Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Buker Bulletin: 12/20/18

Outdoor Recess

Reminder: Even with the cooler temperatures that winter brings, we try to get out for recess every day. On days it's too cold to be outside in the morning, we will still try to get outside if it warms up later in the day. Please have students bring outdoor clothing every day. Thanks!

Friday's Concert

It will be great to see everyone at Friday's winter concert. A couple quick notes:
  • Parking will be tight. We know that. Where ever you end up parking, please make sure there is room for emergency vehicles to pass. 
  • If you want to dismiss your student at the end of the concert you will need to (a) go back to your child's classroom with them, and (b) sign them out from the classroom. This will allow us to keep track of who has been dismissed early and who hasn't. 

Many thanks to parent Sandra Roman for coordinating the Staff Holiday Breakfast.  
The cafeteria was transformed into a serene space, with a beautiful selection of food and the gifts continued the pampering theme.  We're so lucky to have such a supportive parent community.

Friday, 12/21 is a full day of school.  Our annual holiday assembly will start at 1:45pm in the Auditorium.  Parents are welcome to attend.  Students will return to school on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Reminder - Read-A-Thon Pledges Due Tomorrow 
Thanks to everyone who has been collecting pledges for our Read-A-Thon, the proceeds of which will benefit our playground patio. 

Just a friendly reminder that pledge sheets and pledges should be returned to Buker by tomorrow, Friday, December 21st. We are looking forward to a fun morning of students reading books of their choice!

Thank you again for supporting our Read-A-Thon! 

Buker Media Center
December News

All students have been learning how to code during their time in the Media Center this month. The students used a combination of iPad apps, Khan Academy and robots to learn coding. 

The students in kindergarten have been learning how to make simple algorithms. We began with a fun app called Kodable. The students learn how to direct a character around a maze using simple arrows and conditional statements. Then we switched over to Scratch Jr. where they used backgrounds, characters and programmed blocks to animate scenes.

In first and second grade the students built upon their previous Scratch Jr. knowledge. New programming blocks were introduced and the students were challenged again to create animated scenes. The blocks used were triggering, motion, looks, sound, control and ending blocks. Next, the students programmed Beebots and Lego Wedo robots.

The third and fourth grades were introduced to the Hopscotch app. They used the app to create a Crossy Road game. The blocks are more sophisticated and the students needed to build off of earlier Scratch Jr. knowledge. The students were challenged but completely engaged. The students finished the unit by programming Lego Wedo and Ozobot robots.

The fifth grade used Khan Academy to learn more about programming. Khan Academy has a great program that teaches Javascript to students. The students learn the actual code and they create drawings and fun animations. Then the students finished the unit by programming Ozobot robots.

These units are always a lot of fun for the students.

This week, Hamilton School of Dance continued the tradition of a holiday performance for our students.  Several alumni performed, as well as some current students.  

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Buker Bulletin: 12/13/18

Friday, 12/21 is a full day of school.  Our annual holiday assembly will start at 1:45pm in the Auditorium.  Parents are welcome to attend.  Students will return to school on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Still Ways to Get Involved with the Upcoming Teacher Breakfast  Our December 14th Teacher Breakfast, which allows us to celebrate our amazing teachers and staff during the holidays, still has opportunities for parents to get involved. Give of your time or donate a food item by signing up through the following link:

Thank you for helping to make this Friday's event a success!

Let's Collect Read-A-Thon Pledges to Make Buker Game Day Happen!
Just a reminder that Buker is having a Read-A-Thon on Friday, December 21st in the morning. This fun event will raise funds for the final phase of our playground’s capital campaign – a patio to be built for current and future Buker students and the community to enjoy. If our school meets the participation goal of 100 students collecting pledges, each class will have a Game Day where students bring board or card games of their choice to Buker.  

During our Read-A-Thon, each child will be given the opportunity to read a book of his or her choice for one hour. Prior to the event, students are welcome to collect pledges from family, friends and neighbors. No pledge is too large or too small, but the suggested pledge amount is $5.00. Please return pledge forms to Buker as soon as possible to help us tally our participation numbers. Pledges are due by Friday, December 21st. 

