Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - June 2016 - Issue 20

Celebrating 60 Years of Education - 2015-2016

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Every Moment Matters

Have a Great Summer!

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Important Announcements

Buckingham Volunteer Brunch - Thank You Volunteers!

Buckingham would not be as great an elementary school without the service and help of our parent volunteers! On behalf of Buckingham Elementary staff and students, thank you to all of those in our Buckingham Community who volunteered their time in the classrooms, important school events, clubs, after-school activities, and the PTO during the 2015-16 school year. With your focus, attention and commitment to Buckingham our students and staff were fortunate to have so many wonderful extra-curricular events. THANK YOU!
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Buckingham Recognized for Recylcing!

Buckingham Elementary was presented the "Honorary Aveda Mission Leader" Award for our school community's efforts with recycling Bottle Caps through December 2015. As of this past December, recycling efforts of bottle caps has since been expanded in the Public's regular recyclables - however, Buckingham initiated this program back when bottle caps were collected through these separate voluntary recycling efforts.

On behalf of the Aveda Corporation, Buckingham would like to thank our school community for your efforts with this initiative. As a result of the participation of your school, we were able to:

  • Raise awareness to the plastics polluting our waterways, oceans and endangering marine life;

  • Provide education regarding the importance of recycling;

  • With vast numbers collecting, together we prevented approximately 145 million caps from entering our waterways, oceans and landfills over the course of our participation in the program.

Every "Bottle Cap" Mattered!

Featured 6th Grade Events!

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6th Grade Promotion - Every Moment Mattered

6th Graders were honored at the Annual Promotion Ceremony led by Mr. Funseth and the 6th Grade Teachers. The students were the stars of the evening - celebrating all they have accomplished as important members of the Buckingham Elementary Community. DARE Officer Steve Thomas from Buckingham Police Department, honored student representatives from each class on their efforts in staying safe and making good choices. Buckingham is proud of every student and wishes them well in Middle School - Congratulations 6th Graders!
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6th Grade Party - Luau Into Summer!

On Friday, June 10th, the Buckingham 6th Grade students celebrated Hawaiian-Style at their End-of-Year Party - featuring a DJ, a Photo Booth, beach balls and lots of music and entertainment! Parent Volunteers decorated the cafeteria and the children were treated to their Promotion Video as they celebrated their time at Buckingham!

6th Grade Breakfast

Students and Parents were treated to the 6th Grade Breakfast on Monday, June 13th. Families celebrated their children's growth and education over coffee, donuts and bagels! 6th Graders received their Yearbooks at the breakfast - a tradition at Buckingham - and teachers joined the excitement!

News & Upcoming Events

Summer School Calendar


June 15 - Last Day of School for ALL Students

June 15 - Grades 1-6 - Early Dismissal - 12:10PM (KDG AM - Regular Dismissal @ 11:25AM


July 18 - Student Class Placement Published - On Parent Portal


Aug 25 - Kindergraten/New 1st Graders Bus Orientation

Aug 31 - First Day of School for All Students

Buckingham Summer Office Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9:00AM-3:00PM

(Except Week of July 4th - Tuesday-Friday - 9:00AM-3:00PM)

Library Book Dedication - Thank You Mrs. Roberts!

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Summer Reading Lists - By Grade-Level

Be sure to check out approved Summer Reading Lists shared by the Elementary Reading Department. CLICK HERE to check out some great books!

Bucks County World Language Academy - 2016-17 Enrollment

Please click here for a link to the enrollment form on the Buckingham Website. Registration is due by July 15th, 2016 to account for appropriate staffing needs for 16-17.
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Summer Learning Opportunities

If you are interested in fun and relaxed activities during the summer, please visit Central Bucks Community School Summer Fun Program. Parent information for Camp Benchmark is also available on the website.

Summer Camp Opportunities

Visit the Central Bucks ONLINE E-Friday Folder for ideas to help with summer activities (Camps and activities not affiliated with Central Bucks Endorsed Community School):

  • Camp Girl Power
  • Central Bucks YMCA Camps
  • STEM Club
  • Young Writers/Young Readers Camps
  • Just Jumpin' Jump Rope Camps

...And Many More!

School Happenings

Buckingham Band & Orchestra Concert

The Buckingham 4th Grade Strings, 5th & 6th Grade Orchestra and 5th & 6th Grade Band impressed all in attendance on Tuesday, June 7th at the annual Spring Concert! Directors, Mr. Patrick Nugent (Strings) and Mr. Aric Branchfield (Band) led the students in performing some great music. Special thank you to Mrs Telly (Retired) and Mrs. Gulla and their combined work with the 4th Grade Strings throughout the school year. Congratulations to all the children on a fantastic night!

Boomerang Breakfast Celebrates CB Cares 40-Assets in our Students!

On June 2nd, Buckingham Elementary celebrated students nominated for the CB Cares 40-Asset Boomerang Award during the 2015-16 school year. International Chefs, Mr. Funseth and Mr. Rosica (with the help of Mrs. McGarvey (Parent Volunteer), Mr. Thomson (Head Custodian) and Mrs. Faiella (Kitchen Supervisor)), prepared hundreds of delicious pancakes for the students and their parents. Each month, CB Cares designates an asset that distinguishes our young people - acknowledging their drive and focus in helping make the community a better place! Congratulations to all the Buckingham Students who were nominated this school year!
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Bus Driver Appreciation Day - Thank You Bus Drivers!

