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Butler Elementary - September 2022 - Volume 2

Butler at its Best!

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First Weeks at Butler

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Important Information

Standard School Day - Butler "C-School" Hours

Please note the following times to anticipate our Butler Schedule:

Standard School Day - Butler "C-School" Hours

Please note the following times to anticipate our Butler Schedule:

Butler School Day - "C" School:

Grades 1 through 6 - 9:05 a.m. — 3:45 p.m.

AM Kindergarten: 9:05 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. (Mid-Day Pick-Up)

PM Kindergarten: 1:10 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. (Mid-Day Drop-Off)

Typical 2-Hour Delay Schedule:

Delayed Opening Arrival - 10:45 a.m. (K-6)

Normal Dismissal - 3:45 p.m. (K-6)

AM Kindergarten - 11:05 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. (adjusted hours)

PM Kindergarten - 2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. (adjusted hours)

** Early Dismissal Days / Or Scheduled Half Days - 12:25 p.m.

Mandatory Annual Student Update - Please Complete This Task

All registered students must be updated by September 30th - via Parent Portal

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Car Rider Arrival & Dismissal Reminders

Arrival and Dismissal procedures for Carline (and school) continue to flow smoothly - with Walkers average release time around 4 PM. Thanks for everyone's efforts in making this a safe process. Please be reminded:


  • School Doors officially open at 8:45 AM.
  • PLEASE have car-riders REMAIN in vehicles until staff is in place at 8:45 AM.
  • Walkers will be assembling under the canopy by the front doors, but we request car-riders remain in vehicles so traffic is not moving while children are walking to school.
  • We will have a crosswalk attendee supporting student walker arrival and traffic flow.
  • Please keep your eyes open for student walkers and adhere to speed limit postings.


  • Car-Rider dismissal takes place from our Gym Atrium Doors.
  • Parents remain in vehicles at all times; a staff member will call the student to meet the vehicle in our pull-around spaces.
  • **Please Use placards from those which were sent home on the first day of school. - fill-out with First & Last NAME and GRADE - place on dashboard in view for caller.

Dismissal Changes - Please Notify the Office

If normal dismissal plans change for your child, PLEASE notify the teacher AND the office (267-893-4250). Communication may not happen if a teacher is absent on any given day. THANK YOU!

Absence Reporting Update - Families

In 21-22, the Central Bucks School District adjusted the way in which absences are reported. The system is continuing this year - please follow these protocols:

Key Points:

  • Parents and guardians are able to submit absence requests via the Parent Portal. Parents can request a full day absence, early dismissal, or late arrival.
  • Absence requests will be reviewed by school attendance staff and approved or denied.
  • Requests made using the parent portal will also serve as the excuse for the absence. Parents will not be required to submit an excuse either electronic or written if on the portal.
  • Parents and guardians may also still call or email the school to report an absence.

    In addition, when a student is absent from school, but the school did not receive communication from the parent or guardian, the following communication will be sent:

    • A text message will be sent at 10:30 AM notifying the parent or guardian of the absence.
    • An email will also be sent at the same time reminding the parent or guardian that the student was marked absent.
    • If the written notification is sent in error, please contact the school 267-893-4250 to resolve the conflict.

    Please Note: Butler_Attendance is NO LONGER an option for reporting absences. Please email the teacher and the Attendance Secretary (Michele Droxler)

      Information regarding how to use the Parent Portal to report an absence can be found here.

      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!

      Department Updates

      Art Department

      Welcome to the Butler Art Room! In the art room, we are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, with focus on artists Okuda San Miguel and Amelia Pelaez.

      Updates from the Guidance Department

      BC Grandfamilies Support Group

      Run by grandparents for grandparents and other relatives raising the children of loved ones. Build support, discuss topics related to challenges, celebrate successes, broaden knowledge, educate others through lived experience and resources offered. We serve beyond Bucks County.

      FALL DATES: September 16, October 7 and 21, November 4 and 18 (Resumes March-May)

      TIME: 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM

      LOCATION: Lenape Valley Church - 321 W. Butler Ate. (at Ute Rd.) New Britain, PA 18901

      *(For GPS use Doylestown, PA 18901 - turn onto Ute Rd. to access lot)

      Dinner/Refreshments provided for all and childcare offered for children who are potty trained through age 12 at no cost to grandfamilies

      Registration Required: Wednesday prior to Friday meeting (number of children and adults attending)

      Email Beth Jester with questions, concerns or support

      Special Events

      October 7 - Big Brothers /Big Sisters of Bucks County

      November 4- Dawn Padanyl Law

      Calendar and Upcoming Events

      School Calendar


      Sept. 16 - Butler Picture Day

      Sept. 19 - Spirit Day - Football Eagles Day (or Favorite Team Jersey)

      Sept. 19 - Butler PTO General Meeting - 7:00 PM (Library)

