This February, Buckman is participating in a school-wide initiative focusing on kindness. Throughout the month, students at all grade levels will be encouraged to focus on kindness in every day challenges, specific programs, and dedicated projects.
The Month of Kindness kicked off with the Sandy Hook Promise program “Start with Hello,” aimed at encouraging students to reach out to those who may be experiencing social isolation. You may have also noticed the compliment board and kindness calendar located in the front lobby of the school. Stop by and see what students are up to, as well as the kind words they have to share with one another.
The culminating event will take place March 3rd, when the school will come together to paint and decorate rocks with uplifting messages as part of the Kindness Rocks project. Students will bring rocks home to discuss what they have learned about kindness, and they can then place the rocks out in the community. There will be a great need for parent volunteers on March 3rd to make this wonderful project take off, so please consider signing up in one of two ways:
If you have small to medium size river rocks or want to donate paint pens or spray paint please sign up here: http://signup.com/go/ZHj2o4 and bring them to Wendy Crozier in room 101 by Thursday, February 23rd.
After a rocky return to school in 2017 (WHOA SNOW), it seems January is drawing to a close rather quickly. Given that February is just around the corner, a few things to note about what’s on the horizon:
– The February PTA meeting is set for February 7 at Buckman; childcare provided. Stop by and learn what kinds of things the PTA has planned for the rest of the year.
– Our next Buckman Dines Out will be coupled with a Foundation Pub Night at EastBurn on February 15, 6-9pm. Head out and show your support of Buckman by having a night out with the family, or swing by the Foundation table (look for the sign) to learn about ways to volunteer. This is the time of year when fundraising efforts really pick up, with the Art Show & Sell coming up first (March 11-12) and the Buckman Auction right on its heels (May 13).
– Neighborhood families have their Connect to Kindergarten meeting set for February 21, with lottery families scheduled in March. This is an important event for incoming kinders!
With the changes in the school year due to weather, we expect changes to dates and calendars down the line. Remember you can always subscribe to the Buckman calendar, which is updated as soon as news comes of schedule changes. Additionally, the newsletter is an excellent resource for staying on top of school happenings!
Winter Break is winding down and we would like to wish Buckman students, families, staff, alumni, and friends a fantastic and happy 2017! With the kick-off of the New Year, keep in mind some of the excitement heading your way in January. A few dates to have on your calendar
January 10 – Buckman Dines Out at Dick’s Kitchen, 5:00-9:00 pm
January 12 – Foundation Pub Night at Green Dragon, starts at 7:00 pm
PTA Meeting – December 6 – 6:00-8:00pm; will be making centerpieces to benefit St Francis of Assissi
Foundation Year-End Ask campaign: we need to raise $72,000 this school year; donate now at www.allhandsraised.org/donate. A group of Buckman families has pledged to donate $9,000 if 70 families donate ANY amount.
Don’t forget about Tuesday morning Scrip sales to benefit the PTA
Buckman Book Fair is December 5-9. Volunteers are needed! C.W. Trisef will kick off the Book Fair on December 5 at 9:30 am to discuss his book, “Oracle,” with 3-5 graders.
SUN will have online registration this month! Early registration (for anyone needing payment arrangements or student accommodations) will be the week of December 5 in the SUN office during open hours; normal registration will be the week of December 12 (online). Submit lottery forms by December 7; lottery classes will be announced December 9.
Season of Sharing mittens are still avaiable; drop off unwrapped items with the mitten you selected by December 9.
#GivingTuesday (www.givingtuesday.org) is a worldwide celebration of giving that occurs each year after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The social media event, taking place this year on November 29, encourages people to give time, money or goods to causes or organizations they wish to support. Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 different countries were a part of #GivingTuesday, and this year we invite you to support the Buckman Foundation as part of #GivingTuesday in one of two ways.
First, the Foundation is kicking off its annual Year End Ask campaign on #GivingTuesday. This month-long fundraiser asks families and members of the Buckman community to donate directly to the Foundation. Last year, we raised $12,000 in support of our amazing school, and we hope to exceed that amount this year. Donating is simple: head to www.allhandsraised.org and select Buckman ES. Fill in your details with your selected donation amount, and you are done. We encourage everyone to consider being a monthly donor, which you can set up directly on the website.
Second, our monthly Dines Out event will be on #GivingTuesday at Migration Brewing from 5:30-9:30 pm. Stop by for a drink, snack, or full meal and Migration will generously donate a portion of sales to the Foundation. We are doubling up by hosting November’s Foundation Pub Night at 7:00 pm at Migration as well; look for the sign to join in the conversation. We have lots of exciting plans taking shape for the remainder of the school year. Come find out how you can get involved!
This is a condensed form of the Buckman newsletter published on November 9. Our aim is to provide relevant information from the newsletter in a short format for families to quickly access information.
Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day is November 28. Schedule is as follows:
9:15am – Scott, Godfrey, Ingraham, Lee, Vestal, Walker
10:15 am – Danielson, Miles/Crozier, Ekelof, Gifford, Berk, Clarkson
1:15 pm – Rudolph, Patterson, Rockness, Roberts, Ninchenko, Rudolph, Chorus
Interested in being a Dines Out Coordinator? Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Buckman by getting your hair cut at Rooks Barbershop. 20% of service goes to the Buckman Foundation
Next Dines Out and Foundation Pub Night (together!) is November 26 at Migration Brewing
5th grade scarf sale during the Used Book Sale (in cafeteria during conferences)
The Art Show & Sell is accepting applications for artists for this year’s show (March 11-12, 2017). More info here.
Scholastic Book Fair is December 5-9. More information and volunteer sign-up is here. Author C.S. Tristef will visit on December 5.
Bowl-A-Ween, one of Buckman’s most popular fundraisers, will take place on Sunday, October 30, 11am – 1pm at Grand Central Bowl. All lanes at the bowling alley will be reserved for Buckman families, so come ready to party! Arcade games on the upper level will also be available.
Admission is based on a sliding scale, $5-$10 for kids and $10-$15 for adults; all proceeds benefit the Buckman Foundation. Shoe rental is included with admission. There will be a raffle drawing and crazy costumes and a generally awesome time!