Buckeye Intermediate Buzz

January 2021

Principal Buzz with Mrs. Kelli Davisson

Hello Buckeye Families!


Happy New Year 2021! I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break! A huge thank you to everyone during our two week remote learning environment. Everyone did an awesome job to finish out the first semester!


We are off to a great start this quarter. Students will be working on Winter benchmark assessments this month to see how much progress they are making in both ELA and Math grade level standards.


Starting February 1st - March 1st we will be holding a Snap!Raise Fundraiser. This is a "no sell" type of fundraiser meaning it is based on only donations to the school for student activities, prizes, incentives, assemblies, and events. With the money earned this year we would like to put Gaga pits on each of the playgrounds. More information will be sent out soon regarding this fundraiser!


Please be sure to check out all of the important information in this month's newsletter including a link to our YouTube Channel! Search Kelli Davisson on YouTube to find our morning announcements and announcers!


If you have any questions or concerns please contact me via email or phone kdavisson@buckeyeschools.org 330-722-8237 ext. 4342.

School Counselor Buzz with Ms. Zablotny

We will be celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week the week of February 16th. During Randon Acts of Kindness week, staff and students can participate in school-wide activities to promote kindness towards others. To find more information about Random Acts of Kindness Week including information about the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation and tons of free kindness ideas and materials, please visit their website https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas


Important Crisis Contact Numbers: ● Support Hotline/Suicide Hotline: 330-434-9144 ● National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK ● Crisis Text Line: Text - 4hope to 741741 ● The Lifeline: Twitter - @800273TALK ● Call: 1-800-418-6423, extension 359 OR​ www.safeschoolhelpline.com ● Tweet: 66746, then type TIPS ● Medina County Sheriff Department *For immediate safety concerns regarding yourself or others:​911or 330-725-6631 o ● The Crisis Center​ at ​ (330) 725-9195​.


Additional information can be found at http://www.medinamentalhealth.com/Crisis_Intervention.html


As always, please contact me at czablotny@buckeyeschools.org if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

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January 2021 and February 2021 Upcoming Events

1/1 - Little Bucks Preschool Tuition Due

1/8 - Report Cards Available ONLINE after 4 PM

1/13 - Club Invention, Session 1, Robotic Pet Vet

1/14 - Intermediate Picture Day

1/18 - NO SCHOOL in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

1/20 - Club Invention, Session 1, Robotic Pet Vet

1/22 - Register for #OneBookConnects - Finding Langston

1/27 - Club Invention, Session 1, Robotic Pet Vet

2/1 - Little Bucks Preschool Tuition Due

2/1-3/1 Snap!Raise online Fundraiser

2/8 - #OneBookConnects - Reading Finding Langston

2/3 - Club Invention, Session 1, Robotic Pet Vet

2/10 - Club Invention, Session 1, Robotic Pet Vet

2/11 - Spring Parent Teacher Virtual Conferences

2/15 - NO SCHOOL in observance of President's Day

2/17 - Club Invention, Session 1, Robotic Pet Vet

2/23 - Picture Retake Day

2/24 - Club Invention, Session 1, Robotic Pet Vet

BIS Picture Day - Thursday, January 14

Picture day will be THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 for both in person and VLA students. LifeTouch will send an email directly to parents with order information. There will only be individual portraits. No class portraits will be taken.


VLA students may be dropped off in front of the 6th grade doors (doors marked A1) in the parking loop of the BIS building between 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM. ONLY VLA STUDENTS WILL BE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE BUILDING. Parents are not permitted to accompany students. Staff members will be at the 6th grade doors to escort students.

Meal Bags Available for VLA Students

The distribution point is at the back of the elementary building and is open from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. each Thursday. THIS FORM will need to be completed to register for meal bags on the Buckeye website to help us get an accurate count of how many are needed. Thank you for your continued support of the Buckeye Food Service program.

6th Grade Book Challenge!

