Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - February 2016 - Issue 12

Celebrating 60-Years of Education - 2015-16

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Every Moment Matters!

Important Announcements

Jump Rope for Heart 2016 - Feb 22-26

This year’s Jump Rope for Heart (JRfH) will take place during Physical Education classes February 22nd-26th. As a school community, Buckingham has participated in JRfH 11-straight years donating over 25 thousand dollars to the American Heart Association in that window!

Donation envelopes will go home Wednesday, Feb.3rd and will be due by Friday March 4th. Please consider giving to this great cause and remember that collection of donations is always optional - all students will participate in the event during their PE time.

Thank you again and remember to discuss the importance of exercising with your children - Because the heart is the most important muscle in your body!

-Mr. Durie

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) Schedule

Please review the list of dates for the PSSA's. Students in Grades 3-6 are assessed through the State Assessment.

  • April 11, 12, 13 and 14 - English Language Arts Assessment - 4-Sections
  • April 18, 19 and 20 - Math - 3-Sections
  • April 25 & 26 - Science (4th Grade Only) - 2-Sections

KDG/1st Grade Registration - NOW OPEN - Let Your Neighbors Know!

Do you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2016? If so, Central Registration is open for families who need to enroll their children for next school year. Please click HERE for information on how to register your child for kindergarten. If you know of any neighbors or friends who have students who will be age 5 on or before August 31, 2016, please remind them to register their child.

The sooner the students are registered, the more effective we can be with enrollment projections and number of sections for next year. It could be the difference between two- or three-sections for a grade level!

NAESP: Report to Parents - Safeguarding Kids' Online Activity

This month, there are many speaker events surrounding technology safeguards which parents are invited to attend - Please review the calendar list of events. In response to this focus, this month's NAESP: Report to Parents, "Safeguarding Kids' Online Activity" will help with informing parents on ways to get involved in protecting their children's online activity.

"The Internet is an extraordinary resource for our children. It allows them to see images from the Mars Rover or watch footage of animals in the wild. However, it can be a frightening place for parents, which is why families need to be involved. Here's how to start..."

To read the entire article from the National Association of Elementary School Principals, please CLICK HERE.

News & Upcoming Events

School Calendar

February Continued:

Feb. 14 - Valentine's Day (Sunday)

Feb. 15 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day - Buckingham Chuck-E-Cheese Day

Feb. 17 - 100's Day - Kindergarten

Feb. 17 - Author Visit - Peter Catalanotto - K-3

Feb. 18 - Parent Positive Series: Jason Komasz, MD - Growing Healthy Together: Tips to Live Healthier as a Family (Lenape Middle School - 7:00PM) - See Below for more Information

Feb. 18 - iRun 4 Life Registration Opens (Buckingham)

Feb. 22-26 - Jump Rope for Heart Week (Gym Classes)

Feb. 24 - Spirit Day - Crazy Hair Day

Feb. 25 - POSTPONED - CB East Cluster - Town Hall Meeting: Internet Safety

Feb. 29 - Leap Day!


Mar. 1 - 6th Grade Parent Middle School Orientation - 7:00PM (Go to your Child's Middle School)

Mar. 2 - Dr. Seuss: Read Across America Day!

Mar. 8 - Central Bucks School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

Mar. 11 - Student Half-Day - 12:10PM Dismissal (No AM Kdg - PM Kdg Reports in the AM)

Mar. 13 (Sunday) - Daylight Savings - "Spring Forward"

Mar. 14 - Spirit Day - Dress Groovy for the Book Fair - 70's Styles!

Mar. 14-Mar. 18 - PTO Spring Book Fair - Feeling Groovy - Monday and Tuesday Nights - Family Evenings

Mar. 17 - Spirit Day - Wear GREEN on St. Patrick's Day!

Mar. 18 - PTO "LUCKY" Spring Bingo! - 7:00PM - Multipurpose Room

Mar. 21 - School Emergency Preparation - Weather Drill (AM)

Mar. 22 - Central Bucks School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

Mar. 23 - Grades 1-6 Report - No Kindergarten (Conference Window)

Mar. 23 - Progress Reports Available on Parent Portal

Mar. 24 - No School for Students K-6 (Portfolio Conferences) - By Appointment (Offices Open)

Mar. 25 - No School - Good Friday (Offices Closed)

Mar. 27 - Easter Sunday

Mar. 28 - No School for Students K-6 (Spring Recess) - Staff Development Day (Offices Open)

Mar. 29 - Grades 1-6 Report - No Kindergarten (Conference Window)

Parent Positive Series: Growing Healthy Together - Tips to Live Healthier as a Family - 2/18 - Lenape Middle - 7PM

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POST-PONED - CB East Cluster Town Hall Meeting - Digital Citizenship

Who: For CB East Cluster Parents

What: Town Hall Meeting on the ever-changing/challenging issues of Students and their Internet Safety, Digital Citizenship, and the Technology Umbrella.

When: Post-Poned

Where: Holicong Middle School Auditorium

Members from the School District, Local Community Officials and the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 will hold a "conversation" on the safe uses of social media and the Internet for our students.

