Pearl S. Buck Elementary

March 29, 2019

Upcoming Dates

School Closed:

April 15-19 - Spring Break

May 21 - Act 80

May 27 - Memorial Day

Upcoming Events:

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

April 6 - NSD Dream Team v. The Wizards @ NHS. 7:00 PM. (Ticketed event)

April 11 - Art Show, 6-8 PM

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

April 26 - Race for Education, 2:30-3:15.

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." ~

Shadow Science!

Have you seen the Earth turn lately? Try some “Shadow Science”! The students in Mrs. Junod’s 2nd grade class enjoyed a fun reward this week. On the first beautiful sunny spring day, the class went outside at different times of the school day to trace each other’s shadows. By noticing the movement of each shadow from its original position, the students were seeing the Earth turn. Beyond a “shadow of a doubt” a good time was had by all. Go Science!

"Are you a good soil, or a bad soil?" (Glinda was asking)

Second grade students are studying the different components and properties of soils. They will continue to learn how these properties affect plant and root growth by planting cucumber seeds in various types of soils. We hope to eventually grow some delicious cucumbers!

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Pearl Buck Staff to face-off against the Wizards!

Only one more week until the Harlem Wizards visit Neshaminy to take on our Neshaminy Dream Team! The game will be held SATURDAY, APRIL 6 in GYM 3 at NESHAMINY HS. Game time is 7 PM and the doors open at 6 PM. Tickets are only $12 for general admission and can be purchased online (a $1.25 online purchase fee applies per ticket). The price goes to $15 at the door. Courtside Plus seats are SOLD OUT! To purchase tickets please visit This game is a benefit for the non-profit, all-volunteer Neshaminy Education Foundation, which provides classroom grants and student scholarships in our district.

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!

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?....

Beginning in third grade, students are exposed to the skills related to Text Dependent Analysis (TDA). In short, the reader is required to use information from a text to support and explain responses to questions. Responses require specific citations to support a factual response or an interpretation of the text. TDA questions are often challenging for students and require persistence and practice. You can help your child develop this skill by talking about something s/he has read (or watched). Ask questions that require details and supporting information. You can have fun with this by 'arguing' over whether Marvel or DC superheros reign supreme (for example). Encourage your child to 'prove' his or her position by citing facts and/or interpreting dialog and actions. The Pennsylvania Common Core Standards related to TDA (and your Marvel v. DC arguments) include:
  • Standard Area - CC.1.2: Reading Informational Text: Students read, understand, and respond to informational text – with emphasis on comprehension, making connections among ideas and between texts with focus on textual evidence.
  • Standard Area - CC.1.5: Speaking and Listening: Students present appropriately in formal speaking situations, listen critically, and respond intelligently as individuals or in group discussions.

Click here for more information on the PA Common Core Standards.