The Paw Power Press
News and Highlights from Butler Elementary, November 2014
A Message from Mr. Brereton
To begin, I wanted to thank you for your support of Butler’s Race for Education. The money we raise through this fundraiser enables us to purchase many of the technologies that we have at Butler, including Smart Boards, laptop carts, and document cameras. As many of you saw during Celebrate Education Week, our teachers skillfully integrate technology into their lessons and engage students in meaningful learning. Thank you also to our PTO and the many volunteers who helped make the Race so successful. As always, we are very grateful for your generosity and support.
As you know conferences begin next week. During this conference, your child's "Conference Report" will be referenced. This report will focus on his or her academic achievement, strengths as a learner, and goals for future growth. The Conference Report will serve as a springboard for conversations around student learning thus far, as well as goal setting for the future. The Conference Reports will be available on the Parent Portal on November 19th. As a reminder, children in grades 1-6 are encouraged to participate in the conference. If you feel the need to speak privately for a few minutes with your child’s teacher, just let him or her know at the start of the conference. Thank you for your participation in this meaningful dialogue. I am very confident that through this process you will walk away with a clear understanding of your child’s academic and social progress, as well as his or her strengths and areas for improvement.
I know I’ll see many of you in the next few weeks, but if I don’t, best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving with your families and friends.
Butler honors nearly 70 veterans
On Tuesday, November 11th, Butler honored veterans and their families at a school-wide assembly. As part of the ceremony, students read essays, sang songs, and thanked our guests for their commitment and service to our country. For those of you who didn’t see the story on the news, Will McCauley, a fifth grade essay contest winner, was surprised by his Uncle, Staff Sgt. David DiGiuseppe, who just returned from a tour in Afghanistan.
As you know, Central Bucks School District is implementing a new Elementary Reporting System for the 2014-2015 school year. As we initiate the new reporting system, we want to continue to offer resources to help facilitate the transition for both students and families. In preparation for the upcoming conferences, I'd encourage you to access the following resources on the Elementary Progress Report Information Page.
- "What is a Standard?" - a parent's guide to understanding standards
- "Understanding My Progress" - explaining how students grow and progress through the eyes of a student
We have also added an overview of achievement criteria to better understand what it means to exceed, meet, approach and make limited progress.
CB Cares Boomerang Nomination
November: #30 Responsibility. Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility for his/her behavior - Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility for their actions and decisions at home, and/or at school, and/or in the community.
Students/Parents/Teachers, please nominate a Butler student by clicking here! In your paragraph, include how your nominee exemplifies this month’s asset. Send your nominations to Mr. Anderson or Mrs. Milotich.
Congratulations to Chris Granito in Mrs. Charters' room. He was the district winner for October's asset--Resistance Skills. He was nominated by classmate, Riley Thran.
Halloween at Butler
With conferences coming up where teachers will work on establishing goals with you and your children, it’s a good time to reflect upon what students need to succeed and reach their goals-GRIT. At Butler, teachers are engaging students in challenging activities every day. The focus should not be on just the product, but the perseverance students need to be successful. For more information on how you can support your child’s GRIT and perseverance, click HERE.
At our next Town Meeting in December we'll be talking about GRIT with your children. To view an inspirational video from our last Town Meeting, click HERE.
One Final Reminder!
We are fast approaching our November Conferences for Parents, Teachers, and Students.
- As a reminder, if you have not created a Log-in for the Parent Portal, please do so ASAP. Your child's Conference Report will be accessible electronically via Parent Portal on November 19th. Click HERE to follow the link below for information on how to create a log in.