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Butler Elementary School - Summer Edition - July/August 2022

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Butler Elementary Summer Updates

Summertime @ Butler

I am sure everyone is anticipating and looking forward to the new 22-23 school year! Everyone on our Butler staff surely is, as well! Whether your student is a new Kindergartener, entering our hallways as Butler Bears for the first time -or- a seasoned 6th Grader - We are so eager with anticipation in seeing the children come late August! The summer months have been spent preparing our school for the coming year. Mr. Sutton, Mr. Gallagher and the summer custodial crew have taken this as their opportunity to ready and prepare the classrooms and hallways with that beautiful "first day shine!" Our office team - Ms. Bernabei and Mrs. Droxler - have been keeping our programs updated and focused as we prepare for teachers and students. Dr. Doherty and I are still completing hiring needs and anticipating the exciting start to the school year with staff trainings and student preparations! We really are looking forward to a great beginning to our year focused and ready for school!

Butler Summer Reading Challenge

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Click Here for a link to the forms for your reading lists! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Leesa Meade,, over summer.

NAESP - Report to Parents: The Rewards of Reading!

To provide children with a positive summer outlet, the Butler Principals and Reading Team issued a "rewarding" summer reading challenge (outlined above) in preparation for the new school year! When your child reads this summer, tracks their progress, and submits the online form at the start of school - they will qualify for some fun and exciting rewards for their time, effort and focus!

Encouraging children to read at home is one of the most powerful ways that parents can support students’ learning. Just 15 minutes of reading per day at home can make a difference in students’ reading fluency, stamina, and preparedness - especially during those first weeks of school! The National Association of Elementary School Principals organization published “The Rewards of Reading,” offering families ideas and strategies to get kids reading more at home.

"The seeds for success in the classroom are sown at home. Encouraging children to read at home is one of the most powerful ways that parents can support students’ learning. Just 15 minutes of reading at home per day can make a difference in students’ reading fluency. Prioritize reading with these tips..."

To read the 1-page article from NAESP, please click here.

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Important Information

Student Registration, 22-23 - Still Open

Registration for any student in all grade levels new to Central Bucks is STILL OPEN. Please use this link to register your child for the 2022-2023 school year. CLICK HERE.

Kindergarten classrooms are quickly filling - and staffing needs may adjust sooner if all our potential students register as early as possible. Late registrations may result in larger class sizes. Register today!

We look forward to welcoming our new Butler Bears!

Mandatory Annual Student Update - Family Task

All registered students must be updated by September 30th - via Parent Portal
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Health Room Update - Required Health Exams for 22-23 School Year

The State of Pennsylvania requires students in elementary grades to have health exams:

  • Students entering Kindergarten all students new to the district - Dental and Physical Exams.
  • Students entering 3rd Grade (and 7th Grade) - Dental Exam
  • Students entering 6th Grade (and 11th Grade) - Physical Exam.

The dental and physical forms can be found by CLICKING HERE. Parents are urged to have physical and dental examinations completed by their family physician and/or dentist and submitted prior to October 15th of the year that they are due. Exams may be completed any time after September 1st of the prior calendar year. You can upload your completed forms to your child's Parent Portal account. **Please keep a copy or the health form for your records.

Before & After Care for the 2022-2023 School Year

The 22-23 Before & After Care Community School Program is now open. Please visit the CBSD Childcare Program site for more information on how to register your child.

CLICK HERE to Register for Before/After Care with CB Community School!

Free & Reduced Lunch Program

To access the application and understand important details regarding the "Free & Reduced Lunch" Program, please CLICK HERE.

Class Placement Information

Accessing Class Placement Information - Parent Portal - 8/1/2022

District-wide, elementary class placement details will go LIVE at 8:00 AM on Monday, August 1st. To access, please refer to your Parent Portal account, via the CBSD website's Parent Page. For families new to CBSD, please sign-up for an Activation Key to obtain account information.

  • Special Education case managers will contact families during the month of August.
  • Math Placement for 5th & 6th Grades will be determined and communicated to families at the start of the school year.

As a reminder, all placements are final. Our Butler Team of teachers (general education, special education, PEN, Reading Specialists), counselors, school psychologist, and principals worked extensively throughout June and into July in placing students carefully in building balanced classrooms. Even one change can offset the academic and social-emotional needs the team so-thoughtfully considered.

