Comb your hair! Picture day is coming…

Now that the school year is under way, of course it’s time for student pictures. Everyone should have received the envelope for payment and package selection from Dorian Studios to order pictures for this year. Please note there was a misprint in the original calendar (found in your student packet) so be sure to have your kid(s) ready for pictures this Tuesday, September 20.

In the evening of September 20, Buckman will host its Open House/Back-to-School night. This is a great chance to get to know your child(ren)’s teacher and hear a little about plans for the school year. This is a kid-free event intended for parents and caregivers of Buckman students.

small-solo-kid-runnerAlso important to remember that Run for the Arts forms will be due September 30. Your child should have received a pledge form from their teacher, but you also have the option of collecting online donations at http://runforthearts.ya-or.org/. Run for the Arts raises funds for lots of supplies and activities, including Boys Dance and Chorus. Volunteers will be needed the day of this fun and exciting event!

While we are on the topic of fundraisers, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the next Buckman Dines Out, happening on September 27 at Lardo (Hawthorne Location). Details coming soon!

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Important Dates for Kindergarten Parents

Hello to all the new kindergartners starting at Buckman this fall! School starts next week, but there are a few things happening before The Big Day to get everyone (including parents!) ready for the start of the school year. As always, it is a good idea to subscribe to the school calendar feed to stay informed about school events (hit “Add” at the bottom of the calendar on this site and select your calendar of choice).

All entering kindergartners should have received notification of their classroom assignment, as well as a designated day/time for a brief assessment. If you have not received this information, be sure to contact the Buckman office as soon as possible. Student meeting times are between Monday and Wednesday of next week!

Don’t miss the Kindergarten Playdate/Meet-Up this Thursday, August 25 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm on the upper playground. This is the chance for kids to familiarize themselves with Buckman and meet other children who will also be entering kindergarten. Fun and informal!

On Tuesday, August 30th, Kindergartners and their families are invited to the Kindergarten Welcome Picnic from 5:30-7:00 on the lower playground. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy getting to know other families. Popsicles will be provided!

And lastly, the official FIRST DAY for incoming kindergartners is Thursday, September 1. After drop-off, parents are invited to join the PTA and school principal for coffee and snacks.

We hope this year is a great one for the newest members of our Buckman family!

 

Back-to-School Info, Welcome New Buckman Families!

We are partway through July… which means the school supplies are on the shelves and back-to-school excitement is already brewing! School starts August 29 for 1-5th graders and September 1 for kindergartners. With that in mind, we thought it would be good to put out a few reminders about upcoming events and provide some information for new Buckman families.

Buckman Events

School events are now being posted to the buckmanelementary.org calendar. An agenda view of upcoming events is visible on the home page of this website, or you can bookmark and access the calendar on the events page for a monthly calendar display. We encourage you to use the calendar add/subscribe link to feed events directly to your personal calendar (Google, etc) and on your mobile devices. If you run into any trouble subscribing, contact admin@buckmanelementary.org for assistance.

Some important events to keep in mind for the start of the year:

August 25 – Kindergarten Playdate, Buckman Upper Playground, 3:30-5:00 pm
August 27 – Buckman Community Care Day, 9:00-2:00 pm
August 29 – First Day for 1-5th graders
August 30 – (tentative) Kindergarten Welcome Picnic, 5:30-7:00 pm
September 1 – Kindergarten Parent Welcome Coffee, after first drop-off, 8:45-9:45 am in the cafeteria
September 2 – SUN Program registration
September 9 – Back-to-School Picnic, 6:00-8:00 pm on the lower playground

Resources for New Families!

If you haven’t already checked out the parent-run Facebook page, you can visit it here for regular postings of Buckman happenings. The Buckman PPS website also publishes regular information at both a district-wide and school-specific level, including the weekly Buckman newsletter. Once school begins, you will also receive the newsletter in your inbox.

There are lots of ways to get involved in the Buckman community. This website details some of the parent-run organizations that provide volunteer opportunities. Read up on the Buckman PTA and the Buckman Foundation for information on what each organization does; our fundraising page details how the two organizations differ.  You can also check out specifics regarding Buckman’s biggest school events: the Buckman Art Show and Sell (usually takes place in March) and the Buckman Auction (often occurs in April). If you have questions about how you can get involved with either school organization, don’t hesitate to send an email to pta@buckmanelementary.org or foundation@buckmanelementary.org. Buckman loves volunteers!

