Friday, October 28, 2016

Project Playground! Come join us!

Have you heard about the effort to build a new playground at Buker?  
The Playground Committee is seeking volunteers!  

If you would like to be a part of this project, 
please click on this link:    

The next meeting will be held on Monday October 31st at 11:30 am in the conference room at Buker. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

ACORD collection

Interact is a Hamilton-Wenham Middle School High School community service club sponsored by the local Rotary. They organize a yearly Thanksgiving food drive for Acord Food Pantry.  We are organizing a classroom/school-wide collection of boxed baking mixes from November 1st - 9th.   
Thank you for considering a donation.

Halloween Candy Donation Box

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Successful Family Fun Night!

Thank you to Brandy Wilbur, Family Fun Night Coordinator, and the many parents who supported her efforts in making this evening a success!   

The event was well attended with students enjoying the many games, craft activities, and delicious food. We appreciate all of the donated foods and prizes.  

Monday, October 24, 2016

School Picture Retakes

If your child was absent on Picture Day, please be aware that Wednesday, November 9th is the day for retakes.  If you need another form, please contact the office.  

If you would like your child's picture retaken, please 
SEND IN THE ORIGINAL PICTURES with your child on Wednesday, 11/9.

We also will be retaking the class pictures on the same day, as the clarity of the originals was not very good.

School Spirit Friday! 10/28

Let's come together as a community! 

Wear orange and black 
this Friday!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Buker Family Fun Night! Next Monday, 10/24

Buker Family Fun Night

MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2016, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

This is Buker's biggest event and fundraiser this year, and it is one week away. Come out support our school. Please volunteer and donate to make it a wonderful night of fun for all of our students.  

Please click here to sign up for a volunteer slot: 

Carnival Games (Included in Admission) - We will have all kinds of fun games available for students to participate in.

Crafts (Included in Admission) - We will have fall crafts available for your child to make and take home.

Face-painting (Included in Admission) - Children can choose to have their faces painted.

NEWMystery Tree - Every child wins a prize!  For $5 your child gets to spin the wheel to win a theme prize.

NEW* Pumpkin Patch Walk - Instead of a pie contest this year, students purchase tickets to do the Pumpkin Patch Walk, $1 each / 6 for $5 /  15 for $10. Each  round, one winner is picked and gets to choose a plate of baked goods from the table.  

Concessions - There will be pizza, cider, popcorn, and water for purchase.

Please donate items for the Mystery Tree Raffle.  Items can be brought to school and placed in the bins that are located outside each classroom.  
  • Kindergarten  – Arts and Crafts Galore
Gift cards to Learning Express, Art Supply Wholesale, Michael’s, AC Moore; water colors, acrylic paints, brushes; large pads paper; paint cups; smock; easel; pens, markers, pencils; stamp pads, stamps; stickers, decals
  • First Grade – Rainy/Snowy Day Rescue!
Books, puzzles, crosswords/word game books, card or dice games, DVDs, kid-sized umbrellas or shovels, toys for snow (snowman accessories, snow coloring kit), sleds/saucers, activity books, ingredients for chocolate chip cookies, fun hot chocolate and marshmallow kit    
  • Second Grade – Family Fun Night!
Passes to the movies; board games; gift certificate to family friendly restaurants (A&B Burger, the Farm) ; driving range/ice cream gift basket; DVDs; puzzles,  makings for ice cream sundaes or s’mores, mini golf,
  • Third Grade – Legomania!
All Lego is fun; this is certainly the most popular prize; Consider girls and boys when choosing!
  • Fourth Grade – All Sports All the Time  
Gift card to Sports Stop, Target, or Dick’s; batting cage passes; tickets to a Navigator’s ball game; admission to Pingree Skating Rink; complimentary registration for HW basketball, baseball, lacrosse, etc; complimentary registration for Recreation Center program, sports equipment- balls, nets, bats, etc.
  • Fifth Grade –  It is Magic or Science?  
Magic set, magician costume, science games and experiments (Learning Express has good selection), telescope, kid-friendly science books (anatomy, space), bug or butterfly kits.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Upcoming Flu Clinics

