Paw Power Press

Butler Elementary - Volume 8 - December 2022

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Butler At Its Best

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Happy Holidays

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Important Information

Welcome to New CBSD Human Resources Director, Lisa Corr

Central Bucks School District has named Lisa V. Corr as the new Director of Human Resources. Over the past 18 years, Lisa has worked as a Secondary School Counselor at CB West, Unami, and Tamanend. In her role as Coordinator of Counseling Services at West, she has collaborated with teachers, support staff, administrators, and supervisors from across the district to develop programs and services for students, staff, and the community. Mrs. Corr is the parent to three CB graduates. Welcome to this new role!


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 your neighborhoods if anyone has Kindergarten-aged children 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.

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Car Line Pick-up

Just a friendly reminder to display your green name card on the passenger side of your vehicle when picking up students in the car line. If you need a new name card, please let a staff member know.

News and Upcoming Events

School Calendar

December Continued:

Dec. 18-26 - Happy Hannukah

Dec. 21 - Spirit Day - Ugly Holiday Sweater Day

Dec. 22 - Spirit Day - Pajama Day/Comfy Day

Dec. 22 - Holiday Sing! (Students Only)

Dec. 22 - Grade 5&6 Winter Concert (2:30 PM) - (Immediate Family)

Dec. 23 - No School for Students (Office Open)

Dec. 24-Jan. 2 - Schools Closed (Winter Break)

Dec. 25 - Merry Christmas

Dec. 26 - Kwanzaa Begins (Through Jan. 1)

Dec. 31 - New Year's Eve


Jan. 1 - Happy New Year!

Jan. 2 - Last day of Winter Break

Jan. 3 - School Resumes

Jan. 13 - PTO Paint Night

Jan. 16 - MLK, Jr. Day - Schools Closed

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

CB South Hockey - Upcoming Schedule

Middle School and JV Titans Ice Hockey

Upcoming games - Come Support:

JV "AAA" VS. Pennsbury 12/15 @ 9:00 PM - GRUNDY

"MS AA" vs. Hatboro-Horsham 12/18 @ 6:15 PM - Hatfield Ice

"MS AA" vs. Pennsbury 12/18 @ 4:40 PM - Bucks County Ice

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CB East Patriot Players: Childrens Theatre 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 Secret Shoppe 2022

The Butler PTO Holiday Shoppe Team held a festive and fun event on Friday, December 9th! Attendance was impressive and there were many items found which will be given to others throughout this holiday season. Thanks to the PTO for organizing this community event and we appreciate all of the additional vendors who shared some of their crafts and wares! Happy Holidays from the Butler PTO!

Author Visit - Lisa Papp

Award-winning author/illustrator, Lisa Papp, visited Butler on Tuesday, December 6 to present to kindergarten to third grade students. Mrs. Papp was joined by her husband, award-winning illustrator, Robert Papp. The engaging duo shared many illustrations and rough drafts with students via a digital presentation, as well as actual work created by each of them as children. The students learned about the writing process and the process of illustrating children’s picture books. Students asked many thoughtful questions, and some were chosen to model props used by Mr. Papp in illustrating historical fiction books.

Spirit Assembly 12/2/22

Butler Elementary organizes and hosts an energetic, fun, and celebratory Spirit Day Assembly at the end of each Trimester. With Trimester 1 ending on December 2nd, our students and staff dressed in their Butler Best Gear to enjoy fun activities, music, and our school-wide Butler Song! The Spirit Day Cmmt., hosted by our Music teacher, Ms. Griffin, led the excitement as the host and announcer! Thanks to all of the students and staff for a great 1st Trimester!

Prismatic Magic School-Wide Assembly - 12.7

On Wednesday, December 7th, Butler Elementary hosted Prismatic Magic, LLC - the leading educational assembly program featuring lasers coupled with art and music! This show highlighted the theme of Kindness - allowing students to see crisp, laser-light visuals that were matched with music and active, group participation. Students were even given "glow sticks" to enhance the show providing a uniform visual with the black lights and lasers. It was a great show - thanks to the PTO for their support!

Student Showcase

TEAM Impact

Butler student, Charlotte F. is a fun, energetic, and vibrant first grader who makes an impact at school each and every day. She also is connected to TEAM Impact, an organization who matches children facing serious illness and disability with college sports teams, creating a long-term, life-changing experience for everyone involved. Charlotte was connected with a softball player from University of Pennsylvania, Madi, and they have had many interactions since their pairing. A gala was held in September where Charlotte’s “teammate,” Madi, was recognized by TEAM Impact as “Teammate of the Year!” because she has really helped Charlotte know what it means to be on a TEAM!

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Paw Print 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.

12/9/22 Winners:

Kindergarten- Luke W., 1st- Amelia M. 2nd- Tyler C., 3rd- Niall D., 4th- Zoe K., 5th- Delani A., 6th - Liam M. T-Shirt Winner- Miles A.

12/16/22 Winners:

Kindergarten- Reagan O., 1st- Mia C., 2nd- Brayden R., 3rd- Aiden P., 4th- Colette P., 5th- Jason F., 6th - Joey B. T-Shirt Winner- Maddox K.

Breakfast with the Principals 12/12/22

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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Staff Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight - Mrs. O'Connell

Faculty Spotlight is an ongoing series of profiles of the teachers, counselors and staff who make a difference in our schools and in our community. Our very own Student Support Counselor, Mrs. Linda O'Connell was featured in November. Please click the following link to read more! Faculty Spotlight: Butler Counselor ‘backstage’ at work; onstage at home (

Faculty Spotlight - Dr. Szarko

The first few months of the school year has allowed Butler School Psychologist, Dr. Julia Szarko, the opportunity for varied recognitions within educational psychology profession. In November, U.S. Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) recognized Dr. Szarko during National School Psychology Week sharing "“School psychologists work tirelessly to ensure our children are provided with the tools and resources they need to thrive, and they deserve our continued support,” Additionally, I want to thank Dr. (Julia) Szarko of Doylestown for her commitment to our students and our community." To read the full article from the Patch, click here. Also, Dr. Szarko recently published an article for the National Association of School Psychologists with the theme of writing a letter to brand new school psychologists. Congratulations to Dr. Julia Szarko for these accomplishments.

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PTO Updates


To read the latest from the Butler PTO, please CLICK HERE for access to the Weekly Newsletter!

District Details


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