Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - December 2015 - Issue 8

60 Years Celebrating Education - 1955-56 to 2015-16

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Every Moment Matters!

Happy Holidays from the Buckingham Staff!

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Ugly Holiday Sweater Day @ Buckingham

Important Announcements

CBSD Communications Survey

Dear Central Bucks Parents and Guardians,

In the past few years, communication across the district has greatly evolved. Our district and school websites have been upgraded with the intent to make them more mobile-friendly, our school newsletter format has been standardized, and we have integrated Facebook and Twitter for the sharing of information. Given all of these changes, we wanted to poll our families on the effectiveness of our information outreach.

Here is a link to a brief survey that will help us gather your feedback and to ensure that information and updates are reaching our families in the most efficient manner. The link will also be available on the district webpage. If you have children in multiple buildings, please feel free to complete multiple surveys or utilize the final question to differentiate your responses.

We value your insight and appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey. If you have any questions, please contact Community Relations at: communityrelations@cbsd.org.

The Holiday Sing at Buckingham!

Our annual "Sing-A-Long" and "FANCY Dress Up Day" is Tuesday, December 22nd. It is a Buckingham tradition for students and staff to dress their best for this celebration. As a reminder the "Sing-A-Long" is for students and staff only.

Central Bucks School District - Hiring Substitute Teachers

Parent Notice - Central Bucks School District is accepting applications for Substitute Teachers who hold a conferred Bachelors Degree and attends a 2-Day Local Training to become Emergency Certified with the PA Department of Education. If interested, please review the District Flyer >CLICK HERE< for information. If you are interested in getting into the classroom, then consider becoming a Substitute Teacher for the Central Bucks School District!

Program & Registration includes:

  • 2 full days of training with 3-CB Staff Developers
  • All program materials used in and for the training
  • Cost of the certification through PDE.

This training is for non-certified individuals with a bachelor’s degree. Anyone who holds a PA teaching certification is able to simply contact Christine Trawinski to become a substitute without the 2-day training.

Volunteers for Winter Parties - Clearances Required

If you have already submitted your information to the District - you do not need to have any further paperwork.

All NEW Volunteers - Please go to the website to complete the online process for submission of volunteer paperwork. The link and a quick video explaining how to do this, in order to make it more user friendly, is available here: http://www.cbsd.org/Page/355.

Parent Volunteers, you do not need to go to the Ad Center as they no longer accept clearances at the building. New volunteers simply upload onto the website and receive a volunteer pass in the mail after they have completed all steps.

News and Upcoming Events

School Calendar

December Continued:

Dec. 15 - Great Holly Holiday Concert - Multi-Purpose Room - 7:00PM

Dec. 16 - Visiting Author (Ted & Betsy Lewen) - Grades 4-6

Dec. 21 - 3rd Grade Talent Show (Hayden) - 2:15PM

Dec. 22 - Holiday Sing - "Fancy Day" (Students and Staff Assembly Only)

Dec. 23 - 3rd Grade Talent Show (Whiton) - 9:30AM

Dec. 23 - 3rd Grade Talent Show (Story) - 10:30AM

Dec. 23 - Winter Class Parties - (Volunteer Clearances Required)

Dec. 24-Jan.3 - Winter Break - No School

Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve

Dec. 25 - Christmas Day

Dec. 31 - New Years Eve


Jan. 1 - Happy New Year!

Jan. 4 - School Resumes

Jan. 12 - Central Bucks School Board - 7:30PM - Educational Services Center

Jan. 18 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Day of Service

Jan. 19 - CB PEN Robotics - Buckingham

Jan. 21 - Buckingham PTO General Meeting - 9:30AM - Speaker: Dr. Deborah Van Aken

Jan. 26 - End of the 2nd Marking Period

Jan. 26 - Early Dismissal: Students - 12:10PM (No PM KDG)

Jan. 26 - Central Bucks School Board - 7:30PM - Educational Services Center

Jan. 31 - Family Fun & Fitness Night (Buckingham Students and Families)

Buckingham Library - This Holiday, Dedicate a Book for Someone Special!

Dedicating a book makes a great gift that will last for years to come! Your book dedication can celebrate a birthday or holiday, a special achievement, a “thank you” gift for a teacher or honor someone special while helping to support the Buckingham Library.

