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!



Thursday, September 28, 2017

FUN RUN

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! As a non runner, the only time I would every use Fun and Run in the same sentence is for a PTA function:) This year, we have a lot of "firsts" as we blend school communities and our PTA Fun Run was no exception. For the first time ever, we had our Fun Run in the evening and incorporated glow sticks. It was a wonderful event and our PTA made sure ALL students were included by purchasing a Buchanan t-shirt for every child whether they were able to attend the evening event or not. I was overwhelmed by the participation and support by our Buchanan community and am so grateful for the opportunities this fundraiser provides for our Buchanan students in the form of field trip money, classroom magazines, computer licenses for students and so much more! So many great things happen at our school thanks to our PTA and our supportive community members. Thanks starting our year off on such a positive note!

UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Friday, October 6: PTA Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 PM

Thursday, October 12: PTA General Membership Meeting 7:00 PM (All Buchanan Parents welcome and childcare is provided)

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 27: PTA Boo Bash 6:00-8:00 PM

MEET THE BUCHANAN STAFF
Mrs. Tanner - Second Grade Teacher

Greetings, Buchanan Families!  I am beyond excited to be a part of Buchanan Elementary this year.  I am teaching 2nd grade and I absolutely love it!  I started my career in Clarenceville in 2000, teaching grades K-6 in a self-contained special education classroom.  I came to Livonia in 2005 and taught in the center program, grades K-6.  

I am married to my husband, Jeff and we have two beautiful children, Ava and Ethan.  Ava is a 1st grader at Hoover and my little guy just started preschool this year.  I love to spend time with my family and friends as often as I can and just enjoy life!  

My goal for this year is to ensure that every child feels loved and appreciated.  I feel strongly about making positive and meaningful relationships with students and parents.  The connection between home and school is so important!

Five words that describe Buchanan:  Welcoming, Enthusiastic, Caring, Fun, and Amazing!



PTA POINTS
  • Thank you to everyone who came out to support our Fun Run and thank you to everyone who donated!! It was a huge success.
  • We will still be collecting money for the Fun Run through Friday, October 6!! 
  • Come join us for Skate Night this Friday night from 6:00-8:00 PM at Riverside Arena.
  • Next General Membership meeting will be held on Thursday, October 12 at 7:00 PM

Did you know that all Livonia schools received new student furniture as part of the bond project? All Buchanan classrooms have new student tables, desks and chairs. Classrooms also have an assortment of "flexible seating" like stand up desks for the older students, short tables for working on projects close to the ground, and wiggle stools to help students get movement in while still remaining seated. Every child is unique and our new furniture is one more way we are trying to meet the diverse needs of our learners. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 

Friday, September 22, 2017

PBS

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! By now you have probably heard about our "Three to Be" pledge of being safe, kind, and responsible. You may also have seen a "Top Bear" sticker or heard about classroom celebrations. All these things are part of our Positive Behavior Intervention and Support program or PBS. Each classroom has a color chart where all students start on green and have a visual reminder of how their day is going. The research shows that students should have a 4 to 1 ratio of positive interactions to negative. Our focus is on recognizing positive behavior. You may hear statements such as, "I like the way this classroom walks down the hall" or "Thank you for showing such good manners in the lunch room." The positive statements to one child or class will improve the behavior of those around them. Research also shows that the action word we use with children is what stays in their mind. For example, if I say "Don't run" the word in their mind is run. If I say, "Please walk" the word walk is in their mind and helps them process that into a positive action. PBS is not a new concept and something that has helped students and schools for many years in developing positive and respectful interactions. We also promote our PBS program with a student of the month assembly for each character trait. You'll be hearing and seeing more about that soon. We get what we focus on and at Buchanan, we focus on the positives! 


UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Wednesday, September 27: Lifetouch Picture Day (beginning with kindergarten students)
Friday, September 29: PTA FUN RUN 6:30-8:00 PM

Friday, October 6: Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 PM

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

MEET THE BUCHANAN STAFF
Miss Williams - First Grade Teacher
Hello Buchanan families! I am so excited to be a part of the Buchanan family this year! This is my second year working with Livonia Public Schools. Last year, I was at Cass Elementary School and I also taught first grade there. I absolutely love my job and teaching has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I am recently engaged and have a cat named Theodore and a dog named Morgan that my students hear about all the time! I love to travel and am a huge Detroit Red Wings fan, Go Wings!

My goal this year is to ensure that all my students feel like they can do anything they set their minds to and that no goal is out of reach for them to achieve. 

Five words that I would use to describe Buchanan are: Loving, Energetic, Safe, Respectful, and Dedicated

PTA POINTS
  • FUN RUN is this Friday September 296:30-8:30pm!! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year! Join us for our first ever Glow Run- we will have a DJ, Kona Ice, t-shirts for all Buchanan students, glow sticks, bottles of water, photo area- you won't want to miss out on the fun! Our school goal is $15,000 and we still have a ways to go. This money helps fund supplies for classrooms, Raz-kids (Reading A-Z), student magazines used in the classroom, field trips, assemblies, 4th grade celebration,etc. Parents- join in the fun by walking/running with your child- we will have K-2 run from 7:00-7:30 and 3-4 from 7:30-8:00pm. Shirts will be sent home on Thursday- we encourage all kids to wear theirs to the event. 
  • Reminder- our PTA membership drive is ending on September 29. Membership is accepted all year long but if you want a chance to win 1 of (4) $25 Target gift cards, please send in your membership form and payment by this date. Please make checks payable to Buchanan PTA for membership and Fun Run donations. 
Did you know that safety is our first job at Buchanan? One of the safety procedures that Buchanan and other LPS schools have in place is visitor check-in at the office. Once the morning bell rings, all adult visitors and volunteers should check in at the office. If a person is volunteering, they simply need to sign-in on our visitor sheet and get a visitor sticker. This allows all our staff and students to know that you have checked in at the office. We love our volunteers at Buchanan and appreciate all they do. By following our safety protocols, we can be welcoming to our visitors and volunteers and still keep all our students safe. Thank you for your continued support. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 





Friday, September 15, 2017

Celebrate Monday!

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! If you haven't heard from your child yet, we start each week at Buchanan with an all-school assembly called "Celebrate Monday". Each Monday after the students come into their classrooms, we enter into the gym for a special meeting. At the meeting, the student announcers lead us in our Pledge of Allegiance and our "3 To Be" Pledge. We talk about ways we can be safe, be kind, and be responsible. Then we talk about our theme for the month. This month we are focusing on respect and how we can be respectful to one another. Finally, we watch a short video about our theme or other fun activity. The entire assembly lasts about 20 minutes, but it kicks our week off on a positive note and sets the stage for positive behavior all week long. So if your child comes home and says TGIM, you'll know it's because we Celebrate Mondays at Buchanan!

Our very first Celebrate Monday assembly at Buchanan! 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Thursday, September 21: PTA Meeting in the Library 7:00 PM (childcare is provided)

Wednesday, September 27: Lifetouch Picture Day
Friday, September 29: PTA Fun Run 6:30-8:00 PM

Wednesday, October 18: Parent Teacher Conferences (Students dismissed at 12:10 PM)
Thursday, October 19: Parent Teacher Conferences (Students dismissed at 12:10 PM)

Meet the Buchanan Staff
Mrs. Stromberg - Kindergarten Teacher

I am one of Buchanan's kindergarten teachers.  I've been working with young kids for as long as I remember.  I can't imagine a doing anything else as a career.   I am a wife, my husband is the principal of Holmes Middle School, we've been married for 30 years.  I am a mom of four, I have 2 daughters and two sons.  My daughter, Annie is an event planner,  she plans parties for a living!  (How great is that.)  My eldest son, Eric is in medical school, he is recently married so our family now has two Anna Strombergs. Benjamin my third, is a scientist at OSU.  My youngest daughter Kate, goes to school with her dad at Holmes she is an eighth grader.    

