Spring 2020 Buckman Art Show & Sell

Art Show & Sell 2019Stop by Buckman this weekend for the famous Art Show & Sell, taking place 10-5 on Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday, March 9-10. Shop creations from over 120 local artisans and artists and enjoy free art activities, face painting, and fun!

Sunday will also feature student performances at the following times:

Dance  11:15
Chorus 12:30
Marimba 2:30

For a full listing of artists and other important details, check out the Art Show and Sell website.

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

A warm welcome to the a new school year to Buckman families, friends, and community members! We’re excited to get the 2018-2019 school year underway and are looking forward to a fun-filled back-to-school season.

Some students have started their school supplies shopping, the PTA and Foundation are already at work getting welcome packets in order, and Buckman staff will be returning to school tomorrow to begin preparing for the school year.

If you are new to Buckman, you will be getting tons of information shortly! In the meantime, a few resources that might be valuable include:

  • This website! This is a parent-run site that keeps the Buckman community informed on school events, fundraisers, and other updates. Of particular interest is the events calendar; subscribe to the feed (use the “Subscribe” link in the bottom-right corner of the calendar) to get Buckman updates to your calendar of choice.
  • Two Facebook options: one is the Buckman Elementary Facebook page (also parent-run) which provides ongoing info about school happenings throughout the school year. The other is the Buckman Facebook Community Group. Request to join to interact with other Buckman families and community members.
  • The official PPS Buckman Elementary page. This is a great resource for finding teacher contact information, school newsletter arches, and district information.
  • The school newsletter comes out on Wednesdays to your designated email. Look for it soon! It gives you more detailed information about specific events, as well as contributions from SUN program offerings.

Lots more heading your way soon. In the meantime, soak up those final rays of summer and get ready for a great school year.

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








PTA Meeting Minutes: 10.11.2016

Buckman Arts Focus Elementary
PTA Community Meeting Minutes
October 11, 2016
6:00- 8:00 PM
Buckman Cafetorium

