What is the Buckman Foundation?

The Buckman Foundation is a parent volunteer-led organization that operates under the umbrella of the nonprofit Fund for Portland Public Schools. Money raised through the Buckman Foundation provides funds to fill the gap between the annual Portland Public Schools (PPS) budget and the funds needed to ensure Buckman is a welcoming and supportive place where all students learn, grow, and express themselves to their fullest potential.

Buckman doesn’t receive any additional funding from the district to support our unique arts curriculum. Rather, it’s thanks to the hard work of parent volunteers and the incredible generosity of families, businesses, teachers, and community members who volunteer and donate to the Buckman Foundation that we’ve been able to preserve Buckman’s arts team, keep the library fully staffed, and add staff to provide more support for individual students.

How can I get involved with the Foundation?

We’d love to meet you virtually! There are opportunities big and small to join the fundraising efforts at Buckman. Email foundation@buckmanelementary.org with your questions, ideas, and feedback or to learn more about getting involved.

How can I give to the Foundation?

Parents, families, and friends can make a one-time donation or set up a recurring contribution at https://fundforpps.org/donate-index-impact or checks made out to The Fund for PPS with Buckman in the memo line can be mailed or dropped off at the school (double check open hours).

How can I stay connected with Buckman?

  • 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.
  • 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 – This website! 🙂

Volunteer

Our Buckman volunteers make it all happen! There are opportunities to fit every availability and interest. You can work independently, with a buddy, or with a great group of people.

  • Foundation Chair Mentee – Work side-by-side with the Foundation Chair and an amazing team of volunteers to plan Foundation activities and fundraisers.
  • Auction Chair & Committee – The Buckman Auction may look different than in previous years, but we had a successful virtual auction last spring and plan to keep the fundraising going! We’ll need lots of volunteers to make the event go! We especially need assistance with procurement this year; reach out if you are interested.
  • Dines Out Outreach – We love partnering with local restaurants for our ongoing Dines Out events, and need help contacting local businesses who would be interested in supporting Buckman through our program.

Email foundation@buckmanelementary.org with your questions, ideas, feedback and to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Good to Know INFO
Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! Learn more about how to get connected at Buckman.
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Upcoming Events
Dec
5
Mon
all-day Online Book Fair @ Buckman Elementary
Online Book Fair @ Buckman Elementary
Dec 5 – Dec 15 all-day
SHOP ONLINE DURING OUR FAIR TO SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL! Scholastic will give back 25% in rewards to our school when you shop online during the Fair. Shop online for an expanded selection of exclusives, new releases, value packs, and more. All orders ship home and 
8:00 am Book Fair Open Hours @ Buckman Library
Book Fair Open Hours @ Buckman Library
Dec 5 @ 8:00 am – Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm
Buckman Book Fair Before School hours 8-8:30 am After School hours 3-6 pm Please enter through the front main school doors. Open after SUN classes and Champions until 6pm. No purchasing during school hours (8:45-3:00) Activity Link: https://www.konstella.com/activity-details.html?activityId=63857a419b9865d9ead9789f
Dec
13
Tue
11:00 am Buckman Dines out at Mississippi... @ Mississippi Pizza
Buckman Dines out at Mississippi... @ Mississippi Pizza
Dec 13 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Buckman Dines out at Mississippi Pizza Dine in or to-go Tuesday December 13th 11am-11pm 10% of proceeds benefit staffing positions at Buckman Activity Link: https://www.konstella.com/activity-details.html?activityId=6373ea609b9869b0cd618971
6:00 pm Buckman PTA Meeting @ Buckman Elementary
Buckman PTA Meeting @ Buckman Elementary
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for our December PTA meeting in the Buckman cafetorium. Please bring a laptop to join the meeting, if you are able. You can also join virtually with this link. FOOD & CHILDCARE provided (Thanks SUN!) Come learn about what’s happening and bring forward 
Dec
14
Wed
8:20 am Apparel Sale @ Out front
Apparel Sale @ Out front
Dec 14 @ 8:20 am – 9:00 am
Come stock up on Buckman Apparel, makes great gifts for staff, adults and kiddos. We have hoodies & tees, beanies, trucker hats, masks, stickers and more. PTA will also have the Blue Bottle drop bags available for recycling cans. All proceeds benefit Buckman. (Credit card,