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Butler Elementary - Volume 9 - January 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.

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.

Support Staff Job Opportunities

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Department Updates

Counselor's Corner

Learning how to set goals and achieving goals will help students set themselves up for success in 2021! Help your child reach for the stars with some helpful tips and tricks for easy, manageable goal setting skills.

Please click here for some information on "Why Goals Are Important and Helping Students Learn How to Set Goals".

Sparks: Article #3 January 2021 - Finding Your Spark

Wouldn’t it be great if we all knew what our “spark” was as a young child. For some that is the case, but for others, the time spent discovering their spark can be an adventure. As a parent, do you know your spark? When did you discover your spark? Understanding the concept of spark yourself is beneficial in discussing the idea with your child. Typically, 60% of children can identify their spark by the time they are 12 years old. This may or may not be the case for your child(ren). To encourage this discovery, find an opportunity when you and your child can have alone time to talk about it (e.g., driving in the car). Here are some helpful questions to start the conversation from the book Sparks by Peter L Benson, PhD (2008):

  • What makes you jump out of bed in the morning?
  • What makes you dread getting out of bed in the morning? (Eliminating ideas can be as important as discovery.)
  • What day is your favorite day of the week? Why?
  • If you could spend the whole day doing something you chose to do, what would that be?
  • What makes you really happy?
  • Who are your adult role models?

Among the most common sparks reported by children are the creative arts, athletics, and learning. Some children find their sparks in areas that are less common. It may be hard for some children, especially teenagers, to do something that few others do. It is important that we encourage our children to find their own spark and path.

For comments or questions, please contact Ginny Barrett at

Calendar and Upcoming Events

School Calendar


Jan. 18 - MLK, Jr. Day - No School

Jan. 19 - Butler Patriot's Pen - 6th Grade Honorees

Jan. 26 - CB School Board Meeting - 7:30 PM

Grab and Go Lunch Pickup Week of 1/18

Please Note:

Monday, January 18 - MLK Jr Day - No Pickups

Tuesday, January 19 - Grab and Go Meals Available at each High School for any student from 10:30 am- 12:00 pm

See Flyer below or click following link for more information.

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Unami Spirit Wear - For Our Future Unami Students

Show your Unami Pride and stay warm in BRAND NEW apparel and items! Some clothing will also be offered in youth sizes.

Contact kmajewski@cbsd.ord with any questions.

Unami Middle School Spirit Wear 2021 | Kampus Klothes | powered by OrderMyGear (

CB Cares Boomerang Award Nomination - January

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 January.

January’s Asset is #33 – Interpersonal Competence - Young person has empathy, sensitivity, and friendship skills.

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

School Happenings

Butler Students New Year's Resolutions & Other Class Activities

Welcome Back and Happy New Year 2021! Butler Bears returned to school in style and acknowledged the excitement by making resolutions and goals to strive towards for the rest of this year! Our classrooms initiated creativity and thought into each of their projects. Great to be back!

Butler Elementary - Kind Like Joey

Butler Elementary is active in support of our Community's "Kind Like Joey" Foundation - honoring former Butler Bear Joey Edwards. The initiative focuses on how young people can be "kind" to one another and recognizing these individuals for doing good in our world. Recently, Mrs. Bobrownicki's 4th graders created "Kind Like Joey" ornaments to decorate Butler's Ashley's Garden - a space honoring a child of former Butler principal, Juliette Tomlinson. Students decorated each ornament and wrote a kind idea to help inspire others. It was a wonderful and festive activity connecting two heartfelt, Butler initiatives.

Spirit Week - A Time to Celebrate the Season (Before Winter Break)

Butler Elementary celebrated various Spirit Days to celebrate the Holiday Fun before break:

  1. Blizzard White-Out Day - Dressed in snowy colors
  2. Ugly Holiday Sweater Day
  3. Grinch Day (Bear Dens Grade 3)
  4. Cozy Pajama Day

Thanks to our Spirit Committee and all of the students and staff who participated in the fun!

Kindergarten Mystery Reader

Mystery Readers are special guests who go to a classroom to read a story to students. Miss Patterson's PM Kindergarten class was surprised when their Mystery guest visited their class to read a story!

- This reader cheers for the Buffalo Bills football team?

- This reader has four children - High School, Middle School & Elem. School!

- This reader works in the Main Office

They guessed it - Our Principal, Mr. Funseth!

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Classroom Activities

Shaving Cream Sight Words, Observing Matter (candy canes, baking soda & vinegar) and "Stuck in a Snow Globe"

Student Showcase

December's Butler Boomerang Winner: Positive Peer Influence

The winner for December's Asset # 15- Positive Peer Influence is:

Michael (MJ) D. - 3-Gilluly

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Children With Hair Loss - Butler Bears Donate their Hair!

Children w/ Hair Loss is an organization that provides human hair replacements at no cost to children and young adults facing medically-related hair loss. Kindergartner Ariana C. and her sixth grade sister, Aubrey C., generously donated to children in need. Our Butler Bear students support our community in so many ways!
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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.

PTO Virtual Paint Night - Friday, January 8th

The Butler PTO sponsored a Virtual Paint Night led by Mrs. Abelson from her "at home" studio! Participants retrieved supplies prior to the event and worked on step-by-step skills throughout the event. Amazing art and creativity runs throughout the Butler Community! Thanks to all of our participants for joining together and for our PTO to host and offer!

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