Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Buker Bulletin: 1/17/19

This is a reminder that Kindergarten report cards for students will be available for parents to view, using the Aspen Family Portal, on February 1, 2019, at the end of the school day.

Letters were mailed home to new families with instructions for log in information, setting up a password, etc.   If you have questions about this process, please email


Message from the Health Office:
We have had some confirmed cases of the flu at Buker school.  See the following “Flu Guide for Parents” for information on treatment and prevention.   Symptoms of the flu can include fever, cough, stuffy nose, body aches, headache, feeling tired, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children).  If you suspect that your child has the flu, it is essential that you keep him/her home from school to prevent the spread of illness to others and so that your child can rest and recover.  If your child has a fever, keep him/her home until he/she is fever free (defined as 100 degrees F) without fever-reducing medicine.


ATTENTION GR 3-5 FAMILIES:  Please refer to this calendar for the MCAS testing dates in the spring.  Thank you for considering this schedule when making appointments for your child.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Buker Bulletin: 1/10/19

There is no school on Monday, January 21, 2019.

Evviva Cucina Fundraiser - January 16
Bring the family out to dinner or grab take-out at Evviva Cucina on Wednesday, January 16 and help the Friends of Buker to raise funds toward field trips, cultural enrichment, and more!

From 4 p.m. until close on Wednesday, January 16, Evviva Cucina will donate 5% of sales to Buker. Come enjoy their fabulous food while supporting our school! For take-out orders, call 978-998-4950. 

Hope to see you there! 

Please Join the Friends of Buker for a Wine & Cheese Tasting
You are invited to a Wine & Cheese Tasting hosted by Buker moms! This will be a night of wine and cheese pairings with six stations:
  1. Champagne & Brie
  2. Sauvignon Blanc & Goat Cheese
  3. Chardonnay & Manchego
  4. Pinot Noir & Cheddar
  5. Cabernet Sauvignon & Blue Cheese
  6. Côtes du Rhône & Toscana

Date:  Thursday, January 24
Time:  7-10 p.m. 
Location:  38 William Fairfield Drive, Wenham
Cost:  $25 per person*   Please RSVP here.  
Looking forward to seeing you!
Your hosts,
Stephanie Mark, Marisa Bartlett, Cailin DeBiase & Alison Hawkins 

All proceeds from this event go directly to the Friends of Buker, which funds academic and cultural enrichment, field trips, provides classroom resources, and supports Buker's amazing teachers and staff throughout the year.

*Please bring a $25 check made out to 'Friends of Buker' the night of the event.  We understand there are always last minute cancellations, but ask you to consider making the $25 donation even if you are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.

Friday, January 4, 2019

No Menu Change

There is no longer a menu change, as previously posted.
The deliveries were received, and the original January menu is status quo.
Thank you.

Thursday, January 3, 2019


Monday, January 7th:  Mac & Cheese
Tuesday, January 15th: Lasagna

Buker Fundraiser at Evviva Cucina 

Bring the family out to dinner at Evviva Cucina on Wednesday, January 16th and help the Friends of Buker to raise funds toward field trips, cultural enrichment, and more!

From 4 p.m. until close on Wednesday, January 16th, Evviva Cucina will donate 5% of sales to Buker. Come enjoy their fabulous food while supporting our school! 
Hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Buker Bulletin: 1/3/19

Equipment should be dropped off in the gym lobby between 
7:00am and 10:00am, using the back gym doors.  

After 10am, please use the front door to enter the building.  

Thanks to grants from the Mass Cultural Council and Friends of the Arts, author in residence George O'Connor captivated our students.

Many thanks to parents Ashley Murphy and Emily Leland for handling all the arrangements for Mr. O'Connor to make this residency enriching for all our students.

Are you looking to get more involved in the New Year? Does your son or daughter enjoy music or art class, or participate in the BCW band or chorus? Then consider joining the Hamilton-Wenham Friends of the Arts! We are actively seeking new members and are looking for parents who are interested in making a difference in how the arts are supported in our schools. You needn’t have any prior experience as an artist/performer/musician, nor does your child have to be a part of the arts program at Buker; you just need to have a passion for the arts and the HW community. 
Please join us at our next meeting on Wednesday, January 9th at 7pm in the HW High School library. If you want to learn more about our mission, we encourage you to visit, or email Lexie Riordan at We look forward to seeing you in January!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Buker Bulletin: 12/20/18

Outdoor Recess

Reminder: Even with the cooler temperatures that winter brings, we try to get out for recess every day. On days it's too cold to be outside in the morning, we will still try to get outside if it warms up later in the day. Please have students bring outdoor clothing every day. Thanks!

