Butler Elementary Newsletter

Mrs. Libby Nickoli, Principal

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Dear Families,

Welcome back! We are so excited to see all of our students for the first day of school on August 29th! We will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, August 25, 2022. Grades K-5 will run from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Our preschool students are welcome to come between 5:30-7:00 pm. This is to ensure that our families can make it to Bellville for their elementary children. Open House will be an excellent time to bring your child's school supplies so our teachers can organize the room before the first day of school. In addition, you may stop by the office to pay school fees. If they are paid before September 30th, the cost is $55.00. After September 30th they increase to $65.00.

Please take time to read each section of this NEWSLETTER for additional information for a successful start to our 2022-2023 school year!


Libby Nickoli, Principal

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Click on the link below for the District Calendar

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Teacher In-Service Days August 22nd-26th

Open House Thursday, August 25th, 6:00-7:00 for K-5 5:30-7:00 Preschool

First Day of School Monday, August 29th

Preschool Screening Days August 29th and 30th

First Day of School for Preschool Students Wednesday, August 31st

Kindergarten BOO HOO Breakfast for parents Friday, September 2nd at 8 a.m. in the cafeteria

NO SCHOOL Monday, September 5th LABOR DAY

EARLY RELEASE Friday, September 16th at 1:00 BELLVILLE STREET FAIR

INTERIM REPORTS Friday, September 30th

EARLY RELEASE Friday, October 14th at 1:00 BUTLER APPLE FEST


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Class Lists will be posted on our front doors Friday, August 5th at 3:00

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School Supply Lists were sent home with your child's grade card.

Click on the link below if you need another copy

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"Butler Remembers" Saturday, August 13, 2022

This community event sponsored by the Clear Fork Valley Historical Society will include community history, entertainment, food, music, and games.
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Thursday, August 25, 2022 6:00-7:00

Please plan on bringing school supplies with you so that your child (ren) won't need to carry them in on the first day of school. Miss Sally will also be on hand in the office for families to pay school fees.
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Parents are asked to pay school fees in August. Elementary fees for the school year have been set at $65.00 for each student; this includes a $15.00 technology fee. This is reduced to $55.00 if paid by September 30. A payment schedule can be arranged for families who may experience difficulties in paying all of the fees for their children at one time. Please see the building principal if you need to arrange a payment schedule. Fee waivers may be obtained for families who qualify for free lunches or who have children on Medicaid cards.
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Students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade

7:35 Doors open for car riders and walkers. Students will wash their hands upon arriving at school and will report to the cafeteria for breakfast or to their classroom for homework checks. DO NOT drop your child off prior to 7:35 and leave. We do not have staff members available to supervise children. When our teachers come out that will be your signal that students may exit the car.

2:45 Car riders and walkers will be dismissed. Children in grades 1-5 will be picked up in our front driveway. Kindergarten students will be picked up in the gravel lot behind the building off Highland. If your kindergarten child has an older sibling, please notify their teachers and we will allow them to be picked up together in the kindergarten line. Walkers will be escorted to the corner of Morgan and College Streets. They will be crossed in the direction they are walking.


Do not arrive before 2:40 pm to wait in line. Our preschool families will be picking up their children at 2:30. They will need access to the sidewalk lane for loading. If you do arrive before they are done, please stop at the stop sign.

Do not park by our garage or on Morgan Street to pick up your walker. We ask that you get in our car rider line. Our dismissal staff is very efficient and will have all students loaded within 15 minutes.

3:00 Buses will arrive to pick up students. If you have a middle school student that you will be picking up in Butler, the shuttle bus will stop at the top of Morgan St. and let students off before coming to the Elementary. We ask that you park along the curb on College St. where the old building once stood. If your middle school student will be meeting a younger sibling to walk home, please have them stay on their bus until it stops behind Butler Elementary. The driver will allow them to exit the bus and wait on their sibling. As soon as the buses pull out, they will be allowed to walk home.

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Preschool Drop Off and Pick Up

Our preschool families will enter our driveway off of College Street. Preschool staff members will be waiting in the vestibule by the front doors. Our staff members will come to your car and retrieve your child. Likewise, at the end of the session please park in the U and our staff members will walk your child to the car.

