October Newsletter - 10-4-2019

Parent / Teacher Conference in October

Parent / Teacher Conferences will take place Wednesday, October 16th and Thursday, October 17th.  Please go directly to this website to sign up for conferences. http://signup.com/go/wqnrqJM

A Haunting Halloween Reminder

Halloween activities will take place October 31st.  The fun begins in the afternoon as students and staff participate in the all-school parade. The parade begins at 1:00 pm and classroom parties follow at approximately 1:30 pm. In preparation for the parties, and to insure the health and safety of students, room parents should consult classroom teachers regarding treats and be aware of any student food allergies.  Students should bring their costumes to school. There will be time for students to change into costumes before the parade. Costumes need to be school appropriate. Please refrain from wearing costumes that require masks that may restrict visibility, are violent in nature, or require imitation weapons. We are excited about this day and want everyone to experience an enjoyable time.

Halloween Party Volunteers and Parade Spectators…
With increased scrutiny regarding school security, we wanted to clarify our plans for Halloween in regards to keeping our students safe and the building secure.  

All families are invited to the Butterfield Halloween parade.  If weather permits, the parade will be held outside, where you and your family are invited to come, if you dare, and see all of the spooky and ghoulish costumes our Butterfield students have to offer.  The students will walk out the door facing Lake Street shortly after 1:00 pm. We will travel around the east side of the school and re-enter the building from one of our south entrances. Please find a spot along the route to enjoy the sights!  If the weather does not cooperate, we will allow families to enter the gym to observe the parade.

The parties will immediately follow the parade.  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 preselected 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.  Volunteers will need to arrange a time with the classroom teacher as to when set up will begin. Check-in for party volunteers will begin at 12:15 with access to the rooms beginning no sooner than 12:30. 


Building Routines…

During the first part of the school year, we take time planning for events that we hope will never happen.  So far this year, we held a fire drill, a bus evacuation drill, and a law enforcement drill. Still to come, we will have two more fire drills, an earthquake drill, and later in the spring, we will do a shelter drill (tornado drill).  To ensure that we are doing these drills correctly, we have invited the fire department and the police to assist us on a few of our drills. Drills are only a part of what we do at Butterfield to ensure your child’s safety. For the past five years, our students went around the school learning from teachers what is expected of them at different parts around the building.  Although the main focus of this tour around the school was behavior, we also spent a moment talking about safety.  


Excused Absences

Butterfield School has a responsibility to ensure all students are where they need to be safely and securely each attendance day.  To help with this accountability piece, we ask you notify the office by 9:00 am if your child is not attending school on a particular school day.  To report an absence, you can call our office at 847-362-3120, and Press 1.


Going Home Changes

If there is a change to your child’s going home routine on a particular day, we ask you notify the teacher and/or office by 11:30 am.  This ensures adequate time for communication to disseminate to the classroom teacher, office, and most of all, to the student. We do realize emergencies come up and at times last minute changes are necessary.  However, minimizing the end-of-day routine alterations helps ensure all students are where they should be safely.

Fire Prevention Poster Contest
This year’s contest will be held during Fire Prevention Week and is open to all 1st thru 5th grade students in the Village of Libertyville and the Libertyville Fire Protection District. 

Contest Rules: 
 All entries must incorporate the 2019 Fire Prevention Week theme. This year’s theme is:
“Not Every Hero Wears a Cape”

 Entries may be submitted on poster board or paper. Maximum size 22" x 28". Any color is acceptable. NO 3-D posters (flat only.) Posters must be able to be hung on the wall without any material falling off. 

Each entry MUST have the student’s full name, grade, school name, and teacher’s name on the back of the poster.

Deadline for entries is Monday, October 7, 2019. 

Preliminary judging will be held at each school on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Ribbons will be distributed for First and Second place winners. An Honorable Mention ribbon will be awarded in each grade in each school. Judging is done by members of the Libertyville Junior Women’s Club and the Libertyville Fire Department. 

Trophies will be awarded to winners at each grade level for all posters entered. The poster that best depicts this year’s theme will receive the grand prize trophy. The grand prize winner will be named at the Libertyville Fire Departments Open House festivities on Saturday, October 12th at Station #1, 1551 N. Milwaukee Avenue. All award winning posters will also be on display at the Open House. 

Posters will be returned to the schools and may be picked up after October 14th. The grand prize entry will be submitted for statewide competition held by the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association. 

Ideas from parents are welcome, but all work should come from the children. Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12, 2019.

Steve Feldman
Asst. Principal 


Dear Parents: 

This school year, Butterfield School will continue to use the Buddy Bench outside at recess. The Buddy Bench is a colorful bench, clearly labeled "Buddy Bench", which is located on the playground. Students can sit on the bench if they are looking for a friend to play with at recess. When other students see someone sitting on the bench, they can go to the bench and ask the student if they would like to play or talk.

