The Paw Power Press

News and Highlights from Butler Elementary School, Issue 1

Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year

Over twenty-five years ago, I received a letter welcoming me to the third grade in my new elementary school. I remember, as if it were yesterday, the butterflies in my stomach, the feelings of uncertainty, and the excitement at the prospects of meeting my new teacher and making new friends. As the principal of Butler Elementary School, it is a privilege to welcome you to the 2014-2015 school year. With only one weekend left, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of nearly 850 Butler students on Tuesday, September 2nd. I’d like to especially welcome any new families to the Butler community. I am confident that you will find a warm, supportive, and engaging environment—a school of which we should all be very proud. Butler is quite a remarkable place, and I am honored to serve as the principal of such a fine school.

Throughout the year, The Paw Power Press E-Newsletter will be published to keep you informed of the wonderful happenings at Butler. In addition, please be sure to visit our school and teacher websites as a means of communication – and know we will continue to update and modify information so it is current and informative. Again, welcome to what promises to be a rewarding 2014-2015 school year!

Joe Brereton, Principal

2014 Back to School Nights

Grades 2 and 3, September 8th at 7:00 PM

Grades 4 and 5, September 15th at 6:30

Grade 6, September 15th at 7:30 (start in the gym)

Grades K and 1, September 16th at 7:00

PEN and Learning Support--You will receive information from your child's PEN and/or Leraning Support teacher.

All grade level BTS Nights start in your child's classroom.

The importance of a strong and supportive relationship between home and school cannot be overstated. Throughout the school year, I would encourage you to talk to your children about school, read with them, support them with their homework, and become involved in some of the numerous educational and social opportunities that Butler has to offer.

The Butler Staff looks forward to working with all of you and your children to provide constructive and meaningful learning experiences for our students this year!

Cafeteria News

Breakfast and Lunch will be served daily at Butler.

  • Lunch - $2.55
  • Breakfast - $1.65

Click HERE for information from our food services department including menus, student accounts, and free & reduced applications.

NAESP: Report to Parents - Make Every Day Count: Boost School Attendance

"To stay on track in school, students need to be present every day. Missing 18 or more days of school in a year puts a child's high school graduation at risk, according to, a national dropout prevention campaign. Being absent for just two days every month of the school year can put a child behind academically..."

(To read the entire article from the National Association of Elementary School Principals, please CLICK HERE - May need to allow some time to load).

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Please Read this Important Handbook Information

· Absent notes—Upon your child’s return to school, and within three days of an absence, notes should be returned to your child’s homeroom teacher. If a note is not received within three days, the absence becomes unlawful or unexcused. When children accumulate more than three unlawful absences, state law requires that they be identified as truant, and the parents become liable for the absences of the students (CB School Board Policy 204).

· Family trip requests—Please inform the office of any family trips using the Family Trip Request Form. School Board Policy states that only 5 days per year may be approved for family trips. Any days beyond the initial five days per year will be considered unexcused absences.

· Drop-off and dismissal—For the safety of our students, we ask that you sign your children in at the office if they arrive to school after 9:05. During car rider dismissal, we ask that you please wait in the car line, and do not have your child walk through the parking lot. Please remember that the speed limit in our parking lot is 5 m.p.h. Arrival begins at 8:45 AM until classes start at 9:05. Dismissal begins at 3:40 PM. Most buses have left the buidling by about 4:05.

· Safety information—During school hours all exterior doors are locked. All visitors using the main entrance are required to ring the buzzer, sign-in at the office, show identification, and wear a visitor’s badge. Because we have students in the building until 6:00 PM, the front door will be locked by 4:15. No one (other than before and after school parents) is permitted to enter the bulding after 4:15.

Report Cards Are Now Called Conference Reports & Progress Reports

As was shared throughout last year, Central Bucks has revised the elementary curriculum over the past years to better reflect state and district standards. Thus, a standards-based reporting system is the final step in creating a fully unified and interconnected educational system. In addition, a standards-based reporting system gives more specific information than traditional letter grades, and reports how well students are progressing towards achieving the standards expected at each grade level.

The CBSD Standards-Based Report is one document which holds two templates. The first of those is the Conference Report which is completed after the 1st and 3rd quarters. This report offers achievement information and fosters quality conversations about learning for parents, teachers, and students.

The second template is the Progress Report which is completed by teachers at the end of the 2nd and 4th quarters. The Progress Report communicates specific mastery levels, as well as student strengths and goals for continued growth. Please CLICK HERE to view a short video highlighting the Conference Form and Progress Report. For additional information and resources please visit our web site.

Have a Question? Try Butler's Student/Parent Handbook

Please be sure to review the Student/Parent Handbook. It is important that all families are familiar with Butler Policies and Procedures. It can be located on the website or by clicking the following LINK.

Welcome to Our Newest Butler Bears

On August 29th, new students and their parents visited Butler for Kindergarten and Bus Orientation. Mr. Brereton introduced staff and shared some information about Butler Elementary School. The children learned about bus safety and took a ride with their parents. The children also received a tour of the school and got to meet their kindergarten teacher-Miss Day, Mrs. Dubinksi, or Miss Donnelly. Everyone seemed excited for the first day of school - an important day in these young students' lives!

Butler Supports the Heroes Run 5K

Please join Central Bucks School District in supporting the 9/11 Heroes Run. Registration is now open for the September 15th event. Doylestown borough will once again host a 5k and 1 mile fun walk/run to raise support and awareness for all of the heroes of September 11th.


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Aramark Lunch Program

Please review Aramark's lunch options video for Elementary School Students.

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Important Parent Portal Information

The Central Bucks School district uses Infinite Campus as its student information system. The Parent Portal allows parents/guardians to view schedules, attendance, immunizations, and assessment information. Parents can also update demographic information for their family. The Parent Portal is now open. For more information on the parent portal please visit the CBSD web site, or contact the Butler Office.

Effective with the 2014-2015 school year, elementary school parents will also be able to view, print, and/or save their child’s progress report directly from the Parent Portal.