Buckingham Elementary School

The MIghty Knight Connection - December 2015 - Issue 7

60 Years of Celebrating Students - 1955-2015

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Every Moment Matters!

Important Announcements

THANKS to the Buckingham PTO

On behalf of the Buckingham Staff, "thank you" to everyone who was involved with the delicious Parent/Teacher Conferences dinner organized by our PTO - led by Mrs. Clausen and Mrs. Greenlee. We all enjoyed the Taco-Themed meal - and the delicious salads, spreads and desserts. It was a wonderful opportunity to sit with colleagues in between our many conference meetings. What a wonderful way to kick-off the First Day of Conferences!

Service Learning at Buckingham

Sixth Grade embraced the Thanksgiving Holiday with their annual "Thanksgiving Breakfast Bags" for the residents of Grundy Hall. Students decorated and filled the bags prior to the Thanksgiving Break and student volunteers arrived at Grundy Hall to help deliver to the residents. It was a wonderful opportunity to help make the residents feel special and cared-for during the Holiday. Great work students and teachers!

Buckingham C.A.R.E.S. about BUS SAFETY

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Volunteers for Winter Parties - Clearances Required

If you have already submitted your information to the District - you do not need to have any further paperwork.

All NEW Volunteers - Please go to the website to complete the online process for submission of volunteer paperwork. The link and a quick video explaining how to do this, in order to make it more user friendly, is available here: http://www.cbsd.org/Page/355.

Parent Volunteers, you do not need to go to the Ad Center as they no longer accept clearances at the building. New volunteers simply upload onto the website and receive a volunteer pass in the mail after they have completed all steps.

Central Bucks School District - Hiring Substitute Teachers

Parent Notice - Central Bucks School District is accepting applications for Substitute Teachers who hold a conferred Bachelors Degree and attends a 2-Day Local Training to become Emergency Certified with the PA Department of Education. If interested, please review the District Flyer >CLICK HERE< for information. If you are interested in getting into the classroom, then consider becoming a Substitute Teacher for the Central Bucks School District!

Program & Registration includes:

  • 2 full days of training with 3-CB Staff Developers
  • All program materials used in and for the training
  • Cost of the certification through PDE.

This training is for non-certified individuals with a bachelor’s degree. Anyone who holds a PA teaching certification is able to simply contact Christine Trawinski to become a substitute without the 2-day training.

2 Ways to Give this Season… For the Buckingham Community

Holiday Giving Program at Buckingham

Dear Parents & Students,

Beginning December 2nd, the Buckingham Giving Tree will be on display in the hallway nearest the main office. The Giving Tree will have tags on it that display the names of holiday gifts that can be donated for local families in need this holiday season. We invite our Buckingham Students to choose a tag if they wish & purchase the gift needed. We ask that you wrap the gift and be sure to secure the tag to the outside of the gift wrap. All gifts should be delivered to school by December 18th to ensure holiday delivery. Please deliver your gifts to the main office.

More information needed….Please contact Bryan Rosica at brosica@cbsd.org

Buckingham's Annual Turkey Toss

Please support our Annual “Turkey Toss” by donating to this worthy cause. Students will be participating in this wonderful activity during all gym classes the week of December 7th – 11th. This project will help provide a beautiful holiday dinner for some of our families experiencing financial hardships this year.

More information needed….Please contact Randi Semanoff at rsemanof@cbsd.org

News & Upcoming Events

School Calendar


Dec. 1 - Central Bucks School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

Dec. 4 - Secret Shoppe - Evening Hours (6:00PM-9:00PM)

Dec. 5th (Sat) - Secret Shoppe - Afternoon Hours (10:00AM-12:00PM)

Dec. 6th (Sun) - Hanukkah Begins (Sundown) through to December 14

Dec. 15 - Great Holly Holiday Concert - Multi-Purpose Room - 7:00PM

Dec. 16 - Visiting Author (Ted & Betsy Lewen) - Grades 4-6

Dec. 22 - Holiday Sing - "Fancy Day" (Students and Staff Assembly Only)

Dec. 23 - Winter Class Parties - (Volunteer Clearances Required)

Dec. 24-Jan.3 - Winter Break - No School

Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve

Dec. 25 - Christmas Day

Dec. 31 - New Years Eve

*School Resumes Monday, January 4, 2016 - Happy New Year!

Buckingham Library - This Holiday, Dedicate a Book for Someone Special!

Dedicating a book makes a great gift that will last for years to come! Your book dedication can celebrate a birthday or holiday, a special achievement, a “thank you” gift for a teacher or honor someone special while helping to support the Buckingham Library.

What happens when you dedicate a book?

  • A personalized bookplate is permanently placed in the book.
  • The book is presented to your child, teacher or the individual being honored during library time.
  • The honoree is the first to check the book out from the library.
  • The dedication will be acknowledged on the website and bulletin board outside the library.

Book Dedications are a gift to EVERY student at Buckingham!

If you are interested in a gift that keeps on giving, find the Book Dedication form. Please Click Here for a Book Dedication Order Form.

Questions? Contact Lori Tinari

Young Rembrandts

Young Rembrandts' is starting another drawing class session for students. The 6-week session begins on Friday, December 18 - 3:45 to 4:45pm. Click here for the mail in enrollment, or enroll online at www.youngrembrandts.com/buxmont-pa.

CB Cares Boomerang Nominations

December: #22 SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT - Young person is actively engaged in educational activities inside and/or outside of school. They take learning a step further and by their actions and enthusiasm serve as a role model to others.

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 Monday, December 18th.

