Paw Power Press

Butler Elementary - Volume 14 - March 2023


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St. Patrick's Day at Butler

With Appreciation and Thanks to Mrs. Kessler

On March 21, Mrs. Marianne Kessler is retiring from teaching - following a storied career in education! We offer this celebration announcement highlighting her dedication to so many students - especially those from the Butler Community - in helping them learn and grow. We wish her the best of times in retirement where she can enjoy her family, friends, the beach and travel! Thank you, Mrs. Kessler, and best wishes from the Butler Staff and Community!
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Important Information

Elementary Health Curriculum - 5th & 6th Grades Only

Parents received a letter communicating that your child will be participating in health instruction in the coming weeks. Prior to instruction, we ask for parent/guardian consent from all elementary parents/guardians. Please complete and return to your child's classroom teacher by March 23, 2023.

Important Attendance Information

Central Bucks School District attendance policies conform to the Pennsylvania School Code sections 1326 to 1333 dealing with compulsory school attendance. “Every child of compulsory school age having a legal residence in this Commonwealth… is required to attend a day school in which the subjects and activities prescribed by the standards of the State Board of Education are taught.”

For important and specific information regarding the attendance procedures and policies set forth by state code, please click here: Parent handbook ( (Pages 8-9)

For important information on how to submit an absence through the Parent Portal on Infinite Campus, please click here: For Parents / Attendance (

Register Your Incoming Student TODAY!

Registration is open for all grades. To best meet our staffing needs for our grade-levels - please do not wait for summer - register your students soon - Especially Kindergarten and new 1st Graders!

Welcome New Families and Students!

Registration for students entering Kindergarten in fall of 2023 is now open. If any Butler Family has an incoming student, please be sure to register as soon as possible - as staffing and class sizes will be determined based upon the number of actual registrants! Be sure to also share this message around our neighborhoods if anyone has a Kindergarten-aged child ready to attend Butler! Please note, the Kindergarten-aged child must be 5 years old before September 1st – no exceptions.

More information can be learned by visiting the Central Registration Website - Please click here.

(Please Note: New Grade 1-12 students for the 2023-2024 school year is now open - March 2023.)

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News and Upcoming Events

School Calendar


Mar. 17 - Spirit Day - St. Patrick's Day - Wear Green!

Mar. 20 - Spring Begins (Free Rita's!)

Mar. 21 - National Down Syndrome Day - Rock Your Socks!

Mar. 23 - Butler PTO Dine & Donate (Panera in Airport Square) 4:00 - 08:00 PM

Mar. 27&28 - Half Day for Students (AM) - 12:25 PM Dismissal

Mar. 27&28 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (PM)

Mar. 27&28 - No Kindergarten

Mar. 29 - Kindergarten AM Attends ONLY in the AM (No PM KDG)

Mar. 30 - Kindergarten PM attends ONLY in the PM (No AM KDG)


Apr. 3-5 - Autism Awareness Week - Spirit Days

Apr.3 - Spirit Day: Wear Something Comfy

Apr. 4 - Spirit Day: Wear a Favorite Saying or Color

Apr. 5 - Spirit Day: Light it up Blue for Autism Awareness - Wear Blue

Apr. 6 - No School for Students - Teacher In-Service

Apr. 7 - No School - School Holiday

Apr. 9 - Easter Holiday

Apr. 10 - No School for Students - Teacher In-Service

Apr. 4 - Emergency Weather Drill (2:45 PM) (Updated Date)

Apr. 11 - CB School Board Meeting - 7:30 PM - 16 Welden Dr.

Apr. 17-21 - Earth Week Spirit Days (TBD)

Apr. 22 - Earth Day (Saturday)

Apr. 18 - Reading Olympics Day - PM Event

Apr. 19 - 1st Grade Concert 6:30 PM; 3rd Grade Concert 7:30 PM - Butler Gymnasium/Stage

Apr. 21 - Butler PTO Lip Sync Event (Evening)

Apr. 24-26 - PSSA English Language Arts Begin

Apr. 29 - Butler PTO Spring Fair (10:00AM-3:00PM - Saturday)

Butler PTO Dine & Donate - Panera 3/23

Please join the Butler Community on March 23rd - Panera in Airport Square 4:00-8:00 PM
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Spring Music Concerts:

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming spring music concerts! Some dates have changed, so please double check and save this new information:

April 19, 2023

1st Grade- “E I E I Oops!” a musical farm comedy- 6:30pm

3rd Grade- “Motown Magic”- 7:30pm

May 9, 2023-

2nd Grade- “True Colors”- 6:30pm

4th Grade- “Rockin’ Recorders” -7:30 pm

June 1, 2023-

5th and 6th Grade Band, Choir and Orchestra concert- 7:00pm

*More details to follow closer to show dates

Art Department T-Shirt Sale

Every year the Central Bucks Art Department holds a fundraiser to award students who are pursuing the arts after high school. The profits from this year’s t-shirt sales supports scholarships that will be granted to a senior at CB South, East, and West. The twelve-dollar shirt comes in white, black, and yellow with the logo of the 2023 CB District Art Show. Please consider purchasing a t-shirt to support our student artists. They can be purchased through My Payments Plus until April 17th.

