Monday, December 21, 2015

Staff Breakfast Appreciation!

A warm Thank you for all of you who baked, donated, delivered, stood in the playground and help set up and clean up for our annual Holiday Teacher Breakfast.

The food was fabulous, the gift cards and poinsettias were a huge hit, and all the additional items helped make for a very special morning for the staff. The teachers really appreciated the wonderful breakfast and were grateful to the parents who volunteered to cover the playground so they could enjoy it.

Thanks for supporting our wonderful staff at Buker! 
Please pick up your dishes/bowls by the front office.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Winter Vacation Details

Families are welcome to attend the Annual Holiday Assembly on Wednesday, December 23rd, 9:00am-9:45am, where our students will perform festive musical selections, under the direction of our music teacher, Mr. Ferreira.

Wednesday, 12/23 is a full day of school, with lunch served, and regular dismissal time of 12:45pm.

Winter Recess begins 12/24/15 - 1/1/16.  Students return to school on Monday, January 4, 2016.

We wish our Buker Community a safe and happy holiday with your families.  We look forward to seeing you again in the New Year!

Lost & Found Last Call

Please come check the items in the lost and found before the holiday break.  We will be donating the remaining clothes to Goodwill over the vacation.  

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Welcome Jarrett Krosoczka!

Food Services Director Catherine Donovan, Buker's 'Lunch Ladies'
Kim Allen and Ann Burnham,
with Jarrett Krosoczka
Buker School had a visit from the author of the "Lunch Lady" graphic novel series, Jarrett Krosoczka.

Mr. Krosoczka will be with us over four days, through a generous grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council STARS Grant, and the Friends of Buker.

Students in grades K-5 will have the opportunity to learn about how he began as a writer and illustrator.  Our grades 3-5 students will participate in writing workshops with Mr. Krosoczka. 

Our kitchen team is thrilled to meet such a strong advocate for the value of the 'Lunch Lady'!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Don't cook tonight!

Help support HW Cheer and their road to Nationals at Disney!!!  

Dine at Not Your Average Joes in North Beverly any Thursday in December and a portion of your bill will be donated to our cause!!  

Take a night off from cooking and enjoy a great meal while helping our girls!!!

Just mention HW Cheer when you pay your bill. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Arrival and Dismissal Reminder

Wenham Police have asked that parents do not park along Perkins Street.   This creates a safety issue.
Parents dropping off students in the morning and picking up in the afternoon, please follow our arrival and dismissal procedure and use the moving car line.  Parents choosing to walk with their child in the morning to the playground, or picking up at the front door in the afternoon, please use the School Street parking lot.   

Cars parked along the field on Perkins Street impede the passage of our buses and create a safety issue.  

Friends of Buker Meeting: 12/10

Please come to the Friends of Buker meeting tomorrow, Thursday, 12/10, 9am in the Buker Multipurpose Room.  Siblings are welcome!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Report Card Information

This is a reminder that report cards for Gr. 1-5 students will be available for parents to view, using the Aspen Family Portal, on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

Letters were mailed home in November with instruction for log in information, setting up a password, etc. for those families who do not already have a family login.

Toy Drive

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Community Service: City Mission Society of Boston

I'm Eric Flynn and I'm a sixth grade student at Miles River Middle School. I'm a former Buker student and I'm doing a community service project with City Mission Society of Boston. I'm helping to donate gift items for needy families this holiday season and I'm hoping you can help.

City Mission Society of Boston is "the oldest multi-service social justice agency in New England." Their services reach over 40,000 people each year, and their mission is to "catalyze action to root out poverty" in Boston's neighborhoods. 
Below are the items I need to collect:
Please know that the items need to be NEW. 

  • Coats
  • Sweaters
  • Hats and gloves
  • Scarves
  • Socks
  • Toys
  • Books
  • Games for all ages
  • Blankets
  • Backpacks
  • Gift cards
I have a big box outside the front office where your children can place the donated items. I will bring the items to City Mission around Friday, December 11.  Thank you so much for your help.
Eric Flynn

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Author Visit: 12/15-16

Friends of Buker is thrilled to be bringing the popular author Jarrett Krosoczka to Buker School December 15/16 and January 5/6. His visit has been partially funded through the Massachusetts Cultural Council's STARS grant. As in past years, Grades 3-5 will take part in this program's "Writer in Residence," which allows in-depth workshops that go beyond the typical author visit. This year, Grades K-2 will also get to be involved in the author's visit through participating in an engaging assembly! 