The idea of the Buddy Bench originally came from Christian Bucks, an 8-year old from Pennsylvania. However, a couple of Butterfield students heard about Christian's idea and decided that they would like to introduce the idea at Butterfield. 

Please feel free to talk to your child about the Buddy Bench. If they see someone sitting on the bench, please encourage them to ask the student to play! 

Thank you, 
Abby Vaughan 
School Social Worker




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!


 What is Games Club?

Games Club is an opportunity to play board and card games with your friends, as well as make new friends with students in other classes! We have a supply of different games, but feel free to bring your favorite game if we don't have it!


Who can join Games Club?
Any student grades K-5 can join games club! Everyone is welcome!


I'm a student and I participate in another activity in the morning. Can I still join?
Yes! Just come on the days you do not have a prior commitment.


Where and when does Games Club Meet?
Games club will meet in room 512 from 7am-8am. This is Ms. Davellis’ classroom!  


(K-2nd Grade) Wednesdays

October: 2, 16, 23, 30

November: 6, 13, 20

December: 4, 11, 18

January: 8, 15

(3rd-5th Grade) Fridays

October: 4, 11, 25

November: 1, 8, 15, 22

December: 6, 13

January: 10, 17, 24


Cup Stacking Club
It's never too late to join!!

When:  Tuesday and Thursdays before school
No equipment necessary
Speedstacks.com for more information


September 24, 26
October 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
November 5
November 14 (Guinness Stack Up Day)

Tournament dates:
March 30, 31 and April 1, 2, 3

Stacking begins at 7am in the Butterfield gymnasium. I will dismiss the children to morning line up. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Pat Krech


Character Counts at Butterfield School!

Butterfield Bulldogs Shine with Kindness

The Butterfield Bulldogs’ family community Shined with Kindness as this school year began with its 8th Annual Character Counts donation drive our Character Counts Kick-Off Week was a success!  

On Tuesday, September 3rd - Dr. Barbini presented a podcast to welcome students to the new school year. Dr. Barbini read, What Does it Mean to be Kind? By Rana DiOrio.

40 - 4th and 5th grade Bulldogs came together on Wednesday, September 4th at Cook Park to Chalk it Up for Character as We Shine with Kindness.  The weather was perfect, the sidewalks were beautifully decorated, and everyone had fun!

Thursday, September 5th was Smile – O – Grams day!  Sharing kindness within classroom communities, teachers had a supply of Smile-O-Grams for their students to fill out and share with classmates.

Friday, September 6th Bulldogs wore Butterfield colors of green and gold as they enjoyed listening to Dr. Kehoe and Mr. Feldman read books about kindness in our Learning Center Tree House.  

The generosity of our Butterfield Bulldog Community is astounding!  All goods collected during our Character Counts Kick-Off Week were donated to the Libertyville Township Food Pantry.  

10 boxes of staple items were collected, and an awesome amount of paper grocery bags.
Along with the food we packed up:

3 cartons of RESPECT 
2 cartons of CITIZENSHIP
3 cartons of CARING 

Thank you for your participation in making our Character Counts Kick-Off Drive a success!

Mrs. Holly Simon | Character Counts Sponsor


A Thank You Note From Beacon Place for Last Year’s Character Counts School Supply Donation Drive 

I hope that the first few weeks back school have gone very well for you, all of your teachers and students alike.  Fall is my favorite season, and I hope that you are all enjoying the smells and changing of the seasons in Chicago.   

I just wanted to send a quick note to say THANK YOU for all of the school supplies you collected for Beacon Place.  Thanks to the generosity of all of your students and teachers, we were able to fill and distribute close to 200 backpacks with school supplies and still have lots of glue sticks left over!  Our art teacher, Dan, will be thrilled as he is always asking for glue sticks.  

We were also able to give each of our middle school and high school students 2 packs of loose leaf paper this year instead of just one, so their binders were really full.  

So thanks again from all of the children and families of Beacon Place.  As one of my students always says....You Rock Like A Rock Star!!!!

Have a great school year, and I hope all goes well for all the students and teachers of the Butterfield School.

With warmest regards,
Barbara LaFasto
Board President, Beacon Place


Good Afternoon-

Happy Fall!

I hope everyone has settled in to their back to school routines.

September we kicked off with the Back2School Social and the extremely popular BFA Food Days! Pasta from Lino’s, Culver’s Day, sub sandwiches from Firehouse Subs and pizza from Domino’s round-out September. In October we are looking forward to the pasta, Culver’s and pizza day. Plus the new grilled cheese option for Max’s Dawgs Day and breakfast for lunch from Burnsies Uptown! 

