Paw Power Press
Butler Elementary - October 2022 - Volume 3
Butler at its Best!
Universal Free Breakfast Program in CBSD
Pennsylvania announced the implementation of a universal free breakfast program in Pennsylvania schools, effective October 1, 2022 through the end of the 2022-23 school year.
Beginning today, Monday, October 3, Aramark Food Services at Central Bucks will offer breakfast at no cost to ALL CBSD elementary and middle schools students, regardless of free/reduced eligibility status. In addition, breakfast is currently served at all Central Bucks high schools and will be offered at no cost to any student who is eligible for free or reduced cost meals.
Halloween Preparations and Details - 10/31
Please note this is a half-day for students. For our Kindergarten Families, AM Kindergarten is reporting in the morning to school on the 31st. Therefore, our PM students will hold their parade on Friday afternoon, October 28th.
MANDATORY ANNUAL STUDENT UPDATE - PLEASE COMPLETE THIS TASK
From the Health Office
Gina Giovinco is the Certified School Nurse (CSN) to begin our year. With October upon us, please review these reminders for the current school year:
All third graders and any new students must turn in a dental exam dated on or after September 1st, 2021.
All 6th graders and any new students must turn in a physical exam dated on or after September 1st, 2021. Please turn in the dental and physical forms by October 15th, 2022. Dental and physical forms can be found on Butler’s Health Office website under “Medical Forms.” You can also access the forms using this link: Health Office / Medical Forms (cbsd.org)
Starting next month, the Health Office will begin performing the annual state mandated screenings. These include the following:
- Height & Weight: Kindergarten through 12th grade. You can view your child's results and BMI (Body Mass Index) percentile via the Parent Portal.
- Vision Screenings: Kindergarten through 12th grade. If your child does not pass our screening, you will be contacted and advised to follow up with your eye care professional.
- Hearing Screenings: Kindergarten through 3rd grade, 7th grade, and 11th grade. If your child does not pass our screening, you will be contacted and advised to follow up with your physician.
- Scoliosis Screenings: 6th and 7th grades. This tests for the evidence of curvature of the spine. If identified early, we will recommend you follow up with your physician who will monitor for changes. Scoliosis screenings will take place in the spring of 2023.
We wish your student(s) a healthy school year ahead. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. You may email me at email@example.com, or contact the Health Office at (267)893-4265.
Students in all grades have been working on introductory activities, getting to know you games, and partner challenges. Students in grades 1-6 have also been practicing recess games, such as GAGA, 4-Square, Cornhole, and Red Light/Green Light. This helps our students learn the games for focused and facilitated play during their time outside. Additionally, 6th grade students learned ultimate frisbee and a few 6th graders are playing in an after-school ultimate frisbee club with Mrs. Engart!
After listening to the story, Goldisocks and the Three Libearians, third graders practiced using Goldisocks’ Five Finger Test to help them choose “just right” chapter books in the library. The students opened a chapter book to a random full page of words and put up one finger for each word they did not know. Four-five fingers up, means the book is probably “too hard.” Zero-one finger up, means the book is probably “too easy.” Two-three fingers up, means the book is probably “just right!” This is a good process to use with all students so they might find the most appropriate book when choosing independent readers.
Children are natural scientists and engineers! They are curious about the world around them! Butler students are creative problem-solvers, full of questions... willing to roll up their sleeves to build, test, improve and experiment. QUEST taps into students’ curiosities and builds on their problem-solving skills. This hands-on special class is designed to harness all that natural curiosity, inventiveness, perseverance, and creativity to help students learn more about engineering and explore the world around them. Below is a peek into what students are beginning to learn.
Grade 1 just started a unit titled, Once Upon a Design. In this unit, students will engineer various rescue missions for beloved fairytale and nursery rhyme characters. This is a favorite unit and one that students will talk about at home!
Grade 2 is completing a Treehouse Design Challenge! The creativity and collaboration with this build is truly incredible. Once students finish, they will begin a unit focused on wind and the impact it can have on structures.
Grade 3 is just starting their coding unit! The students are bounding with excitement to start working with our brand-new Lego kits! Student teams will build a LEGO design and then program it to perform a variety of tasks. In this unit, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving are paramount.
Grade 4 is revving up to begin a unit focused on car design! They are ready to press go on learning why car designs are changing! Once background knowledge is gained students will work collaboratively to build two designs. One car design will be powered by gravity and the other design will encourage students to learn about kinetic energy.
Grade 5 is just starting a unit focused on catapults! This favorite unit is filled with students testing and improving. Students quickly grasp the concept that first designs are prototypes and need revision to succeed.
Grade 6 is starting a unit focused on Ancient Egypt and coding. This unit brings content and coding robots together. Teams will design a chariot that will be powered by a robot of their choice. The students will show their understanding of Ancient Egypt as they work through a maze by answering content-focused questions. Student teams will program their robots to act like Indiana Jones as they are in search of treasure while driving their chariots along.
Calendar and Upcoming Events
Oct. 3-7 - PTO Scholastic Book Fair
Oct. 4 - 5th Grade Ecology Field Trip @ Peace Valley (Filson)
Oct. 5 - Holiday - No School for Students & Staff (Office Open) - Yom Kippur
Oct. 7 - 5th Grade Ecology Field Trip @ Peace Valley
Oct. 7 - Butler Bash - 5:30 PM (Behind School - Outdoors) - Details to Come
Oct. 13 & 14 - 6th Grade Ropes Field Trip (Elbow Lane)
Oct. 21 - Haunted Gymnasium (Details to Come)
Oct. 24 - Holiday - No School for Students & Staff (Office Open) - Diwali
Oct. 24-28 - Red Ribbon Week
Oct. 27 - Picture Retake Day
Oct. 31 - Half Day for Students - Dismissal Begins at 12:25 PM
Oct. 31 - Halloween Festivities (Parade & Party in AM)
Emergency Preparedness Fire and CERT Drills - Building Wide Preparations
CB South "School Aged Child" Class Visits Butler - 9/22, 9/29
Butler PTO Bingo - 9/23
Spirit Day - Eagles Day 9/19/22
Paw Print Winners
Butler Elementary School practices the Paw Power Attributes of B.U.T.L.E.R.
Butler (at its Best!); Understanding; Teamwork; Leadership; Educational Excellence; Respect
Each week, students earn Positive Paw Powers for their good behaviors and positive attitudes at school. Children enter them into our collection bin where names are then drawn for a special treat each Friday for every grade level.
Sutton L., Ethan W., Katelyn B., Sadie M., Emme M., Ella D., Harper P., Jude C. (T-Shirt Winner)
Leah R., Luci T., Ava B., Steven N. Wesley W., Leo S., Evan S. Leighton Y. (T-Shirt Winner)
News From The PTO
To read the latest from the Butler PTO, please click here for access to the Weekly Newsletter!
Central Bucks School District
Superintendent: Abram Lucabaugh, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent-Secondary: Charles Malone, Ed.D
Assistant Superintendent-Elementary: Nadine Garvin, Ed.D
Butler Elementary School
Peggy Bernabei - Administrative Assistant to Principal
Sinead Doherty - Assistant Principal
Michele Droxler - Administrative Assistant to Assistant Principal