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News and Highlights from Butler Elementary School

Important Announcements

Changes to the 2013-14 Calendar

April Changes

· Early Dismissal Day moved from 4/3 to Friday, 4/4, K-am attending

· End of Marking Period moved to 4/10; Report Card Distribution shifts to 4/23.

· 4/17 Professional Development Day converted to: K-6 Early Dismissal Day and Conferences with K-am attending, Grades 7-12 Full Day

June Changes

· Last Day of School and High School Graduation moved to 6/20

· June 20th is an Early Dismissal Day with K-am attending.

Please CLICK HERE for the updated one-page calendar.

Governor's Award for Academic Excellence

On Thursday, January 30th, a ceremony was held at Central Bucks East High School with a special visit from Lt. Governor Jim Cawley to present Central Bucks School District Principals with the "Governor's Award for Excellence in Academics." The faculty and staff at Butler were proud to accept this award and feel it is a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication put forth by all Butler students.

Standards-Based Report Card Informational Meetings

The Central Bucks School District will offer three informational meetings in April to provide an overview and answer questions regarding the revised elementary report card system, effective 2014-15. Each meeting targets either the East, West, or South portion of the district for parent convenience. Parents may also attend any meeting that accommodates their schedule. Please join us to learn more about how your child’s academic progress would be communicated in this comprehensive K-6 reporting system.

South Cluster Meeting:
Monday, April 28, 2014, 7 pm at Titus Elementary School

(Schools in cluster include: Barclay, Butler, Jamison, Mill Creek and Titus)

Revisions to our Elementary Report Card and Portfolio Conferences

The Central Bucks Reporting Student Progress Committee has developed a communication plan introducing the new Standards-Based Progress Reporting System. Throughout the remaining school year, information will be made available through a variety of venues in order to give parents the opportunity to learn and understand the changes before the plan goes into effect next fall. Please view the resources below to help introduce the new Standards-Based Progress Reporting System.

· Informational videos

· Article from the Intelligencer

· Spotlight on ABC News

Last, Butler's goal is to continue to provide the most current information surrounding the implementation of the new Standards-Based Progress Reporting .

Please visit the link on Butler's home page to view a letter and brochure explaining the district's approach to creating the Standards-Based Progress Reporting System.

2014 PSSA Dates for Butler Elementary

The following dates have been established for the PSSA Schedule at Butler. Attendance during this time is imperative, and we would appreciate avoiding doctor appointment conflicts or vacation requests that interrupt your child's testing schedule (during the AM).

Grade 3-6 PSSA Reading and Math - March 24th through April 4th

Grade 5 PSSA Writing - April 7th - April 11th

Grade 4 PSSA Science - April 28th & 29th

Also, please be directed to Assessment Information for Central Bucks and visit the "Parent Overview for PSSA Testing" on that same page.

Helping the Butler Community

As many of you know, Teresa Harvest, a Butler parent, has been very ill and recovering from major surgery. She will have a long period of recovery to endure at home. One way the Butler community can assist the family is by donating meals starting now until April 12th. Please use the link, user name and password below to sign up to provide a meal to support the Harvest family. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

Last name: Harvest
Password: Teresa

Butler's Father Daughter Dance

Dads and daughters had a fun night of dancing, pictures and snacks at Butler's Father Daughter Dance.

Butler Reads Across America with Rita's Water Ice

As we celebrate Read Across America, we are excited to be participating in the Read with Rita’s reading incentive program! What a great way to encourage and energize our students to read more! Students who reach their goal for minutes read outside of school will earn a coupon for a free water ice from Rita’s in Chalfont. The expectations for minutes read are listed below.

Grade Level

Minutes Read

Kindergarten, First, Second

240 minutes (4 hours)

Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth

360 minutes (6 hours)

Students will keep track of their minutes read in a log that will be returned by April 4, 2014. Students who have met their goal will receive one Rita’s water ice coupon.

Happy reading!

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Have a Question? Try Butler's Student/Parent Handbook

Please be sure to review the Student/Parent Handbook. It is important that all families are familiar with Butler Policies and Procedures. It can be located on the website or by clicking the following LINK.

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