Pearl S. Buck Elementary

June 7, 2019

Upcoming Dates

Last Day of School:

June 14th

Early Dismissals:

June 12th, 13th, 14th - Students dismissed at 1:00 PM.

Lunches will be served.

Upcoming Events:

June 13th - 4th Grade Move-Up Day (Ticketed Event)

The 2019-2020 School Year:

  • August 27th - Kindergarten Orientation, 9:30-10:30 AM
  • August 27th - New and Returning Families Open House, Grades 1-5, 1:30-2:30 PM
  • August 28th - First day for Kindergarten
  • August 29th - All students report, K-4

Every Friday! Buck Spirit Days. Wear your Pearl Buck spirit shirt, or red and blue.

~ "The Neshaminy community builds futures by empowering each child to become a productive citizen and a lifelong learner." ~

This will be the final newsletter for this school year!

Have a wonderful summer!

Dogs and other pets on Campus

For the safety and comfort of all families, please do not bring pets onto campus during the school day, or during arrival/dismissal.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Middletown Police Officers Join in at Recess

During their neighborhood bike patrol, Officers Herman and Platenecky stopped by a couple of times this week to play football with our students at recess! Thanks officers!
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Beware the Summer Slide

What is it?

The summer slide is a decline in reading ability and other academic skills that can occur over the summer months when school isn't in session. Numerous studies show that kids who don't read during summer vacation actually slip in reading ability by the time autumn rolls around.

How can I can incorporate reading over the summer?

Start by completing the Pearl Buck Summer Literacy Packet. Look for this to come home at the end of the school year. You can also find the packet online.

Students who complete the packet will earn a reward in September. Also, try these fun and rewarding ideas:

  • Read 20 minutes every day­­
  • Check out books at the local library that are your child’s interests

· Join the Summer Reading Program at the local library

· Engage in meaningful conversation

· Read Aloud to your child, stopping to discuss the story

  • Create learning opportunities
    • Read recipes and create yummy food
    • Play language games: Boggle, Headbanz, Apple to Apple, Jr.
    • Listen to audio books: Library Books, Superkids, RAZ-Kids

· Complete Barnes and Noble Reading Log- earn a free book of your child’s choice

· Complete Mommy’s Lil’ Black Book Reading Log- earn free coupons to local restaurants and activity centers

· Complete iPlay America’s Summer Book Club- earn a free coupon for a free ride.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Buttari at

Math Packets are also available on our District Website.

Free and Mostly Free Things to do this summer.

Follow this link for a list of free and mostly free things to do this summer. Thanks to Mrs. Krom for taking her time to create this list. We can't vouch for the businesses or accuracy of the information on the sites, but we thought the various links would be helpful to get you started with some ideas for those unscheduled or rainy summer days.

4th Grade Move-Up Ceremony

June 13th - 4th Grade Move Up Ceremony. This will be a ticketed event. Due to space limitations, only 2 tickets per 4th grade family will be provided. Guests will be admitted into the school beginning at approximately 9:15. Seating is limited to ticketed individuals. If a parent must bring a non-school-age child, the child must sit on the parent's lap. Strollers cannot be accommodated.

What should my child wear for the ceremony?

We ask for all 4th grade students to be neatly dressed for Move-Up Day. Please do not feel you need to purchase special clothing for this event. Boys are encouraged to wear a shirt with a collar, pants like khakis or dress pants, and dress shoes. Dress shorts for boys and girls are also appropriate. Necklines and hem lines should be conservative. Students will be seated in chairs on the stage. Please keep this in mind when choosing attire. Line of sight from the floor may present uncomfortable situations. Flip flops or similar casual footwear are not appropriate for this event. Students will be walking up steps and across the stage during the ceremony. If you have questions about an outfit, please feel free to call or email Mr. Kern.

Volunteer Clearances

Parents who plan to serve as chaperones and volunteers for school must have current clearances on file with the school. For additional information on clearances, including all related links, please visit this District webpage. Since the process can take several weeks, please file for your clearances ASAP so that they are in place when needed.

PTO Board Member Maureen Krom is offering free Notary services for any Buck parent who may need to have volunteer forms notarized. You can contact Mrs. Krom at

Be Allergy Aware!

Due to varied allergy and dietary needs, please contact your child's teacher before sending in food or other items intended to be distributed to students in a classroom (e.g. birthday celebrations, class parties). Students should not share food at any time during school - even with a close friend. A seemingly harmless food item may unexpectedly contain allergens, or interact with other medical conditions. Depending on the health needs within a classroom, teachers may choose to avoid food-oriented experiences altogether. Please consider non-food treats as an alternative. Speak directly with your child's teacher. Do not send in any items until the teacher has responded and confirmed the appropriateness of your request. Thanks!