Friday, October 16, 2020

Buchanan Pride

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! Thanks to the generosity of our PTA, we were able to purchase Buchanan Masks for all of our staff members. The masks look great and it gives us a chance to show off our Buchanan Pride! If we need to wear masks each day, we may as well have fun and look good while we do it:)  I same the same thing to our students. Let's make it a fun activity each day and not just something we have to do. Thanks again PTA for making our team look so good!



Join us on Wednesday, October 21 for our first ever VIRTUAL Curriculum Night

6:00-6:30 PM Kindergarten, First & Second Grade Classrooms
6:30-7:00 PM Third & Fourth Grade Classrooms

This event is for ALL students (Virtual and Face to Face)
Your child's teacher will send out a link for your classroom meeting. 


PTA POINTS

  • PTA Meeting: Join us on Zoom for our October PTA Meeting on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00pm. Link below.


Meeting ID: 899 1082 1113
Passcode: 0JgcSW

  • Virtual Book Fair: Our annual Fall Scholastic Book Fair has moved online this year. Our fair will be open from October 19 through November 1Click here to shop!
  • Membership Raffle: Everyone who signs up for a PTA membership on or before Friday, October 30 will be entered into a raffle to win one of two baskets full of Scholastic books! (This includes those who have already signed up for the 2020-2021 school year). Two prizes will be awarded. The cost of a PTA membership is only $7.00 and supports the PTA's efforts on the local, state, and national levels. To become a member and earn an entry into the raffle, please visit our MemberHub store at the following link: https://buchanan.new.memberhub.store/store
  • Calling all Creative Bears! Reflections is an annual art competition held by the National PTA. Artwork is accepted in the following categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. This year, all entries will be submitted virtually. Entries are due Friday, November 13. Please see the flyer attached to Mr. Wennstrom's email for details.
  • Follow the PTA on Facebook: @BuchananElementarySchoolPTA

Lifetouch PICTURE DAY will be Friday, November 6. We will be following our protocols for social distancing during the event. We will have a time after the school day for all our Virtual Students as well. Livonia Virtual families will have the opportunity to do their monthly materials pick up at picture time. 



We are still finalizing our plans for Halloween, but we will have some fun (and socially distanced) activities for our students on Friday, October 30. More information to come next week! 




Friday, October 9, 2020

Together Again!

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! I am so glad to have many of our students back for face to face instruction! I'm also very proud of our Livonia Virtual team as well who continue to provide distance learning for many students. Whether your child is in the building or online, I'm glad you are part of the Buchanan community. It's great to be together again!


Thank you so much for your cooperation with our new arrival & dismissal procedures! Just some reminders:

ARRIVAL: Parents using curbside pick up should proceed in a single file line and drop off students in front of the gym (where the supervisors are). Please do not drop off at different locations. You may also park your car and walk your child up to the school (but not inside). All K/1 students enter the main doors, all 2nd grade students (and Miss Brown's 4th grade) enter the east door (SACC door), and 3/4 students enter the west door (Door 37). Students arriving on the bus will be assisted by staff members to the appropriate entrance.

DISMISSAL: Parents picking up children need to wait outside the classroom exterior doors and then walk students to their parked cars. Students riding the bus will be assisted by staff members to the appropriate bus. 


Buchanan will be hosting a VIRTUAL curriculum night the evening of Wednesday, October 21 for ALL classrooms (Face to Face and Livonia Virtual). Grades K-2 will be held from 6:00-6:30 PM and Grades 3/4 will be held from 6:30-7:00 PM. More information will be coming out next week from the school and from classroom teachers. 


CHROMEBOOKS

Grades 2-4: Students who borrowed a school chromebook MUST bring their device back and forth to school each day starting Monday, October 12. Students who have a home chromebooks MAY bring it back and forth to school each day. Students who do not have a device will be provided one at school as needed. Chromebooks should be placed in a large 2.5 gallon Ziploc back to prevent damage or moisture and should be charged at home each evening.  (If you borrowed a school chromebook and do not feel comfortable sending it back & forth, you may return it to the school and your child will be provided one during the day as needed). 

Grades K&1: Students who borrowed a school chromebook should keep the device at home for asynchronous lessons and in the event of a return to remote learning. K/1 students should NOT be bringing devices to and from school.


