Paw Power Press

Butler Elementary School

From the Desk of the Principal

Season's Greetings! This month's issue of The Paw Power Press is a summary of November and December happenings. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our annual food drive. This holiday there will be homes filled with parcels of kindness because of our Butler Bear goodwill.

I wish all of our Butler community a healthy and joyous holiday. At a time when the world may seem unsettled, embrace your children. They are the best reminder of what truly matters most. As educators, we are privileged to be a part of their daily lives.

Leaving 2015, I look forward to the adventures of 2016. From our Butler family to yours, have the happiest of holiday seasons!

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Christmas video

Butler Holiday Food Drive

Butler Elementary is a community of sharing, especially during this holiday season. Student council members, CB South Key Club and employees from Home Depot assembled the collected food donations. Trader Joe's in Montgomery provided the brown bags for the collections. Our gifts were spread throughout our Butler neighborhood, as the warmth of the season touches us all.

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Snack with the Principal

Congratulations to the students who were chosen to have snack with Mr. Brereton. These students showed understanding, teamwork, leadership, educational excellence and respect. Let's continue to spread the "paws"itive paw power throughout Butler!

Butler Salutes Veterans

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It was Butler's privilege to commemorate Veterans Day with our family of heroes. We honored 79 men and women of service with music, songs and tributes. It was our third celebration of patriotic spirit, encouraging students and their loved ones to come together and share history.

Central Bucks Communication Survey

In the past few years, communication across the district has greatly evolved. Our district and school websites have been upgraded with the intent to make them more mobile-friendly, our school newsletter format has been standardized, and we have integrated Facebook and Twitter for the sharing of information. Given all of these changes, we wanted to poll our families on the effectiveness of our information outreach.

Here is a link to a brief survey that will help us gather your feedback and to ensure that information and updates are reaching our families in the most efficient manner. The link will also be available on the district webpage. If you have children in multiple buildings, please feel free to complete multiple surveys or utilize the final question to differentiate your responses.

We value your insight and appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey. If you have any questions, please contact Community Relations at:

Author asks, "What if?"

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Author Peter Catalanotto challenged students to answer the question, "what if ? " Students were encouraged to dig deep into their lives for interesting story telling. He demonstrated to students in grades K-2 the writing and illustrating process. The author engaged budding writers to tell their own stories. Butler's artists are always inspired by authors' visits.

Ag Lab Visits Butler

Classes from first through sixth grade increased their awareness of agriculture's importance in their lives during the Agricultural Science Lab visit. Students performed hands-on learning by making hypotheses, conducting experiments and collecting data. The Lab integrated classroom curriculum with practical experimentation.

Counselors' Corner

The following Butler students were nominated for a Boomerang award in the month of November. The Boomerang asset was #40---Positive view of personal future: Ava Kurtzman, Julia Levy, Nathan Arnoldi, Noel Fennessey, Catarina Raposo, Jose Lucas, David Pomeroy, Finn Carlin, Ethan Nieves-Sosa, Emma Destephanis, Keeley Shuttleworth, Hans Bode, and Grace Langdon.

Our Butler holiday food drive has officially begun. Students received bags from Trader Joe’s with an attached letter outlining suggested contributions. We ask that all contributions be sent back to school by Friday, December 11. Donations assist only our own Butler families. Food baskets will be distributed during the week of December 14. Our Butler student council will be assisted once again by members of the CB South Key Club, as well as volunteers from Home Depot in Montgomeryville.

During the month of November, presenters from A Woman’s Place were in our sixth grade classrooms to present the Peace Works program. During the months of December and January, presenters will be visiting our fourth and fifth grade classrooms. Parent letters were sent home in late October with information about the programs.

Over the last several weeks, Mr. Anderson and Mrs. Milotich have been conducting classroom lessons in grades 3 and 4. During this time, we have suspended our lunch group meetings to enable us to reach all of our students in the various grade levels. This model will continue throughout the year as we provide direct instruction in all of our classrooms at Butler. The lessons review relaxation techniques that were presented last spring during our town meeting in March. In addition, the classroom lessons, delivered in a class meeting format, provided students with opportunities to describe their stressors and to share ways of alleviating stress or worry. Some additional strategies were also presented to each class.

Boomerang Award Winner

Butler student, Grace Langdon, was chosen as the elementary Boomerang Award winner for November. The asset was #40: Positive View of Personal Future. Grace dreams of being a teacher when she grows up and exemplifies this asset every day at school. Congratulations Grace!
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Boomerang Award Asset for December:

#22-School Engagement. Young person is actively engaged in educational activities inside and/or outside of school. They take learning a step further and by their actions and enthusiasm serve as a role model to others.

During the month of December, Butler students were nominated for Boomerang asset #22---School Engagement. Young person is actively engaged in learning. The following students were nominated by their teachers or parents: Karley Stewart, Lena Karcher, Pacey Herman, Nick Mingacci, Jack Zwiebel, Morgan Tanhauser, Napreka Waugh, Harrison Shenkman, Elle DeStephanis, Emma Hancock, Allie Franck, Abby Shaheen, Kyle Moyer, and Nix Varano.

Mr. Anderson and Mrs. Milotich had a Neighborhood Meeting in December with the first grade to learn and practice relaxation strategies.

Kindergarten Registration 2016-2017

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