Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thankful

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This week, I wanted to express my gratitude to the wonderful Buchanan Staff and the amazing Parent Community. Through all the transitions this year has brought, the level of support and involvement from everyone has been incredible. I also wanted to share how much I appreciate each and every one of you and how fortunate I feel to be a part of the Buchanan Community. I wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving Break and hope you enjoy time with loved ones and family.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Monday, November 27: Student of the Month Assembly for GRIT
                                       PTA General Membership Meeting 7:00 PM in the library
Friday, December 1: No School for Students (Records Day for Teachers)

Friday, December 8: Report Cards go home

Monday, December 11-Friday, December 15: Santa Shop during school
Thursday, December 14: Santa Shop & Santa Claus and 3rd/4th Grade Music Concert 6:00-8:00 PM

Friday, December 22: Winter Break begins after school!

MEET THE BUCHANAN STAFF
Ms. Haapala - Kindergarten Teacher 

Hello! My name is Melissa Haapala and this is my first year at Buchanan. I’m thrilled to be here! I previously have taught preschool, first grade and kindergarten at Perrinville and Cass. I have an adorable golden retriever named Milo. I’m actually in the process of moving which has definitely been an adventure.

A goal I have this year is to take more pictures. I get so caught up in all the fun moments of kindergarten I forget to stop and document them. I'm so happy to be apart of the Buchanan Bears community and look forward to many more years here!

I would describe Buchanan as inviting, collaborative, innovative, fun, and lively!


PTA POINTS 
  • Next PTA Meeting will be Monday, November 27 at 7:00 PM (Childcare provided)
  • Don't forget to purchase Buchanan spirit wear! Go to buchananspiritwear.com to place your order. You can order throughout the year, but we are offering free shipping until November 20. All items are shipped directly to your home. Spirit wear is a great Christmas gift!
  • Santa Shop is coming! We will need many volunteers to bring classes to the shop, assist in shopping and gift wrapping. Please go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44a4ae2ca1f94-santa  if you are able to help. This is a big event and the kids love shopping for their loved ones! We will have a preview on Monday, December 11 for all classes. Set up is tentatively on Friday, December 8, but we do not have a definite delivery date from the company yet.  If the date has to be changed, we will update the sign up genius. There will also be an evening shopping event on Thursday, December 14 from 6:00-7:45 PM. Enjoy shopping, a concert performance by our 3rd and 4th graders and a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus. Please bring your own camera for a great photo opportunity!
  • Holiday Assistance: It is hard to believe, but the holidays are just around the corner and many families are still facing financial stress at home.  For some, it is minor—others a more pressing burden.  The holidays are an especially difficult time during financial stress—please know I am more than happy to try to help.  If you need any assistance with resources please contact me.  I do not share with staff or anyone in our community information regarding the recipients of such assistance.  Please let me know if we can help you and your family in any way.  My e-mail is kblazek@livoniapublicschools.org or you can reach me at 734-744-2690 ext. 12120. 
    **Please note that if you need assistance with Christmas, I will need to know, no later than Friday, December 8th.
  • When doing your Amazon holiday shopping, don't forget to shop Buchanan's smile page. Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to James Buchanan Elementary PTA. Bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/38-2618912 and support us every time you shop.

Did you know that Buchanan does a Holiday Giving Tree each year to help families that need assistance? In order to make it easy and accessible for families to give, we have gone to a Sign Up Genius format. Please click on the link to help a family: Holiday Giving Tree Link  Special thanks to our EST, Kristen Blazek for putting this together. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 


Friday, November 17, 2017

Goodfellows

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! One of my favorite things about school is the concept of service learning. Projects that students take ownership of and learn by service projects. It's a way teach our students that each one of us can make a difference in our school, community, and world no matter how young or old we are. It simply takes a willing heart and the courage to take action. Here at Buchanan, our first grade students came up with the ideas of Spirit Days like "Fancy Dress" and "Pajama Day" to remind students to bring in canned food items for Goodfellows. It's a fun way to do some good in our community and the students can see the boxes filling up with food all month long. Thank you to all the families that contributed and I look forward to many more service learning projects for our Buchanan students!


UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Wednesday, November 22 - Friday, November 24: No School for Thanksgiving Break!

Friday, December 1: No School for Students / Records Day for Teachers

Friday, December 8: Report Cards go home

Week of December 11: Santa Shop

Thursday, December 14: Santa Shop with Santa Claus & 3rd/4th grade music concert 6:00-8:00 PM

MEET THE BUCHANAN STAFF
Mrs. Banter - 4th Grade Teacher


My name is Kristin Banter, I teach fourth grade here at Buchanan.  This is my second year teaching fourth grade, I am very happy to be back as a Buchanan Bear!  I live in Northville with my husband, Kyle and our miniature schnauzer, Loki.  In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, spending time at Elk Lake and watching the Red Wings.  

My goal for this year is to push myself, and my students, to try new things.  This year I tried flexible seating, I am so glad I did, we are absolutely loving it!  

5 words to describe Buchanan: welcoming, enthusiastic, innovative, flexible, and inclusive.  

 PTA POINTS
  • Don't forget to purchase Buchanan spirit wear! Go to buchananspiritwear.com to place your order. You can order throughout the year, but we are offering free shipping until November 20. All items are shipped directly to your home. Spirit wear is a great Christmas gift!

  • Santa Shop is coming! We will need many volunteers to bring classes to the shop, assist in shopping and gift wrapping. Please go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44a4ae2ca1f94-santa  if you are able to help. This is a big event and the kids love shopping for their loved ones! We will have a preview on Monday, December 11 for all classes. Set up is tentatively on Friday, December 8, but we do not have a definite delivery date from the company yet.  If the date has to be changed, we will update the sign up genius. There will also be an evening shopping event on Thursday, December 14 from 6:00-7:45 PM. Enjoy shopping, a concert performance by our 3rd and 4th graders and a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus. Please bring your own camera for a great photo opportunity!
  • Holiday Assistance: It is hard to believe, but the holidays are just around the corner and many families are still facing financial stress at home.  For some, it is minor—others a more pressing burden.  The holidays are an especially difficult time during financial stress—please know I am more than happy to try to help.  If you need any assistance with resources please contact me.  I do not share with staff or anyone in our community information regarding the recipients of such assistance.  Please let me know if we can help you and your family in any way.  My e-mail is kblazek@livoniapublicschools.org or you can reach me at 734-744-2690 ext. 12120. 
    **Please note that if you need assistance with Christmas, I will need to know, no later than Friday, December 8th.
  • When doing your Amazon holiday shopping, don't forget to shop Buchanan's smile page. Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to James Buchanan Elementary PTA. Bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/38-2618912 and support us every time you shop.

Did you know that we start every week at Buchanan with a Celebrate Monday Assembly? For 20 minutes, we talk about our character trait for the month, watch a short video, and share out ways that we can make it a great day and a great week! The last Monday of the month is dedicated to recognizing our Students of the Month and celebrating the good behaviors of our students. It can be hard to get back into the routine of school (for both students and adults)! With our assemblies, we try to add a little excitement to the week and start off on a positive note. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Routine

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! Recently, one of our Buchanan staff members approached me and said that things were starting to fall into a routine. With the blending of school communities, open house, conferences, and all the other things that happen in the start of a school year, the first months can seem pretty hectic. However, once people start to know one another, the building becomes more familiar, and things start to feel more natural, then we ease into a routine. Now, I don't consider a routine to be a bad or boring thing. I think of it as a state of feeling comfortable and at ease with one's surroundings. It was interesting when I heard someone say this, because I had been thinking it myself. Buchanan was becoming home and things were falling into a routine. I hope that feeling of comfort is being felt by all our Buchanan students, staff, and families. The longer we work and play together, the closer we will become and the more Buchanan will be home to all.


UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Wednesday, November 15: "Fancy Dress" Spirit Wear Day when students bring a canned food item for Goodfellows Canned Food Drive
Friday, November 17: "Pajama Day" Spirit Wear Day when students bring a canned food item for for Goodfellows Canned Food Drive

Wednesday, November 22 - Friday, November 24: No School for Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 27: PTA General Membership Meeting 7:00 PM
Friday, December 1: No School for Students (Records Day)

Friday, December 8: Report Cards go home

MEET THE BUCHANAN STAFF
Ms. Kurtjian - Third Grade Teacher

My name is Laura Kurtjian and I'm a third grade teacher here at Buchanan.  I've spent my entire life in Livonia by going to Livonia Public Schools, going to college in Livonia (Madonna University), student teaching in Livonia, and now, full-time teaching in Livonia.  I love this city and I feel honored to be working at such a wonderful school.I have two sisters who are also teachers, a mother who was a teacher, and a beautiful nephew named Oliver who isn't a teacher yet but it runs in the family so you never know!  When I'm not at school, I spend my time with my nephew, family, friends, and two dogs who I'm sure the students can tell you all about!

My goal this year is to make sure that students truly enjoy learning and view school as a fun place!

If I were describe Buchanan Elementary using 5 words, I would say welcoming, a community, engaging, creative, and fun!

PTA POINTS
  • Buchanan will be receiving $1,100 from our Box Tops submission. Congratulations to Ms. Banter's 4th grade class- they are the winners of a pizza party provided by the PTA!! They had a total of 1,158 for their class. We thank all of our Bears for all their efforts in collecting Box Tops! That is amazing!  Keep sending Box Tops in- labeled in a baggie with teacher and student name. We will be awarding another pizza party to the class that brings in the most in the spring. 
  • Don't forget to purchase Buchanan spirit wear! Go to buchananspiritwear.com to place your order. We are offering free shipping until November 20. All items are shipped directly to your home. Spirit wear is a great Christmas gift!
  • Next PTA meeting will be Monday, November 27 at 7:00 PM. Childcare will be provided. 
  • Cub Scout Pack 790 will be hosting a Toys for Tots donation drive at Buchanan from 11/20-12/15. New, unwrapped toys will be collected in the box located in the Buchanan Lobby.  These toys are then distributed as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in  our community.

Did you know the first grade classrooms are heading up the schoolwide canned food drive for Goodfellows? To help with the collection process, the first grade students voted and came up with two "spirit days" to help increase the volume of donations. Students are being asked to bring canned food items to school on Wednesday and Friday and to make things fun by having a "Fancy Dress" day on Wednesday and a "pajama day" on Friday.  Buchanan students are making a difference! 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Grit

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This month, our students are learning about Grit: The stubborn refusal to give up when things are difficult. It's an appropriate time to discuss this topic, because this is the time of the year when students may start facing academic challenges or challenges in sports or activities. Our society is so focused on winning that students may not realize the amount of work, determination, and even losing that takes place before individuals or teams become champions. Without grit, students are less likely to make it through challenging times and tasks and we need to promote a mindset that encourages students to never give up! I hope you'll talk with your child about what it means to show grit and perhaps share a story of a time when you overcame an obstacle. We are all role models for our students, so we need to be showing grit as well!

GRIT VIDEO

UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Tuesday, November 7: No School for Students (Teacher Professional Development)
Thursday, November 9: Barnes & Noble Book Fair 5:30-7:30 PM

Wednesday, November 22 - Friday, November 23: No School for Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 27: PTA General Membership Meeting 7:00 PM


We are excited to announce the launch of our newest form of parent communication. This week will be the premier episode of our Buchanan Broadcast! It is a podcast that can be listened to by families to hear about the great things happening in our school. This week's episode includes a principal update and one from our PTA board. We are hoping to expand future episodes to include a "Teacher Feature" and a "Student Showcase". A big thanks to Rob Pascoe for coordinating this project and for providing the recording equipment. We hope you will enjoy listening to our Buchanan Broadcast each month! 

MEET THE BUCHANAN STAFF
Shayna Gruenewald - 2nd Grade Teacher

Hello!  My name is Shayna Gruenewald, and I teach 2nd grade.  This is my sixteenth year of teaching in Livonia.  I have mostly taught 2nd grade, but I’ve also taught 1st grade and even 5th grade!

