Wednesday, November 29, 2017

School Spirit This Friday!

Let's come together as a community and kick off December showing our Buker pride!  Wear Buker gear, or Buker colors blue and white this Friday, December 1st!

12/8: Kids' Night Out

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

December Reminders

Parents: All students, even 4th and 5th graders, need a parent's note for the classroom teacher if they have a change in dismissal plans.

Friday, December 1st:  School Spirit Day ~ Wear your Buker gear/colors!

Monday, December 11th:  BCW Chorus/Band Holiday Concert @ 6:30pm in the Buker Auditorium.  No charge for this festive night of music!

Friday, December 22nd:  Holiday Assembly @ 9:00am in the Buker Auditorium.  Families are invited to enjoy this annual gathering of our Buker community.

Friday, December 22nd:  Early Dismissal for Winter Recess 11:15am.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Local Holiday Store: Please consider a toy donation

Dear Friends,

Please consider helping with the Holiday Store for Pathways for Children. The store services children from Hamilton-Wenham as well as 12 neighboring communities on the North Shore. 

Our goal is to have approximately 1,500 quality toys by December 10th!  

How to help:  Please donate unwrapped quality toys or books! Donations can be dropped off at Buker School OR sent from the Amazon link.

We have made an Amazon list of recommended toys if you’d like a suggestion or ease of donating - just click and send!  We appreciate your help in making the Holidays bright for these North Shore families.

What is the Pathways of Beverly Holiday Store? The Holiday Store provides 200+ disadvantaged families with brand new toys for their children, ages infant through teen, at Holiday time.  Specifically, parents make an appointment to come through the Holiday Store with a social worker and are able to individually pick out items specific to their child.  Parents last year were able to pick out a large, medium and small gift for each of their children.  To provide this many toys, we are looking for toy donations from individuals and organizations to help make the holidays less stressful and more joyous for these families. 

A little bit about Pathways from their website:
Since 1967, Pathways for Children has been dedicated to meeting the childcare, educational, social and emotional needs of children and their families on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Pathways for Children serves approximately 500 children, ages birth to 13, from 13 communities with centers located in Gloucester and Beverly.

The mission of Pathways for Children is to serve the best interests of infant through adolescent children and their families – whether disadvantaged by circumstance or in search of opportunity – by delivering the empowering gift of quality educational, social development and support services that strengthen the family unit and the community. 
Please message us if you have any questions!
Linda Rich and Stephanie Serpa

Pathways for Children Beverly Holiday Store 

School Spirit Friday! 12/1

Let's come together as a community and kick off December showing our Buker pride!  Wear Buker gear, or Buker colors blue and white this Friday, December 1st!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Scholastic Book Fair

We had another successful Scholastic Book Fair.  Thanks to Heather Romiza and Amy Kolano for organizing and managing the book sale.

Thank you to all the parents for your generous donations of books for our staff! We look forward to hosting our next fair in the spring!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Winter Assistance Information

The impending arrival of winter and the holiday season is an exciting and joyous time.  For many, however, it can also be a source of financial stress.   The additional financial burdens placed on families during this time of year can be overwhelming.  With the increase in heating costs, holiday expenses and other winter essentials, it can be hard to manage everything. 

There are two wonderful resources in the Hamilton/Wenham area that can provide assistance to families who may be experiencing financial burdens.  The Hamilton-Wenham Holiday Assistance Fund is a confidential program that was established to assist Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District students and their families who have experienced a hardship due to unemployment, family illness, or some other circumstance.  Due to limited funds, it is not intended to be a long term assistance program or for families to use repeatedly, unless there are extenuating circumstances. 

Assistance would be in the form of gift cards for clothing and/or food or, in some instances, gifts of essential clothing such as winter coats, hats, pajamas, socks, etc.   If your family is having financial difficulties and you would like to request assistance, please contact Kathleen Hughes, Adjustment Counselor, immediately at or at 978-626-0873.  If you are interested in making a monetary donation to the program, you may also contact Kathleen Hughes.

The other program is the WISSH (Wenham Issues of Social Service and Housing) Program, which offers confidential financial and social service assistance to Wenham residents in need of help in emergency situations.  Any Wenham family that meets the basic financial requirements may apply for up to $500 per year for such things as utilities, medical bills, food, etc.  If you are interested in applying for assistance or looking for more information, please contact the WISSH Director at 978-468-5520 at extension 9. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Morning of Movement

Today's Morning of Movement was a great success!
Buker students and staff raised more than $2,300 to support the Kolter Elementary School in Houston, TX. 

We want to thank Phys. Ed. teacher Mrs. Schack, our fifth grade helpers, and parents Frances Wetterlow-Thibeault, Amber Woolfenden and Alison Hawkins for coordinating this fun morning.

Donations will be accepted through next week.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Morning of Movement!

Tuesday, November 14 is our Morning of Movement to benefit Kolter Elementary School in Texas.  Pledges may be made in cash or by check payable to Friends of Buker. Suggested pledge is $5.00, but any amount is welcome!  Thank you for your support! 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Book Fair: 11/15 and 11/16

Important message from the Health Office

·       Ticks are still out there!  See the CDC’s website for information on ticks, signs of Lyme disease, and prevention.

·       Check your children (and self) for ticks after outdoor activities.  Remember to check in any crease of the body, in and behind the ears, in the belly button, and in the hair.  A deer (black legged) tick needs to be attached for at least 24 hours to transmit Lyme disease. 

·       Need to remove an attached tick?  See the following website for more information:
·       Head lice: I recommend doing a casual check through your child’s hair daily for lice, whether while brushing her hair or while he is brushing his teeth.  Add it to your bedtime routine.  If you notice your child scratching his/her head, it is especially important to take the time to check for head lice.  If you have any questions or concerns, I am happy to help.  Do not ignore head scratching!  Although a nuisance, lice thankfully do not transmit any diseases.

·       If you do find lice on your child, please let the school nurse know as well as any close friends/contacts.  Did you know that studies show that lice are less often transmitted in school and more often transmitted at playdates and sleepovers when children have direct head-to-head contact? 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Buker School's Hurricane Harvey Help

Calling All Buker Bulldogs for a
Morning of Movement!

Proceeds to help our friends at Kolter Elementary School in Texas

Tuesday, November 14th
(Rain date – Tuesday, November 21st)

Here’s how it works:
v Led by Mrs. Schack and our 5th grade volunteers, students will participate in 10 rotating stations consisting of different movements and using various equipment, all to the beat of super cool tunes!

v The Morning of Movement will be held outdoors at the Buker Field from 8:45am until 9:15 am on Tuesday, November 14th. Rain date will be the following Tuesday if we have inclement weather. 

v Students collect pledge donations from family, friends and neighbors prior to the event. CHECK THE BACKPACKS FOR PLEDGE SHEET.  Pledges may be made in cash or by check payable to Friends of Buker. Suggested pledge is $5.00, but any amount is welcome!