Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - September 2013 - Issue 1

A Message from the Principal

Welcome to the 2013-2014 School Year!

It continues to be a privilege and honor to be the principal of Buckingham Elementary School and I would like to welcome you to the new school year – Buckingham’s 58th year in educating children! The supportive relationship between home and school is essential to a successful year – especially how it positively impacts the academic progress of all our students. Without a doubt, great things can happen for our children when we all work together! Throughout the year, The Mighty Knight Connection E-Newsletter will be published to keep parents informed with school and PTO happenings. In addition, please be sure to visit our school and teacher websites as a means of communication – and know we will continue to update and modify information so it is current and informative. Again, welcome to what promises to be a rewarding 2013-2014 school year!

Mr. Karl Funseth, Principal

First Day Photos - 9/3/2013

Important Information

Back To School Nights - Grades K-6

BTS Nights will be held during the first two weeks of school according to the following schedule:

  • Monday, September 9th - Grds. 1 & 2 - 6:00PM-6:45PM; Gr. 5 - 7:15PM-8:00PM

  • Tuesday, September 10th - Grds. 3 & 4 - 6:00PM-6:45PM; Gr. 6 - 7:15PM-8:00PM

  • Monday, September 16th - Kindergarten & PEN - 6:30PM-7:15PM

The importance of a strong and supportive relationship between home and school cannot be overstated. Throughout next school year, I would encourage you to talk to your children about school, read with them, support them with their homework, and become involved in some of the numerous educational and social opportunities that Buckingham has to offer.

The Buckingham Staff looks forward to working with all of you and your children to provide constructive and meaningful learning experiences for our students this year!

**Additional Parking behind Buckingham and at Brown Brother's Auction - across the street**

NAESP: Report to Parents - Make Every Day Count: Boost School Attendance

"To stay on track in school, students need to be present every day. Missing 18 or more days of school in a year puts a child's high school graduation at risk, according to BoostUp.org, a nation dropout prevention campaign. Being absent for just two days every month of the school year can put a child behind academically..."

(To read the entire article from the National Association of Elementary School Principal's, please CLICK HERE - May need to allow some time to load).

Buckingham Student/Parent Handbook

Dear Parents,

Please be sure to review the Student/Parent Handbook. It is important that all families are familiar with Buckingham Policies and Procedures. It can be located on the website or by clicking the following LINK.

Aramark Lunch Program

Please review Aramark's lunch options video for Elementary School Students.

News & Upcoming Events

School Calendar


Sept. 3 - First Day of School 2013-2014

Sept. 5 - No School - Holiday

Sept. 6 - PTO - New Family/Student Ice Cream Social - Cafeteria - 7:00PM

Sept. 9 - Back to School Night: Gr. 1&2 - 6:00PM; Gr. 5 - 7:15PM

Sept. 10 - Back to School Night: Gr. 3&4 - 6:00PM; Gr. 6 - 7:15PM

Sept. 11 - Patriot's Day

Sept. 12 - Holicong Back to School Night - 7th Grade - 7:00PM

Sept. 16 - Back to School Night: Kdg & PEN - 6:30PM

Sept. 17 - Constitution Day

Sept. 17 - Holicong Back to School Night - 8th & 9th Grades - 7:00PM

Sept. 19 - CB East Back to School Night- 10th-12th Grades - 7:00PM

Sept. 24 - Picture Day for Students

Sept. 24 - School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30 PM

Sept. 26 - PTO General Meeting - 7:00PM - Cafeteria

CB East Patriot Players Present - The Sound of Music!

This fall, CB East Patriot Players are performing The Sound of Music - November 22, 23, & 24. In this beautiful family musical, Maria, a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey, brings music, understanding and love into the home of Captain von Trapp and his seven children. Most of the cast will be high school students; however, the script does call for younger children. Hopefully, we will be able to cast 2-4 elementary age students as Von Trapp children (depending on high school casting.) We have included elementary age students in the past for various roles, and the experience is extremely rewarding!

Auditions for The Sound of Music Von Trapp children are open to elementary age students who are siblings of Patriot Players. We would ALSO like to open auditions to our two closest elementary schools: Buckingham and Cold Spring.

Auditions for elementary school students will take place Thursday, September 12 or Friday, September 13 @ 5 pm in the CB East Auditorium (parents should bring their child to ONE of those audition dates.) Students must fill out an audition form and be prepared to sing the chorus of "Do, Re, Mi". Practices for elementary age children will be some weekdays after 4 pm and on Saturdays.

Please click on the Audition Form link to review additional information.

