Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - December 2014 - Issue 8

Buckingham Elementary

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B.E. - Festive!

Happy Holidays from the Buckingham Staff

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Buckingham Staff Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest

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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!

Project Believe

Buckingham 4th, 5th and 6th Grade teachers and students participated with volunteer parents to create Tag Blankets blankets for children at CHOP. Since our project began two years ago, Project Believe continues to grow! It goes further than seeing the students enjoy and experience the gift of giving - This project helps develop caring, generous, GREAT students who want to make a difference. Because of the generous donations received this year, Project Believe will be able to deliver 60 blankets to 3 Ronald McDonald houses, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia , and a family gathering room at Stony Brook Hospital on Long Island, NY. A truly wonderful experience for the students at Buckingham!
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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

The 2nd grade students did some extra chores around the house to earn $1 to raise money to purchase holiday gifts for a local child in need this holiday season. The students more than doubled the amount they expected to raise and our team was able to purchase many great things from this child’s “wish list.”
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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. 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

Allergy Awareness

As we approach our winter break with the culmination of our classroom holiday parties, please be mindful of our students with food allergies as well as our focus on a balance between sweet treats and nutritionally valuable snacks. If you have any questions or concerns, please be certain to touch base with your child's classroom teacher or our school's nursing 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 loritinari@yahoo.com

CB Cares: Backpack Newslflash - December's Electronic issue

Please follow the link to CB Care's Backpack Newslflash December Issue below:

December 2014

Happy Holidays! - The CB Cares Foundation Team

News and Upcoming Events

School Calendar

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

The Community School Program offers many school clubs. The Shining Knights Chess Club has opened enrollment for the new year. If interested, Buckingham is one of several locations hosting this group, however, you are free to pick whichever day is best for your family's schedule. Please Click Here for a registration form. To see the various clubs offered in-district, please visit the Community School page on the CBSD Website HERE.

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.)


WHEN: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm


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

The Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) is sponsoring a parent forum on cyberbullying and social media on Monday, January 26, 2015 beginning at 7:00 p.m. This district-wide event will be held at Lenape Middle School and is intended for all families with elementary-aged students. Please click here for more information.

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.

School Happenings

1st Grade Field Trip

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!

"Pennsylvania Pride" at Buckingham

On Friday, December 12 - Students from Mrs. Doherty's 4th Grade Class shared some "Prideful" research about Pennsylvania! Students completed this culminating project after learning about our Commonwealth - and we celebrated with teams sharing great infprmation about all things PA! Parents, relatives and special guests joined the students in a tour of each station!

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!

Your SilverGraphics orders have arrived! PTO Board Members will be available outside the main office on Thursday, December 18th. We recommend you pick up your order that day. Unclaimed orders will be sent home with students on Monday, December 22nd. Thank you for participating in this fundraiser! We hope you enjoy your inspired products.

"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.

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