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Butler Elementary - Volume 14 - April 2021


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Happy Spring Break! April 1-5 (School Resumes April 6)

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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

The National Association of Elementary Principals (NAESP) shares publications for families. If interested, review the recent Report to Parents - Warmer Weather, Healthier Habits as we all venture outside while we manage the constantly changing Health & Safety Protocols from the CDC. To read this issue of NAESP's Report to Parents, click here.

The District continues to update and adjust the Health & Safety plan based on CDC recommendations. Students and staff will continue to follow the District's Health and Safety plan for recesses moving into the spring, as well. Enjoy the spring weather and outdoor activities!

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Important Announcements

PSSA 2021 - Planning for Mandated State Assessments

With State requirements to complete assessments for English/Language Arts (E/LA) & Math (Grades 3-6) and Science (Gr. 4) for PSSA, the District has finalized the CBSD PSSA Schedule for Testing across all our schools. All PSSA assessments will be conducted on computer inside the school setting - for every in-person and virtual student Grades 3-6. Our test dates have been determined by the District, and there is no adjustment to this schedule for our building - as they are very close to the end of the CB school calendar. While not ideal, we will benefit from maximizing our time learning the curriculum prior to the assessments.

PSSA 2021 Schedule at Butler:

  • Tuesday, June 1 - Science - 4th Grade Only
  • Thursday, June 3 - E/LA - Day 1 - Grades 3-6
  • Friday, June 4 - E/LA - Day 2 - Grades 3-6
  • Monday, June 7 - E/LA - Day 3 - Grades 3-6
  • Tuesday, June 8 - Math - Day 1 - Grades 3-6
  • Wednesday, June 9 - Math - Day 2 - Grades 3-6

Student Make-Ups for missed sections are required and will be completed during set Make-Up times. The Health & Safety Plan will be followed for all students while testing at school. Please refer to the official email notification for further details.

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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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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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

Counselor's Corner

In previous newsletters, we introduced the idea of what is a Spark and how your child can identify their individual passion. We also shared some videos to generate ideas for beginning the process. But what is your role as parent or guardian on this journey. As Peter Benson states in his book, Sparks (2008), “Your best role is to be the captain of your child’s spark team.”

What does this mean? Children really do want their parents to be involved in their lives and being that spark champion will increase the connection between you. For some of you with older children, you might be shaking your heads but it really is true. Younger kids delight in sharing their successes with their parents but the older ones may do this more internally. However they express this, know that all children want their parents to be the leader of their spark team. This role is easier the earlier you start the conversation. With an encouraging attitude, you can be an integral part of them finding that spark.

You are not alone in this mission. Children have a community to draw from for their spark team. Other family members, teachers, neighbors, coaches, mentors, and bosses can all take a hand in the development of our children by sharing their own stories and being there to listen and show encouragement. Take the lead and you and your child will benefit from your involvement.

For comments or questions, please contact Ginny Barrett at

Additional resources for Parents:

  • Please click the link for Prevention Resources and Education for Parents (PREP) to provide information facilitated by professionals in the field of addiction.

  • Bucks County Division of Human Services is pleased to launch -The Hub! A new resource of services and supports for families. Please click the link for information.

CBSD - Art Scholarship Fundraiser

Support the Central Bucks Art Scholarship Fund by purchasing an original design on a T-shirt. All proceeds go to one high school senior at each CB high school to pursue his or her dreams in art! Please go to My Payments Plus to order.

To order, please click here for information.

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Calendar and Upcoming Events

School Calendar


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

Apr. 2 - School Holiday (CBSD Closed Good Friday)

Apr. 4 - Easter Sunday

Apr. 5 - No School

Apr. 6 - School Resumes (K-12)

Apr. 8 - PTO Build a Bear Order Forms Due (Main Office w/ Payment)

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

PTO - VIRTUAL COOKING CLASSES (Evening Events - Fridays)

Let's Get Cooking! Please click here to view the full schedule and participation info. All classes are held virtually at 7:00pm on the dates specified. All are welcome to participate! No registration required.

