Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - November - Issue 6

Making Our Mark!

On behalf of the Buckingham Staff:

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving Holiday spent with family & loved ones!

-Karl Funseth, Principal

Important Announcements

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Schedule -

Monday, 11/25 - Full day of school for Students; Evening Conferences (By Appointment)

Tuesday, 11/26 - Early Dismissal for Students; Afternoon Conferences (By Appointment)

Wednesday-Friday, 11/27-11/29 - Thanksgiving Break-No School for Students

NAESP: Report to Parents - The Art of Giving

During this time of year, we reflect on "giving" thanks for the many good and positive things in our lives. This time of year is also about "giving thanks by helping others in need" - be it supporting philinthropic causes, giving our time, etc. - and not needing anything in return. This article from from NAESP describes the many things we can do with children and how they can make a positive impact within their communities. - Mr. Funseth

NAESP: Report to Parents - The Art of Giving:

Schools across the country are getting children as young as kindergartners and preschoolers involved in service learning— a blend between community service and expanded instruction. Many service learning advocates feel that by helping others, children can learn responsibility, build character and citizenship, and discover the special joys of giving.

(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).

Buckingham's "Manner's Make a Difference"

Throughout the year, Buckingham will focus on good behaviors and positive manners that we expect from our students at school and home. Our Manners Make a Difference campaign highlights the good things that people do to positively impact others. At Buckingham, we encourage kids to treat others kindly, cordially, and with respect. During Monday morning announcements, Mr. Funseth reads the manner of the week for students to add to their "library" of positive behaviors.

November Manners:

  • "If you come across a parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something - ask if you can help. If they say "yes," do so -- you may have fun learning something new.”
  • "Walk quietly through the halls, especially when going to lunch or coming in from recess. Too much noise could disrupt others learning.”
  • "Cover your mouth (with your sleeve) when you cough or sneeze - and use a tissue to blow your nose. Then wash your hands."

Happy Thanksgiving - Practice your Manners during your time off!

-Mr. Durie

News and Upcoming Events

School Calendar


Nov. 15 - PTO Family Fun Night - Bingo - 7:00PM

Nov. 18 - Report Cards Distributed

Nov. 19 - 5th Grade PEN Field Trip - Honey Hollow

Nov. 21 - PTO General Meeting - Guest:

Dr. Weitzel, Superintendent of Schools - 9:30AM

Nov. 21 & 22 - Secret Shoppe Preview Dates (Lunch Times)

Nov. 25 - Full-Day for Students - Evening Conferences (By Appt.)

Nov. 26 - Half-Day for Students (12:10 Dismissal) - Afternoon Conferences (By Appt.)

Nov. 27 - Hanukkah Begins (Sundown through to Dec. 5th).

Nov. 27 - 29 - Thanksgiving Holiday - No School


Hanukkah Continues Through December 5th

December 2 - School Board Reorganization/Business Meeting - 7:30PM - ESC - 16 Welden

December 5 - Annual Lockdown Drill (PM)

December 6 & 7 - Secret Shoppe; Friday - 6PM-9PM (Kids Only); Saturday - 10AM-12PM

December 11 - 5th/6th Musical Auditions - Chorus Only - 4:00-5:00PM

December 12 - 5th/6th Musical - Student Solos Only - 4:00-4:30PM - Song Introductions

December 16 - Great Holly Concert - 7:00PM

December 17 - 3rd Grade Talent Show: Whiton - 9:30AM; Hayden - 2:00PM - Cafeteria

December 18 - 3rd Grade Talent Show: McComsey - 9:30AM - Cafeteria

December 18 - 5th/6th Musical Auditions - Student Solos Only - 4:00-5:30PM

December 19 - 3rd Grade Talent Show: Story- 9:30AM - Cafeteria

December 20 - Holiday Sing (Students & Staff Only) - 10AM; PM KDG Invited to Attend

December 23 - January 1 - Winter Recess - No School for Students

December 24 - Christmas Eve

December 25 - Christmas Day

December 31 - New Years Eve

School Resumes: Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Secret Shoppe Hanukkah Sale

Secret Shoppe Preview Days and Hanukkah Shopping will be held during lunch periods on Thursday (11/21) and Friday (11/22). Secret Shoppe will offer a variety of gifts for your children to choose from for the very special people in their lives - something for everyone!

Fancy Nancy Illustrator Coming to Buckingham!

Dear Parents of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Graders:

The Buckingham Library is happy to announce that the illustrator of Fancy Nancy, Robin Preiss Glasser, will be visiting our school on Friday, November 22nd. She will be featuring the latest Nancy Clancy chapter book series. Students attending the assembly are encouraged to dress in their fancy clothes (feathered boas are absolutely appropriate!)