PTA POINTS

  • Membership Raffle: Everyone who signs up for a PTA membership on or before Friday, October 30 will be entered into a raffle to win one of two baskets of Scholastic books! (This includes those who have already signed up for the 2020-2021 school year). Two prizes will be awarded. The cost of a PTA membership is only $7.00 and supports the PTA's efforts on the local, state, and national levels. To become a member and earn an entry into the raffle, please visit our MemberHub store at the following link: https://buchanan.new.memberhub.store/store
  • Spirit Wear: To purchase Buchanan-branded items, please visit our spirit wear store here: https://buchananspiritwear.com LAST CALL FOR FREE SHIPPING!  Our free shipping period ends on Monday, October 12.
  • Reflections: Reflections is an annual art competition held by the National PTA. Artwork is accepted in the following categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. This year, all entries will be submitted virtually. Entries are due Friday, November 13. Please see the flyer attached to Mr. Wennstrom's email for details.
  • Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 20, 7:00pm (via Zoom)
  • Follow the PTA on Facebook: @BuchananElementarySchoolPTA

SAVE THE DATE

We will having school pictures on Friday, November 6. We will also have designated times on that day for our Livonia Virtual students. More information will be coming soon regarding picture day! 


  • Mr. McMillan is asking that all students please bring their pencil boxes into the Art Room on their designated days and if possible include colored pencils/markers/crayons to use for individual projects. 

Many people have asked about Halloween. We are working on some ideas to allow for some fun for the students, while still following our Covid Protocols. I will share more information in the next update! 

GREAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING AT BUCHANAN!! 




Friday, October 2, 2020

Return to Learn

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! As you know, the Board of Education approved the Return to Learn plan for students wanting Face to Face instruction. On Monday, October 5 we start bringing back students one grade level a day, starting with Kindergarten. By Friday, October 9 all our students who chose face to face instruction will be in the building. Our students enrolled in Livonia Virtual will continue with their regular daily schedule. I know there have been many changes for our students, but I also know how resilient our Buchanan students are and I'm confident they will do well! I will share out many details of our return to learn plan, but please keep in mind that this is a work in progress and we may make changes and tweaks along the way to better serve our students and our community. Thank you for your continued support!


Calendar of Events
  • Monday, October 5: Kindergarten Students return for face to face instruction
  • Tuesday, October 6: Kindergarten & First Grade students return
  • Wednesday, October 7: Kindergarten, First & Second Grade students return 
  • Thursday, October 8: Kindergarten through Third Grade students return
  • Friday, October 9: Kindergarten through Fourth Grade student return
Students will continue their remote learning schedule until the day of their grade level return and Livonia Virtual students will continue with their regular daily schedule. 

Parents may utilize the curbside drop off in front of the gym, beginning at 8:55 AM. Staff members will help students into the building and to their classroom. Staff members will also assist students off the bus into their classrooms. Parents may not enter the building with their child. Parents picking up their child at dismissal will park their car and pick up at classroom exterior doors at 3:25. If you have multiple children, always pick up the youngest child first. Please see the notes at the bottom of the post for more details on the Face to Face instructional protocols.

PTA POINTS

  • Spirit Wear: To purchase Buchanan-branded items, please visit our spirit wear store here: https://buchananspiritwear.com They are offering FREE SHIPPING on orders placed now through Monday, October 12.
  • Reflections: Reflections is an annual art competition held by the National PTA. Artwork is accepted in the following categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. Entries are due Friday, November 13. Please see the flyer attached to Mr. Wennstrom's email for details.
  • Membership: The cost of a PTA membership is only $7.00 and supports the PTA's efforts on the local, state, and national levels. To become a member and start showing your support for the Buchanan Elementary PTA today, please visit our MemberHub store at the following link: https://buchanan.new.memberhub.store/store
  • Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 20, 7:00pm (via Zoom)
  • Follow the PTA on Facebook: @BuchananElementarySchoolPTA



Please click HERE to register for Blessings in a Backpack if you are interested! 


Here are some Face to Face Informational Items
  • School Day: The school day will begin at 9:10 AM and students will be dismissed at 3:25 PM (students will not be allowed in the building before 8:55 AM and supervision will not begin before that time)
  • Masks: Mask wearing will be strictly enforced for all staff and students. 

    Allowable face coverings include: Homemade facial coverings (must be washed daily), Disposable masks (must be disposed of daily) and Gaiters (one-piece neck and face sleeve). 

