Paw Power Press

Butler Elementary School - Volume 5 - October 30, 2020

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Health and Safety Information

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

Tuesday, November 3rd - Election Day - All School Virtual Learning

On Tuesday, November 3rd, all of Central Bucks School District will be learning virtually with the Presidential Election Day. With Butler as a polling location for our gym/cafeteria spaces, it will be a busy day at school. However, there will be no access to the rest of the school and staff will be reporting to teach live. Please have your child report using their District 1:1 device for a virtual school day.


Cleaning and sanitizing procedures will take place before and after election day.

Dismissal Procedures: Car Line, Walkers

The first week has generally improved with the time that it has taken for dismissal to finish. Certainly, the rain did not help 3 of the 5-days, but we are tweaking our system as children become more familiar with the process. We believe we will be able to speed our dismissal process even more if parents can follow a few simple procedures:


Car Line:

  • Car Line begins promptly at 2:45 PM. In each wave, the first car must pull up to the Stop Sign by the Gymnasium.
  • Please have a Paper Placard on your passenger-side dash with Students First/Last Name & Grade Level.
  • For safety and efficiency, we ask that all riders enter vehicles from the sidewalk (passenger-side).
  • Parents - please remain in your vehicles at all times - if you need to help your child strap-in, pull ahead to a parking spot so carline continues to flow.
  • Do not pull-out of line as we wait for students to enter vehicles. We are making changes to try and help the flow of traffic move quicker. If a car is waiting, an attendant will send you ahead.


Walkers:

  • Eventually, our goal will be to call walkers between 3:00-3:10 PM - once traffic has dissipated. This is for student walker safety. Walkers will leave from both the main doors (front of building) and bus doors (back of building).
  • Walkers remain in their classrooms until they are called - they are not with the "Car Line" students.
  • Parents, please do not pull into carline unless your child is waiting in our carline dismissal from the gymnasium. This dramatically slows our carline process as we are only calling students who are for carline.
  • If you want to pick-up your walker, please park in an open space and hold -or- time your arrival a little later in the dismissal window.
  • Otherwise, you can always call the office before 2:15PM to change your dismissal plans for the day.


Following our procedures will help to make dismissal an efficient and safe process for all. Thank You!

Attendance Update: Online (Hybrid/Virtual)

If a Hybrid student should be physically present in the building but is staying home, a parent or guardian will need to communicate this to the office. Please email our attendance office at butlerattendance@cbsd.org. At the school level, this is the same as if students in the traditional mode were absent, they need an “excuse note.”


Online and Hybrid students need to be present and actively participating in their learning. Having the camera on and being visible to the teacher allows the teacher to note their attendance as present. Students who turn off their camera for extended periods of time and are not engaging in the lesson, or leave the class early, will be marked absent. Please send in a note If your child has an appointment and needs to miss class.

CB Family Travel Approval Request Form - Updated

Our Family Travel form has been updated, Family Travel Approval Request. It is important that if you travel out of state that you check the PA Government website, found here, to see if your destination is on the recommended quarantine list. Please read the document carefully as family friendly vacation destinations may require your child to stay home from school for 14 days upon your return. Thank you for your cooperation.

Support Staff Job Opportunities

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Halloween Happenings

Halloween "Spirit" Day

Butler celebrated in-style with a Halloween Color Spirit Day! Students and staff wore our spooky shirts and dressed in yellows, oranges, blacks, purples and creepy greens - to kick off this weekend's Trick-or-Treat festivities!

Classroom Activities - Happy Halloween from Butler!

Our Butler Bears celebrated Halloween with a day's-full of activities and fun. Each grade planned special activities and games to play with our in-school and virtual students for the day. This included "Guess My Costume" Riddles, Halloween Read-Alouds, Spooky Bingo, Halloween Games on personal devices (Bump-It, Build-a-Pumpkin, ), Halloween crafts, Mystery Pictures, and more! Students looked great in their Halloween Colors and Halloween-themed clothes! Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! - Butler Slide Show

Thank you to all the families who helped Butler Celebrate Halloween by submitting photographs of all your Tricks & Treats! In coordination with the Butler PTO, our community participated in Pumpkin Carving, Scarecrow Building, Boo a Butler Neighbor and Trick-or-Treat Night! We will be sure to share the slide show when ready - thanks for your participation!

Butler Gives Back!

