Monday, April 30, 2018

School Council Parent Survey

On behalf of the Buker School Council, please take a moment to complete this brief 
Parent Survey  

Results of the survey will be used to develop future school improvement goals. 

Thank you for your support.

Screenagers: Growing Up In the Digital Age

Please join the Friends of Buker, Cutler and Winthrop for this special screening of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age on Monday, May 7th at 7pm in the HWRHS Auditorium. Screenagers is a documentary directed by Delaney Ruston, M.D. about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help families minimize harmful effects and find balance. After seeing the film, people feel more confident and better equipped to establish balance around screen time. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. 
Screenagers is sponsored by Friends of Buker, Friends of Culter and Friends of Winthrop

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Parents/Guardians of Fourth and Fifth Grade Students

Dear Parents/Guardians of Fourth and Fifth Grade Students,

Each year as part of our Growth and Development Curriculum, we present a lesson on puberty to our fourth and fifth grade students.  We address the growth and development process, physical and emotional changes that occur during puberty and the increased responsibilities that accompany this important milestone.  We will be conducting this lesson for both fourth and fifth grade students on May 18, 2018.

Buker School staff members (Teachers, School Nurse, Adjustment Counselor and/or Principal) will present the curriculum to Buker students.  Separated into same gender groups, fourth graders will view the video, “Just Around the Corner” and fifth graders will view the video, “You, Your Body and Puberty”, followed by class discussions and an opportunity to ask questions.  These videos explain, in a positive way, the physical changes children experience during puberty.  This curriculum is offered to support home instruction in this most vital area.

If parents/guardians would like their child to participate in the Growth and Development Curriculum they must give permission for them to do so.  A permission slip has been given to each student to bring home.  Those who do not want their child to participate also need to sign the permission slip and indicate that they would prefer to have their child excused.  Children who are excused will be provided a supervised setting during the lesson time.  The Districts’ Parents’ Rights Policy requires that the school notify parents/guardians of any curriculum that addresses sexuality so that they have the opportunity to decide if they want their child to participate.  

If you have any questions, please call me at 978-626-0873.


Kathleen Hughes, LICSW
Adjustment Counselor

Road Race: 5/26 to support FOTA

Inspired by last week’s Boston Marathon? Want to get into running, and looking for somewhere to start? Or are you a seasoned runner interested in supporting your community? 

Then join the Hamilton-Wenham Friends of the Arts for the 23rd Annual Melody Miles 5k or 5mile road race on Saturday, May 26! 

The fun run/walk begins at 10am at the Winthrop School and as the miles tick by you will be serenaded by some of our schools’ best musicians and singers. Registration is $25 and all proceeds help support arts education/activities in our communities. Register online at:   

Please reach out to Lexie Riordan ( with questions. 

We look forward to running with you!

Summer Camp Deals!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018

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