Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - January 2016 - Issue 9

Celebrating Education for 60 Years - 1955-56 - 2015-16!

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Every Moment Matters!

Happy New Year!

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Important Announcements

Kindergarten/First Grade Registration - NOW OPEN

Do you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2016? If so, Central Registration is open for families who need to enroll their children for next school year. Please click HERE for information on how to register your child for kindergarten. If you know of any neighbors or friends who have students who will be age 5 on or before August 31, 2016, please remind them to register their child.

The sooner the students are registered, the more effective we can be with enrollment projections and number of sections for next year. It could be the difference between two- or three-sections for a grade level!

Dropping Temperatures and Recess

With the coming of winter - preparations for the colder temperatures will be necessary - and it is important for all parents to review dress expectations with your children as they prepare for each day of school. Throughout the winter months, all students will participate in recess following lunch.

Recess location (inside or outside) is determined based upon the current temperature, the windchill effect, AND the conditions of our fields. The school will follow District/Weather.com recommendations. Students MUST be prepared to spend their recess outside and should be dressed appropriately for every condition. The final decision to go outside or not will be made prior to each grade-level recess time.

We strongly recommend that students wear appropriate cold-weather clothing: jackets, pants, hats, mittens, etc. - and do not wear shorts. Students determined as "not being prepared" for the current outdoor conditions may risk missing their recess time for safety precautions.

Thank you for your cooperation!

NAESP: Report To Parents - Setting Goals

"The middle of the school year is a great time for families to check in with students on goals. Setting academic and personal goals helps motivate, energize, and focus students, and it is a valuable skill that will benefit learners throughout their lives. Parents can help students set and achieve these goals."

To read the entire article from the National Association of Elementary School Principals, please CLICK HERE.

Buckingham Boomerang Nominees - Congratulations!

The following Buckingham Students were CB Cares Foundation: Boomerang Nominees for the months of September, October, November and December!

September - Caring:

Conor Meyers, 6th, Vollman

Sebastian Jimenez-gary, 4th, Cleary

Sophia Stampes-Blackburn, 3rd, Whiton

Ellie Shably, 2nd, Rosztoczy

Sophie Ross, 1st, Fillette

Jacob Snyder, KA, Roberts

Elena Tawa, 6th, McComsey

October - Restraint:

Brett Young, 6th, Willimas

Ben Jankowski, 6th, Vollmer

Mackenzie Lund, 5th, Barno

Emily Foisy, 4th, Cleary

November - Positive View of Personal Future:

Mason Matich, 5th, Reigner

Demetri Zakharia, 6th, Radcliff

Emily Madia, 3rd, Story

Abbey Mandia, KP, Roberts

Chet Kempinski, 5th, Burkholder

December - School Engagement:

Chase Minots, KP, Roberts

Logan Shallow, 5th, Barno

January's Boomerang Asset - Service to Others.

Service Learning at Buckingham

Scholastic Pajama Program - Buckingham First Grade Students

Buckingham First Grade students participated in a Pajama Service Learning project through Scholastic Books - who donated a book for every pajama donation. First graders collectively submitted a total of 62-new pajama sets (w/ a new book from Scholastic) to Bucks County Children & Youth Foundation in-time for the Holidays! A wonderful and "cozy" way to give back - Great effort First Grade!

School News & Information

School Calendar


Jan. 1 - Happy New Year!

Jan. 4 - School Resumes

Jan. 12 - Central Bucks School Board - 7:30PM - Educational Services Center

Jan. 18 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Day of Service

Jan. 19 - CB PEN Robotics - Buckingham

Jan. 20 - Young Engineers' Night - CB East - 6:00PM-8:00PM

Jan. 21 - Buckingham PTO General Meeting - 9:30AM - Speaker: Dr. Deborah Van Aken

Jan. 26 - End of the 2nd Marking Period

Jan. 26 - Early Dismissal: Students - 12:10PM (No PM KDG)

Jan. 26 - Spirit Day - Team Jersey Day

Jan. 26 - Central Bucks School Board - 7:30PM - Educational Services Center

Jan29&30 - VH1 Save the Music Foundation Concert - Holicong Middle School

Jan. 29 - Family Fun & Fitness Night (Buckingham Students and Families)

Young Engineers' Night - 1/20/2016

The 3rd Annual Young Engineers’ Night is scheduled to take place in the atrium at CB East on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM. While all are welcome, the activities and demonstrations are geared primarily towards elementary school students and offer insights into the worlds of robotics, TV production, aeronautics, engineering, and more!

