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)!
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.
If you can’t make the hearing, you can send your thank you (please be sure to include your full name & address) to:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If not, get ready for an awesome party and see you there!
The Buckman pool is in danger of being closed, and we need voices to speak up in support of keeping it open! Please consider attending the final budget hearing regarding the pool on May 12, 6:30-8:30 pm at City Hall. Wear Buckman blue, bring your kids, and testify!
Those involved in the Save Buckman Pool effort have provided the following talking points for you to consider as part of your message to council:
Buckman Pool is a highly valued resource used by adults, families, and school children.
Buckman Pool is the only public pool in the inner SE area.
Inner SE has been promised a recreational center with a pool for over 30 years and this partof Portland is parks-deficient; it makes sense to keep Buckman Pool open until the city canafford to build a new community center with pool.
Recent building and increased population density in inner SE makes the need for a rec center even greater.
Buckman Pool is very accessible by foot, bike and public transportation.
The annual auction is just weeks away, and things are ramping up. The Buckman community does an amazing job each year of coming together to make this event super fabulous. Here are some simple volunteer opportunities for those looking to contribute to the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year:
Get a sneak peak of the auction! Volunteers are needed to help set up during the day/evening on Friday, April 29, multiple shifts are available. There are also opportunities to help with check-in/check-out and tear-down on the night of the auction itself. Check out the options by visiting the sign-up page.
Make auction night a little sweeter by contributing a dessert. If you have something that is particularly scrumptious and would like to contribute, sign up here to share your dish.
Are you a Buckman parent with an OLCC license? If so, we could use your help pouring drinks for a short period on the night of the auction itself. Get in touch at email@example.com!
Proceeds from the annual auction go to the Buckman Foundation, which helps support our fantastic arts and literacy teams. Thank you for all you do to make the auction a night to remember!
Mark your calendars for Thursday April 7th (6:30-8:00) in the school cafetorium for a PTA sponsored information night about the latest developments on Smarter Balanced testing.
Gwen Sullivan (PAT President) and Mary Anderson (PPS Assessment and Educational Measurement) will present the most up to date information about the test to help you decide whether or not to opt out your child. Gather the facts about what’s different this year compared to last and also learn about some big changes to assessments (statewide and districtwide) that will hopefully be coming our way.
Already know you want to opt out your child? Fill out this form and hand it into the main office. (Testing begins Mid-April).