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Daniel Butler Elementary School
90 White Street | Belmont, MA 02478
phone: 617 - 993 - 5550
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Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are kicking off our Fun Run!
Save the Date
The Fun Run is coming on Friday, November 7! The run is a new fundraiser which we hope is a memorable, healthy one for the kids and a low-maintenance one for the parents. It takes place during school. Rain date is Friday, November 14. The goal is to raise $10,000 for student field trips, visiting presentations and assemblies. 
The event
Our physical education teacher, Mr. Trodden, is setting up a course on the school grounds, and every grade will run/walk together.  Parents are welcome to participate—as runners, walkers, or members of the cheering section.  Students will do a 15-minute warm-up, put on their pedometers, and then run/walk for about 25 minutes (about a mile or 2500 steps).  Because the run is during school hours, every child can participate.  We hope it fosters a sense of community while accomplishing the goal of raising $10,000 for curriculum enrichment at Butler.  Thanks to our sponsors, every Butler child will receive a pedometer to keep.  
The schedule is as follows for your planning purposes.
9:00-9:45             Fourth Grade
9:30-10:15           Third Grade
10:00-10:45         Kindergarten
10:30-11:15         Second Grade
11:00-11:45         First Grade

Website is live
Creating a fundraising web page requires only a few minutes of your time to register and send emails to friends and family.  Your password-secure page will only be seen by those you send it to.  To register, go to, click the registration star, search for Butler Elementary, and find your teacher!  If anyone has trouble registering or getting internet access, we will have a help session after school on Monday October 27. 
Corporate Sponsorships
We have had some local businesses commit to sponsoring the event at various levels ($50 Coyotes, $100 Gazelles, $500 Lions, $1000 Cheetahs).  If you or your business would like to be a sponsor listed on the website, please let me know.
Last but not Least
Many of our dedicated teachers are going to run along.  If we reach our fundraising goal of $10,000, Mr. McAllister will run along with every grade in a superhero costume!
Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Laura VanderHart, Fun Run Coordinator

Fun Run Committee: Frank Dill, Katie Dunks, Alex Goho, Sarah Jensen, Miriam Lapson, Barbara Bulfoni

The Butler PTA

Association des parents d'élèves Daniel Butler: soutenez l'éducation de vos enfants.

Daniel Butler Eltern Lehrer Verein: unterstützt die Erziehung Ihres Kindes.

Daniel Butler PTA (Abhibhavak Shikshak Sangh): aapake bache ke shikṣha sahayak.

Daniel Butler PTA: Sostenendo l’educazione dei vostri figli.

ダニエル バトラー PTA (ペアレント ティーチャー アソシエイション):児童教育へのサポート

대니얼 버틀러 PTA (학부모 연합): 당신 자녀의 교육을 후원해주세요

Daniel Butler PTA (Associação de Pais e Professores):

انجمن اولیا و مربّیان باتلر: حامی‌ آموزش فرزند شما

Apoiando a educação do seu filho.

Daniel Butler PTA (Asociación de Padres y Maestros):
Apoyando la educación de su niño.

Daniel Butler HoS (Hem och Skola): Stöd ditt barns utbildning.

 Please help us celebrate the diversity of Butler by correcting translations,
or adding new ones! Volunteers assisted with the translations;
please forgive any errors. Email to:

Dear 2014-2015 New and Returning Butler Families,

The Butler PTA welcomes you to a new school year! We want to introduce you to the invaluable role that we play in supporting Butler and your child’s education, and strongly encourage you to become a member.


Top 10 Reasons to join the Butler PTA:

  1. Help your child. Research shows that children whose parents are involved in their school perform better academically and have fewer disciplinary problems.
  2. Improve the school. Last year the PTA donated $20,000 to the new playground, $3700 in books for the school library, $1200 for principal’s priorities, and $1200 for the drop off attendants.
    We also provided a teacher/staff appreciation lunch.
  3. Get connected. At PTA meetings, you’ll hear all about important school and student issues from Principal McAllister, teachers, PTA volunteers, as well as community leaders.
  4. Make friends. The PTA is a diverse group of parents unified by strong interest in enriching their child’s education. We make great friends!
  5. Improve your school IQ. Do you know the Principal, the School Nurse, School Psychologist or the Guidance Counselor? Each made presentations at recent PTA meetings.
  6. Be heard. The PTA is a great forum for exchanging ideas to improve our school.
  7. It’s Fun! You’ll be a big hit with the kids when you are the PTA representative handing out popsicles, a scoop of ice cream, or a free book.
  8. Be a role model. You'll show your child the value (and fun) of giving back to the community at events like the school yard clean up and electronics recycling day.
  9. It’s Flexible. There are many ways to contribute. Joining does not obligate you to volunteer or attend meetings, although we hope you will!
  10. We need you! Without you and your financial support, there will be no Library Nights, Talent Show, Movie Night, or Color Day. Last year, the PTA spent more than $8500 on in-school enrichment activities for our students, including Habitat presentations, Sled Dogs, Blue Hills Observatory kite making, as well as field trips to Davis Farm, the Zoo, the Nutcracker, Plimoth Plantation, the State Capitol, Museum of Science, Harvard Museum of Natural History, and more.

The Butler School is known for its great sense of community. The PTA helps create that spirit with the events it sponsors. As Principal, Mike McAllister stated:

"Some of the highlights of our year are the direct result of the PTA: the Art Show where our students are able to showcase their creativity, the Talent Show where we see a display of incredible abilities, and the International Fair where the entire community comes together to celebrate the diversity of this small school. We are appreciative of the opportunities the PTA provides to celebrate what is special about the Butler School community."


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