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
PTA/Foundation
News/Events
SUN News
Mark Your Calendar

Calling All Kindergarteners!

Registration for the 2016-17 school year is now open.

If you have a child who will be five years old by September 1 and you live in the Buckman neighborhood, pick up a registration packet in the school office to register now!


From the Principal

Greetings families!

    Last Friday, our 1st grade made a trip to Art Design Portland, otherwise known as ADX. This is a creative collaborative located here in our neighborhood, and it exemplifies the connection between the arts, design and innovation.  Anyone with an idea and the drive can access space, tools, and expertise to put their idea into action, and last Friday our students were able to see and experience it themselves.

    This is important, because in addition to students’ aesthetic development, Buckman’s mission as an arts focused school is to foster curiosity and critical thinking using the arts as a vehicle for expression. While we’ve been making that connection for over 25 years, more recent research published out of Michigan State University suggests that students who engage in sustained participation in the arts before the age of 14 are significantly more likely to hold patents or own businesses as adults. Engaging in creative endeavors of all kinds builds the neural pathways that allow for flexible “problem-solving” thinking. We have some very talented students at Buckman, and that talent can take them to some pretty amazing places even we can’t predict!

    Congratulations to the fifth grade, their teachers, and the arts team who pulled off an impressive production last week, complete with some pretty cool lighting effects and a slow-motion lizard fight scene (and how many times do you get to put THAT in a newsletter?). It was a successful culmination of weeks of very, very hard work on everyone’s part. Bravo to all involved! This week and next they are off on their ecological adventure to Opal Creek. Stay dry, stay safe and have a lovely time!

Susan

PTA/Foundation 

End of Year Picnic, June 3

    Buckman Community it's that time of year - come celebrate at our End of Year School Picnic! Friday, June 3 from 5:30 - 7:30pm. Bring a blanket and food or purchase food there. There will be music, face painting, arts and crafts and acrobatics! For questions please contact Claire Bernardo at Clairet.mcdonnell@gmail.com

Great Wolf Lodge Raffle!

    From now until June 3, you can enter to win a free one-night stay at Great Wolf Lodge PLUS a $360 gift card! Woohoo!!
How to buy your tickets: Raffle tickets are only $20 each. And, you can purchase as many raffle tickets as you'd like! Get your raffle tickets online here. The winning ticket will be drawn at the end of year picnic on June 3.

    The deets: The owner of the winning raffle ticket will receive a gift voucher for a free one-night stay at Great Wolf Lodge (in Grand Mound, WA) in a family suite for four (two queen beds, a sleeper sofa, semi-private living area, microwave and refrigerator), including a waterpark pass for each registered guest up to four people. The voucher is good for a year. The winner will ALSO receive a $360 Great Wolf gift card. This gift card can be used in any Great Wolf outlet, at any Great Wolf Lodge, online, or even towards making a
reservation for a second night.

7th Annual Caddyshack Outing, Saturday June 4!

    Carl Spackler has nothing on these guys! Come join Buckman teachers Greg Clarkson, Chris Gifford and Zach Vestal as they host an afternoon on the links at McMenamin’s Edgefield in Troutdale. The 9-hole, par 3, beginner friendly course offers a beautiful setting for adult golfers of all ability levels. 

    Club rentals are available for a mere $2 each AND... your ticket includes one complimentary beverage. Cost is $40 per person (adults only) and it all goes to the Buckman Foundation to support teacher positions. Get some friends together and go play!
Sign up online at the Buckman auction website, or drop off a check in the office.


Buckman Apparel Sale Next Week!

   The last Buckman Apparel Sale of the year will be June 1-3. We'll be selling apparel at drop-off and pick-up (and after SUN pickup on June 1). Also, if you can volunteer to help with the sale, please sign up here.

Get Your Auction Item Markdowns!

    There are five awesome silent auction items that have been added to the online auction. You can bid between now and May 26. The highest bidder wins the item. Go to the online auction catalog to place your bid. 

