Friday, December 19, 2014

Thank you, Friends of Buker!

The Buker staff appreciates your kindness and generosity in providing our annual holiday breakfast.

As usual, the fare was delicious and your support of our morning recess allowed everyone to enjoy each other's company.  

Our new umbrellas will make that next rainy recess a lot more tolerable!

Ski Bradford starts 1/7/15

Ski Bradford starts Wednesday, 1/7/15.

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

Make sure your child's teacher is aware that she/he will be participating in this program, with a note or email.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Kids Care Meeting: 12/18: LOCATION CHANGE

Change In Location!

Same Date (Thursday, 12/18)
Same Time (3:00-4:30pm)!

Kids Care Club will stay at Buker!!  
The elders are coming to us!

Pick up at grade 1 classrooms at 4:30pm.

Holiday Assembly: 12/23

This is a reminder that the Holiday Assembly will be held on Tuesday, December 23rd at 1:30pm in the auditorium.  Families are invited to come for this fun annual all-school musical event.

Winter recess begins 12/24.  Students return to school on Monday, 1/5/15.

Lost & Found: Last Call

The Buker Lost & Found overflows with sweatshirts, jackets (NorthFace!), hats, lunch boxes and shoes.  Please have your child check it for any missing items.  Lost & Found is located in the gym lobby.  Unclaimed items will be donated over the holiday break.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Soccer Clinic for a Cause: 12/16

7th graders Kate Riccio and Lilly Sturim (Buker School alums & CITs from Tea House Camp)are offering a soccer clinic for children ages 4-8!!
Tuesday 12/16th  ftp, 3:00p-4:30pm @ HW Recreation Center
Bring a ball and water bottle, and be ready to have fun! 
Get some last minute errands done, while your kids play fun soccer games.  
$10 per child
All proceeds will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
RSVP by 12/15 to

Monday, December 8, 2014

Kids Care Club: 12/18

Permission slips went home for an upcoming Kids Care Club activity.
(See form if needed.)

Thursday, December 18

Join us for an afternoon of singing, snacking and crafting with Senior Citizens at Wenham's Council on Aging (Located at Legion Hall, across from Buker)

RSVP by 12/12.

Kids Care Club Flyer

Friday, December 5, 2014

Report Cards

Report Cards

Report cards for students in grades 1-5 will be distributed today.  Significant changes were made to the report cards last year that included:  the addition of effort indicators, mathematics learning standards, aligned to the expectations of the Common Core Standards, and the elimination of traditional letter grades for students in grades 4 and 5.  The students' performance connected to a specific learning standard is evaluated on an academic performance indicator scale, ranging from N (student is not yet demonstrating progress toward the standard), B (student is beginning to progress toward standard), P (student is progressing toward consistent and independent proficiency of the standard) and M (student consistently and independently demonstrates mastery of the standard).  An X indicates that the standard has not been addressed in the current term, and therefore is not assessed.  We had hoped to be able to disseminate the cards electronically and have taken steps towards that goal, but hard copies will be sent home for this term. 

Each child will receive evaluative marks from their classroom teacher in social skills, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. You will notice that the classroom teacher comments have been moved to a singular text box at the end of the report card. This is a result of our migration to a new card format connected to our new ASPEN student information system.  Teachers will continue to comment on students' progress in social areas as well as the academic areas in this text box each term.  In addition, specialist teachers will provide marks and comments in each of their respective disciplines. As has been our practice in years past, Kindergarten students will receive their first report cards in at the mid-year mark.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Save the Date!

The annual Buker Holiday Assembly will be on Tuesday, December 23rd at 1:30pm in the Auditorium.  Families are welcome to enjoy this musical gathering full of holiday cheer.

Monday, November 24, 2014


Reminder that dismissal on Wednesday, 11/26 is 11:15.  No lunch is served.
Students return to school on Monday, 12/1.

We wish everyone in our Buker Community a safe and happy time with their loved ones.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Super Supper!

