Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - April 2016 - Issue 15

Celebrating Education for 60-Years - 2015-2016

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Every Moment Matters!

Important Announcements

Tomorrow - Engineer Expo at Buckingham!

Over 95 participants will share their explorations in engineering - stop by Buckingham from 10AM-1PM - Saturday, April 2nd!

KDG/1st Grade Registration - NOW OPEN!

Preparations for next year are in motion - register your child now if they are eligible for Kindergarten or 1st Grades to anticipate enrollment projections and number of sections! It could be the difference between two- or three-sections for a grade level!


Central Registration is open for families who need to enroll their children for next school year beginning with children who are 5 years old on or before August 31, 2016. Please click HERE for information on how to register your child for Kindergarten. If you know of any neighbors or friends who have students who will be age 5 on or before August 31, 2016, please remind them to register their child as soon as possible!

Buckingham Presents: Schoolhouse Rock LIVE, Jr. - 4/28 & 4/29

Information to come in Thursday Folder about ticket pre-sale and timing for the amazing musical Buckingham 5th and 6th graders will perform!


Please Note:

  • All seats are $5 (cash only), but if there is a child small enough to sit on a lap for the whole show and not need a seat, they can be admitted free!
  • The whole student body will see the show during school hours on 4/28.
  • No Video Taping may occur during any show - per publisher's rights.
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School Calendar Update

On March 22nd, The Central Bucks School Board approved the updated School Calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. With the January 25th school day cancelled due to snow, the last day of school for students will be Wednesday, June 15th (Half-Day Dismissal at 12:10PM; AM Kindergarten Only). PM Kindergarten's last day will now be Tuesday, June 14th. For a one-page calendar format, please CLICK HERE.

PSSA Schedule & Important Parent Information

Buckingham Parent Letter - 2016

Schedule:

  • April 11, 12, 13 and 14 - English Language Arts Assessment - 4-Sections
  • April 18, 19 and 20 - Math - 3-Sections
  • April 25 & 26 - Science (4th Grade Only) - 2-Sections

NAESP Report to Parents: Test Preparation

This month's Report to Parents, "Test Preparation," offers families successful tips to help students prepare for the upcoming State Assessments while helping them feel confident and confidence and well-rested.


"Whether you've been out of school for 5 years or 15, the thought of taking a test probably still makes your heart race. Now imagine what it is like for your child. as a parent, you can help..."


To read the entire article from the National Association of Elementary School Principals, please CLICK HERE.

Buckingham 2015-16 Yearbook on Sale Now - ENDING SOON!

Order yours no later than April 7th!


Go to: www.memorybook.com/parentpay

Code: 78181

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News & Upcoming Events

School Calendar

April:

Apr. 2 (Saturday) - Buckingham Engineer Expo - 10:00AM-1:00PM (Registration Required)

Apr. 5 - Central Bucks School Board's Forum - Mr. John Kopicky - 7:00PM - Lenape Middle School

Apr. 7 - End of 3rd Marking Period

Apr. 8 - Spirit Day - Inside-Out/Backwards Day

Apr. 8 - Mighty Knight at the Movies - 7:00PM

Apr. 11-14 - PSSA: English Language Arts Assessment - Grades 3-6

Apr. 12 - Central Bucks School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

Apr. 13 - Parent Positive Series: Raising Kids to Thrive - CB West HS - 7:00PM

Apr. 14 - Buckingham Fundraiser - Sweet Pea Celebrity Scoop - 4:00PM-8:00PM

Apr. 18-20 - PSSA: Math Assessment - Grades 3-6

Apr. 22 - No School - Holiday (Passover)

Apr. 25 & 26 - PSSA: Science - Grade 4 (Only)

Apr. 26 - Central Bucks School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

Apr. 27 - Administrative Professional's Day (Secretary Day)

Apr. 28 & 29 - Buckingham Presents: Schoolhouse Rock LIVE, Jr. Musical - Curtain 7:00PM (each night)

Apr. 29 - 6th Grade Field Trip - Clean Streams

National Library Week - April 10-16 - Celebrate with a Book Dedication to Buckingham

Book Dedication Form - Click Here

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April's Mighty "Night" at the Movies - 4/8!

Please mark your calendars for Friday, April 8th as Buckingham celebrates the character qualities and efforts of all our students throughout the 3rd Marking Period! It will be a wonderful night at Buckingham where the audience will be treated to Disney Pixar's: The Good Dinosaur!


Please Note: Due to scheduling conflict, there will be no subsequent parent speaker this night.

Parent Positive: Raising Kids to Thrive - 4/13

Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg - CB West High School - 7:00PM
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YMCA 2nd Grade Swim Initiative - Free for Qualifying Children

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Young Rembrandts - Registration for Friday Classes

For a registration form, please click here.
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CB Cares Boomerang Nominations

April: Reading for Pleasure. Young person reads for pleasure most days of the week, either alone, with family members, or with friends.


Students/Parents/Teachers, please nominate a Buckingham student by clicking here! In your paragraph, include how your nominee exemplifies this month’s asset. Nominations are due to Mr. Rosica by Friday, April 22nd .

