Friday, August 16, 2019

School Is Right Around The Corner!


Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! It's hard to believe, but the school year is fast approaching. I hope all of our Buchanan families are enjoying the last few weeks of summer vacation. Even though school is a few weeks away, I wanted to let everyone know about some upcoming events at our school and our district.
Upcoming Events
  • Tuesday, August 20: Bounce Back to School at Riley Upper Elementary 5:00-8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 21: Building Tour for NEW families 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, August 22: Building Tour for NEW families 5:30 PM
  • Thursday, August 29: Teacher Assignments and Bus Routes will be posted via Parent Connect - Popsicles on the Playground for incoming KINDERGARTEN families 6:00-7:00 PM    
  • Tuesday, September 3: First Day for Students! (Parent breakfast at 9:00 in Garden - Students dismissed at 12:10 PM/No Lunch Served)
  • Thursday, September 5: Open House & Curriculum Night (information coming soon)
  • Thursday, September 12: First PTA Meeting 7:00 PM (all families welcome)   
NEW WEBSITE

All of the Livonia Public Schools websites have been updated this summer! Click here to see our new Buchanan Elementary Website

Once again, Livonia Public Schools are welcoming ALL families back to school with our annual Bounce Back event at Riley Upper Elementary on Tuesday, August 20 from 5:00-8:00 PM. 

I will be conducting building tours for NEW families next week.  Tours will be held on Wednesday, August 21 at 10:00 PM and on Thursday, August 22 at 5:30 PM. I love showing off our beautiful building! 
We are once again hosting our "Popsicles on the Playground" for our incoming KINDERGARTEN families. The event will be Thursday, August 29 from 6:00-7:00 PM. 6:00-6:15 in the classrooms and 6:15-7:00 PM on the playground.  It will be an opportunity for our youngest students to meet their teachers and become familiar with our school! 

The Buchanan Elementary 
PTA invites you to a . . .

Welcome Back Breakfast!

Tuesday, September 3rd at 9:00am
in the Buchanan Oasis Garden
(on the west side of the school building)

Please join us for coffee, bagels, and donuts following drop-off on the first day of school. The event is open to parents/guardians and siblings. We look forward to getting to know our new and returning Buchanan families!

GREAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING AT BUCHANAN!! 



Friday, June 7, 2019

Going Green!

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! One of my favorite things about Buchanan is our Oasis Garden. It's such a special place for our students to learn about native Michigan plant life and where they can just enjoy learning in nature. This week, all our students did garden activities and lessons (Thank you Ms. Medellin for coordinating) and had fun while learning outside. During our summer months, it's a great opportunity for our students to get outside and learn. Fortunately for our students, they can continue to have learning opportunities outside when they return to school in the fall thanks to our Buchanan Oasis Garden!


UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Monday, June 10: Final Celebrate Monday Assembly, Extra Yearbooks may be purchased in the office beginning at 8:45 AM ($20 Cash, first come first serve)

Tuesday, June 11: Kindergarten Music Concert 1:30 PM (Outside), YEARBOOK Signing Opportunity in the Garden Area during 2nd Recess

Wednesday, June 12: Field Day (Please see Sign Up Genius), Parent Reports for Math & Reading go home with students. 

Thursday, June 13: Students Dismissed at 12:10 PM

Friday, June 14: Island Drum Assembly 10:00 AM, 4th Grade Clap Out 11:30 AM, Students Dismissed at 12:10 PM



PTA POINTS

Buchanan Volunteer Opportunities 2019-2020
Click Here for Link

Don't forget to use YUBBLER to order school supplies! 



#BuchananBears

Did you know that our Service Safety Squad had a very COLORFUL celebration this year? Thanks to generous donations from our PTA, we were able to have a Color Run in the Garden Area on Friday. This was our way to say "Thank You" to our service safety squad for all the extra work they did this year to help Buchanan and our younger students. Great things are happening at Buchanan!


Friday, May 31, 2019

I've Got You!

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! For the past two weeks, I've been busy conducting evaluation meetings with the Buchanan teachers. It's an exhausting process, but one that is designed to help each teacher reflect on the year, what they've accomplished, and develop plans for future growth. Author Beth Houf summed up in her book "Lead Like a Pirate" what I feel about evaluations.  "Feedback should never be a "gotcha". It should be an "I've got you!". My job is to help teachers grow, give encouragement, and support them as they work to continually improve their craft. So for all the incredible teachers I have the pleasure to work with each day, "I've got you!"


UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Tuesday, June 4: Kindergarten Round Up
Thursday, June 6: PTA Meeting 7:00 PM
Friday, June 7: Service Squad Celebration/Color Run

Monday, June 10: 4th Grade Celebration at the Rec Center
Tuesday, June 11: Kindergarten Concert 1:15 PM (Outside)
Wednesday, June 12: Field Day
Thursday, June 13 & Friday, June 14: Students dismissed at 12:10 PM
As the end of the school year approaches, please note that there will be changes implemented beginning Monday, June 3, 2019 that will run through Friday, June 14, 2019.

Students will not be able to charge their lunch purchase if they do not have money on their account.  Students will not be able to charge against their account and pay later, they will have to have funds in their account to buy lunch or receive a cheese sandwich. As a reminder, the cost of hot lunch is $3.25 for a regular lunch and $.40 for a reduced lunch.  You may add money to your account by visiting www.mypaymentsplus.com and once there you will also be able to review your student's purchases.
  
This does not impact those students that receive free lunch.  



PTA POINTS
  • Last PTA General Membership Meeting is June 6th at 7pm.
For those who did NOT order school yearbooks, we will have a limited number of extra copies available for sale in the office on Monday, June 10 from 8:45-9:15 AM. They will be sold on a first come, first serve basis for $20 (Cash Only).  
  • Spree Discount Vouchers for All-Day Ride Wristbands
PRE-SALE PRICED AT JUST $18.00 EACH


Savings of $12.00 off the regular wristband price Of $30.00
Each Voucher may be redeemed for one All-Day Wristband at any WADE SHOW Ticket Booth on:
Tuesday, June 25th: 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Wednesday,June 26th: 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
Thursday, June 27th: 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
Friday, June 28th: 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
Saturday, June 29th: Noon - 11 p.m (FAMILY FUN DAY).
Flyers have been sent home! Wristbands sold until 9:00 p.m. - Height restrictions on some rides.
Wristbands will NOT be sold or valid on Sunday, June 30th. SORRY, NO REFUNDS ON PRE-SALE VOUCHERS.



#BuchananBears 

Did you know that we had a tremendous turn out for our Spring Fling? Thanks to our PTA and volunteers, we were able to put on a night of fun and excitement for our students. From inflatable bounce houses to incredible basket raffles, it was a night to remember. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Thank you "Beary" Much!

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This week we recognized our outstanding volunteers at Buchanan Elementary. We had a breakfast in their honor and had a chance to share with them our appreciation for all they do. So many things happen in our school because of the amazing volunteers we have. It truly is a pleasure to work with so many family members and community members who simply want to give back to our school and help our students and teacher be successful. For all those who came and all who couldn't attend, I want to say a huge "THANK YOU" on behalf of our Buchanan team!


UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Monday, May 27: No School in observance of Memorial Day
Thursday, May 30: Stevenson High School students will get a "Clap Out" at 11:00 AM
Friday, May 31: SPRING FLING! 5:30-8:30 PM

Tuesday, June 4: Kindergarten Round Up! 
Thursday, June 6: Final PTA Meeting 7:00 PM in the Library
Friday, June 7: Service Safety Squad Celebration/Color Run 

Monday, June 10: 4th Grade Celebration at Rec Center
Tuesday, June 11: Kindergarten Outdoor Concert 1:30 PM
Wednesday, June 12: Field Day! 
Thursday, June 13 & Friday, June 14: Half day for students (12:10 dismissal both days)

PTA POINTS
  • The Annual Buchanan Spring Fling is May 31, 5:30-8:30 pm.

Pre-Sale is over all children aged 3-13 must pay $8 at the door .
Basket Raffle Tickets:(1 for $1, 6 for $5, 14 for $10, 32 for $20)
Wristbands give you access to: DJ + dancing, carnival games + prizes, bounce houses,face painting, and more!
Food available at vendor pricing from two local food trucks!
Pre-sale wristbands and raffle tickets will be sent home on Wednesday, May 29.
  • Spree Discount Vouchers for All-Day Ride Wristbands

PRE-SALE PRICED AT JUST $18.00 EACH
Savings of $12.00 off the regular wristband price Of $30.00
Each Voucher may be redeemed for one All-Day Wristband at any WADE SHOW Ticket Booth on:
Tuesday, June 25th: 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Wednesday,June 26th: 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
Thursday, June 27th: 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
Friday, June 28th: 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
Saturday, June 29th: Noon - 11 p.m (FAMILY FUN DAY).
Flyers have been sent home! Wristbands sold until 9:00 p.m. - Height restrictions on some rides.
Wristbands will NOT be sold or valid on Sunday, June 30th. SORRY, NO REFUNDS ON PRE-SALE VOUCHERS.

