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November 2021
Butler Family Newsletter - November 2021

Butler Family Newsletter - November 2021

FROM THE PRINCIPALDear Families,As we continue our Equity work both as a school and a district, one of the major goals is to ensure that we have a warm and inclusive community where everyone feels welcome and valued.  In one small effort to reinforce this, I created the above message that includes almost all of the languages that have currently been identified as primary languages in our Butler homes.  The languages are displayed in order of prevalence within our community.  I use...
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Interim Principal - Search Update

Interim Principal - Search Update

As you know from her recent announcement, Ms. Betancourt will be moving to London, UK in January, 2022. Her last formal day in Belmont will be Friday, 12/23/2021. I am sure you join me in supporting Ms. Betancourt on this exciting news. While we will certainly miss her leadership of your child’s school, we want to assure you that we are doing everything in our power to ensure that the transition to a new Principal is as smooth as possible.
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October 2021

Safety Drills at Butler

Safety Drills and Emergency PreparednessWe take safety very seriously, and I’d like to share some of the things we do to ensure our preparedness in case of an emergency, including to inform you about today's safety drill. Primarily we focus on planning and practice.Planning:Our school has an Emergency Response Team made up of various staff members, and we meet at the beginning of the year to review procedures and plan for the year. We also dedicate time during a staff meeting at the be...
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Butler Family Newsletter - October 25, 2021

FROM THE PRINCIPALDear 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 ...
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Elementary Affinity Groups

Dear Butler Families,We are thrilled to share that we will be forming affinity groups at each of our elementary schools. Affinity groups are designated “safe spaces,” intended to support and amplify the voices of individuals with a particular identity who have historically been marginalized.  The groups we are piloting this year will be for students who identify as Black or Brown.  Students will have the opportunity to share their experiences, connect with fellow peers who ...
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Parent-Teacher Conferences, Fall 2021 Session

Parent-Teacher Conferences, Fall 2021 Session

The Butler School is registering parent/teacher conferences online. Conferences begin on Wednesday, October 20th. Registration for all conferences opens on Friday, October 8th and closes on Friday, October 15th. All Conferences will be VIRTUAL via Google Meet.
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Updates from the Butler School Nurse - October 2021

Updates from the Butler School Nurse Illness and Symptom CheckingFamilies, we need your help! With the cold and flu season upon us (yes, already!), we are seeing an increase in students experiencing cold-like symptoms. Because cold and flu symptoms are often very similar to COVID-19 symptoms, we all must continue to look at the  Daily Symptom Checker each day before school. This is vitally important to help stop the spread of COVID-19 as well as typical cold and flu illnesses in our co...
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Recap of Today's Pilot Pool Testing at Butler

Recap of Today's Pilot Pool Testing at Butler

Thanks very much to our school nurse, Lisa Harteveldt, and BPS Director of Nursing, Beth Rumley for all of their work to organize the pilot of pool testing today, which was the first among all of our schools. Thank you also to our parents and caregivers who have consented to pool testing.
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Butler Fun Run 2021

Butler Fun Run 2021

 Sponsored by Butler PTAWho: Butler Students (K-4)Where: Students grades 1-4 run a circuit around the Butler school. Kindergarteners run inside the tent.When: Wednesday, October 20th (rain date: Friday, October 22) 9:00-9:45 Grade 1 (students wear blue) 9:30-10:15 Grade 2 (students wear green) 10:00-10:45 Grade 3 (students wear red) 10:30-11:15 Kindergarten (students wear white) 10:45-11:30 Grade 4 (students wear black) Why:  The purpos...
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September 2021

Butler Family Newsletter - September 27, 2021

FROM THE PRINCIPALDear Families,We have gotten off to a wonderful start and we're looking forward to spending some time with you later this week at Curriculum Night (more details below!).  Our teachers have all been working hard to build communities, routines, and stamina.  Every staff member has made efforts to support all of our learners, and even though this school year does not look exactly like years past, it is certainly closer to feeling more typical.  Thank you to Kath...
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