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    November 21 - 25, 2022
    December 19 - January 2
    Students return to school from the winter break on January 3, 2023

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    November 18, 2022

    Hello Buckman Families,

    I hope you are well and excited for Conferences on Monday or Tuesday, and our upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. In the spirit of giving thanks, I am very grateful for our awesome Buckman community, students, staff, and families. This is a wonderful school, and you all make it so!

    Please help me say a special Thank you to our long term Visual Arts Substitute Ms. Kari Rittenour. Thank you for your strong visual arts curriculum and art expertise. It takes a village, and you will always be a part of ours.

    With enthusiasm, we are thrilled to have Ms. Nicole Penoncello resume her Buckman teaching on Monday, November 28th.

    Our second Buckman 2022 Assembly was a show stopper! Ms. Jess and Mr. Darby reviewed excellent audience behaviors, and as a school we practiced and practiced. By the end of the assembly, most students were able stay quiet and attentive (voices off and quiet hands) in only two seconds! The improvement and desire to do their Buckman best was very evident and appreciated. Our competition, organized by Coach E., was between three student-teacher teams; to win, you had to make the highest tower with plastic cups in one minute. Competition was fierce, and ALL teams got rousing audience support. In the end, by six inches, Ms. Jensen’s team took the First Place Prize!

    Congratulations, great fun, work and sportsmanship by all!

    On a serious note, this excellent practice is exactly what is needed at all our school assemblies and also public performances. As students represent us in the community, our Buckman reputation depends on consistent polite and respectful behavior while enjoying the event.

    We are looking forward to seeing you at Conferences on Monday and Tuesday as we value the time for you to connect with your children’s teacher(s).

    We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving, and a lovely holiday!

    Enjoy and if you are traveling, Be safe!

    Best regards,


    Parent /Teacher Conferences 

    Monday, November 21-Tuesday, November 22

    Look for a confirmation email from Myconferencetime with the appointment date & time and if requested the link for the Google meeting. You will also get a reminder two days in advance. If you need any help, contact sbruner@pps.net


    Please check the growing mountain of items in our lost and found when you're here for conferences! You can't miss it when you come in the front entryway.

    All items that are unclaimed and don't have names on them will be donated to the PTA Clothing Closet at the start of winter break.


    Celebrate the kickoff of our Year-End Ask campaign on Tuesday, November 29 — also known as #GivingTuesday! We’ll be at the main entrance for school drop-off with apparel sales and warm beverages from 8:20-9:00am. Buy a beanie, add on a gift to the Foundation, and watch our Year-End-Ask-O-Meter grow. Our goal is to reach 75 gifts to unlock the funds pledged by our Challenge Match Sponsors. Any gift - be $1, $10, or $100 - gets us closer to our goal!

    Do you support more staffing in public schools? Do you think PPS is chronically underfunded? The foundation model used by many schools in our district is jeopardy, as the PPS School Board weighs on their decision of whether or not abolish school foundations altogether. We know the model is imperfect, and we also know that PPS does not currently have the funds to meeting current staffing needs. We also know that now is not the time for PPS to make this decision, without hearing the insight and voices of our community. If you have anything you would like to share about your experience with school foundations, please send an email to foundation@buckmanelementary.org. We welcome all perspectives about this district-wide decision! Look for more communications from us about the future of PPS foundations in the coming weeks.


    Thank you to everyone who headed to Buckman parent-owned Gado Gado for the October Dines Out. We made over $500 in support of the Buckman Foundation! Let's keep the momentum going by planning to grab a bit at Mississippi Pizza on December 13, any time 11am - 11pm for our final Dines Out of 2022. As always, proceeds from your purchase will benefit the Foundation.


