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

Thursday, Friday no school

Nov. 26-27: No school in recognition of holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks to the more than 3,000 people who attended meetings on enrollment balancing. Slideshow.  Growing Great Schools.

Buckman Weekly News

In This Issue

From the Principal



SUN News

From the Principal

Greetings, families!
It is always nice to have some things to celebrate and we have a few things this week. I’d like to extend a huge thank you and a congratulations to our Foundation volunteers who organized and put on one of the most epic movie nights ever, and to all of the families who participated. It was a wild one, but that event pushed us forward on the path to our Foundation goal for this year. Thanks, Diane and all!  And, another thank you and congratulations to our Run for the Arts coordinator, Leah Barkhurst, not only was Run for the Arts a total blast, but we raised over $25,000 to continue that support for our arts programming. Go Team Parents!

It is also time to talk about safety again. The morning drop-off and afternoon pick-ups get quite crowded, especially on 16th street in front of the school. It is important to remember that essentially the length of the school is a 5 minute, remain behind the wheel, drop-off and pick-up zone. As hard as it can be to find parking, we still have to request that for the safety of our children we honor that expectation. Also keep in mind that students should always cross the street at the corners or crosswalks where there are safety patrol and staff monitors. I am fully in favor of a few extra yards of walking if it means preventing a potential tragedy.

As we head into the wet and windy season, know that the district is no longer using FlashAlert for school delays and closures. You can sign up for the new system, School Messenger, by texting YES to 68453 to receive text alerts. And, of course, there will also be the district website and the usual media outlets.



PTA Meeting - FREE PIZZA + BeSmart Presentation - December 1

Please join the PTA and fellow Buckman families in the school cafeteria on Tuesday December 1 at 6:00pm for the last meeting of 2015. The first 30 minutes will be a pizza free for all and social time. Then volunteers from the BeSmart campaign will give a brief presentation about how we can work together as a community to keep our kids safe from unintentional shootings as a result of children's access to unsecured guns. Q&A and open discussion follow this brief presentation. For more information about BeSmart please visit - www.besmartforkids.org. You won't want to miss the valuable information presented. Free childcare provided.

Call for Art Show & Sell Artists

Artist applications for the 26th Annual Buckman Art Show & Sell are now online and due by November 20. Be a part of this long-standing community event featuring over 140 juried artists on March 12-13, 2016. Calls for student and alumni art will go out in late February.  

5th Grade House Party – November 21

Join other 5th grade parents for a house party on November 21 at 7pm. Drinks, food and dessert. Beer raffle and wine raffle to win – you know you're lucky! Admission is only a bottle of beer or wine. Evite went out to available email addresses, if you didn't receive it, please contact kristahof@gmail.com to get on the list.

PTA Clothing Center - 4 Volunteers Needed!

Monday December 7 is Buckman's day to volunteer at the PTA Clothing Center. Volunteer hours are from 9:30am-1:30pm at 3905 SE 91st Ave, Room B-60 (Marshall HS Campus). We are looking for 4 more volunteers. Please contact Meredith Vorhees if interested: mmvorhees@gmail.com

You will be helping students and their families shop for clothing. For more information look here.

Movie Night Thank You's

Thank you to everyone who dropped off their kids last week at the Buckman Movie Night. We hosted 121 children and raised $1,200 for the Foundation - our most successful Movie Night ever! We had twice as many kids as we expected, so it was a little crazy and we ran out of pizza (twice!). We'll definitely have some sort of RSVP system in place for next time.

Thank you to parent volunteers Cara and Chris Althoff, Marina Heitz, Laura Helms, Ellen Lemon, Olivia Pflanz, Adriane Wald and Diane Zipper; Mr. Scott and Principal Kosmala for tech support; Custodian Carl for cleaning up after us; and a special shout out to Sizzle Pie Pizza on East Burnside. They donated the first 8 pizzas for our event, so be sure to think of them the next time you're craving a slice for yourself!



Our Scholastic Book Fair will be Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11, just in time for the holidays!

Before School Book Fair Hours: Monday thru Friday 7:45-8:30am
After School Book Fair Hours: Monday thru Thursday 3-7pm and Friday 3-5pm

Would you rather shop in your pj's while lounging on the couch? You can!
From November 23 - December 4 you can order your books online!  All purchases made here will still benefit Buckman. Books ordered online will be delivered by December 17-18, just in time for Winter Break.

Please consider volunteering. It's not hard, plus you'll get to see the excited faces of kids buying their new favorite books! You can visit our volunteer sign up page here or you can email Lisa Dean. You'll also find a sign-up spot near the Buckman entrance the last week of November.

Thanks for helping bring the Scholastic Book Fair back to Buckman!

Enrollment Balancing: Join the Conversation

Proposals for adjusting boundaries and grade configurations will be released Thursday, October 29. The district will hold community meetings to allow people to review the proposals and provide input. Meetings will include an overview and Q-and-A about the proposals, break-out group discussion and public testimony. Childcare and interpretation will be provided.

Community Meetings:
Monday, November 9, 6-8pm, Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Place
Tuesday, November 10, 6-8pm, Cesar Chavez K-8, 5103 N Willis Blvd.
Thursday, November 12, 6-8pm., Center for Intercultural Organizing, 700 N Killingsworth St.
Monday, November 16, 10am-12pm, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, 8114 SE Division St.
Monday, November 16, 6-8pm, West Sylvan Middle School, 8111 SW West Slope Dr.
Tuesday, November 17, 6-8pm, Charles Jordan Community Center, 9009 N. Foss Ave.
Tuesday, November 17, 6-8pm, Madison High School, 2735 NE 82nd Ave., en Espanol
Wednesday, November 18, 6-8pm, Roseway Heights K-8, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.
Monday, November 23, 6-8pm., Markham K-5, 10531 SW Capitol Hwy. 

