Friday, April 13, 2018

Marathon Donations

Our collection on behalf of our Boston Marathon runners Julie Holbrook and Michael Digris totaled $458.  We have donated half to Julie's charity, Good Sports, and half to Michael's charity, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.  Thank you to all who donated.

Best of luck on Monday!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

#Buker Strong: Friday, 4/13

On Friday, April 13th, Ms. O’Shea and Mrs. Orlando’s classes will be hosting an all school morning meeting in honor of two Buker parents that are running the Boston Marathon. Our hope is that students can wear sports attire and running shoes to show their support for these parents during this assembly.

Our classes will be presenting about the marathon and then the assembly will end with a rally to show excitement for Mrs. Holbrook and Mr. Digris. We will enjoy listening to their favorite training songs and end with a lap around the school.

Julie Holbrook will be running for Good Sports and Mike Digris will be running for Spaulding Rehab. We will be accepting donations and will split the donations between the two charities. If you would like to support them, kindly send a $1.00 (or more) to school with your child.

Thank you for your support.  Let’s show that we are #Buker Strong!

Amy and Kathy

Friday, April 6, 2018

Thank you, Friends of Buker!

Thank you to Heather Romiza and Amy Kolano for coordinating another successful Scholastic Book Fair!  Our teachers greatly appreciate the gifted books for their classroom libraries.
Additional thanks to Kristen Crockett and her volunteers for organizing the refreshments and greeters for our annual GrandFriends' Day.  We had over 185 senior visitors in our classrooms!  It was a special morning at Buker.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Free Parent Workshop


Due to our many missed days of school this winter, we have decided to change a handful of our MCAS dates to allow for more instructional time in the classrooms prior to the assessments. Please note the changes highlighted in yellow below. Third grade will complete their English/Language Arts assessments prior to April vacation, but all other assessments will take place after April vacation.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Please Volunteer for GrandFriends Day: Baking? Greeting?

GrandFriends Volunteer Signup
GrandFriends Day needs volunteers to bake and to greet.  If you can help in either of these ways, please use this signup.  Thank you!

Parent Input for Placement: K-Gr 4 Parents

Dear Kindergarten-Grade 4 Parents,

We are beginning the very important process of class placement for next year.  The teachers and I will soon meet to build the classes. Our teachers have a very good understanding of your children, their learning styles, and social development.  We also value your perspective and input on the growth of your child.  I encourage you to respond to the questions on the form below.  I am confident that together we will place your child in the most appropriate environment for their learning success.

If you would like to share your thoughts about your child’s placement with us, please respond to the questions and return your input to the office by Friday, April 27, 2018.  However, please refrain from requesting a specific teacher by name, as this would not be in line with our process.

This letter was also sent by Aspen email, for your convenience.

Thank you,
Brian O’Donoghue

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Town Meeting Childcare, sponsored by NHS members

HWRHS National Honor Society members will babysit Hamilton and Wenham children during Town  Sessions will be held from 9-12 or 1-4 at the H-W Rec Center. Cost is $10 per child per session. 
We are offering crafts, board games, sports, a movie and more. Goldfish and water will be available as snacks. For more information, contact Barbara Mahoney at or Jennifer Sauriol at

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Register your GrandFriend


Friday, April 6th


Please register your child's visitor/s with this link:  

8:30am-8:45am    Coffee Reception in the Cafeteria

8:45am-10:00am  Classroom Visit 

The Spring Scholastic BookFair will be available to seniors and children during this time.  
Many thanks to Friends of Buker for coordinating the coffee reception and greeters.

If a grandparent cannot attend, please invite a neighbor, friend, or other relative.
Please note this event is for special senior friends, not parents or siblings.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mark your calendars!

Take a moment to note these end of year dates.

  • Monday, 6/18:  Fifth Grade Musical Evening Performance (6:30pm)
  • Friday, 6/22:     Moving Up Assembly / Fifth Grade Recognition (2:00pm)
  • Monday, 6/25:  Buker Field Day ~ Rain or Shine
  • Tuesday, 6/26:  Last Day of School ~ Early Dismissal (11:15am)

Scholastic Book Fair Classroom Visit Schedule (4/4, 4/5)

Buker in Bloom Auction: Buy your tickets now!

