From the Principal

Staff News

As we conclude the year and begin to look forward to the 2019-2020 school year, a few changes in the staff roster will take place:

Administrative Assistant

Congratulations to Mrs. Amy Wilton, Butterfield’s Administrative Assistant!  After serving District 70 for 20 years, 3 of those years at Butterfield, the time has come for her to retire.  Mrs. Wilton always had a big smile and willing to help anyone that came to the office.  For many reasons, we appreciate Mrs. Wilton and will miss her.

Shannon Perlin will join Butterfield’s staff as the new administrative assistant starting the 2019-2020 school year.  Not only does Mrs. Perlin bring a warm and cheery disposition, she also brings over 11 years of administrative experience, including two years as a student secretary in a neighboring school district.  Her skill set, experiences and genuine kindness makes Mrs. Perlin the perfect fit for Butterfield School! 


Due to the number of registered students, a fourth section of kindergarten has been added.  Linda Knoll will fill this position.  Her years of experience with first and second grade students, knowledge of the developmental characteristics of this age group, and experience creating a kind, warm and comforting learning environment conducive to student growth makes Mrs. Knoll a great addition to the kindergarten team. 

Summer Hours

The District Office and Butterfield Office will be closed on Fridays throughout the month of June.  The District Office will remain open Monday-Thursday throughout July but Butterfield’s Office will be closed.  Butterfield’s Office will reopen and return to normal business hours,7:45-3:45 PM, Monday-Friday, starting Thursday, August 1st.  


Summer Dates

Have a fantastic summer!  Butterfield looks forward to welcoming back our students and hearing of the summer adventures on Wednesday, August 21st, the first day of school.  Until then, my hope is that all have a safe and memorable summer!  A few dates to keep in mind:


Monday, June 3rd – Field Day

Wednesday, June 5th – 1:15 Early Release & Last Day of School

Thursday, June 6th – 8:00-10:00 AM Summer School Open House, 2:00-4:00 PM Summer School Open House

Thursday, June 6th – Kindergarten Placement Screening

Friday, June 7th – Kindergarten Placement Screening

Monday, June 10th – Summer School Begins

Monday, June 17th – D70 School Board Meeting at District Office

Thursday, June 27th – Last Day BU School Office is Open

Month of July –  BU School Offices will be closed.  Office will reopen August 1st

Thursday, July 4th No Summer School in observance of Independence Day

Thursday, July 11th – Summer School Ends

Monday, July 15th – Friday, July 19th – Camp Invention

Thursday, August 1st – BU Office Opens

Monday, August 12th – K-8th Class Assignments Available Online

Tuesday, August 13th – 9:00-10:00 AM – New Family Orientation

Tuesday, August 20th – 3:00-5:00 PM 1st – 5th Grade Butterfield Meet & Greet

Wednesday, August 21st – 1st – 5th Grade First Day of School

Wednesday, August 21st – Kindergarten Kick-Off 9:45-10:15 AM

Thursday, August 22nd – Kindergarten First Day of School

Wednesday, August 28th – Curriculum Night

5:30-6:00 PM BFA Volunteer Expo

6:00-6:30 PM Teacher Session 1

6:30-7:00 PM Teacher Session 2

7:00-7:15 PM Principal Welcome & BFA Meeting in LC

7:15-7:30 PM BFA Expo continues




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


Eloise-The Fix-It Man

Lola-Dream You’ll Be

William-Superman: Apokolips Invasion

Hunter-Dad & the Dinosaurs

Kendrick-Inky’s Amazing Escape

Sophia-Day at the Beach

Charlotte-Fiona the Hippo

Liam-The Last Firehawk: The Shadowlands

Karl-The Train to Impossible Places

Maya-Bird & Squirrel: All Tangled Up

Julia-Sandapalooza Shake-up

Lyla-Harry the Happy Mouse

Kellan-Sleeping Beauty

Cole-Bear Country

Libby-Narwhal’s Otter Friend

Andrew-The Truth About Bears

Mya-Someday, Narwhal

Hayden-Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit

Erin-Celebrate You!

Eric-The Itchy Book


Brooke-Small Spaces

Chase-The Blackthorn Key


Grady-Brands We Know: Nerf

Quinn-Brands We know: Nintendo

John-Grumpy Monkey

Sean-Ranger in Time

Ishmael-Plants vs. Zombies

Michael-The Fix-It Man

Harrison-Shark Dog
Casey-My Friends Make Me Happy!


Faith-Ban This Book

Maxwell-When a Dragon Moves in Again

Mattie-Welcome to Wonderland

Sarah-The Night Diary

Alfie-Fall of the Beasts: Heart of the Land

Maddie-Brands We Know: My Little Pony

Noah-What Is Chasing Duck?


Dylan-Memoirs of a Hamster

Carson –Little Robot

Liv-Owl Diaries: Eva and Baby Mo

Riley-Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face


Thank you to the families who donated a book to the library in honor of your child’s birthday this year!  Because of your thoughtfulness, the library can boast another 196 beautiful books for all Butterfield children to enjoy!!!


