Family Newsletter - April 25, 2022
25 April 2022

Family Newsletter - April 25, 2022

 

Dear Butler Families,

I hope you all enjoyed April Break and found time to spend with family and friends. I was able to spend time out in Arizona with my family, who I haven’t seen in 2 ½ years. It was wonderful to spend time with my parents and brother’s family and reminded me how important family is. We are about 40 days away from the last day of school, which is June 22nd, and there will be many events and activities between now and then. Read below for the latest information.

In this newsletter you will find information about:

  • Neurodiversity & Virtual Author Visit 
  • Welcome Nicole Dillon
  • Chenery Middle School 5th Grade Parent Information Night
  • Google Migration
  • BHS Sock Drive Continues
  • Upcoming Dates

All my best,

Julie

Neurodiversity & Virtual Author Visit 

What is neurodiversity? According to neurodiversityweek.com, neurodiversity is based on the idea that everyone has a differently-wired brain and their own unique way of thinking and experiencing the world. Neurodiversity is about recognizing and  respecting that we don’t all learn the same way. Differences in the way our brains are wired means that you may struggle to do things that others find easy. Some of the different ways of thinking, learning, interacting and perceiving the world have been given labels, such as ADHD, autism,  dyslexia,  dyspraxia, and Tourette Syndrome. This week at Butler School neurodiversity will be an emphasis for staff and students through different picture books, vidoes, and activities. The week will culminate with a virtual author visit by Sahaina Lopez, author of Juju Loves Popcorn, for students. We are looking forward to learning more about neurodiversity and the author visit! 

Welcome Nicole Dillon!

I am pleased to welcome Nicole Dillon to the Butler Staff as a short-term substitute for Ashley Zotkin, who will be going on maternity leave starting May 2nd. Nicole has a BS from Regis College, an AA from Mass Bay Community College and holds a DESE moderate disabilities license K-12. Ms. Dillon has experience as a Special Ed science teacher and middle school learning and behavior program teacher in Billerica, a building teacher and after-school program instructor in Natick, and has worked at the preschool level. Ms. Dillon will be shadowing Ms. Zotkin this week. Ms. Greene, reading specialist, and Ms. Crowley, special education teacher will also be supporting students that work directly with Ms. Zotikin.

Chenery Middle School 5th Grade Parent Information Night

Chenery Middle School will be hosting an incoming fifth grade parent/guardian information night on May 25th from 6:00-7:00 pm in our auditorium. This will be for adults only (no students). Students will be provided tours in late spring and again in August. For this evening event, administration will welcome families who may be new to our school, provide an overview of what to expect at CMS in the grade 5 year, as well as provide time for questions and answers from parents. Here are some helpful documents as well. 

Student Question Answer Document   

Incoming Fifth Grade Transition Timeline  

Google Migration

The Belmont Public Schools will be shifting email addresses from Outlook to Gmail. BPS staff email addresses will change on May 4. The new email address will now be @belmontschools.net. For example, the current email address: jsmith@belmont.k12.ma.us will become: jsmith@belmontschools.net. Emails sent to @belmont.k12.ma.us after May 4 will be forwarded until December, 2022.

BHS Sock Drive Continues

Do you have any new and unused socks? Please don't hesitate to donate them! Homeless people around the world need your help. Homeless shelters are running low on socks. Homeless people walk in inclimate weather and most of them walk barefoot. We can help homeless shelters in Boston achieve their goal of having socks to give to new arrivals or families in need. This Sock Drive will help them achieve that goal. 

The Sock Drive will start Monday (April 11th) and it runs until the (15th) pauses for April Break and picks up on April 25th-29th. If you would like to help please drop off donations at one of the following spots: Chenery Middle School, Revolve Belmont MA, Daniel Butler Elementary School, Burbank Elementary School and Belmont High School. If you have a child at one of the schools, you can send them in with your child. If you want to learn more about how you can help visit: Winter Walk. Again, thank you so much for supporting our idea. It means a lot. Belmont High School students Sophie Harteveldt and Rory Major.

Upcoming Dates

4/25-4/29 Neurodiversity Week at Butler
4/29 Virtual Author Visit - Yahaira Lopez - Juju Loves Popcorn
4/29 & 4/30 PTA Fundraiser with Jayne’s Flowers
5/1 First Day of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
5/2-5/6 Teacher Appreciation Week!!!
5/12-5/13 K Intake Days - No Kindergarten
5/13 PTA Food Truck Fundraiser
5/16-5/17 Grade 3 Math MCAS
5/19-5/20 Grade 4 Math MCAS