Back-to-School Info, Welcome New Buckman Families!

We are partway through July… which means the school supplies are on the shelves and back-to-school excitement is already brewing! School starts August 29 for 1-5th graders and September 1 for kindergartners. With that in mind, we thought it would be good to put out a few reminders about upcoming events and provide some information for new Buckman families.

Buckman Events

School events are now being posted to the buckmanelementary.org calendar. An agenda view of upcoming events is visible on the home page of this website, or you can bookmark and access the calendar on the events page for a monthly calendar display. We encourage you to use the calendar add/subscribe link to feed events directly to your personal calendar (Google, etc) and on your mobile devices. If you run into any trouble subscribing, contact admin@buckmanelementary.org for assistance.

Some important events to keep in mind for the start of the year:

August 25 – Kindergarten Playdate, Buckman Upper Playground, 3:30-5:00 pm
August 27 – Buckman Community Care Day, 9:00-2:00 pm
August 29 – First Day for 1-5th graders
August 30 – (tentative) Kindergarten Welcome Picnic, 5:30-7:00 pm
September 1 – Kindergarten Parent Welcome Coffee, after first drop-off, 8:45-9:45 am in the cafeteria
September 2 – SUN Program registration
September 9 – Back-to-School Picnic, 6:00-8:00 pm on the lower playground

Resources for New Families!

If you haven’t already checked out the parent-run Facebook page, you can visit it here for regular postings of Buckman happenings. The Buckman PPS website also publishes regular information at both a district-wide and school-specific level, including the weekly Buckman newsletter. Once school begins, you will also receive the newsletter in your inbox.

There are lots of ways to get involved in the Buckman community. This website details some of the parent-run organizations that provide volunteer opportunities. Read up on the Buckman PTA and the Buckman Foundation for information on what each organization does; our fundraising page details how the two organizations differ.  You can also check out specifics regarding Buckman’s biggest school events: the Buckman Art Show and Sell (usually takes place in March) and the Buckman Auction (often occurs in April). If you have questions about how you can get involved with either school organization, don’t hesitate to send an email to pta@buckmanelementary.org or foundation@buckmanelementary.org. Buckman loves volunteers!

If you haven’t already purchased school supplies, you should have received a supply list with your child(ren)’s teacher assignment. An easy option for many people is to order through Schoolhouse Supplies. The Buckman list has recently been posted; you can head to the online ordering page and select Buckman Elementary. Take note of the school code to be sure you get the right supply lists.

We hope some of this information has been helpful as we look forward to the 2016-2017 school year. Stay tuned for further updates as we get closer to the start of school!

PTA Clothing Center Volunteers Needed

lost_and_found-612x300Buckman’s day to volunteer at the PPS Clothing Center is this Thursday from 9:30-1:30. We need your help! Without enough volunteers families will be turned away from the opportunity to shop for clothes for their children. Many families take off work and travel long distances on public transportation to get to the clothing center. We would hate for anyone to be turned away!

This is a wonderful way to help families and children in our community.

Please email pta@buckmanelementary.org to sign up.

Thank you!

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).

Buckman Presents: ‘Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age’

Buckman will host a screening of the movie “Screenagers: Growing up in the digital age” on April 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

From the film’s website:

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.

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!