Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving Recess

Students will be dismissed at 11:15am on Wednesday, November 27.  Buses will run, and no lunch will be served.  Students return to school on Monday, December 2.

We wish everyone in our Buker Community a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

What is all this talk about Common Core Math?

Christine Fichera, the Elementary Math Coach, will be speaking about the new math standards, changes to the district's elementary math curriculum, and how you can help your child be successful in math. 

Come to our next FRIEND's of Buker Meeting on Thursday, December 5th @ 9:00am in the Multipurpose room.  
Coffee will be served. Siblings welcome!

Topics such as Common Core Standards, Math Curriculum changes, and the PARCC assessment will be discussed.

Please see links below to generate any questions you may have.  
Email  Dina Coffey with your questions for Christine Fichera.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Scholastic Book Fair: A Huge Success!

Thank you to all who attended the Scholastic Book Fair last week.  It was our most successful book fair to date!  Did you know that half of your purchase price went directly to Buker!  We were able to get over $2500 in books for classroom teachers, specials and the library.  A HUGE thank you to Deby Baker and Jen Glovsky for spending two full days and nights making sure the fair was a success.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cultural Enrichment complements of Friends of Buker

Friends of Buker provide many opportunities throughout the year for cultural enrichment programs for our students.  Today the Bamidele Dancers and Drummers visited and shared Afro-Caribbean music and history with our students.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Winthrop Holiday Boutique 12/7

Holiday Boutique
Winthrop School
Hamilton, MA
Saturday, December 7, 2013

This festive event features over 47 local vendors selling holiday gifts. Stock up on cookies at the Cookie Walk, bid on great Silent Auction items, pick up great gifts at the Scholastic Book Fair, and enjoy a tasty breakfast or lunch at the Winthrop Café.

Children will delight in doing their own holiday shopping with the help of friendly elves. All gifts in this Children’s Secret Shop cost $5 or less.

And, of course, Santa will be on site!

For more information, contact Barbara Vanderwilden at:

Admission: $2.00 Adults $1.00 Children & Seniors

Thursday, November 14, 2013

20th Annual Public Safety Food Drive for Acord: Saturday, November 16, 2013

Needed items:

Soup:  Progresso chicken, beef, vegetable or chowder
Meals in a can:  Spaghetti O's, Dinty Moore Beef Stew, ravioli
Baked Beans:  Bush's or B&M
Canned Fruit:  pineapple, peaches, pears and Mandarin oranges
Snacks:  individually wrapped snacks for lunches
Cereal:  Raisin Bran, Rice Krispies, Crispix
Vegetable oil: 24 oz. or smaller plastic bottles

Please place your non-perishable donations in your recycle bin curbside by 9am on Saturday.  Public Safety personnel will be picking up your contributions in their private vehicles on Saturday morning.

Donations are gratefully accepted at Acord, 69 Willow Street and the Hamilton-Wenham Library, 14 Union Street, during open hours.
Please check expiration dates as Acord cannot accept out of date items.

UNICEF Collection

Thank you to all those who collected change for our school's donation to UNICEF.
Your spare change amounted to over $400!
This was the largest donation we have made in many, many years!

Spaghetti Dinner = Squisito!

Once again the Friends of Buker held a delicious Spaghetti Dinner for our Buker community.
Under the leadership of Leslie Chapdelaine and Maureen Hegarty, the evening was a success.
The fifth grade waitstaff was very helpful.  There were eleven entries in the Sauce-Off.  The panel of judges had a difficult decision.  The top two sauces were made by Angela Cote and Dina Coffey.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Elementary Music Teacher Update

Dear Buker Families,
I am pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Asa Furst as our new music teacher.
Mr. Furst earned his B.A. in Music from Wheaton College, and his M.A. in Music from Boston Conservatory.  He most recently completed a long-term substitute position in the Arlington Public Schools.  Mr. Furst's enthusiasm for teaching music at the elementary level was clearly evident throughout our interview process.  We are excited to welcome him into our school community and look forward to working with him as he continues to develop a love of music for all of our students.
Brian O'Donoghue

BoxTops Collection

Please send your BoxTops in to school!
Each one is worth a dime and they all add up.
Use these fun collection sheets (10 tops to a sheet) to make it easy!