School Happenings

Buckingham was "Feeling Groovy" at the Book Fair

Last week, positive reading vibes filled the school as everyone was Feelin’ Groovy at the Book Fair with Peace, Love, and BOOKS! The Buckingham Community was really digging the vibes as we celebrated reading. Students and staff were hip to the groovy fashions as we kicked-off a far-out week wearing clothes from the 60's! Special thanks to all the cool cats who volunteered their time and energy in making this a great event - where the school and our students benefit!



To access more photos, check out the Buckingham PTO Facebook Page by Clicking Here!

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St. Patricks Day at Buckingham!

It was a green day at Buckingham - as we celebrated St. Patrick's Day in school. No leprechauns were caught this year - but all of the students had their eyes open and tried not to blink!

Irish Dance at Buckingham - Fitzpatrick School of Dance Assembly

Fitzpatrick School of Irish Dance joined Buckingham students and staff to help celebrate St. Patrick's Day - with a performance for students! Several Buckingham students were a part of the company - mesmerizing us with the traditions celebrations of Ireland. Fitzpatrick School is an organization formed for the preservation and promotion of Irish culture through the traditional art of Irish step dance.

Buckingham's Lucky Bingo Night!

On Friday, March 18th, Buckingham's Family Fun Night - Spring Bingo was Lucky for all in attendance - as the bingo balls were called by parents Scott Berger and Dee Dee Snyder, exciting prizes were won! Buckingham families celebrated St. Patrick's Day and the coming of spring with the rest of the Buckingham Community - which was wonderfully planned by Mickey Blackburn-Stampes and Christine Manion (and the help from many great volunteers)!

Science Rocks - Primary Grades Explore the Love of Science!

Thanks to Mrs. Sorace for organizing and facilitating the big two-day event with our primary students - and to our Parent Volunteers who helped share the wonders of science explorations! All students are invited to participate in our Science Expo held near the end of May - be sure to look for more information in the coming weeks!

Buckingham Supports "World Autism Awareness Day" - 4/1

Buckingham students and staff helped our school community LIGHT IT UP BLUE Friday, April 1st by wearing blue. The staff also participated in a "Casual for a Cause" day with proceeds going to Autism Cares who will be providing scholarships to CB seniors "who support students with disabilities."

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Buckingham Student Showcase

Muscles for McKenna Gala - Help Cure SMA 2016

On Friday, March 18th, two of our Mightiest of Buckingham Knights, Mckenna and Meghan Ellixson (1st Grade), joined family and friends to celebrate the 4th annual Muscles for Mckenna Gala - with the hopes of finding a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Mckenna has Type 3-SMA which results in difficulty running, jumping, climbing and falls often without warning. Children with Type 3 SMA tend to have a normal life expectancy, but there is no way to determine the pace at which the disease will progress. Currently, there is no cure. Mckenna’s symptoms will only increase as she ages, but she is a fighter and lives life to the fullest!


Several from the Buckingham staff joined McKenna and Meghan at the event to support the search for a cure - You can also USE THIS LINK to make a donation to help CURE SMA!

Bucks County Courthouse Art Show

Congratulations to the following Buckingham students who have their work on display at the Doylestown Courthouse!


The Honorable President Judge Jeff Finley recognized:

  • Daniel Young, Natalie Berndt, Karol Kozik and James Struyk for their excellence in art in Mrs. Alderfer's Classrooms!
  • Julia Szyarto and Charlotte (Charlie) Berube - showcasing their work completed with Miss Hallman!


Way to go to these Mighty "Artistic" Knights!

Buckingham Book Dedications

A very special “Thank you” to all of the families who dedicated to our school library!


1. Book: Geronimo Stilton: The Treasure of Easter Island & Mouse Overboard

Dedicated to: Mrs. Michelle Rothstein

Dedication: Thank you for making a positive impact on my life!

From: Charlie Reimer


2. Book: Everything Dogs

Dedicated to: Joey Ziccardi

Dedication: We hope you have a wonderful year in 5th Grade. - Love Mom and Dad

From the Buckingham PTO

Celebrity Scoop at Sweet Pea in Doylestown - Featuring Buckingham Flavor Night!

Sweet Treat - Sweet Night, Sweet Fundraiser! Save the date for our Sweet Pea Ice Cream Fundraiser on April 14th in Doylestown from 4:00PM-8:00PM. We will have a feature flavor designed by one lucky classroom and some celebrity scoopers! It's sure to be a fun evening for the whole family!

Go GAGA for Buckingham - Every "Step" Matters - Save the Date!

Please direct all questions to Nicole Hoderny @ nsimone@711@aol.com or Stephanie Costantino @ slpcos@gmail.com

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School Mission

We, the Buckingham School Community, foster the academic, social, and emotional growth of our children. We establish a safe environment that encourages collaboration and life-long learning where students accomplish their personal goals. We are committed to supporting children through a well-structured learning environment built upon research-based best practices. The Buckingham School Community is dedicated to developing creative students of character who are responsible, contributing citizens.

Buckingham Elementary School

PO Box 158, 2414 Durham Road

Buckingham, PA 18912-0158


Principal, Karl Funseth

Principal's Secretary, Janice Petrie

Central Bucks School District

Central Office - Administrative Services Center

20 Welden Drive

Doylestown, PA 18901


Superintendent, Dr. David Weitzel

Assistant Superintendent of Elementary, Dr. David Bolton