Pearl S. Buck Elementary
January 13, 2017
Pizza Bingo will be held on Friday, January 27, 2017, 6-8 PM, in the Maple Point Middle School Cafeteria.
The February PTO meeting will be held on Thursday, February 9th 12th, beginning at 7:00 PM.
Science Fair (3rd and 4th grade) - Thursday, February 23rd, 2017. 6:30-7:30 at Buck.
Science Fair Questions
If your child will be participating in the Science Fair, below are some questions you may want to ask of your young scientist. We will be looking for up to 6 projects to be presented at the STEAM Expo on Thursday, April 20th, at Neshaminy High School. Having great answers to the questions below will help us recommend which projects will be presented at the expo. Parents, it's okay to help develop ideas and assist with the experiment, but be sure your young scientist takes ownership of the final product. This should be a fun, learning experience for everyone!
Where did you get the idea for this project?
Listen for how the presenter determined their project idea would make a good science project. Did they have a question about how something worked? Curiosity about how something would react to certain actions? There's no 'right' answer, but clarity is critical.
What would you do differently next time?
Listen for the presenter to recognize that all projects have limitations and they could always have done better if they had more time, more resources, better equipment, etc.
What would you do next?
Listen for the presenter to propose an example of the next logical experiment.
What was the hardest part?
Listen for the presenter to acknowledge which parts they thought were hard and how they solved the problems that arose.
What research did you do?
Describe any reading (or searching) that was completed before the presenter wrote his or her hypothesis. A variation of this question is: Why did you think that would happen? (Referring to the hypothesis).
What was your control?
Why did you do the experiment more than once?
Listen for the presenter to demonstrate an understanding of the concept of variability and that the more an experiment is repeated, the more confidence we have in the accuracy of the results.
Why are your findings important?
Listen for the presenter to link his or her results to the “bigger picture” including who might be interested in the findings. ("Y'know, you may save a lot of money buying off-brand paper towels because my results showed....")
Who helped you?
This sounds like a trick question because you were supposed to do your own project – right? But no scientist works in isolation (and if they did we wouldn’t know about them because they wouldn’t have communicated their results!). Acknowledge your teachers, parents, friends, and anyone else that gave you an idea, advice, equipment, or assistance.
Students in Mrs. Beck's 4th-grade classroom have been studying Social Scientists and chose the one they were most interested in. They were then grouped according to those preferences and given a project idea that correlated with the social science. Political Scientists created a rap that convinced the principal (the leader of our school) of something they wished to see changed. Geographers created a 3-D model of a state of their choice and present the information to the class. Historians created a timeline poster after interviewing a person of their choice and presented the information to the class. Economists were to write and perform a play that reflected ideas about the economy. The students worked well with their peers, incorporating the information from their studies in class and from the personal interviews.
As you may recall , students in Mrs. Boyle’s class have been collecting postcards from each state in the United States. So far, they have received 68 postcards from 27 states.
Please remember to bring I.D. with you when picking up your child. If someone else routinely picks-up your child, please make sure to list them as an emergency contact AND remind them to have proper I.D. when they arrive.
Please be sure to write your child's teacher a note regarding ANY changes to your child's afternoon routines. For last-minute changes, please call the school office at 215-809-6300 and speak with one of our secretaries.
Our lost and found is growing. It is full of coats, fleece jackets, hats, scarves, etc. Please have your child check for lost personal items. Parents may also visit the lost and found. Please check-in at the office first.
Be Food-Allergy Aware!
Due to varied allergy and dietary needs, please contact your child's teacher before sending in food for students other than your child (e.g. for birthday celebrations, class parties). Do not send in any items until the teacher has responded and confirmed the appropriateness of your request. Also, 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 in the classroom, teachers may choose to avoid food-oriented experiences altogether.
Please see our guidelines for more information.