April Parent News

Buckingham Integrated STEM Elementary School

Principal's Message

Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.-Bob Beauprez

Parent-teacher conferences will be held the second week in April. This practice of parents and teachers meeting together is critical for the success of students. The best method of communication is always in person. In our age of technology, we use e-mails and websites to communicate efficiently, yet in person we can forge positive relationships and clarify questions, concerns and celebrate learning and growth.

This time together is devoted to working as a team to create understanding on how to best support individual students. Our teachers want to hear from parents' insight and also want to share ways to support at home. A conversation and two way communication is vital to a healthy partnership between school and home efforts. Please make sure to attend conferences on April 8th & 9th.

A parent survey will help us gather parents' perspectives on our school's growth and achievement. Please make sure to visit our computer lab and take a short survey to provide feedback on how we can improve and grow as a school. Thank you for being an important part of Buckingham's culture of growth and excellence. I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with parents who believe in the power of education and who support their child's success.

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. -Angela Schwindt

Warm regards,

Sunshine Dandurand

No School

Friday, April 10th, 8:30am


Kindergarten Round-up

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2pm

Buckingham Elementary School

Kindergarteners for 2015-16 school year should come and register their child at Buckingham!

STEM Forum

Wednesday, April 29th, 6pm

Buckingham Library

Come and share ideas for STEM week and next year action items.
STEM Integration in K-12 Education

The Giving Letter Fundraiser

Raising $ for our STEM Education

“Wow! That was so much fun, I can’t wait for my next design”

“I am going to go home and engineer some more!”

“I’ve never seen students so engaged and interested in what they are doing!”

“I have been teaching for 25 years and I have never been so excited to teach, as I am today to be a part of STEM education.”

In April, there will be a Giving Letter fundraiser to ask families for $47.50. If this amount is contributed by each family, we would be able to fund all of our Project Lead the Way training and materials and provide teachers and students the opportunity to be engaged in project based integrated STEM learning and participate in meaningful field experiences. We understand that all families can not afford $47.50, so please only donate what your family can afford. It may be $10, $20 or more, yet if every family contributes something, we will be able to meet our goal. Thank you!

Compass Commercial will give money to Miro for medical expences, if we volunteer hours. If you and your child volunteer, please fill out the form below and submit to our school's office.

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Honesty is April's Character Trait

Tips on Teaching Honesty

Lessons about honesty are learned differentially, depending on the child’s age. If you start the teaching of honesty early on, you can continue to support this virtue, as your children get older. Use words that they can understand at their ages.

Teaching Honesty By Example

Teaching honesty by example is very effective. “Do-as-I-do” is a better motto than the proverbial, “Do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do.” Be honest with children at a level that they can understand. When deciding what to tell a child about a given situation, take into account the child’s age and maturity, and to what extent it is in the child’s best interest to know whatever it is you are considering telling him. Talking about personal adult issues with a child does not necessarily teach honesty, but may raise anxiety levels instead.

A "No-Shaming" Policy

Use a no-shaming policy when children mess up. Children will be more likely to revert to dishonest behaviors if they fear being shamed. Approval is a strong motivator. Non shaming disapproval can help to teach, but shame dissolves strength of character, and tends to elicit the behaviors you want to extinguish. Respond rather than overreact when children lie or dissemble. It is natural for children to test. Your response will teach them to be honest, or to hide. Keep consequences for transgressions equal to the “crime,” and always as consistent as possible. Short consequences work best.

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