Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bike Day is postponed!

Buker Bike Day will be held Wednesday, 6/7/17, because of the weather forecast.

Buker Staff Appreciation

Buker Staff Appreciation Sign Up
We appreciate your help!


We are happy to announce that there will be an additional challenge to our Field Day events this year! To kick off Field Day (Monday, June 12) we are holding a fundraising fun run, with all proceeds going toward the playground project.  The event will be much like the Read-A-Thon that we held in December which generated almost $5,000!  
Let's rally again - we are less than $10,000 away from a new playground!

Please remember to name the student who is being sponsored in the “Dedicate my donation in honor or in memory of someone” field.  We want to make sure that his or her online donations are included in the class tally, because prizes will be awarded to the classes which raise the most amount of money!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Buker Bike Day: 5/31

Bike Day Sign Up

Buker Bike Day
Each year Buker kicks off the summer days with a little bike rally.  Students bring their bikes to school and race their classmates around a small course on the field.  This will begin at 1:00 pm.  It is best that if your child is participating you have an adult their to supervise them after school.  The races are short and the festivities will all be wrapped up by 2:00 pm.
Quick Answers:

  • Who?  Buker Students Kindergarten through 5th grade.
  • What does a parent need to do?   
    • Drop off a bike and helmet to school or bring at 12:45.  
    • Be sure your child has someone to supervise them and give them a ride home.
    • There is no registration necessary. 
    • There will be food available sold by the 5th Grade Class, bring a couple of dollars to support them. 
  • Where?  The Buker Field.
  • When?  Wednesday, May 31 from 1:00 pm until the races are over (before 2:00)
  • Why? Just for Fun!
  • How can a parent help?  Check out the Bike Day Sign Up Genius

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Staff Appreciation Week

Thank you to those who have already signed up to help with Staff Appreciation Week! 

This week-long showing of our appreciation of Buker’s best begins Monday, June 5th. 

Please take a look at this SECOND SignUpGenius. 

We are looking for donations for some extra little surprises for our staff.  Because of your generosity, here are some goodies we surprised the staff with in the past…

Monday, May 22, 2017

Our Butterfly Garden Grows!

So many thanks to Amy and Paul Mihailidis for championing the Butterfly Garden project.  Thank you to the volunteers who came to plant this past weekend.  Great gains were made, as you can see from these pictures.  Your monetary donations, as well as donations from Corliss Nursery, Gordon's Nursery and Landscape Planners, helped create the needed environment for the monarchs to use!

School Spirit Friday! Red, White & Blue

This Friday let's all wear our red, white and blue clothing and show our patriotic pride, as we head into Memorial Day weekend!  

Friday, May 19, 2017

Corliss Supports the Butterfly Garden!

Many, many thanks to Corliss Bros. of Ipswich for donating nearly all the plants needed for our Monarch Station to be a success!  If you have home gardening needs, we hope you will think of shopping at Corliss!

Buker Staff Appreciation

Buker Staff Appreciation Signup

It's that time of year again to show our amazing Buker staff how much they are appreciated! Your help and involvement is what guarantees the success of these events. 

Thanks so much for lending a hand!  Every little bit helps. If you are purchasing a gift card or want to make a cash donation, please put them in an envelope marked Staff Appreciation Week. Then drop them in your child's backpack to deliver to school... drop them in the Friends of Buker basket in the front office...or drop them by the Gamber residence: 16 Juniper Street, Wenham or the Stinson residence: 22 Appaloosa Lane, Hamilton by MONDAY, JUNE 5th.  *Other LUNCH items can be brought to the school on WEDNESDAY, June 7th - BY 12:15pm  **BREAKFAST items should be delivered no later than 7:30 AM FRIDAY, June 9th to the Buker Multipurpose Room.  
Thank you again!
Holly Gamber and Adrienne Stinson

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fun Run Pledge! Check the backpacks!

Melody Miles: Saturday, 5/27

Calling all runners, walkers, and Saturday morning strollers! Start your Memorial Day weekend off with either a 5k or 5mi walk/run, while getting serenaded throughout the race by local student singers and musicians. All proceeds benefits arts activities in our schools, including those here at Buker. The forecast is looking great, so lace up your sneakers, break out the stroller, and get ready to have a rockin' good time!!!

Monday, May 15, 2017

After School Activities: Fun in June!

Buker Butterfly Garden Project: May 20

Come join us as we plant the Butterfly garden!