Jarrett's books are widely available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.  He will sign copies on 12/15 (12:30) and 1/5 (1p).  Pick up a favorite title while holiday shopping and make it an extra special gift with the author's signature.  He draws a picture in each book!  

Many thanks to Cultural Enrichment Coordinator Emily Leland and the Friends of Buker for sponsoring this year's "Writer in Residence".

Monday, November 30, 2015

Buker Holiday Assembly: 12/23

Families are invited to Buker School on Wednesday, December 23rd at 9:00am for the annual Holiday Assembly.  

Come and enjoy our students celebrating the joys of the season in song, under the leadership of our music teacher, Mr. Ferreira.  

This will be an approximately 45 minute event.  
Please remember that dismissal on this day is 12:45pm.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

HW Cheerleaders: National Competition!

Please help support the Hamilton Wenham Cheerleaders on their Road to Nationals at Disney!!!  

The girls are selling raffle tickets -- only 100 tickets will be sold!!! 

$20 each for a chance to win $1,000!!!  

Contact Adrienne Stinson at if you'd like to get in on this awesome chance to win some holiday cash!

If you'd rather make a donation, go to our GOFUNDME page at

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Early Dismissal: Wednesday, 11/25

Students will be dismissed at 11:15am on Wednesday, November 25.  Buses will run, and no lunch will be served.  Students return to school on Monday, November 30th.

We wish everyone in our Buker Community a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend with your families.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Holiday Boutique: Saturday, 12/5

Saturday, December 5th 
Winthrop School 
Admission: $2 adults, $1 children & seniors

This year’s Holiday Boutique will feature:
Over 60 Local Vendors offering fabulous gift ideas for the holidays.
  • Stock up on cookies at the “Cookie Walk”
  • Bid on some fantastic gift baskets donated by Winthrop School classes.
  • Enjoy a scrumptious lunch at the “Winthrop CafĂ©”

Children will delight in doing their own holiday shopping with the help of some very eager elves in the Children's Secret Shop where all gifts cost $6 or less.

Dell Belles (an a cappella group) will be joining us once again this year. 

And, of course, Santa will be on site!

Scholastic Book Fair

Deby Baker and Jen Glovsky outdid themselves this year to make the Scholastic Book Fair a roaring success.  Here is their news of the fair:

Thanks to all the students and families that came to the Scholastic Book Fair last week.  We are pleased to announce that we sold a record $5,600+ of books.  We received 55% of the revenue in Scholastic Dollars that allowed us to supply all the books for the library and the classrooms that were not purchased by parents.  We still have plenty of Scholastic Dollars available for other school needs throughout the year!

Thank you to all who supported the fifth grade bake sale.  They made a whopping $403!!  Fifth grade is well on the way to funding a great week in the spring.

Lastly, special thanks to Jen Bent and Serenity for making our evening book fair event a success. Everybody LOVES Serenity.  Parents and children alike were mesmerized by her sweet nature.  She was definitely the hit of the evening!! 

The next Scholastic Book Fair will be back in the spring.  That is our BOGO event.  (Buy one get one free!)  We hope to see you then!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Power of one!

The wonderful idea of Principal for the Day, Spencer Wallace, aka Mr. S., to have a homework assignment of a donation to ACORD Food Pantry, resulted in an overwhelming collection!  Thank you to all who contributed to this effort. 

Many thanks to Mr. S. for using this platform for kindness to others.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Matt Noyes' Buker Visit

Look who came to visit this week!

Matt Noyes Visits Buker's Kindergarten Class


Principal for the Day, Spencer Wallace, has announced an optional school-wide homework assignment for tonight:

Bring in a donation for the ACORD Food Pantry tomorrow (one day only)

To support our local food pantry's weekend drive, Buker will deliver our day's donations to ACORD on Friday, 11/20, after school.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

UNICEF Collection

 Our trick or treaters raised $150 for UNICEF this Halloween!  This money will provide malaria protection for over 100 children!  Many thanks to those who participated.

Scholastic Book Fair: 11/18 and 11/19 with evening hours 11/18 5p-7p

If you would like to join your child/children during their class visit, here is the class schedule;



9:00 - 9:30

9:30 – 10:00

10:00 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:30
Eaton & Reed

11:30 – 12:00 



9:00 - 9:30

9:30 - 10:00

10:00 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 12:00

1:00 - 1:30

1:30 - 2:00

2:00 – 2:30