March Newsletter - 3-1-2019

From the Principal:

2019-2020 Student Placement Parent Input

The time has come where we begin planning for the 2019-2020 school year.  The Butterfield School staff will soon make student placement decisions for next school year. This responsibility is taken very seriously and many factors are considered during the process. Although learning styles, teaching styles, and classroom blends are vital components in the placement of students, the most valuable piece is the wealth of information the teacher brings to the conversation.  Academic achievement needs, as well as an environment that supports a child’s social and emotional well-being are all essential factors in the decision-making process. Although requests for specific teachers will not be considered, once again, parental input may be supplied by means of the

Parent Input Google Form, available by clicking on the link below

This form allows for additional information, of which current teaching staff may be unaware, regarding a child’s academic and/or social emotional development.  If you feel additional information may be critical to your child’s educational advancement, please submit your thoughts by completing the Parent Input Google Form by Friday, April 19th.  Please rest assured that all factors are taken into account before the school team makes final placement decisions. We genuinely appreciate your confidence as we begin to plan for another exciting school year at Butterfield.

2019-2020 Kindergarten Orientation

Future Kindergarteners and parents are welcome to attend Butterfield’s Kindergarten Orientation at Butterfield School, Tuesday, April 16th from 6:00-7:00 PM.  You will have the opportunity to meet the kindergarten team, other staff members, and learn more about the kindergarten program. 

Principals Read Program

I would like to invite you and your family to Cook Memorial Library Monday, April 29th,  6:45-7:30 PM, to enjoy a few of Butterfield’s administrators’ favorite children stories.  While at the event, families new to the library can sign up for library cards.  Mr. Feldman and I are very excited to participate in this program and hope to see you there.  


Vacation Homework

As spring break approaches, I would like to clarify Butterfield’s homework policy.  Should students miss school as a result of family vacation, please note that homework will be provided upon returning to school.  Teachers regularly teach to the moment and are flexible with their scheduling, whereby it is often difficult to ascertain the extended nature of homework.  Students are, however, encouraged to read nightly and selecting a good book with which to travel is highly recommended.


D70 Summer School

The 2019 course catalog and course offerings will be available online on February 28, 2019.  Visit the summer school website to view all the information you need to make your summer SUNsational!


Summer School Dates

Monday, June 10-Thursday, July 11th

8:30-11:45 AM

Classes will not be held on Friday for the entire 5 week program.

No school July 4th in observance of Independence Day.



Highland Middle School

Rockland School – PreK and Pre 1st



In-District Registration begins March 10th

Out-of-District Registration begins March 17th


Illinois Assessment of Readiness and Illinois Science Assessment

  • Butterfield students will participate in the state mandated assessments this spring.  This year, the English language arts and math assessment for grades 3-8 is called the Illinois Assessment of Readiness  The Illinois Assessment of Readiness is almost exactly the same this year as the assessment that students took last year, only slightly shorter. The Illinois Assessment of Readiness measures the same Illinois Learning Standards and includes the same test questions that teachers and students have become familiar with over the past four years.  If you would like to learn more about IAR, please click the link below.

  • 5th Grade students will also participate in the Illinois Science Assessment.  If you would like to learn more about ISA, please click the link below.


Butterfield’s Test Schedule

Friday, April 5th

Illinois Science Assessment

5th Grade 8:30-10:00 AM


Monday, April 8th

Illinois Assessment of Readiness

ELA Unit 1

3rd Grade 10:00-11:30 AM

4th Grade 12:45-2:15 PM

5th Grade 8:30-10:00 AM


Tuesday, April 9th

Illinois Assessment of Readiness

ELA Unit 2

3rd Grade 10:00-11:30 AM

4th Grade 12:45-2:15 PM

5th Grade 8:30-10:00 AM


Wednesday, April 10th

Illinois Assessment of Readiness

Math Unit 1

3rd Grade 10:00-11:30 AM

4th Grade 12:45-2:15 PM

5th Grade 8:30-10:00 AM


Thursday, April 11th

Illinois Assessment of Readiness

Math Unit 2

3rd Grade 10:00-11:30 AM

4th Grade 12:45-2:15 PM

5th Grade 8:30-10:00 AM


Friday, April 12th

Illinois Assessment of Readiness

Math Unit 3

3rd Grade 10:00-11:30 AM

4th Grade 12:45-2:15 PM

5th Grade 8:30-10:00 AM


Report Cards and Attendance

Report Cards will be sent home with students Thursday, March 7th.  Please take a moment to review the number of days absent or tardy so far this school year with your child. A few things to consider -

-Good attendance matters for school success, starting as early as kindergarten and throughout elementary school. Developing the habit of attendance prepares students for success on the job and in life.

