Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Girl Scouts Signup: 10/1

Hamilton Wenham Public Library
Wednesday, October 1, 2014  6p-7p

Family Fun Night: 10/22

October 22nd 5~7pm

    Come join the festivities!
The carnival-style event is an evening of fun and a fundraiser for Friends of Buker. Among the activities are a 50/50 raffle, themed-baskets, games, moon bounce, face painting, tattoos, & crafts.

Enjoy dinner in the Café(teria)!

Pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, chips, hot chocolate, and more! Daniella’s Pizzeria, Hamilton House of Pizza, and Shaw’s have already contributed to the event. Join us because the evening is A BLAST!

Enter your favorite pie in the 15th Annual PIE BAKING CONTEST

Kim Novak is taking your entries at kanovak112@gmail.com

Volunteer for the event with Brandy Wilbur brandall16@gmail.com

Look for the pre-registration form in backpacks. 

Any questions: pop a note or text off to Kym Donnellan kymmariedonnellan@comcast.net  or 978.590.7333.

Kids Care Club Collection

Kids Care is kicking off the school year with a community-wide collection to benefit HAWC (Healing Abuse, Working for Change).  A table will be set up at Family Fun Night (10/22).  

HAWC is seeking donations of baby supplies: diapers, baby lotion, baby powder, bibs, wipes, etc.
Donations can be brought into school during the month of October.  Thank you for supporting Kids Care in helping this worthwhile organization make a difference for many families on the North Shore.

Cultural Enrichment News

Dear Buker Parents, 
The Friends of Buker mission is to support and enhance the educational experience of all students at the Buker Elementary School. One way this goal is met is through our Cultural Enrichment Programs. 
Grants, fundraising events and our Auction Night enable the Friends of Buker to completely fund these programs. Working closely with the teachers, we schedule engaging programs, workshops and residencies that complement each grades curriculum and bring subjects to life for children. This would not be possible without your support. Thank you for your involvement. 
Cultural Enrichment Committee Members 
Lauren Consolazio, Cori Shea and Emily Leland 

Bukerʼs Cultural Enrichment Program - Fall/Early Winter ʼ14 

10/16 - Audubon Ark Mammals Program for Grade 3: 
This traveling wildlife program addresses the winter survival techniques of animals. Visiting animals include mice, a rabbit and a woodchuck. 

Date TBD – K-5 Music Assembly: African Music 

10/29 - Bugworks Program for Grade 3 
Hands-on, descriptive program to enhance the insect curriculum. Students observe and touch insects while learning about size, shape, color, behavior and habitat. 

11/5 - Museum of Science Grades 3-5 - Now Hear This: The Sound of science 
Rock out to the science of vibrations, sound, and music. Using a range of dynamic experiments, we’ll create a sonic boom, build our own speaker, and use a note to shatter a wine glass. We’ll also create music using a variety of strange instruments including one that harnesses the power of lightning to make music. 

12/3 - Mainely Stars for Grades 4&5 
“Helping children reach for the stars,” Scott Negley presents two interactive programs connecting the stars to the seasons as well as to the path of escaping slaves. 

12/10 - HW School of Dance K-5 Assembly 
The local dance company will perform several ballet selections from their holiday 

Nutcracker performance. 

H/W Girls Basketball Yard Sale


Buker Family Photo Day

Don't miss out on this opportunity to have a professional photographer take your family picture!  Slots are still available, but signup will be closing soon.
Time Slots are available on October 11th and 18th from 11am to 4pm


Sign up by first going to this link to select your ½ hour slot:

then: Mail a check for $50 to Friends of Buker 
(put 'family photo' in notes) to:

Friends of Buker Family Photos
Buker Elementary School
1 School Street, Wenham, MA

Any questions?  Contact Amy Starr 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Let Winthrop handle dinner: 10/15

Sub Flyer Oct 15, 2014

Topsfield Fair Tickets: Last Call!

Last call for discounted tickets to the Topsfield Fair!

