Butler Family Newsletter February 2021
04 February 2021

Butler Family Newsletter February 2021

From the Principal

Dear Families,

Literacy Week has been a blast - many thanks to Kim Masterson for all of her amazing organization.  It was such a delight to see all of the children on Tuesday night!  Very much looking forward to seeing them again this evening to enjoy Hanna Cha's reading of her book, Tiny Feet Between the Mountains.  Our fourth grade leaders did a wonderful job leading our assembly in celebration of the life and work of Dr. MLK, Jr a few weeks ago; I'm hoping to provide more leadership opportunities for fourth graders to lead assemblies this year.  We have opened up our "Joke of the Day" submissions to all Butler children, and it's been a lot of fun starting off each morning with a shared laugh or thoughtful quote!

Report Cards

Throughout the course of the school year, we provide opportunities to communicate your child’s growth and progress.  In the Fall and Spring we meet for parent conferences, and in January and June, we provide “report cards” to share your child’s progress with respect to the learning standards in each academic area, as well as in demonstrating particular “pro-social skills.” Due to the later start of the year, report cards will be shared with families on February 12 rather than in January.

An explanation of how the report cards will reflect the uniqueness of teaching and learning this year will also be shared on February 12.

Cohort Schedule

Below, please find the next installment of the Cohort Schedule, which begins after February break and goes to April break.  As the disruptions to learning and in-person time were considered (snow days, remote only days, etc.) up to this point in the year, both children in Cohort A and Cohort B have experienced disruptions.  Therefore, the schedule below has an equitable distribution of Wednesdays for both Cohorts so that they each have 20 live instruction mornings.

February Break

22

A

23

A

24

A

25

B

26

B

March

1

A

2

A

3

B

4

B

5

B

8

A

9

A

10

A

11

B

12

B

15

A

16

A

17

B

18

B

19

B

22

A

23

A

24

A

25

B

26

B

29

A

30

A

31

B

Apr. 1

B

Apr. 2

B

April

5

A

6

A

7

A

8

B

9

B

12

A

13

A

14

B

15

B

16

B

April Break

Wednesday At-Home Schedule

There’s been a bit of understandable confusion about our Wednesday schedule (because it IS confusing!).  This is hopefully to clarify…

For now, Wednesdays are still alternating for children to come in person/have live learning.   

When the children have “at-home” Wednesday mornings, they have asynchronous work to complete that their teachers send out, and there are optional "Drop-Ins" with Mr. Trodden.

Here is what Wednesdays should look like at each grade on the days when your child’s cohort is not in school:

Kindergarten   Grade 1   Grade 2   Grade 3   Grade 4
Wednesday   Wednesday   Wednesday   Wednesday   Wednesday
Morning Meeting   Morning Meeting   Morning Meeting   Morning Meeting   Morning Meeting
9:15 -10:15 Asynch Work   9:15 -10:15 Asynch Work   9:15 -10:15 Asynch Work   9:15 -10:15 Asynch Work   9:15 -10:15 Asynch Work
10:15-10:45 Snack/Break   10:15-10:45 Snack/Break   10:15-10:45 Snack/Break   10:15-10:45 Snack/Break   10:15-10:45 Snack/Break
10:45-11:45 Asynch Work   10:45-11:45 Asynch Work   10:45-11:45 Asynch Work   10:45-11:45 Asynch Work   10:45-11:45 Asynch Work
Lunch/Break  

Lunch/Break

  Lunch/Break   Lunch/Break   Drop in w/ Mr Trodden 11:45-12:05
Asynch 12:45-1:15     Drop in w/ Mr Trodden 12:35-12:55   Drop in w/ Mr Trodden 12:10-12:30   Lunch 12:05-1:05
Drop in w/ Mr Trodden 1:25-1:45   Drop in w/ Mr Trodden 1:00-1:20   Asynch 1-1:15  

Asynch 1:15-2:50

 

Asynch 1:05-2:50

Asynch 1:45-2:50   Asynch 1:20-2:50   Asynch 1:45-2:50    

 

Masks

Please be sure to wear a mask when picking up or dropping off your child.  We must rely on each other to follow safe practices to reduce risks and protect our health and safety so that we can keep having children come in to school.

Belmont Public Schools Online Registration for your Incoming Kindergartner for School Year 2021-2022 is Now Open

We are pleased to announce BPS offers free tuition for kindergarten

Important registration information for current BPS families: 

  • You do not need to register a grade 1-12 existing Belmont Public Schools student again.
  • You do need to register your incoming kindergartner even if you are a current Belmont Public Schools family. To ensure placement of your incoming kindergartner at the same elementary school as your grade 1-4 child, please submit all required documents to complete registration for your incoming kindergartner by April 9.
  • Current Wellington preschool families will be emailed registration instructions.
  • To enter Kindergarten, the child must be five years old on or before September 1st of the year they will attend school.

Please begin your kindergarten registration online as of January 29. If you have any questions regarding your registration, please contact the school you registered with.

Advisory Committee Survey Data

Please find the parent, staff, and student surveys used by the advisory committees to inform their work and hybrid model recommendations. They are also now available in the school opening section of the website.

Elementary Advisory Committee Survey Data

Middle School Advisory Committee Survey Data

With warm wishes for good health and peace,

Danielle-Betancourt

Danielle

Danielle Betancourt, Principal

From our School Nurse

Thank you for all that you continue to do to ensure the health and safety of our Butler community. I understand that these are ongoing challenging and stressful times but it is imperative that we all continue to do our part to protect the health of our school community.

Daily Symptom Checking

Please remember to review the Symptom Checker every day before school.

If your child is experiencing symptoms, has been identified as a close contact, or has traveled outside of Massachusetts, be sure to keep them home, call the absence line, and fill out this form and I will be in touch regarding a plan for your child to return to school.

Travel outside of Massachusetts

With the February Break coming up, I would like to remind you that Hawaii continues to be the only state identified as a low risk state. This means that per the travel order and BPS policy, travel outside of Massachusetts, even to neighboring states, PCR COVID testing is needed for your child to return to school.

If you travel outside of Massachusetts, please complete this form and submit PCR COVID test results to our school nurse before your child returns to school. To ensure the safety of everyone, please do not send your student to school until you receive clearance directly from the school nurse.

Please keep this in mind for all weekends and vacation weeks.

Lisa

Lisa Harteveldt BSN, RN

School Nurse

Butler Elementary School

90 White Street

Belmont, MA 02478

 

Phone: 617-993-5556

Fax: 617-484-7921