Middle School Orientation - 6th Grade Parents - 3/1

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iRun 4 Life Registration begins 2/18

This year's Buckingham iRun 4 Life will begin on March 23rd and "run" for subsequent Wednesdays until May 11th. Each session will begin immediately after school until 4:45PM pick-up. Registration is open to all K-6 Students! Registration includes: A Buckingham Elementary iRun4Life T-shirt, weekly healthy snacks, incentives, great speakers who discuss healthy habits, special mystery runners, and a solid 30 minutes of warm-up exercises and running. Volunteers NEEDED - running experience/ability not necessary!

Information to come home in Thursday Folder.

CB Cares Boomerang Nominations

February: #27 Equality and Social Justice - Young person places a high value on assisting those who may need a helping hand. Equality-equal rights for all people.

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 Wednesday, February 24th.

School Happenings

Buckingham Art Expo - A Gallery of Student Work!

Buckingham Elementary Celebrated the Arts on Wednesday, February 3rd - hosting a "Gala-Extravaganza" around the halls and within the displays of the school! Music played in the background as parents and children toured the school. Our resident artists, Mrs. Alderfer and Miss Hallman, have been instructing the students on varied formats of 2-d and 3-d works! The school looks brilliant! Thanks to the parents who supported the event by volunteering their time to set-up! It was fantastic!
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Phanatic About Reading! - Phillie Phanatic Comes to Buckingham!

The Phillie Phanatic made a surprise visit to Buckingham Elementary School on Monday, February 8th – to introduce his new book, Phillie Phanatic: One Man Band! It “was a hit” with students seeing the Phanatic act out events from the story while it was read aloud during the assembly. The Phanatic honored Buckingham Elementary with a certificate for their achievement in participating in the Phillies Phanatic About Reading initiative! Seeing the Phanatic right before Spring Training begins was a “Home Run!”

Doylestown Patch Article, Click Here!

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Celebrating 100's Day!

It was the 100th Day of School a Buckingham for our First through Sixth Graders - See how we celebrated on February10th!

The Big Bad Wolf Goes on Trial in Cleary's 4th Grade Classroom

Students in Mrs. Cleary's 4th Grade class broke into legal teams as the classroom transitioned into a courtroom featuring the trial of the infamous Big Bad Wolf! Students in her room have been working on their Opinion Writing and celebrated the unit trying to persuade the 3rd grade student juries on the Wolf's verdict: Innocent or Guilty!

Former US Attorney/FBI Special Agent visits Buckingham 5th Grade Class

Former FBI Supervisory Special Agent and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Brian Fitzpatrick, visited Mrs. Burkholder’s 5th Grade to discuss his experiences as an FBI Agent and his candidacy for Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District in the House of Representatives. Mr. Fitzpatrick was the subject in a "Noteworthy News" Current Events Report from 5th grader, Joshua Forest. Mr. Fitzpatrick offered to come to Buckingham to speak with Joshua’s class regarding serving in the community.

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Valentine Buddies at Buckingham

Buckingham Day @ Chuck-E-Cheese - 2/15

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Buckingham Student Showcase

Top-10 Honor for Buckingham Student's Essay

Congratulations to 5th Grader, Francis Torres, for his selection in the Creative Communication TOP 10 Essay Contest Winners (Grades 4, 5, and 6)! Francis competed against thousands of students to earn this top-honor. His essay “Outdoor Shot” will be featured in the upcoming publication.

To read his published piece, click here. Congratulations Francis!

Box Tops Collection - Happening NOW!

Box Top collection is on once again! Final deadline for this collection is Thursday, Feb 25th.

As in the past, the top three classes will win a prize! We only have one more collection for the school year, so let’s try to make this the best one yet.

Thanks for all your support in this passive fund raiser and of the PTO!

-Trish Zlotek

Buckingham PTO Spring Book Fair - Save the Date!


When: March 14-March 18

Family Nights: Monday, March 14 & Tuesday, March 15 - 6:00PM-8:00PM

Be sure to participate in the "Family Night Raffle!"

Be Groovy - Wear Your 70's Clothes!

PTO Lucky Bingo - Save the Date!

Save the Date for Lucky Bingo!

Friday, March 18, 2016

More information to come

Buckingham Elementary PTO Open-Board Positions - 2016-2018

Three PTO Board positions will be up at the conclusion of the school year. If interested, contact Dee Dee Snyder.

  • PTO Co-President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary

Each are two-year positions and a wonderful way to volunteer your time in support of your children and the greater school community!

SEE WHAT'S COMING UP! Sign-Up Genius Information

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities - To see the "line-up" of upcoming events throughout the year, you will see tabs near the top of the Buckingham PTO Sign-Up Genius page. You choose how and when to participate - it's all there for you in one, easy place. Be sure to click the link to support your school!

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

Central Bucks School District

Central Office - Administrative Services Center

20 Welden Drive

Doylestown, PA 18901

Superintendent, Dr. David Weitzel

Assistant Superintendent of Secondary, Dr. Nancy Silvious

Assistant Superintendent of Elementary, Dr. David Bolton