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Butler Elementary - Volume 13 - March 2021

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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.

NAESP: Report to Parents - Warmer Weather, Healthier Habits

As springtime approaches, warm weather is soon to follow! My family looks forward to every opportunity to head outdoors - family hike, bike ride, dog walk - just give us a reason! The National Association of Elementary Principals (NAESP) shares publications to be shared with families. Please take some time to review Report to Parents - Warmer Weather, Healthier Habits as we all venture outside while managing the current status of COVID-19. To read this issue of NAESP's Report to Parents, click here.

Students and staff will continue to follow the District's Health and Safety plan for recesses moving into the spring, as well.

Important Announcements

PSSA 2021 - Planning for Mandated State Assessments

PSSA window has been determined by the State and all schools will be required to implement the ELA, Math and Science assessments for the 2020-21 school year. Specific dates are being finalized and the State has expanded the typical window to implement assessments from April 19th to May 28th.

A survey recently was shared for our virtual families (only) to complete by March 15th (today). To help us schedule PSSA testing, CB is asking families of students who are enrolled in the 100% virtual program to complete a short PSSA Testing for Virtual Students Survey. This will assist us in having an approximate count for students coming into school to take the assessment in-person while continuing to align with the CBSD Health & Safety Plan.

3rd TM - Optional Homework

Across the District at the elementary level, there have been some requests to reinstate homework this year, primarily at the intermediate level. During the 3rd-trimester, K-6 teachers may provide OPTIONAL homework assignments for students if students/parents choose to do so. These should require no more than 30 minutes of practice for your students per night.

Plus, in response to the success of our "Drop Everything and Read" campaign during Read Across America Week, Butler wants to keep the the joy of reading - going! We are encouraging Independent Reading at home to continue in each grade level during the 3rd-trimester. There is no set-time requirement - and feel free to change it up...

  • children can read independently,
  • read aloud to their siblings/parents/pet/stuffed animal,
  • be read to by parents/grandparents/guardians,
  • or any other creative ways the children decide!

Research shows the overwhelming benefits of a child's exposure to reading on a consistent basis!

Kindergarten Registration 2021-22

Families of new students who are eligible to enroll in kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year are invited to begin the registration process. Get the details on eligibility, what documents to gather, and how to navigate the online registration process at We look forward to welcoming the class of 2033!
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#choosetoinclude - Autism Awareness and Special Olympics at CB South

In recent years, the South Special Education Department has created a t-shirt to support Autism Awareness and to celebrate our differently-abled students. This year, CB South is partnering with our Unified Track Team to promote and support the Special Olympics #choosetoinclude campaign. Proceeds benefit our very own CB South Special Olympics Unified Track Team! In an effort of unity and inclusion in our South Community, information is being shared with families.

CLICK HERE for link to the Kampus Klothes store. Shirts can be delivered directly to home or shipped to CB South. If choosing bulk delivery to South, we will then make sure the orders get to your building.

Questions can be directed to

Thanks for your support!

Amanda Felton, Beth Mattern, Rebecca Stern

Free Breakfasts and Lunches Continue Through End of Year

Free Breakfast and Lunches are Available to All Students DAILY through the completion of the 2020-2021 School Year.

All Meals will be served with choice of milk, 4oz fresh vegetable and either 4oz of fresh fruit or 100% fruit juice to follow USDA guidelines for what makes a meal. Any second entrée will be charged a la carte pricing to the students account. All menus can be found by going to

Curbside pickup is still available on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30am-12pm at CB East, CB South, and CB West. Students do not need to be present at pick up.

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Update to Grab & Go Lunch Schedule (Virtual Students)

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Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

CHIP is Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program for uninsured children and teens up to age 19.

Click on the link for more information about CHIP; Click on the link for the online application.

CB Help Desk

Need Tech Support for Students Device? Set-up a Help Ticket by clicking here. The Technology & Innovation Department Support Team is ready to help!

