Buchanan Blast

Parent Edition

The week of 10/3-10/7

Wow, its October! How did that go so fast? This week has been a great week at Buchanan. I saw so many happy students at the PTA sponsored book fair. Thank you to all the volunteers that made that happen for our children.

Reminder- No school on Monday 10/3- This is a professional Development Day for our teachers. Enjoy the day, its suppose to be sunny and 63. Fingers crossed it stays that way.

Friday 10/7-

  • Reading Proficiency Reports and iReady reading and math reports come home in student backpacks. These reports summarize our beginning of the year testing. If you have any questions please reach out to your son or daughter's teacher.

Please also make sure you received a conference link from your child's teacher. Virtual or in person is your choice. If you have not seen it please reach out. Conferences are a great opportunity to be an active member of your child's team. We are on your team to help your child socially, emotionally and academically.

As always please reach out if I can be any help or you have any questions, my door is always open.

Meet the Elementary Support Teachers (EST)

As you have seen in many Buchanan Blast's, these wonderful ladies have offered articles and guidance to support students and families. I wanted to take a minute to introduce them.

Mrs. Taylor (looking at the picture on my left) is our academic EST, has many roles, her focus is to help students that need extra reading intervention perhaps out of the classroom. She is a rock star in helping students be successful here at Buchanan.

Mrs. Blazek (looking at the picture on my right) is our Social and Emotional EST. She too has many roles, however her focus is the social, emotional and medical needs of our Buchanan Bears. Mrs. Blazek is very talented in helping students and families here at Buchanan. We are incredibly blessed to have them both here at Buchanan.

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News from Mrs. Blazek

Did you know that your child's day starts off with a morning meeting? Teachers all through Buchanan are using social emotional learning strategies to create lasting meaningful relationships with your child. According to the article below there are many other benefits to including social emotional learning throughout the school day.

10 Reasons Why SEL Belongs in Schools

Spotlight Class of the week- 1st grade Hurula

Mrs. Hurula's class was working so hard on their special person of the week letters. I stopped in and saw AMAZING first grade writing. Students were using 5 colors in their illustrations, they were using their BEST handwriting and stretching words on their own. This is so great to see on week 4 of school. Go first grade!

PTA Points

Join the PTA: Membership is easy! Your $7.00 does so much for the
school and gives you voting rights in decisions affecting our school,
staff, and students. https://buchanan.memberhub.com/store/items/15647

Spirit wear: Show your school spirit in Buchanan branded items!


Book Fair: Our fall Scholastic Book Fair was a great success! Staff
members who became PTA members all received $50.00 each to shop for
their classrooms

Follow us on Facebook: @BuchananElementraySchoolPTA

Email us: pta.buchanan1@gmail.com

Our next meeting is Tuesday October 11th at 7 pm. Childcare will be provided.

Our first Riverside Skate Night will be Friday October 21st 5:30-7:30
(More details to follow)
Save the date for our Trunk or Treat/ Boo Bash Friday October 28th

See below for the Photo session scan code

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Principal Page 9/23/2022

Wow, how is our 3rd week of school already complete? I have enjoyed every second of the school year. I have seen students learning letters, how to rhyme, students helping other students out of the kindness of their hearts, STEM activities being done as a team and morning meetings getting to know each other. I am honored and excited to the Buchanan Principal with such amazing Bears! Buchanan staff have been focusing the last 3 weeks on getting to know students, establish routines and also getting to know where each student is academically. We are all excited for a year full of learning and making positive memories.

Here are some important dates to mark your calendar:

Week of Monday 9/26 - Friday 9/30

Buchanan Book Fair (Teachers will inform you of your child's shopping day and time)

Monday, September 26, 2022 - Please look for a link after 4:00 p.m. from your child's teacher to sign up for a conference. You may choose between virtual and in person.

Monday, October 3, 2022 - No school for students. (Professional Development for Teachers)

Saturday, October 8, 2022 - Family Photo Fundraiser, see flyer below.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - Buchanan Fall Picture Day; PTA meeting @7:00 in the LMC (Babysitting is available)

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - Evening Conferences

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - NO School for students. Conferences all day and evening.

Friday, October 14, 2022- Full day of school for students

PTA Points

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News from Mrs. Taylor

Last week I promised to share one of my favorite ways to have organic conversations with my own children that expands their general knowledge. My children and I love to take walks and while we do, we play a game called '3 Treasures'. The goal of 3 Treasures is to find 3 interesting things while on our walk. There are really no rules to this game! Instead, questions are asked and I do my best to give answers and foster that innocent curiosity. Last week my 3 year old spotted a camper in someone's driveway and I promise you there were questions asked until he feel asleep! Play 3 Treasures in the car, on the way to school or at a restaurant! I can't wait to hear what treasures you find!!

Mrs. Blazek News

Did you know by giving your child age developmental appropriate chores can help set them up for future success?