What happens when you dedicate a book?

  • A personalized bookplate is permanently placed in the book.
  • The book is presented to your child, teacher or the individual being honored during library time.
  • The honoree is the first to check the book out from the library.
  • The dedication will be acknowledged on the website and bulletin board outside the library.

Book Dedications are a gift to EVERY student at Buckingham!

If you are interested in a gift that keeps on giving, find the Book Dedication form. Please Click Here for a Book Dedication Order Form.

Questions? Contact Lori Tinari

Young Rembrandts

Young Rembrandts' is starting another drawing class session for students. The 6-week session begins on Friday, December 18 - 3:45 to 4:45pm. Click here for the mail in enrollment, or enroll online at www.youngrembrandts.com/buxmont-pa.

CB Cares Boomerang Nominations

December: #22 SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT - Young person is actively engaged in educational activities inside and/or outside of school. They take learning a step further and by their actions and enthusiasm serve as a role model to others.

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, December 18th.

School Happenings

Secret Shoppe - Deck the Halls at Buckingham!

Another Secret Shoppe Success - where students found "Just the Right Gift" for their friends, families and loved-ones! On December 4th and 5th, Buckingham students travelled the cafeteria floor looking for great gifts for the Holidays. It was a fun time where Buckingham Families got into the spirit of the Holidays!

Buckingham: The Great Holiday Concert

On December 15th, Buckingham 5th & 6th Grade musicians filled the air with beautiful sounds of the Holidays. Our String, Band and Chorus showed their festive talents after months of a committing to practice and performance! Musicians performed for the students during the afternon and for families later that night! Thanks to our directors, Mr. Nugent (Strings), Mr. Branchfield (Band) and Mr. Weir (Chorus) for their time and effort with the children!

NASA Visits Buckingham - Virtually!

Third grade students participated in a videoconference, Our Solar Neighborhood, with a NASA specialist from the Langley Space Center. The students discovered exciting information about our Solar System and saw amazing images taken from NASA spacecraft.

Service Learning at Buckingham

Project Believe "Blankets" Buckingham

A special thank you to the student and parent volunteers who took the time over a two-week period to create the blankets for Project Believe. These special blankets will be donated to area hospitals for children - a great way to show love and support for kids who are struggling medically! Great work, Mighty Knights!
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From the Buckingham PTO

Secret Shoppe Volunteers - THANK YOU!

We extend a huge thank you to all of our volunteers who made Secret Shoppe possible. We had a very successful store this year and we could not have done it without you. In addition, a big thank you to all of our parents who bring their children to the store. It’s wonderful to watch them select gifts for the special people in their lives.

Wishing you a safe and joyous holiday season!

Judy Kleemeier and Cindy Dobbins, Secret Shoppe Co-Chairs

Buckingham PTO - January General Meeting 1/21 - Speaker Series

Our next PTO General Meeting will be held in the Buckingham Cafeteria on January 21st - beginning promptly at 9:30AM. We are excited to share that Dr. Deborah Van Aken, Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist, has been invited to present upon “The Over-Scheduled Family.” This is happening due to a generous grant from the CB Cares Educational Foundation.

Please be sure to attend as this topic may help guide us in making best choices for our family. See you there!

Treasurer's Report

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SEE WHAT'S COMING UP! Sign-Up Genius Information

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities - To see the "line-up" of upcoming events throughout the year, you will see tabs near the top of the Buckingham PTO Sign-Up Genius page. You choose how and when to participate - it's all there for you in one, easy place. Be sure to click the link to support your school!

Buckingham Box Tops Results

We had an amazing turnout in the Fall Box Tops contest. The winning class submitted over 600 box tops alone! Great job, Mrs. Rosztoczy’s 2nd grade. The 2nd place winner is Mrs. Fillette’s 1st grade with Mr. Radcliff’s 6th grade coming in a very close 3rd place. Keep up the great work and keep clipping those Box Tops. We will be running the Winter Contest after Christmas break.

-Trish Zlotek

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

Central Bucks School District

Central Office - Administrative Services Center

20 Welden Drive

Doylestown, PA 18901

Superintendent, Dr. David Weitzel

Assistant Superintendent of Secondary, Dr. Nancy Silvious

Assistant Superintendent of Elementary, Dr. David Bolton