Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - April 2013 - Issue 7


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!

Whether you've been out of school for 5- or 15-years, the thought of taking a test probably still makes your heart race. Now imagine what it's like for your child. As a parent, you can help... Please see the helpful ideas the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) offers for parents as mandatory PSSA's (Gr. 3-6) approach. CLICK HERE.

Information & Upcoming Events

School Calendar


  • 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)


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!

The Buckingham Elementary Art Expo is being held this Thursday, April 4th, from 6:30PM-8:00PM.

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

It’s time for Buckingham's annual United Way's: Operation Helping Hand Food Drive. Operation Helping Hand is vital to the local food pantries, as this is a collection of food at a time when the pantries traditionally are empty. For families using the pantries as a constant source of food, pantries are having a tough time keeping food on their shelves. Also, through this food drive, students learn the importance of participating in a meaningful service project and they become aware of the needs of others in our communities. Please see flyer below for your child's grade-level non-perishable food guides.

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 School District will be unveiling their new website with a preview in late April to go fully live in early May. Buckingham is currently working to update our own site - which will feature a succinct calendar system, featured news stories, and other important building-specific information. A sleek feature of the district's new websites will be how they are "mobile-phone friendly". Throughout the summer months, staff will receive training on their own teacher/department-sites. Stay tuned!

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!

Student Showcase

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.

School Happenings

Spring Book Fair - Story Laboratory

The students had a wonderful time throughout our Scholastic Spring Book Fair during the week of March 18-22! Every classroom was able to meet our host, the Story Laboratory "Children's-Book" Scientist - Mrs. Diodati - and then visited the book-filled displays. The children were able to browse, see the "Principal's Picks", and find a new favorite story that peaked their interests! Thanks to The PTO, Mrs. Tinari and Mrs. Gidwani for organizing this wonderful event - and most importantly - supporting the love of books with our students!

Chuck-E-Cheese Visits Buckingham

Chuck-E-Cheese visited Buckingham on March 21st to remind children about the exciting PTO Event at the Warrington location. Families were invited to enjoy the fun and activities during the half-day on 3/22. A portion of the proceeds were donated to the Buckingham PTO. Thanks to everyone who particiated in this fun event!

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.

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

PO Box 158, 2414 Durham Road

Buckingham, PA 18912-0158

Principal, Karl Funseth

Principal's Secretary, Janice Petrie