Whole Class Enrichment

With Mrs. Rech

We just finished our final whole class enrichment unit for the school year:  Puzzled! The first through fifth graders had a great time being challenged with creating and solving various visual puzzles!  In first grade, we discussed the Infinity symbol and meaning and then colored and created Infinity Tiles! We had a great time putting them together as a big group to make an infinite number of designs!  In second grade, students were challenged with a hexagon puzzle where they had to match the sides of the hexagons so that each number matched! Some students were able to then try out the very challenging Strimko puzzles which is a variation of Sudoku.  In third grade, students had to arrange 16 Panda Square tiles into a 4 x 4 square so that the colors matched along the edges of tiles next to each other. Some students accomplished this and they were able to combine puzzles with a neighbor to create 5 x 5 or even 6 x 6 squares!  In fourth and fifth grades, students were challenged to a very unique paper-folding puzzle. The students’ goal was to fold the paper so that only one digit was showing at a time. The four matching digits had to be in a 2x2 rectangle in order to have accomplished the goal! The greatest challenge was getting the sevens and eights together!  I had a great time working with all of the first through fifth-grade students for whole class enrichment this year! Enjoy your summer!

Mrs. Conna Rech

GTE Resource


Good Afternoon-

Today we celebrate our 5th graders as they leave Butterfield Elementary and move on to Highland Middle School! I know, it seems like you were just getting them ready to start Kindergarten! Best of luck 5th grade, we will miss you!

Thank you parents for your generosity, you made our annual Trak-A-Thon a HUGE success by raising $21,291.55! Mrs. Forkner’s Kindergarten class was awarded TOP CLASS FUNDRAISING brining in $1,673, they received a pizza party. Mrs. Koehlhoeffer’s 1st grade class was awarded TOP CLASS PARTICIPATION with 90% of the students participating in fundraising; they celebrated with a crazy hair day! Bailey P. in Mrs. Forkner’s kindergarten class was awarded TOP FUNDRAISER bringing in $780! Then entire school was awarded FREEZE POPS because of the great effort they put forth! This year we introduced Orange Ruler as a way to invite friends and family to donate online. Each class was able to track the fundraising efforts in the daily “Orange Juice” where the TOP CLASS FUNDRAISING class from the previous day was announced and received our traveling Buddy the Bulldog for the day. Using Orange Ruler helped everyone visualize our school GOAL!

Because of fundraisers like the Trak-A-Thon, Fall Clothing Sale, and Fun Fair the BFA is able to sponsor so many special things for our children and school. All the 5th grade activities, Field Day, Art Appreciation, Arts at Lunch, and the Author Visit are some of the annual events the BFA sponsors. In addition to these sponsored events the BFA sponsors Butterfield students who are part of the free/reduced lunch program by donating school supplies, providing the BFA special lunch days and giving a gift card to shop our Spring Book Fair. Plus the BFA takes care of our teachers and administration by hosting dinners during conferences, a lunch during teacher appreciation week, and helps teachers with supplies in the beginning of the school year. This school year the BFA was able to make our teachers wishes come true! The BFA purchased over $24,000 in books, seating, white boards, music equipment, gym mats, basketball uniforms, digital cameras, dry erase tables, reading tables and so much more!

This year we say Goodbye to our beloved Dr. Schumacher. An end to an era, you will always have a special place in our school, our district and most of all our hearts!

Finally, we STILL 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.

Before you blink the 2018-2019 school year will close and we will be enjoying summer!

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 anycommittee, please contact Jennifer Khan call or text @ 312-391-8915 or email  jkhan@koenigrubloff.com.

NEW Food Day TBD - Chair a new food day option-Responsible for vendor pricing, secure vendor for school year, prior to scheduled food day order food, be at school every other month on a Tuesday during lunch (10:30a-1p) - 1 open position

Field Day - Be part of field day committee to plan, order, and distribute lunch to all students on field day - 1 open position

Yearbook - Create our annual yearbook-it's like making a Shutterfly album fun and creative - 1 open position

Uniform Cleaning - Wash basketball uniforms after last basketball game and return to Mr. Krech - 1 open position

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

NEW Back 2 School Social - NEW COMMITTEE! Two person committee that sells concession like treats during our annual teacher meet and greet. Snacks can include popcorn and ice cream - 2 open positions

New Family Welcome - Two person committee that organizes a welcome before the start of school for all new families and kidy to Butterfield. Also, during the school year when new families move to Butterfield be a welcome committee and bring a welcome bag to the new family. - 2 open positions

Pasta Day - 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) - 1 open position

Breakfast Day - Breakfast Day Chair is responsible for vendor pricing, secure vendor for school year, order food ahead of scheduled food day, be at school 4 times during lunch (usually on Fridays 10:30a-1p) - 1 open position


A big THANK YOU to the TRAK-A-THON committee for knocking the event out of the park! Megan Guerrant, Jen Surber, Andrea Twedt, Lynda Flayter, Stephanie Nepomuceno, and Jennifer Khan.

