20 October 2021

Butler Family Newsletter - October 25, 2021


Dear Families,

I have been so incredibly touched by the outpouring of kind messages and well wishes upon the news of my upcoming move to the UK due to my husband's new position.  It makes it both harder in some ways and easier in others that you have been so caring and supportive.  These weeks have been full of events and activities that are keeping our learners engaged and busy!  We've had a flurry of great author/illustrator virtual visits thanks to our PTA, and our children are thriving.  This is quite a long newsletter, so please take a moment to make yourself comfortable before settling in to read to the end.

Fun Run

This was such a fabulous morning! Thank you to Chris Heuisler for organizing and helping the kids to warm up.  Thank you to Ted Trodden for managing the course and leading the children.  Thank you to all of you who came out to help with water, setting up, and cheering on our little runners.  The weather was gorgeous and they all seemed to have had a wonderful time.  It truly was a FUN run.  ...and, by the way, we have raised over $23,670 (as of Thursday), which is awesome! THANK YOU! Because we met our school goal, we'll be having a "Dance Party" for each grade in November.  Details coming soon!


School Advisory Council

We thankfully have had two parents and two staff members step forward to volunteer to serve on our School Advisory Council.  Our members are:

Franceny Johnson, parent of K and Grade 4 students 

Mariola Magovcevic, parent of Grade 1 and Grade 4 students

Audrey Ruddock, Kindergarten Teacher (and one time Butler student!)

Justin Chiu, Grade 4 Teacher (and one time Butler student!)

We will be meeting monthly on alternating days and times of day.  The schedule is below and the meetings have been added to the Butler Family Calendar.

Mondays 6-7pm           Thursdays 7:30-8:30am
December 6 November 4
February 7 January 6
April 4 March 3
June 6 May 5

Math Specialists

As you may have heard, we have two new Math Specialists at the elementary level, Erin Collins and Jen Pressey.  They will be be working with students in each elementary school to support, build confidence, and help them gain stronger mathematical understanding concentrating on students in 3rd and 4th grade.

Early Release Days and Parent Conferences

The next two Wednesdays have an 11:40 dismissal due to parent conferences in the afternoon.  I hope you are finding these conferences helpful; our teachers have put a lot of time and thought into sharing information about your children with you.  Please make every effort to be on time, as our conferences are back to back, and our teachers really want to make sure that every parent gets the same amount of time. 

Pool Testing and Test & Stay

We had a successful first run of pool testing last week, and will be conducting another round this week.  The current expectation is that families will only be notified if their child tests positive or has been identified as the close contact of someone who tested positive.

Vocabulary Day Parade!

Our Vocabulary Day Parade is coming this Friday!  Our teachers have been talking it up with children to help them decide on a word, and they hopefully have shared information with you.  We are very much looking forward to reviving this delightful tradition.  

From our Art Teacher, Avery Kallas

Hello Butler Families and community!   My name is Avery Kallas, and I am the new art teacher.  I am very much enjoying my time getting to know your students and making art with them.  I wanted you all to share in the fun and see the beautiful art our Butler artists are creating. I have made a private Instagram account that will only be visible by permission, where I will share picture of the art making happening in my classroom.  I will never show faces and comments are turned off. If you are interested please request to follow us @artwithms.kallas .  I will try to add posts of each class group at least once a month.  I hope that you all enjoy.  

...And thank you for sharing your wonderful art students with me.

Ms. Kallas 

MCAS Schedule

In order to support our work in the spring, and to ensure that families have advance notice, below please find our schedule for MCAS testing.  This schedule is based on current information and the expectation that we will have two sessions per content area for each grade, which could change if circumstances or guidance change.  We ask you to keep these dates in mind when making plans so that your child can be in attendance for these state mandated assessments.

   Grade 3  Grade 4
 ELA  Th 4/7 & Th 4/14  M 4/11 & M 4/12
 Math  M 5/16 & W 5/18  M 5/23 & T 5/24

Volunteer Information

Three things are required for any volunteers to enter our buildings:

  • Up-to-date CORI Form
  • Signing and Accepting Confidentiality Form
  • Providing Proof of Vaccination

Belmont Public Schools are currently implementing vaccine mandates for all educators
and staff. We are continuing to prioritize ensuring high vaccination rates amongst all
adults who work in our schools. The Belmont Public Schools encourages all families,
students, staff, and school community members who are eligible to get vaccinated.
As presented at the Belmont School Committee meeting on September 21, 2021, anyone –
including parents and family members who wishes to volunteer in our school buildings
during the 2021-2022 school year – will need to show proof of vaccination. Volunteers
can provide a photocopy (or email a photo) to the school administrative assistant when
checking in at the school’s main office for the first time this year. Alternatively,
individuals who plan to volunteer in any of the district schools can email a PDF or photo
of their vaccination card directly to Human Resources (rleeb@belmont.k12.ma.us) in
advance of their first volunteer date. All vaccination card copies will be kept securely
under lock and key, and individual vaccination status will be handled confidentially by
the school and central administration staff.


We ring the bell and open the doors at 8:33, and supervision begins at 8:25.  Many children are coming early and standing close together in line until 8:33.  We'd like to encourage the children to play and run around when they arrive so they can get some much needed exercise and socialization.   


  • October 27 - Parent Conferences; dismissal at 11:40
  • October 29 - Vocabulary Day Parade!
  • November 3 - Parent Conferences; dismissal at 11:40
  • November 5 - Food Truck Fundraiser 4-7pm
  • November 10- Picture Re-Take Day
  • November 11 - No School: Veterans Day

Thank you again for helping us to get this school year started off so positively, and for reading to the end of this very long newsletter!  As ever, I'm so grateful for the wonderful families that make up the Butler Community. 

With every good wish,




Danielle Betancourt, Principal