Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - March 2013 - Issue 6

Information & Upcoming Events


March Continued:

  • Mar. 17 - St. Patrick's Day (Sunday)
  • Mar. 18-22 - Scholastic's Spring Book Fair - Library
  • Mar. 20 - PTO General Meeting - Featuring Mr. Jason Bucher, Holicong Principal
  • Mar. 20 - Book Fair Family Night - 6:00PM-8:00PM - Library
  • Mar. 22 - Early Dismissal - 12:10PM (PM KDG attends in morning ONLY)
  • Mar. 22 - Buckingham Day at Chuck-E-Cheese, Warrington - PTO
  • Mar. 25 - Passover Begins (Sundown through 4/2)
  • Mar. 26 - Annual IOC Drill Schoolwide (PM)
  • Mar. 26 - iRun-4-Life Training Begins - Registered Students Only
  • Mar. 28 - NO SCHOOL for Students - Spring Portfolio Conferences - By Appointment
  • Mar. 29 - NO SCHOOL - All Schools Closed on Good Friday
  • Mar. 31 - Easter


  • Apr. 1 - CALENDAR UPDATE: School Resumes Grades 1-6
  • Apr. 1&2 - CALENDAR UPDATE: No Kindergarten/KDG Parent Conferences - By Appointment
  • Apr. 3 - CALENDAR UPDATE: School Resumes Normal Schedule
  • Apr. 4 - Spirit Assembly - African Drum & Dance (Students Only)
  • Apr. 4 - Buckingham Art Expo - Evening Event - 6:30PM-8:00PM
  • Apr. 8-15 - PSSA Reading/Math - Grades 3-6
  • Apr. 9 - CBSD School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM
  • Apr. 10 - United Way: Operation Helping Hand Food Drive
  • Apr. 12 - End of 3rd Marking Period (No Report Card)
  • Apr. 18 - Annual Evacuation Drill Schoolwide (AM)
  • Apr. 19 - Young Authors Visit - Kay Winters
  • Apr. 19 - Mighty Knight at the Movies - Cafeteria - 6:30PM
  • Apr. 22-23 - PSSA Science - Grade 4
  • Apr. 22-23 - 5th Grade Ropes Course - (Rescheduled from Fall Hurrricane)
  • Apr. 23 - CBSD School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM
  • Apr. 24 - Administrative Assistant Day
  • Apr. 26 - Buckingham Science Fair (Drop Off) - 2:00PM-4:00PM - Gym Foyer
  • Apr. 29-30 - Science Fair (Evening Event - April 29th)


Grades 3-6 2013 PSSA Schedule

PSSA Writing - 5th Grade - Complete

April 8-15 - Grades 3-6 Reading & Math Assessments

April 22 & 23 - 4th Grade Science Assessment

Please review the school's Parent Letter by clicking here.

Please visit District Website to see PSSA Parent Information by clicking here.

Important Health Room Updates

The District recently updated important procedural policies regarding the following:

Injured Students:

If your child sustains an injury and needs accommodations to their educational programming -or- requires a wheel-chair/crutches - a physician’s note must be on file with our school nurse.

Gym Excuse Notes:

One-time only - If your child sustains a minor injury and you do not feel that they can participate in gym class that day, you may send in a note to the main office/gym teacher, requesting that your child be excused from gym that day.

Subsequent Weeks - If the injury requires that your child cannot participate in gym over time, then a physician’s excuse note is required.


We count on parents to inform the School/Nurse's Office of any changes in your child’s health status (surgeries, sprains, fractures, illnesses, medication changes, etc.) during the school year. When notifying your child’s teacher with any health related concerns, please also notify our certified school nurse, Randi Semanoff at rsemanof@cbsd.org. This helps to ensure continuity of care and allows us to better attend to your child’s needs during the school day.

All forms can be accessed from the Nurse's page on the Buckingham Website.

Buckingham Scholastic Book Fair

Students will be joinging us Monday, March 18th through Friday, March 22nd for a fun-filled Science-Themed Book Fair!

FAIR HOURS: Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 4:00pm, Friday 8:30am - 1:00pm

Family Night: Wednesday 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Students will get two opportunities to visit the Book Fair with their homerooms during scheduled visiting hours. The first gives them the opportunity to browse the fair and create a book wish-list. At the second visit, students may buy their selections. We can accept: cash, checks or credit. Please make sure all checks are payable to: Buckingham Elementary PTO.

Buckingham General PTO Meeting - March 20 - 9:30AM

Mr. Jason Bucher, Principal of Holicong Middle School, will be sharing information about the transition for our 6th graders into 7th Grade. In addition, the PTO Board will highlight recent happenings and upcoming events. Please join us on March 20th in the cafeteria!

Student Artwork On-Display at YogurTree

Each year, various artwork from the students of Central Bucks Schools are chosen to be displayed in the community in honor of March being “Youth Art Month”.

Youth Art Month is a month of promoting art and art education in the United States. It is observed in March, with thousands of American schools participating, often with the involvement of local art museums and civic organizations.

Buckingham and Titus Elementary students’ artwork are on display at the “yogurtree”, in the Barn Shopping Plaza, (between Marshall’s and Kohl’s-Route 611) for the month of March, 2013.

