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Butler Elementary School - Volume 10 - February 2021

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Health and Safety Information

PA State: Universal Masking Order

Revisions to the masking order were effective at 12 a.m. on November 18. The secretary of health has directed that everyone should wear an appropriate face covering, both indoors and outdoors. The face covering procedures outlined within the Central Bucks' Health and Safety Plan are already in compliance with the revised order. The order continues to allow for appropriate “mask breaks,” and for students to remove their mask during breakfast and lunch.

The order reinforces the necessity to mask, even when outdoors. During outdoor activities, students will be required to maintain sustained physical distance whenever they are unmasked. When participating in an outdoor activity that precludes physical distancing, students will be required to wear a mask.

Find more information on the questions and answers page here. More information about when student athletes must wear face coverings on our website here. At this time, face shields of any kind (without a mask) are not in compliance with the updated order.

District Health and Safety Plan

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Central Bucks School District Health & Safety Plan. You can find it on the district website by following this link, Health and Safety Plan. You can also find the CB Return to School Guide here. Both include a great deal of information on district procedures and protocols. They will answer many of your questions.

Valentine's Day Update

Please join us in wearing red, pink, and/or Valentine's attire on Friday, February 12th to celebrate Valentine's Day (a little early), as well as our love for school! In order to comply with our Health & Safety Plan, there will be no distribution of food/candy and no exchanging of physical valentines this year District-wide. Instead, Butler teachers will be conducting special "contact-less" activities with students celebrating Valentine's Day.

Important Information

Kindergarten Registration 2021-2022

Families of new students who are eligible to enroll in kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year are invited to begin the registration process. Get the details on eligibility, what documents to gather, and how to navigate the online registration process at We look forward to welcoming the class of 2033!

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Free Breakfasts and Lunches Continue through End of Year

Free Breakfast and Lunches are Available to All Students DAILY through the completion of the 2020-2021 School Year.

All Meals will be served with choice of milk, 4oz fresh vegetable and either 4oz of fresh fruit or 100% fruit juice to follow USDA guidelines for what makes a meal. Any second entrée will be charged a la carte pricing to the students account. All menus can be found by going to

Curbside pickup is still available on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30am-12pm at CB East, CB South, and CB West. Students do not need to be present at pick up.

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Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

CHIP is Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program for uninsured children and teens up to age 19.

Click on the link for more information about CHIP.

Click on the link for the online application.

CB Help Desk

Need Tech Support for Students Device? Set-up a Help Ticket by clicking here. The Technology & Innovation Department Support Team is ready to help!

Support Staff Job Opportunities

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Department Updates

Counselor's Corner: Social Emotional Learning and Second Step

The Social Emotional Learning (SEL) themes during the months of January and February are empathy and emotion management.

Throughout the school year, we will be reminding students to have empathy, identify their own and others’ feelings, notice and respect same and different feelings, and show compassion. Compassion involves saying kind words or doing something helpful to show you care how another person feels. When students can identify, understand, and respond in a caring way to how someone else is feeling, it helps create a positive and accepting school climate.

As a friendly reminder, parents may access the grade level home links to extend these conversations further at home. Below you will see how to access the digital HomeLink’s to further support you and your family (by Grade Level). In order to access these resources, parents and/or guardians of students in grades K-5 can access the website,, create an account, and then enter the activation code below for the grade level your child is enrolled in. For parents and/or guardians of sixth graders, please access the website, Thank you for supporting your child in learning the skills that lead to success in school and in life.

Below is the Second Step activation codes to access parent resources from home. In the family resource page you will find program features, benefits of Second Step learning, Homelinks and activities.

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School Counselors: All in for All Students

February 1st-5th, 2021 is National School Counseling Week where the theme is, “School Counselors: All in for All Students.” This is a week to recognize the positive influence school counselors have in helping students obtain school success academically, socially, and emotionally. Click here to read more about The Essential Role of Elementary School Counselors.

Getting Fit in Physical Education!

Butler Bears are getting in on the action of Phys. Ed. in the classrooms. During Rotation C, our grades continue to work on coordination, soccer skills and self-wellness checks. See below!

  • 2nd grade is working on throwing and catching using their own bean bag and crumpled up pieces of paper.
  • 4th grade is working on passing the ball with their feet.
  • 6th grade checking their pulse before and after a workout.