A Read-A-Thon flyer and pledge sheet were recently sent home in your child’s backpack folder. We are also including one here for download. We appreciate your family’s participation in this benefit!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Buker Bulletin: 12/6/18

Report cards for Gr. 1-5 students will be available for parents to view, using the Aspen Family Portal, on December 7, 2018, at the end of the school day.

Letters were mailed home to new families with instruction for log in information, setting up a password, etc.   If you have questions about this process, please email

Grades close for kindergarten report cards on January 18, 2019.  Report cards will be available to parents through Aspen on February 1, 2019.

Dear Families,
When report cards are made available in Aspen on December 7th, you will notice that the grading in the math section looks different than in past years. The district has adopted a new math program this year, Investigations 3, and the pacing of the program spirals, which means that many standards, particularly those having to do with number sense and algebraic thinking, come up again and again throughout the course of the school year. Students won’t be fully mastering these standards until the end of the year. A grade of “M” on this year’s report card means that a student is meeting the term expectations and making adequate progress towards mastering the full standard by the end of the year. This is a change from last year when an “M” denoted mastery of the complete standard.
As an example of the spiral nature of Investigations 3, grade 3 now has three units that focus on multiplication. The Term 1 benchmark for “Demonstrates fluency with multiplication facts through 10 times 10,” which is one of the rows on the report card, is that students will know their 1, 2, 5, and 10 times tables. Students will receive an “M” for Term 1 if they know those four tables. By Term 3, students will receive an “M” if they know all facts through 10 times 10.
Additionally, the links below describe the mathematics in each grade level and list the benchmarks that are incorporated into the Investigations 3 program. Most grades have completed Unit 1 and Unit 2 during Term 1, with the exception of Grade 4 which has also completed Unit 3.
Mathematics in Kindergarten            
Overall, we are thrilled to have adopted Investigations 3 and are committed to supporting all students in their development as mathematical thinkers. Please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher should you have any questions regarding the report card.
Many thanks,
Christine Fichera
Elementary Math Coordinator

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Thank you for considering the testing dates when making appointments.


EarlyAct is launching a Flash Drive for the Holiday Assistance Fund. We are requesting donations of gift cards from the following locations:  Market Basket, Target, and CVS Pharmacy. Gift cards of  any amount are greatly appreciated. Please mark the amount on the card. The deadline is Wednesday, December 12th. Please help to donate to those who need help. Many thanks from Buker’s EarlyAct community.

Holiday Cookie Swap & Sip - more spots added!

Join the Buker community on Wednesday, December 12 from 7-10 p.m. at the home of parent Natasha Poylin to celebrate the holiday season with friends old and new. Enjoy wine and appetizers then take home an array of freshly baked goodies for your family! The cost is $25 per person and all proceeds benefit our school. 
Please sign up here! Cookie Swap Sign Up

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17th at 7:00pm
All are welcome.  (Buker Tech Lab)


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Buker Bulletin: 11/29/18


Next Friends of Buker Meeting: 12/10/18 @ 7:00pm
Buker Multi-purpose Room / All are welcome.
Thanks to the generous support of Friends of the Arts (FOTA) and the Mass Cultural Council, in conjunction with Friends of Buker, graphic novelist George O'Connor will be the Writer in Residence during the week of 12/17/18.  


Mark your calendars for the Annual Holiday Assembly:  Friday, December 21st at 1:45pm.  Families are welcome to come for this festive gathering of our students and staff singing holiday favorites.

Dismissal is at regular time on Friday, 12/21.  Students return to school on January 2, 2019.


BUKER GEAR:  Clearance Sale  50% off!!
#1   Navy Buker Bulldog T-shirt $5, 
size: XS, M, L, XL 
#2   Performance Wicking Tee $8,
size: XS, S, L, XL 
#3  Color Block Wicking Tee $13, 
size: S, L

#4  Grey Ringer Tee $6, size: S, L

#5  Grey Bulldog Hooded Sweatshirt 

$12, size: S, M, L

Limited quantities, act fast!

Email to place your order. 
We will arrange pick-up of payment and drop-off of items!!