Thursday, October 30, 2014

Please join us for the Fall Scholastic Book Fair!

Feel free to send your children in with money to purchase a book.  Parents are welcome to come in and shop with their children during the class visit.  The class schedule will be in the next reminder notice.

Parent volunteers are needed to make this a successful event.  Watch your e-mail for a Sign Up Genie for this event or please contact Jennifer Glovsky at

General questions about the book fair should be directed to Deby Baker at .

HAWC Collection: Donations Needed

Kids Care is kicking off the school year with a community-wide collection to benefit HAWC (Healing Abuse, Working for Change).  Thank you to those who brought a donation to Family Fun Night.  
HAWC is seeking donations of baby supplies: diapers, baby lotion, baby powder, bibs, wipes, etc.

Donations can be brought into school through Thanksgiving.  
Thank you for supporting Kids Care in helping this worthwhile organization make a difference for many families on the North Shore.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Spaghetti Supper Information!

Buker Families
Make Your Reservations
Buker Spaghetti Dinner and Sauce Cook Off
Wednesday November 12, 2014

Extend your Holiday weekend (Veteran’s Day) and take the night off from cooking! Treat your family to a night of fine dining right here at Buker. We will offer a delicious pasta dinner including the finest sauce and meatballs prepared by our own Buker Family Chefs. The dinner includes pasta, meatballs, salad, bread, beverages and dessert. This event is hosted by the Friends of Buker.
There will be 2 seatings 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm in the Buker Multipurpose Room
Reservations are REQUIRED for the this event.
Space is limited.

In effort to meet new friends, we will have open seating this year. 
Please arrive on time to avoid disrupting the second seating.

Questions: Contact Maureen Hegarty Lanciani 781-910-8181 or Amy Kolano

Please return this form and payment to the school no later than 
Thursday, November 6th

*Name ___________________________________     Seating 5:00 ______6:30 pm _______

*Number of Diners______________                         Adults/Children: @ $10   _________
                                                                                                               Total $: ________

    (Family Price-Maximum $50.00)   CHECKS PAYABLE TO FRIENDS OF BUKER   

*ENTER MY SAUCE in the SAUCE-OFF !!!  (Meat/Veggie/Other:) 



*I am able to Volunteer:  

(Set up):(4:00p) _______                                                                                                                   (6:00p)_______           
(Clean-up) (6:30p)_______    
(7:30p) _______

*I am a 5th grader and would like to help serve dinner!!

(5:00p seating)______
                                                                                                                                                (6:30p seating)______


*I am able to bring Baked Goods (2 Doz): (Cookies/Muffins/Other) 

(Name/email)  __________________________________________

Library Volunteers

Hello Buker Parents!
Welcome back to a new year and fresh opportunities to get involved with your child at school.  I will be your contact for Buker library volunteers again this year. 
My name is Sandy Maio, I have a 2nd and 4th grader at Buker.

As many of you know, library volunteers provide a valuable service to our kids during the school day.  If you are able to volunteer some time we would love to have you join us with whatever time you have available.  Some parents come in once a month or rotate with other parents from their children's classes or even rotate months.  We also need subs if a volunteer can't come in or their schedule changes.  We all get sick kids now and again so we understand!

Mrs Putnam has changed the role of volunteers this year, giving our old responsiblilities to the kids and creating a new position for us within the library.   
This means we all need to be trained.  

Currently training is scheduled for Wednesday, November 5 at 9AM.  
We have a make-up session planned Monday, November 17 at 9AM.   
Please make every effort to be at training because our roles have changed!

To be included for signups, please email me the following information:  
Name, phone, email, and classes of choice and I will put together lists by class (your email will be shared) and then you can coordinate with others from the class on availability.   If you are available to sub, please let me know days you are available as well.

You must have a current CORI on file with the office. 

They last for two years so please contact Chris Petrou if you are unsure if you are current.

Thank you for offering your time and we hope to see you in the library this year!

Sandy Maio
781.631.2070 home

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Important Reminders

If your child is absent from school, or will be tardy, 
please call the SAFE ARRIVAL LINE:  978-468-8400 before the start of the school day
Please put this number in your phone for easy access. 

You can also email the information to:

If you need to make a change to your child's dismissal plans, please do so BEFORE SCHOOL, and send a note in to school with your child.
Attached is a template to use to send in the necessary information.

Emailing the teacher during the school day is not advisable.  In the event of an unavoidable need to change plans during the school day, you may contact the office.  Please remember it is disruptive to the classroom to have last minute changes to dismissal plans.

November Flu Vaccine Clinic Scheduled

A Flu Vaccine Clinic sponsored by the Hamilton & Wenham Boards of Health will
be held at the “Hamilton Senior Center”, 299 Bay Road, on Wednesday,
November 12th, from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

There is no charge for the vaccine and the clinics are opened to anyone 4 years
of age and older. You do not have to be a resident to receive the vaccine. Those
attending are asked to wear short sleeves or loose-fitting sleeves and please
bring your insurance card.

CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated.

For more information contact the Hamilton Board of Health at 978-468-5579.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Cribbage, anyone?

Ms. Gambino (Gr2) is looking for donations of cribbage boards.  
Thank you for your help.

Grades 4 and 5: Ski Bradford Registration

Follow this link to register for SKI BRADFORD.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Acord Food Pantry Drive

Public Safety Food Drive
Saturday, 11/8

Please help support the Acord Food Pantry during the annual Public Safety Food Drive on Saturday, November 8th.  

Place non-perishable food items in a bag by your mailbox by 8:30 am.  Please check expiration dates.  A public safety volunteer will pick up your donations and deliver them to Acord.  

Our most wanted items include canned tuna or chicken, hearty chunky soups, brown rice, canned vegetables and fruit, cereal, 100% juice, healthy snacks, peanut butter and baked beans. In addition, our clients enjoy receiving coffee, tea, cocoa, baking mixes, cooking oil and personal care items.  

If you would prefer to make a financial donation, please visit We appreciate your support.

Calendar Reminders

Thursday, 10/30:  Early Dismissal (11:15am) / No lunch served [Parent/Teacher Conferences]

Tuesday, 11/4:  No School for Students.  Teacher Workshop Day

Tuesday, 11/11:  No School.  Veterans Day

The District Calendar is always available on our website, and linked to this blog, as well.

If you would like to download it, please follow this link:  HWRSD Calendar 2014-2015

The 2015-2016 school year's calendar is also available on the District's homepage for planning purposes.

Family Fun Night

A great time was had at last night's Fall Festival!
Thank you to the coordinators of this event: Brandi Wilbur, Kristy Heath, Kym Donnellan, Kristen Danaher, Stacey Cleveland and Jessica Connors.
Special thanks to all the volunteers who served, raffled, and gamed.
Friends of Buker were excited about the success of this annual event!

Pie Winners
Best Tasting - Adult                                         Best Tasting -Kids
Holly Gamber                                                  Claire Kurja

Most Creative                                                   Best Looking Pie
Zack Wallace                                                    Holly Gamber

Fan Favorite
Claire Kurja

Raffle Winners
Santa Breakfast Family Pack                Art Supply Wholesaler
Jake Flynn                                             Nathaniel Stanwood

Karate Birthday Party                           EuroStoves
Kendall Arnold                                      Amy Carney

Spaghetti Dinner                                   Front Row at the Holiday Concert
The Ting family                                     The Coffey Family

Principal for a Day                                50/50 Raffle
Lily Iler                                                  Jake Flynn

Kids in the Kitchen                                Crafts Galore
Amy Brown                                            Julia Bryce Morris
The Chapdelaine Family                       Ellie Page

Family Fun Night                                  Flag Football Registration
Clayton Harlamert                                 The Gamber Family
Annie Page

Legomania                                             All Sports Weekend
Dylan Petryszyn                                     The Contois Family
Brady Rose                                            Robbie Bozarjian

Science & Magic
Molly Phelan
Andrew Blanchard

Cassandra Tseki

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lockdown Drill

Buker School successfully completed a scheduled lockdown drill on 10/21.
This drill is part of our annual safety training, coordinated with the Hamilton and Wenham Public Safety officers.  Students and staff responded appropriately.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Winter Assistance

The impending arrival of winter and the holiday season is an exciting and joyous time.  For many, however, it can also be a source of financial stress.   The additional financial burdens placed on families during this time of year can be overwhelming.  With the increase in heating costs, holiday expenses and other winter essentials, it can be hard to manage everything. 

There are two wonderful resources in the Hamilton/Wenham area that can provide assistance to families who may be experiencing financial burdens.  One is the WISSH (Wenham Issues of Social Service and Housing) Program, which offers confidential financial and social service assistance to Wenham residents in need of help in emergency situations.  Any Wenham family that meets the basis financial requirements may apply for up to $500 per year for such things as utilities, medical bills, food, etc.  If you are interested in applying for assistance or looking for more information, please contact Kathy Hughes, Adjustment Counselor, at 978-626-0873 or the WISSH Director at 978-468-5520 x9. 

The other program that is available to both Hamilton and Wenham residents is the Hamilton-Wenham Holiday Assistance Fund.  This confidential program was established to assist Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District students and their families who have experienced a hardship due to unemployment, family illness, or some other circumstance.  Due to limited funds, it is not intended to be a long term assistance program or for families to use repeatedly, unless there are extenuating circumstances.  Assistance would be in the form of gift cards for winter clothing and/or food or, in some instances, gifts of essential clothing such as winter coats, hats, pajamas, socks, etc.  If your family is having the type of difficulties stated above and you would like to request assistance, please contact Kathy Hughes before November 3rd. 

If you are interested in making a monetary donation to the program, you may also contact Kathy Hughes.