Butler News: The Art Palette

“Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” ~ Wassily Kandinsky

Students in all grade levels have been exploring the use of color in art. From learning the primary colors, color mixing and value, to creating different moods with different color schemes.

Calendar and Upcoming Events

School Calendar


Feb. 1-5 - National School Counseling Week

Feb. 2 - Groundhog's Day

Feb. 8 - Butler PTO Executive Board Meeting

Feb. 9 - CBSD School Board Meeting - 7:30 PM

Feb. 12 - 1/2-Day for Students/AM KDG Only

Feb. 12 - 1/2-Day Staff Development (PM)

Feb. 14 - Valentine's Day (Sunday)

Feb. 15 - President's Day (No School)

Feb. 16 - Middle School Orientation - Virtual (All MS's) - 6th Grade

Feb. 22 - Butler General Meeting - 7:00 PM (Virtual)

Feb. 23 - CBSD School Board Meeting - 7:30 PM

CB Cares Boomerang Award Nomination - February

The Boomerang Youth Recognition award is a district wide monthly program which recognizes and honors youth in our community by exemplifying and living by one of the chosen developmental assets. Students can be nominated by teachers, peers, family, and community members. Please consider nominating a student for February.

February: #26 Caring - Young person values service to others, in their family, school, or community.

Nomination forms can be found clicking here and can sent to Mrs. O'Connell by Monday, February 22, 2021.

School Happenings

Martin Luther King, Jr. Activities and Celebrations

Students at Butler participated in honoring the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with various activities and classroom events. Understanding his vision through America's Civil Rights Movement and his impact with "Dreaming Big"! Art projects, music, "I Have a Dream," to be better contributors to our world, great role models - all explored themes throughout our classrooms.

Chalfont VFW #3258 - 6th Grade Patriot's Pen

Each year, our local Chalfont VFW holds their Patriot's Pen essay contest for school children in 6th grade. The contest requires students to reflect on varied topics around citizenship and what being a United States citizen means. This year's theme was, "What does Patriotism Mean to Me." Three Butler students were awarded for their pieces - Dharunish Y., Joshua B. and Keeley H. - and read their essays during the virtual ceremony for the participants. Mr. Uhl and Mr. Otte ran the ceremony recognizing the students, sharing their personal stories, answering questions and expressing their appreciation for the efforts of all the children - and how our Butler Bears will become our future leaders of this community.
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Butler Emergency Preparations - Fire Drill

Butler maintains the safety and security of our staff and students. Throughout the year, we practice our Emergency Preparation Procedures including monthly fire drills. On January 25th, Butler classrooms practiced fire-safety in each grade level - focusing upon moving carefully and quietly through the hallways as we exit the building - and roll call once we are in a safe location distanced from the school. Great job, students!
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Student Showcase

Butler's January Paw Print Winners

BUTLER = Butler - Understanding - Teamwork - Leadership - Educational Excellence - Respect

These important words are what define a Butler Bear - attributes every student and staff member strives to embrace each day - in school, at home or in our community. Our Paw Power program honors our students - who are awarded "coupons" when recognized for displaying Positive Paw Power behaviors to their classmates, teachers and school. Students featured below received a very special t-shirt to wear with pride and confidence for doing the right thing! Congratulations!

Boy Scout Troop #133 - Day of Service at Butler

Local Cub Scout Pack 133 braved the cold & wind at Butler on a Saturday to beautify the school and grounds. Scouts walked the property looking to pick-up trash and debris - highlighting the theme of service for others and to help our environment. Thank you to the local team who did this in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. For more information about the Boy Scouts, please contact Jeannie & Eric Redner (
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From the Butler PTO

PTO Newsletter

To read the most recent online Newsletter from the Butler PTO, please click here. The newsletter is a great way to stay on top of all that is happening at Butler.

District Contact Information

Central Bucks School District

Superintendent: John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent-Secondary: Abram M. Lucabaugh, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent-Elementary: Nadine M. Garvin, Ed.D

Butler Elementary School

Mr. Karl Funseth - Principal

Mr. Jesse Brosious - Assistant Principal

Mrs. Judie Pereira - Principal's Secretary

Mrs. Michele Droxler - Assistant Principal's Secretary