Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - January 2014 - Issue 10

Making Our Mark!

Important Announcements!

CB's New Standards-Based Report Card & Portfolio Conferences Revisions Update

Communication about a child's academic progress and personal growth should occur between school and home throughout the school year. As we continue to revise our student reporting system in preparation for the 2014-2015 school year, we want to make you aware of resources available to the Buckingham Community. Mark your calendar for Monday, April 7th at 7:00 PM. Central Bucks staff will make a presentation to the East Cluster at Cold Spring Elementary School. Parents are encouraged to attend their specific Cluster Group, but may attend any of the meetings if your schedule is busy on April 7th.

The other meetings will be held at the dates and times below if April 7th does not work for your schedule:

  • West Cluster at Pine Run Elementary, March 10 at 7:00 p.m.;
  • South Cluster at Titus Elementary, May 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Additonal resources are also now available for your review regarding the new Standards-Based Progress Reporting System. Simply click the links below for more information:

KIindergarten & 1st Grade Registration for 2014-2015 School Year

It is never too soon to start thinking about next year! Please click HERE for information regarding next year's Kindergarten & 1st Grade Registration. To be eligible for Kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year, a child must be 5 years of age, on or before August 31, 2014. If you know of anyone - friends, neighbors, etc. - please share this information so they know registration for next school year is OPEN. Accurate registration numbers allow for best planning options as we prepare staffing throughout the late spring/early summer!

2014 PSSA Dates for Buckingham Elementary

The following dates have been established for the PSSA Schedule at Buckingham. Attendance during this time is imperative, and we would appreciate avoiding doctor appointment conflicts that interrupt your child's testing schedule (During the AM).

Grade 3-6 PSSA Reading and Math - March 17th through March 24th

Grade 5 PSSA Writing - March 31st through April 3rd

Grade 4 PSSA Science - April 28th & 29th

News & Upcoming Events

School Calendar

January Continued:
January 15 - 6th Grade Assessment (Williams) - 1-week

January 16 - Spirit Day - Neon Day

January 20 - MLK Day - NO SCHOOL

January 23 - PTO General Meeting - Cafeteria - 9:30AM

January 24 - End of 2nd Marking Period - Half-Day - Early Dismissal 12:10PM

January 24 - PM KDG Only (Please Report During the AM)

January 27 - Staff Development Day - NO SCHOOL

January 28 - Reading Olympics Meeting - Library - 8:00AM

January 28 - School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

January 31 - 6th Grade PEN - Robotics Competition - Doyle Elementary

January 31 - Family Fun and Fitness Night - 6:30PM-8:00PM


February 2 - Groundhog's Day

February 5 - 2nd Marking Period Report Cards Distributed

February 6 - 6th Grade Assessment (Radcliff) - 1-week

February 6 - RESCHEDULED - NOVA Cyber-Bullying Prevention - C. Spring Elem - 7:00PM

February 10 - Boomerang Breakfast - Invitation Only (1st Semester Recipients) - 8:30AM

February 11 - Reading Olympics Meeting - Library - 8:00AM

February 11 - School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

February 13 - School-Wide Emergency Drill - Shelter-In-Place Drill - AM

February 14 - Valentine's Day

February 17 - President's Day - NO SCHOOL

February 19 - Market Day - 3:00PM-5:00PM - Gym Foyer

February 21 - Spirit Day - Pajama Day

February 24-28 - Jump Rope for Heart - Phys. Ed Classes

February 25 - Reading Olympics Meeting - Library - 8:00AM

February 25 - 2nd Grade PEN Field Trip - Bridge Valley Forensic Day

February 25 - School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

Family Fun & Fitness Night - 1/31

Buckingham Elementary School will be celebrating the hard work and dedication of all students who have earned the right to be called “Mighty Knights.” Students who have been recognized with a Mighty Knight certificate during the second marking period are invited to join us for Buckingham Family Fun and Fitness Night.

Please bring your smile and one or two parents to chaperone. A parent or responsible adult must accompany students at all times.

When: Friday evening, January 31st. Activities will be scheduled from 6:30PM-8:00PM.

Where: The school auditorium, classrooms, and gymnasium.

Bring: Please bring one (or more) non-perishable food item(s) that will be donated to the Bucks County Housing Group. You can drop it in the collection box at the entrance to the Gym.

See You There, Mighty Knights!

-Mr. Rosica & Mr. Durie

NOVA Cyber-Bullying Prevention - Cold Spring Elementary - February 6

For those interested in attending East Cluster Elementary School's NOVA Presentation on Cyberbullying Prevention, please note the date is now Thursday, February 6, 2014. This program is a part of our 5th grade curriculum - the timing and location remain the same: 7:00PM in Cold Spring Elementary's cafeteria.

Buckingham Musical - The Ever-After

The Buckingham Musical, “The Ever After”, is off to a wonderful start with close to 50 talented students participating! Rehearsals are underway, and ticket information will be coming home next month.

Save the Date: Performances are the evenings of April 3 and 4, and there will be a performance during the school day for the student body.

CB Cares Boomerang Nominations

January: #9 Service to Others. Young person values service to others, in their family, school, or community. He/she commits to meaningful and caring actions.

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 Friday, January, 17th.

School Happenings

3rd Grade Forces of Motion - Distance Learning!

On Monday, January 13 - our Buckingham 3rd Grade Students connected with Mr. Andy Campbell from the North Central Ohio Educational Center to discuss "the power of forces and motion" in our everyday lives. The students connected through our Camera Unit in real-time as they interacted with Mr. Campbell practicing experiments that demonstrated various forces of physics. It was an entertaining and exciting Virtual Field Trip to North Central Ohio!

...From the Buckingham PTO

General PTO Meeting - Buckingham's Make Your Mark!

At the January 23rd General PTO Meeting, Mr. Funseth and Mr. Rosica will be discussing Buckingham's "Make Your Mark!" initiative. Please join us starting at 9:30AM to meet and speak to other Buckingham parents - as our meeting will begin promptly at 10:00AM. There are many great reasons to celebrate Buckingham Elementary and learning how the students and staff are Making Their Mark on our community!

2013-2014 Buckingham Yearbook Ordering Update & Information

Remember the School Year with a Buckingham Yearbook! This keepsake hardcover photo book will be rich with pictures and experiences the children had throughout the year at Buckingham Elementary! Order forms for our 2013-2014 yearbook will be in the Thursday folder on Jan 30th. Sales will last until Friday, February 28th. Don't miss this chance to remember this great year at Buckingham!

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