Friday, February 22, 2019

Milestones

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! Earlier in the year, our first grade team had a "50's" celebration and the second grade had an "80's" celebration. This week our kindergarten team celebrated the 100th day of school with fun costumes and learning activities. It's fun for both our students and staff to celebrate these milestones in the school year. It's exciting and a little scary to realize that we are already more than halfway through the school year! We always try to keep learning fun at Buchanan and celebrating our milestones is just one of the ways we do that!


UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Monday, February 25: Students of the Month Assembly (Reflection)
Wednesday, February 27: Students dismissed at 12:10 PM / Teacher training in the afternoon

Thursday, March 7: New Kindergarten Parent Orientation 6:00-7:00 PM
Friday, March 8: Students dismissed at 12:10 PM / Records Day in the afternoon
Saturday, March 9: Pancake Breakfast in the Gym 9:00-12:00 

PTA POINTS 
Don’t forget to turn in your Boxtops. The class with the most collected WINS a pizza party!


Yearbook orders are due by February 28th. Get your orders in before it’s too late. You can purchase online or send in the flyer that was sent home. 
https://ybpay.lifetouch.com


The PTA is looking for individuals to join the board for the 2019/2020 school year. Help fundraise, plan activities, and make Buchanan a fun place to learn. Nomination forms were sent home. For more information please email pta.buchanan1@gmail.com

To kick off our Scholastic Spring Book Fair the PTA will be hosting it’s second annual Books & Breakfast. Come shop our book fair and enjoy a breakfast. The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, and beverages. All proceeds will go to Scholastic’s All For Books to purchase new books for each classroom. Flyers will be sent home Monday, February 25. 
When: Saturday, March 9, 2019.     
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.   
Cost: $2.00 per person.      
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054AA8AF23A7F94-books

Spring Book Fair is in a few weeks. Please sign up to volunteer during your child’s class shopping time.    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054aa8af23a7f94-book1



#BuchananBears

Did you know that each month we have educators from across the country send in video clips to support our Students of the Month? They wear Buchanan spirit wear and record a short message telling our students to keep up the great work. Some are authors, some are speakers, and all are tops in their field. It's just another way that we remind our students that someone is always watching. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 


Friday, February 15, 2019

Unplugged

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This month we are focusing on the theme of reflection at Buchanan. We have discussed the importance of spending some quiet time each day to think about the day, what went well and what we want to improve on. Research shows that children (and adults) spend less and less time each year with any "down time". It also shows that when we take time to unplug, we are more productive and more creative. Take some time this week to talk with your child about reflection and the importance of having some quiet time.  Better yet, model down time for your child by turning off the electronics and scheduling some quiet time together. You may be surprised at how good it feels to be unplugged!

UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Monday, February 18: No School for President's Day
Monday, February 25: Students of the Month Assembly
Wednesday, February 27: Students Dismissed at 12:10 PM / Teacher training in afternoon
Thursday, March 7: Kindergarten Parent Information Night 6:00-7:00 PM
Friday, March 8: Students Dismissed at 12:10 PM / Records Day in the afternoon

PTA POINTS
  • Don’t forget to turn in your Boxtops. The class with the most collected WINS a pizza party!

  • Yearbook orders are due by February 28th. Get your orders in before it’s too late. You can purchase online or send in the flyer that was sent home.  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com

  • The PTA is looking for individuals to join the board for the 2019/2020 school year. Help fundraise, plan activities, and make Buchanan a fun place to learn. Nomination forms were sent home. For more information please email pta.buchanan1@gmail.com


#BuchananBears

Did you know that three Buchanan team members were recognized at this year's PTA Founder's Day banquet? Mrs. Watson (PTA Board) was recognized as outstanding volunteer, Ms. Plakas (Speech Teacher) was recognized as outstanding staff member, and Mrs. Pepple (Secretary) was recognized as support staff person of the year! We are fortunate to have such outstanding people at our school. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 

Friday, February 8, 2019

VIP

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This week, we had our annual VIP dance at Buchanan. It's a great opportunity to have our students bring their favorite people into the school for a fun event. I love seeing the students sharing fun moments at Buchanan with family and friends. These are the events that students remember long after they have left school. Thank you to our PTA and all the staff and volunteers who helped make this special event possible. You are all VIPs in my book!

UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Thursday, February 14: Valentine's Day!
Monday, February 18: No School for President's Day
Monday, February 25: Students of the Month Assembly (Reflection)
Wednesday, February 27: Students dismissed at 12:10 PM / Teacher training in the afternoon

Because of the hard work led by Mrs. Medellin, the teachers, students and families, Buchanan Elementary School has received the 2019 Michigan Evergreen School designation, by completing at least 20 energy saving and environmental tasks. Way to go green Buchanan! 

PTA POINTS
  • Get ready for Valentine's Day with 10% Off Spiritwear!  From 01/26/19 through 02/10/19, use coupon code SWEETEST10 at checkout on our spiritwear website to receive 10% off your order.  Be sure to personalize the apparel for your Valentine with a name on the back! For a limited time only, shop now at our online spiritwear store!" http://buchananspiritwear.com
  • The PTA is looking for individuals to join the board for the 2019/2020 school year. Help fundraise, plan activities, and make Buchanan a fun place to learn. Nomination forms were sent home. For more information please email pta.buchanan1@gmail.com
BUCKET DRUMMING
The music room is looking for 5 gallon buckets to be donated to the music room for bucket drumming activities with the students. Thank you for your consideration! 



#BuchananBears


Did you know that all Buchanan students receive a personalized Birthday Card with their picture on it along with a pencil for their birthdays? The cards are generously donated by our photography company, Lifetouch. It's a fun way to celebrate our students and a great keepsake. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Flexibility

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! One of the things that amazes me about educators is their ability to adapt and be flexible when things change. This week, we had an unexpected snow day and teachers changed plans, moved around schedules, and adapted to the shortened week. At the high school level, exam schedules were changed and extra-curricular events adjusted. Change can challenging for children, especially the younger they are, but our teachers do a wonderful job of making them feel safe and secure, even in the face of unexpected change. As a former boy scout, our motto was "Be Prepared!". For teachers and educators, the motto could easily be "Be Flexible!".
UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Monday, January 28: Students of the Month Assembly (Confidence)

Tuesday, January 29: Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 PM

Friday, February 8: VIP Dance 6:00-8:00 PM

PTA POINTS
  • Get ready for Valentine's Day with 10% Off Spiritwear!  From 01/26/19 through 02/10/19, use coupon code SWEETEST10 at checkout on our spiritwear website to receive 10% off your order.  Be sure to personalize the apparel for your Valentine with a name on the back! For a limited time only, shop now at our online spiritwear store!" http://buchananspiritwear.com
  • The PTA is looking for individuals to join the board for the 2019/2020 school year. Help fundraise, plan activities, and make Buchanan a fun place to learn. Nomination forms will be sent home soon. For more information please email pta.buchanan1@gmail.com
  • Family Fun Night Tuesday, January 29 from 6-8 at  Riverside Arena. We hope to see our Buchanan families for a fun night of skating.

  • Buchanan Elementary PTA Presents “A Masquerade Ball With Your V.I.P” Friday, February 8, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 . The PTA invites you and a very important person in your life to come and have a ball with Dancing, Photo Booth, Refreshments, and Lots of Fun!  Pre-Sale tickets only. $5.00 per ticket. Forms and payment due February 1st.


#BuchananBears


Did you know that many of our grade levels do "Buddy Reading" with older and younger students? You can often find fourth graders reading to first graders or third graders working with kindergarten students. It's such a great sight to see and benefits BOTH the younger and older students. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 



Friday, January 18, 2019

Lifting Others

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This month, our Buchanan students are focusing on the theme of Confidence. In addition to talking about how confident people believe in themselves and take risks, we also discussed that confident people lift others up. To demonstrate this, we once again had our "Positive Post It" day, where students wrote positive messages to students and adults in the school. It was  a great way to start the week and hopefully will become a habit for our students to send positive messages to others. I want our students to discover that when we make others feel good about themselves, it makes us feel better too! Ask your child what positive messages they left this week and encourage them to keep it up!


UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Monday, January 21: No School in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
                                   PTA Dine Out at Dave & Buster's 5:00-8:00 PM

Thursday, January 24: PTA Meeting 7:00 PM (Open to all families)

Tuesday, January 29: PTA Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 PM

Friday, February 1: Kindergarten Registration open for 2019-2020

PTA POINTS
  • Next PTA meeting will be held on January 24 at 7 p.m. in the Library. Child care is provided. We hope to see you there.
  • The PTA is looking for individuals to join the board for the 2019/2020 school year. Help fundraise, plan activities, and make Buchanan a fun place to learn. Nomination forms will be sent home soon. For more information please email pta.buchanan1@gmail.com 
  • Family Fun Night January 21 from 5-8 p.m.  at  Dave & Busters. Come play games and enjoy a night with your fellow Buchanan Bears 
  • Family Fun Night Tuesday, January 29 from 6-8 at  Riverside Arena. We hope to see our Buchanan families for a fun night of skating.


#BUCHANANBEARS


Did you know that we recently had our 80th day of school? To celebrate the day, our second grade team had an 80's appreciation party! Hearing the music and seeing the clothing, I felt like I was back in high school again! I think the kids had fun, and I know I did!! Great things are happening at Buchanan! 




Thursday, January 10, 2019

One Word

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! As we returned to school, I shared with the students and staff that I had chosen "One Word" that would be my focus for the new year and help keep me on track for self-improvement. My word was light and would serve as my reminder to keep things positive and help bright positivity to those around me. I then shared many more words for self-improvement that I had seen from educators across the country. We ended our Monday assembly with a challenge to all students to find their own one word to help them improve this year. Whether you have resolutions or a one word focus, I wish all our Buchanan families the best as we start this new year together!


UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN
  • Monday, January 21: No School for MLK Jr. Day
  • Thursday, January 24: PTA Meeting in the Library 7:00 PM (All families welcome)
  • Tuesday, January 29: Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 PM
Attention All Families:  Needed - Gently worn tennis shoes

If you happen to have a pair of shoes that have been outgrown and are not in bad shape,
please consider donating them to my PE spare box?  These shoes would be available to 
anyone that has forgotten their gym shoes and could be borrowed so that they do not have
to miss PE class sitting on the wall.  Shoes would only be borrowed if the student has socks and
of course it is their choice whether to borrow them or not.  We have done this at other schools and
it has proven very successful!!  I am trying to get a variety of sizes.  
Thank you so much for your help! - Denise Berg-Grant

PTA POINTS
  • Next PTA meeting will be held on January 24 at 7 p.m. in the Library. Child care is provided. We hope to see you there.
  • The PTA is looking for individuals to join the board for the 2019/2020 school year. Help fundraise, plan activities, and make Buchanan a fun place to learn. Nomination forms will be sent home soon. For more information please email pta.buchanan1@gmail.com 
  • Family Fun Night January 21 from 5-8 p.m.  at  Dave & Busters. Come play games and enjoy a night with your fellow Buchanan Bears 
  • Family Fun Night Tuesday, January 29 from 6-8 at  Riverside Arena. We hope to see our Buchanan families for a fun night of skating.



#BuchananBears


Did you know that we work at "catching kids being good" in the lunchroom? In addition to being able to earn positive behavior tickets in the lunchroom, we look for groups doing an excellent job to be photographed and featured on our Positive Lunchroom Board in the hallway! It's just another way that we focus on the positive at our school. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 


Friday, December 14, 2018

Traditions

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! With the holiday season upon us, many families have certain traditions that they do each year to help connect with family and their past. Each family is unique and that's what makes traditions so special. At Buchanan, we try to honor the traditions of all our families and we also try to make fun traditions for our students to enjoy at school as well. While traditions may vary from classroom to classroom as they do from family to family, we strive to make sure that ALL our traditions are grounded in kindness, patience, and empathy. Thanks for being a part of our Buchanan family and for the traditions you bring!
One of my holiday traditions is wearing an Ugly Christmas Sweater! :) 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Monday, December 17: Students of the Month Assembly (EMPATHY)
Wednesday, December 19: Pizza Party with the Principal (Top Fundraisers from each room)
Friday, December 21: Last Day of School before Winter Break

Monday, January 7: School Resumes! 

PTA POINTS
THANK YOU from the PTA to all our volunteers for making the SANTA SHOP a huge success!!

#BuchananBears


Did you know that our fourth grade students collected 228 pairs of pajamas for children in need?  Thank you Mrs. Ringler for organizing this event! Also, a third grade student, Kaiden, raised over $70 to donate to the Humane Society! Our students are doing wonderful things over the holiday season and every day. Great things are happening at Buchanan!