Pearl S. Buck Elementary

March 8, 2019

Upcoming Dates

School Closed:

April 15-19 - Spring Break

May 21 - Act 80

May 27 - Memorial Day

Upcoming Events:

March 15 - Variety Show at Maple Point Middle School Auditorium, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

April 5 - Sock Hop at Maple Point Cafeteria

April 11 - Art Show

April 23-25 ELA PSSA (Grades 3&4)

April 26 - Race for Education

April 29-30 Math PSSA (Grades 3&4)

May 1-2 - Science PSSA (Grade 4)

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." ~

Sock Drive Receives Very Warm Response!

The saying goes “cold nose, warm heart.” Well, thanks to the generosity of the Pearl Buck families, many, many people can experience “warm toes because of warm hearts.” The third graders at Buck sponsored a sock drive for the homeless this February. The students were very active in their pursuit of collecting socks for the less fortunate. They created signs that were hung around the school to remind others to bring in socks. They made commercials that were sent to the classrooms for viewing. They also composed and performed songs during the morning announcements to remind the school about the sock drive. Third graders also created a pictograph displaying the colorful paper socks that kind-hearted students created when they donated a pair of socks.

During this drive, the Pearl Buck community spread the principles of the STARR program and extended them outside of the walls of our building. STARR, our School-Wide Positive Behavior Inventions & Support program, stands for Safety, Thoughtfulness, Positive Attitude, Respect, and Responsibility.

Because of the large number of socks that were collected – 1,550 pairs – several organizations throughout the area will receive bundles for distribution. A huge thank you goes out to the entire Pearl Buck community.

In the photo below, you can see the K-4 pictograph representing the sock donations. K and 3 stretched the entire length of the hallway between the B and C wings. GREAT JOB!

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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

Teddy Bear Day claws in a den of money

Wednesday's Teddy Bear Day was quite successful - with our collection totaling $825.00! Thank you for your generous donations towards helping to feed the homeless. Mrs. Miller will be coordinating a date to present our collection to Rosa's Pizza in Philadelphia.

Thanks, too, to our 4th Grade Student Council for their advertising support of this fundraiser.

You can follow this link for more information about Rosa's Pizza and their quest to feed the homeless.

Third Grade Visits Delaware Valley Univeristy

Our third grade students visited the hydroponics facility at Delaware Valley University today. The trip was an extension of the in-class experiences the students have had this year hydroponically growing lettuce, basil, tomatoes, and dill. The DVU facility grows some of the same vegetables - only on a much larger scale. For those who may not know, our third grade classrooms continue to grow and harvest vegetables, and are expanding their experience to include 'home made' hydroponic units using 5 gallon buckets.

2018-19 Yearbook Information

Yearbook order forms were sent home today. Orders will be taken starting today through April 1st. Orders may be submitted with the order form (checks payable to Pearl Buck PTO) or can be purchased online at (click "buy your student's yearbook" then enter the school name, city and state).

Questions? Please contact Tina Conturso at

STEAM Challenge

Mrs. Raab's students were challenged with problem solving exercises earlier this week. Small groups were each given a challenge card. With support from Mrs. Raab and her visiting college interns, teams worked together to find a solution. The energy level was high as students shared ideas and applied problem solving strategies.

Positive Parenting Workshop: Less Worrying, More Connecting

Neshaminy School District has scheduled Katherine Dahlsgaard, PhD, ABPP, Clinical Director of the Anxiety Behaviors Clinic and the Picky Eaters Clinic, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Dahlsgaard specializes in behavioral and cognitive psychology. She will offer coping

and intervention tips for parents and guardians of school-age children to reduce anxiety,

increase communication and improve overall mental health.

Please join us!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 6:30-8 pm

Free admission

Maple Point Middle School Auditorium

2250 Langhorne-Yardley Road, Langhorne PA

Diversity Display

If you would be interested in contributing to the Diversity Display in our front lobby, please sign up below under the month that works best for you. Please contact Mrs. McGuigan at with any questions, or to arrange a time to deliver items.

We hope you'll consider supporting our display throughout the year!

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?....

March 4th was National Grammar Day? Below are some curious things about grammar.

1. The shortest sentence in the English language is “I am”.

2. There are some “ghost words” in the dictionary, like the word “dord.” These words have no meaning and came into existence through scribal error.

3. The most commonly used word in the English language is the word “I.”

4. Long ago the word “girl” referred to a very small child, regardless of gender.

5. English is the language that is used by all pilots, no matter their origins.

6. In the Middle Ages, English was considered the language of the lower classes.

7. The Atlantic magazine has predicted that the word “whom” will disappear within the next few decades.

8. Each year approximately 2000 new words are added to the dictionary, which means that several new words are added daily!