Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School

Buckman nurtures the whole child and strives for academic excellence

320 SE 16th Ave  | Portland, OR 97214
Phone: (503) 916-6230 | Fax: (503) 916-2615

Buckman Weekly News

In this issue:
From the Principal
SUN News
Mark Your Calendar

From the Principal

Greetings families!

We’re into that crazy time of year where we swing back and forth between summer and early-spring weather. And, with the weather changes we also see a rash of bloody noses and allergies. If your child is taking allergy medication, or medication of any kind that they might need at school, it has to be brought to the office and dispensed there. Please bring it in its original package with dosing information and complete an authorization form, or we will not be able to give it to your kiddo.

This week is our first week of state testing, starting with 5th grade. Student spirits have been quite good, although teachers’ have been a bit frazzled. If your child is testing, we ask that they get rest and eat a good breakfast, but the most important thing you can do for your child is to remind them that the state test is one test in one year-it simply can’t measure all they know and it isn’t designed to. It is designed to measure the top end of what they know in a couple of areas, so when it seems hard-that means they are doing a really good job on it. They will get many answers “right,” but they are also supposed to get some answers “wrong.” Of course they should try their best, but tests measure only a little piece of what makes them an awesome student, and that is exactly how they should look at it.   

Last Thursday was the 4th grade performance, and it has been a pleasure popping into their rehearsals. With each performance I can see the progression students make in their understanding of arts content and performance technique. I am so proud of what our students accomplish and the care they take in their work. Congratulations to Ms. Berk, Ms. Walker and Mr. Rudolph for the successful completion of their very first Buckman grade-level performance. And thank you to the Arts team for the many, many extra hours they have put in to ensure a successful performance at each grade-level. Bravo everyone! 

Finally, don’t forget to get your auction tickets. There are some pretty amazing class projects sitting in my office! See you Saturday, April 30.




The Buckman Auction is just a few days away, and there are lots of ways to get involved. Here are a few:

Looking for a fun way to contribute a small amount of time to Buckman’s biggest fundraiser? We need volunteers to help set up, run, and tear down this year’s event. Shifts are available Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. Sign up for your slot here or contact auction@buckmanelementary.org for specifics.

The auction procurement team has been busy processing donations, and there is still room for more. If you have a great idea for something fabulous to include, it’s not too late! “Experience” items such as a night or two at a vacation rental or box seats at a sporting event tend to do particularly well. If you have an awesome idea, let us know: auction@buckmanelementary.org

Don’t forget about the tasty stuff! Buckman families contribute desserts to make auction night especially sweet. If you have a delicious treat you’d be willing to share, sign up here

And lastly, we hope to see everyone at the Hinson Baptist Church on auction night, April 30, at 7pm. If you haven’t gotten tickets yet, head over to www.buckmanauction.org to get yours asap!


School Directory Now Available

The Buckman Directory is now available! 
With the goal to lessen our environmental impact and keep printing costs low, we encourage families to access the directory online. Please contact Melina or Karen in the office if you have not received a newsletter recently with the online access information.

Huge thank you to Caesar Bernardo and team for their technical and editing expertise. We appreciate your help to modernize and permit easy, secured access to the Buckman directory. Thank you!

Multnomah County Library School Corps – “Welcome to Reading”

Please join us on May 4 at 6:15pm for an exciting workshop focused on ways to encourage a love of reading and the support you can find at your public libraries. We will discuss and discover book apps, math tutoring and help at the library, reading lists, audiobook recommendations, daily reading tips, how to model reading with your kids, read aloud to therapy dog programs, reading websites – tumble books and bookflix, how the levels of all books vary in terms of publishers and authors (and how to navigate those differences), and so much more! If you have any questions or want further information please contact Sada Dewey in the counseling office.

Buckman Yearbook

Families and friends of Buckman – We need your photos! Jon Deale, an awesome Buckman parent, is working on getting our 2015/16 yearbook ready, but he needs photos! Please send along any photos you have to: yearbookbuckman@gmail.com. Deadline is April 15.
Photos from classroom and school-wide events would all be welcomed! Thanks! 

Library Volunteers Needed

If you are interested in volunteering in the library during your child's library time, we would be overjoyed to have your help! Library volunteers help with check in/check out, organize incoming books, shelve and assist students in finding what they need. If you are interested, sign up for your student's class library time here: http://vols.pt/buvTnx.

Save Buckman Pool

Friends of Buckman Pool is an advocacy group for Buckman Pool. FBP has developed a short survey about our local pool. The data collected by the survey could be helpful in arguing to keep the pool open.
Budget hearings begin in April. The survey will only be available for about 3 weeks. If you care about this wonderful resource please take the survey as soon as you can.

Here is a link to the survey:
Check out Friends of Buckman Pool and Save Buckman Pool on Facebook.
Please pass this survey along to anyone you think would find it relevant!

