About Buckman

About Buckman

Discover what makes Buckman so special and what it means to be an arts-focused elementary school. Learn about our school's dynamite PTA and rockstar Foundation.

Buckman Art Show and Sell

Buckman Art Show and Sell

Buckman's annual Art Show and Sell took place March 7-8, 2020. This festival of arts and crafts featured over 100 artists and proceeds benefitted the Buckman PTA.

2020 Buckman Auction

2020 Buckman Auction

The proceeds from Buckman's first-ever virtual auction went directly to staffing for the 2020-2021 school year. Learn more about the event and plans for this year on the auction page.

Halloween Raffle!

’Tis the season for a spooky Halloween raffle!

In lieu of our traditional Bowl-A-Ween event, we’re hosting an online raffle to raise funds for the Buckman Foundation. Enter for a chance to win a fall getaway of your choice: three nights at the Astoria House or a camping-in-style adventure in the Scamp Trailer.

Tickets are $20 each; all funds raised will go towards staffing positions at Buckman for the 2021-2022 school year. Buy 5 tickets, get one free!

BONUS: get one free entry by sharing your family’s fall or Halloween art! Share your entry in the Buckman Community Facebook group (request to join, if you haven’t already!) or send an email with an attached photo to foundation@buckmanelementary.org.

Carved pumpkins, drawings, paintings, a Halloween rap… it’s all fair game!

Click here to purchase tickets any time until midnight on October 30; one randomly selected winner for each getaway will be announced and contacted at 10am on October 31st!

October Dines Out: Ankeny Tap + Table

Welcome to October! With a new month comes a new Dines Out; this month’s edition is on October 14 at Ankeny Tap and Table (2724 SE Ankeny St) from 4-8pm.

Enjoy the “best burger in Portland” or opt instead for one of their vegetarian options. Patio seating and takeout options are available, and an incredible 20% of all proceeds go to the Foundation!

Many thanks to Ankeny Tap and Table for supporting the Buckman community!

DATE CHANGE! Buckman Dines Out (Pick Up or Delivery Only) at Screen Door

UPDATE!! Due to the wildfires and air quality, this event has been moved to September 23

It’s our first Buckman Dines Out of the 2020-2021 school year! Order pick-up or delivery from neighborhood favorite Screen Door, any time from 11 am to 8pm on Wednesday, September 23, and Screen Door will donate 10% of proceeds to the Buckman Foundation! Offer is available only until food runs out; pre-orders highly encouraged.

This is a GREAT way to support small businesses and our school! Many thanks to Screen Door for your continued support of our school!

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

Welcome to all new and returning Buckman Bears! Though we won’t be seeing one another in-person for the usual back-to-school excitement and mayhem, we  send a heartfelt congratulations on the start of another year to all Buckman students. Back to school packets may be downloaded here.

Our “soft start” for students in grades 1-5 is Wednesday, September 2 and incoming kinders begin on September 8. The “soft start” window ends and the first quarter officially begins on  September 14. This introductory period gives students, families, and staff time to get acquainted with distance-learning and one another. There is no school on Labor Day, September 7.

In the coming weeks, the Buckman PTA and Foundation will be sharing updating on how to best support Buckman in these difficult times. We know that community-building and fundraising efforts will look very different this year, and we aim to ensure our efforts are thoughtful and responsible. If you have questions or want to get involved with either the PTA or the Foundation, get in touch!  Email addresses are pta@buckmanelementary.org or foundation@buckmanelementary.org, respectively.

Principal Seidel will host a virtual Buckman Community Meeting on September 14 for families at two different times: 8:30am and 6:00pm. The link to the meeting is provided in the school weekly newsletter. This is an excellent opportunity to get your questions answered as well as hear updates from the SUN program, the School Climate Team, and others.

Connecting with the Buckman Community

As we enter into this academic season in ways we never imagined, it’s arguably more important now than ever to stay connected to our community. We’d like to take the opportunity to remind Buckman community members of some of the ways to do so over the course of this year:

Konstella – This is an opt-in messaging system used by many staff members, the PTA, and the Foundation to communicate information about school happenings. Sign up for your account at https://www.konstella.com. Some teachers use Konstella for information specific to your classroom; if that is the case, you will want to be sure you connect your student with that classroom within Konstella. Information on how to do so is available on the Konstella website.

Buckman Community Facebook Group – Request to join this informal community group, where parents, families, and staff ask questions and share feedback. https://www.facebook.com/groups/951435464869628

Weekly Newsletter – The Buckman Foundation and other groups regularly contribute information to the school’s weekly newsletter, sent each week by Principal Seidel. If you are not receiving the school newsletter, check with administrators to be sure they have the correct email address on file.

Buckmanelementary.org – Content on this website is provided by the PTA and the Foundation (not the same as the Buckman PPS site) throughout the school year. You are also able to subscribe to the school-wide calendar here.

SCRIP and Buckman Apparel Sales

Looking for Buckman apparel?  The Buckman Foundation will be selling apparel – including new Buckman Bear face masks for youth and adults ($10), I heart Buckman bandanas, and other goodies — from 4-6pm in front of Buckman on the following dates:

Sept. 10th, Sept. 24th, Oct. 8th, Oct. 22nd, and Nov. 19th

Chromebook Pick-Up and Library Book Drop-Off

If you still need a Chromebook for your Buckman student, please contact the office to arrange a pick-up time.

Last year’s library books can be returned at the front entrance of the school any time between 8am-4pm, M-F, until September 11. Check your books for the “Buckman School Library” barcode on the spine!

The Buckman Auction Goes Digital

We’re taking the Buckman Auction online! While we can’t meet in person, we can still support the people who are a critical part of our school: the staff who make Buckman Buckman! We’re getting creative with our auction this year, now scheduled as a week-long online event launching May 15th and culminating with a school-wide virtual gathering for the final hour of the auction on May 21st.

We’ll be launching the auction with Zoom kick off parties on May 15 where you can learn about virtual and traditional auction items and packages, including lots of great activities with teachers, and learn the ins and outs of the bidding process while connecting with other parents. We’re looking for kick off party hosts in every grade, or even every class. If you are interested in being a Zoom host, please reach out to the team at auction@buckmanelementary.org!

WCGYou do need to sign up and register a credit card in order to bid in the auction, but registration is easy and free! And better yet, our amazing auction sponsor West Coast Grocery is offering a free 16 oz. beer of your choice to every registrant, pick up from May 11-15th.

Buckman Dines Out at Sammich – Every Tuesday in March!

Dines Out - SammichBUCKMAN DINES OUT! Every Tuesday in March from 4pm-8pm at Sammich PDX! 10% of your tab benefits the Buckman Foundation. Good eats for a good cause! Sandwiches are made with the best ingredients and house-smoked meats, including what might possibly be the best pastrami in the nation, brined and made in-house. GF & veg options. Enjoy!

Dines Out – ALL MONTH LONG in February!

Join the Buckman community for an amazing month-long Dines Out! Every Monday – for the entire month of February – stop by Renata (626 SE Main St) and enjoy a delightful meal anytime from 5-9pm. Renata will generously donate 5% of every Monday evening’s proceeds to the Buckman Foundation! Reservations are strongly recommended at this popular Italian restaurant, and be sure to ask for a kids’ menu if you bring along your Buckman Bears!