Illinois 5 Essentials Survey

Beginning December 10, students and teachers across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the eighth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.


On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:


·   Effective Leaders

·   Collaborative Teachers

·   Involved Families

·   Supportive Environments

·   Ambitious Instruction


Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.


All teachers and 4thth through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in April 2020 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.


Additionally, your district has chosen to provide the optional Parent Supplement survey. If at least 20 percent of Butterfield parents complete this survey, a parent supplement report will also be generated.


Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.


The Illinois 5Essentials Survey for students and teachers will be conducted December 10, 2019 through February 14, 2020. The Parent Survey Supplement will be conducted from October 24, 2019 through February 14, 2020. To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin.


For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit https://www.5-essentials.org/illinois. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.


Parent / Teacher Conference

Parent / Teacher Conferences will take place Wednesday, February 12th, and Thursday, February 13th.   Starting Monday, January 27th, if you already signed up for a winter conference in the fall, you can view, print or change your conference date and time by logging into signup.com .  If you need to signup for a conference you can Monday, January 27th – February 3rd by visiting signup.com


Valentine’s Day Classroom Parties

Valentine’s Day Classroom Parties will take place Thursday, February 13thth.  Parties will be held in the morning.  Below is the schedule for the parties:

Valentine’s Parties 9:00-10:00 AM

Head room parent & pre selected party volunteer check-in 8:30-8:45

Party setup 8:45-9:00

9:00-10:00 AM Classroom Parties


Cold and Snow Advisory

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 degrees.  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 recess. 


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. Barbini 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, Facebook @LibertyvilleD70, and Instagram @libertyville_d70.

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 at www.emergencyclosing.com


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.


E-Learning Discontinued This Year - Expect Snow Days


New requirements from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has District 70 discontinuing e-learning this school year.


Last year, District 70 adopted e-learning as an innovative approach to counting emergency days as the days of actual student attendance. The model District 70 employed in 2018-19 had students choose from a variety of activities that accounted for approximately 40 minutes. But this year, ISBE changed the parameters with a five-hour requirement for school districts to adhere to consider e-learning as an actual day of student attendance. This has presented a challenge for District 70 staff to create enough learning activities to meet the increased time requirement, including tasks that can be accomplished by 5- and 6-year-olds. There also is no guidance from ISBE this year regarding students requiring special education services.

E-Learning will be reviewed by district staff for future development. 

As such, District 70 students will need to make up missed school days due to Snow Days or other complications that call for emergency school closure at the end of the school year in June 2020. State law requires school districts to prepare for this by adding five emergency days at the end of every year. 

  • No missed school days        ------------ School ends June 3, 2020

  • District 70 closed 9/13/19  ------------ School ends June 4, 2020   (Butterfield loses power, HMS flooding during a severe storm) 

So what happens if Snow Days or Cold Days are called this school year and District 70 closes? (All five schools are closed during emergency closings.) 

  • Second day closed ------------    School ends June 5, 2020. 

  • Third day closed     ------------ School ends June 8, 2020. 

  • Fourth day closed   ------------ School ends June 9, 2020.

  • Fifth day closed      ------------ School ends June 10, 2020. 

The last day of school will be early release with dismissal at 1:15 p.m. for K-5, and at 1:45 p.m. for 6-8.


2020-2021 Calendar

Click the link below to download and print a one page summary of the 2020-2021

·       The D70 Calendar for the 2020-21 school year

·   2020-2021 Highlights

o   Aug. 20, 2020:  First day of school for 1st - 8th grade students        

o   Aug. 21, 2020:  First day of school for kindergartners

o   Nov. 25-27, 2020: Thanksgiving break

o   Dec. 21, 2020- Jan. 4, 2021: Winter break

o   March 22-26, 2021: Spring break

o   June 3, 2021: Tentative last day of school

o   June 10, 2021: Last day of school if 5 emergency days used     


How is the School Calendar Created?

Annual school calendar creation is generally a multi-step process. It begins with a countywide calendar committee meeting each year, where representatives from every Lake County school district assemble to create a three-year calendar. From this group comes a recommended Lake County calendar that is sent to all Lake County school districts. Using this calendar as a guideline, District 70 works to establish consistent vacation and holiday dates. Although Libertyville High School District 128 follows its own process to create a one-year calendar, an attempt is made to keep the District 70 and District 128 calendars aligned, if possible. As such, the District 70 calendar allows for its own beginning/ending of school dates as well as conference and teacher workshop days. The District 70 Board of Education and the Regional Office of Education in Lake County then approve the District 70 calendar. State of Illinois guidelines require that the calendar include 185 school days with five emergency/snow days being deducted at the end of the year if not used. This entire process takes several months from beginning to end.


Cold and flu season is upon us. I would like to take this time to remind everyone of the District 70 guidelines regarding re-entry to school following illnesses. Keep in mind that we have many students who have an underlying medical condition (asthma, diabetes, immune disorders) who may develop a more complicated course of an illness. Please do not send your child to school when he or she is contagious. 


-a fever, or has had a fever in the past 24 hours -severe or frequent cough -a vomiting/diarrhea illness (Please keep them home for 24 hours after the end of the symptoms.) -strep throat (They may not return until they are fever-free for 24 hours and have been on the antibiotic for at least 24 hours. We would prefer that they not return right on the 24 hour mark) 

PLEASE REMEMBER: If your child has had a fever, they may not return until they have been fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT using Tylenol or Ibuprofen. The fever portion of a virus is when a person is the most contagious. Fevers come and go during a viral illness-they often come in the afternoon/evening. The only way that you know that the fever is truly gone, is when the fever does not return for 24 hours, without using medication. 

