Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - Issue 4 - October 2015

60-Years in Education - 1955-2015

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Every Moment Matters!

Important Announcements

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Halloween

October is halfway through and the ghosts and ghouls are preparing for Halloween Night!


In next week's 10/22 Thursday Folder, please look for our Halloween Guidelines so you are aware of procedures for the parade and parties.


Parade:

Buckingham is making preparations to celebrate Halloween with a Parade Celebration held on Friday, October 30th. We hope you will be able to join us for the morning parade beginning at 9:30AM - outdoors (weather permitting). Please dress appropriately for all weather conditions. If weather becomes a factor, a morning email announcement will send an update.


Parties:

As per PA State CHILD ABUSE Guidelines, ALL SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS MUST HAVE THEIR VOLUNTEER CLEARANCES ON FILE WITH CB HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT. Class Party Food drop-off will take place from 8:30AM-9:30AM and 1:00PM-2:00PM on the 30th. If you have refrigerated items, please bring during the Afternoon 1:00PM time. Secondly, only parent Halloween party volunteers (with clearances) will gain access to classrooms during our afternoon parties. More information will be shared by your classroom's Parent Homeroom Coordinator about class needs for the 30th.

No GLASS Water Bottles or Containers

Parents - Please do not send any "Glass" Containers/Water Bottles into school. We have had a few "accidents" as glass containers are falling/breaking on the hard floor surfaces in the cafeteria and classrooms. It requires immediate clean-up and poses a dangerous situation for other children. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Volunteer Process - If You Need to SIGN-UP - READ BELOW!

If you have already submitted your information to the District - you do not need to have any further paperwork.


All NEW Volunteers - Please go to the website to complete the online process for submission of volunteer paperwork. The link and a quick video explaining how to do this, in order to make it more user friendly, is available here: http://www.cbsd.org/Page/355.


Parent Volunteers, you do not need to go to the Ad Center as they no longer accept clearances at the building. New volunteers simply upload onto the website and receive a volunteer pass in the mail after they have completed all steps.

"Parent Portal" Reminder

The Central Bucks School District uses Infinite Campus as its student information system. The Parent Portal allows parents/guardians to view schedules, attendance, immunizations, and assessment information. Parents can also update demographic information for their family. The Parent Portal is open. For more information on the parent portal please visit the CBSD web site, or contact Mrs. Petrie at 267.893.4200.


All elementary school parents will also be able to view, print, and/or save their child’s 1st Marking Period progress report directly from the Parent Portal.

News & Upcoming Events

School Calendar

October:

Oct. 15 - "Fed Up" Screening - Lenape Middle School - 7:00PM

Oct. 17 - Buckingham PTO Fall Fest

Oct. 19-23 - National Red-Ribbon Week (See Red-Ribbon Flyer Form for more info)

Oct. 19&20 - 5th Grades Ropes Course

Oct. 27 - Central Bucks School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

Oct. 28 - Buckingham Emergency Preparation: Lockdown Drill (PM)

Oct. 30 - Halloween Parade - 9:30AM; Location - TBD

Oct. 30 - 6th Grade Halloween Party - 7:00PM-9:00PM - Haunted Cafeteria

Oct. 31 - Halloween (Saturday) - Have a Safe Night!


November:

Nov. 1 - Daylight Savings - "Fall Back" (Sunday)

Nov. 3 - Election Day

Nov. 6 - Mighty Knight at the Movies - 7:00PM (Parent Speaker Series)

Nov. 10 - Central Bucks School Board meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

Nov. 11 - Veterans Day at Buckingham

Nov. 13 - PTO Family Fun Night: Fall Bingo

Nov. 17 - Picture Retake Day - Bring Original Photos for Exchange

Nov. 19&20 - No Kindergarten Classes (KDG Conferences)

Nov. 23 - Half-Day of School for Grade 1-6 Students/Parent Conferences PM (No KDG)

Nov. 24 - Half-Day of School for Grade 1-6 Students/Parent Conferences PM (No KDG)

Nov. 25-27 - No School - Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov. 30 - School Resumes

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is scheduled for October 19-23. Students and staff will be participate in "Spirit Days" and committing to remain “drug-free.” A flyer detailing all of the activities arrived in Thursday Folder. In addition, students in all grade levels will follow the grade-level specific curriculum for the Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drugs lessons during this week.

CBSD - Parent Positive Series - 2015-2016

In coordination with CB Cares, Central Bucks School District is hosting several "Parent Positive" Speaker Series Events held at Lenape Middle School. CB's first speaker, Elaine Pasqua, will be sharing information on Responsible Choices: Raising Our Children to Understand the Consequences of Alcohol and Drugs. See below for more information.
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Music Room News

  • 4th graders are beginning their journey into Recorder Karate! Students have received their lessons books, and instruments will be coming shortly! Look for a special letter detailing the website students should use to practice their songs at home.


  • Buckingham 5th and 6th grade Chorus is off to a great start – we look forward to performing in the Buckingham Holiday Concert along with the Band and Strings on December 15th.


  • Buckingham students in grades 2 through 6 will soon be preparing some special musical selections to honor and thank our guests at a special assembly on Veterans Day, November 11th.

