Butler News Distance Learning

Mrs. Libby Nickoli, Principal

How can I contact Mrs. Nickoli with questions?

Phone 419-883-3451 I will be having all calls from the school forwarded to my personal cell.

Email CLICK HERE https://my.ncocc-k12.org/dir/emailme.asp?userid=14344


If you haven't already done so, please sign up for my Principal Remind accounts. You may text me anytime! Click on the link below and select your child's grade level.

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We will NOT be collecting student work on April 2nd! Please take a picture of completed assignments and send via CLASSROOM DOJO OR EMAIL TO YOUR TEACHER. Mrs. Nickoli sent a Distance Learning Handbook home with all students and has a list of all staff member's email addresses.

An Important Message from Mrs. Nickoli

Clear Fork Elementary Butler

March 13, 2020

Dear Parents,

First, I want to thank our families for their understanding and kindness as we navigate a first in education. For the next three weeks, our governor has closed our school and has asked that we provide educational opportunities for our students at home.

Butler teachers are working hard to prepare lessons in paper/pencil format as well as online to ensure students may keep up on their reading, writing, and math skills. Our fourth and fifth graders will also be working on science activities. We are offering this hybrid option of packets and online so that our families with limited internet access may still work with their children at home.

Materials can be picked up at Butler Elementary in the cafeteria on Tuesday, March 17th from 8:00-3:00 and on Wednesday, March 18th from 8:00-7:00 p.m. Please come to the back of the school via Highland to our gravel parking lot. Staff will be on hand to give you materials and technology if you choose to accept it.

Teachers will be communicating with families via Classroom DOJO. They will be available to post videos through DOJO as well as answer questions you may have as your child completes their activities. As of March 12th almost all of our students' families have signed up.

I would also like to encourage our families to sign up for grade level PRINCIPAL REMINDS. The following link will take you to the instructions. I also sent home paper instructions with all students on March 12th.


The following link will take you to our District Web Page where you will find our Distance Learning Link.


Lessons will be posted on the above link and will begin on Thursday, March 19th.

When packets are picked up on March 17th and 18th, please look for additional information from Mrs. Nickoli regarding how we will keep track of your child's daily work.

Again, I would like to thank our families for their endless support in working with our school district to help keep their child in a routine of learning. We are grateful for your help and will be here for you every step of the way during this unprecedented event in history.


Libby Nickoli, Principal

Update from the Ohio Department of Education (click on link below)

Please listen to our State Superintendent on the video

Frequently Asked Questions Ohio Department of Education

How to turn in your daily work

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How to turn in your DAILY paper/pencil work

  • Take a picture with your cell phone and submit to your teacher via Classroom DOJO.

  • Take a picture and send it via email to your teacher

  • IF we need to provide more work after our spring break, we will have that prepared as well on April 13th.

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Library Book Drop Off

Please keep track of your child's library books. Create a basket at home for them to have a special place. When this is all over, we will notify you of a drop off date!

Please don't lose them! :)

What if my technology isn't working?

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If you need technical assistance with your iPad or Chromebook please call the Clear Fork Technology Department at 419-886-2601, ext 2107.

Parents Guide to Google Classroom

Google Accommodations for Students with Special Needs

Free Internet and Hotspots Being Offered By Spectrum

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Need Math help?

OSU's Math Literacy Initiative will be providing Instagram Live session for parents/guardians beginning Monday, March 30. During these sessions, they will be providing help to caregivers who now find themselves as math teachers. They chose Instagram Live because while many may not have wireless or computers, most people have a phone. If you can’t join live, they will be posting the sessions to the MLI Facebook page so people can check them out. The link below will take you to their Facebook page!

Mrs. Nickoli's Recommended Websites

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Mrs. Nickoli’s Suggested Websites


The above link will take you to Scholastic learn at home. There you will find grade level tabs where books, articles, and questions can be read aloud to students. If you have a printer at home, you may also print out the activity sheets that go along with the book. If your child completes these, I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THEM TURNED IN, TO ME!

Create a free account

Username: Learning20

Password: Clifford

Choose your grade level

I suggest letting your child pick the articles and books that interest them! If they select the text to speech option the story will be read aloud!


The above link is where actors and actresses read children’s books aloud! Each book has a teacher’s guide link. If you click on it, you can complete the before, during, and after reading activities together with your child. These prompts will give you an opportunity to have a rich discussion about the story!


ABC Mouse is offering free membership


A Message from the Richland County Public Library

Below are some free digital resources that are available from the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library that students can access while school is canceled.

Here is the link to the library's digital resources and at the bottom it has the link for the digital services eCard for those who don't have a library card.


Here's the direct link to the eCard:


We have tons of databases including BookFlix that pairs fiction and nonfiction books. Another database is CultureGrams which has information about U. S. states and the countries of the world, including history, customs, recipes, maps, and more.

Explora for Kids is a research database designed for elementary school students and educators. Learn more about your favorite subject. Read magazines, newspapers, biographies, primary sources, country information. Find images for class projects and learn vocabulary. Translate articles into more than 30 languages.

Novelist K-8 Plus is for grades K to 8. Using simple search techniques, find helpful resources such as expert reading recommendations, read-alikes, book discussion guides, thematic book lists and more.

World Book Early World of Learning offers an interactive learning environment for children in preschool and early elementary grades, which includes resources to help them grasp critical early childhood themes while developing reading and oral language skills.

There are many more databases found on the link below.


We have a family zone with book reviews, book recommendations, list of new books and more


We also have a learning zone for teachers resources like lesson plans


We have storyline that kids can call to listen to a new story each week 419-526-2665

Thank you,


Rachel Myers

Children's Librarian

Butler and Lucas Branch

Mansfield/Richland County Public Library

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Mrs. Nickoli’s Sample Daily Routine

Children thrive with a structured routine. The following is a sample schedule to help you get started. Please modify times to fit your family’s needs! IF you need to motivate your child, just tell them Mrs. Nickoli said so and share this routine. Her own children will be doing it too…….LOL

Before 8:00

Wake up, eat breakfast, brush your teeth, and clean your bedroom!


Morning Activity

Complete Mr. Bechtel’s exercises! Play outside, walk the dog, get moving!


Academic Time! Work on the assignments your teacher has prepared for you! Don’t forget to send a picture of the completed work via DOJO or email!


Creative Time! Log on to our District’s Distance Learning link and visit Mrs. Luzader and Mrs. Swift/Mr. Black’s links! Fifth graders, practice your band instrument! Draw, play with play-doh, get your creative self going!


Lunch Time


Chore Time. Parent’s choice!


Quiet time. Reading, puzzles, board games!


Academic Time. Work on the assignments your teacher has prepared for you! Don’t forget to send a picture of the completed work via DOJO or email! Check out Mrs. Nickoli’s suggested learning links on the Distance Learning Link under her name!

8:00 If you have Facebook, Mrs. Nickoli will read a bedtime story each night on the Butler PTO page. Follow it if you would like to hear a story Monday through Friday!

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Storytime with Mrs. Nickoli

Mrs. Nickoli will read a story LIVE every night at 8:00 on the Butler PTO Facebook Page. Tune in Monday through Friday!!!

First story will be on Thursday, March 19th.


Do you need breakfast and lunch delivered to your child?

Please click on the letter below for more information.
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Preschool and Kindergarten Registration Packets

If you have not dropped off your preschool or kindergarten registration packets, we will collect those as soon as we return to school.

Miss Sally should have called everyone to cancel their upcoming screening dates and times. We will contact you as soon as we have a plan in place!

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