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Butler Elementary - Volume 7 - December 2020

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Health and Safety Information

PA State: Universal Masking Order

Revisions to the masking order were effective at 12 a.m. on November 18. The secretary of health has directed that everyone should wear an appropriate face covering, both indoors and outdoors. The face covering procedures outlined within the Central Bucks' Health and Safety Plan are already in compliance with the revised order. The order continues to allow for appropriate “mask breaks,” and for students to remove their mask during breakfast and lunch.


The order reinforces the necessity to mask, even when outdoors. During outdoor activities, students will be required to maintain sustained physical distance whenever they are unmasked. When participating in an outdoor activity that precludes physical distancing, students will be required to wear a mask.


Find more information on the questions and answers page here. More information about when student athletes must wear face coverings on our website here. At this time, face shields of any kind (without a mask) are not in compliance with the updated order.

PA Requirements for Those Who Travel

Our CB Family Travel form has been updated, Family Travel Approval Request.


Effective at 12 a.m. on November 20, the secretary of health tightened requirements related to anyone who travels outside of the commonwealth. The order has been expanded to include travel to any location outside of Pennsylvania. In line with the procedures already contained within our approved health and safety plan, employees and students who travel will not be able to return to school or work in-person for a period of 14 days.


As we approach the holidays, please be mindful of this if you are planning to travel, and when visiting with friends and family, especially those who may have traveled, please consider social distancing measures and other precautions. The district will not be modifying the approved health and safety plan to allow individuals to return without restriction by presenting a negative test result.

DISTRICT HEALTH & SAFETY PLAN

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Central Bucks School District Health & Safety Plan. You can find it on the district website by following this link, Health and Safety Plan. You can also find the CB Return to School Guide here. Both include a great deal of information on district procedures and protocols. They will answer many of your questions.

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Important Information

Butler Staffing Update

Welcome to our new teachers Instructing Butler Students:

Mrs. Juliette Camburn, Kindergarten (Online)

Ms. Sarah Strohl, 4th Grade (Virtual Academy, Online)

Ms. Sarah Hoath, 5th Grade (Virtual Academy, Online)

Ms. Kim Bryan, 6th Grade (Virtual Academy, Online)

EARLY DISMISSAL SCHEDULES

When we have an early dismissal day, all students will be dismissed during their regular school schedules (A, B & C) for early dismissal. Butler is a "C" School.


The early dismissal times for students are as follows:

Virtual Academy - 11:30 AM

Butler (C-Schools) – 12:25 PM


Upcoming Early Dismissal Days:

  • Dec. 10
  • Dec. 11
  • Dec. 23

Bus Rider Reminders

Parents, please have a conversation with children that they MUST sit in their assigned seats on the bus in the morning, as well as in the afternoon. Thank you for your support.

Support Staff Job Opportunities

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Department Updates

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Grand Friends from New Seasons

The Butler community, in conjunction with our 40 Assets initiatives, is continuing the tradition of creating cards for our Grand Friends from the New Seasons personal care facility in New Britain. We are asking students to create a holiday card or two with artwork and a generic message (Dear Grand Friend and a wish for a happy holiday). Please sign the cards with only first name and perhaps last initial (no full names). Cards can be placed in the Grand Friend box in front of the Butler main office by December 18th. The students have really enjoyed making these cards in the past and our Grand Friends are so thankful to receive them.

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Reminders from the Nurse's Office:

  • Please return your Health Forms: Kindergarten or Entry physicals and dentals, 3rd grade dentals, and 6th grade physicals to the health room, ASAP. Also, please remember to keep a copy for your records.
  • A “pesky” situation, head lice, is not uncommon. Please check your child’s head weekly and call the health room is you find or suspect your child has head lice and further guidance will be given.
  • If your child has an injury and requires a boot, ace wrap, sling, cast, crutches etc, please notify the health room. We will need written restrictions by an MD for gym class as well as recess. We do encourage our students to go outside for fresh air even when they are unable to have an active recess, unless otherwise written by the MD.
  • Please remember to dress your child for the weather and outdoor recess. Labeling your items is necessary as we are not to be collecting for lost and found due to COVID-19.
  • It’s the time of year when children have chapped lips and dry hands. Please send lip balm with your child, labeled, and a small bottle of hand lotion, if needed, as we are trying to keep healthy children from coming into the health room.


Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Holiday Season. -Nurse Karen & the Health Room Staff

Calendar and Upcoming Events

School Calendar

December:

Dec. 4 - Early Dismissal-12:25PM

Dec. 7 - Mode Changes Begin: Trimester 2

Dec. 8 - PTO Dine & Donate: Texas Roadhouse (Montgomery)

Dec. 9 - Virtual Student Supply Pick-Up - 11AM-2PM

Dec. 10 & 11 - Early Dismissal-12:25PM

Dec. 10 & 11 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (Virtual) PM

Dec. 10-15 - Kindergarten Conferences

Dec. 11 - Hanukkah Begins

Dec. 11 - Giving Tree Sign-Up Ends (See Below)

Dec. 18 - December Boomerang Nominations DUE to Mrs. O'Connell

Dec. 23 - Early Dismissal-12:25PM

Dec. 24-Jan. 3 - Winter Break - No School for Students or Staff

Dec. 25 - Christmas

Dec. 31 - New Years Eve

Free Flu Vaccines - Information Below (Dec. 10)

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Dine and Donate

Texas Roadhouse -115 Garden Golf Blvd., Montgomeryville, PA

Tuesday, December 8 | 4-8pm

Available for Pick Up or Dine in!

Click here for the flyer


Support Simon Butler Elementary School at our next Dine and Donate at Texas Roadhouse in Montgomeryville! Ten percent of the total funds raised will go to the school to continue supporting students and making sure they have the best year yet! Simply present the flyer (digitally or physically). It's a win-win situation!

Gift Giving Project: Butler Giving Tree

Now through December 11 | click here to sign-up


These have been unusual and trying times for everyone. However, one thing has remained constant and that is the generous and giving spirit of our community. Please click here to help support families in need again this year within our Butler community by making a donation of a $10 gift card for the vendors listed in the sign-up.


Please note: there will not be an actual Giving Tree set up in the lobby this year so we ask that all donations be either sent in with your students or mailed to the address listed in the sign up link here.

CB Cares Boomerang Award Nomination - December

The Boomerang Youth Recognition award is a district wide monthly program which recognizes and honors youth in our community by exemplifying and living by one of the chosen developmental assets. Students can be nominated by teachers, peers, family, and community members. Please consider nominating a student for December.


December’s Asset is #15 – Positive Peer Influence. Young person’s best friends model responsible behavior. Nomination forms can be found clicking here and can sent to Mrs. O'Connell by Friday, December 18th.

School Happenings

Thanksgiving Activities and Fun

BUTLER BINGO was a Virtual Party!!

On Friday, November 20th, Butler Elementary had an exciting virtual game night for the entire community - bringing families together "virtually" for a night of BINGO! Students and families were able to enjoy the friendly competition where virtual Bingo Balls were monitored and called by our very own Butler Staff! Thanks to everyone who participated in our first ever virtual Butler Bingo and congratulations to each of the winners! Thanks to Mr. Brosious, Mrs. Engart, Mrs. Augustine, Mr. Guenst and Mr. Filson for being our school’s guest announcers. Much thanks for organizing the event goes to Jeannie Redner and Tracey Johnston!

Student Showcase

Patriot's Pen Essay Contest - "What is Patriotism to Me?"

The Patriot's Pen Essay Contest is a VFW-sponsored competition that gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. It is open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders. The 2020-2021 Butler Elementary Patriot's Pen Youth Essay Winners for Chalfont Post 3258 are: Dharunish Y. (First Place), Joshua B. (Second Place), and Keeley H. (Third Place). Congratulations to these Butler Bear students!

November's Butler Boomerang Winners: Achievement Motivation

Winners for November's Asset # 21- Achievement Motivation were:

5th Grader Benny L. and

Kindergartner Simona C.

From the Butler PTO

PTO Newsletter

To read the most recent online Newsletter from the Butler PTO, please click here. The newsletter is a great way to stay on top of all that is happening at Butler.

Butler PTO General Meeting Recap

On Monday, November 23rd, the Butler PTO held their monthly General Meeting for the greater Butler Community. Parents and members of our executive board reviewed current affairs for Butler and the PTO - and ways to continue to support the teachers, students and community. Many ideas were shared from several contributors and a celebration of Butler's recent virtual events was made as we work to connect our virtual and in-person students in special and fun ways. While there are limited opportunities to fundraise like in the past, the PTO continues to support us in so many ways.

District Information & Contacts

Central Bucks School District

Superintendent: John J. Kopicki, Ed.D

Assistant Superintendent-Secondary: Abram M. Lucabaugh, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent-Elementary: Nadine M. Garvin, Ed.D

Butler Elementary School

Principal: Mr. Karl Funseth

Assistant Principal: Mr. Jesse Brosious

Principal’s Secretary: Mrs. Judie Periera

Assistant Principal’s Secretary: Mrs. Michele Droxler