Pearl S. Buck Elementary

"Pearls of Wisdom" April 8, 2016

PSSA Schedule

PSSA Testing for 3rd and 4th grade students begins next week and will occur on the following dates:

- April 11-14 - ELA (Language Arts)

- April 19-21 - Math

- April 25 & 27 - Science (4th only)

The scheduled times for each testing session are as follows:

9:30-11:30 - 3rd grade

10:30-12:30 - 4th grade

We anticipate most students will complete each test section within the 2 hour time frame. However, all students will be afforded as much time as they feel they need.

Gum is permitted during testing, as is hard candy (peppermint is suggested). Gum/candy are limited to 5 pieces per student, per session. Students must supply their own, and may not supply candy or gum to other students. The test administrator may restrict the consumption of these items if problems arise.

2nd and 3rd Graders Explore Soil and Plants

Second grade students planted cucumber seeds in soil that they composted themselves! Seeds were planted in clay and sand as well to see if the type of soil affects the growth of a plant. Our young agriculturists are anxious to check their hypotheses! The students also took the different types of soil (clay, sand, and humus) to see how each reacted differently when water is added, and then rolled or smeared on paper. These learning experiences are all connected to our 2nd grade science unit on "soils".

On Wednesday, Addie Maher from Shady Brook Farms visited the school and planted sunflower seeds with third graders. Shady Brook Farms was kind enough to donate the potting soil, seeds, and biodegradable pots. Right now, the seeds are germinating in mini-greenhouses made of sandwich bags and sunbathing on the windowsills. The third graders peek every morning looking for sprouts that have pushed their way through the soil to see the world. Soon, we’ll be able to take our plants to the greenhouse – it just needs to warm up! The kids will learn a lot about taking care of plants and can’t wait to see them grow. Spring has sprung here at Pearl S. Buck! These learning experiences are part of the Structures of Life unit for 3rd grade science.

(A renewed thanks to our Pearl Buck dads for building the benches for our greenhouse: Jim Boch, Matt Dykty, Ben Hines, Dane Laino, Dan McCoy, and Dave Vinciguera.)

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A Tale of Two Mahers

Mrs. Maria Maher, Buck teacher, mugs it up with Mrs. Addie Maher from Shady Brook Farms. Inquiring minds wanted to know..."Are they related?" What do you think? The answer can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.

Pearl Buck's First ever Karaoke Night!

Monday, April 25th, 6pm

143 Top Road

Levittown, PA

Our first ever Karaoke Night will be held on Monday, April 25th, from 6-9, in Pearl Buck's cafeteria. Come join us! (School will be closed on Tuesday, April 26th for the primary elections!)

Questions? Please email Elaine Shubin.

The Power of Peers

Students in Mr. Knight's class were paired one-to-one to work on practice items similar to those from the Chapter 9 online math assessment. When the “teacher” was comfortable the "student(s)" knew the material, a second assessment was administered with little or no assistance. The pairings were arranged by Mr. Knight.

Additional Seeds of Information

End of 3rd marking period

The 3rd marking period officially ends today, April 8th. Parents will have access to progress reports as of the afternoon of Friday, April 15th.

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.

PTO Corner

This month's PTO meeting will occur on Thursday, April 14th, at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the home of Elaine Shubin. If you plan to attend, please email Elaine.

We are still looking for pictures from the Winter Chorus Concert, Pizza Bingo and Dr. Suess week, for the yearbook. Please email them to

4th grade parents, if you have not sent your child's baby picture in, please do ASAP. Make sure you have your child's name on the envelope. We would like to see all the children have their baby pictures in the yearbook.

During the week of April 18th we will be collecting donations in the school lobby for our raffle baskets for the Race for Education. For information regarding donations, please click here ---> raffle.docx

School Store will be held on April 21st, during lunch. We are still looking for some volunteers, if you have a few hours to spare, please go to:

Did you know....?

  1. The fall and spring equinoxes are the only two times during the year when the sun rises due east and sets due west.
  2. On the first day of spring, a person at the North Pole would see the sun skimming across the horizon, beginning six months of uninterrupted daylight. A person at the South Pole would see the sun skimming across the horizon, signaling the start of six months of darkness.
  3. The first spring flowers are typically lilacs, irises, lilies, tulips, daffodils, and dandelions.
  4. For the Japanese, the opening of the cherry blossom, Japan’s national flower, in March or April signals the start of spring.

The answer to "A Tale of Two Mahers"

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