Paw Power Press

Butler Elementary - Volume 13 - March 2023


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National Custodian Appreciation Day - March 3rd!

Butler Elementary is so fortunate to have a team of people who work hard to help keep our school clean and safe! It is a collective effort that helps Butler shine.

Head Custodian, Rick Sutton, and Utility/Grounds Custodian, Robert Garza, are our daytime crew who work with teachers and students managing important tasks around the halls, cafeteria, and classrooms. Our evening custodians (Jesse Aceveda, Barry Lukens, and Tonikay Reid) help to clean, sweep, and tidy our classrooms, bathrooms, and hallways so they are ready for students and staff in the morning - in addition to supporting after-school activities and many evening events. Our school could not run without our wonderful team! Thanks to each of them and Happy National Custodians Day!

Important Information

NAESP: Report to Parents - 5 Fun Ways to Instill a Love of History in Kids

Spring is a popular time for many of our grade levels to hold field trips that enhance our grade level curricula. Most of these trips are focused on the sciences or the rich local histories of Bucks County and our greater Philadelphia region. For families, considering the ideas in this month's "NAESP: Report to Parents" publication can provide great activities for you and your child to enjoy together - exploring history.

"Studying history helps us understand our society, consider perspectives from different cultures, improve critical thinking, build citizenship, learn about our identities, and even grow reading and writing skills. It’s the story of how we got to where we are today as a society—and it’s chock full of lessons that inspire us to make a difference in the world around us. It’s never too early to instill a love of history in kids. Use these fun ideas to help your child learn about history. ..."

To read the rest of the article, please click here.

Elementary Health Curriculum - 5th & 6th Grades Only

Parents - Next week, you will receive a letter communicating that your child will be participating in health instruction in the coming weeks. Prior to instruction, we ask for parent/guardian consent from all elementary parents/guardians. Once you receive the form, please complete and return to your child's classroom teacher by March 23, 2023.

Important Attendance Information

Central Bucks School District attendance policies conform to the Pennsylvania School Code sections 1326 to 1333 dealing with compulsory school attendance. “Every child of compulsory school age having a legal residence in this Commonwealth… is required to attend a day school in which the subjects and activities prescribed by the standards of the State Board of Education are taught.”

For important and specific information regarding the attendance procedures and policies set forth by state code, please click here: Parent handbook ( (Pages 8-9)

For important information on how to submit an absence through the Parent Portal on Infinite Campus, please click here: For Parents / Attendance (

Register Your Incoming Student TODAY!

Registration is open for all grades. To best meet our staffing needs for our grade-levels - please do not wait for summer - register your students soon - Especially Kindergarten and new 1st Graders!

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 is now open - March 2023.)

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Department Updates

"The Art Pallette" - Art Updates

Second Grade artists created their own Peruvian-inspired textiles. After learning about the long tradition of fiber artists of Peru weaving with a loom, warp, and weft, students made a llama with a weaving on its back. Llamas are native to the Andes and Peruvian’s have used their wool for weavings for over 10,000 years. This lesson was a great demonstration of resiliency and growth mindset. Any initial struggle students had with the craft of weaving made the final success even more exciting.

"In Tune" During Music

In the Month of March, the Music room is celebrating women trailblazers in music! 3rd grade will be adding a new song to their show by Diana Ross and the Supremes. 5th Grade will be starting their Decades of Music unit and learning about how the Woman’s Suffrage movement affected the music industry in the 1920’s and beyond. They will listen to music by Blues artists (like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith). 6th Grade will be wrapping up their opera unit with a lesson on Marian Anderson who was a great opera singer from Philadelphia and also the first African American to perform at the Met.

Library Updates - Grades 4-6 Author Visit Friday, March 10

Author Lauren Magaziner will be visiting Butler on Friday, March 10, to present to Grades 4-6. Ms. Magaziner has written the Case Closed series, The Mythics series, Wizardmatch, Pilfer Academy, and The Only Thing Worse than Witches. She is originally from New Hope, Pennsylvania, and currently lives in Philadelphia, where she writes full-time. You can visit Lauren at her website:

Kicking it into High Gear with Physical Education

Students in grades 1-6 have been working on a fitness and health concepts unit this month. Students have been learning about the body systems and the different components of fitness (speed, agility, strength, endurance and flexibility) by participating in the flexed arm hang and the sit and reach box. Students in grades 1-4 did station work over the last few weeks during the fitness unit. 5th & 6th graders played a game called rock-paper-scissors tag to work on speed and agility and a game called army ball for cardiovascular endurance. Kindergarten students started a movement concepts unit (balance, animal movements, tumbling). Students in all grades did the Eagles chant with pool noodles and cones the week leading up to the Super Bowl.

