Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - June 2013 - Issue 12

...From the Principal

Remarkable Year - Have a Great Summer!

The dedication of all our teachers and families makes Buckingham Elementary School a very special place for children. Thank you to all the students, teachers and families for making this another wonderful year at Buckingham! Best wishes for a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable summer. See you in September!

NAESP: Report to Parents - So Many Activities, Too Little Time

It's good to keep children involved in different activities, but how do parents know how much is too much? Check out these tips on how to keep your children from being overscheduled - they might very well make your child's life, and yours a lot less stressful...

(To read the entire article from the National Association of Elementary School Principal's, pease CLICK HERE - May need to allow some time to load).

Important Information

Report Cards and Over-Due Balances

Report Cards will be distributed at the end of the year for all students. However, the report cards of any students with over-due balances in our cafeteria or library will be held in the main office until they are paid in-full. Please be sure to check your cafeteria balance online and return lost or damaged book payments to the main office. Thank you!

Buckingham Main Office

Move-Up Day 2013!

It has been another wonderful school year - the students have worked very hard learning and growing while the teachers provided the opportunities to help kids flourish! To help celebrate this "growth", Buckingham will hold a Move-Up Day on the afternoon of Friday, June 14th for our Kindergarten through 5th Grades.

The children will spend time meeting the "teaching team" for the next school year. Be sure to ask your child about this fun event over the weekend!

Save the Date - 6th Grade Promotion

6th Grade Promotion

When: Monday, June 17th - Doors Open @ 6:45 PM

Where: Holicong Middle School Auditorium

Note: Reception to follow in the Holicong Cafeteria

Class Placement Communication - July 19, 2013

Dear Parents,

Later this summer, Buckingham Parents and Students will again be accessing Class Placement information via the Central Bucks Parent Portal for all Kindergarten through 6th Grades. The teacher assignment information for all students will be available Friday, July 19, 2013. (If you already have a Parent Portal Account, no further action is required.)

If you have never used Parent Portal, you can create an account by going to the Parents/Students tab at the top of the Central Bucks School District website (http://cbsd.org). Click "Parent Portal" link and follow the directions to obtaining your Parent Portal Account.

Please activate your account as soon as possible as there may be a delay from IT staff for such requests. Also, there are several helpful links to access Parent Portal found on the "Parent Portal HELP" link within the Parent Resources tab. Please be sure to read all information as it may be able to answer any potential questions. Please be sure to check and/or update your email address as it changes.

For those without access to a computer, or are unable to utilize Parent Portal, you may call the school office starting Monday, July 29th, 2013.

If you have any questions for the Buckingham Main Office, please contact us at 267-893-4200.

Central Bucks Supports - 9/11 Heroes Run

Please join Central Bucks School District in supporting the 9/11 Heroes Run. Registration is now open for the September 15th event. Doylestown borough will once again host a 5k and 1 mile fun walk/run to raise support and awareness for all of the heroes of September 11th.


News & Upcoming Events

School Calendar

June - Continued...

Jun. 14 - Flag Day

Jun. 14 - Move-Up Day (Students Only) - PM

Jun. 17 - 6th Grade Promotion - Holicong Middle School Auditorium - 7:00PM (Doors open at 6:45PM)

Jun. 19 - Last Day for Students - Early Dismissal - 12:10PM

Jun. 19 - The Mighty Knight End-of-Year Assembly - Cafeteria (Students Only)

Summer Highlights

Jul. 19 - 2013-2014 Student Class Placements Published - Parent Portal

Aug. 28 - Kindergarten Orientation (More Information to Come)

School Happenings

Buckingham's 4th/5th/6th Grade Spring Concert

On June 4, 2013 - Buckingham Elementary School hosted the 2013 Spring Concert featuring the Orchestra, Band,m and Choral Programs. Congratulations to all of the students for their hard work and participation with an instrument - be it a string, brass, woodwind, drum, or their voice! Students would often come to school early to practice with their music director and attended weekly lessons in preparation for the big event! It was a really amazing concert enjoyed by Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, and friends!

The String program was led by Mrs. Susan Talley, Band was led by Mr. Aric Branchfield, and Choral Program was led by Mr. Weir. Thanks to each of them for their dedication to the Arts and committment to Buckingham!

Buckingham Celebrates our Boomerang Award Winners

Buckingham Elementary School Celebrated our Boomerang Award Winners for the Spring on Wednesday June 12 - with a pancake breakfast cooked by Mr. Rosica and Mr. Funseth. Throughout the second semester, students were recognized for their hard work and good decisions as they pertained to the CB Cares 40-Assets Monthly Program. Congratulations to all of our nominees!

A very special thank you to the CB Cares Educational Foundation, Mrs. Moyer for organizing all the food items and paper products, and Mrs. Raitt (Student Council Advisor) and Mrs. Wilson (Lunchroom Supervisor) for their help and careful attention to all details. Lastly, thanks to the Student Council for being gracious hosts during the event.

Principal for the Day - Mr. Connor Bates!

Congratulations to Mr. Connor Bates who was the Fall Fest recipient of the Principal for the Day Prize. On June 12, 2013, Connor put on his best suit, wore an employee badge, carried the walkie-talkie, and helped run the school with Mr. Funseth. Mr. Bates opened the day greeting parents and students for our Boomerang Award Breakfast and visited with Kindergarten students as they published their own stories! Connor made sure to visit every classroom and was quite popular with the students when he declared "No Homework"! He also approved students to eat their lunches in the courtyard.

Thanks to the PTO for providing this opportunity during Fall Fest and to Mr. Connor Bates for doing a fantastic job at Buckingham!

Students enjoy the 6th Grade Breakfast!

On Thursday, June 13th - Buckingham celebrated our 6th graders by holding the annual 6th Grade Breakfast in our cafeteria. Our parent committee organized and decorated the room providing a wonderful display of bagels and donuts enjoyed by the stduents, parents and staff. Students were able to be the first to view the 2012-2013 Buckingham Yearbooks while getting signatures from their classmates and teachers. Congratulations on a wonderful year and thanks to our committed parents for hosting the event!

School Board Briefs

At the June 11, 2013 School Board Meeting, the Central Bucks School District School Board:

1. Heard the H Factor performance (the H stands for Holicong) before the school board meeting and via video, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mrs. Strong’s Kindergarten Pine Run class.

2. Heard the Superintendent’s Report.

3. Approved the School Board Minutes.

4. Approved the Treasurer’s Report, Budgetary Transfers for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, and Designation of Depository Banks for the 2013-2014 school year.

5. Approved the MG Trust Contract for employee 457 (b) payroll deductions and the Resolution for Debt Defeasement (paying off some of the principal from previously issued bond debt).

6. Approved contracts to Pavement Maintenance for asphalt repairs at Mill Creek Elementary School in the amount of $27,440; to T. Schiefer for new concrete sidewalks, curbs, and flagpole at Gayman Elementary School and asphalt repairs at Buckingham Elementary School in the amount of $46,750; to CSC for asphalt repairs at Barclay Elementary School in the amount of $8,492; to Centre Point for concrete wall modifications at CB West High School in the amount of $27,800; and rejected all bids for the new concrete ramp at Barclay Elementary School.

7. Sent the Facility Use Fee Schedule back to committee for further review. Facility use fees continue at same level as 2012-13 rates.

8. Approved the Act 93 Plan for administrators and the Assistant Superintendent Contracts.

9. Approved School Board Policy #217 – Graduation Requirements.

10. Approved various personnel items, foreign exchange students, and student trips.

11. Received the Board Calendar as an information item.

11. Received the Board Calendar as an information item.


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