November - 11-2-2018

From The Principal

American Education Week, November 12-16, 2017

The National Education Association's American Education Week spotlights the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education from kindergarten through college and the need for everyone to do his or her part in making public schools great. From students to parents, educators to board members, we thank all that make a positive contribution to public education!

Parent Visitation, November 13

While Butterfield welcomes parent visitation on a regular basis throughout the school year, Tuesday, November 13 has been designated as visitation day for parents. Classroom teachers will send home information regarding specific times. Please confirm with your child’s classroom teacher should a visit to the classroom be planned. Although we look forward to younger siblings becoming bulldogs in the future, Butterfield requests they do not attend this particular event.

School Board Member Day, November 15

In salute and thanks to the nearly 6,000 elected school board members in the state, November 15, is designated as "School Board Members Day" in Illinois. This is a time to show appreciation and to begin to better understand how school board members work together to provide leadership for schools.

School board members are some of the most selfless volunteers around. Everyone knows that board members attend meetings, but those hours represent just a fraction of the actual time that they devote to leading their districts. They attend extracurricular events to support schools, as well as attend seminars and workshops.

Butterfield’s community is thankful for D70’s Board Members extraordinary dedication to public education and untiring efforts.

District 70’s board members include: Tom Vickers (President), Wendy Schilling (Vice President), Greta Hoff (Secretary), Linda Lucke (Secretary Pro Tem), Chris Kennedy, Chris Coughlin, and Marc Grote

All School Field Trip

Tuesday, December 18th, Butterfield’s staff and students will have the opportunity to attend the production of “Shrek”. Information and permission slips will be sent home with students Friday, November 16th. Checks and permission slips need to be returned to Butterfield by Friday, November 20th. The total cost of the trip is $17, including admission and transportation.

The Chill Is Coming!

As the cooler weather approaches, please help us to ensure that children are dressed appropriately for the elements. Please label coats, snow pants, hats, gloves, boots, etc. Just a reminder that students will be kept indoors for recess only when air temperatures fall below 10 degrees or when the wind chill temperature falls below 0. With this is mind, please have children dress appropriately for recess.

Emergency Closing Procedures

As the season of unpredictable weather approaches, please be aware of District 70's emergency closing procedures. Families are encouraged to check D70 social media sites and D70's website, for confirmation of closings. In addition to the website, families with updated contact information will be notified by phone and email about the decision to close school. The phone recording does take a moment to activate when you answer the call. When school is closed, all after school and evening activities will be canceled, including sport practices, games, clubs and Champions.

Positive Behavior Update

Now into year five of Butterfield’s school-wide positive behavior system, the efforts to promote a predictable, positive, safe and consistent learning environment is going well.

It is a goal of the Positive Behavior Committee to help students display expected behaviors. For this reason, we must also help students recognize which behaviors are considered unexpected or unacceptable. In order to provide feedback to students and track behaviors, each time an unexpected behavior is observed, a Behavior Referral Form will be completed. The intent of the form is to serve as a vehicle for communication between home and school as well as a way to collect data that helps Butterfield pinpoint times of day or locations in the school that are problematic that need to be addressed.

All infractions are classified as either a minor or a major behavior. A minor behavior is an action that is unexpected, but can be handled by a teacher or staff member. A major behavior is one that requires intervention with Dr. Kehoe or Mr. Feldman. If a child receives 3 minor referrals in one trimester, the accumulated referrals equal a major. This means that the student will be talking with Dr. Kehoe or Mr. Feldman regarding these repeated minor behaviors.

Communication between home and school is the key to every child’s success. For this reason, parents will be notified when a child receives a referral for either a minor or major infraction. The referral form will be sent home. We ask that the form be signed by a parent and returned to the child’s classroom teacher as evidence that the parent was informed.

To celebrate the positive behavior exhibited throughout the school, students will be invited to an all school assembly Friday, November 16. Names of students with only one or no minors will be included in a drawing and a chance to participate in a series of “Minute to Win It” style games. Any student that has received a major or three or more minors will take this opportunity to review expected behaviors at Butterfield School.

Thank you for supporting Butterfield’s school-wide positive behavior system.

Thank you for your support,

Butterfield’s Positive Behavior Committee


Metra is currently soliciting entries for Metra's 2018-2019 Safety Poster and Essay Contest. This year's theme is “Use Your Senses." The deadline for entries is Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. Since its launch in 2006, we are proud to say that more than 35,000 students from hundreds of schools throughout northeastern Illinois have participated in the Metra Safety Poster and Essay Contest. We could not be happier that so many students are actively engaged in learning about what they can do to keep themselves safe around trains and railroad tracks.

Please visit the contest website,, to learn more about the contest and the importance of teaching our children how to be safe around trains and railroad tracks.

Character Counts in Libertyville District 70

Libertyville District 70 Shines with Kindness as the community rallied together to collect funds to help the victims of Hurricane Florence.  A grand total of $2670.23 was collected district wide and sent to the Habitat for Humanity in Brunswick County, North Carolina.  The funds are earmarked to purchase furniture and mattresses for families in this devastated area.  These funds were collected from generous family donations, teacher donations, and students raising money through Penny Wars.  Thank you for your generous support!



Good Afternoon-

October was a busy month for the BFA!

