FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER - 1-29-2021
FROM DR. KEHOE

Parent / Teacher Conference 
Parent / Teacher Conferences will be held:
Wednesday, February 10th 5:15-8:15 PM
Thursday, February 11th 3:15-8:15PM

Signup for conferences will be held Monday, January 25th – Monday, February 1st.
Due to the many changes in teacher assignments in November, everyone will need to signup for a new spot even if a winter conference was scheduled in the fall.
Link to signup

https://signup.com/go/bXLjFbS

Classroom Valentine’s Day Celebration
Classroom Valentine’s Day celebrations will take place Wednesday, February 10th. 

BFA Head Room Parents will work with classroom teachers to plan a special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. 
Parameters for Valentine’s Day Celebrations during COVID:

•    Volunteers and visitors are unable to come into the building at this time. 

•    In trying to mitigate any risk of exposure, we will not pass out valentine cards in classrooms this year. 

•    Head Room Parents can work with classroom teachers to plan a short valentine activity (30-40 min max) for the class. This can be a craft that is sent in for each student and the teacher facilitates the craft. Or the parent can join a class Meet (live stream) and facilitate the craft, if that is preferred. Or it could be the Head Room Parent reading a fun valentine story. This activity would need to take place on 2/10 (so that AM and PM can participate).

•    Valentine goody bags (without food) can be sent in to send home with students if the Head Room Parent would like to bring those in to school. They need to be delivered to Butterfield by Friday, February 5th so that virtual families have a chance to pick them up. 

Picture Retake Day
If you did not have a picture taken earlier this year, are new to Butterfield or want a picture retaken, you can sign up for a picture retake.  Picture Retake Day will take place Thursday, February 11th 11:00-3:00PM (this is an early release day to prepare for Parent / Teacher Conferences).
Signup for Picture Retake Day

https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/1173476992014/false#/invitation

2021-2022 School Calendar
The 2021-2022 School Calendar was approved during January’s School Board Meeting and is now available on D70’s website.  

https://www.d70schools.org/lib/redirect.php?res_id=1552


Just a few reminders:
Thursday, February 11th
Early Release
1:15 PM Instruction Ends

Everyone follows regular schedule until 1:15 PM this day. 

School day ends for everyone at 1:15 PM.

Biggest change is that PM in-person students attend class virtually this day. 

More information about Early Release and upcoming Late Arrival Days (2/26 and 5/28) can be found here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sQdPy_B_DwjEu4mpF0-pOqykZMEtrhbUqBjyEOp97E4/edit?usp=sharing

Thursday, February 11th
Parent Teacher Conferences
3:15-8:15 PM

Friday, February 12th
No School
Non-attendance Day

Monday, February 15th
No School
President’s Day

Gifted and Enrichment News

What a great year it has been so for the Gifted and Enrichment classes! Here's an update on the exciting work that has been going on in Mrs. Rech's “virtual” room.

 Gifted Classes: In math, the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade gifted students are learning advanced problem-solving, where students work to solve higher-level problems. In reading, the students work through novel studies. We are currently finishing up a novel study of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

 Math Enrichment: The 1st-5th grade math enrichment groups work on extending students' mathematical knowledge.  The groups are flexible and change with each math unit based on pretesting. The lessons correlate with the math concept that is being taught in their classrooms, but the concept is taken to a deeper and more complicated level.  It's amazing to see what the Butterfield students can do with math!

 Reading Enrichment: These enrichment groups focus on extending students' learning of reading.  The 1st-5th grade groups have worked on reading short stories and completing higher-level activities that go along with the readings.  The reading groups are also flexible and change throughout the year.

 Please feel free to contact Conna Rech if you have any questions about the GTE services.  crech@d70schools.org

 

STUDENT COUNCIL DONATION DRIVE

CALLING ALL BULLDOGS!!

To show that Bulldogs care, please help donate to those in need.