  • Lunch & Snack: Lunch for K,2&4 will be from 12:00-12:35 PM and lunch for 1st & 3rd will be from 12:35-1:10 PM. Kindergarten will eat in the cafeteria & all other grades will eat at individual desks in the their classrooms. Lunch supervision will be provided by staff members. Morning snacks will be the same as in the past and water bottles are encouraged as the drinking fountains are closed. Click HERE for the hot lunch menu. 
  • Recess: Each class will have a 15 minute recess supervised by their teacher and will have periodic "mask breaks" and movement breaks throughout the day.
  • Arrival: Curbside drop off will still take place in front of the gym. As students exit the car or their school bus, staff supervisors will assist them in entering the building and going straight to their classroom. (Those getting breakfast can stop in the cafeteria first to pick up their food) Third and Fourth grade students may enter and the west door, K and First grade students will enter the main doors, and Second grade student will enter the east door (SACC door). It will look similar to last year with the exception of no outdoor lines. 
  • Dismissal: Parents picking up students after school are asked to go to the classroom exterior door. Teachers will share their room number for pick up and then they will dismiss students to parents at 3:25. Bus riders will be called out of the building when their bus arrives and supervisors will assist with getting all students (especially our youngest riders) safely onto the appropriate bus.
  • Visitors/Drop Off: Visitors and Volunteers will not be allowed in the building this year. If a parent or guardian is dropping off an item (lunch, book, etc) they will enter the secure vestibule and leave the item there and sign where the item is going to. If a parent or guardian is picking up a student early, they will communicate with the secretary through the intercom, sign them out and wait in the vestibule until the child comes down.  
  • Health ScreeningsAll students will be required to conduct the health and safety self assessment at home prior to coming to school. At-home screening includes taking temperature prior to attending school and answering a health checklist. If the student cannot answer “NO” to the questions on the checklist, or has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, he or she may not attend school and must call the school attendance line.
  • Covid Protocols: Students who exhibit Covid Symptoms during the school day will be sent to a designated wellness room and will be supervised by a staff member until they are picked up by a parent or guardian. The Wayne County guidelines will be followed for all Covid cases and can be found in the Return to Learn presentation on the district website.
  • Chromebooks: We will not be using Chromebooks in school the week of October 5. I will send out a plan/protocols for our chromebook use in my next update and how we will proceed starting the week of October 12.
  • Livonia Virtual supply pick up will be Friday, October 9 from 1:30-3:30 in the cafeteria. The Livonia Virtual teachers will be sending out specific information to their families.
Great things are happening at Buchanan!


Friday, September 25, 2020

The Bear Necessities

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! Every time I see our Buchanan Bear I have the song "The Bear Necessities" from the Jungle Book in my head. He looks pretty lonely in our lobby all by himself, but I'm hopeful that we will have students back in the school in the near future. Our Board of Education will vote on Monday night about our Return to Face to Face instruction schedule. Following that meeting, the district will be sending out a schedule and information for families that will return to in person learning. I will also be sending out building specific information next week as well. For the time being, we are continuing with our remote/virtual instruction and I'm proud of our staff, students and families for all their work!


UPCOMING EVENTS
  • The Board of Education will vote at the Monday, September 28 meeting on a return to face to face schedule. Following that meeting, I will send out a schedule for our Buchanan Families. 
  • Our Livonia Virtual students will continue with their current schedule of 9:00, 11:00 & 1:00 for first and third grades and 10:00, 12:00 & 2:00 for kindergarten, second, and fourth grades even after the face to face students return. 

PTA POINTS

  • Thank you to all who attended our first PTA Meeting! Our next meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, October 20.
  • Spirit Wear: To purchase Buchanan-branded items, please visit our spirit wear store here: https://buchananspiritwear.com They are offering FREE SHIPPING Friday, September 25 - Monday, October 12.
  • Reflections: Reflections is an annual art competition held by the National PTA. Artwork is accepted in the following categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. Entries are due Friday, November 13. Please see the flyer attached to Mr. Wennstrom's email for details.
  • Membership: The cost of a PTA membership is only $7.00 per member and supports the PTA's efforts on the local, state, and national levels. To become a member and start showing your support for the Buchanan Elementary PTA today, please visit our MemberHub store at the following link: https://buchanan.new.memberhub.store/store
  • Other ways you can support the Buchanan PTA:

  • Busch's: Visit https://www.buschs.com/community and log in to (or create) your *MYWAY account. Then select Cash for Education from the dropdown menu under your name. Select Buchanan Elementary PTA as one of the four organizations you would like to support. 

