Butler April Family Newsletter
06 April 2020

Butler April Family Newsletter

Upcoming

  • Friday, April 10
    • Butler PTA Virtual Dance Party 7pm
  • Wednesday, April 15
    • Spirit Day! (theme tbd - look out for more during our morning messages!)
  • Monday, May 4
    • First Day Back to School - tbc

From the Principal

Dear Families,

My heart goes out to all of you, as you are all having to manage this historic and trying crisis while striving to be good parents and support your children.  So many of you are working full-time from home and struggling to help your children all day while meeting your work responsibilities.  Many of you are essential workers who must leave home, filled with worry.  Many of you are facing uncertainty with your work and finances.  Some of you have family members, including your children, who have exceptional needs that are challenging to say the least.  I send  you a warm embrace from afar, and offer you some resources and good news to help lift you up during this time.  Here is an essay about how homeschooling is not the same thing as crisis schooling, which is what you're trying to do right now.  

Resources from Parents Helping Parents

The organization Parents Helping Parents has curated a helpful list of resources to support you in talking to your children about coronavirus, Podcasts for kids about Coronavirus, and Dealing with Stress and Anxiety.  They also offer virtual support groups twice daily in case you need to connect with other parents who are struggling.  You are not alone!

Phase II

As educators, our top priority is the safety and well‐being of our students.  To ensure we reach every child, educators will be connecting with students and families in their classrooms through direct contact (by email, phone, google meet, or another teacher-directed platform) at least once a week.  Morning meetings and recess are efficient opportunities for students to connect with their teacher and classmates.  This may include an asynchronous pre-recorded message, activities, or synchronous Google Meet. 

Guidelines for Appropriate Technology Use During Virtual/Remote Learning Activities

Belmont Public Schools is dedicated to providing engaging and effective remote learning opportunities for our students.  As part of our remote learning opportunities, BPS is offering many learning activities, classroom presentations and student meetings via a virtual platform. Prior to engaging in these virtual learning activities, presentations and student meetings, the District seeks to clarify guidelines for appropriate technology use during virtual/remote learning activities.  These are as follow:

  1. The District strictly prohibits screenshots, pictures, audio/video recording and distribution of any virtual educational experience in order to protect student privacy, proactively prevent potential cyberbullying, prevent the distribution of copyrighted materials and comply with Massachusetts law. Please note that in Massachusetts, it is illegal to record another person through any medium without his or her knowledge.
  2. Students, and where appropriate parents/guardians, agree to engage in virtual educational experiences in a quiet, private area to the extent practicable given the circumstances, in order to minimize background noise and distractions and to protect the integrity of student engagement as well as student confidentiality.
  3. Parents/guardians and other household members who normally are not privy to day-to-day classroom and group service discussions agree to respect and keep confidential any personal or private information (e.g. disability status) inadvertently discovered about other students due to proximity of virtual education.

As a reminder, the District’s Acceptable Use Policy applies to virtual learning, including school-issued devices and networks. See: District's Acceptable Use Policy for Students

Butler Student Leader Corps

Cohort 5 of the Butler Student Leader Corps has begun.  We had our first virtual meeting last week and will be meeting weekly.  Their first leadership opportunity will be to help with the daily Pledge of Allegiance and Mindful Moments.

Butler PTA Virtual Dance Party

Our Butler PTA is organizing another virtual Dance Party this Friday at 7pm!  I will be sending the link to join via direct email to the primary email addresses of our students.

Butler PTA Talent Show

Although we could not host the Butler Talent Show in person last week, we still want to "see" all of the talents of the Butler students. If you have a student who wants to share his/her talent with the Butler community, take a 1-2 min video of the student and submit it, or a link to the video to: butlerpta@gamil.com 

Videos will be posted on the Butler PTA FaceBook page.

 

With warm wishes for good health and peace,

Danielle-Betancourt

Danielle

Danielle Betancourt, Principal