Following these guidelines, we will reduce the spread of contagious illnesses to all the students and staff. If you have any questions regarding these guidelines, please call me at 847-362-3120.




Thank you to the following students listed below 

for your generous donations to our library!


Evan K. – The 117-Story Treehouse

Benjamin D. – The Pigeon Has to Go to School!

Gia S. – Mermaid Tales Ready Set Goal

Aoife R. – Adelie Penguins

Elsie M. – Shark Lady

Maddox S. – Dragon’s Fat Cat

Mary C. – Margaret and the Moon

Hattie C. – Total Volleyball

Grace S. – Priscilla and the Splish-Splash Surprise

Mia G. – Forever or a Long Long Time

Naveen P. – The Starspun Web

Katherine K. – Thea Stilton The Treasure Seekers

Emily P. – Unicorn and Yeti A Good Team

Ashleigh T. – Sticks

​​​​​​​Jonas H. – Dog Man Fetch-22




Click on the link to see the Six Flags Read to Succeed  information. 



Happy New Year!

I hope everyone enjoyed their winter break!

We are launching a brand new fundraiser this month with Domino’s Pizza. When you purchase a “Slice the price of pizza” card for $10 and every time you order a large pizza from Domino’s you get a second pizza free! This applies if you are ordering 1 pizza or 100 pizzas and is valid for 1 year!

We are on the brink of another Fun Fair and Book Fair, so keep your eyes peeled for the latest news and updates on all of our communication channels.

The Valentine’s Day Parties will be around the corner and if you are Head Room Parent 2 room parent/party volunteer you will be reminded of key dates/times and responsibilities shortly.

Finally, planning for the Trak-A-Thon is underway, stay on the look-out for more details.


Jennifer Khan

BFA President


A big thank you to Katie Wyzukovicz, our Butterfield parents, and our BFA Executive team for putting together an AMAZING coffee and treat cart for our teachers and staff at Butterfield before winter break!



When:  Friday, May 1

Where: Butterfield School

​​​​​​​Watch for more details!


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

Wednesday, February 12th 5:15 – 8:30pm

Thursday, February 13th 3:15 – 8:30pm

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!


FUN FAIR - You don’t want to miss this year’s Fun Fair with a supercharged raffle for 5 Disney World Park Tickets, new games, and the usual fun and games you’ve grown to love! Mark your calendars for February 29, 10AM – 1PM (raffle winners will be announced starting at 1:05PM).  Save time and money by pre-ordering your tickets online at https://d70schools.revtrak.net/FA/BFA#/list. Ticket details are available on Revtrak.


NEW THIS YEAR --- We’re making it easier for you to shop and donate to your grade level raffle baskets with Amazon wish lists.  Skip the store, pick an item (or gift card) from the list and it will ship directly to the Fun Fair Committee to be included in the raffle basket! See below for grade level basket themes and links to the wish lists.  If you’re doing the shopping, you can drop all items off in the bin on the porch at 629 Hillcrest Drive for inclusion in the baskets. If you’re new to Butterfield and the Fun Fair, a highlight of the event is the raffle which boasts themed baskets filled with donated items from Butterfield families.  If you are able to contribute a new, unopened item for your child’s grade level theme please do so by January 31st.


 If you or your business would like to donate a product/service to the community raffle, please contact the committee at BFAFunFair@gmail.com



If you choose an Amazon list item, be sure to select the list shipping address (629 Hillcrest Dr), otherwise, it will default you your shipping address! 


Raffle baskets donations are not solely limited to the exact items in the wish list. This is meant to be a suggestion and to avoid duplicates.


Kindergarten- Colors & Crafts

Kindergarten - Save the Superheroes

1st grade- Game Night (board games, cards, etc)

1st grade - Lego Mania

2nd grade- Night at the Movies (G or PG movies/movie night items)

2nd Grade - Pokemon, Beyblade & Digimon, Oh My!  

3rd grade- Bookshelf Builder (chapter books/reading accessories)

3rd grade - Candy Crazy                

4th grade- Gift Cards Galore  - no Amazon list for this one, shop local!

4th grade - Nerf & Turf

5th grade- School Spirit (LHS/Butterfield spirit items) – no Amazon list for this one, shop local!

5th grade - Chicago Sports


REMINDERS - Our school district is asking parents to please fill out the Illinois State Board of Education 5Essentials Survey to share your thoughts and impressions on the D70 school/schools your child/children attend. 

Our voice is important and through this survey, you can be heard. The responses received will be used as part of the Illinois State Board of Education School Report Card. For 2018-2019 Butterfield School has received an Exemplary rating for the second year in a row, let's help our school continue that trend! 

This will be the only parent survey for D70 in the 2019-20 school year. Please complete the survey before it closes on Feb. 14, 2020. Only one parent per household may participate in the survey. If you have more than one child at a school, one survey should be completed for all your children at the same school. If you have children enrolled in multiple schools, you may take the survey for each of those schools. This survey is designed for parents only. 

Thank you! 



Amazon Smile! smile.amazon.com

Looking for a super easy way to contribute to the BFA?  Next time you’re shopping on amazon.com, just put the word “smile” in front and amazon will donate 0.5% of your order to our very own Butterfield Family Association.  That’s it! All you have to remember is to “smile”!

Thanks for supporting the BFA!












Tuesday, January 21st at 9:00 am – 11:00 am (ERC)




Tuesday, January 14 - BFA Culver’s Day

Monday, January 20 - No School

Tuesday, January 21 - BFA Pizza Day

Friday, January 24 - BFA Sub Day

Monday, January 27 - Conference Sign-up Opens

Tuesday, January 28 - BFA Max’s Day

Return to the Newsletters List