My personal goal this is year is to drink more water and in my classroom goal is to utilize flexible seating!  

5 words to describe Buchanan: Fun, Friends, Forest, Fantastic, and Family

PTA Points

  • Our first General Membership PTA meeting will be Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 PM in the Library. Everyone is welcome and childcare will be provided!
  • The first session of Nuts about Science is full. We are pleasantly surprised with the amount of interest due to the company's new format of 7 week sessions. We are looking into the possibility of adding another session in the future
  • Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢ for our school! Just look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products. All you have to do is clip them and send them to school.
 For more information on Box Tops, including a list of participating products, go to BTFE.com
Class that collects the most Box Tops by October 20th will earn a PIZZA PARTY! Thanks for your help!
  • The Fun Run is the PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year.  This year we are inviting the whole family to join in the fun for our first ever family fun GLOW run. The run will take place on the back playground on Friday, September 29th from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
The Fun Run promotes health and fitness to our students while helping us reach our budget goals. Please help us reach our fundraising goal by supporting our Fun Run!
Please help your child reach the individual student goal of $50. That’s just five $10 pledges!
Our total school goal is $15,000.
Register your child for our Fun Run by visiting http://www.thegetmovincrew.com/


Did you know that Buchanan Elementary has a "Buddy Bench"? The bench was purchased by our PTA and intended to help students make friends and learn to be a buddy. If a child is lonely or wants someone to play with, they can simply sit on the bench. This signals to other children that someone is in search of a playmate or a friend during recess time. It's something that really promotes kindness and helps us meet our "3 to Be" of being Safe, Kind, and Responsible. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 


Friday, September 8, 2017

The Wild West

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! The first week of school sure went by quickly. I really enjoyed meeting all the Buchanan students and families and I know our teachers did as well. As much as we prepare and organize the school, the real magic doesn't happen until the students walk in the door. Seeing the excitement on their faces and hearing their positive voices all week long was an amazing experience! This week we learned routines for arrival, dismissal, lunch room and recess. Each day was better than the last. I know next week will be even smoother!

Next week we have two special events going on at Buchanan. We have our Scholastic Book Fair going on all week and we have our annual Curriculum Night and Open House. Our Book Fair theme this year is "The Wild West" and students will have an opportunity to browse the selections and an opportunity to purchase. It will also be accessible during our Curriculum Night and Open House event.  Make sure to check it out when you come!

 Thank you to our fantastic Book Fair volunteers!!

UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Monday, September 11 - Friday, September 15: Scholastic Book Fair
Thursday, September 14: Curriculum Night & Open House 6:00-7:30 PM
  • 6:00-6:30 PM Curriculum Night for Grades K-2 in the classrooms (older students will be supervised on the playground)
  • 6:30-7:00 PM Open House for ALL grades (parents & students invited into classrooms)
  • 7:00-7:30 PM Curriculum Night for Grades 3&4 in the classrooms (younger students will be supervised on the playground)
  • We ask that only school-aged students attend the event. Thank You!
Thursday, September 21: PTA General Membership Meeting 7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 27: Lifetouch Picture Day
Friday, September 29: PTA FUN RUN 6:30-8:00 PM


Click on the link below to see the Buchanan feature in the Livonia Observer!

MEET THE BUCHANAN STAFF
Kristen Blazek - Elementary Support Teacher (EST)

Hello Buchanan families!  I am the Elementary Support Teacher.  At Buchanan, I wear many different hats.  I help children with health issues, academic, social emotional and behavioral challenges.  I have been at Buchanan for 22 years.  I started off as a teacher and have taught grades K, 1, 2,4 and 6.  I am married to Jeff and I have 2 children, Ashley and Dalton.  I also have a very energetic dog named Diezel.  I am a huge Michigan State fan.  Go Green!

My goal for this year is to make everyone feel safe and welcome!  I love getting to know and working with the children individually or in a small group setting. 

