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

Community Meeting for Selection of Permanent Principal - February 10

Dear Buckman Staff and Community,

Since our appointment of a Principal happened so late last year, Buckman will follow the selection process for a permanent Principal. We want to invite staff, parents, and students to attend a Community Meeting to understand the process and to get your ideas and input; they are important!

Community Meeting 

Date: Wednesday, February 10
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: Buckman Cafetorium

The community meeting is one of the first steps taken in the principal hiring process. John Blanck, from Human Resources, and Larry Dashiell, Buckman's Senior Director, will come to Buckman and meet with teachers and parents together. The purpose of the meeting is to hear what you think is special about your school. We want to know about your programs, demographics, parent involvement, special projects, etc., and about the type of person you would like to have as your permanent Principal. This information helps us select candidates that have qualifications that support those elements. 

At the meeting we will also take time to explain the full hiring process. We will explain two main possibilities: a) how the Community Meeting information may be used with the Senior Director to place a current Principal because of a great match between the school and that Principal, or b) if a match is not selected by the Senior Director, applicants chosen will go through a rigorous process to be selected for interviews. 

If you cannot attend that evening, there will be other ways to provide information (online survey, paper survey, which will be located in the office, or an email). If you have questions, please feel free to contact – Ann Marie Wentworth in Human Resources 503-916-3818. 

From the Principal

Greetings families,

This month is short but fast-paced. The district is settling some of the questions for next year about school boundaries and grade configurations (the most current updates are available here), but as of now Buckman is not directly impacted. We begin planning for next year’s kindergarten in just a week, with two informational meetings for neighborhood families on February 16. If you have a student entering kindergarten, or know families in the neighborhood who do, please help us get the word out.

February is our focus on attendance month. Almost a quarter of K-12 students in Oregon are identified as chronically absent, meaning they miss 10% or more of the school year or 17 or more days. At Buckman, about 16% of our students are considered chronically absent right now; just a few days a month can add up quickly. Students with inconsistent attendance in kindergarten and 1st grade often struggle with attendance later in their educational careers too, making absenteeism the strongest predictor of high school drop-out, regardless of behavior or achievement (click here for the research article).

At elementary grades, students largely are dependent on adults to get them to school on time, which means your child is really depending on you to set and support their academic future. An organization called the Attendance Collaborative has put together a series of short infographics, I encourage you to take a look when you have a moment.

And, the district has adopted a 2016-17 calendar! It isn’t complete, but the start, end and holidays can all be found here.


Connect To Kindergarten

Do you have, or know, a kindergartner coming to Buckman next year? You are invited to attend our Connect To Kindergarten informational meetings, coming soon.

If you are interested in enrolling at Buckman, but are not a neighborhood family, you will need to register for the Lottery through PPS Enrollment and Transfer.

If you are a Lottery Family with a sibling already enrolled in Buckman, you must still apply through the Lottery for your new kindergartner. 

As a Lottery family, you MUST attend one of the Lottery Family Meetings. Your attendance at one of these meetings is part of your qualifying requirements necessary for your acceptance into our school through the lottery system. 

Please call the school office if you have any questions.

Neighborhood Families

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

9:30 am – 11:00 am   OR   6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 

Lottery Families

Attendance at one meeting is required.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Thursday, March 3, 2016    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Lottery application dates for this year are

February 18, 2016 through  March 9, 2016.

Immunization Exclusion Day - February 17

Please read this very important message - If you receive a letter by Saturday explaining your student needs an updated immunization record or further documentation for a nonmedical exemption, please provide this documentation to the office by Wednesday, February 17. Not sure if your student is on the exclusion list? Please see Melina or Karen in the office.

Without this documentation, your student cannot attend school beginning on Wednesday, February 17 and will remain out of school until we receive the requested documentation.

Please contact the office if you have any questions. Thank you

Apparel Sales This Week!

We're doing apparel sales in the hallway at various times this week. We can take cash, check and (usually!) credit cards. 

Sales times are 
February 9-February 12:

Tuesday: after chorus (4pm)
Wednesday morning 
Wednesday after 1st SUN class (4:30pm)
Thursday morning
Friday after school (3pm)
All proceeds benefit the Foundation and help us keep our arts and literacy teams in place. 

EastBurn Gives Back To Buckman

Spread the word! The EastBurn restaurant has a benefit program for Buckman's Foundation. Whenever someone dines at EastBurn and fills in the school's phone number on their guest receipt, EastBurn will donate 5% of these receipts at the end of each month, for all of 2016! Phone number is: (503) 916-6230 


Firkin Fest (Fundraiser for Buckman) Needs One More Volunteer!

We have one afternoon spot remaining to join Firkin Fest (hosted by Rogue Ales at Green Dragon), which is Saturday, February 20. Event is full of laughs and a great fundraiser for Buckman.
If you are interested and available, please sign up for a volunteer slot AND fill out Rogue's volunteer form (attached here; or, you can pick up a form in the school office).

Thank you!