Department Updates

Art Palette

Congratulations! The following Butler Bears have artwork on exhibit at the CBSD Board Room. Please click on the link to enjoy a virtual version of their art exhibit.

Maiah A., Ryleigh C., Emily C., Maddy C-S, Vivian C-S., Bryce D., Maeve D., Jaiden D., Vance F., Elizaveta H., Piper J., Rose K., Jocelyn K., Theo K., Avery L., Charlee M., Leslie N., Kieran O., Gavin P., Ean P., Luke P., Natalie R., Samamtha R., Ethan R., Reese R., Josephine S., Kellan T., Danylo T., Manquia T., Andi W., Allison W., Alina Y.

Calendar and Upcoming Events

School Calendar

March Continued:

Mar. 16 - Butler PTO Night at Chipotle - 4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Mar. 20 - First Day of Spring - Saturday (Free Ritas!)

Mar. 22 - Spirit Day - Rock Your Socks (World Down-Syndrome Day 3/21)

Mar. 23 - CB School Board Meeting - 7:30 PM (16 Welden)

Mar. 25 - Half Day for Students (Dismissal 12:25 PM); Spring PM Parent Conferences

Mar. 26 - Half Day for Students (Dismissal 12:25 PM); Spring PM Parent Conferences


Apr. 1 - No School for Students (Teacher In-Service)

Apr. 2 - School Holiday (CBSD Closed)

Apr. 4 - Easter Sunday

Apr. 5 - No School for Students (Staff Development Day - No School for Students)

Apr. 13 -CB School Board Meeting - 7:30 PM (16 Welden)

Apr. 26 - General PTO Meeting (ZOOM)

Apr. 27 - CB School Board Meeting - 7:30 PM (16 Welden)

Apr. 28 - Administrative Professionals Day!

Apr. 30 - Half-day for Students (Dismissal 12:25 PM); PM Kdg Attends

CB South Thespians present Titanic The Musical

All three performances (3/19 at 7:30pm, 3/20 at 2:00pm and 3/20 at 7:30pm) will be streamed online at showtime, for viewing enjoyment in the comfort of your own home. For more information, including e-ticket purchasing, please visit:

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World Down Syndrome Day - Rock Your Socks Spirit Day!

In recognition of our support for students with Down Syndrome, Butler will be hosting a "Rock Your Socks" Butler Spirit Day on Monday, 3/22!
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CB Cares Boomerang Award Nominations

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 March.

The Asset for March is #30 - Responsibility: Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility.

Nomination forms can be found clicking here and can sent to Mrs. O'Connell by Monday, March 29, 2021

School Happenings

Read Across America Week - Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Butler Elementary students and staff celebrated Read Across America Week - with Dr. Seuss birthday being March 2nd! This is a nationally recognized day honoring the joy of reading. Across the week, classrooms completed Seuss-themed activities and focused on our independent reading! In coordination with our theme days, classrooms heard read alouds that were "Silly", "American", "Athletic" and "Cultural" - enjoying a wide variety of stories they may not have heard before. Many classes also red our favorite Seuss books, too! It was a fun week of reading!

Read Across America D.E.A.R. Time (Drop Everything and Read!)

A friendly competition of reading minutes was calculated the week of Read Across America - as classrooms tallied total minutes of "Drop Everything and Read" time across the week. Independent reading has a direct relation to increased reading stamina, fluency, and comprehension (and more!) for students. Plus it helps children grow their imaginations, imagery, and work across the other content areas. Congratulations to Mrs. Szczypiorski's 3rd Grade Building DEAR Champions with ____ total class minutes! Honorable mention to Mrs. Charter's 4th Graders with ______ total minutes read by the class!

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Read Across America: Spirit Theme Week

  • Monday, March 1 – Wear a Silly Outfit!
  • Tuesday, March 2nd – Dress like a FAMOUS American or in Red, White & Blue for Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!
  • Wednesday, March 3rd – Dress like an Athlete!
  • Thursday, March 4th – Wear an Outfit to Represent Your Culture or Hometown!
  • Friday, March 5th – No School for Students (But Wear Your Favorite Color Day!)