What: Student Council Donation Drive for PADS

Why: PADS is a Lake County Organization that 

“Helps the Homeless Find a Way”

When: Tuesday, February 16th- Tuesday, February 23rd

Where: Bring items to school- Bins will be placed outside 

of classrooms

How: Drop off boxes will be located in each grade level hallway and at the front of the school so students can safely drop off their donations. 

 

Needed Items:

·        Thermal Tops and Bottoms, All sizes, Men and Women

·        Sweatpants, All Sizes, Men and Women

·        Underwear, All sizes, Men and Women

·        Laundry PODS

·        Hand Sanitizer

·        Lysol Wipes

·        Lysol Spray

·        Hand Warmers

·        Paper plates and bowls

·        microwavable meals (Easy Mac, pasta, ramen bowls)

·        bread

·        peanut butter/jelly

·        fruit cups (with pull tabs)

·        chips/pretzels/snacks

·        bottled water

BFA NEWS

Good Afternoon-

The BFA is looking for Board members and committee chairs for the 2021-2022 school year. Please take a look at the open positions and reach to me out if you would like to learn more or sign-up!

Our annual Winter Scholastic Book Fair begins on February 2nd. Please use the link below to visit and purchase books from this great fundraiser that helps replenish our library and reading resource books by using Scholastic dollars to purchase new books! Don’t forget to give a little to your child(ren)s teacher(s) by donating to their eWallet. 

SURPRISE! The BFA will be gifting each Butterfield Bulldog a Scholastic book! The book selected will be age appropriate, we are working with our Butterfield teachers on proper book selections.

Our Valentine’s Celebrations will look a little different this year but will not be any less creative! Our head room parents and volunteers are working on delivering a fun virtual activity, treat bag, or Valentine goody for the classroom Valentine Celebrations on February 10th!

Our next BFA General meeting will be on Tuesday, February 16 at 7p, watch for the Zoom invite! 

The BFA is working with Pizzeria DeVille on a Dine and Share every Wednesday night during the month of MARCH! Yes you heard correctly EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING in MARCH! Details will be available soon.

Please remember we must take individual and collective responsibility in practicing the 3Ws (watching distance, wearing a mask, and washing hands), as well as staying home when we are not well, especially now. Let’s keep our Butterfield Bulldogs healthy and safe! 

Thank you to all of our Butterfield families for your continued support!

Jennifer Khan

BFA President

 
BFA Book Fair and Open Positions

Virtual Book Fair!

The Scholastic Book Fair is February 2-15th. To order, please visit: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/butterfieldelementaryschool3
Free shipping on book orders over $25!

 

Open Positions

BFA Executive Board

2nd Vice President Description - The Second Vice President shall serve as delegate to the Family Association of District 70 (FAD 70); assist in the District Teacher’s Luncheon; perform other duties as assigned by the President; coordinate the School Directory Cover Contest with the 4th grade student and art teachers; serve as the BFA contact in cases of school or community crises; and coordinate volunteer sign-ups, and distribute a list of volunteers to specific committee chairpersons.

 

Assistant Treasurer Description - The Assistant Treasurer shall coordinate with the committees and be the liaison on the building of any electronic sales platform, report deposits to treasurer, and provide reports of final sales to committee heads as well as the Treasurer; work with Treasurer to produce monthly reports for Board Meetings and will need to be able to manage accounts in the event of Treasurer’s inability to complete necessary tasks; fill in for the Treasurer in the event the Treasurer is unable to attend necessary board/school meetings.

 

BFA Committees

40 Book Challenge - 2 - Help 4th Grade students achieve a goal of reading 40 books, from several different genres, during the school year. You will kick off the Challenge in September, host twice monthly check-ins during the lunch period and arrange a book-themed celebration lunch in May for students that have read all 40 books.

5th Grade Boys Day/Night Out - 3 - Event typically occurs on a Friday evening and focuses on easing the worries for boys transitioning to 6th grade.

5th Grade Picnic - 3 - Event occurs during the school day close to the end of the year. 

