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

Successful Schools Survey Extended Through March 6

Successful Schools Survey: Thanks to the thousands of parents who have taken the survey! Online at www.oregonskitchentable.org or download PDF, print and return to your school office: EnglishEspañolTiếng ViệtРусский中文 , SoomaaligaRead more. Student and staff surveys now underway. Staff: See PPS Inside banner for links.

School News & Announcements

Mark Your Calendar

This Week

2/25 Brown's classroom field trip

2/25 Third grade school-wide performance 1:30 pm and community 7 pm

Next Week

3/1 First grade pajama party 5-8 pm

3/4 Hosford information night 6-7 pm

3/5 Connect to Kindergarten 6-7:30 pm

3/7-3/8 Art Show and Sell

Coming Up

3/10 Smarter Balanced Q&A 6:30 pm

3/11 Scott's classroom field trip

3/12 Gifford's classroom field trip

3/12 Third grade party 6-9 pm

3/12 Buckman volunteers at PTA clothing center 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

3/13 Rockness' classroom field trip

3/18 2-hour late opening and SUN Spring registration

3/18 Dines Out at Porque No? 11 am - 10 pm

3/19 Fourth grade school-wide performance 1:30 pm and community 7 pm

3/23 - 3/27 Spring break, no school

3/30 SUN early bird camp week

4/25 Auction

A Message from the Principal

Each year in March or April, depending on the district’s budget process, Central Office determines the Buckman Arts School Full Time Employment (FTE) allocation (teaching staff). At the April PTA meeting, I plan to discuss the programs for next year, answer questions about the staffing process, and explain how decisions were made during this process.

Central Office determines a school’s FTE based on the total number of students enrolled at a school site and daily student attendance. Schools plan programs (classroom teachers) based on this number to fit their particular unique needs. Central Office projects next year’s FTE based on the total enrollment and attendance of all Buckman K-5 students. This is the second year kindergarten will be fully weighted by the state. Central Office is in the process of gathering family input on budget priorities for schools at several town halls. Cleveland High School will host a town hall on March 11 from 6-7:30 pm. 

The staffing allocations are expected to come from Central Office to school principals on March 10. I plan to use four criteria to determine the Buckman Arts program: what is best for kids; supporting classroom instruction; maintaining all programs; and honoring the unique art needs of Buckman School. 

At the initial start of the staffing process each year, I collect current known information on student enrollment and programs to specifically brainstorm and analyze different options. The data includes the number of students in every Buckman classroom and grade level, the teacher to student ratio in those classrooms, the Full Time Employment specialists utilized (Dance, Visual Art, Music, Library Educational, Student Management Specialist, and Counseling), parent and teacher surveys, and the current Buckman mission statement. I plan to send out a Buckman Blast with a survey for families to complete on Monday, March 2. The survey will close on Friday, March 6. 

Again, my goal is that at the April PTA meeting, the tentative staffing will be set and I will be able to share and discuss this information. I appreciate your patience as we work through this process and I plan to update you as information becomes available.

Connect to Kindergarten

Next Meeting March 5 at 6 pm

Thank you for helping Buckman spread the word about our last Connect to Kindergarten meeting on Thursday, March 5 from 6 to 7:30 pm. This is an opportunity for neighborhood and lottery families to learn about Buckman and meet some of the kindergarten teachers, school staff, and other parents. The meeting is required for lottery families. 

Childcare will be available, and the famous Penny's Puppet Productions will present a special puppet show for student visitors.

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

Celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday

March 02, 2015
Timber Joey charmed Llewellyn students with his reading of a Dr. Seuss classic. Schools across the district celebrated the national Read Across America day on March 2, Dr. Seuss' birthday, with special guests and activities. At Jason Lee School, the day launched a school-wide readathon.


Hayhurst Craft Fair is March 7

February 27, 2015

Hayhurst Elementary is holding its second annual Craft Fair, a great chance to buy crafts and gifts and support Hayhurst School. 


Survey open through March 6

February 27, 2015

More than 4,250 PPS parents have taken the Successful Schools Survey and the survey will now be open through March 6.


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