I live in Livonia with my husband and two children.  My son Brendan is 12 years old and attends Holmes Middle School.  My daughter Catherine is 9 years old and attends Hoover Elementary School. When I am not teaching, I spend time with my family.  We enjoy going on adventures around town, playing Pokemon Go, and visiting relatives.

My goal for this year is to empower students to take charge of their learning, and become problem solvers.  I feel having a problem solving approach is important, because there always seem to be hiccups along the way.  I believe that any goal is achievable when students are motivated and willing to work to reach it.

Five words that I would use to describe Buchanan are: welcoming, caring, collaborative, upbeat, and exciting!

PTA POINTS
  • Our next PTA meeting will be held on Monday, November 27 at 7:00 PM (Childcare will be provided) 
  • Reminder- Reflections entries are due November 7!
  • Looking for Buchanan spirit wear? Go to www.buchananspiritwear.com to order. We are offering free shipping until November 20, 2017. All orders are shipped directly to your home! Spirit wear makes great Christmas gifts for the kids! Please see attached flyer for more details. 
  • Girl Scout Troop 75015 will be hosting a pet supply donation for the Humane Society from 11/13-11/17.  There will be a donation box in the lobby of the school. Donation suggestions range from cat/dog food, animal toys, used towels or blankets and paper towels.  For a complete wish list, please visit: Donate Wish List Items - Michigan Humane SocietyThank you for helping to support animals in need!
The LMC Book Fair is coming soon!  It will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Barnes & Noble in Northville (on the corner of 6 Mile and Haggerty roads) from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Artwork done by Mrs. Gruenewald’s class and Mrs. Tanner’s class will be on display in the store.  Here is the schedule of guest readers from 5:30-7:30 p.m.:

5:30     Mr. Wennstrom
5:45     Mrs. Trantham
6:00     Mrs. Hurula
6:15     Ms. Adams
6:30     Mrs. Pisko
6:45     Miss Ford
7:00     Mrs. Stromberg, Mrs. McGuigan, and Ms. Haapala
7:15     Mrs. Jones

Remember to turn in a voucher or mention the Buchanan book fair at the register (a flyer with book fair vouchers is attached).  All money raised through this book fair will be used to purchase books for the Buchanan Library.  We hope to see you at Barnes & Noble on the 9th!


Did you know that several of the Livonia administrators are joining together to promote men's health by participating in "No Shave November?" For the month of November, we will say no to the razor and let our beards grow. It's a fun way to promote a good cause and a way to have some friendly competition. Each week we will post a picture to mark our progress. It's just another way we try to have fun at school. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 


Friday, October 27, 2017

BOO BASH

Hi Folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This has been a year of "firsts" for our school community and Boo Bash was no exception. In addition to the events that have occured in the past, we added Trunk or Treat to the list of attractions. Again, with the increase in student population, the event was bigger than ever! I feel so fortunate to be a part of a school community that has such high parental involvement and such dedication from the PTA team. School should be a place where families and educators come together to make learning fun for students and that's exactly what I see at Buchanan. If your child didn't get a chance to come to Boo Bash, there will still be an opportunity to wear their costume on Halloween for our costume parade at 3:20 PM. Learning is fun at Buchanan!

UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Tuesday, October 31: Happy Halloween! Costume Parade at 3:20 PM

Tuesday, November 7: No School for Students (Teacher Professional Development)
Thursday, November 9: Barnes & Noble Book Fair 5:30-7:30 PM (Flyer Attached)

Wednesday, November 22 - Friday, November 24: No School / Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 27: PTA General Membership Meeting 7:00 PM

MEET THE BUCHANAN STAFF
Mrs. Jones - First Grade Teacher 

Hello Buchanan Families!  My name is Kristin Jones and this is my tenth year of teaching, third year at Buchanan Elementary.  My first seven years were spent in Wayne-Westland Community Schools where I taught 4th grade, 1st grade, 6th grade and was even an Intervention Specialist.  Since being at Buchanan I’ve taught second grade and this year I’m teaching first!  I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and feel lucky that I love what I do! 