5 words to describe Buchanan: Caring, dedicated, safe, kind and nurturing.

ONLINE PAYMENT PROCESS AND LUNCH ACCOUNT ACCESS HAS CHANGED 

**PARENT CONNECT CAN NO LONGER BE UTILIZED TO VIEW OR ADD MONEY TO YOUR STUDENT’S ACCOUNT
To do so, please go to: www.mypaymentsplus.com  Use this service to: • Check account balances online • Make payments using a credit card, debit card, or e-check • Auto-pay your student’s account when it reaches a low balance threshold • Monitor cafeteria purchase history and receive low balance alerts


PTA POINTS

Parents- we have many free money programs that will help raise money for our school!

• Kroger- please link your Kroger Plus card to Buchanan. Your community rewards program expires every June, so please renew or sign up for the first time
• Busch's- please link your card to Buchanan
• Amazon Smile- please use this link when shopping with Amazon, http://smile.amazon.com/ch/38-2618912. We will earn money for our school.
• Box Tops- will be collected throughout the year. Please send in Box Tops in a sealed baggie or envelope with student name, teacher name and grade. We will have two contests, the class with the highest amount of Box Tops turned in will win a pizza party from the PTA!
• Looking for help planning your next Disney vacation? One of our parents, Kelly Petit can help! She has kindly offered to give a portion of her commission back to the PTA! Please check out the site and see how we involve the kids in the planning process.
 or contact us directly

Interested in ordering Buchanan spirit wear? Please click on this link, www.buchananspiritwear.com to order. All orders will be sent directly to your house! There will be free shipping weeks available throughout the year. 

We have many volunteer opportunities still available, please click on the sign up genius link, http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44a4ae2ca1f94-volunteer, if you are interested. 

We are looking for volunteers for our Fall Book Fair, September 11-15. We will be open for shopping on September 14 for curriculum night. If you would like to help, please click here http://tinyurl.com/BuchananWildWest


The Fun Run is the PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year.  This year we are inviting the whole family to join in the fun for our first ever family fun GLOW run. The run will take place on the back playground on Friday, September 29th from 6:30-8:00 p.m.


The Fun Run promotes health and fitness to our students while helping us reach our budget goals. Please help us reach our fundraising goal by supporting our Fun Run!


Please help your child reach the individual student goal of $50. That’s just five $10 pledges!


Our total school goal is $15,000.

Register your child for our Fun Run by visiting http://www.thegetmovincrew.com/


Did you know that Buchanan teachers donate money each Friday when they wear jeans? Teachers pay $1 each week for the opportunity to wear jeans and that money is then collected for a student assistance fund for Buchanan families in times of need or for other service projects. We are currently looking at using our funds for hurricane relief efforts. Friday Jean Day is a way for our staff to have fun while still serving a good cause. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 


Thursday, August 31, 2017

All Hands on Deck

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! The first day of school will be here before we know it. In preparation for day one, I wanted to review some of the procedures to assure the smoothest start as possible for our students. On Tuesday, Buchanan will have "all hands on deck" to assure that all students get to their appropriate spot. Just as last year, grades 3&4 will be located on the west side of the front of building, Kindergarten in front of the main doors, first grade just east of the front doors and second grade further down on the east side of the front of building. All teachers will be outside with signs displaying teacher name and grade. As students get off the bus, they will be greeted and assisted to their grade level area for line up. We will have class lists ready if they do not know their teacher. For those being dropped off, we ask that parents pull up to the drop off area and we will greet students as they exit the car (on the school side). Parents dropping off will then use the "little loop" to exit the parking lot. We will have cones and staff members present to direct the traffic flow.

At dismissal time, each bus rider will be led out to the appropriate bus, with kindergarten students sitting in the front seats and wearing a bus designation tag. Kindergarten students being picked up will be dismissed to parents at the classroom exterior door. Parents need to walk around the building to the appropriate spot. All students in grades 1-4 that are being picked up will be dismissed from the gym. The gym will be divided into four sections with one corner being designated for each grade. Signs will be posted to help students and parents know which area to go to. We are hoping this will eliminate some of the congestion in the gym at dismissal time. Parents picking up students from multiple grade levels should always pick up the youngest child first.

