Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - February 2014 - Issue 12

Making Our Mark!

Important Announcements!

Note to Parents: Car Rider Arrival/Dismissal Procedures and General Parking Lot Safety

The recent spur of weather systems has certainly disrupted our "regular" school day schedules. We have seen many snow days-off or two-hour delays - which can be very frustrating for many of us who rely on a structured or consistent schedule.


At this time, we kindly request that parents remain patient during our arrival and dismissal schedule - by following our established procedures of remaining in car lines and following our safety standards for the well-being of everyone at school.


  • Follow our school's speed-limit postings (not to exceed 5-mph).
  • No Cell Phone Usage while driving in our school lot.
  • Drop-off/Pick-up at our established Back-Porch - not the main office.
  • Remaining in the established car drop-off/pick-up lane for arrival and dismissal.
  • Contacting the school's main office for any dismissal changes for your student.


Please Note: Ultimately, the purpose of the car line is for the safety of our students, staff, guests and visitors. Please do not circumvent the established car lane to our "Back Porch" - which hugs the school sidewalks - by maneuvering around our parking lot and traveling opposite of our one way traffic routes. Oftentimes, many of our parents arrive early to wait at "Back Porch" to make an after-school activity or appointment. The only time you would pick-up or drop-off your child in our Main Office is for a late arrival or an early dismissal - otherwise please use the "Back Porch" location.


Following the above established protocol allows for the smooth, safe and most efficient process to our arrival and dismissal procedures when not taking the bus.

UPDATE: PSSA Assessment Schedule Change

Due to the recent amounts of school closings across the State of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has extended the PSSA Testing window 1-extra week for both (1) Math & Reading (for Grades 3-6) and (2) Writing (for Grade 5).


As a result, the new schedule of assessments at Buckingham are now:

Grade 3-6 PSSA Reading and Math - March 24th through March 31st

Grade 5 PSSA Writing - April 7th through April 10th

Grade 4 PSSA Science - April 28th & 29th (remains the same)


Attendance during this time is imperative but we realize this date change may conflict with scheduled personal plans for travel or doctor appointments. While we appreciate any rescheduling adjustments you might be able to make for appointments, we understand that may not be possible at this time. However, please know the assessments missed will be taken during the "Make-Up" days later in the testing window.


In advance, "Thank You" for your understanding and cooperation!


Buckingham Elementary School

National Association of Elementary School Principals: Report to Parents - Fight Flu & Germs

NAESP: Report to Parents - Fight Flu & Germs:

You’ve probably already heard it: the telltale sniffles of flu season, which peaks in January and February. Navigate flu and germ season with these tactics for prevention and care.


(To read the entire article from the National Association of Elementary School Principal's, please CLICK HERE - May need to allow some time to load).

Report Card: Standards-Based Report Card Informational Meetings

The Central Bucks School District will offer three informational meetings in April to provide an overview and answer questions regarding the revised elementary report card system, effective 2014-15. Each meeting targets either the East, West, or South portion of the district for parent convenience. Parents may also attend any meeting that accommodates their schedule. Please join us to learn more about how your child’s academic progress would be communicated in this comprehensive K-6 reporting system.


Informational Meeting Dates:

  • Monday, April 7, 2014 - 7:00PM - Cold Spring Elementary (CB East Cluster)
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 7:00PM - Pine Run Elementary (CB West Cluster)
  • Monday, April 28, 2014 - 700PM - Titus Elementary (CB South Cluster)


- See more at CBSD Website by Clicking Here.

News & Upcoming Events

School Calendar

February:

February 17 - President's Day - NO SCHOOL

February 19 - Market Day - 3:00PM-5:00PM - Gym Foyer

February 21 - Spirit Day - Pajama Day

February 21 - Student Spirit Assembly: "Ridiculous Jugglers"

February 24-28 - Jump Rope for Heart - Phys. Ed Classes

February 25 - Reading Olympics Meeting - Library - 8:00AM

February 25 - 2nd Grade PEN Field Trip - Bridge Valley Forensic Day

February 25 - School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM


March:

March 3 - Read Across America - Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

March 4 - Reading Olympics Meeting - Library - 8:00AM

March 4 - Middle School Orientation - Holicong - 7:00PM (6th Grade Parents Only)

March 7 - Reschedule - Shelter-In-Place Drill - 9:45AM

March 9 - Daylight-Savings: "Spring Ahead"

March 10-14 - Scholastic Spring Book Fair - FIESTA!

March 10 - Spirit Day -

March 10 - School Spirit Assembly: World Mosaic - Music & Dance

March 11 - School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

March 14 - PTO Family Fun Night - Spring Bingo!

March 17 - St. Patrick's Day

March 20 - Spring!

March 20 - PTO General Meeting - 9:30AM - Cafeteria

March 24-31 - PSSA Reading & Math - Grades 3-6 - State Assessments in AM

March 25 - Reading Olympics Meeting - Library - 8:00AM

March 25 - School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

Jump Rope for Heart

This year’s Jump Rope for Heart will be held during the children's Physical Education time the week of February 24th.


