Address: Butler Elementary School
90 White St,
Belmont, MA 02478
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Today and every day, our hope is that every member of our community feels cherished, valued, and supported. It is important that we create and nurture an inclusive environment in which everyone knows she/he/they is safe and is important. It has been a struggle to balance infusing these messages into our everyday lives while wanting to honor the groups of people during each of their designated months. If we only highlight members or community during certain months, how can we send a message that they matter every day? If we don't highlight members of our community during these certain months, will we be sending the message that they don't matter at all? Going forward, we will try to do both. Today, during Pride Month, I'd like to take this opportunity to say out loud that each and every one of our LGBTQ community members, including those who are curious, are fully embraced and uplifted by us. While this might seem an obvious sentiment, it is not. In a recent experience, a community member wanting to introduce theirself to our school, expressed concerns to me about sharing their family situation, and asked if they should censor what they share. They were concerned about "offending" our families. I was gutted. How can we authentically connect with our children and families without sharing our own backgrounds? I wouldn't want any one of you to hide who you are or what your experience is. My response to this community member was to say who they are matters and that my hope was that they authentically share who they are. If that offends anyone, we can be curious about that, and not let it get in the way of still being our authentic selves.
The heat wave has caused a number of changes.
Tomorrow, Monday, June 7 will be an early release. Students will be dismissed at 1:40.
Color Day is being postponed to Monday, June 14. We will follow the same schedule. K-2: 9-10:15, 3-4: 1:15-2:45
Please ensure that your child is wearing light clothing and has a good water bottle that provides insulation and will keep water cold. Consider filling your child's bottle with ice. I will also be providing ice to help keep water bottles cold.
Jenn Richards and Jane Monahan, our Physical Therapists, have organized a new Sensory Motor Path in school! When students need a body break, they can jump, hop, twist, and tip-toe to get both a cognitive and physical break!
Did you know that Belmont has an Integrated Preschool Program for students who are 3-5 years old? They are currently enrolling! For more information, CLICK HERE. To apply now, CLICK HERE.
Thanks to everyone for clearing off the playground afterschool, as it is closed until 6pm so that our BEDP students can use it safely. I know this is inconvenient, and thank you for your partnership so that our afterschool program can continue to support families who need aftercare.
Butler families, you are the most generous, thoughtful, kind, and flexible partners we could ever wish for. This was a hard year... a very hard year. And yet, you made such amazing efforts to support us, champion us, and uplift us. I feel like the luckiest principal ever to have all of you in our community. Our PTA leaders, Stephanie Crement and Megan Olowinski have been incredibly hard working, detail oriented, and thoughtful in supporting so many initiatives. Our PTA organizers - enrichment, events, fundraising - worked so hard with incredible creativity and humor to provide a wide variety of events and opportunities for children and families during a most trying and unpredictable year. Over the course of this crisis, so many of you took time out of your own crises to send messages of love and encouragement. *HUGS* to you all!
With warm wishes for good health, peace, and joy this summer,
Danielle Betancourt, Principal