Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - September 2013 - Issue 2

Important Information

Buckingham Student/Parent Handbook

Dear Parents,

Please be sure to review the Student/Parent Handbook. It is important that all families are familiar with Buckingham Policies and Procedures. It can be located on the website or by clicking the following LINK.

Absent Notes

As a reminder, if your child is absent - please remember to send an excuse note to school with your child the day in which he/she returns to school. A written note (or email to our main office) explaining the reason for the absence is a State requirement and essential for an absence to be excused. The Buckingham Office will send an automated phone reminder if your child is listed as absent. With questions, please contact the Main Office.

Absences due to Vacation - Must Complete Family Request Form

District Protocol requires parents to make advanced requests for excused absences due to family vacations that fall on regularly scheduled school-days. A form can be obtained from the Main Office and should be sent to the principal at least one-week prior to a planned absence. District allows for no more than 2 requests per/year and those requests cannot exceed a total of 5-days for any student. Any additional days above the 5-day limit will be labeled as unexcused.

Dismissal Changes

If there is ever a change in your child's typical dismissal plan (Bus Rider, After-School, or Back Porch), please send a note into school with your child or email the main office. An email to your classroom teacher is not recommended - as they could coincidentally be absent on the same day - and the note would not reach the appropriate staff for the change in dismissal notification.

NAESP: Report to Parents - Math

"A solid foundation in math is essential for students to succeed in school and beyond. Incorporate math into your family's daily life - without a lot of time, effort or expense - with these fun ideas..."

(To read the entire article from the National Association of Elementary School Principal's, please CLICK HERE - May need to allow some time to load).

School Calendar


Sept. 17 - Constitution Day

Sept. 17 - Holicong Back to School Night - 8th & 9th Grades - 7:00PM

Sept. 19 - CB East Back to School Night- 10th-12th Grades - 7:00PM

Sept. 24 - Picture Day for Students & Staff

Sept. 24 - School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30 PM

Sept. 26 - PTO General Meeting - 7:00PM - Cafeteria


Oct. 8 - School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

Oct. 10 - Annual Evacuation Drill - PM

Oct. 14th Week - Celebrate Education Week - Grade-Level Schedule TBD

Oct. 19 - Buckingham PTO Fall Fest - 10AM-3PM

Oct. 21-22 - Fifth Grade Ropes Course Field Trip

Oct. 21st Week - Red-Ribbon Week

Oct. 21st Week - PTO Scholastic Book Fair (Parent Night - TBD)

Oct. 22 - School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

Oct. 25 - 6th Grade Halloween Party (Evening)

Oct. 31 - Halloween - Parade & Classroom Parties Timing TBD

E-Friday Folder - Community School Activities

The Central Bucks School District - E-Friday Folder:

Provides an avenue for non-profit community programs to advertise their information. Click here to see the E-Friday Folder link to the many groups/clubs offered throughout the area. To advertise, please be sure to review the guidelines and regulations.

Community School: After School Clubs & Programs Hosted by Buckingham:

1. Shining Knights Chess Club: starting soon at many of our elementary schools - Buckingham on Tuesdays.

2. Young Rembrandts: At Buckingham on Thursdays (KDG); Fridays (Gr. 1-6)

-Central Bucks Community School

Aramark: Breakfast at Buckingham begins 9/16

Breakfast at Buckingham has begun for the 2013-14 school year. Students interested in purchasing breakfast during morning arrival can head to the cafeteria line every morning. This is a cash-only service with pricing at $1.55 (or $.35 for Reduced applicants) - No charging to student SchoolBucks accounts available.

Monday, September 23rd - Breakfast Special - $1.00!

All-Menus Available Here

-Aramark Food Services

School Happenings

New Students & Families Ice Cream Social

New students and families to Buckingham returned to school on the evening of Friday, September 6th to celebrate the new year with an Ice Cream Sundae! Parent volunteer, Cat Stephenson, helped organize the event that was well-attended and lots of fun. Several teachers and members from the Buckingham PTO helped serve the ice cream It was a wonderfully "sweet" opportunity to meet the newest members of the Buckingham Elementary School Community.

BMX Positive Role-Model/Bike Safety Spirit Assembly

Team Dialed's BMX Stunt Show left the students and teachers of Buckingham in awe as performers delivered an action packed assembly performance with a quality message. In coordination with Buckingham's "MAKE YOUR MARK" message, Dialed showed the students that it is "important to be a positive role model and to look to positive people for inspiration - all while living a healthy life-style." To see a video of Team Dialed in action, please visit their link.

CB Cares Boomerang Nominations

September: #2 Positive Family Communication - Young person and his/her parents communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parents.

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 Friday, September 20th.

Consider These Easy Ways to Help Buckingham!

Giant A+ Rewards: ID#05924

Welcome to the start of a new school year and another year of A+ School Rewards. Beginning October 6, 2013 through March 22, 2014, Buckingham Elementary School (#05924) will have the opportunity to earn cash through Giant A+ School Rewards Program.

All you have to do is:

Remember, even if you registered your card last year, you must re-register this year for our school to receive credit. Registration is easy and it help to make a positive impact for our school. We appreciate your continued support. Please be sure to register your card to benefit Buckingham Elementary School using ID #05924.

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Box Tops 4 Education

One of the simplest ways for the school to earn money is through the Box Tops program. Buckingham earns 10 cents for every Box Top we collect and on average we have earned $1,200 dollars a year!! Families and students are asked to save Box Tops and bring them in to their classrooms. PTO organes and facilitates contests several times a year. Box Tops can be found on many items including Betty Crocker products, Avery, Kleenex, Cheerios, Pillsbury, Juicey Juice, Hefty and Ziploc just to name a few. Send in your Box Tops to your child’s class anytime during the year and watch for announcements about the contests.

Target - Take Charge of Education

If you have a Target charge card, all you have to do is go to the website link below, press the enroll button and designate Buckingham Elementary as your school of choice. Buckingham will then receive 1% the amount you charge on your Target credit card or Target Visa card! Click HERE to register.

Buckingham PTO - General Meeting - 9/26

Please join the Executive PTO Board for our first General Meeting of the year on September 26th, 2013! Refreshments begin at 6:30PM and the meeting starts promptly at 7:00PM. We are happy to welcome Mrs. Kristen Kraus, Buckingham Teacher, who is beginning her second year as our Librarian - after teaching several years in the classroom at Titus Elementary School. She will be sharing all of the fun and excitingly new things going on in Buckingham Library this year!

Bhuckingham Elementary Fall Fest - October 19th

School Mission

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