Pearl S. Buck Elementary

October 2015

Be Allergy Aware!

Due to varied allergy and dietary needs, please contact your child's teacher before sending in food for students in a classroom (e.g. birthday celebrations, class parties). Also, students should not share food at any time during school - even with a close friend. A seemingly harmless food item may unexpectedly contain allergens.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

All student drop-off and pick-up by parents and family members occurs in our upper lot. Only school buses and vehicles marked as a school vehicle or day care business are permitted to load and unload students in the lower lot.

Name our Newsletter!

We are very proud of our school's namesake, Pearl S. Buck. We even have a wonderful mascot, Pearl the Dragon (see the picture on the left). We would like to use Pearl as a source for a catchy name for this newsletter. Students will be working with their teachers to help decide through a multi-step voting process. Once the name has been selected, you'll see it reflected in the banner of upcoming newsletters. The student who provides us with the winning name will also be recognized!

The Greenhouse Has Arrived!

As you may have noticed, a greenhouse has been erected near our front entrance. The greenhouse is a result of past efforts by Buck teachers and former principal, Stephanie Miguelez. The greenhouse will be used by both Neshaminy Kids Club and Buck classes to augment science lessons and other curricular areas. We are considering adding tables to the interior perimeter upon which plants and other experiments can be placed. If you are interested in donating time and/or materials to construct some simple tables, please contact our Principal, Brian Kern, at

Monster Mash

Friday, Oct. 23rd, 6:30pm

Pearl Buck

Open to Pearl Buck students and families only. Tickets required. Flyers will be sent home with more information.

Woot! Woot! We Won a Scoot(er)!

Congratulations to Tessa and Chris Pirolli on winning the scooter at the PTO fundraiser at Raymour and Flannigan on September 19th! Raymour and Flannigan donated $600 while allowing the PTO to set up and sell raffle tickets and pretzels. Thanks to our parent volunteers for supporting this effort.

Student Picture day

Student pictures will be taken on Thursday, October 1st. Order forms were sent home recently. Additional forms can be obtained in the school office.

Summer Reading and Writing

Congratulations to the 188 Pearl Buck students who worked hard over the summer and successfully participated in our Summer Reading and Writing Program. Mrs. Buttari, our Reading Specialist, has been awarding students certificates and medals over the course of the last few weeks. Those who participated logged 5 to over 25 hours of summer reading, and completed 1-5 writing pieces about summer. These students also earned vouchers to the school store. Keep on Reading and Writing. Thank you for your summer-long effort!

PBIS comes to Pearl Buck

PBIS - Positive Behavior In School! (Or, more formally, Positive Behavior, Interventions and Support) This year, Pearl Buck Elementary began implementation of PBIS into its daily routines. A kick-off assembly was held during the first Friday of the school year. Targeted behaviors are taught under the umbrella expectations of "Be Safe", "Be Responsible", "Be Respectful", and "Be Kind". Teachers have been teaching specific behaviors for locations throughout the school (i.e. classroom, hallway, recess, bus, cafeteria). Students will be randomly recognized for demonstrating expected behaviors during the course of each week.

A toolbox without a hammer!?

Mr. Crozier's counselor toolbox lesson is an introductory presentation on the role of the school counselor. Mr. Crozier uses his counseling tools along with visual representations of them to explain who the school counselor is, what he or she does and how students can utilize counseling services. Information is provided about the counselor-pass system and then implemented within each classroom. The lesson is followed by a question and answer session which allows the students a greater understanding of school counseling services.

We've got the Power (Hour)!

You may have heard about Power Hour this year. What is it? How is it used? Really, its simple in concept: time has been allotted during the last hour of the school day for teachers to provide interventions, enrichment, or review of concepts and skills learned during the same day, or during previous days. How this time looks will vary between classrooms and grade levels. However, teachers are given the flexibility to arrange this time in a fashion that will best benefit their students. This may include moving students between homerooms so that students with a common need can work together, meeting with small reading or math groups within a homeroom, or cross-grade-level experiences. Students involved in the Academic Enrichment program will meet with Mrs. Humbert during the Power Hour. As the year progresses, we will consider different approaches, as appropriate, in an ongoing effort to improve the effectiveness of Power Hour.