Beautification - 2 - Plant seasonal items in the 4 planters, 2 at the visitor entrance and 2 at the front entrance of the school.

Bernie's Book Bank - 2 - Plan and collect book donations for Bernie's Book Bank.

Book Fair - 1 - Committee of 3 - Plan both Scholastic book fairs. Work with school librarian and Scholastic on timing and equipment training.

Clothing Sale - 2 - Being a part of the BFA clothing sale is a great way to give back to your school and community.  There are thousands of gently used kids' clothing items, toys, books, baby gear and more are available for purchase.  Items that are not purchased are given to local at need families and local charities.  Remaining items are picked up by The National Cancer Society. The committee workers and volunteers are a great group of people to work with. Not only is it a fun group, but when the sale is over, you feel like you really have helped a large portion of our community.  

Concessions - 1 - Two person committee that sells concessions at different events such as Butterfield-basketball, concerts

Field Day - 1 - This is a 3 person committee that works with the Butterfield PE Teachers to request volunteers at stations, plans lunch for all students and ensures there are volunteers to assist.

Fun Fair - 3 - Plan one of our most popular events, the Fun Fair! This committee has 3 chairs and several committee members to help plan the FUN!

Max's Day - 2 - Max's Day Chair is responsible for vendor pricing, secure vendor for school year, order food ahead of scheduled food day, be at school once per month on a Tuesday during lunch (10:30a-1p)

Pasta Day - 2 - Pasta Day Chair is responsible for vendor pricing, secure vendor for school year, order food ahead of scheduled food day, be at school once per month on a Tuesday during lunch (10:30a-1p)

Pizza Day - 2 - Pizza Day Chair is responsible for vendor pricing, secure vendor for school year, order food ahead of scheduled food day, be at school once per month on a Tuesday during lunch (10:30a-1p)

Culver's Day - 2 - Culver's Day Chair is responsible for vendor pricing, secure vendor for school year, order food ahead of scheduled food day, be at school once per month on a Tuesday during lunch (10:30a-1p)

Family Movie Night - 1 - Committee of 1 looking for a parent to shadow for 2021-2022 school year and then take the lead 2022-2023!

School Supplies - 1 - Coordinate the ordering of school supplies through a vendor to have the supplies delivered to the individual's home.

Student Directories - 1 - Committee of 1 looking for a parent to shadow for 2021-2022 school year and then take the lead 2022-2023!

Teacher Appreciation - 3 - Plan, order, request donations (snack and beverage), setup, and cleanup dinner during conferences for all Butterfield teachers and staff.. It’s a committee of 3, you can pick one chair or be a committee of co-chairs. This is a great opportunity to meet all the teachers and staff at Butterfield.

Trak-A-Thon - 3 - Committee of 6 - Be a part of a super fun event! Work with a committee of 6 to refresh informational documents, request prize donations, setup track, request volunteers, build students' excitement for the Trak-A-Thon, setup tracks, plan pep assembly and awards ceremony.

Yearbook - 2 - Create our annual yearbook-it's like making a Shutterfly album fun and creative

BFA General Meeting

AmazonSmile

Did you know you can support the BFA while shopping on Amazon? Just shop using the AmazonSmile link (https://smile.amazon.com) and select Butterfield Family Association as your designated charity!!

Every time you shop through the Smile link, Amazon will donate a percentage of eligible purchases back to us! This is such an easy way to support us!! There is also an AmazonSmile app you can download. 

 

WAYS TO LEARN ABOUT BFA’S HAPPENINGS

  1. General Meetings 

  2. FACEBOOK  and Instagram– BUTTERFIELD FAMILY ASSOCIATION

  3. Butterflier 

  4. What’s Happening Wednesday emails 

  5. Emails from BFA Committees 

  6. Dr. Kehoe’s Friday Messages 

 

NEXT BFA GENERAL MEETING:

Tuesday, February 16th- 7 pm - 9 pm 

 

Save the Date: 

February 10 and 11- Parent/Teacher Conferences 

February 12th and 15th - No school 

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