2020-2021 Student Placement Parent Input

The time has come where we begin planning for the 2020-2021 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 17th.  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.


2020-2021 Kindergarten Orientation

Future kindergarteners and parents are welcome to attend Butterfield’s Kindergarten Orientation at Butterfield School, Tuesday, April 14th 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. 


Registration Information

Registration for KINDERGARTNERS and NEW STUDENTS is now open on the D70 website. This is for new kindergartners, as well as students who will be new to the district this fall for the 2020-21 school year.


On the website, go to HOME, then NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION and follow the directions. You may also register on your home school website, under PARENTS. 


Please register as early as possible so we can make sure we have staff in place for all students.


Questions? Call the registrar, Cristina, directly at 847-362-9695 ex. 7116. 


Registration for returning students will begin on March 1, 2020.  


D70 Summer School 

District 70 Summer School registration opens for residents at 10 a.m. on March 8. Summer School will run Monday through Thursday, from June 15-July 16, at Highland Middle and Copeland Manor schools. Summer School classes will be posted online on Feb. 28. 

Here are some changes this year:

  • A later start date was needed to accommodate possible Snow Days, which are added to the end of the school year calendar in June.

  • Summer School pre-kindergarten and pre-first grade classes also were moved to Copeland Manor School because summer construction projects are scheduled at Rockland School.

  • To accommodate families picking up at both Copeland Manor (11:30 a.m. dismissal) and Highland Middle (serving students in 2nd - 8th grades with 11:45 a.m. dismissal), pickup times are staggered.  

  • Non-resident fees are being increased to help cover the cost of the program. Non-resident registration starts on March 15.     

A Summer School Open House will be held from 8-10 a.m. and again from 2-4 p.m. on June 11 at both Libertyville schools. Students and parents may walk their schedules and become familiar with the schools. 

The Summer School Directors are (Butterfield Assistant Principal) Steve Feldman for Copeland Manor School and Elizabeth Davis (Highland Middle School Assistant Principal) for Highland Middle School. Principals on-site for Summer School at Highland Middle School will be Alder Park physical education teacher Gerry Carollo and math coach Carrie Thompson. The principal for Copeland Manor School is to be determined.


Illinois Assessment of Readiness and Illinois Science Assessment 

  • Butterfield students will participate in the state mandated assessments this spring.  The English language arts and math assessment for grades 3-8 is called the Illinois Assessment of Readiness.  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

Monday, March 16th 

Illinois Science Assessment Test 1

5th Grade 8:30-10:00 AM 


Tuesday, March 17th 

Illinois Science Assessment Test 2

5th Grade 8:30-10:00 AM 


Tuesday, March 17th 

Illinois Science Assessment Test 3

5th Grade 1:00-2:30 PM 

Monday, April 6th 

Illinois Assessment of Readiness

Math Unit 1

3rd Grade 10:00-11:30 AM

4th Grade 8:15-9:30 AM

5th Grade 8:30-10:00 AM 


Tuesday, April 7th 

Illinois Assessment of Readiness

Math Unit 2

3rd Grade 10:00-11:30 AM

4th Grade 8:15-9:30 AM

5th Grade 8:30-10:00 AM 


Wednesday, 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 

Math Unit 3 

3rd Grade 1:00-2:30 PM 

4th Grade 8:15-9:30 AM  

5th Grade 1:00-2:30 PM 


Thursday, April 9th 

Illinois Assessment of Readiness

ELA Unit 2

3rd Grade 10:00-11:30 AM

4th Grade 12:45-2:30 PM

5th Grade 8:30-10:00 AM 

Report Cards and Attendance

Report Cards will be sent home with students Monday, March 9th.  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.

All School Field Trip 

Friday, March 13th, Butterfield staff and students will have the opportunity to attend the production of “The Princess and the Pea”.  Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences brings a musical fairy tail for the whole family. 


Students will depart Butterfield at approximately 9:15AM.  The performance will begin at 10:00AM.  Students will return well into the lunch hour, approximately around 12:00.  All students need to bring a sack lunch so lunch schedules can be left very flexible. 


Permission forms, already sent home, and the $18 payment are due, March 6th.  Checks can be made payable to Butterfield School. 


Principals Read Program

I would like to invite you and your family to Cook Memorial Library Wednesday, 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.


District 70 Policy regarding strep throat and returning to school


District 70 policy states that a student diagnosed with strep throat must not return to school until they have been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours(in addition to being fever free for 24 hours without using ibuprofen or Tylenol).  We have had a few situations where a local Dr mentioned that a student may return after 12 hours of antibiotics. We follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control(CDC) and the Lake County Health Department. Therefore, please remember that your child needs to have at least 24 hours of antibiotics before returning to school. Thank you for your cooperation.  


2nd Annual Butterfield Career Day

Butterfield’s Career Day 2020 brought smiles and questions from our students as twenty-one community members shared their knowledge and passion for their careers.  Each child chose their four favorite careers. From veterinary medicine to aviation, and from restaurant ownership to politics, there were professions to capture the interest of all students!


