February Newsletter - 2-1-2019
FROM THE ASST. PRINCIPAL

A Note from the Assistant Principal

Cold and Snow Advisory

As we have already seen, winter is here.  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 in mind, please have children dress appropriately for recess.  A doctor’s note sent to our school nurse, Mrs. Althoff, is required for students to remain indoors during classroom and/or lunch recess.

Valentine’s Day Parties!

With increased scrutiny regarding school security, we wanted to clarify our plans for Valentines Day in regards to keeping our students safe and the building secure:

In order to manage the large number of visitors that attend these events, it is in the best interest and safety of the students to limit the number of guests in
attendance. We ask that only the head room parent and the pre-selected party volunteers attend the classroom parties. Volunteer names will be sent to
the office indicating you are allowed to attend the party. Since the ‘Raptor’ process might
take several minutes, we ask that if your drivers license has
not yet been scanned this year and you are a head room parent or volunteer, that you please come to the
Butterfield office ahead of time to have your license scanned in order to save time that day. Party parents will be allowed to head to their classroom at approximately 8:30-8:45. Please plan on arriving
a few minutes early to check in!

 

Parent / Teacher Conference

Parent / Teacher Conferences will take place Wednesday, February 13th and Thursday, February 14th.  In the fall, parents selected a fall and winter conference date using the online registration site PTC Wizard.  You can now view, print or change your conference date and time by logging into your PTC Wizard account. Visit https://butterfield.ptcwizard.com or go to Butterfield’s website for a link to PTC Wizard.

If you forgot your password, simply click the link on the sign in page that says, ‘Forgot your Password’.  Then you can enter your email address into the field that says Email and click the ‘Remind Me’ button. This will cause an email with your information to get sent to you.  Wait a few minutes to see if you have received this email and then use the password to sign into your account.


School Closings, Emergency Notifications

District 70 takes closing schools seriously.  When the decision is made due to inclement weather, District 70 uses an emergency notification system to deliver phone calls and emails about school closings or safety emergencies.

There also is now an option to opt-in to receive the information via text by texting 67587 with either Y or YES as the message you send.  (This will not be activated for 48- hours when you opt in. This text (SMS) service only will be used in the event of school closings or a school emergency.)

 

How is a Snow Day Determined?


While it is always a goal to have students in school, when safety is an issue, there is no compromise to placing children at risk.

With that in mind, when there is a forecast of inclement weather, television and radio stations, as well as reports from the National Weather Service and Weather Channel, are monitored.

When heavy snow or extremely cold temperatures are predicted, superintendents in neighboring school districts begin planning as early as 4:30 a.m. the morning of, or sometimes even the night before a storm. Communication is maintained with District 70's bus company representatives and the district's maintenance/snow removal crews as well.
Please understand that there are many factors that go into making the final decision because D70 understands canceling school may be inconvenient for students and parents, as well as teachers and staff.

The decision involves:
Building conditions: Do the buildings have heat, light, and power?  

Site conditions: Are the parking lots plowed? Can buses get in and turn around? Can parents drop off students? Are the school exit doors free of snow?

Bus operations: Can the bus drivers get to the bus company? Do the buses start? Do the drivers feel comfortable driving?

Road conditions: Are the roads continually plowed and is traffic moving? 

Air temperature: How cold is it? What is the wind chill? Can children safely walk to school or wait outside for a bus?

If the answer is yes to these questions, most likely the decision will be to keep schools open.

Generally, a decision needs to be made by 6 a.m. or sooner, in order to try and catch anyone before they leave for school and/or work.


When a decision is made to close schools, D70 families will be informed in several ways:

1) An announcement is made on the D70 website -d70schools.org- and all the school websites.

2) The message is pushed out through automatic phone calls from Supt. Schumacher through the D70 notification system to phone numbers D70 families provide during registration. Please make sure your contact information is current every winter.

3) Parents who have opted in to do so will receive a text (SMS) message. (To opt-in to receive emergency notices via text, please text Y or YES to 67587)


4) The message is delivered through D70 email to family email addresses provided during registration.
Please make sure your contact information is current every winter.