-Research shows students are academically at risk if they miss 10 percent of the school year (that would be about 12 days in you combine the 1st and 2nd trimester absences and about 18 days for the entire school year). Once too many absences have occurred, learning can be negatively impacted, regardless of whether absences are excused or unexcused.

-Sporadic, not just consecutive, absences matter. Before you know it - just one or two days a month can add up to nearly 10 percent of the school year.

-Avoid unnecessary absences. Some absences are unavoidable. Occasionally, children get sick and need to stay home. What is important is getting children to school as often as possible.

-Students arriving late to school can be disruptive to learning. Students need to be in their seat ready to learn by 8:15 AM. Please try to have students arrive by 8:05 to allow your child time to prepare for learning.

- Too many absences and / or tardies can disrupt learning, not just for the absent student but for the entire classroom.

If you need extra resources or support as you help your student develop good attendance habits, please feel free to contact the school. Butterfield, in partnership with parents, can help our students succeed! Success starts with being on time and attending school regularly.
District 70 Shines with Kindness

District 70 Shines with Kindness

Pillar Friday for Trustworthiness is

Friday,  March 1, 2019


During the next month in all of our District 70 schools we will be learning about trustworthiness – what it means and how we can be trusting students and citizens.  Learning happens best when it is done both at school and at home. Below are ways you can reinforce the theme of trust through reading about it, talking about it, and practicing it.

This Friday is Pillar Friday for Trustworthiness.  We encourage all students and staff to wear blue, the color that represents trustworthiness.  

Read All About It

Here are some books to help you learn more about fairness:

•       Ricky Sticky Fingers by Julia Clark
    The Boy Who Cried Wolf by B. G. Hennessy
•       The Secret Olivia Told Me by N. Joy

Practice It!

Use building blocks to build a tower with your child.  Each time you add a block to the tower, talk about one thing that can build trust.  Every so often, talk about something that would break trust. Then, knock the tower down.  Repeat the activity as desired. Talk with your child about how trust can be built and destroyed.


Talk About It!

Here are some discussion points to help you talk about trustworthiness with your child:

What do you think trustworthiness means and why is it important?
Do you think you are trustworthy?  Why or why not?

Do you think your friends are trustworthy?  Why or why not?
Tell me about a time when you were tempted to lie or do something that wasn’t trustworthy.  What happened?
Has anyone ever lied to you?  How did it make you feel?
Are there any secrets that you shouldn’t keep?


When we are trustworthy we are showing kindness!


2018-2019 District 70 Character Counts Committee

Adler:  Mrs. Gasick, Mrs. Turner
Butterfield:  Mrs. Panock, Mrs. Simon

Copeland Manor: Mrs. Travelstead
Highland Middle School: Mrs. Battaglia,  Mrs. Farley, Mrs. Ross
Rockland:  Mrs. List
Administrator: Mr. Knapp

Congratulations to the following students that will have artwork on display at Cook Memorial Library for the Libertyville School District art show, Art Effects. Opening night for the show is Thursday, March 7th, 6-8pm. The night will include performances by the Highland Strolling Strings and Show Choir. The artwork will remain on display until April 1st. Come out and enjoy the beautiful artwork of these students:

Kindergarten: Kenzie S., Tess B., Owen M., Aoife R., Emma M., and Aubreigh K.
1st Grade: Victoria N., Hanna W., Maia L., Max G., Emmie W., and Ella N.
2nd Grade: Ian B., Maya P., Kate W., Emma W., Cameron G., and Anika N.
3rd Grade: Frances S., Rebecca H., Jasmine F., Rebekah B., Ellie K., and James L.
4th Grade: Fallon K., Megan P., Violet Y., Ivy L., Maggie O. and Amelia Smith-Laubenstein
5th Grade: Ella S., Adam B., Elaine P., Ian L., and Avery M.

Hope to see everyone at the show!