UPCOMING CLASSES (Zoom links and info in flyer here)

April 9 | Baked Ziti with Stephanie & Emily (click here for ingredients)

April 16 | Candy Sushi with Donna & Riley (click here for ingredients)

April 23 | Tiramisu with Patricia, MJ & Annabelle (click here for ingredients)

April 30 | Chicken & Soups with Sherri & Gray (click here for ingredients)

Please email Jeannie Redner with any questions. Thank you.

CB Cares Boomerang Award Nominations - April

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 April is #25 Reading for Pleasure. Young person reads for pleasure most days, either alone, with family members, or with friends.

Nomination forms can be found clicking here and can sent to Mrs. O'Connell by Monday, April 26th, 2021

School Happenings

Butler Pennies for Patients - Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Exceeds Goal!

Butler's campaign to help end childhood cancer ended, Friday, March 19th - working in coordination with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society across the past three-weeks. The Butler Community response was incredible - exceeding our initial goal of $6000 - during this difficult time where COVID-19 Health & Safety Procedures are still in-place. Varying our typical fundraising efforts, classrooms watched a HERO Video at the start of the initiative - and across the next few weeks, Butler families and Staff submitted online donations to support this worthy cause. In the end, Butler raised over $7,500 total across the three-week initiative!

Thank You to the Butler Community for helping "erase" childhood cancer!

World Down Syndrome Day - Rock Your Socks! - Spirit Day

On Monday, March 22nd, Butler Elementary Students and Staff rocked their socks - a tradition at Butler where our community wears bright-colored, fun-themed, or mismatched socks in honor of World Down Syndrome Day (recognized on March 21st which was Sunday)! There were so many socks on display for everyone to enjoy - thanks to everyone who participated!

3rd Grade Heroes Day - Classroom Events

Three of our 3rd grades held their special presentation day - conducting research through the inquiry process as they learned about a special HERO. Students used online resources and books from the library to gather facts about their topic person - to create an informational "hero" pamphlet. Scripts were prepared, costumes were created and artifacts gathered in preparation for the delivery of their presentations. Students combined all steps of the inquiry process to share what they learned on “Heroes Day.” In some classrooms, Green Screen videos were created by the students to provide setting effects as if they were standing in their special location!

Parent/Teacher Virtual Conferences - 3/25, 3/26

At the conclusion of each Trimester, teachers coordinate conference time where discussions about learning and progress are held with parents. In some cases, students participate - celebrating their achievement as they review goals set from the fall - and to focus on hard-work for the remainder of the school. This school year has been challenging as we collectively navigated the health and safety protocols, mode changes and construction project - but Butler cannot be more proud of the children as they strive to be their best each and every day!

Butler Bear Clubs - Thank You PTO!

In our final week of Butler Bear Clubs, we received the help from two-former Butler Bears now in Unami Middle School! It was wonderful to have Bryn T. and Ella R. work with our Butler Bears on creating Paper Roll Animals in our 'hands-on" project! Children created a butterfly and honeybee to put on display around their homes as Spring begins tomorrow - 3/20!

Thank you to the PTO Butler Bear Club Committee for their efforts in creating free online clubs that coordinated around the District's Health and Safety Plan. In addition, thanks to all the parents and former students who offered their ideas and support in running the clubs. We appreciate everyone's efforts and are excited our participants enjoyed these opportunities!

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Butler Elementary students and staff celebrated St. Patrick's Day on March 17th - dressing in our festive green - with lucky clovers, pots of gold, and tricky leprechauns! Classrooms enjoyed varied activities connecting with the curriculum. It was a nice day to enjoy our LUCK!

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


Click here for the flyer

Butler PTO is offering a take home kit where children can build their own Butler Bear stuffed animal. These $25 kits consist of a 16” unstuffed bear, bag of stuffing, wishing star, custom made Butler shirt, and instructions. All will be packed up in a “take me home” kit.

Orders must be placed here via Google Forms (click here to order). Payments in the form of cash or check (payable to Butler PTO) MUST be received at school by April 8.

If you have any questions, please contact Tracey.

District Details

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

Principal: Mr. Karl Funseth

Assistant Principal: Mr. Jesse Brosious

Principal's Secretary: Mrs. Judie Pereira

Asst. Principal's Secretary: Mrs. Michele Droxler