10 Reasons Why Children Need Chores to Help with Success

Another Great Week at Buchanan

Our second week of school is complete. We have had an amazing week here at Buchanan. Kids are happy, safe and learning. Students started the week at our Monday assembly. Lots of smiles and excitement. Our safety dills went well and I am so proud of all the grades listening to expectations and practicing each drill. Lastly, I have seen so many morning meetings, math and ELA lessons and the students are so engaged and excited to be back in school.

We welcome Mr. Noah, Mr. Miller's Student Assistant

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4th Grade Parents, check backpacks

State testing letter coming home today

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Last spring, students throughout the state of Michigan in grades 3-8 and 11 took the state’s required assessments M-STEP, MiAccess and MME (includes PSAT and SAT). These assessments are designed to require students to demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Many of the subject area tests also require students to write responses and show their work, instead of merely selecting a multiple choice response.

Today, your student will bring home the Parent Report from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) which includes your student’s scores on the 2022 State Testing. The letter will explain the results and additional information and test results can be found on the Michigan Department of Education’s website at www.michigan.gov/mstep.

Theresa L. O'Brien

Chief Academic Officer

PTA Points

Thank you everyone who joined us at our first PTA meeting of the year on Tuesday evening. We had an incredible turnout and we are always so happy to meet our incoming members.

The book Fair is being held 9/26 through 9/30.

If you would like to help with classroom shopping times, please use the sign up genius below to volunteer


A special shout out to the Stevenson NHS. Through their wonderful efforts we are able to provide child care at every PTA meeting.

The next PTA meeting is October 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the library. Hope to see you there!

Food for Thought- From Mrs. Blazek

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Tips and Thoughts from Mrs. Taylor ( Academic Elementary Support Teacher)

15 years ago, a seven year old in Kalamazoo practically knocked me off of my chair when he asked me what a butterfly was! Had he never seen a butterfly before?! Had he never read a book about butterflies?! How had he actually lived for 7 years and avoided a butterfly all that time?!

I was emotional about this event because this particular child had so little knowledge about so many common things in our world. What was he being robbed of? The answer is simple, natural conversations.

Our children's natural curiosity and their never ending WHY's are the most perfect times to expand their knowledge and grow their little brains.

Recently I was reading a book about butterflies with my son. He was able to figure out difficult words in the book because he has held butterflies, helped me raise butterflies in the summertime, been to a butterfly house, read books about butterflies, drawn pictures of butterflies on the back of placemats. Now imagine the same student from Kalamazoo reading that book and you will quickly see that he has no chance of keeping up.

Look back here next week to see one of my favorite ways to have organic conversations with my kids.

Important Events

Social Media Links Below

Attention parents! Stay connected with all of the fantastic things happening at Buchanan Elementary by following Buchanan Elementary on Facebook and @buchanan_lps on Twitter!

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Weekly news for 9/12- 9/16

Happy Friday! Thank you all for such a great night last night at open house. This is always one of my most favorite nights of the year. It was great seeing all the families and proud students. I hope you enjoyed learning about your child's day here at Buchanan.

As I sit here and reflect about the first week of the 2022-2023 school year, I am nothing but proud and impressed. I am so proud of the kindness I have seen with our Buchanan Bears. I witnessed our older students noticing younger students unsure of where to go or needing help with backpacks, our older students stepped up to help without being asked. This melted my heart. I was also so impressed with the students and staff on Wednesday, our first full day. We lost power for three hours, students and staff made the absolute best of the situation. We even had fun and laughter was throughout the building all afternoon. I am even more excited for a great school year of learning, growing and joy.

Lastly, I’d like to thank the amazing Buchanan PTA, they have been so supportive and visible from Kona with the Kindergarten and of course Open House/ Curriculum night. The students enjoyed the magician so much while parents learned about their child’s classroom. A HUGE thank you to our PTA. Please consider joining the PTA as they have many more events planned for our Buchanan Bears. See below for more details.

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This week at Buchanan

As a building principal and mother of 3, safety is very important to me and Livonia Public Schools. This week all students will be practicing safely drills here at Buchanan. This is a great time to discuss safety drills at home too!

Monday, September 12, 2022 - Monday morning assembly

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - PTA meeting at 7:00p.m. in the Buchanan LMC. Please come and hear all the exciting events planned for your children this year.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 -

Thursday, September 15, 2022 -

Friday, September 16, 2022 - Have a wonderful weekend!

PTA Points

  • Join the PTA: Membership is easy! Your $7.00 does so much for the school and gives you voting rights in decisions affecting our school, staff, and students. Anyone who joins in the month of September is eligible to win one of two $50.00 Cantoro Market Gift cards!


  • Spirit wear: Show your school spirit in Buchanan branded items! Visit the store

https://buchananspiritwear.com Act now, free shipping!!

  • Book Fair: Our fall Scholastic Book Fair will be held Monday 9/26 through Friday 9/30. Look for information to come home with your student(s) next week!

  • Follow us on Facebook: @BuchananElementraySchoolPTA

  • Email us: pta.buchanan1@gmail.com

  • Our First meeting of the year is Tuesday September 13th @ 7 We hope to see you there!

