PTA Family Newsletter April 2021

Thank you to “DJ Tree” (aka Mr. Bumgaurtner) for a super fun Glow Dance! We hope the first week of Spring School has gone well. Butler PTA is stronger with YOU. Please reach out to butlerpta@gmail.com if you are interested in becoming more involved. No matter how much time you have to give, your participation will benefit our community. 

All Our Best,
Stephanie Crement and Megan Olowinski
Butler PTA Co-Presidents

In this newsletter, you will find information about:
1. Upcoming Events:
- PTA Board Meeting - 4/15 (All are welcome!)
- Flower Fundraiser - Order by 4/20
- Virtual Talent Show - 4/30
- Teacher Appreciation Week - 5/3-5/7
- Picture Day - 5/6
- Math and Science Night - 5/6
- May Food Truck - 5/7
- Butler Garden and Yard Clean-up - 5/15
- Belmont Books Virtual Event - 5/19
- International Week - 5/24-5/28
- PTA Calendar for the rest of the school year
2. Families of Fourth Graders:  Moving On Announcements
3. DEI Committee

For updates and information, please also check the PTA section of the Butler website, and join our Facebook pages: Daniel Butler PTA and Butler Elementary Belmont MA Parents.  

★ 1. Upcoming Events

PTA Board Meeting - TONIGHT, 4/15, 7 p.m. 

Join our Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88417512148?pwd=NzZMQVFHeUNmVkZBRmFjRXRMOW5DQT09
Meeting ID: 884 1751 2148
Passcode: butlerpta

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, May 20 at 7 p.m.

Flower Fundraiser with Jayne’s - Order by April 20!
This spring, say thank you--with beautiful Jayne's tulip bouquets--to those who have supported you and your family this year! Up to $5 from each $10 bouquet goes to support the Butler PTA, and you'll also receive a coupon code for a discount on future delivery orders from Jayne's! Order by April 20, with flower pickup options on May 1 (at Jayne's) or May 3 (at Butler). 

Link to order form: https://forms.gle/5HuRbZHYsBJAdzNK9
Questions? Contact Norah Piehl at ncpiehl@gmail.com

Talent Show - Friday, April 30 at 7 p.m. 
Let’s see your talent! Please submit entries to chris.heuisler@gmail.com by April 23. Entries should be shot horizontally and be no longer than 1 minute. Entries over 1 minute will be edited with Chris’ discretion. Entries over 2 minutes may not be included. Please put the following in the subject line: Talent Show / Name of Student / Grade. Entires not following guidelines may not be used. Questions, email chris.heuisler@gmail.com

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7
Get ready to thank our AMAZING teachers! Over break you can write a note or draw a picture to give to your teacher the first week in May. The Butler PTA is sponsoring some special events for our wonderful teachers this week as well :) 
Sneak Peak: 
- Monday - you make us BLOOM! Bring your teacher a flower (real or picture) to brighten their day!
- Tuesday - teachers are NOTEWORTHY! Write your teacher a note to let them know how special they are! 
- Wednesday - SUPPLY them with thanks! Bring in a class supply from their wish list (cleaning wipes, hand sanitizer, dry erase markers etc.) 
- Thursday - TREAT your teacher! Bring a special snack (individually wrapped) for your teacher!
- Friday - Thanks are in the CARDS! Bring your teacher a gift card for coffee, takeout, manicure...whatever! Or make a special card for your teacher! 

Picture Day - Thursday, May 6
More information to come soon.

Math and Science Night - Thursday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m.
To prepare for this event, the PTA will soon be sending home Foldscopes (foldable microscopes) with your students.  There will also be a box of Foldscopes outside the school for our families of students who are remote --please take one per student.
A few things to know about these microscopes:

  • They take some assembly, and your children will likely need help from parents or older siblings. If you have middle school or high school-age children, they may enjoy trying these microscopes, too! Instructions are included, but we suggest watching the video tutorials for assembly and use: https://www.foldscope.com/tutorials. You can also find directions for assembly in several different languages here: https://www.foldscope.com/translations
  • These kits contain some small parts, including some magnets. Please do not leave them where younger siblings can play with them.
  • We are sending these out well before Math & Science Night so families who wish to can try these instruments over the April break. The Foldscopes can attach to smartphones and tablets, allowing you to create digital images. If you take an interesting picture, please consider sending it to ejperkins76@gmail.com. We would like to have a contest to see who can guess what each image is.

Food Trucks - Friday, May 7 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Alden Park-ed: wraps, salads, grilled cheese, lobster mac and cheese, fried dough, and more!
Visit www.bestfoodtrucks.com/butler to place your order. 15% of sales goes to Butler PTA. Please plan to pre-order to ensure that we have enough orders for the truck to come. Ordering will open on May 2.

Butler Garden Clean-up - Saturday, May 15
More details coming soon!  Questions?  Contact Liz Anderson at liz_anderson_12027@yahoo.com or Becky Rosen at rsrosen@gmail.com.

Butler Belmont Books Event - Wednesday, May 19
More details coming soon! Questions? Contact Norah Piehl at ncpiehl@gmail.com.  

Multicultural Week - May 24-28
We are so excited for our Butler Virtual Multicultural Week! We are looking for your participation and hope you will share your culture with us! We are looking for videos of you reading a book from your culture, playing some music, cooking national food, teaching us some words in your native language, or anything else you would like to share about your culture. Additionally, we are looking for volunteers who are tech savvy and could help us with the editing and organizing of this material.  Please email Mariola Magovcevic at mmagovcevic@hotmail.com if you are interested. 

PTA Events Calendar for the rest of the school year - Mark your calendars with these dates!

★ 2. Families of Fourth Graders: Moving On Committee Announcements

Please contribute $20 by April 16. You can either: 
1) Conveniently pay using the PTA PayPal account.
2) Pay cash or check (made out to “Butler PTA”) to the Main Office where there will be an envelope labeled “MOVING ON 2021”.
3) Drop it off at 827 BELMONT STREET labeled with your child’s name. 
4) Drop it in the secure lockbox/mailbox which is located to the right of the side entrance to Butler by  the parking lot.

Questions or interested in joining the Moving On Team? Email sclafani555@gmail.com or BUTLERMOVINGON2021@GMAIL.COM.

★ 3. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The DEI Committee met for the first time at the beginning of the month to start discussing ways that we envision helping foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for the Butler community. As we start to further shape and establish the committee, we are determining areas of opportunity that we can help address. If you are interested in learning more about the committee, please email butlerpta@gmail.com.