Pearl S. Buck Elementary

"Pearls of Wisdom" May 27, 2016

Field Day Information

Field Day will occur this coming Friday, June 3rd, with a rain-date of Monday, June 6th. Festivities begin at 9:25 and continue until your child’s recess time. Field Day is a non-competitive fun day that puts the emphasis on sportsmanship and not on winning and losing. We will conclude Filed Day with a teacher vs 4th Grade "California Kickball" game, beginning at 1:45. The game will be followed with a “Pie in the Face” for Mr. Kern. A schedule went home with your child today, Friday, May 27th. We hope to see you at our Field Day!

Please have your child come to school with a hat, sun tan lotion (no sprays, please), and a refillable water container, labeled with his or her name.

Does Pourquois does rhyme with Torquois?

A pourquoi story ("pourquoi" means "why" in French), also known as an origin story, is a fictional narrative that explains why something is the way it is. (For example, why a snake has no legs, or why a tiger has stripes.) Many legends and folktales are pourquoi stories.

Students in Ms. McCafferty's classroom completed research for their paper & pencil non-fiction books on an animal of their choice. Then they read different pourquois and watched some on Tinga Tinga (YouTube). Next, students chose an element of their animal they wanted to tell about (legs, tail etc) and put this story into BookCreator on an iPad. Each child wrote and illustrated a 5 page book and recorded their voice so that parents were able to enjoy them at the A-9 Book Bash on Thursday, May 26th.

Warm Weather Reminders

Now that the warm weather has arrived, please keep the following in mind:

  • Students should continue to wear appropriate footwear to school. Please avoid flip-flops or other footwear with flimsy soles. Sandals must have a heel strap.
  • Shirts should be modest in neckline. Armholes must not expose the torso (boys or girls). T-shirts are perfect!
  • Shorts should be modest in length; please avoid 'short shorts'.
  • Students are encouraged to wear a hat at recess.
  • Water bottles are acceptable.

Buggin' Out!!

Last week, 2nd grade students enjoyed a trip to the Insectarium!


Third graders in Miss Smith's class showed what they learned in their recent unit on sound by making a musical instrument. Each child had to present their instrument, demonstrate how to change the volume and pitch, and explain how they made it. Instruments made included everything from tambourines to spoons to guitars to maracas. The children had a great time and did a wonderful job with their presentations and they learned something without even realizing it!

4th Grade Move-Up Information

If you have a child in 4th grade, they will be participating in the annual Move-Up ceremony on Thursday, June 16th. Here is some information to help you plan for the day.

  • The ceremony will begin at 9:30. Parents and guardians will be permitted to enter the building at approximately 9:15 AM.
  • Parking is very limited. Please consider carpooling and plan to park within the surrounding neighborhood.
  • Tickets will be limited to 3 per family. This is due to very limited space.
  • Attire: In order to create a semi-formal atmosphere for the ceremony, we request your cooperation with student attire. Boys are asked to wear collared shirts, dress slacks and shoes. Ties and jackets are optional. Girls are asked to wear a dress, or a blouse with a skirt or slacks. Please keep neck and hemlines conservative and avoid strapless dresses. We ask students not wear sneakers, clogs or flip-flops, or other footwear that can easily slip off of the foot or that has thin/flimsy soles. Leather sandals with a firm sole and heel-strap are acceptable. Students should arrive at school dressed in their attire for the ceremony. Attire will be discussed during our upcoming rehearsals.
  • After the Move-Up event (approximately 10:30), the PTO will be hosting a breakfast for our 4th grade students and parents/guardians, after which parents/guardians may choose to sign-out their 4th grade child for the day.

  • In addition, the 4th grade students will enjoy special events on Wednesday, June 15th and Friday, June 17th. More information to follow. Please also be on the lookout for PTO emails regarding end of year events.

Jumping into Literacy

Mrs. Buttari's Kindergarten groups are enjoying the fresh air while practicing early literacy skills. The students had to jump into a square on the sidewalk for each sound in a word. This skill is called segmenting and the physical activity helps the brain make connections. If you are looking for some fun ways to incorporate a little learning over the summer....Try this!

Wax Museum

Mrs. Boyle's first grade students wrote biographies and speeches about Famous Americans. The students presented their speeches to their parents at the Grand Opening of the First Grade Wax Museum. The students should be very proud of themselves.

Summer STEM camp opportunities

Follow the link below for several STEM opportunities for this summer! Registration is required and space is limited.

District Art Show Participants

Congratulations to all of the students who had their work chosen to represent Buck at the District Art Show this year: Jadin Antimary, Kyleigh Askey, Annette Barry, Julia Bonko, Chloe Brison, Gabby Cavallo, Cece Ciaverelli, Layla Claudio, Kira Collado, Caitlyn Colyar, Eric Craighead, Annie Della Bella, Jules DePaola, Ayden Dillon, Hayden Edson, Jimmy Gordan, Nicole Homola, Emma Hunter, Ryan Kaiser, Ellie Kim, Weronika Kostrzewa, Lauren Kozlowski, Sean Landman, Alyssa Lawlor, Maya Malone, Kennedy McLarnon, Cassidy McManus, Serena Miles, Angelina Millory, Alessandra Nicastri, Aashi Nayinoni, Kelsey Ordini, amiya Osborne, Bhakti Patel, May Pilleggi, Tessa Pirolli, Natalie Robinson, Caroline Rodgers, Noah Santiago, Morgan Shaltens, Grace Schott, Kayla Stillwell, Marisa Sullivan, Melvina Tarweh, Kaelin Tureikas, Victoria Traub, Joseph Weagba, Micah Weiman, Robby Wood, Elif Yavuz, Kayleigh Zajac.

Last Days of School

The last three days of school will be early dismissal days. Students will be dismissed beginning at 1:00 PM.

Lunches will occur before recess, starting earlier than normal. Here are the start times for lunches on the last three days:

  • Kindergarten -11:10
  • 1st and 2nd - 11:50
  • 3rd and 4th - 12:25

Also, assuming the sun and warm weather will return before the end of school, please consider having your child apply sunscreen in the morning, and bring a hat and water bottle for recess.

1st Day School Supplies

Pearl Buck Elementary has partnered with 1st day School Supplies to provide parents with the convenience of ordering school supplies online and having them shipped directly to Pearl Buck for the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

Supply kits are filled with items common to homerooms in each grade level. You do not need to know your child's 2016-2017 teacher. If you order, your child will have his or her supplies waiting within their classroom on the first day of school. You may begin to place your orders now. All orders are due by June 30, 2016.

This is not a fundraiser, and participation is OPTIONAL. More information will be headed your way over the next month.

Did you know....?

More Than Just Something to Squash....

  • A cockroach can live for up to a week without a head.
  • Mosquitoes dislike citronella because it irritates their feet.
  • Mosquitoes prefer children to adults, and blondes to brunettes. (Another reason to keep your child close to you in the woods!)
  • Dragonflies are one of the fastest insects, flying 50 to 60 mph.
  • There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings on the entire earth.

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