All students enjoyed another SPECTACULAR performance of Les Trouble PI (Problem Investigator), a Scheer Genius production! An assembly sponsored by your generous donations to the BFA.

The infamous 40 Book Challenge for 4th grade has begun! 4th grade students (and parents) are encouraged to read 40 award winning books from different genres during the school year. Those that complete the challenge have a fun party to celebrate! GOOD LUCK 4TH GRADERS!

All head room parents have received their list of party volunteers and which holiday party they are assigned to. Thank you for your patience while I combed through the volunteers to be sure everyone that sign-up to volunteer has a role to help with the holiday parties!

October brings the fall scholastic book fair and the BFA Clothing Sale! Both are great fundraisers in addition, because of all the generous donations to the BFA Clothing Sale all non-sold goods from the sale are shared with local District 70 in-need families and non-for-profit organizations. 

I could go on about all the other wonderful things that the BFA has in place, but I will let the committees begin to share their news in the days and months ahead. 

Thank you Butterfield Families for your continued support!

Jennifer Khan
BFA President


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.

Spirit Wear - Four person committee including one chair. This committee is responsible for planning and selling spirit wear at New Family Welcome, Back2School Social, Curriculum Night, and Conference Nights. As well as planning for Two to three online spirit wear offerings. - 1 open position 

Fun Fair - Four person committee including two chairs that is responsible for our annual Fun Fair! They gather community donations for raffles and silent auction, plan games and entertainment for the event, as well as manage setup and clean-up. - 1 open position 

Uniform Cleaning - One person committee. 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 

Trak-A-Thon - Six person committee including two committee chairs. Responsible for planning the Trak-A-Thon which includes reaching out to the community for prize and supply donations, securing any required vendors, planning track location and design, in-school hype and spirit wear sales, day of event, distributing prizes and coordinating class parties for winners. - 1 to 2 shadow positions 

Pasta Day - Two Pasta Day Chairs are 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 - Two Breakfast Day Chairs are 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 

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


THANK YOU Food Days Coordinator, Committees and BFA Executive team for starting food days a month earlier and bringing in some exciting new vendors and food options!

Another great assembly planned by the Assembly Committee! All the students enjoyed Les Trouble PI (Problem Investigator), a Scheer Genius production


Fall Scholastic Book Fair 2019

During conferences this year we will again be hosting our Scholastic Book Fair in the Butterfield Commons.

Wed., Oct. 16th : 5:15 – 8:30p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 17th : 5:15 – 8:30p.m.

Stop by and treat your child to a book for a job well done so far and the profits will go to support our Butterfield Learning Center.

A raffle will be available to register your child’s classroom for a possible ICE CREAM SOCIAL too.

To help your child show their Green and Gold support, Spirit Wear will be selling lots of items for them to wear to school and at home!


Three week Countdown to the BFA Clothing Sale

Join us for one of the school's largest fundraisers of the year on October 25 +26 where we will sell thousands of high quality clothing (ages infant – 18 years), winter apparel, toys, books, games, costumes, baby gear and more! There are multiple ways to get involved:

  • Sell: Sellers receive 60% of the selling price; 40% of the proceeds go directly to the school. Registration is now open! www.bfasale.com/sell

  • Volunteer: Sign up to volunteer for a minimum 2-hour shift and receive early access to the pre-sale. (www.bfasale.com/volunteer)

  • Shop: Come shop the sale - hosted in our gymnasium - on 10/25 or 10/26 for plenty of great buys!

For more information, please visit www.bfasale.com, visit our Facebook page or contact us at bfaclothingsale@gmail.com


Introducing Artsonia…

Capture your child’s creativity and enjoy their artwork for years to come!

Butterfield Family Association is excited to announce a new partnership with Artsonia, the world’s largest online student art museum. A select number of completed art projects per year will be uploaded to Artsonia’s online art museum. Parents and family members are notified when new artwork is available and are able to access their child’s portfolio online. Parents are able to purchase keepsakes with their child(ren)’s artwork professionally reproduced on items such as coffee mugs, art prints, and ornaments. These make great holiday gifts!

This new program will replace Original Works and also serve as a fundraiser for our school. 20% of revenue is donated back to Butterfield School. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Colleen Blomgren, at ckroco@hotmail.com or 314-322-8576.

Look for a permission slip to come home soon with your child.


Looking for volunteer opportunities? All BFA events needing volunteers are posted on our signup.com page. Use this link to see what is available and signup https://signup.com/group/405460676069 












Tuesday, November 19, 9-11a at the ERC


October 9th – No School
October 16th-17th – Scholastic Book Fair
October 17th – Teacher Dinner/Early Release
October 18th – No School
October 25th-26th – BFA Fall Clothing Sale
October 29th – Butterflier Articles Due
​​​​​​​October 31st – Halloween Parties

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