Buckingham Elementary School
The Mighty Knight Connection - February 2016 - Issue 11
Celebrating 60 Years in Education - 2015-16!
Every Moment Matters!
Come to the Buckingham Art Expo - February 3rd
Save the date and plan to attend the Buckingham Art Expo on Wednesday, February 3rd from 6:30-8pm! Original two- and three-dimensional works of art from a variety of media will be displayed from the students in 1st-6th grades. Watch Buckingham Elementary transform into an art gallery!
Reporting Student Progress - 2nd Marking Period Reports
Elementary Progress Reports will be available online though the Parent Portal on Wednesday, February 10th at 9:00 AM. A blast email will notify parents when the document is ready to view. We encourage all parents to open and view the progress report on the Parent Portal, as paper copies are not sent home.
If you have not set up a Parent Portal account, please click HERE in order to view the progress report for the 2nd marking period.
KDG/1st Grade Registration - NOW OPEN - Let Your Neighbors Know!
Do you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2016? If so, Central Registration is open for families who need to enroll their children for next school year. Please click HERE for information on how to register your child for kindergarten. If you know of any neighbors or friends who have students who will be age 5 on or before August 31, 2016, please remind them to register their child.
The sooner the students are registered, the more effective we can be with enrollment projections and number of sections for next year. It could be the difference between two- or three-sections for a grade level!
Report to Parents: Executive Function FAQ's
This month's Report to Parents, "Executive Function FAQs," will help families learn about their children's executive function skills, and how to strengthen and manage them at home.
"Executive Function is a set of skills that help your child make plans, control behavior, and set goals. Your child's growing brain, as Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child describes it, 'is like a busy airport and executive function is its air-traffic control system.' It allows a child to focus on an activity, remember details and manage their time - all critical tasks for success at school."
To read the entire article from the National Association of Elementary School Principals, please CLICK HERE.
News & Upcoming Events
Feb. 2 - NOVA Parent Presentation - Cyber-Bullying Prevention - Groveland Elementary - 7:00PM
Feb. 3 - Buckingham Art Expo - 6:30PM-8:00PM
Feb. 4 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Staff Development Day
Feb. 5 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Staff Development Day
Feb. 8 - Phillies Spirit Day - Celebrate Spring Training Soon - Wear Your Phillies Gear!
Feb. 8 - 2nd Marking Period Progress Reports (LIVE through Parent Portal) - 9:00AM
Feb. 10 - 100's Day - Grades 1-6
Feb. 10 - NOVA Cyber-bullying Prevention Program - Groveland Elementary - 7:00PM
Feb. 14 - Valentine's Day (Sunday)
Feb. 15 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day - Buckingham Chuck-E-Cheese Day
Feb. 17 - 100's Day - Kindergarten
Feb. 17 - Author Visit - Peter Catalanotto - K-3
Feb. 18 - Parent Positive Series: Jason Komasz, MD - Growing Healthy Together: Tips to Live Healthier as a Family (Lenape Middle School - 7:00PM) - See Below for more Information
Feb. 22-26 - Jump Rope for Heart Week (Gym Classes)
Feb. 24 - Spirit Day - Crazy Hair Day
Feb. 25 - CB East Cluster - Town Hall Meeting: Internet Safety - Holicong Middle - 7:00PM
Feb. 29 - Leap Day!
NOVA Programming - Parent Presentation on Cyberbullying Prevention Program - 2/10
Network of Victim’s Assistance, or NOVA, is a valuable resource for our school district and the community, offering resources and personal safety education programs. They have presented to our students for almost 20-years. NOVA will once again be bringing their cyberbullying prevention program to all Central Bucks 5th grade students this January and February.
Please join us for a parent informational session on cyberbullying on Wednesday, February 10th, at 7:00 pm at Groveland Elementary School. Parents and guardians of students in all elementary grade levels are invited. (The snow date is Thursday, March 3rd.)
Topics will include:
- An overview of the NOVA cyberbullying prevention program presented to 5th graders
- Current trends in Social Media, free message Apps, and online gaming
- Examples, tips for parents, and Q&A with Detective Sergeant Dante Montella, Warwick Township Police Department
We hope you will join us for this important presentation.
Author/Illustrator, Peter Catalanotto to visit Buckingham - 2/17
Feeling overscheduled? With so many activities, it can be difficult for families to make a commitment to their health. Join Jason Komasz, MD, Pediatrician and Lead Pediatric Hospitalist of Doylestown Health’s Della Penna Pediatric Center, to learn small steps your family can take every day to live healthier lives: getting good sleep, healthy eating, and balancing activities with family time. Leave with practical advice on developing a healthy family routine. Appropriate for parents of elementary, middle, and high school-aged children. Registration encouraged.