Mrs. Sather ~ Art Teacher







Thank you to the following students listed below

for your generous donations to our library!



Charlotte – Bear Can’t Sleep

Addison – Trollbella Throws a Party

Jack – Lego Star Wars Ideas Book

Beckett – Hattie Hudson

Hannah – SuperFail

Charles – Dragon Masters: Treasure of the Golden Dragon

Daniel – Time Jumpers Escape from Egypt

Heidi – You Choose Rapunzel

Avery-Llama Llama loves to Read

Chloe – Upside Down Magic: Dragon Overnight

Avery – The Story From Somewhere Else

Madeline – Upside Down Magic: Weather or Not

Luke – Garfield: Nutty As a Fruitcake

Ciara – Odd Duck

Charlotte - Go Fish!

Finley - Garfield Eats and Runs


Good Afternoon-


This past month was extremely busy for the BFA.  We successfully launched another fabulous Fun Fair.  Lots of Carnival Games and Raffle Prizes were had. Super big thank you to Betsy Matthews, Andrea Reed, Katie Peitka, and Sarah Weiler.

We also did a great job with our Book Fair in February.  Thanks for stopping by and purchasing books. We continued with gift certificates to our free/reduced students, SEDOL students and our teachers. They were extremely appreciative.

Our Concessions team has already started providing popcorn and ice cream at the 5th grade basketball games.  Next, we will be offering concessions at our 1st and 2nd grade showcases.  Please use this link of you can help volunteer

Later in the Month, our Assemblies committee will be providing a wonderful showcase of different cultures through dance at lunch.

Finally, we have open BFA Committee Chair positions for the 2019-2020 school year. I have included a list of these open positions below. Please contact me about which committee you would be interested in chairing by March 15th.

Hope you all enjoy St. Patrick’s Day and Spring Break!  Time flies- enjoy it while it lasts!

Jennifer Khan
BFA President



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 Please respond by March 15.

Committee                                # of Positions

5th Grade Boys Day/Night Out -  1

Concessions  -                               1

5th Grade Girls Day/Night Out -   2

NEW Back 2 School Meet & Greet - 2

NEW Food Day TBD -                2

New Family Welcome  -            1

Field Day  -                                  2
Original Works
   -                        2

Fun Fair   -                                  1

Pasta Day  -                                1

Yearbook  -                                 1
Spirit Wear
  -                               1

Uniform Cleaning  -                   1

Sub Day    -                                 2

BFA Executive Board     -        # of Positions

1st Vice President  -                   1

Secretary   -                                  1
Thank You

Thank you to all who volunteered at our Winter Scholastic Book Fair.  Hope to see you next Fall.

The BFA would like to extend a huge thanks to Colleen Blomgren,KatiePietka, and Meg Carter for their help with Original Works!  Many thanks to all of our loyal families who continue to support this program!

Thank you to all who donated books for Bernie’s Book Bank!

Many thanks to Andrea Reed & Kirsten Willis for putting together the wonderful teacher conference dinner for our Butterfield Teachers!

What: Trak-A-Thon

When: Friday, May 3

Packets go home April 5

Watch for VOLUNTEER opportunity!


 Watch your emails in March for information regarding the 5th grade Dad/Son event to be held in April.  You won’t want to miss it! 


Attention all 5th Grade Girls! Please save the date for the 5th Grade Mother/Daughter Event which will be held on :    Friday, April 26th from 7-9pm.  
Look for details to come soon!


The BFA will once again host the Arts at Lunch program on March 18-22 when Bulldog students will be treated to exciting, interactive, multicultural performances during their lunch periods.


Monday, 3/18: Jutta and the Hi-Dukes, performing an Eastern European medley

Tuesday, 3/19: Ensemble Espanol, performing Flamenco music and dance

Wednesday, 3/20: Bollywood Groove, performing Indian dance

Thursday, 3/21: Holy Goat Percussion, performing African drumming

Friday, 3/22: Callaloo, performing Caribbean steel pan


Looking for volunteer opportunities? All BFA events needing volunteers are posted on our page. Use this link to see what is available and signup









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


March 14 - 1st and 2nd Grade Showcase

March 15 - Career Day

March 18 - Arts at Lunch Week

March 18 - BFA General Meeting

March 25 - Apr 1 - Spring Break

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