Follow us on Facebook: @BuchananElementarySchoolPTAContact us via Email: pta.buchanan1@gmail.com

As you know, we are having students take the iReady diagnostic remotely this fall. I know it may be difficult to watch students struggle with the test, but we are asking parents not to assist with the questions. This diagnostic lets teachers know where students are performing and helps guide instruction and also helps determine who will receive interventions. For these reasons, we need an accurate picture of where each child is performing. The same is true for daily remote/virtual instruction. Please assist with technology issues if needed, but let students complete work on their own to help the teacher see where she needs to focus instruction.  Thanks for your help and support!! 


Don't forget that we will still Celebrate Monday each week with a video that will be shared with all our classrooms and posted on our Buchanan Facebook Page. Story Time will continue every Friday night at 7:00 PM on our Buchanan Facebook Page as well. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Year One

 Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! I recently shared that this may be my 26th year in education, but in many ways it feels like "year one". With all the changes, new protocols, and fluid nature of things, it's really a new beginning for all educators and families. I've made a vow to stop using the word "unprecedented", but it's true we've never experienced situations like this before. With so many unknowns, I prefer to focus on what I do know.  I know our dedicated team at Buchanan will do whatever it takes to meet the needs of our students whether through remote or face to face learning. I know our students will do their very best and are eager to return to school. I know our families want what's best for their children and that working together, our Buchanan community will rise to this challenge. Whether this is your first year at Buchanan or you've been here for many years, let's make it a great year...together!





The PTA offers parents, caregivers, staff, and community members the opportunity to have a voice in matters that affect our children's education and to help make Buchanan Elementary the best possible school for our children. Anyone can join the PTA, and all are welcome to attend our monthly meetings, the first of which will be held virtually on Tuesday, September 22 at 7:00pm at the following Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 881 6148 2147
Passcode: 0JgcSW

The cost of a PTA membership is only $7.00 per member and supports the PTA's efforts on the local, state, and national levels. To become a member and start showing your support for the Buchanan Elementary PTA today, please visit our MemberHub store at the following link: https://buchanan.new.memberhub.store/store


Get Your Public Library Card!
The Livonia Public Library is working with Livonia Public Schools to get all students a public library card! It is simple - you only need to fill out a single Google Form! With this library card, students will have access to ebooks, audiobooks and more that they can access from a Chromebook, a desktop or laptop, or through an app on a phone or other mobile device. You can view the form here and complete it now: Get Your Public Library Card! You will need to fill it out once per student. We ask that if your student already has a library card, you still fill out the form so that we know which of our students have access to these resources. Please have your student(s) watch the video with you - they can meet the public librarians!  

Our Buchanan Team is Growing!

A big Buchanan welcome to our new teachers! We are excited to have Mrs. Drolet, Mrs. Sparrow, Miss Brown and Ms. Yost join our school team. Great things are happening at Buchanan! 

Saturday, June 6, 2020

I Love a Parade!

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! As we end the school year, we will be saying farewell to our students in a new way. I hope it will be a fun way! On Friday, June 12, all families are invited to come by the school in their cars as the Buchanan team waves goodbye to our students for the summer. With over 500 families, we ask that there is no stopping, but a continuous parade through the parking lot to wave goodbye for the summer. Families are asked to enter from the south (by 5 mile) and exit to the north (toward six mile). This will prevent any left turns and keep the parade flowing smoothly. The staff will take their places outside the building at noon. We hope to see you there!

STUDENT MATERIAL PICK UP SCHEDULE
The week of June 8, we will be offering a curb side pick up of student materials from desks and lockers. The teachers have been hard at work collecting student items and arranging them for pick up. At the designated time, parents will drive up to the school in front of the gym and staff members will bring out labeled bags with student belongings. The ONLY item we are collecting from families will be library or classroom books. Chromebooks and all other school items will be collected in the fall. Parents will not need to exit the vehicles and staff will be wearing protective gear. Please see the pick up schedule by grade level (Those with siblings may pick up for all children at their first pick up time).