Attention Parents! Tickets are on sale NOW for this year's Buker in Bloom Auction to benefit Friends of Buker. You do NOT want to miss it! We have some great items in the silent and live auction lineups!  Visit Buker in Bloom to purchase tickets. If you are not registered on Bidding for Good you will have to create a username before purchasing. Then you're all set for our online auction too! Win-Win!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Be a GrandFriend Day Volunteer!

Supporting Your Child’s Academic Success

Please join us to learn strategies you can use at home to support your child’s literacy and math skills development.

Buker cafeteria
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
8:30-9:30 a.m.

Peggy McElhinney, Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction
Christine Fichera, Elementary Math Coordinator
Sue Stibel, Elementary ELA Coordinator

This event is open to all elementary parents and is sponsored by Title I.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

MCAS Dates

Physical Exam Request: Gr. 4 & 5

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 your child has a physical scheduled for this spring, please email the school nurse with the date of the appointment, and send in the physical once completed.

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

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

GrandFriends' Day: April 6th / Register now!

If there is a special senior in your child's life, please invite him or her to join us for


Friday, April 6th


8:30am-8:45am    Coffee Reception in the Cafeteria

8:45am-10:00am  Classroom Visit 

The Spring Scholastic BookFair will be available to seniors and children during this time.

Many thanks to Friends of Buker for coordinating the coffee reception and greeters.

If a grandparent cannot attend, please invite a neighbor, friend, or other relative.
Please note this event is for special senior friends, not parents or siblings.

Please register your child's visitor/s with this link:  

Buker GrandFriends Registration

Book Bingo a Success!

A lot of fun was had last night at the annual Bingo Event, sponsored by Friends of Buker.  Parent coordinator of many years, Marisa Bartlett, led the evening of Bingo for Books in style!  Thank you to the many volunteers who baked for the sale, handed out pizza slices, and helped make the evening fun.  Special shout out to the Buker Alum callers! 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

Fabric Drive

Fabric Drive
March 19th through May 11th

Just in time for spring cleaning! Buker’s EarlyAct is collecting fabric in ANY condition
to raise funds to support Buker’s cultural enrichment programs.

Examples of items: any type of clothing,  linens, single socks and mittens, curtains, etc.

Our goal is to collect 160 large trash bags. There will be a donation box in the Sue Cooke Gallery at the Buker School.

Clean out your closet to help. Thank you for your support!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mark your Calendars: BOGO Scholastic BookFair

Bingo! Monday, 3/19


·      SESSION 1:  4P-5:30P
·      SESSION 2:  6P-7:30P

Friends of Buker invites you to a pizza dinner and fun night of bingo with books!!!
·      Tickets are $8 per person
·      Each ticket includes one slice of pizza, one drink and two bingo cards. 
·      Everyone attending must have a ticket, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. 
·      Siblings are absolutely welcome.

Please consider donating a NEW book or two!
We want to be sure everyone is a winner.
We rely on your donations to accomplish this.

Please contact Kathy Hughes (978-626-0873) if you need financial assistance.

Family Lunch Gr 1 and Gr 2: New dates/menus

Because of the snow days, the Family Lunches for Gr 1 and 2 have been rescheduled.

Grade 1:  Thursday, March 29th (12:45pm)
Penne and Meatballs / Tuna Salad Sandwich / Bagel

Grade 2:  Tuesday, March 27th (11:15am)
Mac and Cheese / Tuna Salad Sandwich / Bagel

If you have already signed up, but need to make a change to your meal selection, please do the signup again.  New families are welcome to signup.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Playground News!

Playground News!

Buker is getting its new playground!  
Please click here for more information about this exciting project.

Box Top Update!

Here are the box top totals from November through February.
  • McMahon 153
  • Twiss 5
  • Gray 129
  • Blanchard 48
  • Oliveira 104
  • O’Shea 253
  • Orlando 652
  • Bernardo 315
  • Aikins 240
  • Gambino 204
  • Geraghty 356
  • Reed 325

*Please check expiration dates!
*Do not put more that 25 on one sheet.  There are more box top forms at the front office. 

*If you send box tops in a bag and you would like your class to get credit please write the teachers name on the bag in a marker/pen that does not erase off. 

*There are unclaimed bags in the box at the front office.  If they are yours come claim them! :)


Check your pantries. Ask relatives and friends to save box tops for you. 
These totals are for the past 4 months.  There is still plenty of time to catch up and win a class pizza party.