Calendar and Upcoming Events

School Calendar


Mar 2 - Read Across America Day

Mar. 10 - Author Visit Grades 3-6 - Laura Magaziner

Mar. 14 - Clerical Day (PM) - Half Day for Students, 12:25 Dismissal

Mar. 14 - AM Kindergarten Attends Only (No PM Kindergarten)

Mar. 14 - CB School Board Meeting - 16 Welden Dr. 7:30 PM

Mar. 17 - Spirit Day - St. Patrick's Day - Wear Green!

Mar. 20 - Spring Begins (Free Rita's!)

Mar. 21 - National Down Syndrome Day - Rock Your Socks!

Mar. 23 - Butler PTO Dine & Donate (Panera in Airport Square) 4:00 - 08:00 PM

Mar. 27&28 - Half Day for Students (AM) - 12:25 PM Dismissal

Mar. 27&28 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (PM)

Mar. 27&28 - No Kindergarten

Mar. 29 - Kindergarten AM Attends ONLY in the AM (No PM KDG)

Mar. 30 - Kindergarten PM attends ONLY in the PM (No AM KDG)

Butler PTO Dine & Donate - Panera 3/23

Please join the Butler Community on March 23rd - Panera in Airport Square 4:00-8:00 PM
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CB East 2023 Swim Clinic - 4/22/23

CB East Swim and Dive Team will be hosting a swim clinic on Saturday, April 22 from 1-4PM. For more information, please use this link.

CBW Cheer Camp - 6/27- 6/29

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Spring Music Concerts

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming spring music concerts! Some dates have changed, so please double check and save this new information:

April 19, 2023 – 1st Grade - “E I E I Oops!” a musical farm comedy 6:30pm

3rd Grade - “Motown Magic” 7:30pm

May 9, 2023- 2nd Grade - “True Colors” 6:30pm

4th Grade - “Rockin’ Recorders” 7:30 pm

June 1, 2023- 5th and 6th Grade -Band, Choir and Orchestra concert 7:00pm

Young Rembrandts

New Classes: Mondays 4:00pm - 5:00pm 3/20/23 - 5/22/23 (no class 3/27, 4/10)

Tuition: $150.00 (8-week session)

Enrollment: Enroll online or click here Young Rembrandts Flyer

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School Happenings

Read Across America Week - 2/27-3/3

Read Across America Week is a time we celebrate the love and joy of reading - whether it is to learn important facts, learn a skill or trade, or to escape into a story. During this week, Butler Reading team coordinated many activities to help our students discover their new and favorite book. Each day, Butler scheduled a whole school DEAR-time (Drop Everything and Read) for that dedicated practice. An all-school book trivia "contest" will be held on Friday to celebrate the week's events. Throughout the week, we have scheduled theme days around "story" pictured below.

Spirit Day Themes:

Monday: Wear a shirt with your favorite saying, slogan, or phrase and read about empathy!

Tuesday: Wear a hat and read a silly story!

Wednesday: Wear stripes and read a book about being yourself!

Thursday: Dress as your favorite book character and read a story about the power of reading!

Friday: Wear animal print clothing and be WILD about reading!

We hope it was a great week of reading!

Family Fun and Fitness Night

Butler Elementary School was very excited to hold our Family Fun & Fitness Night event on Friday, February 24th - an annual tradition that has been enjoyed by our community for many years. Mrs. Becky Engart, Butler Physical Education Teacher and our District Wellness Committee Representative, organized the night by coordinating community-wide organizations and businesses to set- up stations and activities for Butler students and families! Thanks to the Butler Wellness Committee for their planning and support - and to each of the teachers and staff who were able to share time outside of the school day to celebrate fitness and healthy living! It was a wonderful night!

Student Council: Pretzel for Banners - School Initiative

With the support of Mrs. Keeler and Dr. Doherty, Butler Student Council and Butler Ambassadors teamed together to coordinate efforts on raising funds for a special school project. Students organized, planned, and led the pretzel sale to support the purchase of banners that will decorate our school grounds. The banners designed by Mrs. Augustine and voted upon by Student Council will line the parking lots, driveways and bus platform letting everyone know they are at Butler Elementary School! Thanks to the participants and organizers of this successful event!
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Butler Spirit Day- Wear Your Workout Gear

Butler Staff and students wore their workout clothes on Friday, February 24th in anticipation of the evening Family Fun & Fitness Night! It is a community event held each year to promote health and wellness for children and their families. Everyone enjoyed the day and looked forward to a night of activity!

Student Showcase

Paw Power Winners - 2/24/23

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.

Kindergarten: Callison M., 1st Neel R., 2nd Kaydence C., 3rd Juliette P., 4th Parker H. (missing from picture), 5th Brady J., 6th Tyler L. T-Shirt Winner 1st Grade Yana H.

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Breakfast with the Principals - 2/27

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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From the Butler PTO

Butler PTO Newsletter

To access the current PTO Newsletter, please click here.

Butler PTO General Meeting - 2/27

Thank you to the new faces who joined our General Meeting to learn about the varied initiatives of the Butler PTO: including our Playground Construction Update, Committee Planning and Spring Fair news. Our next General Meeting will be in May.

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