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

No School Friday for Most Schools

Friday, Jan. 30: Schools are closed Friday for a teacher planning day. Exceptions are: Metropolitan Learning Center, Rosa Parks Elementary and most charter and alternative schools, which will have a regular school day. If you are uncertain, please call your school.

Please Take the Successful Schools Survey Jan. 20 - Feb. 28

Successful Schools Survey: Online at www.oregonskitchentable.org or download PDF, print and return to your school office: EnglishEspañolTiếng ViệtРусский中文 , SoomaaligaRead more. Survey for staff and 5th, 7th and 10th grade students launches Feb. 2.

School News & Announcements

Mark Your Calendar 

This Week

1/22 Talk by Dr. Kathy Masarie 6:30 pm

1/22 Foundation meeting 8:45 am

1/23 Buckman Movie Night 6-9 pm

Next Week

1/28 Eco-School Network meeting 7-8:30 pm

1/29 2nd Grade Performance schoolwide 1:30 pm and community 6:30 pm

1/30 Teacher planning day, no school

1/30 SUN Winter Wonderland Camp

Coming Up

2/6 First grade field trip (morning) and School Dance 6:30 pm

2/9 Ekelof's field trip

2/10 PTA/Foundation meeting 6:30 pm

2/11 Connect to Kindergarten (neighborhood families) 9:30 - 11 am and 6 - 7:30 pm

2/12 Patterson's field trip

2/13 Godfrey's field trip and Coffee with the Principal 8:50 - 9:30 am

2/16 President's Day, no school

2/18 2-hour late opening, Exclusion Day for students without current immunization records, and Dines Out at Oregon Hophouse noon - 11 pm

2/24 Danielson's field trip and Connect to Kindergarten (outside neighborhood families) 6 - 7:30 pm

2/25 Brown's field trip and Third grade school-wide performance 1:30 pm and community 7 pm

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

I feel as if I pushed the fast forward button on my DVR for the movie “The First Year at Buckman Arts School” and it is time to press the pause button and reflect on the past few months to celebrate our achievements. There is much to celebrate.

At the opening of school, we held an impressive Grandparent/Special Friends Day, celebrating the talents of our inspiring students; a group of dedicated teachers and parents came together and completed the Comprehensive Achievement Plan for Buckman School; our Family Math Night, hosted by our SUN program, brought a large crowd of families together for a night of math games; and recently, our first grade teachers and arts team organized the first grade informance, showcasing the integrative curriculum through the arts. The joy and delight of children exploring the arts and demonstrating their learning through the integration and collegiality of staff are memories I will carry throughout my career. 

I am blessed to have such a talented group of classroom teachers and support staff. When I talk about the school happenings to the community, I describe the brilliant teaching occurring throughout the building. I continually witness solid, creative, and engaging lessons in every classroom. Daily, the Buckman students benefit from the intentional hands-on experiences delivered by our gifted staff. 

I’ve been able to experience an intelligent, visionary group of parents who make up our Buckman Parent Teacher Association and Buckman Foundation. These parents work full time, but spend endless hours rounding up parent volunteers to not only fundraise money to offer all the important classroom enrichment activities, but support the stability of Buckman Arts School. I am willing to put a challenge to the entire community, if we reach the goal set for the end of the year giving campaign I will join the large majority of adults who wear their art openly on their body and get a tattoo in honor of the achievement. As Cuba Gooding Jr. said in the movie Jerry McGuire, “Show me the money,” I will say, “Show me the money and I will show you my personal artwork.”  

Finally, I would like to recognize the reason we congregate as one community - our students. I am amazed at how incredible the Buckman students are as people. Each and every day I interact with kind, considerate, articulate students. Visitors and volunteers consistently validate this by telling me how lucky I am to be placed at such as a wonderful school.  

I am proud to be a part of this outstanding community. For the next two weeks rest, relax, and celebrate your children. 


Admission for 2015-2016

Buckman is open to students in the Portland Public Schools district. We are both a neighborhood school and open to students outside the neighborhood through the PPS School Choice lottery process.

Application Process for Non-Neighborhood Families

To apply for admission to Buckman from outside the neighborhood, you must attend a mandatory school tour, and fill out the proper transfer application forms required by Portland Public Schools.

Buckman School Tours for Families Who Live Outside the Buckman Neighborhood (only one visit required):

February 24, 2015 from 6 - 7:30 pm 

March 5, 2015 from 6 - 7:30 pm 

One of these school tours (either February 24 or March 5) is required attendance for families who life outside the Buckman neighborhood.

School Choice Applications become available at all PPS schools starting February 9 through March 6, 2015 for elementary schools and must be received by Portland Public Schools by deadline in order to be included in the lottery. Check the Enrollment & Transfer Department's website as of February 9 to find School Choice Applications.

You may download or submit a School Choice Application online at http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools-c/make_a_choice.php. or via mail:

PPS Enrollment & Transfer Center
P.O. Box 3107
Portland, Oregon 97208

Application Process for Buckman Neighborhood Families

Students living in the Buckman neighborhood, as defined by Portland Public Schools, do not need to fill out a School Choice Application, but they must contact the Buckman office to indicate their intention to attend Buckman. They are also encouraged to attend the Connect to Kindergarten on February 11, 2015.

Buckman School Tours for Families Who Live Inside the Buckman Neighborhood:

February 11, 2015 from 9:30 - 11:00 am

February 11, 2015 from 6 - 7:30 pm

Our Connect to Kindergarten, which is for Buckman neighborhood families, will take place on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from either 9:30 - 11 am or 6 - 7:30 pm. For further information, please contact the Buckman office at 503-916-6230 or the Portland Public Schools Enrollment & Transfer Center at 503-916-3205.

Daily Schedule

First Bell 8:35
Tardy Bell 8:45
AM Kindergarten Dismissal 11:15
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
All Kindergarten Attends  
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

Buckman Calendar

PPS News

Students, board support No One Eats Alone Day

January 28, 2015
Students from Beaumont and Roseway Heights, accompanied by their principal and counselor, spoke to the board in favor of ending social isolation through No One Eats Alone Day. Roseway Heights K-8 School and Beaumont Middle School students spoke during the Jan. 28 board meeting about the work of students and counselors to end social isolation by participating in No One Eats Alone Day Feb. 13. 


Marysville MindUP program transforms school

January 27, 2015
Every student at Marysville, including these kindergarteners, participate in mindfulness exercises to improve focus. A school-wide mindfulness program, MindUP, has helped Marsyville K-8 School reduce referrals, create a kind, happy, healthy school climate, and teach students of all grades be better focused to learn.


Lincoln Coding Club creates ticket app

January 26, 2015
Congrats to the Lincoln Coding Club for creating its first app. The Lincoln High School Coding Club recently creating a ticket app for the school to ease the time students spend in line. 


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