Each year our school community looks forward to honoring our local veterans, as well as the veteran friends & family members of our students. This year we are unable to honor our veterans the way we have in the past; however, we would still like to make sure they feel appreciated and honored.


We are inviting our Butler students to write letters and cards to our veterans and military personnel.


There will be a mailbox on the front steps of Butler on Monday, November 2nd and Tuesday, November 3rd, to collect the letters and cards. If your children would like to donate their Halloween candy to our veterans, there will also be a box there to collect candy donations.


Please click here for the flyer. Thank you in advance for your family's support of our veterans and military personnel.

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Department Updates

Counselor's Corner -November 2020

What is gratitude?

November is officially National Gratitude Month! What really is Gratitude? What does it mean? Gratitude is appreciation of what one has, independent of monetary worth. Gratitude is a warm feeling that often happens spontaneously. However, we can purposefully cultivate gratitude with some exercises mentioned below. Research has shown experiencing gratitude has many positive benefits. So, give it a try! Take some time this month to find little things you are thankful for, a little effort could go a long way!

Benefits of Gratitude:

· Increased happiness and positive mood

· More satisfaction with life

· Improved physical health

· Less fatigue / improved sleep

· Improved relationships with others

· Can help prevent burnout

· Increased self esteem


How to Cultivate Gratitude:

· Gratitude Journal – write down things you are thankful for in a journal or app daily or weekly

· Three Good Things – write down or reflect on three things that went well today or even this week

· Mental Subtraction – imaging what life would be like if a certain positive event hadn’t occurred

· Gratitude Letters or Visits – deliver or write a letter thanking someone

Books about Gratitude:

· Thankful by Eileen Spinelli

· Thank You Body, Thank You Heart by Jennifer Cohen Harper

· Thanks A Million by Nikki Grimes

· Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

· Don’t Say a Word Mama by Joe Hayes

· Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

· The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

Apps to help you cultivate gratitude:

· 365 Gratitude

· Day one Journal

· Live Happy

· Happier

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Physical Education

Physical Education class is up and running in all three modes. Although it looks different this year, the students are still getting exercise and learning about concepts in health, fitness, movement, and social skills, like communication, teamwork and leadership.


4th grade students are getting warmed-up with “The Eye of the Tiger” on Just Dance.

3rd grade students doing a virtual dice warm-up activity.

Kindergarten students are practicing their jumping jacks.

The Butler Art Pallette

Welcome back Butler Artists! It has been great to feel the creative energy in the air as we create art together! We began the year by exploring the connecting between art and well-being. Younger students have created artwork that expresses their feelings. Older students used their artwork to express and celebrate their unique identities.

- Mrs. Zachmann

Calendar and Upcoming Events

School Calendar

November

Nov. 1 - Daylight Savings - "Fall Back"

Nov. 3 - General Election (Synchronous Learning Day from home for Students)

Nov. 6 - Butler Enrollment Form Deadline - Mode Change Requests

Nov. 9 - Picture Day - Hybrid 1 (AM); Traditional Students (PM)

Nov. 12 - Picture Day - Hybrid 2 (AM); Traditional Students (PM)

Nov. 23 - PTO General Meeting - 7:00PM (ZOOM LINK)

Nov. 25 - Professional Development Day - No School for Students

Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

Nov. 27 - Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

Virtual Academy Material Pick-Up - Nov. 4

The next scheduled pick-up for Virtual Academy is Wednesday, November 4th - Your teacher will email you if you need to come that day.

Picture Day

Picture day for students attending the traditional or hybrid modes will be on November 9 and November 12.


November 9:

  • Hybrid 1 will go in the morning
  • Traditional students will go in the afternoon (depending on teacher's schedule)
  • *Traditional Kindergarten will go after Hybrid 1 on Nov. 9


November 12:

  • Hybrid 2 will go in the morning
  • Traditional students will go in afternoon (depending on teacher's schedule)


Virtual Academy students or students who are unable to attend Butler’s scheduled picture day can call C and C Photo Studios at 215-345-1851 or email candcphotostudios@verizon.net to schedule their appointment. Once your appointment has been made, C and C will email you the paperwork (Picture Order Form and Covid-19 Consent Form) needed to be filled out brought in at the time of your appointment.


The order form for pricing and package information and letter from C and C can be found here.