 My husband and I live in Livonia and we have two sons, Jordan who is 11 years old, and Joshua who is four.  Jordan plays hockey so when I’m not teaching, I spend a lot of time at the rink.  My family and I love spending time together, especially going up north and getting ice cream at Dairy King in downtown Plymouth. 

My goal for this year is to instill a love of learning in my students.  I want school to be a positive, welcoming place where all my students love to be! 

Five words that I would use to describe Buchanan are: Positive, Fun, Inviting, Dedicated and Amazing

PTA POINTS
  • Thank you to everyone who helped make the Boo Bash such a big success! We hope everyone had a great time:)
  • Don't forget the deadline for entries for the Reflections competition is Friday, November 7 (Flyer Attached)
  • The next PTA meeting will be Monday, November 27 at 7:00 PM

Did you know that Buchanan just received some new playground equipment? Four new pieces were installed this week and the two pieces across the drive will be moved back in the very near future. New sports balls are being delivered and the play pads have been painted for hopscotch and four square. This spring, two large play structures will be installed and we will also receive swings for both the younger and older students. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 


Friday, October 20, 2017

Conferences

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! It was wonderful to see so many parents here at Buchanan for our Parent-Teacher Conferences last week! Technology has enabled us to communicate more frequently through email, phone and text, but nothing replaces a good old fashioned face to face meeting. Conferences are a time for parents to build a relationship with their child's teacher and to find ways that we can partner to ensure success for all students! Each child is unique and therefore each conference is unique. I'm so impressed with the amount of parent participation at Buchanan and I'm very proud of our staff for the long hours they put in and their level of knowledge of each child in their classroom. Good communication between home and school is the foundation for a superior education and that's what we strive to provide for every student at Buchanan!


UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Thursday, October 26: Picture Retakes in the morning. Please bring the original picture packet with you. If you have not had your picture taken, please bring an order form (available in the office).

Friday, October 27: PTA BOO BASH 6:00-8:00 PM on the back playground 

Tuesday, October 31: Halloween Costume Parade around the building at 3:20 PM

Tuesday, November 7: No School for Students (Teacher Professional Development Day)

Thursday, November 9: Barnes & Noble Book Fair with special guest readers 5:30-7:30 PM

MEET THE BUCHANAN STAFF
Mrs. Pillai - Kindergarten Teacher 

Hello Buchanan Families!  My name is Jackie Pillai and I am one of the kindergarten teachers.  I started teaching in 2000 as a special education teacher.  Majority of those years were spent at Cass, teaching 1st grade in a special education classroom.  I have been teaching kindergarten for the past 4 years and LOVE it!  

I have lived in Livonia for most of my life and my children have grown up here too.  I have two children.  My son Dylan is 16 and a junior at Stevenson and my daughter Kailyn, is 11 and in 6th grade at Riley. My son recently got his driver’s license, which is exciting and SO scary at the same time!  Enjoy your babies; time goes way too fast.  I enjoy traveling, reading and spending time with my children and friends!

My goal this year is to ensure that children believe in themselves and develop to their full potential.

Five words that describe Buchanan are: Inviting, Caring, Fun, Safe and Respectful.


PTA POINTS 
  • Our Boo Bash is quickly approaching and we still need volunteers, cars for the trunk or treat, decorated pumpkins and candy donations! Please go to the sign up genius if you are able to help:  Boo Bash Sign Up Please remember to return the bottom portion of the flyer that was sent home with money if you would like to pre-purchase and save time at the event. All forms need to be turned in by the morning of Thursday October 26 as we will send the bags home that afternoon. You may purchase bags/tickets at the event on Friday, October 27 until 7:00 PM.
  • Our Bake Sale was amazing this year!! Huge thank you to all the families that donated delicious treats and to Costco for their donation of baked goods! Things sold out very quickly!
  • National PTA Reflections Art show is coming soon! All art entries must be turned in by November 7. Please see the attached flyer or contact Margaret Cordle at margaretcc@gmail.com for more information and to coordinate artwork pickup. 

