Pearl S. Buck Elementary

September 1, 2017


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Upcoming Dates

Back to School Night - September 7th, 6:45-9:00 PM

September 18th - Celebrate Constitution Day. Wear Red, White and Blue!

School Pictures - September 28th, during school. Order forms will be sent home about one week prior to picture day.

Back To School Night - September 7th

Welcome Message – 6:45-7:00

Parents in Homerooms

Session #1 - 7:00 –7:40

All homeroom teachers (K-4), Learning Support teachers

Session #2 - 7:45 – 8:20

All homeroom teachers (K-4), Learning Support teachers
Mr. Crozier, Guidance

Mrs. Buttari, Reading Specialist (A1)

Mrs. McIlhenny, Nurse (A-hall)

Mrs. Mervine, IU Speech Pathologist (A1)

The following Specialists will meet parents in our Gym:

Mrs. Humbert, Library

Mrs. McGuigan, Art

Mrs. Sutin, Music

Mrs. Wright, Phys. Ed.

Session #3 - 8:25 – 9:00

Mr. Crozier, Guidance Office
Mrs. Buttari, Reading Specialist (A1)

Mrs. McIlhenny, Nurse (A-hall)

Mrs. Mervine, IU Speech Pathologist (A1)

Specialist teachers will continue to be available in our gym

School Year Off to A Great Start!

With the start of school, our students and staff were working hard this week learning new routines, getting started on academics, and enjoying the excitement that comes with the start of a new school year. Thank you to the entire Pearl Buck staff and our families for helping Pearl Buck students embark on another successful school year.

Lunch and Recess Times

Each grade level will have its own lunch and recess time this year. Recess occurs before lunch for each grade level.

K - Recess 10:45-11:15; Lunch 11:15-11:45

1 - Recess 11:15-11:45; Lunch 11:45-12:15

2 - Recess 11:45-12:15; Lunch 12:15-12:45

3 - Recess 12:15-12:45; Lunch 12:45-1:15

4 - Recess 12:45-1:15; Lunch 1:15-1:45

Parent University: New Progress Reports

The progress reports used in Neshaminy elementary schools are changing for the 2017-2018 school year. The district will be offering four informational sessions to allow parents and guardians the opportunity to learn about these changes in person and have their questions answered. In addition, a video of this presentation will be recorded and shared with our elementary school families for those that cannot attend. The remaining dates are:

  • Tuesday September 19, 2:30 pm, Maple Point Middle School District Board Room
  • Tuesday September 19, 6 pm, Maple Point Middle School Auditorium

Presenters: Peg Monahan, Supervisor of STEM K-12 and Bob Boffa, Supervisor of English Language Arts & Literacy K-12

New Entry System and Routines

Pearl Buck's new entry system is mostly complete. Once our kiosk is installed, the new entry process will necessitate visitors have their driver's license or passport scanned prior to entry. Please be sure to inform all adult family members and caretakers who may need to enter the school during the day of this requirement. Not having a license or passport will delay the process, and may prevent folks from being permitted to access the building altogether. Below is a photo that we hope will help you become familiar with which doors to use when to come to the school. Inside the school-day entrance you will see a table. This can be used for quick drop-off lunches, instruments, etc. Please make sure your child's name is on the item.
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PTO Kindergarten Rep Needed

If interested, please contact PTO President Elaine Shubin 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. Please 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!

Can You Read Me Now?

If you know of a Buck family who did not receive this newsletter, please have them email the principal, Brian Kern, at

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

All student drop-off and pick-up by parents and family members occurs in our upper lot. Only school buses and other marked vehicles marked are permitted to load and unload students in the lower lot. In addition, please be sure to stay in the line of traffic. Passing the vehicle in front of you adds to congestion and creates an unsafe situation.

Thanks for your cooperation.

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STARR light, STARR bright....

At Pearl Buck, we look forward to each day because we have STARR students! What's a STARR student? A STARR student is someone who is Safe and Thoughtful, has a positive Attitude, and is Respectful and Responsible. At the beginning, and throughout the year, the Pearl Buck staff will be teaching your children about how be a STARR student. Consider having a dinner-time discussion with your son or daughter about their STARR behavior. This simple, but important aspect of each day supports the "empowering students to be productive citizens" aspect of our District mission. We began our conversations about STARR behavior on the first day. Today, Friday, we held two assemblies as part of our kick-off for the year. Thanks to Miss McCafferty and Mr. Crozier for leading the presentations.

Picture Day

School Pictures will be taken on Thursday, September 28th. Order forms will be sent home approximately one week prior to picture day.

Did you know?....

  • The birthstone for September is the sapphire.
  • The zodiac signs for September are Virgo (August 23 - September 22) and Libra (September 23 - October 22)
  • The birth flower for September is the morning glory.