Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - February - Issue 11

Making Our Mark!

Important Announcements!

Buckingham Elementary Receives 2012-2013 Governor's Award for Excellence in Academics!

Congratulations to Buckingham Elementary Students and Staff for their efforts in earning the 2012-2013 Governor's Award for Excellence in Academics! Buckingham was one of 22 Central Bucks Schools to receive the recognition in a special ceremony held at CB East on January 30, 2014. Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley presented the award (pictured above) with Representative Marguerite Quinn, School Board Member Stephen Corr, and CB School District Superintendent Dr. David Weitzel. Buckingham is Making Our Mark!

School Calendar Update!

At the January 14th School Board Meeting, an updated calendar was approved rescheduling two of the missed days of school due to poor weather conditions.


1. (NEW) - April 21 is now a Full Day of School for Students.

2. (Previously Communicated) - June 13th is the Last Day of School for Students - 1/2-Day 12:10PM dismissal for all students, PM KDG reports in the AM. (AM KDG last day June 12.)


Please note, the School Calendar will likely be amended again due to the two most-recent snow days (1/22 & 2/3) and any oher future weather events. Also, please be sure to check inclement weather link on the CBSD webpage and/or learn how to receive text alert updates to your mobile phone.

News & Upcoming Events

School Calendar

February:

February 2 - Groundhog's Day

February 5 - 2nd Marking Period Report Cards Distributed

February 6 - CANCELLED - NOVA Cyber-Bullying Prevention - C. Spring Elem - 7:00PM

February 10 - Boomerang Breakfast - Invitation Only (1st Semester Recipients) - 8:30AM

February 11 - Reading Olympics Meeting - Library - 8:00AM

February 11 - School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

February 12 - 6th Grade Assessment (Radcliff) - 1-week

February 13 - School-Wide Emergency Drill - Shelter-In-Place Drill - AM

February 14 - Valentine's Day

February 17 - President's Day - NO SCHOOL

February 19 - Market Day - 3:00PM-5:00PM - Gym Foyer

February 21 - Spirit Day - Pajama Day

February 24-28 - Jump Rope for Heart - Phys. Ed Classes

February 25 - Reading Olympics Meeting - Library - 8:00AM

February 25 - 2nd Grade PEN Field Trip - Bridge Valley Forensic Day

February 25 - School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

NOVA - East Cluster Cyber-Bullying Presentation - 2/6

Kindergarten & 1st Grade Registration for 2014-2015 School Year

It is never too soon to start thinking about next year! Please click HERE for information regarding next year's Kindergarten & 1st Grade Registration. To be eligible for Kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year, a child must be 5 years of age, on or before August 31, 2014. If you know of anyone - friends, neighbors, etc. - please share this information so they realize registration for next school year is OPEN. Accurate registration numbers allow for best planning options as we prepare staffing throughout the late spring/early summer!

2014 PSSA Dates for Buckingham Elementary

The following dates have been established for the PSSA Schedule at Buckingham. Attendance during this time is imperative, and we would appreciate avoiding doctor appointment conflicts or vacation requests that interrupt your child's testing schedule (During the AM).


Grade 3-6 PSSA Reading and Math - March 17th through March 24th

Grade 5 PSSA Writing - March 31st through April 3rd

Grade 4 PSSA Science - April 28th & 29th


Also, please be directed to Assessment Information for Central Bucks and visit the "Parent Overview for PSSA Testing" on that same page.

CB's New Standards-Based Report Card "Cluster Meeting" Update

Mark your calendar for Monday, April 7th at 7:00 PM. The Central Bucks Report Card Committee will make an informational presentation to the CB East Cluster parents at Cold Spring Elementary School.


Parents are encouraged to attend their specific Cluster Group, but if the "CB East Cluster" timing does not fit your schedule, you are invited to attend another cluster's session.


UPDATE - PLEASE NOTE: The other Cluster's meeting times have changed from our initial newsletter.


The new dates are:

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 7:00PM - Pine Run Elementary (CB West Cluster)
  • Monday, April 28, 2014 - 700PM - Titus Elementary (CB South Cluster)

CB Cares Boomerang Nominations

February: #26 Caring - Young person values service to others, in their family, school, or community. He/she commits to meaningful and caring actions.


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, February19th.

Buckingham's "Operation Helping Hand" - 2014

See below to find out how your student can contribute aNon-Perishable food item for the United Way of Bucks County. Review the Grade-Level Food List below the poster! Bring in canned food to Buckingham - More information to come!

School Happenings

Spirit Assembly - DEAF-initely Magic with Sam Sandler

Mr. Sam Sandler and his assistant Tara, entertained Buckingham with an educational performance of Magic and Illusion! Sam accomplished this goal on the morning of January 16th - and what might be more magical than the magic itself - Sam began his performance only to reveal later that he is completely deaf. Mr. Sandler has embraced his deafness and created a new show called DEAFinitely Magic. The goal of this show was to teach about deaf history and culture (including some sign-langauge) while inspiring the students to pursue their dreams regardless of what hardships life hands them.

Family Fun & Fitness Night at Buckingham

On Friday, January 31st, Buckingham Elementary School celebrated the hard work and dedication of our Mighty Knights at Family Fun and Fitness Night. Students who were recognized with a Mighty Knight certificate during the second marking period were invited back to school on Friday evening to participate in family games, activities, and events. Zumba, Jump Roping, Twister, Karate, Yoga, and many other “Fun and Fit” activities were offered for all to enjoy. Way to go Mighty Knights!


Thanks to:

  • Mr. Rosica and Mr. Durie for the coordination and organization of the event!
  • The teachers, staff, and parents who helped facilitate activities - with the help from student members of the CB East Key Club!
  • Our Community Groups/Organizations who helped inform and inspire us to stay "Fit!
  • Thanks to the Buckingham PTO for sponsoring FFFN!


See below for pictures of the evening!

...From the Buckingham PTO

Buckingham Elementary PTO - General Meeting - "Make Your Mark"

At our General Meeting on January 23rd, Mr. Rosica & Mr. Funseth gave the background and purpose for Buckingham's "Make Your Mark" theme this school year. The students and staff have embraced Make Your Mark in their efforts at school, their positive actions with friends, and their purpose in the Buckingham community. It has been incorporated in their classroom communities and is a major piece of the Buckingham 6-Pillars of Character - which is embraced by all our Mighty Knights. Thanks to Mr. Rosica and Mr. Funseth for providing this positive message for the PTO - and sharing it each day with our children!

2013-2014 Buckingham Mighty Knight Yearbooks - ON SALE!

Yearbooks are on sale for the month of February.... Due date is February 28th. Order Forms were included in the January 30th Thursday Folder. more order forms are located in the Main Office.


Books are $15 apiece.


Make check payable to : Buckingham Elementary PTO


Questions please contact djjforest@gmail.com or 215-630-0697

Scholastic Spring Book Fair - "FIESTA!" at Buckingham!

Week of March 10th - More Information COMING SOON!

PTO Open Positions for the 2014-2016 School Years

Parent-Leaders Needed! Have you wondered how you might be able to make a significant impact at Buckingham Elementary? Do you want to be on a team with other parents who want to make positive contributions to your child's school?


If you're interested in being a contributing volunteer in your child's elementary school, consider one of the open positions on the PTO Executive Board! The Buckingham PTO has three open positions for the 2014-2015-2016 school years - all are 2-year positions:


  • Co-President
  • Vice President
  • Recording Secretary


If you're interested in learning more about the positions and expectations, please contact Co-Presidents, Mrs. Denise Forest or Mrs. Cindy Meyers.

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