Did you know we will be having a Costume Parade in the afternoon of Tuesday, October 31? Following the afternoon recess, students will change into costumes (if they wish) and each class will exit their exterior classroom doors at 3:20 PM and walk around the building. Parents may come line up along the exterior of the building to watch the costume parade as the classes pass by and may check their child out following the parade if they wish. Please make sure that costumes do NOT include any blood, gore, or weapons. We are looking forward to seeing the costumes. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 



Friday, October 13, 2017

Many hands make light work

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This week, we gave out prizes for our top fundraisers for the PTA Fun Walk. It was so nice to see the excitement on the faces of the students as they came up to get their prizes and also to hear the cheering of all the students. I also liked that in addition to recognizing the top earners, every child who contributed something had a chance to earn a prize. It shows that every little bit helps and that everyone can make a contribution. My mother always used to say "Many hands make light work". That's still true and it's definitely true in the school setting. Thanks to our PTA board for getting all the prizes for our students and thanks to all the kids and families who contributed to helping our school meet its goal for the year!!

UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Wednesday, October 18: Students dismissed at 12:10 PM
                                        Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00-4:00 & 5:00-8:00 PM
Thursday, October 19: Students dismissed at 12:10 PM
                                    Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00-4:00 & 5:00-8:00 PM
Friday, October 20: Lunch with the Principal for top fundraisers from each class (Pizza provided by PTA)

Thursday, October 26: Lifetouch Picture Retakes in the morning
Friday, October 27: Buchanan BOO BASH 6:00-8:00 PM (See attached flyer)

Tuesday, October 31: Halloween Costume Parade at 3:20 PM (See information below)
One of my goals this year is to honor the traditions that each school community had in the past. It has come to my attention that a Halloween Costume Parade is a tradition that Buchanan has had for several years. In keeping with that tradition, we will be having a Costume Parade in the afternoon of Tuesday, October 31. Following the afternoon recess, students will change into costumes (if they wish) and each class will exit their exterior classroom doors at 3:20 PM and walk around the building. Parents may come line up along the exterior of the building to watch the costume parade as the classes pass by and may check their child out following the parade if they wish. We want learning to be fun at Buchanan and I hope this event will be a fun time for all our students, staff, and parents! 

MEET THE BUCHANAN STAFF
Mrs. Ringler - Fourth Grade Teacher
Hello Buchanan Families! My name is Donna Ringler.  I am so excited to be here teaching fourth grade. Before coming to Buchanan, I spent the past 11 years in 4th grade at Cass. I’ve had the privilege of teaching the past 21 years in Livonia and Orlando, Florida before that. I find it fascinating watching children learn things for the first time or watching them develop into independent, confident learners. I am married to my husband Scott, and we have two incredible children, Nicholas, who is a senior, and Jenna, who is a sophomore. We spend a lot of time either at the baseball fields, softball fields, or volleyball courts. I truly enjoy watching them play their sports. Our other favorite place to be is up at our cottage on Hubbard Lake.

One of my goals this year is to make sure each child has the confidence to reach toward their potential. They are capable of much more than they think!

My five words to describe Buchanan: Inviting, Caring, Fun, Friendly, Awesome

PTA POINTS
  • We are looking forward to our Bake Sale during conferences on October 18 and 19- all items are for sale on a donation basis. If you would still like to sign up to donate a baked good, please click on the sign up genius. Bake Sale Sign Up
  • We are having our first restaurant night at Jersey Mike's Subs on October 18 and 19 located at 37294 W 6 Mile Rd. Buchanan PTA will receive 20% of the proceeds! Please make sure you bring in the flyer that is sent home to support the PTA.
  • Box Tops are due October 20 for our first submission. The class with the highest total will win a pizza party from the PTA. Please make sure all baggies are labeled with student and teacher name to count towards the contest. Expired Box Tops do not count for our submission and will not count towards any class totals. Any unlabeled bags will go to a miscellaneous pile and not count towards any specific class. 
  • We are excited for our upcoming Boo Bash on Friday October 27 from 6:00-8:00pm. We will have trunk or treat, photo booth, DJ, guessing games, a magician, pizza/drinks, cider and donuts and a decorated pumpkin raffle. Costumes are encouraged but not mandatory. A flyer will be going home with all the details. If you would like to sign up to help, donate a decorated pumpkin or decorate your car to participate in the trunk or treat, please go to the sign up genius link: Boo Bash Sign Up

