Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - April 2016 - Issue 16

Celebrating 60-years of Educating Children - 2015-2016!

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Every Moment Matters!

Important Announcements

Buckingham Presents: Schoolhouse Rock LIVE, Jr. - 4/28 & 4/29

Schoolhouse Rock LIVE, Jr. - will be coming to the Buckingham Stage! The selected 5th & 6th Grade students have been working since January and their efforts will be on display during the evenings of April 28 & 29. Please note, the whole student body will be seeing the show during school hours on April 28th.

Seats for the show will be $5 per ticket - small children may sit on your lap. Please, no video-taping of the show due to strict copyright laws!

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School Calendar Update

On March 22nd, The Central Bucks School Board approved the updated School Calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. With the January 25th school day cancelled due to snow, the last day of school for students will be Wednesday, June 15th (Half-Day Dismissal at 12:10PM; AM Kindergarten Only). PM Kindergarten's last day will now be Tuesday, June 14th. For a one-page calendar format, please CLICK HERE.

PSSA Schedule & Important Parent Information

Buckingham Parent Letter - 2016


  • COMPLETED - 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

Please be sure students are getting good rest and have a healthy breakfast so they can maximize their efforts throughout the PSSA's! Thank you!

News & Upcoming Events

School Calendar

April Continued:

Apr. 18-20 - PSSA: Math Assessment - Grades 3-6

Apr. 22 - No School - Holiday (Passover)

Apr. 25 & 26 - PSSA: Science - Grade 4 (Only)

Apr. 26 - Central Bucks School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

Apr. 27 - Administrative Professional's Day (Secretary Day)

Apr. 28 & 29 - Buckingham Presents: Schoolhouse Rock LIVE, Jr. Musical - Curtain 7:00PM (each night)

Apr. 29 - 6th Grade Field Trip - Clean Streams


May 3 - National Teacher Appreciation Day

May 11 - National School Nurse Appreciation Day

May 8 - Mother's Day

May 10 - Central Bucks School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

May 13 - Spirit Day - Wear Blue and Gold

May 13 - Buckingham PTO Walk Fundraiser - Students Only (Grade-Level Schedule)

May 16 - 1st & 2nd Grade Evening Concert - (6:30PM - First Gr.) (7:30PM - Second Gr.)

May 19 - Spirit Day - Dress Like a Tourist Day

May 19 - Buckingham PTO General Meeting - Cafeteria - 7:30PM

May 24 - Central Bucks School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

May 25 - Buckingham Field Day - Class Schedule TBD

May 27 - Science Fair Set-Up - 3:00PM-4:30PM

May 30 - Memorial Day Holiday - No School

May 31 - Science Fair - Evening Event

National Library Week - April 10-16 - Celebrate with a Book Dedication to Buckingham

Book Dedication Form - Click Here

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YMCA 2nd Grade Swim Initiative - Free for Qualifying Children

Final Swim Test Date: Saturday, April 16 from 12:30-1:30PM
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Patriot Players: Children's Theater Workshop - 5/14

The CB East Patriot Players are once again hosting a Children's Theatre Workshop on Saturday, May 14, 1:00 - 4:30 pm! This event has become increasingly popular with elementary school students.

Elementary aged students, grades 1-6, are invited to join us for a fun-filled day of singing, dancing and acting. The cost of the event is $25 per student. Students will receive a "Junior Patriot Player" t-shirt and snack. All proceeds will benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation!

Must register in advance - to do so, please CLICK HERE - and open Registration Form for "Children's Theater Workshop."

Contact Sasha Eisenberg with questions.

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Central Bucks Summer Community School - Swimming Lessons!

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CB Cares Boomerang Nominations

April: Reading for Pleasure. Young person reads for pleasure most days of the week, either alone, with family members, or with friends.

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 Friday, April 22nd .

School Happenings

Buckingham Engineer Expo - Student-Creators Excel!

Excited Engineers from our Kindergarten through 6th Grade entered and participated in Buckingham's inaugural Engineer Expo on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016! Students created amazing projects to display and describe - connecting to important concepts learned during their time in our new QUEST Program this year. Buckingham QUEST Teacher, Mrs. Doherty, facilitated the event that was hugely popular in its first year! Over 95 students submitted an entry into this year's showcase! So exciting - Congratulations students!

Bucks County Reading Olympics - Buckingham "Blue Ribbons" the Evening

On April 7, 2016 - The Bucks County Reading Olympics was held at Warwick Elementary where schools from all over the county held a friendly competition on their reading comprehension and recall. Buckingham Elementary brought 7-teams of almost 90 students from 5th and 6th grades to the event. Our students and teacher volunteers began meeting in November as they focused and celebrated reading in preparation for the big night! In addition to our teacher captains, Buckingham was well-represented by Buckingham Teachers who acted as score-keepers and facilitators! Congratulations to all 7-Buckingham Teams receiving the highest recognition - each with a Blue Ribbon!