Volunteer for the Art Show & Sell 

Sign up online to volunteer for the 26th Annual Art Show & Sell. Volunteers are needed March 12-13 (a few shifts needed on March 11); we need over 100 volunteers to help the show run smoothly. Now is the time to recruit community members. If you know of high school groups, neighborhood associations or other interested parties, please have them sign up to volunteer.

Please be sure to provide contact information (email/phone) so we can keep you informed of any changes. Thank you for sharing your time and making this Buckman tradition such a great event! Contact Nicole Edner nicoleedner@gmail.com/503-516-5989 or the Art Show and Sell team (artshowandsell@gmail.com) if you have questions or need assistance with signing up online.

Sign Up Your Student to Sell Art at the Buckman Art Show & Sell 

All Buckman students (and alumni) are invited to sell their work in the show. Students receive the same 70% of sales that professional artists receive. Sign up online by February 21 to participate and receive an artist number. Please contact Caroline Houser with any questions about student art at clinehouse@gmail.com.

Decoding Dyslexia Presentation Materials

Thank you to Lisa Lyon from Decoding Dyslexia Oregon for her presentation Tuesday, February 2. We received great information about ways to support students with dyslexia. If you missed the Decoding Dyslexia meeting, please find the presentation here, or find more information at other upcoming events:

February 10
Lynn Lamping
Tigard High School Library
Register here 

February 26
Susan Barton
Southridge High School Theater
Call Kelly Arnold at (503) 896-3606 to sign up

March 5
William Van Cleave
Holiday Inn Wilsonville
Register here
(CEUs Available = 6 for Teachers)

March 7
Moira Finnegan, SLP
Portland Providence
Register here  


On-time Attendance Really Matters!

Research concludes that just showing up and being on-time for school have a huge impact on a student’s academic and later life success. A 20% chronic attendance or tardiness rate is considered at-risk which at this time of year would be anything more than 17 times since the beginning of the school year. Many Buckman families are over these levels, especially in terms of tardiness.

Students with chronic problems in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by 3rd grade and by 6th grade it becomes a proven warning sign for students at-risk for dropping out of high school.

There is a myth that K-2 attendance isn’t that critical, but in the new Common Core Standards, mastery of many of the benchmarks that used to be in first grade are now expected in kindergarten. Further, the critical Number Corner section of the Bridges Math Curriculum is taught first thing in the morning, so students miss valuable learning if they are late. Social bonds and learning are reinforced by students just being present and chronic tardiness and absenteeism often lead to further anxious feelings about going to school.

Tardiness and absenteeism also interrupt classroom learning for everyone, and teachers must stop to help the students catch up. Just a few missed times here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can quickly add up to too much lost learning time and leave your student behind in school and may cause him/her to feel helpless.

The best gift to give your student is a good education—every day and on time. Please plan vacations and appointments accordingly.

February is attendance awareness month at Buckman. We will be focusing on absences and tardies. School Counselor, Sada Dewey and Diane in the SUN office are available with resources and to help brainstorm how to help provide the support your family needs.

 2nd Grade Free Dental Sealants

Continuing our 17 year partnership with OHSU, this Thursday second graders will be given an educational presentation on dental hygiene and paperwork will go home to parents offering free dental sealants to all second graders who don’t already have them in place.

Please fill out the paperwork whether or not you want the sealants and return it as soon as possible. We have a short turnaround time this year. For any questions, feel free to contact Diane in the SUN office, 503-858-0230.

Going on a Field Trip? Submit Your Background Check Now

 With the winter and spring field trip season quickly approaching, please take a moment to ensure your background check is current for the remaining of the school year.

Please go to PPS Volunteer Management system and follow the instructions. Background checks are good for three years. Adults without a cleared background check cannot attend classroom field trips. Don't let this be you!
Believe you already completed a background check? Click and enter your information here to confirm your background check is still valid. Thank you.

Immunization Exclusion Day - February 17

If you received a letter in December explaining your student needs an updated immunization record or further documentation for a nonmedical exemption, please provide this documentation to the office by Wednesday, February 17.
Without this documentation, your student cannot attend school beginning on Wednesday, February 17 and remains out of school until we receive the requested documentation.
Please contact the office if you have any questions. Thank you!

Middle School Choice Process Begins in February

The application process timeline for focus option middle schools is February 18-March 9. Transfer applications are available online at www.pps.net/schoolchoice. Many schools require attendance at a meeting prior to requesting a transfer to something other than a neighborhood school. The following is a schedule for upcoming middle school information sessions:

  • Beaumont - February 4, 6pm
  • Creative Science School K-8 - January 28, February 3 & 4 at 6pm
  • DaVinci Middle School - February 17, 8:30am, February 23 open house 4pm and info session at 5:15pm; February 29, March 2 and March 7, 4:30pm
  • George - March 15, 5:30 - 6:30pm
  • Hosford - February 11, 6-7:30pm
  • Jackson - February 25, March 24, April 28, 2-3pm, school tours for all prospective
  • students; April 18, 9:30am-12pm, sixth-grader visits
  • Lane - February 25, 6pm
  • Mt. Tabor - February 9, 6pm
  • Robert Gray - February 24, 6:30-8pm; February 10, March 2, 3-3:45pm, February 16, 9:30-10:15am
  • (School Daytime Tours for students not in the feeder schools)
  • Sellwood - January 27, 7-8:30pm
  • Sunnyside Environmental -  February 8, 6:30-7:30pm and February 19, 9-10am
  • West Sylvan - January 28, 7pm
  • Winterhaven - February 17 & March 9 at 5:30pm; February 24 & March 16 at 3:30pm

Buckman Directory

The Buckman Directory will be available soon! We are creating an on-line version that will be securely accessed by Buckman families. If you want a paper version please e-mail Caesar Bernardo by October 30. caesar.bernardo@gmail.com. We want to keep our printing costs down and are attempting to get an accurate count. Thanks!

Collecting Yearbook Pictures

We are collecting photos for this year's Buckman yearbook. Please send your photos to yearbookbuckman@gmail.com and include the event and grade. Let's fill the yearbook with pictures from all of the wonderful events occurring throughout the year! 

Student Ambassadors Wanted

On January 25 (no school-teacher planning day), Sunnyside Environmental School is hosting a free, one-day academy for students, ages 8 to 17. Founded by a student in Germany, Plant for the Planet student ambassadors have planted billions of trees in over 50 countries. Their hope is to bring students together from around the city, so that ALL students interested in becoming ambassadors will have the opportunity to participate. To register, visit ClimateChangeRecovery.org. Participation and catering is free of charge! Contact: Michael Foster mifostr@gmail.com.

PPS Childcare Survey

Portland Public Schools wants to hear from you about your student's child care experience. Please take a moment to complete the confidential online childcare survey by Friday, February 5. Or go to www.pps.net, and click the "Families" tab at the top of the page. If you need a paper survey, contact your child care provider.

Las Escuelas Públicas de Portland desean escuchar sobre la experiencia de su hijo/a en el cuidado de niños. Por favor tome un momento para completar una encuesta confidencial en línea sobre cuidado de niños antes del viernes, 5 de febrero. O ir a www.pps.net y haga clic sobre la opcion de "famlies" en la parte superior de la pagina. Si usted necesita una encuesta en papel, contacte su proveedor de cuidado de niños.

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

Adult Zumba

On Tuesday nights at 6 pm, SUN will be offering an adult Zumba Class starting February 26th in the Dance Studio. Drop-in rate this semester will be $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.

SUN News

Winter SUN Term Begins

Winter special activities forms are available in the front foyer. Regular winter term classes started this week. If you need to make changes, there are change forms in the front foyer. If your child didn't get into a lottery class that you pre-paid for, please fill out a change form with your address asking for a refund. Students should bring coats to the cafetorium if it is not raining for outdoor recess. Most other things should be left in their locker. Please remind students that it is important to participate in aerobic exercise during  recess to build strong healthy hearts and as required by SUN funders.

SUN Payments Overdue

Many families have overdue payment plan installments from fall term outstanding. Please get those in as soon as possible or come talk with us if you are unable to pay as it could affect winter term registrations if we haven't talked and come up with a plan to waive or reschedule payments. We depend on payments for payroll and need to know where we stand. Thanks to those who have already paid! Remember that January 15th payments are due this week. 


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

2/10: Community Meeting-

Principal Selection 6:00

2/10: Crozier Field Trip 9:30 am
2/11: Godfrey Field Trip 9:30 am
2/12: Miles Field Trip 9:30 am

Next Week 

2/15: President's Day, No School
2/16: Dines Out Ate-Oh-Ate 11am - 9pm
2/16: Connect to Kindergarten 

9:30am and 6pm 

(neighborhood families only)
2/17: 2-Hour Late Opening
2/17: Immunization Exclusion Day
2/17: Site Council 3:30pm
2/18: 2nd Grade Informance

  1:30-2:30 and 6:30-7:30
2/18: Lottery Enrollment Opens 

(new siblings of current 

lottery families must apply)
2/20: Firkin Fest at Green Dragon

Coming Up

2/23: Connect to Kindergarten

  Lottery Families 6pm 

(lottery families:one meeting is required)

2/26: SUN Family Dance in evening
3/3: Connect to Kindergarten 

Lottery Families 6pm 

(lottery families: one meeting is required)
3/4: Safety Meeting 8 am
3/4: 1st Grade Field Trip
3/9: Health Screenings K, 1, 3, 5
3/9: Lottery Enrollment Closes 

(new siblings of current lottery 

families must enroll before this date)
3/12-3/13: Art Show and Sell
3/15: Dines Out: Sizzle Pie
3/16: 2-hour late opening
3/16: Site Council 3:30 pm
3/17: 3rd Grade Performance
3/18: Kindergarten Field Trip
3/21-3/25: Spring Break


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.  Please also adhere to these rules on Late Openings.

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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