Upcoming Events – October/November

There’s already a ton going on this school year, and it can be hard to keep track, so we’re compiling a quick reminder post of what’s ahead for the next two weeks!

West Coast Grocery CompanyOct 26 – 3pm – 5pm – Release Party – West Coast Grocery Company is launching their Hop, Sip, and Jump b
eer, with $1 per pint going to the Buckman playground project! Stop by 3-6pm (or even a bit before pickup, time is approximate) to celebrate and order yourself a drink. Good beer for a good cause!

Oct 28 – 11am – 1pm – It’s a Halloween spooktacular event; the annual Bowl-A-Ween party! Head to Grand Central Bowl for a Buckman takeover and enjoy bowling, food, games, raffles, and more! Admission is sliding scale and includes shoes. This is one of Buckman’s most-loved traditions. Costumes encouraged!

Nov 7 – 5pm – 8pm – Buckman Dines Out at Blackheart – This new, Buckman-managed punk bar is kid-friendly until 8pm and serves breakfast all day. Sample one of their amazing signature cocktails! 20% of proceeds benefit the Foundation!

Nov 9 – 8:45-9:30am -PTA Coffee Chat with Principal Kosmala – Join the PTA and other members of the Buckman community to get up-to-speed on all things Buckman. These are informal events and often feature a Q+A with Principal Kosmala. Head to the library after drop-off unless otherwise noted.

Nov 14 –  7pm – Another excuse to go to West Coast Grocery Company: Pub Night! Learn about the Foundation and ways to get involved, or just sit back and enjoy your drink of choice with other parents and community members.

 

PTA Meeting Minutes – 4.10.2018

Buckman Arts Focus Elementary PTA General Meeting Minutes April 10, 2018
6:30- 8:00 PM
Buckman Cafetorium

Pizza and socializing – 
 Was from 6:00 to 6:25 pm

Welcome and Introductions:
Meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm by Charmian Creagle.

PTA Business (6:35 pm):

Review and vote to approve minutes from February 6, 2018 PTA meeting. Charmian asked Patricia to read and review the minutes from February’s meeting.
Patricia read over the meeting minutes. A parent motioned to approve and another parent seconded the motion. It was unanimously approved.

Budget review. Andrea talked about what was raised and made at ASAS ($29,000 net profits). $4,500 has been raised in memory of Lauren’s neighbor for the playground project. She also talked about people buying SCRIP to help raise money for the school. She also mentioned the PTA doing a fundraiser to match any donations up to $500 for anyone that can help give a little something to SCRIP towards the SUN families that need it.

Back to reviewing the budget, Andrea said that the PTA is about $14,000 ahead of the budget.

Grant Proposals: (Andrea went over the grants that need to be voted by the general PTA)
Eric Schopmeyer, $870 for a short-throw projector for cafetorium. Michelle motioned to approve it and Meredith seconded it and it was unanimously approved.

Andrea also went over the other grants that were approved by the board. Michelle Cacka needing supplies and Ed Matthew needing extension cords and LED lighting strip for ASAS.

It was time to vote on next year’s budget. Amanda approves to approve the budget and Karen seconded it. It was unanimously approved.

ASAS Re-cap

Michelle gave a recap on how the ASAS weekend went. We used 5th graders this year for the volunteer team but we were still 50 volunteers short from last year. Tear down had 8 volunteers sign up to tear down and 2 showed up, the committee that had already been there all weekend had to stay and help.

We made $29,000. A lot of our vending prices went up and we are going to try and simplify it next year by selling a booth (application fee still in place and they have to jury in and a booth fee). We would make about the same amount and need less volunteers. Hospitality team would feed the Friday night set up crew and the Sunday afternoon tear down crew.

Auction update.

Auction update by Lauren Creany. She explained how the foundation works. Foundation is the only way we can raise money for the staffing needs such as the arts team.

Our goal is to raise $90,000 net for the whole year. $70,000 would keep all the arts team and Ms. Rudnik but the extra $20,000 would be able to pay for Andrea White to be here one full day (Wednesday) working with different grade levels on their performances.

Auction is May 12th at Hinson Baptist Church. She talked about the auction and the ticket and table prices and what the night will entail. Here information on the auction and get tickets: https://buckmanelementary.schoolauction.net/auction2018/homepages/show

Movie night is next Tuesday and the foundation needs volunteers. Dines Out next is April 25 at Buckman Public House.

Playground Project update:

Charmian mentioned the bulletin board and the drawings of the fourth graders for the playground and how the sessions went with all the 4th grade classes. What will happen next is that Learning Landscapes will take the designs and the needed wants and speak with Ms. Kosmala and PPS to make sure there are no safety issues. We will then immediately jump in and start doing some grant writing with a volunteer parent grant writing team that we have.