Spreading warmth in Our Community

The YMCA of Bucks County is proud to be a distributor of free winter coats for kids. Thanks to the generosity of Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation, new winter coats are available through their “Driving Away the Cold” program at the following locations, days and times:


QUAKERTOWN BRANCH* | SAT & SUN, NOV 7 & 8, 12:30-3:30PM

401 Fairview Avenue, Quakertown

Contact: Carlie Bearn, cbearn@ymcabucks.org OR 215.536.8841 x112

FEAST - Providing Homecooked Meals for the Holidays

FEAST will be providing home cooked meals for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter


The distribution dates are:

  • Wednesday 11/25 2pm-7pm (Thanksgiving)
  • Monday 12/23 2pm-7pm (Christmas)
  • Saturday 4/3 1pm-6pm (Easter)


REGISTER at: www.FEASTCharitable.org/meals

You will receive an Email and Text Confirmation if accurate email and mobile number are received. PLEASE BRING WITH YOU! If you are NOT registered, Pick up is 5pm-7pm (until meals last). PLEASE REGISTER TO INSURE YOU RECEIVE MEALS


Pick up will be at: St Robert Bellarmine Church, 856 Euclid Ave, Warrington, PA 18976

In addition to Meals. FEAST again will have winter coats as supplies last.


Please Register and Donate ONLINE

REQUEST Meals www.FeastCharitable.org/meals

Donate www.HelpFEASt.com

feastcharitableorg@gmail.com

(267) 225-8589

PO Box 478 Warrington, PA 18976

CB Cares Boomerang Award Nomination - November

November: #21 Achievement Motivation - Young person is motivated to do well in school.


Students/Parents/Teachers, please nominate a Butler student by clicking here! In your paragraph, include how your nominee exemplifies this month’s asset. Nominations are due to Mrs. O'Connell, Student Support Counselor, by Friday, November 20th.

School Happenings

Welcome Back to Butler - Butler Reopens!

No rain would dampen the smiles on the faces of our students as Butler reopened for the first time this year on Monday, October 26th (Traditional & Hybrid-1) and Thursday, October 29th (Hybrid-2)! Since September, our Butler Bear Students and Staff connected through Virtual Learning as the HVAC Construction Project finished on October 23rd. Teachers were so excited to welcome back the faces they met during those first weeks and were so happy to finally be back at Butler!

Welcome to Kindergarten - FIrst Official School Visit!

On Wednesday (10/21) and Thursday (10/22), Butler welcomed our newest students to experience what it means to live a "BUTLER BEAR" life with a visit to their school and classroom! Following the school-day, our teachers welcomed our Traditional and Hybrid children into their classrooms to officially meet face-to-face following almost two-months of virtual learning. Everyone was so excited to come into school and to find their desks. It is so great having students back at BUTLER!

All Teachers Return for In-School Instruction

During our Construction shutdown, pockets of the building were ready for teachers to instruct virtually from the beginning of September. Kindergarten and first grade teachers in our primary wing were able to begin the year from their classrooms as the rest of the building reopened in phases. Soon our upstairs wing was finished followed last by the second grade, gym, cafeteria locations. On Monday, October 19th, we had one week where we were able to have all staff reporting prior to occupancy restrictions being lifted for students - with our Butler Bear Students returning on October 26th. It was wonderful having students at school for the first time since March 2020! Welcome back Butler!

HVAC Construction Update - Mission Accomplished!

We are so excited to have our school "back" following the extensive construction project which began last March in the midst of the COVID Pandemic. Due to construction delays, Butler's opening was pushed to Monday, October 26th and we are excited to have new environmental lighting, an updated fire alarm system, a high efficiency ventilation system for cleaner air and quality breathing, AND Air Conditioning! While we will not get to enjoy the "cool" until the temperatures warm-up, everyone will be excited to finally feel the air during those hot summer-like days - especially our second floor! Thank you to the CBSD School Board for promoting this project and for CBSD FEMO for their management of the entire process. We are so excited to be looking ahead to our in-person school days!

From the Butler PTO

PTO Newsletter

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

Butler PTO General Meeting -Virtual - 11/23

Please join the Butler Executive Board at our next General Meeting - scheduled for Monday, November 23, 2020 at 7:00 PM. All meetings will be conducted online via an established link for everyone to attend - please review upcoming PTO Newsletters for details!

District 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

Butler Twitter

Please be sure to follow Butler's Official Twitter Page to see and hear about the great things happening at school!