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VH1 - Save the Music 2016: Music by Number - 1/29 - Holicong Middle School

A spectacular weekend of concerts featuring "numerical" selections from all different genres of music performed by Central Bucks music staff, students, alumni and friends. See image below for more information.

*Buckingham Students featured on Saturday, January 30th @ 3:00PM!

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Book Dedications - Reading in the New Year!

Dedicating a book makes a great gift that will last for years to come! Your book dedication can celebrate a birthday or holiday, a special achievement, a “thank you” gift for a teacher or honor someone special while helping to support the Buckingham Library.

What happens when you dedicate a book?

  • A personalized bookplate is permanently placed in the book.
  • The book is presented to your child, teacher or the individual being honored during library time.
  • The honoree is the first to check the book out from the library.
  • The dedication will be acknowledged on the website and bulletin board outside the library.

Book Dedications are a gift to EVERY student at Buckingham!

If you are interested in a gift that keeps on giving, find the Book Dedication form. Please Click Here for a Book Dedication Order Form.

Questions? Contact Lori Tinari

CB Cares Boomerang Nominations

January: #9 Service to Others - Young person values service to others, in their family, school, or community. He/she commits to meaningful and caring actions.

Students/Parents/Teachers, please nominate a Buckingham student by clicking here! In your paragraph, include how your nominee exemplifies this month’s asset. Nominations are due to Mr. Rosica by Friday, January 22nd.

School Happenings

Buckingham Holiday Sing

Buckingham students from Kindergarten through sixth grade kicked winter break into gear with an "All-School" Holiday Sing! With Mr. Weir on Piano and guitar, the children sang festive songs celebrating the Holidays. The day was extra special as students were in their "Fancy Dress" for the celebration!

First Grade Polar Express

Buckingham's First Graders went "All-Aboard" the Polar Express - dressing in their PJ's to the North Pole! Students enjoyed reading the story, worked on story connection activities and enjoyed the movie as they completed their journey with some hot chocolate! Even the conductor arrived as he read Chris Van Allsburg's famous book to the entire grade level!
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Buckingham Students - Finalists for the 2015 Rendell Citizenship Challenge

Four students in Mrs. Raitt’s 5th grade class were named top 10 finalists in the 2015 Rendell Citizenship Challenge at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Students wrote an essay about the 4th Amendment to the Constitution, created a film, and answered questions from a panel of judges. After competing against over 250 schools in the 5 county area, The children placed in the top ten schools (5th place overall) and earned a set of 27 civics books for our school library - compliments of the Rendell Center!

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3rd Grade Talent Show

Our third graders showcased their MANY interests for their respective classroom's Holiday Party. From crafts to performance to the arts - the third grade students are a special group of children who excel at many things! Great job kids - and thank you teachers and parents for providing an opportunity to help them display their talents!

6th Grade Skype - Connecting with CB

Mrs. Vollman's class virtually connected with Mrs. Stone, the Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology teacher at CB West via Lync, which is a district version of Skype.

In sixth grade the students learn about the circulatory system, so Mrs. Stone's students dissected a sheep's heart for us. It definitely peaked the students' interest! The high school students shared some amazing heart facts and were able to point out the real parts of a heart, which we compared to a diagram in the sixth grade reference book

From the Buckingham PTO

Buckingham PTO - January General Meeting 1/21 - Speaker Series

Our next PTO General Meeting will be held in the Buckingham Cafeteria on January 21st - beginning promptly at 9:30AM. We are excited to share that Dr. Deborah Van Aken, Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist, has been invited to present upon “The Over-Scheduled Family.” This is happening due to a generous grant from the CB Cares Educational Foundation.

Please be sure to attend as this topic may help guide us in making best choices for our family. See you there!

SEE WHAT'S COMING UP! Sign-Up Genius Information

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities - To see the "line-up" of upcoming events throughout the year, you will see tabs near the top of the Buckingham PTO Sign-Up Genius page. You choose how and when to participate - it's all there for you in one, easy place. Be sure to click the link to support your school!

Treasurer's Report

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School Mission

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

Central Bucks School District

Central Office - Administrative Services Center

20 Welden Drive

Doylestown, PA 18901

Superintendent, Dr. David Weitzel

Assistant Superintendent of Secondary, Dr. Nancy Silvious

Assistant Superintendent of Elementary, Dr. David Bolton