Mrs. Nunn's ELA classes have had several students complete their 20 Book Reading Challenge. Congratulations to Mya Galdun, Olivia Justice, Lillie Leckler, Abigail Parrott, Lexi Perkins, Kylie Rider, and Amelia Waibel. WAY TO READ!

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Club Invention At Home is Coming to Buckeye Elementary School!

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, Buckeye Elementary School is excited to host Club Invention® At-Home for children in grades K through 6. This immersive after school enrichment program invites kids to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concepts through hands-on, at-home activities.


We are running two virtual sessions of Club Invention® At-Home. The first session will include Robotic Pet Vet and runs 8 Wednesdays from 4-5 pm, January 13- March 3. (Eight Wednesdays from 4-5 pm). The second session will include Orbots and runs eight Wednesdays: March 10, 17, 24. April 7, 14, 21, 28, and May 5 from 4-5 PM. Janice Kollar and Amy Doty will be the Instructors and will guide young innovators through action-packed, open-ended activities.


Throughout the program, kids will:

  • Connect and collaborate with their Instructor and friends to develop new ideas and build their creative problem-solving power.

  • Receive all the materials and tools they need to channel their inner designer and customize their very own robot.

  • Feel empowered to use their imagination and make their thinking visible while gaining confidence and essential 21st-century skills.


Club Invention At Home offers a fun extracurricular experience led by a live educator who is invested in your child’s success.


The total cost of the program is $75.00 for each session. Availability is limited. Visit invent.org/register or call 800-968-4332 to reserve your child’s spot today! Online registration for session 1 will close at midnight on Sunday, December 27th and online registration for session 2 will close at midnight on Sunday, February 21st.


If you have any questions, please contact us! Janice Kollar jkollar@buckeyeschools.org or Amy Doty adoty@buckeyeschools.org

One Word Challenge

Buckeye Local Schools superintendent, Mr. Jeff Harrison, shared the One Word Challenge with staff before we returned from winter break. It's based on Jon Gordon's book, One Word That Will Change Your Life. One Word explains how to simplify your life and business by focusing on just ONE WORD for the entire year. The simplicity of choosing ONE WORD makes it a catalyst for life-change.


4th grade teacher, Mrs. Laura Ramsey's One Word is GRATEFUL. See below her class working on their ONE WORD!

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Elementary Yearbooks Still Available

The 2019-20 Buckeye Elementary Yearbooks from last year are still available for purchase. Hard cover yearbooks are $20.50. Soft cover yearbooks are $15.50. Checks should be made payable to Buckeye Intermediate School. If you are interested in buying last year's yearbook, please contact the BIS offices at kmoore@buckeyeschools.org or call x 4337.


We still have last year's yearbooks ordered by VLA students waiting in the office for pickup. Those yearbooks may be picked up outside the offices Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM-4:00 PM. If you need to make other arrangements, please contact the BIS offices at x 4337.

Read To Them Program - One Book Connects

Read to Them® is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization promoting family literacy. Their mission is to create a culture of literacy in every home. Read to Them educates families and schools on the benefits and importance of reading aloud at home. A growing body of research describes the complex and permanent effects of reading aloud. Children who are read to learn to read more easily and become better readers. Literacy skills provide the basis for a lifetime of learning and productivity.


They are celebrating Black History Month by reading Finding Langston. Families across the country will read this poetic, artful, and impactful story by Lesa Cline-Ransome together, beginning February 8, 2021.


How to participate: sign up by January 22, 2021 and help your families follow along online. LEARN MORE and SIGN UP. You can also see all of the fun they're having by following them on @readtothem with #OneBookConnects on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Please contact programs@readtothem.org with questions.