We are looking forward to her visit!

Mrs. Kraus ~ Librarian

Buckingham 5th & 6th Grade Musical Auditions - "The Ever After"

The Ever After is a musical comedy based on a parody of daytime TV – Is “ever after” really all it’s cracked up to be? Fairy tale characters find out as they reunite 20 years later. The show is packed with songs, comedy and the opportunity to shine. Auditions are open to all 5th and 6th grade students, and the show is scheduled for two evening performances on April 3rd and 4th. Students will be guaranteed a spot in the show with a commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances. Rehearsals will be after school 1-3 times a week (depending on your child’s part in the show) from January until April.

Chorus auditions - require one after school committment

Wednesday, December 11th from 4:00-5:00PM.

During the chorus auditions, students will be taught a short piece of music from the show, and then will sing it individually.

Solo auditions - require two after school commitments:

Thursday, December 12th from 4:00-4:30PM to learn the audition song

Wednesday, December 18th, 4:00-5:30PM. Student solo auditions.

School Happenings

Veteran's Day at Buckingham

On Monday, November 11, 2013, Buckingham Elementary School held our annual Veterans Day Ceremony - proudly recognizing all of the brave men and women who have served our country. Service men and women were invited to speak among our 5th and 6th graders - sharing their experiences during their times of service in one of the branches of our Armed Forces. Afterwards, all of our honored guests and students transitioned to the cafeteria to participate in the ceremony - learning about the History of Veterans Day and singing patriotic songs. It was a proud moment for all of Buckingham and the Community of Veterans who joined us on this day!

5th Grade Visits Elbow Lane Ropes Course

On October 21st and 22nd, Buckingham's 5th grade enjoyed two beautiful days at Elbow Lane Ropes Course Trip! The students were placed in mixed-homeroom groups and spent two days learning how to solve problems, work together, and support each other through challenges. The ideas of challenge by choice, giving and receiving feedback, and having safe fun were emphasized throughout all of the activities. We had a wonderful time on our trip!

Buckingham Students Create "NO-SEW" Blankets for Charity

Students from Mrs. Yearick's and Miss Bianchini's classrooms worked together to create several “no-sew” blankets that will be donated to the Ronald McDonald Houses at CHOP and St. Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia. The sponsoring organization is Project Believe. Excellent work by our students and staff!

5th Grade Composting - Nature's Recyclers

As part of our science Nature’s Recyclers Unit, fifth grade students learned about the benefits and requirements of composting from a Pennypack farm naturalist. The Compost will be maintained throughout the year and will provide soil and nutrients for our Buckingham vegetable garden.

Mighty "Knight" at the Movies

On Friday, November 8th, many of our Might Knight Students came back to school for Mighty "Knight" at the Movies! Families brought blankets and enjoyed Monsters U as the school celebrated all of the students who earned a Mighty Knight Certificate during the 1st Marking Period of school. Congratulations to all of our special Mighty Knights. You are truly doing your share to make Buckingham Elementary School a place of character!

CB Cares Boomerang Nominations

November #33 Interpersonal Competence. Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills. Young person cares about and is aware of other people’s feelings.

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, November, 22nd.

General PTO Meeting - November 21st - Meet Dr. David Weitzel - New CB Superintendent!

At the November 21st General PTO Meeting, Central Bucks' new Superintendent - Dr. David Weitzel - will be addressing the Buckingham PTO and audience. Please join us starting at 9:30AM to meet and speak to other Buckingham parents - as Dr. Weitzel will begin promptly at 10:00AM. There are many exciting and new things happening in Central Bucks - Come Find out what is happening!

Family Fun Night - BINGO - TONIGHT (11/15)!

Come out TONIGHT to Buckingham PTO's annual Fall Bingo Family Fun Event! Join everyone AT 6:30pm for food and drink - you can bring your own picnic dinner or purchase pizza slices/whole pies for the family. Buckingham staff and parents will be hosting an evening of fun while screaming "BINGO!" at the top of your lungs!

Buckingham Elementary Secret Shoppe


Preview & Hanukkah Shoppe - Nov. 21 & 22 - Lunch Periods

Friday, December 6th - 6:00PM-9:00PM (Children Only)

Saturday, December 7th - 10:00AM-12:00PM (Families Welcome)

Secret Shoppe offers a variety of gifts for children to choose for their special person! Gifts are chosen by the children and bundled with care so students are able to shop with ease - Every gift is wrapped and tagged for their convenience. We hope that you and your children can join us for this wonderful Buckingham Tradition.

We wish you all a wonderful and happy Holiday Season!

-Secret Shoppe Chairs: Judy Kleemeier and Cindy Dobbins

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