I know with everyone's help, everyone's patience, and everyone's support, we will make our first day and every day a successful one for our students! Please remember that our first day is a half-day and that students will be dismissed at 12:10 PM. Welcome to the new school year at Buchanan!


This shows the areas where students will line up in the morning

UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Tuesday, September 5: First day for students Entry bell rings at 8:50 AM / Students dismissed at 12:10 PM (half day) 
Wednesday, September 6: Full day of school Entry bell rings at 8:50 AM / Students dismissed at 3:59 PM (Breakfast and Lunch will be served)

Monday, September 11 - Friday, September 15: Scholastic Book Fair! 
Thursday, September 14: Open House / Curriculum Night 6:00-7:30 PM

Thursday, September 21: PTA General Membership Meeting 7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 27: Lifetouch Picture Day!


Open House / Curriculum Night Schedule
  • 6:00-6:30 PM Curriculum Night for Grades K-2 in the classrooms (older students will be supervised on the playground)
  • 6:30-7:00 PM Open House for ALL grades (parents & students invited into classrooms)
  • 7:00-7:30 PM Curriculum Night for Grades 3&4 in the classrooms (younger students will be supervised on the playground)
  • We ask that only school-aged students attend the event. Thank You!
Lunch Application Process

Children need healthy meals to learn and grow! Each day our children at Buchanan have access to breakfast before school and lunch during the student lunch hour. Breakfast cost $1.75 and lunch costs between $3.25 - $3.75. Your child may qualify for free or reduced breakfast (30 cents) and lunch (40 cents). Please know that the district is moving to an electronic application process. The following link should be used by parents to apply for Free or Reduced breakfast/lunch. 

New for 2017-2018

ICHAT forms are now completed online. Please use the link below if you are planning on volunteering at the school this year or plan to attend any field trips. Thank you. 

MEET THE BUCHANAN STAFF
Pat Pepple - School Secretary
Hi Buchanan Families!  I am very excited to be a part of the Buchanan family and you can find me in the school office. I grew up in Livonia and have been with Livonia Public Schools for 31 years. I started out in the Community Education Department and was the Cass secretary for the past seven years.  My husband, John, and I still live in the area and we have a cat named Buddy (who thinks he rules the house). 

My family is very important me and that is what I hope to extend to Buchanan.  For students to feel safe, comfortable and happy. 

The five words I would use to describe Buchanan: Caring, friendly, helpful, enthusiastic and fun.

PTA POINTS
  • Our first General Membership Meeting will be held Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 PM
  • The Buchanan PTA is excited to introduce Member Hub - a schoolwide communication tool, brought to us by Michigan PTA! Our site is buchanan.memberhub.com and will be a "one stop site" for all things school and PTA related. We encourage you to join Member Hub and Buchanan PTA!
  • Be looking for our Welcome Back letter from the PTA after school begins!

Did you know the Livonia Observer will be running a "Back to School" article featuring our school? The Observer will be at our school on Tuesday and Wednesday to take some pictures and conduct a short interview in the office. It will be exciting to have our school featured as we talk about the successful blending of two school communities and how we are all working together to make sure each child is successful. The article will run on September 10, so be sure to grab a copy. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 


A pep talk from Kid President!






Wednesday, August 23, 2017

New Adventures

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! This is the first edition of the Wennstrom Weekly for the Buchanan Community. Each week, I will send out a link to this blog to keep our families informed of the great things happening at Buchanan. Every post will include a brief overview of the week's activities, a calendar of events, a staff spotlight, and a PTA section. My goal is to provide all the week's information in one spot in a concise and consistent manner for our community. You should receive each post on Sunday afternoon. You can also get updates more frequently by following our Buchanan Facebook page. Give us a like and enjoy seeing the fun activities and smiling faces of our Buchanan staff and students all week long! Someone once said, "If we don't tell our story, others will tell it for us." I believe in sharing the wonderful things happening in our schools and telling the stories that inspire and challenge us to be our best. Thanks for being a part of our story at Buchanan!