Buckingham Supports the Heroes Run 5K

Please join Central Bucks School District in supporting the 9/11 Heroes Run. Registration is now open for the September 15th event. Doylestown borough will once again host a 5k and 1 mile fun walk/run to raise support and awareness for all of the heroes of September 11th.


School Happenings

Summer Preparations in time for Teachers and Students!

With the late end to the 2012-13 school year, the shorter summer tested our resolve as we prepared the school for the first days of staff and students. Buckingham continues to monitor its facilities, develop plans, and initiate updates to beautify the school - Where teachers are proud to work and students are excited to learn! Once again, our meticulous custodial/maintenance crew rose to meet our goals with preparing each classroom and hallway - as Mr. Scott Thomson and the custodial crew provided us their very best efforts! Mrs. Janice Petrie managed the office area and monitored the summer “to-do” list, and Mr. Funseth developed schedules, finalized student placements, and completed staffing needs. Here we are - ready to welcome students back to our hallways and their new classrooms for another exciting year!

Kindergarten Orientation - Welcome to Buckingham!

On August 28th, new students and their parents visited Buckingham for Kindergarten and Bus Orientation. Mr. Funseth introduced staff and shared some experiences on what to expect for the first day of school. The children learned about bus safety and took a ride with their parents. The children also received a tour of the school while Mrs. Roberts shared important information for families. Everyone seemed excited for the first day of school - an important day for all of these young students!

CB Cares Boomerang Nominations

September: #2 Positive Family Communication - Young person and his/her parents communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parents.

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, September 20th.

From the Buckingham PTO...

PTO Announces our General Meeting Schedule for 2013-2014


Please consider attending our regularly scheduled bi-monthly meetings to see how you can be involved in the Buckingham PTO! This year, we will continue our "Speaker Series" in the cafeteria on the following dates:

  1. September 26 - 6:30PM Refreshments/7:00PM Meeting - Mrs. Kraus, Librarian
  2. November 21 - 9:30AM Refreshments/10:00AM Meeting - Dr. Weitzel, Acting Superintendent
  3. January 23 - 9:30AM Refreshments/10:00AM Meeting - Mr. Rosica, SS-Counselor
  4. March 21 - 9:30AM Refreshments/10:00AM Meeting - Dr. Bolton, Holicong Principal
  5. May 21 - 6:30PM Refreshments/7:00PM Meeting - Elections

We hope you can join us!

PTO Board

New Family Ice Cream Social

What: Buckingham PTO New Family Ice Cream Social

Who: New Students/Families K-6 to Buckingham Elementary

When: Friday, September 6th from 6:30PM-8:00PM

Where: Buckingham Cafeteria - Enter through the Gym lobby doors

**If anyone in your family has an allergy, please notify Cat Stephenson at cpstephenson@comcast.net - We will do our best to accommodate any allergy needs.

Bhuckingham Elementary Fall Fest - October 19th

Consider These Easy Ways to Help Buckingham

Giant A+ Rewards: ID#05924

Welcome to the start of a new school year and another year of A+ School Rewards. Beginning October 6, 2013 through March 22, 2014, Buckingham Elementary School (#05924) will have the opportunity to earn cash through Giant A+ School Rewards Program.

All you have to do is:

Remember, even if you registered your card last year, you must re-register this year for our school to receive credit. Registration is easy and it help to make a positive impact for our school. We appreciate your continued support. Please be sure to register your card to benefit Buckingham Elementary School using ID #05924.






942 W. Street Road

Warminster, PA


**Ask for Jason Schultz

Box Tops 4 Education

One of the simplest ways for the school to earn money is through the Box Tops program. Buckingham earns 10 cents for every Box Top we collect and on average we have earned $1,200 dollars a year!! Families and students are asked to save Box Tops and bring them in to their classrooms. PTO organes and facilitates contests several times a year. Box Tops can be found on many items including Betty Crocker products, Avery, Kleenex, Cheerios, Pillsbury, Juicey Juice, Hefty and Ziploc just to name a few. Send in your Box Tops to your child’s class anytime during the year and watch for announcements about the contests.

Target - Take Charge of Education

If you have a Target charge card, all you have to do is go to the website link below, press the enroll button and designate Buckingham Elementary as your school of choice. Buckingham will then receive 1% the amount you charge on your Target credit card or Target Visa card! Click HERE to register.

Abitibi - Paper Recycling Bins

Want to be environmentally friendly and earn money for Buckingham?

Here's How: Simply collect recyclable paper products and deliver to the Abitibi Bins behind Buckingham Elementary near the loading docks. The paper products are then recycled which earns $$ for Buckingham programs and initiatives!

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