Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - April 2014 - Issue 16

Making Our Mark!

Important Announcements

6th Grade Promotion - Calendar Update

Due to the added school dates on the District Calendar, the date for 6th Grade Promotion has been adjusted.

Please mark your Calendars for the new date:

- Monday, June 16th

- Holicong Middle School Auditorium

- Will start at 7:00PM.

- Reception in the Cafeteria to follow.

PSSA Assessment Schedule - Continues...

April 10-18 - PSSA Writing Make-Ups Only - Grade 5

April 28-29 - PSSA Science - Grade 4

Kindergarten & 1st Grade Registration - Timing Matters!

Accurate registration numbers allow for proper summer planning in preparation for 2014-2015!

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 know registration for next school year is imperative for accurate staff planning at Buckingham.

News & Information

School Calendar


April 14 - Passover Begins (through to 4/22)

April 15-16 - NO KDG - Parent/Teacher Conferences

April 17 - CALENDAR UPDATE - Half-Day - K-6 Dismissal @ 12:10PM - No PM KDG

April 17 - Portfolio Conferences - By Appointment

April 18 - No School - Good Friday

April 20 - Easter

April 21 - CALENDAR UPDATE - School in Session - Full Day

April 21 - Emergency Weather Drill @ Buckingham (PM)

April 22 - School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

April 23 - Report Cards Sent Home (Middle & High Schools Only)

April 23 - Administrative Professionals Day (Secretary's Day)

April 23 - Market Day - Gym Foyer - 3:00-5:00PM

April 28-29 - PSSA Science - Gr. 4 - State Assessments in AM


May 1 - 5th Grade Field Trip - Independance Hall

May 1 - LAW DAY - 6th Grade PEN

May 2 - Eric Kimmel - Young Author Day

May 6 - National Teacher Appreciation Day

May 6 - Invention Convention - 4th Grade PEN

May 8 - Radcliff - Grade 6 - Clean Streams Field Trip

May 8 - Spirit Day - Theme - "Character Day" - Wear Favorite Character T-Shirt

May 8 - Spirit Assembly - Crabgrass Puppet Theater - Daytime Assembly

May 9 - Buckingham "Make Your Mark" Run/Walk (Rain Date June 6)

May 11 - Mother's Day

May 12-May15 - 3rd Grade Wax Museum - See Schedule

May 12 - Vollman/Williams - Grade 6 - Clean Streams Field Trip

May 13 - School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

May 16 - Buckingham Field Day - Wear Your Blue or Gold (Rain Date May 30)

May 19 - Science Fair Drop-Off - 3:30PM-5:00 (And Morning of 5/20)

May 20-21 - Science Fair - Student Visits

May 20 - Evening Science Fair - 6:30PM-8:00PM

May 21 - Market Day Pick-Up - 3:00PM-5:00PM

May 21 - 1st Grade Concert - 6:30PM; 2nd Grade Concert - 7:30PM

May 22 - "Think Grey" Day at Buckingham

May 22 - 6th Grade Orientation - Holicong (School Day)

May 22 - PTO General Meeting - Elections - (6:30PM Reception) 7:00PM Meeting

May 23 - 2nd Grade Field Trip - Lost Caverns

May 26 - Holiday - No School - Memorial Day

May 27 - School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

May 28 - PEN Grade 5 - Robotics Competition (Buckingham Gym)

May 29 - 1st Grade Field Trip - Storybook Theater

Community School: Summer Fun Program

CB Cares Boomerang Nominations

April: #25 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 Monday, April 21st.

Collecting Crocs 4 Haiti

In coordination with Buckingham's Make Your Mark Walk, Buckingham Elementary is promoting the efforts of Poverty Resolutions and will be collecting gently-used "Crocs" for Haiti during the month of May. For details, please see the information below!

Think Grey Day - 5/22

Buckingham will be recognizing the Greater Central Bucks Community's efforts with Matthew Renk Foundation's Think Grey Day. Students and staff are encouraged to wear Black and Grey on Thursday, May 22nd in honor of Brain Cancer Awareness. You can also support the organization's efforts if interested in purchasing a Think Grey t-shirt by picking-up a flyer from the Buckingham office.

Please visit the Mathew Renk Foundation's website.