Saturday May 20

Time: Drop in between 9:00a to 1:00p

Where:  The Karen Woolf Garden next to the white administration building behind Buker Elementary School

What to bring:  rakes, shovels, spades, garden gloves, water bottles and the whole family!

A HUGE thanks to everyone who came out this past Saturday to help us clean out the garden!  It was a real community effort.  The garden now looks great and is ready to be planted with butterfly friendly native plants!  There is still time to donate if you can!  Here is the signup genius link.  If you have any questions please email Amy Mihailidis at
We hope to see you Saturday!     

- The Butterfly Garden Committee

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Last Day of School Information

The last day of school will be Tuesday, June 20th.  Dismissal for elementary school is at 12:05pm.  There will be no lunch served.

We will be recognizing our fifth graders in a brief ceremony on the last day of school, Tuesday, June 20th at 11:00am.  Parents and family members are welcome to attend.

End of year Term 3 Report Cards will be available to parents in the afternoon of June 20th, through the Aspen Parent Portal .  Included in this report card will be your child's classroom placement for next year.

Clean those Closets!

Please Support Buker EarlyAct Club’s Fabric Drive
EarlyAct is still collecting fabric- in ANY condition! 
Drop off in the gallery off the cafeteria.  
Our deadline is Friday, Math 19th: Your help is much appreciated!

The following items are accepted:
Costumes/Dress Up Clothes
Fabric/Fabric Scraps/Yarn
Towels/Wash Cloths
Sheets/Pillow Cases
Cloth Napkins
Pot Holders
Sofa/Chair Covers
Shoes/Boots/Flip Flops/Slippers
Pocketbooks/Backpacks/Duffle Bags

Single mittens, gloves, and socks are also accepted!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Buker Vegetable Garden

Volunteers Needed

We are seeking volunteers to build two rain barrel towers and a simple three-bin composter for the Buker Vegetable Garden. If you are handy and able please contact Nichole Gray at ( as soon as possible. All plans and supplies will be provided for the projects.

Monday, May 8, 2017

5th Grade Fundraiser

The Buker 5th Grade will be holding a bake sale in front of Hamilton House of Pizza on Saturday, May 20th from 11:30-1:30. Please come out and support our 5th graders and our local business!  

Poetry Night: Cancelled.

Kindergarten, First and Second Grade Families

Poetry Night has been cancelled

Dear Families,
We are cancelling Poetry night because of a low turn out.  We think the spring sports have taken away our audience.  We will be offering these nights again next year and hope you can attend.  We will host them in the winter when we are all stuck in the house!!
Thanks for understanding and for your support!!
Kathy and Becky

Friday, May 5, 2017

Moms love flowers!

The Fifth graders at the Buker School are making it easy for you to get the perfect gift for your mom, or a plants for your spring garden, at their annual Plant Sale!  
A wide assortment of Mother's Day arrangements, hanging baskets, annuals, veggie plants and herbs can be purchased including Hydrangeas, Hibiscus, Impatiens, Petunias and more! 

Stop by Friday, May 12th from 2 to 4pm and Saturday, May 13th from 8 to noon outside the Buker School on School Street in Wenham.   All plants are provided by Cressey's Greenhouse in Rowley and profits support educational programs at the school. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Butterfly Garden Cleanup Date Change

We also have an approved signup genius (link below) that details desired plants for donations and also explains that monetary donations should be written in check form made out to the Friends of Buker. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Acord Food Drive on Saturday, May 13

On Saturday, May 13th the United States Postal Service celebrates the 25th year of the Stamp Out Hunger Postal Food Drive. Please place non-perishable, unexpired food by your mailbox by 8:30 a.m. that morning and a letter carrier will pick it up. 

Our most wanted items include canned meat (chicken, shrimp, salmon), cereal,  jelly, baked beans, meals in a can (chili, beef stew), healthy snacks, canned fruit (especially pineapple and mandarin oranges) and 100% juice.  We welcome donations of gluten free and low sodium items for clients on restricted diets. In addition, our clients enjoy receiving coffee, baking mixes, condiments, cooking oil and personal care items. Please check expiration dates as Acord cannot accept outdated items.

Food will be brought to Acord to be sorted and stocked by volunteers. The Acord Food Pantry in Hamilton, Mass. has provided food assistance to residents of Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich and several nearby communities since 1991. A non-denominational, non-profit grassroots organization staffed by more than 100 local volunteers, Acord is a partner of the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) and the North Shore United Way, and a member of the North Shore Hunger Network.

Stacey Verge
Executive Director

Acord Food Pantry