Teacher Welcome Letters - Posted Online Teacher Pages

With 2022-2023 Class Placement Access going live on August 1st, many families will be eager to make a connection with their child's new teacher! Classroom Welcome Letters are posted on websites of each individual teacher. To access, use Butler Elementary's Website to find our staff directory, and click your teacher's personal page to view! (Please Note: Some from our staff new to Butler are still being added by our IT Department).

Grade Level Supply Lists

In addition to your welcome letters, please be sure to locate your child's grade-level Supply List. This was created at the end of last school year and communicated then for your planning purposes. Please refer here to review items recommended by your child's grade-level in preparation for the year ahead!

Dates and Upcoming Events

School Calendar

Summer Hours: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM *Monday Through Thursday* (Closed Fridays through August 12th.)


Aug. 1 - Class Placements Published (via Parent Portal Backpack)

Aug. 9 - CB School Board Meeting - 7:30 PM - 16 Welden (ESC)

Aug. 25 - New Family Tours (AM) - See Below for Details

Aug. 25 - Kindergarten BTSN/Orientation/Transportation (PM) - See Below for Details

Aug. 29 - First Day of School for Students

Aug. 31 - BTSN Grades 5&6 (Schedule Below)


Sept. 2 - Labor Day Holiday - School/Offices Closed

Sept. 5 - Labor Day - School/Offices Closed

Sept. 6 - BTSN Grades 1&2 (Schedule Below)

Sept. 7 - BTSN Grades 3&4 (Schedule Below)

Sept. 8 - CB South BTSN

Sept. 13 - CB School Board Meeting - 7:30 PM - 16 Welden (ESC)

Sept. 15 - Unami BTSN (7th Grade)

Sept. 16 - Butler Picture Day

Sept. 22 - Unami BTSN (8th & 9th Grades)

Sept. 23 - Butler PTO Bingo Night

Sept 26 - Holiday - No School for Students (Office Open) - Rosh Hashanah

New Family Butler School Tours - Save the Date!

On the morning of August 25th, our new students and families to Butler Elementary are invited to join our 6th Grade Ambassador's for "In-Person" School Tours! Specific details below. We hope to see all of our newest Butler Bears come out to learn about the school and community!
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Kindergarten Orientation & Back to School

On Thursday, August 25th - the CBSD Transportation Department and Butler Elementary Kindergarten Team will host Kindergarten Orientation beginning at 1:15 PM. Doors will open to our gymnasium promptly at 1:00 PM for families to join our meeting (***Please find alternate childcare for siblings, if able). The CBSD Transportation Department will provide a short presentation for students and families - plus a bus ride (Students Only)! Afterwards, the Kindergarten team will host parents as students get a tour of their school and classroom. Important information will be shared about the year ahead - so it is a great way for parents to learn about the Kindergarten year while students are able to familiarize themselves with their school prior to the first day of class!
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Butler Back to School Night Dates

As a reminder, the first day of school will be Monday, August 29, 2022. With the start of school comes our Back to School Nights (BTSN’s) as they are an important opportunity for all parents to meet their child’s teacher and learn about the year ahead!

BTS Nights will be held according to the following schedule:

Thursday, 8/25 - 1:30PM-3:00PM - Kindergarten BTS Orientation, Transportation/Bus

Wednesday, 8/31 - 6:30 PM - Grade 5; 7:30 PM - Grade 6

Tuesday, 9/6 - 6:30 PM - Grade 1; 7:30 PM - Grade 2

Wednesday, 9/7 - 6:30 PM - Grade 3; 7:30 PM - Grade 4

*Please Note: When you arrive, walk directly to your child’s classroom so you do not miss any of your teacher’s presentation. For each of our grade levels, BTSN will start promptly at noted times.

Butler Picture Day - 9/16

Mark your calendars, comb/brush your hair, and find you best outfit for Butler's 22-23 Picture Day on September 16th! More details and information to be sent home in the Wednesday Folders!

Picture Retake Day is scheduled for October 27, 2022

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

Simon Butler Elementary School

Karl Funseth - Principal

Peggy Bernabei - Administrative Assistant to Principal

Sinead Doherty - Assistant Principal

Michele Droxler - Administrative Assistant to Assistant Principal