• Buckman News


    Coming Soon At Buckman!         

    May 20-May 24 

    Volunteer Appreciation Event: Tues. May 21 3:15

    May 27-May 31

    SCHOOL CLOSED, Memorial Day: Monday, May 27 

    June 3- June 7 

    Field Day: Tues. June 4 

    June 10-June 12

    End of School Picnic: Wed. June 12
    Last Day of School: Wed. June 12 

    End Of The School Year Change:

    The last day of school is now June 12, due to snow days and a teacher "Day of Action". Please read the link below to see more information about the added days. 

    2019-2020 New Kindergarten Families, Register NOW! 

    It's time to register your new kindergarteners! 
    If you are a Buckman neighborhood family, and have a kindergarten age child, (five years old by 9/1/2019), or have secured a spot through the PPS Lottery, come to the Buckman Office to pick up a registration packet.

    Time to think about Class Supply Lists for the 2019-2020 School Year! 

    School House Supply offers an opportunity to our Buckman families to order Class Supplies through them. They deliver the order to Buckman before school begins in August. They have generated a generic list for each grade based on the more complete lists you will receive with your class assignment in August. Check their website here if you're interested. Please note that they have a deadline for the opportunity to order. 

    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 





    Last PTA Coffee Chat of the Year! - Friday, May 17, 8:45-9:30am, Buckman Library

    Stop by the library after drop-off on Friday, May 17 to join the last PTA Coffee Chat of this school year. Coffee Chats provide an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about what's going on at Buckman. Ms. Kosmala will be on hand to answer questions, and we will wrap up promptly by 9:30.

    Buckman Auction, THIS Saturday

    We are delighted that so many have snagged their tickets to Buckman’s “Wild at Art” auction, happening THIS SATURDAY at 6pm at The Hinson. There are still a few tickets left and it’s not too late to snag a seat!  As a reminder, teachers and staff attend the auction free of charge, so grab your spots and get ready for a great event!

    On Saturday, the Buckman community will have the chance to restore a critical Education Assistant position our school is slotted to lose next year due to budget cuts. Principal Kosmala’s vision includes hiring one (possibly two!) new support staff who can work with students on academic goals as well as problem-solving and emotional regulation skills. The auction gives us the opportunity to support students and staff by securing this crucial role for next year; it’s time to rally together at Buckman’s biggest fundraiser of the year!

    Want a sneak peek of some of the offerings at the big event? Peruse items online ahead of time and prepare your bids! Check back often, as more items are being added daily. See you Saturday!

    Great News for the Playground! 

    The Playground Committee is thrilled to announce that we raised $30K to receive the full $30K matching donation announced in the Fall! That leaves us with just $35K to reach our $95K goal. The $60K that we have covers the cost of the boring stuff (planning, permits, excavation, drainage, engineering, contractor's fees, etc.) plus non-toxic, accessible turf. This last push will pay for the fun stuff--logs, boulders, willow huts, trees, a stage, etc. 

    How can you help? You and your kids can join us on May 4 from 10 am-noon to go door-to-door to invite Buckman neighbors to support the playground. It’s a great way to get to know our Buckman neighbors and inform them about the importance of our project. Look for the Konstella sign up to RSVP.  

    Can’t join us on May 4th? Pick up flyers in the office to share with neighbors or friends who might be interested in supporting nature-play at Buckman!  


    Nominations are Open for the Buckman PTA Board!

    Buckman PTA Board members are nearing the end of our 2 year term. That means opportunities are opening up for other parents to step in and lead this important part of the Buckman community. Serving on the PTA Board is a chance to truly have an impact on our school, and you won't be doing it alone. If you've never held a position like this before, that's okay! Our current Board learned the ropes together and we expect the next Board will as well. If you'd like to serve on the Board, or if you'd simply like more information about what's entailed in holding one of these positions, feel free to reach out to us in person or on Konstella, or send an email to pta@buckmanelementary.org. If you do want to find us, just a reminder that the current board is: 

    Co-Presidents: Malena Slettom & Charmian Creagle
    VP: Amanda Basom
    Secretary: Patricia Patyrak
    Treasurer: Andrea Manning

    We've also put together a general outline describing the time commitment and what exactly we do. Check it out here!


    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.  


