Butler Family Newsletter March 2021
28 February 2021

Butler Family Newsletter March 2021

From the Principal

Dear Families,

The Butler Family Virtual Art Night was a wonderful success!  Thank you to our wonderfully creative PTA organizers, as well as to staff member, Michael Mann, who led it so beautifully with kindness and patience.  It was very generous of our PTA to get those art materials for every student, and the virtual art show organized by Marissa Wakeen at the end was great!  

Read Across America Day 

Read Across America Day is on March 2.  Traditionally at the Butler School, we have had an event during which the whole school comes out into the hallway to read together for 15 minutes to celebrate our reading lives.  Since that won't be possible this year, we will celebrate in another way.  At 1pm on Tuesday, March 2, I will offer a live read aloud to all of the children.  They can access it via this link, which I will also be putting in their Google Classroom Streams on Tuesday morning.  For students who might have a lesson or meeting with a teacher at that time, I will be making a recording for them so they can watch at another time.  

Pick Up & Drop Off

Please note that pick up is at 11:45.  Our teachers rely on the time in between pick up and the afternoon session, and so we ask that all families respectfully be on time to collect their children at 11:45. Please also abide by traffic regulations; there are no U-Turns allowed on White Street.   

Equity Work

We are continuing as a school and a district on important equity work.  We have a Butler Equity Team with members who area also on the District Equity Team.  As a staff, we have begun to explore the Social Justice Standards Framework created by Learning for Justice.  

Library Library

Many thanks to Joanne MacIsaac, who's been working really hard to keep our children reading! She has begun piloting a system to allow students in grade 4 to borrow library books.  We're going to see how it goes for a few weeks and then see if we can expand to other grades.

Kindergarten Registration

Reminder that registration has begun 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.

With warm wishes for good health and peace,



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.

4th Grade Physicals

Just a reminder that physical exams are due in the clinic for all Grade 4 students. If you have a current fourth grade student and have not yet submitted a 2020 physical, please do so. 4th grade physicals are required for hybrid and remote students.

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

Please remember 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 Harteveldt BSN, RN
School Nurse

Butler Elementary School
90 White Street
Belmont, MA 02478
Phone: 617-993-5556
Fax: 617-484-7921