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Butler Elementary School October 2015
The year is off to a great start!
Celebrity Scoop Night at Rita's
Serving with a smile, Mr. Guenst and Mrs. Meehan await their next customer.
Savoring the last warm evenings of summer with Miss Gieseler.
Bears eat ice cream, especially these Butler Bears with Mrs. Kiesel.
Please join our Butler Bears to Celebrate Education
The staff and students of Butler Elementary School would like to invite you to our classrooms the week of October 12th to Celebrate Education. Our goal for the visit is to give you a sense of the meaningful and engaging learning opportunities in which your children are involved.
Grade level schedule for October 13-16, 2015
Tuesday, October 13—Kindergarten and Grade 1
Wednesday, October 14—Grades 4 and 5
Thursday, October 15—Grades 2 and 6
Friday, October 16—Grade 3
Hours for Grades K, 3, 4, 5, and 6
Morning Visitation Hours – 9:15 AM to 10:45 AM
Afternoon Visitation Hours – 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM**
Hours for Grades 1 and 2
9:15-12:15 (extended AM hours due to late lunch schedules)
We're proud of our new program-'Quest'
In the month of September, students in all grades have been learning about group problem solving and utilizing 21st Century Skills. Students learned about the 4 C’s: Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Creativity. Grade level challenges provided the opportunity for students to FAIL, or have a “First Attempt in Learning”, when structures were tested.
Students have also been learning about the Engineering Design Process. Students learn to ASK questions about a real world problem, IMAGINE several designs, CREATE a design, TEST for criteria, IMPROVE the design, RE-TEST the improvements, and PRESENT their findings to the class. The second opportunity to build allowed groups to find success in improving upon their first design and meeting the initial design challenge. All grades are now beginning their first unit of study in which they will apply the engineering design process and 21st century skills.
Help rescue Jack
A group of boys engineering a parachute out of recycled materials to rescue Jack from the story Jack and the Beanstalk. This engineering challenge focused on how engineers improve designs.
Coding with Legos
Third grade students just started their unit on coding. Students will construct a Lego creation and use the Lego WeDo software to create a code sequence to move the Lego creation. These students are working to code a gear sequence.
Sixth grade just started a unit on understanding code and learning how to write in code. Students demonstrated how code can bring robots together to interact and play with each other.
Help rescue Jack
Coding with Legos
Halloween will be here soon
Butler’s Halloween Parade will be Friday, October 30th at 9:45 AM. All parents and family members viewing the parade should report directly to the playground area.
Prior to, and immediately following the parade, only visitors with a prearranged appointment with a teacher will be permitted access to the building via the main doors. Visitors should consider walking, carpooling, or parking legally on surrounding streets (Highland Drive) due to limited parking around the school. Be advised, the police have recently been patrolling the parking lot and Brittany Drive to ensure vehicles are not parked illegally.
As a reminder, student costumes should be appropriate for a K-6 elementary school, and should not be gory or bloody, and may not include any fake weapons.
Our new school year is off to a great start. It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through the first marking period!
During the month of September, Mr. Brereton, Mr. Anderson, Mrs. Milotich, and Miss Williams, a counselor intern, conducted the first Town Meeting of the school year. During the two assemblies, we reviewed the tenets of Positive Paw Power---understanding, teamwork, leadership, educational excellence, and respect with new Butler students, as well as students returning to Butler. In addition, the 40 Assets Boomerang program was explained. Students from various grades were involved in the presentation through video interviews. The assembly concluded with a message from the Kid President. Click HERE if you'd like to see the video we showed.
Our Boomerang Asset for the month of September was #26---Caring---Young person places high value on helping other people. We received over 28 nominations from teachers, parents, and students. Typically, nominations are due by the third Friday of the month. Parents may nominate their sons/daughters by picking up a nomination form at the front desk at Butler or by clicking HERE.
As a reminder, Mr. Anderson will be working this school year with grades 1, 3, and 5 as well as afternoon kindergarten. Mrs. Milotich will be working with morning kindergarten and grades 2, 4, and 6. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Would you like more info. about last year's PSSA test?
As mentioned in an e-mail from Mr. Brereton, parents can access more information on the change in the PSSA test last year, including important information from the PA Secretary of Education. Click HERE for more information.