Pearl S. Buck Elementary

April 13, 2018

The Neshaminy Mission Statement

The Neshaminy community builds futures by empowering each child to become a productive citizen and a lifelong learner.

~ We Build Futures ~

Upcoming Dates

School Closed:

  • May 15th - Act 80/teacher In-Service
  • May 28th - Memorial Day

PTO Meetings:
  • May 10th, 9:30 AM

Upcoming Events:

  • PSSA (3rd and 4th Grade students):

  • April 17&18 - Math; April 24&25 - Science (4th grade only)

  • April 19, S.T.E.A.M Expo @ Neshaminy High School, 6:30-8:30 PM

  • April 27, Sock Hop, 6:30-8:30

  • May 10, Art Show, 6:00-8:00

  • May 4, Race for Education 2:30; Rain date, May 11.

  • May 17, Spring Concert

  • June 1, Field Day

  • June 4, Field Day RAIN DATE

  • June 15, 4th Grade Move-Up Day, 9:30 AM

  • June 18, Last day of school for students

Every Friday! Buck Spirit Days. Wear your Pearl Buck spirit shirt, or red and blue.

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Neshaminy Dream Team v. The Harlem Wizards THIS SATURDAY!!

For the second consecutive year, members of the Buck staff will join the Neshaminy Dream Team for an evening of basketball and shenanigans. Come join us at Neshaminy High School on Saturday, April 14, and see Mrs. Arner, Mrs. Buttari, Mr. Crozier, and Mr. Kern show off their skills with the rest of the Dream Team. Game time is 7:00 PM. Tickets are on sale now.
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Trenton THunder

This past Sunday, April 8th, fourth grade choir students performed the National Anthem at a Trenton Thunder game. Although not quite baseball weather, Mrs. Sutin led the group of hardy performers through a wonderful performance on a chilly Sunday afternoon. Our performers should be proud of their singing and sign-language performance!

Photos courtesy Mrs. Shubin and Mr. Kern

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Chipotle Dinner Night!

Tuesday, April 24th, 4-8pm

3580 Horizon Boulevard


Come join us for a dinner night at Chipotle! Print a copy, or show this flyer on your smart phone when placing your order so that our PTO receives credit for your purchases.

Manatee Rescue

This past Monday, students in Mrs. Raab's class video-conferenced with Craig Miller, the Curator of Mammals at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and Nadia Gordon, Marine Mammal Research Biologist for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. This experience was part of the first grade's Project Based Learning about endangered animals. Specifically, Mrs. Raab's class is studying manatees. Students learned during the video conference that manatees have recently been upgraded to the status of 'threatened'.

In the photos below, you can see the giant paper manatees that adorn Mrs. Raab's classroom, and Craig Miller interacting with students during the video-conference.

Below, we've shared some articles related to the Jacksonville Zoo manatee rescue and the presenters.

Mr. Rydzewski Gets to Work

In his pursuit to provide interesting and engaging lessons for his students, Mr. Rydzewski wanted to to stress - without stress - the importance of having a "tool belt" of strategies and to remind students to use their "thinking cap". So, he put on his tool belt and thinking cap to solve problems during class today. You can tell it was Friday!

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Time to Register for Kindergarten!

If you or a friend need to register a child for the 2018-2019 school year, now is the time to begin the process. Just follow this link to get started!!

Pearl S. Buck elementary will be hosting a Kindergarten Orientation on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018, for pre-registered kindergarten students who will be attending Pearl Buck in the fall of 2018. Students must be registered with the Neshaminy School District in order to attend this event.

If your child is registered to attend kindergarten at Pearl Buck in the fall of 2018, please follow this link to select your visitation time.

Race for Education Donation Link

Race for Education letters were sent out several weeks ago. If you would like to make an online donation, please use this link:

Your donations help support a great cause and help to further enrich our children's educational experiences!!

Driveway Safety

Please be sure to follow our established traffic patterns when entering the Pearl Buck driveway.

Waiting in line at dismissal? You can help reduce lines and congestion at Buck and on Terrace Drive if you arrive around 3:45 PM. On most days, the traffic line is moving quickly by this time. If the timing works for you, why not give it a try?

How to report an absence

Please call the school at 215-809-6300 before 8:50 AM to report an absence. In addition, a follow-up note is needed upon your child's return to school. You may submit an absence note via the following email:

At approximately 11:00 AM each school day, automated messages are sent out to families of students marked absent from school. If you feel you received a message in error, please contact the school with any questions.

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!

Did you Know...?

The manatee is a large marine mammal with an egg-shaped head, flippers and a flat tail. Manatees are also known as sea cows. This name is apt, due to their large stature; slow, lolling nature; and propensity to be eaten by other animals. However, despite the name, they are more closely related to elephants.