- Ms. Fein

iRun-4-Life at Buckingham - 3/26/2013

This is a reminder notice for those registered with Buckingham's iRun4Life that training for this year's session of fitness, fun, and healthy lifestyles with our studentswill begin on Tuesday, March 26th - with the "goal" race being the iRun4Life Kids Only 3K.

Visit the Buckingham Art Expo!

The Buckingham Elementary Art Expo is being held on Thursday, April 4th, from 6:30PM-8:00PM.

The courses of study contained within the District’s Elementary Art Curriculum in grades 1-6 have a Disciplined-Based Art Education (DBAE) structure. The disciplines of Art Production, Art History, Art Criticism, and Aesthetics/Philosophy are the four unifying strands in all art courses.

Viewing the exceptional student artwork created by your child allows the observer to see works that display a level of skill, developmental maturity, and personal expression. It also allows others to respond, reflect, analyze and discuss what has been created - fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of why one creates in the first place.

We hope you can join us on April 4th!

Operation Helping Hand - April 10, 2013

It’s time for Buckingham's annual United Way's: Operation Helping Hand Food Drive. Operation Helping Hand is vital to the local food pantries, as this is a collection of food at a time when the pantries traditionally are empty. For families using the pantries as a constant source of food, pantries are having a tough time keeping food on their shelves. Also, through this food drive, students learn the importance of participating in a meaningful service project and they become aware of the needs of others in our communities. Please see flyer below for your child's grade-level non-perishable food guides.

Buckingham Science Fair - Apr. 29th & 30th

Students - if you are interested in joining the science fair this spring, be sure your registration is in by April 5th! (Click Here for registration form and important information)

Student Spotlight

Buckingham Students Support the Roxy Reading Therapy Dog Program

The Roxy Reading Program comes to several Buckingham primary grade-levels where students get to practice their reading fluency with licensed therapy-dogs. As a way of "thanks" from two Buckingham students, Skylar and Finn Gash (Third Grade & Second Grade, respectively) collected over $500 to donate to the Roxy Reading Program! Many children enjoy this special time with their classroom's "adopted friend". Thanks to all of the dog-owners, the therapy dogs, Roxy Reading, and to the Gash family for making this a special program for our Buckingham students!

School Happenings

Buckingham Jump Rope for Heart - A "Leaping" Success!

Buckingham participated in the American Red Cross's annual Jump Rope for Heart initiative the week of February 11th, 2013. During Physical Education Class with Mr. Durie, students would participate in a variety of Jump Rope challenges - in addition to learning about maintaining a strong, healthy heart. As a school, we raised an amazing $1,665 to help the Red Cross. Thank you to every student who participated and for the Buckingham Community's generosity. CLICK HERE to view video of the challenges students participated in during Jump Rope Week!

-Mr. Durie

Virtual Field Trip to Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Buckingham’s 6th Grade virtually visited the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in March. They were able to interact and make careful observations about various igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Many minerals, such as Calcite, Talc, Copper, and Quartz were explored as well. Rocks and Minerals: It’s NOT “hard” science!

Buckingham Spirit Assembly - The Magic of Physics

On March 7, 2013 - Mr. Christian Augustine came to Buckingham for our March Spirit Assembly - sharing the Wonders of Physics with the students. Mr. Augustine demonstrated to the audience how physics controls everything in our everyday lives. We saw magic effects that work with physics and physics demonstrations that looked like magic!

Buckingham PTO Family Fun St. Patty's BINGO Night

Buckingham Elementary hosted another fun St. Patty's Day Family Fun BINGO Night last Friday, March 15th! Many families enjoyed pizza and popcorn before the real competition began - and several staff members were present to help make the night even more exciting! Thanks to Buckingham parents - Katrina Brillman and Ann Kettelberger - for organizing the wonderful event for our students and families!

At Buckingham, Manners Make a Difference!

At Buckingham, ongoing efforts continue to help improve school climate and positive pro-social skills with our “Manners Make a Difference.” Below, several recent Focus Manners were introduced for students to help others in positive ways:

  • As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it for someone else.
  • When you make a mistake, admit it, make things right, and let it go.
  • Before speaking - THINK - is it True, is it Kind, is it Necessary?
  • When someone helps you, say "Thanks." Its polite and they will likely help you again.

Please be sure to ask your child about the new “Manners Make a Difference” each Monday!

CB Cares Boomerang Nominations

March: #28 Integrity -

Young person acts on his/her convictions and stands up for his/her beliefs

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 Mar. 25th.

CB School Board Briefs

At the March 12, 2013 School Board Meeting, the Central Bucks School District School Board:

1. Heard the Holicong Select String Ensemble performance before the school board meeting.

2. Heard the Superintendent’s State of the District presentation and the I.U. Board Committee Report.

3. Approved School Board Minutes.

4. Approved the Aramark Contract extension and the Water Tank Hydrostatic Coating Contract for Gayman Elementary School.

5. Approved School Board Policy 806 – Child Student Abuse.

6. Approved various personnel items, student trips, and staff workshops.

7. Received a Sabbatical Leave of Absence and the Board Calendar as information items.


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