5) The announcement is posted to Twitter @LibertyvilleD70 and Facebook @LibertyvilleD70.

6) All school names are broadcast as closed on WGN-AM (720), WBBM-AM (780), and CBS-TV (2), NBC-TV (5), ABC-TV (7), WGN-TV (9), Fox-TV, and CLTV cable.

7) All school names are listed on the Emergency Closing Center.  http://www.emergencyclosingcenter.com/complete.html

There is no set amount of snow that will trigger a snow day; all factors depend upon circumstances and the ability to get children and staff to and from school safely. Safety is, and always will be, the major concern.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION

DESTINATION IMAGINATION

GOOD LUCK TO OUR 8 D.I. TEAMS COMPETING ON MARCH 2nd AT VIKING MIDDLE SCHOOL IN GURNEE!

Come on out and watch them in action!


Jessica Brown’s Rising Stars team, CHOCOLATE UNICORN PUPPIES are performing in the Pop Up challenge:
Libby B., Lauren E., Dylan S., Sophia S., Bree S., & Addy W.


Jennifer Aquino’s Rising Stars team, PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE are  performing in the engineering challenge, Monster Effects:
Bennett A., Grace W., Kayla S., & Harper W.


Kristin Malek’s Ricart’s Big Builders team, will also take on the engineering challenge (Monster Effects):
Evan K., Amunya R., Sophia R., Henry S., & Andrew S.


Tom Drake and John Flayter’s team, PIZZA-TACONATORS are tackling the Improvisation challenge, Heads Up:
Sarah D., Faith F., Lela H., & Alli T.


Kristin Malek’s PINK UNICORNS team, will also be in the improvisational challenge, Heads Up:
Lauren, Emily H., Giana N., Katelynn M., & Kendall M.


Rich Foley’s team, COUCH CUSHIONS are competing in the On Target technical challenge:
Ethan S., Reece F., Charlie S., & Christian S.


Doug Snook’s team, THE FLYING LIARS, are competing in the Service Learning challenge called Escape Artists:
Chloe C., Ben F., Paolo H., Miles M., Danica M., Chloe S. & Emily V.


Karin Steffensen’s THE SEVEN SUNS team are competing in the Medical Mystery science challenge:
Lainey C., Maggie O., Riley S., Julia S., & Reese W.


I can’t wait to see your performances!

Good luck & have fun!

Mrs. McLean
Destination Imagination Coordinator

WHOLE CLASS ENRICHMENT

Whole Class Enrichment - Digital Breakout

We recently wrapped up our whole class digital breakout sessions in enrichment. Each student used a Chromebook or an IPad to participate in problem solving quests where a series of puzzles needed to be solved to open the virtual locks.

We love breakout sessions because they focus on many important aspects of learning. Communication and collaboration are needed to solve the various problems and puzzle. It takes creativity and critical thinking as well. Digital breakouts have many puzzles that students are not able to figure out on their first attempt, so students need to reconsider their approach and give it another try. The activity helps teach perseverance and it’s such a great experience to work toward a final goal together.

Be sure to ask your child about their digital breakout experience!


Mrs. Rech
GTE Resource

BIRTHDAY BOOKS - LEARNING CENTER



BUTTERFIELD LEARNING CENTER
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BIRTHDAY BOOKS

Thank you to the following students listed below for your generous donations to our library!

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Amunya – Duck on a Disco Ball

Gavin – Total Baseball

Aoife – Woodpecker Wants a Waffle

Jack – Square

Oliver – Waste of Space

Naveen – Weird But True: Greek Mythology

Katherine – The Enchanted Charms

Brady – The Land of Stories: Ultimate
Book Hugger’s Guide

Ellis – Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Ashleigh – The True Adventures of
Esther the Wonder Pig

BFA NEWS

Good Afternoon-

Hope everyone made it through the “Polar Vortex” safe and warm! Now we get to thaw out for a few days! How about the Self-Directed Learning Activities? My kiddos had some fun and were really creative with the activities!

February is a busy month that leads into a busy Spring for the BFA! The Book Fair and Valentine’s Parties are just around the corner. Then we have the Fun Fair towards the end of the month! So much to do and so much FUN to have! Remember we need volunteers to help with these events so please look at signup.com and sign-up!