If you haven’t already purchased school supplies, you should have received a supply list with your child(ren)’s teacher assignment. An easy option for many people is to order through Schoolhouse Supplies. The Buckman list has recently been posted; you can head to the online ordering page and select Buckman Elementary. Take note of the school code to be sure you get the right supply lists.

We hope some of this information has been helpful as we look forward to the 2016-2017 school year. Stay tuned for further updates as we get closer to the start of school!

End-of-Year Picnic and Green Dragon Fundraiser

Two fun events are happening right around the corner!

Students, parents, friends, and family are invited to celebrate the final days of the school year by attending the annual End-of-Year Picnic! Join the Buckman crew for music, arts and crafts, food (or bring your own!), and acrobatics! The fun starts at 5:30 on Friday, June 3rd.

Green Dragon is hosting a funrdaiser – Crafts and Drafts – to repair and repaint a recently damaged. They have been great supporters of Buckman in the past, and this is a great way to show them our appreciation. Show up on June 11 at 11:00 am to help out!

Buckman Library Fundraiser

First, have you seen the incredible website Mr. Rudnick, Buckman’s Library Media Specialist, has put together? Visit the site to see all the happenings going on in the school library or to gain access to the online catalog. From Poetry Month to Thank-O-Rama, there is tons going on that you can discuss with your student(s). Amazing!

Second, Ms. Rudnick is running a fundraiser to get some new seating for the library: eight Hokki stools. From her DonorsChoose page, Ms. Rudnick explains:

This project will allow all students who enter the library to choose seating that best fits their learning style. Our bulky, heavy chairs are a challenge for younger students to manipulate and create difficulty when pushing in. These chairs will fit perfect under the tables and create more room in our small space. Giving students the wriggle time they need helps in concentration. “Everyone who tries sitting on a Hokki Stool is amazed by how comfortable, sturdy, and engaging they are, which is why Hokki Stools are becoming a classroom favorite for both teachers and students. The ergonomic stools prove that classroom furniture doesn’t have to be traditional to be effective in helping kids learn. Whether you already have several Hokki Stools in your classroom or are considering trying one, these tips on the various ways Hokki Stools can be used in the classroom to create a more engaging learning environment will have you and your students wanting a classroom set!” Additionally, the library is used for inservices, SUN program, fairs and school events. Having these light weight and stackable chairs will make rearranging furniture for these events easier on staff, the librarian and volunteers!

Let’s support Mr. Rudnick as she creates an even better learning environment for our kids! Donate by May 27 and DonorsChoose will match your donation (using code Liftoff)!

Buckman Pool Hearing TONIGHT (May 12)

Tonight is the city budget hearing to Save Buckman Pool!! Please attend and testify at City Hall, 5:30 – 9 pm, kids go first! We need to show our support as a community and thank the Council for keeping the pool open. Please wear a cyan blue t-shirt if you have one.pool

If you can’t make the hearing, you can send your thank you (please be sure to include your full name & address) to:
citybudgetoffice@portlandoregon.gov
mayorcharliehales@portlandoregon.gov
amanda@portlandoregon.gov
dan@portlandoregon.gov
nick@portlandoregon.gov
novick@portlandoregon.gov

Buckman Auction, Happening THIS Saturday!

Hard to believe the time is here, but the Buckman Auction is happening this weekend! Don’t forget to pick up auction tickets before the big event on April 30 at the Hinson Baptist Church! House Spirits Distillery is offering a FREE DRINK to auction-goers who arrive right as the doors open at 7:00 pm. The party goes until 11:00, so get ready to bid, bid, and bid again! There are some incredible items available this year; it’s going to be epic!

Still need tickets? Buy yours online now or look for one of the parent volunteers selling tickets at drop-off this week.

Our generous community has stepped up and filled most of the volunteers spots to prep and run the big event, but the auction team is still looking for a few more people to cover short shifts. Take a peak here and sign up!

If you have any last-minute questions, feel free to contact the auction team at auction@buckmanelementary.org. If not, get ready for an awesome party and see you there!