Buckingham Elementary School
The Mighty Knight Connection - February 2016 - Issue 12
Celebrating 60-Years of Education - 2015-16
Every Moment Matters!
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!
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
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)
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.
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
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.
Buckingham Art Expo - A Gallery of Student Work!
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!
The Big Bad Wolf Goes on Trial in Cleary's 4th Grade Classroom
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.
Valentine Buddies at Buckingham
Buckingham Day @ Chuck-E-Cheese - 2/15
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!
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
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
Buckingham Elementary School
PO Box 158, 2414 Durham Road
Buckingham, PA 18912-0158
Principal, Karl Funseth
Principal's Secretary, Janice Petrie