Another Successful Buckman Book Sale

Thank you to everyone who participated in the used book sale last week! We raised $410 for our new librarian, Ms. Darcy Rudnick, to buy new books for our school library. We gave some of the unsold children's books to the SUN program for their Season of Sharing (another great Buckman tradition!). The rest of the kids books went to the PTA Book Harvest, which helps families in need build their own home libraries. Thank you to everyone who donated books, signed up for a cashiering shift, sold leftovers to Powell's and all of our wonderful shoppers! It's a great way to spread the love of reading. A special thanks to veteran organizers Cara Althoff, Diane Zipper and Heather Leap.

Joe Cotter's Buckman Community Mural: Premiere of Documentary Film  

On Sunday, November 8 at 3pm there will be the premiere of the documentary short film, Joe Cotter’s Buckman Community Mural (doors open at 2 pm). Screening will be followed by Q & A at 3:30pm with artist Kolieha Bush, film co-producer Joanne Oleksiak and the film’s editor Quincy Davis. Film will be shown in the McMenamins Kennedy School Theater 5736 NE 33rd Ave (north of Killingsworth St) in Portland, Oregon. .
Admission is free for this family friendly event.  

Season of Sharing

Buckman Season of Sharing is an opportunity for Buckman families to provide needed items or holiday gifts to other Buckman families with very limited resources. If you are interested in giving, feel free to take a mitten or more and purchase the wish item(s) new. The item along with the coded mitten should be returned to the SOS box in the school office no later than Friday, December 11.

Please do not wrap the items although gift bags are ok and wrapping paper and bows are also appreciated separately. Volunteers and SUN staff need to be able to see the items and have ample time to organize boxes for families using information on the mittens. "Nearly new" items are very helpful for us to offer to families as extras, but we ask that the mitten items be new.

Thanks for your generosity in helping other Buckman families in need. 

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! 

SUN News


SUN registration for basketball is full! For girls, we will be partnering with the SE Portland Girls' Basketball Club which will have teams for girls in 1st-8th grades.  For more information visit www.sepdx-girlsbasketballclub.com or call Steve Cooper at 503-887-2928. For boys, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teams we are full for student registration, but we still need a fifth grade team coach. Boys' teams will be competing in the Parks and Rec Youth Basketball League, and will begin practicing in November The official season of games is January-March with games scheduled on Saturdays. If you are interested in coaching or have additional questions, please contact Diane in the SUN office at 503-858-0230 or dmeisenhelter@impactnw.org.

Buckman SUN Still Hiring

If you or anyone you know is interested, Buckman SUN is looking for paid staffing after school both to assist with classes as well as working one on one with individual students with special needs. Apply at ImpactNW website under Buckman SUN extended day or contact Diane in the SUN office.

Extra Activity Registration Forms

Remember to use the light yellow long form if you need late day opening care or schools' out day care. SUN is not able to handle last minute enrollments as we need time to hire sufficient staff and prepare materials. Please get your enrollments in as soon as possible.

SUN Sponsors After School Dance Programs

If your child is going to be in one of Chisao's after-school dance programs, be sure to fully fill out the SUN registration sheet (front and back) and write-in which dance days and times they will participate. SUN is the sponsor for this program and must have emergency information, releases, and all the other requested information in order to help keep children safe.

Looking for a Fun, Family Dance Band!

Buckman Family Dance is scheduled for Friday night, February 26 at the school. If you know of a fun, dance band that would appeal to families and might be willing to play, please contact Diane by emailing dmeisenhelter@impactnw.org. 

SUN Payments Overdue

Many families have overdue payment plan installments. Please get those in as soon as possible as our payroll depends on them. We still have approximately $3900 outstanding from fall term. 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

11/17: Family Math 

Night (SUN) 6-7:30pm
11/18: Site Council 


11/19: Crozier's Field Trip

Next Week

11/26 - 11/27:

No School,

Thanksgiving Break

Coming Up

12/1: PTA Meeting 6pm

12/7: School Safety Summit

12/15: First Grade 

12/16: 2-Hour

Late Opening

12/16: Chorus School-Wide Assembly

12/16: Fifth Grade Informance
12/16: Chorus

Performance (evening)
12/17: Chorus 

Field Trip
12/21 - 1/1:

No School, 

Winter 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

Language immersion students excel in reading

November 24, 2015
Fourth grade students in Chinese immersion at Woodstock School.

Students enrolled in PPS dual-language immersion programs – whether English speakers or English learners - significantly outpace their peers in reading, a big, new study released this fall found. 


Bond progress update, Fall 2015

November 24, 2015
A group of Roosevelt students receive an up close view of the construction process in early November.

The first new high school buildings in nearly 50 years are starting to rise out of the ground at both Roosevelt and Franklin high schools and master planning is progressing for Grant and about to launch for Benson, Lincoln and Madison high schools.


Get urgent news: Weather. Emergencies. Disasters.

November 24, 2015

Do you know how PPS responds to emergencies and winter weather - and how and when we communicate with you? Check out the PPS Get Urgent News page.

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