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CB East 2023 Swim Clinic - 4/22/23

CB East Swim and Dive Team will be hosting a swim clinic on Saturday, April 22 from 1-4PM. For more information, please use this link.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day 4/22

Please visit for details and collection sites.
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STEM Activity Night hosted by CBSD Technology Education and QUEST on Thursday, April 27th from 6:30-8:30.

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KInd Like Joey - 5K - 4/30/23

Sunday - April 30, 2023, 9:00 am

North Branch Park (207 Park Ave. Chalfont, PA)

All of the proceeds from the 5K are used to support the Kind Like Joey Foundation’s mission to honor Joey Edwards by encouraging others to spread random acts of kindness, to offer a college scholarship annually, and to provide financial assistance to families that have suddenly lost a school aged child. This year we are also raising funds to help build “Joey’s Lounge” at CB South, a space dedicated to Joey by the graduating class of 2022. The lounge will be used as a “Lunch + Learn” space where students can connect with peers and staff.



First Annual CB Kids Triathlon - May 21 - CB South

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CBW Cheer Camp - 6/27- 6/29

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School Happenings

Spirit Assembly -3/14/23

Butler Elementary School celebrated the end of the 2nd Trimester on March 14th. An important tradition at the end of each Trimester is our all-school Spirit Assembly, which celebrates the hard work and effort of our Butler Bear students! Many fun events were coordinated by our Spirit Committee - including our Butler Bear sing-along, relay race, Family Feud game show, and a special recognition for Mrs. Kessler - who always has so much Butler School Spirit! It was a great celebration!

Young Authors Assembly - Lauren Magaziner - Grades 4-6

Local New Hope author, Lauren Magaziner gave a wonderful presentation on "Being a Writer" inspiring our students to tell story with passion and perspective. Ms. Magaziner has been a writer her whole life and is passionate about the writing process. At her 3/10/23 assembly, she shared interesting stories about her books and how long it takes them to get published - the timing of the revision/editing process! Students in grades 4-6 enjoyed her presentation and it was fun to learn about her books!

"Butler Prepared" - Code Heart Training for Staff

Last year, Butler's CERT Emergency Response team went through the process of getting certified for CHOP's Youth Code Heart program. It is a yearly certification process which gives us this designation and training in the event a real emergency occurred during the school day. On Monday, March 13th, our unannounced drill took place and our CODE Heart CERT team responded quickly and efficiently, while being supported by District Health Department, Chal/Brit EMS, and the New Britain Township Police. We learned about our response time, what to do during specific scenarios for victims of SCA, and all school procedures. Our students and staff responded so well during the 20-minute event.

Student Showcase

Student Initiated Book Drive for Kids

Ella M. (3- Bigler) wanted to do something to give back to her community for her birthday. She came across BookSmiles, an organization that promotes literacy and the joy of reading by giving books to children throughout Philadelphia and New Jersey. Since she loves to read, she wanted to help make it easier for other children to have access to books! Butler collected more than 2000 books for Ella to donate. She hopes to continue the book drive every year!

Paw Power Winners

Butler Elementary School practices the Paw Power Attributes of B.U.T.L.E.R.

Butler (at its Best!); Understanding; Teamwork; Leadership; Educational Excellence; Respect

Each week, students earn Positive Paw Powers for their good behaviors and positive attitudes at school. Children enter them into our collection bin where names are then drawn for a special treat each Friday for every grade level.

Winners 3/3/23

K- Olivia P., 1st- Bailey C., 2nd- Anna W., 3rd-Christina I., 4th- Maddox R. 5th- Ben M., 6th- Sophia D., T-Shirt Winner - Jude Becker

Winners 3/10/23

K- Amelia M., 1st-Eshan C., 2nd-Henry S., 3rd-Charlee M., 4th -Mabel R., 5th- Andi W.,(not pictured), 6- Angelique N.,T-Shirt Winner - Kiera K.

Winners 3/17/23

K-Sammy D., 1st-Timmy G., 2nd- Aiden P., 3rd- Aleksa M., 4th- Manthan P., 5th - Lucia F., 6th - Dean T. T-Shirt Winner Jasper D. 2nd Grade

Breakfast with the Principals

Butler Elementary School prides itself on upholding to the highest standards of conduct and good work. When students demonstrate and emulate our Positive Paw Power attributes, it is noticed and acknowledged. Students receive Power Paw slips and place in our collecting bin in hopes of a special selection, which may include a unique Butler t-shirt or Breakfast with the Principals! With this week's breakfast, students had special time with Principals (Mr. Funseth & Dr. Doherty) and Student Counselors (Mrs. Milotich & Mrs. O'Connell) while being honored with a special certificate acknowledging their effort. Students work hard at helping our building rise to the top each and every day!
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Classroom Fun

From the Butler PTO

Butler PTO Newsletter

For the latest issue of the Butler Newsletter, please click here.

District Details

Central Bucks School District

Superintendent: Abram Lucabaugh, Ed. D.

Assistant Superintendent-Secondary: Charles Malone, Ed. D.

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

Butler Elementary

Karl Funseth - Principal

Peggy Bernabei - Administrative Assistant to Principal

Sinead Doherty, Ed. D. - Assistant Principal

Michele Droxler - Administrative Assistant to Assistant Principal