Thank you to our Career Day 2020 Presenters: 

Mayor Weppler: Mayor of Libertyville

Steve Harper: Pharmacist

Christina Reszel: Hair Stylist

Dr. Wilhelm: Veterinarian

Carley Matyas: Singalila: Store Owner

Jeff Mateer: Studio West Owner 

John Durning: Pizzeria DeVille

Dorothy Gautreaux: Nothing Bundt Cakes 

Stephen Blomgren: Pilot

Dr. Frank Serrecchia: Doctor

Dan Humphrey: Sunset Foods: Grocery Store Owner

John Zebbell:  School of Rock

Joe Jarosz: Mountain Climber

Tara Devine: Lawyer 

Jennifer Ashley: Lawyer

Derek Crenshaw: Cartoon Artist

Tom Pitel: Firefighter

Rasheed Davis: Professional Football player

Doug Snook: Toy and Game Designer

Aidan Harrison: Professional Squash Player/Coach

Rachel Heyde: Police Officer

Jonathan Weppler: Professional Performer

A special thanks to BV Medical in Lake Barrington, Illinois for donating stethoscopes for the children to use and to Advocate Condell Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit for donating supplies for our physician’s presentation.


Congratulations to the following students that will have artwork on display at the Art Effects art show at Cook Library. An opening reception for the show will take place on Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 6-8pm. The artwork will remain on display until April 6th. Please take a moment to come out and enjoy the art work of these students:


Kindergarten: Teddy M., Alex O., Greta W., Zoey G., Emily P.

1st Grade: Jack A., Emily H., Emma M., Tess B., Brynn S.

2nd Grade: Cadee D., Noelle H.,Nolan L., Simone T., Victoria N.

3rd Grade: Kate K., Hailey H., Will H., Emily H., Hudson H.

4th Grade: Paolo H., Kayla S., Danielle E., James A., Ellis J.

5th Grade: Savannah M.,Kade B., Charlotte H., Violet Y., Gabby P.


Mrs. Sather 

Art Teacher 

Butterfield School



Good luck to our 6 Destination Imagination teams who are going to compete on February 29th  at Viking School in Gurnee.

Good luck to:


The Rocket Inventors: Sahana A., Amunya R., Sophia R., & Henry S.

Lead by Mr. Ricart.


The Rainbow Imaginators: Libby B., Julia C., Lauren E., Dylan S., Sophia S., & Bree S.

Lead by Mrs. Brown.


Puppies Eating Rainbow Ice Cream; Abby F., Iris F., Jasmine F., Chloe S., & Ava T.

Lead by Mr. Fu.


Cats and Dogs 101; Charlie W., Kellan F., Indrani M., Luca F., Reed S., Sam D., & Nicholas C.

Lead by Mrs. Weitzel


Dr. Cheese’s Team; Bennett A., Lola G. A., Jonas H., Ishmael O., Maya P., & Oliver R.

Lead by Mrs. Rusk


The Pizza -Taconators; Alli T., Amelia S.L., Faith F., Lela H. & Sarah D.

Lead by Mr. Drake


 Karen McLean

Destination Imagination Coordinator


Click on the link for more information on the Six Flags Read to Succeed.




Thank you to the following students listed below 

for your generous donations to our library!



Edwin S. – The Miraculous

Finn H. – The Last Firehawk The Cloud Kingdom

Rachel R. – Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All

Ciara R. – Full Steam Ahead!

Zoie K. – Daniel Finds a Poem

Bo S. – Wings of Fire: The Graphic Novel

Alexander R. – The Cool Bean

Lola C. – I Need A Hug

Charles W. – The Throne of Fire

Lauren E. – A Tale of Magic

Nicholas J. – The Pout Pout Fish Cleans Up The Ocean

Greta W.  – The Princess in Black: Bathtime Battle

Hudson H. – Ghoulia


The Student Council met on Monday, 2/3/20.  Just a reminder that the School Store is open on Wednesday's during lunch hours. Please do not bring in bills larger than five dollars. All money earned goes back towards Butterfield school.

The Fun Fair at Butterfield will be coming soon! The student council will be running the games at the Fun Fair. We hope that everyone has fun!

Thank you for donating to the House of Hope Animal Rescue! The bins were overflowing, and the Rescue really appreciated it! 

The student council’s next meeting will be on Monday, 3/2/20. Make sure to mark your calendars! 

Thank You, 


Maggie O’Grady

Butterfield Secretary


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.  

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

Jennifer Khan
BFA President


BERNIE’S BOOK BANK - The Butterfield School’s 2020 Bernie’s Book Bank Drive begins on 3/2/2020 and ends on 3/6/2020. There will be a classroom contest for donations of the most books to the drive. The winning class will receive special acknowledgement and mementoes from Bernie’s Book Bank!

Collection bins will be in the hallways beginning the morning of 3/2 through the eve of 3/6. Let’s make this the most successful drive the school has ever had by meeting our donation goal of 1,500 books. 