Monday, June 8: First Grade 9:00-10:30  / Fourth Grade 10:30-12:00 
Tuesday, June 9: Kindergarten 12:00-1:30  / Second Grade 1:30-3:00 / Make Ups 4:00-5:30 
Wednesday, June 10: Third Grade 9:00-10:30 / Make Ups 10:30-12:00

PTA POINTS
  • Yearbook update! Yearbooks are printed, but we have not yet received a guaranteed ship date. Once we receive the yearbooks, we will coordinate their distribution.
  • Attention 4th grade families! There will be a special goodbye surprise from the PTA for all of our 4th graders at materials pick up. We hope to see you there!
  • Thank you to everyone who attended our final PTA meeting of the school year! At the meeting, we elected the following board for the 2020-2021 school year:
President: Valerie Jackson
1st Vice President: Jill Allevato
2nd Vice President: Mary Anne LaCaprara
Treasurer: Amy Owens
Recording Secretary: Marcie Wenzlick
Corresponding Secretary: Kira Crandall
  • The National PTA released the following statement on Racial Inequity and Injustice in America: PTA Statement


#BuchananBears


Did you know that STORY TIME is coming to an end? I've really enjoyed reading stories for our Buchanan students and I've been so grateful for all my special VIP guest readers. However, our students can still access more than 50 of our STORY TIME episodes on YouTube. If you want to watch episodes, just click on this link with your child: STORY TIME CHANNEL. I hope our students will continue to enjoy the episodes this summer and that they will all remember "Great things happen we we READ!" 


Sunday, May 31, 2020

More Questions than Answers

Hi folks, Jon Wennstrom here! With only a few more weeks of this school year, people are starting to look toward to the fall and what things will look like. The truth is, we have more questions than answers at this time. However, I do know that our district will look at every option, include many stakeholders, and keep the safety of children as our primary focus as decisions are made for the fall. Decisions will not be made hastily and will be shared out to the staff and our communities as they are made. My commitment and my advice is patience. That's not easy for me as I like to get things done and move quickly, but it's something I'm going to strive to demonstrate. Thanks for all your patience as well as we move forward together!


STUDENT MATERIAL PICK UP SCHEDULE
The week of June 8, we will be offering a curb side pick up of student materials from desks and lockers. The teachers have been hard at work collecting student items and arranging them for pick up. At the designated time, parents will drive up to the school in front of the gym and staff members will bring out labeled bags with student belongings. The ONLY item we are collecting from families will be library or classroom books. Chromebooks and all other school items will be collected in the fall. Parents will not need to exit the vehicles and staff will be wearing protective gear. Please see the pick up schedule by grade level (Those with siblings may pick up for all children at their first pick up time).

Monday, June 8: First Grade 9:00-10:30  / Fourth Grade 10:30-12:00 
Tuesday, June 9: Kindergarten 12:00-1:30  / Second Grade 1:30-3:00 
Wednesday, June 10: Third Grade 9:00-10:30 / Make Ups 10:30-12:00 

Wondering what books your child has checked out from the library? Click on the link below to watch a video by our Media Specialist, Ms. Ford to find out!

The Summer Reading Program at the Livonia Public Library is going virtual this year! This year's theme is "Imagine Your Story." Students will keep track of their reading and earn online badges. There will be opportunities to watch live-stream and recorded story times, magic shows, musical performances, and more! Everyone who completes the Summer Reading Program will earn a bookmark and a book. Registration is online only, and begins June 1. For more information, please go to this link: Summer Reading Program  

PTA POINTS
  • Please join us for our final PTA meeting of the year this Thursday, June 4 at 7:00 pm via Zoom (details below). At the meeting we will elect our 2020-2021 PTA board and vote on a proposed starting budget for the 2020-2021 school year (the meeting agenda and proposed budget are attached to Mr. Wennstrom's email for your review).
The current list of nominees for Buchanan's 2020-2021 PTA Board are:
President: Valerie Jackson
1st Vice President: Jill Allevato
2nd Vice President: Mary Anne LaCaprara
Treasurer: Amy Owens
Recording Secretary: Marcie Wenzlick
Corresponding Secretary: Kira Crandall and Katie Klann
  • Meeting Details:
Topic: PTA Membership Meeting
Time: Jun 4, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 833 9165 5874


#BuchananBears


Did you know that we did a virtual clap out for our Stevenson High School graduates who attended Buchanan Elementary? Please check out the video below created by Kellie Coogan. Great things are happening with our Buchanan students!  Link to Virtual Stevenson Clap Out