Paw Power Press

Butler Elementary - Volume 9 - January 2023


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Happy New Year!

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Important Information

Weather Temperatures and Recess

Butler Elementary values the opportunities students have attending recess each day. In the winter months, we follow a district approved Weather Watch chart that accounts for air temperature and wind chill. Students will either participate in a:

  • Full 30-minute recess outdoors if temperatures are comfortable. (green)
  • Full 30-minute recess indoors if temperatures are too cold. (red)
  • Partial indoor/outdoor 30-minute recess if temps are in the "caution" level. (yellow)

Be mindful that your child should dress accordingly each morning from home with the outside temperatures in mind. We understand many students like to dress in shorts or t-shirts all year long but understand we will not base our inside/outside decisions based upon student dress. So, please be sure your child is dressed accordingly as we believe students should get as much fresh air as possible during the school day.


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 will open in March 2023.)

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Department Updates

Holiday Gift Giving Tree - Thank You Families!

On behalf of the Butler Community, "THANK YOU" to all the families who supported those in need for this Holiday Season. The Butler Gift Giving Tree was a massive success and was so kindly supported by Butler Families - for Butler Families.

With appreciation this Holiday Season,

Butler Counseling and Nurse Teams

Music Department Updates

In Music, we have been busy preparing for the Holiday Sing! Each grade had a special song they led at our Thursday assembly. We covered music from various heritage and cultures, we danced, played games, and ended the year in spectacular music fashion!

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Art in Progress - Department Updates

First grade ceramic artists sculpted a pinch pot with a lid. A pinch pot is a simple form of hand-made pottery produced from ancient times to the present. The pinching method is used to create pottery that can be ornamental or functional and has been used across cultures and times. They also created a lid with texture by stepping on a ball of clay to imprint the pattern from the tread onto the clay.

From the Reading Corner, Library Department News

In the library, our Butler Bears have enjoyed reading and sharing many holiday stories this month of December. Here are some of our second graders loving their library time while reading a few holiday favorites and practicing reading aloud with a friend.

Working Out in Phys. Ed. - Department Update

K-2 students have been working on motor skills and movement patterns, which included locomotor skills and parachute activities. Students in grades 1-6 started their manipulative skills unit this month. 1st & 2nd grade students practiced manipulative skills through dribbling activities. 3rd & 4th grade students practiced manipulative skills through a soccer unit, which included lessons on dribbling and passing. 5th & 6th graders just finished a football unit to work on their manipulative skills, as well as strategy during game play. Students in all grades finished the month with winter themed games. Two of their favorite games were Knock Down the Snowman and Holiday Light Fight.

News & Upcoming Events

School Calendar


Jan. 1 - Happy New Year!

Jan. 2 - Last day of Winter Break

Jan. 3 - School Resumes

Jan. 6 - Butler Bear Club Registrations OPEN

Jan. 11 - PTO Dine& Donate - Owowcow - 6:00-8:00 PM

Jan. 13 - PTO Paint Night

Jan. 16 - MLK, Jr. Day - Schools Closed (Monday)

Jan. 26 - PTO Jump Night

Jan. 25-31 - Art Goes to School (Classroom Visits)

Jan. 27 - Spirit Day - Disney "Villains & Heroes" Star Wars, Marvel

Middle School Orientation - 2/28/23 - 7PM - Unami MS

For Official Course of Study Packet - Please Click Here.

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CB South Titans Ice Hockey

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Young Rembrandts - 1/23-3/13

Make this a memorable time by signing your elementary child in a Young Rembrandts drawing class. Your child will learn about design, composition and illustration using our unique step-by-step drawing method. Besides strengthening your child's drawing and coloring skills, he or she will also learn about art history as we present lessons featuring a master artist. Don't miss out, enroll now! We also offer ZOOM classes Monday - Friday 4;45-5:45pm in the comfort of your home.

Young Rembrandts


Monday 4:00-5:00pm -1/23/23-3/13/23


$130.00 (7-week session) An on-demand lesson will be given as a make-up for snow days.


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LV Baseball 2023 Season

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CB East Patriot Players: Children's Theater Workshop

The CB East Patriot Players are hosting our Children's Theatre Workshop on Saturday, January 21, 2023 from 1:00-4:30 PM. The event is a fantastic theatrical exploration day for elementary school students, enthusiastically, and skillfully led by the Patriot Players! Students will have the opportunity to sing, dance, act, and perform with the guidance of the Patriot Players.

Cost is $25 and includes a "Junior Patriot Player" t-shirt and snack. All proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. A registration can be found by Clicking Here. Registration forms are due no later than Jan. 6th.

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School Happenings

Holiday Sing at Butler - 12/22

Nothing beats celebrating the holiday season than our all-school sing-a-long the day before winter break - a long-time and treasured Butler tradition! Led by Ms. Griffin, Butler Music Teacher, students enjoyed singing songs, watching fun staff/student activities, and celebrating our respective holidays. We had contests and staff performances which were fun to see and hear - with a grand finale of Ms. Griffin (or very own Queen of Christmas) singing Maria Carey's All I Want for Christmas! as teachers volunteered in a staff band! Happy holidays!

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Winter Concert - 5th & 6th Grade Strings and 6th Grade Band

Our final celebration before breaking for Winter Holiday was our 5th & 6th Grade Strings -and- 6th Grade Band performing holiday classics for their classmates and families. It was a great show highlighting the hard work, concentration and practice since the start of this school year! Students in our other grades were able to stream the live performances from their classrooms so we could fit our enthusiastic audience - and everyone was able to enjoy the show! Thanks to our strings and band teachers, respectively, Mrs. Hartzell and Mr. Robinson, for their time and effort in preparing the children for a great show!

1st Grade Grinch Day

Our Butler Community's Positive Behavior System includes identifying and noticing students who follow our daily attributes of Understanding, Teamwork, Leadership, Excellence, and Respect. First Graders met their classroom goals of earning OVER 100 paw prints per class and celebrated with Grinch Day festivities - enjoying wearing Grinch Gear and fun Grinch activities. Congratulations on doing a great job representing the best of Butler, first grade!
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Unami Holiday Concert at Butler - 12/16

Butler Elementary welcomed Unami Middle School Choir, Jazz Band and String Ensemble to spread their holiday cheer with our school. It was great welcoming back our former Butler Bears who are making a big impact at Unami's Performing Arts groups! Students sang along and hummed to familiar holiday tunes while also seeing what's in store for them as they continue playing instruments when they reach Middle School! Thanks to the Unami students and staff who coordinated the event!

Unami Performers & Former Butler Bears!

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Spirit Day: Ugly/Festive Holiday Sweater Day - 12/21

On the 21st, Butler students and staff participated in the traditional Ugly Holiday Sweater Spirit Day. Students and staff showed off their funny or festive outfits to enjoy the fun of the season!

Student Showcase

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.

12/22/22 Winners

Kindergarten- Gianna B.(missing from picture) , 1st- Elina R.(missing from picture), 2nd- Nora M., 3rd- Eloise K., 4th- Luca I., 5th- Sasha K., 6th- Carter B., T-Shirt Winner- Leo S.

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From the Butler PTO

The Butler PTO Newsletter

To review the most recent Butler PTO 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 School

Karl Funseth - Principal

Peggy Bernabei - Administrative Assistant to Principal

Sinead Doherty, Ed. D. - Assistant Principal

Michele Droxler - Administrative Assistant to Assistant Principal