News/Events

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!

Buckman Yearbook: Watch for Order forms soon!

Read, Wriggle And Focus Together!

    The library has set up a Donors Choose fundraising project that will allow all students who enter the library to choose seating that best fits their learning style. Our bulky, heavy chairs are a challenge for younger students to manipulate and create difficulty when pushing in. These chairs will fit perfectly under the tables and create more room in our small space. Giving students the wriggle time they need helps in concentration.

    Additionally, the library is used for in-services, SUN program, fairs and school events. Having these light weight and stackable chairs will make rearranging furniture for these events easier on staff, the librarian and volunteers! Our first goal is to acquire 8 of the 33 chairs needed for the library classes. Please help us reach our goal!


Summer Reading Opportunities from Multnomah County Library

    5th graders only! Want to be a SUMMER READING VOLUNTEER at the Belmont library??? Sign up with a friend for a weekly two-hour spot! Stop in the BELMONT LIBRARY branch for more details…

    Upcoming 1st and 2nd Graders ONLY! Looking for BIG KIDS SUMMER STORY TIME? This summer Belmont Library will have a storytime just for kids going into 1st or 2nd grade. We'll read some longer books, do activities and games around them and share some ideas of books they might like. Meeting times are once a week at 1:45 on Wednesdays for the first 5 weeks after school gets out.

End of the Year Library Dates & MCL Summer Reading Program

    Last week of check out for students is May 23-27. No renewals will occur after May 27 and lists of overdue books and fines for lost books will go home the week of May 30-June 2. ALL BOOKS AND FINES DUE WEDNESDAY JUNE 8.
    The Multnomah Co unty Library summer reading promotion will happen in students library class May 30-June 3. The MCL summer reading program starts June 17! Summer reading is free and students have the chance to win t-shirts, other prizes and a chance at the Grand Prize drawing for a trip for four to Great Wolf Lodge waterpark!

Attention Spring Cleaners!

    We are running a Lego and game drive at the library! Any gently used games (cards, checkers, chess, dominos, etc...) and Legos would be greatly appreciated as we continue to build up activities in the library. Please drop off donations at the library or office.
Your humble library staff thank you!

Last week of check out for students is May 23-27
No renewals after May 27
Lists of overdue books and fines for lost books will go home the week of May 30-June 2
ALL BOOKS AND FINES DUE WEDNESDAY JUNE 8

    The Multnomah County Library summer reading promotion will happen in students library class May 30-June 3. The MCL summer reading program starts June 17! Summer reading is free and students have the chance to win t-shirts, other prizes and a chance at the Grad Prize drawing for a trip for four to Great Wolf Lodge waterpark!
 

Crafts and Drafts

    Please join Rogue Ales, City Repair and fellow Buckman families in repainting the intersection at SE 9th and Yamhill on Saturday, June 11 from 11am - 6pm to celebrate the spirit of our city's crafts and drafts. Activities for kids include painting the intersection and enjoying the music of street musicians. BBQ and Rogue soda will be available.

    The Rogue Foundation graciously donated $2,500 to Buckman Elementary during Firkin Fest 2016. We would love to continue our community partnership with Rogue and help with the Crafts and Drafts Street Fair.

Check out this is a great video from last year's painting project
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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

Register NOW for Summer SUN (and pay later).....

    Summer SUN schedules are available so you can plan for summer camps. Register now to reserve a spot and help us gauge summer staffing, but payments aren't needed until first day of camps. Extra activity forms are also 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 the SUN kiosk.

Check here for the summer Schedule and Application: SUN_Summer_2016_Registration_Form.pdf

Fall Legorobotics Coach Needed

    SUN just received a small grant to upgrade our legorobotics equipment so we can have a competitive team in the fall. We are looking for a parent or someone with knowledge, who would be willing to coach (for a mere $12/hr.) and get our team ready for regional competition in December.
    We need to upgrade the equipment before the end of June and there is a free training for coaches in June so we would like to bring someone on board now who could help decide what equipment to purchase with our $650. Please contact Diane at dmeisenhelter@impactnw.org if you are interested.


