Pearl S. Buck Elementary

May 3, 2019

Upcoming Dates

School Closed:

May 21 - Act 80

May 27 - Memorial Day

Upcoming Events:

May 16 - Music concert at MPMS. 7 PM.

May 31 - Field Day

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

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." ~

3rd Grade Video Conference

Earlier this week, Ms. Keenley and Mrs. Gregory coordinated a virtual field trip to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Students conducted research on the elephants currently residing at the sanctuary and prepared questions for one of the caretakers. For nearly an hour, students learned about Asian, bush and forest elephants, asked questions about individual elephants at the sanctuary, and saw an elephant tooth, held by the caretaker. It was an engaging and fun experience for our respectful and attentive Buck students.

Buck Students Participate in NSD STEAM Expo

Students in 1st, 3rd, and 4th grade proudly presented their STEAM projects at the 3rd annual STEAM Expo at Neshaminy High School on Tuesday night. The large crowd provided an engaging audience for our young presenters.

Great job to our presenters, and "thank you" to our parents for supporting your children at this event.

4th Grade Choir Members Perform at Trenton Thunder

Tuesday, May 30th, not only provided us with lovely weather, but also a wonderful night for members of our 4th Grade Chorus to perform the National Anthem at the Trenton Thunder game. Under the direction of our music teacher, Kyle Duke, Buck students delighted the crowd with their confident performance. Great job!
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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.

Earth Day in K

Mrs. Schaeffer’s Kindergarten class is collaboratively working on a Project Based Learning Unit on Earth Day. The class is learning all about the 3 R’s (Reuse, Reduce, Recycle), Natural Resources, how we harm/help our planet. This unit will culminate with a “Sharing Project” in June that will represent how the 3 R’s help our community. Every day is Earth day! We can make a difference!

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Warm Weather Attire

To help ensure your child is appropriately dressed and prepared for the approaching warm weather, please use the following information to guide clothing choices for school.

  • T-shirt-style shirts are the simplest choice. They cover all that needs to be covered.
  • Please avoid shirts that expose the torso due to a mid-waist length, or large arm holes allowing the torso and/or undergarments to be seen.
  • Sandal-style shoes are to have a firm sole and heel strap. No flip-flop styles.
  • Sneakers are best. They protect the foot and allow for easy running and play.
  • Water bottles for recess are permitted.
  • Hats for recess are also permitted.
  • Please apply sun-screen at home.

Pearl Buck Starts Video Announcements

Today, Pearl Buck's students and staff were surprised with a new addition to our morning announcements - video! With the assistance of Mr. Jim Gosser (District technology coach), our morning announcers gave a near flawless presentation as it was streamed into every classroom. As we learn more about our equipment, we will expand our production and programming beyond morning announcements.

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

Race for Education!

Monday's Race for Education event went off without a hitch. Our students had a great time running and walking in the sunshine and fresh air. Thanks to all who supported this PTO fundraiser financially, and on Monday as your cheered our kids on.

Photos: Mrs. Conturso

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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!

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