Pennies for Patients Update

Butler “kicked off” our Pennies for Patients campaign on March 1st for three-weeks! Our building goal to raise at least $6,000 has 1-week remaining - with our focus to support research ending childhood cancer! We displayed six letters spelling C-A-N-C-E-R visible for students and guests from outside on our Atrium windows. For every $1000 raised during the "online donation" window, Butler removes one letter of the word to help make CANCER “disappear!” After two weeks, our generous community, staff, and students have raised over $5700! All donations received conclude on Friday, March 19th!

One example of our students creativity in their support of Pennies for Patients - Addie D. of Miss Patterson's Kindergarten AM class illustrated "Pennies for Patients" drawings and sold them to her friends and family - contributing every cent to Butler's grand total! Great idea - Nice job!

Butler Staff Development Days

Central Bucks recently held professional development (PD) days with teachers focused on our collective efforts in Diversity (Feb. 12) and Curriculum Planning (Mar. 5). In February, Butler's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee led discussions during the afternoon of collegial conversations. These conversations happened across the District and our own PEN Teacher, Mrs. Monica Neal, was instrumental in the planning for the day with the District Staff Development Team. Our March PD had Central Bucks staff working on activities created by our Curricular Supervisors, coaches and departments. Activities focused upon Math, Reading, Grammar and Differentiation - with 6th Grade teachers learning more about updates to the culminating 6th Grade's annual activity. Our own Reading team of teachers planned and reviewed data, instructional practices, and eligible content on PSSA's with our intermediate grades on March 10th.

A Week of Wonderful Weather!

The weather for the past two weeks has been beautiful - as we slowly watched our grass and shrubs return from being buried under snow and ice. Students have been enjoying the time during recess and class walks outside, as well! Welcome sunshine!

Student Showcase

February Boomerang Winner - #26 Caring

The winner for Asset # 26 - Caring (Young person values service to others in their family, school or community. He or she commits to meaningful and caring actions and thinks about ways of helping others and is motivated to initiate kind and thoughtful acts.) is Tyler L. in 4-Zahustecher! Please click here for more about our winner and all students nominated for this asset.

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Butler's Mid-March Paw Print Winners

BUTLER = Butler - Understanding - Teamwork - Leadership - Educational Excellence - Respect

These important words are what define a Butler Bear - attributes every student and staff member strives to embrace each day - in school, at home or in our community. Our Paw Power program honors our students - who are awarded "coupons" when recognized for displaying Positive Paw Power behaviors to their classmates, teachers and school. Students featured below received a very special t-shirt to wear with pride and confidence for doing the right thing! Congratulations!

From the Butler PTO

Butler 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 Bear Clubs

This week, our PTO sponsored virtual Butler Bear Clubs:

  1. Improv (3/1 Primary Ages; 3/8 Intermediate Ages) - Butler parent and teacher at "Lights! Camera! Action!", Mrs. Aviva, guided participants through pantomime and improvisation challenges. Students had fun playing games and sharing creative ideas with one another.
  2. Beginners: American Sign Language - Butler parent, Mrs. Amy Polis, shared her beginners sign language class with Butler students and families virtually after school on March 4th. Attendees learned about the history, need and "art" of signing.
  3. Karate Foundations: Master Pfister from Villari’s Karate guided students through foundational karate moves including punches, kicks, and blocks. He also helped participants practice safety techniques.
  4. Origami - Angry Bird: Mrs. Zwick led students in their creations of the popular game - the Yellow Angry Bird.

Just added! This week additional clubs: Cardboard Craft Club! (Zoom links and info in flyer here)

District Information

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

Mr. Karl Funseth - Principal

Mr. Jesse Brosious - Assistant Principal

Mrs. Judie Pereira - Principal's Secretary

Mrs. Michele Droxler - Assistant Principal's Secretary