Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - February 2016 - Issue 11

Celebrating 60 Years in Education - 2015-16!

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Every Moment Matters!

Important Announcements

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!

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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

School Calendar

February:

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

Author/illustrator, Peter Catalanotto, is coming to Buckingham Elementary School on Wednesday, February 17th. While here, he will be sharing his love of writing and illustrating with the children in grades K – 3rd. Peter has published over 46 books, 16 of which he wrote and illustrated himself. If you are interested in purchasing an autographed copy of any of his books, order forms went home in Thursday folders on January 14th, or please click here for another copy.

Parent Positive

Dear Families,


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!


-Mr. Durie

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.

Book Dedications - Celebrating Reading at Buckingham!

If you are interested in dedicating a book, click on the link below to download the Book Dedication form. Questions? Contact Lori Tinari at loritinari@yahoo.com.


Book Dedication Form

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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.

School Happenings

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

In preparation for our American Red Cross Jump Rope for Heart Campaign in February, Buckingham hosted an amazing local Jump Rope Team, The Bungee Jumpers on Tuesday, January 26th! Several Buckingham students were featured-participants on the team: Leah Loukedis & Devon Sutton! The Jump Rope demonstrations were incredible (Human Jump Rope, Pogo-Stick, Synchronized Jumping, Jump Bumpers) - even more amazing was Mr. Rosica's Double Dutch routine! It was an exciting and energetic event!

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 6th Grade Students participated in a benefit concert to raise funds for a "Save the Music" campaign for underprivileged schools. NUMBERS was the theme for the series of concerts - and Buckingham students sang 3-songs: "Fifty-Nifty United States", "My Hero-Zero" and "If I Had a Million Dollars". They joined other elementary schools and CB Music Staff to put on a great show! Thanks Mr. Weir and students!
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Buckingham Student Showcase

Buckingham Students - Flyers Mites on Ice

Students from Mrs. Fillette's/Miss Gallen's first grade classroom, Ralphie Mirarchi and Nash Berube, both had an opportunity to play during the "Mites on Ice" intermission of the a recent Flyer's game in January! They did a great job and Ralphie was featured on the Jumbo-Tron! Congratulations to the players.

From the Buckingham PTO

General PTO Meeting - "The Overscheduled Family"

Dr. Deborah Van Aken, Psychologist, presented on of the "Overscheduled Family" at the recent PTO General Meeting on January 21st, 2016. Dr. Van Aken discussed how families have changed over the decades, the psychology behind our family schedules, why we "knowingly" overschedule and "what we can do about it." It was an informative session that was graciously sponsored by the CB Cares Education Foundation. For Minutes on the general meeting, take the opportunity to review on the PTO Website once posted.

Buckingham Day at Chuck-E-Cheese! - 2/15

Save the Date!

President's Day - Feb. 15th - Buckingham Day at Chuck-E-Cheese

Proceeds go to The Buckingham PTO - in support of the school!

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
  • Secretary


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

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities - To see the "line-up" of upcoming events throughout the year, you will see tabs near the top of the Buckingham PTO Sign-Up Genius page. You choose how and when to participate - it's all there for you in one, easy place. Be sure to click the link to support your school!

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

Central Bucks School District

Central Office - Administrative Services Center

20 Welden Drive

Doylestown, PA 18901


Superintendent, Dr. David Weitzel

Assistant Superintendent of Secondary, Dr. Nancy Silvious

Assistant Superintendent of Elementary, Dr. David Bolton