PTA Family Newsletter October 2021

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. 

Thanks to all of who have donated to our membership drive!  Read about what’s coming up - including the Fun Run!

All Our Best,
Stephanie Crement and Zanefa Walsh
Butler PTA Co-Presidents

In this newsletter, you will find information about:
1. Butler Gear  
2. Upcoming Events
- Fun Run - 10/20 (Rain Date - 10/22)
- Butler PTA Board Meeting - 10/21
- Food Truck Friday - 11/5
3. Last Call for Room Parents
4. Ways to Get Involved in the PTA
5. So Far This Year...

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. Butler Gear

Don't forget to place your order for Butler Spirit Wear!  T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, sweatpants and knit hats are available in a variety of colors in both child and adult sizes.  The order form will only be open until Monday October 11 so that we can get everything printed.  All proceeds benefit the PTA. 

Butler Spirit Wear

★ 2. Upcoming Events

Fun Run - Wednesday, October 20 (Rain Date - Friday, October 22)

We are thrilled to announce that our 8th Annual Fun Run will take place in person this year! The Fun Run is the largest fundraiser for our PTA with the proceeds going towards field trips, assemblies, supplies, classroom and building activities, and much, much more. 
Oh, and we also want to promote a healthy lifestyle to our students!  Please help us reach our fundraising goal by sharing your student webpage and donating to our Fun Run.  Pass the word along to family and friends!

Our goal this year is to raise $18,000 and to have 100% student registration.  Please help us reach our goals by going to https://www.getmovinfundhub.com (school identifier 5d4c57a2934a5) to register your child. 

Registration is free, easy, and fast! Each student is encouraged to raise $50.00 or more in pledge donations.  If the Butler Community exceeds the $18,000 goal, the entire school gets a DANCE PARTY!

The Fun Run will take place on Wednesday, October 20, and more specific information will be sent as we get closer.  For now, we just want to get every student registered and raising funds!

If you have any Fun Run questions, please send an email to Chris Heuisler: chris.heuisler@gmail.com

Butler PTA Board Meeting, Thursday, October 21 at 7 p.m. 

Join us this month at our upcoming PTA Board Meeting that will be held via Zoom.
Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88950407153?pwd=QmJBNWJxRzJ1UWUzY2hvZktCSVA3UT09
Meeting ID: 889 5040 7153
Passcode: 746206

Save the date for our November meeting, which will be on Thursday, November 18.

Food Truck Friday - November 5, 4 - 7 p.m.
Butler Favorite, Red’s Street Kitchen, returns with cheesesteaks, falafel, loaded fries, fried chicken, dessert, and more!  Ordering will open on 10/31: www.foodtruckventures.com/streats. 15% of proceeds are donated to Butler PTA!

★ 3. Last Call for Room Parents

We are still seeking Room Parents for a few classrooms who will serve as the liaison between families and teachers.  

The main responsibilities of Butler Room Parents are:

  • Act as liaison to the teacher and communicate classroom needs to other families
  • Connect with and involve other families in the class
  • Communicate information from PTA to families
  • Organize holiday and end of year class gifts (optional)

If you have questions or want to volunteer, email Megan Olowinski, Room Parent Coordinator at meganolowinski@gmail.com.  

★ 4. Ways to Get Involved in the PTA
  • Attend a PTA event
  • Become a PTA member
  • Donate your time, talent, or treasure
  • Coordinate or run an event
  • Volunteer at an event
  • Become a room parent
  • Provide resources (e.g., snacks for teachers)
  • Offer your skills (e.g., Are you an expert at Excel? A great project manager? Know your way around Adobe Illustrator? We could use your help!)
  • Promote PTA events by reminding your friends and neighbors
  • Attend a PTA meeting or these upcoming events
  • Join a committee (Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Health and Wellness, Fun Run)
  • Email us with feedback and ideas - butlerpta@gmail.com
★ 5. So Far This Year...

The PTA has:

  • Hosted a Back to School Picnic with performer Jungle Jim
  • Organized Picture Day
  • Brought a food truck to Butler for a Friday night meal
  • Celebrated our two custodians with gifts for National Custodian Day
  • Organized a virtual author and illustrator visit, Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld, for K classes
  • Organized a virtual author visit, Rajani LaRocca, for 2nd grade classes
  • Participated in National Walk to School Day with “walking buses” and a celebration before school
  • Funded a teacher request through our Fund a Need Grant program - a portable power station to use for outdoor lunch and events
  • Hosted four kindergarten playdates
  • Hosted the Kindergarten and New Student Picnic