Parking Lot Safety Tips

A friendly reminder of parking lot etiquette:

Just a reminder to all parents/grandparents/guardians, that our parking lot can be a very dangerous place while dropping off students at the building so please keep these things in mind:

  • Reduce your speed while entering and exiting the parking lots.

  • The cut off time to use the designated exit lane is 8:40. We do this to ensure the safety of students and other vehicles who need to exit the parking lot.

  • Obey stop signs unless otherwise directed by Bobby. If Bobby is unable to be at the crosswalk, please stop at all times. When dropping off your student, please pull all the way forward. This allows space for other vehicles behind yours to drop off their children simultaneously

  • Be sure your student(s) are packed up and ready to exit the vehicle (backpack, water bottle, jacket, lunch box, etc... all should be easily accessible to your student and staff members).

  • Be cautious of other traffic, especially buses, as you pull away from the designated drop off area.

Thank you for keeping our children safe here at Buchanan!

Playground/ Pick up safely-

Our sweet little kindergarteners are having recess at the end of the day. If you are picking up your child at the end of the day please stay in your car or the front of the building until 3:50. This is for the safety of our children. Thank you!

Kindergarten College Planning

College comes quick…a great way to get prepared! See Below for more information. This information was share at Kindergarten Curriculum night as well.

LPS Education Foundation (google.com)

Tips from Mrs. Blazek


Many children end up extending their bedtimes over the summer. Going back to school is a great time for getting your child on a more consistent sleep schedule. Did you know that lack of sleep can cause loss of cognitive function, concentration difficulties and lower test schools. The following article from the Cleveland Clinic tells you how much sleep your child needs and how to help them get it.

Is Your Child Getting Enough Sleep?

Week of September 5th - 9th

New Info

Hi Buchanan Families~

The Buchanan staff is getting so excited for the first day of school. We will be wearing Buchanan shirts if you or your child needs ANY assistance. Also, please make sure your child's teacher knows how your child is getting home each day.

See our updated map where your child will line up in the morning.

You will also see a beautiful first day of school sign in front of the building. ( see below) You may use as a photo opt, if you are able. We hope you enjoy this special morning.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday 9/8 for Curriculum Night and Open House.

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Lunch Menu

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Arrival and Dismissal- UPDATED! 8/31

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Open House and Curriculum Night!

Please join us for an exciting night of learning all about your child's day at school. The generous PTA has arranged a show by DynaMike the magician for your school aged students while you learn this years curriculum and classroom expectations.. DynaMike will have 2 sessions to meet both Curriculum night needs. Open house is at 6:00pm for K-4, your child will show you their class and school.

Thursday September 8, 2022

5:30-6:00 K-2 Curriculum Night

6:00-6:30 K-4 Open House

6:30-7:00 3-4 Curriculum Night

Welcome Back!

Welcome to the first weekly update for the 2022-23 school year! I hope you look forward to this weekly newsletter coming out every Friday. The Buchanan staff is so excited to see all the boys and girls on the first day of school. Please enjoy this special morning . Give your baby a HUGE hug, and wish them the best first half day! Our first day ends at 12:10pm

Wednesday, August 31- Check parent connect for your child's teacher assignment.


Thursday, September 1- Kona with the Kindergarten Kiddos on the Buchanan playground 6:00pm-7:00pm

Please stop by the PTA welcome table to find out all the amazing events planned for this year.

Friday, September 2-5 Labor Day weekend. Enjoy!

Monday ,September 5- No School

Tuesday, September 6- First day! 1/2 day- 12:10 dismissal

Wednesday, September 7- First full day. Lunch is available

Thursday, September 8- Curriculum Night/ Open House

Friday, September 9-

Lunch Program 2022-23

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

How do I report my child's absence?

Report an Absence

Parents should excuse absence by using one of the following methods:

1. Fill out the “Report an Absence” form on the Buchanan website main page under Quick Links. (preferred method) Buchanan Attendance Form (google.com)

2. If you are unable to access our website, please call the Buchanan Attendance line 734-744-2690 (option #1).

If your student will be tardy, an adult must walk them into the building and sign them in for the day. If your student will be leaving early during the school day, please try to avoid lunch & recess times.

Suggestions from Mrs. Blazek- If your child is feeling anxious about returning to school in the fall.

Blessings in a Backpack from Mrs. Blazek

Blessings in a Backpack-Livonia is an all-volunteer program designed to provide students who are in need with enough food for three meals a day during the weekends. If you participate in this program, your child will receive a bag at the end of every week of school (Thursday or Friday) filled with non-perishable food for the weekend. There is no cost to you for participating in this program. No further information is required. Your information will not be shared. If you would like to have your child participate in this program, fill out and submit the form using the link below as soon as possible. We are requesting your name and email address, so that a confirmation of registration will be emailed to you. Delivery will begin the week of September 13th.


If your child participated in the program last year, we do need a new enrollment form for this school year.

Currently, we are providing prepackaged bags so we are unable to customize for allergies or religious dietary needs. We apologize for any inconvenience.

****You will need to complete a separate form for each child that you wish to enroll.****

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email us at biablivonia@gmail.com

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