From the Principal
Last night was the general meeting of the PTA and the State of the Schools; my first opportunity to share, en masse, what we are doing and how things fit together. Much of the work actually began last year with the development of our current Comprehensive Achievement Plan (CAP). The plan was created by a leadership group among the faculty, who examined 34 indicators in the areas of school structure and culture, educator effectiveness, family and community involvement, teaching and learning, and leadership to establish both our priorities and our goals for this year. When I looked at those priorities, many of the tasks identified by the team focused on communication, specifically communication with our community. It was clear that the desire is there to hold ourselves accountable for being transparent in what we do, and for asking our community for feedback and input.
First on the list of CAP goals is to establish a clear and accurate mission statement for our school. A mission statement serves two purposes in an organization, first to communicate the values and beliefs of the members of the organization to each other and to the world outside, and second to serve as a filter through which to review choices and decisions.
Last spring, the members of the Buckman Site Council generated a draft mission statement. Now, in keeping with our objective of inclusion and transparency, we are inviting our community to help us refine, edit or expand it, and ultimately land on a mission statement that will serve as our beacon for the foreseeable future. In the lobby there is a large poster of the draft mission statement. When you come to drop off students, pick them up, volunteer, or to meet with staff, please take a minute to read a poster. If you see something missing, or you want us to consider a different word choice, or if you just want to give it a stamp of approval, please feel free to write on the poster or leave us a sticky note. The posters will be up through conferences. Then you should see the results of your feedback sometime before winter break.
On another note, I recently had the opportunity to meet with other principals from the Cleveland cluster. Many of the Southeast schools are experiencing bike thefts during and after school hours. Since so many of our students and staff bike to school, here are some reminders and recommendations from the Portland Police Bureau’s Bike Theft Task Force:
1. Always use a U-lock. Never use only a cable lock.
2. Lock your wheel and frame together.
3. Use a bike rack (sign poles are not as secure). We have them on 16th and on Pine.
4. When possible, do not park your bike on the sidewalk or street overnight.
5. Lock your bike in a well-lit and well-traveled area.
6. Take lights and other easily removed items with you.
7. Write down your serial number. It's also very helpful to have a picture of your bicycle and, if possible, the original sales receipt.
8. Register your bike! It’s easy to do athttps://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/66825.
Take care, everyone!
Two Easy Ways to Earn Money for Buckman
Fred Meyer has partnered with our local PTA to donate a percentage of the dollars you spend each time you shop with your Rewards Card. There is no cost to you; only benefits for our school. Please take a moment to link your Rewards Card to Buckman. Go to: www.fredmeyer.com/signin; create a sign in if you don’t have one; click on “rewards”; click on “community rewards”; click on “link rewards.”
Amazon also has a program called AmazonSmile where they donate .5% of items purchased to an organization of your choice! Just click here and register to donate to Buckman PTA (you will keep your same account information). https://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-1053532
Thanks for your support of Buckman!
Dines Out: Dick's Kitchen Tuesday
DINE OUT at Dick's Kitchen (3312 SE Belmont) next Tuesday, Oct. 13. Come eat grass-fed beef burgers, Kobe beef hot dogs, tempeh Ruebens and Thai salad at this Paleo-focused burger joint. There's a great kid's menu, too: turkey sliders, grilled cheese, and steamed broccoli.
The restaurant is donating 15% of each check between 11AM-9PM so please bring family and friends!
No School Friday; SUN Day Out Change
On Friday, October 9, Buckman School will be closed for all activities. As a result, the SUN Play-in-a-Day Camp is happening at the SE Multicultural Service Center at 4610 SE Belmont. Since SUN School will not be at Buckman we are not able to accept registrations the day of camp. All students must be preregistered by Thursday, October 8 at 5:30 pm. Please call the SUN phone at 503-858-0230 or email Bobbi email@example.com with questions.
Used Book Sale
The Used Book Sale tradition continues! Buckman's Used Book Sale will be held during fall conferences (Oct. 21-23) in the cafeteria. Proceeds will benefit the school library. We are currently collecting gently used books for all ages and from all genres. CDs, vinyl, DVDs and family board games are also accepted. Please place donations in the collection boxes in the school lobby. Volunteers are also needed to help set up, staff, and close down the sale. Please sign up to volunteer athttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/used21. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Cara at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Run for the Arts
Run for the Arts was a big success on Friday!
The students put forth great effort and enthusiasm in raising money for Buckman. We are so proud of them. Please be aware of the following information:
- The collection period has begun. Please return sponsor sheets and donations by October 26th.
- The t-shirt fee increased this year. T-shirts now cost $9.00 and the funds come out of our donations. If your child has earned a t-shirt, but you would prefer to donate the funds to Buckman instead, please indicate this on your sponsor sheet. You may also consider donating the t-shirt cost with your child's pledges.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Leah Christensenleah.email@example.com
Thank you for supporting Run for the Arts!
Cybersafety Parent Education - October 15
How much do you know about social media? What precautions do you take to support your child?
Children’s access to the internet and social media needs thoughtful guidance and requires parents/guardians to be well-informed and proactive. Come join other Buckman families for some hands-on learning about the various social media outlets, by exploring the positive aspects as well as safety suggestions. Thursday, October 15, 9am and again at 6pm in the Buckman Cafeteria. Sponsored by Sada Dewey (school counselor) and SUN.
Season of Sharing
If your family is low-income and needs support with holiday gift-giving or warm clothes for winter, please fill out the Season of Sharing registration form that is in the SUN area across from our bulletin board or available in Room 214. Please place it in the SUN mailbox by October 23 so we can involve our community partners and other Buckman families by providing specific items of clothing (specify gender, age, and size) as well as small toys, art supplies, or books.
Extra Activity Registration Forms
Remember to use the light yellow long form if you need late day opening care or schools' out day care on October 9, October 21-23, or October 30. SUN may not be able to handle same day enrollments as we need time to hire sufficient staff and prepare materials. Please get your paperwork in as soon as possible.
Vietnamese, Laotian, Hindi and Russian Speaking Cultural Liaisons Needed
Thanks to folks who have responded as willing to help as cultural liaisons, I will be trying to make matches this week. We are still looking for someone able to speak any of the above languages who might be able to assist these English Learning families by calling them to help keep them abreast of weekly communications and conveying back to the school questions or concerns the families might have. It normally takes less than 15 minutes each week and makes a huge difference. If you know anyone who might help these ELL families stay in the loop, please contact Diane firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Many families have payment plan installments due October 15. Please get those in on time as our payroll depends on them. Thanks to those who have already paid.