UPCOMING EVENTS AT BUCHANAN

Tuesday, September 5: First day for students Entry bell rings at 8:50 AM / Students Dismissed at 12:10 PM (half day)
Wednesday, September 6: Full day of school Entry bell rings at 8:50 AM / Students Dismissed at 3:59 PM (full day with breakfast and lunch being served)

September 11 - 15 Scholastic Book Fair!
Thursday, September 14: Open House & Curriculum Night 6:00-7:30 pm (more information to come)

Thursday, September 21: PTA General Membership Meeting 7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 27: Lifetouch Picture Day 

Transportation and Teacher Assignments
Livonia families will not be getting a mailing about transportation this year.  You will need to access Parent Connect to find out the Bus Assignment and times.  If your child is in 1st-4th grade, you will also need to access Parent Connect to find out your child's teacher assignment.  This will be available on Wednesday, August 30th via Parent Connect.  Students in kindergarten will find out their teacher assignment through a mailing that should arrive to your homes around Friday, September 1. If you need assistance with accessing Parent Connect, please see the detailed directions attached to this email.


Lunch Application Process

Children need healthy meals to learn and grow! Each day our children at Buchanan have access to breakfast before school and lunch during the student lunch hour. Breakfast cost $1.75 and lunch costs between $3.25 - $3.75. Your child may qualify for free or reduced breakfast (30 cents) and lunch (40 cents). Please know that the district is moving to an electronic application process. The following link should be used by parents to apply for Free or Reduced breakfast/lunch. 

New for 2017-2018

ICHAT forms are now completed online. Please use the link below if you are planning on volunteering at the school this year or plan to attend any field trips. Thank you. 

MEET THE BUCHANAN STAFF
Jon Wennstrom - Principal

Hello Buchanan Community! I'm so excited to be here and for the opportunity to work with each of you. I grew up in Ludington, Michigan and started my career as a teacher and then principal in Cadillac. This is my 23rd year in education and my 6th year as a principal in Livonia. My wife, Stacy, works for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine at the University of Michigan and my daughters are in 10th grade and 8th grade. We have a St. Bernard named Columbo and a cat named Tim Gunn. 

My goal for this year is to build relationships with the community, create a team of happy educators, and encourage the love of learning for all our students. I believe learning should be FUN and that students learn best when parents and teachers work together. This will be a year of blending traditions, forging new traditions, and moving forward as a unified group of educators, students, and parents. 

The five words I would use to describe Buchanan are Exciting, Professional, Caring, Welcoming, and Unlimited. 


PTA POINTS
  • Our first General Membership meeting will be Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 pm
  • The Buchanan PTA is excited to introduce Member Hub - a school wide communication tool, brought to us by Michigan PTA! Our site is buchanan.memberhub.com and will be a “one stop site” for all things school & PTA related. We encourage you to join Member Hub and Buchanan PTA!
  • Be looking for our Welcome Back letter from the PTA after school begins! 

Did you know that some play structure equipment was removed last spring and into the summer from many of our school playgrounds after completing an assessment of all playgrounds in the district? Our school lost more structures than others. Therefore, new equipment will be installed at Buchanan this fall to ensure that all students have ample equipment to use. We are also looking at relocating the structures across the drive to the back of the school to keep all students in closer proximity to the school. Unfortunately, these structures will not be installed/moved in time for the start of the school year due to purchasing, shipping, and installation timelines. We are estimating early October for their installation. We are also looking into painting four-square, hopscotch, and large tic-tac-toe games on our playground pavement areas. The Playground Committee continues to meet and is excited to bring additional playground structures to the schools as the 2017-2018 school year unfolds. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 

INSPIRATIONAL BACK TO SCHOOL VIDEO FOR STUDENTS