Buckingham Elementary School
The Mighty Knight Connection - December 2014 - Issue 8
B.E. - Festive!
Happy Holidays from the Buckingham Staff
Buckingham Staff Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest
Service Learning at Buckingham
Buckingham Students, Staff and the Community take pride in providing a service to others. Service-learning is a teaching and learning methodology which fosters civic responsibility and applies classroom learning through meaningful service to the local community. The strongest service-learning experiences occur when the service is meaningfully immersed in ongoing learning and is a natural part of the curriculum that extends into the community. Service-learning is an essential strategy in providing a rigorous and relevant curriculum which will prepare students to succeed in the 21st century.
Recent Service Learning Projects at Buckingham have included:
Breakfast Bags for Grundy Hall
Buckingham 6th Grade Students helped local residents of Doylestown's Grundy Hall celebrate Thanksgiving through a Service-Learning Grade-Level project. The children decorated bags with pictures and poetry; filled them with treats - such as granola bars, tea bags, and cereal; and hand-delivered the bags the day before Thanksgiving. All food was donated by our giving 6th graders - then delivered to the many residents. Volunteer students on their Thanksgiving Break knocked on over 150 doors, shared a "Happy Thanksgiving" message, and passed the thankful residents their wonderful treats!
Buckingham's Turkey Toss
Our school community came together to provide support to those in need. The children enjoyed competing in our annual Turkey Toss - vying for a chance to win the infamous Turkey Trophy! As a result, we were able to provide generous gift certificates for a holiday meal to those families in our school community experiencing hardship.
The overwhelming generosity and kindness by ALL who donated and participated helped to make this project a success - During this time of year, it is truly inspiring and a testament to what makes our Buckingham School Community so special.
Nurse Randi and Mr. Andy Durie
The Giving Tree
Thanks to all who participated in the Holiday "Giving Tree" Program this year. For the past two weeks, a holiday tree with gift tags has been displayed in the hallway nearest the main office. These tags had the name of a holiday gift that could be purchased and donated to local families in need this holiday season. We are so pleased to report that every tag was taken from the tree, and the gifts were brought to the main office in time for the holidays. We are so thankful for all of your support, and wish everyone a joyful holiday season!
Wish List Holiday Service
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. We all enjoyed the Chili-Themed meal - and the delicious salads, breads and desserts. I know that several recipes were shared - and it was a wonderful opportunity to sit with colleages in between our many conference metings. It was a wonderful way to kick-off the Thanksgiving Festivities!
-Karl Funseth, Principal - and the Buckingham Staff
Text Message Alerts - Inclement Weather/School Cancellations
The Central Bucks School District is able to provide text messaging for emergency school closings, delayed openings, early dismissals, and bus transportation issues via SMS text messaging to mobile phones.
To Subscribe: From your cell phone, text the word "Join" to number "56360". If our messaging system finds a match for your number in its database, you will receive a confirmation message thanking you for joining School Alerts.
If you have been a subscriber in previous years, you will still be in the system. Click Here for more information.
Dedicate a Book to Buckingham!
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. For more information and to download a Dedication Form, please click on the link!
Questions? Contact Lori Tinari at firstname.lastname@example.org
CB Cares: Backpack Newslflash - December's Electronic issue
Please follow the link to CB Care's Backpack Newslflash December Issue below:
Happy Holidays! - The CB Cares Foundation Team
News and Upcoming Events
December - Continued:
Dec. 16 - Hanukkah Begins - Sundown (Through December 24th)
Dec. 18 - Spirit Day Assembly - School Holiday Concert - Dress Like Your Teacher Day
Dec. 18 - Evening Performance - 7:00PM (Orchestra, Band, Chorus)
Dec. 22 - Third Grade Talent Show - Follow Classroom Schedules
Dec. 23 - Spirit Day Assembly - Holiday Sing - Fancy Dress Day
Dec. 24 - Jan. 2 - No School - Winter Break
Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve
Dec. 25 - Christmas
Dec. 31 - New Year's Eve
Jan. 1 - New Years Day
Jan. 2 - No School - School Office Open
Jan. 5 - School Resumes Grades K-6
Jan. 7 - Spirit Assembly - Phenomenal Physics - Dress Like a Scientist Day
Jan. 13 - CB School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM
Jan. 19 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - "Day of Service"
Jan. 21 - PTO General Meeting - 9:30AM - District Technology Staff Developer, Jason Jaffe
Jan. 21 - Market Day - Gym Lobby - 3:00PM-5:00PM
Jan. 26 - NOVA: Cyber-Bullying Parent Forum - Lenape Middle School - 7:00PM
Jan. 27 - Early Dismissal/Half-Day for Students, 12:10PM Dismissal - End of MP 2
Jan. 27 - CB School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM
Jan. 29 - Emergency Preparation - School-Wide Shelter-In-Place Drill (AM)
Jan. 30 - Family Fun Night - Family Fun & Fitness Night
Important Upcoming Events & Holiday Celebrations
Spirit Days/School Assemblies (Students and Staff Only):
Dec. 18 - Dress Like your Teacher/Dress Like your Students
Dec. 23 - Fancy Day - Dress Up for the Holiday Sing!