11/11/15 - Veteran's Day at Buckingham - Military Invitation

We are extending an invitation to the family members of any current student who serves or served in the United States military to join us for a tribute to veterans on Wednesday, November 11th.


Please contact Mrs. Doris Borghi to RSVP by November 6th. Details and information was distributed in Thursday Folder this week. We would simply like to acknowledge the veterans in our families. Parents, due to limited space for our assembly, thank you for understanding that this occasion is for our students, staff, and honored guests only.

CB East Presents: A Christmas Carol - 11/20-11/22

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Bucks County World Language

There are 4-spaces left for the 2015-16 school year - Three days per week, After-school 3:45-4:45, Total Immersion Program, Culture & Conversation

See more at: http://cbsd.org/Domain/10#sthash.Y4FWRq9D.dpuf

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CB Cares: Bucks County Pumpkin Festival - 10/24/2015

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Young Rembrandts: Power of Drawing - Session-2 Sign-Up Information

Young Rembrandts' is starting another drawing class session for students. The 6-week session begins on Friday, October 30th - 3:45 to 4:45pm. Click here for the mail in enrollment, or enroll online at www.youngrembrandts.com/buxmont-pa

CB Cares Boomerang Nominations

October: #31 Restraint. Young person can identify, regulate, and control his/her behaviors and emotions in healthy ways, particularly in stressful or unstructured situations.


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, October 23rd.

School Happenings

Buckingham Goes to the Pumpkin Patch

Throughout the month of October, Buckingham Buddy Classes have been taking a hayride to None-Such-Farm to learn about the many facets of the "Working Farm" - and get to choose a special pumpkin! This is an incredibly unique and special activity for Buckingham Elementary as we border the wonderful "Neighbors" at None-Such Farm! "Thank you" to None-Such for their hospitality and efforts!

Fire Safety/Prevention Assemblies

On Monday, October 5 - Buckingham Primary students attended a special assembly on fire prevention and safety - hosted by the Midway Volunteer Fire Company. Children listened to local Firefighters review safety standards and expectations in cases of real emergencies. Then, they were able to see the specially designed fire truck and how it works to save lives! Thanks to Midway Volunteer Fire Company for their time and dedication to our community!

Buckingham Garden Harvest

Students in our 5th and 6th Grade Classrooms did their fall preparations in the Buckingham Garden before the winter months. The work completed by our students in the spring and the "adopted garden families" led by Jill Jankowski and Leslie Yodis throughout summer provided for a beautiful harvest in October! Students worked on cleaning the beds and using compost from our composting pit. Thanks to all the students and families who helped our efforts!

From the Buckingham PTO

Buckingham PTO Fall Fest - THIS WEEKEND SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17TH

Fall Fest is tomorrow Saturday October 17th from 10am-3pm.


It is a fun-filled day with games, silent auction, basket raffles, teacher/staff raffles, food, bake sale and more! We look forward to seeing everyone there! It's our school's largest event and fun for the entire family.


If you have a spare hour, you can still sign up on Sign-Up Genius - Click Here - Every little bit helps!


SORRY - THIS IS NOT A STUDENT DROP-OFF EVENT - PLEASE REMAIN WITH CHILDREN

Book Fair Thank You

A MONSTROUS “Thank You” to the students, families, staff, and volunteers involved with the Fall Book Fair. Our Monster theme had the students and staff excited to visit the fair and see the furry creatures lurking amongst the books. The vast selection of books provided an opportunity for all readers to find something that they found interesting. The Classroom Wish List program provided children and their families the opportunity to donate books to help build our teachers libraries. Our library was able to add over 70 new titles to their shelves that our children will now be able to access due to the success of the Book Fair.


Many thanks to Mrs. Kraus and Mrs. Diodati for allowing us the use of the library to host the Fair as well as their tireless, hands-on support. Congratulations to all of our Raffle winners: Student Guessing Game Raffle: Sylvia Padin-Jimenez, Family Raffle Basket: Kathleen Campbell, and Teacher Raffle: Mrs. Rosztoczy.


Feel GROOVY this Spring, when “Peace, Love and Books” come to our library for our Spring Scholastics Book Fair. Coming March 2016!


Sincerely,

The Book Fair Committee

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PTO General Meeting Update

The PTO held it's general meeting on September 24th at 6:30pm. Here are some of the highlights:

    • Mrs. Doherty came and explained more about the QUEST program (Questions and Understanding through Engineering, Science, and Technology) and the exciting projects our kids have already done. All the parents were in agreement, we wish we could go to QUEST, too! To find out more information go to: http://www.cbsd.org/quest


    • The Board proposed amending the PTO Bylaws to change the number of General PTO Meetings from 5 times a year to 3 times a year due to low attendance the past few years. The amendment was approved. The PTO will continue to update families through email blasts and the PTO Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/BuckinghamPTO). Please go and like our page to keep up with the latest news! The next PTO General Meeting will be January 21st at 9:30am.


    • The Board proposed raising and using $9,000 for the creation of a Gaga Pit on the playground. The funds were approved and the price is being split by the District. More information on the Gaga Pit, District Facilities Department Support of the plan, a new Unit of Study and Student Instruction will be provided at a later date. For more information about Gaga – Click here: https://www.gagacenter.com/nyc/about/what-is-gaga/ .

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