For those who did NOT order school yearbooks, we will have a limited number of extra copies available for sale in the office on Monday, June 10 from 8:45-9:15 AM. They will be sold on a first come, first serve basis for $20 (Cash Only).  



#BuchananBears

Did you know that our 4th grade students did a service project at "Build A Bear"? What a great experience they had earning the money and going to build their stuffed animals! Some kids cleaned their rooms, babysat, helped in the yards, took care of pets, returned cans, and so many other things. As a 4th grade, they built 126 stuffed animals. They will be going to Mott and Beaumont Children’s Hospitals, Foster Closet, Hospice, and Livonia Fire Department. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 




Friday, May 17, 2019

Long Live the Arts!

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This week we had our annual Art Fair and Music Showcase. It was an opportunity for our students to show off their work in both Art and Music. Students have been working on these songs and projects for the past several months. It's a great way to demonstrate to students that there is no overnight success, only hard work and practice leading up to a successful performance.  Thanks to all our parents who support the school by encouraging your child and coming out to see the product of their months of work!


UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Thursday, May, 23: Volunteer Breakfast 8:15 (childcare provided)
Friday, May 24: Students & Staff dismissed at 12:10 PM
Monday, May 27: No School in observance of Memorial Day
Thursday, May 30: Clap Out for Stevenson High School students 11:00 AM
Friday, May 31: Spring Fling 5:30-8:30 PM

Tuesday, June 4: Kindergarten Round Up!
Tuesday, June 11: Kindergarten Concert (outside) 1:30 PM
Wednesday, June 12: Field Day!

PTA POINTS
  • Spring Fling Raffle Basket Donations due Monday! Each class is assigned a theme for a basket to be raffled off at our spring fling event on May 31st. Donated items will be collected to create the raffle baskets. Cash donations will also be accepted. Please label all items with  “Spring Fling Donation” and your child’s teacher’s name. Please send in all donations by May 20th. Thanks for your support.

Squishies & Slime- Pisko & Trantham
Detroit Sports Teams- Ringler & Pillai
S.T.E.M.- Banter & Kaufman
Made in Michigan- Adams & Duff
Outdoor Fun- Jones & Gruenewald
Superheroes - Kurtijan & McGuigan
Unicorns/Llamas- Hurula & Edwards
Snack Attack - Williams & Tanner
Arts/Crafts- Stromberg & Medellin
Coffee/Tea- Haapala & Benson
  • The Annual Buchanan Spring Fling is May 31 5:30-8:30pm.

FREE for all Buchanan students who RSVP by May 20
$5 pre-sale for non-Buchanan students aged 3-13
$8 at the door for ALL children aged 3-13

Wristbands give you access to: DJ + dancing, carnival games + prizes, bounce houses,face painting, and more!
Food available at vendor pricing from two local food trucks!
Pre-sale wristbands and raffle tickets will be sent home on Wednesday, May 29.

Spring Fling Volunteers Needed
  • Spree Discount Vouchers for All-Day Ride Wristbands

PRE-SALE PRICED AT JUST $18.00 EACH
Savings of $12.00 off the regular wristband price Of $30.00
Each Voucher may be redeemed for one All-Day Wristband at any WADE SHOW Ticket Booth on:

Tuesday, June 25th: 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Wednesday,June 26th: 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
Thursday, June 27th: 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
Friday, June 28th: 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
Saturday, June 29th: Noon - 11 p.m (FAMILY FUN DAY).

Flyers have been sent home! Wristbands sold until 9:00 p.m. - Height restrictions on some rides.
Wristbands will NOT be sold or valid on Sunday, June 30th. SORRY, NO REFUNDS ON PRE-SALE VOUCHERS



#BuchananBears


Did you know that Buchanan is getting a brand new Walking Path in the fall? The path will be in the back playground and provide even easier access for students who participate in the Mileage Club! Mrs. Trantham is hoping to get an even bigger group of students to achieve their mileage goals next year and participate in the next Martian Marathon. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Buchanan's Got Talent!

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! On May 7, we had our talent show for grades 2-4. Over 60 students participated in acts ranging from guitar, to tap dance, to puppet shows, to comedy. It was an incredible display of talent and it was made possible because of our teachers, Mrs. Edwards & Ms. Kurtjian. Thank you to our staff, parents, and students who participated and helped out with this event and it was yet another way that students are able to shine at Buchanan!


UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Monday, May 13: No Morning Tech Club
Tuesday, May 14: 4th Grade students visit Riley Upper Elementary in the morning
Thursday, May 16: Art Fair (K-4) and Music Concerts (1-4) 6:00-8:00 PM (Schedule Below)
Thursday, May 23: Volunteer Breakfast 8:15 (Childcare Provided)
Friday, May 24: Students and Staff Dismissed at 12:10 PM
Monday, May 27: No School for Memorial Day
Thursday, May 30: Clap Out for Stevenson High School Students at 11:00 AM
Friday, May 31: Spring Fling 5:30-8:30 PM
CONCERT TIMES for MAY 16
 6:10 PM - Grade One
6:30 PM - Grade Two
7:00 PM - Grade Three
7:30 PM - Grade Four
Students should be in their classrooms 10 minutes before their concert start times.After each performance, the gym will be cleared for the next grade level. Parents may pick up their child outside of their classrooms (by the lockers) after the performance. 

We strongly suggest that first and second grade families attend the first hour (6:00-7:00 PM) and tour the art projects during their either just before or just after the music performance. Third and fourth grade families are encouraged to come just during the second hour (7:00-8:00 PM) and tour the art projects either just before or after the music performance. This will help with congestion in the parking lot and in the building. Thanks for your cooperation! 

PTA POINTS
  • Spring Fling Raffle Basket Donations Each class is assigned a theme for a basket to be raffled off at our spring fling event on May 31st. Donated items will be collected to create the raffle baskets. Cash donations will also be accepted. Please label all items with  “Spring Fling Donation” and your child’s teacher’s name. Please send in all donations by May 20th. Thanks for your support.

Squishies & Slime- Pisko & Trantham
Detroit Sports Teams- Ringler & Pillai
S.T.E.M.- Banter & Kaufman
Made in Michigan- Adams & Duff
Outdoor Fun- Jones & Gruenewald
Superheroes - Kurtijan & McGuigan
Unicorns/Llamas- Hurula & Edwards
Snack Attack - Williams & Tanner
Arts/Crafts- Stromberg & Medellin
Coffee/Tea- Haapala & Benson
  • Buchanan Elementary PTA Buchanan Oasis Garden Cleanup

Please join us for another garden cleanup day on Saturday May 18, 9:00 am-12:00 noon. We have volunteers from Mile City Church who are helping us out with some projects. We will be moving some small trees, planting perennials, spreading mulch in planting areas, weeding and cleaning up. Please bring your own garden supplies such as gloves, shovels, rakes, weed wacker, wheelbarrows, etc. We do not have any garden equipment on hand. The school will not be open to use bathrooms.
Date: 05/18/2019 (Sat.)
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Buchanan Oasis Garden
  • The Annual Buchanan Spring Fling is May 31, 5:30-8:30 pm.

FREE for all Buchanan students who RSVP by May 20
$5 pre-sale for non-Buchanan students aged 3-13
$8 at the door for ALL children aged 3-13
Basket Raffle Tickets:(1 for $1, 6 for $5, 14 for $10, 32 for $20)

Wristbands give you access to: DJ + dancing, carnival games + prizes, bounce houses,face painting, and more!
Food available at vendor pricing from two local food trucks!
Pre-sale wristbands and raffle tickets will be sent home on Wednesday, May 29.
  • Spree Discount Vouchers for All-Day Ride Wristbands

PRE-SALE PRICED AT JUST $18.00 EACH
Savings of $12.00 off the regular wristband price Of $30.00
Each Voucher may be redeemed for one All-Day Wristband at any WADE SHOW Ticket Booth on:

Tuesday, June 25th: 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Wednesday,June 26th: 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
Thursday, June 27th: 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
Friday, June 28th: 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
Saturday, June 29th: Noon - 11 p.m (FAMILY FUN DAY).

Flyers have been sent home! Wristbands sold until 9:00 p.m. - Height restrictions on some rides.
Wristbands will NOT be sold or valid on Sunday, June 30th. SORRY, NO REFUNDS ON PRE-SALE VOUCHERS.



#BuchananBears

Did you know that Buchanan 3rd Grade Teacher, Laura Kurtjian, got married this weekend? It was a beautiful ceremony and wonderful to see two people beginning their amazing journey together! We wish her all the best. Great things are happening at Buchanan!