Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - March 2014 - Issue 13

Making Our Mark!

Important Announcements

District Calendar Updates

From the CBSD Website:

The winter weather caused us to miss eight school days, so far. We know that each instructional day is important, and we are committed to providing 184 days of school. To-date, the following calendar changes have been made to account for two snow days:

  • April 21, a potential snow make-up day, was made a regular school day.
  • The end of the school year was moved from June 12th to June 13th (subject to change).


A draft calendar was presented to the School Board on Febuary 25th as a discussion item, with proposed additional make-up days highlighted. This draft makes the following adjustments to account for the remaining six snow days:

  • April 17 becomes a regular school day (parent/teacher conferences will be scheduled before or after school).
  • Monday, June 16 – Thursday, June 19 will be regular school days.
  • Friday, June 20: early dismissal; AM Kindergarten will attend; Graduation occurs on the last day of school.

Final decision on the calendar will be made some time in March.

TONIGHT: Parents of 6th Graders: Middle School Orientation (March 4)

Dear Parent of a Future 7th Grade Student:

As we continue to prepare for your child's transition to middle school, we would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the Middle School Orientation Session at your child's future middle school. The event will begin at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, March 4. The details of this evening are further described on our INVITATION below - which is also posted on our district website and can be viewed by clicking HERE.

If there are any questions, please contact your child's current elementary school or future middle school.

Elementary Report Card Revision Information Sessions

Informational Meeting Dates:

  • Monday, April 7, 2014 - 7:00PM - Cold Spring Elementary (CB East Cluster)
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 7:00PM - Pine Run Elementary (CB West Cluster)
  • Monday, April 28, 2014 - 700PM - Titus Elementary (CB South Cluster)

- See more at CBSD Website by Clicking Here.

PSSA Assessment Dates at Buckingham - Revised

  • March 24-31 - Grade 3-6 - PSSA Reading and Math
  • April 7-9 - Grade 5 - PSSA Writing
  • April 28-29 - Grade 4 - PSSA Science

Please click HERE for more information including Parent FAQs for PSSA from the PA Department of Education.

New Student Registration - 2014-2015 - Act Now!

It is time to start planning for next year! Please click HERE for information regarding next year's New Student Registration. To be eligible for Kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year, a child must be 5 years of age, on or before August 31, 2014. If you know of anyone - friends, neighbors, etc. - please share this information so they realize registration for next school year is OPEN. Accurate registration numbers allow for best planning options as we prepare staffing throughout the late spring/early summer!

News & Upcoming Events

School Calendar


March 3 - Read Across America - Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

March 4 - Reading Olympics Meeting - Library - 8:00AM

March 4 - Middle School Orientation - Holicong - 7:00PM (6th Grade Parents Only)

March 7 - Reschedule - Shelter-In-Place Drill - 9:45AM

March 9 - Daylight-Savings: "Spring Ahead"

March 10-14 - Scholastic Spring Book Fair - FIESTA!

March 10 - Spirit Day - Favorite Color Day

March 10 - School Spirit Assembly: World Mosaic - Music & Dance

March 11 - School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

March 14 - PTO Family Fun Night - St Patty's "Lucky" Bingo!

March 17 - St. Patrick's Day

March 20 - Welcome Spring!

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

March 24-31 - PSSA Reading & Math - Grades 3-6 - State Assessments in AM

March 25 - Reading Olympics Meeting - Library - 8:00AM

March 25 - School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

Spirit Day - March 10 - Colors

"Wear Your Favorite Color" Day! - What will be the most popular color?

Buckingham's "Operation Helping Hand" - March 12, 2014

See below to find out how your student can contribute aNon-Perishable food item for the United Way of Bucks County. Review the Grade-Level Food List below the poster! Bring in canned food to Buckingham.

i-Run-4-Life News & Registration Information

iRun4Life is open to 1st through 6th graders. We meet Tuesdays from 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm in the gym from March 25th through May 13th. We run rain or shine! There is a $22 fee per child to help defray the cost of t-shirts, registration, water bottles and snacks. A discount will apply to families with multiple runners at checkout when you register.

Registration is online at www.tcteams.com/irun4lifebes through March 13th. Once complete:

  • Please print your registration confirmation
  • Seal it in an envelope along with the registration fee (cash or check made out to “Buckingham Elementary PTO”)
  • Have your child hand in the envelope to his/her homeroom teacher by Friday, March 14th.

We are also looking for parent volunteers to help! Help with handing out snacks, team management, running course safety, and running with the teams. You do not need to be a runner to be a volunteer! Volunteer options are detailed during registration. Each year the program has grown in size. With over 150 runners across all grades, we need your help to continue to make this as fun and rewarding as we can for the kids!

Feel free to call or email me with any questions 215-801-1935 or irun4lifebes@yahoo.com.

iRun4Life Coordinator - Nicole Curran

Buckingham Spring Veggie Garden Volunteers - We Need You!

CB Cares Boomerang Nominations

March: #38 Self-Esteem - Young person demonstrates a confidence that promotes positive behaviors and relationships. He/she is proud to be the person that they are, and they serve as a role model to others because of their healthy self-confidence.

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, March 21st.

Buckingham Musical - The Ever After - April 3 & 4!

