Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween and Conferences This Week

Halloween will be celebrated in our class on Monday. Students may wear their costumes. Please be aware that no masks, weapons, or facsimiles of weapons are allowed. Unfortunately there is no parade for parents to come to. There is not the parking or space available to permit that. However, the PTA organizes a wonderful carnival that is full of fun, games, and treats for the students. Each class spends approx. 40 minutes there. Parents are able to come and help with that and enjoy the fun. Thank you to all the volunteers who help with that.
Also, this week, we will be holding Parent/Teacher Conferences. Confirmation letters were sent home on Thursday. If you were unable to sign up for a time, one has been assigned to you. Check your child's backpack for the letter. If you are unable to find it, or need to find another time, please let me know. I look forward to meeting with parents and students to celebrate the progress each child is making.
Just a reminder that there will be no school on Friday, Nov. 4th due to conference recess day.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Conferences Are Coming!

This week a blue letter was sent home to parents giving instructions for registering online for parent/teacher conferences. This is the first time our school has done this. And although, it is exciting, there are always bugs to be worked out. I am going to try and clarify some of the questions. In order to register, go to the Butler Elem. website. In the top, right corner you will see a  button for "Online Scheduler". Click on that. Choose the correct school, etc. and when it asks for a password use "bobcats". You will then be able to choose the teacher(s) that you need to schedule with and see what times/days are available. Choose the day/time that suits your schedule and save/submit. You should be done. Please contact the school if you are unable to complete the process. Because I have two classes, I have a lot more parents scheduling conferences than a regular teacher. In order to get them all in, I have to hold conferences on Wednesday night (Nov. 2nd) and all day Thursday (Nov. 3rd). The bulk of my conferences will be on Thursday. Our Kindergarten assistant will be in charge of the class during class time, while I meet with parents and students in the Library. Please bring your student with you to the conference. I am really looking forward to meeting with each student and their parents to discuss the progress they are making.
Just a little side note. I will be out of town next week (Oct. 17th - 19th) and will be unable to answer any e-mails, etc. until I return Oct. 24th.   Thank you!

Friday, October 7, 2011


The change in weather has really brought out some interesting behavior. We have had several children out sick this week as we have acclimated to colder weather. Please help your child to remember to dress appropriately for the weather. We will also be continuing our good hygiene practices. If the weather is stormy (rain or snow) or extremely cold when students arrive at school, they may come inside before the bell rings, but need to maintain quiet manners.
Just a reminder about the Reflections contest that is sponsored by the PTA. Information papers have been sent home previously with a reminder sent home today (orange note). If you have questions or need additional information please contact Stephanie Kelly ( or Annetta Hessenthaler ( Entries are due Oct. 24th.
Parent/Teacher conferences will be held Nov. 2nd and 3rd. The school is trying online registration this year. Information will be sent home next week with the details of how you can schedule an appointment.
Many parents have expressed an interest in helping with the Halloween Carnival. I have included our Room Mothers information so that you can contact them directly if you would like.
AM class - Rachel Miller (801-889-5391)
PM class - Marcie Ison (801-733-9272)
The excitement is already building for Halloween and will just keep going until Christmas. Here we go!