PTA Family Newsletter May 2022

Thank you to all of the families who showered our teachers with appreciation last week!  Thank you also to PTA volunteer Rachel Heuisler who organized gifts, cookies, a taco bar lunch, a food truck, and more for the Butler staff!

Please find information in this newsletter about how you can become involved in PTA next year! WE NEED YOUR HELP!   Please reach out to us at butlerpta@gmail.com with any suggestions or questions.

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: In this newsletter, you will find information about:
1. Upcoming Events
- WECO Fundraiser - 5/16 through 5/20
- PTA Board Meeting - Thursday, 5/12 at 7 p.m.
- Outdoor Garden Clean-up Day - Saturday, 5/14 
- Multicultural celebrations - 5/21 is World Day for Cultural Diversity
- Learn about the PTA, 5/25 at 7 p.m.
- Library shelf read, 6/8
- Color Day, 6/14 (Rain Date:  6/16)
- 4th Grade Moving On, 6/17
2. DEI Committee Updates
3. PTA Volunteers: School Year 2022-2023
4. During the past month…

★ 1. Upcoming Events

WECO Fundraiser
Want to NOT have to cook dinner, eat a HEALTHY meal ALL next week AND support the PTA? We invite you to participate in the WECO Fundraiser. This week, you can order prepared dinners that will be delivered right to your home. Butler PTA will receive 10% of the revenue generated throughout the week. Use this link to order today: https://order.wecohospitality.com/weco-boston-5-16-5-20/?refcampaign=WECOweek_DanielButlerPTA

PTA Board Meeting - Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. via Zoom
All are welcome!

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 815 9136 4132
Passcode: 435719
Outdoor Garden Clean-up Day - Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m.

Come and clean up the garden with the Butler School 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 at 10 a.m.!
Multicultural celebrations

Help us celebrate Butler's cultural diversity! In honor of World Day for Cultural Diversity on May 21, and with a grant from the Belmont Cultural Council, the Butler PTA will be purchasing books for your child's classroom. If you have any favorites, please let us know! 

How else can you help? By Friday, May 20, do any or all of these:

  • Send Jona M Papajani <jonimucka@gmail.com> a video of your child reading a book that celebrates culture or heritage.
  • Add a short video (less than 10 seconds) of your child saying a word or phrase (for example, hello, goodbye, enjoy your trip) to this slide deck
  • Add a recipe of something your family likes to make or eat to this slide deck

If you have any questions, please reach out to Cortney Eldridge (cort.eldridge@gmail.com).

Learn about the PTA, Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. via Zoom
What exactly is the PTA? What does PTA stand for? What does it mean to get involved? How do you get involved? These may be some of the questions you may have about the PTA. 

Join Zanefa and Cortney, next year’s PTA co-presidents as they answer questions you have about the PTA. Feel free to drop in any time between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. 
Zoom Meeting information:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85699812829?pwd=SkhDY2RaSUg1ckNpZW9PRHFSalBSdz09
Meeting ID: 856 9981 2829
Passcode: 010852
Library Shelf Read - June 8, 8:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
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 here by May 20. 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!

Color Day - June 14 (Rain Date:  June 16)
We’re looking forward to closing out the school year with our Color Day celebration! This annual event focuses on teamwork, school spirit, and having fun. The planning team is already fast at work — coming up with a few new games and enhancing ones that students look forward to each year! 

We will be sending out additional information (via the classroom parents) soon to solicit Color Day volunteers, who will be needed on the morning of June 14, to guide students through the various outdoor games. 

Please save the date in the meantime, and be on the lookout for more details soon!

4th Grade Moving On - June 17
Moving On from our Beloved Butler! The 4th graders are getting excited about moving on from Butler, and we’re getting excited for them! Lots of work is being done behind the scenes to prepare for their special moving on ceremony June 17, which includes speeches and performances; giveaways like a yearbook and class T-shirts; and a day of fun at PQ. We can’t wait to share the highlights with you! Questions or suggestions? Contact Kim Goodman at ButlerMovingOn2022@gmail.com.

★ 2. 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 here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1WoHWWVDjJAry3MJguw8_iOYM2EJPmpP7EF24mhQL2ow/edit?usp=sharing.

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.

★ 3. PTA Volunteers: 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 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. During the past month, PTA...

- Coordinated the Jayne’s Flowers Fundraiser
- Organized daily acts of kindness for our Butler teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week
- Hosted Red’s Street Kitchen food truck
- Held Belmont Books Night with guest readers, Mr. Tavares and Ms. Quinn
- Sent flowers to Ms. Freaney for Administrative Professionals’ Day
- Sent flowers to Ms. Babson for School Principals’ Day
- Sent flowers to Nurse Harteveldt for National School Nurse Day
- Hosted a virtual author visit for the whole school  with Yahaira Lopez, founder of the non-profit organization Autism Sprinter 
- Purchased dozens of books for the school library