Stay Warm and enjoy our upcoming family and school events.  They are sure to get you past the winter and into a bright spring!
 

Jennifer Khan

BFA President


 
BOOK FAIR

BOOK FAIR FUN!!

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 13th, and Thursday, February 14th
WHERE:  Butterfield Learning Center

Hope to see you there!

BERNIE'S BOOKS

BERNIE’S BOOK BANK DONATIONS - Look for the donation bins in the visitor hallway at school!

Valentine's Day Parties

VALENTINE’S PARTIES - Head Room Parents have their Party Volunteers and party planning is underway!


 
FUN FAIR

FUN FAIR - Come one, come all to the BFA Fun Fair on Saturday, February 23rd 10AM – 2PM!  The kids look forward to this event every year, so mark your calendars and let us provide the entertainment for the day. There will be food, games, music, and of course, amazing raffle prizes! Save time and money by pre-ordering your tickets online at https://d70schools.revtrak.net/FA/BFA/BFA-Events/BFA-Fun-Fair/#/v/BFA-Fun-Fair-022319-Raffle-Tickets.

We can’t put on a big event like this without the help of parent and teen volunteers, so please sign up for a volunteer spot today at http://signup.com/go/PWfELXX.  Middle or high school volunteers are welcome and certificates will be provided to document community service hours, so spread the word!

If you or your business is interested in donating a service or item for our community raffle or silent auction, please email BetsyM@ACSNeuro.com.

2019-2020 BFA OPEN COMMITTEE POSITIONS

2019-2020 BFA OPEN COMMITTEE POSITIONS

These positions are open and need to be filled for us to continue offering the programs or events.  If you are interested or have questions about any committee, please contact Jennifer Khan call or text @ 312-391-8915 or email  jkhan@koenigrubloff.com.

COMMITTEE/ POSITIONS OPEN
40 Book Challenge/ 3                     
5th Grade Boys Day/Night/ 2      
5th Grade Girls Day/Night/ 2                    
5th Grade Legacy Gift/ 1                     
5th Grade Picnic/ 1                      
Field Day/ 1                               
Fun Fair/ 1                                        
Yearbook/ 1                                      
Concessions/ 1                    
Back 2 School Meet & Greet/ 4            
New Family Welcome/ 2             
Original Works/ 1                               
Spirit Wear/ 1                                    
Sub Day/ 2                                        
Uniform Cleaning/ 1                   


Some committees have returning committee member(s).    
 
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT Rescheduled

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT RESCHEDULED - Bring a blanket to watch Small Foot with family and friends!

Admission is free

Pizza must be preordered (see below)

Water, candy, and popcorn will be available for purchase the night of the event

Please note that this is not a drop-off event--adult supervision is required

Regarding pizza preorders:

  • If you already ordered pizza and will be able to attend on April 5th, your order will carry over automatically

  • If you would like to attend on April 5th and have not yet submitted a preorder, watch for an order link after spring break

  • If you preordered and are unable to attend April 5th please email Jessica Brown jessica.ak.brown@gmail.com with your order details and method of payment and you will receive a refund.


Questions?  Contact Sara Adriensen (adriansen1@gmail.com) or Jessica Brown (jessica.ak.brown@gmail.com)


 

WAYS TO LEARN ABOUT BFA HAPPENINGS

WAYS TO LEARN ABOUT BFA’S HAPPENINGS

  1. GENERAL MEETINGS

  2. FACEBOOK – BUTTERFIELD FAMILY ASSOCIATION

  3. BUTTERFLIER

  4. EMAILS FROM BFA COMMITTEES

  5. DR. KEHOE’S FRIDAY MESSAGES

 

NEXT BFA GENERAL MEETING

Tuesday, March 19th at 9:00 am – 11:00 am (ERC)
 

UPCOMING KEY DATES:

February 6th15th – Scholastic Book Fair

February 13th – Parent Teacher Conferences

February 14th – Valentine’s Day Parties (AM)/Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 15th & 18th – No School

February 21st – Group School Photos

February 23rd – BFA Fun Fair

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