AM class

Please pull up to the front of the building using the left lane (along the grass or flag pole side). Our families dropping off students in grades K-5 will be using the lane closest to the sidewalk. Please pull all the way around to where the sidewalk ends. At the end of the morning session, you may use the right lane closest to the sidewalk and our staff will place your child in the car.

PM Class

Please use the right lane (by the sidewalk) for drop-off and pick-up. Our staff members will come to your car and retrieve your child. Likewise, at the end of the session please park in the U and our staff members will walk your child to the car.

A.M. Preschool

Arrive at 8:00 a.m.

Pick Up at 10:45 a.m.

P.M. Preschool

Arrive at 11:45 a.m.

Pick Up at 2:30 p.m.

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A Note from our preschool coordinator, Kathy Quickle

Welcome back to the 2022-2023 school year! We are very excited to see everyone and hope your summer break was restful! Our preschool teachers are looking forward to a great year.

Miss Kilee Stoner, a graduate of Mt. Vernon Nazarene University will be in her second year as a preschool teacher and Intervention Specialist. She is very excited to work with the preschoolers and their families. We would also like to welcome back Ms. Danielle Rasmus who will be assisting Miss Stoner’s classroom. Mrs. Brandi Hauger will be returning for her 8th year as a preschool teacher alongside Mrs. Michelle Evans as the classroom assistant. We will also have two additional helpers in our preschool program; Mrs. Rebecca Molina and Miss Gabby Carr. The six of them can’t wait to work together to provide a positive educational experience for our preschool students.

The first day of preschool is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 31st.

Miss Sally will be contacting parents to set up screening times for August 29th and August 30th. These screening sessions should last approximately 45 minutes and allow the teachers to gather valuable information that helps guide instruction. We look forward to seeing everyone and hope the 22-23 school year is amazing!

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All Kindergarten families will be recieving the following letter the week of August 8th

August 5, 2022

Dear Families,

We are so excited for _____________________ to begin kindergarten! We know the first week of kindergarten is an important milestone for you and your child and can set the tone for their school year. In an effort to help your child transition to all-day kindergarten, we have made the following changes to the first week of school:

  • Half of your child’s class will come to school on Monday, August 29th, and Wednesday, August 31st.

  • The second half of the class will come to school on Tuesday, August 30th, and Thursday, September 1st.

  • Every kindergarten student will attend school on Friday, September 2nd.

By doing this, each child will attend three full days of kindergarten and have the opportunity to meet their teacher, learn routines and meet new friends in a small group setting.

Your child has been assigned to come to school on:

___________ Monday, August 29th and Wednesday, August 31st

___________ Tuesday, August 30th and Thursday, September 1st

Kindergarten begins at 8:00 each day and ends at 2:45 each day; we are hoping this change will allow your child to have an exciting week that does not exhaust them! We apologize for any inconvenience, but we want your child to have a successful start to their educational journey! Please read the enclosed information attached to this letter. We have also included a letter from our PTO inviting you to our first annual Boo Hoo Breakfast!


Mrs. Nickoli, Principal Butler Elementary School

Important Information for our Kindergarten Families

Please join us for Open House on Thursday, August 25th from 6:00-7:00

You may bring your school supplies at this time


  • If you will be driving your child to school on the first day, please come to the gravel parking lot behind the school and park your car. This parking lot is off of Highland (the first road on the right as you enter Butler) You may take your child to the playground to play and take the first day of school pictures. Please arrive between 7:35 and 7:55.

  • Bus riders and walkers will be greeted in the cafeteria and walked to the playground.

  • At 7:35 our teachers will come out to the playground to greet the children, line them up, and walk them into the building.

  • If you will be picking your child up at the end of the day, dismissal will begin at 2:45. Please return to the gravel lot and get in a line beside our sidewalk. It would be helpful for you to write your child’s name on a piece of paper to hold up for our staff members.

  • If you have children in older grades, please send a note to school that you would like them picked up in the gravel lot as well. Please include their name, grade, and teacher.


Beginning Tuesday, September 6th

  • Car riders and walkers may arrive at 7:35 and will use the front door to enter. Upon entering the building, students will wash their hands and eat breakfast OR report straight to their classroom.

  • We offer breakfast and lunch for all students. Please make sure that you fill out the free and reduced forms in the event you may qualify for free or reduced lunches in addition to school fee waivers.

