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Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Fun Run was a great success!
Thanks to the extensive participation from students and families. After all expenses were paid, the run netted $18,350.00 for the PTA! We would like to thank our corporate sponsors, our principal, teachers, and staff, and the Fun Run Committee. A special thanks to Mr. Trodden for organizing a great day and to Mr. McAllister and Mr. Johnson for dressing the part of the superheroes that they are for us every day.
It's amazing what BIG things we can accomplish when everyone does their part. There were 633 individual donations to the run. Of those, 76% were $25 or less. Only 4% of donations were $100 or more. Every amount, big or small, contributed to the whole!
The fourth graders made wonderful, giant thank-you cards for our sponsors and donors. The time they spent in one grade-level meeting has brought a lot of happy smiles to the community. If you have not done so already, please follow their lead and thank your friends and relatives who gave generously to Butler. Also, as we near the end of the year, anyone wishing to have a tax deduction letter can send an email request to Laura VanderHart at Please include your donation amount as well as your address.
The final Fun Run event is a trip to the Studio Cinema for the top ten fundraisers and their families, which will take place after school, Wednesday, December 3. We thank the Studio Cinema for offering this prize at a discount to the Butler PTA.
If anyone has any feedback on the event, feel free to send your comments to me or to the

Thank you!
Laura VanderHart
Fun Run Coordinator

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

Corporate Sponsors: Anne Mahon of Century 21, Watertown Savings Bank, Fred Pizzi of Lawndale Realty, Belmont Savings Bank, Fitness Together Waverly, East Boston Savings Bank, Beth Sager of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Cambridge Trust Company
In-Kind Donors: Robert's Salon, Star Market Waverly, Studio Cinema, Boston Sports Club, Wheelworks, Champions Sporting Goods, Fitness Together Waverly

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.

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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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