Butler Creek Bulletin

November 4th

NOTES FROM PRINCIPAL LAURA FENDALL

Hello BC Families!


Thank you for supporting our annual Jog-a-thon fundraiser. In spite of the less than ideal weather, there was lots of enthusiasm and fun. Thanks to all the parents who came out to volunteer and cheer on the runners. The deadline for turning in pledges has been extended to Friday, November 8th in order to meet our goal. Send those pledges in! PTA will be announcing the winners and prizes soon.


Annual Title I Reading Night/PTA Meeting November 20th 6:30pm-7:30pm

Please join us to learn more about our reading program at Butler Creek. Amanda Norman, our outstanding reading specialist will share how we support reading instruction for our students. Hope to see everyone there!


Notice of State Testing

Oregon adopted higher K-12 standards in English Language Arts and Math in 2010 to ensure all students gain the academic knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school. In tandem with the adoption of these higher expectations for student achievement, the method for measuring student progress through our state tests also changed. The current state test is known as Smarter Balanced. Having your child take the statewide tests provides educators and administrators with information about what teaching approaches are most effective and how resources should be allocated. Your child’s participation provides both you and teachers with additional information beyond classroom assessments of how your child is progressing in relation to these state standards. Student participation is also vital to ensuring schools and districts receive the resources they need to help all students succeed. Please follow the links below to the Oregon Department of Education's annual notice of state testing, which will take place in the spring. These links also provide information on how to opt-out of state testing should you choose for your child to do so.


English Notice of State Testing

https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/assessment/Documents/Opt-Out_Form_2019-20.pdf


Spanish Notice of State Testing

https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educator-resources/assessment/Documents/Spanish_Opt-Out_Form_2019-20.pdf


Parent-Teacher Conferences November 25th and 26th

Teachers are in the process of scheduling fall conferences. Conferences will be Monday afternoon/evening on the 25th and all day/evening on Tuesday, the 26th. This will be a great opportunity to spend time with the teacher becoming better acquainted and talking about your child's learning. We look forward to seeing everyone at conferences!


PTA Book Fair

During conferences PTA will be hosting a book fair in the library. Please come shop to support our school.


Traffic Update

Thanks to everyone for working together to keep traffic flowing and students safe during arrival and pick up times. We have added an additional crossing guard at the Butler Road 4-way stop to assist with traffic. We are continuing to explore ways to improve the congestion. The school district's Safety and Security Consultant, Pete Jeter, has been coming out to observe traffic flow. We are also planning to try and work with the City of Gresham to encourage them to do a traffic study of the area. When dropping off or picking up your child, please remember to pull forward as close as possible to stop line. This really helps keep the traffic moving. And, please do not drop your child off in the parking lot or before pulling up to the curb. We now have student crossing guards at the crosswalk in front of the school. Please follow crosswalk rules and use caution when driving past that area. Thank you for everyone's help keeping Butler Creek safe!


Party Invites

The office is receiving requests to deliver party invitations to students in the classroom. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide this service. Thanks for understanding.


Save the Date

Saturday, December 7th the PTA will be hosting a "Breakfast with Santa" event at Butler Creek.

There will be crafts, food, music---stay tuned for details!


Best to you and your families,

Laura Fendall