Double Header October 18: Movie Night + Dines Out at Nostrana

We might even want to call it a triple header… Check out the awesomeness coming your way October 18:

Start off the evening with Movie Night at Buckman for the kids. Bring your student(s) by for a movie from 6:00-9:00 pm; suggested $10 donation at the door (but nobody will be turned away!).  All proceeds go to the Buckman Foundation. Sizzle Pie pizza will be available for $1/slice. Get some time away while the kids have a blast!

We would love to have a few more volunteers for movie night. This is a one-time gig so if you have been wanting to volunteer but have trouble finding the time, this is a great option. Let us know you’ll be there by signing up online!

Also! Help select the featured movie via a quick survey (takes less than a minute): let us know your thoughts!

nostrana_ovenNext step: why not make a night of it and go to Dines Out at Nostrana? Try some of their amazing pizza with fresh mozerella hand-made daily. Even if  you’re not in the mood for a whole meal, stop by for a cocktail. Nostrana has asked that folks call ahead for reservations (or you can make them online at Nostrana is located at: 1401 SE Morrison. A portion of their sales on October 18 will go straight to the Buckman Foundation. Support our community and have a delicious meal (kid-free!). Win-win-win.

Sleep in for your Late-Start Wednesday. Ok, just kidding! Get up early with your crazy kid(s), anyway.








Run for the Arts Deadline Extended!

Good news! The deadline to get your pledge sheets in for Run for the Arts has been extended to next Monday, October 3. In the meantime, check out homegrown Buckman video about the fun event (PS Coming up on October 7!)

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 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!


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 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 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 or 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)!