Butler November Newsletter

Mrs. Libby Nickoli, Principal

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October 23, 2020

Dear Families,

As you know, the District adopted Moby Max to supplement our instructional delivery for both face to face students and for those participating in remote learning. I would like to explain what Moby Max is and why we are using it.

Moby Max is an online platform that allows teachers to assign standards based practice in reading, math, science, and social studies. At the beginning of the year, students took an assessment that places them at THEIR level. The program is designed to identify what standards students are deficient in and provide practice to close their learning gaps.

It is crucial that you have your child work on Moby Max INDEPENDENTLY. Please do not allow an older sibling or adult to complete the lessons for them. This will skew our data and will not close the learning gaps we are trying to address.

After a five month school closure, we have a lot of work to do. Children need to be reading daily, working on their math fact fluency, and completing AR testing and Moby Max work. Research has shown that students who earn 100 AR points in a year will show a year's worth of growth. Likewise, Moby Max guarantees that students who spend 15 minutes or more a day will show a year's worth of growth in that particular subject. Please encourage your child to work on both programs independently. If you have any questions, please reach out to your teacher. They will be happy to help!


Mrs. Libby Nickoli, Principal

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I would like to thank our families for sending your children to school with a clean mask everyday! We are so grateful that we have been able to stay open for so long! Let's keep up the great teamwork!

Your children are doing a fantastic job of washing their hands frequently throughout the day and keeping their masks on in the building. Don't forget, if your child rides the bus they need to have their mask before heading to the bus stop!

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Meets the 3rd Monday of the Month at the Whiffletree 6:30 p.m.

  • PTO is still looking for 4th and 5th grade parents to help plan for spring activities. Please contact the President, Kalie Orndorff via text at 419-961-7335 or email butlerpto@yahoo.com.

  • PTO is still in need of a secretary and treasurer! Please consider helping this supportive organization!

  • Fall Fundraising
  1. Plant fundraiser started October 19th and ends November 2nd (paper/booklet orders)
  2. Online ordering ends November 4th

  • Der Dutchman Pie Fundraiser
  1. Pie vouchers will be coming home on October 30th.
  2. Pie sale ends on November 13th

  • We will not be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair this year.

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  • Picture retakes will be Friday, October 23rd. Remote learning students will also be coming to have their pictures taken from 10:00-12:00. Please park behind the school in the gravel lot and have your students enter the cafeteria doors.

  • October 30, 2020 End of the first quarter

  • October 30th Harvest Parties (no parent volunteers this year) teachers will send information out at a later date.

  • November 6, 2020 Grade cards go home

  • November 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, and 10th Fourth Grade Gifted Testing

  • November 12, 2020 Parent Teacher Conferences via ZOOM 1:45 to 7:00 p.m.

  • November 19, 2020 Parent Teacher Conferences via ZOOM 1:45 to 7:00 p.m.

  • November 25th-30th Thanksgiving Break

  • December 23rd-January 3rd Christmas Vacation
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Harvest Parties will be held of Friday, October 30th. Each classroom is planning and scheduling their celebration. Please reach out to your child's teacher via DOJO if you can make a donation to their party. We are asking for store bought or pre packaged treats!

Students will be allowed to wear their costumes to school. Please do not send any weapons or masks. We are already wearing masks! LOL

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Third Grade AIR Assessments

We will be administering the third grade AIR assessment for reading skills on October 21st and 22nd. Make ups will be October 23rd, 26th, and 27th.

You may read more about the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and how it will impact our students and school at the following website:


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Fourth Grade TAG Testing

  • November 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, and 10th Fourth Grade Gifted Testing

A note from our TAG Coordinator, Mrs. Quickle

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s):

Clear Fork Valley Local Schools will soon administer Iowa Assessments for reading, mathematics, science, and social studies along with the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to students in grade 4. Scores from these tests are used to monitor student progress, to assist in curriculum planning, to identify students as gifted, and to make recommendations for support services such as reading intervention. These tests will be administered to 4th graders, District Wide, November 4th through November 10th, with make-up testing November 11th through the 13th. Your child’s scores on the assessments will be included on a home report which you should receive by the end of the 1st semester.

In the spring (dates not yet determined due to COVID) our District’s 2nd graders will take the Iowa and CogAT tests. These tests will provide the same information to your child’s teachers and the information will be used for the same purpose. Their scores on the assessments will be included on a home report which you should receive by the end of the school year.

Please visit the Clear Fork Valley website www.clearfork.k12.oh.us/index.php/features/gifted-education for more information on:

· Bright Child or Gifted Learner

· Gifted Referral Letter

· Parent Guide to Early Entrance to Kdg.

· Early Entry to Kdg. Application

Once you have visited our website and read the information, you will have a better understanding of character traits of a gifted child. If you notice those traits in your child and he/she is not a 2nd or 4th grader, you or your child’s teacher can refer him/her for testing.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school or leave a message for me at 419-883-3451.



Coordinator of Gifted Services

Clear Fork Valley Local Schools

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November 12th and November 19th

Zoom Meetings

Parent/Teacher Conferences on ZOOM


The link above will take you to an article on how to download Zoom to your personal computer or smartphone. Please take a moment to do this before parent/teacher conferences in November. Our teachers will reach out to you with log in information and time for your conference.

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Progressbook Log In

Last spring Miss Sally worked hard to get our families their log in information for Progressbook. We hope you kept this information on hand.

If you need assistance, please email wilsons@clearfork.k12.oh.us and Miss Sally will forward your log in information.

We encourage you to check your child's Progressbook account every weekend to stay ahead of missing assignments. Parents who look at their child's progress consistently will have positive outcomes on grade cards.

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Free breakfast and lunch has been extended!

Our federal government has qualified ALL students for free breakfast and lunch until the end of the school year or until funds run out.

If you would like your child to eat breakfast at school, make sure they arrive before 7:45. Doors open at 7:35.

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Our contest is under way!!!

Beginning October 1st, grade levels started a contest to see which class can read the most books and earn AR points. Our parent teacher organization will be providing monthly incentives to the class with the highest point total. On November 2nd, the class with the highest point total in each grade will receive a doughnut party from our PTO. If the entire school earns 2,000 points, we will have a popcorn day on November 2nd!

Results as of October 16th

First Grade

First Place Mrs. Daniels with 49 points

Second Place Miss Williams with 45.3 points

Second Grade

First Place Ms. Legron with 136 points

Second Place Mrs. Pipes with 100.8 poings

Third Grade

First Place Mrs. Clapp with 188.1 points

Second Place Mrs. Walker with 171.5 points

Fourth Grade

First Place Mr. Cunningham with 116.8 points

Second Place Mr. Dannemiller with 91.1 points

Fifth Grade

First Place Mrs. Cole with 92.7 points

Second Place Mrs. Keen with 48.2 points

School Wide TOTAL 960.5 points!!!! Keep up the good work!!

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Butler Elementary was recognized as a Purple Star school during the 2019-2020 school year. This year, we have five students who have a family member serving our country.

If you have an immediate family member who is actively serving our country and would like your child to be a part of this support group at school, please email legronm@clearfork.k12.oh.us.

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Please watch out for our children in the morning!

it is getting darker out in the morning and we ask that you drive with caution around the school. We have quite a few students who walk to school and we want them to be safe.

If you are the parent of a walker, please encourage them to use the sidewalks and to come up Morgan Street to the Yellow Brick Road behind our old school. This will lead them to the sidewalks beside the building and to our front door!