Buckingham Spirit Assembly - Reverse Order

On April 8th, Buckingham Students and Staff celebrated 'Backwards/Inside Out" Day with a wonderful musical assembly titled Reverse The Trend. It was an Anti-Bullying concert and assembly created by the young band Reverse Order (featured on America's Got Talent in 2012). The band started the program by performing a few songs to excite and engage the students using popular music that all enjoyed. Reverse Order continued the assembly by sharing their individual stories of how they were bullied, and how they overcame it in a safe and productive way.

For more information about the band and their message, click here.

Buckingham Celebrates our "Mighty" 3rd MP at the Movies!

Students were treated to Disney Pixar's: The Good Dinosaur during "Mighty Night" at the Movies on Friday, April 8th. As a ticket-in to the event, student had to be awarded a "Mighty Knight Certificate" during the 3rd Marking Period and brought a canned good (to be donated to the Bucks County Food Bank) as a ticket-in. Families enjoyed the evening at another exciting Buckingham School Community Event!

Teach Children to Save Day

April is "Teach Children to Save" Month and a member from the local Univest Bank Community Partner Team joined Buckingham 2nd and 6th Graders on April 7, 2016. In each session, students learned the value of money and the importance of saving at an early age. The students know there's more to understanding finances than putting change in a piggy bank! Thanks to the local Univest Bank for helping our students learn important financial concepts that connect directly to our District math curriculum!
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5th & 6th Grade PEN Students visit NASTAR Center

5th and 6th PEN students visited NASTAR Center on Monday, April 4th. NASTAR is a business located in Southampton that is known worldwide for researching, designing, and manufacturing flight and space training equipment. Students had the opportunity to tour the facility and learn about some of the equipment used to prepare astronauts for space, such as an altitude chamber and centrifuge. Students also had the opportunity to design and engineer some of their own creations! This trip served as a great connection to the 5th and 6th grade PEN unit about colonizing Mars.

NASTAR offers a variety of STEM camps for students of varying ages. If you are interested in these opportunities, please check out what they have to offer here: NASTAR STEM CAMPS

Google Earth State Fair - 4th Grade - Cleary

Mrs. Cleary's Google Earth State Fair was quite a success! Students were able to share their headphones, and their final projects with their parents this Monday. These projects incorporated all the students have learned about Google Earth, and Movie Maker, and were a good showcase for the strong research skills they have developed. Parents, staff, and students are all very proud of what these Mighty Knights have accomplished.

Senator McIlhinney Meets Buckingham Students to Discuss the Environment

After conducting research on the amount of waste created by the use and disposal of thin plastic grocery bags, one 6th grade PEN team wrote letters to their local legislators asking to address this growing concern to help protect our environment. The students, in favor of a instituting a ban on plastic bags in our area, got a response from Senator Chuck McIlhinney, representing the 10th District.

Senator McIlhinney took the time to come to Buckingham to meet with this group of students, listen to their concerns, and discuss the conversation currently taking place in the Pennsylvania Senate regarding this issue. The students enjoyed the opportunity to voice their concerns and enjoyed learning what they can do to help protect the environment! Thanks to Senator McIlhinney for taking the time to meet with our students!

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From the Buckingham PTO

Buckingham Night at Sweet Pea Ice Cream Shoppe

The line was out the door from 4:00PM-8:00PM this past Thursday night as the Buckingham Community celebrated at Sweet Pea Ice Cream in Doylestown. So many customers tried Buckingham's featured flavor, A Mighty Carmel Campfire - created by Mrs. Kirsche's 4th graders - Delicious! An amazing group of PTO and Buckingham staff were the celebrities of the night as they scooped some tempting ice cream treats! It was a wonderful night and fun to come together as a community!

Going GAGA for Buckingham Walk - Sign-Up to Volunteer

Information came home Thursday Folder this week. Please review to support our efforts in (1) Helping make a Wish Come True with the Make a Wish Foundation and (2) Completing the GAGA Pit project on our Buckingham Playground!

Every Step Matters!

Sign-Up HERE - Grade-Level Walk Schedule Coming Soon!

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General PTO Meeting - May 19th Elections

Buckingham PTO will be "Passing the Torch" to new volunteers for:


Vice President


Please come to our 6:30PM Meeting on Thursday, May 19 to show your support for our school! Also, we will get a "year in review" about the highlights of the Buckingham QUEST Program from Mrs. Doherty!

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 Elementary, Dr. David Bolton