Michele Borba Presentation: 10/19

Michele Borba to Speak at Glen Urquhart School on October 19

Michele Borba, Ed.D., an internationally-recognized childhood psychologist on topics related to parenting and developing the character of children, will speak at Glen Urquhart School on October 19 at 7:00 p.m. Borba is a best-selling author of twenty-two books and one of the foremost authorities in the country on strengthening children’s empathy and resilience. She is an NBC contributor who appears regularly on the Today Show and has been featured as an expert on DatelineThe ViewNBC Nightly NewsFox & FriendsDr. Oz, CNN as well as in Newsweek, People, Good Housekeeping, Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Globe and Mail.
Borba’s latest book, UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World, pinpoints the forces causing the “Empathy Crisis” and shares a revolutionary, researched-based plan that gives parents nine proven and teachable habits to reverse it. She discusses why developing empathy is a key predictor to helping kids succeed in our global, digitally-driven world.
Borba’s detailed guide is designed to help families and educators discuss how to apply these strategies to create more empathetic and resilient students, and to help parents and schools build brighter futures for all kids from poverty or privilege. According to Philip Zimbardo, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University, “Michele Borba has written a game-changing guide showing why nurturing empathy in our children isn’t optional — it’s essential.”  
“Creating empathetic and resilient students is as important in today’s world as any academic skill and Michele Borba is providing parents and educators with the tools they need to develop and strengthen these skills. We look forward to having Michele visit and speak at GUS,” said David Liebmann, Head of Glen Urquhart School.
Borba is also the spokesperson for dozens of organizations. Her clients include: Harvard University, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, American Academy of Pediatrics, La Leche League, Phi Delta Kappa, Character Plus, Finnish Ministry of Education, General Mills,, 3M, YMCA, Johnson & Johnson, U.S. Army, Girl Scouts of America, McDonald’s Global Women’s Leadership Network, the consultant to hundreds of schools and parent groups around the world, and a featured speaker of TEDx Talks. She lives in Palm Springs, California, with her husband, and she is the mother of three grown sons. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

To the Parents of 4th Graders and 5th Graders

Massachusetts General Law, c.71, s.57, requires all school children to have a physical examination on file within one year prior to entrance to school or within 30 days after school entry and at intervals of either three or four years thereafter.  In order to comply with this law at the elementary level, we require that you provide a copy of the physician-completed physical examination performed prior to your child’s kindergarten year and during his or her 4th grade year.

Please provide the school with a copy of your child’s most recent physical exam.  
If you are a 5th grade parent and did not send in a physical last year, please send one in as soon as possible.  
You can send a copy in with your child or the pediatrician can fax it directly to 978-468-0450.

Thank you for your assistance,

Lisa Druskat BSN, RN, NCSN

Buker School Nurse

Thursday, 10/13. Friends of Buker Meeting

Thursday, October 13 
9:00 - 10:00 am
 Buker Cafeteria

Join us for our October Friends of Buker Meeting where we will have a Panel Discussion of "How Social & Emotional Needs of Elementary Students Impact Learning.” 

We will be joined by panel guests Principal Brian O'Donoghue, Occupational Therapist Sally Clyse, and Adjustment Counselor, Kathleen Hughes.

You may bring children. Please bring toys to entertain them.

Calendar Reminders

Please note that there is 11:15am dismissal for elementary students on Thursday, October 20 and Thursday, October 27 for Parent/Teacher Conferences. No lunches will be served.

Planning ahead:  Wednesday, November 23rd and Friday, December 23rd will have a 12:05pm dismissal for elementary students.  No lunches will be served.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Kids & Company Together for Safety Parent Forum Night

Kids & Company Together for Safety
Parent Forum Night 

On Tuesday, October 18th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, we will hold a parent forum at the Winthrop School  to discuss the  district's 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 sixteen 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 Kathleen Hughes at 978-626-0873 or email her at

Buker Playground Brick Campaign

Buker Playground Brick Campaign

You may purchase and customize your own brick for your business or family.  The funds will go toward the playground, and the bricks will be used in a patio sitting/reflection area next to the new playground. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


October 24th 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, Balloon Raffle, games, face painting & crafts.

Enjoy dinner in the Café(teria)!
Concessions will be available for sale at the event:  Pizza, popcorn, chips, hot cider, and more!

 Annual Pie Contest
      Get your favorite recipe ready, sign up for this yummy event will
      be coming out soon!

Look for the pre-registration form in backpacks.
Volunteers are needed to make this event a success. 
Sign up for time slots coming soon.

Want to help?  Have questions?
Ask Brandy Wilbur -

Playground Committee Meeting Rescheduled

Please take note that the Playground Committee meeting originally scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m. has been rescheduled.  

The meeting will now be held Thursday, October 13th at 11:00 a.m. in the Buker conference room.

If you would like to be part of the effort to build a new playground at Buker, please click on the link below.

New Format: Friends of Buker Meeting: 10/13

Thursday, October 13 
9:00 - 10:00 am
Buker Cafeteria

Join us for our October Friends of Buker Meeting where we will have a Panel Discussion of "How Social & Emotional Needs of Elementary Students Impact Learning.” 

We will be joined by panel guests Principal Brian O'Donoghue, Occupational Therapist Sally Clyse, and Adjustment Counselor, Kathleen Hughes.

You may bring children. Please bring toys to entertain them.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Volunteer Training: 10/19


If you are interested in volunteering in your child's classroom in any capacity and/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 19th, 9:45am-11am in the Buker Library. 
Questions?  Contact Liza Sharp.