Jan. 7 - Dress Like a Scientist
Evening Holiday Concert (For Parents and Families):
Dec. 18 - Cafeteria - 7:00PM - Orchestra, Band and Chorus
Holiday/Winter Classroom Parties (HRC/Party Volunteers):
Dec. 22 - Third Grade Talent Show - Classroom Schedules
Dec. 22 & 23rd - Approved Dates for Grade-Level/Classroom Winter Party
Shining Knights Chess Club
CB East Patriot Players: Children's Theater Workshop
This winter, the Patriot Players are hosting a Children's Theatre Workshop. Elementary students are invited to spend the afternoon with the high school drama students and partake in a series of workshops, including singing, acting and dancing. (All workshops are led by high school students with adult supervision.)
WHO: STUDENTS, GRADES 1-6
WHEN: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
WHERE: CB EAST AUDITORIUM
COST: $25 PER STUDENT (includes t-shirt & snack)
Click Here for a Registration Form - FORMS DUE JANUARY 17, 2015
At the end of the afternoon, the kids perform for their families. Not only does the event benefit a wonderful cause, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, it is a great way for curious young actors to become a Junior Patriot Player for the day!
NOVA: Cyber-Bullying & Social Media Forum (Parents Only) 1/26/2015
CB Cares Boomerang Nominations
December: #34 Cultural Competence. Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds. They accept and appreciate differences in people; they establish friendships with those from different backgrounds. We might notice that they do not tolerate jokes or other put-downs that demean people of different backgrounds.
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 15th.
1st Grade Field Trip
"Pennsylvania Pride" at Buckingham
From the Buckingham PTO
Holiday Secret Shoppe Success!
The Secret Shoppe Tradition at Buckingham Elementary School continued again this year! Children and their families came out to shop during the two-day event. Our Secret Shoppe Holiday Elves helped the children select just the right gift and wrapped it with care. It was wonderful to see the children so excited about their special purchases!
And speaking of our Holiday Elves…..We extend a very special "Thank You!" to all of our volunteers who make this event possible. From set-up to clean-up, our volunteers bring the holiday spirit to all our shoppers. We are thankful for your tireless energy and efforts in helping us make this tradition one to remember. We also extend our thanks to our Buckingham Elementary School custodial crew and front office staff who helped schedule, set-up, and clean-up after each event.
Thanks to all who supported and helped with the event, we could not have done it without you!
Our best wishes for a safe and joyous holiday season. See you next year!
Judy Kleemeier and Cindy Dobbins, Co-Chairs - Secret Shoppe
Silver Graphics Orders Have Arrived!
"Happenings" After School Clubs Begin in January
Buckingham's After School "Happenings Clubs" are almost here... There will be something for everyone!
Zumba, karate, yoga, sports combo, ceramics, babysitting and jump rope to name a few... Classes are set to begin the week of January 18th - beginning Tuesday after MLK Day. Enrollment forms were sent in a recent Thursday Folder - or contact - the Main Office if you need an additional form.
Questions? Please contact Mrs. Michelle Lund at Gabsydmac@gmail.com.
Buckingham Elementary School
PO Box 158, 2414 Durham Road
Buckingham, PA 18912-0158
Principal, Karl Funseth
Principal's Secretary, Janice Petrie