Pearl S. Buck Elementary

March 22, 2019

Upcoming Dates

School Closed:

April 15-19 - Spring Break

May 21 - Act 80

May 27 - Memorial Day

Upcoming Events:

March 25 - District Junior Honors Concert, 7 PM at Carl Sandburg MS

April 5 - Sock Hop at Maple Point Cafeteria 6:30-8:30. (Ticketed event)

April 11 - Art Show, 6-8 PM

April 23, 24, & 26 ELA PSSA (Grades 3&4)

April 26 - Race for Education

April 29-30 Math PSSA (Grades 3&4)

April 30 - 4th Grade Chorus Sings at Trenton Thunder. 7:05 game. (Ticketed event)

April 30 - STEAM Expo at Neshaminy High School

May 1-2 - Science PSSA (Grade 4)

May 16 - Music concert at MPMS. 7 PM.

May 31 - Field Day

Every Friday! Buck Spirit Days. Wear your Pearl Buck spirit shirt, or red and blue.

~ "The Neshaminy community builds futures by empowering each child to become a productive citizen and a lifelong learner." ~

Sock Hop Tickets on Sale 3/25 and 3/26

Tickets for this year's Sock Hop will be sold during lunches on Monday 3/25 and Tuesday, 3/26. Each ticket costs $7.00. Come join us for a night of dancing, food, and socializing. Come dressed in your best Sock Hop styling.

The Sock Hop will occur on Friday, April 5th, 6:30-8:30 PM, in the Maple Point Cafeteria.

Street Parking, Buses, and Car Seats

On a number of occasions, our buses have not been able to leave our lot due to cars parking too close to the exit point of the lower driveway. If you are picking your child up from school, and choose to park on Terrace Drive, please avoid parking less than 20 feet from each side of the lower driveway. This space is needed to accommodate the larger turning radius of our buses as they exit Pearl Buck. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Also, we have been noticing students leaving and entering vehicles without the appropriate safety seating for children. PennDOT regulations state, "Children under 2 must be secured in a rear-facing car seat until the child outgrows the maximum weight and height limits designated by the car seat manufacturer. Children from age 4 up to age 8 must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat. Children from age 8 up to age 18 must be in a seat belt."

We have asked Middletown Police to assist us with promoting car safety. As a result, you may see a police officer at arrival or dismissal checking for the required safety seating.

AE Escape Room

By: Tessa Pirolli, Elias Miles, and Kyle Meyers

On Wednesday, March 13th, and Wednesday, March 20th, we did an escape room in AE. We were presented with three challenges to escape an ancient pyramid. All the challenges were very difficult, but we ended up completing them all. In the first challenge, we had to get a four digit code to unlock the next challenge. Our only clues to do this were four diaries. At the end of the first challenge, the code was 3245. During this challenge we felt confident because it was the simplest challenge.

The second challenge was harder, but it was doable. In this challenge we had to figure out a message, a math problem, and a logic puzzle to find which animal aligned with which vase. When we figured out the math problem, we had to place the answers and vases in the right order. Because this challenge was harder, we came up with a lot of incorrect answers. We felt less confident, and got frustrated at times, but we persevered and completed the challenge.

As you know, challenges get harder as you go along. Because of that, the third challenge was the hardest. We had to match the symbols on the pyramid and poles in the correct directions to get directions for a maze that took us out of the pyramid. We had to look at the numbers on the poles, and the symbols that spelled out directions. Finally, we had to order them correctly using the diaries. This challenge was extremely difficult. In this challenge we felt very frustrated, but when we finished it, we felt very excited. During this lesson we learned to persevere, use teamwork, take a step back and try again in a different way.

Pearl Buck Staff to face-off against the Wizards!

The upcoming game between the Neshaminy Dream Team and the Wizards will include members of the Pearl Buck staff. Come join us for an evening of fun on Saturday, April 6th. Game time is 7 PM. Tickets can be ordered via this link.

For the first time, our Superintendent, Mr. Jones, will be playing!

The Pearl Buck Staff participating in this fun event are:

Amanda Arner

Cara Buttari

Robert Crozier

Brian Kern

Kylene Morecz

The participating Pearl Buck staff members make up 25% of the Dream Team! We hope to see you at the game!

Maker Space

Mrs. Gallagher's students were creating gingerbread houses in library today. After Mrs. Humbert read the story, "Hansel and Gretel", students were sent to their tables and challenged with building a gingerbread house using the maker space materials provided to them. What's a maker space? A maker space can be described as a collaborative work space for making, learning, exploring and sharing. In this case, some students had LEGO blocks, others had chenille stems (pipe cleaners), while a third group used cling balls (plastic velcro-like balls) to imagine and create their version of a gingerbread house.

Point of View

4th grade students have been developing their skills for identifying and understanding perspective and point of view within a story. Below, students can be seen discussing these elements with a partner as they work their way through the assigned story, "The Owl in the Shower".

Race For Education Reminders

On Friday April 26, 2019 Pearl S. Buck PTO will be having its annual Race for Education to raise funds for upgrades to our playgrounds, as well as assemblies, field trips and school equipment. We hope you will be able to sponsor your child(ren). The students will be walking/jogging around a designated area for a one-hour period. Parents and family members are invited to join us on the afternoon of April 26th to cheer and encourage the participants.

Donations can be made by check payable to Pearl S. Buck PTO and please be sure to include your student’s name in the memo line. All donations are greatly appreciated. Checks can be mailed to:

Pearl Buck PTO

Pearl S. Buck Elementary School

143 Top Road

Levittown, PA 19056 checks in an envelope labeled "Race for Education" and have your child give it to his or her teacher.

You can also DONATE ONLINE through PayPal at

2018-19 Yearbook Information

Yearbook orders will be accepted through April 1st. Orders may be submitted with the order form sent home last week (checks payable to Pearl Buck PTO) or can be purchased online at (click "buy your student's yearbook" then enter the school name, city and state).

Questions? Please contact Tina Conturso at

Volunteer Clearances

Parents who plan to serve as chaperones and volunteers for school must have current clearances on file with the school. For additional information on clearances, including all related links, please visit this District webpage. Since the process can take several weeks, please file for your clearances ASAP so that they are in place when needed.

PTO Board Member Maureen Krom is offering free Notary services for any Buck parent who may need to have volunteer forms notarized. You can contact Mrs. Krom at

Be Allergy Aware!

Due to varied allergy and dietary needs, please contact your child's teacher before sending in food or other items intended to be distributed to students in a classroom (e.g. birthday celebrations, class parties). Students should not share food at any time during school - even with a close friend. A seemingly harmless food item may unexpectedly contain allergens, or interact with other medical conditions. Depending on the health needs within a classroom, teachers may choose to avoid food-oriented experiences altogether. Please consider non-food treats as an alternative. Speak directly with your child's teacher. Do not send in any items until the teacher has responded and confirmed the appropriateness of your request. Thanks!

Did you know?....

Pearl Buck Elementary has a Student Council comprised of over forty 4th grade students? Pursuant to our District's mission of "empowering each child to become a productive citizen", this group of students, led by Mrs. Miller and Mr. Rydzewski, develops and implements ideas to support our school and greater community. Members of the Council are responsible for planning, seeking approval from the principal, and writing advertisements to promote their ideas. As the Council develops, an increasing number of objectives and tasks are being added to their responsibilities including raising and lowering the front flag each day, helping teachers set-up for specific lessons, reading to younger peers, and assisting K classes with pack-up at the end of the day. In addition, the Council helped to organize, promote, and reconcile our recent Teddy Bear Day/Rosa's Pizza collection, and will be promoting additional community-focused collections in the near future.