Buckeye Elementary School
Buckeye Blast for JANUARY 23, 2023
Spring Picture Day
Spring Picture Day for the Primary School is Thursday, February 9th. To order your photos online, please use Picture Day ID: EVTHGJRTZ.
Spring Picture Day for the Intermediate School is Thursday, February 16th. To order your photos online, please use Picture Day ID: EVTP7PXJT.
Pictures may also be ordered with paper order forms and sent back to the school with your student on picture day. Forms will be sent home the week prior to picture day.
Spring Parent Teacher Conferences
If you receive a request from your student's teacher for a Spring conference, please follow these steps to schedule a conference with your student's teacher:
1. Select the Buckeye Elementary PTC Fast link. This redirects you to the page where you can select your child's class/teacher.
2. After selecting the teacher/class page, enter your name and email.
3. PTC Fast will send an email with a link that says, "Click here to select conference time." Selecting this link will redirect you to the page to select a date and time.
If you are unable to access the schedule via the Buckeye Elementary PTC Fast link, please contact the Buckeye Primary offices at 330-722-8257 ext. 4137 or 4139 for students in grades Kindergarten - 3rd Grade or Buckeye Intermediate offices at 330-722-8257 ext. 4337 or 4339 for students in grades 4th - 6th Grade and Preschool.
Valentine's Day Parties
Valentine's Day parties will be on Tuesday, February 14th. Classroom parties will begin at 2:15 pm and end at 3:00 pm.
Party Helpers will be assisting the Primary School only. Two helpers per Primary classroom may assist. Priority will be given to those attending PTO meetings and volunteering for the school. If interested in helping with your Primary student's Valentine's Day party, please complete this form. Helpers will be contacted by elementary staff the last week of January.
Helpful Party Helper Reminders - Donated food items must be individually pre-packaged and store bought. Primary School party helpers will be unable to bring other children/siblings to the parties. Any BJHS or BHS students meeting a Party Helper at the Primary school will not be permitted to go to Primary classrooms.
BUCKEYE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
PRIMARY SCHOOL STAR STUDENTS
INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL STAR STUDENTS
PRESCHOOL STAR STUDENTS
Student Use of Phones, Smart Watches and Earbuds (Personal Communication Devices (PCD)
Are cell phones, smart phones, smart watches, and smart ear buds (aka Personal Communication Devices or PCDs) permitted at school?
Due to the risk of loss, theft and misuse, we encourage students to leave these devices at home. If PCDs are brought to school, they must be silenced/placed on vibrate and they must remain in student book bags for the duration of the school day.
Smart watches/earbuds that are being utilized as a form of communication are not permitted to be in use during the school day. Students using these as communication devices will be in violation of the student code of conduct. If your child has a smart watch please have this conversation with them because an unfortunate trend is starting. Students are looking at their wrist and being distracted from the content and skills being taught in class.
Students found to be in violation of the PCD rules may have their devices confiscated and parents may have to pick them up from the office.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth Assessments
We have been administering the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth Assessments. Students will continue to be tested in their knowledge and growth in Reading, Mathematics and Science. MAP Growth is administered periodically during the school year. You may have heard your child’s teacher share about MAP scores at parent teacher conferences.
Please see the Family Guide (linked here) to help you better understand how we use this assessment to monitor your child’s growth and drive our instruction. The MAP testing window was opened on Thursday, 1/5 and goes until Friday, 1/27. Your child's teachers will communicate the testing days. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns.
School Counselors Update
In the months of January and February, we will continue to reinforce the Zones of Regulation throughout our school building, while building on a new concept that reinforces the zones called, “The Size of the Problem.” The zones of regulation 'size of the problem' teaches children to consider the size of their problem in contrast to the size of their reaction. It is an emotional regulation tool that can guide children to self regulate their emotions, in order to respond appropriately. It helps children to know and understand the following:
Problems come in different sizes
Emotions and reactions come in different sizes
Reactions comes from emotions
It’s expected that the size of the emotion and related reaction matches the size of the problem.
By teaching children this, we help establish norms around defining and emotionally responding to a problem. Often a problem that is encountered by a child is something that happens that was not part of the plan and negatively influences it. Problems can make children feel uncomfortable and come in different sizes. Reactions to a problem come from our feelings. A reaction is what we show on the outside by what we say and do. Just as problems and feelings come in different sizes, so do our reactions to problems. It is expected that the size of the reaction on the outside should match the size of the problem.
