Farewell Message from Principal Betancourt
22 December 2021

Farewell Message from Principal Betancourt



Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that my last day with you all is actually here.  I am incredibly touched by the generous and loving outpouring of well wishes you have shared with me.  I would like to thank all of you and our PTA for putting together the amazing collection of letters, pictures, artwork, and cards.  I plan to savor each creation over the coming days, once the dust settles and I can allow my emotions to follow their course. There is nothing that could have touched me more than your heartfelt messages and having words and drawings made by the children's very own little hands. It is a comfort to me that I can take it out and remember each of you fondly, especially when I am missing you.

School Wide Celebration of Identity and Diversity

Today we will have an assembly to celebrate both what makes each of us as individuals special, and what makes the whole of us together a special community.  Last week, the children each wrote down things that are special to and about them, and then every member of our school added a thumbprint to a piece of art that will be on display outside of our main office.  Today I will read a book to our school over livestream (more about that below), and then we'll gather outside so that we can all be together.  Ms. Livermore will lead us in song, after which we'll take turns visiting our school project titled "I Am, We Are... Butler," which will be outside our main office.  We're hoping this will be a special way to celebrate our community, and to more safely gather together before we head off for vacation.

All Are Welcome

Parent Tara Damian thoughtfully gifted me a copy of "All Are Welcome," which I had never read before.  She shared that it reminded her of Butler, and after I read it, I couldn't agree more.  I will be reading this to the children, and, as a parting present to our school, I am gifting a copy to each of our classrooms.  I have recorded my reading it in case your child will be absent today, or if your child would like to hear it again.  Thank you, Tara, for sharing this. Principal Betancourt Reads All Are Welcome

School Committee Presentation

I had the opportunity to share a presentation about our school at the December 14th BPS School Committee Meeting.  If you like to watch it, here is the link to a recording; it begins at minute 12:44

Routine COVID Testing

Please remember that our routine test collection will resume on Monday, January 3rd.


Monday, January 3 - First Day Back to School

Thursday, January 6 - Butler SAC Meeting 7:30am

Thursday, January 13 - PTA General Meeting 7pm

Monday, January 17 - No School, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Friday, January 21 - PTA Ice Skating Event

Thank yous

There are so many people to thank.  First, thank you to Stephanie Crement and Zanefa Walsh for leading our PTA - we have such an active and vibrant group of parents who creatively and generously do so much to enhance both what happens inside our classrooms as well as during fun evening and weekend events.  Our PTA has been such incredible partners in helping to promote Butler as a warm and inclusive community.  All of the people who work inside our building are truly a phenomenal team.  Walking through our hallways and into classrooms has been such a delight seeing all of the energy, care, and thoughtfulness put into making sure the children feel safe, happy, and are learning.  Jason Fopiano puts in a tremendous effort to care for our building.  Maeve Freaney manages the office and all of the many moving parts with incredible organization and skill.  Lisa Harteveldt has gone above and beyond in working to ensure the health and safety of our children and staff.  I am profoundly grateful to have shared these years with you and your children, as well as the many exceptional teachers and staff of the Butler School.  My heart truly is overflowing with all of your kindnesses and encouragement, as well as all of the love from your beautiful, silly, creative, loving, and very special children.  Thank you for having entrusted me with their wellbeing over these years; I will treasure this experience always.

Wishing you good health, peace, and at least a little laughter each day,



Danielle Betancourt, Principal