The Compass

"Unlock the Treasure in Every Child" - April 18, 2022

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Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence

This week we are focused on the character strength of Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence.

Appreciation of beauty and excellence is the ability to identify and enjoy that which is admirable in the world. There are three types of goodness in which positive psychology focuses: physical beauty (e.g. a sunset, song, or building); an exceptional skill or talent; and moral goodness (e.g. a character strength). Appreciation of beauty can generate awe; appreciation of a skill can generate admiration; and appreciation of moral goodness can generate moral elevation. All of these feelings (awe, admiration, and moral elevation) help us forget ourselves and find increased joy and meaning in the world.

That parent virtue for Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence is Transcendence. These strengths allow people to rise above their trouble and find meaning in the larger universe. Strengths of transcendence are appreciation, connection/purpose, gratitude, hope, and humor.

Use these quotes, videos and character card to discuss the character strength with your children.

"If the stars were to appear only but one night every thousand years, how man would marvel and adore." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Beauty is hidden in everything, just learn how to observe." ~unknown

Motivational Speech - Nature

What a wonderful world

Character Card

Square 1 Art

Don’t forget to order cool gifts for that family and friends! With over 40 unique and useful keepsakes to purchase during the Square 1 Art fundraiser, your child’s artwork is the perfect gift for any occasion. Nothing says “you’re loved” like, “I made this art keepsake just for you!”

It’s the final days of the fundraiser, so don’t delay. The school benefits with every order!

LAST DAY TO ORDER: 4/25/2022

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Please help fill our Makerspace!

Please help stock our library Makerspace cart! Makerspace activities allow students to make, create, learn, and explore using a variety of materials and/or technology. Please consider donating items to stock our new cart.

**All grade levels– a handful of random Legos (if your kids won’t notice them missing)

Kindergarten- play doh, modeling clay, paper or plastic grocery bags, duck tape

1st grade- fabric, felt, foil, saran wrap, wax paper, plastic easter eggs

2nd grade- beads, buttons, googley eyes, straws

3rd grade- cups of various sizes (paper, plastic, foam), pipe cleaners, twist ties, plastic bread bag clips

4th grade- popsicle sticks, tissue paper, clothes pins, cardstock

5th grade- string, yarn, ribbon, wire, recycled plastic containers (margarine tubs, spice jars, etc.)

EOG Testing!

3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Families - Please note the dates below for EOG testing.

Friday, May 27 (Grades 3,4,5 Reading)

Wednesday, June 1 (Grades 3,4, and 5 Math)

Thursday, June 2 (Grade 5 Science and Grade 3 Read to Achieve)

Buckhorn Creek Elementary - PTA Blood Drive

Click on this button to connect to the sign up!

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Kindergarten Enrollment!

2022-23 Kindergarten registration is OPEN! Your child must turn 5 by August 31 to be eligible to enroll. Please visit the website below for information on how to enroll. You must start the process at your base school. You may request a transfer to Buckhorn Creek February 25 - March 11 if you will be coming from another base school.

Parent Cafeteria Support

Thank you to everyone that has helped keep our school cafeteria running. Your donation of time has helped keep our school schedule consistent and provided time for teachers. Thank you.

If you are interested in supporting us during the week of February 7, you may access the sign up here.

Important Dates


  • April 11-15 - Spring Break


  • May 2 - No School - Teacher Work Day
  • May 4 - 2nd Grade Science Fun In-House Field Trip -Maynor, Schaible, Dietrich, Buzzerio
  • May 6 - Spirit Day: Wear your Teacher's favorite color
  • May 10 - Interim Report Cards sent home
  • May 17 - 2nd Grade Science Fun In-House Field Trip -Carroll, Thurow, Kelaher
  • May 18 - 2nd Grade Science Fun In-House Field Trip -Magee, Pozcontek, McCoy, Ellis
  • May 19 - 2nd Grade Science Fun In-House Field Trip -Dimov, Mosco, McMahon, Olds
  • May 27 - EOG Testing -Grades 3,4,5 Reading
  • May 30 - No School - Memorial Day


  • June 1 - EOG Testing -Grades 3,4, and 5 Math
  • June 2 - Grade 5 Science and Grade 3 Read to Achieve
  • June 8 - Salamanders Spirit Night - More info to come
  • June 10 - 5th Grade Drive Thru Celebration -10am
  • June 10 - Last day of school
  • June 10 - Report Cards sent home