  • At the end of the day, please pick up your child in the gravel parking lot off Highland. We will begin dismissing students at 2:45. Don’t forget a sheet of paper with your child’s name.

  • If your child is a bus rider, please make sure they have their bus necklace each day until they learn their bus number. Buses load at 3:00.

  • If your child walks to school and you live in town, they will be walked out of the building toward Wilson Rd. by staff members. Our teachers will walk them to the corner of College Street and Morgan. If you live in the neighborhoods by our playground, students will be released out of the door leading to the playground. Again, if they have an older sibling who will be walking with them, please send a note with the sibling’s name, grade, and teacher. Dismissal time will be 2:45.

Butler Elementary Communication Methods

It is very important that you sign up for our REMIND and DOJO. We communicate delays and closings in addition to unexpected early releases; for example, last year's flood levels. We want you to receive immediate notifications in the event of an emergency or other important information.
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Please click on the links below your child's grade level to sign up!

Kindergarten Link

First Grade Link

Second Grade Link

Third Grade Link

Fourth Grade Link

Fifth Grade Link

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Please click on the link below to sign up!

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Title I Reading Services

We are excited to announce that Ms. Nicole Walker and Ms. Mayme Legron will be our Title I reading teachers for the 2021-2022 school year! Ms. Legron will be supporting our kindergarten and first-grade students while Ms. Walker will be supporting our second and third graders.

In the fall, all kindergarten children are assessed. The scores are then averaged for the entire kindergarten grade level. The students that are below average are put on a priority list. Groups of 4 or 5 from the classes are put together for Title I classes. These students are re-assessed again midyear. IF they scored in the average range, they return to the regular classroom and are monitored by the classroom teacher. If they are still below average, they remain in Title I Services. Those students having below-average scores are scheduled into the groups for Title I services. (providing we have enough spots for them.)

At the end of kindergarten, all students are reassessed. Those scoring below the average range are placed on a priority list to be assessed. Those scoring below average are placed on a priority list to be assessed in the fall of the following year. (in first grade)

First graders on the priority list and those the classroom teachers feel are having difficulty, are assessed. Then using the Reading Recovery Observation Survey of Early Literacy Achievement, students falling below the norms are scheduled to receive Title I services, providing we have enough spots for them.

At the end of first grade, the students that received Title I services (and did not test out during the year) are placed on a priority list for the following year. Additionally, students who did not meet the end of the year benchmarks are also placed on the priority list for second grade.

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Breakfast in all buildings: $1.50

Lunch in elementary: $3.00 Lunch in MS/HS: $3.25

Extra Entrée: $1.50 when purchased with a lunch

Snacks: varies

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A message from Nurse Jenny Carr

If your child needs to take medication at school, you will need to complete the medication administration form and have your child's doctor sign off. Please click on the PDF below to print or get one from Miss Sally in the office.
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Please call the office if your child will be absent

We appreciate it when families communicate with their teachers via DOJO. However, last year we had many families messaging that their child would be absent and not call the office. Miss Sally is required by law to call parents in the event their child is absent and we have not heard from the family.

Please call the office whenever your child will be absent. Don't forget to send a doctor's note to avoid truancy notices. We appreciate your help!

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Purple Star

The Purple Star designation is awarded to schools that demonstrate military-friendly practices and a commitment to military students and families. Butler has been a Purple Star School since 2019. Ms. Mayme Legron is our volunteer advisor.

If your child has an immediate family member actively deployed or serving our country, we invite them to be a part of this amazing group. Please email legronl@clearfork.k12.oh.us for more information!

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*Our mtg this month is Monday, Aug. 8th at 5 pm at Heidi Nicklers house. (325 Main St. Bellville, OH 44813)

*Still looking for volunteers to help run games and make snowcones at Butler Remembers Sat. Aug. 13th from 11 am-1 pm.

Call Kalie Orndorff if you're able to help! 419-961-7335

*Will have a table at Open House for you to sign up to help with our various activities this coming year! Stop by and see us!

*BooHoo Breakfast for our Kindergarten parents will be Friday, September 2nd from 8:15-8:45 am. Please plan to join us for drinks and doughnuts after dropping off your Kindergartener for the day!

*September Parents Club mtg. is Monday, Sept. 12th at 6 pm in the school cafeteria!