Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Elementary Music Program: 4th and 5th Graders


This week your child saw a demonstration of musical instruments, presented by Erik Fecke, Director of Bands and Michael Ferreira, Elementary Music Teacher.  As a fourth or fifth grader, your child may participate in the Elementary Instrument Program. 

§  Beginner Group Lessons are offered for trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute, saxophone and percussion. 

§  Musicians with at least one prior year of instruction may join the Elementary Ensemble. 

For more information, and to register, please go: Elementary InstrumentProgram.

Interested in group lessons?  Use the tab for Group Lessons Online Registration on the website.

Does your child want to be in the band, and has the required experience? 
Download the Ensemble Form from the website, return it with payment to your school’s office. 

You will receive a confirmation email with more details from hwelementarymusic@gmail.com
so please check your spam folder if you haven’t received one.

Group Lessons will begin week of 10/12/15.

The first ensemble rehearsal will be Wednesday, October 14, 2015.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

BCW Honors Chorus Information

BCW Honors Chorus

The start date for chorus is postponed one week due to Mrs. Clark’s recovery from a recent surgery.

I’m greatly looking forward to beginning our year with all new and returning chorus members! All 4th and 5th grade students from Buker, Cutler and Winthrop are welcome to join! Registration forms are available on the schools websites under For Parents or from classroom teachers.

Chorus start up is as follows:

Grade 4 students only Tuesday October 6th
Grade 4 and 5 students Thursday October 8th

All 4th and 5th grade chorus member will meet thereafter every Tuesday and Thursday for the rest of the school year in the Cutler School dining hall
7:30-8:15 AM.

Thank You,

Mrs Clark

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Parent Forum: Kids and Company

On Monday, October 5th from 7:00 – 8:00 pm, we will hold a parent forum at the Buker School Multi-purpose room to discuss the Hamilton/Wenham district safety curriculum, Kids and Company: Together For Safety.  This is a comprehensive program taught in grades K-2 that provides children with the skills, information, self-confidence and support necessary to prevent abduction and sexual abuse.  The program takes a positive and constructive approach in helping children respond to various situations and make safe decisions. 

Kids and Company has been taught in the district for the past fifteen years.  The forum will provide parents, who are unfamiliar with the program, an overview of the skills that are taught and a chance to view the materials used.

If you have any questions about the program or the forum, please contact me at 978-626-0873.

Kathleen Hughes, LICSW

Adjustment Counselor

Car Line Pickup

Please help us dismiss your children more safely in the moving car line!
  • Please do not jump the line. This is extremely dangerous. 
  • Please do not get out of your car.  
  • If your child rides in a car seat, please put it on the right side of your vehicle and our staff will put your child in it.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Curriculum Night: 9/29

Tuesday, September 29:  Curriculum Night
This is an important night for parents only to learn about the curriculum from their child's classroom teacher.  

6:30p-7:15p  Kindergarten - Grade 2 (Classrooms)
7:15p-7:30p  Principal's Address (Auditorium)
7:30p-8:15p  Grade 3 - 5 (Classrooms)

Bicycle Reminders


Students in grades K-3 may ride their bikes to school with adult supervision. Children in grades four and five are allowed to ride their bicycles to Buker School independently.  All children under 12 years of age must wear a helmet according to Massachusetts State Law.  Students should ride bikes with the flow of traffic.  A bike rack is provided for student use.  The school cannot be responsible for lost or stolen bicycles.  Children should not ride bicycles in rainy, icy or snowy weather.  Parents are responsible for the safe operating condition of their children’s bicycles.  Youngsters who ride to school should be reminded that riding bicycles on the playground is not allowed.  Improper use of this privilege will result in its suspension.

Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District
Recommendations for Bicycle Safety
Approved 4/27/00

The Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District, its administrators and staff wish to recommend that students, within the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District and their parents/guardians, consider the following suggestions for Bicycle Safety should the student and his/her parents/guardians opt to have the student ride a bicycle to and/or from school:

ð  BIKE PLAN – It is recommended that parents/guardians and students prepare a bike plan outlining the route that the child may take to and from school.  It is recommended that the student and parent/guardian write out a bike plan that may minimally include the streets to be traveled to and from school.  The bike plan, if the student and parent/guardian decide to follow this recommendation, could be kept by the parent/guardian and periodically reviewed for safety.

ð  SAFETY TIPS – Helpful general safety and bicycle safety tips and suggestions are circulated by the Hamilton and Wenham Police Departments and the School District.  It is recommended that students and their parents/guardians consider reviewing these safety tips.  These safety tips often address issues involving the proper use of a bicycle helmet, where one can safely (and legally) ride a bicycle, how to properly cross a street, and proper bicycle maintenance.

It must be remembered that riding a bicycle can be very dangerous, and that the best way to avoid any accidents is for the student to plan out a bicycle route to and from school with a responsible parent/guardian, adhere to all traffic laws, and to follow any general recommended safety tips for a safe and enjoyable ride.

The Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Committee, the administrators and the staff hope that the above suggestions and recommendations are helpful and remind each student and parent/guardian that bicycle safety is up to you.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Friday, 9/18: Summer Reader Pancake Breakfast

Calling all summer readers who sent in postcards, letters and beautiful drawings to Mr. O., telling about their books!!

REMINDER:  Friday, September 18th between 8a-8:25a in the cafeteria for pancakes and sausages.

Library Volunteers Needed

Hello Parents!

Library is an important time in our children’s school week, and they make the most of it when they have parent volunteers to help out, so please consider offering your time.  We are still in need of volunteers for most classes, but we are particularly short for the following:
   K – Mrs. McMahon - library time is Fridays at 1:55pm
                1 – Mrs. O’Shea – library time is Tuesdays at 1:05pm
                3 – Mrs. Geraghty – library time is Fridays at 10:35am
                4 – Mrs. Mastriani – library time is Fridays at 12:10pm

Please contact Christine Petryszyn, christine.petryszyn@gmail.com, to sign up.

Buker Family Photo Days

Sign up Today!
Buker Family Photos
Preserve Memories Forever
Beautiful Portrait Photography
Support Buker
Karl Blaser, a talented local portrait photographer, will take beautiful personalized portraits of your family on the beautiful Gordon Conwell Campus.  The $50 sitting fee goes to “Friends of Buker” and you purchase only the photos you love.   There is no obligation beyond the sitting fee.  Families of Buker have cherished these beautiful portraits for years.  Do not miss yours!

Time Slots are Available on
September 26th and October 3rd from 10:30am to 3:30pm

Sign up by first going to this Link to select your 20 minute slot:

and also 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 at a.m.y.starr@hotmail.com