Butler SD 53 News

April 3 Parent Letter

April 3, 2020

Dear Butler School District 53 families and staff, I hope that as parents/guardians and students, you were able to use this last week as a much needed “family break”. Our teachers were grateful, able to recharge while devoting time to their families, and are now ready to take the remainder of the year full-steam ahead.

In light of the unprecedented closing of schools across Illinois and the move to digital learning as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Butler District 53 Board of Education reviewed and approved a plan for e-Learning at its March 16 meeting. e-Learning for District 53 students officially began March 17, 2020 and will continue over the next two weeks. Spring break is scheduled the third week, March 30-April 3.

Dear Butler School District 53 families and staff, As Spring Break is here and we come to a close on our second week of e-Learning, I want to express how proud I am of our students and families. Along with keeping a continuity of learning traditional subjects, our students are learning a vital life skill: Resilience.

The Board approved the 2020-21 school calendar at its meeting on March 16. The first day of student attendance during the next school year will be Aug. 24, 2020 and the last day will be June 4, 2021. Emergency days are scheduled from June 8-14, 2021.

Dear Butler School District 53 families and staff, As Governor JB Pritzker announced today, the state of Illinois is on a mandated “Stay-At-Home” order commencing Saturday, March 20, at 5:00PM. Furthermore, the statewide closure of schools has been extended to April 8th.

Dear Butler School District 53 families and staff,  The recent decision to close schools, first across the county and then across the state is an unprecedented measure. With the absence of confirmed COVID-19  cases in DuPage County, we have been responding to this crisis as if our community already has a substantial outbreak.

Dear Parent or Guardian, We would like to inform you that an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach for controlling insects, rodents, and weeds will be used at Brook Forest Elementary School and Butler Junior High School. We have contracted Orkin, a reputable national provider of IPM services to schools, to provide this service at our schools. Weather permitting work is scheduled to proceed at both schools on March 16, 2020.

Dear Butler School District 53 families, In addition to the suspension of non-essential District gatherings of 250 people or more, the following mitigation efforts go into effect tomorrow, Friday, March 13th until further notice:

Dear Butler School District 53 families, We have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students or staff in Butler School District 53 at this time. We are aware of local area school districts deciding to cancel after-school activities and to close school altogether.

Do you know what Genius Hour is? Would you like to be a fly on the wall during student competitions? Do you wonder how teachers keep up with all that technology? Learn these answers and more by reading the District newsletter, mailed to each homeowner this week.

Dear Butler School District 53 families,  As the global outbreak of COVID-19 evolves, the most important thing for schools to do now is plan and prepare. I want to keep you updated and reassured that Butler School District 53 continues to be diligent in what needs to be done to keep our students and staff safe.

Dear Butler School District 53 families, Butler School District 53 understands heightened concerns from the community regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and its potential impact on the health of our students, staff, and families.

Registration for students entering kindergarten next fall will be held in January on the following dates. Registration for students new to first grade will also be held at the same time.

Students enter art show

November 22, 2019

It was billed as the “Largest, ‘Small” Art Show” where students could create any artwork they wanted, in any medium but with one guideline. It could not be bigger than 4-inches by 5-inches.

Newsletter Published

November 22, 2019

The Fall District 53 newsletter to the community has been mailed to our constituents. Check out stories on test scores and how Butler students rank No. 1 in math and reading together compared to schools in 18 comparable school districts.

The window for the 2019-20 parent/guardian version of the Illinois 5Essential Survey is open.

Bus driver appreciation week is October 21-25, 2019! The theme this year is: "My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation!" Please take a moment to give thanks to those who safely transport our children to and from school every day!

Parent Teacher Conferences

October 17, 2019

Parent teacher conferences are coming soon! Conferences will be held on November 6th from 4-8pm, November 14th from 4-8pm, and December 5th from 4-8pm (for BJH only). Sign up starts 10/17/19. Click here to sign up!

Even high-performing kids can be acutely stressed and lacking motivation, said two authors who are presenting about the topic at the Hinsdale District 86 and District 181 Community Speaker Series.

Welcome to New Staff

September 9, 2019

Welcome to our new teachers and staff. We are pleased to introduce them here and have them on board for the 2019-20 school year.

Brook Forest Art teacher Mike Divelbiss was named as the 2019 Illinois Elementary Art Educator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA). The award is the highest given to art educators in the state.

Summer Newsletter

July 29, 2019

Read up on the latest news from Butler School District 53.

I look forward to working collaboratively with parents, educators, and the community to ensure high educational outcomes for all students.

The Butler School District 53 Board of Education has named Andrea Prola as the new Principal of Butler Junior High and Melissa Zaniewski as the new Assistant Principal. Both are current educators and leaders in District 53.

Superintendent Elect Dr. Paul O’Malley has released the results of the survey of faculty, parents and staff on the attributes desired in the hiring of a new principal at Butler Junior High.