      Sept. 22 - CB South Family Consumer Sciences - School-Aged Child Visit #1

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

      Sept. 23 - Butler PTO Bingo Night - 7:00 PM Gymnasium

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

      Sept. 29 - MTSS Data Preview (Staff)

      Sept. 29 - CB South Family Consumer Sciences - School-Aged Child Visit #2


      Oct. 3-7 - PTO Scholastic Book Fair

      Oct. 4 - 5th Grade Ecology Field Trip @ Peace Valley (Filson)

      Oct. 5 - Holiday - No School for Students & Staff (Office Open) - Yom Kippur

      Oct. 7 - 5th Grade Ecology Field Trip @ Peace Valley

      Oct. 7 - Butler Bash - 5:30 PM (Behind School - Outdoors) - Details to Come

      Oct. 13 & 14 - 6th Grade Ropes Field Trip (Elbow Lane)

      Oct. 21 - Haunted Hallway

      Oct. 24 - Holiday - No School for Students & Staff (Office Open) - Diwali

      Oct. 24-28 - Red Ribbon Week

      Oct. 27 - Picture Retake Day

      Oct. 31 - Half Day for Students - Dismissal Begins at 12:25 PM

      Oct. 31 - Halloween Festivities (Parade & Party in AM)

      Spirit Day for Monday, September 19

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      CB South Cheerleading Clinic - September 18

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      PAYS Survey Presentation and Wellness Expo 10/17 - 6PM CB West

      Get to the heart of adolescence.

      Working in cooperation with the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, the Central Bucks School District will host a presentation and panel discussion of Central Bucks’ Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) results, as well as community and school-based supports for students and families. The panel will be followed by a wellness expo featuring more than 15 health and wellness vendors, and resource providers.

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      Young Rembrandts - Fall 2022

      Make this a memorable time by signing up your elementary child in a Young Rembrandts drawing class. Your child will learn about design, composition and illustration using our unique step-by-step drawing method. Besides strengthening your child’s drawing and coloring skills, he or she will also learn about art history as we present lessons featuring a master artist. Don’t miss out, enroll now!
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      FAB LAB - September Events and Updates

      Check out what's happening for kids and families!

      The Bucks IU's Fab Lab has an exciting lineup of after-school clubs and Saturday programs. Scholarships are available; families can reach out anytime to to request a scholarship to any program.

      Click here for September events!

      Adult ESL Classes

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      School Happenings

      Butler Picture Day - 9/16

      The Butler Bear students and staff styled their hair, chose their best outfits, had a twinkle in their eyes, and smiles on their faces for Picture Day on 9/16! Each of our classrooms posed for individual portraits and class photos throughout the day. The BEARS were looking great all day long! (Picture Day retakes are scheduled for October 27th.)

      5th and 6th Grade Team Building

      The start of the school year is an opportunity for all of our classrooms of teachers and students to "define" their place in our school. Butler Elementary - while focused on our school attributes - highlight the importance of kindness, positivity, and pride in Butler! In creating that positive classroom culture and grade-level teamwork, our 5th and 6th grade classrooms conducted team-building activities where teachers presented them with challenges that required communication, critical thinking and GRIT! We are super excited to continue to see these students learn as individuals and a collective group.
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      Back to School Nights at Butler - 22-23

      Butler Elementary hosted all of our Back to School

      Nights in the first two-weeks of school - where each grade level teacher welcomed their families into classrooms to celebrate the start of the school year! Parents joined their child's classroom to learn more about the school day - including: highlights for the year, grade-level curriculum, daily routines, classroom expectations, and classroom/grade level events! Each meeting formally introduced the teachers to their families and is a wonderful event to launch into the year in a positive manner!

      Instrumental Assemblies - Strings and Band

      One of the most exciting opportunities for 4th,

      5th, and 6th grades is the chance to play a musical instrument. Beginning in 4th grade, students learned about the options for playing a string instrument with Mrs. Hartzell, Butler's strings teacher. On September 1st, in 4th, 5th & 6th grades, Mrs. Hartzell and Mr. Robinson presented both strings and band instruments - as options for the upper intermediate students. Playing a musical instrument has benefits for all students including better memory skills, management of time, academic benefits, and listening skills! The Butler music department is a talented team who highlight our students talents and excitement for music!

      From the Butler PTO

      PTO Newsletter

      To read the latest from the Butler PTO, please click here for access to the Weekly Newsletter!

      PTO General Meeting - 9/19

      Please join the Butler PTO on Monday, September 19th at 7:00 PM in the Library. (Promise to end before the Eagles Game)!

      Fall Scholastic Book Fair - Oct. 3-7

      The Fall Scholastic Book Fair will be on display at school the week of October 3rd through October 7th. Each class will visit the fair to peruse the shelves and stacks of new books for our avid readers! Details shared through the PTO!

      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

      Butler Elementary

      Karl Funseth - Principal

      Peggy Bernabei - Administrative Assistant to Principal

      Sinead Doherty - Assistant Principal

      Michele Droxler - Administrative Assistant to Assistant Principal