Forms need to be in the Buker office by tomorrow, Tuesday, 9/30/14, if you would like to take advantage of this Friends of Buker offer!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Not Your Average Joe's: October Fundraiser

Time again to support Buker and solve your busy
fall sports/dinner challenges!

Not Your Average Joe's on Enon Street (Route 1A) is holding a new fundraiser to support Buker School.  Visit Joe’s for lunch, dinner or take-out any Tuesday during the month of OCTOBER,
mention you are supporting the Buker Cause program, and 15% of
your total sale will go directly to Buker.

PLUS, if you bring the attached certificate and put
your name on it, your certificate will be entered into
a drawing for a $25 gift card!

Last May, Joe’s offered the same fundraiser program
to Buker.  Buker received a check from Joe’s for over $180! 
Additionally, several friends brought the certificate with their names onit for the drawing.  And we have two winners! 
  The Stanwood family and The Ting family
Congratulations to both families, and thank you to all the friends andfamilies of Buker who supported our school by eating out at Joe’s!

Take advantage of the program again this October and solve your busy fall dinner issues!

Cause Certificate-Buker School

Monday, September 22, 2014

Reminder: Curriculum Night=Tuesday, 9/23

Our annual Curriculum Night is scheduled for Tuesday, September 23rd, from 6:30pm to 8:15pm.  Parents of students in grades 3-5 will meet in their child's classroom from 6:30pm-7:15pm.  Mr. O'Donoghue will address the parent community in the auditorium from 7:15pm-7:30pm.  Parents of children in grades K-2 will meet their child's teacher in the classroom from 7:30pm-8:15pm.  

Curriculum Night is a parents-only event during which parents receive an overview of their child's grade level highlights and expectations from the classroom teacher.

How do I…..?

Call my child in absent or tardy?
Call the Buker Safe Arrival line:  
978-468-8400 (24/7) or email bukersafearrival@hwschools.net

Get blog posts in my email?
Buker School uses this blog for communication to families about upcoming school events.  Please take a moment to enter your email address to receive the posts in your email.  This is a two-step process, and once you have confirmed, using the email sent to you, you will receive an email notice of new posts.  

Find an old post about MCAS dates, Volunteer Training, or anything else important?
Use the 'Search' feature in the blog, by entering a keyword to find the post on the subject.

Know when Parent/Teacher Conferences, and other upcoming important dates are?
Look at the calendar on the website, or on the calendar on the blog, or print out the district calendar for reference:  HWRSD School Calendar 2014-2015



If you are interested in volunteering in your child's classroom in any capacity, providing clerical support or chaperoning field trips you must attend this training.  

Attendance is mandatory for any new volunteers and optional for past participants in the Volunteer Training Program. This year's training will take place on Wednesday, October 8th, 9a-10a in the Multipurpose Room. 

To register please contact Maureen Becker @  walkerbay8@aol.com

Thursday, September 18, 2014

MCAS 2015: Revised Schedule

Due to the holiday on April 3, 2015, the MCAS Schedule has been revised.  Please keep these important dates in mind when scheduling appointments.  Thank you.

March/April - ELA
            3/24 - Grade 4 Composition
            3/26 – Grade 5 session 1
            3/27 – Grade 5 session 2
            3/30 – Grade 3 session 1
            3/31 – Grade 4 session 1
            4/1 – Grade 3 session 2
            4/2 – Grade 4 session 2

May – Math and Science, Technology/Engineering
            5/4 – Grade 3 Math session 1
            5/5 – Grade 3 Math session 2
            5/7 – Grade 5 Math session 1   
5/8 – Grade 5 Math session 2
5/11 – Grade 4 Math session 1
            5/12 – Grade 4 Math session 2
5/14 –Grade 5 Science, Technology/Engineering session 1
            5/15 –Grade 5 Science, Technology/Engineering sessions 2

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Please send your BoxTops in to school!
Each one is worth a dime and they all add up.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

School Picture Day: Monday, 9/22

School Picture Day is around the corner.  Photo package forms went home earlier this week.  Please send in the form no later than Monday, 9/22, if you are interested in purchasing photos.