Who: Jason Komasz, MD, Pediatrician and Lead Pediatric Hospitalist of Doylestown Health’s Della Penna Pediatric Center
What: Growing Healthy Together: Tips to Live Healthier as a Family
When: February 18 at 7:00PM
Where: Lenape Middle School Auditorium
Nutrition Expert Debbie Davis, RD, LDN, MBA, and Licensed Psychologist Gail Karafin, Ed.D. will join Dr. Komasz for a Question & Answer session.
Babysitting for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade is available. Pre-registration is required if babysitting service is needed.
Register online or call 215.345.2121.
The Parent Positive Speaker Series is a collaboration among Doylestown Health, CB Cares Educational Foundation, the Central Bucks School District, and the Central Bucks Family YMCA.
Information on the Parent Positive Speaker Series can be found at the following link: http://www.cbsd.org/parentpositive.
Jump Rope for Heart 2016 - Feb 22-26
This year’s Jump Rope for Heart (JRfH) will take place during Physical Education classes February 22nd-26th. As a school community, Buckingham has participated in JRfH 11-straight years donating over 25 thousand dollars to the American Heart Association in that window!
Donation envelopes will go home Wednesday, Feb.3rd and will be due by Friday March 4th. Please consider giving to this great cause and remember that collection of donations is always optional - all students will participate in the event during their PE time.
Thank you again and remember to discuss the importance of exercising with your children - Because the heart is the most important muscle in your body!
CB East Cluster Town Hall Meeting - Digital Citizenship
Who: For CB East Cluster Parents
What: Town Hall Meeting on the ever-changing/challenging issues of Students and their Internet Safety, Digital Citizenship, and the Technology Umbrella.
When: 7:00PM on Thursday, February 25, 2016
Where: Holicong Middle School Auditorium
Members from the School District, Local Community Officials and the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 will hold a "conversation" on the safe uses of social media and the Internet for our students.
CB Cares Boomerang Nominations
February: #27 Equality and Social Justice - Young person places a high value on assisting those who may need a helping hand. Equality-equal rights for all people.
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 Wednesday, February 24th.
PEN Robotics Convention at Buckingham
On Tuesday, January 19th Buckingham hosted one of the district-wide PEN Robotics Competitions for 5th and 6th grade PEN students. Teams of students from Pine Run, Titus, and Buckingham brought an originally-designed robot to the competition to try its best at successfully completing a variety of pre-determined missions on this year’s challenge field. Students also presented the research that they completed related to this year’s topic (Trash and Waste) along with their own innovative solution to solving these real-world problems.
Buckingham Welcomes The Bungee Jumpers
Family Fun & Fitness Night at Buckingham - 1/29
Family Fun and Fitness Night took place this past Friday evening and was a tremendous success! We estimate that over 500 people were in attendance to enjoy the fitness activities and excitement. Thank you to all who participated and to the many volunteers who made the evening fun for all. Hope to see you all again next year!
VH1 - Save the Music Benefit Concert - Featuring Buckingham Students
Buckingham Student Showcase
Buckingham Students - Flyers Mites on Ice
From the Buckingham PTO
General PTO Meeting - "The Overscheduled Family"
PTO FAMILY FUN BINGO NIGHT - We Need You Next Year!
- From Co-Chairs, Mickey Stampes and Christine Manion
**ATTENTION ENERGETIC MOMS AND DADS** - An opportunity has opened up to chair one of the most anticipated and enjoyable events at Buckingham!!!!
My co-chair and I have loved hosting this event and have truly enjoyed being a part of the incredible environment at Buckingham!!! Unfortunately, we both have other obligations and have to step aside and let some new parents take over. We would love to help ease a new chair into the ins and outs of chairing this event for next year. So, if any of you high energy moms and dads are interested in taking-over, contact one of us and you can shadow us in March for the final Bingo Night of this school year. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you!!!
Buckingham Elementary PTO Open-Board Positions - 2016-2018
Three PTO Board positions will be up at the conclusion of the school year. If interested, contact Dee Dee Snyder.
- PTO Co-President
- Vice President
Each are two-year positions and a wonderful way to volunteer your time in support of your children and the greater school community!
SEE WHAT'S COMING UP! Sign-Up Genius Information
Buckingham Elementary School
PO Box 158, 2414 Durham Road
Buckingham, PA 18912-0158
Principal, Karl Funseth
Principal's Secretary, Janice Petrie