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!


PTA Clothing Center Volunteers Needed

lost_and_found-612x300Buckman’s day to volunteer at the PPS Clothing Center is this Thursday from 9:30-1:30. We need your help! Without enough volunteers families will be turned away from the opportunity to shop for clothes for their children. Many families take off work and travel long distances on public transportation to get to the clothing center. We would hate for anyone to be turned away!

This is a wonderful way to help families and children in our community.

Please email to sign up.

Thank you!

Seeking Donations for the Buckman School Auction

Planning for our biggest fundraiser of the year is already underway, and the Buckman Auction team is looking for fantastic donations from our community. Think big! Do you have any hot items or amazing skills to offer? Sewing lessons, a weekend at the coast, tickets to a Blazers or Timbers game? All sound awesome! Get creative and contact us with your idea at

Save the date for April 30, 2016 at the Hinson Baptist Church, 7:00 p.m.

Buy tickets now at a discounted price! (single: $30, couple: $60):

EastBurn Gives Back to Buckman

The EastBurn restaurant had started a benefit program for Buckman Elementary as part of their neighborhood involvement. And we all need to spread the word! Whenever someone dines at EastBurn and fills in the Buckman Elementary phone number on their guest receipt, EastBurn will donate 5% of the monthly total of receipts. They will track this using their EastBurn VIP points program and all guests are welcome to accumulate points for their own VIP account, as well as include the Buckman Elementary account for their visit. In December, 2015, Buckman Elementary supporters raised $43 for the school by dining at EastBurn. The restaurant plans to continue this promotion for all of 2016 and hopes to make a significant contribution.

Visit, dine and contribute by going to:

The EastBurn  /  1800 E. Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214



Buckman Art Show & Sell: March 11 – 12, 2017

call-for-artists-front-127th annual Art Show & Sell is March 11-12, 2017!

Artist Applications are open; please visit the Art Show & Sell website to find out more.

Join us for 140 artists and craftspersons selling their original artwork, furniture, toys, jewelry, textiles, paper creations, photography, paintings, ceramics and more! Plus live music and dance performances, food cart deliciousness, free children’s art activities, and more. More information is available at the Art Show & Sell website.













Buckman is open to students in the Portland Public Schools district. We are both a neighborhood school and open to students outside the neighborhood through the PPS School Choice lottery process.

Application Process for Non-Neighborhood Families

To apply for admission to Buckman from outside the neighborhood, you are welcome to attend a school tour and then fill out the proper transfer application forms required by Portland Public Schools.

Visit the Buckman School main website for the schedule of tours for families who live outside the Buckman neighborhood.

In addition to attending a tour, you will need to complete a School Choice Application and submit it to the PPS Enrollment & Transfer Center.

The School Choice Application period begins mid-February each year and applications must be received by Portland Public Schools in early March (see the above link for specific dates) in order to be included in the lottery. More information about the transfer and school choice process is available via the links above.

Students living in the Buckman neighborhood, as defined by Portland Public Schools, do not need to fill out a School Choice Application, but they must contact the Buckman office to indicate their intention to attend Buckman. They are also encouraged to attend the “Ready Set Connect” Open house.

For further information, please contact the Buckman office at 503-916-6230 or the Portland Public Schools Enrollment & Transfer Center at 503-916-3205.

2016 Buckman Auction

What: Buckman Auction Night

When: April 30, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Where: Hinson Baptist Church / 1137 SE 20th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214 [Google Map]

Why: Good times for a great cause!

Mark your calendars for a night of live music, food, drink, and bidding! This year, Buckman will celebrate its 26th annual auction at a new venue: the Hinson Baptist Church. As Buckman’s biggest fundraiser, this is the chance for Buckman families and friends to support our school at a fun and festive event. Check out for more information.

In addition to attending the auction itself, there are lots of other ways to get involved.

DONATE: At the heart of the auction’s success are the many awesome donations up for bidding. If you have an item or service you would like to donate, let us know at Some past donations have included event tickets, music lessons, vacation home stays… you name it! Got an idea? Get in touch!

VOLUNTEER: There will be lots of opportunities for volunteering before, during, and after the event. Stay tuned for more information and sign-up sheets. If you are interested in helping out in any way, is a good place to start!

SPONSOR: Know of a business or organization that would like to sponsor the auction? Sponsorship supports the event, brings name recognition to 200+ attendees, and allows for ad placement in the auction catalog at different levels. More information on pricing and options are available; contact or for details.