What can I do as a Parent?
Highlight naturally occurring times when you (as the caregiver) encounter a problem. It’s important for your child to understand that you are constantly being challenged by problems of all sizes.
Thinking out loud about problems and their solutions models the language of problem solving for your child.
In using the language of problem solving, it may be helpful to follow a formula of sorts in breaking down a problem or situation.
⦁ What happened
⦁ The size of the problem
⦁ How you felt about it
⦁ Ideas for solving the problem or making it smaller
⦁ What you did
⦁ How you felt about it afterwards
Here are a few examples:
“This morning I spilled my coffee on the table when I was reaching for some fruit. I felt really frustrated and cross because I wanted to drink it and I had made a mess. Then I thought about how it was just a small problem. I stayed caIm, wiped up the spill and poured myself another cup. It was quick and easy to fix that problem. I felt proud of myself for staying calm.”
“I really wanted to wear my green shirt today, but I spilled yogurt on it. I was disappointed. I thought about how I could wash it and wear it another day. I stayed calm and changed into another shirt. It was just a small problem, no big deal.”
Reinforce times when you observe your child engaged in problem solving and demonstrating small reactions to small problems e.g “Wow, when your crayon broke you stayed calm, and chose a different color to finish your picture. It didn’t take very long to get another crayon and you made the problem smaller all by yourself!”
In the next few weeks, we will be visiting the classrooms and reinforcing these concepts with our students. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.
Mrs. Ludwig - Primary School Counselor
Ms. Zablotny - Intermediate School Counselor
- January 26 - College Credit Plus Night @ 6 pm (BHS Auditorium)
- February 3 - 6th Grade Spelling BEE
- February 8 - Early Release Day
- February 9 - Primary Picture Day
- February 9 - Spring Parent Teacher Conferences @ 4:00 - 7:30 pm
- February 14 - Valentine's Day Parties @ 2:15 pm
- February 15 - 6th Grade Committee Meeting @ 6:30 pm (Media Center)
- February 16 - Intermediate Picture Day
- February 20 - NO SCHOOL - President's Day
- February 28-March 9 - Spring Scholastic Book Fair
Buckeye PTO News
Please join us at our next PTO meeting on February 2nd at 6:30 pm at the Buckeye Elementary School Library.
PTO is looking for Picture Day volunteers for both days: Primary February 9th and Intermediate February 16th. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering.
PTO Spring Book Fair will kick off February 28th and end March 9th. Volunteer opportunities available!
Spring Flower Sales begin March 10th and will end March 25th.
Please check out the updated PTO Web page and the January newsletter posted below!
With cold and flu season upon us, we encourage our students and staff to take the following everyday preventative actions to prevent the spread of illness:
Stay home when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
Please check out this month's health newsletter below for more information
WINTER IS HERE!
If your child needs a particular piece of winter wear to stay warm in the cold weather, please be sure to connect with the counselor at your child’s school – they will be happy to try and locate the right piece of winter wear in just the right size.
Early Release Schedule
PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO EARLY RELEASE IN DECEMBER. Early Release days give our teachers an opportunity to focus on activities and expectations that are aligned to district goals and our Strategic Plan. School will release on these days at 1:25 pm. Early Release days are listed below:
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Absences can be reported 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 330-722-8257 ext. 9203. When calling the attendance line, please remember to report the reason your student will be absent. If your child is sick or has an appointment, we ask that you call to report this by 9:30 AM.
2022-23 Student Fees
Student fees are $80 for students Kindergarten through 6th Grade. Fees may be paid by cash or check in the Primary or Intermediate offices. Please make checks payable to Buckeye Local Schools.
Fees may also be paid online via PayForIt.net. Parents will need the student(s) ID number to create an account. This six digit number is your student's lunch ID number and is also found on your student's report card. If you are unable to find the student ID number, or if you have any concerns regarding student fees, please contact the Primary offices at x 4137 or the Intermediate offices at x 4339.
School Lunch Information
Lunch with milk - $3.00/day. Milk only - $.50 cents/day.
School meals are no longer free this school year. Please check your student's account to ensure it is not in the negative. If you have any questions about your student's lunch account or a Free and Reduced Meals application, please contact Mrs. Carrie Beegle.
Free lunches or lunches at a reduced cost of $.40 cents are available to students who qualify. Free and reduced applications are available and must be returned to the school to determine eligibility. To request an application, please contact Mrs. Bartko at the Primary or Mrs. Fike at the Intermediate.