27 September 2021

Butler Family Newsletter - September 27, 2021

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Families,

We have gotten off to a wonderful start and we're looking forward to spending some time with you later this week at Curriculum Night (more details below!).  Our teachers have all been working hard to build communities, routines, and stamina.  Every staff member has made efforts to support all of our learners, and even though this school year does not look exactly like years past, it is certainly closer to feeling more typical.  Thank you to Kathy Posey for helping to organize our picture day, which went off swimmingly.  Thank you also to Nicole Cohen and Sylvia Limm for organizing our Back To School Picnic!  

Arrival

Many thanks to those of you who are helping to keep our morning arrival safe.  A reminder that dogs are not allowed on school grounds and should remain off campus. 

School Advisory Council

We are looking for two parent volunteers to be members of our Butler School Advisory Council (SAC).  This is a mandated body that helps to support our School Improvement Plan as well as review the budget.  Please send me an email by Monday, October 4 if are interested in being on our SAC.  If we have more than two parents interested, our PTA will conduct an election.  It is important for our SAC to have wide representation of our community, so please do consider offering your time for this important work.  We will meet monthly and will determine meeting days/times once the council membership is determined. 

Curriculum Night

Our Curriculum Night will be this Thursday from 6-7:30 pm.  It will be virtual.  Please see the schedule below. Classroom teachers will be sending links for their classroom meetings directly to parents, and I will send out the whole school Zoom link directly to family email address on Thursday morning.

6-6:40 Teacher Presentations

  • Grades K to 2 Classroom Presentations 6-6:40 (using teacher Google Meet Links)
  • Specials Teachers Presentations for families in Grades 3-4 (using whole school Zoom link)
    • PE 6-6:10
    • Music 6:15-6:25
    • Art 6:30-6:40

6:40-6:50 Whole School Presentation by Principal Betancourt & PTA (using whole school Zoom link)

6:50-7:30 Teacher Presentations

  • Grades 3 & 4 Classroom Presentations 6:50-7:30 (using teacher Google Meet Links)
  • Specials Teachers Presentations for families in Grades K-2 (using whole school Zoom link)
    • PE 6:50-7:00
    • Music 7:05-7:15
    • Art 7:20-7:30

Affinity Groups

We are beginning to plan for setting up Affinity Groups for our Black and Brown children in school.  Please be on the look out for an email from me soon with more information and to let us know if you might be interested in having your child participate.

Pool Testing and Test & Stay

Please consider signing your child up for Pool Testing and Test & Stay.  Both of these initiatives will help us to stay safer and hopefully keep our children in school more often.  For more information, please go to our BPS Testing webpage.

Vocabulary Day Parade!

We will be resuming one of our favorite traditions this year... the Vocabulary Day Parade!  On October 29, we invite children to wear (or bring in) costumes to illustrate or demonstrate a vocabulary word.  At a designated time, we will have the children line the hallways (keeping distanced and masked) while every class takes a turn walking a parade route (distanced) through our school to show off their word power!  

National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month.  If you'd like to learn more, please visit the National Hispanic Heritage Month web portal.  Here are some events that might be of interest to you and your family from the Smithsonian Institution website.

Upcoming

  • September 15 - October 15 Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month
  • September 30 - Curriculum Night (6-7:30pm)
  • October 1 - PTA Food Truck Fundraiser
  • October 6 - Walk & Bike to School Day
  • October 20 - Fun Run
  • October 21 - PTA Board 7-8:15pm
  • October 29 - Vocabulary Day Parade!

Thank you again for helping us to get this school year started off so positively.  As ever, I'm so grateful for the wonderful families that make up the Butler Community. 

With every good wish,

Danielle-Betancourt

Danielle

Danielle Betancourt, Principal