Did you know that we serve breakfast every morning beginning at 8:30 AM? Students getting dropped off or riding the bus may enter the cafeteria and eat breakfast before getting in line or going to classrooms. Students not eating breakfast should arrive no earlier than 8:40 AM when our crossing guard and bus monitors go out for morning supervision. We want to make sure that all students are safe at school. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 


Friday, October 6, 2017

Students of the Month

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! We recently had our first Student of the Month assembly at Buchanan. Each month, we focus on a specific theme throughout the school. We talk about it during our Celebrate Monday assembly each week, teachers refer to it throughout the month in class, and we try to recognize students when they exhibit that trait. At the end of the month, we have a special celebration where we recognize one child from each classroom for going above and beyond in demonstrating that trait. We recently recognized 20 students for the theme of Respect. Each child received a certificate in front of the whole school, had their picture taken, and (my favorite part) received a positive phone call home! Congratulations to our Students of the Month for the theme of Respect and I'm looking forward to making 20 more phone calls at the end of this month as we recognize students for the theme of Responsibility!

RESPECT!! 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Monday, October 9: Awards given for top Fun Run fundraisers during morning assembly 

Wednesday, October 18: Students dismissed at 12:10 PM, Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00-4:00 and 5:00-8:00 PM
Thursday, October 19: Students dismissed at 12:10 PM, Parent Teacher Conferences 1:00-4:00 and 5:00-8:00 PM
Friday, October 20: Lunch with the Principal for top Fun Run fundraisers from each classroom (PTA will provide pizza) 

Thursday, October 26: Picture Retakes
Friday, October 27: PTA BOO BASH 6:00-8:00 PM

MEET THE BUCHANAN STAFF
Mrs. Trantham - Third Grade Teacher 

Hello Buchanan Bears!  I am so happy to be a part of this awesome family and excited to have Cass students and staff join us this year!  I am in my 21st year of teaching (I started at the young age of 10 ☺) and absolutely love working with kids and watching them have fun while learning!  I have taught every year at Buchanan except for my first year teaching; I have taught in a Resource Room, first grade, second grade, third grade, and fourth.  I am a proud resident of Livonia and share my home with my husband Terry, my daughters Kaitlin (13 at Holmes) and Gracie (10 at Riley), and the cutest Brittany Spaniel named Charlie.  In my free time I love to spend time with my family, go out to dinner, play cards, exercise, and READ! 

A goal I have this year at Buchanan is to create a classroom community where students feel safe in order to show growth throughout the year.  I know that every student can learn regardless of their challenges!

Five words that describe Buchanan are:  Welcoming, Loving, Safe, Respectful, and Mindful.

PTA POINTS
  • Join us for our next General Membership PTA meeting on October 12 at 7:00 PM. Childcare will be provided. 
  • The PTA is holding a Bake Sale on October 18 and 19 during conferences. Baked goods will be set up with donation jars, so parents can grab some treats on their way to or from conferences and leave a donation for the PTA. If you would like to contribute baked goods, please click here to visit the Sign Up Genius. Please drop off your baked goods to the Front Office by the end of the school day on Tuesday, October 17.
  • Don't forget to turn in your Box Tops by October 20The class that brings in the most Box Tops will win a pizza party from the PTA! Please make sure all baggies are labeled with student and teacher's names to be counted towards the contest. Expired Box Tops do not count towards our submission and therefore will not count towards any class totals. We thank you for supporting this free money program!
  • Our PTA Boo Bash will be Friday, October 28 from 6:00-8:00 PM. More information to come!

Did you know that we focus on a different character trait each month at Buchanan? We use the Character Elements that were developed a couple of years ago by our district climate team and are used throughout all the Livonia Public Schools. Our goal is to have a common language and  a common focus across the district to help students from kindergarten through grade 12 develop traits that will help them be successful in school and beyond. Great things are happening at Buchanan!