Buckingham Elementary School

The Mighty Knight Connection - October 2013 - Issue 3


Important Information

NAESP: Report to Parents - Effective and Appropriate Help With Homework

"Parenting requires many judgment calls, including numerous decisions related to schoolwork and school projects. Principals and teachers are always stressing how important it is for parents to be involved, but how much is too much? For a start, put yourself in these situations:"

(To read the entire article from the National Association of Elementary School Principal's, please CLICK HERE - May need to allow some time to load).

Halloween Parade & Celebrations

October has arrived and there are many ghosts and ghouls preparing for Halloween Night! Buckingham is also making preparations to celebrate and will be sending invitations for our Parade Celebration held on Thursday, October 31st. We hope you will be able to join us for the morning parade beginning at 9:30AM - outdoors (weather permitting). All classroom parties will take place from 2:30-3:10 PM (or at an adjusted schedule communicated by the grade-level). Homeroom Coordinators (HRC's) will be reviewing information from the school with respect to number of volunteers, balanced menu specifications, and activities planned. Please note, due to District regulations, Volunteer Parents for classroom parties will be notified in advance by their HRC's - and will be the only parents permitted to join classrooms during the afternoon parties. More information will be shared with timing for our Halloween Parade!

News & Upcoming Events

School Calendar


Oct. 2 - Spirit Assembly - Poverty Resolutions (Students Only)

Oct. 7 - Fire Prevention Lessons - Primary Grades

Oct. 8 - School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

Oct. 10 - Annual Evacuation Drill - PM Timing

Oct. 14th Week - Celebrate Education Week - Grade-Level Schedule TBD

Oct. 19 - Buckingham PTO Fall Fest - 10AM-3PM (Rain or Shine)

Oct. 21-22 - Fifth Grade Ropes Course Field Trip (Elbow Lane)

Oct. 21st Week - Red-Ribbon Week

Oct. 21st Week - PTO Scholastic Book Fair - Evening Previews - Tues - 4-6PM; Thurs - 6-8PM

Oct. 22 - School Board Meeting - Educational Services Center - 7:30PM

Oct. 25 - 6th Grade Halloween Party (Evening)

Oct. 31 - Halloween - Parade (AM) & Classroom Parties (PM)

American Education Week at Buckingham - 10/14-10/18

Buckingham Elementary School will be holding Celebrate Education Week from October 14-18, 2013. It is during this week that parents and community members are invited to visit our classrooms and school to see our teachers and students in action. A grade-level specific schedule for classroom visitation will be prepared and communicated to help with the limited parking at school.

Red Ribbon Week - 10/21-10/25

Red Ribbon Week is scheduled for October 21-25, 2013. Students and staff will be participate in "Spirit Days" and committing to remain “drug-free.” A flyer detailing all of the activities will be coming home in the next few weeks. In addition, students in all grade levels will follow the grade-level specific curriculum for theTobacco, Alcohol and Other Drugs lessons during this week, as well.

Spook-tacular Family Movie Night at Tohickon Middle School - Charity Event

On Friday, October 11th, Tohickon Middle School's football team and cheerleaders will be hosting their first annual Family Movie Night. Beginning at 7PM, they will be showing the cartoon movie Hotel Transylvania in the Tohickon auditorium. The cost of admission is one can of food per person. Food is being collected for the Doylestown Food Pantry. All of CB’s students and their families are invited to attend. Snacks will be sold; all money raised will also be donated. What a spooktacular way to bring in the fall!

School Happenings

Buckingham Spirit Assembly - Poverty Resolutions

On Wednesday, October 2nd, the students of Buckingham learned about global poverty and were inspired to take action. Poverty Resolutions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the eradication of “dollar-a-day poverty,” came to speak to students about poverty in Haiti. Mr. Matt Jones co-founded Poverty Resolutions after traveling to Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. He observed first-hand the extreme situation in which people live, and decided to dedicate himself to telling others in America about the needs of people in poverty around the world. By educating others about poverty and the ways in which it can be combated, Poverty Resolutions hopes to engage the American population in their mission to resolve poverty worldwide. To learn more about their cause, please click here. Buckingham appreciated learning how Mr. Jones has worked to "Make His Mark" around the world.

For information about their October 26th Sponsored 5K to help local Foode Banks in Bucks County, please see their web-link and registration!

Buckingham Hears our Student Council Candidates!

On Thursday, October 3, students from 4th, 5th, and 6th grades spoke to their classmates about leadership, our Pillars of Character, and respresentation. Candidates from each grade-level discussed the qualities of our school and ways they hope to make it a better place to be a kid! Following the speeches, students will vote for their classroom/grade-level representatives - electing the 2013-14 Student Council Team!

CB Cares Boomerang Nominations

October: #31 Restraint - Young person can identify, regulate, and control his/her behaviors and emotions in healthy ways, particularly in stressful or unstructured situations.

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 Friday, October, 18th.

From the Buckingham PTO

General PTO Meeting - Quick Minutes

On Thursday, September 26th, a handful of parents attended the first PTO General Meeting of the year and enjoyed a presentation given by our librarian, Mrs. Kristen Kraus. Mrs. Kraus spoke of the role librarians play in the 21st-Century. Attendees learned how Mrs. Kraus and Mrs. Diodati use technology to engage students. Parents were impressed to learn of the multi-media approach to learning in our library that now includes a brand new TV studio, thanks to funds raised by the PTO.

PTO President, Denise Calafati-Forest, reported on school improvements made by the PTO including the Teacher’s Lounge which was painted by the PTO Board members and furnished with a much-needed refrigerator. The goal was to let teachers and staff know that their commitment is much appreciated.

Lastly, Mr. Funseth shared the various summer intiatives completed and the opening weeks of school - introducing the school's theme about how the Buckingham Staff and Students will "Make Our Mark" this year!

Buckingham Fall Fest

PTO Book Fair - A Reading Oasis

Come experience a Reading Oasis at Buckingham Elementary October 21 - October 25, 2013.

We will have all the hottest new books including the new Fly Guy book and Spirit Animals. We will also offer a pre-order for the new Wimpy Kid book Hard Luck. So mark your calendars and get to the library for this not-to-miss event. Check-out the fair's homepage for more details:


The book fair is always looking for volunteers. Please contact Darci Clausen (clausen1123@comcast.net) or Amy Greenlee (amyg1017@comcast.net) if your able to lend a helping-hand.

SilverGraphics - Fall Fundraiser

Silvergraphics is an exciting, new fundraiser that will allow parents to purchase personalized items with their child's art work - Just in time for the holidays! Look for more information on this in an upcoming Thursday Folder and at Fall Fest.

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