Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Volunteer Appreciation Assembly

Please be our guest at an all-school assembly in your honor!  

Friday, June 12th
8:15am Coffee and Treats
8:35am-9:00am Assembly 

Our students would like to share their appreciation for the Buker volunteers, whose support in the classroom, library, field trips and school events is invaluable to our school.

Staff Appreciation Signup

Dear Parents,

Thank you all for your contribution sign-ups thus far for Staff Appreciation Week. Please see the link below for another easy way to contribute. We greatly appreciate your generosity.
Holly and Adrienne 

To sign up, go to:

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bike Day!

Thank you all who attended the Buker Bike Day.  It was a great day to ride with friends and celebrate the nice weather.  Thank you to Amy Dolan for putting the event together, Seaside Cyclery for designing the course and prizes and Woody's Cyclery for bike inspections.  Special thank you's to Amy Kurja, Deby Baker, Jessica Connors, Jenn Walles, Meggan Batten, Mia Ertel and Dina Coffey for keeping the event rolling.

1st Gus Tratnyek
2nd Joe Flynn
3rd Matty Coughlin
1st Grade
1st Lilly Giovannucci
2nd Ella Batten
3rd Isla Cleveland
2nd Grade 
1st Braeden Hurley
2nd Jack Donnellan-Doser
3rd William Iler
3rd Grade 
1st Griffin Tiberii
2nd Joseph Coughlin
3rd Tyler Giovannucci

4th Grade
1st Grace Roebuck
2nd Marlee Flanagan
3rd Lily Iler
5th Grade
1st Zack Walles
2nd Chris Batten
3rd Ryan Dye

Family Lunch Grade 5 Time

The time was incorrect for the Grade 5 Family Lunch on Wednesday, June 10th.
On Wednesdays, fifth grade eats at 11:40am.
Thank you.

Middle School Night Program

If you or your fifth grader are looking for more information about moving ahead to the Miles River Middle School, please look on their website and download the brochure, “ Making the Transition – 5th to 6th Grade“.  Jessica Clark, the Miles River Counselor, has put together a comprehensive brochure answering almost any question you might have.  

The Community House is presently accepting registrations for their Middle School Night program.  The purpose of Middle School Night is to offer participants, grades 6th through 8th, a place of safe and supervised social activity through regularly scheduled events, such as dances, movie nights, mini golf excursions, etc.  The Introductory Event, the Fifth Grade Dance, which many of our students are talking about, is scheduled for Friday, June 5th.  If your child is interested in attending, please assure them that it is not expected that they go with a date, as many of them are thinking.  In fact, this is discouraged.  The night is more of a social gathering than a dance, with dance games such as the limbo being featured.  They will not be playing any slow dance songs.  Some students are feeling pressured to go with a date and we hope that parents will support our recommendation and encourage them to go with their friends.

To be eligible to sign up, students must live in Hamilton or Wenham or attend Miles River as school choice student.  Registration is $50.00 and students must be registered ahead of time to participate.  Please see Kathy Hughes for scholarship assistance if needed.  Registration forms are available on the Community House website. This program is not sponsored or supported by the Hamilton Wenham School District, but something that is offered by the Community House.

Family Lunch Times

In case you didn't write it down, here are the dates and times for the June Family Lunches.

Kindergarten:  Tuesday, June 16th at 12n

Grade 1:  Friday, June 5th at 12:30pm

Grade 2:  Tuesday, June 2nd at 11:15am

Grade 3:  Tuesday, June 9th at 12:55pm

Grade 4:  Thursday, June 4th at 11:40am

Grade 5:  Wednesday, June 10th at 11:40am PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED INCORRECTLY!

Remember to signup!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NW3H882

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Attention Fifth Grade Parents: MRMS Family Orientation Night Information

Staff Appreciation Week

Dear Parents!

It's that time of the year again to APPRECIATE the amazing staff at Buker!

Please help us by volunteering for Staff Appreciation Week!

Thanks so much!
Adrienne Stinson and Holly Gamber 

To sign up, go to:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

June is Family Lunch month!

June is Family Lunch month!  Please register using the link below and be sure to make a note of the date and time of the lunches you will attend.

Parent lunch is an opportunity for you to share in the cafeteria experience with your child. 
Thank you for making a meal choice from the selections, rather than bringing your own lunch.

Buker Family Lunch Signup

Cost of adult lunch is $3.75 and sibling lunch is $3.00.  We encourage using your child's account to pay for guests, as this makes the line go much faster.  Please make sure there is enough money on your child's account.  If necessary, however, cash will be accepted.

