Friday, September 29, 2017

Family Fun Night! Save the Date!

October 25th  5-7pm
Sign up to VOLUNTEER/
Donate to make this another successful community event
 Come join the festivities!
The carnival-style event is an evening of fun as well as a fundraiser for Friends of Buker. Among the activities are family friendly games, 50/50 raffle, theme basket raffle, crafts and food.  
Plan and Set up games
Sell tickets
Help with crafts

 Enjoy dinner in the CafĂ©(teria)!
 Concessions will be available for sale at the event: Pizza, popcorn, chips, hot cider, and a new “Treat Walk” where you can fill up a container of yummy treats.  
Setting up food
Serving food
Donating yummy treats

 Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Show off your family spirit by creating a family decorated pumpkin for judging. There will be prize awards for different categories.  
Coordinate contestants
Set up tables
Facilitate judging

Want to help with games, food, raffle baskets, logistics?  
Have questions? Ask Brandy Wilbur -,
FOB events coordinator

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Presentation: Decoding Media in 2017

The League of Women Voters of Hamilton-Wenham is hosting an exciting event entitled "#WTF* (*Fact or Fiction): Decoding Media in 2017, Left, Right, and Center,” featuring four distinguished panelists on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, 775 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA.  
The four panelists are:
·  Kay Lazar, Reporter, The Boston Globe (Staff Bio)
·  Paul Mihailidis, Associate Professor, School of Communication, Emerson College (Faculty Bio)
·  Mary Robb, Civics and Media Literacy Teacher, Social Studies Department, Andover High School (Interview, Greater Boston, WGBH, December 2016)
·  Melissa Zimdars, Assistant Professor of Communication, Communication and Media, Merrimack College (Faculty Bio)

The League’s goals are to educate, provide decoding tools, and facilitate civil discourse in our communities. This event is free and open to the public and students are encouraged to attend. A flyer is attached here (LWVHW Media Literacy Event - Promo Flyer Link) and a video is attached here (LWVHW Media Literacy Event - Promo Video Link)  for your convenience.  Please help us to spread the word.

For questions and additional information please visit our League’s Facebook page or email Dacia Rubel at 

Moving Car Line: Please read!

Please help us get your children in and out of the car 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, or help them get out of it.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Helpful Hints

How do I get blog posts in my email?
Buker School uses this blog for communication to families about upcoming school events. 
Look to the right of this post and enter your email addresses to receive the posts in your email.  
This is a two-step process, and once you have confirmed, using the link sent to you, you will receive new posts directly in your email

How do I find when upcoming important dates are?

Bookmark the Buker calendar  on the website for school events, and/or print out the district calendar for vacation/holiday reference:  HWRSD District Calendar 2017-2018

Did you know our nurse, Lisa Druskat, maintains a website filled with information about sick day guidelines and health resources?  Keep it bookmarked for quick reference. 

DISMISSAL PLANS Thank you for making every effort to finalize your child's after school plans with communication by note or email to the classroom teacher prior to the beginning of the day.    Calling the office should be saved for unavoidable changes.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Mobile Fingerprinting

If you plan on chaperoning a field trip, fingerprinting is required.

Thursday, September 28th, 2017
Hamilton-Wenham Library
1st Floor Meeting Room
14 Union Street, Hamilton

The Friends of Buker, Cutler and Winthrop are joining forces to provide our School Volunteers with an In-Town opportunity to complete the HWRSD required fingerprinting registration for volunteers wishing to participate in field trip activities!

For those who have yet to complete this process, visit to register for a time slot. 

Processing Fee is $35

Registration details:  
     Select Massachusetts
     Select State Fingerprinting
     Select Schedule a New Appointment
     Application details - Select Pre-K-12 grade education (ESE)
     Application details - Select All Other Personnel
     Confirm Agency- YES
     Application Details - Enter HWRSD provider ID 06750000
     Confirm provider- Select Correct
     Appointment details - Select Region - SPECIAL
     Select date - Scroll calendar until reaching September 28th. 
       Select Special Hamilton Wenham Elementary Schools
     Selection Appointment Time
     Acknowledgement/Release - Select Acknowledgements 
     Cost is $35.00  Credit Card or Check (no cash)  Under payment collection -
 there is NO referral code
     Print your registration form

You will need to present a current photo ID such as: drivers license, US Passport, valid state identification card.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Elementary Music Program

Attention Gr 4/5 Parents!
The Elementary Instrumental Program is offered to 4th and 5th grade students.  We have had great success with this program, offering group lessons in a variety of instruments, and an elementary ensemble for students with previous musical instruction, and an elementary chorus. 
As your child pursues his/her musical education, they will have the opportunity to participate in the Middle School and High School bands and choral groups. The BCW Elementary Ensemble is directed by Michael FerreiraKendall Clark is the director of the BCW Elementary Chorus.  
Lessons and Ensemble start next week! Don't miss out.  Follow this link to see the instrument demos and to register!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Dates to Remember

Monday, September 25:  Parents only event.
Curriculum Night for K-5 (except grade 4)
6:30p-6:50p:        Principal's Address in the Auditorium
7:00p-7:30p:        Kindergarten - Grade 2 Presentations 
                             Grade 3 and 5 Drop In
7:30p-8:00p:        Grade 3 and 5 Presentations
                             Kindergarten - Grade 2 Drop In

Friday, October 6: No school for students (Teacher Workshop Day)

Monday, October 9: No school (Columbus Day)

Tuesday, October 24: Early Release / 11:15am (Parent/Teacher Conferences)

Tuesday, October 31: Early Release / 11:15am (Parent/Teacher Conferences)

Please know that these dates are also on the website calendar.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Kids & Company Together for Safety Parent Forum Night

On Monday, October 2nd from 6:30 –7:30 pm, we will hold a parent forum at the Cutler School in the dining hall  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 Dolly McIlvaine (Cutler), Kathy Hughes (Buker) or Katie Lindsey (Winthrop).

Buker Playground

The Friends of Buker is pleased to announce that the Hamilton -Wenham Regional School Committee has given us permission to start fundraising for a new Buker playground!  Our current playground is over 17 years old and caters more to our younger students.  In addition, some of the structures’ elements are broken.  As the manufacturer no longer makes those parts, replacement is nearly impossible.  We would like to install new play structures that can be used and enjoyed by students of all grade levels.  This will benefit current and future Buker students as well as children in the Hamilton-Wenham community.  Additionally, we would like to be able to dedicate this new playground in memory of our classmate and friend, Jennifer Maio.

We hope to be able to have this new playground ready when school opens in the fall of 2018.  Funding for this capital project will rely heavily upon donations from local businesses and individual Buker families.  

How can you help? You can make a general donation or buy a brick.  The bricks will be used in a patio sitting/reflection area next to the new playground.  For your convenience, our tax identification number is 20-3445978.  Thank you!