School Happenings

Buckingham Musical: The Ever After

The 5th & 6th Grade Students in this year's Buckingham musical, The Ever After, performed 3-live shows last Thursday and Friday. Each performance was excellent and the ALL children should be proud of their accomplishments - which featured solos, choreography, spotlights, and comedy! The show was set on a "TV Studio Talk Show" revisiting the lives of our most famous fairy-tale characters years after "...happily ever after...."!

The students were led by the direction of Buckingham's music teacher, Mr. Bill Weir, and with help from 5th grade teachers, Mrs. Linda Raitt and Miss Sarah Mullen.

The daytime performance will be shown on CBTV throughout the rest of the year -

check schedule for timings - Channel 28 (Comcast); Channel 40 (Verizon).

"The Ever After" Rehearsals

"Reptile Discovery" at Buckingham!

Since 1974, Mr. Bruce Schwedick has shared his fascination and knowledge of reptiles with students of all ages in thousands of schools, at Florida Cypress Gardens and most recently, at the North Carolina Aquarium.

Reptile Discovery provides an opportunity for students to meet and learn about reptiles from all over the world. Their natural history, geography and conservation are presented in a manner that students enjoy and understand.

Acorn Quest Performance in 1st Grade

Students from 1st Grade have been working with former Buckingham teacher, Mrs. Maureen Book, on the adaptation of the Children's Book, The Acorn Quest. Students performed for their classmates as they became the characters from the story. Audience members shared their thoughts and made predictions on how the story would conclude!

Kindergarten Beach Day

Buckingham Students Enter "Draw The Future" Contest


Children from Kindergarten through 6th grade were invited to draw their own Toyota, Scion, Lexus, BMW, Volkswagen, Porsche or Audi of the future. ALL participants received a commemorative Draw the Future Contest t-shirt and ALL drawings will are displayed throughout the Thompson dealerships. There were three winners in each grade and the Grand Prize will have their design featured on a local billboard!

Gracie Piotrowski (2nd Grade) - 3rd Place, Rachel Chodelka (5th Grade) - First Place, and Danny Eckley (6th Grade) - 3rd Place - all represented Buckingham Elementary at "Draw the Future". Thompson received 659 drawings from K-6th, and they picked 21 total winners. See their drawings below!

Buckingham "Make Your Mark" Walk

We are about 3 weeks out from Making Our Mark with our 3K Fun Run/Walk during school hours on May 9th.

This week a sponsor sheet will be coming home to track those family and friends who may like to make a donation based on your participation in the run. We will also "Make Our Mark" by giving back to others who are less fortunate. This year 10% of our proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish charity to benefit a local Bucks County child suffering from a life-threatening issue with a wish come true. Everything else comes right back to Buckingham.

Let's Make Our Mark and Make-A-Wish come true, too!

For more information on the Buckingham Make Your Mark Walk or to help out, please visit the PTO Website HERE!

Buckingham Spirit Wear - Field Day Coming!

Spiritwear order forms went home last week in the Thursday Folder (4/10). We have some new items for purchase as well as magnets. Make sure your child has their gear in time for Field Day on May 16th!

Please have all orders are in by April 25th.

Make checks payable to:

Buckingham Elementary PTO

Market Day Contest - April Order

At the April Market Day Sale there will be a raffle for a free dessert. Each person who places an order for the April Sale is automatically entered. The winner will be selected at the sale on Wednesday, April 23. To place an order, please return your order sheet to the school by April 15 or order online at www.marketday.com by April 17. If you have any questions please contact Theresa Sheehan at 215-794-9891 or ttsheehan@verizon.net.

Silver Graphics - Ordering Your Child's Art!

Looking for an easy gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day, or Birthdays? Consider Silver Graphics online! Through their Online Gallery page, search for your child's artwork completed earlier this year.

All products will be shipped directly to the address you specify. Our school will profit from any online orders placed through our school gallery. So visit the SilverGraphics website to view detailed photos and information on their products.

To view artwork and place orders, visit:


You will need the following User Name and password (case sensitive):

UserName: Buckingham

Password: Buckingham

Please feel free to contact Ann Piotrowski at amp@sta2ned.com if you have any questions.

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