Pearl S. Buck Elementary

February 5, 2016

Progress Reports for 2nd Marking Period

Parents will be able to access their child's 2nd marking-period progress report via Home Access Center (HAC) on Friday, February 12th, after 12:00 noon. Parents will be able to print copies at home, if desired.

Parent Presentation by NOVA

February 11 - NOVA (Network of Victim Assistance) will present an information session about keeping your child safe in the world of social media. Entitled "Growing Up Mobile", the presentation will begin in our library at 7:00 PM. This is a presentation for parents and guardians. Please do not bring children. Content and discussion will not be appropriate for children.


Mrs. Schaeffer's Kindergarten class is currently studying a unit about Geography. Her students learned about the purpose of maps, that we live in different types of homes and that homes can be found in neighborhoods around the world. Her class was excited to discover that Pearl S. Buck Elementary School is actually located in a neighborhood! As a culminating activity, the students creatively constructed a 3-D neighborhood. Each day, the class thoroughly enjoys exploring their handmade masterpiece!

PTO Place

  • The Pearl Buck PTO is hosting its first Parent vs. Child challenge at the Newtown Athletic Club on Friday, February 19 from 7-9 pm. Check your email for recently sent information about this event. A link for a sign up genius was sent out on Monday, February 1st. Any questions please contact Renee Evans at
  • Box tops are due on Monday February 8th.

  • Check your email

  • Race for Education labels are due on February 12th. There is a pink paper in your packet, please disregard. All we need, is for you to return the white labels. Thank you so much!

  • Tell someone they brighten your day! Fourth graders will be selling light up bracelets for $1 at lunch on February 12th!

  • Variety Show application are due on Friday, February 12th and "Auditions" will be held on Wednesday, February 17th in the cafeteria, 3:45-5:00. This is not a drop off event, you will need to attend or have an adult watching your child.

  • School Store will be open for business on Thursday, February 18th during lunch time. If you would like to volunteer click on link below

Crisco instead of coats?

First Grade students learned how Arctic animals stay warm in their cold habitat. The students participated in a “blubber” experiment using Crisco shortening to feel the difference between temperatures.

Assembly Line Production

Students in Mrs. Sulon's class learned about factories and assembly line production. Below are photos from the assembly line used to make the Lego structure on the picture.

Third Grade Aromatherpay

This week the third grade classes are filled with a very distinct aroma....the smell of vinegar. Our third grade scientists are busy using the information they have learned about the mineral calcite to hypothesize whether it is present in basalt, marble, limestone, and sandstone. They are soaking the rocks in vinegar and then placing the liquid in evaporating dishes. Once the vinegar evaporates, they will see if calcite is present and prove, or disprove, their guess.

3rd and 4th Grade PTO Science Fair

The Science Fair is a fun, exciting event. It is not required, but interested students are encouraged to explore their curiosity! You may work individually, or with up to two additional partners. 3rd and 4th grade students may work in teams. The event will occur on the evening of February 25th, beginning at 7:00 PM in our cafeteria. An in-school presentation of the experiments will occur on February 26th.

Here are some basic guidelines for the Science Fair:

Think about something you find interesting and about which you want to know more.

  • Do Background research
  • Define your question
  • Construct a hypothesis
  • Plan your experiment
  • Follow the scientific method
  • Test your hypothesis by conducting an experiment
  • Analyze your data
  • Consider variables and how they might change your results.
  • Re-do your experiment if you think it will help you to better answer your question
  • Draw a conclusion
  • Show your results using a tri-fold poster board (provided by the PTO on Tuesday of next week.)

Integrated Pest Management Notification

The Neshaminy School District uses an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach for managing insects, rodents and weeds. Our goal is to protect every student from pesticide exposure by using an IPM approach to pest management. Our IPM approach focuses on making the school building and grounds an unfavorable habitat for these pests by removing food and water sources and eliminating their hiding and breeding places. We accomplish this through routine cleaning and maintenance. We routinely monitor the school building and grounds to detect any pests that are present. The pest monitoring team consists of our building, office, and teaching staff and includes our students. Pest sightings are reported to our IPM contractor who evaluates the “pest problem” and determines the appropriate pest management techniques to address the problem. The techniques can include increased sanitation, modifying storage practices, sealing entry points, physically removing the pest, etc.

From time to time, it may be necessary to use pesticides registered by the Environmental Protection Agency to manage a pest problem. A pesticide will only be used when necessary, and will not be routinely applied. When a pesticide is necessary, the school will try to use the least toxic product that is effective. Applications will be made only when unauthorized persons do not have access to the area(s) being treated. The Schedule for all Neshaminy School District monthly IPM services will be posted in all Main Office sites throughout the year.

Staff and parents or guardians of students enrolled in the school may request prior notification of specific pesticide applications made at the school. To receive notification, you must be placed on the school’s notification registry. If you would like to be placed on this registry, please send a letter to the Neshaminy School District Facilities Department, 2001 Old Lincoln Highway, Langhorne, PA 19047

If a pesticide application must be made to control an emergency pest problem, notice will be provided via the Neshaminy School District web site and postings in the site’s Main Office. Exemptions to this notification include disinfectants and antimicrobial products; self-containerized baits placed in areas not accessible to students, and gel type baits placed in cracks, crevices or voids; and swimming pool maintenance chemicals.

If you have any questions, please contact the Facilities Office at 215-809-6250.

Did you know....?

  • The first African-American senator was Hiram Rhodes Revels, who represented Mississippi from 1870 to 1871, and the first African-American congresswoman was Shirley Chisholm, who represented New York during seven terms.
  • Potato chips were invented by an African American man. In 1853, a restaurant customer sent his French fries back to the kitchen because they were too thick. The chef, George Crum, cut a bunch of potatoes as thin as he could, fried them crisp in anger and, voila, the potato chip was born, according to howstuffworks. The golf tee, gas mask and modern blood bank were also invented by African Americans.
  • Robert Abbott became the first African-American millionaire after he founded the weekly newspaper, the Chicago Defender, in 1905. BET founder Robert L. Johnson became the first African-American billionaire in 2000.

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