Bernie's Book Bank collects quality children’s books from birth through 6th grade. Examples of books they cannot collect include the following:

  • Reference/Textbooks

  • Activity/Coloring books

  • Religious Books

  • Young Adult/Adult

  • Foreign Language 

Thank you in advance for donating to this very worthy cause for children who often have no books of their own!


The Butterfield Family Association is excited to present FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT featuring ABOMINABLE

Friday, March 6th | Butterfield Gymnasium | Doors open @ 6:00p | Movie begins at 6:15p

● Bring a blanket to watch Abominable​ with family and friends!

● Admission is free

● Pizza slices, popcorn, candy, & water will be available for purchase during the movie

● Please note that this is not a dropoff event--adult supervision is required



If you are interested in any of these openings please contact Jennifer Khan at or via cell or text at 312-391-8915.

Committee Openings:

40 Book Challenge (1 Chair) Help 4th Grade students achieve a goal of reading 40 books, from several different genres, during the school year.  You will kick off the Challenge in September, host twice monthly check-ins during the lunch period and arrange a book-themed celebration lunch in May for students that have read all 40 books.

5th Grade Girls Night (2 Chairs) Event typically occurs on a Friday evening and focuses on easing the worries for girls transitioning to 6th grade.


5th Grade Picnic (2 Chairs) Event occurs during the school day close to the end of the year. 


Assemblies (1 Chair) Select and hire entertainment for 2 all school assemblies and Arts at Lunch week (week before Spring Break) Committee of 2.


Food Day - Breakfast for Lunch (1 Chair) Every other month on a Friday (10:30a-1p). Description below

Food Day - Pasta Day (1 Chair) Description below

Food Day - Pizza Day (2 Chair) Description below

Have you ever wondered what your child does during lunch at school? Volunteer for a food day chair and you can! These roles 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)


Clothing Sale (1 Committee Member) Being a part of the BFA clothing sale is a great way to give back to your school and community.  There are thousands of gently used kids' clothing items, toys, books, baby gear and more are available for purchase. Items that are not purchased are given to local at need families and local charities.  Remaining items are picked up by The National Cancer Society. The committee workers and volunteers are a great group of people to work with. Not only is it a fun group, but when the sale is over, you feel like you really have helped a large portion of our community. 


Concessions (1 Committee Member) Check out basketball games and school open house after showcases to sell popcorn, candy and ice cream. This is a two person committee.


Fun Fair (2) Plan one of our most popular events, the Fun Fair! This committee has 3 chairs and several committee members to help plan the FUN! 


Room Parents (1 Chair) Work with the 1st VP to create the sign-Up for Head Room Parents and Party Volunteers on Ensure each parent that volunteered for a position is selected for at least 1 spot they signed-up for. Notify those selected. Remind head room parents when party/responsibilities approach. This is typically a committee of 1


Teacher Appreciation (2 Chairs) Plan, order, request donations (snack and beverage), setup, and cleanup dinner during conferences for all Butterfield teachers and staff.. It’s a committee of 3, you can pick one chair or be a committee of co-chairs. This is a great opportunity to meet all the teachers and staff at Butterfield


Trak-A-Thon (1 Chair or Committee Member) Be a part of a super fun event! Work with a committee of 6 to refresh informational documents, request prize donations, setup track, request volunteers, build students excitement for the Trak-A-Thon, setup tracks, plan pep assembly and awards ceremony.


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


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


What: Trak-A-Thon

When: Friday, May 1

Packets go home April 3

Watch for VOLUNTEER opportunity!


Calling All 5th Grade Boys! Please Save the Date! Thursday, April 9th (7-9pm)  is an evening just for you and your Dads! Enjoy the evening with a variety of activities  with your Dad as well as hearing from various speakers which will prepare you for your transition to Middle School. This is a great school activity as you close out your Butterfield career! We look forward to seeing all of you there!


Attention all 5th Grade Girls!  Please save the date for the 5th Grade Mother/Daughter Event which will be held on Friday, April 24th from 6-8pm.  Look for details to come soon!


The BFA will once again host the Arts at Lunch program on March 16-20 when Bulldog students will be treated to exciting, interactive, multicultural performances during their lunch periods.


Monday, March 16: American Rock n'Roll: School of Rock, Libertyville

Tuesday, March 17 (St. Patrick' Day!): Irish Dance: McNulty Irish Dancers

Wednesday, March 18: Latin Harp: Zacbe Pichardo

Thursday, March 19: Eastern European Folk Music: Jutta and the Hi-Dukes

Friday, March 20: Caribbean Steel Pan: Callaloo 



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


REMINDERS - Amazon Smile!

Looking for a super easy way to contribute to the BFA?  Next time you’re shopping on, 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, March 17th at 9:00 am – 11:00 am (ERC)




Tuesday, March 3 - BFA Pasta Day

Tuesday, March 10 - BFA Culver’s Day

Friday, March 13- Sub Day

Tuesday, March 17 - BFA Pizza Day

March 23 - 27 - Spring Break

Tuesday, March 31 - BFA Max’s Day

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