Friday's Concert

It will be great to see everyone at Friday's winter concert. A couple quick notes:
  • Parking will be tight. We know that. Where ever you end up parking, please make sure there is room for emergency vehicles to pass. 
  • If you want to dismiss your student at the end of the concert you will need to (a) go back to your child's classroom with them, and (b) sign them out from the classroom. This will allow us to keep track of who has been dismissed early and who hasn't. 

Many thanks to parent Sandra Roman for coordinating the Staff Holiday Breakfast.  
The cafeteria was transformed into a serene space, with a beautiful selection of food and the gifts continued the pampering theme.  We're so lucky to have such a supportive parent community.

Friday, 12/21 is a full day of school.  Our annual holiday assembly will start at 1:45pm in the Auditorium.  Parents are welcome to attend.  Students will return to school on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Reminder - Read-A-Thon Pledges Due Tomorrow 
Thanks to everyone who has been collecting pledges for our Read-A-Thon, the proceeds of which will benefit our playground patio. 

Just a friendly reminder that pledge sheets and pledges should be returned to Buker by tomorrow, Friday, December 21st. We are looking forward to a fun morning of students reading books of their choice!

Thank you again for supporting our Read-A-Thon! 

Buker Media Center
December News

All students have been learning how to code during their time in the Media Center this month. The students used a combination of iPad apps, Khan Academy and robots to learn coding. 

The students in kindergarten have been learning how to make simple algorithms. We began with a fun app called Kodable. The students learn how to direct a character around a maze using simple arrows and conditional statements. Then we switched over to Scratch Jr. where they used backgrounds, characters and programmed blocks to animate scenes.

In first and second grade the students built upon their previous Scratch Jr. knowledge. New programming blocks were introduced and the students were challenged again to create animated scenes. The blocks used were triggering, motion, looks, sound, control and ending blocks. Next, the students programmed Beebots and Lego Wedo robots.

The third and fourth grades were introduced to the Hopscotch app. They used the app to create a Crossy Road game. The blocks are more sophisticated and the students needed to build off of earlier Scratch Jr. knowledge. The students were challenged but completely engaged. The students finished the unit by programming Lego Wedo and Ozobot robots.

The fifth grade used Khan Academy to learn more about programming. Khan Academy has a great program that teaches Javascript to students. The students learn the actual code and they create drawings and fun animations. Then the students finished the unit by programming Ozobot robots.

These units are always a lot of fun for the students.

This week, Hamilton School of Dance continued the tradition of a holiday performance for our students.  Several alumni performed, as well as some current students.  

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Buker Bulletin: 12/13/18

Friday, 12/21 is a full day of school.  Our annual holiday assembly will start at 1:45pm in the Auditorium.  Parents are welcome to attend.  Students will return to school on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Still Ways to Get Involved with the Upcoming Teacher Breakfast  Our December 14th Teacher Breakfast, which allows us to celebrate our amazing teachers and staff during the holidays, still has opportunities for parents to get involved. Give of your time or donate a food item by signing up through the following link:

Thank you for helping to make this Friday's event a success!

Let's Collect Read-A-Thon Pledges to Make Buker Game Day Happen!
Just a reminder that Buker is having a Read-A-Thon on Friday, December 21st in the morning. This fun event will raise funds for the final phase of our playground’s capital campaign – a patio to be built for current and future Buker students and the community to enjoy. If our school meets the participation goal of 100 students collecting pledges, each class will have a Game Day where students bring board or card games of their choice to Buker.  

During our Read-A-Thon, each child will be given the opportunity to read a book of his or her choice for one hour. Prior to the event, students are welcome to collect pledges from family, friends and neighbors. No pledge is too large or too small, but the suggested pledge amount is $5.00. Please return pledge forms to Buker as soon as possible to help us tally our participation numbers. Pledges are due by Friday, December 21st. 

A Read-A-Thon flyer and pledge sheet were recently sent home in your child’s backpack folder. We are also including one here for download. We appreciate your family’s participation in this benefit!