Fingerprinting Update: Please send a copy of the receipt to the office

The Superintendent's office has informed us that a copy of the receipt you receive after the fingerprinting process is complete is needed to match the tracking number to the state's database.
Please send in a copy to the Buker office, or scan it to j.carleo@hwschools.net.
Thank you very much for supporting this new process.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Buker Staff Appreciation Week

It takes big hearts to shape little minds.
is approaching…June 1-5
It’s that time of year! We’ve got one week to show our Buker staff how much they are truly
appreciated and valued. We need your help to make the most of it!
And we’re taking it up a notch! There will be numerous ways in which you can volunteer to
help thank our teachers and staff for their tireless commitment to our children.
Tokens of our appreciation will include:
Wednesday lunch (spiced up a bit with a Chipotle buffet!)…Thursday morning coffee
delivery…Friday breakfast…Staff room treat baskets…Daily gift card drawings…

Please be on the look out for the SignUpGenius to follow. It’s going to take a village to help
make this week long event a success, and every gesture helps.

Adrienne Stinson stinson72@gmail.com Holly Gamber hkippun@gmail.com

Next week: BUKER BIKE DAY!

Wednesday, May 20th
(Rain Date -  May 27th)
1:00 – 2:30pm
Buker Field

Join us for a fun day of bike riding at Buker.  All ages are welcome.  A course will be set up by Seaside Cycle. Races will begin at 1:30.

The 5th graders will be selling snacks and water.

Please note:  This is a FOB sponsored event.  Please make arrangements for you or another responsible adult to be present with your child (children) at this event.  No school supervision is available after dismissal.  You are responsible for your children.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Last Day of School Information

The last day of school for elementary students is Tuesday, June 23, with dismissal at 11:15am.  [No lunches will be served.] 

Bulldog's Beauty: Looking for Gardening Helpers

Are you interested in supporting the Buker School Garden?  We are looking for families and students to help construct, water, weed, and/or harvest between now and September.  
If you are interested in helping support Bulldog’s Beauty: please contact Nichole Gray at n.gray@hwschools.net.  No amount of time is too small!  Thank you in advance for your support!!

Fingerprinting: New Requirement for Field Trip Chaperones

Fingerprinting: new requirement for field trip chaperones
The Governor signed into law the requirement for all public school employees to have a national criminal background check.  Unlike CORI, this check will examine criminal activity in all states including Massachusetts. Moving forward, all field trip chaperones will be required to have both fingerprinting and a CORI. Field trip chaperones this spring will be asked to have their fingerprints taken prior to the trip. 

The fingerprint process requires two steps.  The first step is to register online for an appointment to have your fingerprint taken.  The closest location is currently in Salem. The second step requires you to go to a location to physically have your fingerprint taken.  The process has a $35 fee associated with it. If you require assistance with this fee, please contact Kathy Hughes. 
Please see the step-by-step guide below, if you are planning on chaperoning a field trip.
If you have questions about the process, please contact Brian O'Donoghue.

Acceptable Forms of Identification at:  http://www.l1enrollment.com/state/forms/ma/52a74f4e4a560.pdf
How to Change, Correct or Update your National Criminal History Record Response at:

The fingerprint process requires two steps.  The first step is to register online for an appointment to have your fingerprint taken.  The second step requires you to go to a location to physically have your fingerprint taken.  

·       Please visit http://www.identogo.com/FP/Massachusetts.aspx (select online scheduling) to register for a date, time and location to have your fingerprints taken.

  • When you are asked to provide a "Provider ID" please use the following code for the Hamilton Wenham Regional School District:  06750000.

  • The fee is $55 for staff who hold a DESE license and $35 for those who do not have a DESE license.  You will need to pay with a credit card while online.

  • Please print the confirmation page and note the identification you will need to bring with you to the fingerprinting center.

Thank you very much for your cooperation in securing a timely appointment for the national criminal background check.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Janell Carleo at (978) 626-0902.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Ralph Fletcher Books: Order Deadline Extended to Friday, 5/8

Our students enjoyed Ralph Fletcher's visit today!  If you are interested in ordering a book, we have extended the deadline to Friday, 5/8.  Please make checks payable to ALRAN BOOKS, or provide credit card information.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Menu Change: 5/6 & 5/7

The Cafeteria has informed us that the menus for this Wednesday and Thursday need to be switched.

Wednesday:  Macaroni & Cheese, Dinner Roll or Turkey Roll Up, Steamed Broccoli

Thursday:  French Toast Sticks, Sausage Patty or Turkey Roll Up, Carrot Sticks and Cherry   Tomatoes, Jello