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No Visitors Permitted Inside School Premises Before, During, or After School Hours

No parents or outside visitors will be permitted to enter school buildings, at any time, until further notice. If you need to drop something off for your student at the school, there will be an area outside the office doors, in the entranceway where you may leave your student's items. Upon entering the school, please utilize the bell system (button) located to the right of the office doors to notify the office staff what you are leaving for your student. Office hours are from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

In Person Students MUST Complete 1:1 Agreements AND Complete Registration Gateway In Order to Take Home a BIS-Issued Electronic Device

1:1 Agreement


To complete Registration Gateway for your student, please utilize the Returning Student Link.


Your username is your student ID (this is the same number as your child’s lunch code, and it is available on report cards, in Progress Book, and in PayForIt) and your password is your student's birthday (MM/DD/YYYY) make sure to include 8 digits in the birthday and the two backslashes.


Because of the important nature of information contained in Registration Gateway, students of parents who have not completed verification will not have access to the following:


Students will not have access to the District Computer Network or Internet for class activities and they will not be allowed to take home a BIS-issued electronic device.

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Tech Fees for Students Returning from VLA to In Person Instruction

Any student returning to in person instruction for the second semester will be administered a $20 tech fee for the usage of BIS-issued electronic devices.

Student Fees and Student Fee Waivers 2020-21

A student must qualify for the free lunch program in order to have student fees waived. If your student normally qualifies for the free lunch program, please:


1) complete a Free and Reduced Lunch application. Applications are available by emailing kmoore@buckeyeschools.org.


2) sign and return the Direct Certification notice sent directly to parents/guardians by Buckeye Food Service. For questions regarding Free and Reduced Applications or Direct Certification notices, please contact cafeteria@buckeyeschools.org.


School fees for students Grade 4-6 are $80. $40 per grade level for workbooks and materials and a $40 tech fee for the maintenance of BIS-issued electronic devices.


If a VLA student does not use a BIS-issued electronic device, they will not be required to pay the $40 tech fee.


Students must pay all past and current year's school fees. Students with unpaid school fees:

- will be unable to print student report cards or receive a printed copy of report cards

- will be ineligible to participate in school-sponsored fundraisers

- will be ineligible to attend school field trips, including 6th Grade camp


Payment can be made with cash or a check made payable to Buckeye Intermediate School. Parents may also pay online using the online payment system, PayForIt.net. For questions regarding student fees, email kmoore@buckeyeschools.org.

Preschool Registration for 2020-21 School Year

At this time we do not have a date for preschool student registration for the 2021-22 school year. Please continue to check the website as additional information will be added sometime in January. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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Summer Camp Program - Right at School

Right at School is our before and after school (latchkey) program. This year they are offering a summer camp option for parents. In order to register for the program, please use THIS FORM. Any inquiries must be directed to the program's area manager, Amanda Frawley, phone 330-592-1016, or email amanda.frawley@rightatschool.com.


Right at School is our before and after school (latchkey) program. For registration information, please use THIS LINK. Any inquiries must be directed to the program's area manager, Amanda Frawley, phone 330-592-1016, or email amanda.frawley@rightatschool.com. Discounts are available. Please use THIS LINK for discount information. For additional registration and billing support, please use THIS LINK.


See below for additional contact information:


909 Davis Street, Suite 500
Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: 855-AT-SCHOOL
Customer Service Fax: 855-287-4444
HR/Payroll Fax: 224-365-0011

Bus Drivers Needed

Interested in being a substitute bus driver? Call the Buckeye Local Schools Transportation Department at 330-722-8257 x 1019.

Buckeye Intermediate School Offices Contact Information

Kelli Davisson - kdavisson@buckeyeschools.org, Principal x 4342

Candice Zablotny - czablotny@buckeyeschools.org, School Counselor x 4344

Kelly Lockhart - klockhart@buckeyeschools.org, School Psychologist x 4345

Shannon Kissinger- shannon@buckeyeschools.org, School Psychologist x 4124

Kelly Moore - kmoore@buckeyeschools.org, Office x 4339

Donna Comuzie - dcomuzie@buckeyeschools.org, Office x 4337