Is Ever After really as happy as everyone expected? In a hilarious parody of daytime TV, hosts Monty and Sally wonder if time truly heals all wounds. They invite Cinderella and her middle-aged 'beauty-impaired' stepsisters to reconcile with each other after being estranged for 20 years. What about Snow White and the Evil Queen? This hysterical fractured fairy tale has it all: a trash-talking clairvoyant mirror, an unfortunate prince who is turning slowly back into a frog and even Jiminy Cricket — now an occupational therapist and author of the book “My Life as Your Conscience”. The musical is punctuated by questions from obnoxious studio audience members and ridiculously funny infomercials for fairy tale related products.

The Ever After is Buckingham’s 2014 Spring Musical. Our talented cast and chorus of 5th & 6th grade students have been working hard after school to present a wonderful evening of music and comedy on April 3rd and 4th.

Ticket order forms have gone out to the families of the cast for those evening performances. We will also present a special performance during school for the entire building during the day. If you would like tickets to either performance, please stop by the office and pick up an order form – we expect a full house at both shows!

We hope you can join us for a great evening on April 3rd and 4th!

School Happenings

100th Day (of School) at Buckingham!

With the so much snow and ice resulting in school cancellations - we never thought we'd reach the 100th day of school! But on February 21st (KDG - February 25th), Buckingham "finally" made it! Students in our primary grades celebrated the day completing many "100's-Day" themed activities with their teacher and classmates. It's always a celebration to reach the 100th day of school!

Buckingham Spirit Assembly Series: Ridiculous Jugglers

Something Ridiculous is the high-energy juggling and acrobatic act performed by slapstick stuntmen Mark Wilder and VonJon. Juggling almost anything they can get their hands on, the comic duo climbs up a free-standing ladder, onto a ten-foot-tall unicycle or atop each other's shoulders in a wildly entertaining, dynamic show.

Something Ridiculous' action-packed show was enjoyed by all of our Buckingham Elementary Students and Staff!

Jump Rope for Heart

This year’s Jump Rope For Heart (JRFH) took place during Physical Education classes the last week of February. On behalf of the American Heart Association, Buckingham would like to “Thank You” for a successful fundraiser! Buckingham has participated in JRFH for 9 years and collectively donated over $25,000 to the American Heart Association!

Donations are due for this year’s event by March 7th, but we currently have raised close to $1000 as a school.

Thank you again and remember to discuss with your children the importance of exercising the most important muscle in your body, your heart!

-Mr. Durie

Local Children's Book Author - Adam Lehrhaupt - Comes to Buckingham

On Friday, February 28th, Kindergarten thru 4th grade met Adam Lehrhaupt, a local book author who wrote: Warning! Do Not Open This Book. It is Mr. Lehrhaupt’s first time ever visiting a school - where he spoke about the writing process and where he gets his inspiration to write. He mentioned that our Mighty Knight students were a wonderful audience and he can only hope future school visits are just as fun. The students loved listening to the story in library - so much so - over 80 books were ordered and signed by Mr. Lehrhaupt for our school!

Please take a look at our library website for a photo gallery. Our next visiting author will be Eric Kimmel on Friday, May 2nd.

~ Mrs. Kraus, Librarian

Read Across America - Dr. Seuss Day!

On March 3rd, Students all across the country celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday during Read Across America Day! Students at Buckingham met with their buddy classes to read a favorite Dr. Seuss Book - sharing time together enjoying the art of reading.

From the Buckingham PTO

General PTO Meeting - 3/20

Learn more about the Buckingham Run/Walk at our next PTO Meeting - 9:30AM - Cafeteria

The Spring Scholastic Book Fair - Next Week!

Hola Familias! The excitement is building and a FIESTA is making its way to the Buckingham School Library. Our Spring Book Fair doors open Monday, March 10th and run until Friday, March 14th.

(Student Only) Fair Hours are:

Monday-Thursday - 9:00-3:25

Friday - 9:00-1:00

***Please note that parents may escort their children to the fair from 3:30PM to 4:00PM Monday - Thursday following the Dismissal Bell (3:30PM).

In addition, the Book Fair will be open Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm-8:00pm for families (Parents & Siblings Welcome), giving your family more time to browse and to find that perfect book. Don’t forget to check out the Classroom Wish List display and consider donating a book to your child’s classroom. Your teacher would love your support in building his/her classroom library.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Fair!

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Lori Tinari at loritinari@yahoo.com or Beth Gidwani at bethgidwani@gmail.com.

PTO Family Fun Night - St. Patty's (Lucky) BINGO!


Friday, March 14th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Food, Fun & Prizes!!
Don’t wait - Space is limited - Don’t forget to wear your green!

Advanced ticket purchase required. Students must attend with adult.

First come, first serve basis - limited space!

PTO Open Positions for the 2014-2016 School Years

Parent-Leaders Needed! Have you wondered how you might be able to make a significant impact at Buckingham Elementary? Do you want to be on a team with other parents who want to make positive contributions to your child's school?

If you're interested in being a contributing volunteer in your child's elementary school, consider one of the open positions on the PTO Executive Board! The Buckingham PTO has three open positions for the 2014-2015-2016 school years - all are 2-year positions:

  • Co-President
  • Vice President
  • Recording Secretary

If you're interested in learning more about the positions and expectations, please contact Co-Presidents, Mrs. Denise Forest or Mrs. Cindy Meyers.

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