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.....

Buckman Student Bike Challenge

    During the month of May, students can bike to school and record their daily rides on a Bike Challenge sheet (see SUN kiosk). At the end of the month, those students will be entered multiple times (how many days you rode) along with prior Walk and Bike students for a prize drawing. Start recording your trips today, have your parent confirm, and turn it into the SUN mailbox at the end of the month.


May Bike Challenge

    Coinciding with National Bike Month, BTA challenges everyone across Oregon to get out of their cars and get on their bikes and see who can #bikemore during the month of May. Historically, the Bike Commute Challenge has only tracked bike trips to and from work, but now every ride counts in the Bike More Challenge! Ride your bike to work, the grocery store, or for fun and log all of your trips at bikemorechallenge.com! The Challenge is a state-wide, month-long friendly competition between workplaces (and schools) to see who can get the greatest percentage to log the most trips on their bike. At the end we tally the results, give out awards in different categories and celebrate everyone’s hard work and commitment for that month. If you are not part of a workplace team, join the Buckman Bikers! Email bmorris@impactnw.org and say you want to be on the team.

    Everyone logs their bike trips during the month of May. At the end of the month, the BTA tallies the bike trips and ranks all locations in size categories by the percentage of commutes achieved by bike. In early June, the BTA announces the winning groups at a big Challenge Awards Party. Individuals also qualify for certain perks...see the site for more details.

2016 Buckman SUN Summer Camp Schedule

   June 13th-17th Farm Fun Entering grades 1-6; 9:00-4:30pm (pre-paid early-care at 8:30 ($3) & aftercare available until 5:30pm ($5) by arrangement) Cost: $160 or $40/day payable to Impact NW. Learn what it means to get up with the chickens in this fun, farm-filled camp. Every day we will explore different aspects of farm life from milking goats and collecting eggs to pondering what will happen if the goats get in the corn field.

   June 20th – 24th Circus Camp Entering grades k-6; 9:00-4:30pm (pre-paid early-care at 8:30 & aftercare available until 5:30pm by arrangement) Cost: $175/week $40/day payable to Motion Magic. This camp is for kids who want to run away and join the circus for a week! Children will learn tumbling, partner acrobatics, juggling, stilt walking, walking on a globe, hula hooping and more. We will also be making our own props, face painting, writing jokes and making up acts. The camp will culminate in a show for the family and friends!

   June 20th – July 8th Summer Art Intensive at Buckman: Three weeks of Nonsense-with a purpose. Entering grades 4th – 7th; 8:30 am – 12:30pm Cost: $375/payable to Greg Clarkson. Through hand building, coil and slab fabrication, and other ceramic techniques, children will learn about the history and art of Picasso. They will also explore the many periods of Picasso’s art through 2D drawing and painting techniques. This camp will be taking two field trips. Students can enroll in ½ day camps for the afternoon. No camp on July 4th.

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


REGULAR OPENINGS
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

 

DELAYED OPENINGS
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

5/23-25: Field Trip

               Vestal/Clarkson

5/27: First Grade Field Trip

5/27: Kindergarten Performance

Next Week
5/30: Memorial Day,
no school

5/31-6/2:

All library books due

6/1:
Hosford Field Trip
6/1:
Kindergarten's Field Trip
6/1:
Deadline for
Student Bike Challenge

6/1-6/3:
Nichenko's Field Trip
6/1-6/3:

Apparel sales
in lobby

6/1:
Site Council 3:30pm
6/3:
Safety Committee Meeting
6/3:
End of Year Picnic 5:30pm
6/3:
Last day for Great Wolf
Lodge Raffle

6/4:
Caddyshack Outing

Coming Up

6/6: Marimba Field Trip

6/8: Fifth Grade Promotion

6/9: Last Day of School
 

 

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.

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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.
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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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