Donation envolopes will be sent home the week of February 10th in Thursday Folders. Please know that the collection of donations is completely optional and all children will participate in the event.


Buckingham has participated in this event since 2005, the American Heart Association along with Buckingham Elementary would like to “Thank you” for all your help and dedication towards this event throughout the years.


If I can be of further assistance or if you have any question please contact me at adurie@cbsd.org.


-Mr. Durie, Buckingham Physical Education Teacher

Parents of 6th Graders: Middle School Orientation (March 4)

Dear Parent of a Future 7th Grade Student:

As we continue to prepare for your child's transition to middle school, we would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the Middle School Orientation Session at your child's future middle school. The event will begin at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, March 4. The details of this evening are further described on our INVITATION below - which is also posted on our district website and can be viewed by clicking HERE.

If there are any questions, please contact your child's current elementary school or future middle school.

Community School - Young Rembrandts at Buckingham: The Power of Drawing

Drawing is the fundamental skill of the visual arts that can - and should - be learned by all children. Young Rembrandts teaches the drawing skills children need while developing learning skills that give children an academic advantage in the classroom.


Registration is now open for students: (1) Kindergarten and (2) Grades 1-6. Please click on the appropriate link for more details.

Buckingham's "Operation Helping Hand" - 2014

See below to find out how your student can contribute aNon-Perishable food item for the United Way of Bucks County. Review the Grade-Level Food List below the poster! Bring in canned food to Buckingham - More information to come!

CB Cares Boomerang Nominations

February: #26 Caring - Young person values service to others, in their family, school, or community. He/she commits to meaningful and caring actions.


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, February 24th.

Buckingham Musical: The Ever After - Save the Dates

Evenings - April 3 & April 4 - Buckingham Cafeteria

Ticket Information to come!

School Happenings

Buckingham Celebrates "CB Cares Boomerang" Award Recipients!

Buckingham Elementary School Celebrated our Boomerang Award Winners for the 1st Semester on Monday, February 10th - with a special pancake breakfast cooked by Mr. Rosica and Mr. Funseth. Throughout the first semester, students were recognized for their hard work and good decisions as they pertained to the CB Cares 40-Assets Monthly Program. Congratulations to all of our nominees!


CB Cares - 40 Assets:

  • September - #2 - Positive Family Communication
  • October - #31 - Restraint
  • November - #33 - Interpersonal Competence
  • December - #17 - Creative Activities
  • January - #9 - Service to Others


A very special thank you to parent lead contact - Mrs. Moyer, teacher - Mrs. Raitt and cafeteria manager - Mrs. Wilson for their help and careful attention to all important details! For more information, please visit the CB Cares: 40-Assets Boomerang Youth Award WebPage.

...From the Buckingham PTO

PTO Open Positions for the 2014-2016 School Years

Parent-Leaders Needed! Have you wondered how you might be able to make a significant impact at Buckingham Elementary? Do you want to be on a team with other parents who want to make positive contributions to your child's school?


If you're interested in being a contributing volunteer in your child's elementary school, consider one of the open positions on the PTO Executive Board! The Buckingham PTO has three open positions for the 2014-2015-2016 school years - all are 2-year positions:


  • Co-President
  • Vice President
  • Recording Secretary


If you're interested in learning more about the positions and expectations, please contact Co-Presidents, Mrs. Denise Forest or Mrs. Cindy Meyers.

2013-2014 Buckingham Mighty Knight Yearbooks - ON SALE!

Yearbooks are on sale for the month of February.... Due date is February 28th. Order Forms were included in the January 30th Thursday Folder. more order forms are located in the Main Office.


Books are $15 apiece.


Make check payable to : Buckingham Elementary PTO


Questions please contact djjforest@gmail.com or 215-630-0697

The Spring Scholastic Book Fair is almost here...!

Hola Familias! The excitement is building and a FIESTA is making its way to the Buckingham School Library. Our Spring Book Fair doors open Monday, March 10th and run until Friday, March 14th.


(Student Only) Fair Hours are:

Monday-Thursday - 9:00-3:25

Friday - 9:00-1:00

***Please note that parents may escort their children to the fair from 3:30PM to 4:00PM Monday - Thursday following the Dismissal Bell (3:30PM).


In addition, the Book Fair will be open Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm-8:00pm for families (Parents & Siblings Welcome), giving your family more time to browse and to find that perfect book. Don’t forget to check out the Classroom Wish List display and consider donating a book to your child’s classroom. Your teacher would love your support in building his/her classroom library.


Looking forward to seeing you at the Fair!


If you are interested in volunteering please contact Lori Tinari at loritinari@yahoo.com or Beth Gidwani at bethgidwani@gmail.com

General PTO Meeting - 3/20

Learn more about the Buckingham Run/Walk at our next PTO Meeting - 9:30AM - Cafeteria

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