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

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School News & Announcements

Mark Your Calendar

This Week

4/16 Coffee with the Principal 2:15-2:55 pm

Next Week

4/25 Auction 7 pm

Coming Up

4/28 PTA Meeting 6:30-8 pm

5/11 Parent online safety meeting 6:15 pm

5/14 Coffee with the Principal 8:50-9:30 am

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.

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. 

A Message from the Principal

When I first began meeting teachers and parents, one of the common topics was the Annual PTA Art Show and Sell and how this event celebrates the true meaning of Buckman School. Buckman community members continually told me I would be blown away by the local and student artwork displayed. Everything everyone told me was absolutely true; I had a wonderful experience during the two day event. This is a fabulous example of parents, students, teachers, and community members working together to celebrate and promote the arts.
I want to thank Cheryl Lapsley, Samantha Bruner, Michelle Cacka, Lori Clarson, Diane Zipper, and the many wonderful volunteers for all of their devotion in organizing the 180 volunteers, 140 artists, and managing the thousands of people who walked through the front doors of Buckman. The two days went off without a hitch because of their hard work and dedication to details. This event raised close to $18,000 for the Buckman PTA’s budget for next year and the front door and rounding up sales raised $7,000 for the Buckman Foundation. I am extremely impressed with the outcome of such a successful event. Again, thank you Cheryl, Samantha, Michelle, and all of the volunteers for supporting our students and teachers. Your hard work and dedication will enable us to bring more arts into the classroom next year.  
Switching gears to the subject of lice - the office is getting reports they are making a nuisance of themselves, so please be on the lookout.
• Students found with nits remain at school.
• Students with live lice are sent home at the time discovered.
• Students with lice and/or nits receive treatment information.
• Whole school and/or classroom screening are discouraged in all schools.
The PPS lice policy reflects recommendations from national experts such as Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Current research shows that classroom or school-wide screening and parent notifications about known cases of lice are not good use of resources and staff time, do not diminish the incidence of lice, and can give parents a false sense of security if they are not receiving notification.
Again, in accordance with PPS policy, there are no classroom screenings. All schools must comply with the PPS policy. If you have any questions, please contact: Megan Melady, School Health Services Coordinator, 503.916.3036, mmelady@pps.net.

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

Transfer to focus options schools such as Buckman occur through an annual computerized lottery process. The focus option lottery opened February 9, 2015 and closed March 6, 2015.  

For families that applied before the deadline, Enrollment and Transfer Center will mail result letters around May 2015. Families living outside the Buckman neighborhood who did not apply to the lottery process before closing are encouraged to contact their neighborhood school for enrollment.

Application Process for Buckman Neighborhood Families

Students living in the Buckman neighborhood, as defined by Portland Public Schools, do not need to apply through the lottery process. Neighborhood families are encouraged to contact the Buckman office and complete the registration paperwork as soon as possible.

Not sure of your neighborhood school? Enter your address information on the following link to find your neighborhood school:


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

Workshop gets kids with disabilities cruising

May 04, 2015
A child behind the wheel of a toy car grins while his mother looks on.

Parents and special education staff learned at a May 1 workshop how to adapt motorized, ride-on toy cars to allow children with special needs to move independently. 


PPS breaks ground on first modernized high school in nearly 50 years

May 02, 2015

Portland Public Schools broke ground May 2 on the $96 million modernization of Roosevelt High School, the first time that PPS will, in essence, have a new high school in nearly 50 years. 


Young, Gifted and Black students honored

May 01, 2015
A logo showing the date and time of Young, Gifted and Black ceremony.

PPS invites the community to join in celebrating the achievements of 24 exceptional students at the district’s sixth annual Young, Gifted and Black ceremony.


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