Pearl S. Buck Elementary

March 15, 2019

Upcoming Dates

School Closed:

April 15-19 - Spring Break

May 21 - Act 80

May 27 - Memorial Day

Upcoming Events:

TONIGHT! - Variety Show at Maple Point Middle School Auditorium, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

March 25 - District Junior Honors Concert, 7 PM at Carl Sandburg MS

April 5 - Sock Hop at Maple Point Cafeteria 6:30-8:30. (Ticketed event)

April 11 - Art Show, 6-8 PM

April 23-25 ELA PSSA (Grades 3&4)

April 26 - Race for Education

April 29-30 Math PSSA (Grades 3&4)

April 30 - 4th Grade Chorus Sings at Trenton Thunder. 7:05 game. (Ticketed event)

April 30 - STEAM Expo at Neshaminy High School

May 1-2 - Science PSSA (Grade 4)

May 16 - Music concert at MPMS. 7 PM.

May 31 - Field Day

Every Friday! Buck Spirit Days. Wear your Pearl Buck spirit shirt, or red and blue.

~ "The Neshaminy community builds futures by empowering each child to become a productive citizen and a lifelong learner." ~

Pearl Buck 3rd Grade Students Presented at School Board Meeting

This past Tuesday, March 13th, ten students from the Pearl Buck 3rd-grade team shared about their project based learning experiences with hydroponics. Guided by their teachers, Mrs. Gregory, Mrs. Lysun, Mrs. Takacs, Ms. Keenley, and Mrs. Maher, students spoke about what they learned, how pollination was accomplished, the basics of growing hydroponically, and, of course, shared some delicious lettuce, basil, and tomatoes. The following students presented at the board meeting - eloquently we might add! Great job!!

Ariana Lenihan

Gianna Conturso

Harish Lakshmanan

Berkley Brenner

William Edwards

Jillian Adams

Kara Sullivan

Kyle Rugg

Emily Schumacher

Walter Strouse

Big picture

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!!

Help our PTO by ordering food from

Wings to Go

ALL DAY—Thursday, March 21st

Mention Pearl Buck PTO when you dine in, take out, or get delivery

Wings to Go

513 S Oxford Valley Rd

Fairless Hills, PA

(in Queen Anne Plaza)


Call: 215-946-9995

20% of profits will be donated to the Pearl Buck PTO.

Leprechaun Traps and Engineering Design

Our 2nd grade students worked hard on their creative designs for leprechaun traps. Students excitedly shared their design choices and explained how their trap would work. Each year, the engineering improves, with many close catches, but none have yet been able to trap a tricky leprechaun - or a pot of gold! Alas, perhaps next year!

Sock Hop Tickets on Sale 3/25 and 3/26

Tickets for this year's Sock Hop will be sold during lunches on Monday 3/25 and Tuesday, 3/26. Each ticket costs $7.00. Come join us for a night of dancing, food, and socializing. Come dressed in your best Sock Hop styling.

The Sock Hop will occur on Friday, April 5th, 6:30-8:30 PM, in the Maple Point Cafeteria.

Pearl Buck Staff to face-off against the Wizards!

The upcoming game between the Neshaminy Dream Team and the Wizards will include members of the Pearl Buck staff. Come join us for an evening of fun on Saturday, April 6th. Game time is 7 PM. Tickets can be ordered via this link.

For the first time, our Superintendent, Mr. Jones, will be playing!

The Pearl Buck Staff participating in this fun event are:

Amanda Arner

Cara Buttari

Robert Crozier

Brian Kern

Kylene Morecz

The participating Pearl Buck staff members make up 25% of the Dream Team! We hope to see you at the game!

4th Grade Baby Pictures Needed

Baby pictures of our 4th grade students are needed for the yearbook. 4th grade parents can send a baby photo of their child to “”. Baby pictures should be in jpeg format with the child’s name noted for reference.

2018-19 Yearbook Information

Yearbook orders will be accepted through April 1st. Orders may be submitted with the order form sent home last week (checks payable to Pearl Buck PTO) or can be purchased online at (click "buy your student's yearbook" then enter the school name, city and state).

Questions? Please contact Tina Conturso at

Volunteer Clearances

Parents who plan to serve as chaperones and volunteers for school must have current clearances on file with the school. For additional information on clearances, including all related links, please visit this District webpage. Since the process can take several weeks, please file for your clearances ASAP so that they are in place when needed.

PTO Board Member Maureen Krom is offering free Notary services for any Buck parent who may need to have volunteer forms notarized. You can contact Mrs. Krom at

Positive Parenting Workshop: Less Worrying, More Connecting

Neshaminy School District has scheduled Katherine Dahlsgaard, PhD, ABPP, Clinical Director of the Anxiety Behaviors Clinic and the Picky Eaters Clinic, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Dahlsgaard specializes in behavioral and cognitive psychology. She will offer coping

and intervention tips for parents and guardians of school-age children to reduce anxiety,

increase communication and improve overall mental health.

Please join us!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 6:30-8 pm

Free admission

Maple Point Middle School Auditorium

2250 Langhorne-Yardley Road, Langhorne PA

Diversity Display

If you would be interested in contributing to the Diversity Display in our front lobby, please sign up below under the month that works best for you. Please contact Mrs. McGuigan at with any questions, or to arrange a time to deliver items.

We hope you'll consider supporting our display throughout the year!

Be Allergy Aware!

Due to varied allergy and dietary needs, please contact your child's teacher before sending in food or other items intended to be distributed to students in a classroom (e.g. birthday celebrations, class parties). Students should not share food at any time during school - even with a close friend. A seemingly harmless food item may unexpectedly contain allergens, or interact with other medical conditions. Depending on the health needs within a classroom, teachers may choose to avoid food-oriented experiences altogether. Please consider non-food treats as an alternative. Speak directly with your child's teacher. Do not send in any items until the teacher has responded and confirmed the appropriateness of your request. Thanks!

Did you know?....

A Few Things You Might Not Know About St. Patrick’s Day

1. We Should Really Wear Blue

Saint Patrick himself would have to deal with pinching on his feast day. His color was “Saint Patrick’s blue,” a light shade. The color green only became associated with the big day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century.

2. Saint Patrick Was British

Although he made his mark by introducing Christianity to Ireland in the year 432, Patrick wasn’t Irish himself. He was born to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales in the late fourth century.

3. The Irish Take Saint Patrick’s Day Seriously

It’s a national holiday in both Ireland and Northern Ireland.

4. So Do New Yorkers

New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the world’s largest parades. Since 1762, 250,000 marchers have traipsed up Fifth Avenue on foot – the parade still doesn’t allow floats, cars, or other modern trappings.

5. Chicago Feels Lucky, Too

New York may have more manpower, but Chicago has a spectacle all its own. The city has been celebrating Saint Patrick by dumping green dye into the Chicago River since 1962. It takes 40 tons of dye to get the river to a suitably festive shade!