Pacific Coast Fruit Company. 

    PPS also is partnering again with Portland Parks & Recreation to provide meals at 13 additional parks throughout the city starting June 22. See PPS and Parks meal sites and times



    3 weeks of fun for current K-5th grade students!

    ·         Students will EXPLORE, IMAGINE and CREATE an awesome project of your choice each week 

    ·         Create with items from in and around their home

    ·         Submit a photo or video of their weekly project to be showcased on our PPS summer gallery website 

    Photo or video project entries qualify students for a RAFFLE with great prizes...books, restaurant, take-out gift cards, OMSI family passes and more! 

    For more information & to register visit, bit.ly/PPS_Summer_2020



    Register for Kindergarten Online!

    Click here to access this information translated into the 5 supported languages. 

    Paper registration packets will be available in multiple languages at meal sites starting Wednesday, May 27th 

    Food Assistance

    As our community deals with fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, we want to make Portland Public Schools families aware of a state benefit to help pay for food. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, or P-EBT, is available to help families offset the cost of meals that would have been consumed at school. It is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services.

    The P-EBT benefit is available to families with a student who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals and any student enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. For those families:

    ·         Households who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Association Program (SNAP), which offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families, will have benefits automatically deposited to their existing EBT accounts. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.  

    ·         Households who currently qualify for free or reduced-price meals or attend a CEP school will receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail along with instructions on how to activate or refuse benefits. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.

    For families not currently eligible and seeking benefits:

    ·         Households financially impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for SNAP. See the program’s website to learn more.

    ·         Families who have experienced income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online at pps.net/nutrition.

    For assistance with submitting a meal application, please contact the PPS Meal Benefits Office: mealbenefits@pps.net or 503-916-3402. 

    For Pandemic-EBT questions, please contact the Oregon Department of Human Services.


    K-8 Growth and Development Instruction for Spring 2020 

    From Jenny Withycombe, Program Administrator, Health and Physical Education 

    PPS decided not to teach growth and development (comprehensive sexuality education) and/or violence prevention (Erin’s Law) in grades K-8 via Home-Based Distance Learning during the spring of 2020 because of a variety of reasons and challenges.  

    PPS teachers, administrators, counselors, and social workers continue to support students’ safety and are prepared to identify, prevent and intervene if a child or family needs support. In remote learning environments, it may be more difficult to assess safety and detect signs of child abuse. Educators and school personnel are still mandated reporters and the PPS Office of Student Success and Health provides guidance on what to do if a district employee suspects child abuse and/or neglect.

    Like ODE, PPS recognizes the fundamental role that parents, caregivers, and families play in preventing violence and abuse. Distance learning provides a window for dialogue between students and families around: naming important values, identifying emotions, sharing about health and safety, and exploring sexuality-related topics.  ODE has published a guide on Family Engagement during Distance Learning for All that will help to maximize the strengths of the students, families, and learning environments, while also acknowledging the real challenges given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in Oregon.  Families who would like to provide Comprehensive Sexuality Education and/or Violence Prevention lessons at home can access the curricula used in PPS - Rights, Respect, Responsibility (3Rs), developed by Advocates for Youth as well as Fight! Child Abuse developed by the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation.  Please also feel free to check out these resources for parents and caregivers posted by ODE:


    ·         Listen to ODE’s Webinar for parents and caregivers on Erin’s Law during Distance Learning 

    ·         Oregon SATF’s Violence Prevention Resource for Parents (resources and tips for caregivers/parents) 

    ·         Parents for Prevention (lists of topics related to parenting and sexual violence prevention, by age range from PK-12+) 

    ·         Hot Chocolate Talk for Parents (strategies and talking points for child abuse response and risk reduction) 

    ·         County-Specific Support for Violence Prevention 

    Portland Public Schools is looking ahead, and will be working with the Oregon Department of Education on how to best support students during the 2020-2021 school year. 




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