It's Your Pool! Do Whatcha Gotta Do! 

Peachjar eFlyer Starting

As part of the Mobile First initiative, PPS on January 11 launched the Peachjar eflyer system to distribute district and school-­approved flyers to families digitally. 

The new service provides many benefits. It will: 
• reduce paper and printing costs for schools, PTAs and the district 
• decrease paper waste for parents 
• decrease staff time spent printing and distributing flyers 
• keep families well
informed of district and school events, and community enrichment opportunities directly on their cell phones 

School organizations such as PTAs and boosters will no longer have to pay for paper flyers but can have them distributed electronically for free via Peachjar. 

You can read more about the service on the PPS website at www.pps.net

SUN News

Summer SUN and Extra Activity Registration Forms Available

Summer SUN schedules are available so you can plan for summer camps. Register soon to reserve a spot and help us gauge summer staffing, but payments aren't needed until first day of camps. Extra activity forms are available for late openings. Register by placing either form in the SUN mail box (for late openings, please include payment and give sufficient time to process). Change forms for any changes (adding or dropping a class, additional authorized pickup persons,etc.) are also in SUN kiosk.

SUN FUNDRAISER-500 Mile Bike Ride!

Support our very own, Brittany Morris--SUN volunteer and tutoring coordinator and staff person extraordinaire--in a 500 mile charity bike ride with the proceeds going towards SUN scholarships for low income Buckman SUN students. Give online at www.gofundme.com/sunridernw. Impact NW is a 501c3 tax exempt organization so feel free to request a receipt. Please help us spread the word through your networks, friends, organizations, and family. Let's make this ride a success as Brittany does the really hard work..... 

Adult Zumba

On Tuesday nights at  6pm, SUN is offering an adult Zumba Class in the Dance Studio. Drop-in rate this semester is $3/hour. The class is being taught by Daniel Wilson. Please help us spread the word so we can get enough folks to continue this offering.

Tax Receipts

If you need receipt(s) for year end taxes, please email barrillaga@impactnw.orgas soon as feasible to give us time to pull them together. 

SUN Payments Overdue

Many families have overdue payments from fall term or their March 15 installments outstanding. Please get those in as soon as possible or come talk with us if you are unable to pay.  We depend on payments for payroll and need to know where we stand. Thanks to those who have already paid! 


Daily Schedule

First Bell 8:35
Tardy Bell 8:45
Beginning Lunch (1st & 3rd) 11:20
Second Lunch (K & 2nd) 11:55
Third Lunch (4th & 5th) 12:30
End of Lunch 1:00
School Dismissal 3:00


First Bell 10:35
Tardy Bell 10:45
Beginning Lunch (1st & 3rd) 11:20
Second Lunch (K & 2nd) 11:55
Third Lunch (4th & 5th) 12:30
End of Lunch 1:00
School Dismissal 3:00

Mark Your Calendar

This Week

4/28: Chorus Field Trip
4/28: Third Grade Field Trip
4/30: Buckman Auction 7pm

 Hinson Baptist Church

Next Week 

5/4: Dance Field Trip
5/4: Welcome To Reading Workshop 

 6:15pm, Cafetorium
5/6: Safety Committee Meeting 8am

Coming Up

5/10: Brown's Field Trip
5/10: Last Chorus Day
5/10: Healthy Relationships Talk 

   6:15pm, Cafetorium
5/11: Robert's Field Trip
5/12: Last Day of SMART
5/12: Safety Patrol Picnic

5/17: Dines Out

  Cafe Castagna

5/18: Late Opening

  School begins at 10:35 


Buckman Calendar

Safety and Security

Parking in front of the school between 7-9 am and 2-4 pm is five minutes only, and the driver must remain at the wheel. While you are in your car behind the wheel, we ask that you be considerate of the air quality for our students and staff, and turn off your car engine. Please also adhere to these rules on Late Openings as well.

Double parking is prohibited, even for a drop off; it ties up traffic and is very unsafe.

Dogs must always be on a leash and never left tied up.

Always enter and exit through the front doors; no exceptions unless there is an emergency.

No child can be left alone on the school grounds.

PPS News

Advisory committee forwards to superintendent recommendations for district-wide structural changes

January 29, 2016

The District-Wide Boundary Review Committee sent to the superintendent on Jan. 28 the first blueprint for structural change district-wide in many years, on the principle that balancing growing enrollment among all schools will support strong schools in every neighborhood, investing in the continued vitality of the city.


PPS grad rate up 21 points in seven years

January 28, 2016
Portland Public Schools graduation rate rose four percentage points last year to 74 percent, a 21 percentage point increase over seven years.  The PPS five-year graduation rate also improved two percentage points to 75 percent, up from 73 percent.

Board approves 2016-2017 calendar

January 26, 2016
The Portland Public Schools board voted 6-1 tonight, January 26, to start school August 29, 2016 and end June 9, 2017.


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