Thank you to everyone who attended and/or volunteers at the Spaghetti Supper!
It was a fun and delicious night enjoyed by our Buker Community.

Many thanks to Maureen Hegarty and Amy Kolano for coordinating all the steps to make this event a success!  Thank you to our fifth grade waitstaff, many volunteers, kitchen and custodial staff, panel of judges and especially our chefs.

The Sauce-Off competition was tough with nine entries!
The top three sauces were made by Kristen Danaher (Sauce #7), Mary Bozarjian (Sauce #2), and Dina Coffey (Sauce #4).

Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to all!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

This weekend: High School Musical "WORKING"

The high school musical is here!  With three shows in the Ferrini Dramatics Center this weekend, including a Sunday matinee, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to see Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School’s WORKING cast and crew in action. 

WORKING debuts Friday, November 14th at 8pm, followed by an evening performance Saturday, November 15th at 8pm and finally a matinee Sunday, November 16th at 2pm.   Tickets, available at the door and payable by cash or check, are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. 

WORKING is based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Studs Terkel.  Called ”A CHORUS LINE for the working man” WORKING explores an American workday through the eyes of 26 people from all walks of life as they sing and talk about their jobs, their regrets and their aspirations.  This genuinely funny, and at times touching musical features songs from the all-star composers such as James Taylor, and was adapted for the stage by Stephen Schwartz (WICKED, GODSPELL). 

Come out to support your local high school arts program.  We hope to see you there. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

An Evening of Literacy for Parents and Students

First and Second Grade Buker Families

Please Join Us!

Wednesday, December 3rd
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Buker Cafeteria

Come and Experience Hands-On Literacy Activities
Kathy O’Shea

Bookfair Classroom Visit Schedule

Wednesday, 11/12:

9:30      Blanchard
10:00    Geraghty
10:30    Twiss
11:00    O'Shea
11:30    Gray

The BookFair will be open tonight, 11/12 from 4p-8p, during the Spaghetti Supper.

Thursday, 11/13

9:00     Gambino
9:30     Oliveira
10:00   Mastrianni
10:30   Reed
11:00   Orlando
11:30   Mohan
2:00     McMahon

Monday, November 10, 2014

Calendar Reminders

There is no school on Tuesday, November 11th, in observance of Veteran's Day.

Thanksgiving Dismissal:  Wednesday, 11/26 at 11:15am.  No lunch will be served.
                                          No School:  11/27 and 11/28.  Students return to school on 12/1.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Kids Care Meeting: 11/24

Kids Care Club will be meeting on Monday, November 24th from 3-4:15pm in Ms. Oliveira's classroom.  Meeting details and a permission slip are going home in the members' backpacks today.
Please send in permission slips by November 21, if your child plans to attend.

The Holiday season is quickly approaching!

If you shop at Amazon, Target and/or Stop & Shop (and you know you do) please take just a few minutes to register for these amazing cash-back offers that generate real dollars for our kids!    And don't forget to send in your Crosby's grocery receipts and BoxTops in to school.  We can submit them for valuable points to support our Art, Music and PE departments.

Thank you for all you do to support Buker!
The Friends of Buker

If you shop at Amazon, Target and/or Stop & Shop (and you know you do)
please take just a few minutes to register for these amazing cash-back offers that generate real dollars for our kids!  All the information you need is right here!

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets you enjoy the same selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the eligible charitable organization of your choice.
Use the following link to designate Buker as your organization of choice.

If you have a registered Target REDCard, Target will donate 1% of your REDcard purchases made at Target and And you will save 5% every time you shop. 
Enroll at or call 1-800-316-6142.

Starting October 3, 2014 through March 19, 2015 Buker Elementary will have the opportunity to earn cash through Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program.  Log on to and select Customer Registration to register online using your Stop & Shop Card.

Important Reminders
Please feel free to encourage your friends and relatives to register for any of the programs described above.  It could mean more cash for our school!
Even if you are pretty sure you have registered for any of the programs described above before, it never hurts to take a second look to confirm!
And keep sending in those Box Tops! Every little bit REALLY adds up!