    Buckman Library Catalog K-5 Monthly Reading Challenge

    • Sign up to bring snacks for conferences. Let's show our teachers and staff appreciation with some goodies for them to enjoy during conferences on Monday and Tuesday. You can sign up here.
    • Don't forget to get your PTA membership. If you have not yet purchased a PTA membership, please consider doing so - memberships are only $12.00 ($9.50+ $2.50 membership fee), so that you can also vote at PTA meetings. Oregon PTA requires schools to have a certain number of paid memberships in order to maintain benefits under Oregon PTA and continue as a distinct nonprofit organization.
    • We need room leads! We still need classroom leads for the following teachers: Page, Kelly and Christy! Please join the "Room Leads" committee in Konstella and sign yourself up - first come, first served (but there's always a job to help with!). If you have schedule flexibility and want to help in-person or virtually, this is the job for you! Questions? Reach out to your teacher or PTA.
    • Sign up for Yearbook committee! We are in need 2-4 more yearbook committee members to pull together the 2022 - 2023 yearbook. Duties include researching companies and getting bids, taking or collecting photographs, designing art, and coordinating printing and distribution. If you are interested, sign up for the committee on Konstella or email pta@buckmanelementary.org.
    • Does your place of employment offer a company match? If so, your donation to Buckman could be doubled! Just imagine what those extra philanthropic funds could do for our school. As a non-profit organization, Buckman PTA can print you a receipt for you to submit to your workplace. Your benefits or Human Resources office would likely be able to let you know if your workplace offers a company match program.

    • Sign your 4th or 5th grader up for GoldenBall! We have a coach ready for a coed team. Space is limited so sign up early. Registration form attached.
    • It's not too late to sign up to request support from SUN for the winter season. If you'd like to request anything for your kiddo(s), please complete this form by Tuesday, November 22nd. If you're interested in helping to fulfill requests, sign up on the link here!
    • SAVE THE DATE! We will be hosting a lotería night (Mexican bingo) on Jan 10th at 6pm inthe cafetorium. We will have food and prizes for winners. All are welcome, we hope to see you and your student(s) there!
    • SUN needs snacks! If you'd like to donate any shelf-stable, individually packaged snacks, please drop them off in the front office labeled "SUN" or coordinate a drop-off with Katie.



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    Buckman Registration Information

    If you have a child to register at Buckman, you will find all registration information on the Portland Public School Enrollment and Transfer website. PPS Enrollment and Transfer.


    Buckman Information:

    School Hours:

    First Bell: 8:35 (All students enter at the front of the building.)

    Tardy Bell: 8:45

    All School Release Time: 3:00

    If your child arrives at school after the Late Bell at 8:45, please go to the front doors of the school on SE 16 and ring the doorbell to the left of the front doors. It will ring in the office, and the door will be unlocked for them to enter the building. They will need to come to the office to sign in so that they are not marked absent for the day.


    Lunch Schedule

    1st Lunch: K and 1st Grade - 11:10 - 11:30

    2nd Lunch: 2nd and 3rd Grade - 11:35 - 11:55

    3rd Lunch: 4th and 5th Grade - 12:00 - 12:20



    Parking Around Buckman

    Please be aware that the entire block on the south side of Pine St. from 16th to 18th is a Bus Zone. There is no parking anywhere on that block.

    Please be respectful of our neighbors and do not park in driveways.

    If you have other people picking up your child, make sure they are aware of the parking regulations.


    Here Is A Helpful Guide to Your Student Health Questions 

    When to Keep your Student Home?




    Buckman School Neighborhood Bus Route: #246

    If you are expecting to ride the bus, please let the office know. 

    Neighborhood Bus Stop Locations and Times

    AM Pick Up

    (1) NE 6TH AV @ NE CLACKAMAS ST [SE]         8:14 am

    (2) 1557 NE WEIDLER ST [S]                           8:17 am 

    (3) NE 21ST AV @ NE CLACKAMAS ST [NW]      8:19 am

    (4) NE 30TH AV @ NE OREGON ST [NW] 306     8:24 am


    PM Drop Off

    (1) NE 30TH AV @ NE OREGON ST [NW]           3:09 pm 

    (2) NE CLACKAMAS ST @ NE 21ST AV [NE]       3:15 pm 

    (3) 1557 NE WEIDLER ST [S]                           3:17 pm 

    (4) NE 6TH AV @ NE CLACKAMAS ST [NW]        3:21 pm



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