Buckingham Elementary School
The Mighty Knight Connection - April 2013 - Issue 7
IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ
Morning/Afternoon Car Riders
Please remember students are not permitted to be dropped-off at Buckingham until 8:30AM unless they are registered in the Before-Care Program or scheduled for a special activity with a teacher.
For safety and supervision purposes, children will not be permitted into the building until 8:30AM when a staff member opens the "Back Porch" door.
In addition, to AVOID a potential accident, please REMAIN in the designated car lane and DO NOT drive past the line of waiting vehicles. If you are in a hurry on a particular day, either pick-up your child prior to 3:15PM or arrive early to wait for your child to exit the building.
Thank you for your collective efforts in keeping Buckingham safe!
Principal's Report to Parents: Helping Your Child with PA State Standardized Testing!
Information & Upcoming Events
- Apr. 1 - CALENDAR UPDATE: School Resumes Grades 1-6
- Apr. 1&2 - CALENDAR UPDATE: No Kindergarten/KDG Parent Conferences - By Appointment
- Apr. 3 - CALENDAR UPDATE: School Resumes Normal Schedule
- Apr. 4 - Spirit Assembly - African Drum & Dance (Students Only)
- Apr. 4 - Buckingham Art Expo - Evening Event - 6:30PM-8:00PM
- Apr. 8-15 - PSSA Reading/Math - Grades 3-6
- Apr. 9 - CBSD School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM
- Apr. 10 - United Way: Operation Helping Hand Food Drive
- Apr. 12 - End of 3rd Marking Period (No Report Card)
- Apr. 18 - Annual Evacuation Drill Schoolwide (AM)
- Apr. 19 - Young Authors Visit - Kay Winters
- Apr. 19 - Mighty Knight at the Movies - Cafeteria - 6:30PM
- Apr. 20 - Bridge Valley Race for Autism 5K - 5k Website
- Apr. 22-23 - PSSA Science - Grade 4
- Apr. 22-23 - 5th Grade Ropes Course - (Rescheduled from Fall)
- Apr. 23 - Reading Olympics - (Rescheduled) - Evening Event - Mill Creek Elementary
- Apr. 23 - CBSD School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM
- Apr. 24 - Administrative Assistant Day
- Apr. 26 - Buckingham Science Fair (Drop Off) - 2:00PM-4:00PM - Gym Foyer
- Apr. 29-30 - Science Fair (Evening Event - April 29th)
Buckingham PSSA Schedule - IMPORTANT CALENDAR DATES
Grades 3-6 2013 PSSA Schedule
PSSA Writing - 5th Grade - Complete
April 8-15 - Grades 3-6 Reading & Math Assessments
April 22 & 23 - 4th Grade Science Assessment
Please review the school's Parent Letter by clicking here.
Please visit District Website to see PSSA Parent Information by clicking here.
Visit the Buckingham Art Expo - 4/4!
Viewing the exceptional student artwork created by your child allows the observer to see pieces that display a level of skill, developmental maturity, and personal expression. It also allows others to respond, reflect, analyze and discuss what has been created - fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of why one creates in the first place.
We hope you can join us on April 4th!
Operation Helping Hand - April 10, 2013
Bridge Valley's Race for Autism - 4/20
Are you interested in exercising during a 1 mile fun run/walk or 5k race? The Bucks County 5K series is coming to Bridge Valley Elementary School on April 20th! Test your endurance for a great cause - Autism Awareness - and help support students and families from our Central Bucks community. Since 2008, this 5k race has raised over $100,000 for the Bucks County Autism Support Association. Along with Bridge Valley, Buckingham Elementary is one of 13 CB Schools who host regional Autistic Support classes - we hope to see you there!
Visit the 5K Website for more information and registration.
Buckingham Science Fair - Apr. 29th & 30th
REGISTRATION DEADINE to end soon! Students - if you are interested in joining the science fair, be sure your registration is in by April 5th! (Click Here for registration form and important information)
New District Website - Coming Soon!
Central Bucks: Kindergarten-Sixth Grade Registration
Do you have an incoming Kindergarten student or First-Grader? Does your neighbor? Spread the word! Early registration helps with future planning and contributes to more accurate class size allocations. Please be sure to register with Central Bucks School District Registration Department for any child starting in Central Bucks next year! CLICK HERE for more details from Central Registration.
Buckingham Kindergarten/New Student Orientation will be held in late August prior to the start of school. More information to come!
2013 Essay Contest Winners
Each year, Creative Communications, a company dedicated to the celebration of today’s student writers, conducts a nation-wide Essay contest for students in Grades 3-6. Essays must be non-fiction and no longer than 250 words. Students who submit have an opportunity to become a published writer if their essay is chosen. This year, several students in Mrs. Raitt’s class submitted entries to the Creative Communication contest and 9 of her students have been selected for the publication. Please join us in congratulating these young "newly published" writers: Matthew Creighton, Christopher Czerwinski, Cate de Hoogh, Alyse Faerberg, Kevin Fay, Michael Herron, Amanda Quinn, Makayla Romanus, and Michael Scarpitta.
PAGES - Philadelphia Area Girls Exploring Science - Chestnut Hill Campus Conference
On March 23rd, Chestnut Hill College hosted a conference promoting science education for 6th grade girls. Two Buckingham students, Natalie Horansky and Lily Tibaldi, were nominated by their teacher to attend the day's worth of science activities and experiments with other girls from the Philadelphia Area. Some of their favorite activities included:
- Extracting DNA from Strawberries
- Oxygen Testing
- Hydrophilic vs. Hydrophobic
- Ice Cream Experiment using Liquid Nitrogen
The goal of the workshop was to increase girls’ interest in science and mathematics, provide students an opportunity to meet women working in non-traditional fields, and foster an awareness of varied career opportunities for women.
Spring Book Fair - Story Laboratory
Chuck-E-Cheese Visits Buckingham
Buckingham Students Make a Difference in Africa!
Over the last several summers, Buckingham 5th Grade Teacher - Miss Courtney Wood, has been able to make a big difference in helping children and families in various villages throughout Africa. She and others involved with the the VIDA Organization have helped build schools, provided solar-powered energy lighting, and cultivated ground into farmland - all with the goal of providing children a better opportunity for an education.
Through our annual Service-Learning Project, Buckingham Elementary has been fortunate to hold a Walk-A-Thon connecting our school's students to those children 5, 000 miles away in Africa. To see how our (the Buckingham students, teachers, and families) collective efforts positively influenced this cause, please watch this inspiring video of Miss Wood's time in Ghana! Pasword - Africa
This year, Buckingham will again support another Walk-A-Thon on Friday, May 3rd, 2013. This summer, 100% of the donations will support a school project in Liberia, Africa. The project will consist of the construction of a new school building for primary students. In addition to building the school structure, a solar-power system will be installed that will allow women to learn how to read and write in the evenings.
Be sure to look for more information sent in last week's Buckingham Thursday Folder.
Students learning throughout" the construction project.
Miss Wood and the children - new school in the background!
Demonstrating how "Solar Powered" Energy Happens
CB Cares Boomerang Nominations
April: #25 Reading for Pleasure -
Young person reads for pleasure most days of the week, either alone, with family members, or with friends
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 April 22nd.
Buckingham Elementary School
Buckingham, PA 18912-0158
Principal, Karl Funseth
Principal's Secretary, Janice Petrie