Wednesday, June 8th, Buckingham Students celebrated their bus driver with beautifully decorated cards and a delicious appreciation breakfast coordinated by Mrs. Jennifer Breen and Mrs. Michelle DiGregorio. With the help of the Bus Drivers, all the children arrive safely to and from school each and everyday. Thank you Bus Drivers!

3rd Grade LifeCycles Unit - Caterpillars become Butterflies!

3rd Graders at Buckingham released their Butterflies in celebration of learning about how transform from caterpillars!

The Butterfly Guy Visits 3rd Grade

As a culminating celebration of the Butterfly Life-Cycles activity, The Butterfly Guy, Rick Mikula, came to Buckingham to share his knowledge and expertise on all things Butterflies and Moths! He showed us how to make several different cage habitats to study insects and let us know some amazing facts about butterflies!

Children's Book Author, Adam Lehrhaupt Visits Buckingham

Award-winning children's author, Adam Lehrhaupt, visited Buckingham Kindergarten through 2nd grades to share his love of reading, writing and the imagination! The students loved hearing his three published books in library and were excited to meet him! Mr. Lehrhaupt presented for the students and discussed how important one's 'imagination' and 'ability to dream' is when developing as writers. He shared how "imagination takes you wherever you want to go - A character, plus a plot, mixed with your imagination makes for a good story." If you love Adam Lehrhaupt's stories, he has a new book coming soon called, I Will Not Eat You! To visit his website, Click Here.

Students "Move-Up" and Visit with Next Year's Staff

On June 10th, Buckingham Elementary held its annual Move-Up Day as students from each grade-level visited with "next year's" grade-level teachers. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to make a great first impression with the grade-level as they completed activities and had conversations. Buckingham Kindergarten combined AM/PM classrooms and enjoyed a delicious lunch together in the cafeteria prior to meeting the first grade team! Students will feel a sense of relief when they meet their teacher for the "second" time in the fall!

1st Graders Celebrate "Camp Learned-A-Lot" at Buckingham

Tents and campfires appeared in our classrooms as the Magic of "Camp Learned A Lot" started in our Buckingham 1st Grades! This is a celebration for our students as they reflect on their growth and learning throughout the year! So many willing parent volunteers come to assist our teachers as we investigate "nature-themed" activities that help the students visualize their growth and accomplishments! Congratulation 1st Graders on an amazing year at Buckingham!

Student Showcase

Kang Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Reagan Hollingsworth, Leah Eckley, Conor Meyers, and Sandy White! Also pictured with their teachers, Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Vollman
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Buckingham Students Featured at District Art Show

The District Art Show celebrated student-created artwork from across Central Bucks Schools on June 3-5th at Mill Creek Elementary School. Buckingham students were featured in 2-d and 3-d works as Mill Creek transformed into an amazing gallery open to the public! Thank you to our Art Teachers: Mrs. Cara Alderfer, Miss Danielle Hallman and Miss Samantha Schollenberger for their guidance and technique throughout the year!

Congratulations to the students whose work represented Buckingham: Charlotte Berube, Maddie Young, Sophie Ross, Becca Sexton, Anna Devine, Ali Zlotek, Sammi Yeselavage, Julia Szyarto, Mackenzie Lund, Elena Tawa, Eli Jeffcoat, Aidan Koestler, Isabel Dervan, Sarah Boland, Elizabeth Ruch, Amara Arroyo, Cassandra Kempinski, Kelsey King, Sophia Scavullo, Anna Herstein, Arabella Alvarado, Leah Loukedis, and Megan Rose!

Buckingham Students Collect Retired US Flags

Buckingham students, Andrew Verish - 4-Kirsche and Grace Cowhey - 5-Reigner, spent several weeks collecting expired US Flags so they will be properly retired at an upcoming Children of the American Revolution Society Event. The students collected over 25 US-flags total, which included the box at Buckingham as well as flags from friends and neighbors.

With the help of Buckingham Elementary, more than 165 United States flags have been collected over the last four years - and given the proper honor in special ceremonies!

The Towamencin Society, C.A.R. will retire this year's flags during a ceremony on Friday, July 1st. Thank you Andrew & Grace!

Buckingham Student Wins Essay Contest!

Each year, Cancer Support Community Greater of Philadelphia hosts the “It’s Always Something” Teen Essay Contest. They invite middle school and high school teens to write an essay about their experiences with cancer - whether cancer has affected them or their loved-ones. At their recent reception, Buckingham Student, Evan Clark - 6th Grade (McComsey) - received 1st place prize of the Middle School Division for his essay, Reaching for the Top. The students who submit essays are acknowledged for their bravery and willingness to share the difficulties of facing cancer. Congratulations to Evan on his accomplishment!

His essay (and many others) can be found at HERE if you would like to read all the entries.

CB East Seniors - Back Where it Started!

Central Bucks East Seniors - who attended Buckingham during their elementary years - enjoyed a Mighty Knight reception celebrating their upcoming graduation. Mrs. Laura Viel, former Buckingham teacher, organized the event with the help of Mrs. Sally D'Amico, current Buckingham Staff Member, which was held in our library. The seniors enjoyed time looking through their Buckingham yearbooks and their former elementary teachers wished them well on their next adventures! Congrats CB East "Mighty Knight" Seniors!
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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, Mr. John Kopicky

Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools, Dr. David Bolton