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
Mark Your Calendar


Calling All Kindergarteners!

Registration now for the 2016-17 school year.

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!

Buckman Bus Riders

Please review the stop pick up and drop off time for this years neighborhood bus.

One stop has been eliminated, and times have changed.

Buckman Bus Route 2016 - 2017

Stop Description                      Stop Time       Bus Route #

NE CLACKAMAS ST & 6TH AVE        8:21 AM                  306

NE CLACKAMAS ST & 19TH AVE       8:26 AM             306

NE CLACKAMAS ST & 19TH AVE       3:09 PM             306

NE CLACKAMAS ST & 6TH AVE        3:12 PM              306

Buckman Supply  List

Search here for your classroom supply list.


From the Principal

Welcome and welcome back, families. I am so excited for this school year!


     Staff have been working very hard over the summer getting ready, and we are eager to tell you about a small addition that we think will have big results. Last year our Behavior Committee took parent feedback, staff input and evidence-based practices and created our school behavior framework (which we’ve included in your back-to-school information). You can look it over in this link: Buckman_Bears_PBIS_Matrix.pdf This year we will be really practicing and celebrating the actions and decisions that demonstrate that framework, in our classrooms and as a whole school!


     Another change for the year is that all sinks and water fountains are closed for drinking. The district installed new water stations in close to a dozen locations in the school. Water will be delivered weekly. Most of our kiddos already come to school with water bottles, but if it isn’t something you’ve thought about before, now is a good time to get one for your child. And, as always, label it with your child’s first and last name!


      I know these back-to-school packets are thick and tedious, and with everything else going on this time of year it is easy to set it aside, but I strongly encourage you take some time with the documents inside. There are some additions and changes to the 2016-17 Family Handbook, a copy of our new behavior framework, and other important documents that will directly or indirectly effect your child.  One of the most important tasks at the start of the year is to make sure the information the office has is still accurate. Please review all phone numbers, email addresses and emergency contact information on the student registration form, make any corrections, sign and date, and return them to your child’s teacher or to the office. We are happy to take care of it from there.


     Buckman parents are very active in the school, and teachers rely on and are appreciative of that support. There are many, many ways to help in a school, but if you think you might want to chaperone a field trip, volunteer for a school event, or assist in your child’s classroom, then please take a minute to complete the Volunteer Background Check application at www.volunteer.pps.net. It doesn’t take long, and once complete it is good for three school years. If you have questions about whether you are cleared to volunteer in your child’s classroom, Melina and Karen in the office can look up that information.


Finally, a giant thank you to the Buckman Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and the Buckman Foundation, two parent-run organizations that keep Buckman what it is.  Without the support of the Foundation, we wouldn’t have the benefit of an awesome full-time media specialist. And, without our PTA we wouldn’t have a lot of things-including extra time for our Arts team to support the performances, Boys Dance, the Buckman Chorus and many of the supplies that keep our classrooms and the Arts program running.  Your participation in these organizations is crucial to maintaining the unique program here at Buckman.  More information on how you can help will be available at the Back to School Picnic on Friday, September 9th. Or, you can keep tabs on all school and PTA events through the Buckman webpage, www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/buckman.


Go Buckman, it’s going to be a really great year!





Change of Address?

   If you have had a change of address this school year, make sure that you have notified the office of your current address. You will not receive your end of year mailing if your address is incorrect. This end of year mailing will include your student's report card and class placement for the next school year, plus other back to school information.

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. 


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 great video from last year's painting project.                                                                                                            

Crafts and Drafts - Student Art Sale Opportunity

   Crafts and Drafts is happening June 11 and the Rogue staff was so impressed with our student art at the Art Show and Sell that they invited Buckman Student Artist to vend at the festival!

    Student vendors will be responsible for bringing their own table, tablecloth and chair to the event. Students and families are also responsible for all sales, so please bring your items priced and have cash available for making change. A square reader is also an easy way to collect sales and is free and available for pick up locally or by mail. The event is located at 9th and Yamhill.  Set up starts at 10:30am and students should be ready for customers by 10:45. The event goes all day, but student art sales will be open from 11-1pm.  

    We are also looking for a point person who will be at the show to help make sure it goes smoothly. If you would like to participate or have questions please email Michelle at michellechachka@gmail.com. If you know what you are bringing and want to commit to vending please contact Michelle so she can give the event organizers a space needed estimate. 

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 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!

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.

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 in the SUN kiosk 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. Register by placing form in SUN mail box. A quick list of camp dates (9am-4:30 pm with optional early or late care if prearranged):

June 13-17: Farm Fun $160wk or $40/day, Impact NW
June 20-July 8: Half-day Buckman Arts and Writing, $385 for 3 weeks, contact Greg Clarkson or Michael Simmons
June 20-24: Circus Camp with Motion Magic, $175/week or $40/day
June 27-July 1: Pirate's Camp with Motion Magic (cost same as prior week)
July 5-8: Get Fit (body systems, exercise, and nutrition),$160/wk or $40/day, INW
July 11-22: Peter Pan Drama Camp, $300 for two weeks, Impact NW
July 25-29: Animals with a Bad Rap Summer School, $160,INW (scholarships available)

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. PLEASE give online at www.gofundme.com/sunridernw. 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.....

Summer Zumba

    If there is enough interest, our wonderful Zumba instructor is willing to do a morning summer class on Tuesdays at 9am. Same great low cost of 5 classes for $20 or a $5 drop-in fee! Please help us spread the word so we can get enough folks to grow this fun offering. Parents are also able to bring students interested in dance 4th grade and older. Same great exercise and fun! Contact Diane ASAP if you are interested.

Fall SUN

    Early Bird forms will be available before school starts. Fall Registration forms will go home in the first day packet and registration will begin on the Friday at the end of the first week of school. We will have several weeks of Early Bird camps in an effort to keep fall term similar in weeks to Winter and Spring term.

SUN Really Needs Overdue Payments!

    Many families have overdue payments from past terms as well as payments from spring term due. Please get those in as soon as possible or come talk with us if you are unable to pay. We need to end the year not in the red! We depend on payments for payroll and need to know where we stand. 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
Register your New Students!

Next Week
8/27: Community Care Day

Coming Up

August 29: Return to School!

8/29: First - Fifth Grade's

          First Day of School
9/1: Kindergarten's

          First Day of School 

9/9: Back to School Picnic



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.


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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