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).
The Buckman Auction is less than a month away, and tickets to the event are now available online. The early-bird price of $30/ticket is only available for a short while; prices go up to $40/ticket on April 13! Get them now to secure your spot.
This year’s auction is going to be incredible: photos sessions, wine tastings, summer camps and more! So many amazing auction items are up for grabs, and attending the auction is a fun and fabulous way to support Buckman’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
Buckman Auction 2016
Hinson Baptist Church 1137 SE 20th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 Doors open at 7:00 pm
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.
In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.
Tickets are free for Buckman parents; proceeds from tickets purchased by non-Buckman families will benefit the school. Both free and paid tickets must be ordered for admission. Secure your spot now online.
Buckman will be hosting an Emergency Preparedness Fair on Monday, April 4, starting at 6:30pm. Families can come and get information and resources for making a Family Emergency Plan as well as learn about how our school is trying to prepare for the possibility of an emergency.
Don’t forget to attend this year’s Art Show and Sell, coming up THIS WEEKEND, March 12-13.
Over 140 artists and craftspersons will be there selling original artwork, furniture, toys, jewelry, textiles, paper creations, photography, paintings, ceramics and more! There will also be live music, food carts, and art activities throughout the day. More information is available at the Art Show and Sell website. You can also get a sneak peak of some of the amazing items that will be up for sale at the Art Show and Sell Facebook page.
Saturday’s line-up will feature the Art in Action series, with speakers, events, and activities. On Sunday, Buckman’s own dance, choir, and marimba groups will perform. Full details on the schedule are here.
Proceeds from the event go in part to support the Buckman PTA. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to support our school and our community!
Here is a short audio piece from the popular radio show “Here and Now” discussing the benefits of arts integration at a Maryland school. While the piece focuses primarily on the use of music in the classroom, the more extended version of article (available here) explores in greater detail some of the known benefits of overall integration of arts in schools.
A wealth of research shows arts integration helps kids increase their problem-solving skills, enhance their social development, and remember the material better. Scientific studies show the use of arts in education engages the whole brain, improving retention.