• 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

    Friday, January 8, 2021

    Hello Buckman Bears,

    Like many of you, I am saddened by what happened at our Nation’s capital on Wednesday. It was a disgrace to our democracy and upsetting on so many levels. I am humbled by all of the Buckman staff and students who used the following days as a teaching/listening/educating/comforting in our classrooms. Thank you for the courageous conversations. 

    If like me, you are looking for ways to talk to your own children about the breach at the capitol, please check out this article. The author reminds me that despite it all, at least we have the children. Some of your students also watched this in class: A read aloud on youtube: The Breaking News

    Attention all K-2 SpEd and ELD students - Buckman has received a shipment of brand new Acer touchscreen chromebooks. Here are the instructions on how to pick yours up. Please note, only 1 device may be issued per student so if you currently have a PPS device, it must be brought in for exchange of a new one.

    ·       Who: Families of k-2, SpEd and ELD students

    ·       Where: the front main entrance of Buckman (320 NE 16th Ave)

    ·       When: Monday and Wednesday, January 11th or 13th from noon-4:30pm

    ·       What: Bring your old PPS issued chromebook AND charger to exchange for a new touchscreen chromebook.

          Option: you can email brudolph@pps.net to set up an appointment if the times above don’t work for you

    COVID-19 reporting: PPS has a new protocol requiring that a school building administrator and/ or school nurse track and document any student or family cases of COVID-19 to ensure that precautionary steps can be taken to reduce the spread of communicable disease. All reports will remain confidential.

    Welcome back Mr. Darby! PPS has restored the Therapeutic Intervention Coach positions to all SES (Social Emotional Skills) classrooms. We have two such incredible classrooms and are thrilled that former staffer, current Buckman parent, will be supporting those classrooms. If you see him in Seesaw or in your google meets, please give him a big Buckman wave! 



    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 

    ·       1/14 6pm: Race Talks: Code Switching. Click here for the zoom meeting link.  

    ·       1/18  No School, MLK Holiday

    ·       1/19 6-7:30 pm PTA meeting, Buckman principal chat: google meet link here

    ·       1/28 End of 2nd Quarter

    • 1/29 No school, Teacher Planning Day


    Closed Captions:  Did you know nearly all students who use closed captions find them at least moderately helpful for learning. Specific ways in which closed captions can aid learning during CDL include comprehension, accuracy, engagement, and retention.  Students, staff and families who are deaf or hard of hearing often rely significantly on closed captioning to access content. Here is a guide on adding captions to your Zoom meetings and events.  Google meets also allows captions to be turned on by simply hitting "Turn on Captions" at the bottom of your meeting screen.  



    Happy New Year from the Buckman Foundation! We hope you had a restful and delightful break. Our Year-End Ask Campaign concluded on December 31st. We’re still crunching the final numbers and can’t wait to share them with you next week. What we already know is that this campaign exceeded our expectations; within the first two weeks, we had smashed our campaign goal of 50 donors! We can’t thank our community enough for continuing to support Buckman staff and students!




    The Green Team is still collecting nonworking strings of holiday lights and #6 styrofoam THROUGH JANUARY 13th. This is a terrific opportunity to clean out those non-working light strings and your hard-to-recycle styrofoam collection, help Buckman, and support a cleaner environment —a triple win! 


    How do you know if it is #6 Styrofoam?

    ·  If it is stamped with a 6 in a recycling triangle (items marked #4 or #7 can’t be recycled at this time)

    ·  If it is white and when you break it those annoying little balls get everywhere

    ·  IT IS NOT #6 Styrofoam if it pops back into shape when you squeeze it. 


    Drop off at Buckman, Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00 - 5:00pm on the upper playground during book bag distribution. (All dates are dependent on book bag distribution and COVID restrictions.) Please wear masks and maintain 6 feet distance during drop offs




    ·  Book eFair Order Pick Up during Book Bag exchange times (M&W 3-5pm, doors on upper playground)

    ·  January Reading Calendars

    ·  3-5th grade virtual author visit with NYT bestselling author ALAN GRATZ. Known for his riveting-chapter-cliff-hangers-cannot-put-down historical fiction for middle grade, Gratz is releasing his newest novel Ground Zero in early February. The visit will be on February 10th at 10:30am at this Crowdcast link.


    His impactful novel Refugee is an Oregon Battle of the Books title this year, and available on EPIC as an audio book (Ms. Rudnick's class code is czs3110). 


    As always, our quality authors are brought to us by Green Bean Books at no charge in exchange for supporting a local independent teacher supported bookstore. If you would like to purchase a copy for our library or yourself, please see this order form


    Students are encouraged to ask the author questions through this FlipGrid.




    PTA & Buckman Community Meeting   Join us Tuesday, January 19th at 6pm for a combined PTA/Buckman community meeting. We will take care of PTA business, then discuss SE redistricting and online special education with Ms. Seidel. We will also be present to answer any of your questions. Use the following meeting link: 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.

    Not a Member Yet? It’s easy; just sign up online! Being a member strengthens our voice as advocates for our students and our school. Membership is $12/person or $20/household.




    Race Talks: Please join us at our next Race Talks on Thursday, January 14th at 6pm. We invite families to engage in a dialogue about code switching, hosted by our very own Family Equity Team. Click HERE for the Zoom link to join. **All Buckman families are welcome to attend.** 

    SUN clubs are back  SUN clubs have returned! We are looking forward to virtually seeing your students after school this week! Quarter 3 registration will open soon - keep your eyes out for an announcement! 

    Multnomah County Eviction Moratorium Extended   Has your family lost wages due to the pandemic? Have you had trouble paying rent? Please check out the Multnomah County COVID-19 Rent Relief Fund Program here: https://www.211info.org/multco-rent 

    New Statewide Eviction Moratorium

    There is a new statewide eviction moratorium that will last until June 30, 2021. This means that, with limited exceptions, landlords cannot evict renters for nonpayment or without cause until July of 2021. But you must take action now if you want to take advantage of future rent relief that your landlord can access. Please turn in the Tenant's Declaration to your Landlord under HB 4401 (Unable to pay rent due to Coronavirus factors) right away!

    For a copy of the declaration to sign and send to your landlord, click here: oregonlawhelp.org

    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. 




    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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