Family Newsletter - March 28, 2022
28 March 2022

Family Newsletter - March 28, 2022

Dear Butler Families,

We are now more than half way through March and Spring is officially here! As you all know by now, last Thursday was quite an exciting day for Butler School. There was a small gas leak on the Sycamore St. side of the school that required us to evacuate the building before the start of the school day. While it was a cold, rainy day to wait outside, the good news is that the Butler staff sprung into action and did a fantastic job keeping all the children calm and safe while evacuating to St. Luke’s Church before the gas leak was fixed and students were returned to school by 9:30am. We are all hoping for a calmer week this week! Just a reminder that this Wednesday will be our final early dismissal for conferences. Dismissal Wednesday will be 11:40am.

In this newsletter you will find information about:

  • April 1st Parent/Guardian Workshop with McLean’s Hospital
  • Upcoming Events with the Foundation for Belmont Education
  • Grade 4 Strings & BHS Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert
  • MCAS testing
  • Upcoming Dates  

All my best,
Julie

McLean’s Parent Presentation

Thanks to everyone who attended the parent/guardian Supporting Children Through Bid Emotions workshop last week.  For those of you who weren’t able to attend, here is a video link to watch it https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4sb4wq2usla3bln/AACWg1Z7Yze1Xf6FyVewoxKTa?dl=0.  

There will be another workshop on April 1st at noon:

Supporting Students Through Stress: The focus of this webinar is to increase our understanding of the challenges facing students today and spotlight strategies parents and caregivers can use to support students in navigating stress while living full and rewarding lives.

Specifically, this webinar will cover interventions to build resilience and address stress reactions in students. We will discuss approaches to improve communication and understanding, promote resilience, and coach youth through big emotions and stressors. Attention to how COVID-19 and current societal stressors play a role will be addressed throughout.

Please use the following link to access this workshop: https://partners.zoom.us/j/84944394051  

Upcoming Events from the FBE  

Mark your calendars as lots going on and you don’t want to miss any of these great offerings:

1.     SPREAD A LITTLE SUNSHINE | MARCH 23-APRIL 13
This joyful event is back again this year! Start planning which lucky people you’re going to purchase delightful daffodils for - their day, or even week, will be so much better for knowing you were thinking of them! 

2.     THE FBE SPELLING BEE | APRIL 9

Registration: March 9-23
IT’S BACK IN PERSON AND WE ARE SO EXCITED!!!!! Start organizing your team NOW for the greatest Grade K-6 event of the year!

3.      OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARDS (OTA) | MAY 5

Nomination Period: March 14-27
Sponsored by the Belmont Savings Bank Foundation, this program recognizes the extraordinary contributions made by teachers in the Belmont Public Schools, and from March 14-27, you get to nominate the teachers of your choice for this cherished award.

*The Online Auction committee are still accepting donations to include in our auction. Please email fundraising@fbe-belmont.org  More information about our Spring events will be available soon. Please keep checking your emails and visit our website at fbe-belmont.org for event registration links etc.. 
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with FBE news and all our event details!

 Grade 4 Strings & BHS Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert

Please mark your calendars and note the times based on your child's school.

Date: Thursday, April 14th, 2022
Location: Belmont High School Auditorium 

BUTLER AND BURBANK STUDENTS:
5:30pm Drop off/tuning at BHS
6:00-6:30pm "B Schools" Concert 

WELLINGTON AND WINN BROOK STUDENTS:
7:00pm Drop off/tuning at BHS
7:30-8:00pm "W Schools" Concert  

Our grade 4 string students will gather to play some of our current orchestra repertoire alongside our most advanced high school string students in the district. The BHS Chamber Orchestra will then "wow" us with a brief performance piece of their own. We look forward to sharing this evening with you!

Upcoming MCAS Testing

Completion of MCAS is a requirement for all public school students in grades 3-8 and 10 Massachusetts.. As a reference, here is the link to the page on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website that explains this requirement.

In 2021, Massachusetts took advantage of the flexibilities provided by the federal government. These include cutting the test sessions/total testing time in half. As you can see below, the 2022 test sessions are the same with the exception of minor adjustments to the science tests in grades 5 and 8. (Testing Schedule is available here.) 

English Language Arts
Grade 3 - April 7th and 8th
Grade 4 - April 11th and 12th

Math
Grade 3 - May 16th and 17th
Grade 4 - May 19th and 20th

Upcoming Dates

March 30 - Early Release @ 11:40 Parent Teacher Conferences (Thursday Schedule)
April 1 - Parent/Guardian Workshop - Supporting Children Through Stress
April 7 - MCAS Testing - 3rd grade ELA Session 1
April 8 - MCAS Testing - 3rd grade ELA Session 2
April 9 - FBE Spelling Bee
April 11 - MCAS Testing - 4th grade ELA Session 1
April 12 - MCAS Testing - 4th grade ELA Session 2
April 13 - Butler Night at Belmont Books
April 14 - Grade 4 Strings & BHS Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert
April 18-22 - Spring Break - No School