We kicked it off with another successful gently used clothing and toy sale.  Our committee chairs and their volunteers worked tirelessly to make it such a successful event.  This is not only an event that helps contribute to the BFA and our school but also helps many charities and families who have needs in District 70 and Lake County.  A big thank you to the Clothing Sale committee.

A few days later we held our Scholastic “Enchanted Forest” Book Fair.  This is always done during conferences and we committed our funds to the Teachers Wish List and Learning Center this year.  Thanks to this committee too!

Finally, everyone should have received their order forms for Original Works.  Your children’s art work is a great gift idea for the holiday season. I hope you all found something cute to purchase.  

November, we will be honoring American Education Week.  This month will go quickly as we have our first longer break.  I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday.

Jennifer Khan
BFA President
The BFA Clothing Sale Committee would like to thank our donors, volunteers, sellers and shoppers, as well as the Butterfield School faculty + staff, for making this years event a success. We'd also like to give a special thanks to the Rihm family for their box loads of donations from Mustard Pie and Jak + Peppar. It was a great event and we couldn't have done it without you all! Looking forward to doing it all again in 2019.

If you're interested in news about future sales, please like "BFA Clothing Sale" on Facebook or bookmark

Thank you, Butterfield families, for a successful Scholastic Book Fair.  See you in the Spring for our much larger fair located in the Learning Center. All our profits are going to support the teacher wish lists this year and the Learning Center.

Our sincere thank you to those who contributed baked goods and drinks for the Fall Teacher & Staff Appreciation Dinner.  Everyone enjoyed all the delicious sweets! We look forward to serving again in the Spring.

Kirstin Willis & Andrea Reed
Teacher Appreciation Committee

Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to be a Halloween Room Parent and Party Volunteers!

Dana Scott, Mr & Mrs Finch, Mrs Nicol, Maria Childs, Christine Duhig, Kathy Cuskar, TAMMY MCLAUGHLIN, Kristin Malek, Michael Potter, Emily Purvis, Megan Guerrant, Megan Thomas, Meg Hakanen, Kathryn Wheeler, Stephanie Henrichs, Caroline O'Reilly, Rebecca Powell, Steph Baier, Anne Treysman, Jennifer Khan, Wendy Seddon, Meredith Strader, Andrea Reed, Jameela Joiner, Amy Weaver, Jennie Chalifoux, Jenn Surber, Kirsten Willis, Erin Kahn, Mary O'Grady, Felicia Jaeger, Julie Hassert, Elizabeth Soling, Margaret Sullivan, Sarah Hosford, Shauna Burens, Beth Kreibich, Micheal Westphall, lgovorchin, Carrie Harrison, Jenifer Hansson, Cory Thomson, Rebecca Walker, Beth Dries, Whitney Mills, Karen Cordes, Karen Semler, Liz Huston, Julie Harper, Megan Huber, Kim Chulindra, Yueyu Fu, Tricia Johnson, Katie Wyzukovicz, karin cesnovar, claudia anglada, kirstin Griffith, Michelle Illian, Shelly R, Tracie Haas, Terese Salcius, Jennifer Crane, vanessa stalter, Shannon Hoffmeister, Tori Blyth Peirce, Meg Carter, shanna coyle, Amy Snow, Kara Graeb, Tiffany Natale, Sarah Weiler, Rashied Davis, Stefanie Moss, Kristen Moss, Heather Kerrigan, Melissa Underwood, Maha Nolasco, Leslie Kalvass, Janice Neme, Lana Meyer, Megan Sazy, Andrea Twedt, Shannon Lindberg, Jamie DeYoung-Ciszewski , Sue Ellen Yurek, Shelley Weinstein, Kendra Gohr, Jessica Pierce, Jill leatherwood, Julie Harper, Katie Pietka , Wendy Doty, Jaimie Kozar, Jackie Axelson, Amy Seymour, DonnaMarie Stalbaum, Judi Rossetti, Kim Arnold, Katie Makey, Michele Coleman, and Lexi Burchfield!


The BFA is excited for our first Chipotle Fundraiser night.  Come in to the Chipotle at 139 North Milwaukee Ave in Libertyville on Tuesday, November 13th between 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm.  Bring the attached flyer, which will also be sent home the week of November 5th. Show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you're supporting the BFA to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to the BFA.

Chipotle Fundraiser

Fourth Grade 40 Book Challenge is BACK!

It's not too late for your 4th Grader to sign up and participate in the 40 Book Challenge! All participants who read at least 10 books will be recognized at the end of the challenge.

Books your child read, will be checked off during their lunch period if you can please have him/her bring their updated book list to lunch.  Please feel free to contact Carrie Groth at with any questions.
Fun Fair

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 23rd for the 2019 Fun Fair! 

The committee is hard at work planning the event and we will need several volunteers for the day of to help the event run smoothly.  

This is a great volunteer opportunity for middle and high school aged students in need of volunteer hours, so please pass the volunteer link along to help us get the word out!  

To register as a volunteer for the Fun Fair, visit


Thank you to all the families who participated in the first round of Original Works this year! The fundraiser was once again a success and we are excited to share with you that your orders will be coming home with your students at the end of November.

If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Blomgren at 314.322.8576 or


Tuesday, November 27th at 9:00 am – 11:00 am (ERC)

November 12th – 16th – American Education WeeK
November 16th – Early Release
November 21st – 23rd – No School

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