School Happenings

1st Grade Field Trip - Howell Living History Farm

First graders were transported back to the 1900s when they went on their field trip to the Howell Living History Farm. The students learned about roles various family members played to keep a farm running. The children took on the duties of farmers’ children as they collected corn from out in the fields, shelled the corn, ground the kernels to make corn flour, and helped to bake some corn bread in an "old-time" kitchen. Students had a hands-on experience and learned many new things about life and families from the past while learning a great deal about the life cycle of corn. It was a fun time had by all!

"Thanks" to our Rocking Roots!

After a few Clean-up Sessions = Over 20 bags of leaves and debris taken from our Courtyard during the fall months! Thanks to our entire Rockin' Roots Team in grades 5 & 6, Supervising Staff - Mr. Radcliff and parent coordinator - Mrs. Lund. You all help Buckingham shine! Thank you!

6th Grade Virtual Field Trip - Brain Dissection

Students in Mrs. Vollman's and Mrs. Williams classroom connected to the Cleveland Institute to learn about the brain - connecting to our Human Systems Curriculum. Students learned about brain functioning and watched a virtual dissection of a sheep's brain all the way from Ohio!

QUEST - HOUR of CODE - Dec. 7-11th @ Buckingham

Dear Parents,

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.

That’s why all QUEST classes are joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7th-11th). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code. All students in 1st through 6th grades will be participating in either unplugged or plugged in activities that require students to do computer programming basics.

Our Hour of Code is a statement that Buckingham Elementary is ready to teach these foundational 21st-century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge.

This is a chance to change the future for the students in Buckingham Elementary.

See http://hourofcode.com/us for details and help spread the word.


Sinead Doherty, Buckingham QUEST Teacher

Art Around Buckingham

Celebrating Buckingham Students

Buckingham Students Attend PAGES Conference

Several Buckingham sixth grade girls attended the Philadelphia Area Girls Enjoying Science (PAGES) mini-conference hosted by Chestnut Hill College hosted on Saturday, November 7, 2015. The program is supported by the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society, the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), and Northeastern Montgomery County and Makefield Area Branches of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Its purpose is to promote science as a career for women and girls. The participants learned about extracting DNA from a strawberry, how to separate colors using chromography, how make ice cream using liquid nitrogen, and testing acids/bases using universal indicators.

Creative Communication

Please join me in congratulating the following students who have been selected to have their writing published in the Fall publication of elementary school students by Creative Communication.

Our 11 winners include:

Julia Norris, Leah Loukedis, Joshua Daniels, Rachel Delie, Grace Sutterlin, Anika Keshri, Luke Christmas, Kaylee Tener, Francis Torres, Haley Richey, and Shayne Sanocki

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CB East Boys and Girls High School Soccer Championships

Both CB East Boys and Girls Varsity Teams made it to the PIAA Championship Game in Hershey, PA on November 21st, 2015! After an amazing season, both teams (featuring some former Buckingham Elementary Alumni) represented our High School and District well in two competitive games. CB East Girls lost a hard-fought game against Upper St. Clair 2-1 - while the Boys won 2-0 against Seneca Valley! Congratulations to both teams and our former Buckingham Students!

Buckingham Students: Cross-Country National Youth Championships

Patrick and Andrew Kleemeier had a wonderful time competing and did really well at the National Cross Country Coaches Youth Championships in Lexington, Kentucky on November 21st, 2015. Both participated as members of the Philadelphia CYO Cross-Country Team. Andrew’s team (6 to 8 year olds) came in 1st and Patrick’s team (11 and 12 year olds) came in 5th. Congratulations to our Buckingham Students!

From the Buckingham PTO

Secret Shoppe - Volunteers Needed!

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Buckingham PTO - January General Meeting 1/21 - Speaker Series

Our next PTO General Meeting will be held in the Buckingham Cafeteria on January 21st - beginning promptly at 9:30AM. We are excited to share that Dr. Deborah Van Aken, Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist, has been invited to present upon “The Over-Scheduled Family.” This is happening due to a generous grant from the CB Cares Educational Foundation.

Please be sure to attend as this topic may help guide us in making best choices for our family. See you there!

SEE WHAT'S COMING UP! Sign-Up Genius Information

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities - To see the "line-up" of upcoming events throughout the year, you will see tabs near the top of the Buckingham PTO Sign-Up Genius page. You choose how and when to participate - it's all there for you in one, easy place. Be sure to click the link to support your school!

Parents: Committee Chair Opportunities Next Year!

  • Buckingham Garden Committee Chair (Beginning 2016-17): Do you have a green thumb? Are you a budding botanist who loves to get your hands dirty? The PTO is looking for someone to shadow the current Garden Chair and take over this position for next year. This role would include coordinating with teachers and HRCs to get classrooms in the garden and help kids learn about the joys of growing their own food. The Veggie Garden allows our students to enjoy the benefits of gardening and fresh foods - in addition to being able to donate crops grown to local food banks! If interested, please contact Anne Piotrowski or Jill Jankowski.

  • Passive Fundraising Chair: Do you love the idea of helping make money for your school doing things people are already doing? We are looking for someone to help organize and oversee our Passive Fundraising - e-Scrips, Amazon Smile, Spirit Nights at restaurants, Shopperoo, Box Tops, Labels for Education, etc. This person would work with the PTO Board to determine which programs work best for our school and work with other chairs to implement these programs and help make money for our school. Please contact Anne Piotrowski for information.

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 Secondary, Dr. Nancy Silvious

Assistant Superintendent of Elementary, Dr. David Bolton