Thursday, August 16, 2018


Hello school families!  

Each year the Friends of Buker, Cutler, and Winthrop compile a school directory for your convenience. In addition to student contact information, the directory includes school information (staff, class lists, school calendar, etc.) and Friends information (officers, fundraisers, room parents, etc.)  Directories are distributed in October in both paper and PDF format.  Inclusion in the directory is completely optional, but most families find it a very helpful resource in connecting with others in all three elementary schools. The directory is intended solely for the personal use of Hamilton-Wenham elementary school students and their families; any other use is strictly prohibited.

If you would like to be included in the 2018-2019 Directory, please visit to complete a short and simple online form.  The deadline to complete the form is MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10.  Please note that completion of this form will constitute permission to include your information in the 2018-2019 Directory.  If you do not complete the online form, your family will not be included in the directory.

We welcome volunteers to help us proofread the draft directory in September, which always benefits from a fresh set of eyes.  If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to proofread, please email Anna Siedzik at or Stephanie Stein at

Final note:  If you prefer NOT to be included in the directory, please contact Anna or Stephanie so that they know your family has opted not to participate.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Help us welcome our new Buker Families!

The Friends of Buker are seeking your help in welcoming new Buker families to our wonderful community. 

We are looking for current parents who are willing to connect with incoming parents to answers questions, alleviate concerns, and act as a point person for all things Buker. 

The time commitment is minimal; we would provide you with the email address of a new family and would ask that you reach out with a simple welcome note. Playdates and coffee breaks are optional. 😊

If you are interested, please email Lexie Riordan ( for more details. This is a great opportunity to help build your community and share your Buker spirit!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Field Day!

The skies held off so our Buker students could enjoy Field Day fun!  So many thanks to Cindy Vihinen, Maggie Schack and all the parent volunteers who came out to make this annual event a roaring success! 

Help a new Buker Family!

Calling all proud Buker families! Do you remember the day you found out your child would be attending Buker? Do you remember how many questions you had, and how you wished there was someone you could reach out to? Now is your chance to be that person to an incoming Buker family! We are looking for current Buker families to be paired later this summer with new incoming Buker families. This is a great opportunity to help build your community and share your Buker spirit. If you are interested, please email Lexie Riordan ( for more details. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

School Supplies for 2018-2019: Last Call

Ordering supply kits closes at midnight Friday, June 22nd.  Don't miss out!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Field Day: Monday, 6/25

Buker's Annual Field Day is Monday, June 25th in the morning.  Cindy Vihinen has taken over the orchestration of this fun tradition.  A team of parent volunteers will run the stations.  

Please make sure your child comes to school with appropriate footwear and wearing sunscreen.  

Mr. O's grill will be in full swing with an optional complimentary hot dog lunch.(Students are welcome to bring a bag lunch.)

Grade level colors are:
1- Red
2- Orange
3- White
4- Green
5- Blue

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Cross School Supplies off the To-Do list!

Buker Playground Update

Playground Construction Begins!
Site preparation for our new playground begins in just a few weeks!  Construction will take place during the summer, and barring any interruptions to the supply or installation schedule, the project will be completed by the first week in September.  Many thanks to all who donated their time, money and effort to help us reach our goal.  We are very excited for our students to enjoy the new playground next year!

Brick Sales Still Open!
There is still time to buy a brick inscribed with your own message!  The inscribed bricks will be incorporated within a brick patio to be located next to the new playground.  This is a great way to honor your current or former Buker student(s).  Bricks have also been purchased by entire classes as class gifts honoring their teachers.  All proceeds go toward the playground project.  Click here to order yours today!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

End of Year Details

We will be recognizing our fifth graders in a brief ceremony on Friday, June 22nd at 2:00pm.  Parents and family members are welcome to attend.

Monday, June 25th is Field Day!  Please remember to send your child to school with appropriate footwear, sunscreen and a water bottle.  
The grade level colors are:
1- Red
2- Orange
3- White
4- Green
5- Blue

We are looking for volunteers to run the stations in the morning! No experience necessary.  Can you help?  Please email Cindy Vihinen.

Tuesday, June 26th is the last day of school.  Dismissal for elementary school is at 11:15am.  There will be no lunch served.

End of year Term 3 Report Cards will be available to parents in the afternoon on the last day of school, 6/26, through the Aspen Parent Portal.  Included in this report card will be your child's classroom placement for next year.

We wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy summer vacation!  

5th Grade Musical!

Everyone is invited to see the evening performance of the 5th Grade Musical on Monday, June 18th at 6:30pm in the Buker Auditorium.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Genius Hour

Please join us for Buker Elementary School's Genius Hour Presentations on June 14th!

Genius Hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school. Buker students in 2nd through 5th grade participated in Genius Hour for the past few months. They spent one hour every week researching something that they were passionate about. Then they created a presentation to show what they learned.

The students will present in their classrooms.

The 2nd and 3rd grade students will present from 9:00 to 10:00.
The 4th and 5th grade students will present from 10:00 to 11:00

Friday, June 8, 2018

So Thankful!

The Buker Staff would like to thank parent coordinators Megan McGovern and Corrie Sprague for organizing a wonderful week of treats for Teacher Appreciation Week.  Thank you to all parents who gave their time and donations!  The luncheon and breakfast were delicious, the gift card drawings always a hit, and the daily surprises such fun.  We appreciate our parent community throughout the year, and felt very supported this week.  
So many thanks!

Auction Success! Thank you.

Electronic Recycling

Proceeds to support the Hamilton Wenham Girls Basketball Team
When:  SATURDAY June 16, 2018
9:00AM- 1:00PM
**For a nominal fee any of the following items will be taken for environmentally safe recycling**

$10:  Servers CD Rom/DVD Drives,Copy/Fax/Scan/Printer, Camera/Video/Audio Equipment, VCRs, Stereos, Phones and phone systems, toaster, iron, hair dryers.
$15:  Laptops, CPUs, Computer Monitors, Dehumidifiers, Metal desks, Microwaves,
$20: Air conditioners, Refrigerators, Freezers, Dehumidifiers, Hot Water Tanks, Heaters, Washing machines, Dryers, Stoves and Dishwashers, BBQ grills(no propane tanks)

Lawnmowers, snow blowers, water tanks, other Appliances are acceptable. Due to HAZ-MAT regulations all liquids (water, oil, gas) must be drained

  $25:  TV’s Below 27 inches   
  $30:  TV’s over 27 inches
  $40:  Projection or Wood                             Console TV’s
FREE(with paid drop off): Speakers, Mice, keyboards, plugs, wires, Walkman, ipods and phones. No Batteries
Questions please contact:
Lisa Fibbe