The Compass

"Unlock the Treasure in Every Child" - August 8, 2022

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Welcome to the Crew!

We are excited to welcome our new Crew to the Buckhorn Creek Elementary Community!

Ms. Bickelhaupt - 4th Grade

Ms. Whitney Bickelhaupt (Mrs. B) is excited to join the Buckhorn Creek family and the Fourth Grade team. She has been an educator in WCPSS for the past fourteen years. She grew up in Wilmington, NC and Richmond, VA, but has called the Triangle home for almost twenty years. Ms. B is a proud graduate of Meredith College with a degree in Psychology, and a K-6 Teaching License. She has nine years of classroom teaching experience in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades; and five years experience in school leadership as a K-5 Math Coach and as an Instructional Facilitator.

Mrs. B's time outside of school is spent with her husband, who is also a teacher, and their two children, Grayson and Hannah. Mrs. B is so thankful that she gets to be a mother and a teacher. She enjoys reading and traveling with her family, especially to the beach. Mrs. B. is looking forward to an exciting new school year at Buckhorn Creek!

Ms. Ciuffardi - 3rd Grade

Mrs. Magy Ciuffardi (pronounced Chu - far - di) is excited to be part of the 3rd grade team at BCES. She is a Florida Atlantic University graduate and this will be her 8th year teaching 3rd grade. Mrs. Ciuffardi and her family moved to NC from sunny South Florida in 2020. She has been married to her wonderful husband for 17 years and they have 3 boys, Gio, Val, and Luca. In her free time, Mrs. Ciuffardi enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family. She looks forward to watching your students grow and continue to develop a love of learning.

Talking Points

Our classroom teachers will begin utilizing TalkingPoints this year as the main tool for teacher-parent communication. Here is a brief overview of the tool.

Please take a moment to download the app and follow this guideline on how to set up your account.

Parents can also change the language on TalkingPoint. Follow this guide to learn how to change the language.

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Join our PTA!

As we prepare for back to school, our BCES PTA board is busy working to make this a successful school year.

It's time to renew your annual BCES PTA membership! We would love for you to please consider joining our BCES PTA. Annual Individual Memberships are $15 and Annual Family Memberships are $25. *PTA membership is annual so must be renewed each school year.

Joining our PTA with your membership is a great way to show your support for our school as a portion of your membership goes directly into the BCES PTA budget!

Just click on the link to join:

PTA website:


-rent the rock


-volunteer opportunities

Rent the Rock!

The Buckhorn Creek Elementary Spirit Rock is a great way to send a message for all to see! Congratulate your favorite student on an accomplishment, wish a student a Happy Birthday, show appreciation to your favorite teacher or staff member, celebrate a team win or let everyone know how much you love our school! The rock is available for rental to families and staff of BCES for their use and enjoyment. Reserve the Spirit Rock for only $15.00 per half week! The half week consists of Sunday- Wednesday noon & Wednesday noon-Saturday. All proceeds will go directly back to BCES through our PTA.

Carpool Procedures!

Please take a moment to learn about how our carpool operates!

Navigating carpool at Buckhorn Creek Elementary

Safety and Carpool

This year we will require that any student being dismissed through carpool have a Buckhorn Creek Carpool tag.

We will not call students by name. Cars without a Buckhorn Creek issued Carpool tag will be required to pull forward, show ID, and we will verify that students can be released to the person picking them up. You will need to add anyone that is allowed to pick up your child to the emergency contacts during Meet the Teacher.

Please make sure you have your carpool tag or have requested additional carpool tags before the first day of school.

Please request a new or replacement carpool tag by following this link.

Anyone that will be a walker must follow a different process that must be completed In-Person. Please do NOT complete this survey. Please come to the school during one of our Forms Days.

Forms Day!!

Forms Days (register for carpool numbers, drop off medication, and drop off any remaining registration documents). Providing specific times to manage these items will allow us to support families more efficiently on Meet the Teacher Night.

August 10, 11 & 12 from 9am-12pm

***Please note, your carpool number from last school year will still be valid. You do not need to get a new number. If you are in need of a replacement tag, please stop in the front office

Before and After School Care Sign Up!

Buckhorn Creek Elementary has partnered with Kraft YMCA for Before and After School care during the 2022-2023 school year. Please view the Kraft YMCA website for more information.

Meet the Teacher!

As of now, we are scheduling Meet the Teacher on Wednesday, August 24 from 4pm - 7pm.

Our goal is to have teachers reach out to families prior to meet the teacher to welcome students to their class.

Students will be able to bring materials to their classroom during meet the teacher.

We know parking will be tight. Thus, we are asking for you to try and arrive for Meet the Teacher by assigned time. However, we know this may not be possible due to family schedules and you are welcome to come at another time if this is the case. However, we ask that you do try your best to come during your assigned time.

Last Names:

  • A-G - 4-5pm
  • H-M - 5-6pm
  • N-Z - 6-7pm

School Supply List

School Supply Lists are now available on our Website! Follow this link.

Sign Up for Transportation

Please make sure you have signed up for transportation if you wish to utilize this service at the beginning of the school year. Follow this link for more information.

Bus Routes will be published the week prior to school starting and posted on our website. We will communicate with families once the information is available.


If you have not had a chance to review the recording of our Kindergarten Orientation and review Kindergarten specific data on our BCES Kindergarten Website.

As a reminder, Kindergarten students will only attend one day of school during the 1st week of school.

Kindergarten teachers will contact families by the end of the day on Thursday, September 1 to welcome students to their classroom.

We will host a Kindergarten Meet the teacher on Friday, September 2 from 8:45-10:15am.

Important Dates!


  • Aug 9 - New Student Orientation 10am & 5pm
  • Aug 10-12 - Medication Drop Off & Forms Day 9am-12pm
  • Aug 24 - Meet the Teacher 4-7pm
  • Aug 29 - First Day of School


  • Sept 1 - 1st-5th Grade Open House 5-7pm
  • Sept 2 - Kindergarten Meet the Teacher 8:45-10:30am
  • Sept 2 - Early Release - Dismissal begins @ 1:45pm
  • Sept 5 - No School - Labor Day
  • Sept 8 - 3rd Grade BOG Testing
  • Sept 15 - Kindergarten Open House 5-7pm
  • Sept 29 - PTA Boosterthon Begins