Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - December 2014 - Issue 7

Buckingham Elementary

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B.E. - Resilient!

Two Great Opportunities to Offer Support to Buckingham Families this Holiday Season

Holiday Giving Program… Buckingham's "Giving Tree"

Dear Parents & Students


Beginning December 4th, the Buckingham Giving Tree will be on display in the hallway near the Main Office. The Giving Tree will have tags that display the names of holiday gifts to be donated to local families who are in need - this holiday season. We invite our Buckingham students to choose a tag (at your discretion) & to purchase the gift requested. We ask that you wrap the gift and be sure to secure the tag to the outside of the wrapped gift. All gifts are to be delivered to Buckingham school by December 17th to ensure holiday delivery. Please deliver your gifts to the main office.


If more information is needed….Please contact Bryan Rosica at brosica@cbsd.org

Buckingham's Annual "Turkey Toss"

Please support our Annual “Turkey Toss” by donating to this worthy cause. Students will be participating in this wonderful activity during all gym classes the week of December 8th – 12th. This project will help provide a beautiful holiday dinner for some of our families experiencing financial hardships this year. More information will be sent this week in Thursday Folders and in an email blast to families.


Any questions?….Please contact Randi Semanoff at rsemanoff@cbsd.org

Important Announcements

Dropping Temperatures and Recess

With the coming of winter - preparations for the colder temperatures will be necessary - and it is important for all parents to review dress expectations with your children as they prepare for each day of school. Throughout the winter months, all students will participate in recess following lunch.


Recess location (inside or outside) is determined based upon the current temperature, the windchill effect, AND the conditions of our fields. The school will follow District/Weather.com recommendations. Students MUST be prepared to spend their recess outside and should be dressed appropriately for every condition. The final decision to go outside or not will be made prior to each grade-level recess time.


We strongly recommend that students wear appropriate cold-weather clothing: jackets, pants, hats, mittens, etc. - and do not wear shorts. Students determined as "not being prepared" for the current outdoor conditions may risk missing their recess time for safety precautions.


Thank you for your cooperation!

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. Questions?


Contact Lori Tinari at loritinari@yahoo.com

News & Upcoming Events

School Calendar

December:

Dec. 1 - Central Bucks School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:00PM

Dec. 4 - Picture Retake Day (Please bring original photo book - remove class photo!)

Dec. 5 - Holiday Secret Shoppe - 6:00PM-9:00PM (Student Shoppers Only)

Dec. 6 - Holiday Secret Shoppe - 10:00AM-12:00PM (Family Shoppe)

Dec. 10 - Market Day - Gym Foyer - 3:00PM-5:00PM

Dec. 16 - Hanukkah Begins - Sundown (Through December 24th)

Dec. 18 - Spirit Day Assembly - School Holiday Concert - Dress Like Your Teacher/Student

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

December's "Manner of the Month"

December’s Manner of the Month:

Politely Giving and Receiving Gifts


Of course kids love getting presents at the holidays! But what truly makes the season special is the genuine sense of goodwill all around us. That's why this time of year is the a great opportunity to teach a child how to spread that warmth by valuing the importance of giving. Yes, it's great for the less fortunate, but the benefits are even greater for our children. Kids love being helpful (it makes them feel grown-up), and gift-giving provides them the opportunity to experience the deeply rewarding payoff that comes from making someone else happy.


Let's not dimiss that teaching children to be genuinely grateful for gifts they receive - and is one of the trickiest concepts to teach children. Sure, thankful children are more polite and pleasant to be around, but Barbara Lewis, author of What Do You Stand For? For Kids (Free Spirit Publishing, 2005) says by learning gratitude, children become sensitive to the feelings of others and develop empathy and other life skills along the way.


Grateful children tend to look outside their one-person universe and understand that their parents and other people do things for them -- Prepare dinner, Coach and Teach them new skills, Provide loving hugs, Buy things, etc. On the flip side, some children who might not be taught gratefulness may end up feeling entitled and perpetually disappointed.


This time of year, provide the perfect opportunity to teach your children to politely give and receive gifts!

Young Rembrandts: Session 3 - Enrollment Open

Please Click Here to link to an enrollment form for Young Rembrandts held at Buckingham. Next session begins December 19th - enrollment closes December

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

Buckingham Students - Published Writers

Congratulations to the 5th Grade students (below) whose writing has been accepted for publication in the next national issue of Creative Communications Anthology of Writers in Grades 4-6.


Our published authors include:

Carter Behm, Kathleen Campbell, Abby D’Ambrosio, Grace de Hoogh, Tricia Devine, Leah Eckley, Carolyn Greenwald, Jordan Groves, Walker Jennings, Annie Regenhard, Sandy White, and Brett Young

"Thanks" to our Rockin' Roots

Several Clean-up Sessions = Over 45 bags of leaves and debris taken from our Courtyard during the fall months! Thanks to our entire Rockin' Roots Team in grades 5 & 6, Supervising Staff - Mr. Radcliff, Community Volunteer - Mrs. Veil, and parent coordinator - Mrs. Lund. You all help Buckingham shine!

Kindergarten "Foot Day"

From the Buckingham PTO

Dr. Bolton Addresses the PTO at November General Meeting

Dr. David Bolton joined the Buckingham PTO on Thursday, November 20th to introduce himself to our community as the new Central Bucks Assistant Superintendent of Elementary. He provided his background and philosophy of education, goals as a new leader to the elementary level, and details about the new Student Reporting System implemeneted by the Central Bucks School District. In addition, the PTO shared details about our fall fundraising efforts and the good work done by our many parent volunteers! Thanks to all of the dedicated and supportive families of Buckingham!

Holiday Secret Shoppe - This Weekend!

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What's "Happening" at Buckingham?!?

Buckingham's After School "Happenings Clubs" are on the way... There will be something for everyone!


Zumba, karate, yoga, sports combo, ceramics, babysitting and jump rope to name a few... We are still looking for a few more classes like: Spanish, Legos and Art. Classes are set to begin the week of January 18th - beginning Tuesday after MLK Day. Be on the look-out for enrollment forms coming soon!


If you are interested in teaching a class of any kind, please contact Michelle Lund at Gabsydmac@gmail.com.

Silver Graphics Order Pick-Up Directions

SilverGraphics orders will be sent home with students on December 17th.


For items which are fragile (or surprise gifts), you may prefer to pick-up your order in the main office. If so, please contact Anne Piotrowski at amp@sta2ned.com and be sure to pick it up no later than December 19th. Without advanced pick-up plans, expect items to arrive in your child's backpack on the scheduled date - December 17th.


To order for birthdays or a belated Holiday gift, go to our private Online Site by Clicking Here.


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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