Butler Family Newsletter - February 28, 2022
27 February 2022

Butler Family Newsletter - February 28, 2022


Dear Butler Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed February Break and found some time to be with family and friends. This past week has brought unsettling events in Ukraine that are changing daily. Belmont is a very diverse community where our schools have students and families who speak many languages, come from all over the world, and who may be impacted by what has occurred. It will be important for adults to check in with children and help them find the support they need, whether that is the reassurance of the normal routine with no news of war, or a chance to talk privately with a trusted adult. The Butler School is here to support you and your child if needed through this difficult time. Below are some resources you may find helpful.

How to talk to Kids about Ukraine

How to talk to Kids about Violence, Crime, and War

Resources for Educators, Families to Discuss the Events in Ukraine with Students

In this newsletter you will find information about:

  • Recess Expectations
  • Parent Workshop  - Supporting Children Through Big Emotions
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Updates from the Nurse
  • PTA March Snack Drive to Support Butler Staff
  • Arrival & Dismissal Reminders
  • MCAS Dates

All my best,


Recess Expectations

In order to ensure recess is safe and inclusive for everyone, Butler Staff will be reviewing behavioral expectations this week. This slide reviews how students can be respectful, responsible, and ready for recess. Students who want to play in the snow must bring snow boots and snow pants to school and children are given time before recess to change into their gear. 



Parent Workshop March 15th - Supporting Children Through Big Emotions

Our partners at McLean Hospital are coordinating this workshop focused on resilience for all BPS elementary parents/caregivers on 3/15/2022 from 12:00PM - 1:30PM (90 minutes).  You can access this virtual event using the following Zoom link: https://partners.zoom.us/j/89104752731

Title: Supporting Children Through Big Emotions

Description: Kids experience all kinds of feelings—but may not necessarily know how to deal with them or how to cope with them when they come up. It’s important that we help them learn the skills to manage their emotions, thoughts, and reactions in healthy and productive ways. By doing so, we can help them build skills that can increase well-being in adulthood and prevent unhealthy coping strategies as they get older.

Join us as Brittany Jordan-Arthur, PhD, explores different types of coping strategies for children, shares age-appropriate ways to teach coping to our loved ones, and answers audience questions about the mental health benefits that healthy coping can bring to our whole families.

Masks and Safety: 

Please see this newsletter  from Superintendent Phelan that contains information about masks and safety.  The Butler School will follow all district-wide policies and will work hard to prepare our students if any changes occur in the future.  As always, kindness and respect are at the core of all of our practice; we will continue to honor all of our students’ beliefs, while following the practices Superintendent Phelan outlined in his letter.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out if your child is feeling worried or uncertain. We are all here to support each other.

Parent Teacher Conferences

The Butler School will be registering for the SPRING session of parent/teacher conferences.

  • Registration for all conferences opens online on Monday, February 21st and closes on Friday, March 11th.

  • Conferences begin on Wednesday, March 16th.

  • All Conferences will be VIRTUAL

To register for a conference, please go to: Parent-Teacher Conferences and select your school. On the registration form, enter your name, e-mail address, password, phone number, and student name and then click on “Register”.

At the next screen, select the name of your child’s teacher. Once you have selected a teacher, you will be asked to select an available conference time. After selecting a conference time, you will then be able to confirm your selection and print or e-mail your schedule. The conferences this year will be virtual.

If you're scheduling conferences for twins, please register twice using a different email account for each. Please note: we do not retain parents information from the last year or populate the registration system with the student data information.

Updates from the Nurse

Symptom checker and illness

Please continue to follow the symptom checker closely and keep your student home and have them tested if they are sick. Our collective health relies on everyone continuing to be vigilant regarding symptoms to prevent the spread of illness.

Pool Testing and At-Home Antigen Testing

Weekly Pool testing will resume on Monday February 28th. Please be sure to send in your student’s sample on Monday morning. All samples must be received by 10am on Monday in order to be processed. Tubes must be registered and labeled with the student’s full name and date of birth as it appears on the consent. Be sure that all writing is clear and not smudged. 

In addition to pool testing, at-home antigen testing is available to all students and staff. Students that have signed up for at-home testing, received test kits prior to the break. Please consider using one test on Sunday February 27th or (Monday morning) prior to returning to school and the other test later in the week following the recent break.

PCR Testing offered by the Health Department

The Belmont Health Department will be offering free COVID-19 PCR Testing by appointment  on Sunday, February 27 from 3-6 pm in the Belmont High School Cafeteria.

Testing will be provided by PhysicianOne Urgent Care, You will need to set up an account to register for the testing and view results.

No walk-ins will be accepted, please register HERE in advance.

Belmont has a new registration link and organization code for this testing event. Even if you have been to previous testing clinics, you will need to enter the new organization code or use the new link to register. New Organizational code: TOBCAA

If there are difficulties or issues with registration, please contact:Physician One at  testing@p1uc.co

Lisa Harteveldt BSN, RN

PTA March Snack Drive

Please support our Butler staff members by donating snacks that can be kept in the teachers’ lounge!  Being able to refuel during the day will help our staff members get through the long month of March.

All items should be individually wrapped, and the school cannot accept homemade treats due to allergy concerns.

Ideas:  Cheeze-Its, Smartfood, popcorn, veggie straws, candy, chips, cookies, crackers, pretzels, granola bars, bags of apples, oranges, or clementines, and drinks like sparkling water, bottled water, coffee pods for Keurig, tea bags (black or green or fruit flavored), iced tea, and hot chocolate packets

Molly Quinn, Butler Social Worker will be on the Butler basketball court with a “snack donation drop-off” sign to collect donations on the following days/times:

Tuesday, 3/1 – Morning drop-off (8:25-8:40 a.m.)

Thursday, 3/ 3– Afternoon Dismissal (2:40-2:55 p.m.)

Tuesday, 3/8– Morning drop-off (8:25-8:40 a.m.)

Thursday, 3/10 – Afternoon dismissal (2:40-2:55 p.m.)

Tuesday, 3/22 – Morning Drop off (8:25-8:40am)

Thursday, 3/24 – Afternoon dismissal (2:40-2:55pm) 

For those who wish to donate but are not at drop-off or pick up on the above dates, an alternate drop-off location is on the front porch at 19 Grant Ave., from 2/28-3/3 and 3/7-3/10.

Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

The Butler School day begins at 8:35 AM when the first bell rings. Students enter the school, unpack, and learning has begun by 8:40 AM when the second bell rings. Students who arrive after 8:40am are marked tardy and have a more difficult time adjusting to their days. Consistent on-time attendance in school aids in a child being successful in school. Please make sure to have your child at school BY 8:35AM each day. 

Reversely, students in grades 1-4 are dismissed at 2:50pm (2:40pm for K) Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Dismissal Wednesday is at 1:40pm (1:35pm for K). Parents wishing to have their child dismissed from school early must send a written request to the child’s classroom teacher. To minimize classroom interruption, they must ring the bell at the front door and wait for their child to be dismissed. 

For further information, please check out the Butler School website

MCAS Dates

Parents of 3rd and 4th graders, please mark your calendars for MCAS testing. More information will be coming as we get closer to the dates below.

English Language Arts

Grade 3 - April 7th and 8th

Grade 4 - APril 11th and 12th


Grade 3 - May 16th and 17th

Grade 4 - May 19th and 20th