PTA Family Newsletter April 2022

In the past month, we’ve hosted our spring dance, two virtual author visits, a food truck, and our Belmont Books event! Your volunteer hours and donations make our PTA a success. Stay tuned for open board and volunteer roles that we're looking to fill for the next school year. We'd love your help! Please reach out to us at butlerpta@gmail.com with any suggestions or questions.

All Our Best,

Stephanie Crement and Zanefa Walsh
Butler PTA Co-Presidents


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.  

In this newsletter, you will find information about:
1. Upcoming Events
- Jayne's Flowers - Order by April 27
- Teacher Appreciation Week - May 2 - 6
- PTA Board Meeting - Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m.
- Outdoor Garden Clean-up Day - Saturday, May 14
2. Volunteers Needed for Library Shelf Read on June 8
3. Volunteers Needed for School Year 2022-2023
4. DEI Committee Updates
- Parent Volunteers Wanted - Come Read at Butler in May
- Virtual Author visit
5. During the past month…

★ 1. Upcoming Events

Jayne’s Flowers Fundraiser
Order flowers for friends and family!  Support a local business and PTA!  Order between now and April 27!

  • $10 per bouquet of multicolored tulips
  • $3.50 will donated to PTA
  • You can pick up your flowers on Friday, May 13 between 2:30 and 3:15pm at Butler School in front of Playground OR on Saturday, May 14 between 10am and 3pm at Jayne's Flowers, 377 Trapelo Rd

Place your order today! 
Teacher Appreciation Week - May 2 - 6
Look out for emails from your room parents about how we will celebrate our Butler staff during National Teacher Appreciation Week!
PTA Board Meeting - Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. via Zoom
All are welcome!

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81420579817?pwd=bVk4T0YyVUd4WFN6MzJtUFBjUmhVdz09

Meeting ID: 814 2057 9817
Passcode: 914935
Outdoor Garden Clean-up Day - Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m.
Come and clean up Butler's outdoor garden with the Butler community. This year, we will be getting the garden ready for the third grade classes to plant a Three Sisters garden in connection with what they are learning about the Wampanoag Indigenous People and the first European settlers in Massachusetts.

We need volunteers to clear and move plants, mix and stir compost into the garden beds, and spread wood chips in the garden paths. There will also be a garden scavenger hunt for kids in addition to chalk drawing. Looking forward to seeing you on May 14!

★ 2. Library Shelf Reads: Volunteers Needed on June 8

We are so excited to welcome parents back into the library! Please join us for a “shelf read” on Wednesday, June 8 from 8:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Come for as little or long as you’re able – at the beginning, middle, or end! The PTA will provide light refreshments. 

Roll up your sleeves and help Miss Joanne, our wonderful library aid, get the library in order. We will check the condition of the books, make sure they’re in the right place, put aside books that are in need of repair or retirement, and wipe down the shelves.  

To volunteer, please sign up by May 20th. Cortney Eldridge will send out emails to those who’ve registered to let you know what paperwork you need to submit (a CORI, Confidentiality form, and proof of vaccination are all required and you may already have some of this on file with Butler).  Note you must have this paperwork in order to volunteer in the school. Let Cortney (cort.eldridge@gmail.com) know if you have any questions!

★ 3. PTA Volunteers Needed for School Year 2022-2023

We Need Your Help: It’s hard to believe, but we are already looking to the 2022-2023 school year! Thank you to everyone who volunteered this year to make things happen: The back to school picnic, art night, literacy week, the school dance, food trucks, ice skating night, the Fun Run! Next year field trips will also be back! Without volunteers we cannot run these events. Please consider volunteering so we can keep these events for our kids! 

Click here to see the help needed: https://forms.gle/M7QttH2XXQbL4zGH9. If you don't see anything that matches with your interests/time available, please email ButlerPTA@gmail.com and we can make it happen! We would love for as many parents as possible to be involved in creating our community and supporting our kids at Butler!

★ 4. DEI Committee Updates

Parent Volunteers Wanted - Come Read at Butler in May
Butler is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month by reading biographies of important Asian-American and Pacific Islanders during library time in the month of May. We are asking parents, especially those of Asian and Pacific Island Heritage, to volunteer to read one of these books to the students during their library time in May.  Please sign up

Please select an individual time slot, not already selected by another parent, and the book you would like to read from the list. Asian-American parent volunteers teaming with BelmontCelebratesAAPIHeritage.org have selected biographies of important Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to be read and donated them to each elementary school. You will need to submit (a CORI, Confidentiality form, and proof of vaccination). Sign up and we will contact you to coordinate.

Butler PTA and Butler School would like to extend a very big thank you to Belmont CelebratesAAPIHeritage and WinnBrook co-coordinators for bringing forward this great opportunity.

Virtual Author Visit
On April 29, Yahaira Lopez, founder of Autism Sprinter, will visit Butler Elementary, virtually, to read her book, JuJu Loves Popcorn. The book “is written to help children understand and embrace their unique abilities. The book shares the challenges that JuJu, the main character, faces and how he is able to cope with them through the voice of his twin brother Siah.”  The students will learn about neurodiversity as well as have the opportunity to hear about the LABBB Educational Collaborative.

The LABBB program’s mission is to “design and deliver special education services that promote academic, social, and career independence in the most inclusive settings possible.” The LABBB elementary program is located in Butler Elementary School.  The Butler PTA has been working with the LABBB Program, parents from LABBB, and the Butler Equity Team to enhance relationships, awareness, and friendship between students at Butler and LABBB. 

★ 5. During the past month, the PTA...
  • Hosted our outdoor spring dance
  • Organized a virtual author visit with author/illustrator Christopher Denise for kindergarten students
  • Organized a virtual author visit with author Dwayne Reed for 4th grade students
  • Hosted Red’s Street Kitchen food truck
  • Held Belmont Books Night with guest readers, Mr. Tavares and Ms. Quinn