Buckingham Elementary School
The MIghty Knight Connection - December 2015 - Issue 7
60 Years of Celebrating Students - 1955-2015
Every Moment Matters!
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
News & Upcoming Events
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
CB Cares Boomerang Nominations
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.
1st Grade Field Trip - Howell Living History Farm
"Thanks" to our Rocking Roots!
6th Grade Virtual Field Trip - Brain Dissection
QUEST - HOUR of CODE - Dec. 7-11th @ Buckingham
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.
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
CB East Boys and Girls High School Soccer Championships
Buckingham Students: Cross-Country National Youth Championships
From the Buckingham PTO
Secret Shoppe - Volunteers Needed!
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
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.
Buckingham Elementary School
PO Box 158, 2414 Durham Road
Buckingham, PA 18912-0158
Principal, Karl Funseth
Principal's Secretary, Janice Petrie