Charmian went over important dates coming up:
STEAM night which is in 2 days, Thursday April 12.
No school (teacher planning day) on Friday, April 13.
Buckman movie night- April 17th
April 18th is a 2 hour late opening.
April 20 is the monthly coffee chat. We will have a speaker from Moms Demand Action, Erica Vaughn in the library.
April 20 is class picture day.
April 23-27 is staff appreciation week. Please sign up to help out with this important event to appreciate and acknowledge all that the Buckman staff does for our children. http:// www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4ba9aa28a4fa7-staff1

7:20 Susan Kosmala presented safety issues at Buckman. She explained what the safety committee is. It is state mandated committee that covers all safety things related at the school. PPS also requires that every school has an emergency response team so both of those roles are rolled into one committee (safety committee). She also debriefed us on how the emergency drills have taken place at the school and that if they had to evacuate the school for any emergency were they couldn’t stay at the school they would walk 3 blocks to Revolution Hall (New Seasons Market headquarters).

She talked about Safer Routes and the problems with no school street signs. Safer Routes is more interested in getting speed bumps that more signs even though signs would probably be cheaper. Susan said she would contact Safer Routes/PBOT to come back out to the school to monitor the traffic and parking problems in the afternoon pick up.

One idea for fall 2018 is to hold a PTA earthquake kit drive for the teachers to have such things as tarps, gently used tents that families might be giving away, extra flashlights, ponchos or emergency blankets.

Meeting adjourned at 8:06 pm

Art Show & Sell Artists Announced

Art Show and Sell 2018 PosterThe 28th Annual Art Show & Sell is scheduled for March 10-11, 2018. This treasured yearly tradition brings together 130+ community artists and craftspersons together in support of the arts program at Buckman. Participants are given the opportunity to feature their work for sell, with a portion of their sales donated to the Buckman PTA. Student art is also on display, and many student groups perform over the course of the weekend. Suggested donation is $2-$5 at the door.

Artist selection was posted on the Art Show & Sell website, with updates about activities planned for the exciting weekend. Updates are also available on the Art Show & Sell Facebook page.

Support Buckman on #GivingTuesday!

#GivingTuesday, the largest worldwide day of giving, is now in its sixth year. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday falls on November 28 this year, as the philanthropic response we all need after the mayhem of holiday sales. Set out to support your favorite organizations, including your favorite elementary school!

This #GivingTuesday, the Buckman Foundation will launch its Year End Ask campaign, an annual campaign wherein Foundation leadership turns to the Buckman community to directly ask for donations. As part of the campaign, members of the Buckman community are asked to participate in the Buckman matching gift challenge: if 75 contributors step up to the plate to donate at whatever level they are able, a group of Buckman families has agreed to give an additional $8,000! Donating is easy: head to All Hands Raised (select Buckman from the drop-down menu) or drop off a check in the Foundation mailbox. Grandparents, relatives, neighbors and friends are all invited to join in our Year-End efforts, so please share this news with them!

The Buckman PTA has also launched a new playground project, and has partnered with Columbia Credit Union to raise the initial funds. From now until December 15, stop by their Goat Blocks location (950 SE 10th Ave) and enter your email address as a vote for Buckman. On #GivingTuesday, votes count double; if you mark yourself as “Checked-in” on Facebook, your vote counts triple! Columbia Credit Union has generously offered to donate up to $10,000 to this project, but we need enough votes to make it happen! Participation is FREE and only takes a minute of your time.

Call for Artists – Buckman Art Show & Sell

Call for ArtistsThe 28th Buckman Art Show & Sell is currently accepting artist applications for the March 10-11, 2018 show. 140 juried local artists turn the school into a gallery over the weekend to benefit arts-integrated education. Buckman PTA volunteers run a central checkout station and there is no booth fee, artist donate 30% of sales to the Buckman PTA. For more details, including a list of past vendors please visit the show website at http://buckmanartshow.weebly.com. You can also find us on Facebook.

There is a $25 non refundable application fee. Applications close Nov 20th, 2017. Artists are notified of acceptance status mid-December. Questions can be sent to artshowandsell@gmail.com

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Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

We are less than one week away from the start of school for Buckman students (except kindergartners) and activity is ramping up! We are delighted to welcome back families and are excited to meet those new to the school. As our kickoff to 2017-2018, we hope to see you on Community Care Day this Saturday, August 26, 9-12am, when we prep the grounds and get Buckman ready for the school year. Bring your gardening supplies or use some of those provided! Kids welcome!

You will be receiving tons of information at the start of school regarding upcoming events and happenings at Buckman in your parent packets. Please review the documents you receive thoroughly; you’ll find good information about ways to get involved and various happenings planned for the year. For those interested in keeping tabs on school events, you can subscribe to our school calendar which will be updated throughout the year. Head to the events page and hit the subscribe button below the calendar. Easy!

Now that school is (almost!) back in session, stay tuned to this website for regular updates and current information about PTA, Foundation, and Buckman community news!

Field Day on June 2

Buckman Field Day is THIS FRIDAY, June 2.  Set up generally begins around 11AM and the event starts promptly after the last recess at 1:00pm. This is a fun annual event, but to pull it off, it will require volunteers to quickly set up the lower playground in about 5 minutes!  Volunteers are also needed to help with each game or field event, set-up, and clean-up. If you’re able to stay for both sessions, please do! We also need volunteers to hand out popsicles at the end of the day.  Field Day ends at 2:55PM

Each grade participates as following:

K-2nd: 1-1:55
3rd-5th: 2-2:55

Please sign up to volunteer here!