    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



    Volunteer Appreciation! ​Tues​day, May ​21​, ​3​​:15p​m, ​Cafetorium​

    The school year is coming to an end and before we head off for summer, we'd like to say thanks to all our hard-working volunteers who make Buckman such a special place. Thank you for all that you do! If you've volunteered in a classroom, the library, helped make PTA or Foundation events such a success, etc., please join us in the cafeteria on May 21 at 3:15pm for a special performance by the chorus.​ If you've volunteered this year, we hope to see you there!​


    We Want to Know How You Get to School!

    Twice a year, Safe Routes to School sends surveys home to families at 65 Portland schools to ask about travel to school, barriers to walking and biking, and how schools are supporting active transportation. You can complete the survey that was mailed, or you can complete the same survey online at saferoutesportland.org/survey.

    Please note: If you received a paper copy of the
    survey in the mail, it has been color-coded to
    indicate the distance from your address to your
    student's school. Please do not photocopy or
    share with another family.
    yellow = 0-0.5 mile from home to school
    pink = 0.6-1 mile from home to school
    green = 1-2 miles from home to school
    blue = greater than 2 miles from home to school

    The deadline for the paper survey is June 8th , and the deadline for the online survey is June 15th. If you have any questions, please call 503-823-1171 or email saferoutes@portlandoregon.gov

    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  


    Agency Survey for Impact NW/SUN Services

    How do you feel about SUN and the services we as a community school are able to provide? Impact NW wants to know! Client Participant Surveys will be available at the SUN Kiosk in English, Spanish and Russian. These surveys are anonymous and confidential. We will provide envelopes so that you can seal your survey when you return it to SUN (either drop it off in room 108 or in our mailbox.) Thank you for your time and feedback!

    Summer Planning

    SUN Camp Registration is still available! Registration will be completed on Active Network, the SUN online registration platform. More information is available on Konstella, but here is a link to access online registration.

    Backpacks Needed

    SUN is able to provide families with weekend food backpacks through our amazing food pantry program. We are in need of backpacks! Please drop off unwanted and/or gently used backpacks to room 108.

    Changes for Next Year

    We understand that change is never easy. We appreciate everyone’s patience this year as the SUN program has focused on making intentional changes in order to better serve our community! After careful consideration, we have made the decision to not enroll Kindergartners into SUN Extended Day Programs until the spring term of the academic school year. Attending SUN programs makes the days that much longer. Students come to programs hungry, tired and ready to get some much needed R&R! We’ve found that due to those factors, along with the various transitions and many expectations, SUN programs have not felt safe or supportive for our Kindergartners. Safety is our number one priority and we feel that by the time spring term rolls around, kinders will be much more set up for success. If you have questions, comments and/or concerns, please reach out to Becca.

    Happening In Our Community…

    Join the Urban League (10 N Russell St) on June 1 from 11am-3pm to kick off summer at their resource fair! 

    The Urban League of Portland is one of the oldest African American service, civil rights and advocacy organizations in the area. The Urban League of Portland’s mission is to empower African Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life. Their programs include a distinctive blend of direct services, organizing, outreach, and advocacy. They offer workforce services, community health services, summer youth programming, senior services, meaningful civic engagement opportunities, and powerful advocacy.

    Buckman SUN Community Gardening Programming Survey

    Are you interested in gardening? SUN wants to hear from you! Please complete this brief survey to help us plan our community gardening efforts.


    SUN Yoga

    We are in full motion will SUN Yoga classes! Classes are held in the dance studio every Friday from 4:45-5:45pm. Registration forms are available in the SUN Kiosk and on Konstella. 

    Food Pantry

    This support allows parents/caregivers to choose appropriate foods for their family’s needs once a week. If you are interested in signing up to access our food pantry, please contact Becca.

    Weekly Food Drive

    Each week, a designated class will be assigned various categories of pantry items to donate to the SUN Food Pantry. More information will be found on Konstella. Below are the following classes for the month of May.

    May 13-17: Rockness

    Last Names A-M: Pasta

    Last Names N-Z: Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon etc.)

    May 20-24: Patterson

    Last Names A-M: Butters (almond, peanut, cashew, sunflower etc.)

    Last Names N-Z: Cereal

    May 27-31: Danielson

    Last Names A-M: Non-food items (such as paper towels, toilet paper, toothpaste etc.)

    Last Names N-Z: Spices (salt, pepper etc.) and Cooking Oils (olive, canola, vegetable etc.)


    Champions Open House

    On Friday April 26 from 5-6pm, during Champions program, we will be having a Champions Open House. We want this to be available for anyone who would like to come learn about the program, meet our teachers, and do fun activities with their families and other Champions kids.

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