6:00-6:30     The first 30 minutes were set aside for pizza and social time

Meeting called to order at 6:30 by Wendy Marich

  1. Welcome and introductions by Wendy Marich, PTA Co-President
  • Introduction of 2016/2017 Board Members Wendy Marich, Sarah Suby, Chamian Creagle, Hillary Woodard, Margaret Speth
  1. General Announcements by Wendy Marich
  • Please check out the murals on the upper playground created by Buckman neighbor, Clutch. He volunteers his time to beautify the school. More public art to come.
  • PTA, in conjunction with Mr. Simmons, will be working to repaint the upper playground lines and map.
  • Thank you to Ms. Rudnick for all of her hard work in the library to expand programming.
  • Diane of SUN requested that we communicate the following SUN announcements
    • Season of Sharing will take place in December. If you or any Buckman families you know have a need for gifts around the holiday times, please contact Diane to find out more about the program and/or to apply.
    • 4th and 5th grade basketball sign ups are happening now
    • November 3rd, there is a Spaghetti Dinner planned
    • November 15th, with the help of Wendy Crozier, Literacy Night is happening at the school. Theme is Carnival of Words. Contact Wendy Crozier to get involved.
  • Room Parents — our teachers need you! Please check in with your teacher about being a room parent for your child’s classroom, or email Nicole Edner zannnalee@yahoo.com
  • We are looking for new PTA Board members for next year. We’d love to show you the ropes this year to make the transition next year easier.  Let us know if you’re interested now. Email pta@buckmanelementary.org
  1.  Review and vote to approve minutes of April 2016 PTA Meeting – Margaret Speth
  • Meeting minutes were reviewed. Angela Kirkman made a motion to approve the minutes. Cheryl Lapsley seconded the motion. Minutes approved unanimously.
  1. Review and vote to approve Standing Rules – Wendy Marich
  • Standing Rules for the 2016/2017 school year will remain the same as last year. We reviewed these rules. Krista Hofmeister made a motion to approve the Standing Rules. Cara Althoff seconded the motion. Standing Rules approved unanimously.
  1. Budget review & AddendumHillary Woodard
  • Hillary reviewed the budget for the 2016/2017 school year highlighting a few of the larger expenditures to explain what they were for.
  • Hillary proposed the necessary action of adding a line item to the budget to pay for an expenditure (6 ipads for the school) that was approved during last school year’s budget cycle. The actual purchase of the ipads did not take place before last budget year ended. And so the proposal was made to add a line item to this years budget to cover this cost – to be called “Reimbursement of Approved Funds from 2015/2016”. Angela Kirkham made a motion to approve the line item. Krista Hofmeister seconded. Approved unanimously.
  1. Fundraising Updates
  • Art Show and Sell – Michelle Cacka
  • Foundation  –   Frances Kappes – Please consider automatic monthly donations and the Foundation is in need of someone to head up apparel sales
  • SCRIP, Chinook Books, Amazon and Fred Meyer rewards
  1. Measure 97 Briefing — Oregon PTA Representative
  • Two representatives presented their argument in favor of Measure 97 which would close the corporate tax loophole and provide a much needed influx of cash to education and some social services.
  1. “State of the School” Presentation  and Q&A by Principal Susan Kosmala
  • Facilities
    • Water – water dispensers are being used successfully throughout the school. No more single use bottles. Keep sending your kid to school with their own water bottle.
    • Buckman Pool – Susan explained the status of the pool due to peeling lead paint, asbestos and the need to relocate the HVAC systems to a different part of the building. Estimates for this repair work is around $350-450K. Friends Of Buckman Pool are pursuing grant money to fund this expense and while they are searching for $$, the pool remains filled with water to keep it limping along. It is unclear at this time if the Friends Of Buckman Pool will be able to come up with the necessary funds.
    • Traffic Patterns – With the shift of stop sign at 16th and Pine from 16th Street to Pine street, there’s has been an increase in speeding down 16th right in front of the school. Susan is meeting with Safer Routes folks to see what can be done to slow traffic around the school
  • School Data –
    • Enrollment is at 465 and the school is comprised of 50% neighborhood and 50% transfer.
    • Susan reviewed Smarter Balanced Test results from the previous year. Inconclusive due to students opting out and the fact that the test has still not been proven valid.
  • New This Year
    • Focus On Literacy – keep an eye out for Literacy Night
    • Bear Hugs, First Wednesday Assemblies, Student Leadership, School Song
    • Students now have two recesses instead of one.
    • PBIS – this is the new behavioral program currently in place.
  • Enrollment numbers should stay stable to growing in the coming years. There is some room to add lottery slots for the older grades but there is no priority placed on trying to get enrollment above 500 because although it would result in more FTE’s for the school, it would also mean class sizes that are too big.  In order for Buckman to pay for all FTEs next year, Measure 97 must pass. The upcoming school budget was based on 97 passing and if it doesn’t, there’s potential for the school to be in a funding crisis. Oye.
  • PE requirements are shifting. 10 years ago there was legislation passed that said all PPS schools must provide 150 minutes of ‘intentionally and sequentially taught movement’. The state gave the schools 10 years to get to this point. Buckman has used time spent doing run/walk, dance, music class and classroom teacher led activities to meet these requirements. It is unclear whether the district will continue to accept the Buckman way of PE or if they will demand Susan hire a dedicated PE teacher. This is another expense that would make it problematic to pay for our arts teachers in the coming years.
  1. Meeting adjourned at 8:40

Is anyone still reading this…..?

Dates to Remember:

October 18 — Movie Night & Nostrana Dines Out

October 26 — Foundation Pub Night, Green Dragon 7pm, Green Dragon

October 30 – Bowl-o-ween at Grand Central Bowl from 11am – 1 pm. Wear your costumes!

November 9 & 10 — Used Book Sale in the cafetorium during teacher conferences

November 18 — Grandparents/Special Friends Day

Buckman Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

The Buckman PTA works to enhance educational opportunities for students and families, support staff, and promote family involvement in our school, with emphasis on the arts and arts integration. The elected board is here to help advocated for parent, children, and staff needs.

All community members are invited to participate in PTA events, including the bi-monthly evening PTA meetings focused on school and community related discussions and monthly morning coffee chats with the principal. We also host the annual Art Show and Sell, with local professional artists (and our own students) selling art and wares, and visiting author events.

The PTA engages the parent community to help in the classroom, support community projects, improve the school campus, organize donations for families in need, and fundraising thru the Scrip. It takes a village to make it happen, please reach out to us, and we’ll get you plugged in!

You’re membership also makes a difference. Annual Buckman PTA dues are $20 per family or $12 individual and includes Oregon PTA Membership, which advocates for better education at the state level and provides supports our local community. Join here. Or payment to the Buckman PTA can be left in the office PTA mailbox or mailed to the school.

The 2019-2021 Buckman PTA Board
Amanda Russell – Co President
Katie Barth – Co President
Annie Stowe – Vice President
Marina Heitz – Co Vice President of Equity and Inclusion
Maralea Lutino – Co Vice President of Equity and Inclusion
Lené Hopson – Secretary
Jeff Burns – Treasurer