February Is Kindness Month

This February, Buckman is participating in a school-wide initiative focusing on kindness. Throughokindness_calut 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.

Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 15.48.15The 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.
  • If you would like to sign up to help on the day of the event, please go to  http://signup.com/go/npDthr

 

 

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Smarter Balanced Testing Info Night

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).

Emergency Preparedness Fair on 04.04.16 at 6:30 pm

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.

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Art Show and Sell Is This Weekend!

Don’t forget to attend this year’s Art Show and Sell, coming up THIS WEEKEND, March 12-13.

Saturday 10-6
​Sunday 10-4

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!

Dyslexia 101 Presentation Tuesday, February 2

Dyslexia is a learning difference that affects 1 in 5 students. 

Learn about warning signs, the importance of early identification of this common learning difference, and how to advocate for your child. Decoding Dyslexia Oregon will present Dyslexia 101 on February 2 at the Buckman PTA Meeting. The talk will cover: What is Dyslexia, Early Warning Signs, Resources, New Oregon Laws.  Parents and staff highly encouraged to attend. Childcare will be provided.

Tuesday February 2
6pm Pizza
6:30 PTA Business
7pm Dyslexia 101

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 auction@buckmanelementary.org.

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): http://buckmanauction.org/