Bulldog Bark

November 14th - 18th

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At the end of this school year, the district will begin HVAC renovation projects at James Buchanan, Miller Heights, and Hanover Elementary Schools. The projects at each school include removing the existing heating and air conditioning systems and providing new heating and air conditioning systems which will improve air quality; ventilation; temperature and humidity control; and classroom acoustics for all students and staff.

We are extremely excited for James Buchanan’s HVAC system renovation, but in order to complete the renovations prior to the beginning of the new school year in August 2023, the end of the current school year calendar must be modified. Beginning May 15, 2023, the cafeteria and kitchen at James Buchanan will be closed. Bagged lunches will be provided at our school. The last day for in-person instruction will be Wednesday, May 24, 2023. May 24, 2023 will be a half day. Students will receive asynchronous instruction on May 25th. On May 26th, 2022 students will transition to remote learning (synchronous instruction) for the remainder of the current school year.

These proactive end-of-year schedule changes at our school will ensure that the district meets the state-mandated number of days and hours of instruction, while also providing critical, additional time for construction. The additional construction time at the end of this current year will increase the probability that James Buchanan is ready to open with a new HVAC system on the first day of the new school year in August.

Thank you for your understanding. More information will be provided as the school year progresses.


Upcoming Events

Book Fair


Holiday vendor & craft-ernoon

Follow & Join the PTA

Member Hub: https://jamesbuchananpta.memberhub.store/

Twitter: @BuchananPta

Facebook: James Buchanan PTA

Volunteer Policy:

  • See the district requirements for volunteering - https://www.basdschools.org/volunteering

  • Every person interested in volunteering must obtain clearances every 5 years

  • All adults entering the building must sign in.

  • Members of the PTA will receive first consideration for volunteer opportunities for school activities and field trips.

Important Dates

Check out DOJO and the newsletter for more information on events:
  • November 14th - Picture Retake Day
  • November 15th - Report Card Distribution
  • November 16th - 22nd Book Fair
  • November 17th - 5th grade Field Trip to see Schoolhouse Rocks
  • November 20th - Holiday Vendor and Crafter-noon
  • November 21st - NOON DISMISSAL - Parent-Teacher Conferences (evening)
  • November 22nd - NOON DISMISSAL - Parent-Teacher Conferences (afternoon) & V.I.P Day
  • November 23rd - 28th - NO SCHOOL Fall Break


For the safety of our students, staff, and families, the bus channel is closed to all traffic during arrival and dismissal. Do not go around the barriers.

Morning Arrival

  • School doors open at 8:55am. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children prior to 8:55 am

  • Guardians of a walking student(s) must park on Kaywin Avenue and walk through the rear driveway access point on Eastwood Drive to drop off your student. Please remain on the sidewalk off to the side of the designated area so that we can be socially distant.

  • All students arrival after 9am must report to the main office to be signed in by a parent.

Afternoon Dismissal

  • Guardians of a walking student(s) must park on Kaywin Avenue and enter through the rear driveway access point on Eastwood Drive to pick up your student. Please remain on the sidewalk off to the side of the main entrance so that we can provide enough distance.

  • All students not picked up by 3:45 will be escorted to the main office.

Designated areas for arrival and dismissal:

  • Please have students line up behind the designated signs.
  • Kindergarten - doors at the Northwest Little League/ Kaywin Avenue end of school
  • Grades 1 and 2 - door across from faculty parking lot
  • Grade 3 - main entrance (AM); door by arborvitae (PM)
  • Grades 4 and 5 - doors located on the end of school close to Catasauqua Road

Staggered Dismissal:

3:30pm Grades 4-5 walkers dismissed

3:35pm Grades 2-3 walkers dismissed

3:40pm Kindergarten and Grade 1 walkers dismissed

Communication Station

Web: http://basdwpweb.beth.k12.pa.us/jamesbuchanan

Twitter: @buchanan_es

DOJO: click on the link below

Phone: 610-865-1766

Principal's email: alhinkel@basdschools.org

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