All of our committee chairs and members, thank you for your time, and your passion. Lexi Burchfield, Carrie Groth, Vanessa Stalter, Tiffany Natale, Christine Tyll, Liz Soling, Jen Crane, Julie Harper, Jean Kim, Jen Kalleris, Sue Ellen Yurek, Tricia Johnson, Megan Huber, Heather Kerrigan, Leslie  Kalvass, Shelly Salette, Allison Marella, Lynda Flayter, Beth Dries, Andrea Twedt, Claudia Anglada Boix, Mariel Scala, Amy Weaver, Jen Surber, Katie Wyzukovicz, Jen Hansson, Whitney Sorenson, Maura Kennedy, Katie Feltz, Jen Slago, Betsy Matthews, Sarah Weiler, Andrea Reed, Katie Pietka, Karen Semler, Melissa Reider, Jessica Brown, Sara Lafayette, Megan Guerrant, Colleen Blongren, Meg Carter, Janice Neme-Foley, Laura Wood, Nicole Holeczy, Jennifer Khan, Stephanie Nepomuceno, Kristen Willis, and Paige Sampson!


The Butterfield Family Association presented Mrs. Wilton with a gift on behalf of all of our students and families at the Recognition Ceremony to mark her retirement from Butterfield School and D70 Schools.  She’s touched all of our hearts with her beautiful smile and eagerness to help each and every one of us! She will truly be missed and Butterfield will not be the same without her!


For all Butterfield Bulldog Families looking to purchase a yard sign to show their school spirit, these signs will be available for purchase at the start of the school year!


A new podium with a custom engraved Butterfield Bulldog emblem and folding step for student friendly use will be purchased in honor of this year’s 2019 5th grade graduating class!


The BFA is happy to announce that we have chosen to sell prepackaged school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year through School Tool Box.  Place your order online at www.schooltoolbox.com and it will be delivered directly to your home address.  You will have the option to customize your order, adding or removing items from the teacher-approved list. Online ordering began May 3, 2019.









Tuesday, September 17, 9-11a at the ERC


May 31 - 5th Grade Picnic
June 3 - Field Day
June 5 - Last Day of School EARLY RELEASE
June 6 - Summer School Open House
June 10 - Summer School Begins
July 11 - Summer School Ends







Thank you to the following students listed below 

for your generous donations to our library!



Vincent C. - Brands We Know: Hershey’s

Brody C. - Press Start: Robo-Rabbit Boy, Go!

Samuel D. – Wings of Fire: The Poison Jungle

Lainey C. – Best Friends

Nicholas C. – Shouting at the Rain

AJ H. – Max & the Midknights

Julia C. – The Good Egg

Elin H. – Hilde Cracks The Case: UFO Spotted!

Benjamin B. – The Notebook of Doom #13

Emerson W. – How to Make SLIME

Summer L. – Hilda and the Hidden People

Isabelle F. – The Truth About Hippos

Jatin B. – Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid

Mia K. – Stella and the Night Sprites Tooth Bandits

Brynn S. – Olive & Beatrix: Super Smelly Moldy Blob

Blake D. – Circle

Angelina O. – Pig the Stinker

Milan B. – Dog Man For Whom the Ball Rolls

Kenzie S. – Aqualicious

Connor G. – Brands We Know: Lego

Frances S. – Bear and Duck

Abigail F. – Don’t Touch My Hair

Alanna D. – Middle School Rules of Charles Tillman

Griffin B. – Let’s Go, Bears!


Good Afternoon-

We just wrapped up our first Domino’s Pizza fundraiser, Slice the Price of Pizza Card. Butterfield Students sold a total of 676 cards totaling $6760 and $3380 stays right here with the BFA! I am finalizing the details with Domino’s and we anticipate the cards and prizes will be distributed within the next 2 weeks. Way to go Bulldogs!

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 at 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!

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

Jennifer Khan

BFA President



I know a lot of information has been sent home regarding the many health protocols regarding COVID. We must follow the guidance from LCHD and IDPH. 

I just wanted to take a moment to clarify the most important part of the guidance  since it will likely cause your child to miss more school than normal. 

These are the symptoms of COVID:
Fever of 100.4 or higher/new cough/ shortness of breath/ sore throat/nausea/ vomiting/diarrhea/new congestion or runny nose/muscle or body aches/ fatigue from unknown cause/new onset moderate to severe headache/abdominal pain from an unknown cause/new loss of taste or smell

If your child has any ONE symptom, they must stay home.  If they develop or come to school with one of these symptoms, they will be sent home immediately. Whether they develop this symptom at home or at school, they must now stay home for at least 10 days.  You can refer to the Return To School Procedures, but basically only way they can return sooner is if they go to their doctor and document a Negative COVID(PCR test) test or an alternative diagnosis(strep throat). If you choose to not have them tested for COVID, they must stay home 10 days after their first day of symptoms. 

If your child develops a symptom or symptoms at school, they will be placed in an isolation room separate from the nurse’s office, to await pick up.  If your child develops symptoms at school, all siblings will be sent home as well. 

Please call the nurse anytime your child develops symptoms to confirm how to proceed. 





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

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