September Butterflier - 9-4-2020

Thank you!

2020 has been a year like no other! The start of the 2020-2021 school year is one for the books! I appreciate the staff’s efforts, commitment and determination displayed while building our eschool.  I’m proud of the students for adapting to this model and really giving it their all!  Keep-up the great work bulldogs! I’m grateful for the parents’ support, patience and kindness demonstrated throughout this pandemic.  The Butterfield staff misses having all our bulldogs in the building but look forward to the time we can be back together, hopefully soon.  Until then, the staff at Butterfield is here to teach our students, offer support to the families and are available to answer your questions.  Thank you, parents, for your assistance transitioning students to the virtual world of teaching and learning.  This has not been easy for anyone.  I know we could not have been successful without all the support coming from home.  Thank you for helping to keep your children engaged and available to learn.  Great job, teacher & students, for getting this year started!  Keep up the great work!


Helping Your Child Cope with the Covid-19 Pandemic: Tips and Resources for Parents and Caregivers 

Please review these resources from the District 70 school psychologists.

To watch the webinar, click here.

To read the information, click here.


School Calendar Highlights

The D70 Calendar for the 2020-21 school year (updated 8.21.20)

  • Aug. 24, 2020:  First day of eSchool for K-8 students  (through Nov. 16)      

  • Nov. 3, 2020: No School, Election Day. (New as of June 22, 2020) 

  • Nov. 25-27, 2020: Thanksgiving break

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

  • March 22-26, 2021: Spring break

  • June 4, 2021: Tentative last day of school 

  • June 11, 2021: Last day of school if 5 emergency days used                      

District 70 eSchool Handbook

District 70 eSchool Handbook

Here is the District 70 eSchool Handbook for the first trimester of the 2020-21 school year. This document explains what you may want to know about eSchool. 

District 70 GTE Resource Teachers

Gifted, Talented, and Enrichment


We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with so many children in District 70 through enrichment and gifted services this year!   As every child is unique and special, District 70's Gifted, Talented, and Enrichment (GTE) program is designed to focus on the varying levels of needs of our students. As GTE teachers, we are able to service and enrich students at different ability levels, for divergent interest areas, and across curricular areas.  


Enrichment services for 1st through 5th grade include mathematics and reading.  Groups are formed based on the collected data. In math enrichment, we will pull out small groups of students who have demonstrated a need to extend their thinking.  The activities are aligned with our mathematics program and the Common Core Standards and are meant to challenge children beyond grade-level expectations.  Math groups change with each unit and are responsive to student needs.  Reading enrichment sessions will also begin for students in grades 1-5 who demonstrate a need for enrichment beyond grade-level.  As flexibility is important and best practice, we look at the data throughout the year and reassess the groups.


For a complete scope of the enrichment and gifted services offered, please visit the resources on the District 70 Curriculum website. 


District 70 GTE Resource Teachers



Good Afternoon-

WELCOME BACK to new and returning Butterfield families! For those of you that I have not yet personally met, my name is Jennifer Khan, I am your BFA President. My son Chace is in Ms. Davellis' 3rd grade class and my daughter Mia is a Freshman at Libertyville High School. Also, I have been involved in various parts of the BFA for the last 9 years. During this time, I have learned that we have an amazing community of parents who all want the best for our children!

Even though we were not able to hold all of our fundraisers last year we were still able to raise over $19,550! Typically we would then fund a gift to the school using the money raised. Unfortunately, since the year was cut short we were not able to do so. We hope to continue that tradition this school year as long as we are able to host some clever fundraising events.

We are going to continue with our plan from last year for this school year, “FOR THE KIDS”! We want to make sure this year is special for the kids since it is so unique. Everything we do this year will be focused on the kids! What will that be? Ideas include outside classroom space, water fountains with water bottle fillers, outdoor shade structures. As the year develops the BFA Executive Board will share details.

Room Parents and Volunteer sign-up is open until September 9th. You are able to access the link via the BFA tab on the Butterfield website or

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. 

I also want to say thank you to our BFA committee members. I look forward to working with each of you, and I am looking forward to a fantastic school year!

Jennifer Khan

BFA President

Student Directory Preorder!

Butterfield Student Directory Preorder!  

Directories are $5 each and will be available for pickup the week of 9/14; click here to order by Tuesday, 9/8. Please contact Jessica Brown with questions:


If you are interested or have questions about any committee, please contact Jennifer Khan call or text @ 312-391-8915 or email

40 Book Challenge - Two person committee that is responsible for the 4th grade 40 Book Challenge! Such a fun committee that gets to work directly with the 4th grade students. This year they are doing everything remotely via their website created on Google. Committee members will host check-in sessions for students, celebrate accomplishments, update materials and website. 2 open positions (5th grade parent is starting)

Book Fair- 3 person committee that is responsible for planning and hosting 2 book fairs during parent/teacher conferences. 1 open position

Teacher Appreciation- 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. (3 positions) 

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. (3 open positions)

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 

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



Butterfield Spirit Wear Sale


New Items Added!


Every Friday is Spirit Day!

Just released - brand new “Future Bulldog” T-shirts for your younger children, and adult sized T-shirts as well. (Click on “collections” and then “Butterfield Bulldogs”) 

Online sale ends September 9th, 2020


We also have in stock items for quick delivery:

T-shirts, girls leggings, sweatshirts, yard signs, car magnets, key chains, headbands and hair bows.

Please contact committee chair Tracey Schmitz at or 781-864-3388 to order.


Photos are available on the Butterfield Family Association facebook page. 

All proceeds support Butterfield Family Association!


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

40 Book Challenge (4th Grade)

In order to increase success as a reader, to create life-long readers, and to increase a love of reading, we are encouraging all 4th Graders to participate in the 40 Book Challenge this year, a BFA Sponsored Program. The challenge is for each student to read 40 books across different genres throughout the school year. This is a voluntary program, as participation is not required nor is it a competition between students.


 The rules are simple:

For each book read, enter the title, genre, and book value into our 40 Book Challenge website.  (No book reports!)  

  • Books between 100-249 pages will count as one book, 250-499 pages will count as two books, and books 500+ pages will count as three books. 

  • A book must be read in its entirety to be counted. (So, if a book has been started, yet not finished, it will NOT count towards the challenge.) 

  • While books may fall into more than one genre, you may only choose one for each book.  This is where having a strategy may help with completing the challenge - maybe tackling books in genres you are unfamiliar with first.  There is a set number of books per genre that must be read, including “Reader’s Choice.”

  • Books read by the student, read aloud to the student by a teacher or parent and/or audio books, will all count towards the challenge as well as books that have been read since the start of the current school year!  


All participants who read 10 or more books will be recognized at the year-end school-wide recognition ceremony, and a special book-themed luncheon celebration will be held for students who read 40 or more books!


The final date to submit finished books is Monday, May 17. Feel free to contact Kelly Rusk with any questions,


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



  1. General Meetings 


  3. Butterflier 

  4. What’s Happening Wednesday emails 

  5. Emails from BFA Committees 

  6. Dr. Kehoe’s Friday Messages 



Tuesday, September 15th at 9 am on Zoom 


Save the Date: 

September 7 - No School

September 17 - BFA General Meeting

September 28- No school 

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